NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s Gor Mahia FC remains on course to reach
the last eight in the Confederation Cup tournament ahead of
their clash with USM Alger in Algeria on Wednesday.
The Kenyan Premier
League champions left for Algeria on Monday, connecting through
Morocco and head coach Dylan Kerr is buoyant, his squad will
grind out a result away in Algeria to boost their hopes of the
“Our target remains
getting to the quarterfinal stage of the CAF Confederation Cup.
The team has its challenges, but we have what it takes to get
there,” said Kerr as the team left for Algeria.
The other teams in
their Group D are Rayon Sport of Rwanda and Yanga FC of
Tanzania. The two sides will be playing in Kigali.
Gor Mahia and USM
Alger are both tied on eight points in Group D after five rounds
of matches in the competition.
However, the Kenyan
champions are sitting top owing to a better goal difference.
Rayon Sports of Rwanda are second on six points while Yanga are
bottom with four.
Gor Mahia will need
to avoid defeat against USM Alger and pray Tanzania’s Yanga SC
edge out Rayon Sports in Kigali in the other group match to sail
Kerr’s side bottled
up a chance to finish the business early when they unexpectedly
went down to Rayon Sports 2-1 in Nairobi two weeks ago.
But the Englishman
is leading a rejuvenated side after they secured the Kenyan
title and hopes his 18-man contingent will prevail in North
TP Mazembe of the
Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are the 2016 and 2017
Confederation Cup winners but are not defending the title as
they have qualified for the Champions League group stage.
Tunisian clubs have
won the competition five times - the best record of any nation -
but no team from the North African state qualified for the group