Kenyan Premier League giants Gor Mahia suffered a heavy defeat in the first leg of the Caf Champions League clash against Algerian Champions CR Belouizdad.
K’Ogalo lost 6-0 to the hosts in a match played at Stade du 5 Juillet Stadium in Algiers on Saturday, 26th December.
Amir Sayoud scored a hat-trick with his first goal coming in the seventh minute, Hamza Bellahouel, Larbi Tabti, and Maecky Ngombo added one each.
The match, which was initially set for 23rd December, was rescheduled by Caf following travel restrictions imposed by the Algerian Government that made it hard for K’Ogalo to travel.
This forced the team to make a 12-hour trip that saw them travel from Nairobi to Doha (Qatar) before connecting to Algiers.
The team also missed some of the key players, including Captain Kenneth Muguna, midfielder Bernard Ondiek, who are nursing injuries, and Nicholas Kipkirui, who missed due to family issues.
Gor Mahia will have an uphill task of overturning the scoreline in the second leg which will be played on Wednesday, 6th January 2021 in Nairobi.
K’Ogalo will need to score more than six goals to qualify for the group stages of the Champions League in the second leg, if the visitors don’t score any.
They had eliminated the APR of Rwanda a 4-3 goal aggregate to reach this stage.
The winner on aggregate will automatically qualify for the Caf Champions League group stage.