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Two late goals ensured that K’Ogalo won 4-3 on aggregate to seal his passage to the next round.
Gor Mahia’s substitute manager Sammy Omollo believes that excessive excitement was the reason APR suffered two goals at the end of a 3-1 loss to their hosts in the second leg of the Champions League in the Caf played at Nyayo Stadium on Saturday.
Jacques Tuyisenge missed a chance to put his team ahead in the nine minute when his penalty was saved by Gad Mathews. Samuel Onyango then put K’Ogalo in front in the 17th minute from close range. In the 81st minute, Keddy Nsanzimfura tied to give the Army hope of advancing to the next round.
However, Sydney Ochieng ‘scored in the second minute of stoppage time before Nicholas Kipkirui sealed the win just minutes from time and ensured the champions Kenya advanced 4-3 on aggregate.
“The problem with APR is that they celebrated too much when they called against us,” Omollo said. objective on Sunday.
“They got too excited and gave us a chance to score our goals. If they had been able to focus, maybe they could have managed to get the result they needed to get to the next round.”
The strategist also praised his team for their performance and zeal that ensured they eliminated the Rwandan champions.
“Gor Mahia played well considering the fact that he hasn’t been involved in competitive matches lately,” added Omollo.
“Since March, most of the players here have not participated in any matches and I am very happy with the way they played.
“I was encouraged by the response after conceding a goal at the end of the match. If it had been any other team, maybe they could have given up, but K’Ogalo fought to the end and we were rewarded.”
The strategist has also pointed out the impact that the substitutes have made.
“They knew what we wanted and they played a very important role in helping the team move forward. Sydney, Kipkirui scored very important goals for us and came on as substitutes.
“Overall I am happy with the overall performance, we can now prepare for the next round with the aim of reaching the group stage of the competition.”
Gor Mahia never made it to the group stage of the Caf Champions League.