Caf Champions League: Five things learnt from Gor Mahia vs Aigle Noir

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Goal lists the five key points from K’Ogalo’s huge win against the Burundian side at Kasarani Stadium on Sunday

  1. Goal Kenya.

    Geoffrey Ochieng has stepped up

    Ochieng was thrown into the Gor Mahia hot seat last season following an injury to defender Shafik Batambuze and in the process of learning, he committed costly mistakes. Many questioned whether he could step up and do better for the team and it seems, he has matured.
     
    On Sunday, he was composed and his department was well-kept. He made two vital clearances which could have been dangerous for his team. Batambuze is still ahead of him but at least, Ochieng has given the Ugandan something to think about.
  2. Goal Kenya.

    Nicholas Kipkirui has a bright future

    After the exit of Rwandan striker Jacques Tuyisenge, Gor Mahia fans asked questions on who will take his position at the club. Tuyisenge was a master in his own right and always stepped up when others failed to.
     
    Kipkirui has shown he can lead the line too - he was directly involved in the three Gor Mahia goals against the Burundian side after scoring a brace and forcing the defender to score an own goal. He was denied the fourth by the offside flag but he has already presented his case. A good headache for coach Steven Polack.
  3. Goal Kenya.

    Kenneth Muguna is the real deal

    Francis Kahata was the team's think tank last season, and he helped unlock even the tightest of defences with his passes. It was the reason why Simba SC of Tanzania snapped him up from K'Ogalo.
     
    However, Muguna has stepped up to show his worth for the 18-time KPL champions. He created the first goal and his passing was accurate for the team. The former Western Stima player initiated attacks from his end and was determined to help his team win.

    Could have bagged a brace of assists but Samuel Onyango failed to beat the goalkeeper later on.

  4. Goal Kenya.

    Gor Mahia will dominate again

    Anyone doubting Gor Mahia's quality has to think again. The display on Sunday was unrivaled by any local team, it was perfect. The combination was excellent and on another day it could have been a cricket score.
     
    It is obvious, Gor Mahia have no competitor locally and if they perform as they did on Sunday, then nothing can stop them from winning their fourth Kenyan Premier League (KPL) title in succession.
  5. Goal Kenya.

    Kasarani remains a fortress for Gor Mahia

    It was another scintillating and breathtaking display from K'Ogalo. They played with zeal and determination from the first to the final whistle at Kasarani. This was the fifth Caf Champions League game for the team at Kasarani since 2018.
     
    The Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions have won four of those, drawing the remaining one. They have kept three clean sheets and have not conceded more than one goal.

    Lobi Stars of Nigeria, Malawi's Nyasa Big Bullets and Leones Vegetarianos of Equatorial Guinea are among the teams to have lost at Kasarani. Only Tunisia's Esperance escaped with a barren draw.

    Time for Gor Mahia to make it to the Group Stage of the competition.