Omalla thanks special people for supporting him during difficult spell

21st February 2024

Omalla had gone for seven matches without scoring a goal in the league.

Benson Omalla. PHOTO| SportPesa
Benson Omalla. PHOTO| SportPesa
  • The Gor Mahia striker found the back of the net after failing to score in the last seven games.
  • The goal saw Omalla extending his lead at the top of the scoring charts to ten goals.
  • The win saw K'Ogalo ending their two-match winless streak as they opened an eight-point gap at the summit.

Benson Omalla has expressed gratitude to Gor Mahia fans and his teammates for standing by him during his seven-match goal drought.

The mercurial forward scored his first goal last weekend in an encounter against title rivals Nairobi City Stars after failing to find the back of the net for several weeks.

The important goal helped Gor Mahia, who sit at the top of the Football Kenya Federation Premier League (FKFPL) standings with 47 points, return to winning ways after struggling in recent matches. 

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In an interview with SportPesa News, the 22-year-old thanked K’Ogalo supporters and players for having his back during the difficult time. 

“I really felt good. I would like to thank my teammates and also the fans who have been pushing me to become better while on the goal drought. They have been motivating me, telling me that I will score a goal soon. I eventually scored today and I am very happy,” he commented. 

When asked how he handled the rough time in front of goal, the Harambee Stars striker stated that he kept working hard as he kept hoping to find the back of the net soon.

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“As a striker, you just need to work hard in training. You need to work on your finishing and if it fails to bear fruits in a game, you try in the next one. I tried to keep my head low and kept believing that a goal would come, and it eventually did. I just need to maintain that form,” explained Omalla. 

The player, who was involved in a transfer saga during the mid-season window, currently leads the FKFPL top scorers chart with 10 goals, two more than Bandari’s Francis Kahiro and Tito Okello who plays for Kenya Police.

Omalla also divulged that Gor Mahia players are working every day as a unit to try and defend the FKFPL title.

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His head coach Jonathan McKinstry was delighted for his main striker, praising Omalla for his work ethic. 

“I am just pleased for him. Everyone forgets Benson is a young man. He is only 22 and that is his 10th goal of the season.

We have never had any doubt. In training, in matches he is doing the right things. If he wasn’t doing the right things then we would have a problem,” ended McKinstry. 

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