Leading K’Ogalo lights relish Champs League challenge


(FILE)Gor Mahia FC players celebrate with the trophy after winning the Kenyan Premier League ...
(FILE)Gor Mahia FC players celebrate with the trophy after winning the Kenyan Premier League finals at the Moi stadium in Kisumu on November 18, 2017. Gor won 2-2. Photo/Oliver Ananda/Sportpicha.

The efficacious Gor Mahia’s skipper Musa Mohammed is looking forward to leading his teammates to a successful Caf- Champions League campaign next year.

K’Ogalo won their 16th league title last season and will begin their continental campaign against champions of Equatorial Guinea, Leones Vegetarianos in February next year.

And Mohammed, Gor’s longest serving player, is already looking forward to the challenge ahead.

“Hopefully, next season, we can start well and move to the next stage. We had a good season and we look forward to build on it. We learnt how to handle pressure and we are ready for Africa,” Mohammed who captained Harambee Stars in the just concluded CECAFA tourney and also wrapped an impressive year by claiming the Defender of the Year award at SJAK’s gala on Monday night told Citizen Digital.

Gor Mahia FC defender Musa Mohammed displays his trophy for defender of the year 2017 during Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) awards gala at National museum in Nairobi on December 18, 2017. Photo/Stafford Ondego/Sportpicha.
Gor Mahia FC defender Musa Mohammed displays his trophy for defender of the year 2017 during Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) awards gala at National museum in Nairobi on December 18, 2017. Photo/Stafford Ondego/Sportpicha.

At the same time, his teammate, Meddie Kagere, who claimed the Most Valuable Player award, is looking forward to making his K’Ogalo debut in the Champions League campaign.

“This will be the first time I will be playing Champions League with Gor Mahia, but I have played in the competition with other teams like KF Tirana in Albania. I know the feeling and that it is important even than the league. I will focus and give my best when called upon,” Kagere, nicknamed the ‘Pac Man’ by the K’Ogalo crowd, said.

Gor Mahia FC forward Meddie Kagere display his trophy for Most Valuable Player of the year 2017 during Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) awards gala at National museum in Nairobi on December 18, 2017. Photo/Stafford Ondego/Sportpicha.
Gor Mahia FC forward Meddie Kagere display his trophy for Most Valuable Player of the year 2017 during Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) awards gala at National museum in Nairobi on December 18, 2017. Photo/Stafford Ondego/Sportpicha.

Meanwhile, the 2017 Golden Boot winner and Kariobangi Sharks lethal hit man, Masoud Juma, is optimistic that he will overcome his injury and focus fully on playing in the Kenyan Premier League if his alleged transfer deals to an oversee club fails to go through.

Masoud was injured while on international duty with Harambee Stars in the CECAFA tourney where Kenya won the trophy, beating Zanzibar on post match penalties and according to the striker, this has hampered his planned transfer.

“Right now, I can’t talk about going to ply my trade oversees.  Yes, there are a lot of offers from several clubs but I got injured. As you know, no team would want to sign you when you are injured, and if you they do, they will let you recuperate on the bench but I am not a bench warmer, I want to go to play and show them I am lethal,” Masoud told Citizen Digital.

“I am not disappointed. I believe in myself and I know that even if the deals do not go through, I have many years to play and it’s only a matter of time before I go abroad,” he concluded.

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