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British strategist opens up about why Kenyan champions will fight for positive results in 2020-21 campaign
Former Gor Mahia coach Steven Polack has blamed the club’s lack of stability for the club’s current losing streak in both the Caf Champions League and the FKF Premier League.
The British strategist, who left the club by mutual consent after guiding them to their 18th league title in the truncated 2019/20 season, believes the team will only start to perform well if they stop the large number of players leaving each season. for financial problems. .
K’Ogalo They are currently looking to the exit in the Champions League after suffering a humiliating 6-0 loss to CR Belouizdad of Algeria in the first leg of the second preliminary round played on December 26 at the Stade du 5 Juillet 1962 Stadium. of Algiers.
A hat-trick from Amir Sayoud, Hamza Bellahouel, Larbi Tabti and Maecky Ngombo were enough to put Belouizdad on track to qualify for the next stage.
On the league front, Gor Mahia has not started well, as he struggled to outscore Ulinzi Stars 1-0 in his first game of the season, before losing 2-1 to Tusker in his second game.
“You have to remember how many new players are [Gor Mahia] have brought it back, “said Polack objective on Saturday. “You need stability within the team to have consistency and that takes time.
“Bringing in too many players at once doesn’t help as it takes time to join and that’s the problem Gor Mahia is suffering from.
“The team will take time to regain the consistency that we had built during my time [as the coach] because almost all the key players left, and now they have new players and also a new coach, it will take time for them to get started ”.
Last season, Gor Mahia lost several key players, including defender Joash Onyango, goalkeeper David Mapigano, Lawrence Juma, Wellington Ochieng; Elvis Ronack, Kennedy Otieno, Boniface Omondi, Peter Odhiambo, Dickson Ambundo, Juma Balinya, Clinton Okoth, Edwin Lavatsa, Shafik Batambuze, and Jackson Owusu.
In return, the Kenyan champions signed a record 17 players, including Andrew Juma from (Mathare United), Tito Okello (Vipers SC, Uganda), Bertrand Nkofor (Al Mudhaibi FC, Oman), Jules Ulimwengu (Rayon Sports SC, Rwanda), John Macharia (FC Guria Lanchkuti, Georgia), Andrew Malisero (Commercial FC), Samuel Njau (Western Stima FC).
Other new faces include Benson Omalla (Western Stima), John Ochieng (Chemelil Sugar), Frank Odhiambo (Bongonaya FC), Gad Mathews (Kisumu All-Stars), Kennedy Odhiambo (Western Stima), Levis Poiyo (Nairobi City Stars), Dickson Rails (Masawa FC), Sydney Wahongo (Western Stima) and Kelvin Wesonga (Western Stima).
Gor Mahia is now preparing to face the North African giants in the second leg on 6 January at Nyayo Stadium and needs a little miracle to advance to the next round.