Dylan Kerr has told Gor Mahia players not to head into the Cecafa Kagame Cup semi-final against Azam with vengeance as the main motivator when they take on the Tanzanian side.
Kerr, then at Simba SC, watched Gor Mahia went down to Azam in 2015 final and even though K’Ogalo have a chance to redeem themselves against the hosts, the tactician has urged his charges to play their own game.
“The players who were in that game will definitely be looking for revenge, but personally I don't want them to go with that mentality,"
"I watched the (2015) final while I was at Simba and to be fair, Azam were lucky,” Kerr told reporters.
Goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch who is most likely to start ahead of Shaban Odhoji and the former Tusker custodian would be hoping to work hard and make amends of the goalkeeping mistake that gifted Azam an easy second goal after he failed to deal with Kipre TcheTche’s free-kick.
Kerr, who was on the stands, defeat clearly saw what Oluoch did but he will not want his first choice custodian to head into the game with pressure on his back to prove a point.
“I think Bonnie (Oluoch) made a mistake on that day. If it gets into their heads, they will try too hard and if it doesn't happen, they will make mistakes. We need to be more clinical in front of goal because the expectations are too high.
The match will kick off at 2.00 PM at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.