Gor Mahia skipper Harun Shakava, who scored against Esperance when the two sides met in 2014, is sure that this time, Kogalo will put up a better performance.
“We’ve played them before but both teams have effected changes in their roster. We know how difficult it will be but we are going to prepare in order to achieve our target of reaching the group stages,” the towering defender told Nation Sport on Thursday.
In 2014, Shakava scored Kogalo’s second goal when he headed in a corner kick. The first goal came from a penalty after Kevin Omondi made a diagonal run into the Esperance danger area and was fouled. Dan Sserunkuma converted the spot kick. Unfortnately, a series of errors caused Gor Mahia to concede three goals.
Aside from Omondi and Shakava, the other current players who featured against Esperance are Walusimbi and “Blackberry” Odhiambo.
However this Gor Mahia side is far more experienced and better technically. Also this group of players has more cohesion, having played together for a longer time.
As bad luck would have it, Gor Mahia are once againt hosting the first leg which will be played on the week of March 6th, with the return leg happening two weeks later.