Gor Mahia tactician Steven Polack rallied supporters to turn out in numbers at Kasarani this Sunday and cheer K’Ogalo in their pursuit of CAF Champions League progression.
The eighteen-time Kenyan champions host Burundi outfit Aigle Noir in return leg of Champions League preliminary stage. The two teams drew 0-0 in Bujumbura a fortnight ago leaving the tie delicately balanced.
Polack spared time after Friday training to field questions from the media.
“We want to entertain our supporters. We have a big following and must entertain, without them you don’t have clubs.
“It’s like if I go to watch a comedian and pay 50 dollars and I’m there to laugh but he doesn’t make me laugh then what is the point. At the end of the day for a coach it’s the results but also I’m gonna try and entertain supporters. And they need to know that we are going to be competitive every game,” said the former Asante Kotoko coach
The Brit expressed confidence in the sixteen players available for selection on Sunday and hinted at rebooting the system of play at K’Ogalo.
“I believe and have faith in players who will start and sit on the bench” he remarked
“When you go to a new team, the first things you look at are basics. So we’ve gone back to basics and a lot of things that we need to improve on. I have changed the way we want to press so you’ll see on Sunday and how we want to play. But it takes time and as you all know we have 15 new players who take time to gel but I have confidence in my ability cause I have done it before”
“Fans are like the 12th man out there. My experience with or fans was last week. Even though the stadium was not full for them to be singing from first minute with the drums, that man must be tired beating the drum for ninety minutes. Surely, I’m telling you I got tired by listening but seriously that for me summed them up , that’s something I’m proud of and as a coach I feel happy winning”
“They need to come a long, we’ll be competitive we need your support cause you are the 12th man and we’ll do the best that we can while I’m here for every game. That is guaranteed. I’m a disciplinarian coach because for you to be a winner you have to be disciplined and organized”
“It’s gonna take time but they are getting it, I can see that in training. Anybody will take time to get us where I want us to be over the next six eight months,”
When asked if he’s under pressure to match or even surpass successes of his predecessor, he said:
“Pressure is for car tires, not Steven Polack. I’m not under pressure because as a coach you can do the best that you can and that’s what you have to do. I’d like to go all the way to the final of the champions league. That would be my goal. It’s never gonna be easy and sometimes you need luck. In football, we have to make our own luck. So by God’s grace that we get to the group stage and then we’ll see from there what our next stage is,”