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K’Ogalo will be without first choice goalie Jerim Onyango when they travel to Tunis, Tunisia for Caf Champions League return leg match against Esperance
By Otieno Otieno
Gor Mahia have been dealt a major blow after first choice goalkeeper Jerim Onyango pulled out of the team due to a shoulder injury just days before the team takes on Esperance of Tunisia in a Caf Champions League return match.
Onyango has confirmed exclusively to Goal that he cannot make it for the match and admitted that his absence will be a major blow to the team.
“I have been having a shoulder injury for a while now and made me struggle during the first leg match against Esperance. The doctors have tried everything but looks like I cannot make it. It is a big blow to the team but there is nothing I can do.
“It was also the reason why I did not make Harambee Stars squad to Khartoum for the friendly match. I have a strong belief that whoever, the coach will choose will perform better and help the team qualify.”
He wished his fellow players best of luck during the match. Onyango was in goal when Gor Mahia lost 3-2 to Esperance last weekend. He was also the hero for K’Ogalo as he saved four penalties to help the side eliminate US Bitam of Gabon in the preliminary round.
Coach Bobby Williamson admitted that Onyango will be missed. “Onyango is our first choice keeper and for sure we will miss his services. We have no option but give him a rest.”
In his absense, Williamson will try hands of either David Juma or former Thika United custodian Joe Bataro as Gor Mahia try to overturn the first leg defeat and advance to the next round of the lucrative competition.