Gor Mahia go down to Petro Atletico

Short handed Gor Mahia fought gallantly but lost 2-1 to Angolan representatives Petro Atletico in their second CAF Confederations cup group stage match. Nicholas Kipkirui scored Gor Mahia’s goal in injury time.

Additional reporting from the Nation

Hosts Petro Atletico secured their first win of the Caf Confederation Cup group phase after a 2-0 win over Gor Mahia at the Estádio 11 de Novembro in Luanda, Angola on Wednesday.

First half goals from Manguxi Ribiero and Tony Ribiero fired the Angolan champions to a 2-0 lead at the break. Gor improved after the break and Nicholas Kipkirui pulled one for K’Ogalo in added time, his second of the competition.

At a sparsely populated Estadio 11 de Novembro in the Angolan capital, the Kenyan champions, still beaming with confidence following that historic win over Zamalek last week, found themselves trailing by two goals at the break in this Group D encounter.

This as the 15-time Angolan champions scored the opener on 13-minutes after a sequence that left Gor defender Shafique Batambuze cursing himself following a lapse in decision making.

The Ugandan watched helplessly as his feeble pass towards Francis Kahata intercepted by Tiago Azulao in the visitors final third.

The recipient then dribbled forward and fed Manguxi Ribiero, who thereafter unleashed a first time right footed shot, which easily beat custodian Boniface Oluoch.

Hassan Oktay’s team was missing the services of two dependable forwards namely Jacques Tuyisenge and Dennis Oliech, who’d combined to undo Zamalek in the previous game of this competition.

In their stead, Oktay fielded Burundian Francis Mustafa who had three half chances in the opening 10 minutes but failed to capitalise on either, alongside Erisa Ssekisambu.

One of these chances resulted in the forward shooting straight at the welcoming arms of Petro custodian Elber.

The other was cleared for a fruitless corner as the Kenyan champions dominated the possession but the Angolans- with two Brazilian players in their ranks – proving more lethal.

The lanky Job missed a sitter for the host team when he failed to direct a shot into a yawning net but it ultimately didn’t matter as the second goal followed soon after.

In the run up, Danilson turned Joash Onyango inside out in the right hand side of the cross and whipped a cross ball which was connected into the back of the net via Anthony Ribiero’s forehead, in a passage of play which left Charles Momanyi seated on his backside.

Onyango had the best chance in the second half off Kahata’s corner kick. Elber proved equal to the task with a diving save to tip the ball over the bar.

Oktay brought on George Odhiambo and Kipkururi for Mustafa and Boniface Omondi but these changes proved insufficient to mastermind a crucial away point.

Gor Mahia vs Zamalek highlights and Photos

Oliech dedicated his goal to his late brother Steven Okumu pictured above who scored against Zamalek the last time these two side met.
“I dedicate this goal to the late Stephen Okumu,” remarked Oliech
I knew I would score by employing the same style and celebrating in the same manner like he did, I am happy for myself, the fans and Gor Mahia,”

Tuyisenge celebrates his equalizing goal

Nicholas Kipkirui scored the 3rd goal

Batambuze congratulates Tuyisenge for scoring the second goal

Oliech scores after rounding the keeper

Oliech waves to the crowd after scoring the 4th goal

Players mob Oliech

Mbish was solid

Jaro Soja arrives at the venue

The crowd was sparse, not befitting a match of such stature

Oluoch was very emotional after the game


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Momentous win as Gor Mahia trounce Zamalek 4-2

Gor Mahia overcame two defensive lapses to put four goals past Zamalek.

Additional reporting from the Standard

Gor Mahia recovered from a goal down to beat Egyptian giants Zamakek 4-2 in their Confederations Cup Group D tie at Kasarani.

Ibrahim Hassan struck after only six minutes only for Jacques Tuyisenge to level in the 24th minute before heading Gor Mahia into the lead in the 37th minute only for Hassan to draw the White Knights level before half time.

Nicholas Kipkirui struck Gor Mahia’s third before Dennis ‘The Menace’ Oliech completed the turnaround in stoppage time to silence the illustrious Egyptians.

The build up to the clash was overshadowed by a directive by the Confederation of African Football (Caf) stopping K’Ogalo from wearing jerseys displaying their sponsor, SportPesa, because the continental body has signed a deal with a rival betting company.

On the pitch, Gor Mahia struggled to get past their bigger opponents falling behind after only six minutes through Ibrahim Hassan.  The Kenyan champions were under pressure from kick off with goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch being forced to clear two back-passes in quick succession, the second one resulting to a corner from which Hassan easily scored in.

Hassan Octay’s Gor, however, responded well but Zamalek’s backline held well beating the home side to high balls.

Nicholas Kipkurui found himself in a goal scoring opportunity but was easily pushed off the ball in the 10th minute.

As the match progressed Gor Mahia’s confidence grew and time and again found themselves inside the Zamalek defence.

The equaliser finally came in the 24th minute through Jacques Tuyisenge following a brilliant cut back from Francis Kahata from the left flank.

Gor Mahia looked to have settled down after the goal creating more chances as the match progressed towards the break.

Boniface Omondi made a good run on the right flank, but could not finish off his effort.

Then Omondi turned provider for Tuyisenge in the 37th minute when he turned in Francis Kahata’s pass to pick out the Rwandese who headed home the second.

The Gor Mahia backline will blame themselves for allowing Zamalek’s second goal.

A through pass found Ibrahim Hassan waiting and he scored his second of the match just before the break.

Tuyisenge turned provider as he set up Nicholas Kipkurui to score Gor Mahia’s third goal in the 50th minute.

Gor Mahia were forced to pull out injured Kipkurui for Dennis Oliech and at this time the visitors looked to have nothing much to give in the match.

With his second touch of the ball Oliech picked out Kahata, but the midfielder failed to score with plenty of space for him to tap in.

He then saved the best for last scoring the fourth goal in the 89th minute and with it ensured Gor Mahia won comfortably at home.

Gor Mahia line-up: Boniface Oluoch, Shafiq Batambuze, Nicholas Kipkurui (Dennis Oliech), Francis Kahata, Jacques Tuyisenge, Boniface Omondi, Joachim Ochieng, Keneth Muguna, Lawrence Juma, Philemon Otieno, Charles Momanyi.

Rachier: Gor Mahia needs Ksh 35m for CAF Fixtures

Unlike last season when Gor Mahia went to Tanzania and Rwanda, this time Gor Mahia have to travel to extreme ends of the continent, flying to North Africa twice and to Angola once. The cost of travel is exhorbitant and club chairman Ambrose Rachier is once again appealing to the government for assistance.

Additional reporting from the Nation

Gor Mahia need Sh35 million to honour their upcoming Caf Confederation Cup group stage matches. And the 17-time Kenyan champions have already sent a distress call to the government to bail them out ahead of their opening match next month.

K’Ogalo were pooled in a tough group “D” that has five-time African champions Zamalek of Egypt, Petro Atletico (Angola) and Hussein Dey of Algeria in Monday’s draw conducted by Cameroon legend Patrick Mboma in Cairo, Egypt.

Despite celebrating reaching the group stages of this competition for the second successive time, the painful reality has dawned on the club management ahead of their opening game against Zamalek on February 3 in Nairobi.

The top two teams in each group will advance to the quarterfinals, whose draw is slated for March 20 in Cairo, Egypt. Quarter-finalists will bag Sh35 million and semi-finalists Sh45 million, while the winners pocket Sh125 million and runners up Sh63 million. Related Content

Gor, who edged out New Stars de Douala of Cameroon 2-1 on aggregate in the previous round, are already sure of receiving Sh27 million for reaching this stage.

However, club chairman Ambrose Rachier says the annual Sh66 million sponsorship from gaming firm SportPesa is insufficient for this campaign. The amount is channelled towards the Sh5.5 million monthly wage bill of the record champions. “First, I would like to thank the government for paying our tickets to Cameroon to honour the New Stars game,” Rachier said. “I humbly appeal to them to cater for accommodation and transport in upcoming trips since we are struggling financially,” the veteran lawyer added.

According to Rachier, an away trip costs about Sh8 million in flight tickets and accommodation. “We are discussing on a motivational scheme for the playing unit for a smooth show this time round,” he concluded. His sentiments were echoed by Deputy Secretary General Ronald Ngala, who said they target to reach the semi-finals having missed by a whisker last season, after finishing third in group “D” on five points, three behind Algerian outfit USM Alger and Rayon Sports of Rwanda, who progressed to the quarterfinals.

Defender Philemon Otieno says they are prepared to make amends despite tough away fixtures in Northern and Southern Africa. “One thing we’ve learnt in these continental fixtures is to be mentally strong when playing away and make sure you convincingly win at home,” confided Otieno, who captained the side in the two-leg playoff.

Gor has up to January 31 to register youthful defender Geoffrey Ochieng’, strikers Ephrem Guikan, Nicholas Kipkirui and legendary Dennis Oliech, who were ineligible to feature in the qualifiers.

GOR MAHIA FIXTURES

February 3: Gor Mahia v Zamalek (Egypt) February 13: Petro Atletico (Angola) v Gor Mahia

Gor Mahia through to group stages

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.