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.
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Story by Muroro Pacho
In 2013 were pitted against ENPPI of Egypt in the first round of the CAF Confederations cup. During the match in Cairo, coach Logarusic surprisingly fielded an attacking side going against the consensus which suggested that he should park the bus in Cairo and field an attacking side at home. Gor Mahia lost 3-0. Club officials like Ronald Ngala who traveled indicated that Gor Mahia had created numerous chances but could not convert.
In the return leg at Nyayo stadium, Gor Mahia were the more adventurous side. In the first half, striker Dan Sserunkuma scored what looked like a legitimate goal. But the referee dissallowed it for an infringement on the goalkeeper.
In the second half the introduction of Moses Odhiambo and Innocent Mutiso further galvanized the side with Mutiso making speedy runs down the flanks. But it was to no avail as the match ended 0-0, thus eliminating Gor Mahia 3-0 on aggregate.
After the match Logarusic cited the gap in class between Egypt and Kenya, suggesting that he lacked strikers who could convert chances. This is true. Which is why he should have adopted a defensive formation while playing in Cairo.