Leopards down Gor Mahia in Kenya

Leopards down Gor Mahia in Kenya
AC Leopards midfielder Cesaire Gandze

by Bertin Basson

Sunday Mar 15, 2015. 17:08

AC Leopards beat Gor Mahia 1-0 in a CAF Champions League round one, first leg clash at Nyayo Stadium in Nairobi on Sunday afternoon.

Midfielder Césaire Gandzé struck the only goal of the game in the 49th minute to hand the Congolese side a considerable advantage heading into the second-leg next month.

The hosts enjoyed a bright start, with Michael Olunga forcing Chancel Massa into an early save before Dirkir Glay saw his header clip the crossbar from a corner-kick.

'Mayienga' continued to play on the front foot, with Olunga a constant threat. The Kenyan marksman hit his effort wide after being set up by George Odhiambo on the half-hour mark.

Leopards found their rhythm as the half grew to an end and almost found the opener two minutes before the break.

Obstructed by the sun, Boniface Oluoch was beaten to the ball by the Leopards attacker whose effort came off the woodwork, allowing the Gor Mahia gloves-man to claim the ball on the rebound as the teams entered the tunnel at the break deadlocked.

The home side were dealt a major blow four minutes into the second stanza, with Césaire Gandzé hitting a left-footed volley into the back of the net, 1-0.

Gor Mahia went in immediate search of the equaliser, with George Odhiambo blasting an effort over from inside the area in the 55th minute.

Frank Nutall's side continued to push forward in search of the equaliser, but ultimately came up short as Leopards held on for a valuable win away from home

The return leg is set for the weekend of 3-5 April.

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