representatives in the CAF Confederation Cup Tusker FC and Gor Mahia will have
to fight harder to keep their hopes of qualifying for the group stage of the
continental championship, after drawing and losing their first leg matches in
Nairobi and Brazzaville respectively on Sunday.
were held to a barren draw by visitors CS Sfaxien as Gor went down 1-0 to AS
Otoho d’Oyo, courtesy of Okouri Roland’s goal in the 63rd minute.
brewers thus have a difficult away match to Tunisia on December 5, where they
will have to avoid defeat to progress while K’Ogalo will need to win by at least two goals in Nairobi to advance.
Nairobi, Tusker had the chances to score especially in the early stages of the
first half, but were too blunt to break Sfaxien’s defense.
the quarter hour-mark, midfielder Jackson Macharia thought he had given Tusker
the opener had after connecting Daniel Sakari's throw, but the referee cancelled
it citing a handball in the buildup.
to head coach Robert Matano, the referee denied them a clean goal.
Tusker FC's Jackson Macharia in action during the final round of CAF Confederation Cup play-off round at the Nyayo National Stadium on November 28, 2021. Photo/ Kelly Ayodi/ Sportpicha
do you say we made attempts and failed to no score? Didn’t you see we scored
only for the referee to deny us? We also showed more composure than we did
against Zamalek in the CAF Champions League preliminaries second round. We are
therefore not relenting, we go to prepare targeting a win in Tunisia,” a confident
who employed a defensive approach from the start made their first real attempt when
Aymen Harzi lost his markers Clyde Senaji and Eugine Asike but keeper Brian
Bwire did well to stops his shot.
Ibrahim Joshua and Boniface Muchiri missed narrowly as Tusker pushed harder
towards half-hour mark, the former’s header from Daniel Sakari’s cross flying
inches off target. Muchiri’s low drive could also not be guided between the
posts with the keeper off the path of the ball.
was Sfaxien who waste the clearest opportunity of the match, when Harzi leapt away
from Hillary Wandera on the right, dazzled past past Bwire in goal but Kalos
Kirenge made a clever block to deflect the shot at goal before captain Asike
cleared the danger.
Tusker FC's Shami Kibwana reacts after his teammate Hillary Wandera was injured during the final round of CAF Confederation Cup play-off round at the Nyayo National Stadium on November 28, 2021. Photo/ Kelly Ayodi/ Sportpicha
despite escaping the scare, it was a huge loss to Tusker as Wandera seriously
damaged his hand on the elbow as he awkwardly landed on the ground as he tackled
by doctors from both Sfaxien and Tusker took around seven minutes before he was
stretchered off and immediately taken to hospital, Kevin Monyi taking his place
just beforev half-time.
would immediately switch with Sakari, going to the right-back position while
the former Kariobangi Sharks defender took up the left-back role.
were determined to keep the mojo they showed in the opening half after
resumption but Sfaxien grew more into the game and to evenly balance the
even substitutes John Njuguna, Teddy Osok and Deogratious Ojok could change the
score sheet, as it was to the Tunisians who at the final whistle, evidently
showed a sigh of relief to have registered a draw in Nairobi.
least a win or a scoring draw will be enough for Tusker to cruise into the group
stage of the Confederation Cup, a milestone never achieved before by the
Ruaraka based brewers.