18 March 2019

Kenya: Gor Mahia to Miss Key Trio in CAF Quarters

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After sealing their historic slot in the Caf Confederation Cup quarterfinals with a 1-0 win over Angolan side Petro Atletico on Sunday at the Moi International Sports Centre in Kasarani, Gor Mahia will be without key trio in the first leg of the last eight scheduled for April 5.

Captain Harun Shakava leads the trio having picked his second consecutive yellow card in the Sunday clash alongside midfielder Ernest Wendo and left back Shaffik Batambuze, who were red carded in the do-or-die clash.

Batambuze had missed the 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Zamalek on March 10 due to accumulation of yellow cards.

This is the second time as well for Shakava, who missed the two-leg playoff match against New Stars de Douala of Cameroon, after being suspended for indecency in their second round Caf Champions League game against Lobi Stars of Nigeria.

In the trio's absence, coach Hassan Oktay is likely to trust Joash Onyango and Charles Momanyi in defence with rookie Geoffrey Ochieng - who has made three appearances in the group stage- replacing Ugandan Batambuze in the left back position.

Cersidy Okeyo remains the only replacement for Wendo in the defensive midfield position, but the youngster has been out on injury leaving Lawrence Juma slotting in as makeshift holding midfielder on some occasions.

The draw for the quarters will be conducted on Wednesday in Cairo, Egypt.

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