Kenya Matano: Big shame for Gor Mahia to deploy long balls

Tusker coach Robert Matano has taken a swipe at Gor Mahia for their tactics to deploy long balls during their 1-1 FKF Premier League draw at Nyayo Stadium on Sunday.

In recent weeks, it was Gor Mahia coach Johnathan McKinstry, who aimed a dig at Matano insisting his side was good at playing long balls and bad football in the top-flight.

However, after Sunday’s clash, Matano hit back at McKinstry wondering why Gor Mahia were also playing long balls, especially in the second half of the title-deciding fixture.

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“We contained Gor Mahia very well in the first half and they started playing long balls in the second half,” said Matano adding: “I’m surprised that even Gor Mahia can play long balls. I thought it was only Tusker who plays long balls.

“The coach [McKinstry] has been criticising me and my players that we have been playing bad football but there is nothing we can study from him and in fact, we played better football than him. You cannot kill a lion with a stone.”

Matano further explained that Tusker deserved to win the contest insisting they were denied a clear goal by the lineman.

“We scored a goal and the linesman refused. The cross from the right couldn’t be in an offside position but that’s the way it is and we have to move on,” added Matano.

“All in all the game was a balanced affair; we got some chances that we didn’t utilise and that is why the game ended scoreless. I’m happy that we didn’t concede and we are still on top and we are going to fight until the end to make sure we win the title.”

The draw enabled Tusker to remain at the summit with 65 points, one more than Gor Mahia with three matches left to conclude the season. The Brewers will next travel to face Wazito FC in Muhoroni on Saturday, the same day Gor Mahia will host Ulinzi Stars at Nyayo Stadium.

Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with

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