Gor Mahia’s 2-1 quarterfinal loss at the hands of Green Eagles from Zambia seem to be hard to take for coach Hassan Oktay who now feels that his team deserved better.
Oktay has blamed Gor Mahia’s exit from the Cecafa Kagame Cup to the lack of experienced players in his team.
Kogallo have already lost talismanic Jacques Tuyisenge who signed for Petro de Atletico of Angola and Midfield Maestro Francis Kahata who joined Simba SC.
Gor has also had to make do without the services of defenders Joash Onyango and Philemon Otieno who took part in the Africa Cup of Nations and therefore had an extended break.
“We really do not deserve to come out of this tournament given how we played, we actually should not have come out. But we also missed international players like Francis Kahata and Jacques Tuyisenge together with national players (Otieno and Onyango). That means we came with young boys and so it was not going to be easy,” Said Oktay as quoted by Goal.
Coach Oktay also blamed Gor’s defeat to a lack of killer instinct among his strikers who he said could not just finish the game.
“Unfortunately, we were lacking the final touch and it is something I have seen before and talked about it so many times. When you leave key national players and come with some young boys this (defeat) happens. They need the experience to deal with this kind of football arena which is very very different.” he added.
Before elimination, Gor Mahia FC made it three wins in as many matches at the Group Stages.
Gor Mahia won their first Group match 2-1 against Maniema Union of DRC courtesy of goals from Wellington Ochieng and Boniface Omondi.
The team then saw off AS Port of Djibouti in it’s second game with Boniface Omondi and new man Dennis Oalo getting the Goals.
Kogallo then scored a late goal in the 87th minute courtesy of Erick Ombija in their final group match against Kikosi Maalum cha Kuzuia Magendo (KMKM).
Gor made it to the quartefinals as Group Winners only for their perfect run to be halted by the Green Eagles from Zambia who survived an early scare from Kogallo who took a 2nd minute lead through Nicholas Kipkurui.
The Eagles were however able to respond 5 minutes later after a costly error from Ugandan midfielder Hashim Sempala allowed Tapson Kaseba through goal and he firmly shot the ball into the back of the net.
Shadrack Mulungwe gave Eagles the lead in the 68th minute with a fierce drive from outside the box. Sempala was again easily beaten alongside Geoffrey Ochieng as Mulungwe made space for the shot.
Kogallo will now turn their attention to the upcoming KPL season and the CAF Champions League.
The Club is also expected to make a number of decisions regarding transfers.