Gor Mahia collected six points out of 12 in their last four games. It was always going to be difficult to play four difficult games in a space of 10 days. This is especially true at Gor Mahia; Given the mass player exodus, the bench has been left depleted leaving the technical bench with few options to rest key players or replace tiring players. Fatigue likely played a role in the disappointing draw with Bandari.
And it was not made easy by Bandari who are battling relegation and came ready to defend and fight for a draw. Speaking to the club site, captain Jerim Onyango credited Bandari
“We battled hard and tried to break them down and we managed to do it a couple of times, but we didn’t quite get that final ball right. We’re happy with the way we battled and performed but disappointed with the final ball and not getting that goal.
This was our game in hand and it was important not to lose it. We wanted to win it but credit to them, they were quite well organized.
You have these sort of games and that’s when it’s important to stay solid and compact and not give them anything as well” he said.
Solid defence but lack of playmaking options
Nevertheless Gor Mahia’s defence appears solid having conceded only one goal in the last six games. Much of the credit for that goes to Jerim Onyango for his heroics against Tusker, Chemelil and Ulinzi, while David Owino “Calabar”, Musa Mohamed and Kevin Oluoch have been solid throughout.
Coach Frank Nuttall for his part expressed disapointment with the draw against Bandari.
“I am sorry to the fans because this is not the result they wanted or what they had hoped for. “It’s unfortunate we drew and did not perform to the fans expectations,” he said
Gor Mahia lost a number of playmakers at mid-season and have yet to replace them. The midfield as it is currently constituted has excellent ball winners but is lacking a player who can make that killer pass. Hence the decision to move Walusimbi further up. Once promising players like Herbert Kopany and Angelo Okumu have yet to measure up to their potential.
And the matter of referees favouring Gor Mahia can be firmly put to rest following the Bandari match where a referee allowed what was a genuine goal by Geoffrey Walusimbi. Captain Jerim Onyango decried the poor officiating that led to the disallowed goal.
“I do not see how that would have been disallowed yet a Bandari defender had a flick on it. Our match officials have let us down once again and it is a pity. It was a genuine goal” he said to futaa.com.
Gor Mahia have now played the same number of matches as Sofapaka. They are only two points above Sofapaka which means they have no cushion. A draw or a loss against City Stars next Saturday will see Gor Mahia relinquish their lead. And since City Stars will come ready to park the bus so hopefully the technical bench will come up with a strategy, a breakdown tailor to remove the bus.