McKinstry explains why Gor Mahia's unbeaten run is a disadvantage


FKFPL McKinstry explains why Gor Mahia's unbeaten run is a disadvantage

Festus Chuma 18:09 - 23.12.2023

Gor Mahia's 16-game unbeaten streak faces mounting pressure despite victory over Bandari FC as expectations soar in FKF Premier League.

Unbeaten records are usually celebrated, not frowned upon, but Gor Mahia head coach Johnathan McKinstry is taking a dim view of his side's 16-game run without defeat.

As the Football Kenya Federation Premier League (FKFPL) giants secured a narrow 1-0 victory against Bandari FC at Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos, the joy of triumph was accompanied by the ever-increasing burden of expectation.

"The last time this group of guys lost a football match was in June, and that adds pressure. It obviously does. And you know every team when they come to play K'Ogalo wants to win, to prove a point, to make a headline," McKinstry said.

Gor Mahia's impressive unbeaten streak, spanning the entirety of the current season, has put them in the spotlight.

With every passing match, the target on their backs grows larger, and opponents become more determined to be the ones to end their remarkable run.

"But that pressure increases when you're on this unbeaten run because they want to be the team to say, hey, we ended that unbeaten run, and you know someday it will come to an end. Who knows when that will be, but for us, it's about not getting carried away," he added.

The first half of the match against Bandari FC concluded without any goals, leaving fans and pundits alike on the edge of their seats.

The second half continued to be tightly contested, as both sides sought to break the deadlock.

Gor Mahia's breakthrough came in the final 10 minutes courtesy of Austin Odhiambo who made no mistake in converting the goal to secure a 1-0 victory.

"You know, now the pressure is that when we draw a game, people want to win, and we understand that, and we want to win as well. But we're also feet on the ground to say we're just going to keep ticking over, we're going to keep building that points total," McKinstry noted.

Gor Mahia's journey this season has been nothing short of exceptional. After 16 matches, they have accumulated an impressive 34 points, boasting nine wins and seven draws. Their defense has been resolute, conceding only seven goals in the 16 matches played, a testament to their unwavering consistency.

"And other teams who have these big highs often have big lows as well. We didn't see that last season. We were ultra-consistent for the entire season. And again, if anything, our consistency has increased this year," McKinstry concluded.

As Gor Mahia continues to dominate the league, the pressure on them to maintain their unbeaten streak and secure the championship title intensifies.

The celebrations for their remarkable run are tempered by the ever-present scrutiny and expectation from fans and rivals alike.

The question remains: how long can this remarkable journey continue, and will they emerge victorious in the face of mounting pressure? Only time will tell, but for now, Gor Mahia stands strong, unbeaten, and resolute in their pursuit of footballing excellence.

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