Gor Mahia will relentlessly pursue their goal of finishing the 2015 season unbeaten and winning a quadruple of titles. In this regard, players must still compete for first team slots and the team will not field weakened teams for the sake of giving other players experience. This according to Gor Mahia technical bench member Frank Ouna.
“Our squad is not as big as it seems, we have a sizeable squad which has gone ahead and performed well in all competitions. What people do not realize, we do not have fringe players, actually if they are there, maybe two or three. All these are capable team members, who can go out there, do their best and give results,” he said to goal.com
While Gor Mahia pursue their lfty goals, they will have to contend with injuries to certain players. But Gor Mahia has a strong enough squad such that when a player is out with an injury, others can step forward and effectively take their place.
“Injuries have tampered with us a little, because currently we do not have Abouba Sibomana, Goddfrey Walusimbi and Collins ‘Gattuso’ Okoth, but we have those, who can effectively fill their slots. We still have crucial matches coming up and we still need to maintain our unbeaten record. So we cannot afford to field a weaker team, which I do not believe exists here.” continued Ouna.
Indeed the competition for places has seen many players step up their game in recent matches including George Odhiambo “Blackberry” and Ernest Wendo. However one player whose form has been consistently impressive each time he stepped on the field in recent weeks is Innocent Wafula. Not much was thought of him when he was signed in January. But he has since proven doubters wrong with his industriousness and pacy run down the flanks that cause opposing defenses all kinds of nightmares. And he has found himself among the goals, most crucially when he scored against SoNy Sugar to clinch the league title.
Wafula is effusive in his praise for coach Frank Nuttall whom he credits with his success.
“I thank the coach because he has helped me settle in and improve as a player,” he said.
“He trusted me a lot and told me that I would do well if I trusted in myself and what we have seen so far is thanks to him.”
“When things have not been good he has also spoken to me and offered advice and I think I am a better player as a result. I am thankful and I hope that in the remainder of the season I can help the club win the remaining titles and have an even more successful season,” he said to supersport.com
At this rate Wafula will soon don national colours. His performances suggest that he is on the way there. The most recent Harambee stars squad that will play Mauritius includes only two Gor Mahia players: Boniface Oluoch and Michael Olunga
The match against Western Stima which was scheduled for this Thursday has been moved to September 4. The match pitting AFC and Sofapaka was also postponed because the Kenya Police are busy providing security of the ongoing International Trade Fair.
This means Gor Mahia do not have another KPL fixture until October 15.
Gor Mahia can now train at Camp Toyoyo
Gor Mahia who had been banned from using the legendary Camp Toyoyo, formerly known as Jericho Sports grounds have now had the ban lifted.
The team was turned away after they arrived at the stadium on Tuesday following fracas that erupted on Sunday during a Champions Cup final match between Gor Mahia Youth and Terror Squad. The organizers initially accused Gor Mahia fans of causing the fracas. But a closer look suggests that local estate youth were mostly to blame.
They have been allowed to train after we sorted out the misunderstanding. They wanted some assurances which we have given,” Ngala told goal.com.
Ngala also blamed organisers of the champions’ tournament for not providing enough security. “There was a lot at stake. Perhaps the match should not have been played at Camp Toyoyo but rather taken to a stadium with a perimeter fence to enhance security.” he continued.