Kakamega Homeboyz chairman Clephas Shimanyula has backed his side to inflict champions Gor Mahia with their first defeat of the season when the two sides face off in an FKF Premier League fixture on Sunday.
K’Ogalo, who are sitting joint-top of the 18-team table with Posta Rangers on seven points from three matches, will travel to Western Kenya for the match day four fixture at Bukhungu Stadium and according to the outspoken Shimanyula, K’Ogalo’s unbeaten start to the 2023-24 campaign will come to an end.
“We will break Gor Mahia’s unbeaten start to the season, it will be a thing of the past by the end of 90 minutes on Sunday, and you can take that to any bank for a loan,” Shimanyula told Africa Top Sports, adding: “My boys are good to go now after a poor start to the season, they have rediscovered their rhythm of play, form and Gor Mahia will have a very long day at Bukhungu.”
Homeboyz kicked off their campaign with a 1-0 away defeat against promoted side Murang’a Seal FC and then recovered to beat Tusker 2-1. They have played two matches since their opener against KCB was shelved to allow them to participate in the Caf Confederation Cup where they lost 4-1 on aggregate to Al Hilal Benghazi of Libya.
Shimanyula believes Homeboyz are the only side in the top-flight currently playing attractive football and they will handle Gor Mahia’s fixture just like they played against Tusker.
He continued: “Just like we did to beat Tusker in our last fixture, we will do the same against Gor, we will strangle them and they should be prepared for that, we will have no mercy on them, we don’t care if they are yet to lose a game, what I know we will break their “virginity” come Sunday, they should go and ask Tusker what happened to them.”
He added: “We lost our first game against Murang’a because we played the game after only returning from Libya, my players were tired then, they had not settled well, but after getting time to train together again, we defeated Tusker, so Gor is another three points for Homeboyz, you can bet on that.”
Last season en route to lifting the FKF Shield Cup, Homeboyz defeated Gor Mahia 1-0 in the semi-finals and they repeated the fete as they humbled them 3-2 in the second-round fixture of the league at Kasarani Stadium.
The two teams have already met this campaign, in the FKF Super Cup, to open the new season, where Gor Mahia emerged 4-2 winners on penalties after a 1-1 draw in normal time. K’Ogalo, who are seeking their 21st league title, started the season with a 1-1 draw against Sofapaka, defeated Ulinzi Stars 1-0 before hammering Nairobi City Stars 4-1.