first_imgHis side’s loss was not majorly on what happened on the pitch, but what happened off it.His players staged a strike two days before the game and didn’t train at all due to unpaid match winning allowances. They had to be convinced on game day to come for the match and were not even in camp pre-game.On top of this, Oktay himself was suspended and watched proceedings from the terraces while four of his players were as well ineligible for the game.This is to add on the fact that Sunday was their fifth game in 12 days. He felt, everything was against them, heading into the match and has admitted his job at the club is now difficult.Gor Mahia head coach Hassan Oktay talks to his players before a training session at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on December 11, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“Everything was against us; Even Barcelona can’t make it with this kind of circumstance. Eight days, four games, then come play Confederations Cup…. four players missing, coach missing, then you have these problems… Mentally you are lost, physically you are not prepared for the game,” the tactician stated.“If you are playing on Sunday, Saturday is a crucial day to prepare mentally and physically to focus on the game. I couldn’t do this. I was waiting for my players at Toyoyo, they didn’t show up. I had to call them in the morning,”“I didn’t monitor what the players eat what they drink…. This is a game we should have won 3, 4-0. This is no Zamalek; this is no Petro….. But because of discipline, we lost it… we lost it as a team,”“They make my job difficult because these things affect my team. You don’t get these chances to play a quarter final every day,”Gor Mahia forward Jacques Tuyisenge (centre) is joined by Boniface Omondi (left) and Nicholas Kipkurui (right) in celebrating one of his two goals against Zamalek in a CAF Confederations Cup Group D tie at the Kasarani Stadium on February 3, 2019. PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya“We achieved fantastic results here, winning against Zamalek, against Hussein Dey, against Petro with nine men, then comes this kind of a game… a knockout game then suddenly, strike. It is difficult. My job is so hard to collect these players and bring them to the pitch. To motivate them is hard,” Oktay further stated.He has now called on the club’s management to sort out the issues, though Capital Sports understands the players’ match winning allowances are yet to be paid.He believes that if things could have been different off the pitch then they would have posted a better result against the North Africans and boosted their hopes of making it into the last four.“What can I say? It is a family; a big family and I am also in the same boat. Families protect and respect each other and I wish that the bigger guys in the family can sort out this issue and we don’t get it in the future. In Europe people are texting me and asking me whether we gonna play or not. Everybody knows,” the dejected tactician stated.Adding; “You never know if we will get this chance again. It is good for Kenya and Gor Mahia. They have to be careful about this kind of stuff in the future.”Gor Mahia’s Francis Mustafa attempts to go past RS Berkane’s Omar Namsaoui during their CAF Confederations Cup quarter final tie at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on April 7, 2019. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaDespite a 2-0 deficit from Sunday’s first leg, Oktay is hopeful he can engineer a comeback when the two sides clash in the return leg in Berkane in a week’s time.“Anything is possible in football. It is not over in this game. We have a chance in the second le. I never give up. It is not finished yet and the excitement for me starts now,” stated the tactician.Gor will need to win the return leg by a margin of more than three goals to progress and judging by their continental away record, it is going to be a mountainous task for them.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia head coach Hassan Oktay walks to the stands after being sent off during their SportPesa Cup match against Tanzania’s Mbao FC at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on January 23, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 8 – Gor Mahia boss Hassan Okaty was not his usual self on Sunday after his side’s 2-0 loss against Morocco’s RS Berkane in the first leg of the CAF Confederations Cup at the Kasarani Stadium.Oktay, usually enthusiastic and outspoken in all his pressers talked in low tones, throwing his hands up occasionally as if to ask; ‘what am I supposed to do?’.last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Daniel James (C) is Manchester United’s joint-leading scorer this season with three goals © AFP / JOHN THYSPARIS, France, Oct 3 – Manchester United stuttered to a drab 0-0 draw against AZ Alkmaar in the Europa League group stage on Thursday, while Steven Gerrard’s Rangers conceded an injury-time goal in a 2-1 loss at Swiss side Young Boys.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team again struggled badly in attack and failed to test Alkmaar goalkeeper Marco Bizot to leave United still searching for a first away win since March. “The conditions were tough but I thought we did very well. It puts us in a good position,” said Solskjaer, whose side have scored just five goals in their last 10 away games.Academy product Brandon Williams was handed his first start for United, who saw teenager Mason Greenwood denied by a superb block from Ron Vlaar on 30 minutes.The game was played in The Hague, on an artificial surface described as “one of the worst” by Solskjaer, after a storm damaged Alkmaar’s home ground in August.United were without Paul Pogba after the midfielder aggravated an ankle injury against Arsenal on Monday. He was also left out of the France squad named Thursday by Didier Deschamps.Since their 4-0 thrashing of Chelsea on the opening day of the Premier League campaign, United have failed to score more than once in any match.They rarely threatened in the Netherlands with substitute Jesse Lingard firing wide and Solskjaer reacting in disbelief when Marcus Rashford appeared to be chopped down in the penalty area.Owen Wijndal and Oussama Idrissi forced David de Gea into a couple of smart saves at the other end as the draw left United level on four points in Group L with Partizan Belgrade, who won 2-1 away to Astana.Colombian forward Alfredo Morelos put Rangers ahead just before half-time in Bern, but Young Boys levelled through Roger Assale before Christian Fassnacht grabbed a 93rd-minute winner for the hosts.Goals from Jens Toornstra and Rick Karsdorp gave Feyenoord a 2-0 home victory over Porto in a clash of former European champions in the other match in Group G.Willy Boly (1st-L) celebrates his last-gasp winner for Wolves in Istanbul © AFP / BULENT KILICWolves, in their first European campaign since 1980, rebounded from an opening loss to Braga as Willy Boly’s stoppage-time goal earned them a 1-0 win at Besiktas.“It’s huge for us. We don’t want to make up the numbers, we want to compete to win,” said Wolves captain Conor Coady.“We would have liked to have played better today but we won and that’s the most important thing.”Braga and Slovan Bratislava drew 2-2 to bump both sides up to four points at the top of Group K, while Austrian debutants Wolfsberg drew 1-1 at home to Roma in Group J.Arsenal host Standard Liege in Group F later while Celtic take on CFR Cluj, the Romanians who ousted them in the third qualifying round of the Champions League.Five-time Europa League champions Sevilla are also at home to APOEL.0Shares0000(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more