Gor Mahia will be heading to South Africa hoping to get a favorable result that will help the team progress to the group stages of the Caf Confederation Cup for the first time in their history.
A Jacques Tuyisenge strike was all the sixteen time Kenyan Premier League champions needed to get a slim advantage over the South African side Supersport United.
If the Dylan Kerr led side gets a draw or a win, then Kenya will have a representative in the next phase of the competition. But what should they do to ensure the advantage is protected for the entire 90th minutes?
Take a cautious approach
The hosts are already trailing by a solitary goal, and it is an open secret that to progress they will have to score two goals without reply to eliminate the East African side; mission possible? Yes! So what should Gor Mahia do? A cautious approach will work. The Green Army has to work as a unit, ready to support each other and avoid giving the ball away carelessly. Possessing the ball and trying to deny the opponents an opportunity to attack will definitely be a perfect tactic. It is a game that they will try to sit back and counter attack when there is a chance.
This is an obvious rule for any team aiming at progressing to the next stage of any international competition. As a matter of fact, no side can progress if they do not minimize mistakes. This starts from the goalkeeper, he should know when and where to play the goal kicks. The most important thing is to learn how to control the game and ensure the defense does not succumb to pressure. K’Ogalo midfielders should also be accurate in their passing because a single stray pass can causes an irreparable damage to the team.
Take scoring chances
This is arguably the best way of protecting your advantage. Strikers should ensure they convert any chance that comes their way. If Gor Mahia manages to get that vital away goal, it means pressure will turn against the opponent and their plan will have to change. It will be a psychological blow to the 2017 finalists, and that might send them down, crumbling.
Yes! You read it right! This is a competition with monetary benefits awaiting the winner. Wasting time has been a tactic used by many teams to get a much needed result. Faking knocks at times and taking time to restart the game will definitely ensure a few seconds are lost.