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Predicting Gor Mahia starting eleven against Esperance in Caf match

08:30 EAT 07/03/2018
Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr.
K’Ogalo suffered a 3-2 defeat when the two teams met in 2014 at the same stage, before a 5-0 hammering away in Tunisia

  • Gor Mahia keeper Boniface Oluoch.

    #1 Boniface Oluoch

    The experienced custodian will be required to be alert for the entire 90th minutes and ensure he is not caught off guard by the quick opponents. The worst thing the keeper can do is make blunder that can cost the team. He will be the key player for the Kenyan champions in this match.

  • Gor Mahia defender Godfrey Walusimbi v Mathare United

    #2 Godfrey Walusimbi

    Will be expected to start in the right back position, his main job being to stop attacks from that area. He is known for his intelligence and skill on the ball, and against Esperance that will be needed. His contribution when the team is attacking cannot be overlooked.

  • ABDALLAH HASSAN of Bandari v WESLEY ONGUSO of Gor Mahia.

    #3 Wesley Onguso

    Was introduced in the match against Bandari and he arguably put a man of the match performance. He was quick in defending and gave a helping hand in attack. But against Esperance, Onguso has to get his tactics right because overlapping and losing the ball, will expose him badly considering the electric pace always associated with North African teams.

  • Gor Mahia captain Haroun Shakava celebrates with George Odhiambo v AFC Leopards.

    #4 Harun Shakava

    The captain has started his reign well, and so far he has not tasted defeat. The game against Esperance is undoubtedly his biggest test, and he has to show he has what it takes to take the team forward. Shakava has to command his line well and ensure the opponent do not get a chance to score. His leadership skills will be under intense test and it is up to him to ensure he passes with flying colors.

  • Dennis Mukaisi and Joash Onyango of Gor Mahia

    #5 Joash Onyango

    Onyango has adapted faster to regular involvement in the league as well as other competitions. The good thing about him is his aggressiveness and willingness to learn. He will be required to intercept all dangerous balls and clear potential dangers from his area. 

  • Ernest Wendo of Gor Mahia v Simon Ndungu of AFC Leopards

    #6 Ernest Wendo

    Slick and fast passing is the type of play for Esperance, and players always enjoy playing it through the midfield. It will be Wendo's job to ensure he breaks all those attacks considering the fact that Humphrey Mieno is not a natural defensive midfielder. Wendo has to avail that perfect link between defense and midfield and ensure he initiates attacks.
  • Humphrey Mieno misses penalty for Gor Mahia.

    #7 Humphrey Mieno

    He will be required to play as a deep lying creative midfielder, with his main job being to compliment the work of Ernest Wendo and initiating attacks. Mieno is known for his long shots, and that makes him even more dangerous outside the eighteen yard area.

  • Francis Kahata of Gor Mahia

    #8 Francis Kahata

    This man's creativity is second to none, and he will be a factor in unlocking the defense. He knows when to dribble and when to pass, and with a perfect understanding between him and fellow midfielder’s, Gor Mahia will definitely roar to victory against Esperance. 

  • Gor Mahia George Odhiambo v Tusker.

    #9 George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo

    As seen in his previous outings, ‘Blackberry’ is capable of going past any defender on a good day. He will be required to bring crosses from the right, and cut in at times to help in disorganizing the opponents' defense.

  • Meddie Kagere of Gor Mahia v Leone Vegetarianos.

    #10 Meddie Kagere

    The Rwandan striker always gives more than 110%. One thing about him is his ambition and determination to hurt the opponent and that is what coach Dylan Kerr will want in the offensive department. With his dribbling skills, eye for goal as well as killer pass, Kagere is expected to be a thorn in the Esperance defense.

  • Jacques Tuyisenge celebrates scoring against SharksIMG_7650.

    #11 Jacques Tuyisenge

    Will be the key striker for Green Army against the North African side. He has always done well in this position but needs to be more clinical in front of the goal. Tuyisenge will also be required to create space for his colleagues by taking the attention of the defenders.