16 Nov 17

Gor Mahia’s Scottish tactician Dylan Kerr has been voted Fidelity Insurance Coach of the Month Award for September.
The month of September was crucial in securing Gor Mahia’s 16th title. During this period, Kogalo won 5 games and drew one.

 

Date   Opponent   Score  
Sept-30 Bandari 3-1
Sept-27 Sofapaka 2-1
Sept-23 Tusker 2-0
Sept-17 Thika Utd 0-0
Sep-14 Chemelil Sugar 3-0
Sep-9 Nzoia United 4-0

Kerr credited success to the combined efforts of technical staff and players

“It has taken combined effort from the players, staff and club officials for Gor Mahia to play how it did and we can only get better. We have identified players and areas to strengthen so we are due to sit down as a club and make decisions, the right ones for next season’s busy schedule,” he said to Citizen sports

Kerr reiterated the fact that he focused on taking Kogalo to greater heights at continental level.

“I’m not going anywhere. I have a commitment to Gor Mahia and my focus is on building the team for next year’s CAF Champions League and another premier league medal. We have worked hard this season and will definitely put in more effort to perform better,” the tactician said to Citizen sports.

Kerr like others is appalled by poor attendance of KPL matches and wants KPL to do something.
“The Kenyan league is big and should be supported more. The league organizers and federation should do more to market the league to bring fans to stadium. It’s really disheartening to see 22 fans in the stadium and thousands of empty seats yet the football served is of high quality. Something must be done to rectify that.” he said

And unlike 2014 when Kogalo lost their match to KCB after the trophy presentation, Kerr wants to keeep players focused.

“Our last game should be thrilling and we have worked on it without any complacency of having won the title. We want to play well and win for our fans. That way lifting the title feels good. Losing a match then walking to collect winners’ medals does not feel right so we have to win that game,” he concluded.


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14 Nov 17

Gor Mahia official Judith Nyangi has released the program for this weekend on the club’s social media pages:

This was her post:

Friday 17th: Kisumu roadshow
Saturday 18th: morning hours Wuontimbe arrives by air to stadium.
Musa Jakadalla entertainment from 10am.
Match kicks off at 2pm.
4.15 trophy presentation.
Gate charges 600 (main stand). 300 (terraces).

Gor Mahia will be playing SoNy Sugar at Moi stadium Kisumu on Saturday.

CEO Ludocvick Aduda explained why Kisumu was chosen.

“Since Nyayo Stadium is under construction, we have Kisumu registered as our alternative match venue and in this case, we thought that is the most suitable venue for the big day,” Aduda told The Standard Sports.

Aduda also pleased with fans not to run into the field

“It will be a big day for the players and technical staffs and we are humbly requesting fans to give them good space and time to enjoy their moment because ahead of the achievement, there were indeed a lot of sacrifices from the team and it will be an important moment in their football career. To give them easy time to take pictures and enjoy with their families if they like will be the most appropriate thing. Fans can join later on after they have had their moments,” he added.


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14 Nov 17

Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr surprised the Kenyan public on Monday when he got a tattoo of the club’s logo on his leg. The tattoo was curved into his leg at a tatoo parlour on Moi avenue.

Some Kenyans questioned the wisdom of a tattoo considering that he is not going to be at the club forever. Kerr answered that question.

“It’s there to stay. Its there for history. This is a fantastic memory. I have got three tattoos, two football ones and one for my mother who will be here in the course of the week,” he told Nation Sport on Monday.

Kerr has said often that he is very happy at the club because Chairman Rachier gives him freedom.

“I had planned to unveil it as a surprise in our last game on Saturday but you guys have revealed it. Should I plan for another surprise? I don’t know,” joked the 50-year-old.

Other fans wondered whether he would get a tattoo each time Kogalo wins a trophy. But this is his first major title.


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12 Nov 17

Austin Oduor Origi is remembered as one of the most illustrious footballers that Kenya has ever produced. In a career that spanned over a decade, the player popularly known as “Makamu” starred for both Gor Mahia and the national team Harambee stars, captaining both sides and leading both Gor Mahia and Harambee stars to their best ever performances at continental level.

Footballing family

Formative Days

 

Breaking into the starting Line-up

 

Switching from midfield to central defence

 

A young Austin Oduor (in a kitenge) with other Kogalo players in Mombasa in 1983. Others are Sammy Onyang0 (blue shirt), Hezborn Omollo (red jacket) and Peter Ochieng (black tracksuit)

Three consecutive League Titles

 

Austin in the forefront, posing with the CECAFA club cup after Kogalo won in 1985

Breaking into the national team

 

Austin pictured here after scoring the decisive penalty

Continental Glory

 

Makamu (number six) celebrates as Dawo scores against Esperance

Captain of the national team

Harambee stars captain Austin Oduor and Harambee stars coach Mohamed Kheri receiving jerseys that were donated by the German government. This was prior to the 1990 Africa Nations cup. Next to them is former Stars coach Bernard Zgoll

Glory as player-coach

 

Makamu with other national team legends, Joe Kadenge and Mahmoud Abbas

Comparing his days to today.

Austin Oduor Pictorial

 

Lifting the cup winners cup in 1987

 

This is 1990 during Makamu’s stint as player coach. Here he tussles with Rivatex goalkeeper Charles Bwire during the Moi golden cup semis

 

Makamu with William Obwaka, George Nyangi, Ben Oloo, Enock Obwaka and team manager Amos Nandi in Sudan in 1985

 

Introducing players during the Motokura cup final in 1986

 

Makamu introduces Peter Otieno Bassanga to president Moi before playing Inter Club of Congo in 1988

 

Makamu and Sammy Onyango present the three trophies that Gor Mahia won in 1987 to President Moi

 

Makamu today with other former players David Ochieng, George Onyango and Ben Oloo

 

With the young boys in his role as Sports Talent promotions coordinator

 

Helping sharpen the next generation of football talents

 

With media personality Carol Radull at Kasarani

 

Still playing. With former team-mate Mike Otieno Image courtesy of Fred Nyakiamo (right)

 

With former team-mate Mike Otieno


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11 Nov 17

With the league having been wrapped up weeks ago, now it’s just a question of how many points Kogalo will amass and whether any Kogalo player will finish as league top scorer. And Kogalo continued to keep their foot on the accelerator pedal when they beat Kakamega homeboyz on Saturday 1-0. The goal came via Jacques Tuyisenge who tapped in a George Odhiambo cross. BlackBerry leads Kogalo in assists this season and it will be critical for Kogalo to bring him back next season.

Additional Reporting from futaa.com
A Jacques Tuyisenge first half goal is all Gor Mahia needed to down 10-man Kakamega Homeboyz 1-0 in a Kenyan Premier League match staged at the Mumias Sports Complex on Saturday 11 November.

The Rwandan scored the all important goal in the 44th minute tapping home a George Odhiambo cross. The hosts missed a penalty in the 20th minute and had striker Wycliffe Ochomo sent off in the 37th minute for elbowing Gor Mahia midfielder Ernest Wendo.

The game started on a balanced note as both teams looked to control of the clash. The chances were few in the opening minutes as they both approached the match cautiously. The first chance of the match came in the 20th minute when Shaban Odhoji fouled former Gor Mahia striker Wyclifffe Ochomo in the area and a penalty was awarded to the hosts. Jeremiah Wanjala stepped forward to take but Odhoji did well to save the spot-kick.

Ochomo red card

Three minutes later Homeboyz nearly paid for the miss when Jacques Tuyisenge was put through on goal but with only keeper Michael Wanyika to beat the forward shot directly at the shot-stopper who did well to save. Eight minutes before the break, Homeboyz were reduced to ten men when Ochomo was given his matching orders for elbowing Ernest Wendo.

Tuyisenge strike

With a one man advantage, Gor Mahia began raiding Homeboyz in search of the opening goal which they got just before the break when Tuyisenge tapped home a George Odhiambo cross much to the dismay of the home supporters.

Gor continued dominating proceedings after the interval in search of more goals, Wanyika did well to deny Tuyisenge on a one on one situation in the 59th minute and a minute later the forwards’s powerful header from a Francis Kahata corner kick hit the side net as they went all in attack. Homeboyz’ lone attacking outlet was half-time sub David Okoth whose crosses from the left flank were not utilized. Collins Kisuya had a go at goal from range in the 70th minute but his attempt narrowly missed the target.

Wanyika visibly the busier of the two keepers once again came to Homeboyz rescue in the 72nd minute parrying a George Odhiambo dangerous cross in the 72nd minute with Jacques Tuyisenge ready to pounce. Francis Kahata saw his shot go wide while Meddie Kagere’s looped effort seven minutes from time went narrowly wide. The champions couldn’t find a second goal as Homeboyz defended deeply to win.

Homeboyz Starting XI: Michael Wanyika (GK), Hedmond Mauda, Collins Kisuya, Charles Momanyi, Moses Chikati, Wycliffe Opondo, Estone Esiye, (75′ Festo Omukoto) Moses Mudavadi (76′ Andrew Kulecho) Wycliffe Ochomo, Ali Bai, Jeremiah Wanjala (46′ David Okoth)

Unused subs: Arakaza MacArthur, Eric Ambunya, George Odiwuor, Francis Ochola

Gor Starting XI: Shaban Odhoji, Innocent Wafula, Joash Onyango, Wellington Ochieng, Harun Shakava, Ernest Wendo, George Odhiambo, Kenneth Muguna (90′ Oliver Maloba) Meddie Kagere, Francis Kahata . (90′ Boniface Omondi )Jacques Tuyisenge,

Unused subs: Fredrick Odhiambo, Mike Simiyu, Joachim Oluoch, Jeconia Uyoga. Anthony Mbugua


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10 Nov 17

In the last ten years, Gor Mahia have had a below par performance in every continental event be it the Champions League or the Confederations cup. Since 2009, Kogalo have been eliminated in the preliminary round three times (2009, 2012, 2016) and in the first round three times(2013, 2014, 2015).

Coach Kerr is determined to improve on those statistics.

“When I came to Gor Mahia, the club chairman Ambrose Rachier told me to win the league title as my first target and indeed, we have achieved that as a team.

“The next big thing that people expect is no doubt the continental football and we are keen on that. It’s all about preparation to be the best and it takes time but that’s something many coaches don’t get so, we have to prepare as much as we can to achieve the target,” Kerr told The Standard Sports.

Kerr says that the team is not ready but he plans to use the time between now and January to sharpen the team.

“We have worked on various aspects in the team and still things are in progress and we will be ready in good time to deliver at the big stage. We have to get the season done with the two matches remaining then plot well for next year where we will have a really busy season. he continued.

It is not clear whether Kerr will be looking to add players to his team.

“I have the right players but we have to get a balanced team. The fighting spirit should be there where players see past the qualifying round of champions league but that will come with the right work, right preparation and a mindset. We have to put Gor Mahia where it should be and that will be achieved by everyone in the team having belief in what they do and passion in what want to achieve.

“As the technical bench, we have a responsibility to prepare the team in all that and we will do our work as required to achieve the best,” noted the coach.

Karim Nizigiyimana undergoes successful surgery

One player who is not going to be available any time soon is Burundian wingback Karim Nizigiyimana. He tore his Achilles tendon in a recent league match and had to e stretchered off. Having undergone successful surgery, the Doctors have asked him to stay off the pitch for three months. He will return to training in February


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5 Nov 17

Gor Mahia and Zoo Kericho settled for a 1-1 draw at Afraha stadium on Sunday. Coach Kerr gave opportunities to several players who have not had chances throughout the season. The exceptions were Kagere and Tuyisenge who are still chasing the golden boot.

Additional reporting from futaa.com
First chance for Gor Mahia fell into the hands of Oliver Maloba but he did not do good enough to beat only Vincent Misikhu in goal in the 8th minute. Anthony Mbugua on his part showed some brilliant touch with the ball but his final shot was too timid to trouble Zoo keeper.

Zoo were presented with their first chance when Nicholas Kipkirui put a through ball for Geofreey Gichana but the midfielder failed to connect into the net in the 17th minute. Kipkirui again showed intent in the 29th minute when he effortlessly went past stagnant Joash Onyango for his shot to go off target finally.

The affair remained less dramatic towards the end of first half thus the score remained 0-0 as the teams went back to the tunnel.

The second half came with Zoo getting the first corner that was taken by Chetambe but his delivery was not clinical enough. Wellingtone Ochieng stopped Kipkirui from wrecking havoc in the 50th minute. A one two between Tuyisenge and Kagere failed to open the score as the later failed to connect well in the final stage of the move.

Meddie Kagere finally scored for Gor Mahia in the 62nd minute when he volleyed the ball into the net as he intercepted a Boniface Omondi flick. Gichana turned the assist maker when he passed a sumptuous ball to Kepha Ondati for the later to equalize in the 75th minute.

Starting XI: Shaban Odhoji, Innocent Wafula, Joash Onyango, Wellington Ochieng , Mike Simiyu, Philemon Otieno, Anthony Mbugua, Boniface Omondi , Oliver Maloba, Meddie Kagere, Jacques Tuyisenge,

Subs: Fredrick Odhiambo, Ernest Wendo, Joachim Oluoch, George Odhiambo, Francis Kahata, Timothy Otieno, Jeconia Uyoga.


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5 Nov 17

Since Gor Mahia signed a sponsorship deal with Sportpesa, the club has released at least half a dozen different jersey designs. This means that by now, ardent Kogalo fans could have all six jersey designs in their closet or wardrobe.

 

Unfortunately the club is not taking advantage of these merchandizing opportunities.Most fans who purchase jerseys are still purchasing the old jerseys from 2010 which are made by enterprising businessmen and sold at River road or elsewhere.

If you attend a Kogalo match, you still see fans predominantly wearing these old jerseys.

Fans at Kericho Green stadium recently

And opportunities for merchandizing are limitless: Caps, pens, hats, Tshirts, calendars. Back 30 years ago, the club created a calendar to commemorate the continental triumph. Yours truly remembers remembers visiting many relatives who had this calendar plastered on their walls.

Club calendar for 1988

Calendars and other items can be made to commemorate various occassions such as when the club won the league unbeaten (1976 and 2015), when the club won the league after a 18 year hiatus (2013)  and so forth.

But it requires fans to be educated on where to buy jerseys such that the club benefits.

Kogalo are always facing intense competition from clubs in Tanzania, Zambia and South Africa for the services of key players. Which means the club should always be looking for opportunities to market the club’s merchandize.


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3 Nov 17

Update

Dylan Kerr used his social media page to clarify that he is not interested in the Harambee Stars job.

“I do not want the Harambee Stars job. I was asked a straight question if I can be interested in the job and I said ‘NO’. I am at Gor Mahia and my contract indicates that I am a Gor Mahia coach and so, I am happy at the club. I am not in anyway interested in coaching the national team and I wouldn’t want to even think about that at the moment,” said Kerr.

The previous story caused a stir among many fans. Though he categorically stated that he was open to an advisory role, some fans took it to mean he wants to actively participate in Harambee Stars  training sessions.

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Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr has told Capital FM that he would open to helping Harambee Stars coach Stan Okumbi in an advisory role if called upon.

“The coach needs help and I am here if he needs me to help. If he wants me to come support him I will do that because I want him to succeed; everyone wants him to succeed. Sometimes coaches need help, advice and support from other people outside the national team set up because everybody wants same thing; success,” he told Capital FM.

This comes as Harambee stars fans have become increasingly dissatified with coach Okumbi who seems to lack imagination.

On whether he would leave Kogalo for Harambee stars, Kerr ws categorical that he is fully committed to Kogalo.

“My job here is at Gor Mahia and I am happy. I like my players, my staff and my club chairman who has been amazing and backed 100 percent. He has let me do my job without interference which in Africa is very rare,” he continued.

In 2014, another Scottish coach Bobby Williamson left Kogalo to become Harambee stars coach. This was in August right after the fiasco that was the 2014 CECAFA   campaign.

In 2011, Zedekiah Otieno “Zico” was the Kogalo coach when he was approached by FKF to take over as Stars coach. Zico acquited himself well in that role including forcing a draw against Uganda in Kampala that doomed that Cranes chances of qualifying for AFCON.

Vojo Gardasevic, the Serb who could barely speak English, was another Kogalo coach who was recruited by Stars after having steered Kogalo to the 1995 league title.

On Harambee stars chances of qualifying for AFCON 2019, Kerr told Capital FM that poor organization was letting down Kenya football.

“I think all the stakeholders should sit down in a round table before the start of the season and sort out everything about Kenyan football,”

“We have three years to qualify for the World Cup, 18 months to AFCON… are we gonna kid ourselves and say we will qualify or are we gonna do something about it.”
Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr conducts a training session at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam before the team faced Everton FC in a friendly match in July 2017

“I am not trying to rectify Kenyan football because I have no right to do that but I wanna give my experience of football around the world to make Kenyan football better,” the coach further added.


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2 Nov 17

Odhoji seen here in Sudan with Kahata and Wendo

Goalkeeper Shaban Odhoji was signed this year from Ushuru. Throughout this season he had not seen any playing time given that he was the third string keeper behind Boniface Oluoch and Peter Odhiambo. But when given an opportunity, Odhoji acquitted himself very well, making a number of incredible saves against Western Stima on Wednesday, thus ensuring that Kogalo continued their winning ways.

Coach Kerr commended Odhoji on his social media pages:
“A good professional works hard never complained did his training and made amazing saves when needed well done Shab” said Kerr.

Prior to the game Kerr explained to Odhoji why he had been selected for the game.
“I said to Shaban ahead of the game that he will play not because we have won the title but because he deserved it and had worked really hard in training. His attitude and character is great and he proved it with his performance especially in the second half with some great saves,” Kerr said according to soka.co.ke.

Odhoji played for Ushuru in 2016 and was voted man of the match when Ushuru played Kogalo. He pulled off save after save in that match. He has also played for Muhoroni Youth, Nakumatt and Nakuru All Stars.

With three excellent goalkeepers, they will all understand that they have to continue to focus and work hard.


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