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BY SAMSON MBII,NAIROBI,25TH AUG 2019-Gor Mahia beat Burundi’s Aigle Noir 5-1 on Sunday to proceed to round one of the CAF Champions League at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani .
The match was delicately poised having drawn 0-0 in the first leg meet in Bujumbura a fortnight ago but every pundit expected K’Ogalo to carry the day at home and they did not disappoint.
Captain Kenneth Muguna led from the front giving K’Ogalo the lead in the 10th minute, and six minutes later, former Zoo Kericho man Nicholas Kipkirui widened the advantage for Steven Pollack’s men, scoring from a corner, before adding another in the 38th minute, heading in from a throw ball.
In a frantic first half that saw Kipkirui claim a brace, Boniface Omondi missed to score from a one-on-one situation with the opposing goalie while Gor’s shot stopper David Mapigano had to be attended to after colliding with striker Kennedy Seburiba.
Gor continued from where they’d left in the second half, Dickson Ambundo putting his name on the score-sheet with the fourth, in the 68th minute, before Boniface Omondi added another.
Aigle Noir players were seemingly wearing out and Gor took advantage to display their prowess reverting to caressing the ball around.
Joash Onyango was a cog in Gor’s defence with newly promoted player from the youth team Tobias Otieno showing his worth in the defence.
Mapigano was untested in the second half but the laxity cost him in the 79th minute with Aigle striker Jospin Nshmirimana tapping home a simple cross to make it 5-1
With six minutes to go, Ernest Wendo was introduced for Lawrence Juma in the midfield. The match ended 5-1 in aggregate.
Next match for Gor will be in round one where they will meet the aggregate winner between USM Algers of Algeria and Niger’s Sonidep who were set to play on Sunday 1900hrs.