Kenya Police boss reveals why monumental win over Gor Mahia in February was key to their brilliant second leg form

Kenya Police's Abud Omar flies past Gor Mahia's Chris Ochieng during their 3-1 win over the FKFPL champions last February.

Kenya Police boss reveals why monumental win over Gor Mahia in February was key to their brilliant second leg form

Mark Kinyanjui 20:37 - 17.05.2024

Kenya Police beat Gor Mahia 3-1 back in February to help sustain a proper 16-game unbeaten run in 2024.

Kenya Police interim coach Salim Babu has opened up about how a pivotal victory against Gor Mahia in February ignited a brilliant run of form that propelled his team into the top four positions and secured them a place in the semi-finals of the FKF Cup.

Babu's squad went on an impressive 16-game unbeaten streak across both league and cup competitions, a run that was only recently halted by AFC Leopards earlier this week. 

The transformative game against Gor Mahia, which ended in a 3-1 victory for Kenya Police, played a crucial role in boosting the team's morale and confidence.

Despite the match being marred by a ticketing controversy—where the Law Enforcers inflated ticket prices to discourage Gor Mahia fans from attending—Kenya Police managed to come from behind to defeat the champions-elect. 

This victory had a profound impact on the team's mindset and performance for the remainder of the season.

Speaking to KTN News, Babu elaborated on the significance of that game as his side gears up for a crucial end-of-season run. 

"It motivated the team. When you play against the premier club and beat them, it gives you a lot of energy and courage that you can dominate more," he explained.

"It drove us, and you see, it had to take until we lost to AFC Leopards for that run of form to be halted and we became a challenger."

Babu emphasized the importance of maintaining their momentum as they aim to finish the season strongly and secure silverware.

 "We want to finish in a good position and win the cup so we can qualify for the CAF Confederation Cup next season. It is the one trophy we can win realistically."

Kenya Police's remarkable turnaround this season highlights the impact of a single morale-boosting victory and the strategic acumen of their interim coach.

 As the season draws to a close, all eyes will be on Babu's team to see if they can cap off their resurgence with a major trophy and continental qualification.

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