Gor show character to pull through in Gabon
17 February 2014, 10:36
Libreville - Ten-man Gor Mahia beat US Bitam of Gabon 4-2 on penalty shoot-outs to sail through to the first round of Orange Confederation of African Football Associations (CAF) Champions League played in Libreville, Gabon over the weekend.
Gor Mahia will now meet Tunisia's Esperence Sportive in the next round of the CAF Champions league having passed the litmus test of frustrations and psychological warfare by the West Africans.
Gor tightly defended their goal area saw hard tackling defender David Owino and team manager Fred Ouma red carded while two other Gor Mahia players Dan Sserunkuma and Musa Mohamed yellow carded in what appeared to be an intimidatory tactics to frustrate them.
Earlier on, the match officials had given the host team two controversial penalties, which the Gor Mahia hero of the day - Jerim Onyango superbly saved both of them.
Gor Mahia, who flew into Libreville carrying a narrow 1-0 lead from the first leg encounter at Nyayo Stadium in Kenya a week ago, found themselves trailing US Bitam 0-1 in the first half forcing a 1-1.
But after 90 minutes of football, the two teams remained stuck to their 1-1 draw, a development which forced the match to go into penalty shoot-out.
However, it was Gor Mahia's shot stopper, Onyango, who emerged the hero for the Kenyan squad when he saved two penalties to propel his team to the next stage of Africa's elite club tournament.
Prior to the penalty shoot-out, Onyango had saved another set of two dubious penalties awarded to AS Bitam.
In the penalty shout out, Gor Mahia scored their spot kicks through Rama Salim, Innocent Mutiso, Haroun Shakava and Geoffrey Walusimbi to send US Bitam packing out of the African club championship.
- CAJ News
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