Kenya Premier League (KPL) champions Gor Mahia hosts Esperance De Tunis of Tunisia in the Confederations of Africa Football (CAF) Champions League tomorrow at Machakos Stadium.
The Kenyan giants will be keen to avoid when the visitors eliminated Gor Mahia from to progress into pooling stages.
K’Ogalo plays Esperance following the good performance against Leones Vegetarianos of Equatorial Guinea in the preliminary leg on a 3-1 aggregate.
The most feared Esperance arrived in the country yesterday ahead of the champions encounter. The Kenyan giants have won four and drawn twice in their last six matches.
Esperance lost the 1987 title to Gor Mahia in Mandela Cup (Cup Winners Cup) beating to remember in the 2014 CAF Champions League.
After the record KPL champions survived the US Bitam test from Gabon on penalties after their two-legged Champions League preliminary round clash ended 1-1 on aggregate, former captain Jerim Onyango notably saving two penalties in a 4-2 shootout win, Esperance came knocking on K’Ogalo’s door in the first round.
In 2014, Gor Mahia lost both home and away matches played at Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi and Olympic Stadium in Rades in Tunisia with 8-2 aggregate.
Esperance under the tutelage of 61-year old Khaled Ben Yahia landed in Nairobi and drove straight to Machakos to prepare for the Wednesday kick-off with an advance team from the African glamour club having spent a week in the country laying the ground work for the visit.