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Legend Peter Dawo warns Gor Mahia against defensive mindset in Cameroon

1:32 AM EST 1/18/19
Gor Mahia v New Star of Cameroon.
K’Ogalo is preparing to face New Star of Cameroon in the return leg of Caf Confederation Cup where they carry a slim 2-1 lead

Legend Peter Dawo has urged Gor Mahia to adopt an attacking mindset when they take on New Star in the return leg of Caf Confederation Cup.

Hassan Oktay’s charges will carry a 2-1 lead going into the reverse fixture in Cameroon thanks to a last gasp goal by Jacques Tuyisenge that canceled out Benjamin Bechem's equalizer after Lawrence Juma had put the Kenyan champions ahead at the Kasarani Stadium.

But Bechem's away goal for New Star in Nairobi should be taken as a serious threat to Gor Mahia’s dream of booking a second consecutive slot in the Group stages of the competition.

    AWAY GOAL: Benjamin Bechem celebrates.

Memories are still fresh in the minds of the Green Army after they watched helplessly as K’Ogalo bowed out of the Caf Champions League in the hands of Nigerians side Lobi Stars. Despite winning 3-1 at home in the first leg, Gor Mahia succumbed to a 2-0 defeat away in Enugu allowing Lobi Stars to progress on the away goal rule.

Dawo now says for Gor Mahia to remain in the competition, they must jealously defend the slim lead but not by sitting back, warning that will be very disastrous when they take another West African outfit.

With two dependable players - Harun Shakava and Joash Onyango - both missing after they were slapped with a two match ban by Caf, Dawo, who clinched the African Cup Winner’s Cup title with K’Ogalo in 1987 after scoring 10 goals, says that Gor Mahia will have to be cautious whenever they move forward.

“It would be very bad to sit back because; if by bad luck they score just one goal, then they can resort to defending which might be even tougher for us. I would urge them to go all out for an attack, but be very cautious at the back,” the former Arab Contractors and Al-Seeb striker told Goal.com.

    TAKING THE LEAD: Lawrence Juma scores.

Dawo also wants Gor Mahia to go for an early away goal. “The away goal is very crucial. We need to approach this match with an open mind, possibly go for an early goal, but we must not concede too early in the game, that will be very disastrous away.”

The 55-year-old Dawo has warned that the absence of Shakava and Onyango in the defense will be a big blow for K’Ogalo and advised coach Oktay to come up with a formula on how to protect his defense.

“There is a big gap in the defense because I don’t think the coach will have a proper replacement for a player like Shakava and Joash both missing in that defense. They must be cautious when defending and the midfielders must not tire from protecting the defenders.”