Gor Mahia put aside off the pitch troubles to annihilate visiting Yanga SC of Tanzania 4-0 in a CAF Confederation Cup Group D match played at Kasarani on Wednesday evening.
A brace from Ivorian danger-man Ephrem Guikan and a goal each from Rwandan Jacques Tuyisenge and Mwinyi Haji, who netted an own goal, ensured the humongous victory for K’Ogalo.
Gor headed into the tie against the backdrop of backroom squabbles over unpaid bonuses but, when they entered the field of play it did not show as they put up a 4-star performance to continue their recent dominance over the Jangwani Boys.
The coach Dylan Kerr’s side missed the services of a number of regulars including first choice keeper Boniface Oluoch, George “Blackberry” Odhiambo and Ernest Wendo, who were out injured and defense linchpin Joash Onyango, who was suspended for the game.
After dominating early possession, Tuyisenge broke the stalemate in the 22nd minute, tapping home from inside the box Sammuel Onyango’s long pass.
Guikan, who had tested Yanga’s keeper Youthe Jehu a couple of times before, fired in the second from a heavenly set up from Humphrey Mieno, who spotted his left foot with a defense splitting pass in the 46th minute.
The second half was no different as Gor continued to boss the proceedings with their beautiful passing game.
Mwinyi turned the ball into his own net in the 65th minute for the third goal with a classic header off Francis Kahata’s floated ball into the box with Charles Momanyi and Harun Shakava heads lurking in the air.
Guikan had the last laugh with a left foot scorcher to make it 4-0 with five minutes to go after receiving a long pass from Mieno.
The win cements Gor’s second position in Group D and inch them closer to the quarter-finals.
Leaders USM Alger picked a late victory in a 2-1 win away to Rayon Sports in Kigali. They command the group with seven points, two better than Gor.
Gor will visit Dar Es Salaam on July 29 for the return match at National Stadium.
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