Four top Kenyan Premier League (KPL) sides will have the opportunity to test their new signings with three weeks to go before the season starts in the Charity Cup tournament Moi Kasarani on Saturday.
Gor Mahia, Mathare United, Sofapaka and Western Stima will take part in the one day event, whose proceeds will go to support charity.
Attention will certainly be on the first match between Gor Mahia and United which kicks-off at 9.a.m. The two teams fought to a stale-mate in last season’s league fixtures and are aware that whoever wins will carry the bragging rights going into the season.
United have always given Gor trouble and beating them early in the year will be a major confidence boost for the KPL runners-up. Gor coach Zradvko Logarusic has admitted that it will not be an easy fixture but one he nonetheless desperately wants to win.
“Last season we collected just two points out of a possible six from United and this shows you that they are not an easy opposition. Starting positively against them will therefore, make a big difference for us," Logarusic told Goal.com.
His United counterpart Stanley Okumbi on the other hand looks at this tournament as an opportunity to test his new signings after being forced to recruit an almost entire team.
“This tournament is very important for us because we will have a chance to see our new signings and also identify exactly where we are before the new season starts."
The second match between Sofapaka and Western Stima is also expected to be exciting with both teams fielding their strongest sides in search of a positive start to the season.
Sofapaka coach David Ouma has said he wants to bring joy to their fans using the tournament as a thank you for voting for them to take part in the event.The tournament is being used to raise funds for charity and the winner will pocket Sh850, 000. Teams were selected after fans voted through Short Message Services (SMS).