Ok boys, it’s time to step it up, Nuttall tells Gor Mahia

By: CELLESTINE OLILO

Gor Mahia coach Frank Nuttall has said his side must put in a much improved performance in their semi-final on Friday against Sudan’s Al Khartoum after a rather unimpressive qualification to the last four.

Although there was nothing surprising about the Kenyan champion beating South Sudan’s Malakia in the quarter-finals on Tuesday afternoon, their lethargic performance especially in the second half of the match left a lot to be desired.

“You do not expect a team to perform at the highest level when they are playing five high intensity games in 11 days. We under performed again and there has to be an improved efforts from everyone in the semis if we want to progress further,” Nuttall said.

LABOURED WIN

Gor laboured to beat Malaika 2-1. The South Sudan side qualified for the quarters as the best losers and were expected to fold against the feared green tide.

(READ: Gor floor Malakia to set date with Khartoum)

Nuttal now has to device a game plan for a team that ran them rugged in their group encounter that ended all even.

(READ: Gor Mahia, Al Khartoum cancel out to reach quarters)

“I approach every match with the intention to win sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t but all the time the aim is to win the match.

“Now we have proceeded to the semifinals and we look forward to winning the next match against opponents we have recently played before,” he said.

Uganda’s KCCA will face home side Azam in the second semi-finals also on Friday. KCCA beat Al Ahly of Sudan 3-0 in the first quarters on Wednedsay while Azam dispatched Yanga 5-3 in post match penalty kicks after a 0-0 draw in 90 minutes of play.

JUJU AT CECAFA?

Meanwhile, and is with all matters concerning the magic, this cannot be proven but talk of witchcraft influencing teams’ performances has been whispered.

Yanga and Gor are being suspected of seeking other forces to aid their campaign in the competitions, although officials from both teams heavily deny these accusations. Yanga are the most feared of them all and in the group stages, all their opponents (including Gor) declined to use the designated changing rooms for fear that the rooms may have been laced with potent charms that could work against them during the match.