The Kenyan Premier League (KPL) 2016 season will be getting underway in a week but ahead of the big kickoff, there will be the traditional curtain raiser, a top billed clash pitting league and cup winners. This year, Gor Mahia takes on Bandari at the Mbaraki Sports Club.
For the first time in the history of the game, the clash will be played outside the capital, Nairobi.
Heading to the game, most pre match talk has been directed Gor Mahia’s way with a lot of it being the failed attempt to terminate head coach Frank Nuttal’s contract while much has been silent on Bandari.
However, this is a clash that could go either way; for Gor Mahia, the fans will be expecting the league champions to start with a bang just like in 2015 while on the other side, the vocal Bandari fans always feel they have the best team this part of the country incapable of losing to anyone.
Both sides will be fielding a number of new signings in the game aimed at not just getting off to a winning start but as well to test how well they have gelled in the team in view of the coming continental assignments.
Gor Mahia, however, will be without their record signing, Rwandan Jacques Tuyisenge who is still recovering from injury picked from the CHAN tournament.
Kshs 1.25 million is lined up for the prizes in the game, with the winner bagging Sh750,000 in prize money while the losing team pockets Sh500,000.
Gor Mahia did a double on Bandari in 2015 and so the Dockers will also be looking to avenge. They are buoyed with a number of good players in the team as well as a vocal backing of home fans.
Raymond Onyango will be the center referee in the game, Caro Kiles and Steve Adeya the first and second assistant referees then Judith Muhonja will serve as the fourth official.
The match is scheduled to start at 3pm EAT.