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Gor Mahia fall to APR in Kigali

Last updated 1 month ago | By Rodgers Eshitemi

Gor Mahia's Kenneth Muguna (left) and Mohamed Kilume of Sofapaka FC during KPL match at Narok stadium on Feb 8, 2020. [Jonah Onyango, Standard] 

Andrew Juma scored an own goal as Gor Mahia fell 2-1 to APR of Rwanda in yesterday’s CAF Champions League preliminary round first leg in Kigali.

Olivier Niyonzima had given the hosts an early lead in the ninth minute before Kenneth Muguna cancelled it out with a perfectly taken free kick in the 28th minute only for Juma to score in his own net in the second half.

But with an important away goal, the record Kenyan champions have an advantage ahead of next Saturday’s reverse fixture in Nairobi.

K’Ogalo’s first leg preparation was affected with a lot of off pitch issues ranging from head coach Roberto Oliveira Goncalves disqualification from the two-legged fixture to bungled travel arrangements, players' go slow over unpaid salary and Secretary General Sam Ochola's suspension due to gross insubordination.

Calvin Masawa (L) of Nairobi City Stars FC tackles Innocent Wafula of Gor Mahia FC during their Sportpesa Premier League match at the Nyayo national stadium on July 24, 2016. Gor Mahia FC won the match 2-1. [Photo: Stafford Ondego]

Niyonzima connected Djabel Manishimwe’s free kick to break the deadlock in the ninth minute before Muguna drew level from a perfectly executed free kick.

However, APR regained the lead in the 62nd minute when Juma accidentally scored into his own net while trying to clear Fitina Omborenga’s cross.

The winners of the two-legged match on aggregate will either meet Algeria’s CR Belouizdad or Libya’s El Nasr in the next round.

Meanwhile, Equatorial Guinea and Burundi are the biggest movers on November's Fifa world rankings as they both gained 10 places.

Burundi's leap came thanks to a win and a draw with Mauritania in Africa Cup of Nations qualifying.

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