An 18 player squad left Nairobi for Accra Ghana on Wednesday.
Upon arrival in Accra, Gor Mahia held a training session
Goalkeepers: Boniface Oluoch and Fredrick Odhiambo
Defenders: Harun Shakava, Philemon Otieno, Joash Onyango, Wellington Ochieng, Shafik Batambuze, Pascal Ogweno
Midfielders: Humphrey Mieno, Kenneth Muguna, Samuel Onyango, Boniface Omondi, Francis Kahata, George “Blackberry” Odhiambo, Cercidy Okeyo
Strikers: Erisa Ssekisambu, Jacques Tuyisenge, Francis Mustafa
Technical bench: Hassan Okay (head coach), Zedekiah Otieno (assistant coach), Jolawi Obondo (team manager), Willis Ochieng’ (goalkeeper trainer), Fredrick Otieno (team doctor)
Officials: John Pesa (vice chairman), Lordvick Aduda (CEO) and Kelvin Elegwa (FKF)
Both coaches confident
Gor Mahia coach Hassan Oktay is pleased with the effort being put forth by the players.
“I have loved the attitude shown by the players in training, I love the spirit and competitiveness and the passion as well. They definitely are ready to play for the team and market themselves in and out of the country. The match against Lobi is definitely going to be a better platform for them.” he said t goal.com
Oktay is confident of going through but is leaving nothing to chance.
“As I had said earlier, we are 90% through, but the job will be fully done after we get a result that we need to progress,” concluded Oktay.
His Lobi Stars counterpart Solomon Ogbeide for his part has vowed to fix the issues that caused his sides dismal performance in Nairobi.
We didn’t perform up to expectations in Kenya and this we have been to establish as we get set for the second leg this weekend and we have held series of discussions to ensure that we do not have a repeat performance,” Ogbeide told goal.com
Ogbeide wants his team to forget the Nairobi defeat and focus on the task at hand.
“The first thing we must do is to put the defeat behind us and strive to stage a comeback at home. We know that we are in a tight corner and that we must score goals to progress. The players are aware of the task at hand and the technical crew is doing their part to ensure that we get the needed result that will take us to the next stage.”
He also said there is nothing special about Gor Mahia.
“It wasn’t as if our opponents are a fantastic side but we performed poorly in Nairobi and we had to admit that. We are back home and are hopeful of a fine result that should be enough to take us to the group stage. We have shown that we have the character to come back with the way we played against the Cameroonians (UMS de Loum) in the last fixture.” concluded Ogbeide