This is a must-win match for Zamalek, whose fate will be sealed if they lose. The White Knights are yet to win at home. They will for sure be under pressure from the home fans with an exit very imminent.
Gor Mahia, on the other hand, is heading into the all-important clash with a poor away record - no victory in the last two matches in a tough Group D, where only three points separate the four teams.
Hussein Dey, who will be away in Angola when they face Petro Atletico, is top of the group with seven points, one above second-placed Gor Mahia, who is above Zamalek and Atletico, both on five and four points respectively.
K’Ogalo’s last trip, away in Algeria was a painful one to remember. They were denied what looked like a clean goal after Malian referee Boubou Traore ruled out a Shafik Batambuze’s 58th-minute strike.
Ottamax has warned K’Ogalo not to expect better treatment from the Egyptian fans. “This is a must win match for Zamalek. They will use all the tricks in the book to win this match so Gor Mahia should expect a hostile environment from the home fans.
"Things won't be different from match officials either,” the former Harambee Stars custodian told Goal in an interview.
Despite admitting that Gor Mahia has grown in character, Ottamax advised the Hassan Oktay charges to exercise caution, especially at the back when they face the nine-time African champions.
“We are going to miss Batambuze and so you need the experience at the back. A defeat to (Gor Mahia) will mean that the final game against (Petro Atletico) will be a decisive one. So they need to be very cautious.
“Every game starts with a draw, but they (Gor Mahia) should not go into the game with a defensive mentality. They should cautiously push for a win but a draw away will still be a fair result.”
Jacques Tyusenge bagged a brace in the first leg while Nicholas Kipkirui and Dennis Oliech, who is a serious doubt for the clash, also recorded their names on the score sheet as Gor Mahia won 4-2 in the first leg.