Gor Mahia interim coach Sammy Omollo Pamzo has highlighted the importance of fixing the defence before the first leg of the Caf Confederations Cup playoff.
The Kenyan giants crushed out of CAF Champions League after losing 8-1 on aggregate to Algerian champions CR Belouizdad and will now have to contend with playing in the second tier of the continental championships.
GOR , who lost 6-0 in the first leg in Algiers on Boxing Day, submited their lead to fall 2-1 in the return leg played at the Nyayo National Stadium yesterday.
The heavy loss was Gor’s third in a row to a North African opponent as they lost 6-1 on aggregate to USM Alger last season and hardly went down 1-0 on aggregate to Tunisian giants Esperance in 2018.
“We gave our best especially in the return leg and I am happy with the fighting spirit that the players showed despite the challenges we have been through. We need to work on our defending before the Confed playoff,” observed the Posta Rangers gaffer.
“We should have done better in terms of defending. We also have to improve on how we take our chances. With good planning, we have a chance of progressing in this tournament.”
K’Ogalo, broke the deadlock in the 22nd minute through Jules Ulimwengu, a goal which saw him take his tally to three goals in as many matches in Gor jersy.
Eleven minutes after the restart, Pamzo handed Malawi national Andrew Malisero his debut, coming on for a seemingly weary Clifton Miheso and extended the favour to John Macharia, who replaced Bertrand Konfor from Cameroon.
First leg hero Amir Sayoud who scored Hat-trick in the first leg,inspired the visitors’ fightback as he struck a superb freekick in the 79th minute to level matters.
Abdelkader Belharane fired home the winner for Belouizdad in the 85th minute to complete a double over the Kenyan champions.
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