Gor to miss five key players in CAF quarters first leg match
- Gor Mahia will miss the services of five dependable players in the first round of CAF Confederation quarter finals following yesterday’s match against Petro Atletico of Angola where five of their key players were either red carded or issued with cautions.
- Shafik Batambuze and Ernest Wendo were both red-carded in the emotive clash while skipper Haron Shakava, Jacques Tuyisenge and goalie Fredrick Odhiambo were booked, ruling them of the next continental fixture .
Gor Mahia will miss the services of five dependable players in the first round of CAF Confederation quarter finals following yesterday’s match against Petro Atletico of Angola where five of their key players were either red carded or issued with cautions.
Shafik Batambuze and Ernest Wendo were both red-carded in the emotive clash while skipper Haron Shakava, Jacques Tuyisenge and goalie Fredrick Odhiambo were booked, ruling them of the next continental fixture .
While Ngala is convinced Ernest Wendo’s sending off was justified, he scoffed at Batambuze’s red card noting that it was uncalled for.
“We will miss our captain Shakava and his assistant Jacques Tuyisenge who got their second bookings. Batambuze and Wendo also have a match ban each and keeper Peter Fredrick Odhiambo is suspended’’, explained Ngala.
Ngala said that the absence of the quintet is a setback to the team but is confident coach Hassan Oktay will handle the situation well.
Moroccan referee Rédouane Jiyed who handled the match has a knack of dishing out cards at the slightest provocation. The 39-year-old has dished out 212 yellow cards, eight red cards and 20 penalties in the last 56 international matches he has handled.
At the same time Gor’s coach Hassan Oktay admitted during a post match press interview that he needed to sign a striker.
“I have one striker in mind but I cannot give details at this time. But I seriously need to sign a striker,’’he said.
Despite netting in a solitary goal from the spot, the local giants missed numerous scoring chances with Tuyisenge and Philemon Otieno hitting the woodwork in the second half.
At the same time coach Oktay wants Africa’s soccer governing body CAF to appoint match officials conversant with national languages of both countries whose clubs face each other in any continental fixture.
Oktay alleges CAF is tasking officials to oversee matches in which some do not understand the languages of the host country leading to bizarre decisions.
According to Oktay, his sending off in Sunday’s match against Angola’s Petro Atletico at Kasarani was purely due to language barrier between him and the referee.
“CAF have to sort out these issues. They need to send referees who can understand both languages to control the game very well and can manage to speak to the coaches. Without understanding, he sent me off. I think he can’t speak English or doesn’t understand English,” Oktay lamented.
The K’Ogalo tactician was appalled by questions on his side’s form away from home insisting it is time the country became proud of Gor Mahia, having achieved such a historic feat.
“What I see in Africa, when you play away games sometimes is problems especially those top African teams. I’m sure you don’t get that in other parts of the world. But please protect my boys, nine men? What they achieved? Protect them. Protect them. What they bring to this nation now, you guys should be proud of them,” he protested in defence of his players.
K’Ogalo oustaged Petro 1-0 at Kasarani stadium in Nairobi, courtesy of Jacques Tuyisenge’s 57th minute finely executed spot kick after Boniface Omondi was brought down in the box, in a high voltage match that saw Oktay, defender Shafik Batambuze and holding midfielder Ernest Wendo sent off.
K’Ogalo finished second in Group ‘D’ equal on points with toppers Zamalek FC from Egypt as Petro and Algeria’s NA Hussein Day crashed out on eight and seven points respectively.
The Kenya Premier League champions will await Wednesday’s draw to take place in Cairo, Egypt to know their quarter final opponents with RSB Berkane (Morocco), CS Sfaxien (Tunisia) and Al Hilal Club (Sudan) on the cards after finishing top of their respective groups.
CAF Confederations Quarter Finalists 2019
Gor Mahia (Kenya)
Zamalek SC (Egypt)
RSB Berkane (Morocco)
CS Sfaxien (Tunisa)
Al Hilal Club (Sudan)
Nkana FC (Zambia)
Hassania Agadir (Morocco)
Etoile Sahel (Tunisia)
Reports by Milton Ochieng and Julius Jumah
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