Polack stays positive ahead of Gor Mahia – Motema Pembe return

Gor Mahia will have to dig deeper in their quest for a third straight appearance at the group stages of the CAF Confederations Cup following the 1-1 draw with DC Motema Pembe in the first leg of their playoff at MISC, Kasarani on Sunday 27 October.

Head coach Steven Polack, believes it will be a tough outing trying to get that away in DR Congo when the two sides face off on Friday 3 November but he was clear that it is not an impossible mission.

Upper hand

In the first leg clash, Gislain Yikpe gave Gor Mahia the lead at home but William Likuta equalized almost immediately and with an away goal, Motema Pembe, who were the better side at Kasarani, have an upper hand as they head back home.

Polack, speaking after the match, opted to put trust in his charges’ ability to create and execute their chances, acknowledging the possibility that they could be few in the second leg.

Had the chances

“We had a number of chances to kill it off but we didn’t and these things happen in football. When we scored they got one back and at 1-1 it maybe makes the job difficult because they have an away goal.

“However, I saw enough in the game to convince me that we can go there and create enough chances, and if we can execute them, then we will advance. We will see how it all goes,” he noted.

Momanyi suspended

Going to DR Congo, Gor Mahia will be without defender Charles Momanyi, who was red carded in the Sunday match. However, the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) giants will have goalkeeper David Mapigano to thank for the score line after he saved a late penalty.