Gor Mahia assistant coach Patrick Odhiambo says the team is not worried of the threat posed by their former striker Jacques Tuyisenge ahead of Saturday’s CAF Champions League preliminary round first leg tie against Rwandan giants APR in Kigali.
Tuyisenge will be facing the record Kenyan champions for the first time since leaving them for Angolan giants Petro Atletico last year. The reverse fixture is set for Nairobi next month.
He scored over 63 goals for Gor Mahia in all competitions during his three and half years stay at K’Ogalo.
Tuyisenge lasted at Petro for less than a season before returning to his home country.
“Why should we worry about Tuyisenge? He is just a player like any other and he wants positive results for his team. But we also have great defenders in the team who are out to defend and help the team do well. So, for now, he is just an opponent like any other,” Odhiambo told Standard Sports.
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But the club has had a couple of off the pitch issues in the last few days ranging from head coach Roberto Oliveira Goncalves disqualification from the two-legged fixture to players’ go slow over unpaid salary and Secretary General Sam Ochola’s suspension due to gross insubordination.
Oliveira who was looking forward to oversee the team against his former rivals in Rwanda, will now have to watch the match from the terraces after he was disqualified from sitting on the bench against his former rivals due to lack of proper documentation.
The Brazilian was at the helm of APR’s rivals Rayon Sports between 2018 and 2019.
And to avoid sanctions from the continental body, Gor Mahia appointed their former defender and current Posta Rangers coach Sammy Omollo to temporarily lead the team in the preliminary round of the competition.
The winners of the two-legged match on aggregate will either meet Algeria’s CR Belouizdad or Libya’s El Nasr in the next round.
Gor Mahia are expected to depart for Kigali today with their former Organising Secretary Judith Nyangi as the head of delegation. [Rodgers Eshitemi]