Africa-Press – Kenya. Gor Mahia head coach Johnathan McKinstry has said his immediate agenda is to deliver a record 20th title at the club.
The Irish tactician who joined the Kenyan topflight behemoths three months ago has vowed to dazzle the country with a skillful display of football on his way to glory.
“I think what people will see in Gor this season is not only a new type of football for the Green Army but maybe a new type of football that has never been played in the KPL,” McKinstry said.
“This is in terms of the intensity that we plan to bring to the game, in terms of attacking and pressing.”
McKinstry insists he doesn’t feel under pressure being at the helm of a title-thirsty club, where fans demand trophies every season.
“I came here knowing what their expectations are and knowing clearly that if you don’t win people will not be happy. We intend to make people happy, get them excited and put a smile on their faces when they come to watch us play. We want to start winning titles again and return to international football.”
The former Uganda Cranes coach said he gained adequate experience to deal with the demands of competitive football during his stints as a national team coach.
“I am not a stranger to the African environment. I have coached three national teams in Africa before landing here in Nairobi and there can be no more pressure than coaching a national team.”
McKinstry said he believes there is comparatively more fierce competition in the Kenyan top tier where it is difficult to predict who will clinch the title.
“If you look at other countries, there are usually one or two teams that dominate, be it Uganda or Tanzania or any other African country,” McKinstry said.
“But here in Kenya, even when K’Ogalo were dominating, there was a lot of competition. Even in the final stages of the competition, there are always at least five teams competing to the end. For example, last season, the top two teams finished tied on points.”
He said he will be relying on the two facets of youth and experience to come up with a winning system.
“We have experienced players in the team, and many young players we brought up from the academy. The energy and enthusiasm they bring to the group are really positive. He highlighted the positives and negatives of the prolonged delay of the new season.
“Every coach you talk to will always want more time, more time in training and on the field to work on tactics and techniques so that late there were positives in late. We have had enough time to work with our players and when the league starts no one will say they didn’t get enough time.
“The downside of being late is that we are competitive animals, we love to compete but we can’t replicate that in friendly games.”
He said the three months he has spent in the country have been amazing. “The players have thrown themselves in and we’re presenting a lot of new ideas.”