Gor Mahia start Champions league campaign

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Its all systems go at Nyayo stadium on Saturday February 14 as Gor Mahia take on Madagascan champions CNaPs in the preliminary round of the 2015 Africa champions league.

Gor Mahia’s performance in continental events since 2009 has been poor. However their performance has been slowly improving. From the Rwanda APR disaster of 2009 and the disastrous loss to Ferroviario of Maputo, Gor Mahia has improved over the last two campaigns. The improvement has seen them go beyond the preliminary round, most notably in 2014 when a penalty saving clinic by skipper Jerim Onyango saw Gor Mahia overcome biased officiating against US Bitam of Gabon.

Coach Frank Nuttall is determined to improve on this record.

“The new signings have demonstrated beyond doubt that they are equal to the task ahead. We have struggled at the continental stage for a while now and it is important that we change this. We will not underrate our opponents but we believe we are capable of winning and we shall work towards that,” he said. to the Nation.

The Rwandese trio of Sibomana, Nigiziyimana and Meddie Kagere is unavailable because they were signed after the CAF deadline. In their absence, Gor Mahia will continue to depend on George Odhiambo “Blackberry” and new signing Michael Olunga for goals. Ghanaian Taofiq Zachary and Tim Otieno are additional options.

In defence, Musa Mohamed who skippered the team on Wednesday will be counted on to utilize his experience to marshall a defence that will include Dirkir Glay with either Emuge or Shakava.

CNaPs in high spirits

CNaPs for their part also competed in the Champions league in 2014 where they were eliminated in the preliminary round, losing to Liga Muculmana of Mozambique 0-1 on aggregate. They have been quoted in the Mdagascan media as saying they do not consider Gor Mahia a threat.

Prior to leaving Madagascar, they were received by the Minister of Youth and Sports, Dr. Jean Anicet Andriamosarisoa Ambohijatovo for the traditional Tso-drano”. An opportunity for a number of Malagasy Sports reaffirm the commitment of his department for the promotion and development of sport in the country.

“The CNaPS Sports is a great team and we know your ability. Malagasy soccer players expect a lot from you especially given the reality of today’s football. We commend the efforts of the leaders of this discipline for the shares despite the difficulties, “said the Minister.

As a contribution, the ministry will take over the price of the ticket referees for the second leg at home. For its part, the delegation led by team official  Hiaja Rakotoarison promised to do their best in opposing land. “We will try to score the most goals in opposing land,” said the coach of the team, Harimanitra Rabearisoa.

11 thoughts on “Gor Mahia start Champions league campaign

  • February 14, 2015 at 3:38 am
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    All the best K’galo, though I don’t expect much from GMFC in the CAF Cup, depending on who we are paired against in the later rounds, i still feel winning this preliminary round against the Madagascans’ should be a formality.
    Gor Biro Yawne Yo!
    Any ideas where the GM Sacco is being launched on 15Feb2014?
    Would like to attend & give bloggers’ a feedback.

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  • February 14, 2015 at 4:17 am
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    jowi! jowi! jowi! All the best of luck

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  • February 14, 2015 at 5:23 am
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    am surprisd at sme names doing funny thngs here

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  • February 14, 2015 at 6:23 am
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    Ati they don’t consider Gor to be athreat,just wait you will never know what have hit you hard,

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  • February 14, 2015 at 8:47 am
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    As of now most of us have dark clouded mind over the performance of GM on international scene but, this is 2015 almost new team and a different coach with new tactics. We’ll win today’s game that’s for sure! No one goes to the pitch hoping to loose so the visiting team’s coach is just right. let his team beat Gormahia if they can

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  • February 14, 2015 at 9:31 am
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    Best luck K’Ogallo.

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  • February 14, 2015 at 9:59 am
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    Best wishes to the team

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  • February 14, 2015 at 12:05 pm
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    Gini wasekao…

    Anyway all the best. Yes we can

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