Gor fall to Hussein in Algeria, protest “poor officiating”


Gor fall to Hussein in Algeria, protest
Gor Mahia FC fans cheer their team against Zamalek FC during their CAF Confederation cup match at Kasarani Stadium on February 03,2019. Gor Mahia Won 4-2 Photo/Kelly Ayodi/Sportpicha/Citizen

In Summary

  • Kenya Premier League defending champions Gor Mahia dropped to  position two  in Group ‘D’ following a slender 1-0 defeat to Na Hussein Dey of Algeria on Sunday in a CAF Confederation Cup match in Algeria.
  • Gor who started the match atop the group on six points, went down in the 10th minute when Na Hussein’s Abderrhamane Yousfi scored the only goal of the match after the visitors’ defenders failed to clear a loose ball in the box.

Kenya Premier League defending champions Gor Mahia dropped to  position two in Group ‘D’ following a slender 1-0 defeat to Na Hussein Dey of Algeria on Sunday in a CAF Confederation Cup match in Algeria.

Gor who started the match atop the group on six points, went down in the 10th minute when Na Hussein’s Abderrhamane Yousfi scored the only goal of the match after the visitors’ defenders failed to clear a loose ball in the box.

Following the outcome, Na Husein Dey  are now top of Group D with 7 points while Gor Mahia is on 6 from 4 matches .The Kenyan side next visits Zamalek who defeated Petro Atletico 1-0 on Sunday to haul their points tally to 5, while Petro are on 4 as the scramble for the top two slots intensify.

Gor who looked confident all through the match had to keep up with poor officiating. Most of their fouls were not given and their head coach Hassan Oktay was seen time and again complaining to the fourth official.

In the second half, K’Ogalo looked more determined to get an equaliser creating a few chances but neither Kipkrui nor Jacques Tuyisenge could convert until the 79th minute when Gor finally found the back of the net via a Francis Kahata’s headed corner.

Gor Mahia FC Head Coach Hassan Octay instructs his charges during his first training session with the Kenyan Premier League champions at Camp Toyoyo stadium Jericho in Nairobi on December 07, 2018. Photo/Kelly Ayodi/Sportpicha
Gor Mahia FC Head Coach Hassan Octay instructs his charges during his first training session with the Kenyan Premier League champions at Camp Toyoyo stadium Jericho in Nairobi on December 07, 2018. Photo/Kelly Ayodi/Sportpicha

Though match referee ruled the goal out for alleged infringement on Hussein’s goalie, video replays showed that the goal should have stood amidst protest from Gor’s technical bench.

Coach Hassan Oktay elected to field Kipkirui and Tuyisenge in a two-prong attack as Dennis Oliech started on the bench.

In the midfield, Oktay went for Kahata, Lawrence Juma and Kenneth Muguna while Ugandan Shafiq Batambuze and Philemon Otieno manned the left and right wing back positions respectively allowing captain Harun Shakava  and Charles Momanyii to partner at centre back.

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