Gor Mahia results at the CECAFA cup

 

Gor Mahia in the 2015 CECAFA cup


Gor Mahia 2015 Kagame Cup

Gor Mahia vs Al Malakia

Front Row: Ali Abondo, Karim Nizigyimana, Geoffrey Walusimbi, Ronald Omino, Musa Mohamed Back Row: Abouba Sibomana, Michael Olunga, Khalid Aucho, Harun Shakava, Boniface Oluoch, Meddie Kagere

Gor Mahia at the 2014 CECAFA cup

Gor Mahia at the 2014 CECAFA cup

Gor Mahia vs Rwanda APR 2014

Gor Mahia prior to the match against APR
Backrow: Geoffrey Kizito, Eric Ochieng, Musa Mohamed, Collins Okoth, Haron Shakava, Odhiambo Blackberry
Front Row: Jerim Onyango, Daniel Onyango, Godfrey Walusimbi, Owino Calabar, Tim Otieno

Gor Mahia played in the 2014 CECAFA cup against the backdrop of having recently lost their sponsorship with Tuzo and having lost over 6 key players to mid season transfers.

Against KCCA, Gor Mahia started brightly but ran out of steam in the second half. Gor Mahia played poorly against Atletico. Against APR, Gor Mahia came back from 2 goals down to level the scores. At one point they scored what looked like a legitimate 3rd goal, only for the Tanzanian referee to inexplicably deny it.

Gor Mahia in the 1996 CECAFA cup

Gor Mahia in the 1996 CECAFA cup

Gor Mahia were then coached by Croatian Vojo Gardasevic and boasted players like goalkeeper Joseph Asembo who played behind a solid backline with Zedekiah Otieno "Zico", Paul Ochieng, Joseph Owino and a midfield that had maestro Dan Ogada, pass master Tom Ochieng, Tom Okaya, while the attack had Dan Shikanda and Steve Odiaga.

It was a solid performance in which Gor Mahia topped their group before going down to hosts Simba sports club in the semis.  

Gor Mahia in the 1994 CECAFA club cup

Gor Mahia in the 1994 CECAFA club cup

 

At the time Gor Mahia were coached by former captain Austin Oduor. Their preparations for the tournament included a training camp in Kericho in which they played local teams. Among the players in the team included legend Abbas Khamis Magongo who was making a return to the club after a stint in Oman. However Magongo far from his best. Keeper Charles Omondi Korea, Mike Otieno, Dan Ogada, Gideon Ochieng, Tom Ochieng and Steve Odiaga, Gor Mahia arrived late but still put on a solid performance against the hosts in the opening match. But it fell apart from there.  Gor Mahia lost their next two games to Simba of Tanzania and Express of Uganda.

1992 CECAFA club cup

Gor Mahia had qualified for the 1992 CECAFA club cup by virtue of winning the league in 1991. But the KFF somehow conspired to send Rivatex FC instead. Gor Mahia officials never protested so there must have been a backdoor arrangment between KFF officials, Rivatex Officials and Gor Mahia officials.

1991 CECAFA club cup

A Gor Mahia side was coached by player-coach Austin Oduor and manned by among others Strikers Jared Achieng, Tom Odhiambo, midfielders Fred Awich, Allan Odhiambo, Felix Otieno and defenders Zedekiah Otieno, Paul Ochieng, and Tobias Ocholla. Gor Mahia topped a tough group that included Nakivubo Villa of Uganda, Al Mourada of Sudan and Limbe leaf Wanderers of Tanzania. They however lost to hosts Simba Sports club.

Gor Mahia in the 1991 CECAFA club cup

Fred Awich, Tom Odhiambo and Tairus Omondi at the CECAFA club cup held in Tanzania in 1991

1988 CECAFA club cup

Gor Mahia qualified for the 1988 CECAFA club cup by virtue of winning the league in 1987. However citing fatigue from their 1987 Africa club cup campaign, Gor Mahia pulled out.

1986 CECAFA cup

Gor Mahia 1986 CECAFA cup

Being the defending champions, Gor Mahia were expected to replicate their superb performance from the previous year. All the six players who had been banned from the 1985 edition, were now available. However 1986 was a difficult year for Gor Mahia. The club was still reeling from the abrupt departure of legendary coach Len Julians who abruptly left during the 1985 season. Of note is that the Tanzanian hoem fans cheered heavily against both Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards who had throughly dominated this tournament for six years. In the opening match they faced Sudanese side El Merreikh who were eager to avenge the 1-2 defeat they suffered at home to Gor Mahia the previous year. They dominated the opening half and scored through Atif Fadel Mula in the 32nd minute. Gor Mahia made changes in the second half bringing in Geoge Onyango and Abbey Nassur for George Nyangi and Ben Oloo. The changes paid off as Gor Mahia started to dominate the proceedings. The equalizer finally came in the 86th minute via Abbas Magongo. Gor Mahia next took on Zambian champions Mufulira Wanderers who boasted famous players like Charles Musonda and Johnson Bwalya. Gor Mahia dominated but succumbed to a 0-1 defeat. Gor Mahia next took on Zambian champions Mufulira Wanderers who boasted famous players like Charles Musonda and Johnson Bwalya. Gor Mahia dominated but succumbed to a 0-1 defeat. In their third match, Gor Mahia came up against Tanzanian upstart Maji Maji of Songea. In winning the Tanzanian league in 1985 and 1986, they had upset the formbook by breaking the dominance of Simba and Yanga.  The raucous home crowd got behind Maji Maji and they duly obliged. Celestine "Sikinde" Mbunga scored the winner early in the second half and Maji Maji held on to win 1-0 and eliminate Gor Mahia. Gor Mahia earned some consolation by beating Wagad of Somalia 3-0 in their final group match.

Gor Mahia in the 1985 CECAFA cup

Gor Mahia won the 1985 CECAFA club cup. It is one of the most memorable moments in the club's history because six of their top players along with head coach Len Julians  were suspended. Nobody gave the weakened Gor Mahia squad a chance. But they emerged triumphant beating arch rivals AFC Leopards 2-0 in the finals.

Read the detailed report of Gor Mahia's 1985 CECAFA cup campaign

Gor Mahia in the 1984 CECAFA cup

The 1984 edition of the CECAFA club cup was held in Nairobi and Mombasa. Gor Mahia was in group A whose matches were played at the newly constructed Nyayo national stadium. Gor Mahia qualified by virtue of being Kenya league champions.

Gor Mahia 1984 cecafa club cup

Gor Mahia vs Berec Power, Rio Tinto Al Hilal 1984

Gor Mahia in 1984

Gor Mahia squad in 1984

Prior to the tournament, Gor Mahia went on a residential training camp in Nyahururu town. Gor Mahia were in sensational form in 1984. Under coach Len Julians, Gor Mahia were a free-scoring side that played scintillating football and simply destroyed other teams. During the 1984 season, Gor Mahia scored an incredible 80 goals in 34 matches. It comes as no surprise therefore that they destroyed teams during the group stage of the CECAFA cup. They had a rocky start however against KCC  of Uganda. In a tense encounter, KCC took the lead via striker Joseph Ssekito. Gor Mahia fought back and launched attack after attack. The equalizer finally came late in the game. Substitute Abbey Nassur made a menacing run into the box and was fouled. New signing George Onyango Fundi slotted home the resulting penalty. For the rest of the group stage however, Gor Mahia were in sensational form, scoring 8 goals without conceding any against Al Hilal of Sudan, Printing Agency of Somalia and Rio Tinto of Zimbabwe. Hezborn Omollo scored 4 out of the 8 goals. Having topped group A, Gor Mahia stormed into the semis where they beat Berec Power of Malawi 1-0 to set up a final against arch rivals AFC Leopards. In the final against AFC Leopards, Gor Mahia throughly dominated possesion while AFC Leopards played a game based on speed and breakaways. It was one such breakway by winger Mike Amwayi that resulted in the first goal for AFC Leopards. Five minutes later, Sammy Onyango equalized. The Gor Mahia left winger had a knack for scoring against AFC. Hardworking AFC striker Joe Masiga was finally rewarded with a goal that proved the winner.

Gor Mahia at the 1983 CECAFA cup

The 1983 CECAFA cup was played in Zanzibar. Gor Mahia qualified because kenya was allowed to send two teams since AFC Leopards were the defending champions.

Gor Mahia 1983 CECAFA cup

It was a tumultous time for Gor Mahia. A significant number of their players were had been suspended due to disciplinary issues. The list included players like Andrew Obunga, Mike Ogolla Machine and George Ayuka. Some had returned after serving their suspensions. But the internal turmoil was still present. In addition, supernovae Nahashon Oluoch and Sammy Owino had recently left and gone to the USA to pursue football scolarships. The legendary Allan Thigo also decided to hang his boots after the 1982 season. And dependable midfielder Tim Ayieko decided to return to Uganda. Stars like Dan Odhiambo were on the tail end of their careers was 652.01.Jerry Imbo who was now player coach. Gor Mahia paraded a number of eager youngstars including two Kisumu lads Charles Otieno and John Okello Zangi as well as Striker Hezborn Omollo. Gor Mahia started off on a sour note losing to arch rivals AFC Leopards 1-2. Joe Masiga had put AFC ahead before John Chore equalized for Gor Mahia. Masiga scored again in the second half to get the win for AFC. In the second match, Gor Mahia lost 0-1 to Nakivubo Villa of Uganda. After the match it was reported that some Gor Mahia players had been bribed by the Nakivubo chairman with Ksh 600.

Gor Mahia at the 1982 CECAFA club cup

Gor Mahia fielded a star studded squad. With players like Nahashon Oluoch, Sammy Owino, Tim Ayieko, Dan Odhiambo and Bob Ogolla, much was expected from Gor Mahia. And to boot, they were scheduled to play their group games in Kisumu, their spiritual home ground.

Group A [Nairobi]
13- 2 AFC Leopards   2-0 Rio Tinto
14- 2 Ujamaa         1-0 Information Club 
16- 2 Rio Tinto      4-1 Ujamaa      
17- 2 AFC Leopards   2-0 Information Club 
19- 2 Ujamaa         0-3 AFC Leopards   
20- 2 Rio Tinto      1-1 Information Club 

 1.AFC Leopards    3  3  0  0  7- 0  6  [Kenya]
 2.Rio Tinto       3  1  1  1  5- 4  3  [Zimbabwe]
 3.Ujamaa          3  1  0  2  3- 7  2  [Zanzibar]
 4.Information C.  3  0  1  2  1- 4  1  [Somalia]

Group B [Kisumu]
13- 2 Gor Mahia      1-1 Bata Bullets
14- 2 Young Africans 2-1 Kampala City Council
16- 2 Gor Mahia      0-1 Kampala City Council
17- 2 Young Africans 1-0 Bata Bullets
19- 2 Gor Mahia      3-1 Young Africans          [?]
20- 2 Bata Bullets   2-0 Kampala City Council

 1.Young Africans  3  2  1  0  5- 2  5  [Kenya]
 2.Gor Mahia               3  1  1  1  4- 4  3  [Tanzania]
 3.Bata Bullets    3  1  1  1  3- 2  3  [Malawi]
 4.Kampala CC      3  0  0  3  1- 5  0  [Uganda]

Semifinals
22- 2 AFC Leopards   1-0 Gor Mahia    
23- 2 Rio Tinto      2-1 Young Africans

Third Place Match
      Gor Mahia      unk Young Africans

Final
25- 2 AFC Leopards   1-0 Rio Tinto
        [goal scored after 25 mins]

 

Gor Mahia in the 1981 CECAFA club cup

Gor Mahia in the 1981 CECAFA club cup

Gor Mahia were in sensational form throughout the tournament. They played opening games games at their spiritual home of Kisumu, a town that had produced a significant number of the players who were featuring for the club at the time including John Chore, Bobby Ogolla and Hamisi Shamba.

Gor Mahia beat Simba 1-0 in the final at the City stadium. Nairobi mayor Nathan Kahara was elated. He awared the club the Crest of teh City of Nairobi and thanked them for bringing fame to the city.

Gor Mahia at the 1980 CECAFA club cup

Gor Mahia at the 1980 CECAFA club cup

Gor Mahia under player-coach Tim Ayieko had a slow start to the tournament. They had a team led by schoolboy  Nahashon Oluoch and Sammy Owino. After losing to Abaluhya in the opening match, they scraped past KMKM of Zanzibar. A scoreless tie with Horseed of Somalia enabled them to advance to the semis. In the semis, they beat the hosts Limbe Leafe Wanderers on penalties.  In the epic final played in Blantyre Malawi, Gor Mahia met arch rivals Abaluhya in what would be the first of many encounters between the two teams in the CECAFA club cup. Both teams played very well. Abaluhya took the lead via Joe Masiga. Gor Mahia equalized when Nahahson Oluoch crossed to George Yoga who headed home. Masiga was at it again, heading home the second goal in the 50th minute. In the 75th minute it was John Chore who equalized with a brilliant header. In the 85th minute, substitute passed to Oluoch who beat two defenders before beating Mahmoud Abbas in the Abaluhya goal to score the 3rd goal.

Gor Mahia in the 1977 CECAFA club cup

Having won the 1976 league unbeaten, much had been expected from Gor Mahia. With players like legend Allan Thigo, Mike Ogolla Machine, Paul Oduwo "Cobra", Jerry Imbo, John Chore, Gor Mahia looked set for a good tournanent. But they started poorly losing to bitter rivals Luo Union 4-2 in the tourney opener. Luo Union with players like Heading specialist Charles Ochieng, William Ouma "Chege"  and Agonda Lukio proved too strong for everyone as they went on to win the tournament.

Gor Mahia in the 1977 CECAFA cup