Celebrated Kenyan club Gor Mahia held their first training in the fabled Libyan city of Benghazi ahead of their international friendly with hosts Al Hilal on Saturday.
After a warm and colorful reception upon arrival on Wednesday evening where leaders, security officers and locals turned up at Benina Airport to receive the team, the 1987 Mandela Cup winners held light sessions on half-pitch artificial surface just outside the Tibesti Hotel.
K’Ogalo are scheduled to hold a second session in the evening then perform the international ritual of feeling the Shohdaa Benina stadium on Friday evening. Gor Mahia are without four first team players who are on national duty with Harambee Stars and Taifa Stars.
In the absence of skipper Kenneth Muguna and his assistant Joash Onyango, the onus of leading K’Ogalo troops has fallen on defensive duo of Joachim Oluoch and Charles Momanyi. Oluoch who addressed a battery of journalists upon arrival talked up the prospect of playing in Benghazi.
“This is a team that played in Confederation Cup against a strong Kenyan side in 2017. We therefore, have a lot of respect for them but we are a good team and we hope to have a good game and win,” said Oluoch
“We are glad to be here and to play a team with rich history like Al Hilal. Football is a game of love and we want to spread the love by putting in our best on Saturday. Hopefully it will foster the much needed unity and open up Libya for more social engagements with the rest of the world” Gor Mahia chief executive officer Lodvick Aduda remarked