Gor Mahia turned down an opportunity to play perennial African giants TP Mazembe of Congo DRC and also turned down a friendly with Sudanese champions Al Hilal.
“Because of the tight schedule that we have ahead of the new season, we turned down friendly matches against Mazembe and Al Hilal. We had a choice of both teams coming to Kenya or us traveling but it is not possible for now.” said club CEO Lordvick Aduda to goal.com
Aduda explained that schedule constraints prevented Gor Mahia from playing both teams.
“We will then start Caf campaign on February 10. So honestly, it was not possible for us to schedule friendly matches against Mazembe and Hilal. Maybe we can plan for such matches in future when we don’t have a tight schedule.” he continued.
However better planning would have enabled this especially since they have played Al Hilal over the past two pre-seasons.
Instead Gor Mahia will play KCCA of Uganda in their only high profile friendly before they play the Africa Champions League preliminary on February 10.
Al Hilal, TP Mazembe and KCCA are all participating in the 2018 champions league and friendlies against such sides would have been solid preparation and given Kogalo to test their strategies against top class opposition.
Treasurer explains why Machakos was chosen
Club treasurer Sally Bolo has explained why Gor Mahia chose to play their continental matches at Kenyatta stadium Machakos.
Additional reporting from goal.com
Gor Mahia have revealed why they picked Kenyatta (Machakos) over Bukhungu stadium to host the Caf Champions League matches.
The two stadia were approved by Caf to host the continental assignments, but K’Ogalo settled on Machakos which the club treasurer, Sally Bolo argues is pocket-friendly to both club and fans.
The local champions will host Leones Vegetarianos of Equatorial Guinea in the first round of preliminary matches next month.
“Machakos stadium is appropriate because we will reduce on expense at this time when things are hard financially. It will cost the club a million shillings to play in Kisumu – we have flight tickets, accommodation and other expense,” Bolo told the club website.
K’Ogalo will be returning to Machakos for the first time in four years after the club was banned from playing in the County following the violence that erupted after Gor Mahia lost to Sofapaka in 2014.