Gor Mahia of Kenya were held to a barren draw by Algeria’s USM Alger in the CAF Confederation Cup Group D fixture played at Kasarani Stadium Wednesday.
A similar result was replicated in Tanzania’s capital Dar Es Salaam where Yanga SC entertained Rwandan side Rayon Sports in the other match of the group.
At a soggy Kasarani, hosts Gor Mahia did all the playing against the Algerians, who were happy to just sit back and take the pressure.
Gor’s lethargic attack was once more their undoing as they missed one opportunity after the next in front of goal.
Kenyan international George Odhiambo landed the best chance of the initial half in the 30th minute, but his point blank header was pushed sideways by USM keeper Mohamed Zemmamouche with a follow up strike hitting the woodwork.
Odhiambo made two penalty claims in the game but all fell on deaf ears.
Gor were reduced to ten men in the 54th minute after defender Joash Onyango was sent off for second bookable offense.
But still the visitors attacked sparingly with K’Ogalo dominating play.
USM Alger, who thumped Yanga 4-0 in Match Day 1, will be happy with the draw as they open a two-point gap at the top of the group on four points.
Gor are second on two points same as Rayon, whom they drew with 1-1 in their opening group encounter.
The group matches take a break till after World Cup on 18th July when Gor will host Yanga while Rayon will face USM Alger in Kigali.