26 Mar 17

Goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch was the only Kogalo player in the starting line-up as Kenya recorded an impressive 2-1 win over DR Congo. This follows a similar victory last year when Kenya beat the Congolese 1-0 in Kinshasa. The man of the moment was former Gor Mahia striker Michael Olunga who struck twice. It was his strike that had also sunk the Congolese in Kinshasa. The first goal was especially spectacular as he picked up a pass on from Mandela on the left flank, turned a defender inside out and unleashed a rising shot with his weaker right foot. The second goal was due to good work by Owino Calabar who found fast rising Sammy Onyango. The latters cross was met by Olunga.

In the process, new coach Stan Okumbi continues to silence naysayers including this author. He has yet to lose a match since he was appointed Stars coach. Most fans wondered why a coach with no experience even coaching a KPL team was appointed.

Former Gor Mahia ace David Owino “Calabar” was also in the starting line-up while Kenneth Muguna was on the bench. Bad news for Gor Mahia fans comes in the form of Musa Mohamed’s injury which he picked up against Uganda Cranes.

As for Boniface Oluoch, he has been solid for the national team. But he was less than solid today and will now face intense competition from Patrick Matasi who got rave reviews for his performance against the Uganda Cranes. Twice it required a defender to make a goal line save. And twice, what looked like legitimate goals were disallowed by Kenyan referee Humphrey Omweno of the tear gas fame. See the highlights and judge for yourself.

Match Highlights

Additional reporting from futaa.com
Harambee Stars put smiles on its supporters as two goals from striker Michael Olunga who was celebrating his birthday gave Stanley Okumbi’s side a 2-1 win over DRC Congo in a friendly played on Sunday 26 March 2017 at the Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos.

The visitors were the first to produce threats but with the fans behind the home team, Harambee Stars did not take long before they stunned them with Brain Mandela picking Olunga who cut from the left flank and unleashed a fierce shot to give Stanley Okumbi’s side an early lead.

After the opening goal, both teams started to calm down with the game being balanced before Ikoko Jordan got himself in the referee’s book after a tackle on Johanna Omollo. Jesse Were curved in a nice freekick that found David Cheche who headed for a goal but goalkeeper Kiasumbua Joel kept the danger away. In the 27th minute, Kebano Neeksen’s tried to initiate an attack but Wanyama made a sliding tackle to disposes him off the ball. With the visitors looking for an equalizer, a moment of controversy came to place when the Congo players claimed the ball had crossed the goal post line but the centre referee waved the claims away.

Stars almost got a second but Sammy Onyango’s long range effort was tipped out by Congo keeper Kiasumuba Joel from a corner before Mandela headed the ball out. David Owino later connected Jesse Were’s cross to head the ball in but Kiasumbua was on alert to deny him a chance. With the first half almost finished, Junior Kabananga almost gave the visitors an equalizer but Boniface Oluoch made a nice save to deny him.

The second half saw the visitors come with a winning intent and Boniface Oluoch was lucky to see Kabananga’s shot go inches wide before saving a floated corner from Gael Katuka. The visitors continued to pile pressure on Okumbi’s side and they finally found a way when Mandela commited a foul outside the penalty area only for Gael Kakuta to give his side the leveler with a well-taken free-kick. Moments after the goal, Okumbi made his first change of the game; Johanna Omollo out, Paul Were in. Kakuta almost gave Kenyans a moment of scare when he looped the ball over keeper Oluoch but he was ruled for an offside.

However, it was Olunga on the mark again, this time being found by Samuel Onyango to find the back of the net and leave the opponents scratching their heads. With time ticking, Leopards almost found a leveler once more but veteran Joakins Atudo made sure none of that happened with a fine goal line clearance, after Bolingi Jonathan

 


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22 Mar 17

All the Gor Mahia players as well as the technical bench boycotted training on Wednesday. According to coach Ze Maria, the club must fulfill certain obligations in order for training to resume.

“I have some issues with the office and I want them to be sorted out before I resume training. As a team fighting for the title, we need to train in a conducive environment but unfortunately this has not been the case. We have done our best as a technical bench to protect the players but it has not been easy,” he told Goal.com

Ze Maria did not turn up for training on Tuesday or on Wednesday. After a flying start, Gor Mahia are in danger of going off-course in their quest to reclaim the title they lost to Tusker.

In 2012, Gor Mahia started the season poorly due to infighting within the technical bench. By the time the situation was addressed, The league was already 25% completed. In the end they narrowly lost the league on the last day. Had they addressed the issues earlier, they would have won the league.

In 2016, the poor start was caused by fighting between coach Frank Nuttall and the Executive committee. Had these issues been resolved before the season started, Gor Mahia would have won the league. On top of that, lax security caused Gor Mahia to lose three points which were deducted due to one fan.

In essence Gor Mahia should have won the league 5 times in a row from 2012 to 2016, if not for self inflicted wounds.

The player strike comes hot on the heels of Gor Mahia being thrown out of their Nyayo stadium offices and also being thrown out of their Camp Toyoyo training ground due to late payments.

And now there is public bickering between two officials over the issue of stewards and the issue of gate receipts.

This kind of incompetence and lack of transparency also hurts the club’s public image and can make it difficult to get sponsors in the future.

The infighting and poor organization is threatening to derail the club’s league campaign just as it did in 2012 and 2016.

The one critical element missing in all this is newly elected Chairman Ambrose Rachier. Since his re-election, he seems to have taken a hands off approach and it is beginning to affect the club. In fact Rachier has been more active on KPL related issues than with issues affecting the club.

And Rachier has had 8 years to transform the club into a well run unit with qualified professionals each with well established  assignments and performance contracts. Instead we are stuck with elected officials, many of whom are not competent and with vague assignments. Does anyone known what an assistant deputy secretary does? And can anyone explain why the club has a sponsor yet salaries are not being paid on time?

The time has come to change constitution to get competent officials so that the club is run professionally.


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21 Mar 17

A section of the crowd at Kisumu last weekend. Image courtesy of David Lastborn

Gor Mahia treasurer Sally Bolo has released the gate collection numbers via her social media pages:

 

1. Number of tickets printed:
(a) Main Stand 2,500
(b) Terraces 7,500
2. The number of tickets returned
(c) Main stand 2,200
(d) Terraces 5,380
3. Tickets sold
(e) Main Stand 300 x 600 = 180,000.00
(f) Terraces 2,120 x 200 = 424,000.00
Total revenue collected = 604,000.00

Regards
Sally Bolo
TREASURER

Judith Nyangi disputes those figures

Immediately after the figures were announced, organizing secretary Judith Nyangi disputed the figures, stating that the number was too low.

“I was expecting a considerable amount. However, to my shock a figure of 600,000 was announced. What happened in Kisumu was not right. The club should not collect that kind of money in Kisumu considering the attendance that was witnessed in that match. Kisumu was full. The Club should collect a minimum of two million shillings in Kisumu.” she said to Kenyanstar.

Nyangi further went on to fault the manner in which tickets are printed and also revisited the issue of stewards.

“If you are a treasurer, then you want to print your own tickets, bring your own ticketing firm and select your own stewards, then how transparent can the process be? That is unacceptable. We gave them space to handle the tickets, and hoped that they would deliver. That did not happen.”

Earlier this year, Nyangi had fired all the existing stewards while claiming that hiring of stewards was in her docket as Organizing secretary. This resulted in a fracas at the club’s office when the fired stewards stormed the office raining blows on certain officials.

She further explained the issue in a post on her social media pages.

My fellow fans when I was elected I disbanded stewards but somebody reinstated them
The firm that used to do ticketing was sent away
Which firm did ticketing and who is the owner
Who was in charge of appointing security
Who appointed stewards
I travelled with the team and came back with the team to and fro
Siasa ziliisha wacheni mambo ya camps
Hii Gor Mahia ndio yetu
Sitasimama maovu yakitazama
#WanGorEmawahero

Nyangi, then laid blame on a section of the club’s management saying that the match logistics in Kisumu were a ‘one-man show’.

“The office of the treasurer cannot handle everything. I was surprised when I was told to keep off all matters that pertained logistics ahead of the match.  I wished to travel early but I was not facilitated. I only traveled with the team, was part of the pre-match briefing and returned with them. Everything else that happened, went on behind my back. We gave them space to handle and wished them well, but what happened was a disappointment” Nyangi continued to Kenyanstar.

Nyangi then challenged the club Chairman Ambrose Rachier to call a meeting in order to resolve these urgent issues.

“If we had worked together, these loopholes that are being referred to would have been sealed early meeting. I am not trying to shift blame, but this is probably a pointer that the chairman should summon the entire committee, bring us together and have each team member assigned very clear roles,” she added.

Musa Praises coach

Gor Mahia skipper Musa Mohamed has credited coach Ze Maria for the success the team has achieved thus far.

“There is more team work than was witnessed during the previous season and it’s all because that’s what the Coach is instilling in us. In the first place it was not easy” he said to Citizen Sports

He also noted that having a full pre-season with the coach has enabled the team to adapt better to the coach’s tactics.

“He came mid-season so readjusting was another challenge but starting with him feels a whole lot easier,” Musa told Citizen Digital 

 


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18 Mar 17

Scorer: Kenneth Muguna

Gor Mahia collected their second win of the 2017 season when they beat Zoo Kericho by a solitary goal at the club’s spiritual home (Kisumu).
Additional reporting from goal.com
Coming to this, Gor Mahia were seeking add three points to day one win while Zoo were out for a bounce back after losing by a solitary goal in their opening match against Posta Rangers.
Muguna solo effort
Kogalo got their goal in final minutes of the first half after Kenneth Muguna made a turn and left his markers well beaten outside the 18 yard box. He then took a shot that was too difficult for Misikhu Vincent to stop and put the home side ahead.
At the 56th minute, Timothy Otieno failed to double Gor lead after he headed Karim Niyizigimana’s cross that had left Misikhu well beaten wide. Their were penalty claims after Jacques Tuyisenge was brought down but the referee waved play to continue.
Zoo had to play the final 10 minutes with 10 men after Omulanda Nixon was given matching orders after a second yellow card. This was after fouling Muguna. 
Gor coach gave a chance to Oliver Maloba and Philemon Otieno to feature the first ever in a competitive match while Zoo brought in Sindani Sabiri for Mike Madoya.
Chances
Other Gor Mahia’s chances in the match saw Karim Niyizigimana head wide Geoffrey Walusimbi’s delivery while Misikhu denied Muguna a goal but tipping his well taken free kick above the post.
Nicholas Kipkirui missed to capitalize on early lapse in Gor defence that would have seen them score first. His side went on to have limited chance in the game.

 The loss becomes Zoo’s second consecutive loss in in the league.
Starting XI: Boniface Oluoch, Haron Shakava, Musa Mohammed, Wellington Ochieng’, Karim Nizigiyimana, Godfrey Walusimbi, Ernest Wendo (Philemon Otieno), Francis Kahata (George Odhiambo), Kenneth Muguna, Jacques Tuyisenge, Timothy Otieno (Olivier Maloba),.
Subs: Shaban Odhoji, Collins Okoth, Meddie Kagere, Amos Nondi.
Read also: FKF to abide by SDT ruling, promises to amend licensing manual

Starting XI Misikhu Vincent, Obayi William, Ligare Johnstone, Kipyegon Isaac, Akiya Stanslus (Ouma Dominic), Omulanda Nixon, Gichana Geoffrey, Madoya Michael (Sindani Sabiri,, Oile Martin, Kipkirui Nicholas, Odhiambo Bernard
Subs: Koko Samuel, Namasakha Danson, Omondi Dennis, Mmata Leonard, Omondi Kevin


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17 Mar 17

Fans will be traveling to Kisumu in droves

Image courtesy of Okoth Jaacko Willyse

Gor Mahia will play their first home game of the 2017 Kenya Premier League this weekend. The match will take place on Saturday at Moi stadium Kisumu where Gor Mahia will likely play a significant portion of their home matches this season. This is due to the unavailability of Kasarani, Nyayo and City stadium, all of which are closed for renovation.

The newly promoted Kericho based side are a relative newbies having been formed in 2009. Since then they have risen meteorically to the top tier league. In 2015, they finished 3rd in the National Super League and missed promotion to KPL by only one point. In 2016, they finished 3rd again. Luckily for them, the KPL was expanded, thus taking in four teams from the National Super League.

They are the first team from Kericho to play in the Kenya Premier League. The last time a team from Kericho was in the top tier was in 2001 with Brooke Bond FC who were relegated that year after 3 seasons in the top league. Zoo started their league campaign last weekend losing to 0-1 to Posta Rangers.

Gor Mahia for their part will look to continue their winning form. After beating Tusker and Kariobangi Sharks, they will be looking to extend their winning streak to three. Coach Ze Maria is confident that he has solutions for every possible situation.

“With the quality of players I have, we can deploy any system like the 3-5-2 formation we used against Sharks or the 4-3-2-1 system. I have many solutions for my team this season. It is definitely going to be difficult to select the players. But I am happy because every coach wants to be in such a situation as players will give more than 100 per cent,” said Ze Maria to the Standard.

 

Updated statement from Ben Omondi (Secretary General)

Gormahia V Zoo Kericho
Kisumu Stadium
Kick off 3pm
Gate :- Kshs. 600 VIP and Terraces Kshs. 200
Tickets will be sold from 9 am outside the stadium

It’s 3 pm since the match will not be aired live as earlier planned


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14 Mar 17


Last season, Jacque Tuyisenge was the bright spot in a Gor Mahia squad that was struggling to catch its footing at the beginning of the season. Yet last season, Tuyisenge was battling back from an injury. This season Tuyisenge is healthy and raring to go. He has already scored two goals and is determined to shake the net several more times this season.

“I am delighted because when you are a striker and you get goals you are always happy because that is your job. So I feel good to have scored in our first match. I cannot say that I will score a certain number of goals this season because I am not God, only God knows tomorrow so I will keep on working hard and hunt for goals. The number of goals He will give me I will appreciate”, Tuyisenge told Futaa.com

His compatriot, Kenneth Mugiraneza “Migi” also played a solid game and scored last Sunday. He thinks the team has the quality to go places this season

““I look at the kind of team we have and I am very confident we can challenge for the title. There are quality players in the team and everyone has that motivation to win. I believe, looking at how we played in the first match, we can do it,” he said to supersport.

Prior to arriving in Kenya, Migi who previously played for Azam of Tanzania, had done his homework on local football and was thus well prepared.

“They have told me all about the Kenyan league; what to expect, which teams to look out for and how best to tackle and prepare the games. They have made it easier for me. I have played two competitive matches so far and I have also looked at many matches before. The difference is that in Kenya no team is small. Anyone is capable of winning. It is not like in Tanzania when you know with some teams you can win by six or seven goals. Here it is tougher” he continued.

Discipline and focus is what has enabled the Amavubi skipper to achieve what he has achieved so far and he plans to continue down that path.

“I usually do my individual training before the team training but I plan to put in even more effort this year so that we can become champions once more. “Here at Gor the coach is good, and the players are also very good. The management is committed to facilitate good performance from the team so I am sure we can achieve that dream,” said Migi to the KPL website.

Defender Wellington Ochieng was in the starting line-up last weekend. In 2016, he found playing time difficult to come by after joining from Muhoroni Youth. He is determined to solidify his place in the starting line up now that Marcelo has left. Ochieng credits Gor Mahia’s play to the technical bench trio of Ze Maria, Marco Aurellio and Zedekiah Otieno

““To have such a trio at your disposal is a fantastic thing. If we heed to their instructions and work hard, then am sure this combination will bring the best out of us. Probably we could even end up making history as one of the most successful crop of players to have donned the Gor Mahia jersey,” said Wellington to Citizen sports.


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13 Mar 17

Muguna received rave reviews from fans and pundits alike

Gor Mahia’s Brazilian tactician Ze Maria is satisfied with the result obtained on Sunday. He thinks the club’s results will be better this season due to more options.

“I have a lot of players with great quality and we can play any system. I have a lot of solutions this year because of the quality of players in the team,” he said to Capital Sports.

This is good news for the coach because last season, the team was waylaid by fewer midfield options which only became worse when Collins Okoth fell out of favour with the coach due to disciplinary issues.

More options also means more intense competition for places which is good for the coach.

“I am happy… every coach wants this difficulty, I am happy for the team because we have many players in each position and that is good because when any of them come on, they have to give 100 per cent on the field.” he continued.

Gor Mahia have also shown an ability to adapt their tactics to the situation. The Thika field is of abysmal quality, not even suitable for grazing. But Gor Mahia who have been training at the Camp Toyoyo turf, adapting to the bumpy surface and dominated the match.

Kariobangi Sharks were determined to prove a point after being recently promoted. They started strongly but Gor Mahia were equal to the task.

“I am happy… every coach wants this difficulty, I am happy for the team because we have many players in each position and that is good because when any of them come on, they have to give 100 per cent on the field.” he said.

The pre-season offered the coach an opportunity to observe mistakes and correct them. Thats why the team has gotten off to a better start

“It is very important (to win the first match) because last year when I came they drew the first four matches and lost one. It is different this year because we have had a lot of time to train, we made a lot of mistakes in pre-season but now it is different when we are playing in the official matches.”

 


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12 Mar 17

Harun Shakava silences those who have been clowning him for scoring an own goal against Hull City

Gor Mahia started their 2017 league campaign with a convincing 3-1 win over newly promoted Kariobangi Sharks. The match was played at Thika Municipal stadium. Goals came from Harun Shakava, Kenneth Mugiraneza and Jacque Tuyisenge.

Additional Reporting from futaa.com
The hosts Sharks got the game going with Ibrahim Kitawi twice coming close to give his side the lead with just three minutes gone after a good work from Ovella Ochieng on the left flank. Godfrey Walusimbi later shot wide from the left before Timothy Otieno collided with goalkeeper Robert Mboya inside the box with Gor Mahia dominating ball possession. Pascal Ogweno would come to Sharks’ rescue after Kitawi was dispossessed by Kenneth Muguna. With twelve minutes gone, Sharks got its first corner of the game which Osborne Monday took but Gor Mahia defense was on its toes. With the Green Army knocking, the moment came in the 16th minute when Harun Shakava headed a corner ball into an empty net with Robert Mboya out of position. Duke Abuya later saw his long range shot go wide. Gor Mahia got a corner that Kenneth Muguna took picking Karim Nzigiyimana who shot just inches wide and a second goal would come for K’ogalo when new signing Mugiranza easily tapped in the ball after Godfrey Walusimbi’s shot was punched out by Mboya.

Tackles

The second half started with Sharks making its first change; Sven Yidah in, Michael Omondi out before Gor Mahia got a free kick that Timothy Otieno headed wide. Timothy Otieno also made it 3-0 when he intercepted a pass but he was ruled for handling the ball. The 15-time champions continued to press but Sharks proved a difficult to break as Muluya made another change, Rodgers Omondi out, Sven Yidah in before Ernest Wendo got into the referee’s book after a challenge on Yidah. Sharks escaped Karim’s wrath after Pascal Ogweno saved his hard hit shot off the line with the game becoming hotly contested as both teams displayed frustrations that saw Timothy Otieno be booked for elbowing Yidah and Sharks making last change of the game; Ibrahim Kitawi out, Mathew Odongo in.

Consolation

With the clock ticking Gor Mahia made the first change; Ernest Wendo out, Francis Kahata in and two minutes later there was another change from the visitors; Timothy Otieno out, Meddie Kagere in. Sharks had a chance to slice the lead but goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch made a two time save to keep his side on the merited position. With two minutes remaining, put the game beyond reach after Walusimbi’s cut back on the right found Tuyisenge who back heeled the ball into the net

Kariobangi Sharks starting Xl: Robert Mboya, Bolton Omwenga, Pascal Ongweno, Wycliffe Otieno, Michael Bodo [Sydney Yidah], Osborne Monday, Patilla Omoto, Ibrahim Kitawi [Mathew Odongo], Ovella Ochieng, Duke Abuya, Rodgers Omondi [Mike Misigo]

Unused subs: Jeff Oyemba, Geoffrey Shiveka, Stephen Odhiambo, Elli Asieche

Gor Mahia starting XI: Boniface Oluoch, Harun Shakava, Musa Mohammed, Wellington Ochieng, Karim Nziyigimana, Godfrey Walusimbi, Ernest Wendo [Francis Kahata], Jean Baptiste Mugiraneza, Kenneth Muguna, Jacques Tuysenge, Timothy Otieno [Meddie Kagere]

Unused subs: Peter Odhiambo, Philemon Otieno, George Odhaimbo, Oliver Maloba Amos Nondi


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11 Mar 17

The long awaited start of the 2017 Kenya Premier League is finally here. Gor Mahia are set to take on newly promoted Kariobangi Sharks at Thika stadium on Sunday. Gate charges will be Ksh 300.

Last season Gor Mahia started the season poorly. By the time Ze Maria arrived, Gor Mahia were in the relegation zone.

“We have learned from what happened last season. This year our aim is to start positively and keep the momentum going till the final day. Our target is to reclaim the title and we know it won’t be easy,” said Musa Mohamed to Capital Sports.

Musa Mohamed knows it will be no easy task against the newly promoted side. .

“We have prepared well and the confidence in the team received a huge boost when we won against Tusker last weekend. We are focused for this match which we don’t expect to be easy. Sharks is a good team and they will be coming to prove a point against us. Nonetheless, our aim is nothing but victory,” he said to Capital sports.

Already another newly promoted side, Nzoia United has registered a chock 5-2 win over champions Tusker. And Kariobangi Sharks will be buoyed by that result and will be attempting to replicate it. They already beat AFC Leopards in a friendly.

Gor Mahia’s attack will be led by the returning Timothy Otieno whose form of late has seen him preferred in attack along with Jacque Tuyisenge.

The league is going to be difficult.  Due to the late start and due to a shortage of available stadia, There will be multiple double and triple headers which will only ruin the playing surfaces. And there will be more midweek matches than usual. Whichever team is able to adapt to the poor playing surfaces and crammed schedule will be the succesful team.


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10 Mar 17

Gor Mahia have announced that the so called problems with Collins Okoth are a non-issue.

“We have no problem with him or any other player. That we have summoned Okoth for any disciplinary cause is just a rumour since at the moment, we are in good terms with him” said team manager Jolawi Obondi to citizen sports.

Kenyansstar Interview with Collins Okoth

Kenyanstar: You are one of the most solid holding midfielders and you can walk into any starting eleven in Kenya. Tell us about it?

Collins Okoth: My secret is to work hard and work twice as hard in training. Also you have to believe in yourself, give your best and don’t be intimidated.

KS: How can you describe your time at Gor Mahia?

CO: I have had a fantastic time at Gor Mahia. The best of it being winning 3 league titles in a row. I have certainly enjoyed my stay at the club.

KS: You have quit Gor Mahia before and accused the club of unfulfilled promises. For example, non-payment of salaries. How true is this?

CO: We had an agreement with club about my fee but they never fulfilled their promises. I played my role well. Having realized that the club could not fulfill their promises, I decided not to fight them but walk out peacefully.

KS: The current Gor Mahia Organizing Secretary Judith Nyangi has accused you on social media of sabotage and missing training intentionally. What is your response?

CO: The current OS is just an attention seeker. I asked for permission from the coach. I have been in this club under different regimes and we have worked amicably with other secretaries as was the case with Naima. You never heard them speak so ignorantly. Sometimes the level of education matters to…you know.

KS: You have fallen out with many coaches before. Zdravko Logarusic at Gor Mahia. Stewart Hall at Sofapaka. Where is the problem? Is it you or the coach?

CO: I have never fallen out with any coaches before. That is just a fabrication of the press and some critics. However, I have learnt to live with it.

KS: You have fallen out with Ze Maria before. Do you have any differences?

CO: Yes I have fallen out before with Ze Maria. However, we sat down(Himself and I) and he explained to me what he likes and his philosophy. We are friends and we are going to achieve great things with him.

KS: You have been accused of being indisciplined – missing training, disobeying authority…How true is this?

CO: Unfortunately, most people always believe in what they hear about me. Not the truth. The truth is I can’t miss training without communication to the coach or team manager. I don’t and will never miss training without permission.

KS: Why always you? Are you misunderstood?

CO: No. I am not misunderstood. In football you can’t please everyone. I always speak my mind whether anyone likes it or not but I will tell the truth.

KS: Some fans say you cost the club the title last season when you failed to turn up for some matches. Your response?

CO: (Laughs) I never cost the club the league title last year. The coach makes decision whether I should play. If I am on the bench i can’t force myself to play. So I never cost the team any league. Although fans believe I could have turned

things around if I played those matches.

KS: You were once quoted you in 2015 saying that, ‘I attribute the current success to Frank Nuttal’. How good was Nuttall? Should he probably have stayed longer?

CO: In 2015, I indeed attributed the success to coach Frank. He was the best. A funny and loving man. He was always honest and I like him a lot.

KS: What’s the secret to being a good holding midfielder like you?

CO: The secret of being the best holding midfielder is that you have to avoid doing so many mistakes always try and be simple; play one and two touches and protect your back 4.

KS: You captained Kenya before in CHAN. You are a regular there too. How much of an honour is it being a captain?

CO: It’s an honour indeed and a great thing.

KS: Your Gor contract expires in June. Are you renewing it…if not where are we likely to see you?

CO: Yes my contract expires in June. I have only three months remaining. We players we don’t know about the future, so I can’t say whether I will renew or move. God knows about tomorrow.

KS: Any closing words?

CO: I urge the fans to come and cheer us this year. We want to make them happy and they should ignore the officials who are always on social media fighting for power.

KS: Thanks Collins! All the best ahead.

Fate of KPL Commencement in the balance

The 2017 Kenya Premier League which was due to start this weekend is facing further challenges. Sofapaka FC have obtained a court order from the high court to stop the start of the league.

 

Sofapaka and Muhoroni Youth have a case at the Sports Disputes Tribunal where they are appealing the decision by Football Kenya Federation to relegate them for failing to comply with Caf Club licensing rule; a thing which has put KCB and Vihiga United on standby.

The case at (the tribunal) is set for its third hearing on Wednesday March 15, having made no steps in two sittings.  The KPL wants Sofapaka and Muhoroni Youth to remain in the league while the FKF wants the two teams demoted and instead KCB and Vihiga United elevated to the top tier.

Initially, all sides had agreed to start the league with 16 teams pending the outcome of the tribunal hearing. The league was already contemplating triple headers at some stadia. To make matters worse, there are many stadia across the country that are under construction and thus unavailable.

Playing triple headers is sure to damage the surface at the stadium. And the congested fixtures will mean teams play more matches per week on bad surfaces. It will not bode well for Ze Maria’s style of short passes. Will he adapt?


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