6 Dec 16


Gor Mahia Chairman Ambrose Rachier has announced that despite being busy with the elections and campaigns, his committee is busy pursuing transfer targets.

“We are very busy in the transfer period and have already identified seven players to sign. They are purely from Kenya and in all departments as suggested by our coach. I cannot give out names as early as this because we are not done with the paperwork.”  he said to goal.com

Players like Kenneth Muguna of Western Stima and Shafiq Butambuze of Tusker are among those rumoured to be on Kogalo’s radar.

Another rumoured transfer target is Burundian Didier Kavumbagu.

“I am excited about the possibility of playing in Kenya, especially after winning several trophies in Tanzania and Burundi. There has been contact from a couple of clubs over there and it flatters to be linked with KOgalo. I could help them retain the league title,” Kavumbagu told Nairobi news

Kavumbagu who is 28, has played for the Burundi national team. At club level he played for Young Africans and most recently for Azam.
 


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5 Dec 16

Johana seen here with Calabar

Johana seen here with Calabar

Eric Johana is perhaps the hottest commodity available during the 2016 KPL transfer season. His contract with Mathare is ending soon and at least three club’s are said to be chasing his signature. According to the Daily Nation, AFC Leopards, Tusker and Gor Mahia are chasing his signature.

AFC appear to be in the lead. According to the Nation Ingwe have been negotiating with Johana after he was recommended by their new coach Stewart Hall. According to the Nation, Ingwe have been negotiating with Johana for the past two weeks.

Johana was named KPL midfielder of the year in 2015. Since then, he has been a mainstay in the national team. Against Congo-Brazzaville earlier this year, he scored a memorable goal that gave Kenya a 2-1 win in the last qualifier for the 2017 Africa Nations cup. He started his career playing for the Mathare U19 side in 2013 and was promoted to the senior team in 2014. His national team debut was against Ethiopia in 2015. He attended trials with Swedish side AIK in July of 2016


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3 Dec 16


The electoral board that will oversee the December 11 elections has been named.
Information courtesy of the Standard
Gor Mahia has appointed Patrick Lumumba Adera, an Assistant Inspector General of Police to head its new electoral board.

With only a week to club elections, Ambrose Rachier (pictured), the Gor chairman announced that following the resignation of retired Justice Nicholas Ombija and two other members of the electoral board, there was need to reconstitute the a new body.

Ombija and two other memebrs of the board resigned after there were concerns from all sides about handling of the whole voters verification proces and claims of threats directed to the board memebrs.

Through a press release to newsrooms, Rachier stated that the move was to guarantee a credible and peaceful electoral process within the club.

“Mr. Lumumba, who will chair the board, is an Assistant Inspector General of Police and a respectable police officer who brings with him a wealth of experience in security management and public office administration,” the letter read in part.

At the same time, Rachier confirmed exclusively to FeverPitch that the Kenya Police Service was already investigating allegations of threat to Ombija and his team.

“As an advocate of the High Court of Kenya, I am determined to up hold the rule of law and at the same time ensure that club affairs remain above board,” said Rachier.

The new Electoral Board 1. Chairman – Patrick Lumumba Adera 2. Vice Chairman – Ahmed Ibrahim 3. Secretary – Kennedy Mbara 4. Treasurer – Gichu Wahome.


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3 Dec 16

Amos Nondi and Joash Onyango of Western Stima training with the U20 team

Amos Nondi and Joash Onyango of Western Stima training with the U20 team

Amos Nondi is the only player affiliated with Gor Mahia who was named to the Kenya U20 team that is preparing for friendly matches against Cameroon. Nondi is a member of the senior squad and is the only player who has transitioned successfully from the Gor Mahia U19 squad to the senior squad. None of the current Gor Mahia U19 players made the national team.

Other prominent players named include Ovella Ochieng of Kariobangi Sharks who played for the Harambee stars senior team against Guinea Bissau. There are players from Kenyan Premier League junior sides including AFC Leopards’ Edwin Mukolwe, Anthony Wambani of Bandari, Jaffery Owiti from Chemelil Sugar and Thika United defender Collins Odhiambo.

Three players from last year’s Secondary School Games football champions Passenga, and one each from former champions Kakamega High School and Laiser Hill also made the junior team. The player from Laiser Hill is Musa Masika, a younger brother to Belgium based Harambee Stars winger  Ayub Timbe Masika.

Coach John Kamau said that the friendly matches will be part of Kenya’s early preparations to qualify for the 2022 World Cup.

“We want to play as many games as possible so that we can nurture these players ahead of the 2019 Africa Under-20 qualifiers as well as the World Cup. The first step was to identify good players whom we would work with and that is now done. We have a good squad and what remains now is to keep them engaged so that they can grow in their careers,” he said.

Gor Mahia has typically contributed more players to junior teams due to the tradition of giving young players a chance. Even more shocking however is that Mathare United, typically a bulwark of youth football has only one player. On the other hand, Thika United, a club known for giving young players opportunities, has contributed three players.

Over-age Players

The Kenyan youngsters were kicked out of the 2017 CAF Under-20 competition for fielding five overage players during their first round of qualifiers against Sudan in April this year. And in this squad, there are already questions regarding the age of some of the players.

The Kenyan lads lost 3-1 to South Africa at the Tsakane Stadium in East Rand last Saturday in another friendly match.

PROVISIONAL SQUAD

Goalkeepers:

Ahmed Musa (Bandari Youth), Edwin Mukolwe (AFC Leopards), George Ochieng (Gituru Secondary), Job Ochieng (Mathare Youth).

Midfielders:

Collins Odhiambo (Thika United), Ezekiel Nyati (Passenga), Prince Boit (Ligi Ndogo), Maingi Muthoka (Kilifi), Baraka Badi (Thika United), Samuel Semo (Korogocho), David Owino (Laiser Hill), Bernard Ouma (Our lady of Fatuma), Anthony Wambani, John Njuguna (Passenga), Teddy Osok (Nairobi Stima), Vincent Wasambo (Kariobangi Sharks), Amos Nondi (Gor Mahia), John Macharia (Kariobangi Sharks), James Kinyanjui (Passenga), Abdallah Ahmed, Chris Owino (Annointed school), Samuel Murunga.

Forwards:

James Mazembe (Kakamega High School), Francis Kinyua (Thika Youth), Ovella Ocheing (Kariobangi Sharks), Masika Musa (Laiser Hill), Peter Kamau (Acakoro), Jaffery Owiti (Chemelil Sugar).


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1 Dec 16

Gor Mahia defensive ace Eric Ouma “Marcelo” has been nominated for Kenya Premier League Player of the year.

The 20 year old Ouma who joined Kogalo in January has had a superb season and is definitely the newcomer of the year. He has shown the maturity of a player who has been in the league for several years. He is confident going forward, coordinates well with team-mates and is among the e best crossers in the league.

He is part of a for  five-man list that includes the Tusker duo of Humphrey Mieno and goalkeeper David Okello, while Ulinzi Stars marksman, John Mark Makwatta, who won the 2016 Golden Boot after scoring 15 goals. Also in the list is Kenneth Muguna, the tireless Western Stima midfielder.

Michael Olunga scooped the MVP award last year after an incredible campaign with Gor Mahia as the club marched to an unprecedented 15th league title without tasting defeat.

The awards gala will be held on December 14 at the Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi.

Western Stima warns Gor Mahia off Muguna

Gor Mahia coach Ze Maria has expressed an interest in signing youthful Western Stima midfielder Kenneth Muguna.

“Yes, we are looking forward to having Muguna in our team for next season. He is a quality player, who knows what to do on the pitch and one amazing thing is his work rate. He is one of the players we are targeting and hopefully he will be with us,” revealed a source within the team,” the source told Goal.
“He (Muguna) is one of our targets for next year because we definitely do not want to go home empty handed again like it was the case in 2016.” said Ze Maria

However Western Stima have indicated that they are not keen to offload Muguna


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29 Nov 16

With the transfer season looming, coach Ze Maria has provided some thoughts on what he will be looking for during the transfer season.

“We have very good players currently, but we need to strengthen the midfield and central defense positions, and I am hoping to get about six new players that will see us regain the league title and other trophies we lost.” he said according to goal.com

The central midfield area had a gaping hole when Khalid Aucho left. Matters were not helped by the fact that Collins Okoth “Gattuso” was missing in action yet again due to discipline issues. And Ze Maria may have finally reached the conclusion that he needs a dependable player there.

In central defence there is a lack of depth. Which means that if either Shakava or Musa Mohamed is unavailable, the defence is in trouble. Last season, Gor Mahia tried to add depth first with Luke Ochieng then with Wellington Ochieng.

Ze Maria is also keen to sign players who suit his system, something he was unable to do in 2016.

“As you know, I only joined this club after the team had played about four games. Next season I want to be actively involved in preseason and recruitment so that I can be in a better position to make decisions concerning players,” he continued.

Indeed some players who played really well in Frank Nuttall’s system have not thrived in Ze Maria’s system. Players like Innocent Wafula and Karim Nizigiyimana come to mind. One of the pillars of Nuttall’s system was lightning quick attacks down the flanks. And this is where Wafula thrived.

Ze Maria’s contract apparently runs until February 2018 according to goal.com.  Why the club would end a contract in February when the season has already started defies logic. This is contrary to what was announced when he joined and announced that he had a contract until December of 2016. This will be the longest tenure that Ze Maria has had as a coach. His previous coaching stints all lasted six months or less.

Gor Mahia will also need to work on expiring contracts: Boniface Oluoch, defenders Karim Nizigiyimana, Abouba Sibomana and Eric Ouma plus forward Enock Agwanda are running out by the end of the year . Of these, Eric Oula is the most in demand from other local clubs. But he has thrived under Ze Maria whi himself was an overlapping fullback in his playing days. He stands to gain a lot by staying at this club until he gets an offer from a foreign league.

One player who might feature is Brazilian striker Thiago Da Silva. Not much has been seen from him. However he did play in several friendlies and scored regularly albeit against lower tier teams.

Ze Maria is currently holidaying in Italy where he played most of his career and started his coaching career.


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28 Nov 16

For the first time, in the club’s history, the list of registered voters will be published. This is an attempt to enhance transparency and assuage any fears about rigging.
Information courtesy of the Nation
The voters’ register to be used in the upcoming Gor Mahia elections will be published on Wednesday.
The board to oversee the election concluded the scrutiny and verification of the register on Sunday.
The long delayed election have now been scheduled for December 11. Club organizing secretary David Kiilo on Sunday confirmed that more than 4,820 people had registered for the elections, and that the deadline for aspirants to register will elapse at 5pm on Monday.
Kiilo, who is running for the vice chairman’s position, told Daily Nation Sport that the current office is interested in conducting credible elections under the amended constitution and in accordance with the Sports Act.
“There was an elaborate roadmap set by the electoral board and everything is moving according to schedule except for the registration of aspirants which has been extended by a day.
“Once the voters’ register is announced and the nomination of aspirants concluded we shall allow at least one week for campaigns.
“The election date remains December 11 at the Safaricom Stadium and we are putting everything in place to ensure that the process is free and fair,” he said.
A four-man committee headed by Justice Nicholas Ombija was constituted to handle the verification process, although the club confirmed that the actual election will be conducted by an independent body.
The registration of voters ended on November 21, and was conducted online

Message from Joseph Ogidi

On a day like this 6 years ago we led a group of Kogalo fans to the first fundraiser to buy club bus. When we initiated the move it sounded like a pipe dream but through team spirit we pulled together and got the bus.

It was not the only initiative that we had taken to help the club, we also led a nationwide campaign to get people back to the stadium and they came. We also initiated the replica jerseys and in subsequent games the entire stadium turned green. We formed branches and spread Kogalo fan base across the country.

We created the most exciting atmosphere that got the attention of corporate companies that later partnered with Gor as sponsors. If we did all these 6 years ago, don’t you think we can do much more today?

That’s why I humbly request you to elect an SG who has been part of this journey and who has the knowledge, the networks and the true passion to transform this club. I am ready


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25 Nov 16

Under fire and under pressure Gor Mahia chairman, Ambrose Rachier is defending himself against critics who are blaming him for the fact that Kogalo ended the 2016 season trophyless.

“These things do happen worldwide in many leagues, not only in Kenya. K’Ogalo is not the only side that has failed to defend its title, and fail to win silverware after performing well in the previous season. Look at Chelsea, they won the league in 2014 and where did they finish after that? Talk of Leicester last season and now.” said Rachier to goal.com

Fans have blamed Rachier for the fiasco that ended with coach Frank Nuttall leaving the team in March. Many fans say the root cause of Gor Mahia’s poor performance was the instability that occurred when the club executive committee started to wage war against Frank Nuttall. This resulted in a poor start to the league and early elimination from the Africa champions league. His replacement , Ze Maria does not appear to be having the same success as Nuttall. Meanwhile Nuttall himself appeared headed to Zambian giants Zesco where he may team up with former Gor Mahia aces Anthony Akumu and David Owino “Calabar”.

But Rachier is adamant that the club will perform better in 2017.

“Gor Mahia is not an exception but we will come back stronger next season and maybe win the league,” continued Rachier.

Interestingly, the elections were not held in 2015. Had they been held, Rachier would have run unopposed. Firstly no one would have wanted to run a club that has no sponsor. And secondly Rachier was credited with winning the league unbeaten despite difficult financial circumstances.


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23 Nov 16

The Gor Mahia executive committee has upped the ante again. In an unprecented move, the club has announced that aspirants for the Chairmanship position will have to pay a fee of Ksh 150,000. This according to Citizen Sports.

According to a press release signed by the board chairman, Retired Justice Nicholas Ombija on Tuesday, candidates for plum positions of the senior vice-chairman, first vice-chairman, second vice-chairman and Secretary General will fork Ksh75,000 each.

Organising Secretary and Treasurer aspirants will pay Ksh50,000 with the charges for deputy SG, assistant SG, assistant Organising Secretary and assistant treasurer attracting a fee of Ksh25,000 apiece.

The steep fees are sure to raise hackles among aspirants many of whom are already crying foul over what they perceive as the current office holders attempts to hold onto their positions.

The press release goes further ti state that members of the club interested in vying for positions should collect forms at the club secretariat in Nairobi between Wednesday and Saturday at 12:00pm local time (+3GMT) and will be required to posses Kenya Revenue Authority Compliance Certificate and Certificate of Good Conduct from police.

“All candidates desirous of offering themselves for election are requirements of Leaders and Integrity of the Constitution of Kenya,” the statement read.

The Nomination Papers should be returned by November 30 and the Board will publish the verified Voter’s Register will be published on December 1.

“The Board wishes to reiterate its commitment to delivering free, fair and transparent election and calls for co-operation for club members,” the communication stressed.

The notice to convoke the election was published on Sunday with the recruitment of members and collection of fees elapsing a day later.


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23 Nov 16

Below is an interview of Chairman Ambrose Rachier. The Interview was conducted by the Daily Nation. In the interview, Rachier explains why he should be re-elected.

Question: Some club stakeholders are of the view that you have had your turn and you should not run. What are you planning to do differently this time round?

Answer: I intend to embark on the last of my agenda which stakeholders will recall were; winning the league, returning fans to the stadia, acquiring a club bus, establishing a Sacco for players and members, establishing a functional secretariat, procuring sponsorship, building a stadium and a club house.

Q. What would you consider your greatest achievements?

A: Winning the Kenyan league title three consecutive times and the procurement of a five year SportPesa sponsorship.

Q:. What are some of your unmet goals?

A:Putting up of a stadium and club house and establishing a health insurance scheme.

Q: With the sponsorships we have, why are there still claims of financial problems?

A: Because of the huge accumulated debt over the years.

Q: Calls for structured membership seem to be largely ignored. What are your plans?

A: Structured membership efforts have been stultified first by lack of understanding of this concept. Secondly, a culture of unwillingness to pay for membership. Certain members campaigned against the payment of Sh500. Very few fans were willing to pay their suggested Sh100.

Q: Most established clubs are going the seasonal ticket way. Are we headed there?

A: Yes we are. We will educate our members on the merits.

 Q:  The never ending debate about sale of club merchandise…

A: It has been bedevilled by the lack of enforcement of the Kenyan Intellectual Property law that of patents and trademarks. Piracy kills profits.

Q:  How will you address hooliganism?

A: Fighting the vice is the responsibility of the State. Hooligans should be arrested and prosecuted, clubs lack the capacity.

Q: What about health insurance for players?

A: We are committed to providing a scheme for the players.

Q:  It’s my opinion that the club is top-heavy, any plans of cutting down on redundant posts ?

A: I can’t agree more with you, but our efforts have been vehemently resisted.

 Q:  Where do you see Gor Mahia in the next 10 years?

A: Like Barcelona. I returned recently from Spain to learn how Real Madrid and Barcelona operate in the La Liga.


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