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Kerr backs Oluoch despite Sharks howler

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Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr issuing instructions to his charges during their KPL match against Kariobangi Sharks at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on February 25, 2018. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYA

NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 26- Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr says he still trusts goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch 100 percent despite his howler against Kariobangi Sharks at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Sunday.

Sharks were in line for a valuable point and probably all three after Oluoch let a simple harmless freekick from Bolton Omwenga spill between his legs to tie the game 1-1 at the break.

But, a mistake of their own saw them lose 2-1, Ivorian Ephraim Guikan wiping the blushes off his keeper’s face with a second half winner.

And Kerr, who walked straight to the pitch at the half-time whistle seething with anger after the expensive error, seemed to have calmed down at full time with three points in the bag and backed his number one to retain his shirt for the next match.

“I am glad Boniface conceded that goal because he’s better than that. It’s a mistake which he didn’t mean to commit. He will learn from that and get better. In the second half, he had a fantastic performance and made a good save to keep it 2-1,” the tactician said after the match.

He followed that up on his official Twitter feed where he re-affirmed his faith in the shot-stopper, complete with a photo captioned ‘my number one’.

The coach admitted to being frustrated with the performance of his team especially after Sharks had equalized via Oluoch’s howler, but he noted he had to rotate his team so as to build on his depth and give everyone an equal chance to perform.

Gor Mahia players walking out of the pitch during half time during their Kenyan Premier League match against Kariobangi Sharks on February 25, 2018. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYA

“I don’t know what’s going through the players’ minds. The trip from Equatorial Guinea two days to the game obviously didn’t help us much. In the first half we are cruising at 1-0 then all over sudden we want to do difficult things with the ball instead of keeping it simple,” lamented the coach.

He also attributed some of the questionable performances to nerves with most of the players fielded on Sunday earning rare chances to start.

“Credit to the guys and I hope they see now how my standards are and how their standards should be.” The coach added.

Gor went second in the Kenyan Premier League standings after the nervy 2-1 win, sitting on nine points, one short of leaders Mathare United who have played a match more.

The record 16-time league champions will have an opportunity to return to the summit on Wednesday when they play their match in hand against former champions Tusker FC at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.

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