Gor Mahia’s CAF Confederations Cup journey was halted by DR Congo giants DC Motema Pembe.
Kogallo lost 2-1 in Kinshasa with Motema progressing 3-2 on aggregate having played to a 1-1 draw in the first leg in Nairobi last weekend.
The home side came from a goal down to win with Vinny Bongonga and Junior Kone striking to sail them through.
Gor broke the deadlock after just 10 minutes when right back Wellington Ochieng rose highest inside the box to powerfully head in a corner from skipper Kenneth Muguna. It was a welcome relief for Gor who had now cancelled out the away goal they gave away in the first leg.
But, Motema Pembe were clearly the better side in the tie and had the biggest share of chances. Rachidi Musinga came close with a shot after cutting in from the left going over while Bongonga had an effort from close range go straight to keeper David Mapigano’s arms.
Kone also had a go at goal when he picked up the ball from the edge of the box but his rasping shot was deflected for a corner.
The pressure finally bore fruit in the second minute of added time when Bongonga tapped home from close range after a cross from William Likuta found him well positioned inside the box.
It was a more competitive affair between the two sides in the second half and Ochieng came close to adding his second of the evening when his header at the near post off another Muguna corner went inches wide.
Junior Mbele’s introduction for Motema Pembe changed the attacking face of the game for the home side and the speedy winger was the heart of their second goal. He zoomed away from his markers on the left before slapping in a low cross that was spilled by Mapigano.
Bongonga picked up the ball and squared to Kone who tapped into an empty net. The goal simply gave Motema Pembe more energy and had another chance when Likuta’s freekick was turned behind for a corner by Mapigano in the 71st minute.
Gor almost scored a devastating second goal with 10 minutes left when off a swiftly executed counter attack, Ochieng sprayed the ball upfield to Muguna but the skipper’s low shot was saved by the keeper and an onrushing Ochieng couldn’t conjure a shot at goal.
Gor Mahia will now turn their attention to the Kenya Premier League where the team lies second having played 3 games less than Tusker FC that tops the standings.
Kogallo will next take on slumboys Mathare United before taking on fierce rivals AFC Leopards in this season’s first Mashemeji derby.