Gor Mahia coach Hassan Oktay is happy with his players performance stating that his side had studied their opponents and knew what to expect.
“I was expecting this win because we did some good homework on Zamalek and watched their game against Pyramids (in the Egyptian league) and two other teams. We knew the way they play and tactically we were ready for them. I knew we could get something and I am happy with the players,” Oktay noted.
Zamalek coach Christian Gross for his part is unperturbed
“We have started in the wrong way but this is just one group stage game. We had the advantage of an early goal but we ended up conceding because of lapse of concentration in defense,” the tactician stated.
It was a happy return to the starting line-up for Kenneth Muguna who appears to have put is rift with coach Oktay aside. His midfield partner Francis Kahata was brilliant as an architect, deeply involved in every move.
Oliech dedicates goal to his brother
Twenty one years ago, Gor Mahia played Zamalek at Kasarani and won 1-0. The man who scored on that day was Steven Okumu, Oliech’s eldest brother who is one of the most lethal strikers ever to grace Kenyan football fields. Oliech dedicated hos goal to Steven.
“I dedicate this goal to the late Stephen Okumu,” remarked Oliech who wriggled through Zamalek defenders before rounding goalkeeper Mahmoud Ahmed to slot into an empty net at the death.
“I knew I would score by employing the same style and celebrating in the same manner like he did, I am happy for myself, the fans and Gor Mahia,” added the 33-year-old.
Raila rewards players
Chairman Rachier said the team was rewarded Sh500,000 by club patron Raila Odinga who was in attendance.
The former Prime Minister was accompanied by Rarieda member of parliament Otiende Amollo who topped up the amount with Sh50,000.
“They are many more assisting us to motivate these players,” saidRachier to the Nation
“Already I had promised the players Sh100,000 for reaching the group stage, we will pay them once we receive the money from Caf,” he added.
The senior lawyer further congratulated the players for the emphatic win urging them to keep the momentum in the coming games.
“We’ve had new players who took time to gel but so far the team chemistry is taking shape, it will be difficult to trounce Gor Mahia in the next games.”