Gor Mahia succumbed to an early goal by the Tunisians and were thus eliminated from the 2018 Africa champions league. Gor Mahia defended well and gave a good account of themselves.
And Gor Mahia had to play without Godfrey Walusimbi who is having a financial disagreement with the club. His composure on the ball would have been very useful in this match.
Esperance applied their usual high pressure. Gor Mahia handled it relatively well but also gave away plenty of possession. In the end, Kogalo were unable to create meaningful chances.
The goal came in the 20th minute from Anis Badri who capitalized on a poor clearance.
Esperance for their part used quick passes to free up their speedy wingers. But they too struggled to create meaningful chances. The match was concentrated in the middle of the park. Esperance however looked the more dangerous team in the first half.
Esperance also used constant flopping and feigning of fouls to slow down the game and waste time.
At Minute 44: Gor Mahia players had to vacate the bench after fans start pelting it with foreign objects.
In the Second half: Gor Mahia relied more and more on long passes. But were unable to breach the Esperance rear guard. Gor Mahia defended stoutly and made some forays forward but created very few chances.
All in all, a vastly improved, far more composed Kogalo side than the one that lost 8-2 on aggregate in 2014. But still not enough to overcome Esperance. Kogalo did however prove that they belong in the Champions League group phase. Its only a matter of time before they make it.
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The match had to be stopped for three minutes after K’Ogalo’s reserves bench and officials sought for refuge in the field
Gor Mahia technical bench were victims of violence from Esperance fans, who pelted them with water bottles in the Caf Champions League second leg match.
The match had to be stopped for three minutes after K’Ogalo’s reserves bench and officials sought for refuge in the field to keep a safe distance from the rowdy Tunisian fans, who threw objects onto the pitch.
Gor Mahia players had to be escorted to the dressing room at the break as violent home fans continued with their rage on the visitors as the police watched from a distance.
Gor Mahia media officer and Journalist Tom Bwana, who accompanied the team in Tunisia, reported cases of ‘racism chants’ directed at Gor Mahia players though Goal could not independently verify the claims.
“Lots of racist chants from the stands. One cop just yelled ‘fils de pute’ at me,” Bwana tweeted. In 2010, Esperance was slapped with $50,000 fine by Confederation of Africa Football for the violence during their clash with Al Ahly of Egypt in Cairo.
Esperance were accused of ripping out stadium seats and lit fireworks during the first leg of its African Champions League semi-final against Egypt’s Al Ahly.
Eleven policemen were injured and at least 14 Tunisians fans arrested during the October 3 game in Cairo, which Al Ahly won 2-1.