“No title yet”, says Kerr, as Gor aim at Bandari


Gor Mahia FC head coach Dylan Kerr follow action against Everton FC during their SportPesa ...
(FILE)Gor Mahia FC head coach Dylan Kerr follow action against Everton FC during their SportPesa Super cup friendly match at The National stadium in Dar es Salaam on July 13, 2017. Everton FC won 2-1. Photo/Stafford Ondego/www.sportpicha.com

KPL Gor Mahia may be sweeping through the Kenyan Premier League scene like a hurricane but head coach Dylan Kerr won’t entertain talk of the title just yet.

The Englishman, who is yet to taste league defeat since docking into our shores in July, has urged his charges to keep their heads cool even as their march towards an unprecedented 16th crown gathers greater momentum.

The record champions will have the chance to take their lead at the summit of the log to double digits when they host Bandari at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu – in what should be a highlight fixture of Saturday’s two matches –with eighth placed Nzoia Sugar entertaining struggling Western Stima at the Sudi Stadium on the same day.

Tough matches

Gor Mahia FC midfielder Kenneth Muguna (R) celebrates with teammate Karim Nizigiyimana after scoring against Zoo Kerich FC during their SportPesa Premier League match at Moi Stadium in Kisumu on March 18, 2017. Photo/Stafford Ondego/www.sportpicha.com
Gor Mahia FC midfielder Kenneth Muguna (R) celebrates with teammate Karim Nizigiyimana after scoring against Zoo Kerich FC during their SportPesa Premier League match at Moi Stadium in Kisumu on March 18, 2017. Photo/Stafford Ondego/Sportpicha.com

“The guys are playing some of the best football I’ve seen. They’re showing the heart and desire to win games. They have almost mastered my philosophy so I’ve got to give credit to them,” Kerr bullishly said, “We’ve already played some tough matches and there are still a couple of such to go before we can start thinking about the title.”

Kerr’s charges head into the clash on the back of a blistering run of form that has seen them win eight of their last 10 matches and are unbeaten in 12.

On the contrary, Bandari have only two wins in 10 matches and the poor run of form has seen them slip to tenth on the log. This has bred frustration at the coast based club. They started their season on a strong note and were tipped to challenge for the gong, having raided Tusker of their heroic double-winning coach in Ugandan Paul Nkata.

Bandari FC fans cheer their team in the GOtv Shield finals. The team went to the top of the SPL on Sunday. Photo/File
Bandari FC fans cheer their team in the GOtv Shield finals. The team went to the top of the SPL on Sunday. Photo/File.

Pressure

Reports claimed the Ugandan stormed off the pitch; snubbing the press following their shock home defeat to Chemelil Sugar last weekend at the Mbaraki Stadium, and as they head to the humid Kisumu to face the might of K’Ogalo before the prying eyes of the ferocious Green Army, Nkata will be under enormous pressure.

After the Sunday result, the Dockers have picked just one point from their last five matches; after their win against Zoo FC was scrapped as KPL invalidated points earned from the Kericho-based club as well as Nakumatt FC.

On Sunday, Mathare United will be looking to move further away from the relegation zone when they travel to Chemelil Sugar while AFC Leopards will be looking to avenge for their first leg loss to Sofapaka.

Posta Rangers welcome Sony Sugar at the Thika Sub-County Stadium where they will be without their head coach Sammy ‘Pamzo’ Omollo following his three-match touchline ban.

KPL weekend fixtures

Saturday

Gor Mahia FC vs Bandari FC

Nzoia Sugar vs Western Stima

Sunday

Chemelil Sugar FC vs Mathare United FC

Posta Rangers FC vs Sony Sugar FC

Sofapaka FC vs AFC Leopards SC

Ulinzi Stars FC vs Kakamega Homeboyz

Thika United FC vs Kariobangi Sharks

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