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What Gor Mahia should do to beat USM Alger on Wednesday

09:10 GMT+3 15/05/2018
Ephraim Guikan of Gor Mahia v Hull City.
What will the Kenyan champions do to ensure they get maximum points against the 2015 Caf Champions League winners?

Gor Mahia started their journey in the Group stages of Caf Confederation Cup with a one all draw away to Rayon Sports of Rwanda.

Despite taking an early lead, the Kenyan champions allowed their opponents to come back and get an undeserved point. Another Group D match was between Algerian side USM Alger against Tanzanian side Young Africans (Yanga), a match that ended 4-0 in favor of the hosts.

As it stands, USM Alger lead the Group with three points, followed by Gor Mahia, Rayon Sports and Yanga respectively.

The Dylan Kerr coached side will be hosting the North African giants on Wednesday at Kasarani, Nairobi. This is a match that will determine, who goes top of the Group considering the fact that it is position one facing position two. At the end of the day, either Gor Mahia or USM might drop to third on the table.

So what will Gor Mahia do to ensure they get maximum points against the 2015 Caf Champions League winners?

Avoid wasting time

Despite having experienced players like George Odhiambo, Jacques Tuyisenge, Ephram Guikan and Francis Kahata, Gor Mahia has a tendency of missing clear chances. Against Hull City, the team had clear scoring opportunities that went begging. USM is a good side, this is a competition that involves money, a lot on that matter. The conversion rate has to improve or else things might not go as planned. Against Esperance, lost chances came back to haunt them, it was almost the same case against SuperSport United. Hope the lesson has been taken.

Tame the opponent early

Pace is the main weapon used by teams from North Africa. Their players are quick on the ball and if given time, they can hurt really bad. The only way to ensure that does not happen, is by limiting them time on the ball. Aggressive and physical play can definitely do the trick like it did against Esperance. Gor Mahia should stick to their game and ensure they execute the strategy as planned.

Rally fans to attend match

Close to 60, 000 fans attended a mere friendly against Hull City owing to a good publicity in different forums. Numbers are needed in our stadiums, it gives players enough motivation and as a result they give absolutely everything. Fans, regardless of the clubs they are affiliated to, should turn out in large numbers as well and ensure they support the team.