Gor Mahia coach explains what he is working on at CECAFA Kagame Cup

Gor Mahia coach explains what he is working on at CECAFA Kagame Cup

Mark Kinyanjui 06:07 - 11.07.2024

Neiva, who took over from Johnathan McKinstry, has explained why the CECAFA Kagame Cup and the upcoming Nigeria invitational tournament is important for his plans at the club.

Gor Mahia coach Leonardo Martins Neiva has explained why the CECAFA Kagame Cup challenge as well as the Nigeria Invitational tournament will help his side become ready for their CAF Champions League exploits later this season.

Neiva, who joined as the replacement for Johnathan McKinstry, who took over as the new Gambia boss in May, will be tasked with ensuring Gor Mahia clinch a third-consecutive league title later this season, as well as give a good account of themselves in the Champions League.

Gor, however, started their Kagame Cup campaign on the losing note after falling to 1-0 to Red Arrows of Zambia.

“We have a very good squad. They are young players with a lot of potential. Congratulations to the club on achieving back-to-back league titles which is a good thing for me because it shows we have very good foundations," he said.

Neiva has appeared to suggest that he will be using the tournament to prepare his team tactically and not primarily to win, while getting the players to gain more regional experience, which will go a long way in preparing them for their continental exploits.

He also gave reference to the Nigerian invitational, where they will play teams from different parts of the continent, including West and Central Africa, and even an overseas team in Brazilian Serie A side Vitoria.

“The competition will be good for us to play top teams from Sudan, Rwanda and more. I am very pleased and satisfied that we will play two different competitions.

“One competition will be in Tanzania and the other in Nigeria. It will give us a chance to test our metal against other regions because their football is different.”

Leiva will have to do without Austin Odhiambo, who is reportedly on the verge of completing a move to Belgian outfit K.A.A Gent.

Odhiambo has been instrumental in Gor Mahia's recent successes, particularly in their campaign to retain the Football Kenya Federation Premier League title last season.

His exceptional performances have not gone unnoticed, making him a hot commodity in the transfer market.

Neiva chose not to comment on Odhiambo's absence, leaving fans and analysts to speculate on the reasons behind the player's decision to go AWOL.