Solid performance for Joash against Ghana

This Gor Mahia trio was in action

Gor Mahia central defender Joash Onyango was one of the best players on the pitch on Saturday as Kenya lost 0-1 to Ghana in the last qualifier for the 2019 Africa Nations cup. Joash has seen very little playing time at Kogalo especially after he went down with an injury. On Saturday he proved that he has recovered. Coach Migne selected him ahead of the experienced duo of David Owino “Calabar” and Brian Onyango Mandela.

Other Gor Mahia players who featured were Philemon Otieno and Francis Kahata. Kahata had a quiet game. Mbish had a torrid time keeping up with the Ghana winger and will have learned a few lessons today. Former Gor Mahia players Eric Ouma “Marcelo” and Musa Mohamed also played.

Additional reporting from the Nation

Black of Stars of Ghana needed an 83rd minute strike from debutante Caleb Ekuban to edge gallant Harambee Stars 1-0 and finish top of Group “F” in 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers at Accra Sports club on Saturday.

The Turkey-based Ekuban, who replaced Alhassan Wakaso on 59 minutes, struck home a low drive past Kenyan custodian Patrick Matasi after being played through by Thomas Partey.

Matasi will however live to forget the manner in which he conceded the goal. Ekuban’s shot slipped through his arms before finding the back of the net, after the Kenyans seemed headed for a historic draw which would have ensured they remain top of the standings.

Ghana finish top of the group on nine points, two ahead of Sebastien Migne’s Kenya. The goal heart broke the Kenyans who had put up a plausible performance away from home.

Mubarak Wakaso floated in a cross from the left but Patrick Matasi gathered with two minutes into the game as the hosts went all out from the onset.

Two minutes later, Eric Johanna’s shot from outside the box was parried by Ghana goalkeeper Richard Ofori with Francis Kahata unable to pounce on the rebound on time.

Atletico Madrid midfielder Partey shot over the bar from a free-kick from 25 yards after Joash Onyango had brought down Jordan Ayew in the seventh minute.

The Black Stars thought to have taken the lead on 33 minutes through Andre Ayew but Botswana referee Joshua Bondo ruled it out for a foul on Matasi.

Kwadwo Asamoah swung in a free kick from the left flank but Nicholas Opoku’s header veered off the target as the Kenyans survived another scare in the first half.

A minute after the restart, Matasi found Masoud Juma with a long range pass that the Libya-based forward charged down to force Ghana shot-stopper Richard Ofori into a fingertip save with a rasping pile driver.

Pistone Mutamba, who came on for Masoud on 59 minutes, won possession with his first touch at the hour mark to put Eric Johanna through on goal but the Sweden-based midfielder wasn’t quick enough before Ofori gathered the ball with ease.

Bondo then booked Erick “Marcelo” Ouma for a cynical foul on Kwadwo Asamoah on 56 minutes and 10 minutes later, Matasi followed suit for time wasting.

Christian Atsu managed to break the Kenya defence on 73 minutes but his low effort went inches wide.

Line-ups

Harambee Stars lineup: Patrick Matasi (GK), Philemon Otieno (Paul Were 86’), Musa Mohammed, Joash Onyango, Eric Ouma, Victor Wanyama (C), Dennis Odhiambo, Eric Johanna (Bernard Ochieng 76’), Francis Kahata, Johanna Omollo, Masud Juma (Piston Mutamba 59’)

Unused Substitutes: John Oyemba (GK), Faruk Shikalo (GK), David Owino, Brian Mandela, Anthony Akumu, Ismail Gonzalez, Allan Wanga

Black Stars lineup: Richard Ofori (GK), Daniel Opare, Nicholas Opoku, John Boye, Lumor Agbenyenu – Mubarak Wakaso (Caleb Ekuban 60’), Thomas Partey, Christian Atsu, Kwadwo Asamoah – Andre Ayew (Joseph Aidoo 86’), Jordan Ayew (Emmanuel Boateng’ 76’)

Oktay: Move fast and sign Tuyisenge

Gor Mahia coach Hassan Oktay has urged the club to act fast in order to keep Jacque Tuyisenge

Additional reporting from goal.com

Gor Mahia coach Hassan Oktay has admitted that the club is on the verge of losing lead striker Jacques Tuyisenge. Goal reported on Monday that AS Vita Club has renewed their interest to sign the Rwandan striker after their initial bid was knocked down in January.

The DR Congo giants have already approached Gor Mahia for the services of the striker, who scored the winning goal, as K’Ogalo reached the last eight of the Caf Confederation Cup.

Oktay has urged Gor Mahia to speak to the player and tie him down to a long term contract or else they will lose their ‘best player.’ “I know several clubs are fighting to sign Tuyisenge, it is not a secret anymore, even teams from Europe have approached Gor Mahia for his services,” Oktay revealed to Goal in an interview.

“I want to plead to the office to tie him down to a new contract because the offers he is receiving from Europe and Africa are very enticing and he could move. “He is a professional player, a very decent player, one of the best strikers in KPL and I would like to work with him for longer at Gor Mahia.”

Tuyisenge moved to the Kenyan champions in February 2016 after captaining Rwanda national team Amavubi to quarter-finals of the 4th African Nations Championship (Chan) finals, which was staged in Rwanda.

Gor Mahia coach Hassan Oktay has admitted that the club is on the verge of losing lead striker Jacques Tuyisenge. Goal reported on Monday that AS Vita Club has renewed their interest to sign the Rwandan striker after their initial bid was knocked down in January.

The DR Congo giants have already approached Gor Mahia for the services of the striker, who scored the winning goal, as K’Ogalo reached the last eight of the Caf Confederation Cup. Oktay has urged Gor Mahia to speak to the player and tie him down to a long term contract or else they will lose their ‘best player.’ “I know several clubs are fighting to sign Tuyisenge, it is not a secret anymore, even teams from Europe have approached Gor Mahia for his services,” Oktay revealed to Goal in an interview.

“I want to plead to the office to tie him down to a new contract because the offers he is receiving from Europe and Africa are very enticing and he could move. “He is a professional player, a very decent player, one of the best strikers in KPL and I would like to work with him for longer at Gor Mahia.” Tuyisenge moved to the Kenyan champions in February 2016 after captaining Rwanda national team Amavubi to quarter-finals of the 4th African Nations Championship (Chan) finals, which was staged in Rwanda.

Who are RS Berkane

In its illustrious history, Gor Mahia has played against three teams from Egypt, one from Tunisia, one from Libya and two from Algeria. But never has Gor Mahia faced off with a Moroccan side. The clash with RC Berkane on April 28 will be the first.

Renaissance Sportive de Berkane was formed in 1938 and is based in the city of Berkane in Northeastern Morocco. They have been one of the revelations in the 2018-2019 CAF Confederations cup. They qualified for the CAF cup by virtue of winning the 2018 Moroccan cup.

They don’t have much of a history in African competition or even in the Moroccan league where they were promoted back to the top flight in 2012.
But their form in continental competition has been excellent. They have been very solid at home: In the opening round, they recorded wins of 3-0 against Al Ittihad of Libya and then a 5-1 win over AS Diaraf of Senegal
In the group stage, they topped a group that had two more illustrious teams from Morocco: Hassania Agadir and current defending champions Raja Casablanca. AS Otoho of Congo-Brazzavile was the other team in the group. Berkane were impressive, collecting eleven points and assuring top spot in the group with one game left. Most impressive were their 4-2 win over defending champions Raja Casablanca and the 3-0 win over AS Otoho.

Their domestic form on the other hand is poor. They are currently in 9th place in the Moroccan league standings, well behind league leaders Wydad Casablanca. Last season they were 9th at the end of the season while in the season before that, they finished fourth.

They play their home matches at the 15,000 seat Stade Municipal de Berkane

Their most dangerous threat is Togolese striker Kodjo Laba who has scored 5 goals in the competition including a double against Raja Casablanca. Laba has also played 23 times for the Togolese national team, finding the back of the net 11 times.

The other dangerman to watch is midfielder Alain Traore. The 30 year old Burkinabe international spent a lot of his younger years in France, playing for Auxerre, Lorient and Monaco. He also spent a season in Turkey playing for Kayserispor followed by a season at top Qatari side Al Markiya.

RC Berkane have no players in the Morocco national team which is comprised largely of French, Belgian and Dutch players of Moroccans descent. The CHAN cup is reserved for home based players. In the 2018 Morocco squad, there was one RC Berkane player (Ayub al Kaabi). He has since left the club to go play in China.

Kenneth Muguna and Francis Kahata in action against NA Hussein Dey of Algeria

Whereas Gor Mahia has historically recorded below par results against North African sides, there recent form is encouraging. Last year Kogalo forced a draw at home against eventual Africa champions Esperance and lost the second goal by an unlucky goal. And this season they scored wins over Algerian and Egyptian sides

Gor Mahia beats Kenpoly 4-0

Gor Mahia advanced to the round of 16 in the 2019 Sportpesa Shield. This after beating Kenpoly 4-0 at Machakos on Wednesday.

Additional reporting from the Nation

Ugandan Erisa Ssekisambu bagged a brace, before Nicholas Kipkirui and Eric Ombija added their names to the score-sheet with a goal each.

“It was a learning experience for us and we are lucky that we met Gor Mahia for the second time. Last year we conceded five, but went on to play well in the county league to earn promotion to the fifth tier,” Kenpoly sports coordinator Geoffrey Matayoh said ON Wednesday.

“We hope that next time we can beat them in a cup competition,” he added.

The match had been scheduled for last weekend, but was pushed forward to allow Gor play Petro Atletico from Angola in the final group game of the Caf Confederation Cup last Sunday.

Kenpoly shift their focus to their next league match against Tusker Youth slated for Saturday at Ruaraka grounds.

Oktay praises Ze Maria

Gor Mahia coach Hassan Oktay attributes the team’s improved performance after a poor start to the fact that the team has now adjusted to his tactics.

“I put my own philosophy and it has worked and I believe they are going to get better. Even in our first game in our loss against Bandari, I said we going to get better and you can see that happening every day,” Oktay said after the Petro game.

Oktay further thinks that the previous coach Dylan Kerr benefited from the foundation laid by the previous coach Ze Maria.

“At the start of my tenure, they struggled to get what I needed from them. The other coach (Dylan Kerr) had a different philosophy but the Brazilian (Ze Maria) laid the foundation for this group. A little bit of tiki-taka football, slow motion and the other guy (Kerr) who came took the benefit from him but I changed everything from the scratch. ” said Oktay to futaa.com

Oktay says his attention now shifts to the domestic scene

“As a coach, you must strive to win the league first but you can’t ignore the other competitions you are in too. Times it’s hard to balance this because I have to rotate due to the schedule we have. A time you have injuries and you have to force your players to play. Like Muguna (Kenneth) will be out for another week or ten days and I have to find able replacements in his position. It’s my job to do that,”

Gor Mahia open their 2019 FKF cup campaign against Kenpoly on Wednesday.

Oktay blasts camp Toyoyo and lack of technology


Gor Mahia coach Hassan Oktay said in a press conference that Gor Mahia is still in the stone age as far as technology. He says other teams in Africa such as Zamalek have technology to track key statistics like how much distance is covered by each player, how many touches they have, how many passes they complete etc, how many tackles they make. All these are crucial in assessing a player’s performance.

Furthermore, Oktay says that Petro Atletico, whom Gor Mahia recently eliminated, has a training ground with several pitches, unlike Gor Mahia whose training ground (camp Toyoyo), is limited to only one field. All this puts himself and the team at a severe disadvantage. Which is why Gor Mahia’s performance in reaching the quarter-finals of the CAF cup ought to be hailed

Tuyisenge thanks fans

Gor Mahia striker Jacque Tuyisenge who scored the all important goal on Sunday has said that the fans lifted the team and inspired nine-man Gor Mahia to fight.

“We did it thanks to their support,” said Tuyisenge, who has four goals in this competition. Their presence and cheering every touch and tackle keeps pushing us. This is what we need if we want to advance further, may they continue coming even in more numbers than Sunday so that we can make use of our home advantage easily,” he said to the Nation.

Attendance was slightly better than it has been of late especially considering that the match was played on Sunday at 7pm.

Oktay blasts referee

Gor Mahia coach Hassan Oktay is unhappy with the performance of Moroccan referee Redouane Jiyed .

“They (Caf) need to send referees who can understand both languages to control the game well and can manage to speak to both coaches without misunderstandings,” Oktay said to the Nation

“To me, Ernest deserved a yellow card but he gave a red and for Batambuze, he was fouled and went down, but the referee didn’t warn the Petro player then he makes a second foul and he is sent off because he was on a yellow already.

“For my send-off, I think he was a little bit harsh because he doesn’t understand English.” concluded Oktay.

5 Gor Mahia players suspended for next match.

Captain Harun Shakava picked his second consecutive yellow and will miss the next match. Boniface Omondi and lead striker Jacques Tuyisenge will also miss the next match after picking two subsequent yellow cards. Ernest Wendo and left back Shaffik Batambuze, who were red carded in the do-or die-clash will miss both legs of the quarter-finals.


Gor Mahia edge Petro de Luanda 1-0

Gor Mahia are through to the next stage of the 2018-2019 CAF Confederations cup after beating Petro De Luanda of Angola 1-0.

Additional reporting from the Nation

Two red cards, a sending off for both coaches and two ferocious shots crashing against the post was the story of the evening as Gor Mahia sealed their spot in the quarterfinals of the Caf Confederation Cup after a 1-0 win over Petro Atletico in a dramatic match staged at the Moi International Sports Center in Kasarani on Sunday.

The final whistle saw Gor fans storm the pitch to savour the historic events of the night.

A penalty was all that the hosts needed to fend off Petro, who had come out guns blazing and, who had numerical advantage in the match.

“We have to congratulate the players for playing well despite being disadvantaged for a long spell,” said Oktay.

“What we have achieved today as a team without football technology is fantastic and I’m proud if each and everyone of my players.”

In that highly combative clash, Gor’s moment of grace came in the 56th minute when Boniface Omondi was felled inside the box, promoting the referee to call for a penalty.

Jacques Tuyisenge took the spot kick and sent the ball directly inside much to the jubilation of the sizeable crowd that had turned out to watch the match.

The game itself was highly dramatic from the get go, and Gor seemed to have everything under control both on the pitch and in the stands until that moment of madness in the 36th minute.

Hassan Oktay, Ernest Wendo and Shafiq Batambuze never saw the end of the match. The first two never even saw the end of the first half as they were sent off in the 36th and 44th minutes of the game for infringements of different kinds.

Wendo was sent off for an unnecessary high boot into the waist of Petro ‘s Vladamir Eston, who had to be pulled off shortly afterwards.

Oktay was given the boot 10 minutes later for dissent.

He seemed irked with his boys’ output and demanded more in the early stages of the match where he kept making highly animated gestures during the match.

But that was not the end of the bad fortunes for K’Ogalo.

Shaffiq Batambuze was shown red in the 77th minute of the match after recording a second bookable offense.

That wasn’t all either. Petro coach was also ejected from the match for dissent against the referee.

The players donned black arm bands in honour of the Ethiopian plane crash victims and a minute silence observed for football administrator Swaleh Mtetu who perished in the crash.

Oktay had unleashed his best available charges for the game, with star striker Dennis ‘The Menace’ Oliech starts from the bench as Rwandan Jacques Tuyisenge leads the team’s front line that also has talented up starter Nicholas Kipkurui.

In the absence of injured goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch, Peter Odhiambo stood in goal and he will be covered by Philemon Otieno, Shafik Batambuze, captain Harun Shakava and Charles Momanyi.

Gor Mahia edge Kakamega Homeboyz 2-1

Gor Mahia overcame their travel fatigue and absence of several key players as well as a player-strike to accomplish a come from behind win against Kakamega Homeboyz. Goals from Francis Mustafa and Boniface Omondi canceled a 50th minute goal from Luke Namada.

Additional reporting from the Nation
Two quick-fire goals from substitute Francis Mustafa and Boniface Omondi cancelled out Luke Namanda’s 51st minute opener as Gor Mahia rallied to claim the maximum points in the closely contested encounter.

Namanda was put through on goal by Ali Bhai to slot home past hapless Gor custodian Fredrick Odhiambo but Mustafa, who replaced Nicholas Kipkirui on 55 minutes, equalised barely 12 minutes after coming on.

The Burundian capitalised on Homeboyz’s defensive lapse to plant the ball into the roof of the net. The dust had not settled before Gor took the lead through Boniface Omondi whose rasping shot from outside the box took a deflected off Festus Okiring into the back of the net, giving goalkeeper David Juma no chance.

It was Gor Mahia who had the first chance of the match, coming in the third minute through Boniface Omondi’s free-kick that went begging inside the area. Lawrence Juma had been brought down by Sosthenes Idah outside the 18-yard box.

Idah blasted wide from Ali Bhai’s corner kick on nine minutes after Luke Namanda’s dangerous cross took a deflection off Geoffrey Ochieng on its way out.

On the other end, Gor broke on the counter but Nicholas Kipkirui’s attempted header off a Boniface Omondi cross went wayward off target.

Lawrence Juma sent his free-kick from 20 yards to the skies after Fesutus Okiring’ had fouled Boniface Omondi on 17 minutes. Three minutes later, Ugandan Erisa Ssekisambu went into centre referee Booke Phillip’s book for a poor tackle on Idah.

On 25 minutes, Kipkirui initiated a move down the central midfield before squeezing a pass to Ssekisambu who charged down but his fierce shot veered off the target much to the chagrin of a few K’Ogalo fans that had turned up.

On 36 minutes, Homeboyz goalkeeper David Juma was called to action to parry out Boniface Omondi’s rebound after his initial shot from a corner had hit the upright.

Both teams were playing cautious as the clock ticked towards the halftime break.

Gor Mahia take on Homeboyz next

Gor Mahia will try to put their dissapointing North African sojourn aside. This week they resume their 2018-2019 Sportpesa Premier League campaign with a match against Kakamega Homeboyz. The match was moved from Wednesday to Thursday to accomodate Gor Mahia’s late arrival from Egypt.

Coach Oktay is adamant that the team will take what they learned in North Africa and apply the lessons.

Every loss makes you more stronger,” Oktay told Nation Sport via phone on Monday morning.

“You find that you note so many weaknesses in your team whenever playing outside the country and you try to improve them. The more they play away from home, the more they improve themselves,” he added.

It will now a long shot for Gor Mahia to qualify for the next stage but Oktay says his side will give it their all.

“We are going to give 100 percent in this game, nothing less, we’ve to,” he insisted.