Strict CAF deadline jolted Gor to early signings- Ngala


Strict CAF deadline jolted Gor to early signings- Ngala
Gor Mahia FC players celebrate with the trophy after winning the 2018 Sportpesa Premier League season at Moi stadium in Kisumu on September 29, 2018. Photo/Stafford Ondego/Sportpicha.

In Summary

  • African football governing body CAF has given a November 1 deadline to all teams participating in Caf champions League to submit names of all their players who will participate in the continental tournament.
  •  Last week Gor signed attacker Nicholas Kipkirui from Zoo FC and defender Pascal Ogweno from Sharks, joining left back Shafique Batambuze who has also docked at the club.

African football governing body CAF has given a November 1 deadline to all teams participating in Caf champions League to submit names of all their players who will participate in the continental tournament.

Gor Mahia deputy secretary general Ronald Ngala says the Caf deadline has rushed them to signing two more players last week despite chairman Ambrose Rachier saying they had rested the transfers until after the Everton trip.

“It is true the chairman had said transfers would be rested till after the Everton trip but the sudden change of time has been occasioned by the release of Caf deadline of submitting names of club players by November 1,”Said Ngala.

Ngala has at the same time played down the possibility  of signing additional foreign talent arguing they’ve already met the foreign quota currently pegged at  five, adding that a new foreign signing  would mean taking the painful decision of releasing one of the five who are already at the club,  and who according to him, did well last season.

” We would not want to interfere with our current foreign players and even so we  don’t  have enough money to sign a player from outside. But should we get money in good time, we will be willing to sign a striker from anywhere, including foreigners to feature in the group stages,’’he reckoned.

 Last week Gor signed attacker Nicholas Kipkirui from Zoo FC and defender Pascal Ogweno from Sharks, joining left back Shafique Batambuze who has also docked at the club.

With the new signings, Gor Mahia will be aiming at making an impression in the top-tier continental club championship. This year, K’Ogalo were knocked out of the Caf- Champions League at the preliminary, bowing out 0-1 to Esperance of Tunisia, but make head winds in the  second-tier competition, the Caf -Confederations Cup, where they missed the quarters by a whisker.

The new arsenal are expected to spur the fight for positions in the team as head coach Dylan Kerr aims to go head-to -head with the best in the continent.

Meanwhile, Kariobangi Sharks who will be flying Kenya’s flag at the Caf-Confederation Cup are expected to submit the names of their players by close of business today.

Head coach William Muluya told Citizen Digital in interview last week  said that he won’t be adding fresh legs to his squad that defied the currents to bag the Cup.

 “This is a great opportunity for my boys to showcase their abilities across Africa and to prove that indeed there is real talent in Kenya,” Muluya said.  “We are going to give everything on the pitch for the fans and also play knowing that we are representing the whole c ountry,” said Muluya.

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