Gor Mahia protest KPL ruling

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After the Kenyan Premier League [KPL] ruled that the Top Eight match between Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards be postponsed again  Gor, through their Secretary General George Bwana, have come out to condemn the decision.

In their announcement, KPL cited Gor’s non-compliance with security requirements as the main reason for the indefinite postponement, something which irks Bwana.

-KPL’s statement that the Top Eight game cannot be played because Gor Mahia failed to provide a detailed security plan leaves a lot to be desired, Bwana said in a statement published on the club’s official website.

-Gor Mahia has done so much to ensure there is maximum security during its matches as demanded by the Football Kenya Federation.

-To host any league match today, the club has to have in the stadium, two fire engines, two ambulances, about 100 police officers, some on horse backs and dog handlers and stewards. All these cost us handsomely.

Earlier communication

Bwana also confirmed that KPL had fronted the Afraha Stadium as a likely candidate to host the match.

-KPL wrote to us informing us that the Top 8 tie had been scheduled to take place in Nakuru, a more risky venue than Nyayo and Kasarani.

-Our response to that was simple: “Afraha stadium is not a suitable venue for a match of this magnitude”.

The match had initially been set to take part on 1 April but was postponed after security lapses were noted in a league tie between the two teams on 18 March.

Gor Mahia vs Stima ends in scoreless tie

After 3 succesive wins, Gor Mahia wrapped up their first leg matches by tying Western Stima 0-0 in a midweek clash played at the City Stadium. Coach Logarusic played the same line up that won against KCB on Saturday with the exception of David Owino who made way for Moses Otieno in defensive midfield.

It was Kogalo who showed more hunger for goals, piling pressure on the Stima goal for long periods. But the powermen held on doggedly for the point. Gor Mahia played well and had the lions share of possession and far more shots on goal. But a combination of poor finishing, bad luck and dogged defending by Stima prevented the all important goal.

In the first half, Baldwin Ngwa took advantage of a defensive blunder but his shot went wide. Other chances that went to Ivan Anguyo and Moses Odhiambo went begging. In the second half it was Kevin Omondi and George Midenyo who came close but to the fans frustration, could not score.

Gor Mahia Lineup: Jerim Onyango, Yusuf Juma, Donald Mosoti, Musa Mohamed, Ivan Anguyo, Moses Otieno, Rama Salim, Moses Odhiambo, Kevin Ochieng (Ali Abondo), George Midenyo (Kevin Omondi), Baldwin Ngwa ( Edwin Lavatsa)



Gor Mahia to appeal to SSMB

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Kenyan Premier League side Gor Mahia have appealed to the Sports Stadia Management board to re-consider their decision of banning the team from the Nyayo and Kasarani Stadia.

While speaking about the up-coming Top 8 fixture between Gor and AFC leopards, Chairman Ambrose Rachier says that security of fans is paramount and the SSMB should look back into their decision.

“We are lined up to play against AFC Leopards in the Top 8 Cup. However, the major concern for us is the venue for that match. We know that these two teams command a large following of fans and taking the match to a small venue will only amont to putting in danger the lives of these fans”, Rachier said.

His secretary general George Bwana echoed his sentiments saying that they have already sent a letter to KPL and copied it to Supersport detailing how they have improved on their security arrangements.

“In all our games, we hire at least two ambulances, a fire engine and deploy over 50 police officers to maintain law and order. We have written to KPL and copied the same letter to Supersport detailing of the ways in which we have improved in our security arrangements. With that we do hope that our appeal will be considered and the Top 8 match will be taken back to Nyayo”, Bwana said.

Gor Mahia to enhance accountability

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Kenyan Premier League (KPL) giants Gor Mahia will be the first club in the history of Kenyan football to establish structures for online transactions in a bid to foster transparency as they are set to launch an MPESA payment account.

Tuesday launch

The launch will be held on Tuesday 15 May at the club’s offices at the Nyayo National Stadium and the club’s vice chairman Faiz Ochieng says the club’s supporters are invited to the event.

Faiz observes that the development is a big leap as they look to ensure the club’s affairs are run transparently, since it will even enable fans to get match tickets online.

Transparency and accountability

-Gor Mahia will be launching the MPESA account on Tuesday afternoon at the club’s offices in the afternoon at 1400hrs, all the loyal fans are invited to the event. This is one of the major steps we are taking to ensure that we have transparency and accountability in our operations.

-We also want our fans in future to be able to get hold of our tickets hassle free as we aim to establish e-ticketing, he said in an interview with futaa.com.

Gor Mahia raid KCB vault

In what is probably the most thrilling match Kogalo has played in the season, they beat KCB 3-2 in a Kenya premier league encounter on Saturday.

George Midenyo opened the scoring with a well taken free-kick in the 15th minute. Gor Mahia led 1-0 at halftime. 5 minutes into the second half, Rama Salim combined with Baldwin Ngwa to score the second goal as Kogalo went up 2-0. On 70 minutes, KCB were awarded a penalty which they duly converted to bring the score to 2-1. 10 minutes later, Rama Salim was on target again, this time with a long range pile driver. As KCB piled the pressure, former Gor Mahia striker Ezekiel Odera pulled one back for a final score of 3-2.

All in all a good outing for Kogalo. They rarely score three goals in one match so this is a good sign that the offence is clicking. Rama Salim has been given the freedom to surge forwards and rove onto either wing. And the tactic appears to giving defences nightmares.  However the defence appears shakey and often seem to run out of breath in the second half.

Gor Mahia: JerimOnyango, Musa Mohammed, Yusuf Juma, Ivans Anguyo, Donald Mosoti, David Owino (Anthony Akumu 36’) ,Ali Abondo, Rama Salim, George Midenyo(Edwin Lavatsa 67’) ,Baldin Ngwa, Moses Odhiambo


George Bwana on Mieno link

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Two players’ names have been prominent on the lips and minds of many Kenyan football followers in the past few days following their exploits in the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) recently, these are City Stars’ diminutive striker Dan Sserunkuma and Sofapaka’s lanky midfielder Humphrey Mieno.


Mieno has been linked with KPL giants Gor Mahia in the forthcoming transfer window and the rumor mill got even stronger after his two goals and outstanding performance downed 2008 champions Mathare United, but Gor Mahia Secretary General Mr. George Bwana doesn’t sound too convinced that he will be joining the team soon.

Bwana admits to Gor Mahia having approached Sofapaka over the Kenyan international but says the 2009 KPL champions were not keen on releasing the midfielder, who he describes as a prized asset.

Not keen

-Mieno is a great player, anyone would want to have him because he is experienced and also has a good tactical prowess but the last time we approached Sofapaka, they sounded like they were not keen on releasing him.

Respect contract

-At the moment he is not really our target in the short term since he is also one of Sofapaka’s biggest assets. However, if Sofapaka show any interest in doing business with us we can consider, because we tried talking to them about him last year and we can still do it again in future. At the moment we respect the fact that he has a contract with another team, he told futaa.com.

Mieno is also said to be on the radar of Cyprus outfit Apoel Nicosia which had a great run in this season’s UEFA Champions League before being knocked out by Real Madrid in the second round.

Zachary Onyango

Date of Birth: May 31 1988
Previous Club Ethiopia Coffee
Position: Goalkeeper
Years Active 2013 – Present

Zachary Onyango is remembered by most Kenyans for his heroics while playing for Sofapaka against Atletico Aviacao in the 2011 CAF cup preliminary round. The towering Onyango gives Gor Mahia another highly experienced option between the posts.

Logarusic offers praise for Rama Salim and David Owino

Rama baada ya kupachika mpira wavuni

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Rama Salim has been a revelation for Gor Mahia since joining the club from relegated Congo United in the recent transfer window and his sterling performance has been lauded.

The Creative midfielder has been at his best scoring three goals for K’ogalo, with two of his goals securing two-straight wins for the Kenyan Premier League giants.

New roles

According to Coach Zdravko Logarusic, Rama’s improving performance in each and every game is as a result of his new role in the team.

-When I came I didn’t have any background of any player but I managed to recognize a few players who are young, focused and disciplined, Logarusic told futaa.com.

-After a week or two I realized I had to change some positions of the players. I found out players like David Owino is a utility player but his previous was not good for him; hence giving him a new defensive midfield role.

-I realized Rama has the ability to run in the space and use it, that’s the reason why I started playing with one player behind the two strikers; in most of our games he’s been coming from behind and score, this is because the defenders are not on him. 

-Already he’s shown the ability of playing in that position and even score as he can receive the ball and capitalize on a one- on-one situation. 

Next superstar

However, the Croatian born coach is confident that after a short while with proper football education, the Harambee Stars midfielder will turn into a superstar.

-Most of young players shine just in few months and the next month they are nowhere. Unlike other boys who have a body of a man but with a childish brain, the good thing about Rama is that he’s determined, focused and he always think about football.

-He’s the potential. We must go step by step, avoid the injuries and advise him to work hard because he’s one of the talented players in the country, concluded Logarusic.

Jolawi denies incitment

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Former Gor Mahia team manager Jolawi Obondo has refuted claims he was involved in incitement of players at his former club.

Last month SuperSport.com carried a story in which the long serving manager was accused of inciting players as well as making monetary gains from their transfer fees.

But Obondo says the allegations were unfounded.

“The accusations levelled against me were malicious, false and reckless and my reputation was greatly injured and brought into public scandal, odium and contempt,” a letter from Obondo read in part.

“I served Gor with dedication and distinction and I have neither contemplated nor acted in acts of sabotaging the club as reports have portrayed me. I feel wronged by such sentiments and I would like it to be known that I have no malice against Gor and wish them only the best,” he added.

Obondo who had left his post last season rejoined the club in December last season. He however left the club in March this year after the entire technical bench was sacked following a poor start to the season.

Gor has had a turbulent start to the season crashing out of the Confederation Cup as well as struggling in the local scene.

Coach Anaba Awono was sent packing with Zdravko Logarusic taking over as coach and last week, eight players were shown the door.

Collins Okoth, Peter Juma, Demonde Selenga, Dan Mkaori, Hugo Nzangu, Tony Nyangor, Collins Omondi and Felixnho Nwosu.

Poor pre-season training caused injuries

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Gor Mahia coach Zdravko Logarusic has blamed poor pre season training for the many injuries that have rocked Gor Mahia in the recent past. The coach has however said that soon the injuries will drastically reduce as he has introduced measures to ensure players get the best trainings that condition their muscles to adjust to the heavy schedule.

“The team experienced a very bad pre season training and most of the players are pushing their bodies beyond their abilities. Players’ muscles need to be conditioned to perform to certain levels and all this should be done during the pre season sessions, but unfortunately it looks like the team did not get the best during that time.” Logarusic said.

On their match against Chemelil on Sunday, Logarusic noted an improvement in the performance of the team but said there is still a lot to be done for the team to achieve maximum capability.

He said after dropping nine players from the team, he is shopping around for experienced players who can add value to the current team.

“ It was unfortunate we did not win with a big margin  but it is important we had all points. There is some improvement but the team can perform better with additional experienced players.” He said.