Leadership does come with it’s set of challenges, especially to a new face, when it all comes down to leading a group you were merely a part of. For Kenneth Muguna, the Gor Mahia FC armband offers a chance to exercise his leadership skills and he is a happy man having won the club its first trophy of the season in just the second match as captain.
Gor Mahia edged Bandari FC 1-0 in the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) curtain-raiser, Super Cup on Sunday 18 August courtesy of a Lawrence Juma strike. Muguna, a dominant figure in the midfield in the game, is happy to have made this kind of start.
”It is great. You play and you do so because you want to win trophies. This is a great start to the team and for me, it means a lot. I recently got the nod to lead the team on the pitch and I hope this means good luck,” he tells Soka.
Gor Mahia had long-serving defender Harun Shakava depart to the Zambian Super League and to step in for the leadership role, it was decided, was the 2016 KPL MVP.
His first task came in the continentals a week ago and had his side held to a barren draw by CAF Champions League newcomers Aigle Noir of Burundi.
The Sunday win over Bandari, a side that finished second in the league and is active in the continentals, therefore, brings confidence to the team- Muguna thinks.
”There are a lot of new and young faces because many players left the team. To win against a team like Bandari gives the very young boys a lot of confidence as we begin our title defense, and also hope to progress further than we did in the continentals last season,” adds the midfielder.
New coach Steven Pollack started out with Kenya U23 International Tobias Otieno in the midfield, one of the four new faces that started. Despite the lad getting sent off in the closing stages of the game, he had done a tidy job alongside Juma and Muguna in the midfield.
K’Ogalo finished last season’s top-flight league on 72 points, eight above second-placed Bandari FC and will start their 2019-20 title defense against Tusker FC on September 1 in Machakos.