Gor Mahia, pride to play for against Telecom

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Aug 16, 2014
  • Godfrey Walusimbi of Gor Mahia FC outpaces Charles Tibingana of APR FC of Rwanda during their Cecafa Kagame Club Cup 2014 championship.

Gor Mahia, Kenya’s representatives at the Cecafa Kagame Cup only have pride to play for when they face Djibouti’s Telecom from 3 pm on Sunday before packing their bags for the flight home on Monday.

On Friday, Gor were held to a 2-2 draw by Rwanda’s APR which put paid to their arithmetical chance of sneaking into the quarters. They needed a win and hope that other results favored them to finish at least third in Pool B.

But, their destiny was decided by Barnabe Mubumbyi who scored a goal in two minutes of the added time after 90 minutes. Jean Claude Mugiraneza had put the Rwanda champions ahead in the 22nd minute.

Ugandan pair of Geoffrey “Baba” Kizito and Godfrey Walusimbi gave Gor Mahia a lifeline with a goal in the 60th and 84th minutes. Another Ugandan Dan Sserunkama started from the bench but came in for Eric Ochieng to bolster the attack.

Defending champions Vital “O” of Burundi have been bundled out after a 1-1 draw with Sudan’s El Merreikh. They finished on four points but had an inferior goal aggregate against El-Merreikh who advance to the quarters.

Police from Rwanda topped this Pool C with a maximum nine points from three games.

Inch closer

In the first match on Friday, Atletico from Burundi did enough to inch closer to the quarter final. They beat Telecom of Djibouti 2-1. Ramadhan Niragira scored for Atletico in the 11th minute and Moustapha Mohamed levelled for Telecom in the 29th minute.

Fiston Nzomukunda notched the winner for Atletico in the 87th minute. They will have their eyes on the result between Telecom and Gor Mahia.

Telecom needs to beat Gor Mahia by at least three clear goals without conceding. Then, KCCA must also beat APR by any margin. APR who already have seven points have qualified for the quarter finals.

Today, the Pool A quarter finalists will be known when Tanzania Mainland’s Azam play Ethiopia’s Adama City from 3 pm at Nyamirambo Stadium. They have five points and a win would cement their place in the quarters while a draw may be tricky especially if Atlabara beat or draw with Rayon Sport in the other match.

Rayon Sport have seven points from three matches and are yet to lose any game while a resurgent Atlabara have drawn three matches and are also unbeaten. Azam have won and drawn two matches accounting for their five points.

Adama City and KMKM have two points each. The Zanzibar side have completed their assignments.

Remaining fixtures

Today, Saturday: Adama City (Ethiopia) v Azam (Tanzania Mainland), Rayon Sport (Burundi) v Atlabara (South Sudan).

Tomorrow, Sunday: Telecom (Djibouti) v Gor Mahia (Kenya), KCCA (Uganda) v APR (Rwanda).