Kogalo players in action as stars hold cranes

Two Gor Mahia players, Kevin Ochieng and Collins Okoth “Gattuso” were in action at Namboole stadium in Uganda as Kenya held Uganda scoreless in the last 2012 Africa nations cup qualifier. Kogalo coach Zedekiah Otieno “Zico” was in charge of stars. Defender Eric Masika was on the bench but did not see playing time. Both teams needed a win and hope that Angola loose in order to qualify.

In addition, there were other players with a Kogalo connection. Goalkeeper Arnold Origi who was arguably man of the match, is the son of Kogalo legend Austin Oduor Origi “Makamu”. Some of you will remember that Austin, started as a midfielder, later played sweeper and on at least two occasions during friendly ,matches, played goalkeeper. And he was a highly competent goalkeeper. As a man marker , “Makamu” was second to none. Stars fans will remember the marking job he did on Liberian legend George Weah during a nations cup qualifier in 1989. Perhaps Makamu’s most memorable moment in a stars uniform was when his orthodox scissors kick prevented a goalbound shot with the keeper well beaten when Kenya played Cameroun at the 1988 Africa nations cup. So it is no surprise that his son has the same defensive skills.

Dennis Oliech is the brother to the free scoring Steve Okumu who played for Kogalo in 1994 and Andrew Oyombe who played for Kogalo in 2006. Oliech has appeared in a friendly match for Kogalo before.

Matchwise, Uganda dominated. Origi made several spectacular saves to deny the Ugandans who were looking to qualify for the nations cup for the first time since 1978 when they reached the final while parading Ugandan legend of Kenyan origin, Philip Omondi.  Omondi whose roots are in the Seme area of Kisumu is to this day considered the best striker Uganda has ever produced and was top scorer at the 1978 Africa nations cup.

Failing to qualify will be yet more bad news for Kenyan fans who have been eager to see the golden generation of Oliech and Mariga parlay their skills at the top continental showcase. Next up is a decision by the Harambee stars management board on the fate of coach Zico, something that is eagerly awaited by Kogalo fans and stars fans.

Gor Mahia want Zico to choose

In a story posted by EA Standard, Kogalo secretary Nick Arumm has demanded that Harambee stars management board make a long term decision on coach Zico. Arumm demanded that the board make a decision after next weeks match against Uganda.

Arrum said on Wednesday they could no longer allow the coach to handle both the club and the national team.

“It is proving very difficult for the coach to concentrate on both responsibilities and it means one has to suffer. Unfortunately it is Gor Mahia that is suffering.

“We do not want to go on like this and so we are asking the board to decide on whether they want to keep him. The coach has a contract with us and he ought to be with the club especially now that we are facing some tough and important matches ahead,” he said.

On Monday, the board chairman Evans Kidero came out to underscore his support and confidence in Otieno and announced that they were working on giving him a longer contract. He however, failed to state when possible this will happen.

(Additional Report from EA Standard)

Zico is now in his second stint at Harambee stars. The first was as assistant to Bernard Lama. He has also doggedly held onto the Kogalo hot seat with a difficult eye despite being twice accosted by fans. If there is one thing thats admirable about Zico its his bravery.

Introducing the Gor Mahia Discussion forum

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This site was set up 2 years ago with the express purpose of providing a forum for Kogalo fans to come together and discuss ways to help the club, discuss pertinent issues and allow supporters to exchange views.

With that in mind, www.gormahia.net would like to introduce the Gor Mahia discussion forum.

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This is another way to increase communication amongst fans. You can use it to start on your threads. Use it to promote, track and plan initiatives such as the MPesa initiative to support the club or the bloggers branch or any other initiative.

Use the forum also to post opinions, stories, breaking news and elicit comments from other forummers. So if this strikes your fancy then register there and start posting. Your first post will require moderation to prevent spamming.

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Gor Mahia edge Finlays

Gor Mahia sailed past Finlays of Naivasha in an FKL match played at the Karuturi sports ground at Naivasha. The team played without a number of regulars who are away with the national team. How they agreed to do this is amazing as the results could easily have gone south.

Finlays had taken the lead in the 1st minute but the goal was disallowed for offside. It was a second half strike by defender Chris Wekesa that gave Kogalo the win. The goal came from a Moses Odhiambo assist. The match saw the happy return of Duncan Owiti Macheda who came on in the second half to replace Demonde Selenga.

Kogalo are now in the semis where they will face either Congo United or arch rivals AFC Leopards. In normal circumstances, fans would see an encounter with Ingwe as a chance for revenge. But with the club in dissaray and no concrete steps being taken to right the ship, most fans might not be looking forrward to another encounter unless they start to see some improvements. Still, the FKL cup now represents the only chance Kogalo has to play continental football so fans will be hoping for the best.

Various Reactions from players and technical staff

According to Supersport, Gor Mahia assistant coach Anaba Awono admitted he was deeply disappointed by his team’s performance in the 3-0 thrashing by AFC Leopards on Sunday. “I’m very disappointed with the heavy loss since this was my first major assignment as the team coach. It pains a lot considering the time and effort we made during in training. It was a woeful performance and I feel our defence did not live up to our expectations.” The Cameroonian however maintained that the team will bounce back from its latest setback. “We haven’t lost hope. We are going to bounce back in a big way and reclaim our strong position. We are not yet out of it as the league is tough and wide open. I believe we will overcome and get back to our winning ways.’

Also according to Supersport, AFC Leopards head coach Jan Koops attributed Sunday’s 3-0 win over their traditional rivals Gor Mahia to adequate preparations. Koops said the one week camp facilitated by the club’s sponsors Mumias Sugar had helped him prepare his team well ahead of the derby.

“Our training camp in Mumias helped us bond and come up with a winning combination. Our sponsors gave us adequate environment where we trained well with no disturbance or interference. We really enjoyed ourselves and even in training, you could even smell the taste of victory.”

He also paid tribute to the 12th man for cheering the players from the word go to the last whistle. “Sometimes a team suffers poor run of form and then it regains its winning ways. I was worried of the losses but I’m delighted that the technical bench, playing unit, the office and our sponsors have all teamed up together to come up with a winning formula. The journey has started and I believe we have a bright future ahead”

Skipper Jerim Onyango blamed lack of mental preparedeness -After conceding the first goal, the players were demoralized which affected their output. We also had other chances after that but we failed to convert them. This was another source of frustration. Thee best thing in life is how you rise from your low position and I believe that we will continue working hard in the coming matches, concluded the captain.

On his mistake that cost K’ogalo the first goal, Onyango said that it was a matter of poor timing.

Midfield maestro Collins Gatusso Okoth has blamed his teammates’ lack of concentration and dedication for their 0-3 humiliation by AFC Leopards in a KPL derby on Sunday 2 October at Nyayo National Stadium. Okoth Okoth who is currently training with Harambee Stars said that his colleagues were uncommitted.  The funniest thing amongst the K’ogalo players is that they are always satisfied with any result, be it positive or negative. Lack of maturity in the team is really costing us, instead of playing for good results we are after just appeasing our pals on the terraces, he added.
(courtesy futaa.com)

Meawnhile there has been no reaction from Ambrose Rachier as the ship continues to sink. It is worth noting that Kogalo might face Ingwe again soon in the FKL cup. At this rate, Ingwe will surely dash any hopes of playing continental football next season.

Ingwe sinks Kogalo

It came as no surprise to many as Gor Mahia continued their poor run of form going down to arch rivals AFC Leopards 0-3. This is perhaps the largest margin of loss that Kogalo have ever been inflicted by Ingwe.

The first goal came when Keeper Jerim Onyango dashed out of his line, mistimed his jump and gave Charles Okwemba a chance to score whch he did not miss. Substitue Mike Baraza scored the second and capitalized on a defensive mistake to score the 3rd.

If anyone had doubted that something is seriously wrong at Kogalo then this should finally convince them. Coach Zico was missing from the bench but it did not matter. The players have quite possibly stopped responding to the coach. Also for one reasonor another, player morale is probably low. These two reasons would explain why the performance of the players has been sub par. The playing unit needs an injection of enthusiasm and that can only come from a new technical bench. Meanwhile the chairman is in serious denial about the reality on the ground. Either that or he is too busy campaigning for the KFF post that he has lost interest.