Super Cup tie displayed what to expect in Premier League

Published on 25/01/2009

By Mutwiri Mutuota

Saturday’s Kenyan Premier League (KPL) Super Cup clash between ‘the empire’ and ‘new kids on the block’ may have poignantly opened a new chapter in the local club football.

The season opener saw two sides that will be engaged in continental football over the weekend display what to expect in the tough premiership campaign.

Gor, 12-time league winners, outclassed titleholders Mathare United 3-0 in a game where the past and present clashed with ‘the empire’ coming tops.

“The match was a friendly and I used it to gauge my new recruits. This will be a long season and my priority is to make a mark on the CAF Champions League,” Mathare coach, Francis Kimanzi, said. “If we manage to get to the knock-out stage of the competition, the profile of Kenyan players will be raised and this is my aim,” he added in his post-match comment.

First round tie

Mathare travel to Zambia on Thursday to face Zesco United in Ndola in their Champions League first round tie.

His opposite number, James Sianga was elated at the outcome. “I will not go for established players. I like working with the youth since they listen to my instructions,” Sianga offered.

Sianga gave first start to Peter Opiyo, Chris Wekesa, George Odhiambo before introducing Ben Gemenet who netted the third in extra time. Three others were on the bench.

“I recruited them from secondary school games in Machakos and Bungoma United,” Sianga said adding, “my promise is to give our fans and the country good football, starting with our (CAF) Cup match on Saturday.”

Gor, who won the KFF Cup, return to continental action on Saturday when they host Rwanda’s APR. They play Zimbabwe’s Caps United in a friendly tomorrow and unveil their theme and logo on January 30 at Bomas of Kenya.

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