28 Aug 16

Gor Mahia surprisingly lost 0-1 to second tier league leaders Nzoia United in the round of 16 GoTV shield
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NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 28 – Ten-time GOtv Shield champions Gor Mahia have been dumped out of this year’s tournament after a 1-0 loss at the hands of Nzoia United, Edgar Nzano’s penalty doing all the damage to a club that has struggled over the last one month.

The talk before the game was all about head coach Jose Marcelo Ferreira’s decision to axe goalkeeping coach Mathews Ottamax from the team over what he termed as ‘breaking the rules’.

“We have rules in the team, and I guess everyone does. When you break the rules, then you cannot be in the team. We talked on Friday with him and the players and we made everything clear,” the Brazilian said pre-match.

Under pressure Ferreira had made some changes to his team, Enock Agwanda partnering Jacques Tuyisenge up in attack at the expense of Meddie Kagere who started on the bench.

In the absence of usual starter Karim Nizigiyimana at right back, Luke Ochieng was handed his second start of the season while in goal, Jerim Onyango who has been the preferred starter in cup competitions found himself on the bench with Boniface Oluoch preferred ahead of him.

The two sides came into the match all attack especially in the first half. Gor had the first opportunity, Agwanda breaking into the box in the 4thminute but Nzoia defender Brian Otieno stretched to hit the ball off for a corner.

The hosts had a great chance in the 8th minute but Brian Yakhama fired wide under pressure from two Gor defenders. A minute later, Masita Masuta also had a chance after turning Ochieng inside out on the left, but his eventual shot was an easy pick for Boniface Oluoch in the Gor goal.

On the other end, Agwanda had three more chances come his way but both went begging. In the 13th minute, he raced to the near post to meet a cross from Erick Ouma, but the ball took an awkward bounce in front of him and went wide.

Three minutes later, he was sent through on goal by Francis Kahata, but Nzoia keeper Benson Mangala was faster off his line to block Agwanda’s attempt with his feet.

In the 26th minute, he raced onto another long ball, but his attempt to head over Mangala was futile as the keeper picked the ball easily airborne.

Nzoia broke the deadlock on the half hour mark, Nzano sending Oluoch the wrong way from the penalty spot after Ernest Wendo blocked Peter Gin’s shot with his arms.

Gor had a double chance to make amends in the 41stminute but they could not unlock the Nzoia backline.

Luke Ochieng pounced on a ball dropped by Nzoia keeper Mangala from a Francis Kahata corner, but his eventual shot was cleared on the goal line. Kahata floated the cleared ball back into the area but Harun Shakava’s header went over.

Gor were better starters in the second half and Tuyisenge who was a silent figure all through the opening 45 finally burst into life.

He was presented with two aerial opportunities with crosses from Ouma and Ochieng, but both went wide.

In the 65th minute, Marcelo made his first change, bringing on Baron Oketch for Ernest Wendo, meaning Gor now operated without a defensive midfielder.

Five minutes later, Marcelo completely threw caution out of the window, pulling out right back ochieng for striker Kagere, a change that saw midfielder Amos Nondi operate as a wingback.

But despite the two attacking changes by Gor, it was Nzoia who had the better of chances. Nzau should have doubled his and the team’s tally in the 73nd minute from a corner, but he hit the ball with his back unmarked when he raced into the near post.

Yakhama had the best and easiest of chances to completely take the game away but he saw Oluoch’s finger tips push the ball onto the crossbar after tapping in a cross from substitute Patrick Kwitonda completely unmarked inside the six yard box.

But his blushes were spared with Bernard Mwalala’s side holding on till the end of the game for a ticket into the last eight.


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26 Aug 16

Gor Mahia came very close to winning the KPL U20 title but lost to Mathare by a solitary goal that came in the last minute of play.

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Mathare United beat Gor Mahia youth team to clinch their maiden U-20 title in a tight final played at Nyayo Stadium

Mathare United beat Gor Mahia youth by a solitary goal in the KPL U-20 tournament’s final played on Friday to become the August edition’s champions.

The match started in a lukewarm mode with both teams not showing much intent to score goals but the tempo changed in the last quarter of second half to hand Mathare United their sweet maiden title.

Super-sub Alfayo Oyugi stepped in to score past Ishmail Otieno from a free-kick at the stroke of 90th munites to give coach Gabriel Njoroge the biggest smile of the day.

Prior to this, Henry Juma, Davies Odongo and Nahashon Thiong’o had made notable attempts for Gor Mahia while Lawrence Luvanda was very instrumental for Mathare United. Gor Mahia dispatched Ushuru 2-0 in the semi-finals while Mathare overcame last year’s finalists Kakamega Homeboyz 3-1 in post-match penalties after regulation time had left the sides locked in a 1-1 stalemate.

Ushuru finished second runners up after edging out April’s finalists Kakamega Homeboyz 4-2 in post-match penalties in the third place play off staged at Camp Toyoyo on Thursday.

Mathare United: Job Ochieng, Samuel Semo, Mike Odhiambo, Dennis Wanyoike, Martin Ongori,Musa Oundo (C), Dennis Kamau, Deng Jackson, Enock Momanyi, Lawrence Luvanda, Patrick Chege.

Gor Mahia: Ishmail Otieno (GK), Kevin Otieno, Stephen Otieno, Washington Onyango, Elvis Ochieng, Davies Odongo, Alpha Onyango, Nahashon Thiong’o, Hillary Ojwang, Henry Juma, Ismail Musa.

Subs: Bixente Otieno (GK), Kevinton Machika, Fiston Changu, Joseph Lumumba, Kilonzi Mutuku, Tom Otieno, Peter James.


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25 Aug 16

Gor Mahia are currently preparing for their GoTV shield round of 16 match against Nzoia United. The match will be played this Sunday. Gor Mahia have been lackluster of late.Thankfully they have had some time off to sort out their midfield and attack issues.

“We are aiming to go past the round of sixteen meaning we have to win this match at all costs. It is a fact we have been shooting blanks in our past matches, but that has to change this weekend against Nzoia.” said Mathew Ottamax to goal.com

And Nzoia who are currently leading the second tier league and are gunning for promotion will not be an easy task as goalkeeping Mathew Ottamax points out

“We are Kenyan champions and we have to show that against them. They might be riding high in the second tier, but we have to show that we are one step ahead,” Ottamax said to goal.com

Unfortunately they have had to do it without coach Ze Maria who traveled to Brazil and has been away for almost a week. He was scheduled to return on Wednesday

“It is nothing serious at all, he had family issues which he has gone to solve but we are expecting him back tomorrow (Wednesday) to prepare the team for the weekend’s assignment. There is nothing alarming at all, he is still our head coach,” said Ronald Ngala to goal.com

 


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25 Aug 16

Former Gor Mahia midfield powerhouse Khalid Aucho has joined Baroka FC who are newly promoted to the South African Premier League. Aucho had been in Scotland for trials where the deal fell through. He then proceeded to South Africa where some clubs had shown interest in his services.

On Wednesday Aucho was at the signing ceremeony with his agent who happens to be former Gor Mahia official George Bwana. Aucho then penned a letter on his social media pages where he thanked the club players and fans

“Deal done. Thank God my new home is Baroka FC, South Africa. Thanks to all coaches that have brought me up. To all the team that I have gone through, Jinja, Simba FC, Tusker FC, Gor Mahia. Special thanks to Gor Mahia, my teammates the management and all the fans,” .

The newly promoted Baroka started their league campaign with a 1-1 draw against Ajax Cape Town.


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24 Aug 16


Despite what looked like a slow start, Gor Mahia appear poised to win the KPL U20 tournament. This after they beat Ushuru FC 2-0 in the semis to advance to the finals.
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Gor Mahia youth team will now face off with Mathare United in the final after knocking out Ushuru FC in semis on Tuesday

Gor Mahia on Tuesday beat Ushuru FC 2-0 at Camp Toyoyo grounds to book slot in the KPL U-20 tournament-August edition’s final.

Having been aware that Mathare United were already in the final, Gor Mahia youth were upbeat for a slot of their own and they knew that Ushuru FC was the only step to the space. Coach Maurice Onyango seemed to have reminded his charges of their 3-1 victory against the taxmen in the tournament’s preliminary encounter and they stepped into the game with clear mindset of a win.

They dominated the better part of the first half with attempts and beautiful runs from Henry Juma, Hillary Ojwang’, Nahashon Thiong’o and Ismail Musa, who occasionally gave Ushuru FC’s backline and keeper Brian Otieno some hard time.

In the 40th minute, Henry Juma hit past Otieno in goal to hand Gor Mahia Youth their first goal from a Hillary Ojwang’ assist. The remaining minutes were a mere panic for Ushuru FC into the breather. Juma came from the tunnel to complete his brace and see Gor Mahia into the final with hopes of clinching the title for the first time ever. April edition finalists Kakamega Homeboyz and Ulinzi Stars had paved way for new champions in waiting.


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22 Aug 16


Gor Mahia youth managed to put aside their tribulations as they beat arch rivals AFC Leopards 2-1
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Gor Mahia youth team outclassed their rivals AFC Leopards in a KPL U20 quarterfinal match played on Sunday to qualify for semis

Gor Mahia under 20 team edged out AFC Leopards counterparts 2-1 in a quarterfinal match played on Sunday at Nyayo stadium to qualify for the tournament’s semifinal stage.

All the goals were scored in the first half with Gor Mahia getting the lead on the 3rd minute before confirming their victory three minutes to the half-time whistle.

Henry Oguk was the first to draw the first blood for Gor Mahia connecting a through ball into the net past keeper Brian Bwire to stir-up the game for K’Ogalo. In spite of more pressure piled thereafter in search of the second goal, AFC Leopards were keen on getting an equalizer and it took only 30 minutes for Valdo Madegwa to level matters. Eric Kinuthia was the man with the assist which Madegwa utilized to beat a defender before unleashing a rasping shot past Bixente Otieno.

The battle then continued. Both teams were now on a mission to get their respective winner in order to sail to the tourney’s semifinals. AFC Leopards pushed hard but unfortunately their efforts never bore any fruits at a time when Gor Mahia were launching attacks of all sorts in a bid to secure a goal. On the 42nd minute, Ismail Musa put the Maurice Onyango coached outfit in the lead. He simply tapped in a rebound past Bwire to give Gor Mahia an opportunity of hanging on their lead till the final whistle. They will now play against the winner between Chemlil Sugar and Ushuru FC in the semifinals.


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18 Aug 16

Unlike last year when Gor Mahia had virtually won the league at the halfway mark, this season they are locked in an extremely tight with none of the top sides able to gain a measure of consistency. For Kogalo fans who are used to winning, the past few weeks have been particularly difficult.

Burundian left back Karim Nizigiyimana told the official KPL portal that even discussing the results is too difficult and uncomfortable.

“I don’t like to talk about our games anymore because it hurts. It is painful because we are not getting wins as much as we would like, or as much as we had been used to last year, and truly it is disappointing for everybody in the team.” he said to kpl.co.ke

Nizigyimana had a sensational season in 2016 where he was voted defender of the year and almost grabbed KPL player of the year. He was in superb form all season long, running tirelessly up and down the right flank sending in accurate cross after accurate cross until he ended up leading the league in assists. This season however he and others have been unable to replicate this form and the fan reaction has started to affect the players.

“It is even more painful because we have very supportive fans and seeing them disappointed every weekend feels bad,” said Nizigiyimana.

He asked for patience from fans given that the gap between Gor Mahia and Tusker is only four points with several matches to go.

“Gor Mahia has very competitive fans. They like to see the team win and they want to see that every day. Last year we gave them a lot of that so I would just like to ask them to continue believing in us because we plan to win this title for them. It will be hard but we will fight till the end. And we will win,” he concluded.

Indeed the team will need the 12th man to throw their support behind the team. And most of all the fans will need to behave themselves to avoid another three point deduction. But the players will need to do their part. A listless performance such as the one where the team went 60 minutes without a shot on goal is likely to elicit a negative fan reaction.


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18 Aug 16


The Gor Mahia U20 team has been facing financial difficult and often depends on last minute contributions in order to fulfill schedule obligations. So low is the morale that their performance in the KPL U20 tournaments have been below par. Despite having played together much longer than other KPL U20 teams and despite having won the Nairobi county leagues twice, the team has been unable to stamp their authority, culminating in shock losses in the KPL U20 tourney.

The financial difficulties come despite the senior team collecting a tidy sum from Sportpesa in terms of sponsorship. Reports in some quarters point to the fact that U20 team was founded by the Gor Mahia fans foundation which still runs the team. Yet the EC wants full control which the founders are not ceding.

Since we started preparing for the tournament two weeks ago, the boys have been really struggling because even getting fare to training and back home has been a great problem.

“Some of the players have been forced to trek long distances to and from training sessions. It is very perplexing to see fans collecting money to offer something to the players after matches.

“Even today (Wednesday), very few players reported for training ahead of our match against Muhoroni Youth. In fact, their morale is really down but I’m pleading with them to stay strong and honour tomorrow’s (Thursday) match.” said an official to goal.com

Often what happens is that the EC withholds funds until the last momemnt or does not release funds, prompting the team organizers to perform imprmptu harambees, pleading with well wishers to help facilitate trips. When contacted by goal.com. An agitated Ronald Ngala hurriedly said they had gotten the money for the Muhoroni match.

“They have got the money! They have got the money! Today!”

This is the scenario that has been playing out for the past year or so each time the side has to attend a Nairobi county match or a KPL U20 match. Fans should not expect results against Muhoroni.


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17 Aug 16

Rachier with Peter Kenneth in Brazil in 2014

Rachier with Peter Kenneth in Brazil in 2014

Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier is finally speaking out on the club’s recent poor performance in the 2016 Kenya Premier League. Since the second leg started, Gor Mahia have won two and drawn five. And the two wins were unimpressive. The midfield appears dysfunctional and the pair of Kagere and Tuyisenge have yet to form an effective partnership. To make matters worse, teams approach Gor Mahia with the sole intent of getting a draw and coach Ze Maria has not yet found a formula to remove the bus from its parking spot.

Chairman Rachier says he is discussing the poor performance with the team
“It is a matter of concern for me. Last Sunday I met the technical bench and the playing unit to inquire what could be the problem and they said they are going to do soul searching to find out why they are not winning. I left it to them to deal with the issue before the next match.” said Rachier According to Yahoo sports.

Some fans will hold Rachier accountable since it is he who was eager to jettison Frank Nuttall despite his excellent performance in 2015 and despite the fact that with the Sportpesa sponsorship, it would have been possible to maintain Nuttall’s salary.

But Gor Mahia’s woes go much deeper than Nuttall’s departure. The team has lost key players like Michael Olunga, Khalid Aucho and Ali Abondo. While Collins Okoth Gattuso is back to his bad old days.

Coach Ze Maria speaking on Gattuso said that the player is self centred and has refused to participate in the team concept:

“If He does not want to be a team player then I will utilize the other 27 players I have on the squad”.  said Ze Maria.


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16 Aug 16

Gor Mahia’s Brazilian tactician Ze Maria has expressed his displeasure with a section of fans who jeered the players after the match against Posta Rangers. This happened after Kogalo yet again failed to capitalize on a slip by league leaders Tusker.

“I am surprised with some fans, I do not understand their reactions at all. Being football you cannot win all the matches, you will drop some points and we are not the first ones to do so. We are here to win yes, but if that does not happen we work harder for the next match.” he said to goal.com

Ze Maria is calling upon fans to rally behind the teams even during difficult times.

“It is not right for some fans to do what they are doing against us, they should understand us, and support the team. I do not understand some reactions.”

But Ze Maria should know better. He after all played for Brazil which has some of the most demanding fans. Just recently the Brazilian team was booed when they were held scoreless by South Africa.


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