Kenya Ex-CEO Aduda outlines plans for Gor Mahia to shine in CAF Champions League

Former Gor Mahia Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Omondi Aduda has outlined ambitious plans to help the record Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Premier League champions have a successful 2024/25 CAF Champions League campaign.

K’Ogalo will return to the Champions League action after lifting a record 21st title with three matches to spare. They finished the season with 73 points, eight more than second-placed Tusker, while Kenya Police finished third in the 18-team table with 57 points.

Despite winning the league last season, Gor Mahia did not participate in the lucrative competition after being barred by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) following their failure to pay money owed to three former players.

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The recent success provides them with another opportunity to feature in the competition, where their best performance came in 1987 when they clinched the Nelson Mandela Cup (Africa Cup Winners Cup) after defeating Tunisian giants Esperance on an away goal rule following a 3-3 aggregate result.

With the new CAF Interclub competitions format in its second season, the playoffs have been scrapped meaning any team losing in the second preliminary round is automatically bundled out of the Champions League and the winners of the second preliminary round directly qualify for the group stages.

According to Aduda, the new format makes it imperative for the clubs in the Champions League to ensure they prepare well if they harbour any ambitions of making it to group stages and it is not an exception to Gor Mahia.

To start with, Aduda believes, Gor Mahia must move with speed and fill the void left by coach Johnathan McKinstry, who quit, after guiding the club to a second successive title, to take up the vacant coaching role at the Gambia. The former FKF CEO further warned the new coach must meet all the requirements by CAF to avoid raising confusion during their campaign.

“Having parted ways with coach McKinstry, they (Gor Mahia) need to appoint a new replacement like yesterday, who must have the requisite qualifications in terms of the appropriate licence, experience in CAF Champions League competitions up to at least the group stages,” Aduda told

“McKinstry did a great job, but now Gor Mahia must work out ways of getting a better replacement, a coach, who will come in and immediately integrate with the players without any struggle, a coach, who has been at the stage before, with this kind of a coach, then Gor Mahia can dream of having a good campaign.”

According to Aduda, Gor Mahia must enter the transfer market to beef up their squad. Aduda opined the club must invest in at least every area of the playing unit to stand a chance of competing with the best in Africa.

“Gor Mahia must reinforce the current squad with talented, mature, and experienced players. The team needs an experienced goalkeeper with a good body stature, a left-footed centre-back, a box-to-box defensive midfielder, a versatile attacking midfielder/playmaker, speedy modern-day wingers (left and right), a robust clinical finisher, and lastly a second striker,” explained Aduda.

Gor Mahia are currently relying on Benson Omalla as their lead striker, and the youngster helped them to the league title having scored 19 goals to emerge as the top scorer. Aduda called on the club management to ensure early preparations given the short period before the Champions League kicks off.

“The club (team) needs to plan for early preparations and given the short period remaining before the kickoff slated for August 16th, I would propose they use the forthcoming CECAFA Kagame Cup and the invitational tournament in Enugu to ensure that both the new and old players jell from where the first eleven should be picked in readiness for the kick-off,” offered Aduda.

“There is a need to ensure the travel arrangements are done in good time, all the travel documents obtained for all the players, visas where required applied for early enough. The squad is not more than 28 players. These are enough to make the club have two formidable teams capable of playing in CAF and the league simultaneously.”

Gor Mahia is among the teams that have been invited to the regional Kagame Cup scheduled for July 20th to August 4th. With Gor Mahia having suffered travel hitches in previous campaigns, Aduda reminded the current office bearers to handle logistic matters with a lot of seriousness.

“The office should ensure accommodation logistics are dealt with early during away matches, bonuses paid in good time to avoid player go-slows, and ensure the players have the right playing equipment, especially the football boots for different weather and playing surfaces,” concluded Aduda.

Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with

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