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What Gor Mahia must do to get a favorable result against Zamalek SC in Egypt

6:32 PM SGT 9/3/19
Jacques Tuyisenge Ernest Wendo and Dennis Oliech of Gor Mahia.
The Kenyan champions will head into the fixture with a dented ego having lost the last game to Hussein Dey in Algeria

Gor Mahia will take on Zamalek in a Group D match of the Caf Confederation Cup on Sunday.

First, both teams are separated by just a point and defeat for either side will be a disaster considering the fact that table toppers Hussein Dey might book a place in the quarters if they register a win against Petro Atletico of Angola.

On the other hand, Zamalek will be going for revenge, having lost 4-2 to K’Ogalo in their trip to Nairobi four weeks ago. A defeat will seal the fate of Swiss coach Christian Gross. K’Ogalo is second in a crowded Group D, with only three points separating the top team and Petro Atletico at the basement.

The East African side has a pathetic away record in the competition having lost 2-1 and 1-0 to Petro Atletico and Hussein Dey respectively. Zamalek have also been struggling to get maximum points; especially at home. So what will Gor Mahia do to ensure they get at least a point away from home?

Target a good start

A solid start has a direct impact to the outcome of any game and Gor Mahia is not any special. Starting games strongly will definitely give the opponents something to think about, it will make them change their strategy and the most important thing is that it will slow them. The Hassan Oktay led side has had a tough outing because of the poor start, but this time round they have to push for an early dominance, it will help the players gain confidence.

Tame the wingers

Just like Hussein Dey, Zamalek use wings more often, they rely on them when attacking and creating scoring chances. But they can use the midfield as well; they scored their two goals against Gor Mahia in the first leg with chances created from that position. With Shafik Batambuze out suspended, Geoffrey Ochieng and Philemon Otieno have a task of stopping the wingers from getting the dangerous balls into the 18-yard area. Ernest Wendo and Harun Shakava must be alert to stop attacks from the midfield.

Play as a unit

The best way to stop Zamalek SC is to play as a unit; it is never easy at times especially when it is an away match because there might be concentration lapses. That is where leadership comes in especially from the captain and senior players. When attacking, breaking as a unit makes it hard for the opponents to mark and at the end they will make mistakes.