Gor Mahia Coach Oktay Confident Ahead Of Crucial Confed Cup Tie

Jan 11 - by Louis Kalinga for SportPesa News

Team captain, Harun Shakava and Joash Onyango, will miss the tie over disciplinary issues that arose in their CAF Champions League knockout game against Lobi Stars FC in Enugu, Nigeria last month

Gor Mahia FC coach Hassan Oktay sits on the technical bench in the 1-1 draw against Mathare United FC at the Kasarani Stadium on Sunday, January 6, 2019. PHOTO/DuncanSirma/SPN

  • Hassan Oktay is upbeat ahead of Gor Mahia FC’s CAF Confederation Cup play-off first leg fixture against New Star de Douala of Cameroon at the Kasarani Stadium on Sunday
  • Gor were relegated to the CAF Confederations Cup after going down 0-2 away to Lobi Stars of Nigeria, despite a comfortable 3-1 home victory, the record Kenyan league champions were bundled out on the cruel away goal rule
  • The signing of Harambee Stars record goal scorer, Dennis Oliech, has boosted the morale in the Gor Mahia camp and Oktay may look to him to provide the finishing prowess upfront alongside Jacques Tuyisenge

NAIROBI, Kenya- Hassan Oktay is upbeat ahead of Gor Mahia FC’s CAF Confederation Cup play-off first leg fixture against New Star de Douala of Cameroon at the Kasarani Stadium on Sunday.

Team captain, Harun Shakava and Joash Onyango, will miss the tie over disciplinary issues that arose in their CAF Champions League knockout game against Lobi Stars FC in Enugu, Nigeria last month.

Despite the setback, Turkish tactician Oktay remains positive that Gor have what it takes to get a good result from the match.

“Even without my two key defenders, there is enough quality in the squad to secure a good first leg result.

“I have been rotating the squad and each player has something to offer the team. We will be ready for the game,” Oktay told SportPesa News.

Gor were relegated to the CAF Confederations Cup after going down 0-2 away to Lobi Stars of Nigeria, despite a comfortable 3-1 home victory, the record Kenyan league champions were bundled out on the cruel away goal rule.

New Star de Douala are expected to jet into the country later today (Friday) ahead of the highly anticipated fixture and Oktay seems to have done his homework on their opponents.

Winning goal

“We have started to prepare for Sunday’s match and I have noticed that our opponents play better football at home, meaning we have the upper hand.

“It’s not only important for the club but for the entire country that we make it to the next phase and that is all we aim to do,” Oktay underlined.

The signing of Harambee Stars record goal scorer, Dennis Oliech, has boosted the morale in the Gor Mahia camp and Oktay may look to him to provide the finishing prowess upfront alongside Jacques Tuyisenge.

Oliech got off the mark for K’Ogalo on Wednesday when he scored the winning goal in a SportPesa Premier League (SPL) match against Posta Rangers FC.  

“Dennis is a very important player for us. His European experience, attitude and discipline is fantastic.

“His level of maturity is also playing a key role in guiding the younger players. They listen to him on and off the pitch which works really well for us,” Oktay stated.

The return leg will be played in Douala, Cameroon on January 22 before Gor travel to Tanzania to defend their SportPesa Cup title in Dar-es-Saalam.