17 Jan 18

Harun Shakava in action against Al Hilal

Gor Mahia turned down an opportunity to play perennial African giants TP Mazembe of Congo DRC and also turned down a friendly with Sudanese champions Al Hilal.

“Because of the tight schedule that we have ahead of the new season, we turned down friendly matches against Mazembe and Al Hilal. We had a choice of both teams coming to Kenya or us traveling but it is not possible for now.” said club CEO Lordvick Aduda to goal.com

Aduda explained that schedule constraints prevented Gor Mahia from playing both teams.

“We will then start Caf campaign on February 10. So honestly, it was not possible for us to schedule friendly matches against Mazembe and Hilal. Maybe we can plan for such matches in future when we don’t have a tight schedule.” he continued.

However better planning would have enabled this especially since they have played Al Hilal over the past two pre-seasons.

Instead Gor Mahia will play KCCA of Uganda in their only high profile friendly before they play the Africa Champions League preliminary on February 10.

Al Hilal, TP Mazembe and KCCA are all participating in the 2018 champions league and friendlies against such sides would have been solid preparation and given Kogalo to test their strategies against top class opposition.

Treasurer explains why Machakos was chosen

Club treasurer Sally Bolo has explained why Gor Mahia chose to play their continental matches at Kenyatta stadium  Machakos.

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Gor Mahia have revealed why they picked Kenyatta (Machakos) over Bukhungu stadium to host the Caf Champions League matches.

The two stadia were approved by Caf to host the continental assignments, but K’Ogalo settled on Machakos which the club treasurer, Sally Bolo argues is pocket-friendly to both club and fans.

The local champions will host Leones Vegetarianos of Equatorial Guinea in the first round of preliminary matches next month.

“Machakos stadium is appropriate because we will reduce on expense at this time when things are hard financially. It will cost the club a million shillings to play in Kisumu – we have flight tickets, accommodation and other expense,” Bolo told the club website.

K’Ogalo will be returning to Machakos for the first time in four years after the club was banned from playing in the County following the violence that erupted after Gor Mahia lost to Sofapaka in 2014.


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15 Jan 18

Long serving Kogalo attacker George Odhiambo Blackberry has opted to renew his contract at the club after a protracted negotiation between the club and his agent. Blackberry was the last key player who had not renewed hos contract.

“Blackbbery’ has committed to Gor Mahia after agreeing to sign a one and half year contract extension. He was the only player, who was yet to extend his stay after his contract had run down but I can confirm now that he will be with us next season. As we speak, he (Odhiambo) has travelled to Nakuru to join the rest in pre-season training. I now believe that the team is ready and good to go.” said club CEO Omondi Aduda to goal.com

Blackberry first joined Kogalo in 2009, left at the end of 2010 and returned in 2014. He has experienced a major career revival in 2017 that saw him earn a place in the national team where he had not played since 2011.

Aduda also confirmed that the club has released Rwandese midfielder Jean Baptiste Mugiraneza. He had request a release in order to get more playing time after being unable to cement a first team place at Kogalo.

“We have officially released the player and from what I am gathering is that he has signed for APR. We want to wish him well for whatever he did for our club and respect his choice.” said Aduda.

Also leaving the club is Mike Simiyu who has joined Mathare and John Ndirangu who will play for Kakamega Homeboyz this season

 


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15 Jan 18

Gor Mahia chair Ambrose Rachier has agreed to pay damages to Machakos county as a goodwill gesture after governor Mutua lifted the ban that was imposed on Gor Mahia following crowd trouble in a 2014 KPL match against Sofapaka which Gor Mahia lost 2-3. After the incident, Mutua had demanded a whopping Ksh 10 million from Gor Mahia.

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Kenya Premier League holders Gor Mahia will pay Sh1 million to the Machakos county government for damages incurred during a 2014 match, club officials have revealed.

The money is a goodwill gesture after the Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua lifted a ban he had imposed on Gor Mahia from playing in the county.

“We know the amount is not enough for the damages caused by our fans, but it’s a goodwill gesture to show our appreciation for being welcomed back,” club chairman, Ambrose Rachier, said.

Machakos county government banned K’Ogalo from playing in the county in 2014 after their fans went on the rampage and damaged property worth millions of shillings after losing to Sofapaka in a league encounter at Kenyatta Stadium.

HOOLIGANISM

“Following negotiations brokered by my sports minister Faith Kithu, we have decided to lift the ban for the love of the sport and promotion of sports tourism,” said Mutua.

He was speaking outside his office after meeting Rachier, club chief executive Ludovic Aduda, Treasurer Sally Bolo and AFC Leopards boss Dan Mule.

Rachier noted that hooliganism was the greatest disease in football but said it had waned since 2014.

Gor have also been granted the use of Machakos stadium as their home ground and will host Leones Vegetarianos from Equatorial Guinea in a CAF encounter on February 10.


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13 Jan 18

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Gor Mahia routed Nakuru Combined 4-0 in a pre-season friendly.
Ivorian international Ephrem Guikan scored his third goal in Gor Mahia shirt in a 4-0 win over Nakuru Combined on Saturday.

Guikan, who also netted a hat-trick in K’Ogalo’s win over Egerton University, signed for the reigning Kenyan champions from AS Port Louis of Mauritius.

Rwandan striker Jacques Tuyisenge scored a brace in Gor Mahia’s second pre-season win against a Combined side. Haroun Shakava was the other scorer.

On Thursday, Gor Mahia beat Egerton University in another friendly match. Guikan scoredt twice, Francis Kahata scored another witha brilliant free-kick. Other scorers were defender Wellington Ochieng, Boniface Omondi and Samuel Onyango all contributing a goal each.


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12 Jan 18

All the new signings were in training this week: Charles Momanyi, Ivorian Ephraim Guikan, Wesley Onguso, Kevin Omondi, Humphrey Mieno, Samuel Onyango, and Lawrence Juma. Coach Dylan Kerr is impressed with his new charges.

“The new players have really impressed me in training; they look motivated are focused so we can only forward for a successful year,” he said to Citizen FM.

Kerr says he and his technical staff have been studying opponents and preparing appropriately.

“It’s not an easy task for us because this is the biggest stage of club football in the continent. We want to plan appropriately so we can match the expectations of our fans. Every team will want to beat Gor next season but they should know we are stronger than before.” he continued.

On Musa Mohamed, coach Kerr says he is unaware of the status of his captain from 2017.

“l am not  100 percent sure what is happening to Musa but on Friday five of our players left for the KPL Awards and then they will be back on Saturday for the weekend friendly matches.”  he concluded.


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11 Jan 18

Sportpesa CEO Ronald Karauri says that his company is considering various options including resuming sponsorship for certain federations and teams.
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Could SportPesa be about to make an about-turn and resume funding sports activities in the country?

This seems likely to be the case, with the giant gaming firm’s chief executive officer Ronald Karauri telling Nation Sport Wednesday that he will be seeking “solutions” to crises that followed his firm’s decision to abandon Sh600 million worth of sponsorship deals this past week.

“We are frantically looking for solutions, I feel bad bringing the teams to this level and then just leaving them. I am in talks with some government officials for a way forward and hopefully all will be well soon,” he said.

SOFTENED HIS STANCE

When terminating the deals with among other, Football Kenya Federation, Kenya Premier League, Kenya Rugby Union, Gor Mahia, AFC Leopards and Nakuru All Stars, Karauri argued his firm was unable to pay the increased taxes slapped on gaming firms by government at the start of this year, and remain with enough to pump in the millions worth of sponsorship deals

But then, with government and rival betting firms warming up to the idea of replacing SportPesa in the past few days, it seems Karauri has either softened his stance, or stumbled on extra funds.

Nation Sport understands representatives from SportPesa have been in talks with officials from Gor Mahia and Leopards in the past few days.

The agenda of these meetings, we understand, revolved around the possibility of renewing the sponsorship.

The two teams have cumulatively received about Sh100 million from SportPesa each year for the past two years.

On his part, Sports Principal Secretary Kirimi Kaberia confirms that the government is keen to take over from SportPesa in funding Kenyan sports.

“They (SportPesa) might have pulled out but there will be no crisis,” he said.

“We met with representatives from the affected federations and requested them to present their budgets which we will look at on a case by case basis.”


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11 Jan 18

Images courtesy of Egerton University


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9 Jan 18

Gor Mahia were scheduled to leave for Narok on Monday for pre-season training. The training is geared towards preparing for the 2018 Super Cup against AFC Leopards as well as the 2018 Africa champions league match against Leones Vegeterianos of Equatorial Guinea.

“The pre-season is for both the league matches and the Caf Champions League. We would like to perform better in both so we are putting in the work,” club Chief Executive Officer Lordvick Aduda said to the Nation.

Aduda indicated that the participation in the 2018 Champions league was still up in the air to to financial constraints occassioned by the Sponsors Sportpesa.

“We can’t walk from here to Equatorial Guinea. If there is no money we will not honour those matches,” he said.

Talks with Sportpesa are still ongoing.

“At this moment we are, however, staying positive because we are in talks with SportPesa and other potential sponsors, and we are optimistic of getting a good deal.”

 

 


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9 Jan 18


Additional reporting from goal.com
The Green Army soldier was run over by packed bus along Thika Super Highway last September after he slipped off

Gor Mahia family is mourning once again following the passing on of a fan, who was run over by a bus last season.

The K’Ogalo fan known mostly by his Facebook name ‘Jakababa Jakafadhe’, succumbed to the injuries on Monday after a lengthy four months battle at a Nairobi Hospital.

The Green Army soldier was run over by packed bus along Thika Super Highway last September after he slipped off the moving bus and fell under the bus.

He was part of the Gor Mahia fans traveling back from Thika town after watching K’Ogalo battle to 0-0 draw with host Thika United last season.

The accident happened not far away from Nehema Uhai Hospital (opposite Safari Park Hotel) where he was rushed before he was later referred to St. Francis Hospital in Mwiki-Kasarani.

The news came barely a week after the reigning champions lost another foot ‘soldier’, Dennis Osoti, who died last week.

He battled his injuries in hospital for 4 months during which Judith Nyangi was a regular visitor


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7 Jan 18

Image courtesy of Judith Nyangi

Speaking at the club’s training session at Camp Toyoyo, Gor Maha coach Dylan Kerr says he is content with the performance of the new signings:
“So far so good for us, the new players ar slowly adapting to our style of play and I am optimistic that by the time the league kicks-off they will be ready.” he told goal.com

Kerr is adamant that players who were in the starting line-up in 2017, should not automatically assume that they will be maintain their positions in 2018.
“No one is guaranteed a position in this team, all must prove that they are worth it.” he continued.

Gor Mahia has parted ways with at least 12 players including stalwarts like Timothy Otieno who joined Tusker on free transfer, Musa Mohamed and Kenneth Muguna who are headed overseas as well as Oliver Maloba, Kenneth Mbugua, Jeconiah Uyoga and John Ndirangu.

Rachier pleads with Sportpesa

Meanwhile chairman Ambrose Rachier has stated that he met with Sportpesa officials to urge them to maintain their sponsorship.
“I have today (Thursday) held a meeting with SportPesa to plead with them not to withdraw their sponsorship at least to Gor Mahia, having regard to the forthcoming Caf Campions League campaign in February as well as the league duties,” he told the club’s site.

Gor Mahia have not received official notification from Sportpesa with regard to withdrawal of the sponsorship.


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