Rwanda's APR thrashes poor Gor Mahia 5-0
Rwanda's soccer team APR began their Africa's Confederation's Cup challenge on a good note when they thrashed Kenya's Gor Mahia 5-0 on Sunday during the first leg of the tournament in Nairobi, Xinhua reported.
The visitors produced early paces with Ndayisenga Twite Kabange terrorizing from the flanks. Gor took time to settle as Patrick Mafisango and Ndayisenga displayed true talent in the midfield.
Their first impressive moment came in the 12th minute after the team's latest revelation and George Odhiambo forced Ndizeye Aime to produce a stunning save.
The hosts' defence was wanting right from the whistle, allowing the visitors to make unnecessary runs and it was a matter of time before the first goal came calling.
It didn't take much time as Ndayisenga netted his first goal after 15 minutes of play. The Rwandese international, who really gave Gor's left flank Stephen Otieno a hell of a game, pounced on the loose ball after Julius Awilo had blocked Kabange's shot to score his first.
Jerry Onyango, at Gor's goal had earlier denied both men and later pulled off a fine reaction stop to keep out Labama's 23rd-minute effort, but his heroics could not prevent the hosts from slipping to a humiliation at home.
In the 25th minute, play was stopped for close to seven minutes to allow Aime to receive treatment after he collided with Christopher Wekesa. He couldn't continue with the game and Claude Ndoli was his replacement between the posts.
Nine minutes later, Labama received a clinical cross courtesy of Bosco Uwacu from the right wing and he didn't disappoint as he headed home his team's second. Gor, with Odhiambo and Wekesa leading the line, created a handful of half-chances but could not make any of them count.
They were lethargic throughout and awful in possession and their basic skills were wanting as they were caught napping at the back decisively less than a minute after restart.
"The goals weren't enough. We wanted to score more goals, but I'm happy with results. Our aim was to win big," said APR's coach Renne Feller.
"We promise them (Gor) a tough return match in a fortnight," he added. Fuadhi Ndayisenga and Labama Bokota were the star performers each grabbing a brace ion the high-scoring match.
Twite was given too much time to get in a cross from the right, while Onyango's challenge on the soaring Rwandese at the back post was limp at best.
Twite outpaced Awilo and fed Labama who sent a thundering strike as APR led 3-0 at half time. APR were superior in all departments as they reduced the hosts seem like schoolboys. Their fitness was superb, ball control awesome and their ball anticipation was remarkable.
In the second half, there were a handful of openings with Habil Otieno seeing his 47th minute shot deflected wide by Ndoli and Wekesa blasting a 48th-minute effort just wide.
This loss puts Gor at a very precarious position as they must now score at least six goals during their return match in Kigali, for them to have any realistic chances of advancing to the next round, a tall order for the 13-time national champions though.
"In every match, mistakes are bound to be made. Our side is still a young team compared to APR, but we are learning," said James Siang'a, Gor's head coach.