Kenyan Premier League (KPL) giants Gor Mahia gave new coach Dylan Kerr the perfect welcome to Kenyan football
with a convincing 2 – 0 win over Nakumatt FC in the 17th week of the league on Sunday 30 July at the Nyayo National Stadium and the coach was left purring at what he saw from his charges.
Eugene Ambulwa scored a first half own goal before Gor Mahia weathered the storm to get the second goal deep in the second half through George Odhiambo for a well – deserved win and Kerr, in his post-match reactions, indicated his satisfaction with most of the output by his players.
He was particularly pleased with his players’ handling of set pieces, noting an improvement from the previous league game, against Ulinzi Stars, which ended 2 – 2 but opined that some time needs to be dedicated for sharpening the attack.
“We showed the right character in both halves especially when defending set pieces. I watched the set pieces against Ulinzi Stars three weeks ago and I can say I am very pleased because the opponents have good players with height.
“We dominated possession and counter attacks but I thought we should have done better in the final third with the cross and selection of passes,” he said.
The coach’s first game in charge was a friendly match against Everton in Tanzania a fortnight ago, where his team headed as underdogs and going to the Nakumatt game as favorites, he admitted was tough.
“When we played Everton we had the tenacity not to get beaten and that is what we got from our opponents here. I heard that here everyone wants to beat Gor Mahia and I understand that now but we have good players, both who made it to the team and also on the bench and others,” he added.
With the first half of the league now done, the second leg starts almost immediately and Gor Mahia will be taking on Nakumatt again on Wednesday 2 August. If the Sunday meeting was a tough outing, the Briton expects an even tougher game when they face off again.
“I know they will be going for revenge and the fact that we meet them three days after this game really makes it hard for us but my technical staff and myself will be trying our best to prepare the team in the best possible way,” he stated.
The win saw Gor Mahia rise to the top of the KPL standings with 31 points from 16 matches while Nakumatt stayed 10th with 22 points from 16 games.