Gor Mahia must beat Berkane 3-0 in the return leg of the CAF Confederation Cup, away in Morocco, in order to progress to the semi-finals.
K’Ogalo lost for the first time at the Kasarani Stadium in this campaign after they bowed 2-0 to the visitors.
Barke El Helali and Issoufou Dayo punished a weak defence to end the Kenyan representatives’ perfect home record.
Gor Mahia before facing Morocco’s Berkane FC in CAF Confederation quarter-finals first leg match at Kasarani Stadium, Nairobi, on April 7, 2019. [PHOTO: KELLY AYODI/SPORTS NEWS AFRICA]
The odds were against Gor Mahia who played without head coach Hassan Oktay who was suspended from the touchline after he was sent to the stands in the last group match against Petro Atletico.Also missing from the squad were suspended quartet of captain Harun Shakava, lead striker Jacques Tuyisenge, midfielder Ernest Wendo and Uganda left-back Shafik Batambuze.
K’Ogalo faithful. [PHOTO: KELLY AYODI/SPORTS NEWS AFRICA]
Dayo powered Berkane to the lead in the 24th minute after Geoffrey Ochieng had conceeded a free kick from outside the edge.
Charles Momanyi blew away a golden chance to bring Gor Mahia back to the game when he blasted his effort off the target.
Francis Kahata’s was equally denied by a hard working Abdelaali M’Hamdi between Berkane’s posts.
Gor Mahia and Berkane FC players in action during a CAF Confederation quarter-finals first leg match at Kasarani Stadium, Nairobi, on April 7, 2019. [PHOTO: KELLY AYODI/SPORTS NEWS AFRICA]
Boniface Omondi hit the post while a mean M’Hamdi sprung to action with another save to deny Momanyi.Helali, having been denied at close-ranger by K’Ogalo custodian, made amends when he got the better of Fredrick Odhiambo with a second goal of the day.
Berkane FC players celebrate their 2-0 victory against Gor Mahia. [PHOTO: KELLY AYODI/SPORTS NEWS AFRICA]
Gor must now double their effort in the return leg and force at least 2-0 draw in regulation time to force the game into extra time and possibly a penalty shoot out, which they must win to progress to the next stage.