Tag: Gor Mahia vs Supersport United



18 Apr 18

Goal-scorer of the crucial away goal Francis Kahata

Gor Mahia overcame their tribulations to become the first Kenyan team ever to make it to the group stage of a continental competition. This after they lost 1-2 to Supersport United of South Africa. All the goals came in a spell of 10 minutes. Supersport scored first in the 61st minute through an Aaron Shakava own goal. Then Francis Kahata equalized less then 60 seconds later. And Supersport scored the second seven minutes later.

Additional Reporting from Citizen Sports

The build-up to this match for the 16-time champions was chaotic from their financial troubles to key players failing to obtain visas.

Gor Mahia were bailed out by Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko who paid for their flights to South Africa.

The Kenyan giants only arrived on Tuesday which meant that they had limited time to acclimatise to the conditions.

Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr had to make do without Rwandan Jacques Tuyisenge, who converted the late penalty in the first leg and Ephrem Guikan of the Ivory Coast as the pair’s work permits didn’t meet the requirements for them to be granted South African visas.

Francis Kahata made the trip and was in the starting line-up. He almost didn’t make it as his passport didn’t have the required two empty pages.

Whoever facilitated that administrative blunder helped the Kenyans as Kahata tormented SuperSport’s defence.

The Kenyan pulled the strings for Gor Mahia with his skills and clever running.

He silenced an already pathetic crowd with an equaliser from George Odhambo’s cross a minute after his captain Haron Shakava had scored in his own net. That goal proved to be golden for Gor Mahia.

United had went ahead at the stroke of the hour mark, after Gor’s captain Harun Shakava scored in his own net in a desperate effort to save.

It was a dramatic moment, as 58 seconds later, skillful Francis Kahata restored parity, the wonder away goal that would make the difference at the final whistle.

Thus the hosts 68th minute strike through Thabo Mnyamane was not enough to salvage their fortunes.

Despite missing key players in the squad, including first leg scorer Jacques Tuyisenge, influential holding midfielder Earnest Wendo, Ivorian Ephraim Guikan and Ugandan international Godfrey Walusimbi, the Dylan Kerr coached side was calm enough to absorb the away pressure from the three-time South African Premier League winners.

The hosts desire to level the aggregate score was evident from the start, fine crosses from the flanks flowing on Gor’s goal but the calm defense line comfortably keeping safe.

The first real threat came in the quarter-hour mark when Sipho Mbule flew his effort over the bar, from a sumptuous cross by Onismor Bhasera on the wing.

Seven minutes later Mbule found Dylan Stoffels in the goalmouth, whose cross across the goal was saved by Boniface Oluoch, denying a lurking Jamie Webber.

In the 25th, Le Roux connected Bhasera’s thread with a low drive, but could not pass the alert Gor defense. The Pretoria based side continued their onslaught; Mnyamane’s earning a free-kick that Mnyamane curved cunningly over Gor defense, only for Oluoch to thwart his effort.

Just before the break, Mnyamane rattled K’Ogalo’s man-wall with another free-kick in the goalmouth, in what was the last effort of the first stanza well dominated by Matsatsantsa.

A determined United resumed with clear intent for goals, Stoffels coming close in the 51 st with a powerful shot inside the box that forced Oluoch to a reflex save to keep Gor in the game.

Gor grew more ruthless in the attack too, with Kahata supplying Kagere two times succession whose shots flew wide.

Then came the game-changer moment, Shakava and Kahata finding the net at the hour top at the different ends, to usher a tense moment for both sides.

Tense indeed it was, as Gor sought to defend keep the scores flat while the hosts frantically sought two goals to advance.

Mnyamane’s goal restored hope, but the clock was ticking fast towards full time with Kerr rallying his besieged men to keep his instructions: “fighting hard to a point of sweating blood, to fly high national colors and clubs name,” as he had put it before jetting out for the clash.

Gor Mahia handled their troubles better

According to the Independent online, Gor Mahia handled their troubles better than Supersport. Read below

While Gor Mahia’s problems were administrative, SuperSport’s issues are on the field as they flirt with relegation. Interim coach Kaitano Tembo fielded a relatively young team with his main focus being to avoid relegation.

A number of key players like captain Dean Furman, Clayton Daniels, Aubrey Modiba and Thuso Phala were rested in this match that guaranteed the winners a place in the group stage of the Confederation Cup.

Matsatsantsa were there last season, going all the way to reach the final before crashing down in the domestic league due to the heavy workload that followed in their catch-up programme.

That schedule proved too much to handle for Matsatsantsa which is why they slipped to 14th position, a point ahead of 15th placed Ajax Cape Town with three matches to go.

The Kenyans handled their chaos better. They looked in control and troubled SuperSport with their quick counter.

But the Tshwane side responded well in the second half to put on a brave fight. Taking the lead and Gor Mahia’s quick equaliser woke SuperSport from their slumber.

They took the match to the depleted Kenyan side, muscling their way back through the boot of Thabo Mnyamane with his third goal of the tournament.

That resulted in an exciting and nervous finish for the home crowd as SuperSport needed another goal to win the tie, since the Kenyans scored a vital away goal which took them to the group stage of the Confederation Cup after their demotion from the Caf Champions League.

SuperSport now have to focus on their fight for survival with their African sojourn now over.


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17 Apr 18

Gor Mahia strikers Jacque Tuyisenge and Ephrem Guikan are to miss the return leg in South Africa

Story Courtesy of goal.com

Goal Kenya.

Rwandan Jacques Tuyisenge and Ivorian Ephram Guikan will not travel to South Africa after they were denied visas

Gor Mahia will have to navigate their return leg of Caf Confederation Cup minus two strikers.

Rwandan Jacques Tuyisenge and Ivorian Ephram Guikan will not travel to South Africa after they were denied visas. Another player Francis Kahata could also miss out after his passport was turned down for having only two pages.

South African embassy is demanding for a one year work permit for Tuyisenge and Guikan while Kahata was asked to present a new passport.

“We will miss the services of Tuyisenge and Guikan. They have been denied visas because they cannot produce one year work permit.

“For Kahata, we managed to get a new passport for him and returned his papers are now waiting to see if they will give him the same,” Gor Mahia CEO Omondi Aduda told Goal on Tuesday.

On Monday, Gor Mahia were forced to postpone their trip to Pretoria citing frustration from the embassy.

“We are in bad shape making it hard for the team to fly to South Africa for the Caf Confederation Cup return leg planned for April 18, 2018,” confirmed secretary Ben Omondi in a statement obtained by Goal.

“We have done all within our means to get all travel documentations right in good time but things are not working as scheduled thus our travel to Pretoria is postponed.”

Tuyisenge scored Gor Mahia’s goal against the South African side during the first leg played at Machakos.


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15 Apr 18

Image courtesy of Bonny Kochieng

Late last week , there were rumours that Ivorian striker Ephrem Guikan would not travel to Pretoria after he picked up a collar bone injury and missed several training sesssions. But coach Kerr has sought to allay those fears.

“Guikan is fit and ready to play,” Kerr told goal.com on Saturday.

As was the case against Esperance, Kogalo will be facing a team whose budget is several times larger.

“We have done our best since the Esperance match in Tunis; that was a great display considering the resources and everything that that club (Esperance) has.” continued Kerr

However unlike the Esperance encounter, Gor Mahia will be well rested having not played a match in almost a week.

“My players have shown good attitude after losing the match and we carry that positive attitude to Pretoria.”

Supersport scoreless again

If Kogalo have been finding difficulty in scoring then so are Supersport. They were held to  0-0 by Capetown City in an Absa Premiership match at the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday . Their second succesive scoreless draw.  The draw sees the Matsatsantsa remain on the 14th  on the league standings just two points above relegation

The return match will be played at 8pm EAT Wednesday at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Pretoria


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5 Apr 18

Supersport United coach, Kaitano Tembo is expecting a massive crowd to show up to intimidate his side this Sunday.

“It is not going to be easy against Gor Mahia in front of their own crowd because they are probably the best supported team in Kenya. Going to Kenya to play in front of those thousands of passionate fans will be a crucial learning experience for some of the younger players in the team like Jamie Webber and Darren Smith.” said Tembo who took over as coach after Mark Fish was fired in early March.

Gor Mahia Skipper Haron Shakava is urging fans to turn out in droves and gibe his side the home advantage they desperately need.

“We are home and Gor Mahia die-hards should try and turn up in their droves to cheer the team for good result. We can do it!” he told goal.com

Turnout for Kogalo matches at Machakos has been paltry in 2018. Even the big match against Esperance failed t draw numbers. And as was pointed out in the previous article, it was the crowd that lifted Kogalo against Hellenics 25 years ago.

Supersport United, whose nickname is “Matsatsantsa” , have been sub par in 2018. But they have plenty of experience in this tournament and thus cannot be overlooked as Shakava pointed out.

“It will not be an easy match…because last year SuperSport United played in the same competition up to the final but we are ready to face them. Our aim is to win and nothing less.

Supersports last league match was against Polokwane and Supersport who were reduced to 10 men, lost 0-1 thus worsening their domestic woes.


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