Gor Mahia’s quest for a 4th CECAFA title moves to Nyamirambo stadium in Kigali where a quarterfinal duel with high flying Green Eagles of Zambia awaits on Wednesday evening.
Gor’s campaign started in Rubavu District where Group D matches were hosted with the team completing a clean sweep of three wins to finish atop with nine points and five goals scored against one conceded.
K’Ogalo kept their big names fresh with minimal minutes or no action at all in the last two fixtures and now expect up to six pairs of fresh legs to line up against Green Eagles.
First choice custodian Boniface Oluoch and center backs Harun Shakava and Charles Momanyi paved way for new signinga David Mapigano and Elvis Ronack in victories over AS Ports and KMKM but the trio will grace the knockout tie as Gor Mahia eye a place in the semis.
With midfielder Ernest Wendo suspended for accumulated yellow cards new signing Tobias Otieno is in the running for a starting slot alongside Lawrence Juma and Hashim Sempala as K’Ogalo increasingly push Kenneth Muguna to rove behind the target man.
Upfront, Nicholas Kipkirui is poised for a second start in the tournament with Samuel Onyango and Boniface Omondi flying on the wings. Gor Mahia have deployed Eric Ombija, Dennis Oalo and Dickson Ambundo in the last two games to keep the established names fresh.
But the Green Eagles pose a different kind of opposition as they command plenty of respect having scaled the Zambian Premier League to the heights of winning Zone B of the split top-flight division and consequently earning the right to represent Zambia in the CAF Champions League.
It is therefore no coincidence that they reach the last eight of a tournament brimming with top talent from regional football powerhouses.