Gor Mahia has another daunting task when they take on Algerian side NA Hussein Dey in the Caf Confederation Cup.
The Kenyan champions has so far managed to get three points that came from the 4-2 win against Zamalek in a Group D opener, before falling 2-1 away to Petro Atletico of Angola in Luanda last week.
Hussein Dey is the only unbeaten side in the Group; after a 2-1 win at home against the Angolan side, the North African team went on to hold Zamalek to a one all draw to go top of the group with four points.
Caf assignments have no short-cuts, winning all your matches at home and pushing for at least a draw away is the only way to progress to the quarter finals. It is all about taking full advantage of the home matches.
The Hassan Oktay led side can go top of the group with a win against their opponents on Sunday; but what should they do to get a favorable result?
Stop Hussein Dey from the wings
Just like Zamalek, Hussein Dey is well known for using pace especially on the wings; most moves and attacks are channeled through the wings. Gor Mahia has best fullbacks to do the job. Shafik Batambuze and Philemon Otieno, if fit, will have to stop all attacks from the wing. The wingers will also have to track back and help the defenders to ensure they are not burdened by the opponents. If Gor Mahia can stop their opponents from using their wingers, they will stand a chance of getting a good result.
Convert created chances
Gor Mahia has been creating chances for sure, but converting the same into goals is a problem. They cannot afford to do the same mistake against Hussein Dey because they know where they are at the moment. The likes of Jacques Tuyisenge, Boniface Omondi, Samuel Onyango and Dennis Oliech, have to be clinical. If the strikers do their job well, the defenders will have it easy.
Replace keeper Boniface Oluoch
It is a bold move that coach Hassan Oktay has to take. To be fair, Oluoch is the most experienced goalkeeper within the K’Ogalo set up but of late, his agility has been questionable. He conceded relatively easy goals against Zamalek and against Petro Atletico. In short, he is a weak link in the defense and it is high time he watched from the bench. Peter Odhiambo has proven severally that he can be thrown into the deep waters and still perform. The opponents have most probably studied Oluoch and it will not be a surprise if they expose him again.