For the first time in three years, Kenya Premier League champions Gor Mahia will not be part of the CAF Confederations cup group stage action after falling in the preliminary round at the hands of DC Motema Pembe of Congo.
Gor Mahia lost 3-2 on aggregate and their 1-1 draw back in Nairobi came back to haunt them in Kinsasha where they lost 2-1.
Coach Steven Polack has now admitted that beating DC Motema in their backyard was never going to be a walk in the park for Gor.
According to Polack, a defeat to DC Motema in Nairobi would have given his team the much needed boost and confidence going to Congo.
“I’m disappointed that we didn’t win the game at home since that was the best way to eliminate Motema Pembe. The players are also disappointed they failed to convert a number of chances they created in the away leg which could have won us the match,” Said Polack as quoted by Nation Sports.
Coach Polack has also blamed the inexperience of his players for the team’s fall at the Stade De Martyrs – Kinshasa.
Gor Mahia was unable to convert a number of chances it created to goals and with that, the team only had itself to blame.
“I’m not castigating the current players but Gor Mahia needs to sign top class players who can do well in continental matches. I have only stayed here for a few months and can’t name the players the club is supposed to buy but in future I will know who to sign,” he added.
Having had to make do with only 16 players for his CAF assignments, coach Polack has called on the Gor Mahia management to ensure that players are registered in good time for continental football.
Gor Mahia will be in action on Wednesday at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos as the team looks to get back to winning ways when they take on Mathare United in a KPL match.
After Mathare, Gor will turn it’s attention to fierce rivals AFC Leopards for this season’s first Mashemeji derby over the weekend.