Dylan Kerr has challenged Gor Mahia fans to keep trust in goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch.
This is after the veteran keeper saved two penalties, one in normal time, to help the Kenyan champions bundle out Nyasa Big Bullets of Malawi and reach the next round of Caf Champions League.
Oluoch has of late come under heavy criticism from K'Ogalo fans, who want the keeper benched at the expense of youngster Peter Odhiambo, who started in the first leg match when the two sides clashed in Kenya.
However, coach Kerr, who left Gor Mahia to sign for Black Leopards of South Africa, now says that Oluoch has proved the fans wrong and it was time they gave him support. “That was a fantastic display from Oluoch, a very good show from the keeper. He deserves the support and not criticism. He was the reason Gor Mahia advanced to the next stage of the competition.
“I always had trust in Oluoch during my time at Gor Mahia but the injuries played a key part to why I had to bench him, but to me Oluoch is a top class keeper and should be supported by the club and all,” Kerr told Goal.com in an interview.
Kerr also took time to congratulate the team for making it to the next round of the competition. “I want to single out coach ‘Zico’ for the good job he did and the team as a whole for making it to the next stage. The team should now remain focused and target a good start in the league.”
Gor Mahia will now face Lobi Stars of Nigeria in the first round but have a league match against Bandari FC in Mombasa on Saturday.