Gor Mahia surprisngly lost 1-2 to CNaPS in the opening leg of the Champions league preliminary round
Additional reporting from goal.com
Gor Mahia failed to utilize home ground advantage as they succumbed 1-2 to CNaPs of Madagascar in the first leg of Caf Champions League played at Nyayo Stadium on Saturday.
It was K’ogalo, who started on a high note with Collins Agwanda going for goal on the 7th minute but his header from Khalid Aucho’s free-kick went wide.
With skipper Musa Mohammed manning Boniface Oluoch’s post, a defensive lapse is what the visitors needed to go ahead in the 12th minute as Rija Rakotomandimby supplied Rinah Randrianaivo with a clean cross to find the back of the net.
With home advantage, the Kenyan champions failed to make another attempt on goal in the first hour mark with Abouba Sibomana’s cross in the 27th minute finding no strikers in the box to level the scores.
However, Enock Agwanda leveled matters in the 41st from the spot after CNaPs defender Michael Rabeson handled Goddfey Walusimbi’s shot inside the box allowing Tanzanian referee Ali Nassoro to award a penalty.
K’Ogalo emerged from the break a seemingly more determined side in opening minutes of second half with CNaPs goalkeeper Jean Dieu-Donné Randrianasolo making brilliant saves from attempts of new signing Jacob Keli.
The former AFC Leopards and Nkana Red Devils striker curled in a shot off Harun Shakava’s corner in the 48th minute but missed target. In the 55th minute, Dieu-Donné was again at his best saving from Keli’s feet inside the six-yard box as the danger man ran riot at the visitors’ goal.
With Gor Mahia out to look for a winner, CNaPs retreated to defensive tactics with 30 minutes remaining on the clock. Lethal winger Rija Rakotomandimby was at it again in the 82nd minute scoring a dramatic winner past Oluoch.