Tuyisenge penalty switches off SuperSport United
- Rwandan international Jacques Tuyisenge scored the only goal as Gor Mahia narrowly sunk South African side Supersport United 1-0 in a CAF Confederation clash at the Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos on Sunday.
- Gor had to wait until the last 13 minutes to score, with the visitors clearly determined vto force a barren stalemate. The win, keeps Gor's hopes of advancing into the group stage of the second tier inter-club competition in Africa, if they at least nail a draw in the second leg in Pretoria.
Rwandan international Jacques Tuyisenge scored the only goal as Gor Mahia narrowly sunk South African side Supersport United 1-0 in a CAF-Confederation clash at the Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos on Sunday.
Gor had to wait until the last 77th minutes to score, with the visitors clearly determined to force a barren stalemate.
The win, keeps Gor’s hopes of advancing into the group stage of the second tier inter-club competition in Africa, if they at least nail a draw in the second leg in Pretoria.
In the fourth minute , George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo lost his footing just before pulling the trigger from Tuyisenge’s cross, with the Supersport keeper Reyaad Pieterse out of line.
South African veteran winger Thuso Phala quick runs on the left channel were giving Philemon Otieno a hard time, the former coming close in the ninth with a long ball that Gor custodian Boniface Oluoch had to parry out for a corner.
Meddie Kagere reacted, forcing the ball through a forest of the visitors’ defenders, only to miss target with the keeper beaten.
Siyabonga Nhlapho, Luke Gareth Roux and Sipho Mbule traded a series of promising passes, Phala waiting to finish off but Joash Onyango’s swift clearance denied the Pretoria based side.
Gor had a clear chance to open the scores in the 19th, after Kahata found unmarked Odhiambo in the six-yard box only to connect it inches off the net with the entire green army on their feet expecting a goal.
Tuyisenge solo effort in the 28th was thwarted by Nhlapo to win a corner, that was easily dealt with Ghanian Richard Boateng to keep it 0-0.
Kahata’s free kick in the 38th flew just above the bar, the last attempt the hosts in the first stanza.
It took 10 minutes of play in the second half for a notable attempt to come through for both sides, Kahata’s loose ball finding Odhiambo whose shot was punched out for a corner by Pierterse.
Gor, however, almost paid dearly for the all-out- attack game, when Phala broke from the middle in a counter attack a minute later but Onyango caught up with him before finishing.
By this time the fans were growing impatient with time wastage tactics that the visitors seemed to employ, shouting to the referee to crack the whip on culprits. He finally did, booking Boateng in the 62nd for the same mistake.
A minute later, Kahata shot a grass cutter from 18 yards, forcing Pieterse to a full stretch dive to keep the triple South African Premier League winners level.
Jammie Graig Webber had himself to blame for wasting a one-on-one opportunity with only Oluoch in Gor’s goal to beat , shooting high above the bar having dodged his marker Harun Shakava.
With quarter an hour remaining, Gor’s coach Dylan Kerr withdrew Odhiambo for Boniface Omondi.
The new blood came in with the blessing Gor were praying for, taking the corner that resulted to a goalmouth melee and substitute Gomolemo Kekana the ball inside the box hence the penalty.
Tuyisenge seized the moment, making no mistake from the spot, rousing the full capacity stadium into a deafening celebratory cacophony.
With only four minutes to go, Tuyisenge was withdrawn for Ivorian Ephrem Guikan, then Kagere for Bernard Ondiek in hunt for a second goal that never was.
The final whistle ushered the popular K’Ogalo anthem, as if it was the official way to bid goodbye to the South Africans, Kerr sparing a minute to join the fans in the closure tune before giving his remarks to the scribes.
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