NAIROBI, Kenya, March 14- Rapidly rising Gor Mahia star Paul Mungai Kiongera is among three players doubtful for their opening leg of their CAF Confederations Cup preliminary tie in Cairo on Friday.
Club secretary, George Bwana, confirmed to Capital Sport that in form Kiongera faces the race to recover from a knock while fellow forward Moses Odhiambo is likely not to feature.
Defender Ivan Anguyo is also a major doubt after he caught a running stomach upon arrival in Egypt where Gor will face the petroleum company sponsored side in an empty Air Military Stadium.
“We took Kiongera to Egypt in the knowledge he had a knock and it was a gamble for the coach and I have received a report from Cairo that they are monitoring whether he can play a part,” Bwana said of the player who has sparkled since signing from Tusker Premier League rivals KCB.
The attacking midfielder has netted thrice in the last two fixtures including K’Ogalo’s winner against Sofapaka in the TPL last weekend and the brace that set Gor on their 5-0 away win over Anse Re-Union in the preliminary round of the Confed Cup.
“I do not foresee Odhiambo making the game since his knock is much worse but for Anguyo, he will play depending on whether he can recover sufficiently,” Bwana added.
The state of Kiongera and Odhiambo was among the reasons that informed K’Ogalo to carry a contingent of 20 instead of 18 players for the Cairo trip.
Meanwhile, Al Ahly of Egypt are in town to face TPL champions Tusker FC at Nyayo National Stadium on Saturday.
The seven-time CAF Champions League winners will feel the pitch on Friday evening ahead of the clash against the Kenyan titleholders they are confident of ousting from the competition they are defending.
On Thursday, the team that is bereft of famed influential midfielder, Abu Terika who is on loan at UAE were scheduled to train at Kenya School of Monetary Studies.