Kerr emphasized the importance of getting three points since all four teams still have a chance at qualifying for the next round.
“Its a CAF game that both teams need 3 points. With Yanga coming to Nairobi and us going to Dar in 10 days, its very important how we start the game. ”
Kerr further praised the state of the pitch at Kasarani where the match will take place on Wednesday at 7pm
“We have had the pleasure of training on the field and it looks like a proper field right now. So that will be an advantage to us.” said Kerr.
Kerr briefly touched on the recent financial debacle that set off a firestorm in the playing unit.
“We understand that money is the motivation of African players. I am trying to express to these players that to get that, you have got to be the best. It is not about me. My success comes from the players. ” concluded Kerr.
The Yanga technical bench for their part stated that they used the CECAFA club cup to study Gor Mahia’s strengths and weaknesses and are this ready for the encounter.
Kerr went on to tell the Standard that his playing unit was full of confiedence.
“The mood in the team is good. We are strong and a confident side. Yes, we didn’t get an opportunity to see Yanga play in Kagame Cup, but we are going into this game with one thing in mind; win at home and away, which I confidently believe we can,” said Kerr.
“In football, you must be mentally ready to face challenges and our challenge right now is to reach Confederations Cup quarter-finals. That’s our goal and that’s exactly where the money is. We have come so far in one year that I have been in charge.” said Kerr
Team manager Jolawi Obondo apologized to CECAFA for the team’s refusal to pick up their third place medals. He stated that it all stemmed from the CECAFA official told the players that they would not receive the prize money in cash but instead it would be wired to their accounts.
In reality, that debacle was probably just a last straw from players fed up at being treated poorly by the club officials.
Group D standings