Admittedly, K’Ogalo overwhelming underdogs ahead of Mashemeji derby

Saturday March 5 2016

Gor Mahia players walk out of the Nyayo Stadium pitch at half time in their Champions League preliminary round, first leg match against CNaPs of Madagascar on  February 13, 2016. PHOTO | CHRIS OMOLLO |

Gor Mahia players walk out of the Nyayo Stadium pitch at half time in their Champions League preliminary round, first leg match against CNaPs of Madagascar on February 13, 2016. PHOTO | CHRIS OMOLLO |  NATION MEDIA GROUP

By TOM OSANJO
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If Sunday’s derby was played one year ago, I would have been more than upbeat predicting how we would give AFC Leopards a heavy beating that befits the Mighty Gor Mahia. I would have then gone ahead and even confidently given a prediction of the scoreline.

However, today I will choose to be humble in my analysis and modest in my predictions. Reason is, Gor Mahia is not what it should be. Watching the boys struggle since the start of the season and my confidence sinks by the minute. It was by pure luck that Gor escaped a beating from the Robert Matano-coached Ulinzi FC on Thursday at Afraha Stadium. It was disheartening to see John Mark Makwatta of Ulinzi run rings around Gor’s defence at will.

It was a marked contrast when it came to our turn as our players were either shy in front of the posts or simply not up to the task. There are just not enough goal hungry finishers up front. And this has been the case ever since we lost two of our finest hit men of last season, Michael Olunga and Meddie Kagere.

But will we live in mourning and gnashing of teeth for the rest of our lives because of the two lads who flew away? An emphatic nay! In as much as we are missing the duo, it is a reality of life that the only constant thing in life is change. So we must adapt and the time to do so is now.

On the opposite side, Leopards that have been hovering just above the relegation zone for quite some time seem to have got their act together and with it their groove back. Begrudgingly, I raise a toast to our perennially under-performing neighbours who at one time re-invented the meaning of the word drama.

From having two teams and two coaches to two sets of officials who would be chased across town at will like some common criminal, AFC have shown the true grit of the long staying power of our so called community clubs.

And those who watched Ingwe against Bandari on Wednesday night will agree that the wet behind the ears boys they have assembled showed some hunger for winning which I believe will take them far this season.

What to do? For what it is worth, I have seen some of my fellow supporters hyping the fact that we have had a fantastic run of being unbeaten in 35 matches. But let me be the spoilsport and point out that our recent never dying love for draws is totally uninspiring. The reason we have goal posts in a stadium is for goals to go past them. If football was meant for draws then we might as well get rid of the goal posts.

On a positive note, I am still a firm believer of the magic of coach Frank Nuttall and I believe on a good day he can inspire his charges to demolish the most stubborn of opponents. In that case I am asking the Scotsman to do us one huge favour to thrash the living daylights out of those Ingwe upstarts.

Godspeed Gor!