‘Don’t think of the title, just win the games’: Pollack tells his Gor charges


'Don't think of the title, just win the games': Pollack tells his Gor charges
Gor Mahia FC coach Steve Pollack instructs his charges during their CAF Confederation Cup playoff match match against DC Motema Pembe FC at the Kasarani Stadium on October 27, 2019. Photo/Stafford Ondego/Sportpicha

In Summary

  • Gor Mahia head coach Steve Pollack has told his players not to concentrate much on the Kenyan Premier League title but instead focus on winning matches.
  • Pollack guided his charges to a 1-0 win over long-term rivals AFC Leopards in Sunday’s Mashemeji derby at Kasarani Stadium, a win that pushed them seven points clear at the summit of the KPL standings on 54.

Gor Mahia head coach Steve Pollack has told his players not to concentrate on winning Kenyan Premier League title but instead focus on winning matches.

Pollack guided his charges to a 1-0 win over long-term rivals AFC Leopards in Sunday’s Mashemeji derby at Kasarani Stadium, a win that pushed them seven points clear at the summit of the KPL standings on 54.

Speaking to Citizen Digital in a post-match reflection, Pollack hailed his charges for the good display but asked them to remain ‘humble’ and stay focused.

“I am very proud of my boys, they really did a wonderful job, we defeated them 4-1 in the first leg and now we have done the same in the return fixture, this is absolutely fantastic.

AFC Leopards also played well, their defence was very solid and they were not allowing my strikers to penetrate their area easily until Onyango got the chance and utilized it well,”he observed.

“Of late my players have been getting carried away by winning the title which is a positive idea but I want to urge them not to concentrate much on that but instead focus on winning the remaining matches,” he said. ” I think it’s too early to say we will win the title, many matches are left and what we are upto is to register three points in each one.”

Pollack was however impressed by the turn out of fans noting that it motivated his players.

“I was happy to see a big number of Gor supporters from every corner of the country. I didn’t expect the derby will be witnessed by a big number of fans. I saw them coming from different branches and they motivated my players to win the game.”

“Next weekend we head to FKF Shield against Posta Rangers, we have now shifted the focus to that match and our aim is to win the Shield too.”

His counterpart Antony ‘Modo’ Kimani also hailed his players for the ‘fighting spirit’ they showed despite the loss.

“There are moments where you play good football but you don’t get good results, and there are moments where you play bad football and you get good results. I am very proud of the spirit shown by my boys and the fighting spirit was quite unbelievable.”

“I have discovered some few mistakes more so in the defence and striking department but we will rectify that going to weekend match against Ushuru.”

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