Archives - January, 2012



23 Jan 12

courtesy of sportsnewsarena.com

Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has threatened to withdraw Gor Mahia from participating in the Caf Confederations.

This emerged after Gor Mahia declined to call off a friendly match against Nairobi City Stars at the eleventh hour on Saturday afternoon at City Stadium.

Shortly before the match, a stormy argument issued between Gor secretary general George Bwana and FKF CEO Omondi Aduda who wanted Gor to call off the match since the Kenyan Under-23 women’s team was also due to play against Nigeria at the Nyayo National Stadium.

The exchange ended with Bwana daring Aduda to make good his threat and both matches continued as scheduled. An incensed Bwana blamed the FKF office for over stepping its mandate saying that the club had notified the federation of the planned match in good time.

Gor is scheduled to play Ferreviero de Maputo away in Mozambique on February 18th in the first leg of the second tier continental tournament.

The scene at the two venues was in stark contrast with City Stadium recording a near full-house attendance by faithful K’Ogalo followers.

Two kilometers down the road, only a spare crowd turned up to watch the Kenya vs Nigeria women’s match which the home team lost 2-0.


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22 Jan 12

Courtesy of michezoafrika.com

A solitary goal by Victor Ali in the 72nd minute from a dead ball earned visiting Gor Mahia a one goal win over murang’a combined in a friendly match played at the Murang’a stadium on Sunday afternoon. The match came less than 24 hours after Gor Mahia played to another 1-0 victory over Nairobi City Stars at the City stadium on Saturday afternoon.Baldin Ngwa scored for Gor against City Stars on Saturday.

Gor Mahia’s tour in Central Kenya is part of the campaign by the club management to make Gor Mahia a national outfit bypopularizing teh club and recruiting members from each corner of the republic.


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22 Jan 12

According a report from Supersport , Gor Mahia are set to play Sudanese giants El Merreikh in a friendly matchon January 29 and the Nyayo national stadium. The match is designed to prepare Gor Mahia not just for the local KPL season but also for the CAF cup encounter against Ferroviario of Mozambique.

The two teams have faced each other a number of times in the past few years. Most memorable was 0-5 drubbing that El Merreikh handed to a youthful Gor Mahia side in 2008. In 2010 the teams met again and Merreikh won 3-1. On both occasions Kogalo were outclassed and outplayed by a Merreikh side that is highly professional, well funded by a Saudi Oil Sheikh and even owns their own stadium.

Kitawi and co were outfoxed on this occasion in 2008

Historically however, Gor Mahia has always had the upper hand over Merreikh. The teams met often in the CECAFA club cup. Most notable was 1985 when Merreikh were the hosts. The match was played in Wad Medani. But a determined Kogalo side without 6 suspended players won 2-1 to reach the final of that cup which they won after beating arch rivals AFC 2-0.

Additional reporting courtesy of supersport

Arrangements for the match against El Mereikh, who are already in the country, are complete with gate charges going for Ksh500 for main stand and Ksh200 for terraces.

The green army was scheduled to play City Stars on Saturday before departing for a friendly match at Murang’a Mucipal Stadium against Murang’a Combined.

The Sudanese who have been in the country for the last one week earned a first round bye in Champions League and will meet the winner between Black Mambas of Swaziland and FC Platinum of Zimbabwe in the second round slated for March 23-25.

For Gor, it will be their last match before starting the season with the SuperCup clash against Tusker on February


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21 Jan 12

Courtesy of michezoafrika.com

Nigerian import Felix “Felixinho” Nwosu has expressed his joy after being handed his first start for Gor Mahia and his particular joy was the fans loyalty and passion to the club.

“I have never seen anything like this before. The fans are so amazing and they are very passionate about the team. I am very happy that I have finally played my first match for my dream club and we won, though we should have scored more goals”.

“ I want to thank the management and the whole technical bench for believing in me and giving me the chance. I want to promise that I will remain forever loyal to them. I feel accepted and I want to promise my very best to them. This is just the beginning”, Nwosu said in an interview with Michezoafrika.com

The Nigerian had made his way from his homeland where he was playing for Enugu Rangers with the sole purpose of playing for K’ogalo. He was signed and handed the number 4 jersey that was previously donned by Captain Julius “Awilo”  Owino.

Nwosu will be K’ogallo’s immediate answer to Gor Mahia’s centre back crisis especially with the departure of Erick Masika who joined arch rivals AFC Leopards.


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21 Jan 12

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Gor Mahia beat Kawangware side Nairobi City Stars by a solitary goal to win the pre-season friendly match at the City Stadium on Saturday 21 January afternoon.

K’ogalo started on a high with Demonde Selenga’s shot being punched away in the 10th minute by Stars keeper only for the rebound to lack a finisher.

The teams settled for a barren draw going to the half time mark with K’ogalo having an upper hand in a match that most of their regular players were rested.

Second half

They however went hunting deep into the City Stars area in the second half managing to net their goal six minutes into the second half courtesy of Baldwin Ngwa.

Both sides however ensured that no more goals were conceded for the the match leaving the matters at 1-0 in favor of Gor Mahia.

The competitive nature of the pre-season matches so far is an indicator of the level of action the fans are likely to be treated to in the coming season.

Gor Mahia is preparing to represent Kenya in the African Confederations Cup. They will also be after the League title and the KPL Top8 trophy. City Stars on the other hand also have the KPL title to chase after.


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20 Jan 12

Courtesy of michezoafrika.com

Gor Mahia officials have announced that the club is on a campaign to attract more shirt sponsors for the club during the 2012 season. With Tuzo currently serving as the main sponsors, Bwana said their agreement with Tuzo is open and can accommodate more shirt/short sponsors thus willing space buyers are welcome for talks.
 
“We discovered that the Tuzo sponsorship allows us to have three more shirt sponsors so we are working on trying to get sponsors on board so we can manage to get more money for the club” He said.

Bwana said at this time the club needs enough money to help it sustain its huge budget that shoots beyond 60 million shillings for both the local league and continental championship.

At the same time, Bwana announced that the team is planning on a mega Family fun day next Saturday on 28th of January at the City Stadium as a way of reducing the budgetary deficit. This will basically be a family fun day and fans will pay to enter the Stadium.

 They will also use the same function to unveil the whole team and the technical bench to the fans who will also get a chance to interact and take photos with their playing icons.

“It will be a huge day and we will have so many activities lined up. We will have small games like penalty shoot outs where fans will pay to play for example you pay to take a penalty against the team’s goalkeeper, juggling competitions, etc”, Bwana adds.
Gor Mahia also plans on an extensive membership recruitment exercise and an increase in sale of the team’s merchandise as another way of raising funds.

“We are planning on a tour of Murang’a next week to kick start our membership recruitment exercise. We anticipate this to be one of the biggest ways we are going to gather funds. We also plan on centralizing the sale of our merchandise and we have already put up adverts in the dailies to help us in the same”, Bwana adds.

Gor Mahia are set to play Mozambique’s Forroviaro in the first leg of the CAF Confederations Cup on the 18th of February as they seek to stamp their lost glory on the continental scene as well as start the KPL league title campaign in style and with a bang.


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20 Jan 12

Courtesy of www.futaa.com

Gor Mahia fans will on Saturday 28 January get a chance to interact with their favourite stars as the club will be holding an interactive and all inclusive open day at City Stadium.

The club will also be unveiling the entire squad of players expected to represent the team in 2012 when the team will be taking part in the CAF Confederations Cup, KPL Top 8, President’s Cup and the league.

Lots of fun

According to the club’s Secretary General Mr. George Bwana, the day is expected to provide lots of fun for the team, the entire Gor Mahia fans fraternity and lovers of football in the country as there will be a lot of entertainment and the fans will also get an opportunity to interact closely with the players and ask them any questions.

-We have new players in our squad and some who were here with us last season; we will be presenting all of them to the fans on Saturday 28 January so the fans can give them their blessings as we head to the 2012 season.

Breaking the barrier

-The open day will an all inclusive affair, we expect fans from across the football divide to bring along their families and friends to mingle freely with our players. Most fans just see these players on television but on the day we want to break the barrier that separates players from fans.

-Everyone will be free to get close to the players, take pictures with them, ask questions, present autographs for signing and all because we know these are the people who make the club what it is and put us where we are. They are a very important part of the club, he said.

Huge fanbase

Gor Mahia is famed as one of the oldest clubs in the country and also the one with the biggest and most vocal following in the country and this event presents them with the opportunity to show their love for the team.


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18 Jan 12

Courtesy of michezoafrika.com

Gor Mahia will play Nairobi City Stars this Saturday at the City Stadium from 4pm in a bid to help raise funds for their Confederations Cup budget which is estimated at 60 Million Kenya shillings. Apart from raising funds for the club’s budget, the match will also help the technical bench gauge the team and the new signings on how they blend in with the other team members ahead of the busy season ahead.

“We want to help raise funds for our Continental duties whose budget is approximated at 60 Million shillings. We will put a gate charge on the match and the proceeds we get from this will help in stepping down the budget”, Bwana told Michezoafrika.com

City Stars has been a thorn in the flesh for Gor Mahia in the recent past and according to Bwana, the match will be very important to gauge their level of preparedness. Former City Stars coach Ken Odhiambo’ is the current Gor Mahia assistant coach while on the other side of the bench coach Gideon Ochieng was at one point in charge of the Green Side.

Gor Mahia are set to play Mozambique’s Forroviaro in the first leg of the CAF Confederations Cup on the 18th of February as they seek to stamp their lost glory on the continental scene.


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18 Jan 12

Courtesy of michezoafrika.com

After expressing his interest to play in the local league, former Simba SC midfielder Jerry Santos is now a likely target for KPL sides Gor Mahia and Tusker. The player has been training with the Kenyan CAF Confederations representatives Gor Mahia at the club’s training base at the City stadium in Nairobi.

Reached for comment on the developing story, Gor Mahia’s secretary general George Bwana said,

“Santos is a great player , an admirable midfielder capable of engineering team to success. He was a key player at Simba last season, why not, if he is available he is welcome, but only after the recommendation from our technical bench. I understand he has been training with us and the team coach has been watching him. So if he is willing to play locally we are also willing to engage him in talks though we have already presented our list to CAF.” Said Bwana.

“We are targeting to bag three titles this season locally and his services can be of great value.” Added Bwanah.

Sources also reveal that Tusker FC, Santos former club, is willing to get their former captain back in the fold.

 


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17 Jan 12

The transfer season of 2012 has been one of the most interesting in recent memory. Gor Mahia has been a beehive of activity culminating in the arrival  and departure of players and futile pursuance of other players .

Club chairman Ambrose Rachier recently announced that 2012 will be a year of reforms aimed at professionalizing the club. Such reforms are aimed at making this club a continental giant like it once was. So the question becomes: What off the field reforms would fans most like to see ?

One area where the club seems to be lagging behind is in the area of merchandizing. To begin with the only item that seems to be readily available for sale is the club matchday jersey. However sales of the club jersey appear to have plummeted because of fans perception that the club is getting a raw deal. The club gets only 10% of the revenue for each jersey sold. The rest goes to Legea. Its a weird scenario where Legea, an Italian sports equipment manufacturer benefits from both having its name and symbol advertized on the club jersey but also takes off with 90% of the revenue. It should be obvious to all that if this deal were to be restructured, jersey sales would skyrocket, benefiting both Gor Mahia , Legea and also Tuzo , all of whom will gain a lot more mileage as more people wear this jersey around town. Restructuring this deal should be a no-brainer.

Further to that , the club should seriously pursue merchandizing other items. Fans will be buy anything associated with the club. How about a calendar with pictures of past legends and present players. Scarves, jackets that are customized with the supporters name or nickname, umbrellas, soccer balls signed by players DVDs. Sometime in the early nineties, the club started to sell bic ball point pens emblazoned with the text “I support Gor Mahia FC”. They were supposed to sell for 10sh each but some cheeky vendors at Nyayo stadium were selling them for Ksh 20 and pocketing the extra 10 bob. This is the kind of fraud that the club should pay attention to.

Another area that is worth reform is the area of accountability. There have been suspicions amongst many fans that sometimes the announced gate collections do not reflect the attendance. The club should do something to assuage this concern.

Secondly, the club should step up its membership recruitment. The best way to kick start this is to get the club’s accounts audited by a reputable accounting firm. When the club is accountable, open and transparent, people will be assured that the money they contribute to the club is not being misappropriated or embezzled and there will be more people who are willing to become paying subscribers.  The club can set up a system of membership with silver, gold and platinum membership. Platinum members can be those who pay membership dues of above Ksh 10,000 per year. Gold members pay ksh 5000 and silver members pay ksh 1000 per year and so forth. There are also hundreds of Kogalo fans in the diaspora living in North America, Europe, Australia etc. The club should enhance transparency to entice these fans to contribute to the club and also provide a mechanism for them to send their contributions. The vehicle below belongs to a die hard Kogalo fan currently residing in the frozen north. So die-hard is he that his number plate aka license number reflects the club’s name. And this picture was taken in 2002 when the club was in the doldrums battling relegation. These fans can be convinced to support the club materially and financially.

The number plate of a die-hard Kogalo supporter in the frozen North reflects his fanaticism for the club.

A further area worth reforming is the issue of player loans. There are many young Kogalo players whose development is being stunted by warming the bench. Players like Duncan Owiti Macheda, Roy Okal and could benefit by playing every weekend. If you practice every day but do not get a chance to put your training to use on match day, you will never develop. These guys are talented but we will never know how good they are if they only warm the bench. And in the current dispensation with fans demanding immediate results, there will be no opportunity to field them. So send them on loan to another team in the KPL or in the next level so they can build their confidence and sharpen their skills.

The issue of youth development has been covered in depth in a previous article. Its worth adding that Barcelona’s youth team currently plays in Spain’s second tier tus giving the youngstars much needed game time. . Instead of fielding a U-19 only during the KPL U-19 tournament, Kogalo’s youth team should be playing in the lower divisions every weekend. This will give them match experience and build cohesiveness such that by the time they are seniors, they will have been playing together for years and the coordination between them will be superb. Its no co-incidence that the Thika United U-19 team won the inaugural KPL cup. It was not a hurriedly assembled team like most others. It was a cohesive unit that has been playing together. Back in 1983, the Kogalo youth team drew significant crowds whenever the played. Fans wanted to see what they thought was the next generation. The same can happen today.

Thats yours trulys take on which reforms are neeeded. Now over to other bloggers. What would you like to see done in 2012 ?


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