courtesy of the Nation
Gor Mahia warmed up for their Africa champions league first round encounter against AC Leopards with a scoreless draw against Ulinzi stars.
With a massive continental game looming next weekend, Gor’s head coach Frank Nuttall stuck to his usual first 11 against the physical Ulinzi side, who were also using the match to keep in shape with Kenyan Premier League matches put on hold by the High Court.
Both sides played cautiously in the first interval with neither side exhibiting the genuine thirst of winning the game. The first shot on goal came after 33 minutes when K’Ogalo’s in form forward Victor ‘Teargas’ Abondo forced a feeble shot from tight angle in the Ulinzi box that did not trouble the soldiers’ goalie Francis Ochieng’.
“It was a tough game against a tough opponent. It was a good build-up ahead of the weekend game and it will give the boys a chance to recover from the knocks as we have an entire week,” Gor coach Frank Nuttal said after the match. “All the teams we are playing (in the Champions’ League) were champions in their respective countries and so we expect a tough match (against AC Leopards).”
The Scot made a forced substitution in the 27th minute, pulling out midfield enforcer Khalid Aucho for Erick Ochieng when the former appeared to incur a hamstring injury.
He also pulled out vice-captain Musa Mohamed and defensive partner Dirkir Glay late in the second half, but deputy coach Frank Ouna said that it was just a precautionary measure. “We have very few players registered for the champions’ league and we do not want to lose any of them. It was a precaution,” he said.