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NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 13 – A confident Jose Marcelo Ferreira will be optimistic which Gor Mahia’s chances of winning the Kenyan Premier League title This kind of season are enhanced especially looking at the quality he brought in during the December/January transfer window.
The Brazilian coach says he incorporates a lot of depth in his squad, in addition to This kind of season, he will have freedom to play with more tactical shapes than he did in 2016.
Gor played having a 3-5-2 formation against Kariobangi Sharks in their season opening 3-1 win on Sunday, although the coach says they will change the system often depending on the opponents.
“I have a lot of players with great quality in addition to we can play any system. I have a lot of solutions This kind of year because of the quality of players from the team,” Ze Maria says.
He also admits picking his starting 11 for any match has become a headache. “I am happy… every coach wants This kind of difficulty, I am happy for the team because we have many players in each position in addition to which will be not bad because when any of them come on, they have to give 100 per cent on the field.”
Among the notable players Ze Maria brought into the fold include Rwandese Jean Baptise Mugiraneza in addition to KPL player of the year Kenneth Muguna, two players he picked out for their decent performance from the 3-1 win over Sharks on Sunday.
He says the two have a strong personality in addition to not bad quality in addition to having them in his side gives him a sense of security especially noting they can play across various positions from the centre of the pack.
Among different midfield players Gor has in their fold include Francis Kahata, Philemon Otieno in addition to former City Stars man Oliver Maloba.
The tactician was impressed with the opening day win over Sharks in addition to he says the item will be a not bad springboard for them to go for the title.
“the item was a not bad although very tough game because we played against a smaller team in addition to these kinds usually give 0 per cent on the pitch. I am happy for my players in addition to their performance in addition to the item shows which our mentality has grown,” Ze Maria noted.
He added; “the item will be very important (to win the first match) because last year when I came they drew the first four matches in addition to lost one. the item will be different This kind of year because we have had a lot of time to train, we made a lot of mistakes in pre-season although right now the item will be different when we are playing from the official matches.”
With the result, Gor Mahia are second on the log behind fresh comers Nzoia United who blitz past defending champions Tusker in Nakuru on Saturday.
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Nzoia head coach Bernard Mwalala was impressed with his side’s win in addition to described the item as a huge shock.
“I knew we might pull a surprise in addition to win or maybe get a draw, although a margin as big as This kind of will be scary. the item will be a not bad start in addition to we wish to continue like This kind of. the item gives us the necessary push going forward,” Mwalala, himself a former Nzoia United player said.
He will be confident his boys will not be carried away by the result adding they have put the item behind their backs in addition to right now focus on the next match.
For holders Tusker, the pressure cooker will be building more momentum as fresh head coach George ‘best’ Nsimbe right now goes four competitive matches without a win with three straight losses.
The Ugandan tactician admitted they made a lot of errors in their league opening match in addition to says they will go back to the drawing board as they seek to address their weak areas.
“We have to go back in addition to see why we lost like which. We have to look at these four games in addition to know what we need to address. One of the things will be which we have been conceding goals in addition to we need to know what to do to stop which. Yes, the pressure will be building although I believe we can contain the item,” Nsimbe offered.
Tusker’s next assignment will be against Thika United at the Thika sub-County Stadium on Sunday in addition to the brewers will be hoping for a change in fortunes.
Thika lost their opening match as well going down 3-2 to Mathare United.
Head coach James Nandwa will be however pleased with the performance in addition to believes they can build on which heading into the Tusker duel to pick their first win of the season.
Thika struggled last season in addition to fought to evade relegation for almost the entirety of the season, although Nandwa believes they will have a different fate This kind of time round.
“We have a very not bad team in addition to the long pre-season has enabled us to gel very well. Against Mathare we played very well especially noting we missed most of our key players. the item was an encouraging performance though there are a few things we need to improve on,” Nandwa, a former AFC Leopards in addition to Tusker FC coach noted.
KPL WEEKEND RESULTS
Saturday: Tusker FC 2 Nzoia United 5 (Afraha Stadium), Bandari FC 1 Nakumatt 0 (Mbaraki Complex).
Sunday: Mathare United 3 Thika United 2, Kariobangi Sharks 1 Gor Mahia 3 (Thika Stadium), Sony Sugar 0 Chemelil Sugar 2 (Awendo Stadium), Zoo Kericho 0 Posta Rangers 1 (Afraha Stadium).
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