Emmanuel Mayuka converted a stoppage time spot-kick for Napsa Stars as the Zambian side saw off Kenyan champions Gor Mahia in the second leg of the Caf Confederations Cup play-off in Lusaka on Sunday.
Two quick first-half goals weren’t enough to secure a group stage qualification berth for K’Ogalo, who entered into the Heroes Stadium as underdogs having suffered a shock 1-0 defeat at home a week ago.
A resilient character almost saw them turn tables on the pensioners but a 90+6 minutes goal ruined the party for the 18-time Kenyan Premier League champions who crashed out 3-2 on aggregate.
The Kenyans had put behind them apparent exhaustion from jetlag, having hardly found sufficient time to rest after arriving in Lusaka on Sunday morning, only a few hours to the tie.
K’Ogalo made their intentions clear early and it wasn’t long before Samuel Onyango broke the deadlock in the 17th minute.
But their celebrations ended abruptly as a lapse in concentration offered Austine Banda a perfect opportunity to restore parity for the hosts barely a minute later.
Fleet-footed forward Clifton Miheso put the Kenyans back in the driver’s seat after finding the back of the net in the 20th minute as the teams proceeded for the break on a 2-1 scoreline.
Portuguese tactician Vaz Pinto brought on Tito Okello for Jules Ulimwengu, Alpha Onyango for John Macharia as well as Sydney Wahongo for Samuel Onyango in the 54th, 67th and 80th minutes respectively.
Gor Mahia were heading towards victory on away goals only for Emmanuel Mayuka to break the Kenyan’s hearts converting a controversial penalty in stoppage time.
The Zambians progress 3-2 on aggregate at the expense of K’Ogalo.
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