Kenyan champions Gor Mahia turned on style in the second half and broke a stubborn AS Ports of Djibouti to seize control of Group D and book a place in the quarterfinal of the 2019 CECAFA Club Championships with a game to spare.
K’Ogalo left it late before ripping apart AS Ports who gave as good as they got in the opening half. Coach Hassan Oktay made twin substitutions in the second half that changed the game drastically as the team ran out 2-0 victors at full time.
After a barren opening hour in which Gor Mahia enjoyed possession with little penetration or potency, substitute Boniface Omondi breached their opponents’ goal line six minutes after introduction to settle nerves.
Omondi profited from a lose ball in AS Ports six yard box after youth team graduate Erick Ombija won an aerial duel of Dennis Oalo’s cross. Lurking in the goalmouth, the diminutive Omondi instinctively pounced on the loose ball and steered it into the net.
The goal deflated AS Ports and K’Ogalo, with Kenneth Muguna running the show after coming on for Hashim Sempala, exercised a long moment of possession leaving their opponents to chase shadows.
Just when the game seemed destined for a slim 1-0 score line, Oalo struck K’Ogalo’s second after a serious physical duel for the ball in AS Ports 18 yard area.
The former Nairobi Stima marksman stayed on his feet when tumbling was an easy option from a coming together with Ports defender in the 92nd minute. In the frantic physical duel he was rather fortuitous to find the ball in his sight and with a poacher’s instinct he directed a shot towards goal for Gor’s second.
It was not pretty but the man who scored 25 goals for Nairobi Stima in the national Super League opened his account for Gor Mahia. The victory steered Gor Mahia to quarterfinals with one match pending against Zanzibar outfit KMKM.