Kenya Premier League defending champions Gor Mahia qualified for the 2021/2022 Caf Champions Confederation Cup after clinching Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Cup.
Gor pipped their perennial rival AFC Leopards 4-1 in a shootout at Nyayo Stadium, outskirts of Nairobi, on Sunday evening.
The duel ended in a barren draw following missed chances from both sides and proceeded directly to penalties where Gor showed their prowess.
Gor’ goalkeeper Gad Mathew rewarded his coach’s faith in him by blocking two Leopard’s penalties.
The 18-time champions scored their penalties through Sydney Mahongo, Kenneth Muguna, Clitone Miheso and Samuel Onyango.
Issac Kipyegon and Said Tsuma squandered Leopard’s first two penalties. However, Washington Munene managed to score.
Apart from securing the continental showpiece slot, Gor also took home $20000 and their opponent bagged $10000.
Gor Mahia’s head coach Manuel Vaz Pinto said their focus is now in the league with eight games remaining.
“My players and staff deserve the win after putting in such commendable effort. Our opponents played well but at the end of the day, Gor deserved the victory. Our focus now shifts to winning the league,” stated Pinto.
Pinto’s charges are currently in the fourth position, eight points behind league leaders, Tusker FC.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.