Kenyan giants Gor Mahia will get their CAF Champions League campaign up and running on Saturday (28/11/2020) when they take on Rwandese side APR.
K’Ogallo will be hoping to get the better of the military men who now have in their books former marksman Jacques Tuyisenge.
Just like Gor who won the Kenya Premier League, APR also won their local League – Rwanda Premier League.
APR are Rwanda’s leading football club and have won eighteen Rwandan league titles and Rwandan Cup fourteen times.
Gor is the most successful club in the country and has been declared champions of Kenya’s topflight league nineteen times.
This will be the fourth time that Gor play’s in Rwanda having previously taken on Rayon Sports, Mukura Victory and current opponents APR.
In the first encounter with APR back in 2009, Gor lost 1-0.
Back in 1988 in what was Gor’s first visit in Rwanda, they beat Mukura Victory 1-0. The team then drew 1-1 with Rayon Sports in 2018.
Back home, Gor Mahia has had a bad record against Rwandese sides. K’Ogallo has only won once at home and lost twice.
Gor beat Mukura Victory but lost 0-5 to APR and 1-2 to Rayon Sports.
THE TUYISENGE EFFECT
Gor will face their former goal machine Jacques Tuyisenge and the defenders will have to be at their very best to stop him from finding the back of the net. Tuyisenge had a great run in CAF competitions during his time at Gor Mahia and will also be hoping to get a goal against his former employers.
There were early fears at the APR camp that he won’t be fit in time to face Gor but all that has since been put to bed. Tuyisenge confirmed that he is ready to play for APR after shaking off an injury he got while on duty with the National team.
“Yes, I got injured while I was with the national team Amavubi but since I arrived at the club I was put under good care. I am now in good form and I am training well. I am 100% ready to represent APR during the Saturday game.” the Rwandan international told the club’s website.
THE CAPTAIN’S WORD
With all eyes on Tuyisenge, Gor captain Kenneth Muguna has made it clear that his side will go all out for the win and will not just focus on the former Petro De Atletico man.
“We are taking the game with a positive mindset but it is not about playing against Tuyisenge because we will be playing against the whole APR, not just one player.
“There are some dangerous players in the team and that is enough reason to focus on all of them and not just one person” he said.
THE GOR MAHIA CAMP
Gor Mahia will miss the services of teenage sensation Benson Omalla as he is currently with the Rising Stars. He has found the back of the net twice already.
Burundi International Jules Ulimwengu did not travel with the team and will also sit out of the clash.
Gor will count on former Zoo FC man Nicholas Kipkirui to get the goals upfront. He boasts of 4 goals in continental competitions since signing for Gor.
Posta Rangers head coach Sammy ‘Pamzo’ Omollo will be on the touchline for Gor Mahia who will have Roberto Oliviera sit out after being deemed not qualified enough by CAF to handle continental assignments.
Midfielder John Ochieng is the only Gor player sidelined with an injury he picked last weekend during a friendly match.
Gor Mahia has advanced from the preliminary rounds six times in their last seven campaigns since 2013.
The team has however never qualified for the group stages of the CAF Champions League.
Will Gor finally do it this time?
The CAF preliminary match will kick off at 4pm Kenyan time.