Gor Mahia coach McKinstry sings praises of the highest order for Musa Masika

Gor Mahia Musa Masika (left) and AFC Leopards Vincent Mahiga during FKF premier league match between Gor Mahia and Afc Leopards at Nyayo National Stadium on April 21st 2024 in Nairobi, Kenya. ©Imago

Gor Mahia coach McKinstry sings praises of the highest order for Musa Masika

Festus Chuma 08:27 - 25.04.2024

Gor Mahia's mid-season signing Musa Masika has impressed with his adaptability and intelligence on the field, boosting the team's performance.

Gor Mahia head coach Jonathan McKinstry has been vocal about the significant influence new signee Musa Masika has had on the team since his arrival. 

The Kenyan top-flight club saw a boost in its lineup during the mid-season transfer window when they signed the attacking midfielder from KCB FC.

Musa, who is also the younger brother of Kenya international Ayub Timbe, has quickly become a key player in McKinstry's tactical setup, particularly noted during his stellar performance in the Mashemeji Derby against AFC Leopards.

 "Yeah, look, Musa is a player we obviously have been interested in for a while, hugely talented," McKinstry praised. 

The Irishman pointed out Masika’s potential which has begun to shine through at Gor Mahia especially given his previous underutilization.

"Musa Masika, obviously this season has hardly played for KCB but we remembered what he did last season. Even by his own admission, he was nowhere near match fit when he joined us, and he knew he had to take time. Even now, he's probably reaching the stage where he can play 90 minutes, but his football intelligence is so high," McKinstry elaborated.

This intelligence was on full display when Masika alongside his childhood friend Rooney Onyango demonstrated versatility by swapping roles during games showcasing tactical flexibility that has benefitted the team.

"You've seen in the build-up phase at times we actually had Musa Masika at right back and Rooney Onyango in like the number eight position," the gaffer added.

McKinstry also highlighted the connection between Masika and another teammate, Austin Odhiambo, which he considers crucial for the team's dynamics.

 "The link between him and Austin is really nice because you probably noticed today, Austin basically does everything one touch because we knew that AFC would come and be aggressive and man mark him," he noted.

Having previously played for Wazito FC and having had a stint overseas with Buriram United's youth team in Thailand, Masika brings a wealth of experience to Gor Mahia. 

His journey reflects a seasoned player with international exposure now channeling his abilities to propel Gor Mahia towards defending their title and aiming for a return to the CAF Champions League—a goal that has become even more poignant following their previous disqualification due to contractual disputes.

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