Gor Mahia face a tall order in the CAF Confederations cup. They will play against DC Motema Pembe of DR Congo.
Gor Mahia will host DC Motema Pembe on Wednesday, October 30 at Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani with the second leg to be played on Tuesday, November 5 in Kinshasa. The winner will proceed to the group stage.
Gor Mahia have had success at this stage in the past two seasons, beating New Star de Douala last season and Supersport of South Africa in the previous season, both by narrow margins.
Motema Pembe present a tougher challenge. In the preliminary round, they eliminated Stade Renard de Melong of Cameroun by a 4-0 aggregate score. In the first round, they eliminated Al Khartoum of Sudan on penalties. They qualified for the CAF cup by finishing in third place in the Congolse league (Linafoot).
They have a strong pedigree in African football. They won the Africa cup winners cup in 1994, beating Tusker of Kenya in the final. On that occassion, Tusker with players like Motego, Nachok, Sholei, Musa Otieno and others, forced a 2-2 draw away in Kinshasa only to succumb to a 3-0 loss at Kasarani.
DC Motema Pembe were Africa cup winners cup runners up in 1995. They have won the Congolese league 12 times and the cup 13 times. They were previously known as CS Imana.
Gor Mahia for their part will be looking to forget their dismal performance against USM Alger and instead build on their win of AS Maniema of DR Congo at the CECAFA cup in July.
Fans for their part will be hoping that the club can sort out travel and Visa issues on time instead of the usual last minute rush of finding tickets 2 days before travel.
Motema Pembe translates to “Roho Safi” or Clean Heart in the Lingala language.