Gor Mahia FC defeated neighbors Yanga SC by a huge 4-0 margin in a one-sided match played at Kasarani Stadium on Wednesday.
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 Ephram Guikan was well fed in the left wing, did well to get past his marker and unleashed a shot that the goalkeeper did well to punch, and it eventually was cleared. Two minutes later, Kamagi had to clear from the line a well headed ball by Charles Momanyi.
Those were early signs of good things to come for Gor Mahia fans, and in the 22nd minute, the home team deservedly went ahead. An inch perfect cross was brought in from the right and the defense failed to clear it, leaving Jacques Tuyisenge with the easiest of tasks; guiding the ball past Rostand Youthe.
It was 2-0 just before the break in favour; this time round Humphrey Mieno managing to pass the ball to Guikan, who was completely unmarked, and the striker made no mistake from about twelve yards.
After the break, Yanga looked jaded and out of ideas, with Gor Mahia creating chance after chance, but the goalkeeper at one point had to make a double save to deny Guikan and Bernard Ondiek.
Goal Update | Ephrem Guikam changes the scoreline once again, packing some power on the strike after a nice long ball set up from the midfield. Yanga goalkeeper had no chance with the fire from that lethal left... https://t.co/1fFgB2yZjD— GOR MAHIA FC (@OfficialGMFC) July 18, 2018
The pressure from the home team paid off in the 63rd minute; Gor Mahia won a corner and an enticing cross was brought in, and in a bid to clear it, defender Haji Mwinyi, unfortunately, put the ball into his own net.
The final nail on Yanga's coffin was nailed in by Guikan with three minutes to go. Once again, Mieno managed to play a long ball to the Ivorian, and the big man used his pace well before shooting it past the goalkeeper to make it 4-0.
Gor Mahia remain second in Group D with five points, two behind leaders USM Alger, who defeated Rayon Sports of Rwanda 2-1.
HALF TIME | GOR MAHIA FC 2 - 0 YANGA FC (24' J.Tuyisenge, 45' E. Guikan)— GOR MAHIA FC (@OfficialGMFC) July 18, 2018
Jacques Tuyisenge turned in cross from Samuel Onyango in the 24th minute and a beutiful thtough pass assist from Humphrey Mieno set up Guikan Ephrem to double the lead. Deserved!!#CAFCC #Sirkal
Rayon was the first to score in the 38th minute courtesy of Ismaila Diarra, before Farouk Chaffai and Abdelraouf Benguit scored in the 45th and 90th minute to help the North African side claim maximum points.
Gor Mahia XI: Shaban Odhoji, Godfrey Walusimbi, Harun Shakava, Philemon Otieno, Charles Momanyi, Bernard Ondiek, Samuel Onyango, Ephrem Guikan, Humphrey Mieno, Francis Kahata and Jacques Tuyisenge (Francis Mustafa).
Yanga XI: Youthe Jehu, Kamagi, Abdoul, Haji Shaibu, Chikupe, Haji, Papy Kambamba, Oscar Mkomola, Mahadhi, Charles Buswita and Hajibu.