Gor Mahia will leave Nairobi for Cairo, Egypt on Wednesday for the first round, 1st leg match against ENNPI of Egypt. Gor Mahia will certainly be under no illusions about playing an Egyptian side. The track record of Kenyan teams against Egyptian sides has been abysmal with the exception of Sofapaka who eliminated Ismailia in 2011.
“This will now be the real challenge, playing against ENNPI. They have a better league and their budget is 15 times better than ours. “It will be a tough challenge, but we have to be prepared for them. We take each match at a time and put all our energies in it,” said coach Zdvarko Logarusic.
According to CAF article 27 rule 4, players who are sent off are to miss one match unless further sanctions are levied. In which case, Anthony Akumu should be eligible for the Cairo test. His presence will be much needed as Gor Mahia seek a good result away.
ENPPI, a team sponsored by one of the largest Oil Companies in Egypt (Engineering for the Processing of Petrol Industries) are the defending Champions of the Egyptian Cup. In 2009 they reached the Semi Finals of the CAF confederations cup.
This past weekend, they played against African champions Al Ahly who needed a late goal to beat them 2-1. In the previous weekend, ENNPI thrashed Haras El Hodood 4-0 to take the league in the Egyptian league group A.
The good news for Gor Mahia is that Amr Zaki, who was signed by ENNPI for this cup campaign has recently left the club. Zaki has previously played in the premier league for Hull City and Wgan Athletic. he would have been a handful to deal with.
However Kogalo will still have to contend with Ivorian striker Vincent De Foneye. Another player to watch out for is midfielder Saleh Gomaa who played with the U-23 Egyptian team in last year’s Olympics Games.
Gor Mahia squad to Cairo
Goalkeepers: Ivo Mapunda, Jerim Onyango
Defenders: Ivan Anguyo, Christopher Wekesa, David Owino, Donald Mosoti, Solomon Nasio, Musa Mohammed
Midfielders: Ali Abondo, Anthony Akumu, Joseph Njuguna, Raphael Kiongera, Moses Odhiambo, Kevin Omondi
Forwards: Rama Salim, Edwin Lavatsa, Danny Sserunkuma