Kenyan Gor Mahia name squad for Cecafa duty
KENYAN PREMIERLeague giants GorMahia have released a strong 19-man squad to do duty in the CecafaKagame Cup that kicks off in nine days in the Rwandan capital, Kigali.
The Kenyan glamour club makes a return to the regional championship after a 19-year absence, their last appearance being in 1996.
Among the marquee names in the Bobby Williamson squad are top goal poacher Dan Sserunkuma. The dreadlocked attacker will be heading to Kigali buoyed by his double act against traditional rivals AFC Leopards at the weekend.
Other forwards in the squad are Sserunkuma’s compatriot Arthur Ssemazi and the left-footed former Kenya international Patrick Oboya and Timothy Otieno.
Acquired from JMJ Academy in a six-month loan deal in June, Otieno has been a mainstay in the team, leading the line in Sserukuma’s absence.
Hailed for his work ethic, the versatile attacker starred on Sunday and was a constant thorn in the flesh of Ingwe defenders despite operating as a wide man and is expected to play a crucial role in Rwanda.
For Oboya, the championship will give him the platform to rebuild his reputation as a top talent. The widely travelled winger was at one time a regular in Harambee Stars but loss of form and battle with weight issues made him lose his position in the team.
Others are skipper JerimOnyango, his deputy David ‘Calabar’ Owino, midfield anchorman Godfrey ‘Baba’ Kizito and the indefatigable Collins ‘Gattuso’ Okoth.
Jerim will be facing a fight for the gloves from David Juma and Joel Bataro after his weekend howler helped Leopards to draw level with nine minutes to stoppage time.
Gor will be looking forward to starting their campaign on a positive note against Uganda’s Kampala City Capital Authority (KCCA) on August 8 at the Amahoro Stadium.
They will then tackle Flambeau of Burundi on August 11 in their second match and APR on August 15 before winding their preliminary campaign with a fixture against Telecom of Djibouti on August 17.
Goalkeepers: JerimOnyango, David Juma, Joel Bataro. Defenders : Godfrey Walusimbi, Kevin Oluoch, Musa Mohamed, HaronShakava, Kennedy Opiyo, David Owino, Charles Bruno.
Midfielders: Joseph Kariuki, Baba Kizito, Eric Ochieng, Collins Okoth, Simon Mburu, Daniel Onyango, Timothy Otieno.
Strikers; Dan Sserunkuma, Patrick Oboya, Arthur Ssemazi.
Technical bench: Bobby Williamson (head coach), Frank Ouma (team manager), Iddi Salim (goalkeeper trainer), Patrick Opiyo (team doctor).
Head of delegation: John Pesa.
Group A: Yanga, (Tanzania) Coffee (Ethiopia), Rayon Sports (Rwanda), Atlabara (South Sudan), and KMKM (Zanzibar).
Group B: APR (Rwanda), KCCA (Uganda), Flambeau De Lest (Burundi) Telecom (Djibouti) and GorMahia (Kenya).
Group C: Vital’O (Burundi), El Merreikh (Sudan), Police (Rwanda) and Benadir (Somalia).