Gor survive Bullets scare to seal CAF CL progress


Gor Mahia FC defender Joash Onyango and midfielder Humphrey Mieno vie for the ball against ...
Gor Mahia FC defender Joash Onyango and midfielder Humphrey Mieno vie for the ball against Nyasa Bullets during their CAF Champions League preliminary round clash in Blantyre, Malawi. (PHOTO/Courtesy)

In Summary

  • Gor Mahia FC defeated Nyasa Big Bullets 4-3 on penalties after the CAF Champions League preliminary round tie had ended 1-1 in regular time as the Kenyan champions sealed a nervy advance into the second round
  • It appeared Gor would certainly crash out after conceding an 85th-minute penalty with the tie deadlocked at 1-1 on aggregate but goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch saved it to give his side the chance to determine their own fate from the shootout

Gor Mahia FC defeated Nyasa Big Bullets 4-3 on penalties after the CAF Champions League preliminary round tie had ended 1-1 in regular time as the Kenyan champions sealed a nervy advance into the second round.

It appeared Gor would certainly crash out after conceding an 85th-minute penalty with the tie deadlocked at 1-1 on aggregate but goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch saved it to give his side the chance to determine their own fate from the shootout.

Gor had carried a 1-0 aggregate lead over Big Bullets to Blantyre but the Malawian champions cut back on the advantage after captain Chiukepo Msowoya put them ahead in the 57th minute to leave it a 1-1.

The hosts should have finished the job in the dying minutes when the referee awarded a penalty against Gor for a transgression in the box but Oluoch saved from a truly dreadful Msowoya effort.

The clash went straight to the spot-kicks following an unyielding four minutes of stoppage time and Msowoya was finally able to beat Oluoch for the second time of asking with the first penalty of the shootout.

Bernard Ondiek, scorer of the last-minute winner in Gor’s 1-0 first leg victory, levelled matters with a coolly dispatched penalty before Oluoch saved Miracle Gabeya’s effort to give his side the advantage.

Humphrey Mieno ensured it stayed that way when he converted from the six-yard area before John Lanjesi sent Oluoch the wrong to keep Big Bullets in it with Boniface Omondi scoring to make it 3-2 in favour of Gor.

Yamikami Fodya scored high into Oluoch’s roof before Harun Shakava put away his penalty and it was all over for the hosts as Pilirani Zonda fired against the crossbar as Gor reached the second round of the premier continental clubs competition for a second successive season.

Gor thus booked a date with Nigeria’s Lobi Stars who scaled the hurdle of Cameroon’s UMS de Loum on 2-1 aggregate to qualify for the next round of the CAF Champions League.

The first leg of the encounter comes up next weekend with Gor playing host to the Nigerian champions in Nairobi, while the second leg is is slated for a week later.

Kariobangi Sharks FC players; John Otieno, Harrison Mwendwa, Duke Abuya and George Abege celebrate a goal against Arta Solar FC during their CAF Confederations Cup match at Kasarani stadium in Nairobi on November 27, 2018. Sharks FC won 6-1. Photo/Kelly Ayodi/Sportpicha

Sharks sail through

Elsewhere, Kariobangi Sharks eased into the CAF Confederation Cup second round with a 3-0 second leg victory over Artar Solar to complete a 9-1 drubbing of the Djibouti minnows.

Sharks, the freshly crowned KPL Super Cup champions, will have a much stronger opposition to contend with in the second round as they are set to face Ghanaian giants Asante Kotoko.

Coach William Muluya’s men won the first leg 6-1 last week at the Kasarani Stadium as they made an emphatic debut on the continental scene and were powered ahead in Djibouti when striker George Abege found the back of the net in the 27th minute.

Trying to avoid another hammering in front of the home fans, Arta held on until the 85th minute when Vincent Wasambo doubled the visitors lead and Duke Abuya rounded off the scoring two minutes later.

Sharks play Asante Kotoko in the first round of the competition with the first leg slated between December 14 and 16 at Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi.

Kotoko had been given a bye to the next round after the Cameroon Federation failed to give a representative for the competition in the preliminary round.

-Additional reporting by Jeremiah Lechipai

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