courtesy of sporton.co.ke
Gor Mahia Scottish coach Bobby Williamson believes his side is ready for continental challenge but is still not impressed by some of his players.
Williamson says most of the new signings are working well with the rest of the squad but some are yet to convince him they are up to the task.
After watching his side battle to a one-all draw with lower division side Nakumatt FC in a friendly match on Wednesday afternoon at the City Stadium, Williamson said some players will have to pull up to make the cut this season.
“I have given every player a chance today to play. I can say a bulk of the players are ready for the season but there are some who will have to work hard. It is not going to be a free ride for them into the team. I am not ready to accommodate their weaknesses,” said the Scotsman who guided Gor Mahia to its first league glory after 18 years last season.
“From the way we played, I think I already have my starting team. Some of the new signings have shown tremendous improvement, some are still slow against my liking,” he said.
Gor Mahia, who face US Bitam of Gabon in the preliminary round of the Africa Champions League on February 8 in the first leg in Nairobi, signed 11 players to bolster its squad for the continental challenge.
Among the new signings are Ugandan duo of Godfrey “Baba” Kizito and Goeffrey Walusimbi who impressed in the friendly with Kizito manning the midfield alongside Anthony Akumu and Walusimbi taking charge of the left fullback position which has for some time been Gor Mahia’s weakest link.
Other new comers to K’Ogalo are the Western Stima trio of David Juma, Daniel Onyango, who was the scorer of Gor Mahia’s equalizer against Nakumatt, and Kevin Oluoch.
There is also Jared Obwoge from Chemelil Sugar and Bandari’s Shaban Kenga, Haron Shakava and Herbert Kopany.
The league champions also saw the return of George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo and Rama Salim.
Odhiambo, the KPL player of the year in 2010, showed some flashes of brilliance same as Rama but it was evident they are lacking match fitness.
However, Williamson said that should not be a cause to worry as he expects them to be in top shape by the start of the season.
“We have a big match in two weeks and we will be ready for it.”