Gor Mahia Croat coach Zdravko Logarusic believes that the barren draw against 2009 league champions Sofapaka FC in a Kenya Premier League (KPL) match played on Monday night is a blow to his teams’ title ambitions .
Logarusic admits that losing points at this crucial stage of the season "is one thing we must avoid if we hope to be crowned champions."
He says his charges put up a good show against Sofapaka but could not convert the many scoring opportunities which would have made all the difference.
"The team played very well, we created a lot of chances but we could not find the back of the net. This is a big blow to our title ambitions. We had a remote chance but with few games remaining and teams ahead of us wining, it will be difficult,’’ Logarusic told Goal.com.
Gor Mahia dominated the play with Rama Salim left back Davin Owino and Ugandan import Dan Sserenkuma all coming close but they were denied by Sofapaka’s custodian Duncan Ochieng, who put up a stellar performance to win the man of the match award.
Gor are still in contention for a double chasing the KPL Top 8 Cup tournament where they will face defending champions Ulinzi Stars in the final and are also in contention for the FKF President's Cup.
Logarusic his optimistic that Gor Mahia will lift some silverware this season. The point picked on Monday saw Logarusic’s side leap frog Thika United to fifth position on 33 points. They share similar points though Gor have a superior goal difference.
On their part, Sofapaka displaced Tusker to move second on 37points, one above the brewers while AFC Leopards still remain top on 44points. Tusker who are the defending champions, have three games at hand and lock horns with 2008 champions Mathare United on Tuesday night.