Kenyan Champions Gor Mahia’s run at the ongoing Cecafa Kagame Cup was brought to an end at the quarterfinals stage courtesy of a 2-1 loss to the Green Eagles of Zambia.
A fast start from the Kenya Premier League champions saw them take the lead in the 2nd minute of the match. Nicholas Kipirui stole the ball from Green Eagles defender Boniface Sunzu and brilliantly dinked the ball over the onrushing keeper to open the scoring.
The Zambians were level 5 minutes later after a costly error from Ugandan midfielder Hashim Sempala allowed Tapson Kaseba through on goal and he firmly shot the ball into the back of the net.
Sempala was not having the best of matches and was lucky not to get sent off following a nasty foul on Eagles Danger Man Kennedy Musonda.
Gor Mahia was having most of the ball but could not find a way past a resolute Green Eagles defense. Half time round the scores level at 1-1.
Shadrack Mulungwe gave Eagles the lead in the 68th minute with a fierce drive from outside the box. Sempala was again easily beaten alongside Geoffrey Ochieng as Mulungwe made space for the shot.
It was the first time that Gor Mahia were chasing a match in this year’s tournament. Hassan Oktay rang the changes with Tobias Otieno replacing Lawrence Juma but he could not inspire K’Ogallo to an equalizer and in the end, the Zambians proved to be too much for K’Ogallo.