“I’m on fire” Polack declares as Gor Mahia stint begins

New Gor Mahia head coach Steven Polack is rearing to go at the 18 time Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions and in his first words after being confirmed, the former Asante Kotoko tactician was unequivocal that nothing but success will suffice for him.

The British national was confirmed on Thursday 8 August at an event held at a Nairobi hotel, replacing Hassan Oktay, who resigned earlier in the week.

CAF CL

He comes in just three days before K’Ogalo kickoff their continental campaign against Burundian champions Aigle Noir on Sunday in the CAF Champions League preliminary group stage qualifiers, a game/tie that he is targeting a win to reach the tournament’s Group Stages for the first time in the club’s history.

“I’m not here for holiday but to work,” the 58 year old said, “My aim is to make the club much bigger than it is and that can only be done if we make it to the Champions League group stages and hopefully go further.

“I’m not at all under pressure because it is not the first time that I have joined a club just days before a match. I know what is ahead and I am on fire, eager to get started.”

Polack has just two days to prepare the team before they leave for Bujumbura and he revealed that he has done his research and pretty much has an idea of how Aigle Noir play which is already half of the job done.

Research

“I have done the research for my club and our opponents so I arrive pretty much on the know. I probably have seen more highlights of our opponents than I have of my team. The aim of course is to win the tie and not just the game,” he said.

Gor will host the return-leg two weeks later on Friday 23, five days after kicking off the new KPL season with the annual Super Cup tie against last season’s FKF Shield Cup winners Bandari FC.