NAIROBI, Kenya- Ephrem Guikan will hope to shine in place of suspended forward, Meddie Kagere when Gor Mahia FC take on USM Alger in their second 2018 CAF Confederations Cup Group D clash at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani on Wednesday evening.
The Ivorian was preferred by head coach Dylan Kerr in his first XI that faced Hull City FC in an international friendly at the same venue on Sunday before Kagere, who scored in their 1-1 draw in their Confed Cup group stage opener in Kigali against Rayon Sport, coming on in the second half.
K’Ogalo eventually lost 3-4 on post-match penalties after holding the Tigers to a 0-0 draw in regulation time in a performance that has lifted the record 16-time domestic champions.
Kagere, the Ugandan born Rwandese international will sit out the contest after picking two bookings in the second tier continental tournament.
Kerr, is confident that Guikan will fit perfectly into the shoes of Kagere who has been a prolific goal poacher for Gor upfront.
Guikan who notched a brace in their 3-2 victory over Kakamega Homeboyz FC on their last SPL outing will partner another Rwandese international and club record signing, Jacques Tuyisenge, in their clash against the early Group D pacesetters.
“Our training has taken us to such a level where any one can score goals. All players are capable of delivery when put to task,” underlined Kerr who has called on K’Ogalo fans to turn out in large numbers to support the side.
“I believe in my players. They badly need this and we badly need it as well, and the same applies to all fans. We shall be going for a win, and we hope to get the necessary support,” said coach Kerr in a pre-match press conference at FKF House, Goal Project, on Tuesday.
“We will be out to do well in all our home fixtures. Our plot is to garner maximum points then force at least a draw, if not a win, on our away assignments.
“I have good players who are able to execute this idea effectively. We are focusing on each game at a time.
“I have told my strikers to be patient with the ball, they should keep it until they find a good spot to unleash their shots. Our inability to hit the target is what has denied us goals at home,” he emphasized.
Gor was eliminated from the CAF Champions League by Esperance de Tunis who won 1-0 in Tunisia after a 0-0 draw in Machakos.
The loss relegated Gor to the CAF Confederation Cup play-off where they were pitted against SuperSport United FC. Gor won the play-off on away goal advantage following a 2-2 aggregate.
Gor edged SuperSport United 1-0 at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos before losing their away tie 1-2 to the rivals at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Pretoria, South Africa.
GOR MAHIA’S CAF CONFEDERATIONS CUP FIXTURES
May 6, 2018: Rayon Sports (Rwanda) vs Gor Mahia
May 15, 2018: Gor Mahia vs US Alger (Algeria)
July 17, 2018: Gor Mahia vs Young Africans (Tanzania)
July 27, 2018: Young Africans (Tanzania) vs Gor Mahia
Aug 17, 2018: Gor Mahia vs Rayon Sports (Rwanda)
Aug 28, 2018: USM Alger (Algeria) vs Gor Mahia