The British coach reveals to Goal they must continue to work hard to win the title despite sealing another derby win over Ingwe
Ingwe were keen to end a bad run of results against Gor Mahia but it was Boniface Omondi’s 27th-minute goal which separated the two Kenyan giants to hand K’Ogalo a 30th Mashemeji Derby win in history.
Despite the hard-fought win, the British coach has told Goal they have not won the title yet and must keep working hard to achieve the fete at the end of the season.
“I am happy we have won against AFC Leopards but this was not a defining game for the title,” Polack told Goal. So, we will keep on pushing and taking one game at a time and see where we will be at the end of the season.”
Polack also conceded Ingwe gave them a tough time in the match, saying they had shown a huge improvement from the first round meeting when Gor Mahia hammered them 4-1.
“I must congratulate AFC Leopards because they really gave us a tough game,” Polack continued. “If you look at their game today [Sunday] it was very different from how they approached the game in the reverse fixture, it means they have improved a lot.
“I have asked my players not to get carried away with the win, of course, it is great to win a derby and also it is sweet to seal a double over your derby rivals but we will have a long way to go to achieve our objectives for the season.
“We want to retain the title and we must stay focused and keep winning our matches, if we lose focus then we will be beaten to the title and I don’t want that to happen, not now and not in the future.”
On why he started veteran keeper Boniface Oluoch ahead of regular David Mapigano, Polack told Goal: “I went for Oluoch because he has the experience of playing in the derby, he has played in many derbies so it was easy for me to pick my first choice for the game.”