Gor Mahia get reprieve

Kogalo scraped through to the 3rd round of the FKL cup. In a bizzarre turn of events,
Gor Mahia is a beneficiary of a resolution passed by clubs during the grand draw held on June 22 at the Nyayo‘s Kenya National Sports Council (KNSC) boardroom. “All representatives of the teams participating in the tournament at the meeting signed the clause that allowed five losers in the second round to be allowed to sail to the third round.

However the decision has been met with howls of derision by other clubs, most notably Sofapaka and Congo United. Congo United coach Gilbert Selebwa told Supersport.com early Thursday that it was absolute meaningless to feature in the tournament if losers will be allowed to continue in the event.

“This is a knock-out tournament. We cannot admit losing teams through the back door. Those who lost should accept defeat and move on. Otherwise this tournament will be rendered meaningless,” said Selebwa.

Sofapaka Chief Executive officer (CEO) Pastor Jimmy Amboje said the rule was “pure robbery” to winning teams and argued that they will protest the decision.

The above comment from Sofapaka is ironic considering that they led the charge to boycott the FKL cup.

The decision is a relief for Gor Mahia fans, many of whom are eager to see the club play continental football.

Rachier gunning for top spot

Despite having unfinished business at Gor Mahia, chairman Ambrose Rachier has declared his candidacy for the Chairmanship of Football Kenya limited. He was endorsed by club chairmen of the Kenya Premier league. Should he win, be will be following in the footsteps of legendary Gor Mahia chairman and patron Joab Omino who in 1990 was elected KFF chairman while still Gor Mahia chairman.

Rachier said the KPL had realized none of the candidates who have presented themselves have the capacity to take Kenyan football an inch further and hence picked him as their candidate.

He will be running against incompetent incumbent Mohammed Hatimy, the all political Sam Nyamweya as well as fan favorite Hussein Terry. Former Gor Mahia winger William Obwaka earlier declared his candidacy but now appears to have lost interest. Other former Gor Mahia players, Eric Obura and Dan Shikanda are also gunning for posts. Perhaps the most intriguing candidate is an outsider the lovely Elizabeth Shako.

Elizabeth Shako

The move by KPL and Rachier appears ill-advised.One of the issues raised by Rachier as a reason for running is the lack of financial transparency. But Rachier has not exactly been transparent during his tenure as club chairman.

Secondly, it would make more sense for KPL to unite behind a candidate who is likely to raise the standards of football and enhance the Kenya premier league. That candidate is non other than Hussein Terry. By splitting the votes, they make it more likely that Nyamweya or Hatimy will win.

These are people who have run football into the ground as is addressed in a separate article. Click here to read the article

Congo United beat Kogalo

In a match played at the newly renovated Mombasa municipal stadium, Gor Mahia were unceremoniously beaten in the FKL cup by Congo United. Gor Mahia who had flown to Mombasa in yet another unprecedented event were literally brought down to earth when they lost on penalties (10-9) to Congo United.

The Mombasa side has proven a tough nut to crack having forced Kogalo to a 2-2 draw in the 1st leg. Wednesday was no different. Congo dominated the 1st 20 minutes but Kogalo then took over the proceedings.

In the second half, both teams were redueced to 10 men. Wycliff Ochomo was ejected for a second bookable offense. The game ended in a barren draw and went on to penalties.

All  players from each team took penalties, including the two goalkeepers took penalties after Rama and Mwangili Selenga missed theirs.

In the second round of the penalties, Erick Masika, who had scored the opening penalty for Gor Mahia, had his penalty saved by Evans Omondi, while Rama, who had missed his first penalty, scored the winning penalty for Congo.

Scorers for Gor Mahia were Mohammed Musa, Moses Odhiambo, Nasio Solomon, Moses Otieno, Fred Onyango, Christopher Wekesa, Kevin Ochieng and Kevin Omondi.

Coach Zico said his players were tired after playing against AFC Leopards on Sunday. Which begs the question as to why well rested players like Ezekiel Odera were not used. Indeed Gor Mahia played very well in the first half but could not break through. Gor Mahia fans will now be hoping for a reprieve that will see them stay in the tournament as the best loosers.

All in all, a good week for Gor Mahia

This week was a much needed relief for Gor Mahia football club which had suffered through bad publicity caused by fans violence, the TV ban, a lousy jersey sponsorship deal and a string of inadequate results.

The week started on a sound note when Supersport recognized the good work being done by Gor Mahia fans and officials and decided to rescind the ban on the club. There would thus be an opportunity for Gor Mahia players to showcase their talents on television not just in Kenya but all over the continent.

Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards fans played their part by cooperating in a peace initiative and tree planting effort to commemorate the fans who passed away in the equivalent encounter last season. There was even a friendly match pitting AFC fans against their Gor Mahia counterparts. The good publicity and goodwill generated by these actions was priceless.

In fact during and after the match, Gor Mahia fans had no problem sitting together during the match and otherwise joining up in drinking joints after the match. For someone like yours truly who started to attend matches in the 1980s and was used to bitter enmity between the two sets of fans, the sight of GM and AFC fans engaging each other in friendly banter is incredible. But it is this kind of fan friendly atmosphere that will draw neutrals to the stadium.

GM and AFC fans had no trouble sitting together

Security at the match was was top notch. There were no incidences of muggings as has been common at some matches. Ticketing was well organized and most tickets were sold several days before the match.

Finally on game day, Gor Mahia set a new record by collecting close to 5.6 million Ksh. Attendance was incredible. The fan base has grown at an incredible rate and at this rate, Gor Mahia will soon outgrow the Nyayo stadium talk less of the City stadium which is already proving inadequate. In fact if fans continue their peaceful ways, continue their outreach to new fans and continue to socialize online and in real life, Gor Mahia will soon be filling Kasarani.

There are no numbers available on how large the TV audience was, but this was probably the most watched event of the week in Kenya. For once the derby now dubbed “El Classico” is beginning to capture the imgaination of the Kenyan public like it did in the 1980s when everywhere from Machakos to Nyahururu and Malindi, Kenyans everywhere would clutch their radios closely to hear the match announced on radio by legends like Mambo Mbotela, Juma Njuguna, Ismail Mohammed and Ali Salim Manga, then eagerly watch the highlights on the Voice of Kenya’s 7pm news transmission.

Then Gor Mahia capped off the week with a historic win that catapulted them back into contention for the league title. Something they haven’t won since 1995. The El Classico derby catapulted local football back to relevance.

Gor Mahia trounce AFC Leopards 3-1

In what is probably the most convicing win over their arch rivals in 36 years, Gor Mahia beat AFC Leopards 3-1 in a league match played at the Nyayo national stadium on Sunday. The goals came via new signings Wycliffe Ochomo, Demonde Selenga and regular right winger Dan Makori.

Both teams started brightly with Bernard Mangoli coming close for AFC when he hit the post with a well taken shot. Ochomo hitting replied in kind, hitting the cross bar on 12 minutes. But it was Wycliffe Ochomo who was a cosntant thorn in the side of AFC defenders who scored the opener after comobining well with Edwin Lavatsa and Kevin Omondi. On 34 minutes, Collins Gattuso left the game injured to be replaced by Anthony Akumu. Gor Mahia went into half time leading 1-0.

Leopards started the second half brightly again but Jerim Onyango stood tall in the Kogalo goal. Demonde Selenga made an entry in the 60th minute to loud cheers from the Kogalo faithful. He returned to torment his former team-mates with a well taken headerfrom a rebound from a Lavatsa shot to put Gor Mahia two goals up. And the Gor Mahia faithful erupted.

Gor Mahia fans found themselves in dreamland when Dan Makori scored the 3rd goal from a Lavatsa pass in the 81st minute to put Kogalo 3-0 up. The enterprising youngstar Lavatsa had a hand in all 3 goals. 3 minutes later , Mike Baraza pulled one back for AFC.

It was Gor Mahia’s most convincing win of the season. Most fans today cannot remember the last time Gor Mahia put 3 past AFC. The last time was probably 1980 when Gor Mahia beat AFC 3-2 in the CECAFA cup final in Blantyre Malawi. And in what is the most emphatic win by either team, Gor Mahia beat AFC 5-1 in the first game of the 1975 KFA league.

This win will assuage many fans who have decried the lack of goals. Prior to this , Gor Mahia was averaging less than a goal per game. Kogalo are now in 3rd place with 30 points.

Gor Mahia tie Mathare United

Kogalo were yet again held to a draw by Mathare. It represents the third succesive time that the Slum boys have been able to hold Kogalo.

Makori against Mathare on July 17 2011

Dan Makori in action during the match

It was an opportunity for Gor Mahia to close the gap on league leaders, Rangers. However it was not to be. Mathere United played well and gave Kogalo a lot to think about especially in the first half. Goalkeeper Jerim Onyango made several saves as Mathare launched a series of raids on the Kogalo goal. Anthony Akumu who had found a niche as a defensive midfielder has of late appeared uncomfortable as a defender where he is now fielded. Mathare deserved a share of the spoils. This is unlike last week when Gor Mahia dominated over Thika. Meanwhile Moses Odhiambo was as enterprising as usual.

In the second half, coach Zico Otieno brought on Hajji Mwachoki, Kevin Omondi and Ezekiel Odera for Dan Makori, Lavatsa and Selenga. The tide turned and Kogalo started to dominate the match. They lauched several attacks but lacked sharpness in front of goal. The forwardline needs a lot of sharpening and it is the one area coach Zico should focus on. Make these people practice their finishing.

Gor Mahia are still in 5th position, five points behind the league leaders.

The fans came in droves

City stadium was filled to the brim as fans turned up in droves to watch Kogalo vs Thika United. The crowds are reminiscent to those seen on the 1970s. Yours truly attended matches during the 1990s and
City stadium was rarely more than lalf full. By 2006, the crowds had dwindled to 1500 or so. It is great to see fans return in large numbers.

www.gormahia.net aka Gor Mahia online supporters club would like to thank all those fans who continue to show support to the club both on this website and at the stadium.

Gor Mahia edge Thika United

Gor Mahia kept the pace with the leading pack in the Kenya premier league by beating hard fighting Thika United 1-0 on Sunday at the Nairobi City stadium in front of a capacity crowd. Thika were playing under a new coach, John Kamau, after the long serving Abdallah Juma was fired.

Gor Mahia, sporting their new Tuzo jerseys, dominated possession and attacked the Thika goal relentlessly. Wycliffe Ochomo and Demonde Selenga were most active. But poor finishing let Kogalo down. At half time the score was 0-0.

Gor Mahia continued to mount attacks in the second half. When Wycliffe Ochomo was injured, veteran Moses Odhiambo came in. Hajji Mwachoki came in for Dan Makori. Gor Mahia’s attacks were finally rewarded in the 80th minute. Former Kogalo player, Peter Opiyo fouled Kevin Ochieng near the penalty box. Moses Odhiambo scored with a sublime free kick home to give Gor Mahia 3 precious points. Kevin Ochieng was red carded in the 85th minute for time wasting.

Gor Mahia are now in 5th position with 26 points from 14 games. Rangers maintained their lead by destroying Congo United 4-0 that gives them 30 points.

Gor Mahia unveil new jerseys

Gor Mahia unveil jerseys

After a long and eager wait, Kogalo fans can finally get their hands on the new club jerseys. The unveiling of the Tuzo branded jerseys came on Friday July 8, just in time for the milk derby against Thika United on Sunday.

The jerseys are manufactured by Italian firm, Legea. The shirts available for sale to fans will be the exact same state-of-the-art kit as that used by the players on the pitch, giving fans the opportunity to experience and enjoy the same benefits afforded by Legea’s Tree-Tech features. The sponsorship deal also proovides training equipment and boots.

The shirts will retail for Ksh 2800, unlike the previous ones which went for Ksh 1000. This has led to an outcry amongst fans who say they are being gouged.

Worse still, it has been announced that only 10 % of the revenue from shirt sales will go to the club. 90 % will go to Tuzo. This leaves many fans wondering who actually benefits from the deal with Tuzo. Jersey sales are supposed to be an extra revenue stream for the club. The sponsor is supposed to benefit from the publicity generated via jersey sales, not directly through sales. Also, the one thing that encourages fans to buy jerseys is to support the club financially. It remains to be see how eager fans will be t0 buy jerseys when only 10% of it goes to the club.

We think Chairman Ambrose Rachier has a lot to explain regarding this deal with Tuzo.

Ambrose Rachier endorsed by KPL

The Kenya Premier League has endorsed Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier to contest for the top post. The endorsement was done at the weekend during the company’s governing council in Mombasa but Rachier says he has not made up his mind on the offer.

“It is true that I was endorsed to contest but I have not accepted or declined. It is not an easy decision to make and I am still consulting on the way forward,”

“There are many issues to be considered not least of them being that there is little time between now and the polls date. Iam consulting and will announce my stand at the appropriate time,” he said.

According to the electoral code released by the Independent Electoral Board (IEB), the league company already has two positions reserved for them on the
If he were to contest Rachier will have to relinquish his position at Gor because he cannot hold both positions if he wins.

Whereas the FKL has tortured Kenyans with one humiliation after another for the last 10 years, this author thinks there are already enough good candidates who can steer Kenya football in the right direction. Mr. Rachier should focus on the club.