The draw for the 2018 CAF Champions league is out. In the preliminary round, Gor Mahia have been pitted against little known Leones Vegetarianos Fútbol Club of Equatorial Guinea. Leones have virtually no experience in African football. They won the Equatoguinean league for the first time ever in 2017. And clubs from Equatorial Guinea rarely make an impression in this tournament. Last year’s representatives, Sony Ela Nguema lost 4-1 on aggregate to Al Merreikh of Sudan
Should Gor Mahia win, they will face the winner between Esperance De Tunis and ASAC Concorde of Mauritania. The Tunisian side are two times winners of the tournament and 5 times runners up. In 2017, they reached the semis. It is a chance for Kogalo to redeem themselves after losing 8-2 on aggregate to the Tunisians in 2014.
Gor Mahia will be buoyed by having signed Ivorian striker Ephrem Guikan. He is best known to Kenyan fans for scoring twice against Tusker in the 2017 Africa champions league.
“We can confirm the signing of striker Gikan Ephraim from a club in Mauritius. We have scouted him for some time and we watched him play against Tusker in the Caf- Champion’s League. We also watched him on you tube and had a fruitful discussion with his agent. Everything has worked to plan,” Ronald Ngala told Citizen Digital.