Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr, while dissapointed at losing to Azam in the CECAFA club cup semis, commended his players and said the players lost because they were tired.
“I am not happy that we were eliminated in the semis, we wanted to win this match and the competition and bring the trophy back to Kenya. But as I said before, we were physically and mentally tired and that led to mistakes, and we were punished.” said Kerr to goal.com
Kerr cited the sheer number of games Kogalo has played in the last 2 weeks.
“But I am happy with my player. They did everything possible to win the game despite playing eight games in fifteen days,” he continued.
The glut of fixtures has finally taken its toll on the playing unit resulting in injuries.
Ernest Wendo (groin), Francis Kahata (knee) George Odhiambo (knock) have all been ruled out of today’s encounter while the defensive duo of captain Harun Shakava (groin) and Joash Onyango (knock) remains doubtful.
Kerr says he is not looking forward to the 3rd place playoff against JKU which is scheduled for Friday.
“We are playing the third-place playoffs, which, if I had a choice, we wouldn’t play, because we have Yanga coming to Nairobi next week. That is very important to us and we can’t let Azam’s defeat hurt our season. We have done so well this year to get where we are.”
“It is unfortunate we got injuries here, but they are from contacts and collision, not fatigue. Kahata has had a knock and Wendo was injured in the previous game, but that is football.
“Football is tough and after too many fixtures, it’s bound to take a toll on us. We have to think of how to motivate the players.” said Kerr to the Standard.
Gor Mahia will then take on Yanga FC in the CAF confederations cup on Wednesday July 18. Yanga will be well rested after having skipped the CECAFA event.