Coach Dylan Kerr was less than satisfied with the outcome of the mashemeji derby on Sunday. As predicted, AFC who had succumbed to three straight defeats at the hands of their rivals, came to the match determined to disrupt Gor Mahia in typical Matano style.
“I have been in charge of many derbies before, but this was my first in Kenya. AFC brought a totally different game from what I saw here on Thursday against Tusker. They were slow, but credit to their coach. He probably set them up to make us look ordinary,” . ” Said a visibly frustrated Kerr after the match to the Standard.
As was to be expected, derby matches do not typically follow current form as Kerr stated.
“Since we are leading in the league standings, everybody expects us to win these games easily. Maybe we came into this game thinking we are top and AFC are 13th but in derbies, such things don’t count.
“AFC came to the party ready for the derby. All credit to them because they battled hard and frustrated us. Our final touch is really costing us, we are not killing teams as expected,” he said.
Kerr also expressed frustration at his side’s below par display in the first half.
“It is criminal that players, who showed me in training that they have the ability to cross the ball, couldn’t do it. We were second best in the first half.” he concluded to the Standard.
On a positive note, Kogalo fans turned out in large numbers and cheered on the team even as it became apparent that the side was not at its best.
Coach Dylan Kerr was appreciative and took to his twitter account to thank the fans.
“A massive ‘Asante sana’ (thank you) for the amazing fanatical supporters of Gor Mahia FC,” Kerr tweeted.