Archives - May, 2011



23 May 11

In a match played at the Mumias complex, Kogalo held runaway league leaders Tusker FC to a goalless draw. Tusker had moved the match to Mumias in order to deter Kogalo’s travelling band of supporters from travelling and playing the crucial 12th man role. They also hoped that the locals who are hostile to Kogalo would show up in significant numbers. It was all in vain as the match was well attended by Kogalo fans.

The match itself was a balanced affair as Kogalo gave as much as they received. They are now placed 5th in the standings with 20 points


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19 May 11

Date of Birth: Jan 2, 1993
Previous Club N/A
Position: Striker
Years Active 2011 – Present

 

Speed merchant Edwin Lavatsa has been a tremendous asset for Gor Mahia ever since he joined Gor Mahia in 2011 while still a student at Upper Hill Secondary school in 2011. He was signed as a potential replacement to favourite George Odhiambo “Blackberry” who had just left the club for Denmark.

Lavatsa spent his formative years in Kibera and once played for Olympic Talents in Kibera before he rose into the limelight. Also at Olympic Talents was national team defender David “Cheche” Ochieng.

He has scored and set up several crucial goals for Gor Mahia since he joined. Most notable was the goal he scored in the 2011 FKF cup final that enabled Gor Mahia to beat Sofapaka 1-0 and lift the trophy. A long term injury in 2012 saw him miss almost half the season. But when he returned he promptly regained his form.

Lavatsa’s superlative performances for club have seen him get call ups to the national team where he has acquited himself really well. His speed on the right flank has been the bane of many defenders. Lavatsa’s stellar performances for club has seen him invited to the national team where he has acquited himself well.


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19 May 11

Date of Birth: April 2, 1987
Previous Club APR (Rwanda)
Position: Midfielder
Years Active 2011 – Present

 

The classy Moses Odhiambo joined Gor Mahia in 2011 from Young Africans of Dar es Salaam. In his three years at Gor Mahia, “Dube” played a pivotal role as Gor Mahia won the league, the FKF cup twice and the KPL top 8.

Nicknamed “Dube” for his dreadlocks and his physical resemblance to South African reggae singer Lucky Dube, Odhiambo was an industrious, tireless midfielder who always tracked back to help the defence and also created numerous chances for the forwards. His playmaking skills are something the club sorely misses now. Odhiambo’s ball control and his intelligence on the field is immaculate.

His career started as a youngstar with the now defunct Utalii United. He immediately established himself as one of the best midfielders in the country. When Utalii was disbanded, he joined Tusker. He was soon called up to the national team, then coached by Frenchman Bernard Lama. His exploits on the local scene attracted the eyes of Tanzanian scouts. He soon joined upstart Moro United. He was in sensational form in the 2006 CECAFA cup when he scored three goals to help Moro United reach the finals. Most notable was his quarter-final goal against Simba sports club which enabled Moro beat Simba 2-1

His performances compelled Simba to swoop in and sign him in 2007. He established himself as one of the best players in the Tanzanian league in his role as a roving midfielder under coach Twalib Hilal. He stayed at Simba briefly before joining APR of Rwanda. He was the APR squad that beat Gor Mahia handily in 2008. Upon leaving APR, Odhiambo had a stint with Belgian second tier side AS Eupen from 2008 to 2009.

The 2012 season was his best in the Kogalo jersey. With Logarusic in charge, Odhiambo was at the heart of the Gor Mahia midfield, pulling the strings, setting up goals and supporting the defence. His most memorable moment came when he headed home a cross from Moses Otieno to give Gor Mahia a 2-1 win over arch rivals AFC Leopards in the FKF cup. His superb form in 2012 saw him named to the national team under another Frenchman Henri Michel. At the end of the season, he struck a deal with a side in the Omani deal. The deal however fell through when the Omanians reneged on an earlier promise and Dube returned to Gor Mahia much to the relief of Gor Mahia fans.

And he would play a  key role in enabling Gor Mahia win the national league after an 18 year hiatus. It thus came as a surprise to many when he was released by the club. This column would like to thank “Odhis Dube” for his three seasons of distinguished service.

 

 


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19 May 11

 

Date of Birth: October 20 1992
Previous Club FISA Academy
Position: defender
Years Active 2010 – Present

 

Musa Mohammed is a dependable defender, equally adept at playing in central defence or out on the flanks. Musa was a member of the Langata high school team that won the national championship in 2008. Prior to joining Gor Mahia, he played for FISA academy. His top shelf performances have seen him called up to the national team several times. Famous Boxer, Fatuma Zarika is his sister.


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19 May 11

The top 8 encounter between Gor Mahia and Ulinzi was abandoned in the second half due to crowd trouble. The fracas ensued when an equalizing goal by new signing Moses Odhiambo was disallowed by the centre referee.

Ulinz took the lead in the 38th minute when a throw in by Mulinge Munandi created a goalmouth melee which Mike Baraza pounced on to score.Indeed Kogalo seem to have trouble dealing with dead ball situations.

Moses Odhiambo was yet again the most lively Kogalo player. His well freekick went into the roof of the net, only for the referee to flag Ivan Anguyo offside much to the chagrin of fans.


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12 May 11

Displaying an improved performance in comparison to their performance against Bandari, Kogalo held Sofapaka to a goal-less draw in a midweek floodlit match at the Nyayo stadium on Wednesday.

Sofapaka, who were buoyed by their recent success at continental level were quick to go on the offensive in the 1st half with Bob Mugalia, John Baraza and Patrick Kagogo forcing a series of fine saves from Jerim Onyango in the Kogalo goal.  The enigmatic Onyango is an excellent shot stopper when he is on game. But he is prone to some howlers. On Wednesday however, Jerim was on top of his game. Collins Okoth made a return and showed that he had not missed a beat, putting on a good display.

Kogalo were the more adventurous side in the second half especially with the introduction of Kevin Omondi who of late has assumed the role of super-sub. It was lively new signing, Moses Odhiambo who had the best chance after being put through by Lavatsa. But with only the keeper to beat, he shot wide.

It was a lively game certainly not worth a goal-less tie. Kogalo seem to be able to raise their game when they play against good teams but show inconsistency against the likes of Chemelil, Rangers and Congo United. Go figure. This lack of consistency needs to be addressed.

The tie leaves Gor Mahia in 4th place with 19 points.


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8 May 11

Kogalo fans heaved a huge sigh of relief as their team pipped struggling Bandari 1-0 in a match played on Saturday at the City stadium. Gor Mahia were playing without key players, Collins Okoth (suspension), Edwin Lavatsa (injury) and Jerim Onyango who is down with malaria.

It was not a particularly good display from Kogalo who often found themselves under pressure from Bandari. The all important goal came from an indirect freekick. Kevin Omondi put the ball in the path of Moses Odhiambo. The new signing sent a rasping drive which found the back of the net via a deflection. It was Odhiambo’s second goal since returning from injury. It was he who stood out with a good performance in an otherwise dour display by Gor Mahia.

In the second half, substitue John Kiplagat, saw his goalbound shot saved by the Bandari keeper. The lively Odhiambo released Dan Makori with a brilliant through ball. But Makori blasted wide, missing a chance to put the game out of reach.  It is fair to say however that Bandari were the better side in the second half. Kogalo now have 18 points from 10 matches.


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2 May 11

Gor Mahia stumbled yet again. This time they were held by bottom club Congo United. Cheered on by a large contingent of traveling supporters, it was Kogalo who opened the scoring via Ezekiel Odera. Once again it was Edwin Lavatsa who provided the assist. But the hard fighting Congo boys were back on level terms only 2 minutes later.

Kogalo fans were shell shocked when Congo took the lead on the stroke of halftime. In the second half , Kogalo sent in wave after wave of attacks. But Congo defended their goal doggedly. The breakthrough finally came on 85 minutes via Duncan Makori.

Fans were up in arms after the game with many calling for the dissmissal of coach Zico. It was the second excellent result for the Coastals after their victory over AFC Leopards last week. The match was played at Mbaraki sports club following the closure of Mombasa municipal stadium for repairs.


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