23 Jan 19

Gor Mahia have been eliminated from the 2019 Sportpesa Supercup. This after they fell to unfancied Mbao FC 4-3 on post match penalties. The match had ended 1-1 in regulation.

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Gor Mahia were on Wednesday dumped out of SportPesa Cup 4-3 on post-match penalties by little-known Mbao FC at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam.

After a one-all stalemate in regular, Gor captain Harun Shakava had his penalty saved by promising Mbao custodian Metacha Mnata as fellow defender Shaffiq Batambuze saw his effort come off the bar, while substitutes Francis Kahata, Jacques Tuyisenge and Boniface Omondi scored for the losers.

Mbao scored their spot-kicks through Said Hamis, Ngalema, Ibrahim Hashimu and David Mwasa whilst Gor goalie saved Harim Abdulkarim’s penalty. Veteran Kenyan striker Dennis Oliech gave Gor Mahia the lead from the spot after Erisa Ssekisambu’s goal-bound shot was handled inside the area midway through the second half before Aboubacker Ngalema drew Mbao level.

“I know Gor Mahia very well,” Mbao coach Ally Bushiri, an ex-Tanzania international explained after the game. Related Content •Simba claw Leopards to reach SportPesa Cup semis “I emphasised to my players on the need to keep the tactical discipline and awareness. When the score was still 0-0 at the break, I knew we had a chance.” After consistently probing Mbao’s backline in the opening half, Oliech’s goal eventually came from the penalty spot, with the 31-year-old forward sending goalkeeper Mnata the wrong way from 12 yards.

This spot kick was awarded after Mbao defender David Miwasa handled Ssekisambu’s shot in the box. Ngalema’s goal meanwhile came after a well worked move by Mbao from the corner kick.

The highlight of the opening half was when assistant referee Gustav Banguma seemed to wrongly disallow a legitimate Ssekisambu goal after 18-minutes. The Ugandan forward had reacted quickest to tap home from point blank after a fierce Dennis Oliech header had been parried back to play by Mnata. Two minutes later, a visibly irritated Gor Mahia coach Hassan Oktay was sent off from the dugout by match referee Erick Maniakiza after an altercation with the fourth official.

Zedekiah Otieno immediately stepped up to take charge of the Kenyan champions for the remainder of the match. By that time, Gor should have been atleast two goals ahead, against a technically average side whose owners specialise in producing furniture.

First, Lawrence Juma created space for himself inside the box five minutes after the opening whistle but then had his right-footed shot flash narrowly wide of the goal with Mnata well beaten. Moments later, Gervas Rambo shot over the bar for the hosts before Dennis Oliech had a shot acrobatically saved by Mnata.


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22 Jan 19

Unlike last season when Gor Mahia went to Tanzania and Rwanda, this time Gor Mahia have to travel to extreme ends of the continent, flying to North Africa twice and to Angola once. The cost of travel is exhorbitant and club chairman Ambrose Rachier is once again appealing to the government for assistance.

Additional reporting from the Nation

Gor Mahia need Sh35 million to honour their upcoming Caf Confederation Cup group stage matches. And the 17-time Kenyan champions have already sent a distress call to the government to bail them out ahead of their opening match next month.

K’Ogalo were pooled in a tough group “D” that has five-time African champions Zamalek of Egypt, Petro Atletico (Angola) and Hussein Dey of Algeria in Monday’s draw conducted by Cameroon legend Patrick Mboma in Cairo, Egypt.

Despite celebrating reaching the group stages of this competition for the second successive time, the painful reality has dawned on the club management ahead of their opening game against Zamalek on February 3 in Nairobi.

The top two teams in each group will advance to the quarterfinals, whose draw is slated for March 20 in Cairo, Egypt. Quarter-finalists will bag Sh35 million and semi-finalists Sh45 million, while the winners pocket Sh125 million and runners up Sh63 million. Related Content

Gor, who edged out New Stars de Douala of Cameroon 2-1 on aggregate in the previous round, are already sure of receiving Sh27 million for reaching this stage.

However, club chairman Ambrose Rachier says the annual Sh66 million sponsorship from gaming firm SportPesa is insufficient for this campaign. The amount is channelled towards the Sh5.5 million monthly wage bill of the record champions. “First, I would like to thank the government for paying our tickets to Cameroon to honour the New Stars game,” Rachier said. “I humbly appeal to them to cater for accommodation and transport in upcoming trips since we are struggling financially,” the veteran lawyer added.

According to Rachier, an away trip costs about Sh8 million in flight tickets and accommodation. “We are discussing on a motivational scheme for the playing unit for a smooth show this time round,” he concluded. His sentiments were echoed by Deputy Secretary General Ronald Ngala, who said they target to reach the semi-finals having missed by a whisker last season, after finishing third in group “D” on five points, three behind Algerian outfit USM Alger and Rayon Sports of Rwanda, who progressed to the quarterfinals.

Defender Philemon Otieno says they are prepared to make amends despite tough away fixtures in Northern and Southern Africa. “One thing we’ve learnt in these continental fixtures is to be mentally strong when playing away and make sure you convincingly win at home,” confided Otieno, who captained the side in the two-leg playoff.

Gor has up to January 31 to register youthful defender Geoffrey Ochieng’, strikers Ephrem Guikan, Nicholas Kipkirui and legendary Dennis Oliech, who were ineligible to feature in the qualifiers.

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February 3: Gor Mahia v Zamalek (Egypt) February 13: Petro Atletico (Angola) v Gor Mahia


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21 Jan 19

Gor Mahia have been placed in group D of the 2018-2019 CAF Confederations cup. The other teams in the group are Zamalek of Egypt, NA Hussein Dey of Algeria and Petro De Luanda.

Gor Mahia will open their group campaign on February 3 against Zamalek at Kasarani.

Its a much more difficult group than last season. But club official Ronald Ngala is confident.

“This year we want to do better and at least progress past the group stages, we know we can do it. We will also discuss and come up with a way to motivate the players,” Ngala told goal.com

Ngala went on to say that the team will be banking on Dennis Oliech to lead the team.

“Oliech is an experienced striker, who has many qualities to help the team progress in the competition. He is an experienced player, who will be very valuable for the team and I am confident he will deliver.

Indeed Oliech has vast experience, having played in the most difficult tournament, the European champions league.

Gor Mahia players celebrate

Coach Oktay speaks to journalists after the match


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20 Jan 19

Gor Mahia held New Star de Douala of Cameroon to a scoreless draw in the CAF Confederations cup playoff second leg. Given that Kogalo won the first leg 2-1, they have now qualified for the group stages for the second time in a row.

Additional reporting from goal.com

Goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch was the hero as Gor Mahia held New Star to a barren draw to progress to the group stages of the Caf Confederation Cup.

Oluoch pulled fantastic saves especially in the second half to save the day for the Kenyan side and help the team qualify on a 2-1 aggregate win.

The East African side came into the match aware of the position they were in, and they needed a draw of any kind to eliminate the Cameroonian side that needed a 1-0 win to qualify to the group stages for the first time in history.

Both sides started the game cautiously, each avoiding going behind and putting the team in a dangerous position. In the early exchanges, it was Arko Benjamin and Nelson Morkeu, who had good chances to get the ball into the back of the net, but they failed to capitalize on it.

K’Ogalo tried to make it simple in the midfield, denying the hosts possession and opportunity to get that early goal which could have changed everything. Even in that situation, Jacques Tuyisenge, Bernard Omondi and Francis Mustafa had chances to trouble the hosts, but they were just not sure of what to do with the ball.

It opened up a little after the break and the first real chance fell to the hosts in the 49th minute. A perfect pass fell to Aristide Medjo, but with all the time in the world and just the goalkeeper to beat, he sent his effort wide.

Moments later, a half a chance fell to Boniface Omondi who cut inside, but his effort flew wide. Oluoch was called into action again on the 55th minute, this time round saving a Chamo Wanga’s deflected shot.

The hosts attacked when they had a chance to, as Gor Mahia defended with numbers to protect their slim 2-1 lead. The East African side had their custodian to thank for the numerous saves he made throughout the second half to ensure that the ball did not hit the back of the net.

It was a sigh of relief after the referee blew the final whistle to ensure that the Hassan Oktay led side reached the stage for the second season in a row.


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19 Jan 19

Kahata and Mbish get on the Limbe ground. Image courtesy of Bonface Osano

Gor Mahia players reached Limbe safely. It was an 80km road trip from Douala. The team has already had their first training session. The match will be played at the 20,000 seat Limbe stadium.

“We’ve not had any problem so far in terms of reception,” stand-in captain Philemon Otieno told Nation Sport on Saturday from their base in Limbe. “The weather is unpredictable here because it’s has been raining since we arrived,” the utility player added.

Togolese referee Kokou Ntale will be at the centre assisted by compatriots Limna Kabassima and Adam Biyao in the 5pm kick-off

Coach Oktay thinks that all things being equal, his side will emerge triumphant.

“In Nigeria, we were frustrated by poor officiating hence losing easily but in Cameroon, we shall win, we shall play the same way we’ve been doing,”  said Oktay to the Nation.

New Star club owner Domkeu Faustin is confident that his side will emerge victorious.

“We are going for a win and nothing short of that. We saw a great team in Nairobi and our output showed that we can unlock them here,” club president and business magnate he said to the CAF website.

Gor Mahia squad to Cameroon; 1. Peter Odhiambo 2. Boniface Oluoch 3. Charles Momanyi 4. Joakim Oluoch 5. Shafik Batambuze 6. Philemon Otieno 7. George Ochieng 8. W. Ochieng 9. Ernest Wendo 10. Francis Kahata 11. Lawrence Juma 12. Samuel Onyango 13. Bernard Omondi 14. George Odhiambo 15. Cacidy Okeyo 16. Francis Mustafa 17. Jacques Tuyisenge and 18. Erisa Ssekisambu.


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19 Jan 19

Kenneth Muguna, who refused to sit on the bench in the midweek match against Mount Kenya United, explained to goal.com why he is frustrated.

In an emotional interview with Goal, the talented midfielder has openly explained what made him react angrily on Wednesday

Gor Mahia star Kenneth Muguna says he feels disrespected at the club.

The former Kenyan Premier League (MVP), was not amused by the decision to be left out of the starting team following the influence from a none coaching individual.

In an emotional but exclusive interview with Goal, the talented midfielder has openly explained what made him react angrily on Wednesday in the 4-1 win against Mount Kenya United.

“Gor Mahia is a professional club and competition is high. I do not mind sitting on the bench if the players in the same position are doing better than me and as a matter of fact, I have been benched before and I never complained.

“But it becomes an issue when someone, actually a player, influences the coach against playing me.

“It is not right, someone feels special and thinks he can dictate how things can run. It makes me feel disrespected and that is why I reacted that way. Let me sit on the bench because I am not performing but not because a certain ‘special’ player feels I should sit. That is the plain truth and I am not scared telling it.”

This comes a few hours after striker Ephrem Guikan apologized to the club fans after storming out of the same match.

Kerr: Muguna was signed behind my back

Former Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr says Kenneth Muguna was signed without his consent.

“I was not approached when the club wanted to re-sign Kenneth Muguna. He was not in my plans and the transfer happened behind my back. Not only Muguna, but a number of the new signings came without my blessings. ” he said to goal.com

Kerr went on to assail the lack of professionalism at the club.

“So many things were happening behind my back but that is gone now,” added the Briton coach, he concluded.


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18 Jan 19

Gor Mahia will leave for Limbe, Cameroon on Friday for the Confederation of African Football (Caf) Confederation Cup playoff second led against New Stars de Douala of Cameroon.

They leave at 8.05am, before connecting to the coastal town of Limbe. The match is set for Omnisports stadium in Limbe on Sunday at 5pm.

They will be defending a slim 2-1 lead and are further disadvantaged by having conceded an away goal.

“In West Africa anything can happen. We had a meeting with my players and I think mentally and physically we are strong enough,” said coach Oktay to the Nation

They will be missing Harun Shakava and Joash Onyango who were suspended by CAF as well as Humphrey Mieno who has joined St George of Ethiopia. Also doubtful is Kenneth Muguna who walked out of the team on Wednesday when he found out that he was not in the starting line-up.

And with Oliech Guikan and Kipkirui also ineligible, Gor Mahia will rely on Tuyisenge, Mustafa and Sekisambu for goals.

Oktay blames Poor pre-season and instability


Hassan Oktay says lack of proper pre-season preparations is costing the club in terms of performance. According to Oktay, the club was rudderless once the 2018 season ended.

‘’The kind of training they had last season did not help the players. It didn’t help them develop or add anything for the new season,’’ Oktay said to Citizen Sports.

In addition, there is lack of stability in the playing unit. Gor Mahia players are always linked to other African teams. Francis Kahata, Jacque Tuyisenge, Wellington Ochieng, Humphrey Mieno among others have all been linked with moves abroad.



Oktay unhappy with Guikan

Coach Hassan Oktay unhapphy with Guikan

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Gor Mahia coach Hassan Oktay is unhappy with Ivorian striker Ephrem Guikan’s attitude in their 4-1 triumph over Mount Kenya United at Kasarani stadium on Wednesday.

Oktay pulled off the misfiring Guikan for the legendary Dennis Oliech after 42 minutes, a change that left the Ivorian furiously charging back to the dressing room as fans jeered at him. This is the second time this season the 24-year-old forward is pulling this stunt following his substitution.

“It’s the first time I am seeing this from Guikan but I can manage, this is not a problem for me, I will need to talk to him,” the Turkish-Cypriot trainer said.

“He needs to work hard and he knows that,” Oktay said. “One of my philosophy I try to give this football team is that they need to work hard to achieve something.”

Guikan, who had quit the Kenyan champions in November before making a U-turn following the resignation of coach Dylan Kerr, took to his Facebook page to apologize.

“I come with this message, excuse me for my behavior tonight during the match. I admit to having bad reactions. I apologize to all the fans of Gor Mahia to all the team and to the coaching staff, I am really sorry (sic),” he posted.

Guikan had fallen out with Kerr hence the decision to not renew his contract at Gor Mahia late last year.


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16 Jan 19

Gor Mahia destroyed Mount Kenya United 4-1 in a midweek KPL match on Wednesday. Erisa Sekisambu struck three times. It was the first hatrick of the league this season. Dennis Oliech added to his tally.

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Ugandan import Erisa Ssekisambu struck a hat-trick while Dennis Oliech added another one from the spot as champions Gor Mahia eases past 10-man Mount Kenya United 4-1 in a SportPesa Premier League (SPL) at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani on Wednesday.

Former Gor midfielder Moses “Dube” Odhiambo came off the bench to grab a consolation for the visitors who were reduced to 10 men after defender Frank Balabala was sent off on 63 minutes.

A minute of silence was observed before kick off in honour of Tuesday’s Riverside terror attack victims among them football enthusiast James Oduor Radido alias Cobra.

Cobra was an ardent Gor Mahia and local football fan. He was at Kasarani on Sunday when the Kenyan champions laboured to beat New Stars de Doula of Cameroon in the first leg of their Caf Confederation Cup play off.

Mount Kenya remain bottom of the log on two points, 12 below Gor after eight games though the champions have a game in hand.

Ssekisambu netted the opener three minutes after referee Hoses Omondi got the encounter underway by tapping home George “Blackberry” Odhiambo cross.

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Oliech converted a 58th minute penalty after Francis Mustafa hacked down in the box by Kelvin Thairu. Mount Kenya protested the penalty brewing a scuffle that led to Balabala’s red card.

Moses Odhiambo, who replaced John “Softie” Ndirangu in the 55th minute, capitalised on a miscued clearance from Shaffik Batambuze to reduce the deficit before Ssekisambu added his second and Gor’s third on 77 minutes after slotting home Batambuze’s left foot inswinger.

Odhiambo could have claimed a brace but his 89th minute penalty hit the crossbar before Gor cleared their lines.

Ssekisambu then completed his hat-trick after he was teed up by Oliech at the death.

Mount Kenya caused Gor problems early on with Samuel Ndung’u’s precise cross from the left flank going unanswered.

On 38 minutes, Francis Mustafa’s glancing header missed the target after connecting to a Shaffik Batambuze cross.

Ivorian striker Ephrem Guikan had his shot from inside the box miss the target five minutes earlier much to the chagrin of a few fans that had turned up for the midweek clash.

Mount Kenya fluffed a glorious chance to pull level on 39 minutes. Paul Odhiambo charged down the right flank to deliver a cross that fell into Ndung’u’s waiting legs but the former Mathare United man volleyed wide six yards out.

On 41 minutes, the dangerous Ndung’u dribbled past Wellington Ochieng’ to weigh in a long ball from a tight angle but Gor custodian Peter Odhiambo did well to parry it out for a fruitless corner.

Gor coach Hassan Oktay pulled off the misfiring Guikan for the legendary Oliech on 42 minutes, a change that left the Ivorian furiously charging back to the dressing room as fans jeered him off.


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16 Jan 19

Gor Mahia resume their 2018-2019 KPL campaign at Kasarani on Wednesday. They take on Mount Kenya FC. Its an opportunity for Gor Mahia to move further up the standings and close the distance between them and league leaders Mathare United.

Gor Mahia will be without the towering Humphrey Mieno who has joined Ethiopian side St Georges. He joins Patrick Matasi who joined St Georges earlier this year.

In addition, coach Oktay says that injuries will only compound matters.

“It is not easy playing every other day. Fatigue and injuries are cropping in but we have to keep working,” he said.

Dennis Oliech caused a sensation when he scored his first goal last week. He will likely be in the starting line-up again. An attacking combination featuring the in-form Tuyisenge with Oliech could be one to watch.

Harun Shakava will likely return to the starting line-up after missing the continental encounter due to suspension.

“We are playing a team that has not won this season therefore we expect a tough match this afternoon. Players are motivated and ready to be given another chance to show what they’ve. We want three points at all cost,” said Shakava to the Nation

Former Gor Mahia ace Moses Odhiambo who now plays for Mount Kenya is says his side will not be intimidated.

“It’s a match like any other, there’s no special training for it,” said the player popularly known as ‘Dube”.

On paper it should be an easy match. Mount Kenya are at the bottom of the table with 2 points from 7 matches.

Mount Kenya united was formed by businessman Francis Mureithi after he purchased the rights to Nakumatt FC and renamed the club.

Gor Mahia face CAF disciplinary action

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K’Ogalo have now been fined Sh1m by the Caf Disciplinary Board after some of their key players were involved in indiscipline acts

Gor Mahia have been dealt a big blow after Caf issued sanctions on Tuesday.

The Kenyan champions have been fined Sh1milion by Caf with key players Harun Shakava and Joash Onyango – set to miss the next two Caf matches for alleged indiscipline behaviour during their match against Lobi Stars in Nigeria.

Captain Harun Shakava was involved in a brawl with the opponents’ custodian, with his partner Joash Onyango also reportedly abusing the referee. As a result, the two have been suspended for two more Caf matches.

When reached for comment, club’s deputy secretary General Ronald Ngala says they had anticipated for that and it should act as a lesson to the players. “After they missed last weekend, we anticipated for a tougher action and had been prepared for that.
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“However, the fine is too much for the club, we will not appeal the decision by Caf though. It is a wake-up call for our players, they should also learn to behave better in these matches next time,” Ngala told Goal.com.

This means both Shakava and Onyango will not be in the team to face New Star of Cameroon in the return leg of the Caf Confederation Cup on Sunday.

K’Ogalo are carrying a 2-1 advantage going into the fixture and will reach the group stages of the competition for the second season in a row, if they manage a win or a draw of any kind.


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15 Jan 19

 

Gor Mahia coach Hassan Oktay has sought to allay the fears of fans who were less than happy with the performance on Sunday

Additional reporting from the Nation

“Keep cam, we shall qualify.”

This is Gor Mahia coach Hassan Oktay message to nervous K’Ogalo fans ahead of their Caf Confederation Cup playoff reverse fixture against Cameroon’s New Stars de Douala at Omnisports Stadium in Limbe, Cameroon next Sunday.

The Kenyan champions carry a slim and tricky 2-1 lead they registered in the first leg tie played at Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani on Sunday afternoon. They need to avoid a defeat or force a scoring draw to book a slot in the group stage whose participants pocket Sh27 million.

A section of home supporters booed the Turkish-Cypriot’s tactical substitutions minutes after the Cameroonians had cancelled Gor Mahia’s early lead. The 42-year-old tactician withdrew speedy winger Boniface Omondi, who had been a constant threat, for Samuel Onyango on 76 minutes, before pulling out a jaded Francis Mustafa for Erisa Ssekisambu and finally brought in George “Blackberry” Odhiambo for Francis Kahata.

The changes infuriated the fans who openly booed the coach and carried on the chatter on various social media platforms questioning his tactical cognizance.

“Its good pressure from fans but sometimes you know we’ve to control what we see,” Oktay defended his changes.
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“We won, it’s a good feeling, we shall fix the defence because we conceded from the set piece again.”

Oktay was impressed by Charles Momanyi and Joachim Oluoch’s rare partnership at the back in the absence of regulars Harun Shakava and Joash Onyango.

The latter two are serving suspension from the Confederation of African Football (Caf) pending their case at the Caf Disciplinary board.

“I tell you what, we shall qualify. I believe we are good enough and strong to win it. No one should worry, we shall go there and dominate the game as well, this team (New Stars) plays well away than at home,” he assured.

Rwandese forward Jacques Tuyisenge, who grabbed the winner with three minutes left, has echoed the coach’s remarks urging fans to support them.

“We must reach the group stage,” said the 27-year-old. “They scored an away goal which gives them confidence but we shall dismantle their plans by scoring early to put them under more pressure.”

K’Ogalo, who host Mount Kenya United in a rescheduled league match on Wednesday at Kasarani stadium, plan to jet off to the West African nation on Friday.


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