Historic Gor defy numerical odds to head into quarters
A nine man Gor Mahia staged a good fight to beat Petro de Luanda 1-0 and qualify for CAF Confederations Cup Quarter final
Gor Mahia defied all odds, playing with nine men, to beat Angola’s Petro Atletico 1-0 at the Moi Sports Centre in Kasarani on Sunday night to qualify for the Quarter Finals of the CAF Confederations Cup for the first time in their history.
Jacques Tuyisenge scored the lone goal from the penalty spot in the 56th minute with Gor having to finish the game without Ernest Wendo and Shafik Batambuze as well as their coach Hassan Oktay.
Wendo was sent off after 35 minutes following a high tackle on Vladmir Etson after miscontrolling the ball while coach Oktay was sent off for furiously protesting a referee’s decision. Batambuze was sent off in the 74th minute for a second yellow card.
The two will now miss Gor’s first leg quarter final match and this will be both their second suspensions in the tournament.
The first half was highly tactical with few chances, each of the two sides sizing each other. Petro had most of the clear chances at goal with Gor having two, which didn’t provide much of threat.
The first for the home side was in the fifth minute when Petro gave away possession cheaply in their area and Boniface Omondi teed up Tuyisenge whose shot was easily collected.
Petro had a chance in the 22nd minute when Job Estevao raced to a Tiago Leal delivery from the right, but the pint sized winger could not direct his header on target.
Despite going a man down, Gor had a chance to break the deadlock four minutes to halftime when they won a foul at the edge of the area. Batambuze took the chance but curled his freekick straight at the keeper.
Gor stepped up in the second half and just 12 minutes in won a penalty when Omondi was brought down inside the box by Corte real Carneiro. Tuyisenge stepped up and thumped the ball in to give the home side the lead.
They should have had a second 10 minutes later when Tuyisenge was teed up by Francis Kahata but his venomous hit from range rattled the woodwork. Gor’s march was slowed down when left back Batambuze was shown a red for a second yellow.
But, they did not lose hope playing with heart and had another chance with Lawrene Juma’s shot from range hitting the frame of goal again.
Petro piled pressure looking for the equalizing goal, but Gor defended with their all, throwing bodies all over at shots from Atletico players.
Gor now join Zamalek in the last eight with the Egyptians having held NA Hussein Dey to a 0-0 draw in the other group match.The quarterfinals draw will be conducted on Wednesday 20th March.