The tie between the two giants from East Africa was highlighted with the efforts for every side looking to tear up the net in the first half.
Aigle Noir dominated the second leg but the later ended up in a null score for all sides.
Aigle Noir the Fighter which qualified for this ongoing Champions league organized by CAFA after winning both the Primus League and the President Cup title will face quite a tough task in the second leg against the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions Gor Mahia slated on n August 23, 2019.
However, the game was not only Gor Mahia’s competitive game this season but also marked a debut for new coach Steve Polack.
The coach, in turn, handed competitive debuts to Tanzania goalkeeper David Mapigano, the custodian’s compatriot Dickson Ambundo and former Sony Sugar midfielder Tobias Otieno.
“I think it went well because we were never in danger of losing,” explainedPolack in his post-match comments.
“We were short of bodies but we found a way to go around that. It’s just half-time in this tie and now that we have a feel of what the opposition is capable of, we will prepare for them at home.”
Gor Mahia jetted in Bujumbura with only 15 players following a hitch in thgle Noire registration process with the Caf.
Meanwhile, Rukinzo FC from Burundi faced a 5-0 defeat to Triangle FC from Zimbabwe in their first-ever debut of the CAF Confederation Cup.
The winner between Gor Mahia and Aigle Noir will face either Algeria‘s USM Alger or SONIDEP of Niger in the next round. USM Alger won 2-1 in their first leg match against SONIDEP in Niamey on August 10.
Gor Mahia XI: David Mapigano, Wellington Ochieng, Charles Momanyi, Joash Onyango, Geoffrey Ochieng, Tobias Otieno, Kenneth Muguna, Lawrence Juma, Boniface Omondi, Nicholas Kipkirui, Dickson Ambundo,
Subs: Frederick Odhiambo (GK), Joachim Oluoch, Samuel Onyango, Shafik Batambuze.