Gor Hold New Star, Storm CAF Confed Cup Group Stage

Jan 20 - by Erick Ochieng for SportPesa News

The SportPesa Premier League champions won the first leg of the continental play-off fixture 2-1 at Moi Internatioanl Sports Centre Kasarani on January 4 ahead of the Sunday's return leg

Gor Mahia FC forward Francis Mustafa in action during their CAF Confederations Cup playoff round match against New Star de Douala.PHOTO/FK

  • SportPesa Premier League (SPL) champions Gor Mahia FC battled to a 0-0 draw with New Star de Douala FC at Limbe Stadium in Cameroon on Sunday evening to qualify for CAF Confederation Cup group stage on a 2-1 aggregate
  • Gor were buoyed ahead of the tie with a 4-1 thumping of Mt.Kenya United FC at Kasarani on Wednesday with Uganda import Erisa Ssekisambu netting a hat-trick
  • Gor were eliminated from the 2018/ 2019 CAF Champions League contest by Lobi Stars FC of Nigeria who won on away goal advantage after a 3-3 aggregate
  • Last year, Gor eliminated former South Africa league winners, SuperSport United FC in the Confed Cup play-off to punch their ticket to the group stages where they were pooled alongside USM Alger (Algeria), Rayon Sport (Rwanda) and neighboring titans, Yanga SC of Tanzania

LIMBE, Cameroon- SportPesa Premier League (SPL) champions Gor Mahia FC battled to a 0-0 draw with New Star de Douala FC at Limbe Stadium in Cameroon on Sunday evening to qualify for CAF Confederation Cup group stage on a 2-1 aggregate.

Gor won the first leg of the continental play-off fixture 2-1 at Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani on January 4 ahead of the return leg that was held on Sunday.

Gor were buoyed ahead of the tie with 4-1 thumping of Mt.Kenya United FC at Kasarani on Wednesday with Uganda international Erisa Ssekisambu netting a hat-trick.

Head coach Hassan Oktay made the trip to Cameroon without skipper Harun Shakava and his defense partner Joash Onyango  who have been suspended by CAF on disciplinary ground.Kenneth Muguna also did not travel with the team.

Gor were eliminated from the 2018/ 2019 CAF Champions League contest by Lobi Stars FC of Nigeria who won on away goal advantage after a 3-3 aggregate.

The loss relegated K’Ogalo to the Confederation Cup where they were paired with New Star who edged out Libyan outfit Al Ahli Tripoli 1-1 on aggregate after a 0-0 draw in Limbe in their Confederation preliminary round to reach the current stage.

Last year, Gor eliminated former South Africa league winners, SuperSport United FC in the Confed Cup play-off to punch their ticket to the group stages where they were pooled alongside USM Alger (Algeria), Rayon Sport (Rwanda) and neighboring titans, Yanga SC of Tanzania.

Faced with a backbreaking fixture pile-up, their defence of the SportPesa Cup, involvement in the CECAFA Club Championship, landmark friendly against English side, Hull City FC and Shield commitments, Gor were leading Group D standings ahead of the final round of fixtures where they faced a daunting trip to Algiers to play USMA.

A 1-2 defeat on August 29 brought K’Ogalo’s (eight) brave run in the competition to an end, with Rayon (nine) edging them out to join the Algerians (11) in the quarterfinal draw as Yanga (four) propped Group D.