Gor Mahia head coach Hassan Oktay says the team is still not at its best, despite picking a third win of the season in the game against Posta Rangers on Wednesday 9 January at Moi International Sports Center (MISC) Kasarani.
The win lifted Gor to fifth on the KPL log but Oktay feels the team is still struggling as a result of an unconvincing preseason programme while he also stated that he is still getting to learn the players at his disposal. He was particularly unimpressed a at the performance in the midweek win.
“If you ask me today we got three points which is important but if you compare it with the performance we had in the other game which we dropped points I think we played better in the other games. We have a very important game on Sunday so we are going to rotate. I rested a few players today and as you guys know I want to know my players more because training and playing in a game is different.
“I wasn’t here in preseason and they didn’t do good preseason either and rotation gives me a good glimpse of the type of players I have. The players are not fit yet and we will only get better when they get fit,” Oktay pointed out.
The coach was further infuriated by his side's missed chances, saying they should have won the games against Bandari and Kariobangi Sharks had they taken the chances that came their way.
“Absolutely I did complain (about lack of taking chances). In football the chances are very important but creating chances is another important aspect. If you are to create chances in a game you have to take them in order to kill the game. We played Bnadari and I showed the boys the clip; we ought to have won that game 8-1. Then Sharks came, we ought to have won that game 4-2 but we lost 1-0. Mathare United was next and they know how to dive inside the box, they know how to take a free kick and have very intelligent kids and they denied us points because we failed to take our chances,” Oktay added.
Oktay will hope for a better show from his boys when they shift focus to the CAF Confederations Cup playoff where Cameroon’s New Star de Douala lies in wait on Sunday 13 January at the MISC Kasarani.