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Gor Mahia brace for CECAFA quarters clash with tough Zambian side

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Defending Kenya Premier League (KPL) champions Gor Mahia are preparing for their next assignment at the CECAFA Kagame cup. K’Ogalo will face Zambian side Green Eagles at the quarter finals of the tournament.

Gor coach Hassan Oktay has said that he knows nothing about his opponents. The last time Oktay said that he knows nothing about his opponents Gor failed to win against the side. It was during the CAF Confederations quarter finals that Gor were poised to play against Morroco’s RS Berkane. The Turkish Cypriot tactician said he did not anything about the Moroccan side prior to the match; Gor lost with an aggregate of 7-1.

As quoted by Goal, Oktay said that the only thing he knows about Green Stars is that they qualified to play in the CAF Champions League next season. Gor Mahia will also be playing in the competition.

[Read: Gor Mahia, AFC Leopards mourn betting ban]

“You know I don’t know them, I have never watched them maybe they are watching us from the matches we played, but I don’t know anything about them,” Oktay said, “apparently they will play in the CAF Champions League as well, the only thing I know about them.”

K’Ogalo is playing the tournament without key players who were crucial in their KPL campaign last season. Play maker Francis Kahata has already left the club to join Tanzania’s Simba SC while star striker Jacques Tuyisenge rumoured with a move away from Gor as his contract has already expired. Other top players missing in Gor’s arsenal for the tournament include Shafik Batambuze, Francis Mustafa, Joash Onyango and Philemon Otieno.

However, judging on both teams’ performance in the group stage of the competition Gor has a upper hand. The Zambian side only managed two wins and a loss in the group stages while K’Ogalo won all their matches.

Gor Mahia is the remaining hope for the cup to come back to Kenya after their counterparts Bandari FC were bundled out of the competition. The young team that Oktay put his trust in carries the hopes of Kenyans seeing the trophy come back to the country.

[See also: Gor Mahia reinforce squad ahead of new season]

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Kevin Namunwa
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Kevin Namunwa is a senior reporter for Business Today. Email at [email protected].
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