25 Oct 16

Gor Mahia’s Brazilian tactician Ze Maria has been a man besieged for the past two months or so. But relieves a coaches pressure than winning a derby. It also helps that the gap between Gor Mahia and leader’s Tusker went from 6 points to 4 points. And with three matches. left, Gor Mahia havea shot at the title. For the time being at least, Gor Mahia fans have put aside their lack of faith in the former Gor Mahia international.

Ze Maria for his part praised the players and credited the win to the good preparations that the team had this week.

“It was a great performance for the team and I congratulate them. We wanted to win the match and to get maximum points which we did. The players were focused and we also prepared well this week where we tried different things so the guys did well and I am very happy for the win from the match,” he stated to supersport.com

Gor Mahia were the better side throughout the game and created numerous chances coming close several times with players like Blackberry, Tuyisenge and Kagere. Youngster Eric Ouma was arguably man of the match, completely bottling the AFC attacker Buko whiule making numerous forays upfront. His well weighted cross found Agwanda in perfect position to score.

Skipper and long serving defender Musa Mohamed also thought that Gor Mahia deserved the win as he praised his team-mates.

“The game was very tough and I want to congratulate my teammates we fought so hard today and got a result we deserved although it was not easy, Tusker drawing gives us hope, we now have a chance to win title and we will fight till the final day he said to futaa.com

Musa also stressed the need for Gor Mahia to find consistency in order to have any chance at winning.

“It is true we’ve been inconsistent this season but I believe we can win our remaining games.  If we play like we played against Leopards then I believe we will win our remaining matches” he continued

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23 Oct 16

Gor Mahia beat arch rivals AFC Leopards for the first time since the Logarucic era
Additional reprting from goal.com
Gor Mahia revived their slim hopes of winning league title after they beat rivals AFC Leopards at Nyayo Stadium on Saturday

Gor Mahia defeated their fierce rivals AFC Leopards 2-0 in a hotly contested match played at Nyayo Stadium on Sunday.

This is a match that usually attracts massive crowd and Sunday was no different as fans of both the Green Army and Ingwe came in large numbers to cheer their respective sides.

K’Ogalo came into the battle knowing anything less than three points would kill their bid to defend their crown, with AFC Leopards also aware that maximum points were all the side needed to at least make a step forward into the top eight positions.

Gor Mahia, who were boosted with the return of Collins “Gattuso’ Okoth, started a brighter side of the two, threatening earlier on in the third minute as George Odhiambo was left free, but Jacques Tuyisenge failed to connect the resultant cross with the goal at his mercy. In the sixth minute, Karim Nizigiyimana was at it again, crossing the ball but Edwin Wafula cleared it.

Ingwe finally had a chance of their own in the eighth minute courtesy of Paul Kiongera, who hit a long range effort that went wide. As the first half continued, it was Gor Mahia, who looked the better side, threatening regularly, but was unable to get the ball into the back of the net.

At the stroke of half time, Gor Mahia won a corner that was delivered by Francis Kahata, but Tuyisenge hit the cross-bar with keeper Lucas Indeche well beaten, and the ball was put into a safe position by Wafula. After the break, AFC Leopards came stronger trying to break a stubborn Gor Mahia defense, and in the 55th minute, Paul Kiongera did well to go past Haron Shakava but he hurriedly released a pass in search of Kepha Aswan which defender Musa Mohammed did well save.

Gor Mahia continued pressing, with full backs Karim Nizigiyimana, and Eric Ouma bringing crosses that troubled Ingwe defense. However, it was Tuyisenge, who was brought down in the danger zone, and the referee had the easiest of decisions awarding Gor Mahia a penalty.

Meddie Kagere rose to the occasion, sending Indeche the wrong way to give K’Ogalo a deserved lead in the 64th minute.

AFC Leopards coach Ezekiel Akwana responded by bringing in Alfred Wekesa and Yusuf Suf in places of Simon Abuko and Andrew Tololwa, but it was substitute Enock Agwanda, who had replaced Collins Okoth, who finished off Ingwe in the 83rd minute.

The former Sofapaka man hit the roof of the net, after Eric Ouma had floated in a wonderful cross from the right. The result puts the defending champions firmly in contention for the title, after Tusker were held to a 1-1 draw by Nairobi City Stars.

AFC Leopards: Lucas Indeche (GK) (C), Edwin Wafula, Cresten Mwanzo, Eugene Ambulwa, Joshua Mawira, Bernard Ongoma, Simon Abuko, Moussa Sissoko, Andrew Tololwa, Mungai Kiongera, Kepha Aswani.

Subs: Edwin Mukolwe (GK), Yakubu Ramadhan, Haroun Nyakha, Bernard Mangoli, Yusuf Suf, Alfred Wekesa, Jack Bruno.

Gor Mahia: 23. Bonface Oluoch -GK, 14. Karim Nzigiyimana, 5. Musa Mohammed (Cpt), 18. Haron Shakava, 21. Eric Ouma, 6. Collins Okoth, 8. Francis Kahata, 22. Maddie Kagere, 25. George Odhiambo, 9. Jacques Tuyisenge, 2. Godfrey Walusimbi.

Subs: 1. Jerim Onyango -GK, 4. Wellington Ochieng, 3. Abouba Sibomana, 11. Amos Nondi, 29. Innocent Wafula, 27. Jacob Keli, 24. Enock Agwanda.

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20 Oct 16

With Gor Mahia’s hopes of retaining the KPL title for a record fourth time having been significantly dimmed on Wednesday, attention will now shift to the Sunday encounter between the arch rivals Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards on Sunday.

This derby is important for Gor Mahia fans as they have not actually beaten Ingwe since Logarusic left. Last season Gor Mahia were likely on their way to defeating AFC in the second leg. Gor Mahia were awarded a penalty. As Meddie Kagere stepped forward to take the kick, Ingwe fans disrupted the match by pelting the goalmouth area with stones. The match was abandoned and Gor Mahia awarded the match 2-0.

And this year the match occurred just as Gor Mahia were in a significant dip in form. AFC won 1-0. It is for this reasons that the derby will be important for Kogalo fans. Coach Ze Maria who is coaching in his first derby will have been told about the significance of this match. AFC for their part aare buoyed by the arrival of a new coach in Stewart Hall.

Kickoff: Sunday 23-October-2016 15:00 at Nyayo Stadium

Ticketing Information

courtesy of futaa.com:
Fans will pay to watch Mashemeji Derby pitting AFC Leopards against Gor Mahia slated for Sunday 23 October through Mpesa service and not through paper tickets as has been the norm, Leopards have announced.

Ingwe will host Gor Mahia in a crunch KPL match with the bragging rights at stake when the two rivals face off.

Leopards had however decided to go paperless in ticketing for the derby and fans will pay to watch the match through Safaricom Mpesa service as confirmed by Ingwe through their social media pages.


-AFC Leopards SC NEC officially announces the sale of Mashemeji Derby tickets as below:
Vip tickets will be sold at Kshs. 1000 whereas Terraces will be sold at Kshs.300.
Tickets can be purchased through Paybill number : 964850, Account number 2316(VIP) and 2317(Terraces).
Tickets will go on sale as from today (Thursday 20/10/2016) 1800hrs to Sunday 23/10/2016, 1200 hrs. No manual tickets will be printed, the SMS confirmation message with the ticket number is sufficient. No tickets will be sold at the venue, read the post.


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19 Oct 16

Gor Mahia were held 2-2 by Western Stima in a midweek clash
Additional reporting from futaa.com
Substitute Bernard Ondiek denied Gor Mahia a chance to close the gap to four points with his late equalizer that ensured a 2-2 draw as Gor Mahia and Western Stima faced off in their midweek Kenyan Premier League match played at Nyayo National Stadium.

Godfrey Walusimbi had scored at the 75th minute heading in from an Innocent Wafula’s cross leaving Gor Mahia poised to win the match until Ondiek’s header came in the dying minutes of the game.

First goal

Western Stima came into this top of the table clash seeking the first win and first goal from Gor Mahia ever since May 2013 and it was Kenneth Muguna who launched the attack setting up former Gor forward Hubert Kopany who floated in a cross to waiting Kennedy Agogo Otieno. Otieno never disappointed as he sent the ball into the net just before halftime.

It was Gor Mahia who had a strong start and Godfrey Walusimbi was the first player to get a clear cut chance but shot over the post. He later set up Francis Kahata who also missed to find the target from the edge of the box.

First Stima chance

Western Stima later started responding as the 20th minute mark approached but Brian Marita was unable to dribble past Boniface Olouch. Otieno tried his luck but Olouch stood tall once again in goal to deny him. Towards the end of the first half both teams came up strongly but it was Stima’s efforts that paid off first.

Five minutes from halftime, Gor Mahia won a penalty after Jacques Tuyisenge was brought down in the 18 yard box. Enock Agwanda took it and sent Gabriel Andika the wrong way to equalize for Gor Mahia.


Gor Mahia remain second with 45 points, six behind leaders Tusker FC. Western Stima on the other hand are fourth with 41 points from 26 matches.

Gor Mahia Starting XI:
Boniface Oluoch (GK), Wellington Ochieng’, Haron Shakava, Musa Mohammed (Innocent Wafula), Erick Ouma, Anthony Mbugua (Collins Okoth), Francis Kahata, Godfrey Walusimbi, George Odhiambo, Jacques Tuyisenge, Enock Agwanda (Jacob Keli)

Unused Subs:
Fredrick Onyango (GK), Abouba Sibomana, Amos Nondi, Meddie Kagere

Western Stima Starting XI:
Gabriel Andika [GK], Dennis Sikhayi, Wesley Onguso, Maurice Ojwang, Joash Onyango, (Bernard Ondiek) Fredrick Shimonyo, Brian Marita,Kenneth Muguna, Hubert Kopany, Wesley Kemboi (Raymond Murugi), Kennedy Otieno

Unused Sub:
Levies Opiyo, Fredrick Nyarombo, Daniel Makachi, Victor Oduor,Kevin Okoth

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19 Oct 16

Beleagured coach Ze Maria has not given up on winning the 2016 Kenya Premier League is vowing to beat Tusker to the title against all odds.

“We promise to win the title for our fans. I promise because that’s my mentality. I never play to lose and I put this into the hearts of my players and they think like me, fight like me. We fight for the club,” a confident Ze Maria said to Capital Sports

The Brazilian tactician thinks Gor Mahia were the better side against Muhoroni but were just unlucky.

“Losing the top 8 was tough because we forced Muhoroni to play in their half. They scored the only opportunity they created because of our mistakes. Winning the league is important for our club and supporters and that’s our principal target,” said Ze Maria to capital sport.

Finishing has been a serious problem for Kogalo in the second half of the league and the coaching staff has not found a solution. Rwandese talismen Kagere and Tuyisenge have only scored one goal each in the second leg.

Gor Mahia take on Western Stima today


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18 Oct 16

Ocholla (right) during his playing days with Paul Ochieng

Ocholla (right) during his playing days with Paul Ochieng

In the aftermath of Gor Mahia’s  ignominious loss to Muhoroni Youth in the 2016 KPL Top 8, various reasons have advanced to explain Gor Mahia’s play which has been sub par in the second half of 2016.

Kogalo legend Tobias Ocholla “Jua Kali” insists that the club’s top brass are too busy politicking and are too focused on retaining their positions at the club’s forthcoming elections.

“Running a team involves everybody: from the office, technical bench and fans. At the moment only the coach and technical bench are focused on the on pitch issues and how to turn it around. The fraternity is on an election mood and not concentrating on the pitch and team’s performance. At this time the office should be close to the team and seeking to bring back the confidence. Far from that, people are going to the training ground to abuse the coach and heckle some players as under performers.” said Jua Kali according to futaa.com

Ocholla wants the club officials to put the elections aside until November 19 when the league will have been decided.

“Let’s politics after 19th of November when the league is over, we can campaign for the elections then In meantime let team concentrate and create a conducive environment for the team to at least hunt for a trophy.”

Indeed this year’s elections are the most critical in the club’s history as officials will be elected for a period of four years. However it is unlikely that this is what is causing the club’s poor performance.

Most observers place the blame squarely on the shoulders of Ze Maria. Former AFC Leopards coach Gilbert Selebwa is adamant that Ze Maria is out of his depth.

“Well, I do not think Ze Maria is the right man for Gor Mahia, you can tell from his tactics and fielding at times. He is solely the man to blame for K’Ogalo’s results, and I do not think the team will go far with him in charge, he is clueless.

Empty CV

When Ze Maria was hired, a club official said thus: “We have decided to hire Ze Maria because of his excellent CV. A closer look however reveals that the Ze Maria experiement was ill conceived. The Brazilian has coached only three teams and before he joined Gor Mahia, he had not held any job for more than 4 months. In 2010 He coached two teams in Italy’s Serie C and Serie D, Città Castello and Catanzaro. He did not last more than 5 months at either job. Then he went 5 years without a coaching position before surfacing at Romanian Top Tier in January of 2015. By April of that year he was fired due to a poor run that left the club in 15th position. Though it must be said that the president of Ceahlul is a volatile and impulsive.  He has hired and fired six other coaches since Ze Maria left almost two seasons ago.

Nevertheless with such a scanty coaching CV, hiring Ze Maria was always going to be a huge gamble. And the gamble has not paid off.

Fantoni apologizes


Fantoni looked dejected on Sunday

Fantoni looked dejected on Sunday

Gor Mahia physical fitness guru Sandro Fantoni has sought to apologize to fans for yet another lackadaisical performance and for what has been a disappointing season.

“We made a lot of chances at goal, we had opportunities to score but we did not and we lost the match. It is called soccer but now I’m very angry. Tusker is a good team and we hope we win the League for the supporters because they are very good people and we play for them. We fight in every match and this is the philosophy of Ze Maria that says in every match we fight and today we fought but we did not win.

-I am very sorry for the supporters because we did not win this trophy and we hope we win the league and the supporters know that we fight and we will do so to win the League.” said Fantoni according to futaa.com

Gor Mahia will play against Western Stima on Wednesday as they seek to keep pace with league leaders Tusker.

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16 Oct 16

Gor Mahia were stunned by Muhoroni, losing 0-1 and dashing any hopes of lifting silverware in 2016
Additional Reporting from Citizen Sports
Muhoroni Youth completed a stunning smash and grab 1-0 victory over titleholders Gor Mahia in the KPL Top 8 final marred by crowd trouble which saw the game halted for almost a quarter of an hour at Nairobi’s Nyayo National Stadium on Sunday.

Chaos descended when irate K’Ogalo fans set their ire on assistant referee Gilbert Cheruiyot accusing him of not being fair to the two-time winners of the knock-out tournament.

Missiles descended on the pitch as tear gas was lobbied to contain the in another shameful outbreak of hooliganism in domestic football that saw both sets of players dash for their changing rooms immediately after the final whistle with no presentation of the trophy and the Ksh1m prize to the winners possible.

South African pay television channel that was broadcasting the game live across Africa went off air moments later as trouble continued in the stands with defeat too painful to stomach for Gor supporter who saw the Top 8 as the only realistic stab at taking home a trophy this season with their hopes of defending their league crown fast receding.

Amid the rubble of anarchy, Muhoroni celebrated their first ever silverware when Kennedy Rono capitalised on a terrible mistake by the Gor defenders to pinch the ball and coolly round off captain Jerim Onyango for the winner.

His opposite number, Farouk Shikalo Miya put on a match-of-the-match performance to thwart the profligate K’Ogalo who spurned chance after chance to win the game by the margin of daylight before the sucker-punch against the run of play floored them.

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15 Oct 16

Gor Mahia lifted the trophy in 2015

Gor Mahia lifted the trophy in 2015

With the Kenya Premier League title seemingly drifting away from reach, the KPL Top 8 might be the last opportunity for Gor Mahia to redeem themselves
from what has been a disappointing season. They will take on Muhoroni Youth in the KPL Top 8 final on Sunday.

With Gor Mahia having inexplicably lost in the preliminary round of the Champions and having lost to second tier side Nzoia United in the GoTV shield, this could be the club’s last chance at silverware.

Coach Ze Maria is under pressure to perform after a series of below par performances. He has had nearly three weeks to work on the weaknesses in the playing unit but he knows Muhoroni Youth will not be easy.

“I don’t think anyone should say it will be easy for us. Any team that reaches the final of any tournament even if it is a one day tournament cannot be underrated; we can only do that at our own peril.” said Ze Maria to Citizen Sports.

Muhoroni have had a lot of internal turmoil with players accusing management of poor treatment. Lead striker Wycliffe Ochomo was suspended indefinitely for abandoning his duties. But Ronald Ngala is aware that

“Muhoroni are a very good side, to qualify for the final they had a fine run scoring four goals and conceding only one. We scored four and conceded none, evidently showing they almost match us strength wise. This means the best prepared team will carry the day,” Gor general secretary, Ronald Ngala offered.

Muhoroni are coached by former Gor Mahia and Harambee Stars midfielder Tom Juma. The dimunitive midfielder who was known as a tireless box to box midfielder during his playiong days, has vowed that his side will not miss Ochomo.

“Most people rate us the underdogs but we know we are worthy opponents and that’s why we are in the final. We are going for nothing less than a win, names won’t matter here, and it will be a matter of what we do in the 90 minutes.

“We have put the departure of Ochomo behind us. We have Moses Arita and Lwamba Bebeto who are very experienced and capable of getting us goals,” he said.

To get to the finals, Gor Mahia eliminated Ushuru FC 1-0 and beat Tusker 3-0 on aggregate. Muhoroni for their part beat Sofapaka 3-0 and Ulinzi on goal aggregate. Gor Mahia have won this tournament twice, in 2012 and in 2015.

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13 Oct 16

Gor Mahia club chairman Ambrose Rachier says the executive committe has settled on December 11 as the date for the club’s annual general meeting of which club elections will be part of the agenda.

Rachier suggested that he wanted to first settle on a new constitution that will comply with the Kenya Sports Act and CAF licensing regulations. But he is being hurried into elections.

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11 Oct 16

In the latest saga regarding the much awaited Gor Mahia elections, constitutional reform and special general meeting, Chairman Ambrose Rachier has categorically stated that the SGM which was scheduled for last Sunday but failed to take off, was not called by the club.
Additional reporting from goal.com
K’Ogalo chairman Ambrose Rachier reveals to Goal that they did not convene for SGM saying it was done by branches

Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier has distanced himself from Sunday meeting which was reportedly interrupted by ‘goons’.

Branch officials and club’s aspirants in upcoming elections assembled in order to scrutinize the draft constitution but their mission was not accomplished due to unavailability of draft’s copies.

Chairmanship aspirant Dan Oketch categorically told Goal that the incumbent chairman (Ambrose Rachier) deliberately failed to avail the document and instead sent ‘goons’ to interrupt proceedings forcing the meeting to abort.

Chaos as Gor Mahia SGM aborts

However, in his response, Rachier has asserted that the club’s administration did not call for an SGM and that the meeting held on Sunday was purely called by branch officials with the aim of going through the draft constitution. Rachier added that the club is keen on setting up a proper road map towards elections with SGM being the main agenda on the table.

“Sunday meeting that aborted was not an SGM as was widely misunderstood. Branch officials are the ones, who saw it prudent to convene a meeting so as to scrutinize our draft constitution ahead of SGM. We are working round the clock to set a date for the SGM after we postponed it,” he told Goal.

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