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10-man Gor hold USM Alger at Kasarani

By DAVID KWALIMWA
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Gor Mahia battled to a barren draw with visiting USM Alger of Algeria in their Caf Confederation Cup Group D match at a rain-soaked Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani on Wednesday despite playing for the last 35 minutes with 10 men.

Centre back Joash Onyango was sent off on 55 minutes for a second bookable offence but the gritty hosts held on to secure their second successive draw in the competition although they could have won the tie as striker Jacques Tuyisenge and winger George Odhiambo had two late chances to kill off the tie.

Dylan Kerr’s men also had two late penalty appeals turned down by the centre referee much to the chagrin of the handful fans who had braved the heavy downpour at Kasarani.

But the conditions of the pitch aside, both sides had to endure a torrid trip to the stadium before the tie. A traffic snarl up along the busy Thika Super Highway forced the sides to get to the match venue just under 50 minutes to kick off, drastically reducing the allocated time for warm up.

The draw means Gor remain second on the log with two points, while USM Alger top the standings on four points. Young Africans of Tanzania and Rwanda’s Rayon Sport fought to a barren draw in Dar es Salaam in the other match in the group on Wednesday.

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