Predicting Gor Mahia's starting XI against RS Berkane

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The Kenyan champions will miss key figures in the squad, starting with defensive pillars Harun Shakava and Shafik Batambuze serving ban

Five key players will not start for Gor Mahia against Renaissance Sportive Berkane on Sunday.

Shafik Batambuze, Ernest Wendo, Jacques Tuyisenge, Harun Shakava – are all suspended – while first choice goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch is nursing a shoulder injury.

So how will K’Ogalo line up against the North African side in the Caf Confederation Cup quarter-final first leg clash at the Kasarani Stadium?

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    Peter Odhiambo

    The youngster is a major reason why Gor Mahia made it to the last eight of the competition in the first place. After howlers committed by first-choice keeper Boniface Oluoch, Odhiambo was called to action and he did not disappoint. Made at least four top saves in the away matches to keep the scoreline respectable.

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    Philemon Otieno

    Otieno has been one of the most consistent performers for Gor Mahia over the last 18 months. He will have to keep his head down and stop RS Berkane's wingers from using his area to penetrate the penalty box. Will also be required to bring in crosses from the right at every opportunity.

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    Charles Momanyi

    The former Kakamega Homeboyz defender has always done a great job when coming in at the heart of Gor Mahia's defense. A good reader of the game and good on the ball, but will have to remain disciplined at the back.

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    Joash Onyango

    With captain Harun Shakava suspended, Onyango is expected to marshal the back four. He is aggressive and never gives an opponent a chance to shoot in or outside the 18-yard area. He missed several matches for Gor Mahia due to a broken rib but he is back to help the side in a decisive moment.

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    Wellington Ochieng

    With Shafik Batambuze out suspended, the versatile Ochieng will definitely be stepping in to help at left-back. He should be careful not to lose his head against the visitors because by doing so he will bring in disorganisation at the back.

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    Lawrence Juma

    Juma knows very well that this is a crucial game and there is no room for mistakes. He is fast on the ball and has an eye for a pass, but has to engage top gear from the first to the final whistle.
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    Kenneth Muguna

    He is the only midfielder who has stepped up for Gor Mahia consistently this campaign. The former MVP has only one assist to his name, though, and that is not enough. He is required to feed the strikers and ensure he wins the ball in midfield. With Ernest Wendo suspended, all eyes will be on him.

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    Francis Kahata

    The former Thika United star has directly been involved in two Gor Mahia goals; scoring once and assisting the other. He has been the creative mind for the Kenyan champions and will be required to be at his best to help the team get a win.

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    Samuel Onyango

    He missed the final Group D game due to suspension but is the preferred candidate on the right wing. Of late he has been missing too many chances in front of the goal and has to improve that facet of his game. He is a good crosser of the ball and has excellent off-the-ball movement.
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    Nicholas Kipkirui

    Yet to assist in the competition but has scored twice and has been a treat on watch in the flanks. It is his debut season for the team, but he has matured fast, becoming a key gong. His pace and dribbling ability will be hugely important against the North African side.

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    Dennis Oliech

    The veteran striker is likely to start in the absence of suspended Jacques Tuyisenge and his experience will come be needed. Despite his age, the 34-year-old can still fire K'Ogalo into the semis if given a chance. He has one goal to his name in the competition, the one he scored against Zamalek of Egypt.