Kenya Premier League giants Gor Mahia have renewed their quest in clinching the league again. Could Gor Mahia be suffering from negative motivation? Early this week, FKF president Nick Mwendwa had made a hint on which team will represent the nation at the continental Champions League. For Mwendwa, the fight was directly in the courts of all the aspiring clubs. The federation boss made it clear that the team that will be in the pole position of the league at the end of the month of June will automatically represent the country at the continental level event. As if that wasn’t kind of a riot act being read out to member clubs, many teams in the current teams are all motivated towards representing the nation at the continental event.
Gor Mahia had been written off from the list of potential winners of the league. This owed to the fact that the club has really struggled to get its foot into the current campaign. From strikes, go-slows, internal rivalry, switching coaches to public spats by their mandarins, Kogalo has seen their dirty linen being washed and hanged in the public for far much too long this season. as if that’s not enough, the team was bundled out from both prestigious continental tournaments.
As COVID-19 was still showing its most devastating part, their assistant coach, Patrick Odhiambo bowed out. The former Sony FC tactician then headed straight to Kakamega Homeboyz FC. The coach would however find himself in Tanzania’s mainland league with Biashara United as the head coach.
Having represented the country four consecutive times at the continental competitions, however, Gor Mahia believes they command skills, strength and experience to represent Kenya at the competition.
Odds against Gor Mahia
For them to win a place at the event, Kogalo will have to overcome many odds. Having deposited poor results for the better part of the season before the COVID-19 sanctioned break, all odds are against the Manuel Vaz Pinto coached side.
Before the sudden and abrupt break, Kogalo stood at the disappointing seventh position. A position the club is not known for. The club, therefore, has both the task of making a whole turnaround as well as ensuring that they battle the already congested fixtures. That means that Gor Mahia just like any other club at the top tier league will seek a plan on fighting fatigue resulting from the tight schedules.
The team however is very much capable of going all the way up. Having massed to themselves sic points from their last matches; anything is possible. The team defeated Nairobi City Stars on Sunday before wrapping the week up with a win against Sofapaka on 20th May 2021. In both matches, the team has clearly shown where their arrows are being aimed at.
In the last campaign that was adversely affected by the pandemic, Gor Mahia was awarded the league without its completion. This, happened at the height of demands from CAF for member organizations to submit lists of their representatives to the continental competitions. Being in the pole position and the league was just midway, the Mwendwa led federation saw nothing but wisdom in choosing the giants to represent the country on the continental stage.
Having cried foul of how Gor Mahia was appointed to represent the nation at the continental stage, Mwendwa’s pronouncement is a good threat to all clubs. It’s a good opportunity for the other clubs to showcase their potential in representing the nation at the continental level. Among those clubs that are in a good position to represent the nation are table leaders Tusker FC. The Ruaraka based club last represented the country at the prestigious competition in 2017. They will therefore be eager to make a comeback to the competition.
Close enough to the qualification are Gor Mahia’s longtime nemesis, AFC Leopards. Having shown lots of consistency in the current campaign, AFC Leopards stands a good chance at the end of the season. if the club makes it to win the league, it will not only be a new thing for the country to be represented by newcomers. That fate will be for both the pride and prestige of AFC Leopards and its legion of fans across the nation. AFC Leopards are yet to win a league trophy since 1998 when they last had their hands into the coveted trophy.
If anything is to go by, however, Gor Mahia’s warning of qualifying for the continental masterpiece needs not be taken lightly. They belong there and so it’s evident as shown in the last two matches that they are in need of the slot. Taking them lightly might be to the detriment of those clubs that will henceforth dare underate their potential.
With experience and the willpower to go, expect Gor Mahia to be at the pole position in few weeks’ time. The mighty Kogalo are on the way!