Gor Mahia held New Star de Douala of Cameroon to a scoreless draw in the CAF Confederations cup playoff second leg. Given that Kogalo won the first leg 2-1, they have now qualified for the group stages for the second time in a row.
Additional reporting from goal.com
Goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch was the hero as Gor Mahia held New Star to a barren draw to progress to the group stages of the Caf Confederation Cup.
Oluoch pulled fantastic saves especially in the second half to save the day for the Kenyan side and help the team qualify on a 2-1 aggregate win.
The East African side came into the match aware of the position they were in, and they needed a draw of any kind to eliminate the Cameroonian side that needed a 1-0 win to qualify to the group stages for the first time in history.
Both sides started the game cautiously, each avoiding going behind and putting the team in a dangerous position. In the early exchanges, it was Arko Benjamin and Nelson Morkeu, who had good chances to get the ball into the back of the net, but they failed to capitalize on it.
K’Ogalo tried to make it simple in the midfield, denying the hosts possession and opportunity to get that early goal which could have changed everything. Even in that situation, Jacques Tuyisenge, Bernard Omondi and Francis Mustafa had chances to trouble the hosts, but they were just not sure of what to do with the ball.
It opened up a little after the break and the first real chance fell to the hosts in the 49th minute. A perfect pass fell to Aristide Medjo, but with all the time in the world and just the goalkeeper to beat, he sent his effort wide.
Moments later, a half a chance fell to Boniface Omondi who cut inside, but his effort flew wide. Oluoch was called into action again on the 55th minute, this time round saving a Chamo Wanga’s deflected shot.
The hosts attacked when they had a chance to, as Gor Mahia defended with numbers to protect their slim 2-1 lead. The East African side had their custodian to thank for the numerous saves he made throughout the second half to ensure that the ball did not hit the back of the net.
It was a sigh of relief after the referee blew the final whistle to ensure that the Hassan Oktay led side reached the stage for the second season in a row.