Coach Dylan Kerr feels he has no choice but to rest some of this players this weekend. This is so that the players avoid injury and fatigue ahead of the crucial return leg against Esperance in Tunis on March 17.
“I definitely will and I don’t think I have much of a choice. Look we have a huge game against Esperance on the 17th and we have a very good chance of making it. I would want to have a strong squad to get a good result. Also, this game against Nzoia will be a chance to the other players to show they deserve to be in that travelling team,” Kerr said to Citizen Sports.
Gor Mahia are set to play Nzoia United this weekend and Kerr under no illusions about how difficult the match will be.
“Every team that comes to play against Gor Mahia gives their best because they want to open the papers the next day and see that they beat us. Nzoia is a tough team and this will not be an easy walk for us,” he continued.
Earlier on Kerr observed that Esperance came to Kenya with the express intent to force a draw. To that end they employed time wasting tactics.
“Esperance came to draw, they used time-wasting tactics to frustrate us because they had come for a draw. It is something that I am not happy with; especially their goalkeeper who on multiple occasions took a lot of time to take a goal kick and the referee was just there.
“However, I am happy with the way my players played, it was not the best of preparations considering the fact that we spent seven hours in the jam. We could have scored six goals, but it was just a bad day. We will not be cowed in the second leg.” said Kerr to goal.com
At the end of the game Esperance were slapping high fives and celebrating after they accomplished their goal of forcing a draw.
However Kerr also knows that he will be facing a more attack minded Esperance side when the two sides meet in Tunis.
Bob Oyugi tips Kogalo to proceed
Former Gor Mahia coach Bob Oyugi is positive that Gor Mahia will overcome Esperance and proceed to the group stage of the champions league.
“Gor Mahia has a complete team to beat Esperance. We only need to be very careful with a penalty that their usual number 11 looks for when they play.
“Esperance are already under pressure and Gor Mahia should score an early goal to win their fans. Part of their supporters will support Gor Mahia,” said Oyugi to goal.com.
Oyugi who is also the former National Youth Talent Academy coach observed that Kogalo has what it takes but must utilize their chances.
“Gor Mahia has very technical and strong players for the away game- let them use all chances that come.” he continued.
Oyugi coached Gor Mahia in 1992 and 1993 having previously coached KTM of Thika. Should Gor Mahia proceed to the group stage, a financial windfall awaits them to the tune of Ksh 52 million.