Renaissance Sportive Berkane is on the brink of creating history by advancing to the semi-finals of the Caf Confederation Cup.
Despite performing dismally in their domestic league, the Moroccan side has done exceptionally well on the continent.
After becoming the first side from Kenya to progress to the quarter-finals of a Caf competition, Gor Mahia’s run might be coming to an unfortunate end. They fell at home 2-0 and they need some luck to make it to the next stage.
|Game||RS Berkane vs Gor Mahia|
|Date||Sunday, April 14|
|Time||10.00pm Kenyan Time|
TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch
In Kenya, the game will be shown live on SuperSport.
|DSTV channel||Free-to-air channel|
Squads & Team News
|Defenders/Midfielder||Shafik Batambuze, Ernest Wendo|
|Attacker/Keeper||Jacques Tuyisenge, Boniface Oluoch|
Goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch has not recovered to make the trip to North Africa for the return leg. He is still nursing a troublesome shoulder injury and does not have a specific return date.
Ugandan left-back Shafiki Batambuze, Wendo and Tuyisenge are all suspended and will miss the game in Morocco. Gor Mahia coach Hassan Oktay has admitted that it will be a difficult mission to get a positive result minus the four players.
“Batambuze and Wendo are experienced players who can have a positive influence on any team. Too bad we will not have them,” Oktay told Goal.
“To get a win, you also need your lead striker, but Tuyisenge is out because of the suspension. Also remember that Boniface Oluoch is out injured, meaning we will not have four key players. It is a blow to us, and it will make it even tougher.”
Probable XI for Gor Mahia: Odhiambo, Otieno, Momanyi, Shakava, Onyango, Juma, Muguna, Kahata, Kipkirui, Omondi and Mustafa.
The hosts have most of their influential players available and will use the home advantage to seal the win.
Probable XI for RS Berkane: M'Hamdi, Nemssaoui, Dayo, Aziz, Mokadem, El Helali, El, Mobarakay, El Kess, El Haj, Farehane and Laba.
Gor Mahia have a huge task of overturning a 2-0 defeat suffered at home and can make it to the next stage only if they claim a convincing win.
The hosts can advance to semis of the competition for the first time in their history if they manage a draw of any kind, or even a defeat by one goal. K’Ogalo will have to do without top scorer Jacques Tuyisenge, who is suspended, and will have to rely on Burundian forward Francis Mustafa for goals.
The Moroccan side have not lost any of its Caf matches at home this season, and none of the 13 since 2013. In the three Group A matches played, they managed to record two wins and a draw, scoring five goals in the process and conceding just one.
In contrast to that, Gor Mahia has not won an away match this season and have conceded seven goals in the process, scoring just once.