Gad Mathews, the goalkeeper for Gor Mahia FC, has completed his recovery from a minor injury and is now back in full training, according to Team Manager Victor Nyaoro. Mathews had surgery in August and has been on the path to recovery. He must now prove his fitness to coach Jonathan McKinstry as other goalkeepers have had more training time, having participated in the pre-season. Boniface Oluoch, the goalkeeping trainer, will continue to assess Mathews. Nyaoro mentioned, “Gad has returned and has been in training for a month. The other goalkeepers have trained for a longer period.
We are focused on the fitness of all players, so he needs to demonstrate to the coach that he is fully ready for action.” Gad’s arrival two seasons ago displaced Boniface Oluoch from his position as the goalkeeper, and he has maintained that role until his recent injury. Nyaoro expressed confidence in Gad’s abilities, stating, “He is one of the best goalkeepers in Kenya. I believe he will soon be back in the starting eleven. We are awaiting approval from our team doctor and subsequently the head coach.” During the Mashemeji derby, Kevin Omondi from Sofapaka was chosen as the goalkeeper, with young shot stopper Caleb Omondi on the bench.
Meanwhile, the team manager has indicated their intention to maintain an undefeated streak. Gor Mahia has been unbeaten so far, with three wins and three draws. Despite the competitive nature of the league, the team has a mission to accomplish, as Nyaoro explained, “Our goal is to remain unbeaten, although this league is challenging. If we stumble against any team, we will accept it, but our mission is to remain unbeaten.” Nyaoro also clarified the absence of Boniface Omondi during the Mashemeji derby, noting that the striker was unwell before the match and couldn’t be on the pitch or the bench.
The arrival of Ugandan International Rodgers Mugisha as a striker has limited Omondi’s opportunities to start, but the manager asserts that both players are equally talented.