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Gor Mahia 1-1 DC Motema Pembe: Five things we learned

08:38 GMT 28/10/2019
Batambuze Shaffik of Gor Mahia and Arsene Loko of DC Motema Pembe.
Goal takes a look at key points from Sunday's Caf Confederations Cup playoff first leg

  • Nicholas Kipkirui of Gor Mahia vs DC Motema Pembe.

    Gor Mahia not learning

    In the Caf Competitions, there are no shortcuts. Home ground must be fully capitalised on to stand a chance of being successful. Captain Kenneth Muguna said the team had learned from the 2-0 defeat to USM Alger in the Caf Champions League.

    However, it was not the case as CD Motema Pembe opened up the hosts' defence at will and almost grabbed a late win. It is a lesson K'Ogalo have not learned and it may come back to haunt them in the competition.

  • Gor Mahia keeper David Mapigano with KPL Super Cup trophy.

    Has Robert Mapigano stepped up?

    The Tanzanian contributed to Gor Mahia's exit from Africa's club elite competition especially in the 4-1 loss away against USM Alger. The custodian took the criticism against him positively and has since improved.

    The shot-stopper stole the show on Sunday with his exemplary performance. He bailed out the 18-time Kenyan champions and went ahead to save a penalty late in the game to ensure K'Ogalo didn't fall at home.

  • Gnamien Yikpe of Gor Mahia vs Kariobangi Sharks.

    Gnamie Yikpe might be the answer

    The lanky striker made his debut for the club about a week ago against Kariobangi Sharks. Despite not getting on the score sheet, his performance was eye-catching.

    The forward kept his cool on Sunday to fire the hosts in front after 63 minutes. He was too much for the defenders to handle and knew exactly where to be and at what time. From what we have seen in his last two competitive assignments, K'Ogalo might have found Jacques Tuyisenge's replacement.

  • Gor Mahia coach Steven Polack.

    Steven Polack bottling up

    Dylan Kerr and Hassan Oktay managed to keep the team together even in difficult situations. They went on to qualify for the group stage of the Caf Confederation Cup and under the latter, Gor Mahia were eliminated in the quarter-finals last season.

    Polack has so far failed in the Caf assignments. Despite starting the league encouragingly, the tactician is seemingly doomed as far continental assignments are concerned. He has one more shot away against the experienced Congolese outfit.

  • Gor Mahia striker Nicholas Kipkirui celebrates against AFC Leopards.

    Kasarani no longer a fortress

    Gor Mahia have not managed to capitalise on home ground advantage and have not won any of their last three games in Caf Competitions. They have lost twice - against RS Berkane and USM Alger before drawing 1-1 with DC Motema Pembe.

    K'Ogalo are failing to make use of Kasarani compared to the last few seasons. It is something they have to improve on if they are to do better in the continental assignments.