Gor Mahia edge Young Africans 3-2

Gor Mahia are almost in the quarter-finals of the 2018 CAF confederations cup. This after beating Young Africans of Tanzania 3-2.

At half time, Gor Mahia were leading 2-0 with goals from BlackBerry and Tuyisenge.  Yanga came back strong in the second half and scored twice. Gor Mahia’s 3rd goal came via Harun Shakava.

Additional reporting from the Standard
Classy Gor Mahia put one-foot in the CAF Confederations Cup quarterfinals after beating Tanzanian giants Yanga 3-2 in Sunday’s Group D return leg match at the National Stadium, Dar es Saalam.

George Odhiambo scored in the opening minute of the game followed by Jacques Tuyisenge’s goal on the stroke of halftime and Captain Harun Shakava’s 64th minute effort to complete a double over the Tanzanians.

The victory saw the record Kenyan champions, who thrashed Yanga 4-0 in the first leg tie ten days ago, take their points tally to eight with two matches to go.

Gor took the lead through Odhiambo’s diving header from Samuel Onyango’s delivery in the first minute before Matheo Antony’s shot was deflected out for a fruitless corner on the opposite end.

Kevin Omondi could have doubled the lead in the 13th minute when goalkeeper Rostand Jehu miscued his clearance, but the striker failed to beat the custodian before Francis Kahata feeble shot was stopped by one of the Yanga defenders after a rebound fell on his path.

Samuel Onyango then made a brilliant run down the right flank on the half hour mark, but the former Ulinzi Stars man was denied by the goalkeeper before Shakava’s header went inches over the bar.

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Tuyisenge gave Gor a two goal cushion from a brilliant in-direct free-kick in the box on the stroke of halftime.

Deus Kaseke pulled a goal back for the hosts when pounced on a rebound from a header thirteen minutes into the second half.

However, the Kenyan champions responded in the 64th minute with Shakava capitalizing on Yanga’s defensive lapse to superbly volley home a corner-kick from capitalized on Boniface Oluoch’s goalkeeping error to score Yanga’s second goal.

Despite Yanga’s numerous raids, Gor held their nerves to take their unbeaten run in the group to four matches

Gor Mahia hammer Young Africans 4-0

Tuyisenge celebrates with Ondiek

Gor Mahia recorded a spectacular 4-0 win over Young Africans in the 2018 CAF Confederations cup match at Kasarani on Wednesday. It is a creditable performance given all the on the field issues like fatigue and off the field issues (like payments) that Gor Mahia have been dealing with. Also impressive was the fact that Yanga were well rested and fit while Gor Mahia has had to deal with injury issues and player departures. The goals came via Tuyisenge, Guikan(2) and an own goal by Mwinyi of Yanga.

Additional reporting from the Nation

Gor Mahia put aside their off-the-pitch woes to dismantle visiting Young Africans SC (Yanga) of Tanzania 4-0 in their Caf Confederation Group D match at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani on Wednesday.

Coming off a week where the club has been in disarray with reports of player revolt over unpaid bonuses, Rwandan striker Jacques Tuyisenge set the tone right on 23 minutes at Kasarani with the opener before Ivorian forward Ephrem Guikan ended his goal duck with a second at the stroke of half-time to ensure the Kenyan champions head into the break 2-0 up.

Defender Haji Mwinyi then scored an own-goal to all but end Yanga’s hopes of a springing a surprise at Kasarani before Guikan added his second of the match and Gor’s fourth with a powerful left-footed shot five minutes from time.

Victory for K’Ogalo, their first in the money-spinning group stages takes them to five points and in second place behind Algerian side USM Algier (seven points), who secured a 2-1 win away to Rwandan side Rayon Sports in the other group match.

Gor made a very bright start to the match, while the opponents were on the back foot throughout the opening stages.

Guikan was put through by Francis Kahata in the 11th minute, but his left footed shot was parried by Yanga custodian Rostand Jehu with the rebound deflected out for a fruitless corner.

Six minutes later, Kahata’s deft cross into the box found Guikan and again the Ivorian failed to tap home from close range.

Yanga’s first sniff at goal came after 19 minutes through successive corners, but Gor defenders led by Skipper Harun Shakava were on the spot to clear their lines.

In the 22nd minute, Samuel Onyango burst forward from the right flank before releasing a grass cutter that Tuyisenge did well to skip away from his marker, before lashing his finish past a hapless Rostand for the opener.

Ibrahim Hajibu’s free kick from outside 18 won after Godfrey Walusimbi fouled Juma Mahadhi went over the bar in the 41st minute and four minutes later, Guikan repaid Kahata’s brilliant passing by beating the offside trap to double the scores.

“It was a performance of class from my players despite missing some key figures. They are ever fantastic and never let me down despite the problems off the pitch,” said Gor coach Dylan Kerr in a post-match interview.

“It’s a painful loss conceding four goals, but we failed to track our opponent’s moves, we go back to work on our weaknesses noted in this game,” said a remorseful Yanga coach Noel Mwandila after the game.

Gor Mahia XI: Shaban Odhoji, Godfrey Walusimbi, Harun Shakava, Philemon Otieno, Charles Momanyi, Bernard Ondiek, Samuel Onyango, Ephrem Guikan, Humphrey Mieno, Francis Kahata and Jacques Tuyisenge (Francis Mustafa).

Yanga XI: Youthe Jehu, Kamagi, Abdoul, Haji Shaibu, Chikupe, Haji, Papy Kambamba, Oscar Mkomola, Mahadhi, Charles Buswita and Hajibu.

Kerr: Team is ready for Yanga

Kerr emphasized the importance of getting three points since all four teams still have a chance at qualifying for the next round.

“Its a CAF game that both teams need 3 points. With Yanga coming to Nairobi and us going to Dar in 10 days, its very important how we start the game. ”

Kerr further praised the state of the pitch at Kasarani where the match will take place on Wednesday at 7pm

“We have had the pleasure of training on the field and it looks like a proper field right now. So that will be an advantage to us.” said Kerr.

Kerr briefly touched on the recent financial debacle that set off a firestorm in the playing unit.

“We understand that money is the motivation of African players. I am trying to express to these players that to get that, you have got to be the best. It is not about me. My success comes from the players. ” concluded Kerr.

The Yanga technical bench for their part stated that they used the CECAFA club cup to study Gor Mahia’s strengths and weaknesses and are this ready for the encounter.

Kerr went on to tell the Standard that his playing unit was full of confiedence.

“The mood in the team is good. We are strong and a confident side. Yes, we didn’t get an opportunity to see Yanga play in Kagame Cup, but we are going into this game with one thing in mind; win at home and away, which I confidently believe we can,” said Kerr.

“In football, you must be mentally ready to face challenges and our challenge right now is to reach Confederations Cup quarter-finals. That’s our goal and that’s exactly where the money is. We have come so far in one year that I have been in charge.” said Kerr

Apology

Team manager Jolawi Obondo apologized to CECAFA for the team’s refusal to pick up their third place medals. He stated that it all stemmed from the CECAFA official told the players that they would not receive the prize money in cash but instead it would be wired to their accounts.

In reality, that debacle was probably just a last straw from players fed up at being treated poorly by the club officials.

Group D standings

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  USM Alger 2 1 1 0 4 0 +4 4
2 Gor Mahia 2 0 2 0 1 1 0 2
3 Rayon Sports 2 0 2 0 1 1 0 2
4 Young Africans 2 0 1 1 0 4 -4 1