July 16, 2021 Patrick Korir

Head to head: Nairobi City Stars (H) vs Gor Mahia (A)

Simba wa Nairobi skipper Anthony Muki Kimani shielding the ball off Gor Mahia's debutant Frank Odhiambo in a round 17 clash at the Utalii grounds on Sun 16 May 2021. Gor won 1-0

On Saturday 17 July 2021, starting 3pm, Nairobi City Stars will host champions Gor Mahia at Ruaraka in a 26th round Betking Premier League game.

It will be Premier League game no. 24 between the two, but the 12th that Simba wa Nairobi will be hosting Gor Mahia, the first since March 2016.

From the previous 11 home encounters, Nairobi City Stars is yet to beat Gor Mahia, at least on the pitch.

The one and only home ‘win’  for City Stars against the reigning league champions was back in June 2006 when the hosts, then known as World Hope, were handed a walkover by a no-show Gor Mahia.

Of the other ten games, five have been draws and the other five have been won by Gor Mahia.

In the 11 home games, Gor Mahia has scored outscored Simba wa Nairobi 18 goals to eight.

During the first leg game played in mid-May this year, Gor hit City Stars 1-0 in a round 17 game, the first premiership game between the two since July 2016.

For the upcoming game, there will be changes at the touchline as Portuguese coach Manuel Van Pinto who handled the first leg game for Gor has since left. His place will be taken up by his worthy assistant Sammy Pamzo Omolo.

City Stars still has Bosnian Sanjin Alagic who will be going for a take-two against Gor.

The Saturday game will be a historic one, as City Stars and Gor Mahia have never played a Premier League game at Ruaraka.

Into the game, Champions Gor Mahia sits fourth on the log with 39 points, three points ahead of sixth placed City Stars.

Who wins this one?

Summary

KPL Home games vs Gor by City Stars; Wins (1), Draws (5), Loses

11-Jun-06; World Hope vs Gor Mahia, 2-0 (W-walkover)

17-Nov-07; World Hope vs Gor Mahia, 2-2 (D)

22-Nov-08; World Hope vs Gor Mahia, 1-1 (D)

16-Aug-09; City Stars vs Gor Mahia, 0-1  (L)

14-Nov-10; City Stars vs Gor Mahia, 0-0  (D)

2-Nov-11; City Stars vs   Gor Mahia, 0-1  (L)

21-Jul-12; City Stars vs Gor Mahia, 0-4    (L)

4-Aug-13; City Stars vs Gor Mahia, 0-0    (D)

4-Oct-14; City Stars vs    Gor Mahia, 1-4  (L)

15-Apr-15; City Stars vs Gor Mahia, 0-3   (L)

12-Mar-16; City Stars vs Gor Mahia, 2-2  (D)

17-Jul-21; City Stars vs Gor Mahia, ??

City Stars

Salim Abdalla on the ball as Nicholas Kipkirui and Kenedy Onyango look on during a round 17 clash against Champions Gor Mahia at the Utalii grounds on Sun 16 May 2021. Gor won 1-0

Buliba, City Stars

Simba wa Nairobi’s Edwin Buliba clears the ball ahead of Gor Mahia’s Geoffrey Ochieng in a round 17 clash at the Utalii grounds on Sun 16 May 2021. Sven Yidah looks on. Gor won 1-0

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