NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 13- Gor Mahia head coach Jose Marcelo Ferreira hopes his side can keep their new found form against Ulinzi Stars when they meet the soldiers in a catch-up Kenyan Premier League match on Wednesday evening in Nairobi.
The defending champions thumped Chemelil Sugar 3-1 on Saturday, a result that saw them banish a three-match winless streak and move five points closer to league leaders Tusker, and the difference can potentially go down to two if they pick maximum points against Ulinzi.
Ze Maria was left awed with his side’s performance and pointed out the two week international break gave him more time to work on the players and tactics.
“We played very well and everyone worked hard to get the win. It is good for our confidence. But on Wednesday we have another very tough match. I am hoping we can be able to play in the same way and even better,” the Brazilian tactician, nicknamed ‘Ze Maria’ told Capotal Sport.
He adds; “In the two weeks, we managed to have better concentration on how we want to play and correct our mistakes. We can be able to go all the way untill the final day.”
Tusker dropped two points on Sunday when they played to a 1-1 draw with Ushuru and head coach Paul Nkata who was left fuming at referee Andrew Juma’s decisions remains defiant the team can win the league.
“We can win even with one point. We started all of us when we were at zero and the league is not yet over. We will fight for the remaining six games of the season and I am confident we can achieve,” a visibly dejected Nkata said.
Soldiers Ulinzi are eight points behind the leaders after their 3-1 win over Sofapaka over the weekend and a win over Gor will draw the difference to only five and put them back straight into contention.
Benjamin Nyangweso who is standing in for the ailing Robert Matano has warned they should not be taken as outsiders and points out they will be fighting for the crown till the final day.
“The win against Sofapaka over the weekend boosted our morale and we have our focus on a match at a time. We are looking at ourselves and not necessarily how other teams are doing. If we win our matches, then we are good to go,” Nyangweso opined.
Fourth placed Stima who are also eight points adrift have warned they might pounce on an available opportunity and fight for the league title with no one considering them as a potential candidate.
Sunday’s 1-0 win, which head coach Henry Omino described as scrappy pulled them to fourth and the tactician says they have the potential to pull a shocker.
“If these guys at the top continue playing the way they are playing, we might just surprise them. The way we played over the weekend was not how we should. That was just a lucky scrappy win. But if people think that is the Western Stima that plays every weekend, they are in for a rude shock,” the tactician offered.
Wednesday evening’s match will hugely determine the race for this year’s title with leaders Tusker crossing fingers for most comfortably a draw between the two giants.
KPL weekend results
Saturday: Bandari 2 AFC Leopards 1 (Mbaraki Complex), Muhoroni 0 Kakamega Homeboyz 0 (Muhoroni), Gor Mahia 3 Chemelil Sugar 1 (Nyayo Stadium);
Sunday: Ulinzi Stars 3 Sofapaka 1 (Afraha Stadium), Sony Sugar 2 Mathare United 1 (Awendo), Posta Rangers 1 Thika United 0 (Ruaraka), City Stars 0 Western Stima 1, Ushuru 1 Tusker FC 1 (Nyayo Stadium).