Caoch Steve Polack is showing a knack for being able to bring the best out of his players despite difficult circumstances. He showed this once again with succesive wins over Bandari and Sofapaka within days of each other. Still Polack was not satisfied and lamented about his team’s inability to take chances.
“We missed a lot of open chances but I am happy they made a strong comeback which earned us the three crucial points,” Pollack said after the match.
His tactical acumen was on display against Sofapaka as summarized by Citizen Sports.
Pollack made three substitutions in the second half introducing Ugandan import Juma Balinya in the striking force with Samwel Onyango coming in to strengthen the midfield.
It was an inspired substitution as the second goal was a direct result of Samuel Onyango’s hard work. Juma Balinya also showed a lot of potential.
In defence, Gor Mahia will still make do without Philemon Otieno whom Polack says will not be ready until March.
Polack Faults KPL
Coach Steve Polack has faulted KPL for constantly changing match starting times and venues with very short notice.
“KPL should operate just like other leagues in the world. We are at times inconvenienced by the changes on the fixture, time and venues. They should be serious and do their work diligently instead of expecting clubs to adopt the changes hurriedly,” said Polack to the Nation.
He cited specific examples
“Against Chemelil Sugar, we camped in Homa Bay and were prepared to travel to Kericho where the match was to be played, only for KPL to change the venue in the evening and take the game to Kisumu.
“On Wednesday, our match against Sofapaka was to start at 3pm, but it was rescheduled to 4pm and communication made when we were set. It has happened in the past and this trend has to stop,” said Polack
KPL CEO Jack Oguda defended the changes saying they are always within 24 hours and are necessitated by the use of sporting facilities by the county governments.
“The changes sometimes can’t be avoided because the facilities are always being used by the counties. For Gor Mahia’s case, the stadium was hosting another event and that is why we changed the time. Against Chemelil, we were informed that Kericho Green Stadium won’t be available and that is why we had to move the game to Kisumu,” he said, while agreeing that it has affected other teams as well.
Polack further claimed that the decision by KPL to slate the Top Eight competition in the June when the season shall have ended, will affect preparation for teams participating in continental competitions.
He insisted that KPL should rethink the decision because players will be exhausted even before the new season starts.
The league ends on May 22 and Polack wants players to be given time to rest then proceed for pre-season, before the new season commences in August.
“KPL should know that players cannot play for a continuous cycle of 12 months without resting. How can you fix a competition after the league has ended? Players need to be resting and preparing for the new season. Maybe this could be the reason for poor performances in Caf competitions,” he said.
On Top Eight, Oguda revealed that the dates were tentative and could be changed to within the season if a new sponsor comes in.