Flawless Gor Mahia tear Yanga apart in a Caf-Confed tie at Kasarani


Flawless Gor Mahia tear Yanga apart in a Caf-Confed tie at Kasarani
CAF Ephrem Guikan celebrates his goal.PHOTO/KellyAyodi/Sportpicha

In Summary

  • Giants Gor Mahia were at their flawless best tearing Yanga of Tanzania apart in a 4-0 crushing win in a Caf-Confederations Group D tie played at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani on Wednesday evening.
  • The win hauled K'Ogalo's points tally to 5 from three matches.

Giants Gor Mahia were at their flawless best tearing Yanga of Tanzania apart in a 4-0 crushing win in a Caf-Confederations Group ‘D’ tie played at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani on Wednesday evening.

Ivorian Ephrem Guikan, wasteful in the recent assignment in the Cecafa Kagame Cup led the rout; scoring a brace while  Jacques Tuyisenge and Charles Momanyi were also on target to record the comfortable victory.

Tuyisenge opened the scoring sheet in the 22nd minute before Guikan found the mark shortly before the break as Gor romped to a huge victory, the first for the Dylan Kerr coached charges in their Group’ D’ matches.

Despite missing injured first team regulars Ernest Wendo, George Odhiambo and suspended Joash Onyango, Gor were too strong  for the Tanzanians who now lie last in the group with just a point.

From three matches, Algeria’s USM Algers top the group with seven points, having beaten both Yanga and Rayon Sport of Rwanda, and drawing with Gor.

Humphrey Mieno of Gor Mahia(in green) vies for the ball with Pius Buswita of Yanga during a Caf-Confederation match at Kasarani.PHOTO/Kelly Ayodi/SportPicha

Tuyisenge opener was an easy tap in from a Francis Kahata cross before Guikan doubled the advantage just before the break, finishing off a well sent through pass, taking Gor to a 2-0 lead by half time.

Upon resumption, Gor started with evident zeal to add the third but were slowed down by Tuyisenge’s injury, who limped off in the 53rd. Consequently, head coach  Kerr introduced new signing Francis Mustapha to lead the attack alongside Guikan.

The Ivorian coordinated well with Mustapha just above the hour mark; a thread of passes between the pair ending up with a feeble shot by the latter, giving Yanga’s custodian Rostand Jehu little trouble to handle.

Philemon Otieno could not finish past Jehu in the 67th, after a goalmouth melee that saw the Tanzanian punch the ball twice, with reactions from Otieno and Guikan bearing no fruit.

It was coming, by every signal, and former Kakamega Homeboyz defender Charles Momanyi confirmed it three minutes later with diving header from a close range, sealing a 3-0 lead.

Charged by an enthusiastic Green Army, Gor continued pressing even harder forcing Yanga to drop back, with few flashes of half counter attacks bearing half chances.

The vociferous Green Army were in their numbers as they cheered Gor Mahia to victory. PHOTO/Kelly Ayodi/SportPicha

With only nine minutes on the clock, Walusimbi dashed on the left channel beating Abdalla Shaibu and Buswita, only to lose his footing as he pulled the trigger, allowing Jehu to pick the ball easily.

Substitute Emmanuel Josef almost pulled one back two minutes later, after beating Harun Shakava only to shoot wide with goalkeeper Shaban Odhoji appearing cornered.

Composed Gor however responded with purpose, Guikan’s solo effort killing the match for Yanga in the 86th, his powerful strike just outside the box beating a diving Jehu for the fourth.

Long term absentee Wellington Ochieng was thrown into the fray only two minutes to the stoppage, replacing Samuel Onyango who had a relatively dull day in office.

Yanga thus became a victim of 4-0 mauling for the second time in the group, having lost by a similar margin to Algers in their group match opener, away in Algeria.

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Story By Milton Ochieng
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