NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenyan league champions Gor Mahia FC are out to
cause an upset and evict the memories of their drubbing at the
hands of Tunisian giants Esperance de Tunis in the home leg of
their CAF Champions League first round tie on Wednesday.
“The Arabs are a
hard nut to crack in their country. They employ other tactics
that makes them unbeatable in their homeland. That’s why we
should strive to score as many goals as possible,” Gor’s former
striker Peter Dawo said on Tuesday.
Erick Obura, who won
four domestic league titles with the most decorated Kenyan club,
said Esperance are not invincible, noting that Briton Dylan Kerr
has enough quality in his team to shock the Tunisians.
“The club also has
depth following the signing of able international players from
Ivory Coast, Uganda and Rwanda among other nations,” he said.
Esperance arrived in
Kenya on Monday and headed straight to Machakos, 70km from the
capital Nairobi where the match will kick-off at 3pm local time
(+3GMT) at the Kenyatta Stadium.
Gor are sweating on
the fitness of Ivorian Ephraim Guikan, who injured himself in a
local league match but they will miss the services of Kenyan
midfielder, Wellington Ochieng’ who left their last game over
the weekend with a leg knock.
Both teams come to
the tie on rich domestic form, with both teams leading their
“I know Gor Mahia
are out to get revenge for the loss in 2014. We cannot
underestimate them because both sets of teams have made some
serious modifications from the teams that lined up then,” said
Esperance coach Khaled Ben Yahia.
“They have home
advantage for the first leg and having beaten us in 1987 will
definitely give them confidence, so we have to tread carefully
and hope for a good result,” he added.
Gor are Kenya’s only
representatives in CAF competition running after rivals AFC
Leopards SC crashed out of the CAF Confederations Cup on the
away goals rule at the first hurdle to Mauritian side FOSA