Gor Mahia have been challenged to beef up their striking department for the new season.
A close KPL observer says the current caliber of strikers at the club are not good enough to help the team shine this season. The pundit, who did not want to be named, has revealed to Goal that only Jacques Tuyisenge fits the bill of the kind of strikers the club needs to have in their ranks.
“For now, Tuyisenge is the only complete striker at Gor Mahia, the rest are not good enough to help them challenge for honours this season. Gor Mahia must invest on top strikers before the transfer window closes down. Only that, they will be in a position to shine again.
“Ephrem Guikan and Francis Mustafa are not the quality of strikers the club needs. Even the new signing Erisa Ssekisambu is also not a complete striker. If you look at their Caf Champions League match against Nyasa Big Bullets of Malawi, they struggled to score goals, because of the striking area.
“The club needs a striker, who can put away the chances they create. Against Nyasa, they created several chances, but none could be converted. They were good in both legs but goals were lacking.”
A few weeks ago, former Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr told Goal that he had asked the club to release defender Karim Nizigiyimana so as to sign a top striker. “Yes I did recommend that we let him (Karim) go because at the time, I was looking at another two foreign strikers.
"Karim is a great professional, who will himself admit that his return after injury wasn’t his usual self and it affected his performances.
“But with Philemon (Otieno) and Wellingtone (Ochieng) being Kenyan and right backs, we needed a top striker and I still believe that is the area that Gor Mahia should have concentrated on more in signing strikers.”
K’Ogalo will open their league campaign against Bandari on Saturday.