19 July 2018 08:45
Kenyan champions Gor Mahia inched close to qualifying for the quarter finals for the first time ever after beating Tanzania’s Young Africans 4-0 at the Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi on Wednesday night.
Ivorian striker Ephraim Guikan struck twice after Rwandese Jacques Tuyisenge had broken the deadlock with the other coming off an own goal as Gor moved to five points in Group D. The result saw them remain second, three points behind leaders USM Alger who beat Rayon Sport 2-1 in the other tie in Kigali.
“I am really pleased with my players because they played just how I wanted them to. We created chances and scored. Probably, we should have had three more goals but I am happy with what we gave today. We were absolutely fantastic,” Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr said.
His sentiments were echoed by midfielder Humphrey Mieno who had a brilliant game assisting the first two goals.
“We just keep going and this result makes us believe that we can actually go on and achieve the target of getting to the next round,” Mieno said.
Yanga’s loss in the tie now throws their hopes of making it into the quarters in balance, but the Tanzanians have vowed to fight.
“This is football and anything can happen. We have three matches; two at home and one away and we will do our best to get a win and put our campaign back on track. Today we lost because of lack of concentration. The first two goals we were just ball watching,” assistant coach Juma Musah said.
Gor broke the deadlock in the 22nd minute when Tuyisenge broke the offside trap to race into a Mieno pass before calmly slotting past the keeper. Before the goal, Yanga had made a goal-line clearance off a Charles Momanyi header in the 12th minute.
Yanga were limited in their chances and Gor keeper Shabaan Odhoji was hugely untested. The closest the visitors came to a goal was four minutes to the break when an Ibrahim Ajibu freekick went inches over the bar.
At the stroke of half time, Gor made it 2-0 with Guikan coming to the end of another beautiful pass from Mieno striking the ball low past the keeper.
The homers should have gone three up in the 63rd minute but Samuel Onyango’s effort from the far post from another of Mieno’s passes was well saved by the keeper.
The Kenyans building pressure bore fruit in the 65th minute when Mwinyi Hajj headed into his own net as he tried to clear away a cross from Kahata destined for Momanyi inside the box after a short start to a corner.
Guikan then put the game to bed in emphatic fashion slamming the ball home from the edge of the box after a counter attack with three minutes of play left. At the stroke of full time, substitute Francis Mustafa had a brilliant shot from range saved by the keeper.
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