Pollack: Competition for places a good problem to have

Gor Mahia FC coach Steve Pollack hopes that things will be sorted out at his team- financial problems that have hampered their preparations towards matches, but while he waits, he will focus on selecting the best that the club has to offer for their league assignments.

Speaking to the media after being named coach of the month for October, Pollack addressed Boniface Oluoch’s return to his starting eleven.

”It is great to have him back, and it is not just the goalkeeper but everyone else. For me it is a good problem to have; each goalkeeper here has his own quality, same to every player and I am happy that we have competition for places,” says the coach who has only lost once in the league this season.

The club has had a problem having a full house at training for their domestic assignments with word rife that some senior players have asked to exit the defending champions. Pollack says it is here that his demanding nature comes in handy. A hard-liner on his own principles, the Englishman is glad at how his unit is responding to the tough times.

Steve Pollack receives his Coach of the Month Award [IMAGE-SJAK]

”It is all down to the character and the spirit in the team. Things are hard but I am proud of how they have been responding because I am quite a demanding coach and hopefully in the next few weeks everything is going to be sorted and we will probably see a better team,” continues Pollack.

Gor Mahia host Ulinzi Stars in Kisumu on Saturday 30th at the Moi Stadium, and with a 4-point cushion at the top of the Kenyan Premier League log, look set to stretch that further. The club hopes to stay there for as long as the season goes.

”It is a long way to go and for us it is one game at a time. We are on top now and it is good to be looking down at teams instead of looking up. All we have to do is focus on the next game because there is a lot of football to be played and points to be won,” he concludes.

Ulinzi Stars sit 5th on the KPL log and have a 7-point difference separating them and the champions. they have not lost any of their last eight matches and goalkeeper Timothy Odhiambo took home the player of the month award for October.