‘We need more time’ – Gor Mahia coach asks for patience after Kagame Cup loss

‘We need more time’ – Gor Mahia coach asks for patience after Kagame Cup loss

Joel Omotto 07:15 - 11.07.2024

Gor Mahia coach Leonardo Martins Neiva feels his players need to be given time to grasp his philosophy after beginning their Kagame Cup campaign on the losing note.

Gor Mahia coach Leonardo Martins Neiva says he need more time with his players to implement his philosophy after suffering a 1-0 loss to Red Arrows of Zambia in his first match.

K’Ogalo were second best against the Zambian side in their CECAFA Kagame Cup opener on Wednesday night and paid the price with the loss.

The Brazilian tactician is, however, not worried and feels it was down to his players still learning what he wants from him, something he believes will be fixed with time.

“Tough game for both teams, in the first half the team from Zambia controlled the game in the first 25 minutes but after that, we fixed a few things and got some balance but overall, they played better than us,” Neiva told the media after the match.

“At halftime, we fixed some things and when we came back, we had ball possession and circulation but it is the first game for me, they don’t know me, so we need more time to put together our technical and physical issues.”

Neiva is, however, looking at the glass half-full and is happy with a number of things from the match which he feels will be the building blocks for what he wants to implement at the club.

“I am very happy with the attitude, character and behaviour. They are fighters which I am very happy about,” he added.

“We must increase our possession, short passes, our movement without the ball and penetration. We also have new players and they are going to get harmony with time.”

Gor Mahia will hope to right their wrongs when they face Djibouti Telcom in their next match.