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Nuttall has unbeaten first leg in his sights

NUTTALL-THINKNAIROBI, May 13 – Despite dropping points for the third time this season at Western Stima last weekend, head coach Frank Nuttall is hopeful champions Gor Mahia will finish the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) first leg unbeaten.

With only four matches to the end of the opening half of the campaign, Gor have won eight and drawn three to comfortably lead the log on 27 points, eight ahead of closest challengers Tusker FC and Thika United in their race to complete a treble of successive league crowns.

The record 14-time champions welcome basement side Nakuru All Stars on Sunday at their Nairobi City Stadium fortress, a side that ended their unbeaten run last season with a shock 2-0 first-leg defeat.

However, Nuttall who had not joined K’Ogalo by then, is not worried by past records, saying a lot has changed in both teams, choosing to remain upbeat his charges will pick maximum points against a woeful team who have lost nine and picked only a single victory thus far.

“I’m proud of my tenure, I wasn’t part of the team that lost the unbeaten run and this current squad wasn’t part of it either. All Stars have changed as well so the names are the same but details are different.

“We had a very tough outing last weekend in travelling and playing so, I’m satisfied to come out with four points from western Kenya. Going to this weekend’s game, we are busy preparing to ensure everybody is ready and focused,” said Nuttall who has lost just once with K’Ogalo since succeeding Scottish countryman and Harambee Stars head coach Bobby Williamson last September.

His performance has set a local league record for the former fallen Scottish giants Glasgow Rangers trainer where an unbeaten run to mid season would leave him unmatched since the advent of the KPL era in 2007.

In spite of Gor firmly remaining on course of emulating the class of 1988 who are the only K’Ogalo squad to have completed the national title hat-trick in a row, Nuttall conceded the 2015 season has not been a stroll in the park for the champions.

“The league is very competitive especially for Gor because every team that plays against us raises their game. When they play other teams they don’t play with the same level and intensity but when they play Gor, they treat it as a cup final so we have the hardest task.

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“I’m not interested on records but in winning games. It’s nice to be top of the league at the moment and going to the next game, we have the possibility of getting three points,” the Scotsman emphasized.

Nuttall virtually brought in new blood for his starting XI this term, retaining defenders Musa Mohammed and Harun Shakava as well as midfielders Collins Okoth and Godfrey Walusimbi from last season’s title winning squad.

“It’s healthy to have competition for various positions throughout the squad, that’s how I want it. If it makes my life difficult in terms of decision making then I’m happy to do that,” the coach who relegated captain and keeper, Jerim Onyango as well as midfielder Eric Ochieng to the bench risking the wrath of the passionate Green Army had results gone the other way explained.

Gor who have already bagged one title this season, the DStv Super Cup are in the contention for the GOtv Shield and Cecafa Club Championships besides the league in what would set new local standards with the quadruple.

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  1. True Kenyan

    May 16, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    Best news for the day. Midiwo thank you for thinking about Kenyans

    • Tony

      May 16, 2012 at 9:23 pm

      I  would like them to deduct points from licences like is done in Europe,licence has 12 points and points are deducted depending on crime commited,

      • Eubats

        May 17, 2012 at 5:37 am

        Tony thats a better way of going about it otherwise making all the cops responsible for traffic law enforcement is disastrous the extortion will just be too much !

  2. Elijahnyangwara

    May 16, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    i support.

  3. Len

    May 16, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    Good start but the punishments are a bit draconian.  Exceeding the speed limit by 10km/h is pretty easy; punishment should be progressive to encourage good behaviour. If you make the punishment too severe, you only encourage and raise the cost of bribery because drivers cannot afford to lose a license for three years.  A more thoughtful bill would have set up an authority regulate commercial vehicles in general.  Such an authority would be in a better position to study good practices world over and recommend the rules of the road for commercial vehicles.

    • Boiyot

      May 17, 2012 at 4:00 am

      I support you Len… 10km/hr is a bit easy to break… maybe they should loose a licence for 3months and the fines progressively go up.
      All in all, it’s about damn time!

  4. Mwangi

    May 17, 2012 at 4:58 am

    As far am concerned the factor of involving the whole police force in this is just like saying you have added another avenue for money extortion.I believe installation of cameras will safe lives even the more,nobody will ague against this but this calls for discipline with our police force for even with installation of cameras people will go scot free so long they buy their way out.

    • w33_dx

      May 17, 2012 at 9:19 am

      Cameras!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Try put a fake cameras and they’ll be smashed before you take a step. Truly cameras will do plus toughest penalties on tampering with such devices since they’re put in place to save kenyan’s souls.

  5. w33_dx

    May 17, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Add, suspension of driving licences to any one involved in dangerous driving and revoke licences for any driver involved in any form of accident.

  6. Godfrey Kimega

    May 17, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Instead of solving the problem, these new laws will worsen corruption on the roads.

    (1). By dissolving the Traffic Police department, any police officer will be able to flag down vehicles on the roads and extort money.
    (2). Police will be overwhelmed with traffic duty, and they will spend so much time chasing bribes that other forms of crime will increase.
    (3). When the potential punishment is too harsh, the police will demand more money in bribes and extortion money.
    (4). The courts and prisons systems will be clogged with murder cases as prosecutors attempt to prove the guilt of drivers. In the meantime, drivers jailed for life will definetely launch appeals.
    (5). The requirement that motor vehicle licence plates be handed over to the government at each sale will clog the already congested systems at KRA. This will lead to MORE corruption.

    There are many causes of accidents, and it is going to be very difficult for prosecutors to prove that a driver was indeed the cause of an accident where people died. How about the condition of the roads? Or the mechanical state of the vehicle? Does this mean that mechanics, and officials from the Ministry of Roads are also liable to prosecution?

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