McKinstry on why Gor Mahia have four goalkeepers heading into 2023/2024 campaign

FKFPL McKinstry on why Gor Mahia have four goalkeepers heading into 2023/2024 campaign

Mark Kinyanjui 07:36 - 17.08.2023

Omondi started between the sticks during Gor Mahia's FKF Charity Shield cup win over Kakamega Homeboyz last Saturday.

Gor Mahia head coach Johnathan McKinstry has revealed why the club has four goalkeepers competing for one spot following the signing of Kevin Omondi from Sofapaka. 

Youngster Caleb Omondi, 20, spent a majority of last season as backup to Golden Glove winner Gad Mathews, but has been the man between the sticks during their pre-season preparations in the latter's absence.

The towering custodian looked assured in goal, although he should have done better with Homeboyz’s equaliser during regulation time, as he failed to safely catch the ball before it allowed Eric Ambunya to find the back of the net.

“Young Caleb is a great goalkeeper. He is only 19,20 years of age. I felt bad for him because you cannot assign fault for their equalising goal because the wall has to do better, but if he had made that save, it would have been world-class,” McKinstry told Pulse Sports.

K’Ogalo completed the signing of Kevin Omondi from Sofapaka, and have Mathews and Dolf Junior Owino who are set to return to training.

“It is always an open competition. We brought in Kevin Omondi from Sofapaka. He and Caleb are fighting it out in training.

“Dolf Junior Owino is also another goalkeeper we had who went through a nasty ACL injury last season meaning we missed him a lot but he is back. Once Gad is back, we will have four quality goalkeepers who are fighting it out for the number one spot.”

McKinstry has challenged Omondi to keep his shirt, citing his rule in football, which is to have players “keep the shirt” if they are the ones currently holding it.

“My rule in football is if you have the shirt, do not let it go. At the moment, Caleb has the shirt. I do not know the reason why that would change.

“Equally, he knows he is not up to the level and there are other guys competing and ready to step up to take the job.

Gor Mahia are currently stepping up preparations before their league season opener against Sofapaka on Saturday 26 August.