Gor Mahia journey in the CAF Confederations Cup came to an embarrassing end after being thumped 5-1 (7-1 aggregate) by Morocco side RS Berkane on Sunday 14 April.
The earlier show by the visitors gave no indication of jet lag and with the high tempo being witnessed in the game, it was captain Harun Shakava who was first to get into the referees' book after a rash challenge on a Berkane player when trying to stop an attack.
Berkane was growing into the game and deservingly took the lead in the 21st minute through Kodjo Fo-Doh Laba. Following a quick counter-attack by the home side, a cross was floated in from the left side with Shakava entirely missing the ball to hand Laba the easiest of taps past goalkeeper Patrick Odhiambo.
The response was immediate from Gor Mahia with Lawrence Juma restoring parity three minutes later. Another move by Gor Mahia ended in the opposition box with Francis Kahata being the target, the midfielder was to miss the ball with the hovering Juma latching in the loose ball past the Berkane keeper.
Gor were getting into the game after the goal and with the search for more goals their main target they were to be deflated in the 32nd when Mohammed Aziz rose above their defence to notch in the second before Bakre El Halal took an advantage of some erroneous defending from the visitors to slot past Odhiambo for Berkane’s third.
Fatigue was creeping in for the visitors and Oktay had to pull out captain Shakava for Joakim Oluoch as the visitors prevented more goals before the break.
Berkane carried their goal-scoring streak to the second half with Issoufiu Dayo scoring the hosts fourth in the 58th minute after towering above the Gor defense to nod in a corner’ Oktay throwing in Eris Ssekisambu for Francis Mustafa after the setback before throwing in Bernard Ondiek for goal scorer Juma.
The hosts were not done with scoring with Youssef Essaiydy putting on the final nail in the Gor Mahia’s coffin with a goal four minutes from time.
Gor Mahia Starting XI: Patrick Odhiambo (GK), Joash Onyango (Joakim Oluoch), Harun Shakava, Geoffrey Ochieng, Samuel Onyango, Lawrence Juma (Bernard Ondiek), Nicholas Kipkurui, Francis Kahata, Francis Mustafa (Erisa Ssekisambu), Philemon Otieno, Kenneth Muguna.
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