NAIROBI, Kenya, February 3 – Gor Mahia coach Bobby Williamson, has expressed concerns over his new charges, saying they have to learn quickly what it takes to be a K’Ogalo player as they prepare for this weekend’s CAF Champions League clash against Gabonese side US Bitam in Nairobi.
The Scotsman is troubled they have not played competitive matches for two months to enable his newcomers blend with the rest, adding they will face clubs that are currently participating in their domestic leagues.
“Gor players know the standards of the club and I’m happy to have George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo and Rama Salim back who understand what is expected of them.
“We have played few build up matches but it’s not competitive for a team that is preparing for continental matches.
“I’m concerned the Champions League match is here with us where we are expected to perform well, but I’m afraid most teams we will meet are currently playing in their leagues and that is our disadvantage,” the former Uganda Cranes tactician expressed.
The league champions played their first competitive match on Sunday in the Kenya Power Charity Cup, where they lost 3-1 to Sofapaka in the semifinals and Williamson said he will be working on the weakness he noticed during the one day tournament.
The Green Army flocked into Nyayo National Stadium on Sunday with a lot of expectations after K’Ogalo signed experienced players with the likes of Ugandan internationals Godfrey Walusimbi and Geoffrey kizito, midfielder Shaban Kenga and forwards Odhiambo and Salim on show.
This did not go according to plan as they witnessed their club humbled by Batoto ba Mungu, leaving them with unanswerable questions if their passionate team is ready for US Bitam.
The players did not combine well with Patrick Oboya and Dan Sserunkuma failing to spark upfront despite enjoying most of last season together, something that the coach said he has to go back to the drawing board before Saturday’s tie.
“I’m disappointed the players never put to practice what we teach them but hopefully they learn quickly. I have quality players I’m just working on the final pass and anticipate we will be ready for the match,” he added.
Gor have been at the continental competition for the past three previous seasons, participating in the Confederations Cup where they bowed out of the tournament at the preliminary round, before reaching the first round last year.
They will be working hard to go past the first stage where they will meet Tunisian giants Esperance.