23 February 2013

Kenya: Stage Set for the Supercup

The last time they featured in and won the DSTV Super cup, Tusker went on to be crowned Kenya Premier League champions at the expense of the team they had beaten in the season curtain raiser Gor Mahia.

Robert Matano will hope for more of the same when his side takes on FKF Cup winners Gor in a repeat of their meeting last year when Samuel Odhiambo's penalty heroics led the Ruaraka based brewers to a

4-1 win and a cheque of Sh750,000.

"We always want to try and win every match we are playing regardless of whether its a final or a league match for three points and that will be our target against Gor Mahia,"said Tusker defender Humphrey Okoti

But one man standing between them and such a repeat performance at the Nyayo Stadium today from 4pm, is Zdravko Logarusic.

The Croatian tactician has showed his credentials in his last four meetings with the brewers beating them on all but one occasion. Logarusic has said today's game will be little more than a warm-up for the new league season.

However, it will not be lost on anyone his desire to win every title available. Kogallo fans have a huge appetite for glory and a win today will erase all the underlying misgivings they may have with Logarusic over the teams poor showing in the Charity Cup and in the Afroican Football Confederation (CAF) Cup match last weekend.

"We have enjoyed good results against Tusker and we hope to continue the same this year. We know they started their preparations early while we are just finishing on our pre season.

When it comes to the match what matters is which team is more motivated to win," said Logaruisic.

Gor will field almost the same team they used against the brewers in their last meeting with n Paul Mungai Kiongera the only new face likely to get a first team start.

With the partnership of Ugandan Danny Sserunkuma and Rama Salim quickly losing its lustre and Rama recovering from a bout of malaria, Logarusic will also have a tough choice to make in whether or not

to stick with the partnership. Rama has equally been a pale shadow of his former free scoringself throughout pre season or give the lanky Edwin Lavatsa an opportunity to stake a claim for a first team place. Tusker on the other hand have made many changes to there team that lifted the title.

The likes of strikers Jesse Were, Ismail Dunga, Uganda's Andrew Ssakayombwa and Robert Omunuku might be given a chance to face a team that is considered their biggest threat when they attempt to win a third successive league title. Victory for either team today will be a good psychological boost for the coming season.

Copyright © 2013 The Star. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.