19 Jul 17

Last weekend’s scheduled match with Muhoroni Youth was postponed. And this weekend is a GoTV shield weekend so Kogalo have no matches scheduled. To stay sharp, Gor Mahia will take on NSL side Wazito FC.

“Tomorrow (Wednesday), at Camp Toyoyo, we will host Gor Mahia for a friendly match,” Wazito announced on their facebook page.

Gor Mahia will now take on Muhoroni Youth on August 19. The following weekend August 27 will see the second leg of the mashemeji derby.

And with KPL All stars traveling to Spain, there will be no KPL matches until July 28. Gor Mahia will play their next match against Nakumatt on July 29.

RIP Leila Adhiambo

Meanwhile Gor Mahia FC fraternity are mourning the passing of a die hard super fan Leila Adhiambo who is well known in Kisumu and is a prominent figure whenever Kogalo play at Moi stadium.

Secretary general, Ben Omondi sent a condolence on behalf of the club to the bereaved family.

“On behalf of the entire Gor Mahia Family, we condole with Kisumu Supersub Branch and the family of Leila Adhiambo.” he said.

Adhiambo died after contracting a fever.


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15 Jul 17

Dutch legend Ronald Koeman, is impressed with Kogalo’s performance from Thursday.

Speaking after the match, Everton’s Dutch coach Ronald Koeman described Gor Mahia as a “tough team” in a raft of compliments.

“It was a good game but a difficult one, Gor Mahia made it tough for us. They can be proud of their performance and I want to give them a lot of compliments for making it so tough for us,” said Koeman.

Koeman also thinks that Kogalo should be proud of themselves for their tactical and technical display.

“They were a good team and made it hard for us to find our extra man in midfield. They can be proud of their performance and I want to give them a lot of compliments for making it so tough for us,” he continued.

The Dutch coach thinks Kogalo took their foot off the accelerator in the second half.

“It was a good game but a difficult one, Gor Mahia made it tough for us. They dropped their intensity a little bit in the second half and we were the better team with fresh players. Overall, I’m happy. It was our first friendly – we saw the difference in the second half and we created good chances to score more goals.” he concluded.

England skipper Wayne Rooney who scored the match opener, also expressed praise for Kogalo.

“This has been a very wonderful match and we enjoyed facing a young team that displayed good football,” said Rooney, who was glad to score again in blue.

Kogalo striker Jacque Tuyisenge, who scored the equalizer, says this is the best goal he has ever scored.

“I started from the centre of the box and then made the run towards the far post because I knew what Muguna would do, thankfully the move happened as we planned and it turned out to be the best ever goal I have scored considering the calibre of our opponents.” said Tuyisenge to the Nation.

Chairman Ambrose Rachier is elated at the opportunity to market his side.

“This was an important assignment and I am proud because we got to market our great club and players. The taste of playing with (Wayne) Rooney has given them a lot of confidence and my hope is this will catapult us to start dominating in continental assignments.” said Rachier.

KPL Chair Jack Oguda, who is normally hostile towards Gor Mahia was happy that the result reflected well on the Kenya Premier League.

Gor Mahia did a very good job of marketing the SportPesa Premier League. Of course, the quality of that pitch in Dar helped our players to employ an impressive passing game which is a message to our authorities because our stadiums are of very low standards.” said Oguda.

Gor Mahia take on Muhoroni Youth on Saturday with an opportunity to extend their lead at the top of the league standings. Fans will be hoping that Gor Mahia build on their good display unlike the last time they came back from Tanzania.

 


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13 Jul 17

Wendo kept tabs on Rooney before limping off with an injury

Gor Mahia put on a brave fight against an English Premier League side Everton. And it was an Everton side that deployed 8 full internationals including England Captain Wayne Rooney. A side that is coached by Dutch legend Ronald Koeman and his twin brother Erwin.

Gor Mahia were certainly not overawed and knocked the ball around confidently even in their own 18 yard box and under pressure. Kogalo’s fitness was also showing as they pressed the Toffee players given them little space.

28 minutes into the game, Kogalo almost scored when Kagere met a Walusimbi cross which had been deflected into his path. He turned quickly but his goal-bound shot was blocked by a defender.

Wayne Rooney gave Everton a lead with a scorcher in the 35th minute after being given acres of space to shoot. It was a similar goal to the one that launched Rooney into fame as a 17 year old many years ago.

Soon after the goal, Gor Mahia earned a corner kick when Nizigiyimana made a darting run on the right flank, forcing an Everton player to concede a corner. Jacque Tuyisenge scored the equalizer soon thereafter when he powerfully headed in a corner kick at the near post and from an acute angle.

The header was similar to the one Peter Dawo scored against Esperance in 1987. Gor Mahia had only two players in the box. Tuyisenge ran towards the near post. The corner kick was placed right in his path by Muguna. He rose and headed it skilfully from a difficult angle. It appeared well rehearsed as was the case in 1987.

Gor Mahia gained confidence after that goal and made numerous forays particularly down the right flank. In the 41st minute, Muguna put Tuyisenge through. The latter deftly lost his marker and unleashed a grass-cutter which was saved by the Everton goalkeeper.

Gor Mahia gave a very good account of themselves in the each half. The defensive line was composed and organized as their offside traps worked to perfection. Boniface Oluoch showed a lot of confidence in handling back passes under pressure.

As the second half started, Tom Davies intercepted a pass intended for Nizigiyimana and raced towards the goal. But a timely tackle from Nizigiyimana cleared the ball for a corner. . A minute later, the lively Tuyisenge hussled to contest a backpass to the goalkeeper. He blocked the keeper’s clearance but the keeper was able to collect the resulting high ball.

Philemon Otieno had the next scoring chance when he picked up a cleared corner kick on the edge of the box. But his shot was easily handled by the goalkeeper.

In the 55th minute Gor Mahia worked their way down the right flank. Muguna’s cross was met by Tuyisenge. But under pressure from two defenders, he blasted wide. Everton had the ball in the net in the 64th minute but at least two of their players were in an offside position. A minute later, Everton were charging forward again and Dominic intercepted yet another pass and charged towards goal. But his shot was well saved by substitute goalkeeper Odhiambo.

Odhiambo was forced into yet another save this time an effort by Idrissa Gueye following another interception. In the 79th minute, Mugiraneza conceded an indirect freekick. The ball was played to Kieran Dowell who smashed his shot against the cross bar.

Everton were finally rewarded for their effort in the 81st minute. They scored the second goal in the 85th minute via Kieran Dowell who unleashed a long range shot.

In injury time, late substitute Oliver Maloba danced his way into the Everton danger area but ran out of options as there was no one to cross to. Seconds later, Mbugua was gifted with a good shooting opportunity but his effort went directly to goalkeeper Stekelenburg.

All things considered, Gor Mahia gave a good account of themselves especially in the first 60 minutes. The multiple substitutions took them off their rhythm.

Starting XI: Maarten Stekelenburg, Ashley Williams, Phil Jagielka, Callum Conolly, Jonoe Kenny, while Morgan Schneiderlin, James McCarthy, Aaron Lennon, Ademola Lookman, Davy Klassen, Wayne Rooney.

Subs: Mateusz Hewelt, Leighton Baines, Michael Keane, Tom Davis, Kevin Mirallas, Mathew Pennington, Calvert-Lewin, Idrissa Gana Gueye, Gareth Barry, Muhamed Besic, Kieran Dowell


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13 Jul 17

Gor Mahia pose for a group photo before taking on Everton.
Image courtesy of Tony Anelka

 

Musa Mohamed stood out in defence with a number of timely interceptions

Muguna leaps over Rooney Image courtesy of Kenneth Muguna

 

Rooney scored with a 30 yard screamer as Shakava and Musa desperately tried to close him down

 

Wendo played with intensity before leaving with an injury. Walusimbi (left) and Muguna linked up well on the flanks

 

Coach Koeman trying to imitate Kagere’s moves.
Image courtesy of Tony Anelka

 

Gor Mahia train at the national stadium in Dar

 

Gor Mahia upon arrival at the Dar es Salaam aiport


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13 Jul 17

Goal Highlights

Ronald Koeman post match interview


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12 Jul 17

Gor Mahia may be overawed as they prepare to face Everton but they are putting on a brave face.

Coach Zico who played against FC IKast of Denmark in 1991, is confident that the players will rise to the occassion.

“In football, it is 11 vs 11 being Rooney or not. Our young players have an opportunity to showcase their talent and play in a big stage. Our players will be motivated and up to the task”

Harun Shakava had the misfortune of scoring an own goal when Sportpesa All Stars played Hull City Youth in January. He will be looking to acquit himself as he seeks to contain Wayne Rooney.

“For me I am motivated to play Rooney as he is a player we watch on TV often. We know he is a great player. We are happy for this opportunity and we thank sponsors.

The video also announced that match will be televised live by KTN.

Field closed for refurbishment

Gor Mahia players upon arrival in Dar
Image courtesy of Maxwell Oloo

The national stadium in Dar es Salaam had been closed in order to refurbish the playing surface. This was at the behest of the sponsors Sportpesa.

On arrival, Kogalo players marveled at the amazing status of the playing surface.

“Now this is a football pitch!” assistant coach Zedekiah Otieno marveled as he laid out cones on the pitch ready for the session.” Said coach Zico to Capital sport.

Team manager Jolawi Obondo thinks the field will suit Kogalo perfectly.

“The field is amazing and we should have a great game here. This is what a football field should look like. It is very even and well maintained,” Obondo said.

Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr, who spent 15 months in Tanzania with Simba SC whose home matches were at the same pitch, was equally marveled with the new look.

“I mean I kept telling them every day to cut down the grass but they never did so. You could hit a pass, go out and have a McDonald’s and return to the pitch before the pass got to the next player. The grass was too thick!” Kerr joked on the sides as Gor prepared for training.


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11 Jul 17

Story by Muroro-Pacho

Thigo was a brilliant playmaker in his heyday


Enock Obwaka seen here scoring against Schaffhausen. Behind him is Abdallah Shebe

This pic was taken before the Motokura cup final


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9 Jul 17

Gor Mahia’s bid to regain the GoTV shield which they last won in 2012 has ended. The match ended 1-1 in regulation time thus forcing a penalty shootout which Gor Mahia lost 6-5

Additional reporting from the Nation
New Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr on Sunday watched from the stands as his team tumbled out of GOtv Shield tournament after a 5-4 post-match penalty shootout defeat to Bandari at the Thika Sub-County Stadium

Earlier, Bidco United beat Rainforest 2-0 in Thika.

Despite controlling proceedings for the better part of the game, the 15-time league champions suffered a scare early into the second half, when Bandari went ahead courtesy of Lewisw Cosmas.

The former Shield Cup champions however made amends in the 74th minute through new signing Boniface Omondi and the stalemate persisted until the final whistle, necessitating a penalty shootout.

Meddie Kagere, Boniface Omondi, Harun Shakava Musa Mohammed and Wellington Ochieng converted their penalties for K’Ogalo, but Francis Kahata and Kenneth Muguna failed from 12 yards.

Gor coach Kerr arrived in the country early Sunday morning and proceeded straight to Thika where he got his first glance of the team he has committed to coaching for the remainder of the season.

Gor Mahia have been unimpressive since winning the Sportpesa supercup. The new coach has his work cut out.


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8 Jul 17

Gor Mahia fans took to social media to attack British Newspaper , the Daily Mail for referring to Kogalo as “An unknown team”.

“Interests has grown as to who will be the first opponents to an Everton side featuring Rooney and they could be an unknown team from Kenya.” said the article.

But a barrage of social media comments using the hash tag #someoneTellDailymail from Kenyans forced the British media outlet to perform more research on Kogalo. They later did some research and bolstered their article with more information about Kogalo. Below is a sample of the tweets.


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8 Jul 17

Amos Nondi, the first succesful product of the Gor Mahia youth team, is set to join former Kogalo fullback Eric Ouma “Marcelo” in Georgia. As a product of Gor Mahia’s youth side, logic suggests that Gor Mahia should cash in on transfer fees or a share of future transfer fees. It is not clear if this will happen. It  is not even clear if Kogalo owns his rights.

Additional reporting from the Nation

Midfielders Amos Nondi of Gor Mahia and John Macharia of Kariobangi Sharks have completed moves to Georgia’s National League side FC Kolkheti Poti, Nation Sport can understands.

The two players’ International Transfer Certificates were issued on Friday evening after penning three year deals with the Eastern Europe club.

“We have agreed to release the player to join your club without any indemnity. However, as per our previous negotiations, Kariobangi Sharks FC will retain 20% of his future transfer fees,” read part of the agreement letter between Sharks, Poti and Macharia.

Macharia was one of the shining stars as Laiser Hill went on to bag the 2016 Airtel Rising Stars National Secondary Term Two B football boys’ title in Kisumu. His show attracted a three-year deal with the newly promoted SportPesa Premier League (SPL) side in January.

Macharia, the Kenya Under-20 captain, has 15 league appearances for National Super League side FC Talanta where he has been on loan from Kariobangi Sharks.

“It was my dream to one day get a chance to play in Europe. I want to grab this opportunity with open arms as I focus on improving my game,” the 18-year-old, who has played four times for the Under-20 national team.

Nondi leaves Gor Mahia 18 months after he joined the side on an initial six-month loan deal from Sony Sugar.

The youngster was one of the shining stars at Gor last season, the team then under the tutelage of Brazilian coach Jose Marcelo Ferreira. He has managed just six appearances and two assists in the current campaign.

The two – scheduled to jet off on Monday, join Kenyan international left back Erick ‘Marcelo’ Ouma at the club.


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