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Caf Champions League: Five things Gor Mahia must get right vs Aigle Noir

5:40 PM SGT 22/8/19
Gor Mahia players with KPL Super Cup trophy.
What are the key areas K’Ogalo must address before they face the Burundian side in the Caf CL return leg set for Kasarani on Sunday?

  • Gor Mahia players v Bandari FC.

    Prepare properly

    Prior to the first leg, Gor Mahia struggled to put all of their logistics in place until the last day. The team traveled in batches to Bujumbura, with some of the starting XI not having ample time to train before the big kickoff.

    Ahead of the second leg, Gor Mahia must put everything in order despite the fact that they are playing at home.

    Players have to be prepared early and motivated ahead of the game, as the mental game will be key with the stakes so high.

  • Gor Mahia coach Steven Polack and Lawrence Juma.

    Change the approach

    Gor Mahia are playing at home, giving them the edge over their visitors. They are familiar with the pitch as well as the environment, while they will have fan support and cannot point to any excuses if the results are not forthcoming.

    Coach Steven Polack and the entire technical bench have to start players who are attack-minded, because it's the only way they can assert themselves in the match and put pressure on their opponents.

    The Kenyan champions will need goals, and a defensive approach means they risk losing the initiative in such a high-profile bout.

  • lawrence Juma celebrates with Wellington Ochieng of Gor Mahia

    Go for an early goal

    To set the tone for the encounter, and to settle a few nerves, it's imperative that Gor start the game strongly. An early goal could be key if K'Ogalo are to get the result they need and put Aigle Noir to bed.

    Getting the opener would make the visitors open up in search of an equalizer, and it could leave them exposed.

    This would create space for Gor Mahia to express themselves and, hopefully, establish a significant lead. It's imperative that the strikers take any early chances that are presented to them.

  • Joash Onyango of Gor Mahia and Charles Momanyi plus Yema Mwana of Bandari FC.

    Avoid conceding at home

    The worst mistake Gor Mahia could commit would be to concede, because they would leave them with an awful lot to do if they're to claw their way back into the tie and progress.

    Conceding would put the home team under immense pressure, and it may see the fans turning against their team, giving Gor an even steeper mountain to climb.

    It's imperative that the defensive unit are switched on from the start, and that they do not become overwhelmed by the occasion this weekend.

  • Gor Mahia fans at Machakos.

    Fans to fill the stadium

    This is a game which requires massive support from the home fans, as the motivation they can provide could prove decisive in making the difference between defeat and victory.

    If the atmosphere is not right, the visitors could improve in stature, take confidence, and begin to believe they could secure a positive result.

    Gor must use all the resources available to them, from social media to price reductions, to encourage Kenyans to attend the game and come out in large numbers to support the nation's champions.