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High stakes as Gor face rangers

[Posted 04 Oct 2012]
[By Charles Malingha]
High stakes as Gor face rangers

After 10 days of inactivity in the Tusker Premier League, third-placed Gor Mahia will look to resume normal service when they tackle basement club Rangers on Wednesday night at the Nyayo Stadium from 7 pm.

That service has seen the charging Gor Mahia win their last three matches and stay unbeaten in 12 outings.

Staying 10 days out has, however, seen Gor Mahia (46 points) lose their top position on the league table to defending champions Tusker FC (51 points) and second-placed AFC Leopards (48 points).

Three points will see them maintain their momentum as they jump from third to second.

Precious points

But it will be three precious points that their relegation-threatened opponents are also desperate to collect.

"We want to remain in the league and every match for us is like a final," Rangers FC head coach James Nandwa said on Tuesday.

Pundits have given struggling Rangers, FC who have lost their last three matches, little chance against the in-form K’Ogalo, but Nandwa likes it just like that.

"We want to play football and we are happy to bear the underdog tag. It only goes to motivate us to work harder, and you never know what will happen in football," he said.

Former Gor Mahia striker Baldwin Ngwa will parade for Rangers and is likely to be partnered with Eric Murandwa or Edwin Ombata.

Rangers will have to reckon with the second meanest defence in the league and, on account of goals scored, the most formidable attack partnership in Kenya’s club football: Dan Sserunkuma and Rama Salim.

The duo have netted between them 22 goals, with Ugandan Sserunkuma - the league’s second top scorer - the more productive on a personal tally of 12.

"Gor have a good midfield going forward and very good finishers. We will need to close down their spaces. We have planned for them," Nandwa added.

Gor secretary George Bwana left little to the imagination when he stated: "We do not want to put pressure on the boys but this is a must-win for us.

"We want to get closer to Tusker, who we will meet later in the season. We have to keep in the race and the boys are up to the task."

Any talk of extending Gor coach Zdravko Lugorusic’s contract will be on hold for now, but the Croatian knows a win for him will increase pressure on his employers to sweeten any offer.

The two teams drew 1-1 in their first leg tie in March. With so much at stake for both this could be another close, tense encounter.


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