Gor Mahia edge Karuturi

Dan Sserunkuma vs Karuturi Oct 20 2012

A later penalty converted by Dan Serunkuma enabled Gor Mahia to down hard fighting Karuturi 1-0. In a tense match played at te City Stadium, Karuturi fought gamely to contain Gor Mahia.

The first half ended 0-0. In the second half Gor Mahia came back determined to break the deadlock. The hard fought winner came in the 84th minute when Kevin Omondi made a run into the Karuturi penalty area and was felled by a challenge. Dan Serunkuma stepped up to succesfully convert the penalty.

The win pushed Gor Mahia to 52 points, two behind league leaders Tusker.


Up Next : Karuturi

Gor Mahia are due to face Karuturi sports club in the next TPL match to be played on Saturday October 20. The flowermen have always been a tough nut to crack especially at their home ground in Naivasha popularly known as Old Trafford. Thankfully this game will be played at City Stadium.

Coach Logarusic understands the danger posed by Karuturi and says the team will approach this match cautiously.

Dependable defenders Chris Wekesa and Ivan Anguyo will be missing from the lineup due to suspensions.

The match will be officiaated by Isaac Ochieng from Nairobi who will be the centre referee assisted by Peter Kiereini,  Oliver Omondi  and Tabitha Wambui.

The match will be televised by Supersport


Dan Serunkuma could be Philip Omondi in reverse

Dan Serunkuma has expressed an interest in playing for the national team, Harambee stars. The striker whose explosive combination with Rama Salim has been a the forefront of Kogalo’s revival has reiterated the fact that he was ready to help the striking problem for Harambee Stars by giving his best in the position that has lacked a natural finisher except Dennis Oliech according to supersport.

“I want to play for Harambee Stars and its upon the federation now to come up with modalities on how I can do so. I love Kenya and believe I can bring the difference to the team in the striking department.”

“Nothing is difficult as long as you have the hope and the willingness for change and I make this call with an open mind and heart since I have grown to love the country and would gladly love to be of service to Kenya and take them to greater levels,” Serunkuma exclusively told supersport.com.

“In life people make decisions and I believe this is a country that can help my career grow since established myself here. Many players are playing for their adopted countries and I will not be the exception,” he added.

Should Serunkuma be allowed to play for Kenya, it could be the reverse of Philip Omondi who played for the Uganda Cranes in the 1970s. The legendary Omondi is still to this day recognized as the best Ugandan player ever. He is indeed a Kenyan by descent.  He was born in 1957. In those days, families migrated freely between Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya.

Omondi’s defining moment came in the 1978 Africa nations cup where he finished as the top scorer, was voted player of the tournament and steered Uganda to the final where they lost to Ghana. The goal he scored against Nigeria in the semis is remembered today in Ugandan folkore as the best goal ever scored by a Ugandan striker.

In fact Omondi was not the only member of that Uganda cranes team with Kenyan connections. Midfielder Tim Ayieko who starred for Uganda at the time is also Kenyan. Speedy Winger Abbey Nassur, a key member of that 1978 team had a Kenyan mother. Both later played for Kogalo.

Philip Omondi

Serunkuma for his part has what can only be described as a very rapid first step which often leaves defenders for dead. This he displayed in the recent derby against AFC when he blew past a defender and sent a rising shot into the roof of the net. This quick first step is reminiscent of one Mike Otieno. The product of Musingu secondary who joined Kogalo at age 18 in 1988 was stocky and built just like Serunkuma and was also as explosive and often blasted down the left wing with whiplash speed.

Players being naturalized to play for other countries has become common place nowadays and is a good way for a national to expand its options. Serunkuma could be the answer to Kenya’s striking problems.



Logarusic to refresh team

Courtesy of michezoafrika.com

Gor Mahia Coach Zdravko Logarusic says that he will seek to refresh the team at the end of the season, bringing in fresh blood and releasing a number of players. He says he has identified some players though he is yet to firmly decide on who he will give a chance.

“Definitely at the end of the season we have to refresh the team. Of course we will bring in fresh blood and release some players. I have seen some couple of players and when the season ends I will bring them into the team and see how they gauge against what we have,” Logarusic told michezoafrika.com.

“If they are better than the players we have then why not. We will have them in. I am looking for at least one player in each department and only the best. Gor Mahia is not a charity. This is a big club and we only need players who will play. If we can’t get better players than we have, then no need of bringing them in,” added the tactician.

He has pointed out that between two to five players will leave at the end of the season though he is yet to decide who and who leaves.

“It is not that the players we have in Gor Mahia are not good. It is just that we have to inject new and fresh blood and they have to be better than what we have. We aim at making the team stronger for next season,” he concluded.

Only Wekesa in action as Stars go down to Bafana Bafana

Chris Wekesa was the only Kogalo player to see playing time as Kenya went down 1-2 to visiting South African national team. Wekesa also earned the ignominy of gifting the game to Bafana Bafana when he headed the ball innto his owne net in a bid to clear a cross. Jerim Onyango was on the bench. Wekesa was making a return to the national team after almost 2 years. He last played during the 2010 CECAFA cup.

 Harambee stars got mixed reviews. They dominated possession but with a packed South African defence, they found it difficult to score.

The South Africans had taken a 17th minute goal whenTokelo Rantie latched onto a through ball to beat Arnold Origi in the Kenyan goal. Dennis Oliech leveled the score on 72 minutes from the penalty spot. The penalty was awarded after a South African defender handled a header from Wesley Kemboi. But before Kenyan fans finished celebrating, Wekesa headed the ball into his own net from a Bernard Parker cross.

Most fans in the blogosphere were incredulous when Kemboi aka “Steeplechase” was selected ahead of Rama Salim and even Belgium based Ayub Masika who spent most of his time on the bench. But Kemboi earned his spot as did debutant Francis Kahata who finally seems to be fulfilling the hype that he came with when he first appeared on the scene 4 years ago.

Starting XI: Arnold Origi (GK), Geoffrey Kokoyo, Eugene Asike, Brian Mandela, Christopher Wekesa, Victor Mugubi, Peter Pinches Opiyo, Patrick Osiako, Dennis Oliech (Cpt), Wesley Kemboi, Francis Kahata

Subs: Jerim Onyango, Edwin Wafula, James Situma, Osborne Monday, Ayub Timbe, Charles Okwemba, Moses Arita




Logarusic: There is talent in Kenya but lack of education

Courtesy of michezoafrika.com

Gor Mahia Coach Zdravko Logarusic has been attending Nationwide league matches and other lower league fixtures in a bid to scout for talent to refresh his team. Coach Logarusic says that there is immense talent in the country but lack of soccer education is halting their march to glory.

“I have seen very good players. Some of whom have qualities to play in the premier league and can play better than some premier league players. The only problem is that there lacks good soccer education and you find that the talent goes to waste,” Logarusic told michezoafrika.com.

“Tactically, it’s disaster, In Europe, players start training at the age of 10 or so but you find that in Kenya, players get basic lessons at the premier league stage. If we want to get the Kenyan game on top we have to invest in soccer education from a tender age. Of course it is not an easy task but the authorities have to put in that investment,” he adds.

He says that slowly but gradually, the bar will be raised and he already sees signs of the Kenyan game reaching great heights.

“It is possible. Individual talent is vast and great. Team talent is also there. If we can add that ingredient of player development, we will be good to go,” he adds.

Gor Mahia to miss to key players

Courtesy of michezoafrika.com

Gor Mahia will be welcoming Karuturi Sports at the City Stadium this weekend as they seek to pile pressure on league leaders Tusker, with the two yet to play in what might be a title decider.

However, Zdravko Logarusic will miss the services of two key players who will be suspended for the tie. Left back Chris Wekesa and central defender Ivan Anguyo have both accumulated five yellow cards and will miss the match.

On the absence of the two, Coach Logarusic has the options of playing either Yussuf Juma who has impressed in the two last matches he has played or David Owino who can play virtually in any position in defense.

At central defense, Coach Logarusic might pull in Musa Mohammed who played for the whole 90 minutes in the FKF Quarter against Muhoroni.

Gor are placed second on the log on 49 points, just two points behind league leaders Tusker. The Brewers will be facing Muhoroni Youth on the same day and if they slip by losing or drawing and Gor wins, the K’Ogalo will be on top of the table.

Other players who will also be suspended for weekend matches are Thika United’s David Bogere, Tusker keeper Boniface Oluoch and Rangers FC striker Baldin Ngwa.

Ideas to move the club forward

This was posted by Blogger Mwakio and warrants further discussion

We have made such proposals before but none of the EC members is thinking otherwise. We as fans should continue to appeal to EC to consider the following proposals that include the following:-
1. COMMERCIALISING OF CLUB ACTIVITIES: Commercialise sale of the club merchandise with real logos, water marks and security features that cannot be duplicated by fraudsters.

1. FOOTBALL EXCHANGE PROGRAMMES: Develop strategic alliances and partnership with foreign football clubs and academies in England, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Brazil, United States, Mexico, France, etc to explore exchange programmes. This can also run alongside with having relationship with diplomatic missions of these countries on technical matters and exchange programmes.
2. THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX: Innovative ideas such as the admin to come up with production of different merchandise like popular current replica affordable jerseys, unexplored caps, cups, track suits, towels, pens, jackets, watches, mobile phone covers, stickers, bags, pencils porches for school going kids, scarves, tyre or spare wheel cover, etc.
3. PROFESSIONALISM: Set up secretariat of the club with hired and salaried CEO, finance & commercial director, marketing manager, fund raising and sponsorship director, administration manager, procurement manager, football development manager, scouts women and youth football officer etc. However we can start with five fulltime official with a purpose of expanding the secretariat further to 18 full time staffs.
4. CONVERTING CLUB INTO A COMPANY: Turn club to a professional outfit and company.
5. SEASON TICKETS: Come up with secured club seasonal tickets at discounted rates.
6. INFRASTRUCTURE AND FACILITIES DEVELOPMENT: Come up with a plan to acquire land and build a club stadia, training ground, club house and club apartments for players.
7. STRONG FINANCIAL BASE: Come up with sound fundraising activities from members ranging from monthly contributions from kshs.100, 200, 400, 500, 1000, 2000, 5000 etc to target 40000 fans throughout the country.
8. ORGANISATION STRUCTURE: Come up with governance structure and transparency blue point to build confidence of fans and other stakeholders.
9. CIVIC EDUCATION AND SENSITISING FANS: Develop training programme for fans to avoid incidences of hooliganisms.
10. DEVOLUTION STRUCTURE: Empower branches to co-ordinate club activities.
11. OPEN DAYS AND FANS DIALOGUE: Have club open days with fans to encourage dialogues and understanding of clubs on weekly, fortnightly and monthly basis
12. EXPLORE CAPITAL MARKET FUND RAISING OPPORTUNITIES: Develop massive fund raising activities such as exploring avenues of fundraising from the public under capital markets authority rules through IPO or private placement
14. GOVERNANCE STRUCTURE: Establish board of directors during the transition period that will see club’s long term strategy, vision and mission statement being developed with clubs core values and strategic intent.
15. BROADCASTING OPPORTUNITIES: Set up Gor Mahia TV that will work together with the league sponsors to bring live matches that are not shown by DSTV.
16. FOOTBALL YOUTH DEVELOPMENT: Set up academies of all age categories such as under 12, under 15, under 18 and under 21 teams with funding to be sourced from government institutions, NGOs and other sponsors.
17. GENDER SENSITIVITY: Develop women football team that can be associated with our Kogalo divas.
18. ETHICS AND CODE OF CONDUCT: Develop code of conduct for the new office bearers and publish what the stakeholders expect from our fans in terms of discipline and positive engagements.
19. STRATEGIC PLAN: Develop a 3 – year strategic plan of Gor Mahia with clear and sound objectives that include our mission statement, vision and core values that should be circulated to fans and other stakeholders.
20. SUSTAINABLE FINANCIAL BASE: Develop a long term and sustainable fund raising strategies without over burdening the fans
21. MENTORSHIP PROGRAMME: Develop a leadership programme for future club leaders, board of directors and management.
22. STRATEGIC ALLIANCES AND PARTNERSHIPS: Develop alliances and partnership with foreign football clubs and academies in Europe (Manchester United, Arsenal. Chelsea, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Lyon, Bayern Munich, Ajax, Inter Milan, AC Milan, etc) African teams (Zamalek, Supersports, Orlando Pirates, Kaizer Chiefs, Sundown, Esperance, Asec, Asante Kotoko etc), South American clus (Corinthians, Boca Juniors, São Paulo, Independiente, River Plate, Flamengo, River Plate, Velez Sarsfield, Nacional, Santos etc), North American teams (D.C. United, Los Angeles Galaxy, Colorado Rapids, Columbus Crew, Real Salt Lake, Kansas City Wizards, Red Bull, Cruz Azul, Pachuca, UNAM, Guadalajara, etc).

Above are some of the good ideas that EC can be explored for the good of the club.

Gor Mahia trails div 1 top scorer

Courtesy of futaa.com

It’s a secret no more. Tusker Premier League giants Gor Mahia plan to sign Division One Zone A’s lead striker Roosevelt Blaty.


Blaty has in the recent past been in the news for all the right reasons- for his goal scoring prowess.

Though he arrived late, Gor Mahia Coach Zdravko Logarusic was at the Barclays grounds on Saturday 13 October 2012 to watch the unstoppable Liberian goal poacher.

Up until the game against Nairobi Stima played from 1500hrs, Blaty had scored 25 goals in 32 games.

Hard time

-We organized for the Coach (Logarusic) to go and watch the player. When looking for a striker who scores, you go to all corners to find him, said Gor’s assistant Coach John Bobby Ogola to futaa.com

On their part, Admiral have confirmed to be having a hard time trying to keep the top rated scorer who turned out for relegated then disbanded Sultan Hamud based Opera FC in the 2011 season

Checking on him

-We are getting very many inquiries for the striker. Last weekend we had an agent who flew in from Turkey to watch him in our game against Kibera Celtic.

-Unfortunately the game never kicked off. But very many clubs have been checking on him, said Admiral Technical Director Aref Bhagazally to our news desk.

Blaty scored a goal against Nairobi Stima to move his tally to 26 goals, one away from AP’s Mike Khamati.

Gor Mahia to hold fundraiser for coaches car

Courtesy of michezoafrika.com

Gor Mahia will hold a fundraiser on the 30th of October to raise funds for purchasing a car for the team’s coach. According to Gor Mahia Secretary General George Bwana, the decision was informed by the fact that it had been expensive to move the coach with a Taxi to and from training and for his personal movements.

“It is important for a club of Gor’s caliber to have the coach having his own car. This will make his movements easy as well as reducing the club’s expenditure. It has been very expensive to pay for a taxi for the coach everyday and we saw it cheaper and wiser to have the coach get his own car,” Gor Mahia Secretary General George Bwana told michezoafrika.com.

The fundraiser will be held at charter hall and all branches and friends of Gor Mahia have been invited to the event. Bwana says that each of the over 110 Gor Mahia registered branches nationwide is expected to give at least 20,000 Shillings for the project.

“We want to buy a good car preferably a four wheel. However, we will make the final decision after the fundraiser depending on the amount we will have collected. All Branches and Friends of Gor Mahia are invited and if someone does not belong to a branch, they are still invited to come over and make their own personal contributions,” Bwana adds.