Confident Gor Mahia take on Aigle Noir in Champions League

Nothing but victory will usher K'Ogalo into the next stage while a scoring draw works in favor of the visitors.

Kenyan champions Gor Mahia host Aigle Noir of Burundi in a CAF Champions League tie at Kasarani stadium, Nairobi.

The 4pm fixture is K’Ogalo’s first home match of the season with new coach Steven Polack eager to replicate Super Cup heroics from last weekend to send his side into the next stage of the continental tournament.

Both teams drew 0-0 in Bujumbura, Burundi a fortnight prior with Gor Mahia having just fourteen players available.

At Kasarani, K’Ogalo are still depleted with sixteen players on call but coach Polack eleven can finish the job.

Gor Mahia need a simple victory to sail through. The Kenyan champions who reached quarterfinal stage of Confederation Cup last season must be careful not to concede at home,for a scoring draw will see Aigle Noir advance at the expense of Gor Mahia.

Impressive Tanzanian David Robert Mapigano is assured of starting between the sticks after a keeping clean sheets in Bujumbura and against Bandari last weekend.

Little or no changes are expected in the backline after Polack gave a thumbs up to Joash Onyango, Charles Momanyi, Wellington Ochieng and Geoffrey Ochieng. Ugandan full back Shafik Batambuze is however, knocking on the door after regianing match fitness and could depose Geoffrey from left back.

With Tobias Otieno mastering the midfield against Bandari last weekend, contenders for the post will bid their time as he remains the first pick in front of back four with skipper Kenneth Muguna and Lawrence Juma playing slightly ahead of him.

Polack has got options on the flanks with Nicholas Kipkirui likely to spearhead the attack.

“We got a good preparation all week. We deserve to win because that is what we’ve been training for. We’ve got a small squad for this game, only sixteen players are available because others were not registered. But on the day you only need eleven players,” Polack offered

“I don’t worry too much. I work on things that need to be improved like crossing and shooting. Hopefully on Sunday we’ll see some goals,” he added

The club migrated from cash transactions in ticket sales and urge fans to embrace the e-ticketing model.

 

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