Off-colour Gor Mahia fail to breeze past Seychellois Anse

By elvince joshua
Feb 16, 2013

Kenya’s representatives, Gor Mahia have a huge task of scoring aways goals in two weeks times against Anse Reunion in Seychelles in their CAF Confederations Cup tie after they were held to a barren draw on Saturday at the Nyayo National Stadium.

Gor’s forward led by Dan Sserunkuma and Mungai Kiongera squandered several opportunities as K’ogalo once again disappointed their fans in a continental assignment. Kiongera had a good chance to give Gor Mahia the lead in the 10th minute as he only had goalkeeper, Recky Rosse to beat but he failed to loop the ball in an empty net as David Owino’s rebound was punched out.

This was just five minutes after misfiring Rama Salim failed to tap a simple pass into the open net after he was fed by Moses Odhiambo with a well taken left foot shot. Kiongera turned provider in the 11th minute when he fed his attack partner, Sserunkuma but the Ugandan international fired straight into the hands of the goalkeeper.

Fatigue and lack of match fitness was evident amongst Gor players who pitched camp at their opponent’s half only relaxing a bit in the 14th minute to allow Sezoy to test Jerim Onyango.

Gor could boast of solid midfield marshaled by heroe cum valein Teddy Akumu, Moses Odhiambo and Kevin Omondi but the attack line of Sserunkuma, Edwin Lavatsa who replaced Kiongera in the second half and Salim failed to give their faithful fans who thronged the stadium some cheer.

 'We soldier on,' Logarusic

For the first time, coach Zdravko Logarusic’s was booed by the fans for withdrawing Kiongera for Lavatsa as fans wanted Rama out instead.

After the break, Sserunkuma once again failed to beat on form Rosse who stood tall in between the post, denying the Ugandan an open chance at close range. Akumu sees red Akumu was shown a straight red for a foul on Huso Sesoy after Gor went on attack leaving Sesoy to execute a counter attack in the 70th minute.

“You cannot win if you don't score goals. Sserunkuma lost three clear chances, Rama lost three Kiongera lost three but we’ve not lost hope, i think we can still score away we still have realistic chances of scoring away,” said Logarusic frustrated by his blunt attack.

The club’s loyal fans committed to kicking hooliganism out of the stadia beat senselessly one of them who threw a bottle in the pitch, protesting a call by a linesman who had judged Rama Salim for an offside.

Police stood and watched by as the supporters sought to discipline the ‘rogue’ fan who was thrown out of the stadium in the first half incident. This somehow barbaric act was inline with the recent calls by football stakeholders on fans to help arrest those causing chaos in the stadium.

The FKF champions will travel to Seychelles for the return leg set for March 2nd.