It is clear that Kenya Premier League defending champions Gor Mahia are having a hard time staging a title defence.
A dismal perfromance after the departure of key players has seen K’ogalo losing six matches and drawing one out of the 13 games played so far.
The Coach Carlos Manuel Vaz Pinto’s men are seating eighth on KPL Premier League standings with 19 points, 16 behind leaders Tusker FC.
The last time Gor portrayed such poor performance in the national league was in 1991. In the opening 12 games, they recorded three wins, three losses, and six draws.
However, K’ogalo did magic. They straightened their boots, winning eight of their next 10 games, a terrific form that won them the championship that year.
The question on everyone’s lip is whether Gor can stage a 1991-esque comeback and become a serious title contender. Why the recent poor run of form?
Players unrest due to financial challenges are some of the reasons haunting Gor Mahia. Players complain of unpaid dues dating months back.
Back-to-back losses against ten-man Posta Rangers and Tusker FC left the club faithful questioning the capability of their new Portuguese coach.
The return of Captain Harun Shakava and the signing of Brazilian striker Silva Wilson has done little to boost the confidence of the K’ogalo team.
Over the years, Gor Mahia have being the marking scheme of winning the Kenya Premier League title. They have clinched seven of the last eight titles.
However, this seems to change with the rise of fast-improving sides like Bidco FC and AFC Leopards.
K’ogalo will face a newly-promoted Bidco FC that has had a positive start to the season under the tutelage of Akhulia Antony.
Coach Manuel Vaz Pinto is optimistic his charges will demonstrate ability to overcome the challenge and unfamiliar territories they find themselves in.
“We will overcome the problems experienced in the last few days. I believe the players have and will demonstrate ability to overcome the challenge,” he says.
Bidco have had a positive run of form in the KPL since their promotion from the National Super League this season.
The Thika-based outfit is placed 7th in the KPL standings with 21 points in 15 games.