Goalkeeper David Juma is set to start for Gor Mahia in place of injured Jerim Onyango as they seek to advance in Champions League competition
Moez Ben Cherifa
Derbali, Chammah, Mansour, Dhawadi
Raageed, Moualhi, Daraji
Afful, Akaichi, Nawara
Owino, Mohammed, Emuge, Walusimbi
Kizito, Akumu, Kenga
Omondi, Sserunkuma, Odhiambo
Gor Mahia goalkeeper David Juma will face a baptism of fire when he starts against Esperance of Tunisia in Sunday’s Caf Champions League return leg match in Tunis.
Juma has been forced to step up after Jerim Onyango pulled out of the squad due to a shoulder injury. It certainly is not the best way for Juma to come into the squad considering what is at stake.
Gor Mahia go into this match needing to win by two clear goals after they lost the first leg 3-2 in Nairobi and must avoid conceding any more goals making Juma perhaps the most important player on the pitch and in need to put up his best performance.
With two goals under his belt in this competition, Ugandan forward Dan Sserunkuma is the most obvious option to start upfront in search of goals for Gor Mahia.
Gor Mahia midfield looks promising with Kevin Omondi back in the squad. Omondi was impressive in the first leg winning a penalty for his side. Also making a comeback to K’Ogalo’s starting squad is defender David ‘Calabar’ Owino, having sat out of the first leg through suspension.
Esperance have every advantage going into this fixture. Apart from playing at home, they also enjoy an away lead. All they need to do is to protect their slight cushion to advance through and this they are more than capable of doing.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
Gor Mahia will be without number one goalkeeper Jerim Onyango for the first time in two years when they play away to Esperance.
The last time Gor Mahia played against Esperance in Tunis was in 1987 and the match ended in a 1-1 draw.
Gor Mahia went on to win Nelson Mandela Cup the same year after edging out Esperance in the final of the competition.
The combined market value of all the first eleven Esperance players is Sh1.2billion.
Unlike Gor Mahia, Esperance did not take part in preliminary rounds of Caf Champions League but made it straight to the first round.