Odhiambo George of Gor Mahia
Sunday Jul 29, 2018. 20:19
A heroic display from Tanzania’s Young Africans was not enough as they lost 3-2 to Kenya’s Gor Mahia in a CAF Confederation Cup, Group D match at the Benjamin Mkapa National Stadium on Sunday evening.
The loss for the Tanzanian side means they are unable to qualify for the knockout stages of the club competition as they occupy last place with a point and unable to finish in second place.
It was the perfect start for the visiting Kenyan side who opened the scoring after only a minute thanks to a clinical finish from George Odhiambo, 1-0.
Gor Mahia took firm control of the game after that and almost doubled their lead in the 25th minute, but a long range shot from Francis Kahata was superbly saved by the Young Africans keeper.
Nonetheless, the Kenyan side continued to push forward and scored their second goal five minutes before the break courtesy of strike from Jacques Tuyisenge, 2-0.
Gor Mahia took a two-goal lead into the tunnel at half time.
The home side came out a lot more positive at the start of the second half and managed to pull a goal back on the hour mark when Matheo Simon found the back of the net for the Young Africans, 2-1.
That joy was short-lived though as Gor Mahia restored their two-goal lead when Haron Shakava scored in the 64th minute, 3-1.
The home side, though, were not going to go down without a fight and pulled another goal back in the 81st minute thanks to a deadly finish from Raphael Loth, 3-2.
That made for an exciting end to the match, but Gor Mahia managed to hold on for the win.
The win for Gor Mahia temporarily takes them to the top of Group D with eight points, one point above USM Alger who are in action late on Sunday night against Rayon Sports.
Young Africans (0) 2 (Simon 59’, Loth 81’)
Gor Mahia (2) 3 (Odhiambo 1’, Tuyisenge 41’, Shakava 64’)
Young Africans: Youthe Jehu (Kakolanya 76’), Kamagi, Charles Buswita, Haji Shaibu, Abdul, Papy Kambamba, Valentine Mhilu (Mahadhi 54’), Simon, Vincent Chikupe, Raphael Loth, Kaseke (Hajibu 61’).
Gor Mahia: Oluoch, Walusimbi, Onyango, Francis Kahata, Tuyisenge (Momanyi 83’), Joash Onyango, Omondi (Juma 63’), Shakava, George Odhiambo (Ondiek 90’), Philemon Otieno, Mieno.