What Gor Mahia must do to get a favorable result against Lobi Stars in Enugu battle

Goal Kenya.
K'Ogalo defeated Nigerian side Lobi Stars 3-1 at the Kasarani in first leg of the final round and will need any draw to advance

Gor Mahia will take on Lobi Stars of Nigeria in the return leg of Caf Champions League aiming at making history by qualifying to the Group stages.

The Kenyan champions won the first leg 3-1 and any draw or defeat by a small margin will be enough to see the Hassan Oktay led side progress to the next stage of the competition for the time in club’s history.

Lobi Stars are definitely aiming at progressing as well meaning they will be doing everything possible to eliminate the East African side. With that in mind, what will the Kenyan champions do to ensure that they safely qualify?

Put Lobi Stars under pressure

Francis Mustafa of Gor Mahia v Lobi Stars of Nigeria.

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Playing at home is an advantage and a disadvantage in equal measure. The home fans expect the team to win and the players know they cannot afford to disappoint them. From the first whistle, the fans will be cheering their team to motivate them to get the much-needed goals. There is an easy way for K’Ogalo to turn that disadvantage to their favor, but how? An early goal will do the magic. Scoring first will mean that Lobi Stars has to score four goals to guarantee their progression to the group stages. It will frustrate them and the fans will give up, meaning the support will be minimal.

Avoid committing mistakes!

Concentration lapse helped the visitors get their goal in the 3-1 defeat during the first leg, however, Samuel Onyango's second goal neutralized it and restored the two-goal cushion. It should not be the same case away, it is a game that has not been won and any side has an opportunity to progress to the next stage. Defensive or concentration lapse might be costly for the visitors. The best way to ensure the opponents do not score is by prioritizing safety.

Take a cautious approach

Ugandan striker Erisa Ssekisambu and Gor Mahia coach Hassan Oktay.

There is no way Lobi Stars can qualify for the group stages without scoring, meaning their main plan will be to go for goals. That might entice K’Ogalo to come out and try to attack as well meaning they will expose their defense and risk conceding. Gor Mahia should have a defensive formation that will ensure the team does not concede. The best way to do that is by keeping possession and apply all the time-wasting tactics. This is a knock-out competition and the end will definitely justify all; with monetary rewards at stake, K’Ogalo should give their best to get a favorable result.