Tuyisenge hands Gor slen­der win over Cameroo­nian side

But the vis­i­tors score vi­tal away goal against K’ogalo at Kasarani in the play-off match

Daily Nation (Kenya) - - SPORT - BY VIN­CENT OPIYO

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Rwan­dese im­port Jac­ques Tuyisenge smashed home an 87th-minute header to hand Kenyan cham­pi­ons Gor Mahia a 2-1 win over vis­it­ing New Stars de Douala of Cameroon in the first leg of Caf Con­fed­er­a­tion Cup play­off match at Moi In­ter­na­tional Sports Cen­tre, Kasarani, yes­ter­day.

Lawrence Juma made the break­through on 41 min­utes for Gor with a sim­ple but fine fin­ish from in­side the box be­fore Ben­jamin Bechem, who rested Roland Lane on 59 min­utes, equalised with a bul­let header off a Bernard Ngangue cor­ner kick in the 72nd minute.

Ugan­dan Shafik Batam­buze then pro­vided his sec­ond as­sist on the day for Gor, find­ing Tuyisenge with a sump­tu­ous cross from the left wing that the Rwan­dese nod­ded home from the area un­der no pres­sure from the New Stars de­fence.

K’ogalo will have to avoid de­feat in the re­verse tie in Limbe on Sun­day to progress to the group stage of the com­pe­ti­tion.

“It’s a good win, but we’ve seen the same things I’ve been talk­ing about. We cre­ate chances but some­times we don’t utilise them,” said Gor coach Hassan Ok­tay, who was with­out the sus­pended duo of de­fend­ers Harun Shakava and Joash Onyango.

Charles Mo­manyi and Joachim Olu­och re­placed the two.

Missed key play­ers

“Miss­ing reg­u­lar play­ers af­fects the team bal­ance but this is Gor Mahia, ev­ery sin­gle player when called upon has to give 100 per cent,” added Ok­tay.

His op­po­site num­ber Ger­ald Mbimi blamed his boys for not play­ing ac­cord­ing to his in­struc­tions.

“My team was a dis­jointed side to­day, they didn’t play to my ex­pec­ta­tion but we go back to Cameroon to rec­tify the mis­takes,” re­marked Mbimi.

Four min­utes to the half time break, Juma gave hun­dreds of Gor fans that had turned up at the 60,000-seater, among them ODM leader Raila Odinga, some­thing to cheer about. The for­mer Nzoia Sugar man curled in a left foot shot into the net after goal­keeper Patrick Kibyen had left his line protest­ing his wa­ter bot­tle that had been picked from the post by a stew­ard.

Gor took charge of the match from the word go. In the sixth minute, Boni­face Omondi had a chance to open the scor­ing but failed to tap home Fran­cis Ka­hata’s weighted pass from the right flank as Gor dom­i­nated the early ex­changes.

Fran­cis Mustafa was de­nied by the up­right on the ninth minute after he had been teed up won­der­fully by Boni­face Omondi from the left flank. The winger had done well to nut­meg his marker be­fore float­ing in a cross that fell on the Bu­run­dian’s chest only to hit the up­right. New Stars, don­ning blue shirts sat back the bet­ter part in at­tempt to catch their op­po­nents on the counter.

On 12 min­utes, Nel­son Moukeu fouled Phile­mon out­side the 18-yard box but Ka­hata’s ca­su­ally taken free kick was blocked by the wall.

Omondi, who was a con­stant men­ace with his mazy runs from the flanks fluffed an­other scor­ing op­por­tu­nity on 29 min­utes after be­ing fed by Ka­hata but lost con­trol be­fore New Stars cleared their lines.

On 35 min­utes, Ayamo Sog­longbe was brought down by Phile­mon Otieno 18 yards out as the vis­i­tors gained mo­men­tum but Nel­son Moukeu curved the re­sul­tant free kick off the tar­get.

New Stars de­fender Orian Jores was the first to go into Tu­nisian ref­eree Guirat Haythem’s book on 67 min­utes after he brought down Mustafa, who was in full flight, just out­side the box on the left flank.

Gor Mahia for­ward Fran­cis Mustafa beats Jores Orien of New Stars de Doula to the ball Caf Con­fed­er­a­tion Cup play-off match at Kasarani Sta­dium. Gor won 2-1. ys­ter­day dur­ing their

Gor Mahia mid­fielder Lawrence Juma (right) cel­e­brates his goal with team­mate Fran­cis Mustafa yes­ter­day.

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