Why Gor Mahia might seal FKF Premier League title without kicking a ball

Why Gor Mahia might seal FKF Premier League title without kicking a ball

Festus Chuma 07:45 - 18.05.2024

Gor Mahia could clinch the FKF Premier League title this weekend as they prepare to face Muhoroni Youth on Sunday.

On a potentially decisive weekend of FKF Premier League action, Gor Mahia could clinch the title without even stepping onto the pitch.

K'Ogalo, who currently enjoy a commanding 10-point lead, are set to resume their campaign on Sunday against relegation-threatened Muhoroni Youth. 

However, the fate of the title could be determined on Saturday, in a clash between Kenya Police FC and Tusker FC.

Kenya Police FC, the only team with a mathematical chance of catching Gor Mahia, must defeat Tusker FC on Saturday at the Police Sacco Stadium to keep their slim hopes alive. 

Additionally, they would need Gor Mahia to falter against Muhoroni Youth on Sunday.

A loss for Kenya Police FC against Tusker FC would crown Gor Mahia champions for the 21st time in their illustrious history, regardless of their own result against Muhoroni Youth.

K’Ogalo face Muhoroni Youth on Sunday with three points securing the title but the team could also win even before playing should Tusker beat Kenya Police at the Police Sacco Stadium on Saturday. 

Muhoroni Youth comes into the game on the back of a goalless draw against Bandari FC. 

Currently sitting 17th on the log with 28 points, Muhoroni Youth are fighting for survival, with each of their remaining matches carrying the weight of a final.

Gor Mahia lead the log with 64 points, 10 points clear of Kenya Police FC, whose 1-0 defeat to AFC Leopards on Wednesday dimmed their hopes of lifting their first-ever league title. 

The pressure is on for Kenya Police FC, who must overcome a strong Tusker side to extend the title race.

If Kenya Police FC loses to Tusker, Gor Mahia will be crowned champions before their match against Muhoroni Youth, with three matches still to play before the end of the season. 

This scenario would allow Gor Mahia’s coach, Jonathan McKinstry, to focus on his impending move to Gambia, where he is set to be unveiled as the national team head coach in time for next month’s World Cup qualifiers.

The Irishman, who has previously managed the national teams of Sierra Leone, Rwanda, and Uganda, will be succeeding Belgian Tom Saintfiet, who resigned after the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON). 

McKinstry had hoped to travel to Gambia with the FKF Premier League title already secured, and a win for Tusker on Saturday could make that wish a reality.

Despite the potential for an early coronation, Gor Mahia cannot afford to underestimate Muhoroni Youth. 

The relegation battlers have not lost in their last two matches and will be fighting tooth and nail to secure their top-flight status.

 For Gor Mahia, securing the title on the pitch would be a fitting end to a dominant season.

In addition to the title race, the weekend's fixtures have significant implications for the relegation battle. 

Muhoroni Youth, with 28 points, are in a precarious position and need every point they can muster to avoid the drop. 

Their recent form, including a resilient draw against Bandari FC suggests they will be no pushovers for Gor Mahia.

As the FKF Premier League season nears its climax, all eyes will be on the results of the weekend's matches. 

Whether Gor Mahia secure the title on the pitch or benefit from Kenya Police FC's potential slip-up the club is on the brink of adding another chapter to its storied history. 

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