Having played their maiden CAF Confederations Cup match against Rayon Sports, Gor Mahia will welcome Algerian heavyweights USM Alger on Wednesday 16 May at the MISC Kasarani at 7pm EAT in their second of Group D fixtures.
The match will be the first ever meeting between the two clubs and Dylan Kerr’s charges will take to the game a good run that has seen them go unbeaten domestically as well as a draw in regular time against Championship side Hull City in a friendly match on Sunday 13 May.
USM Alger run
On the other hand, USM Alger have endured a torrid run of form, winning just three of their last 10 games in all competitions. They lost their last league match against JS Kabyile which meant that with one game to go in the Algerian Ligue 1, Alger will not be participating in continental football next season. Alger will however be brimming with confidence after their emphatic win over Tanzanian outfit Young African (Yanga) on match day one.
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K’Ogalo will be deprived of the services of talisman Meddie Kagere who is suspended after picking up successive yellow cards against Supersport United and Rayon Sports. Gor will also have to do without long term absentees Karim Nizigiyimana and Wellington Ochieng who are out nursing knee and ankle injuries respectively.
Alger will also be missing their talisman Oussama Darfalou who is suspended for yellow cards against Yanga and Plateau United. Darfalou has been prolific this season netting 18 goals league goals and is also the joint top scorer in the Confederations Cup having netted five goals so far. Alger will also miss long term absentee Hamza Koudri whose two year suspension for assaulting a referee was reduced to six months.
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Gor Mahia will need to press upfront as Alger build their play from the back which was evident in the 4-0 thumping of Yanga with their back four completing a total of 332 passes. Center back Mohamed Benyahia completing the most passes in the game (107) while their marauding full back Mohammed Fateh’s average position was in the Yanga half, which paid off as he chipped in with an assist.