Gor Mahia FC on Sunday 19th evening run a 3-1 riot against AFC Leopards in the Mashemeji Derby to get to 69 points from 31 matches and now need only two more points to seal the 2018-19 Kenyan Premier League title.
A double from Nicholas Kipkurui and a third from Jacques Tuyisenge gifted Hassan Oktay’s charges three crucial points at the expense of their arch rivals and the coach- in a post-match interview, reveals that even though he wanted five goals, he will take the three.
”It’s fantastic, it’s great. For me I said in the derby anything can happen. I was expecting this result. I told the boys I want 5-1, but still I’ll take the 3-1. We dominated the game, with ten minutes to go we could have scored two more,” said Oktay.
Gor Mahia dominated the match from the onset and kept more possession than their opponents, a tactic Oktay says he had to resort to after their midweek loss to Nzoia Sugar FC.
Noting their undoings from the midweek encounter out in Mumias, Oktay admits to a fault in the way he approached the sugar millers- the very reason he went all out when AFC Leopards came calling.
”Nzoia game was my fault, wrong preparation, I take all the responsibility because we dropped all the three points and I knew today we were going to get it right,” he adds.
Though through on the league with three more matches to go, he does not want to say it’s all over and want focus from his boys more than anything as they seek two more points from their next clash. Statistically, second place Bandari can attain 70 points if they win all their remaining three matches, hence Gor Mahia’s need to get to 71 (or more) from their next match.
”We are heading there slowly. We have a chance and we are concentrating n our next match,” concludes Oktay.
Gor Mahia next faces relegation-threatened Vihiga United FC on Wednesday, the match that could hand them the league title.
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