Gor Mahia falls to Berkane in Kasarani
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Gor Mahia falls to Berkane in Kasarani

Gor Mahia lost their unbeaten home record in the 2019 CAF Confederations Cup after going down 2-0 to Morocco's RS Berkane on Sunday 7 April at the MISC Kasarani.

After a balanced affair in the early exchanges, Gor first real threat came through Boniface Omondi in the sixth minute when his shot just at the edge of the box was deflected for a fruitless corner by the Berkane defence.

The visitors had a perfect opportunity to take the lead in the 17th minute with El Helaji failing to connect with a well-floated ball that had evaded the Gor Mahia defence.

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After some settling in the game, Berkane started dominating the game but were in numerous occasion undone by the final ball.  The pressure was to finally pay in the 24th minute through Issoufou Dayo. The visitors had won a free kick on the left side of the pitch, El Helali stepped up to float the ball that was turned in past Patrick Odhiambo by Dayo.

The goal seems to have woken up the visitors and they were unlucky to restore parity in a space of a minute with Berkane keeper Mhamdi being forced to two brilliant saves. First, it was Francis Kahata’s sting that was tipped over the bar by the keeper, the resultant corner was to fall to Omondi after the Berkane defense had cleared only for the midfielder to watch his effort come off the upright. Charles Momanyi was to rise above the Berkane defence from another corner with his goal-bound header tipped once again by Mhamdi.

Helaji was handed an opportunity to double the visitors lead in the 42nd minute following a swift counter-attack by the visitors but keeper Odhiambo raced off his line to thwart the danger.; the half ending with the Moroccan side leading the scores.

Berkane Second

Twelve minutes after resumption Gor was to introduce Nicholas Kipkurui for Francis Mustafa but it was Berkane who doubled their lead a minute later. After a quick break from the visitors, Bakre Helali was to easily snap a harmless ball from the watching Philemon Otieno to slot in past Odhiambo in the  Gor goal.

With the goal, the home side had nothing to lose with coach Zedekiah Otieno who was standing in for the suspended Hassan Oktay throwing in Erissa Ssekisambu and Samuel Onyango for Dennis Oliech and Boniface Omondi respectively; changes that did less to change the outcome of the game.

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