The Kenyan champions started their title defence on a sour note after losing to the Coastal-based side 2-1 in the opener played on Saturday at Mbaraki Sports Club. Assistant coach Zedekiah ‘Zico’ Otieno has dismissed claims that the club could surrender the title at the end of the season following the poor start.
“It is too early to start talking about the league title. Last season we lost over six matches and still went on to win the title. I can only admit that we have started badly which is not good for any defending champions in any league but we must now focus ahead and start winning matches from Wednesday.”
Zico’ has admitted that K’Ogalo deserved to lose against the Dockers because they did not use their chances and also gave away cheap goals. “We lost because we failed to score from the many chances we created and ended up conceding very cheap goals. It is unfortunate that a big team like Gor Mahia can give away such goals at this level," he told Goal.com in an interview.
However, ‘Zico’ has refused to accept that Gor Mahia are struggling so far this season because they are yet to sign top strikers to beef up the squad. “I don’t think so, we have the same players as from last season and remember we scored from a striker and not a defender.
"That will not be a good excuse. Let’s accept that we were not clinical upfront and we deserve to improve on the same as many teams will now want to come hard on us and win because they are playing against the champions.
“I can only admit that we are missing Tuyisenge (Jacques). He was our top scorer from last season but what can you do, if the player is injured? Tuyisenge is out and we must build a team without him as we wait for him to return. We miss him yes, but must always remain focused and use the players that we have.”