Mental approach key to handling Gor Mahia, coach Korea notes ahead of midweek clash

Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions Gor Mahia will head to their make up game against Nzoia Sugar on Wednesday 2 October seeking redemption after their elimination from the CAF Champions League, and The Millers are well aware of what to expect from the clash to be staged at Mumias Sports Complex.

Nzoia Sugar head coach Collins Omondi acknowledges that this game will require a good mental approach from his charges to be able to stop K’Ogalo, who will be seeking a win that could take them to the summit of the KPL standings.

Superiority

While he admits they will be taking on a superior opponent, it is not lost on the coach the quality of his players and their ability to pick a positive result from this fixture, which comes right after the team’s first win of the season, against Kisumu All Stars.

“It is going to be a tough game for us; we are aware of that. But we also have good players to handle the situation. We know Gor Mahia will come with the pressure to get back to winning ways after their weekend loss but we have prepared well.

“To take on Gor Mahia, we have to be strong psychologically and we know it. If we can sustain their pressure and keep the ball, we will definitely have a shot at a good result,” he told Soka.

Mixed bag

Nzoia Sugar had a free weekend, thus more time to prepare for this match but while the coach looks at this as an advantage, he is also skeptical of what comes after it, with the implication being reduced time for preparations for the game against KCB.

“It is both an advantage and a disadvantage; see, we had more time to prepare for this game but then our next game is over the weekend and away from home so there will be almost no time to prepare for that,” he added.

Venue not an issue

Mumias Sports Complex is an adopted home venue for Nzoia and ahead of this match, the fact that the team will not be using Sudi Stadium for the clash gives the coach no jitters at all.

“Football is the same all over the world, regardless of where you play so I don’t care at all about the venue here. As long as the surface is good and playable we are okay and I can assure we will give a good display,” he noted.

So far, Nzoia Sugar have picked a win in their opening three matches and are two points behind Gor Mahia.