We open our 2020/2021 CAF Champions League campaign with a challenging visit to Rwanda to take on military side APR.
We will be counting on our recent record that has seen us advance from the preliminary rounds six times in their last seven campaigns since 2013.
It will only be the fourth time Gor Mahia is travelling to Rwanda, having a mixed record in their previous three visits. On the first visit in 1988, Gor Mahia were to do away with Mukura Victory, winning 1-0 before losing to their current opponents, APR, by a solitary goal in 2009. In 2018, we were able to hold Rayon Sports to a 1-1 draw.
It is however a poor home record against Rwandese opponents that we must hope to rectify if we want to proceed to the next round. Despite beating Mukura Victory in our first encounter in Nairobi, we have since lost to APR (0-5) and Rayon Sports (1-2) at home.
In APR, Gor Mahia faces a formidable opponent but the fixture provides an extra edge in the fact that Gor Mahia will also be facing off against its former marksman Jacques Tuyisenge who ranks only behind Peter Dawo as Gor Mahia’s leading scorer in continental football and Gor Mahia’s defence will be hoping to keep him quiet over the two legs if he plays.
However, teenage sensation Benson Omalla who is currently away with the Rising Stars will be missing and new signing Jules Ulimwengu too will not feature in this match as he did not travel. Nicholas Kipkirui is however more than a capable alternative, as his four continental goals for the club demonstrates.
On the injury list, midfielder John Ochieng is the only player who is sideline with an injury he picked last weekend during a friendly match.
The CAF preliminary match will kick off tomorrow at 4pm Kenyan time.