Gor Mahia FC will use the CECAFA Kagame Cup as a run-out test for their new signings according to the Kenyan Premier League club’s Team Manager Jolawi Obondo.
At least four players who formed key components of Gor’s historic campaign will miss the annual interclub competition, giving new faces a chance to make their early marks on the team.
Philemon Otieno and Joash Onyango have been allowed to rest after they represented the country at the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt while Francis Kahata and Jacques Tuyisenge have left the club.
Burundian international Francis Mustapha is also unavailable as he is yet to recover from an injury he picked during Burundi’s final AFCON group match against Guinea.
Jolawi has hinted that goalkeeper David Mapigano will feature prominently after joining the club from Singida SC.
“We are in the process of giving our new signings an opportunity to prove their worth. After this tournament, we shall forward our final list to CAF for upcoming continental assignments,” Jolawi said.
Captain Harun Shakava who has been linked to Wazito FC and a move to Zambia travelled with the team and his exit from Gor seems uncertain.
Gor open their campaign this evening against newcomers Maniema Union of DR Congo.