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AFC demand all points

from michezoafrika.com

The AFC Leopards Executive council has on behalf of the entire AFC Leopards family launched an official appeal to KPL demanding to be awarded maximum points from Sunday’s match against Gor Mahia.This was announced by the AFC Leopards’ chairman Alex Ole Magelo flanked by his entire executive committee.

In a press statement, Magelo said the match officials failed to take control of the match after it had been stopped for over 25 minutes as a result of crowd trouble by unruly Gor Mahia fans.

“Various other competitive matches have been called off after the proverbial 15 minutes of Stoppage time as a result of crowd trouble with safety and security risks to all cited. As a
result of the failure, we demand that AFC Leopards be awarded maximum points from the match.” Said Magelo.

The statement went ahead to say as quoted “We ground our case on the following facts:

i)-As the home team, Gor Mahia miserably failed to provide enough security for the big match despite all signs showing a possibility of crowd trouble. The few police officers
deployed were totally unable to take control of over 20,000 fans present during the  match.

ii)-That the security officers lacked strategy by tear gassing out of the stadium a section  of Gor Mahia fans while leaving others to continue causing mayhem in the pitch.

iii). That the security officers failed to follow up on the rowdy fans tear gassed out of the Stadium to clear them out of the stadium precincts. That failure enabled the unruly  Gor Mahia fans outside the stadium to regroup and start throwing stones and other foreign  objects into the stadium, thus injuries more that 10 of AFC Leopards supporters inside
stadium.

iv)-That efforts by our Team Manager Bernard Onyango to prevail upon the match officials to call off the match for security reasons were thwarted by high handed GMT Otieno who intimidated the match officials into submission.

iv)-That the ugly incidences disoriented the players wearing down their concentration in the match.

v)-That the fact that the several foreign objects hurled into the playing ground by  Gor Mahia fans were to be picked by players to necessitate the resumption of the match is
a clear indication of lack of preparedness by both the home team and the stadia Management board.

vi)-That even after the controversial resumption of the match after a 25 minute stoppage,  the match officials did not consider any extra time choosing to end the match
prematurely.

The statement further suggested a number of recommendations that include :
•AFC Leopards being awarded maximum points,
•Gor Mahia be heavily punished for failing to provide adequate security in such a  high voltage match and for failing to reign in on its unruly supporters,
•Match officials be punished for poor judgment in the match by failing to call it off  after serious security risks occasioned by the riots,
•GMT Otieno be punished by suspension or expulsion for his high handedness and threatening to bring the game of football into disrepute,
•KPL and Sports Stadia Management Board undertake to change the approach of  securing fixtures between AFC and
•Gor to avert more chaotic scenes and lastly that All AFC fans injured by the riots be paid for medical expenses and compensated for  the same.

JBO hits at referee

from michezoafrika.com

Gor Mahia manager John Bobby Ogolla is an angry man after the match against AFC Leopards on Sunday afternoon. Ogolla not only cited the red card situation but also other countless tackles on his players which left two of them substituted with injuries.

“The referee messed up the game. He came with a fixed mind and he was very inconsistent. The referees should really pull up their socks because this is not where we should be going. Rama Salim was intentionally kicked, Kelvin Omondi was also hacked down twice heading to goal, Kitawi was also hacked and we were forced to sub him, all these went un questioned by the referee”, he says.

“The fans are human beings and we cannot blame them. Though that is not the kind of action we should resort to, they were irked by the referee who was constantly frustrating us.”, he adds.

Ogolla has also blamed the police for firing tear gas at the Gor fans saying that it made the atmosphere worse.

“Were the Gor fans fighting themselves? Then why did they blast tear gas only on the Gor Fans? Police should not have fired the tear gas because that only worked to worsen the situation. I am very disappointed”, he says.

On the match, Ogolla says that he is content with the team as it has been building up step by step each day.

“I am encouraged by the boys. Step by step we are coming up and we are getting better. All in all  I am delighted with the point because it is better than none”, he adds

Derby Ends scoreless

Ten man Gor Mahia fought gallantly to hold league leaders AFC Leopards to a scoreless draw. Gor Mahia were reduced to 10 men when Ali Abondo was given his marching orders by the center referee for a tackle on Amon Muchiri. The match had to be stopped for several minutes due to crowd trouble when fans unhappy at the red card caused fracas.

All in all it was a balanced match. Kevin Omondi was lively throoughout the match and may be slowly returning to top form. It was his run in the 5th minute tha resulted in a free kick which Rama Salim curved goalward for Patrick Matasi to punch outside for a fruitless corner.

The performance of the Gor Mahia defense was an improvement as they held Allan Wanga and the marauding Jimmy Bageya at bay for most of the game. Omondi continued to give the AFC defense fits as his mazy run in the 26th minute forced a save from Matasi in the AFC goal. Wycliff Kasaya in goal also gave a good account of himself. In the 33rd minute he was forced into a spectacular save from a Jimmy Bageya shot.

Rama Salim limped off injured and was replaced by John Kiplagat. Kitawi was replaced by Ali Abondo and Moses Odhiambo came in for Midenyo. The game was finally balanced until the 66th minute when Abondo was sent off for a high boot on Muchiri. Gor Mahia fans reacted badly. Some started to leave while others caused fracas. Players appealed to the fans for calm. The game was finally resumed after 15 minutes.

For the rest of the game, Kogalo fought gamely to contain AFC who had a one man advantage. Kevin Omondi, still lively made another un in the 88th minute before being fouled. The resulting freekick was taken by Moses Odhiambo whose low shot went wide.

Gor Mahia :Wycliffe Kasaya, Musa Mohammed, David Owino,  Musa Mohammed, Anthony Akumu, Christopher Wekesah, Moses Otieno, Rama Saim,Kevin Omondi, George Midenyo, Ibrahim Kitawi

Subs: Jerim Onyango, Yusuf Juma, Ivan Anguyo, Demonde Selenga, Moses Odhiambo, John Kiplagat,Victor Ali.

AFC Leopards:Patrick Matasi, Edwin Wafula, Amon Muchiri, Eric Masika, Jonas Nahimana, Martin Imbalmbala,Jimmy Bageya, Bernard Mangoli, Allan Wanga, Salim Kinje,Victor Ochieng,

Subs:Barnabas Tiema, Robert Syongo, Laurent Tumba, Mike Barasa,Charles Okwemba, Oscar Kadenge and Augustine Etemesi.

Okoth to miss derby

from futaa.com

Kenyan Premier League (KPL) giants Gor Mahia have been dealt a big blow ahead of their game with league leaders AFC Leopards on Sunday 18 March with the news that one of their key players will miss the action.

Knee injury

Kenyan international midfielder Collins Gattuso Okoth will sit out the game as he failed to recover in time from a knee injury he sustained in his team’s last game against champions Tusker on Wednesday 14 March.

The hard tackling midfielder, speaking to futaa.com, confirmed that he had failed to recover in time for the game and so will just be in the stadium to offer support to his fellows when they play the league leaders.

Not ready for Sunday

-I have no chance of featuring in the game. Initially I thought it was just a slight injury which I could recover well to play this game but on that day when I reached at home I realized it was much more serious. It has been healing well since Wednesday but at the moment I can’t say it is 100% okay for the game.

-If all goes well I will be available for the Top 8 game between us and AFC Leopards but for the Sunday game I am out,I will just watch my teammates and support them. Hopefully we will win this one, he said.

Okoth got injured during the game but played on up to the 90thminute as Gor Mahia slumped to two second half goals from Jockins Atudo and Patrick Kagogo after they had put in a very good show.

Its derby time !

The Kenyan El Classico aka Mashemeji derby is here yet again as Kogalo face Ingwe this Sunday. This could not have come at a worse time for Gor Mahia as the club has lost 5 straight games without scoring.

Nevertheless, most fans saw some light at the end of the tunnel given how well the team played in the first half of their midweek match against defending champions Tusker. The effort was there. There was better coordination. But yet again the club’s biggest achilles heel which is scoring was yet again in evidence. Not only the like of striking power but the inability of the playmakers to create clear cut chances. “We had a great first half but failed to convert our chances” said coach JBO after the game.

 Also Gor Mahia does not seem to have any goal poachers who can score from half chances or simply poach a goal even against the run of play.

Still the Kenyan El Classico does not respect current form. Just last year, Kogalo were in a major slump that saw the departure of coach Zico. Yet they pulled themselves out of the ashes to beat Ingwe in the FKL cup final. And this has rung true for years. In 1991 Gor Mahia won the league handily with a superior team that had players like Felix Otieno, Allan Odhiambo, Jared Achieng, Tom Odhiambo etc. When playing against AFC, they flat out dominated and outplayed them. Felix Otieno in midfield looked like he had no peers. Yet AFC won on both occasions. They created one chance and used it.

And of course current coach Bobby Ogolla was the pillar of the defence in 1984 when Gor Mahia was high flying, scoring 80 plus goals in the league, winning by a huge margin, completely outplaying AFC, yet loosing 3 straight times to Ingwe.

Based on the evidence of this week’s game, Gor Mahia are slowly emerging out of their slump. They will have worked hard on their weaknesses upfront. “The lack of goals is of particular concern and we have to work on our attack before facing AFC” said coach Bobby this week.

Another area of concern is the defensive lapses. Ferroviario must have studied tapes of the club and saw ways to capitalize. Its interesting that on both occasions, their midfielder who has a rocket of a shot was given free space by Kogalo defensive midfielders and allowed to shoot against the hapless Jerim Onyango who never stood a chance. We all know that Dutch coach Jan Koops wil have studied these weaknesses and come up with ways to exploit them. One should hope that the technical stuff will have plugged the holes by Sunday.

Bobby Ogolla has called upon fans to help lift the morale of the players by cheering them. “No one should judge us based on the most recent results” said Bobby this week. It is commendable that on Wednesday , many fans continued to cheer the team even when they went down 2-0. The playing unit will need this kind of support as they try to dig themselves out the current slump. So let the 12th man turn up in large numbers and cheer because you know AFC fans will turn out in droves.

Ticketmasters to man the gates

 
From michezoafrika.com After a morning tussle between the KPL, Ticket Masters and Gor Mahia over ticketing for this weekend’s match pitting Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards, Ticket masters will handle the ticketing for the match after all. 

Gor Mahia had intended to change their ticketing agents to Wells Fargo after suspicion of short handedness within Ticket Masters’ handling of tickets. There were complaints by a huge section of Gor Mahia fans that the figures released after matches by Ticket masters involving Gor Mahia were way below and not corresponding to the number of fans in the Stadium.

“There had been problems within the ticketing between us and Ticket masters. We had decided for a change that we use Wells Fargo and see the difference. However, when we presented the request to the KPL committee they said that it was too late to implement and therefore denied the request. Therefore, Ticket Masters will handle this match”, he said after the meeting on Friday morning at the Nyayo National Stadium.

Tickets will start selling on Saturday morning and no tickets will be sold at the match venue; Nyayo National Stadium.

Tickets will be sold at the Hope Centre, City Stadium, 20th Century, Kenya Cinema, Mumbai Plaza Gikomba, AFC Leopards Kawangware branch office and Buruburu.

VIP Tickets will be going at 500 shillings while terrace tickets will sell at 200 shillings. Gates to the Stadium open at 11am and close immediately the match starts.

24,000 tickets have been printed for the match; 2,500 for VIP and 22,500 for terraces.

Bobby seeking assistant

From michezoafrika.com

or Mahia coach John Bobby Ogolla is shopping for an assistant coach who will help him of his duty as the Gor Mahia FC caretaker Manager. Up until now, Bobby has been working with Team Manager Tom Ogweno after the entire Gor technical bench was sent packing owing to poor results.

“I do need an assistant coach to help me schedule my programs and help me in training the team. I have been working with Tom who is the team manager in the past one week and he has been doing a fantastic job. But I feel that I should have an assistant so as to have more efficiency and easen the work load of both of us”, he says.

Ogolla who has so far lost his first two matches at Gor says that he himself is looking for the assistant, adding that he would want someone whom they will work with cordially.

“I want someone whom we have the same goal and mission; an ally of mine, not someone who will come to sabotage me. I have received a number of requests but I am yet to settle on someone and soon there will be an assistant at Gor. It is important that I get someone myself because then it would be easier to work”, he adds.

Gor Mahia lost 2-0 to Tusker on Wednesday evening and the veteran coach is keen on turning the tables especially with AFC Leopards lingering in the vicinity for a Sunday showdown.

Gor Mahia woes continue

Courtesy of futaa.com

Kenyan Premier League 2011 champions Tusker FC jumped back to title contention in style after staging a strong comeback to beat Gor Mahia 2-0 at the Nyayo National Stadium Wednesday evening.

Gor’s flying start

Gor Mahia started on a high with their speedy forwards pushing hard on the Brewer’s goal for an early goal but the Breweres defenders came in handy to clear the always eminent danger.

Tusker received their first booking early in the match when Jerry Santo used a high boot as Gor Mahia persisted in their attacks.

Former Tusker forward and their last season top scorer George Midenyo proved a thorn in the flesh of his former team but was stopped on several occasions.

Tusker’s return 

Kasaya was forced to his first flying save of the match from a Peter Opiyo free kick in the 25th minute letting it roll outside for a corner.

Tusker slowly started to gain possession in the match with Gor’s Ngwa and Tusker’s Mukaisi looking dangerous on either ends.

The Brewers were at it yet again in the 40th minute with Kasaya being forced to a frantic save from a Joseph Emeka gasping header from close range after great work by Patrick Kagogo.

second half

The Brewers staged a strong show in the second half with Kagogo and Kitawi making runs from the midfield into the Gor Mahia half.

They however received a second booking in the 51st minute after Joakins Atudo brought down Gor’s Ali Abondo in the midfield.

Goals

Atundo made up for his previous mishap 14 minutes later when he headed in from close range after a superbly taken corner kick to put Tusker ahead of the game.

Patrick Kagogo then ensured that the KPL champions stretched the lead 10 minutes later when his thunderous left-foot shot from the right flank rolled under Wycliff Kasaya for a second.

Changes

Gor mahia strengthened their attack bringing in Moses Odhiambo, Kevin Omondi, Rama Salim in for George Midenyo, Ali Abondo and Ibrahim Kitawi.

This however was well marked by Tusker FC who also brought in Paul Were for Mukaisi, Fred Ajwanga for Kagogo and managed to maintain their lead to full time.

The win pushes Tusker to the third spot with 10 points one behind second placed Sofapaka and three behind leaders AFC Leopards who are currently on a roll.

Gor Mahia remain in 14th slot with three points same as Nairobi City Stars and two ahead of bottom placed Mathare United.

Starting lineup vs Tusker

From futaa.com

Gor Mahia has named their line up that will take on Tusker in Wednesday 14 March Kenyan Premier League (KPL) encounter at the Nyayo National Stadium.

In the starting eleven, captain Jerim Onyango drops back to the bench after being between the sticks for the weekend game against Ferroviario de Maputo as new keeper Wycliffe Kasaya is preferred for a starting role.

Gattuso returns

Collins Gattuso Okoth will also make a return to the starting line up after missing two games.

K’Ogalo will also field four former Tusker players in the starting line up as they aim to bring an end to the club’s poor run of four straight defeats which also culminated in their elimination from the CAF Confederations cup.

Line up:

Wycliffe Kasaya, Solomon Nasio, Collins Omondi, Musa Mohamed, David Owino, Collins Okoth, Ali Abondo, Moses Otieno, Baldwin Ngwa, George Midenyo, Ibrahim Kitawi.

Substitutes:

Jerim Onyango, Yusuf Juma,Ivan Anguyo, Moses Odhiambo, Rama Salim,Teddy Akumu, Kevin Omondi

Focus shifts to local scene

After Kogalo’s ignominious exit from the CAF confederations cup, they will be seeking to redeem themselves starting this week. On Wednesday they face off against defending champions Tusker and on Sunday they face arch rivals AFC leopards. These are not easy matches and could not have come at a worse time. “It is going to be a tough match, but I believe we have to respond after a series of poor results. The players have taken their weekend loss to Ferroviario positively and are keen to revamp their league campaign with a mid week win against Tusker,” said new team manager Tom Ogweno.

After the lackluster display in Naivasha a week ago, fans will be hoping that the team plays with some sense of urgency. And there is nobody better to light a fire underneath the players than the fiery Bobby Ogolla. He is the best man for the moment. Cameroonian Anaba Awono with his fatherly demeanor and lack of eloquence was seemingly unable to inspire players as evidenced by their disinterested performance in Naivasha.

With the previous technical bench swept aside and a new team in place. It is critical that fans show some patience. Ogolla and Ogweno have been in charge of the team for less than 10 days. Let us given them sometime to settle in.

Yet there are a myriad of problems to solve. Ogweno said: “We noted a lot of mistakes against Ferroviario and we have been working round the clock to rectify the loopholes before the Wednesday match. We wasted a lot of chances despite the fact that we created a lot of chances and we dedicated two days to work on finishing because if we take our chances we can beat any side.”

Perhaps most glaring is the lack of goals. The team is seemingly unable to score goals. Part of the problem is the inability to create clear-cut chances. What seems to be happening in midfield is just a series of hopeful balls played to the strikers. Perhaps this is why fans have been asking for Rama Salim whom fans see as a potential playmaker. The strikers themselves have been unable to show poise in front of goal resulting in a series of missed chances. That lack of poise has extended to penalties where Kogalo players have shown an inexplicable inability to score from the spot.

Of course a significant issue is that fact that much of the squad has not played together for long enough to build cohesion. Bobby Ogolla touched on this: ““I think we should be starting our games with the strongest line up possible and leave that thought of a super sub.” Aside from a starting eleven, Ogolla should probably work on finding combinations that work. 2 years ago, Blackberry and Baldwin Ngwa developed a telepathic understanding thar resulted in a hatful of goals. JBO should seek to identify combinations of 2 or 3 players who can combine well.