Anse ReUnion in low spirits ahead of game

La Digue-based Anse Reunion fly to Nairobi, Kenya, today for Saturday’s preliminary round away leg match at the Nyayo National Stadium.

Speaking to Sports Nation, manager Barbé said the absence of Malagasy Hassan Ali will be felt in midfield.
Ali, who joined Anse Reunion from La Digue’s other top flight team La Passe last year, has moved to Barclays league division one champions St Michel in the off-season.

“He is a good player and his absence will be felt in midfield. I, personally, don’t like the way he left the team and how the transfer procedures went about.

“Now St Michel are a more complete team than us and it’s a shame that they (St Michel) just keep poaching our players,” said manager Barbé.

Ali is the second foreign player to join St Michel from Anse Reunion in two years. Last year, Ali’s Malagasy colleague, striker Jean Del’Or Tsaralaza moved to the Anse Aux Pins-based team and played an important role in helping them retain the league title.

Coach Juel Ah-kong said although his players’ fitness is sub-standard, they have the necessary drive to see them through competitive matches.

“It’s always difficult to go right into a competition of this calibre after quite a long lay-off.

“Saturday’s game against Gor Mahia will be our first official match of the year and it will be a difficult task, especially as we are playing away,” said coach

Ah-kong whose team earned their ticket for the Caf Confederation Cup with a 3-2 win over Côte d’Or in last year’s Land Marine Cup final.

He noted that despite all the odds that are against them, they are determined to get a positive result from the away match.
“It is important that my players stay focused for the whole 90 minutes and even more depending on the injury time to be played if there is any.

“Therefore, we will not take an all-out attack approach. We will instead rely on counter-attacks as we do not know much about Gor Mahia. It will be important for us to get an away goal,” added coach Ah-kong.

Like manager Barbé, coach Ah-kong is unhappy with Ali’s move to St Michel but added: “it’s his choice and we have to respect it”.

“Ali is no more with Anse Reunion and we have to look for another solution. His presence would have been a plus for us, but it’s not the case,” he said.

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Gor Mahia ready to regain continental glory

Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) representatives, Gor Mahia, are out to disprove the country’s low FIFA world ranking by embarking on an extended run in the competition.

Speaking in Nairobi on Monday after conducting his first training session of the season, Gor’s returning Croatian coach, Zradvko Logarusic affirmed his charges were fired up for their continental campaign that kicks-off mid next month.

Domestic Cup holders Gor have been drawn against Seychellois side Anse Reunion in the preliminary rounds before facing Egyptian side ENPPI in the first phase of the competition.

“The Cup may be coming too early for us since we have just started our pre-season but we will go step by step.

“We will give them respect but they must also respect Kenyan football and Kenyan players. First, we must pass the Seychelles test and then we come to Egypt and that is where I hope we shall prove that Kenya does not deserve to be position 126 on the FIFA rankings,” Logarusic said.

He acknowledged the enormity of the task of toppling ENPPI should they as expected, navigate through the Islanders whom they face between Feb. 15 and 17 and March 1 to 3 in a two-legged aggregate winner tie.

“Of course, anything can happen with the Seychelles team but we pass them, we are playing a club that has a budget of 25 million U.S. dollars and ours is only 600,000 dollars per year and is sponsored by companies like Nike and McDonalds.

“It says everything but we shall play without fear,” the coach of the only Kenyan club to lift a continental title when Gor won the 1987 CAF Cup Winners Cup (now defunct) added.

Logarusic spoke as his side unveiled six new players, including Giovanni Rodriguez Bissolli, the first Brazilian to feature in the Kenyan league.

Ugandan-national Israel Emuge, Nigerian-national Abbey Natti as well as local players Zachary Onyango, Paul Kiongera, Innocent Mutiso and David Otieno are the other additions.

Logarusic who ended speculation on his future after leading Gor to two domestic cups and to within a point of the league title also explained why he returned to the most supported club in Kenya.

“I could not disappoint these people; I did not finish my business. We took two titles and the one we wanted most we did not take. We are here for business, the season is long and for the next 10 months, it will be very hard work.”

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1994: The last time Gor Mahia advanced

MMike Otieno, Tom Okaya, Tom Ochieng, Aggrey Obonyo, Mebrat Hail, Hellenic South Africa, All Ittihad Libya, Canon Yaounde

Pass master Tom Ochieng was in Kogalo’s engine room the last time Kogalo advanced in a continental event

Gor Mahia beat Posta Rangers

In the final build up match before the CAF cup encounter with Anse Re-Union, Gor Mahia beat Posta Rangers 3-1. The match was played at Nyayo national stadium.

Paul Kiongera who is the liveliest of the new signings had a good day scoring two goals.  The first came in the 12th minute when he found himself one on one with the goalkeeper and beat him with a well taken shot. The second came via a freekick.

Dan Ssserunkuma scored the third goal after Kevin Omondi had done the spadework leaving Sserunkuma with the easiest of jobs for Gor Mahia’s 3rd goal.

Coach Logarusic changed his lineup in the second half giving several players opportunities.  Rangers scored their goal via a 58th minute penalty after a foul by Ivan Anguyo.

Logarusic right to be worried

The performance of Gor Mahia in the last four friendly matches has not been inspiring. The last match was a hard fought 1-0 win over second tier side Kariobangi Sharks.

“Our legs are still very heavy and we seem to be out of touch. I am definitely worried because we are playing the CAF confederations Cup next week. It is usually a great challenge to play a very competitive continental game before the league starts because the players are yet to adapt,” coach Logarusic told

Given that pre-season training has been going on for almost 4 weeks now, one is left wondering why the players legs are still heavy.

During the friendly matches, coach Logarusic has indicated that some of the new signings have been far from impressive and have a lot of work to do before they can be given regular playing time.

Logarusic has indicated that he is determined to improve upon the team’s performance since last year’s disaster against Ferroviario. “I always say that it is better to improve on your performances. We were humiliated on the continent last time round, but we’re better prepared this time round,” said the Croatian tactician, who confirmed to the EA Standard that he’s committed himself to the popular club until the end of the 2013 season.

Unlike last year when Kogalo were shell shocked at how good the Mozambican side was, this time Logarusic has indicated that he knows what to expect from the Seyechellois

“I have some videos of the team in action and we have an idea of what to expect,” said Logarusic.



Late Penalty sinks Sharks

A 92nd minute penalty converted by Dan Sserunkuma enabled Gor Mahia to edge second tier side Kariobangi Sharks 1-0.

The first half was evenly balanced as Kariobangi gave as much as they received. They kept Zachary Onyango busy in the Gor Mahia goal. Samuel Murungi was twice denied by Onyango. The first was a swerving freekick which Onyango punched over the bar. Full back Yusuf Juma responded with a similar effort in the 24th minute which was saved by the Sharks goalkeeper.

In the second half, coach Logarusic made 8 changes. Gor Mahia started to pressure the Sharks goal but the Sharks defenders held them back. In the 92nd minute, a cross from Innocent Mutiso was handled by a Sharks defender causing the referee to point to the spot. Dan Ssserunkuma stepped up to convert the penalty and clinch a win for Gor Mahia.

All in all, it was not a performance that will inspire the confidence of Kogalo fans especially with only one week left before the start of the league and the start of the CAF cup. However it is worth noting that Gor Mahia fielded an experimental side.

Gor Mahia will next play Posta Rangers in a midweek friendly

Gor Mahia vs Kariobangi Sharks ticketing info

According to Ronald Ngala, the match tickets for this Saturday’s friendly against Kariobangi Sharks will be available at City stadium on Saturday starting at 11 am. Tickets will cost sh 200 for the main stand and sh 100 for the terraces.

Ngala told the club’s website that “The match tickets will retail on the match day at City Stadium and we shall be using an electronic ticket vending system. Those fans who have already paid up for the newly introduced season ticketing will be allowed free entry into the stadium.”

David Owino in action as Kenya destroy Libya

Kenya beat Libya 3-0 in a friendly match played in the Tunisian capital of Tunis on Wednesday evening. In action playing a defensive midfield role was David Owino.

Harambee stars took the lead in the 5th minute via a Dennis Oliech spot kick that resulted from a foul on Humphrey Mieno. Oliech was on target again 8 minutes later when he collected a cross from Francis Kahata and converted. Stars led 2-0 at halftime.

Libya piled pressure and camped in the stars half for long periods during the second half to no avail. Paul Were scored the third goal against the run of play in the 80th to seal the score.

Other Kogalo players Rama Salim, Paul Kiongera and Kevin Omondi started the game on the substitutes bench.

David Owino earning international experience at the defensive midfield position is a good thing as it provides Gor Mahia with options in an area where the team has no depth.

Despite being a friendly, it was an important win for Kenya as it will help their FIFA ranking. Kenya are ranked 127th whereas Libya are inexplicably ranked 47th in the world. A win over a highly ranked team should help Kenya.

It has also been reported that Belgian/Algerian coach Adel Amrouche will soon be taking over from James Nandwa as stars coach. However there has been no confirmation from FKF. MacDonald Mariga missed the game because according to him, FKF have not fully refunded him for the money he spent on air tickets previously.

Down memory lane

Kenya had never beaten Libya in the last four attempts. Libya won three and drew one. The last time Kenya beat Libya was 1983 when a goal from James Ouma “Jacaranda” gave Kenya a 1-0 win in an Olympic qualifier at City stadium. Current Gor Mahia assistant coach Bobby Ogolla played in that game as did fellow Gor Mahia defender Peter Otieno “Bassanga”.

Libya won the return leg, beating stars 2-0 in Tripoli. Ogolla who was the anchor of the stars defense in those days was sorely missed in that game as has been noted by goalkeeper Mahmoud Abbas. Some team-mates accused Abbas of having been bribed by the Libyans since he gave away two very easy goals. One of the goals was a backpass from Bassanga which Abbas mishandled. Abbas vehemently denied the accusation and at one point quit the national team before being prevailed upon to return.

Sserunkuma scores on Cranes debut

Gor Mahia striker Dan Ssserunkuma started his international career with a bang scoring Uganda’s second  goal and providing the assist for the first goal in a friendly match against Rwanda in Kigali. The game ended 2-2. The first Rwanda goal was scored by Meddie Kagere who was once a target of Gor Mahia.



Gor Mahia to play Kariobangi Sharks Saturday

Gor Mahia will play Kariobangi Sharks in a build up match.  The match will be played on Saturday February 9 according tp the club’s official website.

Gor Mahia were slated to play Tusker in the 2013 Supercup this Saturday. However the match was moved thus neccesitating the scheduling of this build up match.

This marks the first time that Kogalo will play the popular second tier community side. Fans will be hoping for an improved performance from their first two friendlies.