21 January 2019

Kenya: Why Gor Mahia Advanced in CAF Competiton

Photo: Chris Omollo/Nairobi News
Gor Mahia midfielder Francis Kahata (right) shields the ball from Chidiedube Duru of Lobi Stars during a Caf Africa Champions League match in Nairobi on December 16, 2018.

Gor Mahia stand-in captain Philemon Otieno has attributed their progress to the Caf Confederation Cup group stage at the expense of Cameroon side New Stars de Douala to good preparations.

Gor held the Cameroonian minnows to a barren draw in the playoff reverse fixture on Sunday in Limbe to advance 2-1 on aggregate.

K'Ogalo will not only participate in the last 16 for the second successive time, but also pocket Sh27 million.

"We had our game plan which worked out," revealed Otieno, who was handed the armband in the absence of Harun Shakava, who is serving a two-match suspension.

"We stayed compact as a team because we had prepared well for a tough encounter. We've also learnt a lot in this continental fixtures especially when playing away from home that you've to be mentally strong," added the former Ushuru midfielder.

The club management is hopeful of advancing to the semi-finals of this second-tier club football competition after slipping down from the lucrative Caf Champions league.

"At least we are back from where we were last year although our target was to reach the group stage of the champions league," remarked Deputy Secretary General Ronald Ngala.

"Now we focus on reaching the quarterfinals and semis of this championship," added Ngala.

Gor finished third in Group D in last season's competition with five points, three behind Algerian side USM Alger and Rayon Sports of Rwanda who progressed to the quarterfinals.

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