In the opening leg of the CAF Champions League preliminary round clash against Aigle Noir in Burundi, Gor Mahia traveled with a depleted squad, occasioned by injuries, suspensions and late registration. They managed a barren draw and the same will be the case when they host the Burundian side in Nairobi.
However, head coach Steven Pollack is keeping his eye on the prize and hopes to see Gor Mahia go all the way to grace the group stages of the competition for the first time.
The Englishman traveled with 15 players for the first leg, and will have just 16 at his disposal on Sunday 25 August for the game at the Moi International Sports Center (MISC) Kasarani.
Despite the big task ahead, the coach cut a relaxed figure in the pre match briefing on Friday, stating that he will try and get the very best out of the 11 players on the pitch at any given time.
“I am confident going to this game because of the way we have been training this week.
“I know we have a small squad for this game; we have 16 players available because some were not registered early enough but at the end of the day, it is only 11 players on the pitch and hopefully those 11 will go out and do the job we expect them to do,” he stated.
Gor Mahia will go to the game on a high after their 1-0 win over Bandari FC in the KPL Super Cup clash, which also presented Pollack his first piece of silverware in Kenyan football, after leading the team for just two matches.