Polack dismisses “champions in waiting” tag

  • Steven Polack, Gor Mahia head coach, maintains they are not the 2019/20 champions in waiting despite opening a four-point gap at the top of the Kenyan Premier League.
Steven Polack, Gor Mahia

Yesterday at the Kenyatta Stadium, Gor Mahia hammered Nzoia Sugar 3-0. Meanwhile, Machakos pulled away from the chasing pack and could widen the rift further should they win their match in hand.

The Ugandan forward, Juma Balinya made his debut after switching from record Tanzanian champions Yanga. The debutant helped himself to a brace with skipper Kenneth Muguna netting the third.

Nonetheless, Polack insists that the title is not theirs to lose. Instead, the coach wants his players to continue exerting the one-match-at-a-time approach until the final round.

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“We cannot see ourselves as champions in waiting since there are more than 50 points to be fought for. We will continue taking each match at a time. We played well in either half even though we would have won by a bigger margin. I am happy that Balinya hit the ground running on his debut.” Explained Polack.

On the other hand, Nzoia coach Collins Omondi blamed inexperience in his side and expressed fears over their possibility to survive relegation.

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“The relegation between us and Gor was experience. We created chances but our decision making upfront was wanting. It is worrying that we slumped deeper into relegation but we will take every match as final.” Said Omondi

  Another moment for mashemeji derby

Earlier at the same venue, Sofapaka stretched their winless run to three matches after coming from a goal down to hold Mathare United to a one-all draw.

Mathare had earned the lead through South Sudan forward, Dani Lual. But, Sofapaka replied through their Ghanaian Jedinak Ameyaw. The two goals came in the second half as Sofapaka coach, John Baraza was full of praise for Ameyaw who has found the back of the net twice in as many chances.

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