As Gor Mahia shift focus to City Stars, coach Frank Nuttall will be using the draw against arch rivals AFC leopards to push his side to work harder.
“The dropped points, first this season, will not affect us negatively rather, it will push us to work harder to collect three points next game” said Nutall according to futaa.com
Nuttall lauded his side and thinks they deserved the win .
“There was an expectancy that we would beat AFC Leopards but this game was not about the form of a team, it was about taking chances and we kept on pushing looking for a win. On a different day, the referee would have given us a penalty when (Meddie) Kagere was felled in the box but we move on. ”
One area where the team will need to work harder or restrategize is in the defensive section. Thus far the Gor Mahia attack is sharper than it has been since the Steve Okumu, Dan Ogada, Steve Odiaga era of the late 1990s. In the past few years, though Gor Mahia did not score much, they scarcely conceded goals.
Defense is one area the team will need to study. Gor Mahia has conceded a goal in almost every game. It must be said however that at least two of those goals were from direct free-kicks. In past years, Gor Mahia deployed two defensive midfielders. Now Gor Mahia deploys only one (usually Gattuso) and he at times appears overburdened. Nevertheless the full time return of Dirkir Glay who is an experienced central defender will help shore up that section.
Boniface Oluoch solid between the sticks
If Gor Mahia’s defence appears shaky, it certainly cannot be blamed on Boniface Oluoch’s shot saving exploits. Oluoch who joined from Tusker has been in fine form this season making crucial save after crucial save.
None other than the national team coach Bobby Williamson has lauded Oluoch.
“Boniface is surely a great keeper. I wanted to get him at Gor Mahia when I first came to Kenya but somehow the deal did not materialize. He is a decent keeper just like Jerry (Onyango) and took some good competition to the team and to get the nod ahead of Jerry means he is a very special talent” said Williamson to futaa.com
Boniface had an opportunity to learn the art of goalkeeping from close quarters. His brother was George Odhiambo “Taffarel” (RIP) who played for Gor Mahia in the late 1990s. “Taffarel” passed away in 2013. His other brother is former KPL referee Andrew Juma.