Gor seek the winning mojo as they tackle Stima in Kisumu

Gor seek the winning mojo as they tackle Stima in Kisumu

Milton OchiengGor Mahia writer

Gor Mahia team manager Jolawi Obondo says their slow start in the league has nothing to do with the club’s future performance warning they are more than ready to fight to defend their crown.

K’Ogalo confront Western Stima this afternoon in the lakeside city of Kisumu, chasing for a third win of the term, and the veteran team manager believes the boys will pick a win .

Gor are 13th in the log with six points and a win will catapult them up to eighth on the standings.

He said: ‘’There is no cause for alarm. I can assure you we are going for maximum points. In football, you can start low and end up winning the title and that is our mission.”

KÓgalo who are fresh from a convincing 3-1 win over Mathare United head to this match with only six points from a possible 12 after four rounds of matches having lost two in the hands of Tusker and third placed Kariobangi Sharks.

Today’s match kicks off 3pm and a win for KÓgalo will catapult them to position eight, dethroning Posta Rangers from the slot.

Jolawi who also took time to applaud their new Portuguese tactician Carlos Manuel Van Pinto said he is optimistic K’ Ogalo will rise.

‘’I have dealt with a number of foreign coaches as Gor Mahia’s team manager and I can assure you Pinto is a coach of his kind. I admire his tactics and strategies and I can see Gor conquer Kenya and Africa this time round,’ he claimed.

Gor will be seeking to earn a group stage slot in the CAF Confederations cup when they host Zambiás NAPSA Stars in Nairobi on February 14 before a rematch in Lusaka seven days later.

An aggregate win for the Kenya champions will subject them to a group stage draw in the tournament they last won in 1987, the known as Nelson Mandela Cup.

Their dismal performance at the CAF Champions League this season still begs for an answers from football enthusiasts and especially the 8-1 aggregate elimination at the hands of Algeria side  CR Belouizdad.

Club officials attributed such unpalatable results to coaching inconsistency. The club however believes the arrival of Pinto is the panacea  to the problem.

One thing that club still needs to sort out if they are to make an impression is the players’ welfare.

The unending complaints over delayed payments is a factor that if not addressed is still likely to derail their mission and African dream.

In the meantime Kenya Commercial Bank FC still top the standings on 18 points despite the 2-1 defeat to AFC Leopards on Sunday.