Nuttal optimistic ahead of AC Leopards clash

The lines are drawn, as Kenya’s representative in the CAF Champions League Gor Mahia brace themselves for a tough challenge away to AC Leopards. Just yesterday, reports from the Gor Mahia camp indicated that a number of the side’s players stayed away from training, owing to unpaid dues.

 

 

The lines are drawn, as Kenya’s representative in the CAF Champions League Gor Mahia brace themselves for a tough challenge away to AC Leopards. Just yesterday, reports from the Gor Mahia camp indicated that a number of the side’s players stayed away from training, owing to unpaid dues.

This is in addition to the club’s persistent financial woes, that have threatened to derail the Kenya champions trip to Congo. However, a round table fundraiser yesterday in Nairobi, saw the club raise up to a half a millions shillings, to fund their trip to Congo.

Despite their off pitch woes, Gor Mahia have continued with their ascendancy in the local league, maintaining top spot on the log. Midfilders Khalid Aucho and Godfrey Walusimbi alongside  Abouba Sibomana, Michael Olunga and Timothy Otieno together with head coach Frank Nutall have been away for varied reasons, and are expected to link up with the team ahead of their Friday departure. Khalid Aucho has however been ruled out of the clash completely with accumulated yellow cards. Speaking ealier on in the week, Frank Nutall said, ”We played well against AC Leopards. We gave our best and we went down fighting. Many say that its a tough challenge, but for us, its only halftime. The second half is yet to come,” the Scot affirmed.

Nuttal’s words were echoed by AC Leopards team manager Didas Makoundou, who refused to be drawn into the talk of his side standing a great chance of progressing to the next round. ”Gor Mahia are a good team, and you cannot just rule them out. Its halftime and all i can say now, game on.” Gor will not be troubled by AC Leopards home ground advantage, having won triumphed twice away in two seasons, against Union Sportive de Bitam last year, and recently scoring late to shock Cnaps at their home turf.

Leopards won the 1st leg 1-0, and the return leg is set to be staged on Sunday 5th at Dolisie town, Brazzaville.

 

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