Francis Mustafa beats his marker to equalize for Gor Mahia in the tie against Rayon Sport. Gor lost 2-1 in the game played on Sunday 19 August and will now have to avoid defeat against USM Alger in their final group game if they are to make it to the knockout stages Image-Gor Mahia
Gor Mahia legend calls for the ruthless K'Ogalo
By Peter Wainaina | Tue 21 Aug, 2018 16:48

Gor Mahia should go to Algiers for their final CAF Confederations Cup game against USM Alger with only one mindset - to win. This is according to K’Ogalo legend William Obwaka.

Gor Mahia’s chances of sealing passage to the quarter finals of this year’s championships are hinged on their performance in their final group game which is little over a week from now - on Wednesday 29 August. Dylan Kerr’s charges missed out on the chance to qualify with a game to spare when they suffered a shock 1 - 2 loss at home to Rwandese champions Rayon Sports on Sunday 19 August.

Rayon resuscitated

The result saw Rayon resuscitate their hopes of making it to the next round as they now lie two points behind leaders Gor Mahia, having amassed six points.

Gor are tied on points (eight) at the top with USM, who also lost 1 - 2 on the same day away to Tanzanian side Yanga SC, and the final game between the two will be a do or die clash as none of the three teams is sure of qualification yet.

After representing the Green Army in numerous matches against teams from North Africa, Obwaka, a lethal striker in his heyday knows all too well of the mountain ahead of his former side and has called on them to exercise caution as well as discipline if they are to replicate the club’s famed 1987 Mandela Cup success.

“The Rayon game is over and done with and there is no need of focusing too much on it. Focus should turn to the next game as it is not over yet. Fate is in our hands and we are the ones who will decide what happens on the day,” Obwaka, who chipped in with a few performances in the preliminary rounds of that ’87 cup success told Soka.

Underhand tactics

“It is never easy playing away from home, especially when playing in North Africa. The teams there as well as their fans and officials employ underhand tactics to frustrate you. There could be crowd trouble, poor accommodation and poor gamesmanship on the day of the game. It is therefore imperative that the players maintain impeccable discipline and focus because that is the only way that we can come away with a positive result,” he said.

Obwaka, now a practicing gynecologist, played for K’Ogalo for five years between 1984-89, winning three Premier League titles as well as the 1985 CECAFA title where he scored a brace in the final to secure a 2-0 win over arch rivals AFC Leopards.

Peter Wainaina
Twitter: @naina_naish
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