UNLUCKY K'OGALO

Gor crash out of CAF Confederation Cup

Head coach Mark Harrison said they were unlucky and called out his squad for failing to capitalise on glaring opportunities

In Summary

•The home side headed into the encounter confident of turning the tide against the Congolese side, but Roland Okouri clinical finish early in the game foiled their plans.

•Last season, Gor suffered the same fate after crashing 3-2 on aggregate to Zambian side Napsa at Nyayo Stadium, also at the play-offs stage.

Faria Jobel of AS Otoho d'Oyo (L) shields the ball from Gor Mahia's Jules Ulimwengu during their Caf Confederation Cup clash at Nyayo Stadium.
Faria Jobel of AS Otoho d'Oyo (L) shields the ball from Gor Mahia's Jules Ulimwengu during their Caf Confederation Cup clash at Nyayo Stadium.
Image: ERICK BARASA

Kenya's representatives in the Caf Confederations Cup, Gor Mahia, have been bundled out of the continental showpiece after crashing 2-1 to AS Otoho d'Oyo of Congo on aggregate at Nyayo Stadium on Sunday.

With the loss, K'Ogalo squandered a chance to advance to the group stage, where they had a glorious opportunity to pocket Sh30,937,500 (US$275,000) at a minimum.

Gor's head coach Mark Harrison blamed their defeat on hard luck, saying his charges gave out their best. Harrison nonetheless called out his squad for failing to capitalise on glaring opportunities.

“It simply wasn't our day. We deserved to win the match. However, we need to be more clinical in front of goal in the future if we expect to win matches of this calibre,” said Harrison.

The Briton added: “Our midfield was a little bit disjointed and our forwards were left cut out for the most part of the action. I guess we deserved to do more to post a better result.”

The home side headed into the encounter confident of turning the tide against the Congolese side, but Roland Okouri's clinical finish early in the game foiled their plans.

The lethal forward came back to haunt K'Ogalo at home, after punishing them with a 63rd-minute strike at Alphonse Massamba-Debat Stadium in Brazzaville a week ago.

Okouri headed into the net on the second bite of the cherry in the 12th minute, after Fariah Ondongo took a set-piece and Chandrel Massanga's header rattled the post.

However, their celebrations were cut short when John Macharia pounced on a rebound to restore parity after custodian Wilfrgon Mongondza had punched away Jules Ulimwengu's initial effort.

Unlike in Brazzaville where they had 11 infield players burning out in the entire match, and a goalkeeper as their only substitute, Gor raised a full matchday squad at Nyayo, with the bench looking even more lethal.

However, a dysfunctional midfield and a blunt striking force highlighted the poor form the Kenyans carried into the match. Brazen time-wasting stunts by their opponents only served to make matters worse.

Last season, Gor suffered the same fate after crashing 3-2 on aggregate to Zambian side Napsa at Nyayo Stadium, also at the play-offs stage.

The winners of the continental second-tier showpiece will walk away with a whopping US$1.25 million in prize money.

The runner-up will pocket US$625,000 while all the Semi-finalists will bank US$450,000. All quarter-finalists will walk away US$350,000 richer.

The third-placed in this stage will each get US$275,000 while the teams that place the fourth 4th will get US$275,000.