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Gor Mahia counter Sofapaka’s 4-4-2 with a 3-5-2

Gor Mahia 3-5-2 vs Sofapaka 4-4-2


Gor Mahia continued their surge towards defending their Tusker Premier League title with a comeback win over an inspired Sofapaka. In a tight match, the controversies that led to both Gor Mahia goals may pose the bulk of the talking points. Tactically however, it was an exciting game.


Bobby Williamson picked a 3-5-2 to counter Sofapaka’s 4-4-2 formation. The thinking behind it may have been logical.

With Sofapaka being prolific over the course of the season with the threat of their system, a 3-5-2 was apt in trying to stop them. This is Read the rest of this entry

What will be done of the Football Hooliganism in Kenya?

Hooligans causing a stir at a Kenyan football game in 2012

Smoke bellows as hooliganism continues to haunt Kenyan football

Pepsi or Coke ? Messi or Ronaldo ? FIFA or PES ? Barcelona or Madrid ? Adidas or Nike ? Gor or AFC ?  Life will always be about choices. And from the vantage point of the decision you make, yours will always look better, more logical and more beneficial than the next person’s.

Financial growth or Moral victories ? This question seems to have split the opinion of the Kenyan football fan right down the middle. With Gor Mahia charging at the title and leaving bruised teams in their wake, the question has never been as relevant.

Gor Mahia has finally secured Read the rest of this entry


Gor v AFC

Starting Lineups

AFC Leopards let a two goal lead slip in what proved to be a thrilling Derby.

Luc Eymael was back for the Leopards and picked a side with very much the same structure that he has built the side on since his arrival at the club. His side lined up in a familiar 4-3-3.

Gor Mahia coach Bobby Williamson had intimated that his side would also play 4-3-3, and that was illustrated by the pre-match graphics. However, once the game got underway, Gor seemed to settle into a 4-2-3-1.

Midfield Pack

The reason for Williamson’s departure from his more usual Read the rest of this entry


Starting Line Ups

Starting Line Ups

4-4-2 v 4-4-2

As is almost customary in the Tusker Premier League, both teams favoured a 4-4-2 formation.

This formation is the most basic of formations; the easiest to interpret and to implement. Its popularity comes from its simplicity. Arsene Wenger once remarked that it was the essence of reason.

“I think it’s simply the most rational formation in most cases. In fact, it’s the essence of reason. With a 4-4-2, 60% of your players are occupying 60% of the pitch. No other formation is as efficient at covering space.”

Arsene Wenger

However, those remarks were made prior to the liberalisation of the offside rule, which as Jonathan Wilson argues, expanded the Read the rest of this entry



A deceiving telephone conversation would become a convincing one. Graeme Souness took the bait. In 1996, on the recommendation of George Weah, he would sign Senegalese star Ali Dia.

But George Weah was in fact “George Weah” and there was no star in Ali Dia. In training, he looked off. When given his chance, he proved just how awful he was. That spurned that famous quote from Matt Le Tissier, “He ran around the pitch like Bambi on ice; it was very embarrassing to watch.”

Southampton had been embarrassingly hoaxed.

Not now however. They have just acquired the services of Read the rest of this entry

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