Gor Mahia coach Steve Polack thinks that salary issues could jeopardize Gor Mahia’s 2019-2020 KPL campaign
Additional reporting from the Nation
Gor Mahia coach Steven Polack has raised concerns over lack of motivation in his playing unit due to unpaid salaries for the last four months.
K’Ogalo, who have won back-to-back Kenyan Premier League titles in the last three seasons, are on top of the log with 25 points, four ahead of second-placed Tusker with a game in hand.
The 18-time champions settled for a goalless draw with Ulinzi Stars at the weekend and Polack is worried that if the current financial situation persists it will impact negatively on the results.
“To win matches we have to sort all this issues so that players can concentrate. The league is very competitive and we have to get focused so as to win our matches,” Polack told Nation Sport on Monday.
Gor have had a rough patch financially since the exit of their shirt sponsors Sportpesa with players barely surviving on hand-outs from the management.
Reports indicate key players are on their way out. Defender Maurice Ojwang had written to the club requesting his release letter while captain Kenneth Muguna was conspicuously missing for the second game in a row during their weekend’s encounter.
Kipkirui has been away sorting out personal problems
Nicholas Kipkirui, whose Kogalo career rocketed to a promising start last season, has seen his form significantly dip this season and has often been left out of the line-up by coach Polack. Many fans have questioned why he is not being given opportunities. Coach Polack explained that Kipkirui has been beset by personal issues which he was sorting out.
“It is true he had personal problems but I guess now they are sorted out and he is ready to return, I will monitor him again in training and will see what happens.” said the coach to goal.com
Polack said that he was capable of detecting when a player’s form dips due to off the field issues.
“I watch these players in training every day, I see if they are good in training or bad, and sometimes they [players] have personal problems that affect them when they are playing and you cannot field such a player,” Polack told goal.com
“If they have personal problems, then I give them time to sort out the issues they are facing and then I see them again when they return to training because that is part of my job.
Polack also said Gor Mahia are keen to finish the first leg of the league at the top of the 17-team table.
“We want to finish at the top and our target is to win the matches we have ahead of us,” Polack continued.
“We tried our best to get maximum points against Ulinzi Stars but they opted to play a defensive game, which was difficult for us to break down. They played from the back and denied us access to play our flowing game.” he concluded.