Croatian coach Logarusic turns around fortunes at Gor Mahia ahead of derby

Gor Mahia who were struggling at the lower reaches of the table are now among title contenders and are eying AFC's skin in a derby next Sunday
Critics, pundits and fanatics alike are all in agreement that there could be no better time to be a Gor Mahiafan than now.

Pride, laughter and jubilation have replaced moil, turmoil and the choke of tears that was only too palpable a couple of months back.

Then, the 'Kogalo' under the tutelage of Cameroonian import Anaba Awono, were struggling at the lower reaches of the KPL table chart.

But thanks to the magic of Croat coach Zdravko Logarusic, Gor’s motor bike (as is the trade mark celebration anytime influential playmaker Rama Salim scores a goal) has been on a roller coaster navigating through the rugged terrain of the Kenyan premier league.

Logarusic, a master tactician, with experience to boot, has however, remained cautious, indicating that the KPL table standings, (in which Gor are currently placed second) will only make a better reading, with his charges on the Apex.

So sweet has the victory been that K’ogalo’s boisterous ‘Green Army’ can dare dream again. With the race for the Kenyan Premier League seemingly headed to the wire, the giants have greatly upped their stakes for unprecedented treble that was unimaginable some time back.

Figure out this, when the Croat landed in town from West Africa-Ghana, where his dream of coaching liberty professionals hit a snag, a dark cloud hung over the club.

Not only were fans’ mourning’ with hands in cheek, but the old mighty Gor, the Luo legend whom the club was named after could equally have been fuming in his grave!

That sad tale is however, now history as Logarusic helped by none other than the legendary John ‘Bobby’ Ogolla gets the club rocking.

Ogolla is himself a Ko’galo legend, having adorned the club’s famed green jersey is its days of golden yore. During those days, Ogolla was a stopper rivaled to none both at club and national level.

The labored but priceless three points picked from the sweet-bitter Sony on Sunday has seen them inch closer to pace setters AFC Leopards.

Ingwe on 45 points, have every reason to worry, as their 'mashemeji', a local dialect for in laws, are already taunting them for a football battle that could be set for the history books.

Though Leopards have a game in hand, indications are it will not be a rosy charge to the end of the league. Their head coach Jan Koops knows too well that his men will have to sweat blood if they are to land the trophy.

The dynamics are equally much tougher with both third placed Tusker (41 points) and fourth placed Sofapaka (39 points), both having two games in hand all having realistic chances.

Rank outsiders Thika United (39 points) and Ulinzi Stars (37) might also have a say on how the title eventually rests.

But for now the hullabaloo will revolve around the derby sides, Gor and Leopards going by the massive following they command.

But what is certain though is the fact that Gor’ fans have already set the mood and the tempo ahead of the September 23 derby.

Ivan Anguyo’s 81st minute bullet header that secured the win on Sunday sent the fans into a delirium with chants of Ingwe, Ingwe renting the air, a clear warning to AFC to watch out as K’ogalo is coming to get them.