Mathare succumb to Zesco in CAF League return tie


Published on 14/02/2009

By Gilbert Wandera

Mathare United were bundled out of the CAF Champions League after going down 3-1 to Zesco of Zambia in the second leg match at Coca-Cola Stadium yesterday.

The Kenyan side had lost 2-0 in the first leg two weeks ago and bowed out on a 5-1 goal aggregate.

A rare mistake by international defender Egdar Ochieng earned the visitors their first goal in the 14th minute when two-goal hero Enock Sakala his first.

Ochieng failed to clear a harmless ball in his territory allowing the lanky forward plenty of space to beat Martin Kokane in United’s goal.

Then a defensive lapse early in the second half saw the homeboys concede their second goal. Ochieng’s shot attempt at goal was stopped by Lottie Phiri.

With no United defenders at the back, Sakalla literally walked into the net with the ball for his second goal.

International mid-fielder Kevin Ochieng scored the consolation goal for the losers from the penalty spot in the 66th minute after Mulenga Nyambe had handled the ball. Djibouti referee Ali Farah did not hesitate to point to the spot and booked Nyambe.

The entry of Clifford Chipalo in the second half put United under a lot of pressure at the back. Chipalo scored twice in the first leg to sink the Kenyan club. He completed a George Phiri free kick in the 88th minute and a passage to the next round.

United put up a brave fight but the two easy goals conceded must have put them out of the match.

Meanwhile, Gor Mahia’s return to the continental scene ended in despair after they lost 1-0 against APR of Rwanda in a return leg match of the Confederation Cup in Kigali, adds Oscar Pilipili.

APR advanced to the second round where they play Haras El Hadood of Egypt, with a convincing 6-0 goals aggregate. Haruna Miyonzima scored the goal that sunk Gor at Amahoro National Stadium in the 93rd minute.

Gor’ assistant secretary Ronald Ngala told FeverPitch from Kigali that his players displayed a much better game than they did in Nairobi.

“The competition was tough but our boys played to our expectations,” Ngala said on telephone. “We lost because we played badly but it was bad lack this time,” he said.

According to Ngala, Gor created at least four clear chances but lack of finishing touch cost them dearly.

“We dominated the first and in fact APR’s only chance came in the extra time and they utilised it,” he said.

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