Gor Mahia recorded an impressive 1-0 over Sudanese giants Al-Hilal. The match was played in the city of Port Sudan by the red sea on Thursday evening.
Al Hilal fielded a full strength side including Camerounian Maxime Loïc Feudjou in goal, abdullatif bo, and songs abeiku amar damazin and abu sane Senegalese defender Souleymane Cissé. The central defence had Ghanaian Nelson Nizar Hamid in midfield was Nasreddin worker and the attack had Kennedy Ishii ” Walid Aladdin and Cheick Moukoro from Cote’d Ivoire.
Al Hilal controlled the early proceedings but their attacks were easily neutralized by Harun Shakava and Musa Mohamed in central defence.
The all important goal was scored by Enock Agwanda who picked up a cross from Eric Ouma and finished with a neat back header in 47th minute. Collins Okoth had done most of the spadework.
That goal seemed to demoralize Hilal who showed very little threats from then on.
Keeper Boniface Oluoch denied Al Hilal a chance to equalize when he saved a penalty in the 77th minute.
If anyone had any doubts that Gor Mahia are ready for this season’s Africa champions league then those doubts ought to be put aside now. Al Hilal are a giant side. They have won the Sudanese league a record 28 times. They have reached the group stage of the Africa champions league 6 times in the last 10 years and reached the semi-finals four times in the last 10 years.
Beating St George away from home then beating Al Hilal away from home is no easy feat. Especially considering that Gor Mahia are missing several key players. It also shows that the away form that made Gor Mahia formidable in Africa decades ago is coming back.
It also shows the progress Gor Mahia have made in closing the gap on Sudanese sides. In 2010, Gor Mahia lost 1-3 to El Merreikh in Nairobi. A year earlier they had lost 5-0 to the same outfit.