Gor Mahia take on Rwanda’s APR knowing that nothing short of a win is required to march into the 1st Round of CAF Champions League.
Gor Mahia have not failed to progress past the preliminary rounds of the competition since being knocked out by Madagascar’s CNAPS in 2016. It was also the last time Gor Mahia lost a preliminary round at home.
Having lost 2-1 away, Gor Mahia will need a minimum 1-0 victory to proceed to the next phase. Should APR score an away goal, Gor Mahia will need to outscore them by 2 goals to proceed outrightly. A 2-1 win for Gor Mahia takes the fixture to a penalty shootout.
The team will need all its players to be in top form to overcome the Rwandese military side that will likely be out to protect their slim lead.
Captain Kenneth Muguna will, however, be the key man in orchestrating attacks and the club will bank on its key strikers like Tito Okello, Benson Omalla and Nicholas Kipkurui to be sharp in front of goal.
The defense will also have to be at their best to ensure that the Rwandese do not sneak in an away goal.
Former Gor Mahia marksman, Jacques Tuyisenge, will be a key man to keep in check if he plays.
Coach Omollo optimistic
Coach in charge Sammy Omollo says the team has worked so hard and taken care of all the weaknesses witnessed in the last match.
“We noticed where we went wrong and it was all on the preparations and this week we’ve had a good one. We will give our best in the match because we now know what to do,” noted coach Omollo.
The match kicks off at 4 pm tomorrow at Nyayo Stadium behind closed doors. Fans will, however, be able to watch the match on KBC TV.