A victory over Western Stima FC on Saturday would have meant defending BetKing Premier League champions Gor Mahia would have gone into round 23 of the league with a realistic shot, mathematically, at qualifying for next season’s CAF Champions League.
They, however, took a 2-1 beating at the hands of the Kisumu powermen and now lie a massive six points behind leaders Tusker. With CAF representation set to be determined by June 30th, round 23 of the BetKing Premier League is ultimately the one that will determine who flies out next season. The round will be played on June 30th.
Gor’s meeting with Bandari FC at the Utalii Grounds on Wednesday will be dead rubber as far as the CAF representation goes as even the visitors are far off (13 points behind Tusker). With 12 matches still to go after the completion of round 23 however, it is a crucial match in the race for the overall league title.
The defending champions would like to lick their wounds with the clash, especially having dispatched the ports authority side 3-1 at their own backyard in January. But they do entertain a Bandari side that pummelled Kariobangi Sharks by four goals the last time they were in action, Benjamin Mosha a key participant of the rout.
Bandari themselves, at least before last Saturday, hadn’t had the best of outings as pertains form. A six-match winless run set the Andre Casa Mbungo side on a downward trajectory and the rout over Sharks a possible lift in spirits.
They have lost their last five matches against Gor Mahia with their last victory coming in December of the season 2018.
It’s an open contest even though, before Saturday, had amassed nine straight wins (all competitions). With the CAF incentive gone, it will be critical to see how Coach Vas Pinto’s men respond to the setback and rise up to possibly regain good form as the league gears towards the homestretch stage.
Match kicks off at the Utalii Grounds