22 Mar 18

Gor Mahia will play against Super Sport United in the playoff round of the 2018 CAF Confederations cup. Gor Mahia have dropped one tier from the Champions League to the Confederations cup after narrowly losing to Esperance of Tunisia.

The first leg of the playoff round will be played between April 6 and April 8 in Kenya with the second leg being played April 17 or April 18 likely at Supersport United’s homeground, the Lucas Moripe stadium in Pretoria.

Supersport eliminated Petro de Luanda in the first round 2-1 on aggregate. They are currently in 14th place in the South African premier league and they finished 5th in the previous season. They qualified for the Confederations cup by winning the 2017 Nedbank cup. Until recently they were coached by former South Africa international, Eric Tinkler who was released 3 weeks ago.

In 2014 Supersport eliminated AFC Leopards from the Confederation cup 4-2 on aggregate. As for Gor Mahia, they last played against a South African side in 1993 in the CAF cup. It was Hellenic of Cape Town. They beat Kogalo 3-1 in the first leg. But Gor Mahia won the return leg 2-0, thus advancing on away goals rule.

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20 Mar 18

Additional reporting from the Nation
60,000-seater Stade Olympique Rades in Tunisia last Sunday, Esperance may have unleashed the demons in full force against Gor Mahia during the return match of the first round of Caf Champions League qualifiers, if the claims by an official of the club is anything to go by.

The hosts won 1-0 to progress to the group stage.

In the ill-tempered match, Gor Mahia players and members of the team’s technical bench were mistreated in Tunisia as the partisan home crowd chanted chauvinistic slogans.

Gor coach Dylan Kerr, his assistant Zedekiah ‘Zico’ Otieno, team manager Jolawi Abondo and goalkeeper trainer Willis Ochieng were all assaulted in the 90-minute melee.

After the match, Kerr called it “the worst football game I have ever had to be part of.”
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“It was very scary. At one point we had to go into the pitch for our own security. We were all attacked. Willis was roughed up and thrown to the ground by the stewards and when Zico went to help, he was also assaulted. From the touchline, I ducked and missed at least three objects made of hard plastic that had been aimed at us while the game was going on. The worst thing is that when I turned to look, I saw that it was a uniformed police officer aiming the missiles,” Abondo told Nation Sport on Monday from Tunis.

The stakes were indeed high for both teams, as the first leg clash had ended 0-0. This gave both teams equal chances of making it o the prestigious group stage where clubs are rewarded with a Sh54 million bounty.

It was a highly emotional and ill-tempered match, with a three-minute stoppage just before half time when K’Ogalo technical bench ventured onto the pitch to escape missiles from the stands.

The Esperance fans were protesting against what they thought was bias by match referee from Botswana Joshua Bondo.

During the match, that was beamed live online, Esperance coach Khaled Yahia was seen entering the pitch twice in protest at the referee’s decision but escaped with a verbal caution, although Fifa rules are clear that such an offence warrants tougher punishment.

Gor however survived the intense hostility, and lost 1-0 courtesy of Anice Badri’s goal in the 21st minute after poor clearance from Wesley Onguso.

Gor now await their fate in Caf Confederation Cup play-offs round, where Caf Champions League losers will be pooled against Caf Confederation Cup first round winners.

The draw will be done on Wednesday at Caf headquarters in Egypt, and Gor’s possible opponents include Algeria’s CR Belouizdad (Algeria), Al Masry of Egypt, Nigeria’s Enyimba, CS La Mancha of Congo and SuperSport United of South Africa.


Kerr: Esperance were unsportsmanlike

Coach Dylan Kerr thinks his side did well in Tunis but were undone by unsportsmanlike conduct by the Esperance players.

“That was a hell of a game today i watched it and how these guys over power and take dives,They must now play in Kenya and get the same treatment,they acted like bullies and then run to protect the officials who i thought had a good game for them” said Kerr on social media.

Kerr have his side credit for battling to the end despite missing important players like Guikan, Kevin Omondi, Wellington Ochieng and Walusimbi.

“Pole [Sorry] to K’Ogalo, my Chairman and my hard-working players. Today I saw unreal things in football but We never gave up. We lost the game because at Machakos we didn’t score and we battled even when two players were missing, one injured and the other mmmmmmm no comment. I tried, we tried!” he added.

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18 Mar 18

Gor Mahia  succumbed to an early goal by the Tunisians and were thus eliminated from the 2018 Africa champions league. Gor Mahia defended well and gave a good account of themselves.

And Gor Mahia had to play without Godfrey Walusimbi who is having a financial disagreement with the club. His composure on the ball would have been very useful in this match.

Esperance applied their usual high pressure. Gor Mahia handled it relatively well but also gave away plenty of possession. In the end, Kogalo were unable to create meaningful chances.

The goal came in the 20th minute from Anis Badri who capitalized on a poor clearance.

Esperance for their part used quick passes to free up their speedy wingers. But they too struggled to create meaningful chances. The match was concentrated in the middle of the park. Esperance however looked the more dangerous team in the first half.

Esperance also used constant flopping and feigning of fouls to slow down the game and waste time.

At Minute 44: Gor Mahia players had to vacate the bench after fans start pelting it with foreign objects.

In the Second half: Gor Mahia relied more and more on long passes. But were unable to breach the Esperance rear guard. Gor Mahia defended stoutly and made some forays forward but created very few chances.

All in all, a vastly improved, far more composed Kogalo side than the one that lost 8-2 on aggregate in 2014. But still not enough to overcome Esperance. Kogalo did however prove that they belong in the Champions League group phase. Its only a matter of time before they make it.

Starting Line-Up
Boniface Oluoch, Wesley Onguso, Joachim Oluoch, Joash Onyango, Harun Shakava, Ernest Wendo, Francis Kahata, Philemon Otieno, Meddie Kagere, Jacques Tuyisenge, George Odhiambo


Shaban Odhoji, Charles Momanyi, Humphrey Mieno, Boniface Omondi, Lawrence Juma, Bernard Ondieki, Samuel Onyango


Fan Violence

Report from goal.com
The match had to be stopped for three minutes after K’Ogalo’s reserves bench and officials sought for refuge in the field
Gor Mahia technical bench were victims of violence from Esperance fans, who pelted them with water bottles in the Caf Champions League second leg match.
The match had to be stopped for three minutes after K’Ogalo’s reserves bench and officials sought for refuge in the field to keep a safe distance from the rowdy Tunisian fans, who threw objects onto the pitch.
Gor Mahia players had to be escorted to the dressing room at the break as violent home fans continued with their rage on the visitors as the police watched from a distance.

Gor Mahia media officer and Journalist Tom Bwana, who accompanied the team in Tunisia, reported cases of ‘racism chants’ directed at Gor Mahia players though Goal could not independently verify the claims.

“Lots of racist chants from the stands. One cop just yelled ‘fils de pute’ at me,” Bwana tweeted. In 2010, Esperance was slapped with $50,000 fine by Confederation of Africa Football for the violence during their clash with Al Ahly of Egypt in Cairo.
Esperance were accused of ripping out stadium seats and lit fireworks during the first leg of its African Champions League semi-final against Egypt’s Al Ahly.
Eleven policemen were injured and at least 14 Tunisians fans arrested during the October 3 game in Cairo, which Al Ahly won 2-1.

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15 Mar 18

Gor Mahia will try to put aside their below par performance against Nzoia United this past Sunday as they travel to Tunisia for the crucial second leg against Esperrance of Tunisia.

In consultations with the clubs Chairman who has been in constant communication with the concerned authorities ( CAF, Tunis and the Federation ) , I can now confirm that the second leg CAF match pitting our side Gor Mahia FC against Espérance de Tunis will be played on Sunday, 18th March,2018 from 4:00pm Tunisia time at Stade Olympique Rades, Tunis.

Plans are underway to have the team take off on the night of Thursday 15th March, 2018 through Doha to arrive in Tunis on Friday around 2:00pm.” said club secretary Ben Omondi

Earlier on, club CEO Omondi Aduda suspected foul play when Esperance suddenly rescheduled the match. He stated that he change was effected without consultations hence contravening rules provided by CAF.

“There is a lot of confusion because we haven’t received any communication from Caf regarding change of match dates, yet we understand that a correspondence between FKF and the Tunisia FA indicate that the match will be played on Sunday. I have communicated with our federation since morning and up to now I haven’t got any concrete clarification from CAF,” said Aduda.

Indeed one hopes that Gor Mahia will have made their own eating, accomodation and travel arrangements. North African and West African sides are known to frustrate opponents. In 2013, Kenya visited Calabar Nigeria and were denied a training ground for several days. Other opponents have been placed in noisy hotels to prevent them from sleeping soundly. In some extreme cases, clubs have been given suspect food by their opponents. In 1976, Luo Union visited Algeria to play MC Alger. They lost 6-3 and their players claimed that the food they were given on match day left them lethargic.

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11 Mar 18

Cercidy Okeyo in action against Nzoia

Kevin Omondi “Ade” scored the crucial goal as Kogalo beat Nzoia United to consolidate their lead atop the 2018 Kenya Premier League standings. Gor Mahia now have 16 points from 6 matches.

Additional Reporting from Capital FM
Captain of the day Kevin ‘Ade’ Omondi struck the only goal of the match as a second string Gor Mahia side created a five-point gap on top of the Kenyan Premier League standings with a 1-0 win over Nzoia Sugar in Machakos on Sunday.

Gor would have wound up the game at 2-0, but Wesley Onguso’s re-taken second half penalty was saved by keeper Benson Mangala with 10 minutes left on the clock.

The reigning champions ensured they remain unbeaten this season after six matches, moving to 16 points after five wins and a draw.

Gor Mahia boss Dylan Kerr once again stood by his word to rotate his squad, basing they played a tough CAF Champions League tie against Esperance on Wednesday and the return leg beckoning next weekend.

From the team that played against the Tunisian giants, Only Joachim Oluoch retained his place in the starting team, but he was pulled in centrally to partner Charles Momanyi in defense. Omondi was handed the skipper’s armband and the play-making role just behind main striker Ephraim Guikan.

Midfielder Bernard Ondieki was fielded in an unfamiliar right back role with Lawrence Juma parading in midfield against his former employers, partnering Cersidy Okeyo.

Nzoia came into the match knowing they stood a chance against Gor’s hugely rotated squad but their biggest undoing was that they were to quick in going forward and their decision making wasn’t the best.

Gor had the first chance of the game after eight minutes and it sure was a decent one, Guikan finding some shooting space on the left but his ferocious shot came off the crossbar and was scrambled off for a corner by Nzoia.

Shabaan Odhoji starting in goal for K’Ogalo ahead of the rested Boniface Oluoch proved why he is a contender for the number one gloves at the club with a great point blank save to deny Elvis Rupia at point blank after the forward had raced to meet a George Mutimba cross from the right.

Nzoia were grown in confidence especially after winning many balls off Gor in the middle of the pack.

David Odhiambo had two back to back decent chances for Nzoia, first in the 35th minute cutting into his favorite left foot from the right side, slicing in a decent rocket from almost 30 yards out but it went over.

Two minutes later, he forced an uncomfortable save off Odhoji with a shot from distance in the 35th minute after he noticed the keeper metres off his line.

For their missed chances, the Bungoma-based club paid the ultimate price.

Skipper of the day Omondi broke the deadlock four minutes to the break with a brilliant first time curling effort after Boniface Omondi had created some space on the right before laying the ball for his skipper to slam home.

In the second half, the attacking flow of each side didn’t stop. Nzoia had an opportunity with a shot from distance but it went wide five minutes after the restart.

Gor should have been two up in the 55th minute when Guikan picked up a long ball from Oluoch, rounded keeper Benson Mangaala but Festus Okiring made a superb sliding block a few inches off the line.

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9 Mar 18

Coach Dylan Kerr feels he has no choice but to rest some of this players this weekend. This is so that the players avoid injury and fatigue ahead of the crucial return leg against Esperance in Tunis on March 17.

“I definitely will and I don’t think I have much of a choice. Look we have a huge game against Esperance on the 17th and we have a very good chance of making it. I would want to have a strong squad to get a good result. Also, this game against Nzoia will be a chance to the other players to show they deserve to be in that travelling team,” Kerr said to Citizen Sports.

Gor Mahia are set to play Nzoia United this weekend and Kerr under no illusions about how difficult the match will be.

“Every team that comes to play against Gor Mahia gives their best because they want to open the papers the next day and see that they beat us. Nzoia is a tough team and this will not be an easy walk for us,” he continued.

Earlier on Kerr observed that Esperance came to Kenya with the express intent to force a draw. To that end they employed time wasting tactics.

“Esperance came to draw, they used time-wasting tactics to frustrate us because they had come for a draw. It is something that I am not happy with; especially their goalkeeper who on multiple occasions took a lot of time to take a goal kick and the referee was just there.

“However, I am happy with the way my players played, it was not the best of preparations considering the fact that we spent seven hours in the jam. We could have scored six goals, but it was just a bad day. We will not be cowed in the second leg.” said Kerr to goal.com

At the end of the game Esperance were slapping high fives and celebrating after they accomplished their goal of forcing a draw.

However Kerr also knows that he will be facing a more attack minded Esperance side when the two sides meet in Tunis.

Bob Oyugi tips Kogalo to proceed

Former Gor Mahia coach Bob Oyugi is positive that Gor Mahia will overcome Esperance and proceed to the group stage of the champions league.

“Gor Mahia has a complete team to beat Esperance. We only need to be very careful with a penalty that their usual number 11 looks for when they play.

“Esperance are already under pressure and Gor Mahia should score an early goal to win their fans. Part of their supporters will support Gor Mahia,” said Oyugi to goal.com.

Oyugi who is also the former National Youth Talent Academy coach observed that Kogalo has what it takes but must utilize their chances.

“Gor Mahia has very technical and strong players for the away game- let them use all chances that come.” he continued.

Oyugi coached Gor Mahia in 1992 and 1993 having previously coached KTM of Thika. Should Gor Mahia proceed to the group stage, a financial windfall awaits them to the tune of Ksh 52 million.

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7 Mar 18

Gor Mahia created numerous chances especially in the first half but were unable to capitalize due to a combination of good goalkeeping by the Esperance keeper and being denied by the woodwork.  The match ended 0-0.

Gor Mahia thoroughly dominated possession in the first half. Tuyisenge was denied by the post after being put through by Kahata. Kagere was twice denied by very good goalkeeping. While Joash Onyango’s header from a Kahata corner went inches wide. Esperance appeals for a penalty when their left winger was felled, was denied by an alert referee.

In the second half, Gor Mahia slowed down slightly and were also slowed down by the poor state of the playing surface. Esperance for their part seemed to be playing for a draw and hardly ventured forward.  Gor Mahia’s best effort in the second half came via a Francis Kahata free-kick which the goalkeeper parried.

All in all Gor Mahia played well. The defence was solid. Oluoch was steady in goal and midfield created chances. The good news is that Gor Mahia did not concede an away goal.

Match Attendance was below par largely because the match was being televised by various media none of whom paid to televise the match.

Additional reporting from Citizen Sports
Kenyan record league champions Gor Mahia have an uphill task in the second leg of their CAF Champions League clash with Tunisia giants Esperance, after registering a barren stalemate in the first leg played at the Kenyatta stadium, Machakos on Wednesday.

An encounter full of emotions it was, with Gor missing glorious chances in the first stanza they well commanded.

A rare occurrence saw Godfrey Walusimbi and Haythen Jovini burst the ball in the first minute, after a fierce contest near Gor’s goalmouth.

Frustrating afternoon as Gor miss chances, draw with Esperance
By Jacob Icia For Citizen Digital
time updated Updated on: 1815, March 7, 2018 (EAT),

Frustrating afternoon as Gor miss chances, draw with Esperance
Gor players George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo9Right) and Godfrey Walusimbi being challenged by an Esperance marker at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos/PHOTO/Stafford Ondego/Sportpicha
In Summary

Gor Mahia have an uphill task in the second leg of their CAF Champions League clash with Tunisia giants Esperance.
An encounter full of emotions it was, with Gor missing glorious chances in the first stanza they well commanded.
The unyielding battle continued and Kerr had to throw Bernard Ondieki and Samuel Onyango into the fray, withdrawing Philemon Otieno and a worn out Odhiambo respectively.

Kenyan record league champions Gor Mahia have an uphill task in the second leg of their CAF Champions League clash with Tunisia giants Esperance, after registering a barren stalemate in the first leg played at the Kenyatta stadium, Machakos on Wednesday.

An encounter full of emotions it was, with Gor missing glorious chances in the first stanza they well commanded.

A rare occurrence saw Godfrey Walusimbi and Haythen Jovini burst the ball in the first minute, after a fierce contest near Gor’s goalmouth.

Gor’s goalie Boniface Oluoch reacts during their Caf Champions League match at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos county on March 07, 2018. Photo/Stafford Ondego/Sportpicha.

Meddie Kagere’s header flew over the crossbar in the eighth minute, after connecting Francis Kahata’s cross who had skillfully dodged past Khalil Chanan.

Three minutes later, miscommunication between Kahata and Kagere wasted the most promising chance till then, the former’s through pass missing the latter’s leg by inches.

Jacques Tuyisenge would shortly land on a neat cross across the goal from Kahata, only to rattle the woodwork with a powerful shot, with the Esperance custodian Noel Ben Shariffa well beaten.

Gor trio of Kagere, Tuyisenge and Kahata were causing the 2011 Caf champions constant trouble on their goal. In the 21st minute, Kahata danced around Chanan, to set up Kagere in the box, whose right foot shot forced Shariffa to reflex dive to punch it out for a corner.

A minute later, Tuyisenge’s attempt was parried out by the hardworking Shariffa, with K’Ogalo fans on their feet in anticipation of what appeared to be an outright goal.

By the 25th minute, display by the Dylan Kerr coached side had charged the fans, though few for the mouthwatering clash, whose encouraging songs and cheers were electrifying.

Notably, Machakos County Governor Alfred Mutua, and his Nyeri counterpart Mutahi Kahiga, rose to encourage the fans to cheer on more, gesturing at the parked VIP stand enthusiastically. His Nyeri counterpart Mutahi Kahiga joined the ‘elite fan-base’, with a short lived dance though.

Realising the attacking mentality Gor had in the match, the entire Esperance retreated to guard their goal leaving only Jovini and Yossef Blaili upfront, seeking to hit Gor on counter attack.

In the 37th, Joash Onyango’s cross-cum-shot rubbed the side netting with the keeper off his place, with a diving Kagere missing narrowly ending up in the net himself.

Onyango had denied Blaili who has been released open by Foscent Coulibaly from the middle with rest of defenders falling in the counter attack trap, before advancing fast to execute his attempt.

The last chance of the first stanza fell to Kahata from George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo’s cross, but his poorly finished header was easy for Shariffa to collect.

Five corners to Gor’s credit going to the break and close attempts was all the home fans could count, as Esperance took stock of superb defending at the bumby and slightly muddy surface.

At resumption, Esperance brought on Annis Ben Hijra for Blaili, followed by Bilel Nestri for a meangful attack.

Hijra needed only a minute on the pitch to test Gor’s goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch, heading a loose ball to the extreme left corner that he had tip off the target for a corner.

The encounter was soon balanced, both sides knocking interchangeably on the opposite goals.

As the visitors tossed the last dice by introducing Maher Ben Shaieri for Jovini in the 70th, Gor brought on Kelvin Omondi for Kahata, who had immensely lost his initial rhythm.

The unyielding battle continued and Kerr had to throw Bernard Ondieki and Samuel Onyango into the fray, withdrawing Philemon Otieno and a worn out Odhiambo respectively.
In the 85th, Ondieki almost grabbed one for Gor with a 30-yard shot, only to miss narrowly to the disappointment of eager fans.
The determined North Africans appeared comfortable with the stalemate, employing time wastage tactics as the clock ticked fast to full time.
The result means any draw of goals in the second leg (March 17 in Tunis) will send K’Ogalo in the second round of the competition.

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7 Mar 18

Given the most recent history, Gor Mahia face daunting task against Esperance when the two sides face off at Machakos on Wednesday. Gor Mahia will certainly be under no illusions when the two sides meet. Esperance is a side of vast pedigree. They have reached the group stage of the Champions league in almost every season since 1999. They have won the tournament twice and reached the final four times.

What makes Esperance great is their tactical and technical ability. They have a very high level of fitness which enables them to press for ninety minutes and place opponents under constant pressure thus forcing mistakes. When they force those mistakes, they are very good at converting turnover into lightning quick attacks. Their players make very precise passes. Their attackers make excellent runs and are adept at beating offside traps. Their shots are precise and they rarely miss chances. When they shoot, there is always an attacker ready to pounce on the rebound. And this is how they destroyed Kogalo in 2014. With their ability to beat offside traps, Gor Mahia will need a highly discplined line and they will need speed in central defence.

As mentioned above Esperance score numerous goals via precise defence splitting passes to well placed runners. Therefore the Gor mahia defensive midfielders such as Wendo and Mieno could be the key as they must reduce the supply of such passes.

However the Gor Mahia side of 2018 is much better than the side that lost 8-2 to Esperance in 2014. To begin with, Dylan Kerr is a tactically adept coach who has shown an ability to study teams and prepare his side. Gor Mahia of 2018 is far more experienced. The players are calmer under pressure.

The Kogalo attack in early 2014 was blunt in large part because Sserunkuma, Blackberry, Oboya and Rama Salim had not played any games together and thus had no understanding and no cohesion. Their attack was bereft of ideas. It primarily consisted of sending long balls to Sserunkuma in the hope that he would find space and beat defenders with his footspeed. This was derisevely referred to as the “Patia Sserunkuma” tactic which worked in KPL but fell flat because Esperance easily dealt with the long balls and the predictable tactic. Furthermore, sending long balls to Sserunkuma was folly because he was short of stature and could not outjump anyone. Gor Mahia’s attack has shown a lot more variety since 2014 and the cohesion between Blackberry, Kagere and Tuyisenge is much better.

In defence Shakava is far more mature than he was in 2014 when the defence was also disjointed. However the defence where Kerr will need to work overtime to come up with a winning formula given the departure of Musa Mohamed and injuries to Nizigiyimana and Wellington Ochieng. And in attack, the strikers will be made to understand that Esperance rarely make mistakes and thus finishing must be sharp. One area that Esperance has been struggling of late is their inability to defend set-pieces, something Kerr has shown that he can exploit.

In 2014, Gor Mahia conceded three goals to defensive and goalkeeping blunders. This is unlikely to be repeated in 2018. Boniface Oluoch cannot afford to be non-chalant against those very clever Esperance attackers as they will have studied him and know his shenanigans. He must clear his lines immediately.

Esperance were eliminated by Al Merreikh of Sudan in the 2015 Champions and were almost eliminated by Horoya of Guinea in 2017. With the right tactical approach.

Key Players to watch

These are the key players that Gor Mahia must prepare for

Franck Kom

A highly expewrienced defensive midfielder who has played for the Cameroun national team as well as stints in the Bundesliga and made almost 100 appearances for Etoile de Sahel including champions league matches. He will be key in the Esperance tactic of applying high pressure and converting turnovers into quick attacks.

Taha Khennissi

The bearded striker is the current top scorer in the Tunisian league. He is your prototypical North African clinical finisher. His goals primarily come from using his wit to beat offside traps and his finishes are very precise. He is 183 cm tall and very good at finishing with his head. He is a very good passer as well. He will be counted on to score for Tunisia at the 2018 world cup.

Ghailene Chaalali

This midfielder is fond of shooting from long range. He has a rocket launcher in his right foot and will beat you with a long range bomb if you allow him space. He times his tackles well and he is very speedy. So when he wins a tackle, he immediately sets of a counter-attack. His is also in the Tunisian national team.

Khalil Chemmam

A vastly experienced left back who has played for the Tunisia national team since 2008 and has played for clubs in Portugal. He is fond of sliding tackles, something that the speedy Kevin Omondi can exploit to win penalties.

Anice Badri

The Tunisian national team attacker was born in France and grew up in Lyon. He is a brilliant passer and will be the key supplier of passes to Khenissi. He is adept at shielding defenders, drawing in multiple defenders and releasing precise passes to his fellow attackers. he is also adept at running at defenders and will flop at the slightest touch this drawing penalties.

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4 Mar 18

In this TV interview, Dylan Kerr says he fails to understand why KPL is congesting the fixtures during the month of March when there are 10 months left in the year. He says KPL should make it possible for Kenyan teams to do well in the Africa Champions League by ensuring that teams are well rested. Kerr is unhappy that his team is forced to play5 games within 14 days and yet are still expected to do well against Esperance.


Nevertheless after the Bandari tie, Kerr was more positive ahead of the mammoth March 7 encounter against Esperance of Tunisia. This after Gor Mahia put on a sold performance against previous league leaders Bandari on Saturday.

“I wanted the performance today, I wanted the energy and I got it from my players,” said Kerr to goal.com

This despite the fact that Gor Mahia have lost Wellington Ochieng to a long term injury. Ugandan utility player Godfrey Walusimbi is also injured, which leaves Gor Mahia with few options at the fullback position.

The good news is that Ivorian Striker Ephrem Guikan who picked up a concussion is now out of danger.

“Guikan suffered a knock after falling awkwardly from the aerial challenge. He suffered concussion but doctors have cleared him. He is now out of danger and can play next match if the coach wants to use him.” said club CEO Omondi Aduda to goal.com



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3 Mar 18

Wesley Onguso whose cross resulted in the first goal

Gor Mahia beat Bandari 2-0 in a top of the table clash at Machakos on Saturday. The goals came from an own goal that resulted from Wesley Onguso’s cross and a tap in by Meddie Kagere.

Additional reporting from futaa.com
Gor Mahia has maintained the perch at the summit of the Kenya Premier League table after seeing off Bandari 2-0 at Kenyatta stadium on March 3rd. The Dockers were yet to lose a game before today’s clash.

A cautious start into the match saw both teams play around the midfield and Gor Mahia might have had their first shot on target were it not for the assistant referee flag that waved down Meddie Kagere’s surge. Wellington Ochieng went down after a collision with Bandari center back when Gor right back seemed to be in fine position to deliver  killer pass into the box.

Ochieng Out

Ochieng ws unlucky again when he was knocked down by Keegan Ndemi as the two went for a 50-50 ball. Wesley Onguso had to come in to replace Ochieng who was unable to continue with the match.

Godfrey Walusimbi was redeployed to the right back while the former Sofapaka full back took charge of the opposite flank. David King’atua had to be attended by the medics when he was harshly tackled by Joash Onyango.

Meanwehile, Jacques Tuyisenge was denied by Faruk Shikhalo as the Rwandan looked in open space to score the opener. Shikhalo stopped Kagere’s fierce header to concede a corner and parried away again George Odhiambo’s corner. Shikhalo was just in business and was doing it well.

First Goal 

Onguso who was picked from the middle of the pack by Francis Kahata volleyed in a cross that deflected off Bandari captain and center back Felly Mulumba. Shikhalo was well beaten in goal. That was the first goal for Onguso in the league and first goal for Shikhalo to concede since joining Bandari and stamping his authority within the goal posts.

Shikhlo made Kagere wait for goal yet again when he stopped his low drive after the Rwandan was teed up from the midfield and entered the box from the left flank. It did take long before Kagere scored, beating the former Posta custodian who left his line to clear an on coming ball but the forward had the easiest of work, rolling the ball into an empty net as no Bandari player was within vicinity to try and even clear the ball. Bandari were left ruing the goal as they deemed that Kagere was offside.

Bandari got tired as the minutes dragged towards the final whistle. Each pass failed to meet the target, poor runs from every player and conceding the ball easily under little pressure from the opponent.

Gor Mahia Starting XI: Boniface Oluoch, Wellingtone Ochieng (Wesley Onguso,), Walusimbi Godfrey, Harun Shakava, Joash Onyango, Ernest Wendo, Philemon Otieno, Francis Kahata (Boniface Omondi), Jacques Tuyisenge, Meddie Kagere (Kevin Omondi,), George Odhiambo,

Unused subs: Fredrick Odhiambo, Samwel Onyango,  Cercidy Okeyo Eliud Lokuwam.

Bandari Starting XI: Farouk Shikhalo (GK), Nicholas Mejja (Wycliffe Ochomo),, Fred Nkata, Dan Guya, Felly Mulumba, Anthony Wambani, Hassan Abdalla, Collins Agade, Shaban Kenga (William Wadri.), David Kingatua (Bonface Akenga ), Keegan Ndemi.

Unused subs: Joseph Ochuka (GK), Iddi Hassan, Siraj Mohammed, Wilberforce Lugogo.

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