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Late fitness tests await Tuyisenge, Aucho ahead of Tusker clash

Gor forward Jacques Tuyisenge being helped off by countryman Abuoba Sibomana after picking a knock in their 2-1 win over Thika United.PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu
Gor forward Jacques Tuyisenge being helped off by countryman Abuoba Sibomana after picking a knock in their 2-1 win over Thika United.PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu

NAIROBI, April 15- Gor Mahia duo of forward Jacques Tuyisenge and Khalid Aucho will await late fitness tests before being cleared to be part of the squad to face Tusker FC on Saturday at Nyayo National Stadium.

Tuyisenge picked up a knee injury in their 2-1 win over Thika United on April 6 to go on and sit out in their 0-0 draw with Ushuru last weekend while Aucho was stretchered off in the Ushuru match after suffering a concussion.

“Both trained lightly on their own today but we cannot give them the go ahead. We are waiting for the doctor to asses them and the decision whether they will play will be made tomorrow. We don’t want to rush Jack back and Aucho’s injury is quite sensitive,” assistant coach Tom Ogweno told Capital Sport.

Tuyisenge had hit the ground running scoring thrice in two matches partly solving Gor’s blunt attack force that had struggled to get the ball at the back of the net in the opening five matches of the season.

In his absence last weekend, Jacob Keli and Enock Agwanda were tasked with leading Gor’s forward line, but they could not match up expectation.

Against a tough and on form Tusker side, K’Ogalo head coach Jose Marcelo Ferreira would have wished to have a full strength squad but the coach maintains he has a strong team enough to challenge any opponent.

Tusker have picked up an impressive 11 points out of a possible 15 in the last five matches but a worrying trend for coach Paul Nkata is their poor form at home.

The Brewers has failed to win in all their three home matches, losing once and drawing twice.

“It is a concern that we are only doing well away from home but I am working on it and hopefully, we make our home form good as well,” Nkata said.

Tusker last beat Gor in 2013, and in league meetings, the brewers have only beaten K’Ogalo twice in the last seven years with the latter winning six and picking a point in the.

“It is going to be tough for us because Tusker has never been an easy opponent. They are currently enjoying good form and on top of the table and that tells us what exactly we should expect from them,” Ogweno stated.

Tusker will be looking at extending their stay at the top of the Premier League as they are perched at the summit on 17 points.

A loss at Gor will see Tusker topped if either AFC Leopards or Mathare United pick wins.

Leopards will be playing away to Ushuru on Sunday and head coach Ivan Minnaert expects a tough duel from Ken Kenyatta’s charges.

“We saw how they frustrated Gor last weekend and we expect a similar game this weekend. It is a tough match but we have to make sure we work hard and get the three points,” Minnaert said.

The coach will miss the services of left back Andrew Diego and youngster Alfred Wekesa who are still nursing injuries.

Defender Erick Masika remains sidelined from the team after boycotting training for a week and returning without explanation.

Elsewhere, Mathare United will be away to Ulinzi Stars at the Afraha Stadium on Sunday in another expected blockbuster.

Robert Matano’s Ulinzi lost their unbeaten run last weekend in a 1-0 loss to Posta Rangers in Nairobi and the coach will be expecting a response from his charges as they aim to remain in contention for the league crown.

Kimanzi’s Mathare has started the season on a blistering note, winning five of their opening eight matches of the season.

Kimanzi expects a tough challenge from the military side and has urged his boys to turn up in their best form to keep the momentum going.