24 Feb 17

After having been locked out of their offices at Nyayo stadium, Gor Mahia have also been locked out of their training ground at Camp Toyoyo in Jericho estate. They will now use Parklands Sports club as their training ground.

One players told the Standard that they arrived at Camp Toyoyo only to be told that they would not be allowed to use the facility.

“We arrived at the training ground only for the management to ask us to leave because the office has not paid up. On Tuesday, we trained at Kasarani and today we have been asked to report for training at Parklands Sports Club,” said the player. said the player.

And official also confirmed the situation.

“It is true that we have been denied access to Camp Toyoyo because of unpaid arrears. The amount we are talking about here is standing at millions but I hope the situation will be solved. It is unfortunate that this has happened and we have now booked Parklands Sports Club as a temporary training ground as we solve the matter.” said an official to goal.com
Chairman Ambrose Rachier confirmed that after being removed from Nyayo stadium, the club will be looking for a smaller space to rent.

I am sure you also owe someone money,” said Rachier, adding “We have debts and are trying to clear them. Our offices have been shut down and we are talking to the people concerned while trying to reach a settlement, which may involve leasing a smaller affordable space.” he said to the Nation.

And with Gor Mahia chairman being at loggerheads with FKF, the club could be found in default of the new licensing rules which requires every premier league club to have a secretariat and lease agreement for a training ground and stadium for the whole season.


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22 Feb 17

Zico had plenty of success as coach in 2010

It has been officially announced that former Gor Mahia full back and coach Zedekiah Otieno “Zico” is set to make a comeback to the club. This time he will be an assistant coach replacing Tom Ogweno.

His experience will come in handy in our intentions to reclaim the league title this season,” said Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier to the Nation.

Zico joined Gor Mahia as a player in 1990. In 1990 he played alongside the veteran Austin Oduor was player/coach.. In the mid 1990s he was part of one of the strongest defensive units Gor Mahia ever fielded with players like Tobias Ocholla, Sammy Omollo “Pamzo”, Paul Ochieng “Kunde” and Joseph Owino “Andai”. That defense was responsible for the fact that Gor Mahia won the league 4 times (1990, 91, 93 and 95). The team was winning despite having a very low offensive output. But thanks to that solid defense, they conceded very few goals.  Zico excelled in being a solid defender and also being able to make frequent runs on the right wing to send crosses.

The best performance that Gor Mahia has ever achieved in the Africa champions cup or CAF champions league was in 1992 when they reached the quarter-finals.  In the second round they eliminated Cameroonian giants Canon Sportiff de Yaounde. It was Zico who scored the away goal as Gor Mahia held Canon 1-1 in Yaounde. Zico stayed with Gor Mahia until the late 1990s.

He later embarked on a coaching career. He took over at Gor Mahia in 2010, replacing Gideon Ochieng “Agido”. His first season was successful and he took Kogalo to the brink of winning the league. Kogalo were in contention until the last day. This despite fielding a very inexperienced unit. However 2011 was a below par season in which Gor Mahia lost their first league game 3-0 to Posta Rangers and ended up finishing 4th.  Once teams figured out to defend against his tactics, he did not adapt new ones. A coach must always adapt and change or else the team becomes predictable.

Thus in 2011, fans started to lose patience. Zico left in early 2012 and was replaced by the Camerounian Anaba Awono. In the subsequent years he has coached Harambee stars, SoNy Sugar and Posta Rangers. He also made an attempt at political office, vying for a councillor position in the 2013 elections.


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21 Feb 17

Gor Mahia FC offices at Nyayo national stadium, formally been shut down. According to a report posted on goal.com, Gor Mahia owes the stadium Ksh 4.6 million in rent arrears. Gor Mahia have not been fulfilling their rent obligations. Yet a source told goal that the stadium management has been lenient with the club.

“They owe us Sh4.6m accrued from the last time we signed a lease with them. The lease was signed in August 1, 2011, and they are required to pay Sh85, 000 a month but the main problem was that they have not been paying rent as per the agreement.” said the source.

The source further went on to say that the club has been very haphazard in the manner in which they handle the issue.

“Sometimes they go for eight months without paying and when we push them, they issue a cheque of Sh200, 000 and sometimes Sh50, 000. They have been defaulting and now you can see the end result. The arrears are now in excess and a solution must be found before it gets even worse.” continued the source.

Gor Mahia will only be allowed back into the office once the arrears are settled.

We can only negotiate with them if they pay the arrears in full. We have been patient enough and the only way we can get them to pay maybe is by denying them access to the office and that is what we did last week…closing the offices.”

This fiasco brings into sharp relief the fact that though this club was formed in 1968, it is still run in a very amateurish manner. Other teams across with a similar history across Africa are far more advanced. Most have their own officers e.g. the Tanzanian giants Yanga and Simba,

 

Yanga FC office in Dar es Salaam

Most have their own training grounds like the Adako Jarchie training ground that is owned by Asante Kotoko. Some even have their own stadia such as the spectacular TP Mazembe stadium in Lubumbashi, Katanga in the Democtratic republic of Congo

TP Mazembe stadium

Gor Mahia still pays hefty amounts to rent training grounds and offices. They also lose a significant amount of the gate collections to each stadium they play in. When the players need gym facilities, they typically rent the Mathare United gym facilities.

Yet two decades ago, the then President Daniel arap Moi gave Gor Mahia a piece of prime land first at Kasarani then at Embakassi.

And how does one explain the fact that the club has almost a dozen officials and still does not have the presence of mind to pay the rent on time?


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20 Feb 17

Gor Mahia coach Jose Ferreira aka Ze Maria has sought to assuage the concerns of Kogalo faithful over the poor results recorded by the team during the 2017 pre-season.

Under pressure from fans, Ze Maria wants fans not to lose faith. According to him, pre-season matches are used to try out new players, new strategies and to experiment.

“I know that friendly matches are used to gauge a team’s preparedness, but they can also be used as a platform to test the things that work and those that don’t. We are in preseason and as you know, there are a few new players who have joined us.” he said to the KPL website.

He also insisted that things will be different when the league starts.

“That means that we have to find the right balance to ensure that we are able to make a good start in the league and sustain that performance until the end of the season. The fans shouldn’t get worried at all by these results. Things shall be different when the league commences,” he assured.

Gor Mahia’s first three losses came against strong opposition in the form of Al Hilal of Sudan, Thika United and Onduparaka of Uganda. Another loss which was perhaps the most shocking came against Administration Police.  The two wins came against lower tier opposition in the form of Wazito FC.

Indeed if coaches are judged on pre-season results then they will all resort to playing mediocre opposition which will not prepare them for the rigors of the season. For this reason, the club EC has decided not to judge Ze Maria on recent results. The rubber will meet the road when the league finally starts.


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19 Feb 17

Gor Mahia recorded their first win of the 2017 pre-season when they beat Wazito FC 2-1. The match was played at Camp Toyoyo Where the first team failed, Ze Maria fielded a second string side. They did not disappoint him. The score at halftime was 1-1 with a Gor Mahia’s goal coming from Oliver Maloba. When it appeared Kogalo were set for another disappointing result, Anthony Mbugua scored the winner.

In another match at the same venue, the Gor Mahia first unit beat FIN FA by a score of 5-0

 


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16 Feb 17

Gor Mahia’s pre-season struggles continued when they were beaten 3-2 by lower tier side Administration Police at Camp Toyoyo on Thursday.

Gor Mahia were leading 2-1 thanks to goals from Godfrey  Walusimbi in the 20th minute and George Odhiambo “Blackberry” But the APs came storming back with Kevin Omondi scoring twice and orchestrating a 3-2 win.

It continues a pattern of former Gor Mahia players playing their best games against their former club. New signing Teddy Osok who had been dropped by Kogalo U19, won his way back when he played a brillian match against the Kogalo U19 team. Former striker Ballotieno also gave the club a torrid time in a friendly match played last year.

It was Gor Mahia’s 4th pre-season friendly and 4th straight loss. It is bound to put more pressure on the technical staff especially Ze Maria who has yet to find a winning formula.

 


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16 Feb 17

Frank Nuttall and Zdravko Logarusic have been appointed to coach the two most prominent Ghanaian teams. Nuttall was appointed to coach Hearts of Oak a team that has won the Africa champions cup in 2000 and the CAF Confederations cup in 2004.  He took to his social media pages to announce his new position.

”Very happy to announce that I have been appointed as Head Coach at Accra Hearts of Oak in Ghana. Looking forward to the challenge ahead!” he said.

Logarusic for his part was appointed to coach Asante Kotoko which is perhaps the most famous Ghanaian club. They won the old Africa champions cup in 1970 and 1983.


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15 Feb 17

Kagere scored against AP in 2015

Gor Mahia will play lower tier side Administration Police in a friendly match. According to goal.com, the friendly will kick off  at Camp Toyoyo on Thursday at 2pm.

A friendly against a lower tier team is perhaps what Ze Maria needs to reduce the pressure on his shoulders and boost the team’s confidence. He has been under pressure because Kogalo have lost three friendly matches against Al Hilal, Thika United and Onduparaka.

The last time Kogalo played the APs was in 2015 in a GoTV shield match. Gor Mahia won 3-1 with goals from George Odhiambo “Blackberry” (2) and Meddie Kagere.

According to goal.com, a friendly against Coast-based Mwatate United FC is also planned

Stewards cause mayhem at club meeting

A group of former Gor Mahia stewards stormed a meeting of officials and newly appointed stewards and physically accosted the Gor Mahia officials. According to the report that appeared in the Standard, one official is said to have fired a group of stewards who have been serving the club for the past three seasons, and consequently hired a new group. When the meeting between the new stewards and the select group of officials was taking place, the other group stormed the offices to cause mayhem,” the source said.

“It is about control of the gate collections. Stewards manage the gates and at times control who enters the stadium. Any Gor Mahia game realizes atleast Sh1 million from the game. Do the maths,” the source added.

The stewards numbering about six, stormed the meeting and rained slaps, kicks and blows on officials. But apparently no one was seriously hurt.

Afterwards, Judith Nyangi posted this message in her social media pages:

Stewards fall under my docket and it was disbanded on Saturday during the branch officials meeting.Gor belongs to fans and branches not a group of people. There has been two factions of stewards who have been fighting for power and that’s why I took the action of disbanding. Every branch was to forward two names each to me for new stewards.You cannot stop change and that’s the bitter truth.
#mbelepamoja
#wangoremawahero


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15 Feb 17

Jolawi Obondo

Gor Mahia team manager Jolawi Obondo is alleging that the allegations of lack of transparency leveled by FIFA are part of a scheme by FKF to undermine the club.

Obondo told Citizen sports that the simmering feud between Football Kenya Federation (FKF) President, Nick Mwendwa and the club chairman; Ambrose Rachier could be behind the inviting of the Fifa official to frustrate K’Ogalo.

The Team Manager added they were ready to work with the Fifa official in whatever they want to know about the club citing the abrupt visit as a ‘non explosive time bomb’.

Obondo who has served long in his capacity declared, “We are very transparent in our dealings and our records are in order.”

AFC Leopards for their part blamed the previous regime. Secretary General, Oscar Igaida, is insisting they only inherited what is being alleged.

“Those are allegations that touch on an activity that took place two years ago and we were not in the office. The person who was running the system at the time is Asava Kadima and so we will call him to come and clarify,” Igaida maintained.

Igaida blamed Fifa and FKF for the short notice saying that the club first needs to find out which players were sold without the money being channelled to the club’s account.

Why Gor Mahia chose Willis Ochieng

In selecting a coach to replace Mathew Ottamax, it came down to a choice between Charles Omondi “Korea” and Willis Ochieng. The latter was chosen due to his lower demands.

“You know, both of them were qualified for the job but at the end of the day only one was to be appointed. We almost appointed ‘Korea’ but he quoted a relatively higher amount of salary which we could not easily afford,” said Ambrose Rachier to goal.com

Whereas Ochieng never played for Gor Mahia, Korea had two stints at Gor Mahia. He joined Gor Mahia in 1990 before leaving for Kisumu Posta in 1992. He then returned again in 1994 before leaving again the following year.


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14 Feb 17

The Fifa Ethics Committee has opened investigations on three Kenyan Premier League (KPL) clubs (Gor Mahia, AFC and Sofapaka) over alleged irregularities on past player transfers according to the Standard. The three clubs will meet with the head of Integrity and Compliance Kimberly Morris next week. The Standard report says that the investigations have to do with the fact that on some occasions, the clubs have not been receiving money in their accounts on some player transfers.

“The Ethics Commission is concerned that while the three teams have been selling players the money has not been coming into their club accounts and they want to find out what has been happening,” said our source. Gor Mahia acting Chief Executive Lodvick Aduda confirmed the club has been summoned to meet the Fifa officials, but insisted they have nothing to fear.

“The fact is all the international transfers that we have done in the last two years were captured on the Transfer Manager System (TMS) of the federation. We can account for every player sold during that period and therefore we have nothing to hide,” Adda said to the Standard.

Before the meeting with Fifa officials, Gor Mahia have been asked to submit to FKF their financial statements for the last two years which Aduda has confirmed they have done so.

Doubts, however, still remain on exactly how much the club received for the sale of Khalid Aucho to South African club Baroka this year. Sources say the South African club paid an official of the club cash money instead of depositing it into Gor Mahia’s account and this among other cases may have drawn the interest of Fifa.

In September of last year,Gor Mahia announced that they had received Ksh 1.6 million from Baroka FC of South Africa as Aucho’s transfer fee. As for Ali Abondo, the club announced that he had left for free despite still having a yer left on his contract.

Ze Maria calling for quick resolution to impasse

Gor Mahia coach Ze Maria is concerned about his player’s focus and is calling for a quick resolution to the impasse between KPL and FKF.

“We were prepared to start and we now feel disorganized. When finishing the pre-season training, you mentally and physically condition your players for a strong start but their minds have now drifting elsewhere. We didn’t expect the two bodies to spend a lot of time in settling whatever is stopping the league. I hope they will agree as soon as possible so that we get started. We are already late and the delays will spill over into our fixtures through the season,” the former Brazilian international stated.” he said to Citizens sports.

Ze Maria has no problem playing in an 18 team league so long as logistics are taken care of.
“I played in Italy where the top-flight is 20 clubs, so 18 teams in a league is not a big deal. What matters is the organization of the same. For example do we have enough funding for our teams? Can we fly our teams from Mombasa to Nairobi or to Kisumu?. In European countries, when it is very hot, teams schedule their matches at night but here we don’t have capacity in of most our stadia to play at night. Basically with improved general environment of the local sport going to as many teams as 20 won’t be an issue,” he continued.

In one of his first coaching positions, Ze Maria coached a team whose logistics were so poor that fans would at times donate their own cars to ferry players from one town to another.

Stadia closed for renovations

Speaking of stadia, all the Nairobi based teams will need to find alternate venues for their matches because Kasarani, Nyayo and City stadium will be closed for renovations. Kasarani is being renovated for the IAAF World Under-18 Championships in July. Nyayo is being renovated for the 2018 CHAN. City stadium has been closed since last year though renovations there have yet to start.

“For Gor Mahia and Leopards games which are classified as high risk, the alternative venues are Afraha stadium in Nakuru County and Machakos stadium,” said Jack Oguda, the Kenya Premier League CEO to the Nation.

The other Nairobi based teams will play at Camp Toyoyo, Ruaraka and Naivasha.

Willis Ochieng to replace Ottamax

Gor Mahia have officially hired former national team goalkeeper Willis Ochieng to replace Mathew Ottamax.

“We have appointed Ochieng’ (Willis) as our new goalkeeper trainer and we believe that he will deliver in the docket.” said Ambrose Rachier to goal.com

Ochieng previously worked in the same capacity for Zoo Kericho and Western Stima. As a player, he is one of the most experienced goalkeepers Kenya has ever produced. Locally he played for Chemelil Sugar, Mumias Sugar and the national team. Abroad, he played for Free State stars in South Africa, Skelleftea in Sweden, Marienham in Finland and Simba of Tanzania. While in Finland he was implicated in a bribery scandal.

Ottamax was left out of the team that traveled to Sudan in January amid reports that he was not getting along with Ze Maria. In 2016, reports emerged that he had been fired by Ze Maria only for chairman Rachier to intervene and reinstate Ottamax.

 

 


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