NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 16 – Kenya Premier League Champions Gor Mahia were bundled out of the ongoing Cecafa Club Championship after failing to register a win in three matches, this time settling for a 2-2 draw with hosts APR at Rwanda’s Nyamirambo Stadium.
APR captain Jean Mugirineza struck first in the 21st minute after miscommunication between Harambee Stars keeper Jerim Onyango and his defender Godfrey Walusimbi.
Ugandan Geoffrey Kizito brought Gor back into the game after powerfully heading Walusimbi’s long range cross for the equaliser in the 54th minute before fellow countryman Walusimbi curved in a free-kick in the 83rd to double the scores.
Substitute Bernabe Mubumbyi broke Gor’s heart after restoring parity in the dying minutes to send the military side top of Group B on seven points.
K’Ogalo who are yet to play their last preliminary match against Djibouti’s Telcom on Sunday, made four changes from the squad that lost 1-0 to Atletico with talisman Dan Sserunkuma starting on the bench while Walusimbi made a comeback from illness.
K’Ogalo who were seeking their first win of the tournament drew the first blood with George ‘Black Berry’ Odhiambo coming close after kick-off when he made a good run from the right but keeper Oliver Kwizera cleared the danger for a fruitless corner.
The hosts responded swiftly six minutes later when Mugirineza weaved through three Kenyans in the midfield to provide a through pass to Patrick Sibomana but Onyango did well to deny him.
APR continued raiding Gor’s defence with Michel Ndahinduka missing an open chance after side netting Charles Tibingana’s corner.
Mugireneza punished K’Ogalo after a defensive lapse that saw Onyango spill Jean Claude’s header for the skipper to break the deadlock.
Two minutes later Onyango was forced to punch Ndahinduka’s thunderbolt for a corner that went futile as Gor trailed at the break.
Williamson charges resumed a better side that saw them score two goals with Kizito going first in the 54th with a free header from a Walusimbi long-range cross.
Walusimbi salvaged some pride for K’Ogalo seven minutes to the final whistle through a well executed set piece that went past Kwizera after Erick Rutanga brought Odhiambo down at the edge of the box.
But the hero of the day was Mubumbyi who came off the bench to level from a good build up in the left that saw him tap in Mugirineza’s cross for Gor to bid the regional tournament good bye as they are bottom of Group B with a single point.