Sserunkuma deal completed

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Kenyan Premier League giants Gor Mahia FC have finalised the deal to bring Uganda International Dan Serunkuma to K’Ogalo.

SSerenkuma has signed a two-and-a half deal with the 12-time KPL champions, putting to rest all the transfer speculations regarding to his move from City Stars.

According to coach Zdravko Logarusic, the player who has been training with the team for the past few days, has been impressive at his former club and he expects him to shine at Gor.

“It’s now official Sserenkuma has joined us and I am happy to be with such a player in the team. However, we are still looking for another striker and other players,” said Logarusic.

Apart from the Ugandan import, Gor are also said to be closing in on the signature of Serunkuma’s teammate Oscar Mbugua and Rangers FC midfielder Joseph Njuguna.

“Mbugua and Njunguna have been training with us for the past few days and we’re hoping to sign them immediately, we are done with the paperwork,” added the Croatian.

However, on the highly rated Eddie Mubiru, Logarusic said that they’ll have to wait a bit longer for the teenager to recuperate before giving the verdict.

“It’s unfortunate Mubiru is injured but will give him time to recover first for us to assess him before making a final decision,” concluded Logarusic. Mubiru jetted-in the country late last week for trials with Gor.

Mubiru injured during trials

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KCC FC’s youthful striker Eddie Mubiru’s chances of joining Kenyan Premier League side Gor Mahia FC hit a snag yesterday after he sustained an injury. Speaking to Kenya’s leading sports website, Coach Logarusic Zradrak lamented.”Mubiru got injured but we’ll see what to do with him. My opinion is that he is not ready to be a starter. That is my first impression”. This comes as a blow to the former St. Mary’s Kitende student who also missed out on signing for the side in January

when the club failed to beat the transfer deadline. The Croatian will

however consider the Ugandan when he recovers if we are to go by his statement. “He is injured right now and we could not observe him properly. That means we have to wait for him to recover then we make a decision”, Lagorusic concluded. Gor Mahia already has two Ugandans in their ranks in midfielder Ivan Anguyo and Dan Sserunkuma who signed for the side yesterday from Nairobi City Stars.

Gor Mahia vs Tusker friendly June 16

Gor Mahia are due to play Tusker in a friendly match at the City Stadium on June 16. It will be a good way for the team to prepare for the second leg of the Kenya premier league. Reports suggest that Dan Sserunkuma has been training with the team as has his compatriot Mubiru from Kamapala City Council. The match will be an opportunity for both teams to try out new signings.

Coach Zdvarko Logarusic will return on Tuesday June 12 after a lengthy vacation. He hopes to pick up where he left off at the end of the 1st leg. The team seems to have finally picked up his system and the performance improved towards the end of the 1st leg.

Kevin Ochieng in action as Stars go down

This time there was one Kogalo player who saw action as Kenya took on Namibia in a 2014 World cup qualifier played in Windhoek Namibia. Kevin Ochieng was primarily deployed as a defensive midfielder as Stars coach Francis Kimanzi opted for a defensive unit packed with defensive midfielders including Collins Okoth and Victor Wanyama.

The tactic worked for 77 minutes as stars staved off attack after attack from the Namibians. The deadlock was finally broken when Henrico Boates beat Arnold Origi in the stars goal from close range. Namibia then held on to win 1-0.

Namibia with a population of less than 2 million has proven a tough nut to crack for Kenya. They have almost always beaten Kenya 1-0 both home and away. Stars are now bottom of the group.

Gor Mahia night set for this weekend

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Gor Mahia will hold the K’Ogalo night at Meladene club (Khulu Road,Upper  Hill close to Hill Breeze) on Saturday 9th .The event will give the loyal fans a chance to interact with the players and  also help raise funds for the club’s kitty.

Charges to the event have been pegged at a pocket friendly Ksh 300 per head. An extra Ksh 20 will  be added per drink  and will  contribute to the club’s account.

Plenty of  entertainment  will be on offer on the night. Performing artists will include;  Emma Jalamo, Queen of Ohangla Lady Moreen and  other live Rhumba bands.

For the K’Ogalo loyalists who want to sample traditional delicacies, plenty of  Aluru will be on offer during the night.

Club Vice Chairman Faiz Magak told : “The K’Ogalo night is meant to bring our fans together and also give them a chance to interact with our players who will be present. We have plenty of attractions that should ensure those who attend have a night of their life. After the night out they can enjoy participating  in the  inter-branches competitions ”

The event will act as a curtain raiser to the inter-branches tournament set for Sunday. Plans for a  family day event  in conjunction with the sponsors are also in the offing.

Gor Mahia given conditional reprieve

Supersport have lifted their ban on televising Gor Mahia matches provided Gor Mahia meet certain conditions. The ban on “live” broadcast of matches involving the club was slapped when some of their unruly fans caused trouble and damage to stadium and television equipment in a match at the National and City stadiums, earlier in the season.

Gor Mahia officials met officials from KPL and Supersport to outline their security plan. Gor Mahia will now deploy 100 marshals to control the crowd at high risk matches and 60 at low risk matches. The club will identify trouble makers and hand them over to the police and start an anti-hooliganism campaign targeted at fans.

This author asks fans to help reign in hooligans by taking proactive steps such as reporting unruly behavior to the police.

The ban on using national stadia (Kasarani and Nyayo still stands).

Gor Mahia & AFC missing as stars slump

There was not a single Gor Mahia or AFC player who saw action as Kenya lost two crucial home points to Malawi in a 2014 World cup qualifier played at the newly refurbished Kasarani stadium on Saturday. It was a game that left most fans unhappy.

Kevin Ochieng was the only Gor Mahia player in uniform but he remained rooted to the bench as coach Kimanzi preferred a midfield with Victor Wanyama, Kelvin Kimani, Humphrey Mieno and Jamal Mohammed. Meanwhile Gor Mahia’s Rama Salim who has been in sensational form of late was left out in preference for Jamal who has not been playing any club football of late. He clearly lacked match fitness. Furthermore , the four Kenyan midfielders have not played with each other for long and their lack of cohesion showed as they were outclassed by Malawi. As a result, Oliech and Oboya upfront did not get much support. While Malawi were playing friendly matches in Tanzania, Kenya did not play any.

The inclusion of Paul Were and Titus Mulama in the second half brought some impetus to the stars. However Were was being played on the wrong wing and as such was unable to deliver much needed crosses despite outrunning his markers often. As you know, lack of youth development often means virtually no Kenyan player is two footed.

On a bright note, Tusker’s Boniface Oluoch had a good game. He earned man of the match honours and saved Kenya from the ignominy of a home defeat. The goalkeeping position has been problematic for Kenya. Other than Arnold Origi, no Kenyan keeper has shown consistency. But even Origi is so injury prone that he opted to retire from football. The last time Kenya had a reliable custodian was probably Francis Onyiso circa the late 1990s. Fans hope Oluoch can remain consistent.

Also on a bright note, the match was well attended. Perhaps fans were excited at the re-opening of Kasarani stadium and the opportunity to actually sit on chairs.

Looking at the Kogalo line-up now, perhaps Rama is one who definitely deserves a call up. Yusuf Juma who showed excellent form at the 2011 CECAFA cup has inexplicably lost his form. One could also make an argument for Kevin Omondi who has shown flashes of brilliance in some games.

All in all, Malawi were the better side and most Kenyan fans were left despondent coming hot on the heels of the lousy performance of the Kenya U20 team. Also, talent wise, Kenya football is perhaps at the lowest level it has been in years. Perhaps several years of incompetence by Hatimy and others at FKF has taken its toll on football.

Kenya face Namibia next. There is room for improvement and hopefully the players can raise their game and gain some cohesion. Also, Kimanzi will have had some extra time to assess his charges and come up with a better combination.

Family fun day postponed

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The highly anticipated Gor Mahia fun day which had been set for this Madaraka day Friday has now been postponed up to next weekend, the 9th of June.Gor Mahia’s Vice Chair Faiz Ochieng’ told security concerns were top on the list for the reasons the fun day was postponed.

“We were finalizing on the arrangements with the hosts, splash waterworld and the police but then the Deputy OCPD told us that they will not be able to provide police offoicers as they will be involved in the Madaraka day arrangements as it will be a security function,”  Faiz says.

He also said that the team’s sponsors TUZO milk had requested to be made part of the day since they were initially not officially put on the program.

“You know our sponsors are like our employers and we have to factor them in when we are planning. They wanted to be part of the day in that fans who will pay to get in will get two free packets of Tuzo milk as part of their appreciation. That is also another reason we pushed it forward,” he adds.

Faiz says that the day was set aside to bring Gor Mahia fans together and also act as a way of telling the public that there is more to Gor Mahia that then wide spread notion of violence.

Also to be done on the same day was the unveiling of new players but this will now be done next weekend.