Gor, Leopards in tricky away assignments
25 February 2014, 14:22
Nairobi - Kenya's representatives in Confederations of African Football (CAF ) competitions face an acid test when they face more formidable opponents than they did in the first stages.
AFC Leopards travel to South Africa's SuperSport United in Pretoria on Sunday.
On the other hand, league champions, Gor Mahia, who narrowly edged Mathare United 1-0 over the weekend, will this Saturday host Tunisia’s Esperance FC in another thriller of the Orange CAF Champions League.
They showed different pedigree in their opening rounds of their respective encounters in Ethiopia and Gabon.
Ahead of the encounters, the question being asked by many is whether the two premiership sides would be able to hold their own when they face the South African and Tunisian outfits.
“I have witnessed some poor shooting upfront by AFC Leopards, and I believe if they want to progress to the next stage, they (AFC Leopards) must start firing on target,” Goodwill Omotto, staunch supporter for AFC Leopards said.
Wilfred Waiswa, who also supports AFC Leopards, said he was not impressed with what he saw over the weekend against Ulinzi Football Club.
“It's only that football is round and unpredictable, otherwise that kind of poor shooting is not what supporters would ever want to witness. If AFC Leopards travel to South Africa with that kind of strikers, who are not hungry for goals, I can foresee the end of their campaign in the CAF Club championship," Waiswa said.
Loveness Langa'at, a staunch supporter of Gor Mahia, was hopeful her club would hold its own.
"What Gor Mahia did in Gabon was excellent, and only if the players could repeat the same kind of approach, our boys will progress. What is needed for this weekend is to win convincingly so that when Gor Mahia goes for the return leg in Tunisia, it will be a question of holding them or beating them again in order to progress to the money spinning stage,” Langa'at said.
- CAJ News