Ahead of their game against arch rivals AFC Leopards on Saturday 9 February, Gor Mahia were outright favorites, and they didn’t disappoint, picking three points in what is now becoming a routine win in the Mashemeji Derby, but K’Ogalo forward Jacques Tuyisenge admits it was not as easy as the score line would suggest.
Tuyisenge was key in the game as Gor Mahia picked a well deserved 2 – 0 win and the Rwandese forward acknowledges that the win at the Moi International Sports Center (MISC), Kasarani, will spur them on as the season progresses.
While the win was expected, there have been lots of questions regarding Gor Mahia’s start to the 2018/19 campaign. They have not matches the perfect start witness last season and Tuyiesenge acknowledges that indeed their start was slow, given they didn’t have a good preseason.
“We have started getting to our best; we didn’t have a very good preseason but now it is getting better and the form is coming back. We brought in new players and it has been tough for them and us gelling but we are now getting to the levels required and we will be very hard to crack,” he told Soka.
The win over Leopards saw Gor Mahia leap to second place on the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) log and though they were favorites, Tuyisenge is just happy that his team came out with three points, as he promised harder work in the coming matches.
“We know we have to fight hard for each point in each game and to beat AFC Leopards is a big motivation.
“The derby is always tough because no matter what form you take to the game it is never assured. So for us to win this is a motivation ahead of our coming league games and it feeds well to our season’s ambitions in the league,” he added.
Gor Mahia have a continental assignment to prepare for; the team has to face Angola’s Petro Atletico on Wednesday 13 February and the Rwandan forward will not be part of the team as he is suspended.