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KPL Super Cup: Five things learnt from Gor Mahia vs. Bandari FC

5:42 PM SGT 19/8/19
Gor Mahia players with KPL Super Cup trophy.
K’Ogalo reclaimed Kenyan Premier League Super Cup trophy after edging out the Dockers by a solitary goal on Sunday

  • Gor Mahia players v Bandari FC.

    Gor Mahia still a strong side

    After the departure of head coach Hassan Oktay, his assistant Zedekiah Otieno, captain Harun Shakava and key players like Francis Kahata and Jacques Tuyisenge, the majority expected the team to take time before gelling.

    Despite giving debuts to four players and naming a completely different side as compared to the 2018/19 season, Gor Mahia played a decent game. They looked determined and dominated a side which has not made any major changes to the squad.

    It was a true statement - they are still a force to be reckoned with in Kenyan Premier League (KPL).

  • Bernard Mwalala coach of Bandari FC.

    Mwalala should have plan B

    Since his time at Nzoia Sugar, coach Bernard Mwalala has always relied on a direct style of play. Anytime his charges won possession, the next thing is to find their wingers who will in turn either cut in or go to the touchline before bringing in crosses.
     
    Gor Mahia are aware of this tactic and all they did was to cut the supply or crowd those areas. Coach Mwalala could have applied another tactic, but even when they had a numerical advantage, later on, nothing came forth.

    For his team to be more effective this season, Mwalala has to have more than one approach.

  • Joash Onyango of Gor Mahia and Charles Momanyi plus Yema Mwana of Bandari FC.

    Joash Onyango is a rock

    The center-back remains one of the senior players at the club and after the exit of Harun Shakava, he is the one who can organise the defense. Against Bandari, he was composed, read the moves of the attackers well and stopped them in their tracks.
     
    K’Ogalo will need Onyango if they are to successfully challenge for domestic honours as well as continental assignments.

    Coach Steven Polack has a task of ensuring the defender stays fit the whole season and forms partnership at the back with either Charles Momanyi or Maurice Ojwang'.

  • TOBIAAS OTIENO of Gor Mahia v William WADRI of Bandari FC.

    Striking still a problem for Bandari

    Despite having arguably the best attackers in the country, the Dockers are still finding it hard to get goals. With the likes of William Wadri, Yema Mwana and Abdallah Hassan leading the hunt for goals, Gor Mahia keeper David Mapigano was not troubled at all.
     
    This is the second competitive game which the Dockers have failed to score and it is a concern for Mwalala.

    With the season starting in two weeks, the tactician has to find a solution. To win you have to score and failing to do it means you are inviting pressure and will struggle for points.

  • Gor Mahia keeper David Mapigano with KPL Super Cup trophy.

    Kenneth Muguna leads by example

    Musa Mohammed and Harun Shakava are Muguna's predecessors and have helped K’Ogalo to win several titles. When he was named Gor Mahia captain, the soft-spoken Muguna knew it was a huge task to follow in their footsteps.
     
    However, against Bandari, the former Western Stima player proved he can do it as well. He initiated a move which resulted in a goal and created decent chances.

    His shot from outside the 18-yard area in the 65th minute narrowly missed the target. Even when his side had a numerical disadvantage, Muguna ensured the team stays intact.