Gor will be seeking to emulate 1987 Mandela Cup triumphant heroes when they confront the North Africans in first leg, first round of the competition
When Gor Mahia last played Tunisian giants Esperance in the final match of Nelson Mandela Cup in 1987, most of the current players were either too young or had not been born.
Even then, the events of 1987 still remain fresh in the memory of some players, who hope they can do what those, who have gone ahead of them, did in helping K’Ogalo clinch their first and only continental title.
The rivalry is set to be renewed on Saturday when the two clubs clash in this first leg, first round match of Caf Champions League at Nyayo Stadium. Gor Mahia captain Jerim Onyango, who was only three years old then says this is a big motivation factor for the current squad.
“Most of us only heard about that famous victory but it has made a big impression on us. We are hoping to repeat it again,” Onyango told Goal.
Gor Mahia will have to score goals at home to be sure of edging out their opponents and here Ugandan striker Dan Sserunkuma will once again be called upon to carry his side.
Esperance have an expensively assembled and experienced squad which they will be hoping can give them positive results. Cameroonian striker N’Djeng Yannic is the most famous foreign player in the squad.
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Both Gor Mahia and Esperance are handled by foreign coaches. Gor Mahia is handled by Scottish Bobby Williamson while Dutchman Ruud Krol is in charge of the North African giants.
Esperance (pictured) have won Caf Champions League twice in the past in 1994 and 2011 while Gor Mahia have never won the competition.
In 2010, MTN football named Esperance as one of the top ten clubs on the continent with an estimated annual budget of Sh800million.
Gor Mahia last played in the Champions League 16 years ago when they were eliminated in the first round by Power Dynamos of Zimbabwe.
- Gor Mahia eliminated Gabonese side US Bitam in the preliminary stage of the competition while the winner of Champions League pockets Sh86million prize money.