Guinea champions Horoya became the first team to book a slot in the group stages of the Total CAF Confederation Cup after beating Kenya’s Bandari 1-0 in Nairobi on Sunday afternoon to progress 5-2 aggregate winners.
Having won the first leg 4-2 in Conakry last weekend, Horoya just needed to avoid defeat in the reverse and they went one better, skipper Ocansey Mandela scoring the lone goal of the tie in the 66th minute of the game.
Mandela beat the offside trap, drove in and sent a low shot past keeper Oduor to break the deadlock. He should have had a brace but had a late chance saved one on one by Oduor, but it didn’t matter as they held on to pick victory and advance to the group stage.
The Kenyan FA Cup champions will only have themselves to blame after losing many scoring chances especially in the first half as they sought a first ever qualification to the group phase of continental football.
“Unfortunately that is what happens at this level. If you miss your chances and the opponent uses theirs then it’s done for you. We should have wrapped the game in the first half but we were made to pay. I can’t blame my players so much because we are not experienced at this level. Congrats to Horoya and for us now is to try and get back to this competition again,” Bandari coach Bernard Mwalala said after the game.