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Kenya: Gor Mahia Plot a Focused Confed Cup Campaign

Nairobi Star (Nairobi)


30 December 2011

GOR Mahia’s top priority at the beginning of the season is to be focused and well organised for an impressive campaign in the Confederation Cup.

The club already has aimed all its efforts in preparing for the African Football Confederation competition, with their first match against Mozambique club Ferroviario de Maputo on the weekend of February 17.

This will be before the kick-off of the Kenyan Premier League. “We want to make a promising start in the CAF Cup,” Gor Mahia assistant secretary Ronald Ngala told the Kenyan Premier league website kpl.co.ke. “It is also the expectation of our followers who are hungry for the club to take its place among the leading teams on the continent. We have an interesting draw. If we prepare well we can go very far in this tournament, through the preliminary rounds, and hopefully to the covetous Group Stage.”

If Gor Mahia go past Ferroviario, they would set up a second round meeting with Sudan’s Al Ahly Shandy. Taking part the last time in 2009, a very inexperienced Gor Mahia were routed in the first round by APR of Rwanda. “We know how bad it can be if we return unprepared,” said Ngala. “This time, despite still having inadequate resources, we shall dedicate ourselves.”

Supporters will be following with keen interest, the efforts to strengthen the team during the current domestic transfer window. They are hopeful, for example, of the club completing the signing of a goal-getting prospect such as Rwanda international Meddie Kagere, top scorer at the recent Cecafa Tusker Challenge Cup where Rwanda lost in the final to Uganda in Dar es Salaam.

Meanwhile, Gor Mahia have received an invitation for a friendly match in Dar es Salaam next month by fellow Confed Cup campaigners Simba. “We shall be happy to accept this opportunity for a top-quality trial match. Incidentally, if Simba do well in their end of the CAF Cup draw, we could be opponents in later rounds,” Ngala said.

Simba’s opening round is against Kiyovu of Rwanda and if the Msimbazi Street Dar es Salaam club proceeds, they would face ES Setif of Algeria. A Simba elimination of Setif and Gor Mahia success over Al Ahly Shandy would bring the East African neighbours into a third round clash.

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