Gor Mahia head coach Frank Nuttal believes his team’s chances in the DStv Super Cup clash against Bandari FC diminished with the sending off of defender Harun Shakava in the first half of the clash at the Mbaraki Sports Club on Saturday 6 February.
Shakava was sent off on the 40th minute of the game after a high lunge on Dan Sserunkuma and Nuttal feels that was the turning point to their game after much dominance.
Anthony Kimani scored the lone goal in the game on the 67th minute to see Bandari win their first Super Cup trophy and despite the loss, Nuttal was still full of praise for his charges in his post match interviews.
“I commend my players; before the red card, we had three clear chances and had a good control of the game. After the sending off, the game changed. It was difficult too playing away from home.
“Shakava’s tackle wasn’t intentional and should have passed looking at the height of the two players. Sserunkuma is very short while Shakava has the height and he is a high jumper. It was unfortunate he didn’t win the ball and maybe that’s why he was sent off,” the coach said.