It will be a do or die situation as Kenyan Premier League aristocrats Gor Mahia will face Congo’s DC Motema Pembe in the CAF Confederation Cup play-off.
The continental tournament enters its second preliminary round with K’Ogalo hosting the first leg in Nairobi on 27 October 2019, before travelling to Congo on 3 November 2019 for the second leg.
Gor were dropped from the CAF Champions League after succumbing to a 6-1 defeat on aggregate to USM Alger of Algeria, while DC Motema Pembe qualified after eliminating Al-Khartoum of Sudan 4-3 on post-match penalty shootouts. This was after two legs of their clash ended 2-2 on aggregate.
It was K’Ogalo’s third consecutive attempt to try and reach the lucrative Group Stages of the prestigious club competition in Africa. Gor have been eliminated at the same stage on each occasion.
The two sides were scheduled to clash earlier in the season in the CECAFA Club Championship before DC Motema Pembe pulled out of competition held in Rwanda. But the wonders of the world cared little and literary triggered their rivalry to a much bigger tournament.
The other Kenyan side, Bandari FC, will travel to Guinea for the first leg of their tie against Horoya SC as they bid to make history by advancing to the group stages for the first time in the club’s history.
The Dockers eliminated Tunisia’s US ben Guardene 3-2 on aggregate in the previous round of the Confederation Cup qualifiers and will face the Guinean giants who dropped from the Champions League.
The winners of the play-off round will advance to the group stage.