Ahead of match-day 3 fixtures, USM Alger top Group D with 4 points while Gor Mahia and Rayon Sports are second and third
Gor Mahia will be going for their first win in Group stage of Caf Confederation Cup when they host Yanga of Tanzania on Wednesday.
Both Gor Mahia and Yanga are yet to win a match in the stage and are expected to produce a good show at Kasarani Stadium. The winner between the two sides will go second, if Rayon Sports of Rwanda fails to beat Group leaders USM Alger at home.
K’Ogalo has two points from two matches, and a win will take their tally to five and a possible first position if USM falls away.
However, the Dylan Kerr led side will miss the services of Rwandan striker Meddie Kagere, who quit the club to join Simba SC, and Earnest Wendo, who is out injured. Joash Onyango is also suspended meaning Charles Momanyi will step in for him.
Yanga will be hoping to cause an upset considering the fact that they have collected a single point in their past two outings. A worrying statistic is that they are yet to score a goal and have conceded a total of four.
The match against K’Ogalo, who have conceded once in the two matches played, will determine their fate in the group. Yanga, who have been struggling financially made the trip to Kenya without seven key players including new signings.
Former JKU midfield prodigy Faisal Salum, Jaffart Mohammed, Mrisho Ngassa and Deus Kaseke, who joined the team recently, will all miss the clash. Also absent is Congolese new-catch Heretier Makambo, who the club failed to secure his International Transfer Certificate (ITC) in time.
Two main defenders in Kelvin Yondani and Hassan Jesse decided not to make the trip until the club commits to giving them new improved contracts.
Meanwhile, Rayon Sports will have a daunting task of getting something against USM Alger. Their first home game was against Gor Mahia and it ended one all; Meddie Kagere opening the scoring for the visitors before Erick Rutanga struck the leveler.
Getting a win at home is vital for the Rwandan side, if they intend to go past the group stages. Anything less than a victory against USM Alger will see Rayon Sports’ chances of reaching the quarter-finals wane.
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USM have not conceded a single goal in the two matches played, and Rayon have to find a way of unlocking their otherwise rock hard defense. Rayon Sports’ Brazilian coach Roberto Oliveira Goncalves de Calmo is confident that they will get a positive result.
“We are very much looking forward to USM Alger tie, it’s a match that will determine a lot about our future and chances in the group. Winning it would be a very good turning point in our continental football campaign. We want to give it our best shot for a home victory.”
As it stands, USM lead the table with four points, twice as many as second placed Gor Mahia and third placed Rayon Sports respectively. Yanga lie bottom with a single point.