Newly installed Gor Mahia coach Steven Pollack was impressed by the team’s performance in CAF Champions League draw away to Aigle Noir in Bujumbura, Burundi on Sunday evening.
Pollack who only conducted one training session with the team before traveling to the tie singled out attitude, work ethic and discipline of the players during the trip and tipped K’Ogalo to bundle out Aigle Noir when the return leg is hosted in Nairobi.
“I was very impressed by the players attitude during the entire trip. The build-up was difficult but they performed well and I’m happy with the result. I only trained with them once but I’m happy that their response is already showing,” Pollack told the club media team on Monday
On if he thinks Gor Mahia can bundle out the Burundi outfit and progress to the next stage Pollack said:
“I want to be number one with the club not just in local competitions in Kenya but also on the continental scene. Against Aigle Noir we had our chances and perhaps one goal should have been scored but a draw away is fair enough away from home. The tie is there for us to take and that is what we are going to do at home,” he offered
On need for more competitive games to sharpen his team the British born tactician said:
“We played on Sunday and face Bandari in the Super Cup next weekend. That will be sufficient to prepare us to the level we want to be. In between i want to spend more time with my players on the pitch so that they know me ad i know them. I want them to buy into my philosophy fully so that i can fully implement my strategies.”
On the support of twelfth man Pollack said:
“I know you are good supporters and love the club very much. As the playing unit and technical team we’ll always do what we can to make you happy be it in friendly matches of a cup quarterfinal. Get behind the team with full support and see the team get better”