Gor Mahia legend Tobias ‘Jua Kali’ Ocholla has cautioned the league leaders not to be carried away by their current form ahead of Sunday derby.
K’Ogalo will take on 19th placed AFC Leopards in a Kenyan Premier League match, better known as ‘Mashemeji derby’ at Nyayo Stadium on Sunday.
Though Ocholla, who played close to 20 derbies in his 12-years stint with Gor Mahia has given K’Ogalo the upper hand in the weekend match, he, however, cautioned that they should be worried about the history of the derby.
“You cannot predict who will carry the day in a derby but history shows us that a team that is struggling usually comes top.
“Gor Mahia has the upper hand going by their form but it will depend on how a team comes out of the block. They need to be cautious,” the former defender told Goal.
Ocholla added that the outcome of such high octane matches is not pegged entirely on the current form of teams but also the character of the coach.
“AFC Leopards performance against Tusker is a morale booster to them, but usually in a derby, the character of the coach also play a big part on who carries the day,” added Ocholla, who played with the likes of the great Zangi Okelo, Peter Dawo and Anthony Ndolo during his days at Gor Mahia.
Ocholla, popularly known as ‘Jua Kali’, joined Gor Mahia in 1986 under the late Len Julians from the defunct Kisumu Hot Stars and enjoyed 20 years with K’Ogalo.