Gor Mahia seeking to avenge disappointing first-leg draw against Nzoia Sugar

Gor Mahia coach Johnatham McKinstry. Photo: Gor Mahia

Gor Mahia seeking to avenge disappointing first-leg draw against Nzoia Sugar

Mark Kinyanjui 07:58 - 13.04.2024

Gor Mahia head coach Johnathan McKinstry felt triggered by his side's underwhelming 2-2 draw with Nzoia Sugar in the first leg ahead of their rematch at Sudi Stadium.

Gor Mahia's head coach Johnathan McKinstry, is confident that his team is eager to settle the score with Nzoia Sugar after their 2-2 draw in the first leg. 

They are determined to maintain their lead at the top of the table as they face the Millers at Sudi Stadium.

Ahead of their clash with the bottom-placed Millers, Gor Mahia traveled on Friday afternoon, gearing up for the match scheduled for Saturday, April 13th, with kickoff set for three o'clock in the afternoon.

McKinstry emphasized the importance of preparing the players adequately to ensure they perform at their best.

 "We will make sure that we get the boys rehabbed and prepped as well as they can to get the journey out of their legs."

Reflecting on their previous encounters, McKinstry expressed a desire to rectify past shortcomings, saying, "We feel we owe Nzoia Sugar something from the beginning of the season."

 He highlighted specific instances where the team fell short, stating, "Obviously, we have had two 45-minute periods this year where we have been well under our levels." 

McKinstry recalled the second half against Police and the first half against Nzoia Sugar, where Gor Mahia conceded two goals but managed to salvage a 2-2 draw. 

He emphasized the team's determination to redeem themselves, stating, "We have sort of a revenge we will try and take by getting all the three points in the game."

“Anytime we play against Homeboyz, it’s always a tough, physical game, more like the old school and we enjoyed the game,” he said.

 “Any team offered an eight-point lead with nine games to go would take it. So, we go into the next game against Nzoia in a good mood, ready to make amends and carry the day.”

K’Ogalo will be favourites to go past Nzoia, who are currently languishing at the bottom of the 18-team table with 17 points.

 The game will provide Gor Mahia with a chance to rectify the first-round result, which ended in a 2-2 draw.

 Last season, Gor Mahia won the first meeting 1-0 before the two sides battled to a 2-2 draw in the reverse fixture. The last time Nzoia managed to beat Gor Mahia was in the 2021 season, a 2-0 outcome at Kasarani Stadium.

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