Reigning SportPesa Premier League champions Gor Mahia have resumed training ahead of the new season.
Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr, who left shortly after the conclusion of the 2017 season for his holidays, jetted back in Kenya on Friday evening and was present during the team’s second training session on Saturday morning at Camp Toyoyo in Jericho, Nairobi.
Foreign imports JeanBaptiste Mugiraneza, Jacques Tuyisenge and Meddie Kagere were also present during the light training session, with a full house expected on Tuesday as the player shake off the cobwebs of the December festivities.
Kerr, who was meeting many of the new Gor signings in training for the first time, said that he had returned early to ensure the team prepared for the CAF Champions League.
“We need to scale higher heights now that we are the undisputed kings of Kenyan football. To do that we have to make certain sacrifices and work extra hard. I am yet to assess the new players but there is still some good time to do that and come up with a definite starting line up before our first competitive game,” Kerr said.
K’Ogalo are drawn against Equatorial Guinea’s Leones Vegetarianos in the Champions League preliminary round and will host them in the first leg in February.
Winners of the preliminary round will face either ASAC Concorde of Mauritania or Tunisia’s Esperence in the second round.
Gor have completed the signing of midfielder Cersidy “Carrick” Lumumba from Tusker on a four-year contract as they continue to beef up.
K’Ogalo’s growing list of new signings include Ivorian import Ephrem Guikan who was roped in from Mauritius club AS Port Louis, veteran Kevin “Ade” Omondi who has returned to the club for a second stint, Humphrey Mieno (from Tusker), Charles Momanyi (Kakamega Homeboyz), Wesley Onguso (Sofapaka), Bernard Ondiek (Western Stima) and Lawrence Juma (Nzoia Sugar).
Gor Mahia Chief Executive Officer Lordvick Aduda said the club was determined to do things differently to ensure they returned better results in Africa.
Gor have perennially exited Africa’s top club competition in the very early stages and have never made it to the group phase in the tournament’s modern history.