Gor Mahia will miss the services of Wellington Ochieng’ when they take on Esperance of Tunisia in the first leg of Caf Champions League on Wednesday.
Ochieng’ twisted and injured his leg while turning out for K’Ogalo in the 2-0 win over Bandari at Machakos Stadium on Saturday. Ochieng’ was later replaced by Wesley Onguso, who contributed to the team’s opening goal.
However, head coach Dylan Kerr must be a worried man after it emerged that Ochieng’ could miss the first leg of Kenyan Premier League.
“He suffered a broken leg and the young boy is in much pain. We will access him again later next week to confirm how long he will be out. But it doesn’t look good,” a top club official told Goal.
The injury is also a huge blow to K’Ogalo, who already have Ugandan defender Godffrey Walusimbi sidelined from another injury.
K’Ogalo were drawn to face the Tunisian outfit after eliminating Leones Vegetarianos of Equatorial Guinea on a 3-1 aggregate. Gor Mahia won the first leg 2-0 at home before forcing a 1-1 draw away in Malabo.
Esperance qualified in an even bigger fashion as after drawing 1-1 with ASAC Concord of Mauritania in the first leg in Nouakchott, they prevailed 5-0 over the islanders in the decider in Tunis to sail through 6-1 on aggregate.
Gor Mahia were humiliated by the Tunisian side 8-2 on aggregate in the same stage in 2014.
Esperance won both meetings - 3-2 at Nyayo Stadium before recording an emphatic 5-0 victory at Stade Olympique Rades in the return leg fixture.