GOR MAHIA opponents from North Africa secretly landed in Nairobi on Wednesday afternoon and checked in at one of the hotels in Upper Hill Nairobi in readiness for the contest.
Gor Mahia forward Dennis Oliech , scorer of two goals during Gor’s 4-0 thrashing of Zoo Kericho in a league match last week, is primed to replace the suspended Jacques Tuyisenge in attack.
Dennis Oliech is banking on home advantage as they seek to get into the semi-finals of the tournament being his fast time to play in the contest.
Boasting eighteen years’ experience as a professional footballer stretching back to his debut at Kenyan Premier League side Mathare United in 2001, plus additional spells in the top-flight football leagues in Qatar, France, and United Arab Emirates, 34-year old Oliech certainly knows a thing or two about approaching high pressure games when the stakes are high.
K’Ogalo became the first Kenyan club to make it into the quarter-finals of Africa’s second-tier club competiton as they progressed out of a group comprising of NA Hussein Day of Algeria, Petro Atletico of Angola and El- Zamalek of Egypt.
For Gor Mahia to venture into the semi-finals they will have to do it the hard way as they are set to do without the services of captain Harun Shakava, Shafik Batambuze, Ernest Wendo, and striker Jacques Tuyisenge.
ARNOLD AMBOYE AUTHOR