Archives - November, 2011

5 Nov 11

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Gor Mahia Football Club will hold its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Sunday November 27th at Nairobi City Stadium.

The meeting according to the club’s deputy secretary Ronald Ngala will kick off at 10am. The exercise will be held one month earlier than the scheduled date.

According to Ngala, this has been necessitated by the fact that club will need enough time to prepare for the CAF Confederations Cup tournament which will kick off at the end of January 2012.

Top of the agenda will be the chairman and treasurer’s report, elections and any other business.

Despite winning the FKL Cup, the club has been engulfed with internal fighting with a section of the club accusing the club chairman Ambrose Rachier and head coach Zedekiah ‘Zico’ Otieno of abandoning the club.

Rachier has been accused of shielding Otieno from blame with the chairman has reiterated that Zico still remains the team’s coach.

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3 Nov 11

Coach Zedekiah Otieno Zico and Bernard Lama

Zedekiah Otieno “Zico” the erstwhile Gor Mahia / Harambee stars coach, appears to be making his way back to Gor Mahia after a long hiatus where he has been in charge of the national team.

Coach Zico had come under fire from Gor Mahia fans after a string of bad results that saw the club play poorly on its way to going winless in 8 games. He had been away from the team while focusing on preparing the national team for various assignments. During that time Kogalo seemed to find its footing again and had started to play better football.

Club chairman Ambrose Rachier has decided to restore Zico to his position as head coach. He was quoted in various sites such as stating that Zico is still the coach. His contract ends in January of 2012. Other sites have quoted Zico as saying he is indeed on his way back. So upset were Kogalo fans the last time Zico appeared on the Kogalo bench, that he was pelted with foreign objects. He is yet again showing that his eye is more difficult than PhD level mathematics.

The news will probably not go down well with many Kogalo fans who were looking for a clean break. There have been accusations of favouritism on Zico’s part and other accusations that he holds grudges against certain players. To be fair none of these allegations have been confirmed and no player has come forward to say anything of the sort. Others simply thought that players were not responsive to Zico and that changes were needed.

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2 Nov 11

Gor Mahia continued their recovery when they beat Nairobi City stars 1-0 in a midweek match played on Wednesday. The all important goal came via Moses Otieno in the 71st minute.

Despite being the slightly better team in the first half, Kogalo were unable to break through with a goal. John Kiplagat came close on 17 minutes. 5 minutes later, Moses Odhiambo missed a gilt edged chance. City stars seemed to be the ascendant team in the second half with Dan Sserunnkuma appearing dangerous. That was until Otieno scored against the run of play.

The win was ample revenge for Kogalo who lost by the same margin to the Kawangware based side in the first leg. Gor Mahia are now in 3rd position. Had they not suffered that inexplicable dip in form, they could have been challenging for a double this season.

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2 Nov 11

Samson Masanta Osoro, the supremely talented defender/midfielder who played for Kogalo between 1975 and 1978 has passed on. Osoro mostly played in defence but unlike many defenders of that era he showed excellent technique, smooth/deft touches and was a brilliant passer out of the backline where played alongside Mike Ogolla “Machine”, Paul Oduwo “Cobra” amongst others.

(Additional reporting from Daily Nation)

Born in Nyanchwa Village of Nyaribari Chache, Osoro was instrumental in Gor’s success in the mid 70’s but was not in the team that reached the final of the Africa Cup Winners Cup, losing to Canon Younde of Cameroon in 1979.

One of his team mates, Allan Thigo, praised the former player who died two weeks ago.

“We were always confident with Osoro in the backline. He knew how to calculate his tackles and rarely played dirty,’’ said Thigo.

It is after he retired that John Bobby Ogolla, who joined Gor in 1976, actively took up the role in defence. Born on December 9, 1954, Osoro worked for Kenya Airways and later Car Shine company. He died on October 18.

A fund raiser was held yesterday to meet his funeral costs. He will be buried on Friday at Daraja Mbili Mwamogesa in Kisii town. He leaves behind wife Anne Njambi and four children.

(Courtesy Daily Nation)

Osoro was part of the talented Kogalo squad that won the league unbeaten in 1976. Along with Jerry Imbo and Allan Thigo, he was one of the most exciting players on the field. The hard tackling Simon Nyatome who was from the same region as Osoro, also played for Kogalo during that era. The exploits of that 1976 are documented in another article that can be found at this link :

May he rest in peace

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1 Nov 11

Austin Oduor raises the cup circa 1987

Austin Oduor raises the cup circa 1987

Having won the FKL cup, Gor Mahia now has the honour of representing the country in the 2012 Africa Confederations cup. The last time Kogalo participated in a continental event, they were unceremoniously dismissed by APR of Rwanda. This time again, the eyes of the entire country will be trained on the team. As such the team will be hard pressed to emulate the exploits of Sofapaka who made history by becoming the first Kenyan team to eliminate an Egyptian team. They did this while going further than any other Kenyan team has gone in a continental event since Tusker (Then known as Kenya Breweries, reached the finals in 1994) .

For Kogalo to do well , there will need to be plenty of advanced planning. All aspects of the team will need to be looked into, starting with the technical aspects. As things stand right now, Gor Mahia has scored a paltry 23 goals from 27 matches. A strike rate of well below a goal per game. A stark contrast to KCB who have scored 36 goals. It cannot be gainsaid that Kogalo must sharpen its strike force. They will go nowehere by scoring less than a goal per game. Kogalo must seek technical assistance to solve the dearth of goals and the glut of missed chances that causes Kogalo to score such few goals. The club needs a dependable goal getter. As much as Kogalo had a solid team in 1987, they would not have gone far without the scoring exploits of Peter Dawo.

Gor Mahia will need to score at least two or three goals at each home game because they can fully expect to concede some goals away when they play to hostile crowds. Gone are the days when Gor Mahia had an excellent away record. In those days, the club fans were so demanding that Kogalo players always felt at ease when playing away that they could relax. Today the fans are less demanding and more supportive. This is a good thing in many ways but it also means that Kogalo players have become really used to playing with the 12th man. Kogalo players who have become very used to depending on partisan support will have to learn quickly how to play in front of hostile crowds. Perhaps a few friendlies overseas.

Secondly, Kogalo must seek to solidify every position even if it meams recruiting from outside. There should be no favouritism. There must be no weaknesses as Kogalo pursues continental glory.

Finally the club management must plan for this expensive endavor. Planning starts now. Do not wait until 2 weeks before the first game to declare that the club is having difficulty purchasing tickets. Fans can play their part and have proven willing to do so by contributing towards motivating players or settling expenses.

Nothing less than a deep run into the cup will satisfy the Kogalo faithful who are eager to make amends after the recent disastrous campaigns. Before loosing to APR in 2008, the last time Kogalo played in continental football was in 1996 when they lost to Dyanamos of Harare 1-0 both home and away resulting in massive riots. Fans will be eager to to see a better performance.

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