Gor Mahia have to fight against the fact that history is heavily stacked against them considering that Kenyan clubs have always fallen short against Egyptian sides
Jerim Onyango (captain)
Nasio, Owino, Anguyo, Mosoti
Akumu, Njuguna, Omondi
Lavatsa, Sserenkuma, Odhiambo
Fahim, Assem, Yehia, Omran
Mostafa, Ragab, Shaaban
Razi, Sabry, El Sakka
Gor Mahia have a mountain to climb going into Saturday's return leg Caf Confederations Cup tie against Egyptian side ENPPI at Nyayo Stadium.
The Kenyan club lost the first leg 3-0 a fortnight ago away in Cairo and are under pressure to win by at least four goals to advance to the next stage.
In their quest for this, Gor have to fight against the fact that history is heavily stacked against them considering that Kenyan clubs have always fallen short against Egyptian opposition.
Ahead of an apparent impossibility, Gor Mahia coach Zradvko Logarusic has sought to lift up his charges hours before the clash.
"Since I joined Gor Mahia one year ago, we have been making history as a club. We won the Kenyan Premier League Top 8 crown last season and won the Cup competition."
"ENPPI maybe the best team in Egypt at the moment and have a bigger budget than us but we are determined to make history by edging them out. I just want to tell our fans to watch this space," Logarusic told Goal.com.
Logarusic will be glad to have back in the squad dependable midfielder Moses Odhiambo who has been nursing a long term injury.
But the team will still do without injured Paul Kiongera and may force Logarusic to start with a twin striking force of Edwin Lavatsa and Dan Sserenkuma.
In goal, captain Jerim Onyango must be on his guard to prevent the team from conceding any more goals.
The visitors will be content to just sit back given the huge first leg advantage. Vincente Foneye one of the scores against Gor Mahia, will be keen to continue his scoring streak.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Gor Mahia are on the verge of another early elimination from the Confederations Cup for another second year. Last year they were eliminated from the first round. In 2009 on return to continental football, they were also edged out in the first round.
- Gor Mahia thrashed Seychelles side Anse Re Union 5-0 in the return leg match of the preliminary phase of the Confederations Cup two months ago.
- On March 31, Gor Mahia beat Mathare United 1-0 in a premiership duel ending a six match win less streak against the 'slum boys'.
- Gor Mahia remains the only local side to have won a continental title when they lifted the Nelson Mandela Cup in 1987.
- Compared to Gor Mahia, ENPPI own a stadium, the 25,000 seater Petro Stadium.
- Meeting Gor in the first leg match of their Confederations Cup fixture was the first time that ENPPI was playing against a Kenyan side.
- In 2010, the team (ENPPI) received shirt sponsorship from Siemens becoming only the second club in the world to be sponsored by the giant telecommunications company after Spanish giants Real Madrid.
- ENPPI reached the semi-finals of the Confederations Cup in 2009. The club has won the Egyptian Cup twice in the past.