Gor Mahia made it to the first round of the CAF Champions League with a 3-1 win (Aggr: 4:3) over APR in a match staged at Nyayo Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The visitors were awarded a penalty after APR forward was brought down inside the danger zone by Andrew Juma. Former K'Ogalo forward Jackies Tuyisenge stepped up to take and went for the right side but Gad Mathews dived correctly to deny him from putting APR into the lea; Kogalo players covering their keeper well to clear the ball out of danger.
Gor Mahia was to make the visitors pay for their penalty miss by taking the lead in the 18th minute. The home side was awarded a free-kick that was well delivered by Kenneth Muguna inside the box, Samuel Onyango rose high and headed the ball past Umar; a goal that was to be the difference in the first half.
Midfielder Bernard Ondiek and Benson Omala missed glorious chances to extend their lead but both miss the target in what was a game being dominated by the home side.
In the second half, coach Sammy Omolo made a double change ten minutes after the resumption with Clifton Miheso and Sydney Ochieng being given a chance for Ondiek and Tito Okelo but APR came back a different team.
APR levelled the scores with nine minutes remaining to stoppage time. Substitute Nsanzimfura Keddy had the ball outside the box and unleashed a thunderbolt that gave Mathews no chance; a goal that saw them top on aggregate score.
With Kenneth Muguna injured, Sammy Omollo threw in Nicholas Kipkurui as Gor Mahia looked for that elusive goal to level matters. And it proved to be a masterstroke as Sydney scored with minutes remaining on the clock before Kipkirui came with the winner in what was virtually the last kick of the match following a good delivery from Clifton Miheso.
(Image: Gor Mahia)