Gor Mahia are through to the second and final round of the CAF Champions League group stage preliminaries, after a dominant 5-1 thumping of Aigle Noir of Burundi in the two teams’ first-round, return-leg tie, played Sunday 25 August at the MISC Kasarani.
A Nicholas Kipkirui brace in the first-half and an own goal were added to by solo strikes from Boniface Omondi and Dickson Ambundo with the visitors getting a consolation in the closing stages sealed the tie.
Gor will now await the winner between USM Alger and AS SONIDEP to know who will be their opponents in the next round. USM of Algeria, who host the return leg, lead the tie 2-1 on aggregate against the Niger outfit.
Having played to a 0-0 draw in the first-leg tie away in Burundi a fortnight ago, Gor knew what they had to do coming into this game and that was to win and they did just that, coming out the gate swinging and sailing to a 3-0 lead inside the first stanza.
Relentless pressure bore fruit as early as the 9th minute when a cross from Kenneth Muguna, intended for Kipkirui, came off a Black Eagle’s defender to set the tone and throw the visitors down a ditch, one they would not get out from.
Eleven minutes later the impressive Kipkirui would show his prowess in the air with a header to double Gor’s lead.
The visitor’s would have one or two forays to try and get back in the game but none would bear fruit as Kipkirui put the game beyond the Burundian outfit with a third goal in the 37th minute.
The second stanza would be more explosive as new signing Dickson Ambundo would grab his debut goal for K’Ogalo with a close range tap-in after 66 minutes. He would later turn provider five minutes later to set up Boniface Omondi who made it 5-0.
The visitors would get a consolation in the 75th minute.
The huge win would however be tainted for Gor as Ugandan defender Shafik Batambuze, who had been a second half substitute, was forced out due to injury with a little over 10 minutes on the pitch.