Gor Mahia successfully completed the first leg of the 2023/24 Football Kenya Federation Premier League campaign without a single defeat. They achieved this impressive feat by recording 10 wins and 7 draws in the 17 games they played. The team’s unbeaten run is reminiscent of their 2015 squad, which also finished the season without a loss under the guidance of their former coach, Frank Nuttal.
During their unbeaten streak, Gor Mahia faced several tough opponents who tried their best to dent their run. However, one team stood out as the most challenging for Gor Mahia – Posta Rangers. Head coach John Kamau has instilled a style of play in his team that combines physicality, directness, and the ability to play short passing football, similar to Gor Mahia’s approach. This made Posta Rangers a formidable opponent for Gor Mahia, and their match was the toughest of the first leg.
Looking ahead to the rest of the season, Gor Mahia recognizes that their unbeaten run puts a target on their backs. They are aware that teams will have extra motivation to defeat them, potentially using their match against Gor Mahia as a chance to make a statement. The head coach acknowledges that staying unbeaten until the end of the season, as they did in 2015, will be a significant challenge due to the heightened motivation of their opponents.
Gor Mahia understands that teams do not need additional motivation to perform their best against them. Each match is treated like a cup final by their opponents, who hope to make a mark by securing a result against the record Kenyan champions. This increased difficulty in staying unbeaten is why it is not a frequent occurrence in football.
As Gor Mahia enters the second leg of the season, their focus will be on maintaining their strong foundation and defending their league title. They aim to claim their 21st crown and continue their unbeaten run, despite the challenges and motivation of their opponents.