NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s Premier League champions Gor Mahia FC unveiled their
final squad for the 2018 CAF Champions League on Wednesday.
The 1987 CAF Cup
Winners Cup (Mandela Cup) champions, who are aiming at restoring
their continental might this season under British head coach
Dylan Kerr, will open their preliminary round charge against
Equatorial Guinea titleholders, Leones Vegetarianos, early next
Gor, who stretched
their domestic title-winning record to 16 last season, will miss
the services of their longest serving player and captain, Musa
Mohammed and midfielder, Kenneth Muguna, who are linked with a
move to FK Tirana of Albania.
Also missing in the
final Champions League list is Burundian international, Karim
Nizigiyimana, who is nursing an injury suffered in a domestic
match in the second leg of last season.
Head coach Dylan
Kerr has included new signings Charles Momanyi, Wesley Onguso,
Kevin Omondi, Humphrey Mieno, Bernard Ondiek, Lawrence Juma,
Cercidy Okeyo, Samuel Onyango and Ivorian Ephrem Guikan in his
squad as he seeks to restore continental glory at the 1987
Mandela Cup winners.
The first leg of the
preliminary matches will be played on the weekend of Feb. 8 and
9 while the return fixture has been scheduled for a week later.
Kerr will be banking
on Mieno, Kagere, Walusimbi, Oluoch, Shakava and Odhiambo who
have experience on the continental stage to propel the record
16-time KPL champions to the next stage.
Uganda top Cecafa
region in first 2018 FIFA rankings
KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) --
Uganda have improved in the world FIFA rankings
and also maintained their top position in the Council for East
and Central Africa Football Associations (Cecafa).
In the latest
rankings released by the Federation of International Football
Associations (FIFA) on Thursday, Uganda moved two places better
to 73rd out of the 211 members with 446 points.
comes after they finished third in the 2017 Cecafa Senior
Challenge Cup and also managed a 1-1 draw against Guinea in an
international friendly early this month.
“We are happy to
keep improving in the rankings because it shows that we are
getting better and better,” Humphrey Mandu, the deputy Chief
Executive Officer of the FA told Xinhua.
Uganda, who have won
the regional Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup a record 14 times, are
also ranked 16th in the African continent. Kenya, who
won the 2017 Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup, are second in the
Cecafa region and 105th in the world.
Rwanda, who are also
playing at the on-going 2018 Africa Nations Championship, are
third in the Cecafa region, while Sudan forth and Ethiopia
dropped by three places to 116th in the world with
282 points, and Sudan jumped a massive 12 places to 124th
(260 points) as Ethiopia also improved by six places up to 137th
with 213 points.
improved by four places, are the best ranked African country and
23rd in the world with 915 points. They are among the
five African nations that qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Senegal and Egypt are the other African countries that are
ranked highly in the world at 24th and 30th.
Germany maintain the
number one status quo with 1602 points, ahead of Brazil (1483),
Portugal (1358), Argentina (1348) and Belgium (1325) as the top
five countries in the world.