Kenyan champions Gor Mahia sealed their place in the next round of the CAF Champions League competition after ripping apart Burundi’s Aigle Noir 5-1 on Sunday.
A double from Nicholas Kipkirui coupled with an own goal and strikes from Dickson Ambundo and Boniface Oluoch was all the home team needed to make it past the first round. The visitors scored their consolation courtesy of Benjamin Gasongo.
Gor Mahia continued to press for an opener and it came in the ninth minute courtesy of Kipkirui’s effort which was deflected by an Aigle Noir defender into his own net. Captain Kenneth delivered a sumptuous cross from the right, and the attacker’s flicked ball hit the defender.
The red hot Kipkirui completed his double in the 38th minute after guiding in a Wellington Ochieng cross. Aigle Noir defenders had failed to clear a dangerous ball in the 18-yard area and Gor Mahia regained possession which they fully capitalized on.
It was 4-0 in favour of the home side with about 25 minutes to go. Boniface Omondi received a pass on the right, before crossing it to Ambundo. The striker tapped it in to open his account for the club and give the Steven Polack charges a comfortable lead.
Aigle Noir scored what turned out to be a consolation goal in the 73rd minute through Gasongo who made a timely run between Joash Onyango and Charles Momanyi in the Gor Mahia defense.