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The British strategist feels that the players did their part to try to reach the group stage and must walk upright through the streets without fear.
Steven Polack has asked Gor Mahia to walk with his head held high despite exiting the Caf Confederation Cup following a two-legged loss to Napsa Stars on Sunday.
The Kenyan champions headed for the second leg with great difficulties, as they only arrived in Zambia two hours before kick-off and headed straight to the National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka.
Despite failing to reach the group stage, Polack, who managed Gor Mahia in the 2019-20 season, has praised the players’ character and their good reaction after losing the first leg at home.
“The players showed a good reaction after losing the first leg, but losing two games to a penalty in the last minute must be very disappointing for the players and the fans,” said Polack. Aim from its base in England.
“The players showed their character in this game and they should be proud of that, they just have to go ahead and focus on their next game.”
Polack, however, blamed the team’s lack of preparation for the start, saying that everything that happened before the second leg could have affected the players and their performance.
“If the stories I’ve read on the internet are true statements about the team flying on game day, that might have an effect on some people’s minds,” Polack continued before adding, “There’s a saying: ‘Fail to prepare, prepare. to fail “.
Ironically, Gor Mahia started the match stronger than his opponents and took the lead in the 16th minute when winger Samuel Onyango, who did not start in the first leg at Nyayo Stadium, broke the deadlock in the 16th minute to hit Gor Mahia an unlikely. Lead.
Two minutes after conceding, Napsa Stars tied through Austin Banda with a timely effort that outscored Boniface Oluoch, but a determined Gor Maia struggled and responded quickly to regain his advantage in the 19th minute through Miheso.
Gor Mahia then held the lead until the additional minutes of injury time when Napsa Stars received a penalty that veteran forward Emmanuel Mayuka converted for the Pensioners who eventually advanced thanks to a 3-2 aggregate win after a 1- win. 0 in Nairobi.