Coach Zdravko Logarusic has also retained former Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) midfielder Paul Kiongera in the squad with striker Edwin Lavasta, who came in as a second half substitute during Gor Mahia’s barren draw against Anse Reunion of Seychelles in Confederation Cup last weekend, starting upfront.
Lavasta will be assisted by last year’s Premier league top scorer Dan Sserunkuma with midfielder of the year Anthony Akumu getting another chance to impress in the area. Gor Mahia will however, miss the services of Rama Salim.
On the other hand, Tusker FC coach Robert Matano, has retained goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch to man the posts as Jeremiah Bright comes in for his first start for the brewers.
New signings Ismael Dunga, Andrew Tololwa and Ugandan Robert Omunuk will all start with midfielder David ‘Cheche’ Ochieng also getting a starting role.
At the same time, the winner of this fixture, pitting the reigning league and domestic cup champions will be guaranteed Sh750, 000 with the runners up pocketing Sh500, 000.
27,000 tickets have been printed for this match, with 2,500 reserved for the VIP section. Fans will be required to part with Sh500 and Sh200 respectively for the main stand and terrace to be able to watch the match.
Gor Mahia: Fredrick Onyango (capt), Solomon Nasio, Christopher Wekesa, Donald Mosoti, Israel Emuge, Anthony Akumu, Joseph Njuguna, Ivan Anguyo, Paul Kiongera, Dan Sserunkuma and Edwin Lavasta.
Tusker: Boniface Olouch, Luke Ochieng’, David ‘Cheche’ Ochieng, Jeremiah Bright, Martin Kiiza, Joseph Shikokoti (capt), Peter, Opiyo, Robert Omunuk, Ismael Dunga, Jesse Were, Andrew Tololwa.