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‘Ze Maria’ wants treble with Gor Mahia

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Gor Mahia head coach Jose Marcelo Fereirra 'Zemaria' is eying a treble with three-time Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia.PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu.

Gor Mahia head coach Jose Marcelo Fereirra ‘Zemaria’ is eying a treble with three-time back-to-back Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia.PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu.

NAIROBI, Kenya, June 17- Gor Mahia head coach Jose Marcelo Ferreira believes they can win all trophies on offer this season as he praised the level of improvement his squad has shown since he took over in March.

The Kenyan Premier League and Top 8 defending champions have been on a roll since the arrival of the Brazilian coach and have won the last six matches in all competitions without conceding a goal.

“Yes, I believe we can win all the title this season because this is Gor Mahia and we are expected to win every match and trophies that come our way. It’s possible looking at how that team has picked,’ the K’Ogalo tactician declared.

Gor would have lifted a treble last season but failed to get past the semi-final of the GOtv Shield, losing to second tier side Nakumatt FC on post match penalties.

They went on to win the league unbeaten and the Top 8 crown with a final conquest over Sony Sugar in Kisumu.

Gor are placed fourth on the standings on 26 points, pending Football Kenya Federation’s decision on their appeal on points docked by the KPL Independent Disciplinary Committee over hooliganism.

“I have a very good squad. They always work hard and always want to win. That’s good for us because we have focus. They have been improving daily and I’m proud of them,” Marcelo noted.

Gor Mahia FC team posing for a team photo/Timothy Oobulu.

Gor Mahia FC team posing for a team photo/Timothy Oobulu.

They begin their GOtv Shield campaign next weekend against Mombasa Mahakama, but their immediate assignment will be the second leg of the Top 8 semi-final against Tusker FC on Sunday at Nairobi’s Nyayo National Stadium.

Despite carrying a 2-0 advantage from the first leg, the coach has urged his players not to lose their heads.

“It will not be an easy match since Tusker knows us well now because we have played two times. Tusker is a good team and we don’t expect them to come easy. The match is far from over and we need to play the same way we played the first leg,” Marcelo urged.

The return of Uganda Cranes midfielder Khali Aucho to the team will give the coach a chance to make few changes.

“It is up to the coach to make the decision. I have worked hard in training and hopefully I play. I know Tusker is a tough team but with the result from the first leg, we have a good chance,” Aucho said.

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