Turkish-Cypriot tactician criticizes K’Ogalo’s display in the Caf Champions League first leg at Stadedu stadium July 5, 1962
The Kenyan champions took on the North African giants in the Caf Champions League in the playoffs and the first leg, they suffered a 6-0 loss before losing 2-1 at home in the second leg to come out with an overall score of 8-1.
The Cypriot-Turkish tactician, who helped the team reach the Confederation Cup quarter-finals for the first time in history in 2019, has now said Goal K’Ogalo Should be grateful as they only lost by a 6-0 margin, insisting that the level of play displayed by their opponents meant they deserved to lose 10-0.
“They should thank their God because the game was supposed to end 10-0 or even better,” Oktay said. Goal while pointing the finger at the number of opportunities that CR Belouizdad wasted at home.
“It was a gift for Gor Mahia because the embarrassment wasn’t as big as it was supposed to be.
“They were very lucky, but on the way back, at least they [Gor Mahia] showed some improvement and played really well, it was a close game and it was better football on their part, but the problem was the damage was already done in the first leg.
When asked to explain what could be the problem at the club, Oktay said: “Gor Mahia suffers just because he doesn’t keep his key players in every transfer window. If you want to compete at the highest level, you have to keep your best players and your technical bench intact, and also move to recruit potential players to make your team stronger and better.
“But that’s not the case at Gor Mahia, they lose key players every window and in return sign over 15, spoiling consistency in the process.
“Someone told me that they signed players from Western Stima [during the last window], and then allowed their good players to leave, they should strive to keep their best players, someone like Harun [Shakava], Francis [Kahata], Lawrence Juma and Boniface [Omondi] did not deserve to leave the club.
“Why are you selling your best players and then going to sign from Western Stima, a team that is not at the level of Gor Mahia?”
On who should be blamed for the current mess at the club, Oktay, who won the league title with K’Ogalo in the 2018-19 season, said: “I don’t blame the president or anyone because sometimes if the players want to leave you can’t keep them.
“But you should need to find out why they want to go, why they’re not happy at the club, and then work out the issues before you lose them.”
Oktay also maintained that a club in Gor Mahia status need to have their own training facility, saying it will go a long way in helping them achieve good results.
“For me, Gor Mahia needs to focus and build his own stadium and training center and even have one for the youth team,” continued the 47-year-old.
“For a team to be successful in Caf competitions you need such facilities, and also for a team to go out there and make Champions League money you have to keep your best players.” . “
After losing their Champions League clash, Gor Mahia fell to the Confederation Cup, where they faced Zambia’s Napsa Stars in the qualifiers for a place in the group stage.
Gor Mahia also struggled in the league, as they lost two matches of their opening three, managing to win one against Tusker.