NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s Gor Mahia survived a scare to secure a
1-0 win over Nyasa Big Bullets of Malawi in the preliminary
round of the CAF Champions League here on Wednesday.
Ondiek struck late in the game to help Gor Mahia secure a hard
fought 1-0 win. With the victory, the Kenyan champions were able
to take a narrow lead to Blantyre in two weeks, hoping to deny
their rivals and progress to the second round. The Kenyans lost
their coach Dylan Kerr a week ago.
Gor Mahia stand-in
coach Zedekiah Otieno said he is happy to have started off the
continental campaign on a winning note and hopes the Malawian
side will be forced to come out and attack, thus opening up the
game in their return leg in Blantyre.
“They held firm and
opted to defend, but we managed to penetrate their defense and
score the important goal. Now we look forward to playing them in
Blantyre, where I believe it will be an open match,” Otieno
Big Bullets head
coach Kalisto Pasuwa had set out his charges to go out and sit
back as he sought go back home with a point. “I believe the team
played well and we deserved a point from the clash. But Gor
Mahia are a big team and they have done well. I hope to win at
home,” said Pasuwa.
The Confederation of
Africa Football (CAF) Champions League is the premier football
club competition on the continent. The winner of the tournament
will qualify for the FIFA Club World Cup in 2019.