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Mashemeji Derby: CS Owalo hands Gor Mahia Ksh500K boost ah**d of AFC Leopards duel

Thursday, April 18th, 2024 21:57 | By
Cabinet Secretary for Information, Communication and Digital Economy Eliud Owalo with Gor Mahia players. PHOTO/Eliud Owalo/Facebook
Cabinet Secretary for Information, Communication and Digital Economy Eliud Owalo with Gor Mahia players. PHOTO/Eliud Owalo/Facebook

The Cabinet Secretary for Information, Communication and Digital Economy Eliud Owalo has donated Ksh500,000 to Gor Mahia ahead of the Mashemeji Derby duel against AFC Leopards on Sunday, April 21, 2024.

The CS made the donation after visiting the team during their Thursday's training session.

"Today, I have paid a courtesy call on Gor Mahia FC for a chat with the players at their training ground in Thika ahead of this weekend’s Mashemeji Derby against AFC Leopards.

"I donated a modest basic subsistence support of Ksh500,000 to the players as they prepare for the Derby," Owalo, who was accompanied by Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier, secretary-general Sam Ochola, said.

Cabinet Secretary for Information, Communication and Digital Economy Eliud Owalo with Gor Mahia players. PHOTO/Eliud Owalo/Facebook
Cabinet Secretary for Information, Communication and Digital Economy Eliud Owalo with Gor Mahia players. PHOTO/Eliud Owalo/Facebook

McKinstry confident

Meanwhile, Gor Mahia's head coach Johnathan McKinstry is confident ahead of their home game against the archrivals.

“Every point now feels like it is worth more because we are at the tail end of the season and we are edging towards the objective of trying to retain the championship.

"This weekend is another big opportunity for us to try and move towards that. We are looking forward to putting up a performance for our fans because this is a big game and we expect good attendance,” McKinstry told the press.

The former Rwanda and Uganda head coach also acknowledged the threat expected from AFC Leopards and how he will instruct players to counter it.

“We have a lot of match-winners in the team, we have the best defensive record in the league, and if we play the way I know we can, then three points are not too far away.

"We respect our opponents; they have some dangerous players as well, and we will make sure we let the players know about that so that we can get the points. The concentration and focus have to be there, and we have to play to our highest standards,” he added.

Good mood in the camp and consistency in the Premier League are some of the reasons that give McKinstry confidence.

“The mood in the camp is very good; we have been on a good run this year, and our position in the league showcases that.

"We have been pretty consistent from the start of the season, and we got a pretty good win against Nzoia last week, so the mood in the camp is good,” he concluded.

Ingwe will be looking for a win against Gor Mahia after going down 2-0 in their last encounter from Benson Omala's brace.

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