After being eliminated from the CECAFA Kagame Cup at the quarter-final stage, Gor Mahia head coach Hassan Oktay has delivered an honest assessment of his squad as they now turn their attention to the CAF Champions League as well as the domestic league campaign.
The 45 year old was left disappointed that his team was unable to reach at least the last four of the regional tourney as a result of their 2-1 loss to Zambian side Green Eagles and in his post-match assessment said that the team is nowhere close to competing with the current squad that lacks in experience.
“We played good football against our opponents (Green Eagles) but we made two very crucial mistakes that ended up costing us the game,” the Turk said.
“The squad was incomplete as we did not have several of our first team players who were away on international duty. We came here with young boys from the youth team and some from the second division back home who need more time to play at this level.
“We have also lost two very important players to our squad in the past years in Francis Kahata and Jacques Tuyisenge. But after saying all these, we should have at least made the semi-finals with the squad we have.”
Asked whether he feels the team can challenge for the CAF CL, Oktay was unequivocal that K’Ogalo need to bring more bodies in between now and the start of the season in late August, at least three players, if they are to replicate last season’s CAF Confederations Cup quarter-final berth in the CL.
“We need to sign at least three quality players to complement the ones we have already brought in or otherwise we will struggle for sure. If you ask me we need three players, two strikers and one wide player,” he said.
Gor have already roped in last season’s top scorer in the NSL in Dennis Oalo, his partner in crime in the second tier at Nairobi Stima in winger Curtis Wekesa as well as going outside the boarder to Tanzania for winger Dickson Ambundo and giving young forward Samuel Osoo a bump from the youth team.