Dutch legend Ronald Koeman, is impressed with Kogalo’s performance from Thursday.
Speaking after the match, Everton’s Dutch coach Ronald Koeman described Gor Mahia as a “tough team” in a raft of compliments.
“It was a good game but a difficult one, Gor Mahia made it tough for us. They can be proud of their performance and I want to give them a lot of compliments for making it so tough for us,” said Koeman.
Koeman also thinks that Kogalo should be proud of themselves for their tactical and technical display.
“They were a good team and made it hard for us to find our extra man in midfield. They can be proud of their performance and I want to give them a lot of compliments for making it so tough for us,” he continued.
The Dutch coach thinks Kogalo took their foot off the accelerator in the second half.
“It was a good game but a difficult one, Gor Mahia made it tough for us. They dropped their intensity a little bit in the second half and we were the better team with fresh players. Overall, I’m happy. It was our first friendly – we saw the difference in the second half and we created good chances to score more goals.” he concluded.
England skipper Wayne Rooney who scored the match opener, also expressed praise for Kogalo.
“This has been a very wonderful match and we enjoyed facing a young team that displayed good football,” said Rooney, who was glad to score again in blue.
Kogalo striker Jacque Tuyisenge, who scored the equalizer, says this is the best goal he has ever scored.
“I started from the centre of the box and then made the run towards the far post because I knew what Muguna would do, thankfully the move happened as we planned and it turned out to be the best ever goal I have scored considering the calibre of our opponents.” said Tuyisenge to the Nation.
Chairman Ambrose Rachier is elated at the opportunity to market his side.
“This was an important assignment and I am proud because we got to market our great club and players. The taste of playing with (Wayne) Rooney has given them a lot of confidence and my hope is this will catapult us to start dominating in continental assignments.” said Rachier.
KPL Chair Jack Oguda, who is normally hostile towards Gor Mahia was happy that the result reflected well on the Kenya Premier League.
Gor Mahia did a very good job of marketing the SportPesa Premier League. Of course, the quality of that pitch in Dar helped our players to employ an impressive passing game which is a message to our authorities because our stadiums are of very low standards.” said Oguda.
Gor Mahia take on Muhoroni Youth on Saturday with an opportunity to extend their lead at the top of the league standings. Fans will be hoping that Gor Mahia build on their good display unlike the last time they came back from Tanzania.