Gor Mahia’s Brazilian tactician Ze Maria is satisfied with the result obtained on Sunday. He thinks the club’s results will be better this season due to more options.
“I have a lot of players with great quality and we can play any system. I have a lot of solutions this year because of the quality of players in the team,” he said to Capital Sports.
This is good news for the coach because last season, the team was waylaid by fewer midfield options which only became worse when Collins Okoth fell out of favour with the coach due to disciplinary issues.
More options also means more intense competition for places which is good for the coach.
“I am happy… every coach wants this difficulty, I am happy for the team because we have many players in each position and that is good because when any of them come on, they have to give 100 per cent on the field.” he continued.
Gor Mahia have also shown an ability to adapt their tactics to the situation. The Thika field is of abysmal quality, not even suitable for grazing. But Gor Mahia who have been training at the Camp Toyoyo turf, adapting to the bumpy surface and dominated the match.
Kariobangi Sharks were determined to prove a point after being recently promoted. They started strongly but Gor Mahia were equal to the task.
“I am happy… every coach wants this difficulty, I am happy for the team because we have many players in each position and that is good because when any of them come on, they have to give 100 per cent on the field.” he said.
The pre-season offered the coach an opportunity to observe mistakes and correct them. Thats why the team has gotten off to a better start
“It is very important (to win the first match) because last year when I came they drew the first four matches and lost one. It is different this year because we have had a lot of time to train, we made a lot of mistakes in pre-season but now it is different when we are playing in the official matches.”