Coach Dylan Kerr says his side is determined to go for nothing short of a win when they play USM Alger.
“We have to go there with that aim to win and I believe we can do that. What I know though, it will be a difficult game.” he said to goal.com
Kerr also sought to answer those who said his fielding was questionable.
“Against Rayon Sports, I picked the best team to win and we didn’t win so now we have to keep the focus and go to USM and win,” he continued.
Unlike in the Yanga match, Kerr said his goalkeeper was to blame for the second goal.
“And yes…my keeper was at fault for the second goal. He has been excellent but his mistake gave Rayon Sports the advantage.”
Shakava wants KPL matches postponed
In the video above, Gor Mahia skipper Harun Shakava has appealed to both KPL and FKF to postpone one or both of their league matches against Sofapaka and AFC Leopards in order to give them more rest ahead of their crucial match away to USM Alger on Agust 29.
“I think fatigue cost us. We had asked FKF and KPL to reschedule some of our matches and give us time to rest, but they denied us. We have played many matches in the last few weeks, yet we have two big matches (Sofapaka and AFC Leopards) this week before travelling to Algeria,” Shakava told Standard Sports.
“Players like Tuyisenge (Jacques) were even forced to play with injuries.It is going to be tough in Algeria, but I cannot predict the result. In football anything is possible. We just need to cope up with the environment and tempo in Alger.
“At the moment, all the players are down after our unbeaten home run ended abruptly, but we are big players and I’m confident we will bounce back strongly,” he added.
However KPL Chair Oguda will likely respond by saying he has not received a formal request from the club.
Midfielder Humphrey Mieno said Walusimbi’s absence was heavily felt on Sunday.
“I don’t think Walusimbi’s exit has affected the morale of the other players, but him leaving is a big blow. Everyone knows the kind of play he is and the in-put he gives whenever he plays.”
But I think we still have quality players, who can fill that void,” said Mieno.
“Of course it is a devastating feeling. We were at home and expected to win this game, but we didn’t turn up for the match today. We hope to pick ourselves up and do better away from home regardless of the history there.”
Eric Rutanga interested in joining Kogalo
Eric Rutanga who scored from a free-kick on Sunday, has expressed in interest in joining Gor Mahia.
Additional reporting from Capital FM
Rayon Sport left back Eric Rutanga has opened the door for a possible move to Kenyan champions Gor Mahia, a statement that would be music to K’Ogalo fans’ ears coming at a time when Ugandan Godfrey Walusimbi is edging closer to the exit.
On Sunday night, Rutanga might have scored the goal that potentially puts Gor on the verge of exiting the CAF Confederations Cup and his celebration infront of the K’Ogalo faithful did not help matters much, but he might soon be their answer to left back problems.
“If Gor Mahia want me, I can come. But, they have to talk to the club and pay the money required. I am ready to come here any day. Gor Mahia is a good team with good players and huge fan base. It would be great to come here,” Rutanga told Capital Sport on Sunday night.
Rutanga still has one year to run on his Rayon contract and with the transfer window of both countries already closed, the two clubs might engage in talks for a possible move in January.
Gor’s lack of a trusted left back was hugely exposed in their loss to rayon on Sunday with regular right back Philemon Otieno pushed to the left while Wellington Ochieng, yet to hit full match fitness after returning from injury started on the right.
K’Ogalo were left with a void at left back after Walusimbi left in a huff to South Africa where he engaged in talks with Kaizer Chiefs. Gor boss Dylan Kerr says he feels betrayed by the player but maintains life will move on even if he is gone.
“What he did was selfish. He left us without caring of the club, without caring of our league campaign, without caring about the Confederations Cup. It was selfish from him on his teammates and the club. He doesn’t care about the club; only the money,” an agitated Kerr said.
But Rutanga’s arrival might spell some new lease of life to Gor especially with his performance against them on Sunday where he scored a sublime set piece. He also scored the equalizer when the two sides played in the first leg in Kigali.
And his hope that both Gor and Rayon proceed into the Quarters of the Confederations Cup might even make him more loveable to the Gor faithful.
“I am very happy that we came to Kenya and won. The focus now is on the final game against Yanga which we will treat as a final and I know we will win. I also pray for Gor to beat USM in Algeria so that we can go through to the quarters together,” the left back said.
He added; “It will be good for two teams from East Africa to go through. I believe if Yanga can beat USM, then Gor too can get a win in Algeria.”
Rutanga has heaped praise on his teammates for their performance against Gor, saying they came in determined to go all out and get a win.
“It was a blow for us to be here without four of our first team players but I am grateful we could win. We worked hard as a team and Gor too did not make it easy for us,” Rutanga further explained.