Gor Mahia face a tall order as they try to qualify for the 2019-2020 Africa champions league group stage. Having lost the first leg 4-1, Kogalo needs to win by a score of 3-0.
“We all saw what happened in the first leg, we can’t defeat USM with the kind of football we played today. We played well in the first half but come the second half things were really different. I will talk to talk to my players about it,” told Polack to Citizen Sports.
USM Alger will start parking the bus as soon as they land at JKIA. They will also apply the typical cynical Gor Mahia will need to be ingenious. Coach Steve Polack was unhappy with his side’s display against KCB last weekend.
“My plan is to guide them not to concede a goal in the whole match but try as much as possible to score goals, more so in the first half. I understand clubs from the North Africa are used to playing attacking football which can give us a lot of pressure to defend as we attack, but will give our best,” explained the tactician
Gor Mahia are missing key players. But coach Polack is unperturbed.
Shafiq batambuze has a long term knee injury. Philemon Otieno is sidelined with a long-term achilles injury, while Nicholas Kipkirui, Francis Afriye are also out with injuries.
“I have more than 23 players in the squad and apart from few players who are injured; we still have options,” he said.
Keeper Robert Mapigano, who had a nighmare first leg, is still optimistic.
“They defeated us in the first leg, what makes it hard for us to do the same? We have what it takes to get the 3-0 needed to qualify for the next stage. It will need more work on the pitch, every player has to give more than 100% and if we do so, I am sure we will make it.”