Gor Mahia head coach, Mark Harrison, can only hope that his charges will extend their unbeaten run into their subsequent fixtures, even as they limber up for bruising battles as the Kenyan Premier League enters its crucial stages.
Gor managed to squeeze out a solitary point from the hard-battling coastal side, Bandari at Nyayo Stadium on Sunday after making light work of debutants Vihiga Bullets, whom they thumped 3-1 at Bukhungu Stadium on Wednesday.
However, Harrison is definitely quacking in the boots as the record Kenyan champions buckle up for the rugged terrain ahead after their bumper harvest.
“We shall be coming up against a few tough teams in December. I’d be extremely happy to secure 10 points from our next four encounters,” Harrison said.
The British gaffer who took charge of the 19-time Kenyan champions towards the end of the preceding season reckons the return of their ardent fans into the stands could steer the club to yet another milestone.
“Playing without fans has been difficult for the team given it usually feels like we are in a practice game half the time. The return of supporters has made a big difference and the atmosphere has become fantastic,” he said.
The former Southampton defender had some rosy words for the shirt sponsors too, saying they have done a great job keeping the club afloat especially during this trying moment when Covid-19 has ravaged the country.
“The support we receive from our shirt sponsors is massive at the moment, and they have sponsored the new kit as well. All round, it’s excellent to have them on board,” said Harrison.
“They’ve also done a great job providing incentives. The Fans Player of The Month Award is a big motivation for the players,” he added.
Harrison made his philosophy crystal clear to the squad the moment he arrived at K’Ogalo. He has always reiterated the need to keep the fans on the edge of their seats by entertaining them with pinpoint and crisp passes, akin to tiki taka style of play.
“I believe we possess the capacity to challenge for the title this season, and we have a squad capable of winning the league. I want to play attractive and entertaining football. I don’t enjoy playing the long ball game,” said the Gor tactician.
Harrison believes they could have experienced a healthier campaign at the Caf Confederations Cup against Otoho d Oyo of Congo if they had been patient enough to keep possession a lot more.
“Although I thought we were the better side, we kept playing direct football and played directly into their hands.
Harrison also said a lean squad also complicated their chances of posting meaningful results in the campaign.
“It was a bit disappointing but in reality, it was always going to be a tall order for us with only 16 players to field in the continental showpiece,” Harrison said.