Nizigiyamana raring to roar in Confederations Cup


Karim Nizigiyimana of Gor Mahia FC spits water during their SportPesa Premier League match against ...
(FILE)Injured Karim will play no part in the game but has backed his compatriots to prevail over Kenya.PHOTO/ Ondego/SportsPicha

In Summary

  • Gor Mahia ace Karim Nizigiyamana wants Gor Mahia to go all the way to the final of the CAF Confederations Cup, expecting to contribute massively in the campaign
  • Gor has one leg into the CAF Cup quarter finals, after registering eight points from four of the group stage matches
  • Nizigiyamana made a season debut on Saturday against Nakumatt FC after a season in the cold with an injury

Gor Mahia ace Karim Nizigiyamana wants Gor Mahia to go all the way to the final of the CAF Confederations Cup, expecting to contribute massively in the campaign.

The Burundian international made his season debut on Saturday in a Kenyan Premier League (KPL) match against Nakumatt FC, after spending the batter part of the 2017 season in the cold with a injury.

Gor has one leg into the CAF Cup quarter finals, after registering eight points from four of the group stage matches, raising optimism among players and fans of a trophy possibility.

At least a win in the last two matches of the group (against Rwanda’s Rayon Sport and Algeria’s USM Alger) will guarantee the 1987 champions a last eight spot.

“I’m glad to be back after that long period. It was heartbreaking when doctors were always telling me I’m I needed more time to recover. I have been patient, and playing again only raises my hunger to do what I have always done for Gor. I would love to play in the Confederations if the coach gives me a chance, because I feel we have a big chance this season,” said the hardworking defender after Nakumatt FC 2-2 stalemate.

Power and depth

Nizigiyamana praised his colleagues for their inspiring output during his absence noting teamwork under the stewardship of coach Dylan Kerr has worked wonders so far.

“Sometimes when your team is facing stiff challenge and you can’t play, you have questions within you what would have been the difference if you played. The team has strong though, demonstrating power and depth. It would have been discouraging to come back to a struggling team…” added the experienced player.

According to club Chief Executive Officer Ludovick Aduda, Nizigiyamana is part of the team presented to CAF and is eligible for the remaining Cup assignment.

“We are happy for him (Nizigiyamana) as his comeback gives more options to the coach considering the tight schedule he has. If we play all the way to the final (of the CAF Cup), we have eight matches to go and he could be of great help. Technically speaking, the defense trouble is over as Wellington Ochieng is also back meaning Philemon Otieno can shift to his usual position,” noted Aduda.

Unbeaten record

Meanwhile, Aduda has downplayed the debate about Gor’s unbeaten record in the KPL race saying it is not the main target for team.

“I think to the players it is important because they would like that special touch besides retaining the trophy. For me winning the league comes first, then how we win it second. With all other competitions still in mind (CAF Cup, FKF Shield and Everton journey), it is prudent to get priorities right.”

With KPL next season set to kick-off early December (2018) in tandem with the new synchronised CAF calendar, Gor will have to toil more hence the importance of a strong squad.

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