Caf Confederation Cup Group D Review: Gor Mahia hold USM Alger as Yanga frustrated

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USM Alger will remain top of the Group on four points while the Kenyan champions are second on two

USM Alger maintained top spot in Group D of Caf Confederation Cup despite dropping points in a barren draw against Gor Mahia on Wednesday night.

It was not going to be a rosy affair in the soggy pitch at Kasarani following the heavy rains pounding Nairobi City, and both sides had to be cautious when passing the ball. The art was mastered by the visitors quickly and could have been rewarded as early as the second minute.

The dangerous Mezianne Bentahar found his way into K’Ogalo danger zone and was seemingly flipped. The centre referee from Mali felt that was not a foul and to the disappointment of the visiting team, he waved play on.

That incident was a wakeup call for Gor Mahia, who created a chance of their own in the 20th minute. George ‘Blackbbery’ Odhiambo broke his way past the marker and brought in a cross that was headed by Ephraim Guikan, but the goalkeeper put it out for unfruitful corner.

The best chance for the home team came in the 30th minute. Francis Kahata floated in the ball from the right, Odhiambo headed on target but the custodian parried it, his follow up shot hit the post with the visitors helpless.

Three minutes later, a defensive blunder by Joash Onyango created problems for his side. The former Western Stima defender gave the ball away in the danger zone. He ended up giving away a free-kick and in the bid to clear, it seemingly hit kahata's arm, but the referee once again let it go.

Tuyisenge had a chance to give Gor Mahia a lead when defensive lapses gave him possession in the opponent’s zone, but he could not get the ball into the net. Despite late pressure by both sides including a fierce drive by Kahata with about ten minutes to go, no side managed to get the winner.

In Tanzania, Young Africans (Yanga) failed to use home ground advantage as they battled to a scoreless draw with Rayon Sports of Rwanda.

Yanga, produced a number of clear chances to take the lead, including Obrey Chirwa’s woodwork in the 68th minute but goalie Eric Ndayishimiye’s defence, led by Thierry Manzi, was alert to clear the threat.

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Ivan Minnaert’s side also had two goals disallowed by the linesmen, first by Diarra in the first half, and then Hussein ‘Tchabalala’ Shaban’s chip in the second half.

After registering their second group draw, Rayon will play their next game against USM Alger, while Young Africans will be hosting Gor Mahia.

The Algerian giants top Group D table with 4 points after two games, Gor Mahia and Rayon are second and third with two apiece, while Young Africans are bottom with one point.

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