By Gilbert Wandera
Gor Mahia are perhaps preparing for their most important Kenyan Premier League (KPL) match of the season against arch-rivals AFC Leopards on Saturday, without head coach Zradvko Logarusic.
Logarusic is yet to return home after he flew out a week ago for a well-deserved holiday coming on the heels of an impressive performance in the league.
Gor Mahia Chairman Ambrose Rachier on Wednesday sought to assure fans the coach will arrive on Friday morning – a day before the match and allayed fears his absence may affect the team’s preparation.
“Initially the game was supposed to be played on Sunday and the coach had timed his arrival to coincide with the original date. Now it has to be brought forward and we were working hard to ensure he is here by Friday,” he said.
He added: “Logarusic is a professional and so he must have put in place an appropriate training regime to fit with the match, which is being executed by his assistants. His absence is not a concern because the assistants are equal to the task, but we are sure he will be here for the match.”
Rachier also said they need all three points against Leopards and are determined to succeed come Saturday.
“We wish Leopards all the best but we need this win after coming from a low moment to be where we are now,” said Rachier.
Elsewhere, Gor Mahia assistant coach John Bobby Ogolla says they are not under pressure to win Saturday derby.
Ogolla, who has featured in many such derbies during his playing days, said they are taking it just like any other league match.
“A win will certainly increase our chances of taking the league, but this does not mean that we are treating it any special. For us it is just like any other match despite the excitement surrounding it,” he said.
He added: “Our players know what is expected of them and they are ready to do it just like they have done it in the past.”