Though on top of the Group D with six points, two above their Sunday rivals, coach Hassan Oktay will surely be disturbed by his away record in the Caf competition when they face the Algerian outfit.
Out of the last five matches played in all competitions, K’Ogalo has managed to pick three wins, a draw, and one defeat while Hussein Dey has won two, lost two and drew once.
But that impressive overall performance aside, K’Ogalo’s record on the road is quite wanting. Out of the last three away matches played, the reigning Kenyan champions ‘best result was a draw while losing and conceded four goals in the process,
This season, however, Gor Mahia have managed to squeeze one victory outside Nairobi, a 4-3 penalty shootout against Nyasa Big Bullets in the preliminary round of the Caf Champions League in Malawi.
The poor away record saw them drop to the second tier competition after they were held to a barren draw by New Star of Cameroon. Before that, Gor Mahia surrendered a 3-1 lead picked at home when they lost to Nigerian outfit Lobi Stars 2-0 away.
In the Group stages, Gor Mahia went down 2-1 to Angolan Petro Atletico and they will face a Hussein Dey that has enjoyed a good run at home as they have won all the last three matches played on home soil, managing to score seven goals in the process and conceding only three.
Coach Oktay is, however, not moved by the poor run and says K’Ogalo are capable of carrying the day on Sunday. “We have a chance to correct that poor away record if we win on Sunday and that is our target,” Oktay told Goal in an interview.
“We cannot sit and wait to lose, that is not football. It is our duty to make things right and not by looking at the past but the present. We have the best chance now because we beat them at home and we can easily beat them away. My players are determined and will make it happen.”
K’Ogalo is seeking to reach the quarter-finals of the competition for the first time in the club’s history.