Gor Mahia coach Frank Nuttall is optimistic that Gor Mahia will advance to the first round of the Africa Champions league. Though Gor Mahia carry a slim lead having played poorly in the first leg, Nuttall picked some positives from the match.
“We carry a lead and that is the most important fact,” he said. “And we did not concede at home which would have been a disaster,” he said to supersport.com
Nuttall says the frailties in defense and a few weaknesses in the midfield have been rectified and the team is in perfect shape to take on their opponents.
“CNaPS is a very good side. They run a lot as was evident in the first leg match. We cannot under rate them especially now that they will be playing at home. But we know we have a strong team. We are not only going to defend our lead but also look for more goals.” he continued to supersport.com
Gor Mahia need a draw of any kind to advance.
Gor Mahia captain Musa Mohamed has said that the team’s confidence has received a boost from their performance in the last two games.
“When you play as a team you always want to win. We have welcomed a number of new signings for the season and to this far everyone has been impressive. The quality and competition in the team will push us a long way as we progress The victories against Sofapaka and CNaPS were vital for us as a team and the winning start to the league campaign very encouraging” he said to the club site.
Musa however knows that the return leg will be difficult.
“But we know the return leg match in Madagascar will be tough and we must prepare well to get a good result. Last year we had a tough match in Gabon against US Bitam. We will go to Madagascar to extend our advantage and progress to the next stage” he continued
Kilo also explained that the Madagascan consulate has been very helpful in assisting the club procure travel documents. “The Honorary Consul Mr. Abel Rakotomalala has been very instrumental to us and diplomatic at it. He is the very definition of diplomacy.”
With the match being played in soggy conditions, Gor Mahia will need to adapt and make greater use of long balls. This will favour Michael Olunga who has shown the thrives on long balls and crosses.