Gor Mahia will kick off their campaign in the inaugural Sportpesa Supercup when they take on Jangombe Boys from Zanzibar on Tuesday June 6. Gor Mahia will be seeking to emulate arch rivals AFC who booked a place in the semis by beating Singida United of Tanzania on 5-4 penalties. Compatriots Tusker are out after losing to Yanga also on penalties.
Jangombe finished second in the 2016-2017 Zanzibari league three points behind JKU FC. The last time Kogalo played a Zanzibari side was in 2015 at the CECAFA cup when they beat KMKM 3-1.
Nyangi criticizes Players
Gor Mahia organizing secretary Judith Nyangi has come out against the three players who snubbed a call up to the national team. Tim Otieno, Harun Shakava and Kenneth Muguna all decided not to join the national team that is preparing for the 2019 Africa Nations cup qualifiers.
“As a club, we cannot make some decisions for you, yes we requested Shakava (Haron) to be released, but the other two made decisions on their own. It is not wise to snub a national team for a club duty, especially like this one. It is one decision they might come to regret. Yes, we did not request them to be released, they decided on their own, and in the future, maybe, that might work against them” Nyangi told goal.com.
However former national team coach and current pundit, Jacob “Ghost” Mulee stated that the players made the right choice since they likely would not have made the final squad.
“It is a privilege to play for the national team, and every player wants it, but sometimes it might be a blessing in disguise. Those four players acted with their instincts maybe feeling that they will not make the final squad taking into consideration the competitiveness and quality in the team,” said Ghost to goal.com