Gor to lock horns with Zim side CAPS

Published on 28/01/2009

By James Waindi

Twelve-time local league winners Gor Mahia have been boosted by the return of midfielder John Ringo and new signing Ibrahim Kitawi (Inset) from injury ahead of today’s friendly against Caps United of Zimbabwe.

At the same time, the Confederations Cup representatives lost 3-1 to Homegrown at Kingfisher Grounds, Naivasha yesterday in a build-up match.

Nationwide League side Homegrown scored the opener through Kevin Omondi in the 26th minute before Moses Kariuki added the second with quarter of an hour left. Jackson Maina put the match beyond Gor’s reach in the 86th minute with the third before Gor’s dangerman, Habil Otieno, scored a consolation with a minute of normal time left.

The former continental champions who won the KFF Cup last season are preparing for the Confederation Cup first leg tie against Rwanda’s APR. The match is set for Sunday at the Nyayo Stadium.

” I am really happy to have the two strikers back in the team after they recovered from their injuries. Ringo was one of our top scorers last season and his presence in the squad is vital, while Kitawi had a great season with Mahakama which was unfortunately relegated and I’m sure he can add great value to the team,” said Gor Mahia coach James Siang’a.

Shoulder Injuries

The two players had suffered shoulder injuries during training last week, forcing them to sit out of the team’s 3-0 Super Cup win over Mathare United last Saturday and were doubtful for this weekend’s continental fixture.

” The team doctor has given them a clean bill of health and they will be part of today’s friendly,” Siang’a told FeverPitch on phone from their training base at Homegrown, Naivasha.

Zimbabwe’s representatives at the CAF event, CAPS United were expected in the country yesterday afternoon and they are due to face Gor at the Sher Stadium, Naivasha today before they proceed to Uganda for their fixture against Victors FC on Sunday.

” I want to use tomorrow’s (today’s) match as the final preparation before Sunday’s fixture. We were not carried away by our 3-0 win over Mathare United at the weekend, I know there is still a lot to be done and we are not ready to take any risks.

“CAPS United are a side that will also be participating in the continental arena and I think it will help us gauge ourselves.

“I want to see the player’s level of co-ordination, understanding, how they defend and strike on the counter. This would help me in making the final team selection,” said Siang’a.

Condusive Weather

Siang’a said they would be camping in Naivasha until tomorrow because of the condusive weather conditions in the area and for concentration purposes.

” This is the ideal training base for players for the sake of concentration ahead of a big match,” Siang’a said.

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