The 18 member team that will travel to Seychelles for the return leg of the Africa Confederations cup has been named by coach Zdvarko Logarusic.
Gor Mahia will need either a win or a draw with goals to advance. There is nothing that Anse Re-Union did during the first leg that would make anyone think they are the favourites. However they have proven that they are quite capable of frustrating Kogalo. They are technically savvy and capable of adapting their game quickly
Therefore Gor Mahia will need to be extra careful and avoid falling behind. It will not be easy to score an equalizer when Anse Re Union park the bus in front of their goal to defend a one goal lead.
Careful means avoid the kind of mistake that led to Anthony Akumu receiving a red card. Note that when he played the ball and it was intercepted by a header, there was no one behind him to cover the Seychellois striker Rajoy. There should have been a sweeper to cover Akumu. You cannot throw all players forward no matter how badly you need a goal.
However the worrying issue has been the lack of goals as is clearly indicated by the weekly online poll. Coach Logarusic has been focusing on sharpening the front line which was badly wanting during the first leg.
Coach Logarusic has been focusing on sharpening the front line which was badly wanting during the first leg.
“We have worked hard on finishing doing shots and set pieces and I am confident as we head to the return leg, we must score a goal. Beating Tusker in the Cup last weekend gave us a lot of morale and the boys are motivated very much to win this game,” Logarusic told michezoafrika.com
Considering the dramatic improvement of Edwin Lavatsa, it stands to reason that he would be in the starting lineup especially given that of all Kogalo players, Lavatsa ndio ana mbio. And the Seyechellois dont deal well with wasee wale wana mbio. Lavatsa gives Kogalo a good chance of getting the much needed early goal that will prevent Anse reUnion from parking the bus.
The team is as follows
Goalkeepers: Jerim Onyango (Cpt), Ivo Mapunda
Defenders: Solomon Nasio, Donald Mosoti, Christopher Wekesa, Ivan Anguyo, Musa Mohammed, David Owino
Midfielders: Antony Akumu, Moses Otieno, Joseph Njuguna, Moses Odhiambo, Kelvin Omondi, Victor Ali Abondo
Strikers: Rama Salim, Dan Sserunkuma, Edwin Lavatsa, Paul Kiongera