The draw against Sofapaka dented Gor Mahia’s hopes of retaining the league title that they won for three seasons in a row. They now trail leaders Tusker by four points. But with five matches left, the league title is still very much within Gor Mahia’s Tusker since the latter have not exactly been a model of consistency.
“There are three results in football; a win, loss and draw. We got a draw and we appreciate for that. This is just football and it requires patience so one point is enough to be thankful but I think we will work on missed chances and see how strikers can score goals,”said assistant coach Tom Ogweno to Supersport.
Ogweno suggested that Sofapaka came in knowing exactly how to defend against Gor Mahia and it worked for them.
“Sofapaka’s strategy worked for them and that it can only leave us to work for next time. There is no pressure despite the few remaining matches anything can happen but I believe we are still in the title race since we haven’t loss this one,” he continued.
Coach Ze Maria will now be hard pressed to change his tactics before the next game and even within the game. And he will have more than two weeks to re-strategize. The next game will be against Western Stima on October 12.
Ngala accuses Sofapaka of sabotage
Organizing secretary Ronald Ngala for his part accused Sofapaka of sabotage.
“It was like sabotage because you could see they were fighting for a point which had no impact on their survival chances. They played like a final and you wonder where the stubborn goalkeeper was all along when they were losing almost every match. Had they played the way they did yesterday Sunday they would definitely not be at the bottom,” Ngala complained.Ngala is said to Citizen digital.
Ngala admitted that the draw was a huge blow.
“It is a big blow to our bid to lift the KPL title for the fourth time in a row. We were relieved to have reduced the seven-point gap between us and Tusker to only two. Failing to maintain it was disappointing,” he said.
But he says the team is not giving up until its completely over.
“We will accept the league is gone if Tusker will be ahead of us by more than three points after the 29th. The mistake people are making is comparing our performance with that of last season which was an exceptional year,” he added.