We are ready for fixtures Clubs say

Published on 27/01/2009

By Mutwiri Mutuota

Kenya’s representatives to continental club competitions Mathare United and Gor Mahia stepped up their training with another busy day of build-up activity ahead of their Saturday assignments.

League champions, Mathare United coach, Francis Kimanzi announced that his team which departs tomorrow will travel to South Africa before connecting to Zambia’s second city, Ndola where they will face Zesco United in a Caf Champions League tie.

“Travelling to the capital Lusaka would mean a four-hour drive for my team. I have set aside Thursday as a rest day and subjecting my players to such a long drive after a tiring flight would exhaust them,” said Kimanzi.

He pointed out that the clash against the Zambian league winners would offer his side good experience as Mathare seek to stamp Kenyan club football on the continental scene.

“The fact that most teams take us to be a side from the slums will play to our advantage. We want to mix it with the big teams so that we sell our football and establish what methods they use in coaching and playing that better what we have here.”

At their Goan Institute Training grounds, Kimanzi devoted yesterday’s morning session to goal keeping where first choice, Duncan Ochieng and reserve Martin Musalia were bombarded with shots.

“Being an away match, we expect action in our box for the entire 90 minutes and our keeper has to be sharp on reflexes if we hope to get a result,” Kimanzi observed.

Meanwhile, CAF Cup representatives Gor Mahia who take on Rwanda’s APR the same day at Nyayo Stadium, went to Naivasha yesterday for intensive training.

James Sianga’s side that won the domestic cup were scheduled to play Homegrown at Kingfisher Ground last evening before facing Zimbabwe side, Caps United ahead of the continental tie.

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