Gor line up friendlies for continental campaign
In the absence of the Charity Cup Tournament, the traditional league curtain-raiser, Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia have lined up a series of high profile friendly matches in preparation for both the CAF Champions League and the Kenyan Premier League title defense.
Club Organizing Secretary Ronald Ngala on Thursday told Nairobi News that the club will play Power Dynamos of Zambia and Ugandan clubs SC Villa and Vipers FC over the next two weeks.
“We have invited Power Dynamos over for a friendly match and they have given a strong indication that they will be here next weekend,” Ngala said.
“SC Villa and Vipers FC from Uganda had also jointly invited us for a friendly on that same weekend, but we have requested them to push that invite to the February 8th so that we can play Dynamos first,” he added.
Gor Mahia beat lower division side Bidco United 1-0 last weekend and have games against Western Stima, Top Fry, Bandari and Coast Combined lined up for this weekend.
These matches, coach Frank Nuttall says, are part of the club’s 2015 resolution to “get out of the comfort zone” and seek greater glory.
“The club has made enough impact in the national front so it would be a good thing if we could replicate the same outside the country. In addition, we must get out of the comfort zone and go the extra mile and playing these build up matches is one way of doing that,” he said.
If all goes according to plan, the friendly matches against Vipers and SC Villa will be Gor Mahia’s final engagement before they take on Madagascar’s CNaPS in the preliminary round of the Caf Champions League slated for the weekend of 12-14th February.
Ngala also revealed that contrary to reports from a section of the media, the club is unlikely to sign more players considering they have already acquired 17 new players.
“I believe that we have signed enough players and the coach appears to be satisfied with them,” he said.