Kenyan champions Gor Mahia FC are expected back at the JKIA at 9pm Thursday night from South Africa, where they progressed to the group stages of the Africa Confederations Cup against Supersport United FC.
After a 1-0 win at the Machakos County stadium last week, ‘Kogalo’ lost to Supersport United FC by two goals to one in the return leg match played Wednesday night at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in South Africa to progress on away goals rule.
An own goal by defender Haron Shakava and another scored by Thabo Mnyamane, were not enough to see hosts through to the group stages after Francis Kahata’s away goal secured the passage for Gor Mahia.
Kahata scored the all-important goal that sailed Gor through, just a minute after Harun Shakava had scored an own goal.
Despite Thabo Mnyamane’s goal that took SuperSport 2-1 after 68 minutes, Gor managed to hold on for the historic feat.
K’Ogalo missed two first team players in Jacques Tuyisenge and Ernest Wendo, but head coach Dylan Kerr still fielded a strong side.
The Kenyan team will join, other East African sides among them, Tanzania’s Yanga and Rwandese side Rayon Sport in the group stage draw set to be held this Saturday in Cairo, Egypt, and be guaranteed of pocketing 27 million shillings.
This will be the first time three East African clubs are playing in the group stages of the continental event in almost a decade.
Last year’s runners up Supersport United will however draw inspiration from the result after head Coach Kaitano Tembo, named a second string team for the second-leg encounter despite his side trailing by a goal from the first leg encounter played in Kenya.