The Portuguese tactician sings the praises of his players after scoring a superb victory to reach the last four of the national cup
Gor Mahia coach Carlos Manuel Vaz Pinto admitted fatigue had started to show in his side despite a 2-0 win over the Kariobangi Sharks in the FKF Shield Cup quarter-finals on Thursday.
K’Ogalo reached their first semi-final in eight years after two-half goals from Karim Nikiema and Sydney Ochieng saw them beat the former champions on the Utalii pitch.
The Portuguese tactician, who is aiming for his first title since joining the reigning champions at the start of the current campaign, said Goal he is very happy with the performance of his “tired” players despite nine games played in the last 24 days.
What was said?
“It was a tough game, of course, a tough game, two good teams with very good players and the game was good but I’m very proud of my players because they still put a lot of commitment into the game despite the fatigue and now we have won nine games in a row, I’m happy, ”said Vaz Pinto Goal.
“Of course we’re happy to reach the semi-finals, and of course when we get a good result I’m happy but in the last 24 days we’ve played nine games, we’ve been to Mombasa, to Wundanyi and the number of players in the The team is not big but I am happy with the result and the performance of the team.
Commenting on his team selection for the Sharks game, Vaz Pinto said: “It’s difficult because for me I always choose the best team, I don’t choose a bad team and now we have to focus on the next game is the most important thing. “
Play against Bidco United in the semi-final
Facing Bidco United in the last four and if he’s worried about the game, Vaz Pinto said: “No we’re not worried, tomorrow [Friday] we study Bidco United, we play against them close by, we know that they are a good team and that they have a good coach, we respect Bidco but we have to prepare well to reach the final.
As to whether he can promise the Gor Mahia fans the trophy, the Portuguese tactician said: “What I can promise the fans is to work hard and get the players to believe in our idea and our good process in the club about our work and I want to give this victory to our fans.
“I also give the victory to the club president because he has struggled to keep the club afloat during these difficult times caused by Covid-19 and we have to give him and the fans this victory and also a trophy to the end.”
Gor Mahia will face Bidco, who knocked out the Nairobi Stars while in the other semi-final clash AFC Leopards, who beat Tusker in the quarterfinals, will face Division Equity Bank, who knocked out defending champions Bandari.