Polack faults preps ahead of Mathare defeat, braves up for Mashemeji Derby

Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions Gor Mahia lacked their usual fluidity in the game against Mathare United on Wednesday 6 November, which also served them their first league defeat of the season. After the game at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos, head coach Steven Polack admitted they didn’t have the best of preparations.

After the 0-1 loss at the hands of the 2008 KPL champions Polack, who had just returned with the team from DR Congo, fresh from elimination from the CAF Confederations Cup, noted that they hadn’t trained after jetting back.

Issues at club

Apart from the lack of training, the coach gave a veiled pointer that there are issues at the club, which prevented the players from giving their best. While he declined to go deeper, he felt his players should have done better in the game.

“It is very difficult when you have such situations. I am a professional in the way I do things, and I expect that people around me work professionally. The preparations weren’t the best; they weren’t normal so it makes matters a bit difficult.

“But I also feel when you are a player you should also forget things and put them behind you. It is very hard for some players to do that and some went in with emotions today but in the circumstances they are in I can understand why they went in with emotions.

Beyond my control

“I would rather keep this in-house but the circumstances are beyond my control. If we had trained before this game I’d have done my tactics,” he said.

Gor Mahia play a big game on Sunday, against arch rivals AFC Leopards, who have been on a really good run and had no midweek engagements to think of.

Asked of what he thought of the game dubbed Mashemeji Derby, the coach noted that he will only think about it after doing a sound analysis of the loss to Mathare United.

Two way situation

“I am not worried about that game. I have to analyse this one first before I can start thinking about the game on Sunday. It is a two way situation, had we won it would have given us the encouragement going to the derby but you see after losing you want to go out there and show people who you really are.

“I hope we will have good training and preparations ahead of the derby, but again, you never know. Nothing surprises me in African football,” he added.

This defeat left Gor Mahia second on the league standings with 15 points, same to AFC Leopards’ tally though Gor have two games in hand.