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. However, assistant coach ‘Zico’ has admitted that they deserved to lose 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 because of failing to beef up the striking area. “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.”
Gor Mahia are also in the Caf Champions League where they will face Lobi Stars of Nigeria in the first round after eliminating Nyasa Big Bullets of Malawi.