Kenya/Algeria: Mission Impossible – Can Gor Mahia Beat Cr Belouizdad 7-0?


Record Kenyan champions Gor Mahia face an uphill task ever in the club’s history as they seek to perform an almost impossible task of overturning a 6-0 defeat against CR Belouizdad of Algeria in the second leg of their Caf Champions League first round tie.

The second leg of the reverse fixture kicks off behind closed doors at the refurbished Nyayo stadium from 3pm on Wednesday.

The Algerian champions beat K’Ogalo 6-0 in the first leg on December 26 last year at Stade du 5 Juillet 1962 Stadium in Algiers and Gor will need a miraculous 7-0 win to proceed to the group stages of the competition.

Seychellois Bernard Hensel Camille will be the center referee and he will be assisted by compatriots Hensley Danny Petrousse (First Assistant Referee), Steve Marie (Second Assistant Referee) and Eldrick Matthieu Adelaide (Fourth Official).

Mzee Zam Ali from Zanzibar will act as the Match Commissioner, while Kenyan Dr. Wycliffe Makanga has been appointed the Covid-19 Officer.

Gor Mahia stand-in tactician Sammy ‘Pamzo’ Omollo said his charges have no pressure going to the match as he targets a win to redeem the huge defeat suffered in the first leg.

“This is a game we are playing to win and I have urged the players not to focus on getting the seven goals, but a win of any kind. Remember our opponents are a tough team and we have to up our game. I have no injury worries and we shall have an experienced squad feature in the match,” said Omollo, after the team’s training session at Nyayo stadium on Tuesday.

The former Kenyan international defender will welcome back captain Kenneth Muguna who missed the first leg due to a knee injury.

He will however miss the services of veteran striker Nicholas Kipkirui, who has not turned up for training due to personal reasons, since helping K’Ogalo edge out APR of Rwanda 4-3 on aggregate on December 5 in the last round.

Muguna is elatedwith his return promising to do his best to help K’Ogalo triumph in the game.

“I am happy to be back and have trained very well. As the coach has said we have to win this match and there is a determination to achieve that in the squad going by the turnout and how we trained,” said Muguna.

CR Belouizdad captain Chemseddine Nessakh on Tuesday told the club’s website they are ready to pile more misery on K’Ogalo at home as they are sure of qualifying for the moneyed group stage.