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
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.