Gor Mahia primed for Hull City test - Kerr

Dylan Kerr of Gor Mahia BackpagePix

Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr believes that his side's upcoming friendly against Hull City on May 13 will be a valuable test as his side prepare for their CAF Confederation Cup clash against USM Alger.

The two sides are set to meet at the Moi International Sports Centre in Kasarani as Gor look to pick up from their 1-1 draw against Rayon Sports in continental action on Sunday.

The Kenyan giants edged arch-rivals AFC Leopards 5-4 on penalties over a week ago to win the Hull City Challenge and qualify to face the Tigers.

"I am glad that we shall face a tough opponent in Hull City," he told KweséESPN. "This is not some small team, but a team which will test us in all aspects.

"Playing the English side will be a true test for us a few days before we host Algeria's USM Alger in the second Group D match," he added. "We are delighted that we defeated AFC Leopards to qualify to face the visiting Hull side.

"Every team seems much comfortable playing at home," Kerr continued, looking back at Gor's draw with Rayon, "but we have what it takes to go win our next game at home and also travel away and pick up points."

Gor continue their Confederation Cup campaign at home against 2015 CAF Champions League finalists USMA on May 16, before hosting Young Africans in mid-July.

Kerr sees the Hull clash as ideal preparation for a showdown with the Algerians.

"We need to beat USM Alger to brighten our chances of progressing to the latter stages of the CAF Confederation Cup," he added. "It makes the game against Hull City very important.

"Everybody thinks they can get out of the group, but it will all depend on who wants it more and we surely have the material, hunger and motivation to make it to the quarter finals."

Medie Kagere, who netted Gor Mahia's goal in the draw in Kigali, is also excited about the prospect of facing the Championship side.

"I know we shall use this match as a build-up before we host [USM Alger]," told KweséESPN, "so it will be a very important game that I am looking forward to."

Both Gor Mahia and Hull City are bankrolled by betting firm SportPesa.

Last year, Everton, who are also sponsored by the sports betting platform, beat Gor 2-1 in a friendly played in Dar es Salaam.