Gor Mahia are still scheduled to play against Zambian side Power Dynamos on Sunday. This despite some media reports that the match was being rescheduled. The match will be played on Sunday starting at 4 pm at Nyayo stadium. The choice of Nyayo makes sense given that Gor Mahia will play CNAPs of Madagascar at Nyayo.
Gor Mahia have learned the hard way. Rather than play easy friendlies against teams like Supa Loaf as they did last season, Gor Mahia have decided to sharpen themselves against higher quality friendlies as coach Frank Nuttall continues to work towards gaining a measure of cohesion.
Skipper Jerim Onyango was upbeat about the friendly
“I would like to thank the management for organizing such a high profile friendly match. We need more of such games to ensure we prepare fully for the CAF Champions League and other competitions ahead of the new season.
The match against Dynamos will tell us how much prepared we are ahead of the new season. To be the best you have to gauge yourself against the best teams in the continent” he said. to futaa.com
And Power Dynamos will indeed provide Gor Mahia with a challenge. In 2014, they came within two points of winning the Zambian league, losing narrowly to Zesco. For the CAF competition, they have maintained most of their 2014 squad and added players from arch rivals Nkana FC: Defender Masautso Zimba,midfieder Claude Bwalya and 2nd choice goal keeper Charles Mweemba. They have two players who featured for Zambia in the 2015 Africa nations cup: Chris Munthali and Joshua Titima though the duo will likely not travel.
Gor Mahia have yet to impress in 2015 but coach Frank Nuttall appears positive with the progress the club is making with the exception of the attack.
Loss of Brian Umony
Coach Nuttall lamented the fact that Gor Mahia were not able to sign Ugandan striker Brian Umony.
“Umony is one player I wanted to bring in. But unfortunately it was not to be,” said Nuttall, adding, “I knew Danny (Sserunkuma) was going to leave, he had intimated to me and I believe Umony was going to be the perfect replacement. But I am told it was difficult getting him.” said Nuttall to Supersport.com
Both Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards pursued Umony but his demands were too high.
Previous Encounters vs Zambian sides
Despite the extensive record Gor Mahia has in CAF and CECAFA competitions, matches between Gor Mahia and Zambian sides are few and far between. In 1977, Gor Mahia lost 4-5 on aggregate to Zambian representatives Mufulira Wanderers in the second of the Africa cup. In 1981, Gor Mahia beat Kabwe Warriors 2-1 in a CECAFA cup match played in Kisumu. And in 1986, Gor mahia outplayed Mufulira Wanderers but still lost 0-1 at the CECAFA cup in Mwanza Tanzania.
According to the club site, charges for the main stand will be Ksh 500 while charges for the terraces will be Ksh 200.