Gor coach McKinstry optimistic of returning side to their lost glory
Record Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Premier League champions Gor Mahia are in absolute ecstasy in anticipation of commencement of the new season. The former leaguer winners are seeking to reclaim top spot in amelioration after failing to give a good show during the 2021 season and last term under Caretaker Committee where they finished third on 56 points.
Head coach Jonathan McKinstry who is yet to sample real competitive football in Kenya since taking the reigns at K’Ogalo, is optimistic of giving their fans moments of pride as they endeavour to win the title in search of a swift continental football return.
“We are all excited and energized knowing that in the next 48 or so hours the fixtures will be out for the new season. We have been in close contact with FKF to know the progress and we are hopeful that in the next two weeks the league will start,” McKinstry told People Daily Sport.
The former Uganda Cranes coach who will be coaching in the country for the first, says league resumption will be a big motivator to both the players and the technical bench.
“League start will be a very good thing,it will be of immense motivation not only for us as Gor Mahia but also to our fans who have missed to see good football.
They were locked out during the covid-19 pandemic and then FIFA suspension arguably affected thier enthusiasm. With the kick off beaconing we hope to see our supporters back in the stadiums in their thousands hopefully,” he said.
Gor’s midfield wizard John Macharia is eager to return to play in the league,noting that as a unit they are a step ahead with the training under coach McKinstry.
“We are learning new things everyday and every player is open take the lessons for improvement as we gear up for the league.We are more than ready to face our opponents should the games start today.
Atleast this time around players will give their full efforts knowing what they play for.We just hope everything will be okay,” Macharia told People Daily Sport.
Team skipper Philemon Otieno, midfielders George Odhiambo, Ernest We do and Austin Odhiambo are some of the players struggling will minor injuries and illnesses and sat out during the team’s training session yesterday.