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Gor Mahia loses 2-1 to Algerian side CR Belouizdad, drops out of CAF Champions League.

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Record Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia have dropped out of the CAF Champions League after losing 2-1 to Algerian side CR Belouizdad in the return leg of the competition’s first round in Nairobi on Wednesday.

Gor Mahia lost the tie 8-1 on aggregate, having shipped in six unanswered goals in the first leg in Algiers on Boxing Day and will now have to contest for a place in the CAF Confederations Cup, with a play-off round date awaiting them.

The home side came from behind to snatch victory in Nairobi and progress to the group stages for the first time since 2001.

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Burundian forward Jules Ulimwengu scored the opening goal in the first half for Gor, but AMir Sayoud who was Gor’s chief tormentor in the first leg showed up again with a goal and assist within the final 12 minutes of the game.

Sayoud scored in the 78th minute before laying off the ball for Abdelkader Belharane six minutes later for the second.

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Gor Mahia striker Jules Ulimwengu celebrates his goal against CR Belouizdad during a CAF Champions League tie at the Nyayo National Stadium on January 6, 2020. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu

With a six-goal mountain to climb, Gor knew they needed to be faster off the blocks to stand any meaningful chance of progressing.

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However, they were hampered by a Belouizdad side that sat behind the ball and defended in numbers, while Gor lacked the key to open up the spaces behind the defence and create scoring opportunities.

They however got a chance to do so after 19 minutes and it was the returning skipper Muguna who would provide the chance.

The midfielder lifted the ball over the defense to pick out Ulimwengu’s run with the Burundian slotting the ball in between the keeper’s legs for the opener. Muguna had shown his hunger for goal a few minutes earlier with his shot from distance flying over the bar.

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Gor Mahia midfielder Betrand Konfor passes the ball under pressure from CR Belouizdad midfielder Amir Sayoud during a CAF Champions League tie at the Nyayo National Stadium on January 6, 2020. PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya

Gor continued to press, but were careless in possession especially in the final third. Clifton Miheso was guilty of most of the lost balls as he was either dispossessed easily or laid out a stray pass.

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The visitors should have grabbed a choker in the final minute of the opening half when Larbi Tabti was sent through on goal with a peach of a pass, but with only the keeper to beat, he tried to chip the ball over Gad Mathews but the Gor custodian easily collected.

In the second half, the visitors were a bit adventurous moving forward and had a chance on the hour mark when a swift move at the edge of the box released substitute Youccef Bechou on the right but his shot was punched away by Mathews.

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Gor then made a change, the off-color Miheso coming out for Malawian Andrew Malisero.

The visitors had another chance in the 65th minute, Bechou once again coming close. He was fed through with a delightful pass by the impressive Amir Sayoud, but a last ditch tackle by Mike Apudo took some sting off the effort to accord Mathews an easy collection.

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Gor Mahia midfielder Kenneth Muguna under pressure from a CR Belouizdad midfielder during a CAF Champions League tie at the Nyayo National Stadium on January 6, 2020. PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya

Their pressure finally bore fruit with 12 minutes left, Sayoud striking a brilliant freekick from the edge of the area after Apudo had brought down Bechou.

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They closed shop with six minutes left through a defensive mistake from Gor’s end. Charles Momanyi mistimed a bouncing ball, Bechou won the header to pass to Sayoud who in turn laid a one time pass to Belharane whose first time shot from the right landed into the bottom right of the goal.

THIS STORY WAS FIRST PUBLISHED ON capitalfm.co.ke

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Al Shabaab Suicide Bomber Kills Six At Somali Cafe In Baidoa

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Six civilians died and seven more were injured on Saturday when an Al-Shabaab suicide bomber blew himself up outside a cafe in Somalia, police and witnesses said.

The attack happened in the central town of Baidoa, 250 kilometres (190 miles) northwest of the capital Mogadishu and police said the target was the regional governor, who was inside the cafe taking tea.

“A terrorist suicide bomber blew up himself at Suweys cafeteria and killed six people, he was targeting the governor Ali Wardheere but he survived the attack,” local police officer Mohamud Adan told AFP by phone.

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Uhuru contributes Ksh. 1 Million towards rugby icon Ayimba’s medical expenses

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IN SUMMARY:
– President Uhuru Kenyatta has pledged Ksh. 1 million towards rugby legend Benjamin Ayimba’s medical expenses
– Senator Sakaja disclosed Uhuru’s contribution in a message posted on his Twitter account
– Kenya Rugby union had disclosed that Ayimba was critically ill
– Ayimba is a former Kenya Sevens and 15s captain, who was first appointed Shujaa Head coach in 2006

President Uhuru Kenyatta through Nairobi senator Johnson Sakaja has contributed a sum of Ksh. 1 million towards the medical expenses of ailing rugby legend, Benjamin Ayimba.

On a Tweet posted on his Twitter handle, Senator Sakaja disclosed that the head of state had promised Ksh. 1 million that will go into Ayimba’s medical expenses.

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“Let’s keep at it #TurnUpforBenja. Thank you H.E Uhuru for the KES 1m. Kindly @RailaOdinga @WilliamsRuto @MusaliaMudavadi join in,” said Sakaja in the Tweet.

Kenya Rugby union had disclosed that Ayimba was critically ill and that his condition had drastically deteriorated. The union called on Kenyans to make their contributions via the Paybill number 8021673 with the name BENJAMIN OTIENO AYIMBA MEDICAL towards the rugby icon’s medical bills.

Ayimba is a former Kenya Sevens and 15s captain, who was first appointed Shujaa Head coach in 2006. He went on to guide Kenya to her first ever World Series Cup Final in Adelaide, Australia losing 26-7 to South Africa.

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In 2011, he left the job under controversial circumstances after he openly opposed the fielding of Kenya’s main players at the Safaricom Sevens.

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Kirinyaga: Middle-aged man found dead inside a lodging in Ndia

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IN SUMMARY:
– The middle-aged man was found dead inside a lodging in Ndia area, Kirinyaga
– Police are in pursuit of an unidentified woman who was in the company of the deceased
– His body was moved to Kutus Funeral home, Kutus

Police in Kirinyaga are investigating the death of a middle-aged man who was found dead inside a lodging in Ndia area.

According to the lodging caretaker, the man  booked a room at around 1pm in the company of unidentified woman who latter went missing.

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The incident was confirmed by agio town’s Nyumba Kumi Chairman, Daniel Kangangi who is also a brother to the caretaker.

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The caretaker is my brother. When he called me I informed officers based at Kagio Police station,”  said Kangangi.

Police are now in pursuit of the unidentified woman asking people in the hotel business to ensure that they take details of their customers.

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The body has been moved to the Kutus Funeral home Kutus pending further investigations.

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