Archives - August, 2012



30 Aug 12

Courtesy of futaa.com

Gor Mahia has lauded Evans Kidero, the former Mumias Sugar managing director, for coming in to assist in ensuring the team’s coach Zdravko Logarusic’s stay in the country is as comfortable as possible.

Fully furnished

On Thursday 30 August, Kidero, who is also the Nairobi Governorship aspirant in the forthcoming elections, offered to take care of the Croatian coach’s accommodation, providing a fully furnished apartment.

Speaking to futaa.com, the club’s secretary general George Bwana voiced the club’s appreciation for the move which he termed a big boost to the community club and urged more well wishers to step in to see to it that the club prospers.

Big boost

-We are very thankful to Dr. Kidero and the entire EK Centre for the assistance; we have been in negotiations with them and a few others over this and for it to materialise I should say is a big boost because we are a community team and can’t entirely depend on what we make.

-This will take the club a long way and it is my call to the true fans and well wishers of Gor Mahia to step in and make their contribution felt for the good of the team, he said.


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30 Aug 12

from michezoafrika.com

Gor Mahia Coach Zdravko Logarusic has hinted that he will overhaul the squad that will play in the FKF Cup Quarter final match against Western Stima on Saturday. Logarusic says that he risked fielding the same players he played against Mathare for the Oserian match.

“I took a huge gamble and it paid off. Most of these players had not had a good rest and they played again on Wednesday. We have a very busy ten days coming up. We play against Stima on Saturday then Wednesday play Ulinzi Stars and then again on Sunday play against Sony Sugar.”

“This is a very tough fixture for us and we have to be fit all through. I will rest a few players especially the midfielders and strikers for the Saturday match so that they can recover well for the other league matches,” he adds.

The Coach has also challenged the players whom he will field to ensure they keep the team’s winning trend going. Logarusic adds that it is time they speak on the pitch and justify why they don the K’Ogalo jersey.

“We have gone 16 matches including the FKF Cup and Top 8 without a loss; 13 wins and three draws. I do not expect this to go down and I want the players to live up to their billing and speak on the pitch,” adds the Croat.


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30 Aug 12

Courtesy of michezoafrika.com

Rama Salim’s close range tap in in the 29thminute was all Gor Mahia needed to register a win against relegation threatened Oserian at the City Stadium in Nairobi on Wednesday evening. Gor Mahia showed signes of fatigue after previously playing on Friday and they dried down especially in the second half.

K’Ogalo started the match brightly in their characteristic fluid attacking style. Oserian were solid in defense and they did not allow balls into their final quarter. Oserian had their first chance of the match in the 15th minute when Jerry Onyango came to the rescue of his team.

Joseph Kariuki was let through by James Macharia after a poor pass from David Owino. However, Kariuki could not lutch on to the ball faster and Jerry slid in to pick it before he landed on it.

In the 23rd minute, Kelvin Omondi had his header go wide after a nice cross from Moses Odhiambo. They continued asking the questions and they finally got the answer in the 29th minute through prolific scorer Rama Salim. Rama tapped in the ball after keeper  George Ochieng’ failed to hold on to a shot from Nasio Solomon.

Rama had a nother chance in the 39th minute from a cleverly picked Moses Odhiambo corner, but he shot wide with the defenders nowehere in sight.

In the second half, Gor seemed a little tired down and Oserian played more of the ball. However, they lacked the cutting edge in front of goal and most of their build ups were cut out by the Gor defense.

Coach Sammy Pamzo Omollo was a frustrated man on the touchline as he got frustrated with the many chances that blew off their faces.

In the dying minutes of the match, Gor came back to life for some moments with substitute Moses Odhiambo shooting on target but keeper Ochieng saved the ball for a corner.

The loss sees Oserian’s fight against relegation dealt a major blow as they stick to bottom on 19 points while Gor move to 5th above Ulinzi on 37 points.


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26 Aug 12

Courtesy of michezoafrika.com

Gor Mahia Coach Zdravko Logarusic says his players should always be ready to play in any position they are assigned to. The Croat made several key changes that led to a great comeback for Gor Mahia who were trailing Mathare 2-0, pulling players into different playing positions. This paid off as the match ended 2-2.

Logarusic pulled out central defender Donald Mosoti and brought in the creative Kelvin Omondi. This change pulled Teddy Akumu from his pivot midfield point and into central defense. In the second half, he also pulled out defender Solomon Nasio and brought in Itubu Imbem. He then went on to display his tactical genius when he left a “Hole” at left back and pulled David Owino to right back.

“We had two goals which were cheaply given by individual error. It was not that we played badly but just a slight loss in concentration. I had to surprise Mathare by bringing in changes they least expected. I shuffled the players and that means that all my players have to be used to playing several positions,” Logarusic told Michezoafrika.com.

“I am building a team with versatile players and in modern football this is the modern way of play. You can change your tact anytime and you have to have players who can quickly fit into any position they are assigned. I am happy we are getting there,” Logarusic adds.

The Coach is now shifting focus to a tight week where they invite relegation threatened Oserian on Wednesday night at the Nyayo Stadium before playing Western Stima on Saturday at “Tok Komwanda” in the FKF Cup Quarter finals.


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25 Aug 12

courtesy of michezoafrika.com

KPL Top 8 champions Gor Mahia extended their unbeaten run to 13 with a 2-2 draw against hosts Mathare United in a lively KPL match played at Nyayo Stadium on Friday night and graced by Prime Minister Raila Odinga. Francis Ouma and  Andrew Tololwa capitalized on poor defending to give Mathare the lead but Sserunkuma hit a brace to secure a point for Gor.

Both teams took about time to settle and it was Gor Mahia who announced their intent first through  Moses Odhiambo who run well on the left flank but his final shot ended in a goal kick. Two minutes later he would try a long pass that ended up in Mathare keeper Martin Musalia’s gloves.Gor Keeper Jerim Onyango was then forced to make a timely intervention to prevent Francis Ouma from connecting to a long pass. Gor replied with a quick counter but Mathare defended well to neutralize the threat.

In the 16th minute, a long ball to Francis Ouma had Gor defender Donald  Mosoti beaten then Ouma let I bounce before easily slipping it past keeper Jerim Onyango for the first goal of the match.Gor Mahia  then managed to string cool passes but the final kick by Dan Sserunkuma header easily collected by Martin Musalia. Rama Salim  also  failed in his bid to redirect a corner in the 23rd minute.

In the 37th minute, Mathare United capitalized on another clumsy defending. Andrew Tololwa had an easy time tapping into an open net after Francis Ouma did great to overwork Jerim Onyango from a long ball forward thus forcing him to spill . A minute later Francis Ouma  who was a thorn in Gor defense made another good run then sent a cross but Okello blasted wide  with only the keeper to beat.

Gor Mahia coach then decided to change tact by bringing in Kevin Omondi for Donald Mosoti. The move paid off immediately as Omondi would supply supply the assist that allowed Sserunkuma pull one back in the 37th minute.The Ugandan beat three defenders and Mathare keeper to score.

With the crowd back to their rhythm ,Gor Mahia had a good spell. Sserunkuma laid  a nice pass to Rama Salim but keeper Musalia intercepted. A minute later it was Rama Salim’s turn to return the favor to Sserunkuma but again Musalia was the stumbling block.

Dennis Nzomo shot wide after Ouma redirected into play a free kick by John Odhiambo just before the referee blew the half time whistle.

Gor Mahia came into the second period  breathing fire. Rama Salim sent  a nice pass to Kevin Omondi  whose powerful shot never troubled keeper Musalia. Rama Salim would be ruled offside seconds later after making another inroad into Mathare’s danger area.

In the 55th minute, Mathare United won a free kick .David Okello executed the it but keeper Jerim Onyango managed to block the low shot. Mathare United’s  Simon  Mburu followed up by exposing Gor Mahia’s fragile defense when he raced well on the left flank then sent a cross to Ouma but a timely intervention by  Gor defender meant the move ended in a corner.The following chance fell to Tololwa who would have netted a brace had his good effort  aimed at the top corner not missed narrowly.

Ugandan Sserunkuma then beat his marker again to put the score line level in the 70th minute for his 10th goal of the season to clode the night’s scoring chapter.

Both keepers were then forced into fine saves. Musalia stopped a free kick then Jerim Onyango came off his line to clear the danger from an advancing Francis Ouma.

Eight minutes to the end Andrew Tololwa ‘s lack of composure led to a squandered opportunity  as Mathare United poured forward in search of the winning  goal. Ouma then beat Jerim Onyango but he lost  ground while sending  a cross to an unmarked Jesse Were. Mathare also won a late free kick after a handball but again Okello’s powerful kick went out for a goal kick.

The result mean’s Mathare United has not lost a game to Gor Mahia since 2009.Gor Mahia now has 34 points,10 adrift of leaders AFC Leopards  while Mathare United has 27 points.

Mathare United: Martin Musalia, Athman Buki, John Odhiambo, Lloyd Wahome, Antony Kimani, Dennis Nzomo(Kevin Omondi), Tyrus Omondi, Vincent Okello, Simon Mburu (Jesse Were), Francis Ouma, Andrew Tololwa( Daniel Mwaura)

Unused Subs; Malcom Barnaba, Kelvin Odongo, Kennedy Omogi, Gabriel Nduro,

Gor Mahia:Jerry Onyango, Solomon Nasio(Imbem Itubu), David Owino, Donald Mosoti(Kelvin Omondi 37), Ivan Anguyo, Joseph Njuguna, Teddy AKumu, Ali Abondo(Lavatsa Edwin), Moses Odhiambo, Rama Salim, Dan Sserunkuma

Unused Subs; Ivo Mapunda, Musa Mohammed, Moses Otieno, Chris Wekesa

 


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24 Aug 12

Ali Abondo will be expected to step up and compensate for the injuries

Kogalo will face off with Mathare United on Friday August 24 at Nyayo stadium. The match will kick off at 7pm and will be televised live on Supersport.

Matches against Mathare over the past three years are usually closely fought affairs that typically end in a tie. However Kogalo will go in with more confidence, buoyed by their recent form which has devastated opponents.

Nevertheless, Gor Mahia who have played several matches within the last 2 weeks, are battling injuries. Pablo Njuguna and Moses Odhiambo have been ruled out. Rama Salim is doubtful


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22 Aug 12

Kenyan Premier League (KPL) has finally sealed a three year deal with East Africa Breweries Limited (EABL) to become the league’s title sponsors.  In the process, the league has been renamed to the Tusker Premier League.

It has been a long time coming for a league that has been without a title sponsor for 5 years while Uganda and Tanzania leagues had a sponsor.

The deal took effect from July 1st this year and is said to be worth Kshs165 million.  Under the deal, KPL will receive Kshs55 million per year for three years. Gor Mahia and the other 15 clubs will seen an increase in funds.

Fans will hope that the club will become more professional and more accountable in the way they handle their affairs.

Fans also hope that KPL will be better organized and avoid embrassments such as the one that happened this Sunday; As pointed out by our comrade Ogango Trailer only one bottle of Champagne was provided for the players leaving all 16 players to scramble for the sole bottle.

Per KPL policy, 65% of the sponsorship money is supposed to go to the clubs. That still leaves KPL with a lot of money that they can use for development and promotional activities.

 


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20 Aug 12

Courtesy of michezoafrika.com

After bagging his first silverware as the coach of Gor Mahia, Croat Zdravko Logarusic has now set his predative eye on defending the FKF Cup, much more charged by the fact that he will earn a chance to take Gor Mahia to the continental stage.

“The next thing on my mind is the FKF Cup. The Top 8 is gone and we now have to set new targets. We are in the quarter finals and it is a challenge to us to keep up with the expectations. We know that winning the FKF Cup will give us a chance to play in the CAF Confederations Cup and that is our motivation.” he says.

“I know the ability of my boys and I have seen them improve quite a lot and that is something positive. As for the league, we are clutching at our position taking each match as it comes. It might seem unrealistic to say that we are going for the league but if the top teams make mistakes, we will be there with them,” Logarusic adds.

Gor Mahia are currently placed 5th on the log with 33 points after 20 matches. They will play away to Mathare United and Coach Logarusic might be just the man to hand K’Ogalo the League crown after a 17 year wait. They came closest in 2010 under Coach Zedekiah Otieno but Ulinzi Stars maintained their grip at the Top with Gor coming in second.


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19 Aug 12

Courtesy of futaa.com

Gor Mahia landed their first trophy of the season after seeing off Ulinzi Stars 2-0 after extra time in the KPL Top 8 final played on Sunday 19 August 2012.
 
Rama Salim on 93 minutes and Itubu Imbem on 104 were the goalscorers for K’ogalo, as they picked up their first Top 8 title at a drizzling Moi Sports Centre Kasarani.
 
Ulinzi were winners in 2011, meaning Gor are the second side in the history of the competition to win the trophy which begun last season.
 
The holders will have to blame themselves though, as they wasted a penalty in the first half, with Anthony Nderitu’s effort being saved by Gor captain Jerim Onyango.
 
Gor on the other hand took their chances and on the balance of play were deserved winners.
 
Quick start
 
The pace at the beggining of the match was electric as both sides tried to lay down a marker for the game or if lucky, get something on the scoresheet. 
 

Jerim Onyango was the best player for Gor on the day, making a number of key saves to deny Ulinzi.

 
In the opening exchanges, he saved well from former K’ogalo striker Wycliffe Ochomo, who had wandered into the box unmarked.
 
He was again called into action by Ochomo, who shot straight at him, after another powerful run from the burly center forward.
 
With Ulinzi playing a high line, Gor were always going to have a go at them and so it was, as first Rama Salim, then Moses Odhiambo and Dan Sserunkuma went close to scoring.
 
Rama had the best of them all, as his run was not matched by the Ulinzi defence, went past Ulinzi goalie Jacktone Odhiambo, but his squared pass could only land onto Ulinzi defender Mulinge Ndeto, with SSerunkuma unmarked. 

Good save
 
Then came the penalty, after Ivan Anguyo had handled in the box, but Nderitu’s effort was casual, allowing the brilliant Onyango to make a low left handed save.
 
Gor coach Logarusic, sensing his team was under pressure, took off the missing Ali Abondo, bringing on Edwin Lavatsa five minutes from halftime.
 
The second half was a slower affair, with the pace of the first half having slowed both teams down.
 
Gor had the better play overall, but despite bringing on Itubu Imbem late in the match, they failed to capitalise on their strong position.
 
Rama Salim had the final chance of normal time for Gor, as he was played through on goal, but he shot wide, as the game went into extra time.
 
Extra time
 
Extra time totally belonged to Gor, as they scored within three minutes of resumption, Salim’s header being fumbled by Jacktone Odhiambo, though television replays showed that the ball did not cross the line.
 
Just the lucky break Gor needed.
 
They would add a second a minute from the first half of extra time as Imbem shot home off a Salim pass.
 
Ulinzi put on some added pressure as they tried to salvage something from the game, but Gor were home and dry.
 
Gor add the Top 8 to the FK Cup, of which they are the current holders.
 

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17 Aug 12

Courtesy of michezoafrika.com

Gor Mahia FC officials have raised concern over the match officials appointed to take charge of their weekend KPL Top 8 finals against Ulinzi Stars. In particular, the officials raise issue with center referee Sylvester Kirwa who is linked with the military side Ulinzi.

“We have not questioned his credibility at all, the referee is one of the best in this region and competent enough, actually he is one o the few who are always at their best. However, the referee has direct links with the military in the nature of his job and we have just raised concerns to the appointing authorities to note and see if they can make any adjustments to avoid controversy just in case of anything.” George Bwana told michezoafrika.com.

“It can be remembered that our last year’s TOP 8 match against the same Ulinzi ended in trouble because of a referee’s judgment. We respect the officials appointed but world over even FIFA and CAF cannot appoint a referee from East Africa to officiate a match between Kenya and a west African country.” He added.

In response to the same, FKF’s chairman of the technical committee Elly Mukolwe said they have received the official concern from Gor Mahia and have advised the appointing authorities to make the necessary changes though a replacement has not yet been appointed.


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