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.
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.
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
“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.