Mbaraki Sports Club in Mombasa is all set

Mbaraki Sports Club in Mombasa is all set to host the eagerly awaited season-opening DStv SuperSport Cup on Saturday from 3pm.The annual fixture that pits the SportPesa Premier League champions against the DStv Shield holders marks the start of the Kenyan season that runs until November.The 2016 Cup has Kenyan Premiership champions Gor Mahia taking on the domestic cup winners Bandari in an interesting looking duel that, viewed dispassionately, could go either way.
Dispassionately because, on one side, the Gor following aka Green Army, always reckon that whenever their beloved side step out onto the pitch the only outcome is victory for them. On the other side, the vocal and opinionated Bandari fans always feel they have the best team this part of the country incapable of losing to anyone.Both teams will be unleashing some of their new signings as they look for a winning start to the season, and equally important, the right combination ahead of their continental assignments in a week’s time.
Winners will walk away with Sh750,000 in prize money while the losing time pockets Sh500,000
Bandari have recruited richly and extensively with the likes of defender Felly Mulumba (formerly with Sofapaka) internationaly capped Edwin Lavatsea (Mathare United), Edwin Wafula (AFC Leopards), Bernard Mangoli) and one time KPL Golden Boot winner and Player of the Year Dan Sserunkuma (Ullises FC, Albania).
Gor’s record Sh4million signing Jacque Tuyisenge is out with injury but other new acquisitions Jackson Saleh, formerly with AFC Leopards, Jacon Keli (Nkana, Zambia), Francis Kahata (Tirana, Albania), Gradus Ochieng (City Stars) and Sammy Okinda (KCB) could see action.
Bandari coach Twahir Muhiddin has publicly stated that he has a very good team capable of competing against any side from Kenya and outside, and will be looking for victory to get the coast side’s season off to a running start.Gor are without their two-time league winning coach Frank Nuttal, who abruptly parted ways with club on Thursday, but they have Geoffrey Walusimbi, the man who scored two goals in their 2-1 win over Bandari in an SPL fixture played in Mombasa last year.
Not many teams come away with victory in Mombasa. Gor have, but they will certainly not have it there way against an ambitious Bandari that will be eager to revenge on a side that did a double on them in 2016.
What a fixture to start off the season.
Courtesy of www.kpl.co.ke

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