Basking from lifting the Top 8 title, Gor Mahia resume league action with clash against Mathare United

Gor go into the match with several injury concerns for Coach Logarusic and this should give the ‘slum’ boys the edge when they battle on Friday
Still enjoying from the benefits of lifting the KPL Top 8 trophy last Sunday, Gor Mahia returns to action on Friday with a Kenya Premier League fixture against rivals Mathare United at Nyayo Stadium.

Gor go into the match with several injury concerns for Coach Zdravko Logarusic and this should give the ‘slum’ boys the edge.

Danger man Rama Salim who has been prolific in front of goal striking a lethal partnership with Ugandan import Dan Ssrenkuma is in serious doubt with a hamstring injury.

Play maker Moses “LucyDube” Odhiambo, whom Logarusic has heavily relied on to pacify the opposition, is also likely to be sidelined having incurred a hip injury while Joseph Njuguna signed from Rangers in the June transfer window, is equally struggling to be fit.

However, Logarusic insists the injury concerns do not scare him as it gives platforms to other players to show their potential.

“We have many players who have not been playing regular football. Should the injured not recover then they should step up and fill the void,’’ Logarusic told Kenya.

The Croatian, who handed Gor their first trophy of the season last Sunday after beating Ulinzi Stars 2-0 in the Top 8 final, is likely to partner the speedy Edwin Lavatsa upfront with last weeks’ second goal scorer Itubu Imbem, while in midfield both Kevin Omondi and Kevin Ochieng could get a head start to partner youngster Anthony ‘Teddy’ Akumu.

Gor are angling for a league title and they must pick maximum points to keep their dreams alive.

Mathare United on their part under Stanley Okumbi are hungry for success and will not give Gor an easy ride. They are already in position nine after a bad start to the league and will want to better this record.

A win over Gor will thrust them to 29 points and thus leap to position eight. Okumbi said that his boys are now gelling well nearly four months after he took over and expects some stability in his defence.

“We have had a good training session and my boys are fully focused. Gor is a tough team and have been playing fantastic football and we expect a tough game.”

The 2008 champions have picked four points from their last two matches beating champions Tusker 1-0 and holding Muhoroni Youth to a 1-1 all draw.