This weekend, Gor Mahia coach Jose Marcelo Ferreira aka Ze Maria was dissapointed to watch his former team Brazil get eliminated from the Copa America after a 0-1 loss to lowly Peru. However his spirits were immediately lifted when Gor Mahia comprehensively outplayed league leading Tusker to emerge with a comfortable 2-0 lead from the first leg.
The young players on the team were particularly impressive. New signing Baron Oketch has barely settled in the team but played a stellar game , giving experienced full back Eugene Asike a torrid time. Amos Nondi, a product of the Gor Mahia U19 side is took a strong first step towards making a case for inclusion in the starting line-up.
Eric Ouma “Marcelo” had yet another stellar game to follow up from his impressive performances in the first leg and with the national team.
“We had many youthful players in the match today, five or six so we have a young team which is great and they showed it. The players had injuries thus providing opportunity to promote others so that’s good for us,” said coach Ze Maria to supersport.
One player that Gor Mahia fans are eager to see in action is Thiago Lima Da Silva, the Brazilian import. His first appearance in the Kogalo jersey was inauspicious. But Jacque Tuyisenge is optimistic that he can form an effective strike partnership with the Brazilian import.
“I just returned to training recently and I have only had few sessions with him. I cannot judge him because I have not watched him in a competitive match but I think he is a good striker going by what I have seen in training.
“We have not really played together in training but I know there are some friendly matches lined up for us and we will get that chance to play together. When we play together then I will know if we can form a good combination in matches,” Tuyisenge told Soka.
However many fans are unconvinced and are wondering why the club did not bring back Kagere who has a proven scoring record.