Homeboyz out to extend giant slaying mission againt Gor Mahia as KCB host Bandari

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FKFPL Homeboyz out to extend giant slaying mission againt Gor Mahia as KCB host Bandari

Mark Kinyanjui 08:00 - 24.09.2023

Gor Mahia will be eyeing revenge against Kakamega Homeboyz as Mwalala’s KCB face high-flying Bandari.

Reigning FKF Cup champions Kakamega Homeboyz will be hoping to keep their recent trend of slaying giant Kenyan clubs when they face Gor Mahia at the Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega on Sunday afternoon.

Homeboyz vs Gor Mahia

Homeboyz, who slayed Tusker 2-1 last week, will be seeking to repeat their heroics from last season when they beat Gor Mahia the last time both sides met in April.

Abana Abeingo have won two of their opening three fixtures so far this season, as they seek to nurse the wounds of being knocked out of the CAF Confederation Cup in August and finish as high up the league as possible in Patrick Odhiambo’s first full season in charge.

Gor Mahia are unbeaten in their first three games of the season, although there has been criticism from a section of fans that their style of football has been far from entertaining.

Head coach Johnathan McKinstry however, is insistent that it was just in their game against Ulinzi Stars that they set up to be intentionally pragmatic in order to counter Anthony Modo Kimani’s expansive possession-based approach,

K’Ogalo will be hoping that Benson Omala can continue his good run of form after scoring a brace in the last match against Nairobi City Stars at the Kasarani Stadium last Sunday. 

Omala looked threatening all afternoon, and his second goal was a particular beauty as he netted a diving header to put the game to bed in the first half.

Rooney Onyango will also hope to keep his place in the team. The teenage sensation has brought a breath of fresh air bombing up and down the pitch at every available opportunity and whipping dangerous crosses in, and his skill sets could be useful in efforts to push Homeboyz’s wingers backward.

McKinstry is wary of the state of the pitch at Bukhungu Stadium, so it is expected that he may not set his team up to be free-flowing.

KCB vs Bandari

Elsewhere, KCB will be hosting Bandari in Nairobi on Sunday afternoon, hoping to get back to winning ways after suffering a blip against Kariobangi Sharks last week.

The Bankers have won once and lost one of their opening two fixtures, but have the depth to bounce back and return to winning ways.

Francis Kahiro has been a revelation up front, with his movement, linkup, and hold-up play giving defenses problems, while bringing willing runners like Steven Etyang into the game.

Expect that dynamic to continue against a Bandari side that have won two of their opening three fixtures, although they will be relying on Hassan Abdallah’s magic from the flanks, alongside Nyamawi Beja’s flair from the middle of the park for inspiration in an attacking sense.

Ulinzi vs Sofapaka

Ulinzi Stars will face Sofapaka at the Ulinzi Sports Complex in Lang’ata hoping for their first win of the season after losing each of their first three games.

Both sides are struggling for form, and will need to address it as fast as possible to get out of the relegation places.

Posta vs Seal

League leaders Posta Rangers will play Murang’a Seal, with both sides on good form after enjoying fantastic starts to the season.

Rangers, who have started reaping the rewards of playing flowing attacking football after head coach John Kamau laid foundations last week, know they will have to be careful, as Murang’a Seal will be nursing the wounds of losing to FC Talanta at the final minute last week.

All matches will kick off at 3 PM.