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BY SAMSON MBII,NAIROBI,18TH JULY 2018-Gor Mahia beat Tanzania’s Yanga 4-0 to register their first win in the CAF Confederations at MISC, Kasarani on July 18th, 2018 on Wednesday.
The match though entertaining did not luck some low moment with Gor Mahia been denied a goal by opponents goalkeeper Youthe Jehu in quick succession in the 12th and 13th minute as he stopped Godfrey Walusimbi’s close before parrying Ephrem Guikan’s short range over the bar. Walusimbi delivered the corner and a high rising Charles Momanyi was denied again as his goal-bound shot was stopped by Kamagi.
A calm Tuyisenge tapped in a cross brought firmly and supremely by Samwel Onyango in the 23rd minute. The goal was actually from a build up orchestrated by playmaker Francis Kahata who fooled two of his markers before cutting back to find the former Ulinzi Stars midfielder.
Before hour mark, Buswita and Chahadhi of Yanga and Onyango of home team were denied by the offside flags, although Gor Mahia had dominated proceedings with a 60% to 40% for the Tanzanians.
Guikan doubled Gor Mahia’s lead in the first minute of added time before the break by sliding the ball past Youth. Humphrey Mieno set him free with a superb cross from right in the midfield. Tuyisenge who had been tripped while launching an earlier attack never moved from the ground where he was lying otherwise he would have interfered with the second goal as he would have been flagged down for offside.
However coach Dylan Kerr did not have his spirit dampened making his first change not by his free will but after the first goal scorer, Tuyisenge signaled that he could not continue with the match. Francis Mustafa, the midseason signing was brought in to make his Confederations Cup bow for Gor Mahia in the 52nd minute.
Kahata collected a nice pass from the corner kick and delivered a superb ball into the box where Mustafa and Momanyi were waiting to head home. Unluckily, Haji Mwinyi drove the ball into his own net to add the third goal for Gor Mahia. The presence of Momanyi and the Burundian striker actually played a big role resulting to that goa in the 66th minute.
Guikan in a cool manner picked a long pass from Momanyi and drove with power and intent before unleashing a screamer outside the box that Youth could not stop. The ball hit the left post before ricocheting back into the net for the fourth goal of the evening for the stellar Gor Mahia side.
Odhoji at the back remained untroubled in the entirety of the match and he would have ordered a mug of coffee and took it with peace if he wanted that is.