'Zico' seeks to write new chapter


NAIROBI, Kenya, October 21- Gor Mahia coach Zedekiah Otieno is keen to banish the memories of their agonizing loss to AFC Leopards in the first leg of the Kenya Premier League (KPL).
Otieno said on Thursday that it was painful to see his side dominate that match at Nyayo National Stadium only to loose in the dying embers of that explosive encounter but he hopes the result will go in ‘Kogalo’s’ favour on Saturday against the old enemy.

“This time we do not want to disappoint our fans because last time we dominated the game for the entire 90 minutes only for them to score with the last kick of the match,” said Otieno.

“We are trying to rectify that by controlling the game and I’m confident we will get three points,” added the Harambee Stars assistant coach.

Gor were having a feeling of the Nyayo Stadium ahead of Saturday’s clash scheduled to kick off at 7pm.

Fans from as far as Mombasa are expected to descend on Nyayo for the most compelling fixture in the Kenya sports calendar with tickets scheduled to go on sale on Saturday morning at the venue.

A win for the green shirts on Saturday will certainly add spice to the title race with Ulinzi currently in pole position to take the title.

“The pressure will be there after we get the three points on Saturday. Whatever result Ulinzi get against Western Stima, we will definitely put pressure on them,” said Otieno.

The former defender hopes that his charges will improve on last weekend’s disappointing barren draw against Karuturi Sports.

“This is a different ball game altogether because it’s against AFC Leopards. We’ve trained well and are ready for the match,” said Otieno.

A win for Gor and a loss for Ulinzi will see Kogalo close the gap to three points with three matches in the league remaining.

Captain Julius Owino will miss the match as he is still recovering from the injury he sustained a fortnight ago in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Uganda.