Gor Mahia boss lashes out at KPL for fixture congestion

Gor Mahia boss lashes out at KPL for fixture congestion
Gor Mahia players

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Mar 02, 2018. 16:30

Kenya's Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr has complained to the Premier League regarding their congested fixtures.

Kerr has asked the Kenyan Premier League to lessen their burden in the domestic campaign by spacing out their league fixtures to help them give their best in continent football.

The record 16-time KPL champions will face Tunisian giants Esperance in the CAF Champions League first round tie at home on March 7, but before then they are set to play three matches within a week.

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They played Kariobangi Sharks last Sunday, just two days after arriving from Equatorial Guinea, then played Tusker FC on Wednesday and Bandari on Sunday.

"KPL have killed us. We are the only team left in CAF and the expectation on me and the team is phenomenal. Playing three matches within seven days is crazy. If I get injuries because of these fixtures, I will lose top players," Kerr said to Capital Sport.

"Then, I have to bring in bench players. I mean it's the situation we have to deal with but KPL have to think about it. We want to do well for Kenyan football.”

The British manager was forced to field his second choice players against Sharks last weekend and his side was lucky enough to scrape off with a 2-1 win.

"I have to try out different players now so that we can take care of this situation. We need to make sure that every player is ready in the event that one of the strong starters suffers injury," the coach added.

"I have watched their clips and they are a big, strong team. We've got to match them and I believe we have the ability, energy and speed. We need to work on what we can do to counter them.

"I've got to be confident, believe and trust in my players."




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