Kenya McKinstry unbothered with Gor Mahia’s slim wins in title campaign

Gor Mahia head coach Johnathan McKinstry is unbothered by the fact his Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Premier League title-chasing side are winning their matches with slim outcomes.

After losing their 19-game unbeaten start to the season against Kenya Police in a 3-1 defeat, K’Ogalo settled for a 0-0 draw against Ulinzi Stars before recovering to edge out Nairobi City Stars 1-0 on Saturday to keep their seven-point lead at the summit of the 18-team table.

Before the defeat against Police, Gor Mahia had four straight 1-0 wins against Bandari, Posta Rangers, Kariobangi Sharks and Tusker. Asked after the City Stars game if he was concerned with the limited number of goals his side was netting in recent matches, the Northern Irish tactician said it such kind of results that a team needs to win the title.

“If you look at the records so far in this campaign chances are Gor Mahia are the second-highest scorers in the league, we have spread our goals within the team. Other teams score three, four or five in one game but I prefer to score [one] regularly,” said McKinstry, adding: “We have played against top teams like Tusker, Posta Rangers and won and today [Saturday], we came up with a victory and that is what you need to win the title.”

Meanwhile, Shabana coach Sammy ‘Pamzo’ Omollo has attributed the team’s poor run of results to playing against tough opponents. Tore Bobe suffered their 12th defeat of the campaign after going down 1-0 against Police on Saturday.

The defeat was the third under ‘Pamzo’, who came in permanently and won his first fixture 5-2 against Nzoia Sugar. “To be honest, since I came into the team, the fixtures have been super difficult because look at it, I have played Police, Tusker, and City Stars, and the only match that was kind of favorable was the Nzoia one which we won,” explained Omollo.

Omollo, however, remained adamant the team will not stop fighting as they aim to stay in the top-flight.

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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