Gor Mahia head Coach Hassan Oktay’s sentiments with regards to the importance of the Cecafa crown to his team has come back to haunt him.
Last week saw Oktay term the Cecafa competition as one that was ‘not serious’.
Heading into the tournament, coach Oktay claimed that Gor was not feeling any pressure since they were not taking it seriously.
The Coach said the tournament was to act as Kogallo’s pre-season training.
Gor Mahia won all their three group stage matches before falling down to the Green Eagles on Zambia at the Quarterfinals stage. Kogallo lost 2-1 to the Zambian side.
“I’m not taking such tournaments like Cecafa Kagame Cup very seriously and that’s why we are not feeling any pressure,” Said Oktay as quoted by Standard Sports.
“Our focus is on the Caf Champions League and the Premier League. This tournament serves as part of our pre-season training, to build our fitness levels and mental strength as well as gauge our new signings.
“When you have an intention of winning such tournaments you must come with your best squad and not ‘kids’,”he added.
His sentiments have now invoked the wrath of Cecafa Secretary General Nicholas Musonye who has blasted him (Oktay) for allegedly undermining the Cecafa Kagame Cup.
“Teams from the region that have lost and now claim they are not interested in the tournament, can go to hell. We don’t need them,” Musonye said.
“Those foreign coaches, who come to Africa to waste their retirement, lose matches and then go back to their employers to tell them they don’t need Cecafa, can as well go to hell. What value are they adding to our regional football? They will soon meet the same teams in continental competitions.
“As far as I’m concerned, this has been one of the most successful events in terms of competition and organisation” he concluded.
Ugandan giants KCCA lifted this year’s trophy after seeing off Azam from Tanzania.
KCCA pocketed $30,000 (Sh3million) in prize money while Azam took home $20,000 (Sh2m).
Left-back Mustafa Kizza’s second half strange goal is all that KCCA needed to dethrone Azam and lift their first Cecafa Kagame Cup trophy for the first time in 40 years.