Gor Mahia overcome Re-Union

Gor Mahia beat Re-Union 3-0 in a friendly encounter at the City stadium on Saturday. The match was geared towards giving Gor Mahia players some match practice during an idle week.

Itubu Imbem scored the match opener on 44 minutes. George Midenyo scored the second in the 63rd minute and Edwin Lavatsa sealed the score in the 70th minute.

It was an opportunity for players like Kasaya and Yusuf Juma to play their way into the starting lineup. Musa Mohammed and Yusuf Juma in particular gave a good account of themselves.

Gor Mahia Lineup

Wycliffe Kasaya, Musa Mohammed, Yusuf Juma, David Owino, Dan Mosoti (Ivan Anguyo), Oscar Mbugua, Nicholas Auma (Edwin Lavatsa), Kevin Omondi (Rama Salim), Kevin Ochieng (Anthony Gaucho Gathu),  Itubu Imbem, George Midenyo

The match also geared as part of Re-Union’s grand comeback. Re-Union which was disbanded about 5 years ago is seeking a comeback to the top tier league. Founded in 1957, it is the oldest club in Kenya and was a permanent fixture in the league for many years.

Kenya’s first Vice President Oginga Odinga was amongst the founding fathers of the team in 1957 then known as Luo Union. The team was at the peak of its powers in the Mid 197os. At this time the rivalry between Gor Mahia and Luo Union was just as fierce as that between Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards then known as Abaluhya FC.

Luo Union won the league in 1975 and went on to win te CECAFA cup in 1976 and 1977 boasting a superb squad that included William Ouma “Chege” who was the Dennis Oliech of that era as well as heading specialist Charles Ochieng, Edward Kiiza and the free scoring Agonda Lukio who was twice top scorer in the CECAFA cup.

In the 1980s and 90s, Re-Union was an important feeder club for Gor Mahia. Many Gor Mahia players from that era first made a name for themselves at Re-Union, before joining Kogalo, players like Swaleh Ochieng, Tirus Omondi, and later Mathew Ottamax, Tom Okaya and Eric Obura.

This column wishes Re-Union all the best in their bid to return to the top league


Collins Okoth calls time on his career

Former Gor Mahia midfielder, Collins Okoth “Gattuso” has decided to retire from active football. The midfielder whose combative, relentless , battling style earned him the nickname “Gattuso” finally decided to call it quits after he was released by Sofapaka.

Okoth had joined Gor Mahia from Tusker in 2010. He was however dogged by disciplinary problems. According to then coach Zedekiah Otieno, “the player attended training when he wanted and was not ready for correction.” This led to him being suspended from the club. Aside from indiscipline,. he was accused of sabotaging the club.

He made a return in may of 2011 but clearly his disciplinary problems were never far from the surface. In April of 2012 he broke ranks with the club and announced he was leaving, citing frustrations from club officials. Weeks later he appeared repentant and wanted to return. But Kogalo now under new coach Zdvarko Logarusic would have none of it.


So Okoth was one of the players initially released by Logarusic. He joined Sofapaka during the mid year break but yet again his disciplinary problems came to the surface. Sofapaka owner Elly Kalekwa has said that Okoth was released due to lack of discipline. Okoth himself has said that he was released because he asked for his 3 months salary which is in arrears.

Okoth now wants to return to school.

“I never finished my secondary education and I want to go back and do KCSE. This will help me as I opt to find other means.”

His lack of discipline mirrors that of other players in the past whose lack of discipline brought a premature end to their careers. Veteran fans will remember winger/striker Andrew Obunga who was nicknamed “Obung Singh” because his big afro looked like the turban worn by sikhs. Obung Singh was first suspended in 1982 before being expelled from the club in 1983. He briefly joined Re-Union before going to India for further studies.

 This column wishes Gattuso all the best in his future endavors.


The puzzle of Logarusic


Courtesy of EA Standard


Kenyan Premier League (KPL) Gor Mahia officials insist they will do everything to hang onto Croatian coach Zdravko Logarusic who has indicated a desire to leave the club at the end of this season.

The club Secretary General George Bwana said yesterday the coach has a contract with the club running until early next year and couldn’t just walk out.

“When his contract expires in March next year then we will sit down with him and discuss the future. Until then, he is still our coach,” said Bwana.

He admitted that their current sponsorship by Tuzo is not enough to meet the requirements of the coach and they are looking at the possibility of bringing on board another sponsor.

“What we get from our current sponsors is only enough to pay the salaries of members of the team and after that we cannot do much.

“In this regard we are pursuing other options including getting a second sponsor and then perhaps we can meet the needs of the coach and entice him to stay with us for a longer period.

“He has done a lot for the club and turned around our performance and everyone can see it. Every team wants to keep a performing coach and Gor are no different,” said the official.

On Monday, Logarusic revealed his intention to leave the club at the end of the season.

Logarusic said while he appreciates the support from fans and other football stakeholders, he believes Gor cannot meet his needs hence the desire to leave for greener pastures.

He said there are already five offers from several quarters who are willing to pay him five times what Gor Mahia are giving him and he was seriously considering the offers.

Logarusic confirmed he has informed Gor officials of his decision to leave the club.

He took over the team in March when they were placed 14th on the log and has transformed the team significantly and they are currently placed second in the standings with 46 points. They also won the KPL Top 8 tournament after stopping Ulinzi Stars 2-0 a month ago.

Apart from their ambitions of winning the league this year, Gor are also in contention to lift the Football Kenya Federation Cup where they are currently in the quarter-finals.

Elsewhere, with no league matches this weekend, Gor will host Re-Union in a local build- up match at the City Stadium.

The match will be played on Saturday and kicks off at 4pm. Gate charges will be Sh300 for VIP and Sh100 for terraces.


Gor Mahia has the most lethal striking partnership

Courtesy of michezoafrika.com

It is clearly evident that the most lethal striking partnership in the league thus far is that of Ugandan Danni Sserunkuma and Rama Salim, both playing for Gor Mahia. Danni’s brace against AFC Leopards over the weekend took his total goal tally to 12, placing him as the second best scorer in the league, five goals behind leader John Baraza of Sofapaka.

His strike partner at K’Ogalo Rama Salim has shaken the net ten times, bringing the total tally of the goals between them to 22. The only other strike partnership that comes closest to them is that of Jesse Were, Francis Ouma and Andy Tololwa with the trio having 20 goals between them.

The third best attacking duo is that of AFC Leopards’ Allan Wanga and Mike Barasa both of whom have netted six goals each and a total of 12 between themselves.

Ulinzi Stars assistant Captain Evans Amwoka is the third best scorer in the league, with his brace against Oserian taking his tally to 11 goals.

Tusker’s Jockins Atudo and Ulinzi’s Mulinge Ndetto are the two top scoring defenders, both of whom have four goals. Atudo has three goals from open play and one from the spot while Mulinge has two from both open play and penalties.

AFC Leopards is the highest scoring team having netted a total of 34 goals in 25 matches, followed by Thika United who have scored 33 times. Ulinzi Stars is third having celebrated a goal 32 times in 25 outings. Tusker comes 4th with 31 goals while KCB completes the Top five with 30 goals.

Rangers FC have the worst conceding rate in the league having sipped in a total of 44 goals shared between all their three keepers. Mathare is second with 31 goals against while Thika United is third with 29 goals against.

Tusker FC has the meanest defense having only conceded 12 goals this season.


Bwana: We are committed to keep Logarusic

Courtesy of michezoafrika.com

With reports suggesting Gor Mahia’s coach Zdravko Logarusic is on his way out of the club at the end of the season, Gor Mahia Secretary General George Bwana has come out to reiterate the club’s commitment to retain the coach for a minimum of three years.

Logarusic joined Gor Mahia after the sacking of Cameroonian Anaba Awono following a series of poor results and since taking over, Gor Mahia has been at their best beating teams at will in all competitions.
According to George Bwana, Gor Mahia and Logarusic have a two year renewable partnership agreement and they are committed to keep him at the club.

“Logarusic is a professional and a good coach. Everybody can see what he has done turning around the fortunes of the club in a very short time and we are not about to let that go away just like that. We wanted a good coach and from the many who applied, we settled on Logarusic who has not disappointed us so far,” Bwana says.

“Together, we have an agreement and a three year strategic plan to make Gor Mahia one of the best teams in Africa. We have set up plans to effect so many changes at the club and the coach plays a fundamental role in all the strategies to be employed in achieving our desired goal.” He added.

“However, with all these, we acknowledge that the coach has his own targets that must be met as well. With his good results, he needs to be properly remunerated and as Gor Mahia we will do our best to ensure he remains at Gor Mahia.” He adds.

Although Bwana was cagey on divulging salary details, other sources suggest Logarusic rakes in 250,000 shillings a month from the club’s kitty. Recently, Dr. Evans Kidero paid for a fully furnished apartment for the coach but with other more lucrative offers flying in from all corners of Africa, Gor Mahia will have to pay more for the tactician’s extension of stay.

“We are trying and we will keep working hard towards making the coach happy. With the good performance he has brought to the team, we are definitely seeing an improved revenue collection. But again as a community club, it is sad to say we can only do so much.”

For 17 years since 1995, Gor Mahia has not won the league title and this is the closest chance they have to end the dry period under the Croat. Currently Gor Mahia is placed second on the league table behind Tusker and in firm contention for the league title.

“It is shameful that as one of the best clubs in this region we have not won the league since 1995.We could be having cabinets full of trophies by now and with Logarusic, we believe our three year strategic plan will change this trend. But this can only be achieved when there is good, calm and beautiful atmosphere in all departments at the club including players’ motivation and proper remuneration of the technical bench. We understand this and we will work towards achieving our desired goals which include keeping the coach at Gor Mahia.”


Bwana elated at Gor Mahia win

Courtesy of futaa.com

Gor Mahia secretary general Mr. George Bwana is a happy man after his team’s win over AFC Leopards in the Tusker Premier League (TPL) encounter on Saturday 22 September at the Moi International Sports Centre (MISC) Kasarani.


Dani Sserunkuma scored a brace in the game as the league leaders raced to a 2 – 1 win to see them go top of the table for the first time in 15 years an achievement Bwana described as historic in a short interview with futaa.com after the game.

The win registered Gor Mahia’s 14th straight unbeaten game as they started off from the relegation region and Bwana admits they will have the comfort of watching fellow title contenders play on Sunday 23 September, with the hope that the outcomes go Gor Mahia’s way.


-I am very happy for the win; everyone affiliated to Gor Mahia is, because AFC Leopards are our biggest rivals and it is always thrilling to beat your arch rivals. It is even sweeter that with the win we go top for the first time in a long time which is historic.

-We can now sit back and watch the other title contenders on Sunday because the job is not yet done, he said.


The reigning champions, Tusker FC, play Karuturi Sport on Sunday, a draw in the encounter wwill push Gor Mahia to the second slot. Gor Mahia will also be paying keen attention to the Thika United match against SoNy Sugar in Awendo.


Gor Mahia edge AFC in crucial derby

courtesy of futaa.com

A fine display at the Tusker Premier League (TPL) encounter at the Moi International Sports Centre (MISC) Kasarani between AFC Leopards and Gor Mahia ended 2 – 1 in favour of K’Ogalo as the team in green registered their 14th unbeaten game in the league.

Rama goal

The first half belonged to Gor Mahia as they run AFC Leopards rugged; and they were duly rewarded in the 13th minute when a miss by Rwandan international Jonas Nahimana after a fine first touch allowed Kevin Omondi to steal the ball and race through.

Omondi’s shot with just Patrick Matasi to beat was tipped to the post by the keeper and the rebound rolled on to Ugandan born forward Dan Sserunkuma for the easiest of tap ins, a big gift, and his celebration said it all.

Jerim Save

Leopards quickly shifted gears and initiated attacks of their own. A notable one was on 24 minutes when Bernard Mang’oli crossed from the right but Allan Wanga’s well placed header was equally superbly saved by Jerim Onyango for a corner which was eventually cleared.

Ten minutes later, Rama Salim’s cross from a free kick was punched out for a corner unconvincingly by Matasi for a corner. Moses Odhiambo stepped forth and took the corner short to Sserunkuma who took a first touch then left Mang’oli for dead with the second before releasing a cracker of a shot to the top right corner.

Half time lead

All was fine for K’Ogalo that far as they headed to the break with a healthy lead.

The tables were however turned in the second half; AFC Leopards coach Jan Koops withdrew Idrissa Rajab and Floribert Tambwe for Abbas Kiwalaabye and Paul Were respectively and Gor Mahia lived dangerously thereafter.

Baraza goal

Sustained periods of pressure led to a Donald Mosoti blunder in the 57th minute as he misjudged a through pass to allow Mike Baraza in. The Kenyan international calmly raced through to slot AFC Leopards first goal.

Another defensive mix up on 74 minutes allowed AFC Leopards captain Martin Imbalambala to win the ball on the right channel and his low cross sailed across the face of goal just begging to be tapped in but Mike Baraza, the target was too far.

Lavatsa miss

Edwin Lavatsa a second half substitute in place of Sserunkuma should have sealed the game for Gor Mahia after leaving Nahimana crawling on the deck but he opted for a shot from a tight angle with Rama Salim shouting for a pass and Matasi made a rare save.

After the win Gor Mahia goes top momentarily with 46 points from 25 matches as AFC Leopards drop a place to third with 45 points.


Logarusic at Kasarani with the team

Courtesy of michezoafrika.com

Gor Mahia Coach Zdravko Logarusic took his players through the last bits of training on Friday morning as the team finalized on its last tactical plans for their match against arch rivals AFC Leopards on Saturday.

Gor Mahia are looking at the possibility of getting to the summit of the league with a win against AFC Leopards who have camped at the top slop for most parts of the season, pending Tusker’s match against Karuturi Sports on Sunday.

Under Coach Zdravko Logarusic, K’Ogalo have found their rhythm and have gone for a total of 28 unbeaten matches in all competitions. In mid season, no one would have thought that the 1995 league champions could be classified as title contenders but as per now the dream is a reality.

AFC Leopards on their hand are under pressure to win the match after stuttering in the last few matches with the latest being a 2-1 loss to Western Stima in Nakuru.

Coach Logarusic had given the players a one week rest after their 1-0 win against Sony Sugar and the Croat returned to his native home for a deserved rest. He is now back with a bagt of tricks to sharpen his boys for the Saturday derby


Shades of 1988 as 7 Kogalo players earn call ups

When Kenya went to the Africa Nations cup in 1988, Kogalo supplied 10 out of 22 of the players on the squad. Never before and not since then has one club supplied almost half of the Kenya national team. It was only a few months after Gor Mahia had won the Africa cup winners cup in grand style after beating Esperance of Tunisia.

The Kogalo players who were named to the team were goalkeeper David Ochieng, defenders Paul Ochieng,  Tobias Ocholla and Austin Oduor, midfielders Charles Otieno, George Odembo, John Okello “Zangi”, George Onyango and strikers Peter Dawo and Sammy Onyango. It would have been 11 Kogalo players had Abbas Magongo not been controversially dropped days before the tournament much to the chagrin of Kenya fans. Most impressive was the call up of the youthful Paul Ochieng has just joined from Mumias but despite his youth had made an immediate impact in the club. Kenya had just toured Brazil to play top Brazilian sides and John Okello “Zangi” had been named the most outstanding Kenya player by a panel of journalists.

On Thursday, new Harambee stars coach Henri Michel named a squad of 28 players to the Harambee stars camp in preparation for upcoming assignments. The squad includes 7 Kogalo players which reflects the fact that Gor Mahia has been in excellent form during the second leg of the league. This is a far cry from the same time last year when Collins Okoth “Gattuso” was the only Gor Mahia player called up.

Earning first call ups are defender Solomon Nasio along with Chris Wekesa and Donald Mosoti. Returning to the national team is skipper Jerim Onyango who has been in imperious form. A far cry from the early part of the year when he seemed shaky. Competition between the goalkeepers seems to have sharpened him.

Also returning is Moses Odhiambo who has been in and out of the national team since as far back as 2005 or 2006 during Bernard Lama’s brief tenure. The versatile Anthony Akumu who is rounding back into the form that saw him earn trials in Denmark has also been recalled. Rama Salim will hope to take his sensational form in the league to the national team.

Its not quite 1988 yet but Kogalo slowly  surely returning to the glory days that are referenced in the popular cheer song “Ndalo machon” by ardent supporters of the club.


Logarusic to arrive Friday

Courtesy of EA Standard

Gor Mahia are perhaps preparing for their most important Kenyan Premier League (KPL) match of the season against arch-rivals AFC Leopards on Saturday, without head coach Zradvko Logarusic.

Logarusic is yet to return home after he flew out a week ago for a well-deserved holiday coming on the heels of an impressive performance in the league.

Gor Mahia Chairman Ambrose Rachier on Wednesday sought to assure fans the coach will arrive on Friday morning – a day before the match and allayed fears his absence may affect the team’s preparation.

“Initially the game was supposed to be played on Sunday and the coach had timed his arrival to coincide with the original date. Now it has to be brought forward and we were working hard to ensure he is here by Friday,” he said.

He added: “Logarusic is a professional and so he must have put in place an appropriate training regime to fit with the match, which is being executed by his assistants. His absence is not a concern because the assistants are equal to the task, but we are sure he will be here for the match.”

Rachier also said they need all three points against Leopards and are determined to succeed come Saturday.

“We wish Leopards all the best but we need this win after coming from a low moment to be where we are now,” said Rachier.

Elsewhere, Gor Mahia assistant coach John Bobby Ogolla says they are not under pressure to win Saturday derby.

Ogolla, who has featured in many such derbies during his playing days, said they are taking it just like any other league match.

“A win will certainly increase our chances of taking the league, but this does not mean that we are treating it any special. For us it is just like any other match despite the excitement surrounding it,” he said.

He added: “Our players know what is expected of them and they are ready to do it just like they have done it in the past.”

He reiterated his boss (Logarusic) statement that Gor are not necessarily focused on winning the title but are looking to win every game that comes their way.

From the beginning our policy has been to take one game at a time and this has not changed.

“We do not want to set our eyes elsewhere, that way we may lose the plot. Our focus now is on the weekend gameFrom then we will shift focus to the next game.”

Gor Mahia returned to training on Monday after a week break. Gor have 42 points, three behind AFC Leopards after 24 rounds of league action.