Gor Mahia draw against Napsa, late penalty knocks them out of CAF Confederations Cup

 

Gor Mahia Fc held hosts Napsa FC of Zambia 2-2 in their second leg, preliminary round of Caf Confederations Cup match played Sunday at Heroes Stadium, Lusaka, Zambia.

Despite the draw Gor Mahia,record Kenya premier league champions,  exited the continental football 2-3 on aggregate after losing the first leg at home last Sunday 0-1.

Former English Premier League side Southampton player Emmanuel Mayuka scored a last minute penalty to   salvage a draw for Napsa who qualified for their first group stage matches of the Caf Confederations Cup in their history.

Gor Mahia began the match brightly, despite arriving hours to the kick off, and found the net after 16 minutes through Samuel Onyango.

Napsa Stars pulled level two  minutes later through Austine Banda. Clifton Miheso restored Kogallo’s lead with a second in the 19th minute.

With the game headed for an end and victory in sight for the visitors ,Gor Mahia conceded a 96th minute penalty with Mayuka stepping up to slot past Boniface Oluoch to send his club through to their first matches at the group phase of Caf Confederations Cup.

Gor Mahia FC head coach Emmanuel Vaz Pinto lamented the last gasp penalty awarded  that knocked his  side out of the tournament.

‘’Today we played very well we deserved to get to the group stage but this is football. Sometimes they say this is Africa but we need to bring a stop to this. I am from Portugal and I work hard a lot to give my family a better life ,the players as well. This is not fair’’,Gor Mahia coach said after the match.

Napsa Stars Fc head coach Mohammed Fathi reveled in resilience his side showed to snatch the win through the  skin of their teeth.

‘’its not easy competition most of the squad is made up of Zambia players around 80% but they have been meeting experienced sides at each level of the tournament,but they have shown resilience and fought to the last minute and won’’, Fathi said.

  

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