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Gor Mahia aim Bandari scalp in Mombasa as Tusker face Mathare

Tusker celebrate in a past match
  • Gor and Tusker are the leading candidates for the PL title
  • Gor play Bandari FC in Mombasa
  • Tusker FC clash with Mathare United at Ruaraka

FKF Premier League defending champions Tusker FC will look to narrow the gap between them and leaders Gor Mahia, when they take on Mathare United at the Ruaraka Complex on Wednesday afternoon.

The brewers trail Gor by four points and if they can win on Wednesday, and Gor drop points against Bandari in Mombasa, then they stand a good chance to move back to the top as they have a game in hand.

However, despite facing the struggling Mathare, coach Robert Matano knows it will not be a walk in the park.

“We expect a very tough match because Mathare are fighting to get out of the bottom. We have prepared well, though only one day of training after our last match but we are ready. Everyone is focused and we want to ensure we pick maximum points,” said the tactician.

The first leg between the two sides ended in a 2-1 victory, Shami Mwinyi scoring the winning goal. Ibrahim Joshua had broke the deadlock before Donald Ange equalized for Mathare.

Tusker’s new left back, Levin Opiyo played in opposite colors in the first leg and will be facing his immediate former employers.

Overall, in the last 28 meetings, Tusker has won 11, losing six while the rest ended in draws.

Tusker not lost over Mathare in seven meetings 

Action between Tusker FC and Mathare United

Tusker has not lost against Mathare over the last seven meetings, winning four and drawing three. The last defeat to the Slum Boys was in 2019 when they won 2-1.

In terms of current form, Tusker has not lost in the last five, winning three and drawing two.

Mathare, who are placed 15th in the standings have lost three and won two of their last five.

Elsewhere in Mombasa, leaders Gor Mahia face Bandari in a tricky duel.

Gor travel to Mombasa to play Bandari on the backdrop of the weekend win over Kariobangi Sharks, having come after drawing with Sofapaka last week.

They have not lost to the dockers since December 2018 when the latter won 2-1 at their Mbaraki Complex backyard.

K’Ogalo has won six of the subsequent nine matches, while three have ended in draws. K’Ogalo won the first leg played in Nairobi 1-0 and are keen to complete a double.

Bandari on the other hand have been in good form, winning four of their last five matches, the only blemish being a 1-0 defeat at the hands of AFC Leopards in Nairobi.

Gor looking to cash maximum points

Gor Mahia players celebrate their win over Vihiga

Gor are looking to cash maximum points on the road to extend their lead on top of the standings, which currently stands at four points to holders Tusker.

Coach Jonathan McKinstry knows it will be a tough afternoon away from home, but remains confident his charges can rack up victory.

“We need to be more efficient infront of goal and ensure we play our best football. We know that teams always come hard at K’Ogalo and we are ready for that. The focus is to ensure we keep our winning run,” noted the Irishman.

In other fixtures lined up for Wednesday afternoon, Posta Rangers will take on Bidco United in the early kick off at Ruaraka.

The Police Sacco Stadium in South C will also host a double header, Kariobangi Sharks playing Kakamega Homeboyz in the early kick off before hosts Kenya Police play City Stars at 3:15pm.

In Muhoroni, Wazito FC will look to calm their relegation fears with a home duel against Nzoia Sugar.

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