This will be Gor Mahia's seventh game in twenty-two days, making it an average of one game after every three days.
It is something that has hurt the defending champions, who are currently active in three competitions. The Dylan Kerr led side are in the Group stages of Caf Confederation Cup, leading in the league and in the quarter-finals of the Shield Cup.
For Sofapaka, things have been fairer; they have played three games so far, an average of one game after every seven days. They are fresh, no fatigue, and are aiming at getting maximum points against the tired K’Ogalo, who are likely to rotate the squad, with one eye on Mashemeji Derby set for Saturday.
|Game||Sofapaka vs Gor Mahia|
|Date||Wednesday, August 22|
|Time||4:00pm Kenyan Time|
TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch
In Kenya, the game will be shown live on Y-254.
|DSTV channel||Free-to-air channel|
Squads & Team News
It is still unclear whether Boniface Oluoch will take part, but Goal understands the keeper will not be risked with the Mashemeji Derby just around the corner.
This match comes soon for Ivorian striker Ephraim Guikan, who was injured last week against Chemelil. After his horrendous show against Rayon Sports last weekend, Wellington Ochieng’ might be rested against Batoto ba Mungu.
Probable Gor Mahia XI: Odhoji, Otieno, Shakava, Momanyi, Onguso, Juma, Wendo, Okeyo, Onyango, Ondiek and Mustapha.
No major concern for the 2009 league champions, most of the players are fit for the match. The only concern will definitely be on Elly Asieche, who was injured against Nzoia last weekend, and was later substituted for Brian Magonya.
Probable Sofapaka XI: Kigonya, Aloro, Yusuf, Ouma, Omar, Kilume, Magonya, Mico, Waruru, Oduor and Aswani.
The two teams played out to a 3-3 draw in the first leg duel at Machakos, with former striker Meddie Kagere, Innocent Wafula and Bernard Ondiek netting the goals for the defending champions, to ensure Ezekiel Okare's double and a Kepha Aswani strike did not hand Batoto ba Mungu victory.
In the seven previous meetings, Sofapaka has won just once, and in the nineteen league outings, they have won three times and drawn eight times.
On paper, it looks like the league leaders have an easy match but with the latest schedule and squad rotation, Sofapaka might just use that to their advantage.