Tusker coach Matano backs Tusker to challenge for the title.
Newly appointed Gor Mahia coach Carlos Manuel Vaz Pinto has set his sights on helping the record Kenyan champions retain the title ahead of today’s FKF Premier League match against struggling Vihiga United at Kasarani Stadium.
The Portuguese appears to be slowly but surely turning K’Ogalo’s fortunes around after a slow start.
Pinto guided the Kenyan giants to two consecutive wins barely two weeks after being offered a two-year deal.
He made a winning debut on January 14 when Gor Mahia beat Mathare United 3-1 before registering an identical result against Western Stima in Kisumu.
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Though the 46-year-old former St Georges (Ethiopia) coach has already outlined his targets, he knows it will not be a walk in the park for Gor Mahia to claim a fourth title in a row.
Gor Mahia, who have three games in hand, are nine points behind leaders KCB, who host Stima at Afraha Stadium tomorrow.
“Gor Mahia always play to win the league and that’s what we are going to try to do. It is a tough league but I believe in my team and I hope we will be champions on the final day of the season,” said Pinto.
Pinto also promised to continue giving chances to young players like Alpha Onyango.
Pinto said: “For me all players are important but not the age. What matters most is the quality of the player and I’m so far pleased with what I’ve seen at the club, I will continue giving opportunities to the young players in the team. If you are 16 years old and you have the quality I want, I will put you in my team.”
And just like Pinto, Tusker coach Robert Matano has challenged his troops to remain focused as the second-placed side (17 points) travel to Zoo Kericho today. A win for the brewers will see them leapfrog KCB at the summit if the bankers fail to beat Stima.
“It is good for us to continue winning and that consistency is going to help us at least to be title contenders,” said Matano.
But the highlight of the weekend will be tomorrow’s encounter between fourth-placed Kariobangi Sharks and sixth-ranked AFC Leopards who are only separated by three points.
Meanwhile, Wazito rallied from a goal down to beat Nzoia Sugar 2-1 as Mathare United held Bandari to a barren draw yesterday.
The victory saw Francis Kimanzi’s men go level on 17 points with second placed Tusker.