Gor Mahia failed to secure their place in the quarter-finals of Caf Confederation Cup after falling 2-1 to a brave Rayon Sports side on Sunday.
About seven players, who had faced the Kenyan champions in the first leg that ended 1-1, were missing from the Rwandan side including Ismaila Diara, who had scored the team's last two goals in the competition, as coach Roberto Oliveira aimed at getting an unlikely win in Nairobi.
Third on three points, and with a realistic chance of progression, the visitors had no option but go for three points, and within the first two or so minutes, they realized the mission was possible.
Djabel Minishimwe did well to go past Wellington Ochieng’ on the left, bringing in a sweet cross that found Bimenyimana in a good position, and the striker guided the ball past keeper Shaban Odhoji to give his team the lead.
Rayon Sports showed real determination, frustrating their hosts and preventing them from playing their usual passing game. K’Ogalo, against the run of play, managed to get into it after 17 minutes.
GOR Mahia FC lose for the first time in Group D to Rayon Sports!— Goal Kenya (@GoalcomKenya) August 19, 2018
…but Yanga returns favour by beating USM Alger 2-1.
K’Ogalo will stay top but must win final match. Your thoughts? @rayon_sports pic.twitter.com/YUWht0WbjA
A seemingly harmless ball was played to Rwatubyaye, and the defender took so much time on the ball. and was eventually dispossessed by Francis Mustapha, who coolly slotted it past the on rushing goalkeeper.
Both teams missed good opportunities to get the second goal as the nerves got the better of them, but at the end of the first 45 minutes, it was K’Ogalo, who were riding highest. The Dylan Kerr led side started the second half better, and they needed about three minutes for Mustapha to test the goalkeeper from about eighteen yards, as the home team made their intentions clear.
However, it was Rayon Sports, who went ahead in the 53rd minute; Philemon Otieno conceded a free-kick in about twenty-five yards. It was taken by Erick Rutanga, who curled in a beautiful ball that Odhoji failed to clear.
It was a goal that unsettled Gor Mahia; they could not play in their usual rhythm, and struggled to get the ball to Jacques Tuyisenge and Musatapha, who were hungry for services. In the 70th minute, Gor Mahia were unlucky not to fall further behind, this time round, a perfect ball was brought in from the right, unfortunately, it was a little too high for the unmarked Bimenyimana.
Not even the introduction of Samuel Onyango and Bernard Ondiek could help the home team from falling. However, Gor Mahia can take heart from the result posted in Tanzania where Yanga SC, against all odds, defeated USM Alger 2-1.
Gor Mahia XI: Shaban Odhoji, Francis Kahata, Jacques Tuyisenge, Joash Onyango, Wellingtone Ochieng, Ernest Wendo, Haron Shakava, Francis Mustapha, George Odhiambo, Humphrey Mieno and Philemon Otieno.