18 Jul 18

Kerr emphasized the importance of getting three points since all four teams still have a chance at qualifying for the next round.

“Its a CAF game that both teams need 3 points. With Yanga coming to Nairobi and us going to Dar in 10 days, its very important how we start the game. ”

Kerr further praised the state of the pitch at Kasarani where the match will take place on Wednesday at 7pm

“We have had the pleasure of training on the field and it looks like a proper field right now. So that will be an advantage to us.” said Kerr.

Kerr briefly touched on the recent financial debacle that set off a firestorm in the playing unit.

“We understand that money is the motivation of African players. I am trying to express to these players that to get that, you have got to be the best. It is not about me. My success comes from the players. ” concluded Kerr.

The Yanga technical bench for their part stated that they used the CECAFA club cup to study Gor Mahia’s strengths and weaknesses and are this ready for the encounter.

Kerr went on to tell the Standard that his playing unit was full of confiedence.

“The mood in the team is good. We are strong and a confident side. Yes, we didn’t get an opportunity to see Yanga play in Kagame Cup, but we are going into this game with one thing in mind; win at home and away, which I confidently believe we can,” said Kerr.

“In football, you must be mentally ready to face challenges and our challenge right now is to reach Confederations Cup quarter-finals. That’s our goal and that’s exactly where the money is. We have come so far in one year that I have been in charge.” said Kerr

Apology

Team manager Jolawi Obondo apologized to CECAFA for the team’s refusal to pick up their third place medals. He stated that it all stemmed from the CECAFA official told the players that they would not receive the prize money in cash but instead it would be wired to their accounts.

In reality, that debacle was probably just a last straw from players fed up at being treated poorly by the club officials.

Group D standings

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  USM Alger 2 1 1 0 4 0 +4 4
2 Gor Mahia 2 0 2 0 1 1 0 2
3 Rayon Sports 2 0 2 0 1 1 0 2
4 Young Africans 2 0 1 1 0 4 -4 1

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17 Jul 18

Gor Mahia secretary general Ben Omondi has come forward to assure fans that all issues that have been plaguing the playing unit have been addressed. Below is his statement.

All grievances were addressed, key being the CAF money which we have resolved to give players 20 percent of gross depending with outcome of remaining matches.

Minor discrepancies that 3 players raised over payment of bonuses will be addressed by treasury guided by the team manager.

Balance of 1 m from KPL will also be paid once received. As per now salaries have been paid to June 2018 while out of the 16 matches 15 winning bonuses have been paid.

Other challenges like incitement, ethnic groupings and what transpired at CECAFA will require scientific analysis but bottom line we reached a common ground in solving future disputes.

A meeting was held between office, technical bench and all players) where items that were bringing friction were all discussed. A good understanding was reached and that means, all issues were well ironed out and we are back to normal business.  This according to Tony Anelka.

The team manager apologised on behalf of all players – on what happened some days back in Tanzania and that’s water under the bridge now. The club through the chairman, explained to the players and technical bench the issues around finances and they all understood… a riot act was read and the club decided to form a committee to further investigate on what exactly led to what’s been going on and who exactly were behind it. It was thought making a rushed decision or punishing anyone right now was not appropriate because they need to be sure on what’s there. Wise decision if you ask me.

Chairman Ambrose Rachier promised to get to the bottom of the issues that were causing friction in the playing unit.

“It was a good meeting and we are all happy now because we’ve at least shared or understood each other well. Further investigations will be done to establish what’s underneath then we will decide what do after getting the findings. For now, we have agreed to move as one and with the same focus we had before.”  said Rachier.


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14 Jul 18


CECAFA has slapped a two year ban on Gor Mahia for what they consider gross insubordination.

Additional reporting from the Standard
Gor Mahia have been suspended from Cecafa competitions for two years over indiscipline issues and their Kagame Cup prize money withdrawn.

The decision was reached in yesterday night’s regional body executive committee meeting in Dar es Salaam after K’Ogalo players refused to take their Kagame Cup bronze medals at the National Stadium.

In addition, the Kenyan giants will not get the Sh 1M prize money that they were supposed to receive after they beat Zanzibar’s Jeshi la Kujenga 2-0 in the third place off.

Prior to snubbing the closing ceremony, Gor Mahia had refused the hotel initially allocated to them before declining to use the dressing room during their 2-0 semifinals defeat to eventual champions Azam over ‘witchcraft’ allegations.

“The executive committee have met and decided to suspend Gor Mahia from Cecafa competitions for two years for snubbing the medal ceremony,” said Cecafa Secretary General Nicholas Musonye during Saturday’s press briefing.

“Even if they qualify in 2019 and 2020, they will not play. We have gone through reports of Gor Mahia matches and seen a series of indiscipline issues.First they refused the hotel, then declined to use the dressing room and on Friday they failed to honour the medal ceremony.”

Gor coach Dylan Kerr was not spared either as Musonye gave the Briton a stern warning.

“Let this be the last warning to Gor Mahia coach who has repeatedly abused the match officials. We have directed FKF to take disciplinary actions against him. He got away with this for now, but for the next two years he will not be here,” he said.

“Gor Mahia is a big team and is representing us in Confederations Cup, but they cannot take law in their own hands. Clubs are used to holding their federations at ransom, this will not happen at Cecafa.
Gor are expected to face Yanga in their second Group D CAF Confederations Cup match at Kasarani Stadium on Wednesday.


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13 Jul 18

Gor Mahia beat JKU of Zanzibar 2-0 in the 3rd place playoff of the 2018 CECAFA club cup.  The goals came from Burundian new signing Francis Mustafa and Samuel Onyango. The first half was scoreless before Mustafa put Gor Mahia ahead in the 52nd minute. This brings his tally at Gor Mahia to two goals. With time running out, Samuel Onyango added a second.

In the process, Gor Mahia were awarded Ksh 1 million in prize money. One can only hope that the prize money will go to the players given the effort they have put into this tournament despite all the obstacles and issues they have faced. When Gor Mahia were awarded Ksh 3 million for winning the Sportpesa Super cup, only one third of that money went to the players.

Gor Mahia now turns their attention to the COnfederations cup match against Yanga on Wednesday. They must win this match to keep their hopes of advancing alive.

Coach Kerr rested several key players. In addition to the likes of Shakava and Blackberry who have injuries, the coach also rested Tuyisenge and Kahata.

Gor Mahia XI: Shaban Odhoji, Philemon Otieno, Innocent Wafula, Joash Onyango, Charles Momanyi, Lawrence Juma, Boniface Omondi, Kevin Omondi, Samuel Onyango and Francis Mustafa.


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13 Jul 18

Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr, while dissapointed at losing to Azam in the CECAFA club cup semis, commended his players and said the players lost because they were tired.

“I am not happy that we were eliminated in the semis, we wanted to win this match and the competition and bring the trophy back to Kenya. But as I said before, we were physically and mentally tired and that led to mistakes, and we were punished.” said Kerr to goal.com

Kerr cited the sheer number of games Kogalo has played in the last 2 weeks.
“But I am happy with my player. They did everything possible to win the game despite playing eight games in fifteen days,” he continued.

The glut of fixtures has finally taken its toll on the playing unit resulting in injuries.

Ernest Wendo (groin), Francis Kahata (knee) George Odhiambo (knock) have all been ruled out of today’s encounter while the defensive duo of captain Harun Shakava (groin) and Joash Onyango (knock) remains doubtful.

Kerr says he is not looking forward to the 3rd place playoff against JKU which is scheduled for Friday.

“We are playing the third-place playoffs, which, if I had a choice, we wouldn’t play, because we have Yanga coming to Nairobi next week. That is very important to us and we can’t let Azam’s defeat hurt our season. We have done so well this year to get where we are.”

“It is unfortunate we got injuries here, but they are from contacts and collision, not fatigue. Kahata has had a knock and Wendo was injured in the previous game, but that is football.

“Football is tough and after too many fixtures, it’s bound to take a toll on us. We have to think of how to motivate the players.” said Kerr to the Standard.

Gor Mahia will then take on Yanga FC in the CAF confederations cup on Wednesday July 18. Yanga will be well rested after having skipped the CECAFA event.


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11 Jul 18

Gor Mahia have yet to solve the riddle of beating Azam in Tanzania. Just as was the case, in 2015, they went down again by a score of 2-0. This time both goals came in extra time after the first 90 minutes were scoreless.

Additional Reporting from Capital FM

Azam FC edged out Kenyan champions 2-0 on Wednesday 11th July at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam to storm into the final of the CECAFA Kagame Cup.

The Tanzanian money bags beat Gor Mahia by the same score line to win the tournament back in 2015 and the Kenyan champions were out to for a revenge. However, this was never to be as extra time goals by Ditriam Nchimbi and Bruce Kangwa ensured Azam sail through to the final.

Azam were clearly the best side from the onset but were undone by poor finishing and good goalkeeping by Boniface Oluoch. First half ended goalless with Azam enjoying more possession, 60% to Gor’s 40%.

Changes

Gor Mahia introduced Joash Onyango for the ineffective Ephreim Guikan after the breather and later pulled out Bernard Ondiek for Lawrence Juma. However, the changes bore no fruit as Azam continued to threaten more but failed to score. The match ended 0-0 in regulation time and went into extra time.

Goals

Gor Mahia were caught on the counter moments after the 1st half of extra time started. Ditriam Nchimbi beat Boniface Oluoch with low drive and Bruce Kangwa drove the final nail in the coffin with a perfect strike after going past Charles Momanyi in the 100th minute to ensure Azam storm into the final with a 2-0 win, the same scoreline they inflicted on Gor Mahia in the 2015 final.

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“Our target was to win the tournament and we give it our best shot. However Azam made use of the two chances they got in extra time and that made the difference. We now shift our focus to the CAF Confederations Cup and the Kenyan Premier League.” – Gor Mahia striker, Jacques Tuyisenge

“It was a very tough match but we are very happy we won and are in the final. We lost so many chances in the first half and second but made ammends in extra time. What really matters is the fact that we are in the final. We are the defending champions and we want to win it again.” – Azam FC forward, Ditriam Nchimbi

Azam will now meet either Simba or JKU who are currently battling in the second semifinal match at the same venue.


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8 Jul 18

Gor Mahia continued to overcome their off the field goals as they beat Vipers of Uganda 2-1 in the quarter-finals of the 2018 CECAFA club cup. The goals came from Jacque Tuyisenge and new Burundian signing Francis Mustafa.

Additional reporting from the Standard

Mustafa Francis opened his Gor Mahia account with a vital goal as the Kenyan champions came from behind to beat Uganda’s Vipers SC 2-1 in Sunday’s Cecafa Kagame Cup quarterfinal match, at the National Stadium, Dar es Salaam.

It was a perfect redemption for the Burundian international, who had wasted a host of scoring chances in the first half, before netting the winner to secure a semifinal ticket for Dylan Kerr’s side.

Jacques Tuyisenge began the comeback cancelling out captain Tadeo Lwanga’s opener two minutes into the second half.

“We showed character today and we deserve the victory. I am happy for Mustafa. Despite missing a few chances in the first half, he managed to win the game for us,” Kerr told The Standard Sports after the match.

Gor Mahia will now meet the winner of today’s 4pm quarterfinal match between holders Azam and Rwanda’s Rayon Sports in tomorrow’s semifinal.

K’Ogalo began the brighter side with an opposing defender brilliantly intercepting Innocent Wafula’s cross from the right.

Wafula continued with his marauding runs down the flank, releasing an incisive pass but Francis’ header went wide before the Burundian miscued his close range shot from a weighted Godfrey Walusimbi’s lay-off.

K’Ogalo were punished immediately as Tadeo Lwanga unleashed a looping 35 yards screamer that flew over helpless goalkeeper Boniface Oluoach to give the Ugandans the lead in the 15th minute.

Francis could have drawn level in the 33rd minute when he received a brilliant through-ball from the midfield, but the new signing’s effort narrowly went wide.

Humphrey Mieno then squandered two scoring chances in succession on the stroke of halftime.

First, the former Tusker and AFC Leopards man forced a fine save from goalkeeper Bashir Sekagya before his glancing header went over the bar as Gor intensified their search for an equaliser.

Francis Kahata then tapped wide from close range just one minute after coming on for injured Ernest Wendo.

Gor started the second half with more of an attacking impetus and were rewarded with an equaliser just after two minutes when Jacques Tuyisenge poked the ball into the net from Francis’ delivery.

Francis thought he had given Gor the lead on the hour mark only for the Tanzanian referee Emmanuel Mwandembwa to rule it offside.

Vipers could have regained the lead in the 72nd minute but Dan Sserenkuma’s header from Yayo Kato’s free kick went wide.

But Gor responded immediately with Francis finally opening his goal account when he comfortably controlled Tuyisenge’s cross in the box before beating the keeper.

Meanwhile, Singida United coach Hemed Suleiman remains wary of the threat posed by Zanzibar’s Jeshi la Kujenga Uchumi as the two sides collide in the last quarterfinal match tonight (7pm).

The match will be preceded by an early kick off (4pm) between holders Azam and Rwanda’s Rayon Sports.


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5 Jul 18

Wafula in action against Ports

Gor Mahia overcame all their off the field and on the field issues to beat AS Port of Djibouti 2-0. In the process they qualified for the quarter-finals of the 2018 CECAFA club cup

Additional reporting from goal.com
Momanyi buried a free header into the empty net after connecting a well-floated corner kick by Godfrey Walusimbi
Gor Mahia booked a quarter-final place in the after beating AS Port of Djibouti 2-0 in the last Group B match on Thursday.
Ephraim Guikan beat his marker to pace, but he Ivoirian’s ferocious left-foot shot was well checked by AS Port custodian.

A nice built up engineered by Innocent Wafula from the centre line result in a goal after Philemon Otieno put K’Ogalo on the lead in the 14th minute.

The body language of Gor Mahia players, however, revealed that something deep could be going on in the team with reports from Tanzania indicating that players are yet to be paid their allowances.
None of Gor Mahia player, not even Otieno celebrated the goal as four players joined the scorer inside AS Port’s box, part at Otieno on the back then they all walked to the centre line, with bent necks.
Gor Mahia then took full control of the proceeding immediately after the opening goal with K’Ogalo allowing AS Port to cross into their half just once 10 minutes after the opener.
But despite the rare chances created by AS Port, Fred Naisenga directed his 26th-minute effort way off the mark after he picked a loose ball inside Gor Mahia’s box.
Charles Momanyi doubled Gor Mahia’s lead, just five minutes to the break and once again, there was no much celebration from K’Ogalo players save for high-fives and little hugs here and there from a few teammates.
Momanyi buried a free header into the empty net after connecting a well-floated corner kick by Godfrey Walusimbi.
Boniface Oluoch kept Gor Mahia’s two-goal lead with a nice save a minute into the break after AS Ports broke into the opponent’s danger area.
Gor Mahia came into the second half with more energy but the wistfulness in K’Ogalo’s attack.


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5 Jul 18


A report in the Standard details some of the unhappinesss as expressed by team skipper Harun Shakava as well as coach Dylan Kerr and others.

Additional reporting from the Standard.
As much as Gor Mahia officials may want to deny it, their house is not in order.

There is some unhappiness in the team’s dressing room over unpaid bonuses ahead of today’s must-win final group B Cecafa Kagame Cup match against AS Ports of Djibouti at the National Stadium, Dar es Salaam.

Gor Mahia’s congested fixtures and unfulfilled match bonus reward promises seem to have began taking toll on the player’s performance here.

Gor endured a busy schedule in the run up to the regional tournament that saw them play three SportPesa Premier League matches in less than one week and with the players claiming they are yet to receive their last year’s league and CAF Confederations Cup bonuses, has led to a luckster performance.

K’Ogalo received Sh4.5million for winning the 2017 SPL title and have so far received Sh13m from CAF for their Confederations Cup Group stages preparations.

However, the record Kenyan champions are yet to live up to their favourites’ tag after surviving scares in their identical 2-2 draws against Rayon Sports (Rwanda) and Lydia Ludic (Burundi).

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And the discontent at Gor was made clear on Tuesday when captain Harun Shakava claimed the players were unhappy with the way the management is treating them after their lethargic display against Ludic at Chamazi Stadium.

“As many people expect Gor Mahia to beat teams, it is somehow difficult for us. We have played many more games (Confederations Cup, SportPesa Super Cup, the Shield and the league) than any other team here,” said Shakava.

“But I think there is something wrong in the dressing home. I hope the officials will sort it out,” said Shakava.

“At the moment, I can’t share with the press what is troubling us in the dressing room. The officials are in a better position to answer this.

“The group is still wide open, so if we win on Thursday (Today) we will be through.”

Gor coach Dylan Kerr was disappointed with his team’s performance that he publicly ‘disowned’ his own players.

“I would rather have 11 of the Ludic players that played today than those in my team. That wasn’t my team today. My team played on Sunday. We can’t really have excuses because I asked each of the players if they were ready for the match. We are missing that atmosphere in the dressing room and on the field,” said Kerr.

However, when contacted, an agitated Gor Mahia CEO Lordvick Aduda denied owing the players any money.

“There is no problem with the management. Which bonuses are the players talking about? We pay bonuses with salaries. We are in Tanzania and their bank accounts are in Nairobi. So, which bonuses are you people talking about?,” asked Aduda.

“I don’t know what is the problem. I am not the coach and everybody was playing on the pitch. There is nothing like motivation. Let’s stop insinuating things that are not there. If the team has drawn, how do you want to insinuate that there is a go slow?

“The Kenyan media is part and parcel of putting this nonsense into players’ heads. How much do we owe the players in terms of salaries? Caf sent part of the money for preparation of the matches and that is not an income. We have already explained this to the players.”


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3 Jul 18

Joash Onyango in action against LLB

Gor Mahia were held 2-2 by Burundian side Lydia Ludic Burundi Académic FC. Gor Mahia twice had to come from behind to grab the draw. The Burundian side had taken a lead as early as th 3rd minute, before Philemon Otieno equalized. The Burundians then scored again before Jacque Tuyisenge converted an injury time penalty to salvage a draw.

Additional reporting from the Standard
Gor Mahia’s blushes were spared by a 92nd minute Jacques Tuyisenge’s penalty kick as the Kenyan Premier League champions’ Cecafa Kagame Cup dreams were kept alive with a hard fought 2-2 draw against a resilient Lydia Ludic from Burundi, at Chamazi Stadium on Tuesday.

Gor, who were a shadow of their former selves left it late as the Burundians looked set to complicate Dylan Kerr’s men quarterfinals qualification chances.

The record Kenyan champions had to come twice from behind to go level on points (2) with Ludic and Rayon Sports who drew 1-1 with surprise group B leaders Port of Djibouti in an earlier match at the same venue.

This was K’Ogalo’s second draw of the tournament after they had an identical scoreline against Rayon Sports on Sunday. The result has left the group wide open after the Rwandese giants shared the spoils with Ports.

“This was a hard fought draw. Credit to Ludic, they made us battle to the end. This was not my team, my team played on Sunday,” said a disappointed Kerr after the match.

Gor now face a tricky must win final group match against Ports on Thursday at Chamazi Stadium.

Former AFC Leopards duo of Alexie Kitenge and Dan Wagaluka netted a goal each in either half for the Burundians in between Philemon Otieno’s strike.

Kitenge had given the Burundians the lead right at the start of the first half with a brilliant finish, but his celebrations were cut short by Philemon Otieno six minutes later

Gor could have gone into the break leading but their profligacy in front of the goal cost them with Ephrem Guikan being the major culprit.

The Ivorian had a clear cut chance on the stroke of halftime but he was perfectly denied by Mutombo before a defender made a goal line clearance to stop Jacques Tuyisenge’s goal bound header.

Ludic regained the lead in the 53rd minute when Wagaluka shrugged off a challenge from his marker before unleashing a ferocious shot that flew past goalkeeper Shaban Odhoji.

Francis Kahata then forced a fine save from the opposing keeper in the 58th minute before he was replaced by new signing Francis Mustafa as Bernard Ondiek came on for Guikan.

In the 68th minute, George Odhiambo saw his long range shot punched away by Mutombo.

Moments later, Innocent Wafula danced through the defence, but his effort in the box was deflected for a fruitless corner, just before paving way for Samuel Onyango.

Ondiek could have drawn level in the 83rd minute but his glancing header went agonizingly wide as Gor intensified their attack in search for an equaliser.

But with less than three minutes to stoppage time, Gor were awarded a penalty after Ludic defender handled the ball in the area. Tuyisenge made no mistake to send the keeper the wrong way and keep God’s quarterfinals hopes alive.


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