All is set for the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) season opener, the Super Cup, that will go down on Sunday 28th January at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru.
KPL’s Chief Logistics and Operations Officer, Frank Okoth, has also confirmed the match will be live on Free to Air Channel KTN.
“We have an agreement with KTN specifically for the Super Cup. We (KPL) will do the production through Media Pro and they (KTN) will air the match,” Okoth said.
Gor Mahia Head Coach Dylan Kerr says the team has prepared well for the match and he is looking forward to bagging his first trophy of the year.
“We are ready for the match, the preparations have been fantastic and we are really eager to bag our first trophy of the season. It is very important to start on a high note as it plays a huge role in setting the tempo for the season,” he opines,
“The stakes are definitely high, it’s a rivalry and we definitely want to own the bragging rights. We have some new faces in the playing unit and they have settled in well. We did well last season and the bar has been set already. We have to win the league with a bigger point margin than last season and do well continentally,” he added.
AFC Leopards tactician Robert Matano is also eager to start the season on a high by winning the Super Cup. The team beat Ugandan top-tier side KCCA 2-1 in a friendly match played at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Wednesday and the coach says it was a good build up ahead of the Super Cup.
“I released several players and we have very good replacements. The main aim of the KCCA friendly was to test the cohesion of the unit and I am impressed with the progress so far. We have prepared well for the match against Gor Mahia and I am optimistic we will emerge victors,” he added.
“Our target is to do better than last season. With the squad I have I am sure we will achieve our goals for the season in the KPL and also do well in the CAF Confederation Cup,” he added.
“It is a huge responsibility for me to lead such a huge club but I am up to the task. Gor Mahia has developed me into the player I am today and I promise to serve them well as the team captain. I also thank the coach for the responsibility, it shows he trusts me. We have prepared very well for this particular game, just like we do for any game we play – the approach is the same and we are optimistic we will emerge winners.” – Harun Shakava, Gor Mahia
“Last season was not so good for the team but we at least won the Shield Cup and that’s why are playing in the Super Cup. This year everything is in order and the preparations have been good. Our aim is to do better than last season just like our coach said and we want to start on a good note by winning the Super Cup.” – Duncan Otieno, AFC Leopards