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Nobody expects Gor Mahia to overturn the 0-6 first leg thrashing they suffered at the hands of CR Belouizdad when they take on the Algerian side in the second leg CAF Champions League tie today.

However, Gor fans hope their team can get a positive result from the dead rubber tie and kickstart their season.

The club’s offield issues have had an impact on the playing unit, which has won only two of their opening five matches of the season.

Gor coach Sammy Pamzo Omollo will be hoping to stabilize a leaky defence which has conceded 11 goals in five matches. Despite the early season promise of goalkeeper Gad Mathews, Gor Mahia backline has looked shaky with neither Joachim Oluoch nor Charles Momanyi commanding their troups.

It also looks like Geoffrey Ochieng who made grave mistakes in their tie against APR will need some time before settling in.

Gor Mahia’s striking force will also need to be sharp, for the team to get something from this match.

With the absence of Ugandan import Tito Okello, who will miss the match due to a Malaria attack, the team’s scoring burden lies on highly rated teen striker Benson Omalla.

Omalla, who will sit for his KCSE exams later this year, is yet to score a goal for the green army and this match provides a perfect opportunity for the Kenya u-20 striker to announce himself to K’Ogallo faithfuls.

The club has been boosted by the return of Captain Kenneth Muguna, who missed the first leg through injury. The midfielder can make a difference with his incisive passes.

Gor coach Pamzo Omollo has already said that the team is under no pressure and they hope to use the experience from this match to prepare for the CAF Confederations Cup.

This week, Gor Chairman Ambrose Rachier promised to pay the players after the match. Shouldn’t that be enough to beat the Algerians?

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