It was a Group D third match for both teams; Yanga had lost 4-0 before drawing 0-0 to USM Alger and Rayon Sports respectively. Their opponents K’Ogalo had drawn 1-1 away against Rayon Sports before playing out to a barren draw at home against USM Alger.
Gor Mahia has been having an excellent year and it was evident there were no rooms for complacency within the first fifteen minutes. Yanga looked lost and they could have fell behind in the 11th minute.
Ivorian Ephraim Guikan was the toast for the Kenyan champions after he notched a brace with Jacques Tuyisenge also on the score sheet. Defender Haji Mwinyi scored another own goal to end Yanga’s chances of making it from the group.
Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr was impressed with his charges and promised to keep the tempo in the competition. “It was the kind of win we wanted and I thank my players for the good display. Now we have three matches to go and we must remain focused because the job is not done yet.”
Meanwhile, Rayon Sports of Rwanda conceded late at home to allow USM Alger remain top of the group on seven points. Abderaouf Benguit sealed an amazing comeback from one goal down to defeat the hosts 2-1 in stoppage time.
Ismaila Diarra scored the opener for Rayon in the 27th minute but they could not double their score as Malian-born striker and Christ Mbondi wasted a number of scoring chances.
Despite conceding early in the game, the visitors kept their cool, grew in confidence as the game went on and started having more of the ball which resulted in Farouk Chafai’s equalizer seconds before half-time break.
After recess, the Algerian giants returned even more aggressive and sharper but goalie Abouba Bashunga and his defense, led by Thiery Manzi, were alert to keep the score-line at 1-1, until Benguit netted a break-my-heart goal in the dying seconds (90+2 minute) of the game from Redouane Cherifi’s brilliant assist.
USM Alger lead Group D with 7 points, two ahead of second-placed Gor Mahia while Roberto Oliveira’s Rayon are in third place with two points, followed by struggling Young Africans, who are located at the bottom with one point.