Petro Atletico head coach Roberto Pelliser believes Gor Mahia deserved to be in the quarters and can make it to the finals after their spirited display on Sunday in their last CAF Confederations Cup last group game on Sunday.
Despite being nine men on the pitch, the Hassan Oktay coached charges, against all odds overcame their Angolan counterparts’ courtesy of a Jacques Tuyisenge second-half penalty and when asked what he thought of Gor Mahia and Zamalek in the competition, Pelliser intimated that they could go all the way to the finals.
“Zamalek and Gor Mahia play a different type of soccer. They are respectable teams and I think they deserve to go into the next phase and in football, anything is possible (reaching the finals),” he said after the game.
The coach further refuted claims that they were in for a draw in the clash and intimated that many people didn’t understand their tradition; the coach terming reaching the group stage in the competition as a feat for the team.
“It was like a final for us and in a final, you don’t play for a draw in a final. We didn’t know the result for the other game and we were up against a team who were fighting for an objective as well.
“We might be out of the group but we have a tradition that is not known by everybody. Each game we must have about five or six players under the age of 23. We played against all rivals equally and I know this experience will make them stronger for the coming season.
“Our first aim was to make it to the group stage because it has been 12 years since this club did that. After making it here we believed we could make it to the finals but that has not been possible,” he added.
Attention for Petro now shifts to the league where they are placed second with 37 points; seven points below leaders Agosto who have played three games more.