Gor Mahia secretary general Ronald Ngala: We prefer a different pre season program that is devoid of friendlies

K'ogalo's official comes out to explain to Goal.com reasons behind the cancellation of a planned build up duel against visiting Tanzanian giants Azam
Gor Mahia assistant Secretary General Ronald Ngala has revealed the reasons behind the club's inactivity in pre season friendly matches.

Last weekend, K'ogalo cancelled a build up match against Tanzanian side Azam, as coach Zdravko Logarusic opted to prepare for the upcoming season by building on fitness and gelling the newly signed players into his squad.

Ngala has now come out to reveal that the team's technical bench prefer a different pre season program that is devoid of friendly matches, a stark contrast to league champions Tusker FC, who have so far featured in eight build up matches against clubs from Tanzania and Zanzibar.

"Our coach (Zdravko Logarusic) drew up a well defined pre season schedule and we have to follow it to the later. Initially, none of our players was supposed to touch the ball during the league break," Ngala told Goal.com.

"On resumption, the players are expected to work with the fitness trainer and nutritionist for the first two weeks, now the squad has started working with the ball in training. I believe in a week or two the players will be ready to play some build up proper before the league season begins."

"The issue here is players should have a complete rest and even miss playing football. Tusker's method (of playing games in pre season) is risky. I won't be surprised if fatigue creeps in halfway through the first leg of the upcoming league campaign. We played several games in pre season last time round and this ended up affecting us."

Gor Mahia, who won the Fkf Cup and Top Eight tournament and finished second behind Tusker during the 2012 league campaign, will represent the country in Confederations Cup competition where they are primed to face off against little known Anse Re Union from Seychelles.

Besides, the team has a hectic campaign lined up as they will be expected to defend the two trophies won last term, and try reclaim the DSTV Super Cup competition from Tusker.

The competition - bankrolled by the league's broadcast sponsors - is used as a curtain raiser to the league campaign - and features the league winners against the Domestic Cup champions.