Gor Mahia has options for GoTV shield opener

After finishing the first leg and after a long international break that saw several Gor Mahia players participate in AFCON qualifiers for various national teams, Gor Mahia will now shift their focus to the GoTV Shield.

Kogalo will kick off their 2015  campaign against Langata Gremio on 24th June (Wednesday) at City stadium starting 3pm.

Those players who only played in the AFCON qualifiers such as Sibomana and Glay will likely have rested enough to play against Gremio.

However those who traveled to Ethiopia will likely need more rest. The technical bench will have to be judicious about giving players adequate rest, after all the primary goal of Gor Mahia this season is to win the league. Squad rotation is a critical pillar of success because it allows players to get sufficient rest and reduce the incidence of injuries.

Nevertheless Frank Ouna suggested that the players would only be given one day rest.

“A number of our key players will be involved for their national teams and so, they will have Monday as resting day before we prepare for the GoTV match to be played on Wednesday,” said Ouna to the club site.

Some players need not only physical but also psychological rest. Boniface Oluoch has had a torrid time being pilloried by various media outlets. He probably needs some time off to get in the right frame of mind for the resumption of the league campaign.

In any case Gor Mahia has a perfectly capable backup goalkeeper in Jerim Onyango who has not played much this season but appears content to be the backup keeper.

“Many have spoken about my lack of play time at the club this season but as a team player and captain I have to say that I am proud of the overall performance by my teammates. Achieving what we did in the last six months needs team effort and that is what we got.

“We shall continue working as a team and when called upon I will represent K’Ogalo just as I have done in the last five seasons. The competition has brought out the best of me and I feel I am in the best shape ever. I want to play, that’s my goal. But sometimes you have to be patient; if there is an opportunity I want to play as well as I can and help the team.”said Jerry Jagoal to the club site.

Another player who deserves rest is Michael Olunga. The dependable scorer has played in the Olympic qualifiers, AFCON qualifiers and CHAN qualifiers. Perhaps this is an opportunity to rest Olunga for the league and give players like Timothy Otieno, Blackberry and others a chance to prove they are worth a place in the starting line-up.

Musa Mohamed and Haron Shakava were also dropped from the CHAN squad due to illness and/or injuries. Rushing them back into the playing field may be ill-advised.  In their place Gor Mahia can deploy Dirkir Glay who is fresh from the mammoth tasking of marking Emmanuel Adebayor. Not much has been seen from Bernard Odhiambo who looked very promising during pre-season friendlies. Pairing him with experienced players like Glay and Sibomana could be a useful growing opportunity for him.

13 thoughts on “Gor Mahia has options for GoTV shield opener

  1. oriarogo

    Yawa! When is WERE joining the club?? That is the news we want to hear The best goal keeper in Kenya is Oluoch. he realy saved the so called harambee but the problem was defense, u must understand this.

  2. Jb

    Those trollin oligochaete on social media are mute , toothless and idlers
    He is the best that we have now
    Is this cup of any value to kogallo? I think we need revenue generating tournament not nyamweya organized things

  3. Henry Achacha

    Let not TB, underrate Gremio, it may cost us a lot, if JaKaka(Shakava) has recover from Malaria then him and Dirkir can do the Job, othewise we will be elimated on the first round like last year?

  4. owenga kamito

    this time otek matin if that line up will not be organized well…..being eliminated in the first round will bring issues like favour,mara officiating, mara agwanda mara that nd it will cost us tooo…..lakini moraleee tuu ndo tusteeeem up

  5. Jaupanda

    With room to shuffle our players around, the instituted team will do the job. They are all aware what 105 did last year in Kisumu.

  6. Pascal

    Jamaneni Praise the lord !! Praise the lord !! Apostle , jesus christ and his brothers will bless us . Kawaida ya sycophants !!!! lakini swali ni ile ile ndugu zangu …..pesa ya kulipa wachezaji itatoka wapi ?? Mie afadhali kogallo wasajili vijana wa under 19 , wazee ni wagaharimu sana !!

    1. Dan Original

      @Pacal, what is the message? That we should receruit the U19 and aim to win CECAFA and Africa Cup? Or even the KPL league? I hope you saw how the teen boys from Wajir were punished in their GOtv tie

  7. john

    Just to caution stand in coach frank ouna, don’t be deceived by social media so as u field unfit players so as to please social media it wil turn against u when u don’t achieve results like the way they did to bobby Williamson. ouna plz plz stick to the winning first eleven squad usually fielded by frank nutall, don’t bring your ukarabati here, we don’t want shame the enemy is watching. this is squad bonniface oluoch,sibomana,ngiyzimana,musa Mohammed,haroun shakava, Collins okoth,walusimbi,Khalid aucho,victor abondo,Michael olunga,Rooney kagere. we want goals CECAFA is almost here, first leg momentum should be maintained. So ouna with want jokes. Otherwise tomorrow I will at city kachieti stadium

  8. john

    Since gor officials have released Emuge , I want to here now from Ronaldo ngala gor official what will stop them from bringing back sserekuma . the rules they keep on telling us were created by Fkf n todate Fkf has never rescinded its decision as far as cap on our brothers from other countries required to be signed by clubs, let them get sserekuma then we wil deal with kpl if they complain, also let them give were an open ended contract so as if he want to leave the club at least should buy the contract
    . this time we should get cecafa trophy. as gor we should flock Tanzania n paint it green as celebrate on cecafa trophy, so we don’t want excuses from kina Ronaldo ngala. by now I know money is not an issue at gor. Bloggers this source of gor incomes…………

    .gate collections…bread commissions…supersport fees..politicians cut, radio broadcast fees n any other


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