Gor Mahia head coach Carlos Manuel Vaz Pinto believes past successes cannot be taken into consideration as his team prepares to play AFC Leopards in the FKF Premier League Mashemeji Derby today.
It will be the 89th meeting between the two teams, and recently, K’Ogalo have been dominating. The last time Ingwe managed to get maximum points against them was way back in 2016 when they won 1-0 courtesy of Lamine Diallo striker.
Since then, the league reigning champions have won eight out of the nine games against their sworn rivals. But the tactician is not interested in history.
“I am really excited because the derby is always a special game,” the Portuguese is quoted by the club’s official portal.
“I know what it means to the fans and what they feel for this type of game, sometimes the players feel the same way but we try to make them calm and we are trying to push our thoughts to how we play the game.
“This is a special game to everyone and of course we expect one good result for the fans and my message to the squad is that they must forget about the past and work on what we have ahead of us, we don’t need to look at the past.”
The tactician further conceded he does not know much about his opponents but the main focus is on his players.
“I have an idea about AFC Leopards and how they play but I always don’t put my focus so much on the opponent,” Pinto stated.
“We need to know the opponent but I think about our work every day. We look at our team 90 percent because that is what is important and 10 percent about the opponent.”