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Controversial penalty gives Zambian side win over K’ogalo in Lusaka

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An Emmanuel Mayuka last minute penalty guaranteed Napsa Stars progress to the group stages of the CAF Confederations Cup.

Two quick goals from Samuel Onyango in the 17th minute, and Clifton Miheso in the 20th were not enough for the Kenyan Champion’s to secure a group stage berth.

K’ogalo arrived late for the nail-biting encounter due to “logistical problems” in Lusaka, Zambia. They were hunting for CAF group stage berth on an away-goal, aggregate rule.

Despite their late arrival the Manuel Vaz Pinto-coached side showed no intent of losing from kick off; Miheso’s attempt at goal went wide.

In the enthralling encounter, both teams went all in. Miheso picked out Samuel Onyango who made no mistake.

Napsa Stars towering striker Austine Banda received a superb cross from the left and escorted it to the back of the Gor net.

Miheso capitalised on a Napsa defender error to score 24 yards outside the box for a 2-1 lead against the home team in halftime.

Gor seemed to be the better team in the first half, but were under a ton of pressure from Napsa in the second. The game was laden with fouls, yellow cards, and corners.

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As the clock hit 90 minutes, a moment of goalkeeping brilliance from Boniface Oluoch saw him pull off a magnificent double save to deny Napsa attackers the equaliser.

Oluoch stuck out a leg to spectacularly deny Banda deep into stoppage time. Amos Swimanza on the other side denied Tito Okello a clear goal scoring opportunity with four additional minutes to play.

A one on one neat exchange of passes from Emmanuel Mayuka and Banda placed Banda in a perfect scoring opportunity but a Tito Okello foul on the 18-yard box saw referee point for a penalty against the willpower of Gor.

With Gor players protesting to the center referee, Napsa attacking midfilder Emmanuel Mayuka stepped up to score the equaliser for a 2-2 score line. Napsa proceed to the next stage.

Gor had earlier plead to have the game postponed to Monday. The Kenyan Premier League champions were uncertain about Lusaka travel and landed in Lusaka with only an hour to the match.

The match was played at the National Heroes Stadium.

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