Gor Mahia’s disastrous CAF cup campaign has come to an end. They were beaten 5-1 by RS Berkane. The Moroccans applied a pressing game knowing that the fatigued Kogalo players were not capable of responding.
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The host took control of the first half that saw Gor captain Harun
Shakava become a casualty at the defence leading to the Moroccans goals
that were netted by Kodjo Fo-Dohlaba, skipper Mohammed Aziz and Bakre El
Lawrence Juma hit the target for Gor to see the opening half end 3-1 and 5-1 on aggregate.
There were fears that K’Ogalo could result
to fielding only eight players after the second batch of players that
consisted of most starting X1 led by attacking midfielder Francis
Kahata, delayed on the day of the game after a six hour drive from the
Moroccan capital to the venue, but they managed to arrive less that an
hour to kick-off.
Playing at home and knowing their opponents Gor had no time to shake
off jet lag, Berkane surged forward from the whistle with winger
HamdiLaachir and Samir Ouidare posing danger and giving the Gor
back-line of Geoffrey Ochieng, Shakava, Joah Onyango and Philemon Otieno
a hard time.
Berkane could have gone ahead 10 minutes after kick-off if Ouidare’s bicycle-kick had found the target. Gor reached the opponent’s territory for the first time in the 18th minute when Kahata’s pin-point free kick was headed away by Berkane defender Issoufou Dayo for a fruitless corner
In the 21st minute, Gor felt the heat to concede the opener after
Shakava poorly cleared a cross that was swung from the right to land on
Fo-Dohlaba who easily beat Gor custodian Fredrick Odhiambo.
Berkane could have made it two, after three minutes if Laachir had found the target with his header from a Fo-Dohlaba cross.
On the other end, Gor pulled one back from Lawrence Juma who utilized
Philemon Otieno’s cross from the right flank to beat the sloppy Berkane
defence and bring K’Ogalo back in the game as the score read 3-1 on aggregate.
Gor survived in the 27th minute when Joash Onyango feebly cleared the
danger that fall on Laachir who saw his shot deflected for a fruitless
corner by Shakava.
Berkane could have been four goals up if they had not fluffed their glorious chances, this time seeing Fo-Dohlaba miss a clear sitter from close range after Laachir had brought in the cross.
However, they made the amends at the half hour mark when Aziz rose
high to powerfully connect a free header from a corner that was conceded
by Shakava and restore Berkane’s three goals aggregate lead.
Seven minutes later, Gor found themselves on the receiving end again
this time seeing Bakre El Helali strike easily by showing composure to
pick the spot after Shakava failed to stop him as other defenders gave
him space to shoot at the far right side.
Gor head coach Hassan Oktay pulled out Shakava for Boniface Omondi.
On return for the last half, Gor could not get any better as Berkane
added the fourth goal through defender Issoufou Dayo who scored from a
free header after Laachir swung in a corner conceded by Boniface Omondi.
K’Ogalo’s poor defence on set-pieces was evident after substitute
Youssef Essaiyoy headed the ball home from a corner in the dying minutes
as the Gor defence watched the ball roll in the net.
Gor will now turn their attention on defending the Kenyan Premier
League title where the sit pretty at the top on 44 points with four
games in hand.