A highly technical Kenyan Premier League (KPL) encounter pitting Gor Mahia at home to Ulinzi Stars at the Nairobi City Stadium on Wednesday 17 September ended in a barren draw and the visiting team’s defender Hassan Rio Mohamed says it was a satisfying result.
Ulinzi Stars went to the game on the back of a loss to relegation threatened KCB and Hassan admits they knew it will not be easy against the reigning champions who were playing in front of their home fans, and he went on to play a great part that saw him picked the man of the match.
He said the man of the match recognition, which saw him awarded a DStv Walka, will motivate him to work harder in the coming matches as the side from Nakuru looks to finish the season stronger.
“We went to the game expecting a tough encounter and we got just that. Gor Mahia is not always an easy team to play for us and they have a vociferous following too. Their fans were at a different level in the game; their noise levels were so high but again as players those are the things that we like to hear. They motivate us more and personally, I am happy to have won the man of the match recognition.
“This will motivate me even more to focus on the next match”, he noted.
Speaking of the result, Hassan revealed his satisfaction at his team’s output and added that to claim one point away from home off a team like Gor Mahia who had a man advantage after Ulinzi Stars skipper Stephen Ocholla’s sending off was good enough.
“We are satisfied with the point earned; it is good enough considering we were playing away from home and with a man less against a very strong team”, he added.
Ulinzi Stars’ next encounter is a game against local town rivals Top Fry AllStars on Sunday 21 September.