15-time league Champions Gor Mahia is on the verge of matching a stretch of 32 games without defeat, a record set in mid 70s under player Coach Allan Thigo.
On Wednesday 28 October, Gor beat Western Stima 1-0 at the Moi Stadium Kisumu to extend their unbeaten run to 31 games to move to within a game of the 70s record set between 17 July 1975 with a 1-0 win over Kenya Police at City Stadium through to 2nd April 1977 with a 2-0 win over Kisumu All Stars.
The current streak of 31 games, all under Scotsman Frank Nuttall started with a 3-1 beating of Muhoroni Youth on 1st November 2014 in Kisumu and, rather interestingly, it is the same Muhoroni Youth that they will meet exactly a year later – on Sunday 1 November 2015 as they seek to tie the record.
Should Gor avoid defeat in the Sunday game, the on form k’ogalo will achieve another rare fete – of ending the season unbeaten, for only the second time after the 1976 season.
Gor’s great run into 1977 ended on after they handed Luo Union a walkover on 9 April after failing to raise a team following mass injuries that saw Laban Otieno, John Bobby Ogola, Simon Nyakota, Mike Ogola, Jerry Imbo, George ‘Best’ Yoga, David Okello and Francis Mudany all sidelined.
That streak covers the 1976 league where Gor avoided defeat in 22 games on their way to reclaiming the title they lost to Luo Union in 1975.
As the current Gor hopes to match the record of the mid 70’s, their arch rivals AFC Leopards hold on to the best unbeaten streak in the league.
Besides, as Gor goes for their second unbeaten season, Leopards did it three times in their heyday; 1971, 1986 and 1988.
Between 2 November 1985 and 17th of January 1987 AFC Leopards avoided defeat in 47 contiguous games, the best in the league.
It started with a 1-0 over Gor Mahia at Nyayo Stadium and ended with a 1-1 draw against KGGCU at Afraha Stadium. The run was snapped on 18 January 1987, when the team was beaten 2-1 at the Kipchoge Keino Stadium, Eldoret by Eldoret’s KCC.
To achieve that streak, AFC won the last eight games of the 1985 season, went unblemished in the 38 games of 1986 on their way to winning the league, and stayed unbeaten into the first game of the 1987 season.
Leopards set another streak of 38 games unbeaten as they went on to win the 1988 league, also unbeaten.
It started on with a 0-0 draw with Re-union at Nyayo in the final game of the 1987 season and ended in the fourth game of the 1989 season when the team lost 1-0 to Barclays on 15th of April.
There is however no taking away Gor’s impressive run in recent times, as they have now won the league years in a row; 2013-2015.
In the run up to the 2015 title, the Green Army snapped Leopards run of 23 games unbeaten run set between 27 July 2011 with a 1-0 win over Western Stima and 14 April 2012 with a 2-1 win over hosts Thika United in Thika.
Gor tied that record of 23 games with a 3-1 beating of Nairobi City Stars on 15 August 2015 and wiped it out all together with a 1-1 draw with Nakuru All Stars four days later.
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