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The former Gor defender, who was the pillar of Ingwe's back four, says they are ready for the coming season after a disappointing 2012 campaign

AFC Leopards centre half Eric Masika says that they have put the disappointments of 2012 behind them and are ready to hit the ground running when the new season gets underway in February.

Masika who was a mainstay in the club’s defense forming a strong partnership with Jonas ‘Pato’ Nahimana, said that they had hoped to collect at least two trophies in the 2012 season, but was quick to add that they now have the ultimate chance to rectify things when they begin the new campaign.

“Failing to lift the league title last season was difficult to swallow. It was painful to take, not just for myself but to my teammates, the fans and the club as a whole,” Masika told

“Like every ambitious club, we had hoped to win at least two trophies, but things did not work out. It is now a challenge for us to work harder in the new season to give fans a reason to smile.”

Nicknamed ‘PPO’ by Gor Mahia fans for his tough play, Masika was K’ogalo’s defense pillar before his acrimonious defection to bitter-rivals Ingwe in January this year.

Though it is nearly a year down the line since he made that highly publicized move, Masika believes he harboured no ill feelings at some of the insults hurled at him by the K’ogalo faithfuls.

“That is the nature of football, players come and go .I understood them (fans), but I still hold the club (Gor Mahia) in high esteem for it made me what I am today.”