Group D action will resume with Kenyan champions K’Ogalo eyeing first win same as Yanga and Rayon Sports on Wednesday
Caf Confederation Cup match day two will be played on Wednesday across Africa as teams continue pressing for their space in the next phase.
Gor Mahia will be at home against Algeria’s USM Algers. The East African side drew 1-1 with Rwanda’s Rayon Sports in their Group D opener. Meddie Kagere had given the Kenyan champions the lead before Eric Rutanga equalized.
As for USM, they comfortably lead the Group following their convincing 4-0 win against Tanzania’s Yanga. The North Africans scored their goals courtesy of Oussama Darfalou, Farouk Chafai, Meziane Bentahar and Mohammed Amine.
Against Gor Mahia, the visitors will be aiming at getting maximum points so as to remain top of the Group while their hosts will want to get a win to go top. K’Ogalo will miss the services of suspended Kagere but coach Kerr has already devised tactics to get a positive result.
USM Algers training at Kenya’s Kasarani Stadium
“With the absence of Meddie (Kagere), we have to change our system of play to make Jacques Tuyisenge and Guikan be comfortable with each other on the pitch,” Kerr told Goal.
“l believe in my players…they badly need this and we badly need it as well and the same applies to all fans in Kenya. We are going for a win. We hope to get the necessary support.”
The pair played together on Sunday in a friendly against Hull City but they could not click. Guikan, in particular, was very wasteful in the first half before he was substituted for Kagere.
Kerr said playing at home will add more pressure on his players but he remains hopeful that his charges will follow the rule book when they step onto the pitch at Kasarani stadium.
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“We have pressure both on and off the pitch but we keep working hard on the progress we have made so far. l always talk to my players and technical bench members and a big credit to my players they are following instructions.”
In Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Yanga will seek to bounce back to winning ways against Rwandan side Rayon Sports. Victory for the home team compounded with K’Ogalo defeat will take Yanga to second position. Losing the second match in a row will most probably end the team’s hopes of progression.
For Rayon, a win will send them to second position if Gor Mahia fails to win against USM. As it stands, USM lead the Group with three points, Gor Mahia is placed second on one point same with Rayon while Yanga is bottom.