'Zico' calls for solid start

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NAIROBI, Kenya, February 22- Gor Mahia coach Zedekiah Otieno believes a good performance in the first leg of the Kenya Premier League (KPL) will be key to winning the title.

Otieno said on Tuesday that his side did not perform well at the first stage of the 2010 campaign and is hoping for much better fortunes this time round.

“Last season we lost a lot of first leg matches and very many points. I realised when I was doing my analysis that to win the title you have to win most of your first leg matches and that is what we are prepared for this season,” said Otieno.

Gor finished in second place last season behind winners Ulinzi FC in a nail biting finale.

Otieno is keen to see his charges build on last year’s mid season phenomenal surge to clinch the league.

“I hope we have a good season. My motto is to improve on last season’s performance. This year will be no different. We have to better than second place,” added Otieno.

Despite falling short of the summit, Otieno who is also the Harambee Stars coach said that he does not believe last season was a failure due to the fact they finished higher than fifth position they finished in 2009.

“For me, there was nothing which went wrong last season because our objective was to finish in a higher position than we did the previous season and we really worked hard to finish second,” said Otieno.

‘Kogalo’ open their KPL campaign against Rangers on Saturday at Nyayo Stadium.

“Rangers are a very difficult team but at the end of the day, every team in the league is tough and I hope we can put in a good performance on Saturday and hopefully get all three points,” said Otieno.

 

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