13 Feb 16

Gor Mahia surprisngly lost 1-2 to CNaPS in the opening leg of the Champions league preliminary round
Additional reporting from goal.com

Gor Mahia failed to utilize home ground advantage as they succumbed 1-2 to CNaPs of Madagascar in the first leg of Caf Champions League played at Nyayo Stadium on Saturday.

It was K’ogalo, who started on a high note with Collins Agwanda going for goal on the 7th minute but his header from Khalid Aucho’s free-kick went wide.

With skipper Musa Mohammed manning Boniface Oluoch’s post, a defensive lapse is what the visitors needed to go ahead in the 12th minute as Rija Rakotomandimby supplied Rinah Randrianaivo with a clean cross to find the back of the net.

With home advantage, the Kenyan champions failed to make another attempt on goal in the first hour mark with Abouba Sibomana’s cross in the 27th minute finding no strikers in the box to level the scores.

However, Enock Agwanda leveled matters in the 41st from the spot after CNaPs defender Michael Rabeson handled Goddfey Walusimbi’s shot inside the box allowing Tanzanian referee Ali Nassoro to award a penalty.

K’Ogalo emerged from the break a seemingly more determined side in opening minutes of second half with CNaPs goalkeeper Jean Dieu-Donné Randrianasolo making brilliant saves from attempts of new signing Jacob Keli.

The former AFC Leopards and Nkana Red Devils striker curled in a shot off Harun Shakava’s corner in the 48th minute but missed target. In the 55th minute, Dieu-Donné was again at his best saving from Keli’s feet inside the six-yard box as the danger man ran riot at the visitors’ goal.

With Gor Mahia out to look for a winner, CNaPs retreated to defensive tactics with 30 minutes remaining on the clock. Lethal winger Rija Rakotomandimby was at it again in the 82nd minute scoring a dramatic winner past Oluoch.


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12 Feb 16

Gor Mahia will be facing CNaPS minus several players who played against CNaPS last season. Top of the list is midfielder Khalid Aucho. The Ugandan midfielder was injured while playing for Uganda in December and only started to train again this week.

“Yes I have been training with the team but I do not think I am fit enough to play on Saturday. I still feel a little pain but I am doing okay. Just a matter of time before I play again, probably in the next two weeks depending with the way my leg responds. I wish my team all the best and we hope we can have a good run this season in the competition.” he said to goal.com

Also missing will be Ali Abondo who scored the lone goal against CNaPS in Nairobi last year then scored again in Madagascar. Abondo is in South Africa attending trials with Ajax Cape Town.

Nevertheless, Nuttall has other options to call upon. In Mombasa against Bandari last weekend, Nuttall opted for a three pronged attack with Jacob Keli, George Odhiambo and Enock Agwanda.He may have to resort to the same given the fact that Gor Mahia will need to score.

It will not be an easy task against CNaPS who are at full strength with no injury worries. Coach Hery Raberisoa and his assistant Jeremia Randriambololona are said to be spoiled for choice. Regulars like Mika Rabeson and Njiva Niasexe willbe joined by new signings including defender Lanto Tana and attacker Joel Lucien.

Meanwhile midfielder Innocent Wafula resumed training with the team on Thursday. There was no word explaining where has been nor why he is not interested in getting a passport. Wafula cannot be fielded in CAF cup matches as his name was not submitted to CAF. New signing Jacque Tuyisenge, could be eligible during the later stages of the tournament.

Wafula and Aucho at CampToyoyo on Thursday
Image courtesy of Victor Oti Okwach


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10 Feb 16

Nick Mwendwa who is the proprietor of Kariobangi Sharks has been elected the new FKF chair. He garnered 50 votes. Ambrose Rachier, the Gor Mahia and KPL chair who ran a spirited campaign, garnered 27 votes. Sam Nyamweya, Ssemi Aina and Sammy Shollei all pulled out upon realizing they did not stand a chance.

Ambrose Rachier accepted defeat but said he lost due to bribery

Rachier said: “I must accept the results. It was a clean and transparent exercise here on the floor but what I can complain about is the bribery of delegates.

“With the level of poverty in this country,  it is hard for a delegate to turn down a Sh150,000 bribe,” he claimed. “Some of my delegates asked me to let them go eat the money and come back and it seemed they never came back. I do not have prove but have word that it happened. Now I’ll work with the new chairman,” Rachier said.

Mwendwa ran a well organized campaign that started in June 2015. He has been lobbying and striking deals with stakeholders. This is the largest margin of victory percentage wise. So dominant was Mwenda that the incumbent Sam Nyamweya was forced to bail out along with the flambuoyant Gor Semelango, Ssemi Aina and former Tusker striker Sammy Shollei.

Another significant loser was former Gor Mahia winger Dan Shikanda who lost to Doris Petra in the race for the Vice Chairmanship position. Shikanda who is a Veterinary Doctor, played for Gor Mahia when they won the league in 1993 and again in 1995.

Two former Gor Mahia players vied for the Nairobi NEC seat. The seat was won by Chris Amimo who polled 31 votes. Eric Obura, a former Gor mahia striker from the early 1990s got 10 votes. Ken Oliech, a former Gor Mahia striker from 2005 and 2006 received no votes.

The good news for Gor Mahia fans is thatRachier can now throw his energies towards building and professionalizing this club. He has seen the level of professionalism existent at teams like Esperance. Gor Mahia too can start taking tentative steps in that direction.


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10 Feb 16

Last year’s encounter ended 3-3 on aggregate

CNaPs like their opponents Gor Mahia have been busy with build up matches and intense preparations for Saturday encounter with Gor Mahia. Their last match was against arch rivals AS Adema in the Friendship tournament (Tournoi Fanantenana) that was held in Fianarantsoa. The tournament is organized by the Madagascar FA to prepare the teams for their continental assignments. AS Adema are representing Madagascar in the CAF confederations cup.

CNaPS opened their cup campaign with a 0-0 draw against FC Zanakala 0-0 . After the match, coach Hery Rabeharisoa cited the fact that it was only their first match of the year and the team was still disjointed.

“We missed a lot of chances. There was no coordination between the players. We shall work on these weaknesses.”

In the next match they then hen beat Akon’i Matsiatra 2-0 with goals from new signing Joel Lucien “Foroch” and Nono. After the match, coach

“That’s better compared to Sunday. The players are entered in the match, although there are still details to be refined. About Lucien, he fits well and gets along well with his new eammates, ” said the coach Hery Rabeharisoa at the end of the match.

In their final match, CnaPs beat their rivals AS Adema 1-0 with a goal from Njiva Rakotoharimalala

CNaPS vs AS Adema last Sunday

Per the Madagascan media. The newspaper reported noted that CNaPS were disappointing in attack and midfield. The strongest department for CNaPS is their central defence. anchored by news signing Lanto Tana who is jonied by veteran Pierralit Tovonay who plays for the national team and Ronald Rajaonarivelo. The right side of their defence is weak as reported by the newspapers and was repeatedly exploited by AS Adema. Their midfield and attack were not impressive with the exception of midfielder Michael Rabeson.

Their coach coach Hery Rabeharisoa was sastisfied with the result:

“We started from scratch, as this was our first official appearances of the year. Today, it’s going much better and the players have regained pace with with each subsequent match. Little by little we are getting stronger, ” he said

Recent Successes

Their last major success was winning the 2015 Indian Ocean Champions cup. They won the tournament by beating Saint-Pauloise FC of Re-Union Islands in the final 6-3 on aggregate. Njiva Rakotoharimalala scored a hat-trick in the second leg. Njiva, who plays on the wing is the man that the Gor Mahia defence will have to watch closely. Indeed CNaPS build their attacks using their speedy wingers as is a tradition in Madgascar football. Their other winger is often Jimmy Simouri.

CNaPs had also won the 2014 edition of the Indian Ocean Champions cup.

CNaPs were equally impressive in their domestic league in 2015. They won the league unbeaten. It is a complex league that is played in four phases phases. In addition to being unbeaten, CNaPS had some impressive wins including a 9-0 whitewashing of FC Cousin , 6-0 battering against FC Comato and a 7-1 thrashing of Racing Nossy Be. These large wins show that CNaPS can score plenty of goals quickly as they displayed against Gor Mahia last February, scoring three goals in rapid succession.

The only blemish in their 2015 league record was a 0-0 draw against Iarivo FC. But they would later thrash Iarivo 4-1 in the final phase. In the end their record was 12 wins and 1 draw and no losses.

CNaPs also won the domestic Madagascar cup also known as Telma Coupe de Madagascar. They beat AS Adema in the final after having beaten Tana Formation on penalties in the semi-finals.

CNaPs have had no success in the African champions league. They have participated three times 2010, 2014 and 2015. And each time they have been eliminated in the preliminary round

Gor Mahia preparations

Gor Mahia too have been busy with preparations at Camp Toyoyo. They will need to work overtime to sharpen their attack which has been blunted by the departure of Kagere, Olunga and Abondo says veteran coach Gilbert Selebwa.

“Gor Mahia was the only side attacking and Bandari looked more defensive. Unfortunately, K’Ogalo lacked the venom which was their trade mark last season, a thing which they need to work on if they want to do much better in continental scene.” Said Selebwa to goal.com

Perhaps the return of Khalid Aucho from injury will rejuvenate the midfield.

I felt they missed the services of Aucho (Khalid) in midfield, we all know his effect,” Selebwa told Goal.

Aucho was back in training on Tuesday and could be deployed by coach Nuttall to bring steel into the central midfield.


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8 Feb 16


Understandably, there are frayed nerves amongst Gor Mahia fans and officials following the fiasco involving Frank Nuttall’s apparent firing. A source indicated to goal.com that the coach is not on speaking terms with the officials.

“The situation is very bad. Most of the elected officials don’t want anything to do with the coach because they feel he set them up against the fans,” said the source.

Having a club where EC members are not communicating with the head coach is no way to run a club especially considering the fact that Gor Mahia is facing a difficult season ahead.

In many ways, the club is starting afresh. They lost assistant coach Bobby Ogolla who took up the position of head coach at Ulinzi Stars. They also parted ways with Meddie Kagere, Michael Olunga and could also lose Ali Abondo who is now on trials with Cape Town Ajax of South Africa. Losing the three top strikers from last season means the club has to start building the attack from scratch. Coach Nuttall is well aware of the task ahead.

“Looking at the way we played against Bandari, I can say we played well and created numerous chances. We could have finished off the game in the first half even before Shakava (Haroun) was sent off, but unfortunately we did not take our chances,” Nuttall told Goal.

“We have a few days before the season proper kicks-off and we need to get that chemistry between the attackers and midfielders. We have to take our chances and avoid situations like the ones on Saturday. However, I am expecting a good season and hopefully we can successfully defend the title. ” said Nuttall

And Nuttall also has to deal with the fact that Khalid Aucho is still playing truant and Innocent Wafula’s whereabouts are unknown though team manager Jolawi Obondo assured fans that the duo would link up with the team this week. But even if Wafula arrives, the issue of his true nationality would need to be resolved first.

But Nuttall performed similar magic when the club lost several of its attacking options including Dan Sserunkuma, Godfrey Kizito, Rama Salim, Kevin Omondi, Timonah Wanyonyi and others in 2014.

Nuttall led the club to a historic season after losing key players and also had to deal with constant player go-slows.

Given support from officials and fans he can perform a similar feat and even better. So now is the time to put aside hostilities and work for the betterment of the club.

Fans will hope that the EC will realize that the request to Nuttall to take a 50% pay-cut was not reasonable. Here is coach who stayed with the club through difficulties while the likes of Zdravko Logarusic bailed out in mid-season.

Meanwhile details have emerged regarding how politicians Hassan Omar and Eliud Owalo prevailed upon Chairman Rachier to change his stance on Nuttall.

“We hosted the team to a luncheon in Mombasa (on Friday) and you could feel the tension brought by the absence of the coach and frustration from fans on social media,” Mombasa Senator Hassan Omar told the Nation.

“We talked to the chairman (Ambrose Rachier) and he was categorical the club couldn’t afford him. But we are talking about a good and experienced coach here and they don’t come cheap. I’m glad we have convinced both parties to negotiate the way forward.”

“I was bombarded by calls from supporters. They told me we don’t want to hear about the food, they just want the management to reinstate the coach,” said Eliud Owalo, a political analyst and an ardent Gor Mahia fan.


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8 Feb 16

Gor Mahia coach Frank Nuttall feels that the red card that was handed to Harun shakava doomed Gor Mahia’s chances in their Super Cup encounter against Bandari on Saturday.

“I’d like to commend my players for a good game. Before the red card, we had three good chances and had a good control of the game but after the sending off, the game changed. It was difficult playing against 11 men and away from home.” said Nuttall to supersport.com

However Nuttall defended Shakava, stating that the foul was not intentional.

“Shakava’s tackle wasn’t intentional and should have passed based on the height of the two players. Sserunkuma is very short while Shakava is tall and he is a high jumper. It was unfortunate he didn’t win the ball and maybe that’s why he was sent off,”  he continued.

Bandari coach Twahir Muhiddin concurred.

“It was a defining moment in the game because it gave us the advantage. All the same I want to thank my players because they maintained discipline throughout the match. Some of them were booked very early in the game but they were careful and avoided being sent off, Twahir told Futaa.com

Twahir also thinks that humidity was a factor in slowing down Gor Mahia espeically in the second half.

“They were playing at a very high tempo and I was sure that they could not maintain the same in the second half. Some key players like Karim (Nizigiyimana) had already burned out in the second half and we also benefitted from that”  he added.

Gor Mahia to be sanctioned for skipping medal ceremony

KPL CEO Jack Oguda is unhappy with the behaviour of Gor Mahia players  after they refused to pick up their runners up medals.

“Gor is a big club that is supposed to set a good example for other players. What happened on Saturday was uncalled for and unsportsmanlike. Last year, they gladly received the winners’ medals and trophies three times, and on all the occasions, the losers picked their second place awards. They should have done the same. KPL does not encourage such behaviour,” said Oguda to the Nation.

If there are disciplinary problems creeping into the playing unit then coach Nuttall will need to arrest the situation soon.

 


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7 Feb 16

In January of 2016, Gor Mahia toured Ethiopia and Sudan where they beat both St George and Al Hilal.

 

The first training session upon arrival in Addis Ababa

 

Jolawi with Geb after the first match was rained off

 

Game action: Gor Mahia vs St George

Coach Frank Nuttall shakes hands with Ethiopian running legend Haile Gebresellasie who is a staunch St George supporter.

 

Francis Kahata, Jolawi Obondo with Geb

Gor Mahia pose with the trophy after beating St George on penalties

Jolawi with coach Nuttall

 

New signings Kahata and Keli with their cup medals

 

Keeper Boniface Oluoch holds the trophy after Gor Mahia beat St George

Gor Mahia players arrive in Port Sudan

 

Gor Mahia were well received in Port Sudan

 

Harun Shakava, Musa Mohamed, Collins Okoth kept the marauding Al Hilal forwards at bay

 

Gor Mahia pose with the trophy after beating Al Hilal 1-0

 

Players and officials upon arrival from Sudan


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7 Feb 16

Jaro Soja with Tuyisenge

 

 

 

 

Francis Kahata

Jacob Keli

Jacque Tuyisenge

 

Amos Nondi

 


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6 Feb 16

Gor Mahia went down 1-0 in the 2016 DSTV Super cup match played at Mbaraki sports club. Gor Mahia asserted themselves well in the first half but were left to fight an uphill battle when Harun Shakava was sent off for an unsportsmanlike tackle on Dan Sserunkuma.

Additional reporting courtesy of futaa.com

If there is one man Gor Mahia will blame for their unsuccessful attempt to bag their third DSTV Super Cup on the trot, then it has to be Bandari skipper-Wilson Oburu.

The experienced shot stopper saved Bandari blushes in a game of two halves that saw Gor Mahia squander a cache of chances in the first half before Anthony Kimani delivered the punishment that a wasteful Gor Mahia deserved in the 68th minute with a memorable strike.

Enock Agwanda was the first to call Oburu into action as early as the 4th minute capitalizing on a Felly Mulumba error to fire a tame shot towards goal but Oburu was at hand to smoother it with Jacob Keli lurking.

Keli though he had given the Green Army the moment they craved for in the stands five minutes later but his goal was disallowed after Raymond Onyango adjudged him to be offside.

An inch perfect ball over the top form George Blackberry Odhiambo found Agwanda on the right and the youngster beat Mulumba for pace sending in a searching cross that Oburu parried as far as Walusimbi on the edge of the 6 yard box.

With Keli being played onside by Mohammed Shariff, the Kenyan international contrived to  side-foot Walusimbi’s feeble shot into the net. Indeed a contentious decision from Onyango!

The Oburu show was interrupted briefly at the quarter hour mark when Agwanda’s show-boating cost Gor Mahia yet another glorious opportunity to take the lead. Isolated upfront the burly forward took his time to juggle the ball at the edge of the box allowing Mulumba to recover and make a timely intervention.

Bandari—uncharacteristically slow off the blocks at home—made their status as hosts felt soon afterwards with Musa Mudde and Anthony Kimani dictating play with neat passing triangles at the centre of the park.

Gor Mahia looked content to sit back and soak in the pressure but still looked dangerous on the break. It was this tactic that bore the best chance of the half when Collins Okoth found himself on the right end of a great passing manouever only to be denied by the lively Oburu.

Agwanda feinted past Mulumba on the right to deliver a deep cross that Keli headed into Okoth’s path. Under pressure from Shariff Okoth did well to shoot into the bottom left corner but his effort was palmed out to safety by Kagere.

Oburu was not done yet. Another finger tip save saw him keep out Shakava’s header from the resultant corner kick before it landed on the top right corner.

For all their positives, Gor Mahia suffered a major setback just before the breather when Shakava was sent off.

In a completely innocuous situation, Shakava high booted Sserunkuma shortly after Karim Nizigiyimana and the diminutive Ugandan were involved in a moment of retaliation.

It was a bad day in office for the former Gor Mahia man who was struggling to make a telling contribution to the game. Handing his side the numerical advantage turned out to be his last meaningful moment on the pitch as he was replaced by Meshack karani at the hour mark.

With an extra man it was just a matter of when the Dockers would score and the breakthrough arrived in spectacular fashion. Anthony Kimani connected Karani’s delivery from a corner with an angled header that bounced off George Odhiambo’s core into his path.

Presented with a second chance, the creative midfielder showed composure and class to beat Boniface Oluoch with a looping ball that bounced off the inside of the right bar into the net.

The rest of the game in brief: Nuttall introduced Eric Ouma and Ronald Omino for Keli and Agwanda but the Coastal outfit held on comfortably to their slim lead.

The result means Bandari have clinched their maiden DSTV Super Cup in the process ending Gor Mahia’s dominance in the competition that had seen them emerge champions twice in a row- in 2013 and 2015.


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6 Feb 16

Gor Mahia have re-instated coach Frank Nuttall as head coach, thus ending two days of sheer insanity. Chairman Ambrose Rachier made the announcement at the Tamarind in Mombasa where Gor Mahia were being hosted by Mombasa mayor Hassan OMar and MP Eliud Owalo.

This has also been confirmed that there will be no more negotiation regarding Nuttall’s contract. Both parties will fulfill the remainder of the contract as it was originally written.

According to a source speaking to goal.com, the significant pressure from fans caused the EC to reconsider the decision regarding Nuttall’s salary.

“Nuttall is ready to sit and discuss the issue and Gor Mahia officials have also accepted because the pressure from fans is too much to handle. By the look of things the sack will be overturned and don’t be surprised to see him taking charge against Bandari on Saturday.” said the source.

Earlier the EC had voted unanimously to cut the coach’s salary in half and if he was not willing, he would be free to seek employement elsewhere.


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