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Caf Confederation Cup: Five key players for Gor Mahia against Motema Pembe

12:51 SAST 2019/11/02
Gor Mahia captain Kenneth Muguna.
Goal picks five players who can help K'Ogalo claim a win against their hosts in the second leg of Africa's second tier competition

  • Gor Mahia keeper David Mapigano with KPL Super Cup trophy.

    David Mapigano

    The Tanzanian shot-stopper was partly to blame for Motema Pembe's equalizer as he punched the free-kick right in front of his opponents. However, he stopped a penalty, later on, to ensure Gor Mahia did not falter at home.

    The last away show by the goalkeeper was horrendous; he was responsible for two goals conceded in the 4-1 second-round Champions League loss to USM Alger. Mapigano has no excuse, he has to step up on Sunday and help his team advance.

  • Joash Onyango of Gor Mahia vs USM Alger.

    Joash Onyango

    With Charles Momanyi suspended, the chance of Maurice Ojwang partnering Onyango at the heart of K'Ogalo's defence is high. It will be Ojwang's first match away after making his debut in the 2-0 loss to USM in the Caf Champions League in the second leg of the second preliminary round.

    Onyango has to guide Ojwang and ensure he does not make costly mistakes. The 2018/19 Kenyan Premier League (KPL) Most Valuable Player (MVP) has to organize the defence and stop attacks in their tracks.

  • Lawrence Juma of Gor Mahia v Maurice Wandera of Chemelil Sugar.

    Lawrence Juma

    Juma is one of the most effective K'Ogalo midfielders and his energy is unmatched. The former Nzoia Sugar player is unstoppable and is always available to stop opponents from attacking and at the same time initiate one for the team.

    Against Motema Pembe, he will have to win possession back, provide cover for the defenders and link up well with Tobias Otieno and Kenneth Muguna. He has to try and take shots as well when given a chance to do so.

  • Nicholas Kipkirui of Gor Mahia scores past Ezekiel Owade of AFC Leopards.

    Nicholas Kipkirui

    His brace against Aigle Noir in the 5-1 win helped K'Ogalo advance to the second preliminary round of the Caf Confederation Cup. However, since then, his form has drastically dropped owing to a series of injuries he sustained.

    His latest setback was a hamstring injury, but he made a return last weekend in the first leg. The former Zoo FC striker was denied by the woodwork and the fans hope he can get at least one goal on Sunday. Kipkirui is intelligent on and off the ball.

  • Gor Mahia's Francis Afriyie celebrates his goal in style together with his team mate Gnamien Yikpe.

    Gnamien Yikpe

    The Ivorian needed just three minutes to give K'Ogalo a goal in the first leg. The chance of him starting on Sunday are high and the best thing he can do is try and go for an early goal.

    With Boniface Omondi and Nicholas Kipkirui playing on either wing, crosses will come and the best Yikpe can do is get at the end of them. Yikpe will also be required to drop back and help the team in defending especially when the hosts have possession.