Gor Mahia were held scoreless by Anse-Reunion in the CAF cup preliminary round match played at Nyayo stadium on Saturday.
Gor Mahia played well in the 1st half but could not find the net. Forwards Dan Sserunkuma, Rama Salim, Moses Odhiambo and Paul Kiongera received several chances but wasted them much to the chagrin of fans.
In the 5th minute, Rama Salim had a glorious chance from a Moses Odhiambo effort but he tapped the ball wide. 5 minutes later, it was Dan Sserunkuma who sent his shot into the waiting hands of the goalkeeper. On 22 minutes later it was Kiongera who fluffed a glorious chance by sending the ball over the bar
In the 37th minute, Logarusic introduced Kevin Omondi for Pablo Njuguna. This was an early sign that things were not going according to Logarusic’s plans.
In the 57th minute, Edwin Lavatsa came in for Paul Kiongera. Lavatsa was active throughout the second half making several runs.
Anthony Akumu was given his marching orders on 68 minutes for a professional foul on Huso Sezoy who seemed destined to score.It happened when Gor Mahia through all their players into attack leaving the rear guard vulnerable to counter attacks. Akumu had little choice but to foul Sezoy who was already ahead.
The game deteriorated in the second half. Gor Mahia showed no signs of finding the net.
In the 83rd minute Moses Odhiambo sents a freekick wide. AnseReUnion were defending doggedly with all 10 players dropping back into defence.
Gor Mahia have shown a lack of sharpness and a lack of coordination throughout the pre-season.
Still all is not lost. Gor Mahia could still advance by hold the Islanders to a 1-1 draw. Coach Logarusic has 2 weeks to come up with a strategy to ensure a better result in the return leg.
Starting LINE UP: Fredrick Onyango, David Owino, Christopher Wekesa, Donald Mosoti, Ivan Anguyo, Antony Akumu, Joseph Njuguna, Moses Odhiambo (Cpt), Paul Kiongera, Rama Salim, Danny Sserunkuma.
Subs: Ivo Mapunda, Musa Mohammed, Solomon Nasio, Moses Otieno, Ali Victor Abondo, Edwin Lavatsa, Kevin Omondi.