15 February 2013

Kenya: Gor Mahia Plot Ambush

GOR Mahia coach Zdrvako Logarusic said the team will be going for early goals against Anse Re-Union in a CAF Confederations Cup match at the Moi, Kasarani Stadium tomorrow.

Logarusic said the technical bench have watched videos against the club and are keen to land a knockout blow to the opponents in the first leg.

"We need to make home advantage count in the first leg and get the early goals to reduce the second leg into formality," added Logarusic.

The tactician said the squad at his disposal this year is stronger than last year when Gor finished second on the log, losing out to Tusker on the final day of the season.

"We have stronger teams than last year after making a few new signings. I expect us to have a good run in this tournament and go for the league title as well," he added.

Gor coach observed that Gor have made a proud history in the continental competitions after winning the 1987 mandela Cup title. " The club has rich history and we want to make a mark in this year's event. Gor Mahia warmed up for the match by beating Posta Rangers 3-1 on Tuesday in a friendly match. Paul Kiongera scored twice for Kogalo with Dan Sserenkuma scoring a third for the side.

Lograusic warned his side not to take the Indian Ocean Islanders lightly. "We can't underestimate them because they have the potential to pull an upset. We will have to treat them with utmost respect," he added.

Elsewhere, Ethiopia-based referees have been appointed by the Confederation of African football (CAF) to be in charge of tomorrow's crucial Africa Confederation first leg home tie pitting Kenya's Gor Mahia against Anse Re-Union of Seychelles.

Bazezew Haileyesus will be the centre referee assisted by Yilma Kilfe, Tigle Gizaw, Tessema Bamlak while the match commissar will be Abbas Sendoya from Uganda.

The match, officials according to Football Kenya Federation (FKF) secretary general, Michael Esakwa were expected to jet in yesterday afternoon. Gor Mahia secretary General George Bwana said preparations for the weekend match are ready.

The Seychelles' side was also expected to jet in Nairobi last evening ahead of tomorrow's tie. "We are fully set for the big match. Preparations are underway to ensure we give our visitors the best reception and accommodation," remarked Bwana.

"We urge as always our fans to turn up in large numbers and to give our team the necessary support" said the Gor SG Tickets fro the match will be sold by Wells Fargo outlets from 7am tomorrow morning with prices for the terraces going at Sh300. VIP section will require one to part with Sh1000 and 30,0000 tickets are available for the tie.

Re-union will be the first hurdle for Gor Mahia in their efforts to go past the first round in this years CAF Confederations Cup tournament ahead of the return leg away in a fortnight.

The return tie is set for March 1-3 in Victoria City, Seychelles. The winner will then face with ENPPI from Egypt in what appears to be a tall order for whoever qualifies.

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