McKinstry heaps praise on Tusker's new signings and unique style of play

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FKFPL McKinstry heaps praise on Tusker's new signings and unique style of play

Mark Kinyanjui 14:51 - 26.05.2023

Gor Mahia will be hoping for a win over Tusker on Sunday that will put them back on top of the league.

Gor Mahia head coach Johnathan McKinstry is prepared for an uphill battle against a resolute Tusker side ahead of their title-decider match against Robert Matano’s side at the Nyayo Stadium on Sunday.

Things were not so rosy for Gor Mahia the last time they played, as they lost 2-1 to arch-rivals AFC Leopards at the same venue a fortnight ago, but McKinstry believes his players can make amends on Sunday,

“The training session has been good and the quality is nice,” he said. “It has been nice to have a few extra days to prepare which will give us the energy we need to run up to the finish line on Sunday for the game against Tusker,” McKinstry said.

The Northern Irishman was quick to praise the impact Tusker’s new signings as well as the return of key players from injury which has helped the Brewers find some momentum that has parachuted them to the top of the table.

“Tusker have added some players during the mid-season who have helped them. The new left-back, Levin who is very talented, and one or two other changes as well.

“Ojok (Deogracious) is back playing regularly after a time on the sidelines and a couple of injured players who are back. However, in terms of their set up and structure, there is not a lot of difference.”

Tusker FC have created a reputation for being a team that ‘parks the bus’ and hits opposition teams on the break before scoring a winner. McKinstry has described them as a “no thrills team” that needs to be taken seriously.

“They are a no-thrills team. They know what they want to do. They are very steadfast in terms of what they want to do but they do it very well. We have to be at our very best to break them down.

“I do not think there is a team that scores as many late goals as they do but that shows you a great mental toughness about them whether they are losing, winning or drawing. They go to the last minute. It is a credit to them and their coaching staff.

“We have to make sure we are switched on for the entire 90 minutes,"

Tusker are currently leading the table with 64 points, just one ahead of Gor Mahia. Whoever wins the clash on Sunday will be making a big statement in the outcome and picture of the title this season.