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The coach for the North African side Ruud Krol reveals history will count for nothing when the two sides meet in the first round of Caf Champions League

Esperance coach Ruud Krol has warned Gor Mahia that history will count for nothing when the two sides face off in Saturday’s first round Caf Champions League match at Nyayo Stadium.

The Tunisian giants jetted in on Thursday afternoon ready for the fixture. Asked whether history will count in the match Krol said: “We are well aware that Gor Mahia beat Esperance in 1987 to win Nelson Mandela Cup but that is a long time ago and will not account at all when we play them on Saturday.”

The Dutchman said his side is here to pick a positive result but will not underestimate their opponents. “We have done better than Gor Mahia since 1987 and this has given us plenty of experience. However, this is football and we will not underrate them,” Krol told Goal at JKIA.

“We want to play good football on Saturday and we want to win as well. It will not be easy because every game is tough but we are up for the challenge.

“We reached the semi-finals last year having lost in the finals in 2012. This season, we want to lift the title and I believe we can.

“We are here to do our best and hopefully pick some positive results away so that the return match will be a mere formality.” The team will have a feel of the match venue on Friday just hours before the fixture.