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Gor Mahia ready to face Yanga in CAF Confederation Cup clash

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- The CAF confederations Cup campaign resumes on Wednesday as Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia will host Yanga FC from Tanzania here in Group D clash.

Gor Mahia will seek to build on their good run of form to bury their opponents.

The Kenyan champions have two points in a group that also has leaders USM Algers of Algeria with four points. Rayon Sports of Rwanda and Yanga have two and one respectively.

The winners and runners-up of each of the four groups will advance to the quarterfinals. Yanga arrived in Nairobi on Monday and opted to make their own accommodation and transport frustrating any efforts by their hosts Gor Mahia to help.

Gor Mahia secretary general Ben Omondi said on Tuesday that their Tanzanian opponents may be reading mischief from the hosts, who returned from the regional CECAFA Club Championships in Dar es Salaam over the weekend and refused to use facilities set aside by Tanzanian hosts, which they believe had been charmed.

“This is common with African teams. However, let me assure Yanga that Gor Mahia has never and will never use black magic,” Omondi said.

Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr will be eyeing his first victory of the CAF Group Stage competition after drawing in their first two matches against USM Algiers and Rayon Sports.

On the other hand, Yanga lost 4-0 to USM Alger and later secured a barren draw at home to Rayon Sports.

“Today’s training session was fantastic. All in preparation for tomorrow’s CAF Confederations Cup match against Yanga. Let the fans come in large numbers to watch us,” said Kerr.

The winners of the 2018 CAF Confederation Cup will earn the right to play against the winners of the 2018 CAF Champions League in the 2018 CAF Super Cup in December.

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EARLIER REPORT:

Two Kenyan footballers sign up with Swedish club

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Swedish club Vasalund IF has signed up Kenyan players Eric Ouma and Ovella Ochieng to bolster their squad ahead of the start of their league in August.

The two were part of the Kenya squad that lost to host India in the Inter-Continental Cup tournament in Mumbai in June, and these moves represent a boost in their careers as they focus on cementing their places in the Harambee Stars side under French coach Sebastien Migne.

“It is a dream come true. I have always dreamt of playing and retiring abroad and now I have the chance to prove my worth on the global stage,” Ouma said on Sunday in Nairobi.

Ouma picked an injury in India and has been struggling to shake it off.

“I have got over the injury. It was a major concern for me because I had no club, but that has since been resolved and I look forward to a new journey in Sweden,” he said.

Capped 15 times for Kenya, Ouma was earlier expected to play for Albanian side KF Kastrioti Kruje but that deal fell through after his management and the club failed to agree terms.

But the Swedish side came up with an offer Ouma could not refuse, and he will now play in Sweden’s second division.

“I am happy that the national team coach (Sebastian Migne) gave me a chance to slowly regain my form, I am yet to hit my best but I am going to work extra hard to get back to where I was before and scale even higher,” added Ouma.

Another Gor Mahia player, Ochieng will join Vasalund IF and is hopeful of learning from the best and building his career to play in a top European club.

“It is my chance to prove I have good talent. Sweden will be a good step for me in my career progression,” he said.

The two players will join fellow Kenyan Anthony Wambani at Vasalund. Kenyan international Eric Johanna is currently at Swedish top tier side IF Brommapojkarna after a one-year stint at Vasalund.

             

 

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