In Summary
  • The aggregate winner is guaranteed passage to the lucrative group stage of the continent's premier club football competition
  • The club’s new signings Clifton Miheso, Francis Afiriye, and Gislein Yikpe will miss the match as they are yet to be registered to play in the competition
  • Gor had written to the government early this week requesting for air tickets but the government turned down the request

Gor Mahia's plans for this weekend's continental assignment in Algeria remain uncertain, but nevertheless, defender Wellington Ochieng has equated the challenge ahead to a 'game of the season' for the 18-time Kenyan champions.

The cash-strapped Kenyan champions are scheduled to play Algeria's USM Alger in the first leg of the 2019 Caf African Champions League first round matches in Algiers on Sunday.

The return leg match will be played at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani, on the weekend of September 27-29, with the aggregate winner guaranteed passage to the lucrative group stage of the continent's premier club football competition.

Reaching the group stage comes with a purse of at least Sh56 million for the clubs, and an opportunity to compete against some of Africa’s finest clubs.

Twice in the past two seasons, K'Ogalo have failed to progress to the group stage of the African Champions League following controversial losses to Nigeria's Lobi Stars and Tunisia's Esperance respectively.

And Ochieng believes his team mates are alive to the enormity of the task ahead.

"It (qualifying for the group stage of the Champions League) is one of our targets for the season," explained the marauding right full-back.

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