Everything you need to know from the K’Ogalo camp as they prepare to face the North African side in the return leg of the Caf duel on Sunday
Gor Mahia will be traveling to Morocco for the return leg clash of the Caf Confederation Cup with a mission of overturning the first leg defeat against Renaissance Sportive de Berkane.
An own goal from Francis Kahata and a Barke El Helali strike gave the North African side a huge advantage going into the fixture that will be played at the Municipal Stadium in Rabat on Sunday.
The Green Army, who are winless in the campaign away from home, will face the daunting task of turning the tie around, as some of their key players will not be in the squad.
#1 Boniface Oluoch (Injury)
The experienced goalkeeper is set to be ruled out (yet again) by the shoulder injury that kept him out of the first leg clash. Olouch’s absence is set to force head coach Hassan Oktay to pick Fredrick Odhiambo to guard Gor Mahia’s posts again. Oluoch played in the last two Group D matches against Zamalek (Egypt) and Petro Atletico (Angola).
#2 Harun Shakava (Injury)
The captain missed the 2-0 home defeat due to suspension and is now doubtful to feature in the return leg owing to injury. Shakava will be subjected to a late fitness test as he is believed to be suffering from a knock. His absence will, however, give Charles Momanyi a chance to partner Joash Onyango at the heart of the defense once more.
#3 Ernest Wendo (Suspension)
The holding midfielder is still on the suspension list after being sent off against Petro Atletico of Angola in the first half following an awful challenge on Felix Eston. His absence will pave the way for Kenneth Muguna and Francis Kahata to play as the team’s midfield pivot in the away fixture.
#4 Shafik Batambuze (Suspension)
Two bookable offenses in the last group match against Petro Atletico will rule the Ugandan left back out of the return leg. Geoffrey Ochieng’ was handed the left-back duties and will remain the most viable option when the team lands in North Africa in search of the vital win.
#5 Jacques Tuyisenge (Suspension)
His penalty against Petro Atletico helped book Gor Mahia in the quarter-final but he will miss the match due to his accumulation of yellow cards. He has scored four goals and his absence will be felt once more. Dennis Oliech led K'Ogalo's hunt for goals in Nairobi and remains the candidate to do so in Morocco.