Okoth and Ochieng in harambee stars squad

Two Gor Mahia players , Kevin Ochieng and Collins Okoth “Gattuso” have been maintained in the Harambee stars squad that is preparing for the Africa Nations cup qualifier against Togo on Wednesday. The newly signed duo of Yusuf Juma and Rama Salim have been dropped by coach Francis Kimanzi.

Yusuf Juma was one of the few bright spots during Kenya’s disastrous campaign in the 2012 CECAFA cup. So impressive was he that virtually all the top teams in the Kenya premier league were chasing his signature. His place will likely be taken by Osbourne Monday.  Rama Salim’s star appeared to be on the rise especially after his superb performance playing for the national under 23 team during their tour of West Africa recently. However Kimanzi seems to have chosen the experience of Jamal Mohammed who has also developed a level of cohesion with Dennis Oliech much like Emmanuel Ake did earlier.

Both Rama and Yusuf are still young and if they continue to work hard and stay diligent and correct their weaknesses, they will soon become national team regulars. This is a minor setback that should only serve to motivate them to work harder.

For Gattuso and Ochieng, it is an opportunity to test their mettle against a more talented Togolese side that has the mercurial Emmanuel Adebayor who plies his trade in the English premier league. Both players as defensive midfielders will be crucial in cutting off the supply of passes to Adebayor. Indeed the key to beating Togo is to cut off the supply of passes to Adebayor. He tends to become frustrated if he is not getting good balls. The role of Ochieng and Gattuso will be even more critical now that macDonald Mariga has made himself unavailable for the match.

CAF Cup match postponed by a week

Courtesy of Nairobi star

GOR MAHIA’S CAF Confederation Cup, first round, return leg tie against Ferroviario de Maputo of Mozambique in Nairobi has been pushed back by a week.

The match earlier scheduled for Match 3 will now take place on March 10 after Mozambicans appealed to CAF for a change of date. The Mozambique national team has a 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match away match against Tanzania in Dar-es-Salaam on February 29. Many Ferroviario players are in the national team and would not have had enough time to re-assemble and face Gor Mahia in Nairobi on March 3.

The CAF headquarters granted Ferroviario du Maputo the green light to push their match with Gor Mahia in Nairobi by a week. Gor Mahia lost the first leg in Maputo 3-0 but are hopeful of overturning the result to progress to the next round. “It can be done,” said Gor Mahia assistant secretary Ronald Ngala on Wednesday. “Ferroviario’s defence can be breached and if we get two goals in the first half, we shall be in with a chance to go through.”

Gor Mahia pitted to play AFC Leopards in the opening match of the Kenyan Premier League “Top 8” tournament, which is scheduled to start on March 7. However, KPL deferred the actual dates for all the four matches. Ngala said the KPL decision had a lot to do with other clubs than Gor Mahia’s calendar. “Even though a ‘Top 8’ match for us on March 7, will be too close to the Confederation Cup, which will be played three days later, other clubs also face challenges with domestic fixtures.”

“The ‘Top 8’ matches are in Nairobi on Wednesday nights, so if an up-country team is involved in such a fixtures before returning home for a league match over the weekend, then it is quite a problem. That is why the KPL wishes to schedule the ‘Top 8’ matches after carefully considering other league fixtures,” he said. However, Ngala was upbeat about the impending “Top 8” clash with arch-rivals AFC Leopards. “We are ready to take them head-on,” he said.

Newcomers shock Gor Mahia

Courtesy of futaa.com

Gor Mahia lost its midweek tie 2012 0-1 to visiting Kenyan Premier League debutant Muhoroni Youth in a game played on Wednesday 22 February 2012 . The lone goal for the visitors was scored by Geoffrey Simiyu in the 77th minute.

In about the ninth minute Gor thought they had taken the lead but a connection from a corner hit the underneath of the cross bar before bouncing back into play and to the safety of the league newcomers.

Long cross from deep

The next real chance on goal came in the 19th minute when a knock down by Gor Mahia’s Ali Abondo in the box falls on Baldwin Ngwa whose low shot was parried off by Muhoroni keeper Joseck Kadongo for a corner. The resultant kick rattles the underneath of the cross bar but bounces back into play.

Just two minutes later a long cross from deep found Abondo but his shot from acute angle hit the side netting.

Muhoroni had a chance of their own when striker David Oriki was left unmarked in thepeanlty area. He dove for a ball from deep but his header but somehow Gor keeper Ivo Mapunda managed to keep Gor on a clean sheet.

Three minutes to the break, Ngwa went up to meet a high ball but his header earned that was later wasted.

– Muhoroni’s back five have been impressive. If they get a sucker punch Gor could be in trouble, said SuperSport analysts Arnold Kanyangonda at the break

-Gor obviously have the better chances but it looks one of those familiar things where the favorite has the chances but no goals, added Arnold

– I am looking at a 1-0 Muhoroni win, Arnold Kanyangonda, he concluded

Ahead of Gor defenders

The second half kicked off with skipper of the day Kevin Ochieng limped off for former Thika United left back Yusuf Juma. In the very next minute, Juma whips in a cross and Ateng nearly concedes an own goal for Muhoroni

On 52 minutes, Gor Mahia back line was caught off and David Oriki found himself ahead of Gor defenders. However, his first touch and precision let him down as he shot straight at Mapunda he punched it back in play but the rebound was wasted by Faraj.

Ten minutes later Tony Nyangor ‘Balotieno’ failed to connect to a bouncing ball after an otherwise well organized Muhoroni Youth defense was caught in a mix up. Just two minutes later a Nyagor touch on a corner was cleared off the line by substititue Caleb Waka.

Went above bar

Another break from the half saw Gor Mahia go down 0-1. A racing Muhoroni player squared a pass to dangerman Geoffrey Simiyu who with a low shot beat Ivo Mapunda for debutants Muhorni’s first ever Kenyan Premier League goal.

With six minutes to time, Gor Mahia Coach Anaba Awono throw in Duncan Mached Owiti for Ali Abondo, but with Muhoroni holding out their defense.

But just when Muhoroni thought they had the game, a flurry of shots led to a penalty after a hand ball . centre referee Richard Mongare awarded a penalty with the time reading two minutes past the regulation 90.

Collins Gatusso Okoth who had played his heart out in the holding role, stepped back and took a shot. But it ended in further agony as Gor fans who had already began walking off and stopped to see an equalizer.

It was not to be as Gatusso’s shot went above bar to hand Muhoroni their first ever Premier league win.


Muhoroni Youth: 1. Joseck Kadongo, 12. Paul Opony (Cpt), 25. Ibrahim Ateng’, 7. Gregory Nyapala, 15. Dan Odhiambo (27. Caleb Waka – 59), 2. Paul Mboya, 24. Faraj Omondi, 10. Nick Akoko, (6. Elly Otuoma – 67), 19. Hamis Mwinyi (13. Dennis Mong’are – 52), 9. Geoffery Simiyu, 23. David Oriki

Substitutes not used: 30. Gradus Ochieng, 11. Victor Amata, 4. Victor Oduor, 17. Samwel Nyaoro

Gor Mahia: 16. Ivo Mapunda, 2. Kevin Ochieng – Captain (7. Yussuf Juma),3. Christopher Wekesa, 4. Donald Mosoti, 5. Musa Mohammed, 13 Collins Okoth, 10 Ali Abondo, 26 Anthony Nyangor (25 Moses Odhiambo – 66), 28 Baldwin Ngwa, 21 Rama Salim, 17 Dan Makori

Substitutes not used: 23. Wycliff Kasaya (Gk), 7. Yussuf Juma, 6. Anthony Akumu, 15. David Owino, 20. Duncan Owiti, 22. Peter Juma

Gor Mahia vs AFC in KPL top 8

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Kenyan Premier League traditional rivals Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards will clash in the second edition of the annual KPL Top 8 tournament set to kick off on 7 March 2012.

The draw conducted on Wednesday 22 February at the Hilton Hotel Nairobi Amboseli Room placed the two head to head.

dates could change

This match could be the curtain raiser though that will depend on Gor Mahia’s tricky Confederations Cup and KPL fixtures. Any of the other top8 fixtures could then take the slot.

The Top 8 fixtures are spread across all Wednesdays starting the 7 March 2012.

KPL Top 8 inaugural and defending Champions Ulinzi Stars who are also the KPL 2010 Champions will sweat it out against the millers from Chemelil while current KPL champions Tusker FC will face Rangers FC.

Running for the second year

Another former league Champion Sofapaka will also be in the milling plant to face SoNy Sugar with the teams contesting for the Kshs 1 million jack pot set aside for the eventual winners.

The tournament will be running for the second year now after the first ever last season won by Ulinzi Stars. The military side carried the trophy after seeing off fellow finalists Western Stima 2-1 at the Nyayo National Stadium.

Draw in full:

AFC Leopards Vs Gor Mahia 7 March 2012

Tusker FC Vs Rangers FC 14 March 2012

Ulinzi Stars Vs Chemelil Sugar 21 March 2012

Sofapaka FC Vs SoNy Sugar 28 March 2012

Gor Mahia stay hopeful

From Daily Nation

Gor Mahia’s Cameroonian coach Annaba Awono refused to accept defeat in the wake of the 3-0 fall to hosts Ferroviaro de Maputo of Mozambique in the first leg clash of the CAF Confederation Cup on Saturday.

Gor Mahia had hoped to return to Nairobi at least with a draw from Maputo but ended up soaking up three goals leaving them with a mountain to climb in the second leg game in three weeks’ time in Nairobi.


It could have been worse for the Kenyans at the 40th minute but captain Jerim Onyango dived the right side to save a penalty.

But the Mozambican side went two up at the hour mark through Nzili and three up at the death courtesy of another Nzili goal.

Gor’s tough tackling midfielder Collins Okoth, who had been booked in the first half, was red-carded with a minute of play remaining after a second bookable offence.

But on Sunday, Awono said he would rectify the few mistakes he noticed in defence and midfield.

He also hopes his injured aces – Hugo Nzangu, George Midenyo and Dimonde Selenga – will all be fit for the return leg. “I hope to have a full squad in the return leg. We are down but not out,’’ he said.

Gor Mahia returned back on Sunday afternoon.

Gattuso blames it on language barrier

From michezoafrika.com

Gor Mahia’s midfielder Collins Okoth will miss the return leg match of the CAF Confederations Cup match against Mozambiquan club Ferroviario after being shown red in the first leg match played in Maputo on Saturday night. Okoth was handed the red card by the Malawian referee after the match in what the referee thought was foul mouth from the Kenyan midfielder.

But according to Collins Okoth, it was due to poor understanding of English by the Malawian who misunderstood his words for some heavy foul mouth.

“It was a very unfortunate incident and everyone heard what I said including the first assistant referee who tried to explain to him but he had already flashed the card and nothing could be done. I simply told him ‘good game but you were not there’ Okoth Said.

According to the team players, the match officials were biased in their officiating throughout the match denying Gor Mahia a genuine penalty when striker Baldin Ngwa was fallen in the box.

“We could have landed an away goal from that lost opportunity. It was a bit frustrating but we will pick ourselves up and fight hard towards ensuring we redeem ourselves at home in the return leg.” Added Okoth.

Okoth was speaking at the airport when Gor Mahia landed back in Nairobi from Maputo shortly after 4:00PM Kenyan time.

In the first leg match played on Saturday night in Maputo, Gor Mahia lost 3-0 and will need a clean 4-0 win in Nairobi in a fortnight to qualify for the next round.

Ferroviario 3 Gor Mahia 0

It was a nightmare match for Gor Mahia as they sunk by 3 goals to Mozambican outfit. Gor Mahia were under pressure from the very beginning and looked uncertain and shaky throughout.

A 3rd minute goal from a defensive lapse gave the Mozambicans the lead. The goal was scored by Clesio Bauque after he capitalized on a miscue by Ivan Anguyo. It could have been worse after 30 minutes as Gor Mahia conceded a penalty. But Jerim Onyango dove to his right and saved the penalty. Gor Mahia appeared unsettled in the first half but good defensive work from Jerim, Teddy and Musa saved the day. As the first half drew to a close, Duncan Makori replaced Ibrahim Kitawi.

15 minutes into the second half, Ferroviario had the upper hand as they pinned Gor Mahia in their own half for long periods. The fans continued to urge them on and it paid.  A miscue by Moses Otieno gifted the ball to Dario Tchitcho who sent a long range screamer that saw Ferroviario take a 2-0 lead.

After conceding the second goal, Gor Mahia started coming more and more into the game in search of that crucial away goal. Moses Odhiambo came in for Victor Ali. With 10 minutes to go Gor Mahia still had not had a decent shot on goal. And on 82 minutes, the hosts grabbed the 3rd goal courtesy of Diogo.  Gor Mahia appeared to be in disarray as the Mozambicans pinned them in their own half in search of a 4th. A few minute later , the Malawian referee denied Gor Mahia a penalty leaving the players distraught. As the final whistle went, Collins Okoth was shown the red card for a second bookable offence.

All in all a forgettable day for Gor Mahia with shades of 1991 against Highlanders of Zimbabwe. Kogalo now faces an uphill task in the return leg.

Starting Line up released

Courtesy of michezoafrika.com

Gor Mahia has named a strong squad to start their first leg match against Ferroviario of Mozambique in the first leg match of the CAF Confederations Cup set to be played at the   stadium later this evening at 8:00PM Kenyan time.

Skipper Jerim Onyango will start in goal for Gor Mahia. Yusuf Juma, Ivan Anguyo, Musa Mohammed, and Anthony Akumu will marshal the defense line: Collins OKoth , Victor Ali Abondo, Kevin Ochieng  and Moses Otieno will be in charge of Kogalo’s engine in midfield while Ibrahim Kitawi and Baldin Ngwa will start in twin attack.

The match will start at 7:00pm Maputo time (8:00pm Kenyan time).

Gor Mahia’s Ronald Ngala who is with the team in Maputo has said the boys are in a charged up morale ahead of the match calling on Kenyans to keep them in prayers as they take on their hosts’ in search of a win.

“We arrived well , so far everything is smooth and we are looking forward to a bright evening. We call on our fans and Kenyans to support us in spirit.” Said Ngala.

Gor Mahia Starting Line Up – Jerim Onyango, Yusuf Juma, Ivan Anguyo , Musa Mohamed , Antony Teddy Akumu Collins Gattuso Okoth, Moses Otieno, Kevin Ochieng,Victor Ali Abondo Ibrahim Kitawi and Baldwin Ngwa

Substitutes: Ivo Mapunda, Chris Wekesa, David Owino, John Kipagat, Rama Salim, Moses Odhiambo, Dan Makori