Gor Mahia head coach Steven Polack was not a happy man despite the fact that his team was able to hold Congolese Side DC Motema to a 1-1 draw at the Kasarani Stadium.
Kogallo who were reduced to 10 men following a red card to defender Charles Momanyi were able to withstand the Motema waves and will now be looking to get the job done in Congo.
Gor also have custodian David Mapigano to thank for saving a second half penalty. This was after Momanyi handled a goal bound effort on the line with Motema Pembe’s Vinny Bangonga Kombe stepping up for the resulting penalty that was well saved by the Tanzanian International.
Ivorian Import Gnamin Yikpe gave Gor the lead in the 63rd Minute but William Likuta Luezi was able to draw DC Motema level. Gor’s David Mapigano was unable to completely clear a Junior Kone Abou freekick with Luezi scoring the resulting rebound.
Following the result, Coach Steven Polack felt that his boys deserved to win the match having created a couple of great goalscoring chances.
“I think the scoreline is not a fair reflection of the match because we had good chances to score. I am gutted for the players because they worked so hard and should have had a better result from this game. We had three or four good situations that we should have utilized,” Said Polack.
On his end, DC Motema’s head coach Isaac Ngata was happy to take the draw home.
“We gifted them a goal after some poor defending and lack of concentration but I love how we responded. At least now we know how they play and we know what to do to win when we go back home,” Said Ngata.
The two teams will meet for the return leg in Congo on 3/11/2019 with both looking to break to the group stages of the 2019 CAF Confederations Cup.