Kenya/Algeria: Gor Beaten At Home By Belouizdad, Drop Out of CAF Champions League


Nairobi — Record Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia have dropped out of the CAF Champions League after losing 2-1 to Algerian side CR Belouizdad in the return leg of the competition’s first round in Nairobi on Wednesday.

Gor Mahia lost the tie 8-1 on aggregate, having shipped in six unanswered goals in the first leg in Algiers on Boxing Day and will now have to contest for a place in the CAF Confederations Cup, with a play-off round date awaiting them.

The home side came from behind to snatch victory in Nairobi and progress to the group stages for the first time since 2001.

Burundian forward Jules Ulimwengu scored the opening goal in the first half for Gor, but AMir Sayoud who was Gor’s chief tormentor in the first leg showed up again with a goal and assist within the final 12 minutes of the game.

Sayoud scored in the 78th minute before laying off the ball for Abdelkader Belharane six minutes later for the second.

With a six-goal mountain to climb, Gor knew they needed to be faster off the blocks to stand any meaningful chance of progressing.

However, they were hampered by a Belouizdad side that sat behind the ball and defended in numbers, while Gor lacked the key to open up the spaces behind the defence and create scoring opportunities.

They however got a chance to do so after 19 minutes and it was the returning skipper Muguna who would provide the chance.

The midfielder lifted the ball over the defense to pick out Ulimwengu’s run with the Burundian slotting the ball in between the keeper’s legs for the opener. Muguna had shown his hunger for goal a few minutes earlier with his shot from distance flying over the bar.