Gor Mahia left it late to score two goals against a ten-man Hussein Dey in a Caf Confederation Cup Group D match played on Sunday.
The visitors looked the settled side as early as the first minute, trying to throw everything to the hosts danger zone, but K’Ogalo eventually cooled down and managed to ensure they do not concede early. It turned out to be a balanced affair especially in the first ten minutes or so.
The best chance, arguably in the entire first half, fell to the visitors in the 11th minute. A Perfect pass from Chemssedine Harag fell to Abdel Khiati on the right, but the totally unmarked defender failed to beat the helpless goalkeeper and the ball eventually went out for a goal-kick.
Three minutes later, the dangerous Nicholas Kipkirui managed to get past his marker before setting up Jacques Tuyisenge whose feeble shot was easily saved by the custodian.
In the 17th minute, the determined Samuel Onyango managed to get the ball in a promising position, but his fierce drive from about 35 yards could not hit the target.
With about twenty minutes left in the first half, Francis Kahata delivered in a good cross from the left. The ball was intended for Kipkirui but the goalkeeper directed it to Onyango , whose effort came off the goalkeeper.
Both teams started the second half cautiously, definitely avoiding conceding, but again, it was Hussein Dey, who had a chance to get a lead in the 54th minute when the ball fell to Ilyes Yaiche. who narrowly missed the target.
It seemed that the game was headed to a barren draw before magic happened in 84th minute. Philemon Otieno brought in a fine cross from the right, that found Batambuze, who cut in and crossed the ball into the twelve-yard area.
The goalkeeper punched it as far as Kahata, who hit a first time volley into the back of the net. A minute later, Harag was sent off after getting his second yellow card for intimidating the referee.
The hosts too k full advantage of the numerical advantage and in the 87th minute, a long ball fell to Tuyisenge and the Rwandan striker made no mistake from about fifteen yards, doubling the score for K’Ogalo .
Gor Mahia XI : Boniface Oluoch, Philemon Otieno, Shafik Batambuze, Charles Momanyi, Haron Shakava, Lawrence Juma, Kenneth Muguna, Francis Kahata, Samuel Onyango, Nicholas Kipkirui and Jacques Tuyisenge
Reserves : Fredrick Odhiambo, Pascal Ogweno, Benard Ondiek, George Odhiambo, Boniface Omondi, Ernest Wendo and Francis Mustafa.