Super Cup win gives Gor KPL title momentum

Epic duel as Gor, Sofapaka cross swords
Gor Mahia FC Rwandese striker Jacques Tuyisenge celebrates scoring against Tusker FC during their 10th edition of the KPL Super Cup at Afraha Stadium on March 5, 2017. Gor Mahia beat Tusker FC 1-0. Dangerman Tuyisenge will be relied upon to get the goals for K'Ogalo.Photo/.Sportpicha

Gor Mahia captain Musa Mohammed hailed their Kenyan Premier League (KPL) Super Cup victory over champions Tusker FC as the catalyst they needed to reclaim their title when the season kicks off this weekend.

Tusker ended Gor’s three-year grip on the KPL title on their way to the domestic double last season but K’Ogalo laid a marker when they totally dominated their archrivals before eking out a 1-0 victory on Sunday at the Afraha Stadium, Nakuru.

“It’s a really good motivation for the coming league season. It will give us more time to prepare. For now I don’t think we lack anything because everyone is ready to play.

“What we need more is team work and determination,” Mohammed told Citizen Digital.

On their end, Tusker skipper James Situma is confident that new coach, Ugandan George ‘Best’ Nsimbe will prove his doubters wrong after the morale-sapping defeat.

Nsimbe who replaced compatriot Paul Nkata who led the club to the domestic double last season has not won any competitive match since taking with the latest reverse coming after they were eliminated from the CAF Champions League preliminary round.

Nsimbe’s side lost 3-2 to Mauritian giants AS Port Louis of Mauritius after drawing the home leg 1-1 and losing 2-1 in the away fixture.

However, Situma insists that Nsimbe is the right man to lead the KPL titleholders to glory this season as they seek to defend the league crown and the GOtv Shield Cup they won last year.

“Generally the match was good and you know when two teams play, one must win, Gor displayed a great game but we shall focus on the upcoming season now.

“I have strong belief with the new coach Nsimbe. He only needs time to familiarise himself with the team and when he does so, we expect positive results,” added Situma.

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Story By Geoffrey Mwamburi
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