18 Apr 15

Abondo and Kagere have been sensational

Gor Mahia will take on last season’s league runners up and cup winners Sofapaka in a KPL encounter to be played on Sunday.

It will not be an easy encounter. Sofapaka will be motivated to continue where they left off when they edged Chemelil Sugar 1-0 on April 15.

“We are very well prepared for the match because we know that they (Gor Mahia) are a string side and they are on a very good run so far. We shall carry a winning mentality into the match and hope for good results,” said Sofapaka striker John Baraza to the Nation.

Gor Mahia beat Sofapaka 2-1 in the Super Cup match played in January. They will be pushing to repeat that feat and keep their unbeaten record.

“We are enjoying quite a good start to the season, and the players are well motivated. I know that we will come up against very strong opponents, but we also have a strong team and I believe we shall secure a good result,” said coach Frank Nuttall to the Nation.

The return of Dirkir Glay was instrumental in enabling Gor Mahia to keep their first clean sheet of the 2015 KPL season. This is one area where Gor Mahia fans will be hoping Gor Mahia continue.

Kickoff will be 3pm Sunday at City stadium. Gor Mahia have hosted very few weekend matches this season. It is therefore important that fans show up in large numbers and put money in the club’s coffers.


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16 Apr 15

It appears that once again FKF are interested in using the services of the incumbent Gor Mahia coach. The AFCON qualifiers due to start shortly. Kenya open their qualifcation campaign on June 17 against Congo-Brazzaville and Nyamweya wants coach Frank Nuttall to act as Bobby Williamson’s assistant.

“We are talking to Gor Mahia to lend us Nuttall when we start our campaign for Afcon 2017.” said Nyamweya to goal.com

In a bid to assuage Gor Mahia fans who may worry that FKF are grabbing Nuttall from Gor Mahia, Nyamweya has assured that he will not be hired on a full time basis

“We don’t want to engage him to a contract but need him to come on board and work closely with Bobby Williamson because our aim is to make sure that Kenya qualifies for finals to be held in Gabon. We will only require his services when Stars’ are in camp and nothing else. We always have a break for our local league when Stars’ is playing in international matches. This is the time we will need Nuttall’s services.” said Nyamweya.

Nuttall apparently already has a working relationship with Williamson given that it was Williamson who seconded Nuttall to Gor Mahia. And Williamson is likely impressed by the work that his successor has done at Kogalo.

And whereas Musa Otieno is a defensive specialist, Williamson probably needs Nuttall’s attacking mind.

“We will be borrowing for his services. Williamson will remain our coach and Musa Otieno the assistant and Nuttall will only come in to give a helping hand.

Aside from taking Bobby Williamson from Gor Mahia last season, FKF also engaged coach Zedekiah Otieno “Zico” when Harambee stars were attempting to qualify for the 2012 Africa nations cup.

It is commendable that FKF are taking the qualifications seriously. However Gor Mahia officials need to be careful to avoid any arrangements that will derail the club’s aspirations.

 


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16 Apr 15

Gor Mahia  is going to face stronger competition locally. Mathare United have signed a lucrative sponsorship deal with British insurance company Britam.

The deal is worth is worth Ksh 25 million per year for three years for a total of Ksh 75 million. Congratulations are due to Mathare.

However this means Gor Mahia will really need to press the accelerator on their efforts to shore up their financial situation lest the club starts losing players to Mathare.

Many of the club’s recent initiatives appear to have stalled. Recently the club started an initiative that would see loaves of bread branded with the Gor Mahia logo. Out of each loaf sold, Gor Mahia was to get 1 shilling.

“We have signed the deal and hope it can help us raise money to run the club in the coming months. The bread is already on sale and we urge our supporters to buy as many loaves as possible to increase what comes to our coffers.”

The deal was supposed to be signed on Monday and was the brainchild of former club CEO Omondi Aduda.

“I started the campaign to have the bread company come on board during my days as K’Ogalo CEO and I am happy that they have now reached an agreement and that the deal will be launched on Monday.” said Aduda to goal.com

Yet Monday came and went with no formal announcement or launch. The SACCO which was due to start in January has also stalled as have other initiatives.


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15 Apr 15

Image courtesy of Achienga Achola

 

courtesy of goal.com

K’Ogalo recovered from dropping points against rivals AFC Leopards’ by demolishing struggling Nairobi City Stars at City Stadium on Wednesday

Gor Mahia were on fire edging out struggling Nairobi City Stars 3-0 in a mid-week Kenyan Premier League match played at City Stadium on Wednesday.

Goals by Ali ‘Teargas’ Abondo and Michael Olunga in the first half were proof of Gor Mahia’s dominance. Abondo banged home the opener with his trade mark shot in the sixth minute. Olunga had to wait until injury time to score the second. The lanky striker made a long run from the right flank and ended with the ball past ?Ronnie Kagunzi in goal.

Gor  Mahia started strongly as Michael Olunga’s header hit the City Stars post in the first minute. Then a subdued City Stars’ side were forced to make an early substitution when ?Eporima Sanneh was carried off the pitch after sustaining an injury on his head. His place was taken by Peter Musine.

?After that, Gor Mahia kept up the pressure and launched attacks from the flanks. In the 22nd minute, Ronald Otieno’s goal bound free-kick was kept out by Ronnie Kagunzi with Gor Mahia earning first corner of the match. One minute later, Ali Abondo coming in from the left flank, opted to go for goal instead, of passing the ball to Mousa Kagere. The resultant shot was blocked by Kagunzi.

In the 25th minute, City Stars had their first chance to go ahead but Bruno Sserunkuma’s effort went just wide. Seven minutes later Osca Mbugu’s effort should have counted had his dipping shot beat Boniface Oluoch. Oluoch was forced to make a finger tip save and with it gave City Stars their first corner of the match. At this point Imwene Celestine from City Stars was cautioned but it still did not deter ?Bruno Sserunkuma from making another effort.

This time he beat Musa Mohammed but his shot was not powerful enough to count. After that lost chance, City Stars paid dearly when Olunga scored Gor Mahia’s second goal and the Kawangware-based side will blame themselves for not covering their back well.

The second half was a well balanced affair. City Stars were the keener side to get an equaliser and kept Boniface Oluoch busy. Gor Mahia too did not give up their quest for a third making it an action packed half.

But it was still Gor Mahia, who were the better side running rings around City Stars backline. From one such move ?Innocent Wafula scored the third goal in the 70th minute. After that goal, Gor Mahia rested Michael Olunga for George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo and with it got a few more chances.


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14 Apr 15

As Gor Mahia shift focus to City Stars, coach Frank Nuttall will be using the draw against arch rivals AFC leopards to push his side to work harder.

“The dropped points, first this season, will not affect us negatively rather, it will push us to work harder to collect three points next game”  said Nutall according to futaa.com

Nuttall lauded his side and thinks they deserved the win .

“There was an expectancy that we would beat AFC Leopards but this game was not about the form of a team, it was about taking chances and we kept on pushing looking for a win.  On a different day, the referee would have given us a penalty when (Meddie) Kagere was felled in the box but we move on. ”

One area where the team will need to work harder or restrategize is in the defensive section. Thus far the Gor Mahia attack is sharper than it has been since the Steve Okumu, Dan Ogada, Steve Odiaga era of the late 1990s. In the past few years, though Gor Mahia did not score much, they scarcely conceded goals.

Defense is one area the team will need to study. Gor Mahia has conceded a goal in almost every game. It must be said however that at least two of those goals were from direct free-kicks. In past years, Gor Mahia deployed two defensive midfielders. Now Gor Mahia deploys only one (usually Gattuso) and he at times appears overburdened. Nevertheless the full time return of Dirkir Glay who is an experienced central defender will help shore up that section.

Boniface Oluoch solid between the sticks

If Gor Mahia’s defence appears shaky, it certainly cannot be blamed on Boniface Oluoch’s shot saving exploits. Oluoch who joined from Tusker has been in fine form this season making crucial save after crucial save.

None other than the national team coach Bobby Williamson has lauded Oluoch.

“Boniface is surely a great keeper. I wanted to get him at Gor Mahia when I first came to Kenya but somehow the deal did not materialize. He is a decent keeper just like Jerry (Onyango) and took some good competition to the team and to get the nod ahead of Jerry means he is a very special talent” said Williamson to futaa.com

Boniface had an opportunity to learn the art of goalkeeping from close quarters. His brother was George Odhiambo “Taffarel” (RIP) who played for Gor Mahia in the late 1990s. “Taffarel” passed away in 2013. His other brother is former KPL referee Andrew Juma.


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13 Apr 15

After dropping their first points of the season during the mashemeji derby, Gor Mahia will now turn their attention to their match against Nairobi City Stars on Wednesday. Coach Nuttall, fans and players are disapointed at having dropped points but Nuttall wants players to put the disappointment behind them and focus on City Stars.

“Of course we are disappointed because we wanted to win the derby, but we must appreciate the point and shift our attention to the next game,” said Nuttall to supersport.com

Scorer Ali Abondo who continued his fine scoring form against AFC, also echoed his coaches words.

“We cannot change the results of the previous game and we cannot let it affect our psyche for the next game. We wanted to win the derby but it was not to be, now we must work towards winning the next game to maintain our lead,” said Abondo who has scored five goals in the league.” said Abondo to supersport.

It was always going to be tough in the mashemeji derby. Coach Zdravko Logarusic may not be astute when it comes to continental matches, he may not be that good at sharpening the attack. But he always has his players ready for derbies. And it showed by how hard AFC Leopards were fighting on Sunday.

“The boys gave their best against a hard fighting AFC Leopards and we unlucky not to come out of it with all the points. But now we have to prepare well for the Wednesday game and that is our focus now.” continued Nuttall.

Per the KPL website, the match against City Stars will be played on Wednesday at 4pm at the City stadium. Once again Gor Mahia have been assigned a midweek match at 4pm which makes it difficult for fans. But those who can attend should make it a priority.

KPL Praises Fans for a peaceful derby

KPL Chairman Jack Oguda has praised fans of both Gor Mahia and AFC for maintaining a peaceful atmosphere during Sunday’s derby. Oguda’s message which was posted on the KPL website reads as follows:

I thank the two teams for putting up a keen contest played under true sportsmanship behooving Fifa’s motto of fair play.

In particular, I would like to thank the two sets of fans who turned out in large numbers to give the fixture a memorable and electric atmosphere. This meeting, notorious for crowd trouble, was on Sunday played in a friendly and peaceful setting and we would like to thank the fans for observing decorum throughout.

I cannot gainsay the positives of trouble-free football matches in Kenya and indeed the world.

The two clubs, AFC Leopards and Gor Mahia, together with their passionate fans, were true ambassadors of the Kenyan game on Sunday.

My appeal to the clubs is to make good of the fan base as shown yesterday and engage them more with an aim of getting them feel like a family and have a sense of belonging.? We need clubs to generate more revenue and if the management works towards this and factor in safety and security, we will definitely increase the fan base and ensure that our arena are hospitable.

Both sets of fans congregated at the City center and maintained a peaceful atmosphere while entertaining the public. The fact that both teams are now without sponsors should give fans reason for pause. It is now clear that without good public relations, getting a sponsor is a tall order.


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12 Apr 15

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The 77th meeting between arch rivals AFC Leopards and Gor Mahia famously known as the Mashemeji Derby on Sunday 12 April ended 1 – 1 with goals from the on form Ali Abondo for Gor Mahia and Jacob Keli for AFC Leopards either side of half time.

A strong start for the hosts, Leopards saw Gor Mahia keeper Boniface Oluoch called action at least thrice by the hard working Emmanuel Ngama and the keeper did well on all occasions including making a last ditch save on the line after Ngama got to the end on Fredrick Ndaaka’s low cross.

Gor Mahia gradually started taking control of the game and Abouba Sibomana almost forced Jackson Saleh to turn a hard shot to his own net while Rwandan Meddie Kagere proved to be a constant threat to the Leopards defence only that most of his runs were not well timed.

Abondo goal

Ali Abondo, who had earlier tested the Ingwe defence with long range shots, was at the right place at the right time on 34 minutes to pick Khalid Aucho’s pass that Michael Olunga cleverly dummied and Abondo placed it well to the far corner, leaving Ingwe keeper Wycliffe Kasaya rooted to the spot.

Gor Mahia should have doubled their lead on the final minute of the first half after Meddie Kagere’s first touch and run left Jackson Saleh for dead but his shot from a tight angle beat Kasaya but went agonizingly off target.

Logarusic – Keli magic

AFC Leopards coach Zdravko Logarusic introduced Bernard Mangoli at the start of the second half in placed of the anonymous Fredrick Ndaaka and the move paid off with Mangoli and Musa Mudde adding stability to the midfield while checking Aucho and Collins Okoth’s influence.

Five minutes after the restart, Austin Ikenna beat Abouba Sibomana with both pace and skill on the right and his low cross was met by the unmarked Ngama on the far post but his shot on goal was tipped away by Boniface Oluoch, only as far as the waiting Jacob Keli who smashed it home to level matters.

Ugly scenes ensued after the equalizer with Haron Shakava and Ngama the main actors but referee Nasur Doka managed to bring the situation under control, with Ngama booked in the process.

Ikenna shouts

Ikenna had shouts for a penalty waved away after going down in a tussle with Shakava in the box on the 57th minute and two minutes later Ingwe had a freekick from which Ngama shot well on target but Oluoch made another good save.

Ali Abondo went close on 65 minutes with a free kick that was not well handled by Kasaya but the keeper redeemed himself with a save on the second attempt as Shakava lurked and Collins Okoth spurned another chance eight minutes later after nice build up play from the champions.

Martin Kiiza almost cost Ingwe late in the game with an error that gifted Meddie Kagere possession in the box but the Rwandan’s cross went harmlessly across the face of goal and Leopards managed to hold on to see Gor Mahia drop points for the first time in the season.

Teams

AFC Leopards: 18. Wycliffe Kasaya (GK), 5. Edwin Wafula, 6. Abdalla Juma  17. Martin Kiiza, 20. Jackson Saleh (CPT), 25. Musa Mudde, 7. Timonah Wanyonyi, 2. Fredrick Ndaaka (22. Bernard Mangoli 46’), 14. Austine Ikkena (23. Michael Khamati 66’), 11. Emmanuel Ngama (27. Noah Wafula 70’), 12. Jacob Keli

Unused subs: 1. Joel Bataro (GK), 4. Martin Imbalambala, 3. Joseph Shikokoti, , 28. Dennis Dodi.

Gor Mahia: 23. Boniface Oluoch (GK), 5. Musa Mohammed (CPT), 18. Harun Shakava, 3. Abouba Sibomana 14. Karim Nizigiyimana 6. Collins Okoth, 2. Godfrey Walusimbi (29. Innocent Wafula 64’) 10. Khalid Aucho (17. Eric Ochieng 86’), 30. Ali Abondo, 22. Meddie Kagere 19. Michael Olunga (9. Timothy Otieno 80’)

Unused subs: 1. Jerim Onyango (GK), 7. Ronald Otieno, 15. Bernard Odhiambo, 25. George Odhiambo,


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11 Apr 15

Liberian defender Dirkir Glay who has been unable to play for Gor Mahia in the Kenya Premier League this season due to lack of a work permit, has finally been granted a temporary work permit.

“We managed to get the document and he is now available for selection on Sunday. We are grateful that all went well.” said a club official to goal.com

With regard to the formal permanent work permit, Gor Mahia officials are left scratching their heads wondering why it is taking so long.

“We managed to get the document and he is now available for selection on Sunday. We are grateful that all went well.” said Ronald Ngala to goal.com

Galy had earlier expressed dissapointment with club officials for not working on his work permit early enough.

“I am very disappointed that K’Ogalo management is yet to renew my work permit. Since I signed for Gor Mahia I am still using Thika United permit. I cannot use the same to play for Gor Mahia. Rules states clearly that I must renew my permit and this must be done by Gor Mahia” he said.

The decision to grant Glay a work permit is good news for the club since the defence has been less than stellar in the local league. Reports coming out of Congo suggested that Glay was one of the best players on the field during the return leg against AC Leopards.


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11 Apr 15


Gor Mahia have signed a deal with a Kisumu based Bakery. The Bakery will produce bread branded with the club’s logo and give the club a portion of the proceeds. Further details will be released soon.


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9 Apr 15


The first mashemeji derby of 2015 is set for this Sunday at Nyayo stadium. Despite their indifferent form in the Africa champions league, Gor Mahia’s form on the local scene has been nothing short of superb. Based on current form Gor Mahia should be able to subdue arch rivals AFC Leopards. But anyone who has been following the mashemeji derby for past few years knows that current form is no indicator of the end result. In fact on many occassions, the team that has the most possession and more chances often loses.

Gor Mahia fans will be hoping that current form holds on Sunday. Gone is Dan Sserunkuma, the man who always gave AFC nightmares. The man who fans will be counting on to take Sserunkuma’s mantle and who could make all the difference this Sunday is striker Meddie Kagere. The Rwandese attacker has shown himself to be a poised and deadly finisher. He is proving doubters wrong. When he was signed in January, some fans complained that he was being signed based on his form from 2011 whereas his recent form has not been anything to write about. Indeed Kagere had a forgettable stint in the Albanian league. But his he has resuscitated the form that saw him end as the top scorer in the CECAFA cup. His second goal against KCB left observers with their mouths agape. After picking up a through ball from Michael Olunga, he rapidly weaved his way past his markers before beating former Gor Mahia goalkeeper Zachary Onyango with a brilliantly taken finish.

The Coaching factor

AFC coach Zdravko Logarusic has proven himself an astute tactician when it comes to derbies. Very good at exploiting weaknesses in the other team. During his stint as Gor Mahia coach, he always won the mashemeji derby. It comes as no surprise that he was seen at the KCB match observing Gor Mahia play. Coach Nuttall should be forewarned and rectify any weaknesses that Loga could exploit.

Speaking of Nuttall, he says he is no stranger to derbies.
“I’ve been involved in derbies before and this will not be any different. In Kenya it will be my first derby but I’m ready for it. The players are also ready for the match,” Nuttall said

Recent Record
It has been quite a while since Gor Mahia beat AFC. In fact Gor Mahia never did win the mashemeji derby throughout the tenure of former coach Bobby Williamson. The last match ended in a 2-2 draw.


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