24 Sep 18

Gor Mahia secretary general Ben Omondi confirmed on his social media pages that all salaries for the month of August have been settled. Omondi thanked Sportpesa for coming to the club’s aid. According to Omondi, Sportpesa has already paid the club all the money due in 2018. Which would leave fans wondering where money for September salary will come from.

Omondi also said that claims that the club had received the Walusimbi transfer fee and that it had gone into a fake account were not true. The allegation had been made by Judith Nyangi. According to Omondi

Rachier to address media

Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier to address the media

The chairman will today Monday 24, September 2018 have a session with the media to address all the issues that have been happening at Gor Mahia in the last few weeks at 680 Hotel, Nairobi from 11:00 am.

WHAT: Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier to address the media

WHERE: 680 Hotel, Nairobi

WHEN: 24th September, 2018

TIME: 11:00 am

Kindly send a crew to cover the event.

Thanks.


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22 Sep 18

Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier has written a stern letter to Kaizer Chiefs seeking payment of the agreed upon transfer fee for Godfrey Walusimbi. In a letter posted on goal.com, Rachier gives Kaizer 10 days to pay.

“We in conformity with Article 12b (3) of the Fifa regulations on the status and transfer of players are putting Kaizer Chiefs in default of payment (overdue payables) and if the payment is not received within the next ten days from the date of this notice, we will scale this matter before the competent body at Fifa without further notice.” the letter says.

Kaizer Chiefs had earlier stated that they already sent the money but Rachier is adamant that the transaction did not go through

“Our bankers have established from Nedbank that as opposed to your claim that money was sent to them, it was returned to your bank, and no such transfer ever took place in the first instance. Our request to you to show documentary proof of your claims have equally not been forthcoming.” continues the letter.

Fans save Shakava from being evicted

Gor Mahia organizing secretary Judith Nyangi announced in her social media pages that fans came to the rescue of Gor Mahia skipper Harun Shakava who was about to be evicted. They paid his rent for this month. A report in Nairobi news states that Shakava’s rent is Ksh 28,000 and fans raised Ksh 28,000.

“Thanks so much Dandora sharp corner branch for paying rent for Harun Shakava,” said Nyangi.

On Wednesday, coach Dylan Kerr told the media that Shakava did not play the match, which Gor Mahia lost 2-0, because his house in Nairobi had been locked for defaulting on rent payment.

Sportpesa advance money to bailout Gor Mahia

Sportpesa CEO Karauri has announced that they will give Kogalo an advance to help them meet August salaries which have not been paid.

“We haven’t gotten to the bottom of it (crisis), we will be meeting the clubs leadership next week but we are giving them some of the sponsorship money in advance to take care of whatever issues they have for now. Actually it’s just some money that was due at the end of the month, but we will be sending it over to them immediately.” said Karauri to Nairobi news.

Earlier Gor Mahia CEO Lordvick Aduda admitted that August salaries were late.
“We regret the delay in payment of August salaries but we request the players to bare with the situation and adhere to the contracts they’ve signed with the club as we tussle to rectify whatever has cost the delay,” he told Nairobi news.

 


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21 Sep 18


A report on goal.com suggests that the Gor Mahia players are fed up with the club for non-payment of dues and some key players have asked for release letters.
Additional reporting from goal.com
The situation at Kenyan champions Gor Mahia is becoming messy after four players handed in release letters to quit the giants.

This comes just a day after K’Ogalo lost their fourth straight match in all competitions after going down 2-0 to Ulinzi Stars. It was Gor Mahia’s third defeat in the league, having succumbed 2-1 to Bandari and by a solitary goal to relegation bound Thika United.

A source within the club has now told Goal that captain Harun Shakava is among the four players, who have shown their desire to quit the club at the end of the season. “As we speak, four players have handed in their transfer requests, and the same letters have already reached the club chairman.”
Goal understands the other three players include defender Charles Momanyi, midfielder Humphrey Mieno and Francis Kahata. “They are fed up, they are not ready to continue suffering, they have made a decision and it is now upon the club to act accordingly.”

When reached for comment, Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr denied knowledge of the players’ asking to ditch K’Ogalo. “You are telling me something that I don’t understand and I honestly haven’t heard anything to do with any letters.”

On Wednesday after the match against Ulinzi Stars, Gor Mahia players were given Sh15, 000 by the Team Manager that was shared amongst the players


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19 Sep 18

Gor Mahia’s poor form continued as they went down 0-2 to Ulinzi on Wednesday amid reports of player strikes.

Additional reporting from futaa.com

After five years and in 10 games, Ulinzi Stars have finally managed to beat Gor Mahia in the league, this coming afterThe Soldiers registered a 2-0 win over K’Ogalo courtesy of a brace from Elvis Nandwa in a Kenyan Premier League (KPL) game staged at the Machakos Stadium on Wednesday 19th September.

Opening exchanges

Gor Mahia started on a slow note probably due to their go slow that has seen their players abscond training for days now. Ulinzi could have easily been 1-0 up in the 16th minute when Elvis Nandwa’s shot was cleared off the line by Charles Momanyi. Ulinzi went close again in four minutes later when Enosh Ochieng’s header drew a last minute save from Peter Odhiambo.

Ulinzi goal

Ephrem Guikan then missed the K’Ogallo’s best chance of the half when Onguso threaded a through pass but his effort went wide when he had only the keeper to beat. Ulinzi took the lead in the 36th minute through Elvis Nandwa as he pounced on an error by Peter Odhiambo who punched Dan Waweru’s shot onto the path of Nandwa. Ulinzi went into the halftime break leading 1-0.

Nandwa brace

Ulinzi continued to press their foot on the gas after the resumption and got a two-goal cushion in the 47th minute with Elvis Nandwa bagging his brace, firing his shot past Peter Odhiambo after Elijah Mwania played him through on goal. The goal marks Nandwa’s ninth goal of the season which is a good return for a midfielder.

Masuta miss

Substitute Masita Masita produced a contender for miss of the season when he beat the onrushing Odhiambo in goal and was left with a gaping goal to pick his spot but his effort found the upright. Ulinzi Stars held on for a historic win over Gor Mahia.

Gor Mahia XI: Peter Odhiambo (GK), Wellington Ochieng, Wesley Onguso(Raphael Asudi), Joachim Oluoch, Charles Momanyi , Cercidy Okeyo, Karim Nizigiyimana(Boniface Omondi), Kevin Omondi(Francis Mustapha), Jacques Tuyisenge, Ephrem Guikan and Innocent Wafula.

Unused Subs: Shabaan Odhoji (GK), Stephen Okiro.

 

Ulinzi Stars XI: Timothy Odhiambo (GK), Hamisi Abdalla, Hassan Mohamed (c), Boniface Andayi(Churchil Muloma), Harun Mwale, George Omondi, Daniel Waweru(Cliff Kasuti), Ibrahim Shambi, Elijah Mwanzia(Masita Masuta), Elvis Nandwa, Enosh Ochieng.

Unsued Subs: James Saruni (GK), Cylus Shitote, Bernard Ongoma, Omar Boraafya.

 


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18 Sep 18

The 2018 Kenya Premier League will now be formally presented to Gor Mahia in Kisumu. The event will be held on September 30th during the match against Mathare United. This according to the club’s organizing secretary Judith Nyangi.

“Gor Vs Mathare match has been moved to Moi Stadium Kisumu on Sunday 30/09/2018 at 2pm. Early kick off has been decided upon to allow for enough time for trophy presentation.” said Nyangi on her social media pages.

The trophy presentation had earlier been planned for Machakos, much to the chagrin of many fans and even coach Dylan Kerr spoke out against that plan.

“The club’s majority of fans, since I have been at Gor Mahia, have come out in force in Kisumu,” Kerr told Goal in an interview. So as a football fan, this is where it should be held to thank them for the amazing support, but again that is in no way being disrespectful to all our fans all over Kenya.” said Kerr

Much like Len Julians did 35 years ago, Kerr has marveled at the passion of Kisumu based fans.

“And when we have games outside of Kisumu, many of our fans from Kisumu travel to support us be it Nairobi, Nakuru, Narok or even Machakos.” he concluded.

Gor Mahia and others chasing Abdallah Hassan

Bandari attacker, Abdallah Hassan told ESPN that Gor Mahia, AFC Leopards and Tusker have all approached him.

“There’s interest from other clubs,” the forward said after Bandari’s league game against Zoo Kericho this weekend. “Gor Mahia, AFC Leopards and Tusker have all contacted me over a transfer. This makes me happy because it means that I have been performing well.”

Hassan has been a revelation this season, and even caught the eye of national team coach Sebastian Migne, culminating in his national team debut against Malawi last week. There he was credited with the assist that led to Kahata’s goal, following a cross from Eric Ouma.

Hassan is committed to Bandari for now.

“My dream is to play in Europe,” he continued. “I wouldn’t want to join another local club.

“Bandari has helped shape my career and I wouldn’t play against Bandari in the Kenyan Premier League,’ he continued. “For now, I am a Bandari player and I am committed to the club, we will see what happens at the end of the season.” he concluded.

In 2014, Kogalo obtained the services of another high profile Bandari player in Shaban Kenga. He played for six months on loan before being recalled by Bandari.

Kerr Mugged on Saturday

Additional reporting from the Standard.

Love for selfies and an open arm for all left Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr nursing bruises after the Briton fell prey to daring Nairobi thugs last weekend.

Kerr, who was in the company of friends, including a young lady, was attacked after leaving a club along Ngong Road. The attack came moments after he had watched the international boxing match between Kenyan Fatuma Zarika and Mexican pugilist Yamileth Marcado last Saturday.
Kerr said the security guys at the club did not help them, and instead demanded money to help them get back their phones [Courtesy]

According to Kerr, who was forced into a temporary ‘blackout’ after he lost two expensive mobile phones, including an iPhone in the incident, a group of youth tricked him with a selfie request before descending on him and his friends.

“This is the first time in Kenya that I have been attacked and lost a phone. I don’t deny people selfies even if it is a 1,000 times. I wonder why someone would go into all that trouble for an old Blackberry phone,” Kerr told The Nairobian. The coach said they were forced to rush one of his friends to hospital after he was injured.

Kerr said the security guys at the club did not help them, and instead demanded money to help them get back their phones.

“I reported the matter to the security officer at the club, but they asked for money, so I never even bothered to proceed to the police (station) to make a report,”

But the club condemned the incident and distanced themselves from any blame saying the incident took place outside the club. “Our security officers are responsible and have always handled any incident professionally, but if any of their staff are found to have colluded with the attackers, disciplinary measures will be taken against them,” said the customer care official at the club.

The event has apparently not dampened Kerr’s enthusiasm for roaming the streets of Nairobi has he spoke about walking from Kileleshawa to Camp Toyoyo while taking selfies with fans along the way.


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16 Sep 18

Gor Mahia, having already wrapped up their 17th league title, went down 0-1 to Thika United at Thika stadium on Sunday.
Additional reporting from futaa.com
Gor Mahia suffered their third consecutive loss in all competitions after being stunned by Thika United who eased their relegation woes with the win in a Kenyan Premier League (KPL) match staged at the Thika Sub County Stadium on Sunday 16th September.
Early exchanges

With Gor Mahia missing the services of players who were on their respective national team duties bar Francis Mustapha, Dylan Kerr set up an interesting line up with Francis Mustapha partnering with Humphrey Mieno in midfield and defender Joakim Olouch leading the attack line with Jacques Tuyisenge. Chances were few and far between with both sides limited to long range shots that seldom found the target.
Idah yellow

Wellington Ochieng came close in the 35th minute when his long cross from the right flank found the cross bar. Sosthenes Idah was shown a yellow card in the 42nd minute after bringing down Tuyisenge at the edge of the penalty area but Onguso blasted the resultant free kick wide over the bar. Both teams went into the half time break locked in a barren draw.
Second half

In the 52nd minute Kerr looked to his bench bringing on a double substitution with Joakim Olouch making way for Bernard Ondiek and former Chemelil Sugar midfielder Innocent Wafula replaced Samuel Onyango. Gabriel Njoroge also introduced the duo of James Kinyanjui and Richard Kang’ethe for Benson Iregi and Haji Mwachoki.

Thika United were finally rewarded for the their sustained pressure in the 62nd minute when Michael Odongo fired them into the lead after tapping in James Kinyanjui’s purried shot. Kerr exhausted his substitutions in the 73rd minute when he brought in Kevin Omondi in place of Boniface Omondi. Gor Mahia thought they had pulled level in the 82nd minute when Kevin Omondi’s free kick was punched onto the path of Mustapha, whose shot hit the upright before being gathered by the goalkeeper before crossing the line. Thika withered the late storm by Gor to secure three precious points.
 


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14 Sep 18


Coach Dylan Kerr has confirmed via his social media accounts that he did not say Muguna and Musa Mohamed would never play for Kogalo while he was coach.

Additional reporting from the Star
Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr has quashed claims that his former players Musa Mohammed and Kenneth Muguna are unwelcome returnees to the club.

The duo left Gor early this year in search of greener pastures to Albanian side, FK Tirana but failed to adapt to the Albanian league where Musa was the first casualty returning home six months after the switch before Muguna followed the five months later.

The exit of Musa at Gor has since turned to be a blessing for Joash Onyango who broke into the first team as his replacement and has soared to win the heart of Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne, who prefers to pair him alongside Musa at the heart of the defence.

On the other hand, former Tusker midfielder Humphrey Mieno easily filled Muguna’s shoes, thanks to his vast experience.

After struggling in Albania and eventually being rendered club-less, the two were heavily linked with a return to Gor but Musa opted for the Zambian league where he penned a contract with Nkana Red Devils but Muguna still remains club-less .

Recently Musa had been reported as unhappy in the Zambian league and was linked with a return to Gor alongside Muguna amid reports that Kerr had turned them down citing depth in his team.

However, the Briton has denied slamming the door on his former players and insists that they were welcome to rejoin his camp. He heavily criticised the author of the article which reported that there was no room for the two Kenyan internationals for being unprofessional.

He said: “I have never said there was no room for Musa and Muguna in my team. I have read it online where they have quoted me, saying that the two are surplus to requirement should they return which is incorrect. It is wrong and it taints my reputation to misquote me and I think it was malicious for the writer to act in such a way. The two can rejoin us if they are available. They did a good job for the short time I worked with them and although I have replaced them, I still believe they have something to offer to the team.”

Kerr further said the article had ignited rivalry with Musa as he no longer answers his calls. He also took issue with Muguna’s agent for demanding high sign on fee.

“Musa has seen the article and its unfortunate he doesn’t pick my calls. I wanted to apologise to him but it’s sad I can’t reach him, thanks to the rivalry created by the author. I am also unhappy with Muguna’s agent for demanding high sign on fee yet he was aware the club is facing financial struggles.”


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12 Sep 18


Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr is disinterested in re-signing Kenneth Muguna and Musa Mohamed. Earlier reports indicated that Muguna was on his way back to the club, a move that was welcomed by many fans.

Additional reporting from Citizen Sports
Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr has slammed the door on Musa Mohamed and Kenneth Mohamed effectively blocking their potential return to the club.

In an interview with Citizen Digital, the Briton coach claimed that the duo were duped to ditch Gor, with the promise of better salaries at KF Tirana of Albania noting that there is no chance of them of returning to K’Ogalo .

Kerr’s sentiments contradict the stance of club deputy secretary Ronald Ngala who in a separate interview said that Muguna had signaled his desire to return to the Kenyan champions.

“He shouldn’t even be back in the first place. They paid a lot of money to acquire him… we cannot help Muguna … because it was his own decision to ditch Gor Mahia,’’ Kerr stated.
Kerr added that Musa Mohamed “made a mistake” and was duped to leave the club with empty promises of playing for bigger clubs in Europe.

‘’I have many good players and my main agenda is to make them better. Where will I take my players who currently make my squad? I want to nurture them and better their forms other than go for new players,”Kerr said.

The Briton who has led Gor to two successive League titles, Cecafa Club Championship semi finals and to the Caf- Confederations group stages is on record saying he has enough players for any assignment.

Musa Mohamed and Kenneth Muguna ditched Gor at the beginning of the season to join Gor’s former coach Fereira Marcelo ‘’Ze Maria’’ at Tirana in Albania but the honey moon failed to last as they failed to impress.

Mohamed currently plies his trade in the Zambian Premier League with Nkana Red Devils and it remains unclear if he settled at the club.

 


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11 Sep 18

The Kenyan national team Harambee stars beat their Malawian counterparts (Flames) 1-0 in a friendly match at Kasarani on Tuesday.

Additional reporting from the Nation
Francis Kahata tapped home from close range in the 78th minute as Harambee Stars made it two wins in a row edging Malawi 1-0 in an international friendly match at the Kasarani stadium on Tuesday.

This is the first victory for Stars against Malawi since September 2004 when Kenya saw off the Flames 3-2 at the same venue.

The two sides had battled to a goalless draw in a friendly match in April last year. Overall, Kenya has now won eleven times against Malawi in 51 meetings.

Stars had been subdued by a dominant Malawi side until Erick Ouma, who replaced Vasalund teammate Ovella Ochieng at the restart, initiated an attacking move with Abud Omar before delivering a perfect cross that Kahata tapped home past Malawi custodian Brighton Munthali.

The former Gor Mahia youngster had missed the target by a whisker in the 68th minute with his header from Joakins Atudo’s cross flying inches wide.

“I know his qualities, I didn’t wait for today to see what he can do for the team, he was one of the best players for us in India,” Kenya coach Sebastian Migne sang Ouma’s praises in his post-match comments.

His counterpart Ron Van Geneugden praised his boys despite the defeat.

TACTICAL CHANGES

“I think the game was even in the first half but Kenya made changes in the second half to be more offensive and that won them the game but towards the end I thought we deserved a penalty,” said the Malawi coach who has won only two of 17 matches since taking charge of the Flames.

Kenya coach Sebastian Migne made two changes to the team that edged Ghana 1-0 last Saturday in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier two days ago starting Joackins Atudo and Jesse Were in place of injured duo of Philemon Otieno and Michael Olunga.

Zambia based Were was however a last minute change after Olunga was ruled out minutes to the game.

The Flames, who fell 3-0 away to Morocco in a Group “B” qualifier, got the ball rolling and were the first to test Patrick Matasi in Kenya goal.

Musa Mohammed, captaining the side in the absence of Victor Wanyama and David “Calabar” Owino, fouled Richard Mbulu outside 18 but Gerald Phiri’s resultant free kick went wide on the eighth minute.

In the 14th minute, Dennis Odhiambo headed off target Francis Kahata’s corner kick after Mzava Limbikani had deflected Ovella Ochieng’s cross from the right flank.

The Kenyans donning their red home kit struggled to penetrate the Flames’ backline led by skipper Limbikani and John Lanjesi.

John Banda beat Abud Omar with pace on the left flank to float in a pin-point cross that Phiri attempted to connect home but he was denied by an alert Matasi who got his fingertips to the ball before Stars hacked the ball to safety.

Migne did a double change at the start of the second half resting Jesse Were for Sofapaka’s Pistone Mutamba and Ovella for Ouma with Malawi coach Ron Van Geneurden pulling out Richard Mbulu for Msowoya Chiukepo in the 54th minute.

Memory Lane
Malawi has always been a difficult team for Kenya to beat.

One memorable encounter was the qualifier for the 1990 Africa cup of Nations. After settling for a settling for a scoreless draw during the first leg in Nairobi, Harambee stars players led by captain Austin Oduor went on strike and refused to train citing unpaid allowances.

The issue was settled and travel arrangements hastily made. The Stars arrived in Lilongwe only a day before the return leg. However they ended beating Malawi 3-2 in front of their own fans with Gor Mahia ace Anthony Odhiambo Ndolo scoring twice.


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10 Sep 18

Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr attended the match between Harambee stars and the Ghana Black stars. After the match he was full of praise for three of his charges who played in the match.

On Joash Onyango, he said that the tackle that earned him a red card was necessary.

“I thought they were fantastic. Joash had to make that tackle. I have just been in the dressing room and I told him not to feel sorry. You made that tackle. You got red carded but you took one for the team. ” said Kerr.

Kerr was also full of praise for Kahata and Philemon Otieno.

“The players battled (after the team had been reduced to 10 men). Francis put in a great shift. Philemon unfortunately got injured in the first half and had to come off. But credit to my players. They had to dig deep to get that result.”

Kerr Supports Migne’s call for professionalism

Harambee stars coach Sebastian  Migne if furious about the lack of ‘professionalism’ in Kenyan football after Harambee Stars Captain Victor Wanyama and 13 other players failed to show up for the Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers against Ghana despite calling up a big provisional squad of 38 players.

Asked whether he supports Migne’s sentiments, Kerr said: “He’s got to understand that this is Kenya. This is how Kenyan football is. There are a lot of hard-working people, both in KPL and FKF. They are trying to make football here…it’s called professionalism. That has always been what we want. We sometimes find it hard to get.” he said to goal.com

Kerr blamed the KPL for his sides’ elimination from the CAF Confederations cup

“We lost a chance in Confederation because we were tired and were demanding that games get canceled, but it was going on deaf ears so I can understand his (Migne) issue, but that’s why we are here to try and change the mentality, try to help and progress going forward,”

“We are both football coaches and we want what’s best for the country and my club. If we work together and we have a plan-we make it more professional, then kids will grow up and they will understand what’s like to be a professional player and that’s what we ask. Be honest, be professional.” he continued


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