Gor in no rush to play fit-again Nzigiyimana


Gor Mahia FC Rwandan striker Jacques Tuyisenge (left) celebrate scoring against Thika United FC with ...
Gor Mahia FC Rwandan striker Jacques Tuyisenge (left) celebrate scoring against Thika United FC with teammate Burundian defender Karim Nizigiyimana during their Kenyan Premier League match at the Nyayo National Stadium in April. Tuyisenge scored as Gor beat Muhoroni Youth 2-1 on November 5, 2016. Photo/Stafford Ondego/www.sportpicha.com

In Summary

  • Gor Mahia FC head coach Dylan Kerr said the club will be careful to ensure Karim Nzigiyimana is mentally ready to return to action
  • Nzigiyima has been given the physical clearance to play after a nine-month injury lay-off but Kerr is in no rush to throw the right back in the deep as a cause for precaution

Gor Mahia FC head coach Dylan Kerr said the club will be careful to ensure Karim Nzigiyimana is mentally ready to return to action.

Nzigiyima has been given the physical clearance to play after a nine-month injury lay-off but Kerr is in no rush to throw the right back in the deep as a cause for precaution.

The Rwandan international went under the knife in November last year after sustaining an Achilles injury during Gor’s 1-1 draw with Mathare United the month earlier.

“He joined us in training on Tuesday and we made sure that he was very careful. We have to maintain his state to avoid a sudden recurrence; we have to make sure that he is absolutely ready,” Kerr told Citizen Digital.

Kerr was also quick to point out that the return of the defender is a big shot in the arm for his squad that has suffered a massive fixtures strain as well as a relief to the player himself.

“Being out for as long as he has with such a nasty injury requires quality rehabilitation. We have to ascertain that everything is spot on and it’s only then that I will give him the maximum playing time when he can play to his full strengths.”

Nzigiyimana’s return improves Gor’s options for the right back position where they have had to field defensive midfielder Philemon Otieno when second choice Wellington Ochieng was also injured.

Ochieng has since recovered and will battle it out with Nzigiyimana for the starting role having impressed in the Rwandan’s absence.

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