McKinstry praises Gor Mahia player who astonishes teammates in training following commanding display

McKinstry praises Gor Mahia player who astonishes teammates in training following commanding display

Mark Kinyanjui 17:02 - 25.04.2024

The young goalkeeper was outstanding in the air for Gor Mahia after coming on as a substitute after Kevin Omondi was sent off during their win over AFC Leopards.

Gor Mahia reserve goalkeeper Caleb Omondi stole the spotlight with a stellar performance coming on as a substitute for the dismissed Kevin Omondi during their 1-0 FKFPL win over AFC Leopards on Sunday, April 21.

The match took a dramatic turn when Omondi, was shown a red card for denying Victor Omune a clear goalscoring opportunity by rushing off his line. 

This left Gor Mahia with a challenging task of playing with 10 men for the remaining 55 minutes of the match.

Coach Johnathan McKinstry had to make a quick decision, bringing on Caleb Omondi to fill the void left by the expulsion of Kevin Omondi. 

The substitution turned out to be a masterstroke as Caleb Omondi rose to the occasion, demonstrating confidence and skill between the posts.

McKinstry was full of praise for Omondi's performance, highlighting his bravery, excellent aerial ability, and quick reactions.

 The coach recalled previous instances where Omondi showcased his talent, particularly during a match against Bidco and in the Charity Shield earlier in the season.

“It was excellent but what we expected of Caleb,” said McKinstry. “His reactions are good. He is brave, he is tall, and we have no problem with Caleb coming on. We knew what he was capable of, and he has a big future in the game.”

Caleb Omondi, reflecting on his performance, expressed satisfaction with his contribution to the team's success. 

Despite the pressure of making his first derby appearance and stepping in as a substitute under challenging circumstances, Omondi remained composed and delivered an outstanding performance.

"I am so satisfied with my performance and that of the team," said Omondi in an interview with Mozzart Sport. "It was my first derby appearance, which came with a lot of pressure, especially after the red card, but as a player, you have to know how to handle the pressure."

Omondi emphasized his readiness to step up whenever called upon, acknowledging the unpredictable nature of the goalkeeper's role.

"I am always prepared because as a second goalkeeper, anything can happen, and you will be called upon," Omondi added. "After the red card, I knew this was my chance, and I had to grab it."

With his impressive performance against AFC Leopards, Caleb Omondi has undoubtedly staked his claim for more playing time in the upcoming matches. 

His talent and determination promise a bright future ahead, not just for him but also for Gor Mahia as they continue their campaign in the Kenyan Premier League.