The hosts have not won at home in the Group stages, registering an identical 1-1 draw against Petro Atletico of Angola and Hussein Dey of Algeria respectively. It is a high profile encounter and might go a long way to determine the team that will progress to the quarter-finals of the competition from Group D.
|Game||Zamalek vs Gor Mahia|
|Date||Sunday, March 10|
|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
Goal understands that defender Mahmoud Alaa is back from injury but considering the intensity of the game he might not be involved. However, Tarek Hamed and Abdel Monem are back from suspension but the coach might be tempted to start with the same team that beat Petro Atletico away.
Probable XI for Zamalek: Mahmoud, Nagguez, El Wensh, Abdel, Sassi, Aziz, Gomaa, Zizo, Obama, Boutaib and Ahadad.
Gor Mahia will have to do without the services of Ugandan defender Batambuze, who is suspended meaning youngster Geoffrey Ochieng’ will start.
K’Ogalo coach Hassan Oktay has admitted that they will miss the services of the experienced defender but tipped Ochieng to fill the gap with a super display. “He is a young player, does not have experience like Batambuze, but we don’t have any options. Geoffrey will start and I know he will do a good job.
"I have talked to him and encouraged him so he will deliver a good game.”
Probable XI for Gor Mahia: Odhiambo, Otieno, Ochieng, Shakava, Momanyi, Muguna, Juma, Kahata, Onyango, Tuyisenge and Kipkirui.
In 1994, Gor Mahia suffered 2-1 defeat away in Cairo, and four years later, they went down 4-0. This time round, the East African side feels they have what it takes to change the history and get at least a point away.
The Egyptian giants have not kept a clean sheet at home in Group D matches, something that Gor Mahia can capitalize on. But it will not be easy for the visitors, who have a poor record away from home and will have to put more effort to get something from the game.
Zamalek have not lost any Caf Confederation Cup game at home since 2015; they have played twelve games and the worst they have done is get a draw meaning it will not be easy for Gor Mahia. Out of the 12 games, the Egyptian side has kept five clean sheets.
Gor Mahia are currently placed second in the Group with six points, a point more than third placed Zamalek and a win for either side will definitely be a major step forward towards reaching the quarters of the competition.
Gor Mahia striker Jacques Tuyisenge hit a brace when the two teams faced each other in the opener meaning he will definitely be a danger man on Sunday.