10-man Gor Mahia settles for a point against USM Alger

  • Gor Mahia 0-0 USM Alger
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Jacques Tuyisenge (centre) and George Odhiambo (right) were threats to USM Alger but with no breakthrough 

Gor Mahia played to a goalless draw against Algeria giants USM Algers in an entertaining game played at Moi International stadium, Kasarani.

The hosts played over forty minutes with a man less after central defender Joash Onyango was sent off for a second bookable offence nine minutes after the break.

The Kenya Premier League champions created a plethora of goal scoring opportunities and registered five shots on target only denied by poor finishing and good goalkeeping by USM Alger goalkeeper.

In the first half, Ephraim Guikan forced a good save from the USM Alger team captain in goal.

He was also at his best to deny George ‘BlackBerry’ Odhiambo off a well taken header off Francis Kahata cross.

Odhiambo’s rebound got off the post but Zemmamouche appeared to have had a finger on the ball.

The second half started in similar fashion with the Kenyan side pressing but on the counter, Onyango shoved off the ball, a free kick and yellow card was given so he marched off.

Dylan Kerr sacrificed nobody but Humphrey Mieno dropped from midfield to partner with skipper Haroun Shakava in central defence.

Despite being numerically disadvantaged, Gor Mahia remained the better side in terms of creating chances and were denied what appeared like a clear penalty when Yaya brought down Odhiambo in the area.

Rwanda international Jacques Tuyisenge also got close but was denied Zemmamouche while the custodian also denied Kahata.

There was another appeal for a penalty when Odhiambo appeared to have been tripped in the area while at the other end, Shakava, Godfrey Walusimbi, Philemon Otieno and Ernest Wendo worked tirelessly to deny the visitors.

A point leaves USM Alger top of the group with four points while K’Ogalo remain second with two points from as many games.

Rwanda’s Rayon Sport and Tanzania’s Yanga who drew goalless follow in that order.

Walusimbi featured for the entire game and was a beast down the left flank as he combined defence with attack.

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