Rich history as Gor Mahia gear up for CAF Competition

With the excitement of qualifying for the CAF Confederation Cup group stage having subsided and draw done, Gor Mahia website team took time to analyse the team’s performance against teams from the countries the club have been drawn against and some of the milestones to look forward to in this campaign.

Making the second consecutive appearance in the CAF Confederation Cup group stage, Gor Mahia have been drawn against Egypt’s Zamalek FC, Algeria’s NA Hussein Dey and Angola’s Atletico Petroleos.

Here is a history of Gor Mahia’s performance against opposition from these countries:

Egyptian club Ismaily was Gor Mahia’s second-ever opponent in continental competition way back in 1969. Having eliminated Sudan’s Burri FC, K’Ogalo met Ismaily in the quarter-final of the Africa Champions Cup, losing 1-3 in Cairo before John Wambudo’s goal secured a 1-1 draw in Nairobi.

Gor Mahia have since played Egyptian opponents nine times with the most famous match being the abandoned tie against Zamalek in 1984 that resulted in Gor Mahia facing a two-year ban from CAF competitions.

Gor Mahia would take on Zamalek again in 1994, Paul Ochieng’s goal being enough to hold the Egyptians to a one all draw in Nairobi before succumbing to a 2-1 defeat in Cairo, the away goal being scored by David ‘Deo’ Odhiambo while the Egyptians had to retake a penalty twice to bag in their winner.

While the current generation of Gor Mahia fans are excited at the prospect of Dennis Oliech, in 1998, it was his elder brother Steve Okumu who scored the winner as Gor Mahia finally beat Zamalek 1-0 in Nairobi in their first-round of CAF Cup match. Gor Mahia however would not match the Egyptians who would run riot in Cairo, winning 4-0 to eliminate them.

The next time Gor Mahia made a trip to Egypt would be under Zvardko Logarusic in 2013, succumbing to a 3-0 away defeat to ENNPI before holding them to a 0-0 draw in Nairobi.

When Gor Mahia host Atletico Petroleao on February 13, it will only be the third time they are taking to the pitch against Angolan opposition.

In 1993, Gor Mahia played AS Aviacao in a two leg fixture in the quarter-final of the CAF Cup. K’Ogalo managed to hold the Angolans to a goalless draw in Angola and while they were favourites to proceed to the semis, the Angolans held them to a barren draw in Nairobi before eliminating the Kenyan giants on post-match penalties (2-4) in a match played at Kasarani.

A curious incident that made national news happened after the first leg tie in Angola. The team failed to arrive in Nairobi on the day they were expected and for a period of 48 hours, officials in Nairobi, fans, media and KFF and government officials were unaware of the team’s whereabouts despite reports that the team had departed Angola as scheduled.

With fans fearing the worst, it later emerged that they had taken a flight to the then Zaire where the Kenyan Embassy had hosted them overnight as they awaited for a rescheduled flight (report appearing in the Daily Nation, 1993).

Last year’s meetings with USM Algers was the first time Gor Mahia played Algerian opposition in CAF competitions. Algeria thus became the 30th country to produce a team against Gor Mahia in continental competitions.

It was a heartbreak for Gor Mahia in their final group game in Algiers as the 2-1 loss to USM Algers denied the club a place in the quarter-finals having gone into the game as group leaders

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Jacques Tuyisenge is currently tied with Allan Thigo on six goals, one behind Andrew Obunga who has seven goals for Gor Mahia in continental competition. With a guaranteed six games to come, Tuyisenge has a perfect opportunity to move closer to Peter Dawo who has 14 goals.

If registered, plays and score, Dennis Oliech will have an opportunity to join his brother Steve Okumu as the only siblings to have scored for Gor Mahia in Africa.

At the end of the tournament, Gor Mahia will have played Egypt’s Zamalek more times than any other club in Africa. Currently they have played the Egyptians five times with only Tunisia’s Esperance (six) topping that chart.

Gor Mahia have so far played 110 games in Africa, winning 42, losing 43 and drawing 25

Having become the first club from Kenya to qualify for the group stage of CAF competitions since it was introduced, Gor Mahia continue to make history by qualifying for the group stage for a second consecutive season.

Gor Mahia continues to remain the only club in the country to have lifted a continental trophy.

Gor Mahia have graced the finals of continental competitions twice, the semi-finals on three occasions and quarter-finals on eight occasions, the richest history locally.

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