Gor Mahia is just a blink away from reaching the quarter-finals stage of Caf Confederation Cup.
The sixteen time Kenyan champions have managed to collect five points from the past three matches played in Group D that includes USM Alger, Rayon Sports and Yanga SC. K’Ogalo has managed to get two draws against the first two, 0-0 and 1-1 - before hammering the latter 4-0.
Coincidentally, Gor Mahia will be facing the Tanzanian outfit hoping to collect maximum points and a better chance to progress to the next phase of the competition for the first time in the competition.
A brace from Ephram Guikan on top of a Jacques Tuyisenge strike and an own goal from Haji Mwinyi were enough to ensure the Kenyan side remains in the second position, two points behind leaders USM.
It is not easy to beat a team twice in two weeks’ time, and with that in mind, what should the Dylan Kerr led side do to ensure they get the result needed to progress to the quarter finals?
Woo the 'away fans'
We all understand the fierce rivalry between Yanga and Simba, you can compare it with that of Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards, it is almost impossible for the fans of those teams to support a rival regardless of the opponent faced or the magnitude of the game. It is a guaranteed fact; Simba fans will be on the pitch to support K’Ogalo. The visitors should take the advantage and ensure they maximize on it by applauding them just before and during the match. If they manage to settle early it will be a plus and just like that they will have a crowd behind them and the pressure will turn to Yanga.
Avoid a negative approach
It is an open secret, Yanga has not been doing well of late, they are out of sorts and were lucky to escape with just four goals when the two sides faced each other in Kenya. But that does not mean they cannot harm an opponent, they are wounded and will be under pressure to get a result. This will be a do or die match for them; and if Gor Mahia takes them lightly because they were a shadow of former selves, then they might be in for a rude shock. The Kenyan representatives should take this match with the seriousness it deserves and ensure they do their business within the regular time.
Hit them early and hard!
Yanga defense has been shambolic, it has not been doing well and they have soaked in eight goals in the three matches played and Gor Mahia should capitalize on that. With the experienced players at their disposal, K’Ogalo should ensure they have a goal or so in the first fifteen minutes, that will put their hosts into confusion galore and into panic, and as a matter of fact hand them an easier task.