Archives - August, 2012



16 Aug 12

Courtesy of michezoafrika.com

Gor Mahia skipper Jerry Onyango is full of confidence that his team will win its first silverware of the season on Sunday when they play KPL Top 8 defending Champions Ulinzi Stars at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani.

Onyango says with the current form, not even a speeding train can derail their quest and thirst for a title.

“All my team mates, the technical bench and the management have been with us and helped us a lot to be where we are. The fans have been with us both in good and in bad times. It is our time to reward them and I have faith that come Sunday, we will be placing the Top 8 title in our cabinet,” Jerim told Michezoafrika.com.

“We are very happy to be in the finals and we have a point to prove that we are also capable of winning this trophy and we could have also won it last year. Every player is focused on that final. We know Ulinzi is a quality side and we expect a tough match. However,we are equally prepared for them,” he adds.

Gor Mahia will go into the match having easily overcome Tusker 4-0 on aggregate in the semi finals. They were awarded a walk over when AFC leopards boycotted their first round match.

Ulinzi on the other hand have been made to struggle by two sugar belt teams in their journey to the final. They won 3-1 on post match penalties against Chemelil Sugar before winning 3-2 on aggregate against Sony in the Semi Finals.

Ulinzi beat the green army 1-0 in their league match in the first leg and Zdravko Logarusic’s charges will be out to extinguish the flames of the first leg loss with a creamy win in the Top 8 Finals.

 


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15 Aug 12

Courtesy of Daily Nation

Gor Mahia coach Zdravko Logarusic believes the club still stands a good chance of winning the Kenyan Premier League title.

After seeing his side win seven of their last nine league matches, the Croat says the next 10 matches will be a defining moment for Gor Mahia’s 2012 season.

Gor dictated their match against Sofapaka on Monday night at Kasarani but were denied by brilliant goalkeeping by Duncan Ochieng who deservedly went home with the man-of-the-match award.

New-found confidence

“When I took over this team, the players were lacking confidence, they were physically and mentally not ready for any challenge. But I can only thank them for how they have improved so fast and we now believe we can win the title,” said Logarusic.

But he is alive to the fact that hauling eight points which is the difference between them and league leaders AFC Leopards will not be easy.

“Had we beaten Sofapaka on Monday, it (the gap) would have gone down to six points, but the draw now complicates matters but anything is possible,” said Logarusic.

Improvement

“Picture this, when we lost to Ulinzi Stars in April, Leopards were a massive 16 points ahead of us. Tusker were 12 points ahead and we were 12th in the league with 10 points from 11 games. That tells you how much these boys have improved,” he added.
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Gor last lost on April 21 to Ulinzi Stars in Nakuru but have since won seven in nine to move to fifth and Logarusic, whose side plays Ulinzi on Sunday in the final of the FKL Top Eight tournament at Kasarani, says K’Ogalo can win a treble – the league, FKF President’s Cup and the Top Eight title.

AFC Leopards, meanwhile, are basking in their 5-0 bashing of Thika United on Sunday, a result that pushed them to 44 points.

“It was a great performance. We were a bit shaky but we managed the result. We just need to rectify a few areas,” said Leopards assistant coach Mickey Weche who urged Leopards’ fans to return to the stadium to support their team like before.

Ulinzi on the rise

Ulinzi Stars continued their rise in the league with a 2-1 win over City Stars at the Afraha Stadium. The win cemented their place in the fourth position with 36 points and coach Sammy Simiyu insists the next ten game will be a do-or-die affair for the soldiers.

“We need to win all the remaining games. If we get points from the top five teams, we will be home and dry with the title,” added Weche.


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13 Aug 12

Courtesy of michezoafrika.com

Sofapaka and Gor Mahia on Monday night played to a barren draw in a KPL match played at Kasarani with both teams ending the day as Culprits of wasted chances.With the draw, Sofapaka move a step upwards to second place on the log with 37 points, seven behind leaders AFC Leopards.The point also moved Gor Mahia to 5th position displacing Thika United with better goal aggregate on 33 points.

Sofapaka goalkeeper Duncan Ochieng was the man of the day frequently denying the rioting Gor Mahia strikers with his spectacular saves.

Gor Mahia had the perfect chance in the 8th minute , Rama Salim from the six yard box failed to finish off a perfect pass from Sserunkuma with his in foot attempt going straight into Duncan Ochieng’s safe hands.

For quarter an hour, action was concentrated in the midfield by both teams with Gor Mahia opting to spring their attempts from the flanks.

Dan Sserunkuma missed another glorious chance in the 27th minute with a diving header that was well saved by experienced Duncan Ochieng. Sserunkuma was well picked in between a bush of Sofapaka defenders with a weighted pass from Moses Odhiambo landing on his head but the final touch lacked power to beat Ochieng.

By the end of the first period, Gor Mahia with their endless attacks had stretched Duncan Ochieng to six saves three of those coming close to breaking the deadlock.

Coach Logarusic pulled out Dan Sserunkuma for Edwin Lavatsa. The U-20 lad had immediate impact in the match with a free kick. Anthony Akumu then landed himself a yellow card when he attempted to sneak in a goal with the support of his hands after keeper Duncan Ochieng failed to deal with a cross from a corner kick.

Bob Mugalia had the best chance for Sofapaka in the 67th minute being picked on the far left by Humphrey Mieno but alone with Jerim Onyango to beat, Mugalia placed wide.

Duncan Ochieng was at it again with his experienced reflex in the 72nd minute blocking Kevin Omondi’s close range rifle.

Substitute Itubu Imbem who came in for a fasting Rama Salim was also denied in spectacular style by the man of the day Duncan Ochieng who powerfully stopped his rifling shot five minutes to the end of the match.

No matter how frequent they attempted to get the elusive goal in the final minutes, Duncan Ochieng was always somewhere behind the ball to deny the Green army maximum points as the match ended 0-0.

“For us these are points dropped and it is disappointing because we lost the first leg match as well. I give a big hand to my defense and goalkeepers for standing strong to deny their top strikers throughout the match. Matches like this one you either win or lose by small margins and it is disappointing that we lost chances. We will take it as a positive and move on to our next assignment.” Sofapaka coach Salim Ali said after the match.

Gor Mahia coach who looked depressed at every lost chance throughout the match simply said his team was not lucky to have scored even after creating so many chances.


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13 Aug 12

Michael Olunga has been voted the most valuable player at the recently concluded Kenya Secondary Schools term 2 games in football. So far he has drawn interest from top teams like Tusker and AFC Leopards. Former Harambee stars coach Mohammed Kheri has likened him to Mike Origi, the first Kenyan ever to play in a top tier European league.

In the video above, Olunga expresses interest in playing for Kogalo around the 55 second mark


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11 Aug 12

Courtesy of futaa.com

The Kenya U20 national team crashed out of contention for the African Youth Championships courtesy of a 0 -3 loss in the second leg, second round at the Nyayo National Stadium on Saturday 11 August.

Bright start

Kenya started brightly, with Gor Mahia striker Edwin Lavatsa going close on four minutes after stumbling on a loose ball when Enock Agwanda collided with Egypt keeper Mossad Awad but his shot narrowly missed the target.

The Egyptians launched an attack of their own but Joel Bataro punched Saleh Gomaa’s attempt clear and Kenya surged forward after fine work from Danson Kago but his final shot at goal was well blocked by Yasser Ahmed.

Sayed opener

On 15 minutes Egypt went ahead through Ahmed el Sayed who calmly lobbed the ball over Joel Bataro after the Kenya captain had badly misjudged a cross from Gomaa.

Kenya, however, rolled up their sleeves and went close on 19 minutes, Lavatsa missing narrowly with a header from Eric Omondi’s cross before Kenya’s penalty claims were waved off after Kago was felled in the box by Osama Ibrahim.

Penalty shouts

Another penalty shout on 42 minutes after Patilla Omoto’s header was handled by Mahmoud el Metwally was ignored by the referee much to the Kenyans chagrin as they went to the break behind.

Kenya survived another scare on 47 minutes when Omar Bassam’s goal was ruled out for offside but the visitors doubled their lead on the hour mark through an Eric Omondi own goal when he tried to stop a Gomaa cross but ended up lifting the ball above Bataro.

Gomaa goal

The impressive Gomaa then registered his name on the score sheet with a third from 30 yards with a free kick well drilled to the bottom left corner to effectively end the Kenyans’ hopes.

Ironically, a cross section of the Kenyan fans at the stadium exuberantly cheered the North Africans towards the end of the game.


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9 Aug 12

Courtesy of michezoafrika.com

Gor Mahia progressed to the finals of the KPL top 8 tournament in style after a thorough beating of reigning KPL champions Tusker on Thursday afternoon at Nyayo Stadium.Rama Salim, Moses Odhiambo and Edwin Lavatsa scored the goals that helped in-form K’Ogalo drown the brewers to a 4-0 aggregate score line.

Coach Logarusic who was reported as missing in action chose the right moment to make a grand entrance to the delight of the many fans who thronged City Stadium. The crowd was in applause and the players on the pitch obliged by mercilessly turning Tusker into whipping boys.

Tusker welcomed back midfielder Crispin Orlando whose role in midfield was expected to cut out the dangerous Rama Salim. However, before the brewers could settle in the match, Rama Salim punched hard with a close range header in the 3rd minute from a hard intelligent delivery resulting from a quickly taken short corner.

As has been the case since the start of the second leg, the combination of Rama Salim and Dan Sserunkuma proved lethal and frequently tormented the Tusker FC defense line.

In the 21st minute, Tusker had one of their decent attempts towards Jerim Onyango in Gor Mahia’s goal but a well drilled set piece  by Joackins Atudo was poorly timed by Ken Wendo who missed target heading wide in the six yard box.

By the break Gor Mahia enjoyed a 1-0 lead and having won the first leg match at Kasarani, had a comfortable 2-0 cushion.

The start of the second half was disastrous for Tusker who found themselves trailing by three goals courtesy of two quick powerful goals by Moses Odhiambo and Edwin Lavatsa. Moses Odhiambo snatched the second for Gor Mahia ten minutes into the second half  beating Samuel Odhiambo who was way off his line with a long range drive.

Four minutes later, substitute Lavatsa dispossessed Shikokoti and rifled a powerful shot that left Samuel Odhiambo flat footed.

Moses Odhiambo had another lovely attempt with a rocket shot from the 18 yard box that should have made it 4-0 deep in injury time.

With the comfortable win, Gor Mahia now qualify for the finals and will meet defending champions Ulinzi  Stars who dismissed Sony sugar in the other semi final match. The winner of the tournament will take home One Million Shillings.

Tusker coach Sammy Omollo blamed his defense and midfield for failing to work smoothly.

“Our defense was slow and our midfield was not creative. Today was not our day.” Tusker FC coach Sammy Omollo said after the match.


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9 Aug 12

Courtesy of michezoafrika.com

Gor Mahia’s coach Zdravko Logarusic has been missing from the team’s training in the last three days. According to information obtained by Michezoafrika.com,the coach is said to have had differences with one of the officials and has not been seen in training since then.

When reached for comment, Coach Logarusic could not confirm whether he is still part of the team;

“It is true I have not been in training for the last two days but that was due to an unexpected occurrence that I had to take care of, but I am still Gor Mahia’s coach and I will be back on the bench,” he said.

His assistant Bobby Ogolla did not want to comment on the reasons for the Coach’s absence, “He has not been here for the last three days and I do not want to talk much about his where about and all I can say is that the team is doing well and we are ready for the match against Tusker,” Ogollah told Michezoafrika.com.

It is not clear whether the coach will be on the bench this afternoon when Gor Mahia takes on Tusker for the semi finals of the KPL Top 8 clash at the City stadium.


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7 Aug 12

Courtesy of supersport

Gor Mahia secretary General George Bwana has come out to explain the financial status of the club to its fans.

In a detailed Facebook posting on the Gor Mahia page, he outlined the figures as he sought to expound on the team’s balance sheet.

The technical bench and players salaries take the huge chunk with Kshs1,232,000 which is separate from coach Zravko Logarusic salary which amounts to Kshs250,000.

Gor have so far only played one home match and most of their revenue comes from gate collections which they depend solely on it and the sponsorship grant from SuperSport which every team in the Kenyan Premier League is entitled to.

Players are paid a winning bonus of Kshs154,000 while transport also takes a crucial chunk of revenue.


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7 Aug 12

Lavatsa in action against Western Stima in a previous match

After beating Borabu Chiefs in the opening round of the FKL cup, defending champions Gor Mahia will next face Westerm Stima of Kakamega.

The match will be played at the Nairobi City stadium. The last time the two teams met, Gor mahia won 2-1 . It was a sign of Gor Mahia’s rennaisance since this has always been a bogey team.

Gor Mahia will be hoping to succesfully defend the title in order to have a chance to make amends for ther disastrous Africa cup campaign.


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6 Aug 12

Courtesy of michezoafrika.com

Gor Mahia might have thrashed Kisii County League side 5-2 in their first FKF Cup match on Sunday afternoon but Zdravko Logarusic was not a happy man after the game.The coach who made changes to the squad from the side that beat Tusker 1-0 in the KPL top 8 on Thursday said most of the players have a long way to go to cement their positions in the starting eleven.

“Some players have been loud in the dressing room citing lack of playing time. And finally when we did give them a chance, they put us in a compromising situation. I want them to talk in the pitch and play well. Yes we take credit as winners however that was a lackluster performance,” said the tactician

Logarusic denied he underrated the little known Borabu Chiefs going to the match, adding that in cup competitions  any team is capable of winning.

“It’s anyone’s game in cup competitions. Our opponents played quite well today. Going to the break we were being held at 2-2. We had to act quickly to save the sinking ship. I had to make all three changes after the interval. They paid luckily off.”

“The league might be way beyond  us somehow; we want to win all our remaining matches to boost the little hopes of a good finish. As defending champions, we want to win the cup and represent the country in the continental stage. I want our fans to know we are not giving up though on winning the league,” concludes Logarusic.


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