CAF booted the Kenyan League Champions out of the competition over unpaid salaries of former players.
However, despite this glitch in their ambitions, the only club in Kenyan to win a continental trophy will be optimistic about their future.
They will hope to get things right this season and be back on the biggest stage of African club football..
K'Ogalo has a laden trophy cabinet of a record 20 Kenyan Premier League titles and 11 Presidents' Cup (also a record), which should motivate the current squad.
Manager – Johnathan McKinstry
Gor Mahia coach Jonathan McKinstry reveals the club was never interested in Tyson Otieno as it was widely reported on social media. The playmaker has since joined Kenya Police FC#FootballKE #GorMahia #oneonone#podcast#podcasting pic.twitter.com/dRu10KWreZ
— Jeff Kinyanjui (@_JeffKinyanjui) July 23, 2023
Despite his young age, Gor Mahia coach Johnathan McKinstry has vast experience. The resume of the young Irish man is rich, and he comes with the quality that K'Ogalo needs to become a force on the continent again.
He managed the Sierra Leone national team, Rwanda national team, Kauno Žalgiris in the A Lyga, Saif SC of the Bangladesh Football Premier League and the Uganda national football team.
At 27, he became the youngest international manager in the world when managing the national team of Sierra Leone.
McKinstry won the coach of the tournament at the CECAFA Challenge Cup in 2015 and the title with Uganda in 2019 before leading K'Ogalo to the FKF Kenya Premier League last season and the FKF Charity Shield Winners this year.
— Benson Omalla (@BensonOmalla) May 14, 2023
The 21-year-old was in imperial form last season as the Nairobi city outfit became League champions.
The Kenyan footballer plays as a Striker for K’Ogalo and the Harambee Stars.
Omalla scored 25 league goals last term to finish second-best scorer in the 2022–23 Kenyan Premier League behind Elvis Rupia.
This is KPL Winner with GorMahia, Austine Odhiambo and his brother Tyson Otieno. This is the story every player in the Division/county leagues dream to have. Never give up#FootballKE pic.twitter.com/6CvOqvmQAp
— OmondiWinston (@ItisWinston) June 28, 2023
Austine Odhiambo is another vital cog for Gor Mahia. The 27-year-old forward had a fantastic 2020-21 season, which was good enough to earn him a deal with his favourite club. Odhiambo scored eight league goals for Gor.
Ugandan players Shafiq Kagimu, Patrick Kaddu, and Peter Lwasa were crowned champions of the Kenyan Premier League with former Uganda Cranes Johnathan Mckinstry’s coached side Gor Mahia on Sunday.#AwardsReal | #MCM | #ManCrushMonday pic.twitter.com/YICWWv2Pxo
— Real Stars Sports Awards (@AwardsReal) June 26, 2023
Patrick Kaddu joined the Nairobi side in January 2023 and scored one goal.
On September 2018, the Ugandan international played his first game for the Cranes of Uganda.
Stadium – Nairobi City Stadium
— Ole Teya (@TeyaKevin) August 12, 2023
The K’Ogalo play their home games at the multi-purpose Nairobi City Stadium, owned by the Nairobi City Council.
It is fit for football and athletics and is situated east of the city centre.
With a capacity of 15,000 people, the stadium was first called African Stadium, then changed to Donholm Road Stadium.
It had another name change (Jogoo Road Stadium after Kenyan independence in 1963) before arriving at its current name.
Press reports suggest the stadium will receive artificial turf to make it the first in Kenya.
The synthetic turf pitch, Xtreme Turf, is manufactured and installed by ACT Global Sports.
Gor Mahia wears an intricately designed green and white shirt designed by Umbro.
Patrick Kaddu not included in Uganda squad for AFCON qualifiers
Uganda Cranes make squad adjustments for the crucial clash against Niger.
The Kenyan side's striker Patrick Kaddu was dropped from the Uganda squad for their upcoming crucial match in the final stage of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers against Niger.
Also absent are Peter Lwasa and Shafiq Kagimu, who recently parted ways with the club.
CAF Champions League miss fuels the desire for another title – McKinstry
Gor Mahia head coach Johnathan McKinstry said despite his players not being less than 100% fit, they are motivated to win another title to compensate for the CAF Champions League miss.
Gor Mahia shift training base for the 23/24 FKFPL season
20-time FKF Premier League champions Gor Mahia will use the M-pesa Foundation Academy as their training base for the 2023/2024 FKF Premier League season. McKinstry has hailed the facility, saying it will feel like playing in a European football training base.
The official sponsors of Gor Mahia FC are Sportpesa. The sponsorship deal with the Nairobi-based side runs till 2025. The three-year contract is worth Sh240 million ($1.67 million), meaning the club will get kshs 80 Million ($555,535) per season.
Sat, 26 August
Gor Mahia vs Sofapaka
Ulinzi Stars vs Gor Mahia
Gor Mahia vs City Stars
Kenya FKF Charity Shield
Gor Mahia 1-1 Kakamega Homeboyz (4-2 pens)
KENYA Premier League (2022/23)
- Nairobi City 1-4 Gor Mahia
- Gor Mahia 2-3 Kakamega Homeboyz
- Gor Mahia 2-0 Ulinzi Stars
- Tusker 0-0 Gor Mahia
This article was most recently revised and updated 2 months ago