NAIROBI, Kenya, January 6 – League Champions Gor Mahia, will camp outside Nairobi for a week-long high altitude training as they prepare for the CAF Champions League that starts in early February./strong>
Speaking to Capital Sport on Monday, club Secretary General, George Bwana, said they want to enhance the strength and endurance of the players.
“We have decided to train outside Nairobi so that we can maximize our pre-season training. As we gear up for the big assignment in the Champions League, we want our players to increase pace and have stamina during the match.
“It’s for that reason that out technical bench said we keep off the ball practice and concentrate on building the fitness of the players,” he told.
Bwana added the club is looking forward to strengthen the squad, especially after the departure of key players, custodian Ivo Mapunda and towering defender Donald Mosoti, who joined their former coach Zdravko Logarusic at Tanzanian giants, Simba SC.
“I can say we have a good team already since they are the same players that lifted the Kenyan Premier League trophy and reached the finals of the GOtv Shield.
“But we will be looking to sign new players, especially in the goalkeeping to assist captain Jerim Onyango, after the departure of Mapunda. In the defence, we are searching for a perfect replacement for Mosoti and also beef up our striking force since we need to score goals.
“The midfield is perfect but if we get someone good the door is still open, however we are faced with the challenge of the CAF deadline, where we are supposed to submit our squad before the end of this month and that will limit us on the number of players we intend to bring on board,” Bwana stressed.
K’Ogalo will host Gabonese side US Britam in the first round of the Champions League on February 8, and coach Bobby Williamson says his short term target is to win the preliminary match.
“I don’t know US Britam very well since I have never played them, but I have read them on their website and found out that it’s not a bad team.
“We will not underrate them and that’s why I have told my players to give their best since they will be representing the country too,” the Scottish born tactician said.
If Gor wins the first round, they will meet two time champions Esperance of Tunisia.