Gor Mahia will face off against USM Alger in the final round of the 2019-20 CAF Champions League preliminaries for a chance to make it to the group stages of Africa’s premier club competition for the first time in the club’s history.
Both teams progressed to the round in dominant fashion to set-up the tie which will see the two sides rekindle their rivalry, having faced-off in the group stages of the Confederations Cup just one year ago.
Gor saw off Burundian outfit Aigle Noir 5-1 on aggregate in the first round while USM brushed aside Niger side AS SONIDEP 5-2 over two-legs.
USM denied Gor the chance to make the quarter-finals of the Confed Cup for the first-time in the club’s history in 2018 as they won 2-1 in the two sides’ final group match in Algeria to see K’Ogalo, coached by Briton Dylan Kerr at the time, finish 3rd in the group behind USM and Rayon Sport of Rwanda.
Gor had placed themselves in with a chance of making it past the group and had battled – with 10 men – to claim a share of the spoils against the Algerians at home. But a shocking loss in Nairobi to Rayon Sport, meant only a win away to USM on the final day would suffice, a target that they would agonizingly fall short in achieving.
Fast-forward one year later and Kenya’s record champions find themselves in an almost similar scenario where USM again stand in their way of making history.
USM will host the first-leg between 13 and 15 September with the return leg scheduled for the MISC Kasarani two weeks later.
Below is how Gor lined-up when these two sides last met with eight players from the team’s 17-man match-day squad no longer with the side.
Starting XI: Fredrick Odhiambo (GK), Philemon Otieno, Charles Momamyi, Harun Shakava, Joash Onyango, Karim Nzigiyimana, Ernest Wendo, Humphrey Mieno, Francis Kahata, George Odhiambo, Jacques Tuyisenge
Subs: Boniface Oluoch (GK), Samuel Onyango, Bernard Ondieki, Wesley Onguso, Francis Mustapha, Lawrence Kuma