Shakava issues rallying call to teammates ahead of Zamalek tie
Gor Mahia face Zamalek in a CAF Confederations Cup match on Sunday at 10pm EA time
Gor Mahia’s destiny of progressing to the quarter finals of the CAF Confederations Cup will hugely hinge on the result they grind out in Alexandria on Sunday night when they face off with Egyptian giants Zamalek at the Borg El Aram Stadium.
Gor are second in Group D with six points, one behind leaders NA Hussein Dey and one ahead of Zamalek. A positive result; either a draw or a win in Alexandria will put the Kenyan champions within touching distance of the last four and they will only need to win against Petro Atletico in Nairobi to sail through.
Skipper Harun Shakava has urged his teammates to take the match with utmost seriousness and give their all as they aim a first ever shot at the quarters.
“This is a very tough match in which we have to play with our hearts. We need to give it all on the pitch and at least leave here with a point. Zamalek are at home and I am sure they want to revenge for the 4-2 loss they suffered in Nairobi. We have to make sure we let them know it was no fluke,” Shakava said.
He added; “Last weekend we lost to Hussein Dey but we believe we should have picked at least a point there. But that is behind our backs and our focus is on Zamalek,” he added.
The defender also said training in Egypt for the last five days has boosted their confidence and he is optimistic it will translate into results on the pitch.