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Key players to watch out for Gor Mahia as they battle Zamalek of Egypt

08:20 GMT+3 02/02/2019
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K'Ogalo are pooled in a tough Group D that comprises Egyptian giants Zamalek FC, NA Hussein from Algeria & Angolan side Petro Atletico

Gor Mahia will miss the services of dependable duo Ernest Wendo and Francis Mustafa against Zamalek.

The two players are suspended for the Caf Confederation Cup match against the Egyptian giants set to be played on Sunday at the Kasarani. Gor Mahia CEO Omondi Aduda has confirmed to Goal about the new development.

“The team is ready to face Zamalek, but we will have to do without Wendo and Mustafa. They have accumulated two yellow cards, each and as such, they will not be eligible to feature. It is quite unfortunate but I believe there are players, who can fill their positions well.”

On a positive note, Aduda confirmed that the club will however, welcome the return of defensive partners – captain Harun Shakava and Joash Onyango – for the clash against the Egyptian side. The two players have been serving a ban from Caf and missed the two-legged clash against New Star of Cameroon.

“Harun Shakava and Joash Onyango are back, it is a plus to the team and their comeback is timely.”

So which players will K’Ogalo bank on to register a positive start in the group stages of the competition?

  • Gor Mahia keeper Boniface Oluoch issues instructions to the back four at Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on Sunday.

    Boniface Oluoch

    Oluoch was excellent against New Star of Cameroon; his world class saves ensured Gor Mahia proceeded to the group stages. Here is Zamalek, the campaign in this phase has to start on a higher notch, no conceding at home and that is where Oluoch comes in.

  • Haron Shakava, Gor Mahia, April 2018

    Harun Shakava

    The K’Ogalo captain was absent in the two legs against New Star, and his leadership was missed at some point. Now that he is back and expected to start in this game, Shakava must ensure that the back four remain solid and keep the ball from the area.

  • Cecidy Okeyo of Gor Mahia v Jerry Santo of Posta Rangers.j

    Cercidy Okeyo

    The defensive midfielder has always done his best in the Gor Mahia midfield. With the absence of the suspended Ernest Wendo, Okeyo has to rise up for the occasion. He has to anchor the midfield and ensure that Zamalek do not enjoy possession in the area.

  • Gor Mahia striker Jacques Tuyisenge v AFC Leopards.

    Jacques Tuyisenge

    Tuyisenge is currently the top striker in the Gor Mahia squad. He has pace, skill and intelligence to take him past any defender. The Rwandan striker will have to take his chances to ensure the team stands a better chance of doing well in the Group.

  • Dennis Oliech of Gor Mahia.

    Dennis Oliech

    The veteran striker might not be in the starting eleven but his importance cannot be ignored. He brings much needed experience to the team and when he is introduced, he will have to get something. Oliech's positioning is always excellent.