There is a new team in charge of Kenya Football

The much awaited KFF/FKL elections are over. The elections which were finally held after being postponed for a year were finally held on Saturday Oct 29. Out goes the much loathed group led by Mohammed Hatimy, Titus Kasuve and Erastus Okul who have been in charge of local football for 7 years and overseen what is probably the worst era in Kenya football. An era that has seen Kenya slide to the ignominy of being ranked 135th in the world and loosing to minnows like Eritrea at home while being beaten Guinea Bissau and soundly beaten by war torn Somalia among others.

In comes a new group led by Sam Nyamweya and former Tusker striker Sammy Tiyoi Sholei. They will now be in charge for football for the next 5 years. Nywamweya won the chairmanship by winning 1461 votes, 278 ahead of fan favorite Hussein Mohammed. Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier, who was fronted by KPL clubs faired badly winning a paltry 333 votes.  That is not a surpise to anyone.  Most Kenyans really wanted Hussein Mohammed to win. His exemplary record in developing grassroots football is well known. His keen sense of fashion and personality would have soon swung sponsors in the direction of Kenya football as opposed to the much loathed Sam Nyanweya who has been behind many of the problems Kenya football faces.

That Nyamweya won despite being immensely unpopular amongst the Kenyan public due to his incompetence is an indictment of Kenya as a republic. It shows that in Kenya vested interests far outweigh doing the right thing. But Nyamweya has been in charge of the KFF faction for the last 4 years. And since a significant chunk of the voters were representing KFF “clubs” and “branches”, it is no surprise that Nyamweya won. All the KFF affiliated voters likely voted for Nyamweya out of self interest rather than national interest.

The other aspect of Nyamweya’s victory is the fact that by controlling KFF, he had a vast network of contacts on the ground whom he constantly networked with. Hussein Mohammed on the other hand campaigned in the media and used social networks like twitter. This method cannot work when the election is determined by a small number of delegates. A harsh lesson Hussein has learned.

Many pro reform people in the blogosphere are now blaming Ambrose Rachier for playing the spoiler role. In their mind, Rachier split the pro-reform vote and handed Nyamweya a win. A closer look however reveals that KPL clubs are as much to blame. This column said back then that KPL should have thrown their weight behind one of the pro-reform candidates instead of selfishly selecting one of their own who had very little chance. This lack of foresight amongst the KPL clubs is why we now find ourselves with a chairman who does not inspire the confidence of the Kenyan public or the private sector from whom sponsorship comes.

Former Kogalo midfielder, Fred Awich came nowhere close to winning winning only 29 votes, 7 ahead of Elizabeth Shako who if she was a man, might have won this election. Her development record at grassroots level is exemplary. If Awich wants to stand a chance he should go back to the drawing board and perform some grassroots work and aim lower next time. We wish Ms Shako all the best in the future. Kenya womens football needs selfless leaders like herself.

That is precisely what Kogalo fan favorite Dan Shikanda did. For once there was dood news for Kogalo fans c when Dan Shikanda, a former Kogalo winger during the early 90s when he was a crowd favorite was voted in as Chairman of the Nairobi branch. Shikanda is a brilliant man and genial personality. While playing in the league, he studied veterinary medicine at UoN. As a winger, Shikanda is one of the best dribblers ever to don the Kogalo jersey.

Another former Kogalo player Eric Obura missed out on an NEC position which was won by former Ingwe official Robert Asembo. Former Kogalo winger William Obwaka had earlier announced his intention to run for the chairmanship but pulled out when he realized there were already enough reform minded candidates.

What is gratifying however is the election of Sammy Sholei who seems genuinely reform minded. He was even willing to put aside his chairmanship aspirations to support Hussein Mohammed. One only wish others would have done this. Sholei will therefore be counted on by Kenyans long suffering fans to hold any excesses and corruption in check.

It is in the best interest of Gor Mahia and other KPL teams to have a fully functioning KFF, corruption free KFF. It could mean more money in the coffers of clubs as more sponsors pour in. It could also make it easier for Kogalo to raise cash by selling players to foreign teams.

Sam Nyamweya -1461
Hussein Mohammed – 1183
Mohammed Hattimy – 734
Ambrose Rachier – 333
Twaha Mbarak- 199
Sammy Obingo- 54
Fred Awich- 29
Elizabeth Shako-22

Winner- Sammy Tiyoi Sholei – 1383
Josephat Murila- 381
Hassan Omar- 1225
Noah Wanyama- 401
Titus Kasuve- 118

Gor Mahia dissolves SoNy Sugar

If there were any doubts that Kogalo were back in form, those doubts were dissolved on Sunday afternoon along with the hopes of Sony Sukari as Gor Mahia beat them 2-1. The match was graced by Prime Minister Raila Odinga along with newly elected KFF chairman Sam Nyamweya.

The match was played in heavy rain. It was Kogalo who started brightly mastering the conditions with Edwin Lavatsa forcing a save from te Sony Keeper.  The first goal came via a freekick from Ivan Anguyo after Kevin Omondi was fouled. Substitute Dan Makori scored the second from a Moses Odhiambo assist,, sending the crowd into raptures. Sony pulled one back late but it was too late as Kogalo held on for the three points.

The win earned Kogalo a measure of satisfaction as Sony is one of the teams that beat them during the dry spell. The win also marked time that Kogalo has scored more than one goal against a top tier team since they beat arch rivals Ingwe 3-1. Gor Mahia are now 5th in the table with 41 points and will be hoping to hold on to their position so as to play in next year’s super 8 contest.

Gor Mahia crowned FKL cup champions

Finally Kogalo fans have a lot to celebrate after months of misery. On Wednesday Gor Mahia beat defending champions Sofapaka aka Batoto Ba Mungu aka Bana ba Nzambi by a score of 1-0 to lift the FKL cup. The all important goal came on 33 minutes via happy returnee Edwin Lavatsa.

Sofapaka started well with John Baraza forcing a save from Jerim Onyango. Kogalo slowly started to find their feet. The speedy Lavatsa gave the Sofapaka defenders a torrid time with his pace proving a handful for the aging Edgar “Fighter” Ochieng. On 25 minutes he beat th Sofapaka goelie with a well taken shot, only for John Njoroge to make a goal line clearance. Four minutes later he latched onto a Gattuso through ball and with only the keeper to beat, he shot straight at the keeper.

In the second half , Sofapaka launched numerous raids but the Kogalo defence led by Jerim Onyango stood tall. In came Hajji Mwachoki, Anthony Akumu for Kevin Omondi and Kevin Ochieng. On 64 minutes a counter by Kogalo saw Lavatsa with yet another chance which he did not finish. Gor Mahia sought to maintain their lead by falling back on defence.

The win not only marks a comeback in many different ways. To begin with, Gor Mahia were all but eliminated from this cup only to be saved by a technicality. The last few weeks have been nothing short of a nightmare with Kogalo going six games without a win. And Edwin Lavatsa had been reported AWOL by assistant coach Zablon Otieno “Pro” . Only for Lavatsa to return in devastating form with his trademark “Olympic” speed.

The win sees Kogalo return to continental football next year. Fans who remember the drubbing at the hands of Rwanda APR will be eager to see Kogalo make amends. This represents the 7th time that Gor Mahia have won the cup since 1986.

Gor Mahia hold Chemelil 0-0

Ten man Gor Mahia fought to hold Chemelil sugar in a match played at “Old Trafford” in Naivasha. The match was played to an empty stadium as punishment for Gor Mahia crowd troubles.

Only two minutes into the game, Chemelil were awarded a penalty follwoing a handball by Chris Wekesa. Victor Ochieng saw his kick saved by Jerim Onyango in the Kogalo goal. On the stroke of halftime, Eric Masika was sent off for a second bookable offence.

In the second half, Kogalo playing a man down , dropped into a defensive formation as Chemelil piled the pressure in search of a winner.

Gor Mahia and Chemelil are now tied on 38 points. The next match will be the FKL cup final against Sofapaka on Wedensday. With the match only two days away, it probably would have been advisable for Kogalo to rest their key players on Monday. Hopefully fatigue will not be an overwhelming factor.


Gor Mahia : Jerim Onyango, Chris Wekesah, Nasio Solomon, Eric Masika, Musa Mohammed, Collins Okoth, Kevin Omondi, Evans Anguyo, Moses Odhiambo, John Kiplagat, Hadji Mwachoki.

Chemelil :John Wahu, David Oriki, Wellington Murwai, Willis Ouma, Charles Odera, David Ajwang, Smith Ooko, Jason Likonoh, James Omino, Daniel Mutahi, Victor Ochieng.

Gor Mahia through to FKL cup finals

Moses Odhiambo and Kevin Omondi celebrate

Moses Odhiambo and Kevin Omondi celebrate

Football Kenya limited has awarded Kogalo the ill fated semi final match against  Ingwe. As a result, Sirkal are through to the finals where they will face star studded Sofapaka.

In a letter addressed to both teams by the FKL League & competition committee Manager Bernard Shitiabayi, AFC Leopards fans were accused of causing the match abandonment.

No other disciplinary measures were taken against AFC Leopards who have insisted they will not appeal against the ruling.

The letter to both clubs said” After scrutiny to the match reports from the referee and the match commissar by sheer interpretation, it came clear that the AFC fans threw stones in the field of play causing the match abandonment. In pre-event meetings held in three different occasion the Field security was entirely been vested to the two teams stewards. The match is officially awarded to Gor Mahia fc.’

Acting secretary General Duncan Angode said   they had decided to let the issue  rest and concentrate with the Kenya Premier League(KPL)

“Gor Mahia are our brothers and we don’t want to engage in any verbal or written exchange. We wish them all the best in the final’ observed Angode.

(Additional Reporting by

The match referee had earlier awarded the match to Gor mahia and noted in his match report that the stone throwing by AFC fans is what finally caused the abandonment.

Kogalo fans have something to smile about. After a spell of poor play, the team seems to be on its way to recovery. Now that the premier league is out of reach, Kogalo must pull all stops to win the FKL cup as it represents there only hope of winning any silverware. Plus it comes with the right to play continental football in 2012. But Sofapaka who just beat Tusker will not be in a giving mood. Whatever fans can do to motivate the playing unit, lets do it.

Derby abandoned with Kogalo leading

The eagerly awaited Mashujaa day semi final , FKL cup encounter pitting arch rivals Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards was abandoned in the 90th minute due to crowd trouble. Throughout the match there was tension between fans as they exchanged taunts.

Matters really came to a head on 78 minutes when Police had to step in to calm fans down. Commotion continued until a linesman was forced to leave his position as the missles came flying in. Matters became worse when Kogalo stopper Eric Masika was hit by a foreign object and had to be treated. On 90s minutes, AFC players walked out of the pitch forcing the referee to end the match.

Gor Mahia had taken the lead in the 50th minute when Moses Odhiambo headed home from a freekick. Prior to the match, club officials held a meeting with Kogalo players to iron out outstanding issues that had led to the lackadaisical display of late. In fact Gor Mahia dominated the early exchanges with Collins Okoth pulling strings in midfield and Makori coming dangerously close on many occasions.

FKL will make a decision on Friday.

No respite as Kogalo fall to dockers

Makori leaps over Jerim

If Gor Mahia fans were hoping for any relief from the recent spell of bad results, it did not come on Saturday as they fell to bottom dwelling club, Bandari by a score of 0-1.

The pitch was waterlogged which made it difficult for both teams. After a goalless first half, Bandari took the lead through Zuberi Hamisi. Gor Mahia came close to scoring via a Kevin Omondi freekick which went inches wide. Moses Odhiambo and Demonde Selenga also came close but could not score. Duncan Owiti “Macheda” replaced Selenga in the 68th minute. Three minutes later he came close to scoring but Bandari survived. The portsmen defended doggedly in the last 10 minutes to deny Kogalo.

Its a lucky thing that Kogalo are safe from the relegation area after the first leg. Their performance in the second leg could easily have seen them drop to the second tier. Missing from the bench was coach Zico whose status is now not known.  But standin coach, Camerounian Anaba Awono has not faired any better. Many fans would be curious to find out what his coaching credentials are and where he coached before. . It is becoming apparent that he may not be the answer either. After all he was already the assistant coach under Zico.

Kogalo were playing without key players Collins Okoth who was sick with malaria, Wycliff Ochomo who is suspended and Edwin Lavatsa who has dissapeared mysteriously.

Edwin Lavatsa goes AWOL

Youthful striker Edwin Lavatsa has mysteriously disspeared from the Gor Mahia camp. His whereabouts are unknown by the technical bench. The Speedy Lavatsa who recently finished school at Upper Hill has not been training with the team for the past 2 weeks according to assistant coach Zablon ‘Pro’ Otieno and has not communicated to the technical bench.

“It is good for the public to know about what is going on in the team so that some fans don’t get agitated when they see some players not being fielded in some of our matches, in fact I would prefer that the club be holding a press conference before each of our matches,” said Otieno.

He added: “Lavatsa has not been coming to training and we don’t know what is happening with him because he has also switched off his phone or may be changed his lines. He will certainly not be featuring against Bandari, Collins Okoth only trained once with us and will not be travelling to Mombasa and so is striker Wycliffe Ochomo who is suspended.”

In the absence of Lavatsa, coach Awono Anaba who will be on the bench in the absence of head coach Zedekiah ‘Zico’ Otieno, would be forced to start with Ezekiel Odera and Dimonde Selenga upfront.

(Additional Reporting from EA Standard)

Unconfirmed rumours abound that he has been poached by AFC Leopards in a manner similar to the way AFC poached Musa Otieno from Kogalo circa 1993

Up Next : Bandari

Kogalo players will fly to Mombasa this weekend courtesy of airline tickets provided by fans. The donation of the tickets is a timely boost that will go a long way in boosting the morale of players whose mojo has been low of late. Kogalo face bottom club Bandari at the Mbaraki sports ground in Mombasa. Kogalo fans will be hoping that the club is on its way to recovery after its past few games.

Meanwhile the match pitting Kogalo with arch rivals Ingwe has been moved to October 20, also known as “Ogdoba dwendi” by AFC fans. The postponement of the match is a relief as it will give KOgalo more time to get its house in order. The FKL cup represents Kogalos last hope to play continental football next year.

Kogalo face Ingwe in rematch

Having beaten Finlays in the FKL cup quarter finals, Gor Mahia will now face arch rivals AFC Leopards in a rematch coming only 2 weeks after Kogalo were unceremoniously dismissed by their erstwhile rivals.

This rematch appears not to be coming at a good time for the club. It is not known whether the issues that have been bedeviling the club recently have been addressed. The club officials have not taken any concrete action. Coach Zico has had almost no time to rectify any mistakes that were made during the match two weeks ago as he has been busy with the national team. Meanwhile the club brass like Nick Arumm claim that the key problem is that Coach Zico has had to divide his time between the national team and the club. But this does not explain the lacklusture performance by the players who simply have not shown up to play in the last few games. It is still not clear why the players have lost motivation.

Still Kogalo fans will be hoping that the playing unit can play with some pride this time and put on a better performance. In particular the defence which has been porous in the last 3 games really needs to shape up.