NAIROBI, Kenya-Despite guiding Gor Mahia FC to extend their SportPesa Premier League (SPL) title-winning record to 16 over the weekend, head coach, Dylan Kerr has rallied his side to finish strongly in their remaining four games of the season.
K’Ogalo registered their 12th win under the Briton when Meddie Kagere scored the lone goal against Ulinzi Stars FC on Saturday at the Kericho Green Stadium to take their tally to 66 points, 17 ahead of second placed deposed champions, Tusker FC.
“We still have 12 points to fight for. We shall continue to pursue them because fans need entertainment. What we have only done is reducing pressure on our part by sealing the title as early as this.
“All teams come aiming to beat Gor. If we let the complacency rule simply because we have won the league, we shall be in for a rude shock. We have to fight to win the games,” stated the Englishman.
Club chairman Ambrose Rachier, who will now return to his role as the Kenyan Premier League Limited (KPL) chairman next year, echoed his sentiments.
“We will try to win all matches to finish in a sporting manner. It will be tomfoolery of us to relax at the moment. The preparation for remaining matches will go on as normal,” he said.
The Green Army faces Zoo Kericho FC, Sony Sugar FC, Kakamega Homeboyz FC and Western Stima FC to seal another historic campaign where they stretched their all-time SPL winning record, moving four above their nearest rivals, AFC Leopards (12) and Tusker FC (11).
K’Ogalo will be presented with the SPL trophy after their last game against Stima in Kisumu on December 9.
Kerr and his players have shifted focus on making an impact on the continental scene having faltered in the opening stages of the lucrative CAF Champions League in three of the past four seasons they have taken part.
Gor remain the only Kenyan side to lift a continental crown with their epic CAF Cup Winners Cup (Mandela Cup) triumph in 1987, with the competition that was merged in 2004 with the CAF Cup to form the CAF Confederations Cup.
Eternal rivals, Leopards, will fly Kenya’s colours at the second-tier tournament next season after beating Kariobangi Sharks FC 2-0 in the final of the 2017 GOtv Shield Cup last Friday.
Kerr was earlier on Monday, fined KSh2,500 for damaging a plastic chair by the KPL.