27 May 15

With the June transfer window around the corner, Gor Mahia are planning the areas that will need to be bolstered. Gor Mahia will be looking to add depth not just for the second leg but also for upcoming events like the CECAFA cup, FKF cup and KPL top 8.

According to organizing secretary Ronald Ngala, coach Nuttall has already identified the areas he wants to bolster.

“The coach has communicated on the areas he would like us to strengthen. He has told us that he wants a striker, a central defender and an attacking midfielder and we are waiting to a report from him on whether he has identified any specific targets before we embark on recruiting” said Ngala to futaa.com

Two weeks ago, club official Naima Aketch announced that the club was trying to bring back Dan Sserunkuma on an open contract that gives him the leeway should a better offer come up. Last week Ngala said that Rama Salim was due to rejoin the club. The move is now in doubt with Rama himself having denied that he is undecided.

“It is upon him to make his decision if he is not interested in joining us then  that is okay, we will definitely look for other available options, we are yet to engage him in talks as we are waiting for the transfer window to open as from next week”, Ngala now says.

Though the team is doing well, coach Nuttall likely wants to keep players on their toes by introducing competition. He also realizes that as the season progresses, injuries might begin to take their toll especially as Gor Mahia faces a backlog of fixtures after the CECAFA cup.

Everyone aiming accusations as Kogalo

AFC coach Zdravko Logarusic has joined the bandwagon of people complaining against Gor Mahia. He now claims Ingwe were denied access to train at Kisumu stadium because the stadium belongs to Gor Mahia.

But KPL CEO Jack Oguda has said that no one in the KPL owns a stadium.

“I don’t think there is a single club in Kenya which owns a stadium. We must all accept to share these venues because they are minimal. We will not accept such things to happen again but we need AFC (Leopards) to complain officially then we can follow up the matter.” said Oguda to goal.com

Oguda has directed AFC to lodge a formal complaint.

“In this case, we would ask Leopards to lodge a complaint with the stadium management if indeed they were denied an opportunity to train because it is denying the county government business and paints a bad picture,” he continued.

Gor Mahia vs Thika rescheduled

The Kenya Premier league has announced on their website that the match between Thika United and Gor Mahia, originally scheduled for Sunday, has now been moved a day later to Monday, kick-off 6pm, at Kasarani Stadium.

This is because of the unavailability of Thika County Stadium, Nyayo Stadium, Kenyatta Stadium and Kasarani Stadium on Sunday for this home fixture for Thika United.



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26 May 15

Gor Mahia defending Dirkir Glay is rearing to make a comeback after having been sidelined by a shoulder injury. Glay is dissapointed at being away from the playing field but he is happy to be back training.

“I feel bad for being out for this long; it is something no player can enjoy. My shoulder injury took time to heal, but I am good right now. I have been training and I hope to be back soonest, it is football,” Glay told goal.com on Tuesday.

Glay knows that regaining a spot in the starting line-up given the fact that the team is playing very well currently especially on the defensive end of the field

“My target is to get back and help Gor Mahia that is what I am aiming. Good thing is that the team is performing better and the main challenge will be getting my place back since everybody is performing better. It is all about working harder in training and make sure my form is back, and grab the opportunity with both hands.

Glay who was signed from Gor Mahia this season is happy with his current club.

“It is a good experience at K’ogalo, I like everything here, it is a major step in my life which I want to make use of. I want to help the club so much and prove my worth especially after being out for so long.”

Glay’s return is good news as it gives coach Nuttall additional options as the club prepares to play Thika United which is Glay’s former club.

In addition to Glay, Gor Mahia will likely welcome back Godfrey Walusimbi whom reports suggest had gone missing from training due to unresolved salary issues. The issues have been resolved and reports suggest he joined the team in Kisumu last weekend.

Thika coach warns Gor Mahia

Thika United coach Tim Bryett wants his team to take advantage of their underdog status to end Gor Mahia’s unbeaten run.

We have no pressure on us for this game. We are not the league champions, and don’t have the unbeaten record so we go into the game as underdogs, but dangerous underdogs!” He said to futaa.com

However Bryett will be dissapointed because this Gor Mahia team has been conditioned to be relaxed without being overconfident and fans are not putting any undue pressure on the team to stay unbeaten.

Bryett who took over as head coach this season, also said he expects a certain level of intimidation..

“We expect intimidation that has already started but I take it as motivation and I am not surprised at it because it is because they fear us” he continued.

One thing Bryett can expect is that despite his team being the home team, Gor Mahia fans will be at Thika stadium in large numbers to cheer their team.

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25 May 15

Gor Mahia coach Frank Nuttall has hailed his sides togetherness and team work as the reason for yet another valuable win against a side that played tough and was determined to grab points against Gor Mahia.

“A difficult match it was but through teamwork, togetherness plus the discipline, we managed to collect the vital points. That was really a cool finish from Olunga. We overcame any sort of pressure and deserved to win the match” he said according to futaa.com.

Nuttall further praised his charges for putting on a solid display despite difficult traveling arrangements.

“It was another impressive performance by the boys. We were a bit affected by the travelling but they still gave their best,” he said in a post-match interview.

With two games left before the end of the first leg, Gor Mahia are now 9 points ahead of second placed Sofapaka. With 27 goals scorded, they have scored 7 goals more than the second highest team. By conceding only 6 goals, they have conceded 5 goals fewer than any other team.

James Goro Oronge praises Kogalo

Former Gor Mahia striker Goro Oronge who is a resident of Kisumu city based has praised Kogalo after having had some opportunities to watch them play in Kisumu.

“Gor mahia fc played a great game in Kisumu. Aucho and Olunga were outstanding and almost all the players are young. That is what worries me for we lose concentration in the middle of the game. If this team can be kept together for the next 5 years to mature, then this Gor can make it places. The accurate passes of Aucho and the pace and shooting of Oluonga reminds me of my former team mates the late Abbass Khamis Magongo and Sammy Onyango jogoo. Good goalkeeping was also noticed. Lets keep this team intact and we can claim the lost glory we talk about so much.” said Gor on his social media page.

Good of Oronge to notice the stellar goalkeeping of Boniface Oluoch who is largely responsible for the fact that Gor Mahia has conceded only 7 goals so far.

Oronge joined Gor Mahia in January of 1985. Much was expected from his since his father Peter Oronge had been a legend for Harambee stars in the early 1960s and was at one time player-coach of Harambee stars.


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25 May 15

Muhoroni coach Francis Baraza for his part is now blaming the referees for supposedly favouring Gor Mahia. He is also channeling Chemelil coach Mike Mururi who said last year that Gor Mahia struggle at continental level supposedly because referees favour them.
“Today, the referee was biased towards Gor Mahia. He gave them every advantage and even that goal came after Ali Abondo had handled the ball. It clearly shows they are being favoured, no wonder they struggle at the continental level.” said a bitter Baraza.
He should blame himself however. One of the cardinal rules of football that a coach should  impart to his players is that players must always wait for the whistle. If a group of players stop playing because they saw a handball then concede a goal, they have only themselves to blame. Referees do not have additional eyes on the side of their head nor on the back of their head. This means they will miss some calls. A team that stops playing therefore has itself to blame as well as the coach.

Everyone knows that the Standard of refereeing has been low in the KPL this season. Even Gor Mahia have been victimized by poor officiating. A coach who does not prepare his team for this can only blame himself.

Last season, coach Mururi of Chemelil was running his mouth about referees helping Gor Mahia only for his side to lose 3-1 to Gor Mahia in March of this year. His new excuse at the time was that his side had not played competitive matches.

Baraza should be gracious and admit that he lost to a better team who despite not being at their best, maintained a level of teamwork and discipline needed to .

As for Gor Mahia’s struggles at continental level, it is silly to suggest that they are because local referees help them. In fact such statements from Baraza and Mururi betray a hint of jealousy and bitterness. Gor Mahia’s struggles at continental level have more to do with the fact that the team is always re-assembled every December and January due to mass departures and arrivals. The lack of cohesion in the playing unit due to players not used to playing with each other has a negative impact on Gor Mahia and other Kenyan clubs.  In any case none of the other Kenyan teams have done much better than Gor Mahia of late. Sofapaka were bundled out by Platinum FC of Zimbabwe in the preliminary round. At least Gor Mahia made it to the first round.

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25 May 15

Superb goal by Victor Olunga

Wonder strike for Victor Ochieng against Ingwe

Questionable refereeing between Tusker and Sofapaka.

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24 May 15

courtesy of goal.com

Gor K’Ogalo edged out the sugar millers to keep their unbeaten record and cement top spot in Kenyan Premier League at Moi Kisumu on Sunday

Gor Mahia edged out Muhoroni Youth 1-0 to keep their unbeaten run in Kenyan Premier League match at Moi Stadium on Sunday.

Michael Olunga should have scored earlier at the first whistle of the game when he failed to find the far post. Muhoroni Youth defender Wellington Ochieng was beaten to the ball by Khalid Aucho, who found Olunga waiting and his attempt towards the far post went just wide.

In the ninth minute however, Olunga did not make a mistake scoring Gor Mahia’s opening goal. Muhoroni Youth defenders will blame themselves for conceding the goal. Instead, of clearing the ball, they raised their hands protesting an Ali Abondo handball and paid for it when Olunga latched onto the ball to score.

Two minutes later, Abondo should have connected a cross from the edge of the box but was denied by Muhoroni Youth goalkeeper Daniel Kiptoo who did well to block the shot.

Gor Mahia were so dominant that their opponents had not even made a single shot at goal by the 20th minute. This was however, to change in the 21st minute when Abbas Akinyemi had an opportunity to shoot at goal but it was fruitless.

The home side preferred to stay at the back hoping to catch Gor Mahia on counter-attack but it did not work. Gor Mahia showed a lot of discipline in midfield rarely losing the ball and with a back four playing well, their opponents rarely found room to give them problems.

By the 25th minute, Gor Mahia had forced their second corner of the match when Yussuf Mohammed headed out Olunga goal bound shot. Muhoroni made an early substitution pulling out Hamisi Abdallah for Paul Mboya. The new man was cautioned with just a few minutes into the match. But it was Gor Mahia midfielder Godfrey Walusimbi, who was lucky not to have been sent off with dangerous play on Wellingtone Ochieng.

The second half was equally action packed but it produced no goals. The best chance for Gor Mahia came in the 75th minute when Ali Abondo hit the post with the ball bouncing back into play. Meddie Kagere was rested towards the end with his place going to Innocent Wafula.

Gor Mahia Starting Line=up:  Bonface Oluoch – Musa Mohamed – Karim Nizigiyimana – Abouba Sibomana – Collins Okoth – Ali Abondo – Harun Shakava – Meddie Kagere (Innocent Wafula 88) – Michael Olunga – Khalid Aucho.

Unused Subs; Jerim Onyango – Ronald Omino – Dirkir Glay – George Odhiambo – Eric Ochieng – Ernest Wendo.


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22 May 15

Gor Mahia return to Kisumu City for the second time in two weeks to take on Muhoroni Youth. Gor Mahia, still buoyant after dispatching Nakuru All Stars by a score of 5-0 will be hoping to continue with their brilliant run. Gor Mahia are still unbeaten. And while fans were concerned about the defence earlier in the season, Gor Mahia have pulled up their socks in this department. They have not conceded a goal in seven games.

One play who has been instrumental in helping Gor Mahia keep clean sheets is goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch. And Oluoch is confident but cautious about Gor Mahia’s  chances against Muhoroni Youth.

“Muhoroni has good players; they have also a good coach, who is experienced and tactical. It is going to be a tough match for us. However, looking at K’ogalo right now, we have the momentum and are focused. I feel we have an edge over them. Players want to maintain this run at all costs,” Oluoch told Goal on Thursday.

“We are looking invincible right now, but that is on paper. In the pitch the story might be different. Every team right now wants to be the first to defeat us. So that will make it even harder against us.” said Oluoch to goal.com

What Oluoch says indicates that though Gor Mahia are on a high, they will not be overconfident against Muhoroni Youth.

Though Muhoroni Youth are the hosts, Gor Mahia will be playing in front of their passionate supporters who are expected to throng the newly refurbished Moi stadium. Oluoch says the team will be counting on supporters to show up and cheer the team.

“Our experience and calmness will be tested. However, with our fans, all will be well. They create a good environment for us to play in and at the same time creating tension on the opponents. But I hope we will get the three points on Sunday.”

Indeed Muhoroni will be a tough nut to crack. Though their record has not been stellar this year, they have done well since promoted to the top league. And they will be battling to climb up the league table according to defender Franklin Osama.

“No one expects us to win the game but that will only help us in our preparations,” he said.

“This season we do not have as many points as we would like but I think we have played very well and deserve more than 11 points.

“Gor are a great team and they have been explosive this season. We know what to expect from them and we are sure they will attack us, so we will get our own chances on the counter attack.

“We need to defend well, attack them when we have the opportunity and take our chances as they come and I am sure we will have a chance of beating them,”  he said to supersport.com.

Kickoff is Sunday 15:45 at Moi stadium Kisumu

Referees: Raphael Nduati (centre referee), Steven Adeya, Dorcas Moraa


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21 May 15

Former Gor Mahia striker / attacking midfielder Rama Salim could be on his way back to the club.  According to the club organizing secretary, Ronald Ngala, Rama has expressed an interest in rejoinining Kogalo.

“Rama wants to rejoin us; he has called and talked to the management. We do not have any problem with him coming back but that will depend with coach Frank Nuttall, who wants to sign an attacking midfielder.

Ngala emphasized that coach Frank Nuttall will have the final say on whether Rama rejoins the team.

“We know Rama’s potential but the coach does not. So he has to impress the coach who will then make a decision on his move. The signings we made are paying dividends and that is why we are performing well.

Of course paying the players is a challenge but Ngala said that the club officials are working on this aspect.

“It is my hope that this run will continue, we are trying to facilitate the playing unit with everything even if sometimes it is a challenge, in order to keep the momentum going. It will be difficult to finish the season unbeaten but who knows? If we play the second leg the same way we are playing right now, then we are bound to make history.”

Ngala joined Gor Mahia in January 2012. It was a time when Gor Mahia signed multiple players who were expected to excel including the likes of Yusuf Juma, George Midenyo and felix Nwosu. The league started very poorly for Gor Mahia. Rama was one of the few bright spots during this period. When Gor Mahia finally won its first game of the season, it was Rama who scored.

Rama Salim would then leave in 2013 for a stint in Qatar. He came back in 2014 before leaving for South Africa to attend trials. After the South Africa deal failed to materialize, Rama went to Tanzania to play for Coastal Union.

For Rama, Coastal Union is a dead end. If he wants to further his career, he is better off coming back to Kenya where he has a chance to impress national team coach Bobby Williamson. A place in the national team can lead to better things.

For Gor Mahia fans, they need to understand that player attrition is the new reality that Kenyan clubs must learn to deal with. Players have only a few years to earn money. They need to earn enough so they do not end up poor after their career is finished. So you cannot begrudge a player leaving.

Having said that however, Gor Mahia must structure their contracts better.   Players should be able to leave the club to pursue greener pastures but the club should be paid something in return.

Rama is clearly passionate about Kogalo as evidenced by how distraught he was when Gor Mahia lost the league on the last day of 2012.

Further to that Rama is an excellent player who is versatile in that he can play in midfield or attack. He is tactically astute and is very good at playing off of other strikers.

He will give coach Nuttall additional options which is critical considering that after June, Gor Mahia will face a backlog of fixtures including CECAFA, KPL Top 8, FKF cup and of course the KPL. With a thin squad, injuries will plague the team. Therefore squad depth is paramount.

For Gor Mahia fans, they now have several avenues with which to help shore up the clubs finances such that players will not leave for places like Sudan and Tanzania. Preventing constant player attrition will enhance Gor Mahia’s fortunes at continental level. So join the SACCO, become a member, buy the Gor Biro bread, utilize paybill 350100 or buy club merchandize and enable Gor Mahia to maintain its players.


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21 May 15

Gor Mahia coach Frank Nuttall has added his voice to those seeking sponsorship for Gor Mahia.  According to Nuttall, the working conditions are difficult due to the financial constraints faced by the club.

I have been trying to improve and professionalize our training environment since I came to the club but for various reasons, including financial limitations, I have been unable to do so.  I believe if we get sponsors to take care areas such as training ground, training equipment, gym and first aid kits supplies, it will be a big boost to us,” said Nuttall to the club’s site.

The coach appeared to re-iterate what was posited on this blog yesterday which is that the club need not find a big sponsor. They can work with smaller sponsors as well.

“If we can have various sponsors working with us, it will be great. It doesn’t have to be a big sponsor. Interested companies or individuals can come on board to work with us. The sponsors will gain by getting the much needed visibility through the team and its fan base. Their help will enable me to implement my plans. I want to move the club forward,”

It is good to see the coach showing this kind of passion and commitment to the club.

He is right. Gor Mahia need not find a big score sponsor like Tuzo or Molo milk. The club can seek out smaller sponsors and work with multiple sponsors. Certain clubs in Europe have multiple jersey sponsors and even short sponsors such as the one below.

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