Gad Mathews: The keeper reveals more in an interview

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Goalkeeper Gad Mathews has made several starts in his debut season at the club, catching the eye with a number of important good performance and saves.

In our Question and Answer session, the Kisumu Day School alumni talks about a number of items – on topics ranging from his best moments so far to his preferred hobbies away from football.

What’s the biggest difference between Gor Mahia and other clubs you were in before?
The biggest difference that is Gor Mahia is a door opening club that one can be spotted easily by any club that wants a quality player.  

Do you have any superstitions in terms of your pre-match routine?
Not really…. Just shifting focus to the match to get positive results.

Who is your role model?
Actually, I have a mentor and a role model… Arnold Origi has been my mentor… and Itumeleng Khune (of Kaizer Chiefs) is my role model.

What’s your biggest moment since you joined the club and why?
The biggest moment is when we had one of the most crucial matches that needed us to qualify for the next round in CAF Champions League.  

What’s been your best save of the season so far?
The best save of the season is napping out Jacques Tuysenge’s penalty in a crucial match at Nyayo stadium.

How did it feel after you made a vital save against APR in a CAF match?
 I felt I did a good job and brought my team-mates hopes back into the game with the crucial saves…

Talk about your toughest game at Gor Mahia and why?
The toughest game at Gor Mahia was against CRB Belouzidad of Algeria. Having socked in six goals in that encounter and making a couple of saves, I had learnt a lot and it made me challenge myself on improving on various areas to be the best.

As a footballer, what are some of the achievements you can point so far in your career?
Being nominated as an MVP in national school games in 2014 in Kakamega…. Taking Kariobangi Sharks to continental football, and winning GoTv finals and of course taking Gor Mahia to the next stage of CAF competition.

What do you love most about your position?
 There is a healthy competition in my position… that’s what makes me love it most.

If you had to choose a different position, where would you play?
 I would play as an offensive player.

What advice do you have for young keepers who want to climb up the ladder?
For young keepers out there, nothing is impossible… only you, can stop yourself from achieving your goal, hardwork, prayer and patience is the key.

What do you do during your free time and mostly during this time when we have no football activities?
At this particular time, I do my own training and follow training programs assigned by our fitness trainer and coaches.

If you were not a footballer, what path do you think you would have taken?
 I would have been in hotel industry

Tell us more about you – where you schooled and is Gad married?
I’m a typical luo of course… born in Kisumu and grew in lower Milimani (Nyalenda)…. went to school at Kisumu Day and not married but engaged.

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