New Gor Mahia signing Francis Afriyie joined the club from Mexican side Murciélagos after previously turning out for Vojvodina in Serbia and Bechem United in Ghana. I caught up with the striker for a brief interview.
You have already scored your first goal in your first game for Gor Mahia in the pre-season friendly against Police FC, how did that make you feel?
When you are a striker you always aim to score so after scoring against Police I was so happy because that is part of my job.
Switching from Murciélagos in Mexico to playing for Gor Mahia in Kenya is a big step, what informed your decision?
Football is business and once you are a player you need to get playing time although I was a vital player in the Mexico team I had a new manager and finished my contract with them then my new manager declined a contract extension with the club. I had a lot of offers from Europe, Sparta Rotterdam coach Henk Fraser invited me for trials but the reason why I took this bold decision is that Gor Mahia is a great club and if I play here I will get a chance to go because playing CAF clubs competition is a great achievement.
Are you under pressure stepping into Jacques Tuyisenge's shoes?
No, I'm not under pressure, once I have the ball I do not feel any pressure. The only pressure comes in scoring goals.
What are your season targets with Gor Mahia?
My target is to score many goals and for clubs to be chasing me and enable Gor Mahia to get what they paid for me.
You joined under Hassan Oktay and now you have Steven Pollack at the helm, how much of a challenge will it be to adapt?
Once you go to some countries they have different philosophies different training sessions but I will take my time to learn and cope up with the team because I'm a professional and I need to look at things positively. I have seen Polack in the Ghanaian Premier League and he did a good job. As a footballer anytime you go to the field you need to listen to the coach and add your little knowledge.
Prior to joining Gor Mahia is there anything you knew or ever heard about the club?
That is why I took this bold step because I heard that Gor Mahia is a great club and they have been playing in the CAF Confederations Cup and that was a great motivation.
Some players especially foreigners have struggled to adapt due to pressure from competition at the club and the fans how do you aim to deal with this?
I have this mentality that everywhere I go I try to play my good football and what someone could not do, I also want to try to achieve it, I know Gor Mahia have good supporters so there is a little bit of pressure but once I'm here I will break that jinx.
How do you describe your playing style?
I'm like Luis Suarez, I always want to run and I know how to head the ball into the post and I also have good shots but I have not trained on artificial turf before. This is my first time training on such a field but I'm okay with that I'm positive about everything.