It was not going to be a rosy affair within the soggy pitch owing to the rains being skilled within the Metropolis of Nairobi, and each side needed to be cautious when passing the ball. The artwork was mastered by the guests rapidly and will have been rewarded as early because the second minute.
The harmful Mezianne Bentahar discovered his approach into Ok’Ogalo hazard zone and was seemingly flipped. The centre referee from Mali felt that was not a foul and to the frustration of the visiting staff, he waved play on.
That incident was a wakeup name for Gor Mahia, who created an opportunity of their very own within the 20th minute. George ‘Blackbbery’ Odhiambo broke his well beyond the marker and introduced in a cross that was headed by Ephraim Guikan, however the goalkeeper put it out for unfruitful nook.
The most effective likelihood for the house staff got here within the 30th minute. Francis Kahata floated within the ball from the precise, Odhiambo headed on the right track however the custodian parried it, his observe up shot hit the publish with the guests helpless.
Three minutes later, a defensive blunder by Joash Onyango created issues for his aspect. The previous Western Stima defender gave the ball away within the hazard zone. He ended up freely giving a free-kick and within the bid to clear, it seemingly hit kahata’s arm, however the referee as soon as once more let it go.
Gor Mahia was lowered to 10 males within the 54th minute after Onyango acquired a second warning, following his charged dash in opposition to an opponent, a choice that seemed harsh. The resultant free-kick didn’t hassle the goalkeeper because it was cleared.
The numerical drawback didn’t appear to have an effect on the hosts, who continued to push for an elusive opener. It nearly got here within the 60th minute; Tuyisenge stole from the left to herald the ball into the six-yard space. The defenders hesitated in clearing it and ‘Blackberry’ managed to get the ball, solely to be fouled however surprisingly the referee didn’t trouble.
Tuyisenge had an opportunity to present his aspect a lead when the defensive lapses gave him possession within the opponent’s zone, however he couldn’t get the ball into the online. Regardless of late strain by each side together with a fierce drive by Kahata with about ten minutes to go, no aspect managed to get the winner.
USM Alger has 4 factors from two matches, whereas Gor Mahia has collected two.
Gor Mahia XI: Boniface Oluoch, Haron Shakava, Godfrey Walusimbi, Joash Onyango, Philemon Otieno, Humphrey Mieno, Boniface Omondi, Francis Kahata, George Odhiamb, Ephraim Guikan and Jacques Tuyisenge.
Subs: Shaban Odhoji, Charles Momanyi, Joachim Oluoch Cercidy Okeyo, Kevin Omondi, Ernest Wendo and Bernard Ondiek.
USM Alger XI: Mohamed Lamine, Ayoub Abdellaoui, Mohamed Benyahia, Faroukh Chafai, Fouazi Yaya, Kadoour Beldjilalai, Okacha Hamzaoui, Reda Hahouji, Meziane Abderahmane, Oualid Ardji and Oussama Darfalou.
Subs: Smail Mansouri, Amir Sayoud, Mohamed Amine, Qualid Arji, Redouame Cherifi and Rafik Bouderbal.