Derby date revised

The second leg of the Mashemeji derby pitting traditional arch-rivals Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards will be played on August 27 at Nyayo Stadium.
The derby initially scheduled for September 17 was rescheduled, owing to closure of the two main stadia in the country (Kasarani and Nyayo).
The two facilities are under renovation ahead of next year’s African Nations Championships tournament.
The derby which attracts fans from all over the country and beyond will bring the two football power houses together for the third time this season having met in the league and in the SportPesa Super Cup final. In the previous two meetings, Gor have walked away with 3-0 wins in both clashes as the battle for football supremacy continues.
Confirming this, Kenya Premier League chief executive officer, Jack Oguda, said the closure of the two main stadia in the country for renovations was considered as the main cause of the rescheduling. “The match will come a little bit earlier since Kasarani and Nyayo will not be available in September and there is no alternative ground to host the match. It is a game which attracts large numbers and for security reasons, we had to bring it before the closure. We have communicated to both Leopards and Gor and we hope they will prepare for the same.”
The second leg of the derby will bring in Robert Matano and Dylan Kerr who have never met before in the derby with Leopards seeking a revenge following a humiliating defeat in the first leg. The match will also see a number of players signed in the June transfer period make their debut in the one of the biggest football event in the country.
Elsewhere, Kakamega Homeboyz coach Peter Okidi has urged his charges to build up on the gritty performance they showed over the weekend in their goal-less stalemate with Kariobangi Sharks. “If you watched the performance of my boys, you wouldn’t believe that we arrived so late in that match and did not even get time to warm up.
“We had a good game but because of the late arrival, the boys were a bit unsettled and the sharpness was not there. “They took long to get into the game but I think we did very well to hold Kariobangi Sharks. Remember, going by Sharks form, they were considered the overwhelming favourites and I am happy with the result and we must now try to go on from there and put more points on board,” said okidi.
The point earned pushed Homeboyz to 23 points, just six points shy of the top spot now occupied by Ulinzi Stars. Sharks, who missed the opportunity to move into joint second with a victory on Saturday, were critical of Homeboyz approach to their clash with coach William Muluya, saying they deployed defensive tactics.
“Homeboyz’ plan was to defend and they did a very good job at that. Our best chances came in the opening moments of the game but we didn’t take advantage of those chances so we have to contend with the single point,” Muluya said.
With no league action this weekend, the two sides will turn their attention to seeking a place in the quarter finals of the GOtv Shield. Sharks face former winners Sofapaka while Homeboyz face second division high flyers and promotion favourites Vihiga United now coached by their former head Edwin Manoah
“We have done well in the GOtv Shield in the last couple of years. We will be going for nothing short of a win and to do that we must be at the best and that is exactly what we will be looking for against Sofapaka,” said Sharks defender Geoffrey Shiveka. Sharks finished third in last year’s competition as their focus was intently on gaining promotion to the top flight league, which they eventually did.

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