Monthly Archives: March 2013

Gor Mahia 0 ENPPI 3

ENPPI proved to Gor Mahia why they are the league leaders in the Egyptian league group A ahead of world champions Al Ahly. They soundly beat Gor Mahia lost 0-3. Two goals in the first half and one late in the second half sunk Gor Mahia. More to come later.

Ivorian striker Vincent Die Foneye put the hosts ahead after 30 minutes after making the most of a cross from forward Ahmed Omran.

Omran turned from provider to scorer four minutes before the break to double ENPPI’s lead.  Striker Ahmed Raouf completed the score after 85 minutes.

Coach Zdvarko Logarusic inexplicably fielded a lineup with 3 strikers and only one defensive midfielder. This despite the fact that teams usually find it difficult to contain Egyptian teams in Cairo.

Gor Mahia now face an uphill task in the return leg to be played in Nairobi in a fortnight. To even the score they have to score 3 clear cut goals and concede none.

STARTING XI: 1. Fredrick Onyango –GK (Cpt), 19. Solomon Nasio, 3. Christopher Wekesa, 4. Donald Mosoti, 18. Ivan Anguyo(David Owino), 6. Anthony Akumu, 20. Joseph Njuguna(Ali Abondo), 14. Kevin Omondi(Musa Mohammed), 21. Rama Salim, 9. Edwin Lavatsa, 8. Danny Sserenkuma.

Its D-day for Kogalo in Cairo

Gor Mahia will count on their away form

Gor Mahia face an acid test against Egyptian side ENPPI on Friday. The Egyptians will not have much home support because the match will be played in a military camp with no fans allowed. This is because of the lack of security currently prevailing in Cairo.

Gor Mahia will be without Raphael Kiongera. It is a significant blow considering that he has been one of the in form players. Also missing will be Moses Odhiambo and Ivan Anguyo.

“I thought Kiongera and Odhiambo would recover in time but as it is, they are out of the game. Kiongera cannot even kick the ball, he is still in pain, while Odhiambo cannot run with the pain on his back,. “As for Anguyo, he may start depending on how he overcomes the stomach bug,” said Logarusic to the Nation.

In place of Kiongera, Logarusic will depend on Edwin Lavatsa, Danny Ssserunkuma and / or Rama Salim who himself has been nursing a knock.

Gor Mahia will be hoping for a positive result away. Conceding a high number of goals away will put Gor Mahia in a precarious position. On the other hand, Kogalo has had a good record away from home lately. No Kenyan team has ever recorded a draw or a win in Cairo. Here’s hoping Kogalo will be the first.

 

Gor Mahia vs Egyptian clubs

Gor  Mahia vs Ismailia 1969, Gor Mahia vs Zamalek 1994, Gor Mahia vs Zamalek 1998 Bassanga, Oteino solo, Ayman Masnour, George Owallam Steve Okumu, Allan Odhiambo, Dan Oganda. Tom Okaya, Ouma Chege, Fred Siranga, James Sianga, Mahallon Danga, Abdallah Shebe, Abbey Nassur, Onyango Fundi, Len Julians,

Story by Muroro Pacho
Milimani Strathmore


1998

Gor Mahia set for Egypt test

Gor Mahia will leave Nairobi for Cairo, Egypt on Wednesday for the first round, 1st leg match against ENNPI of Egypt. Gor Mahia will certainly be under no illusions about playing an Egyptian side. The track record of Kenyan teams against Egyptian sides has been abysmal with the exception of Sofapaka who eliminated Ismailia in 2011.

“This will now be the real challenge, playing against ENNPI. They have a better league and their budget is 15 times better than ours. “It will be a tough challenge, but we have to be prepared for them. We take each match at a time and put all our energies in it,” said coach Zdvarko Logarusic.

According to CAF article 27 rule 4, players who are sent off are to miss one match unless further sanctions are levied. In which case, Anthony Akumu should be eligible for the Cairo test. His presence will be much needed as Gor Mahia seek a good result away.

About ENNPI

ENPPI, a team sponsored by one of the largest Oil Companies in Egypt (Engineering for the Processing of Petrol Industries) are the defending Champions of the Egyptian Cup. In 2009  they reached the Semi Finals of the CAF confederations cup.

This past weekend, they played against African champions Al Ahly who needed a late goal to beat them 2-1. In the previous weekend, ENNPI thrashed Haras El Hodood 4-0 to take the league in the Egyptian league group A.

The good news for Gor Mahia is that Amr Zaki, who was signed by ENNPI for this cup campaign has recently left the club. Zaki has previously played in the premier league for Hull City and Wgan Athletic. he would have been a handful to deal with.

However Kogalo will still have to contend with Ivorian striker Vincent De Foneye. Another player to watch out for is midfielder Saleh Gomaa who played with the U-23 Egyptian team in last year’s Olympics Games.

Gor Mahia squad to Cairo

Goalkeepers: Ivo Mapunda, Jerim Onyango

Defenders: Ivan Anguyo, Christopher Wekesa, David Owino, Donald Mosoti, Solomon Nasio, Musa Mohammed

Midfielders: Ali Abondo, Anthony Akumu, Joseph Njuguna, Raphael Kiongera, Moses Odhiambo, Kevin Omondi

Forwards: Rama Salim, Edwin Lavatsa, Danny Sserunkuma

 

Lavatsa finds a rich vein of form

Winger Edwin Lavatsa was named as the DSTV player of the match following his stellar performance. Lavatsa gave the Sofapaka backline all kind of nightmares throughout the match. He made several runs down the flanks setting up team-mates and often leaving Sofapaka defenders for dead. It was one of those runs and the resultant cross that was knocked home by Kiongera.

The down to earth striker was quick to deflect praise to his team-mates. “We maintained the right discipline throughout the game but in the end it was my teammates’ contribution to the game that made me stand out” Lavatsa told supersport.com

Last season started on a sour note for Lavatsa following a long term injury that saw him miss out on action for several weeks. He has slowly and gradually worked his way back to form. His recent form has seen the coach give him a place in the starting lineup unlike last year where he often came off the bench. “The coach has also shown a lot of confidence in me lately, giving me a lot of starts and I am thankful for that,” he said. “It is the reason I am doing well and I want to pay back his trust even more” he added to supersport.com.

Coach Logarusic has no doubt taken note of his form. “Yes, Ssserunkuma was our top scorer last year and the best player in the league but at the moment, he is not at the right form to start. You can see Kiongera and Lavatsa are on form and their partnership is producing results. For Danny, I know his form will come much later because he is also picking up,” Logarusic told michezoafrika.

Lavatsa’s stellar performance is not limited to club. He acquited himself extremely well during the 2012 CECAFA cup and even scored Kenya’s goal in the final against Uganda. His peformance saw him end up as one of the 5 players from the CECAFA squad that were selected to play against Burundi in the CHAN qualifier.

With his constant hard work and hustle on the flanks and ability to set up team-mates for goals, Lavatsa is sure to record several assists this season. Too bad KPL does not keep a tally of assists but this site will. As Nigeria comes calling for the 2014 World cup qualifier, it would seem that Lavatsa is the in form person most suitable to pair up with Dennis Oliech upfront for the national team.

Nevertheless , Lavatsa must continue to work hard on his game in order to maintain his place in the team for both club and country.  And given his youth, he still has the ability to add more dimensions to his game that will make him even more lethal.

 

A good start for Gor Mahia

Goal scorer : Paul Kiongera

Gor Mahia started their 2013 Tusker Premier League campaign by beating Sofapaka 1-0 in a match played at Kasarani sports centre on Saturday.

The all important goal came via new signing Paul Kiongera in the 38th minute. Edwin Lavatsa did the spadework and centred to Kiongera who finished with a brilliant backheel to give Gor Mahia the lead.

The win over a team of such high calibre as Sofapaka bodes well for the team given that Gor Mahi have had poor starts to the season in the last 4 years. It also shows that the team can indeed score and defend against high calibre teams. Note that Gor Mahia have not conceded a goal in the last four competitive matches.

Gor Mahia kickoff league campaign

Gor Mahia will kickoff their 2013 league campaign with a match against Sofapaka this Saturday at Kasarani. This after their midweek clash against Tusker was postponed. Gor Mahia will be looking for some form of revenge after Sofapaka beat them on penalties in the Charity cup.

Sofapaka has always been a tough nut to crack. Nevertheless, Gor Mahia have had the upper hand against them in the past two years, most crucially beating them in the FKF cup final two times in a row.

Sofapaka will be buoyed by the return of inspirational defender James Situma and Congolese striker Patrick Kagogo. Gor Mahia will welcome Anthony Akumu back to the line-up after he missed the Seychelles match due to suspesion along with Israel Emuge , the rock of Gibraltar aka “Kidi Luanda“. Rama Salim is still nursing an injury. In his place Gor Mahia will depend on the fast improving Edwin Lavatsa along with Mungai Kiongera and Dan Sserunkuma.

Coach Logasrusic has made it clear that his primary goal this season is to win the league. Kogalo last won the league in 1995.

In the intervening years poor management of the team by subsequent chairmen saw the club fall to ridiculously low depths. Perhaps the lowest the club ever sunk was in 2002 when internal turmoil, vested interests and infighting in the clubs ranks saw the club relegated. The league had been divided into two groups and Kogalo finished at the bottom of group A. They however received a reprieve. The rest of the years, Kogalo was mostly a mid table club and played to very sparse crowds. Fans deserted due to the club’s fall from grace. For a while it looked like GorMahia and AFC were headed to extinction especially when Ingwe were relegated.

The Officials

Things improved only slightly after that until 2007 when current chairman Ambrose Rachier brought a semblance of normalcy and better organization.

It is important to remember the past and learn from history. After all it was only a year ago when vested interests and infighting derailed the club. Club officials should learn to put vested interests aside, do what is best for the club, avoid derailing the team and focus on helping the club win the league.

The Fans

The advent of the Kenya premier league with its better organization has helped the club by bringing the fans back. The return of fans to the terraces has helped bring Gor Mahia back to contention. Not only do the fans bring much needed funds via gate collection but also provide the team with much needed moral support. And we hope that 2013 is the year that Kogalo returns to glory. With that in mind, this author appeals to fans to turn up in droves, get behind the team and accept results as they come. Remember , the team cant win every game. More patience and more support is needed.

The Players

The current crop of players for their part can take inspiration from the exploits of players who featured for the club in the past and use this inspiration to work harder to return the club to the glory years. The fan base is counting on you. A group of players who bring glory to the club will always be remembered in the club’s folklore. To the players; This is your chance to stamp your name in the club’s history books. You can do it by winning the league this year and be remembered as the group who ended the clubs lengthy drought.

Anse Re-Union applauds Gor Mahia

Gor Mahia left an impression on their hosts following their emphatic win over Seychellois side Anse Re-Union. The hosts had very high hopes after unexpectedly holding Gor Mahia to a draw in Kenya.

Anse Reunion coach Juel Ah-Kong: “Gor Mahia were much superior than my team and they made it very difficult for my team especially as they scored early and we just could not cope with them.  However, this competition served as a good experience for my team and we hope we will learn from this experience.”

Roderick Rose of Anse Reunion: “Gor Mahia are a very strong team with better technical players and we lacked a holding midfielder. We found it difficult to cope with them as was the case in Kenya. We are disappointed especially after a good away result. We had hoped for a better performance and result as we were at home in front of our supporters.”

The goals

Moses Odhiambo “Dube” played a corner to Raphael Mugai Klongera who let fly his shot from the edge of the penalty and the ball crashed against the foot of the post to roll past the desperate dive of goalkeeper Ricky Rose to give the Kenyans a stunning 1-0 lead.

Gor Mahia extended their lead in the 17th minute after some good approach work by Musa Mohamed who cut inside from the right to Edwin Jumba who linked up with Klongera, whose fierce shot crashed into the roof of the net as he completed his brace to make it 2-0 for his team.

Diaspora fans turned out in droves to cheer Kogalo

Four minutes later, Gor Mahia were at it again as Ouma played a short corner to Mohamed who floated the ball to the far post to Ivan Anguyo who had sneaked in unmarked. Anguyo’s downward header found refuge in the net for a 3-0 lead.

Gor Mahia extended their advantage on the hour mark as Lavatsa collected a high ball to roll it to substitute Kevin Omondi who then threaded a pass to the same Lavatsa who raced towards goal to spring Anse Reunion’s offside trap and dribble past the advancing goalkeeper Rose to bury the ball into an unguarded net for a 4-0 score.

The final goal came in the 74th minute as Ivan Anguyo combined with substitute Danny Muzeyi who raced to the byeline before pulling the ball back to Kevin Omondi who guided his header into the net for a 5-0 scoreline.

Logarusic exudes confidence of continental glory

Droves of fans showed up at the airport to meet the team in a scene reminiscent of January 1985 when Kogalo returned from a glorious CECAFA cup campaign but on a smaller scale.

Following Gor Mahia’s empahtic away win over Anse ReUnion, coach Zdvarko Logarusic is now expressing confidence that the team can regain the continetal form of past years.

‘Did you ever doubt we will not win,’’ he asked. ‘’We are now thinking of the title,’’ he added.

‘’Of Course winning the title will not be easy but take it from me, Gor Mahia will be a contender,’’ he told the Daily Nation.

Gor Mahia seemed to have lost their scoring touch after being held to scoreless draws in two succesive matches. But they found it in sensational fashion. Mungai Kiongera pried opened the Seychellois defense as early as the 1st minute and immediately broke the dam allowing an avalanche of goals to flow through.

“The way we played clearly shows the team has fully matured and we can take on any team in the continent,”said Logarusic to the Nation.

It marks the highest scoreline that any kenyan team has ever recorded in a continental event and bodes well for the potential success of this team.

Some may say that the win is not noteworthy because Seychelles is not a footballing powerhouse. However the scoreline shows that Kogalo are back in business. And it is just in time because the next opponents will not be a walk in the park. Up next will be Egypt’s representatives , ENPPI. Egyptian teams are always a tough nut to crack. In at least seven encounters pitting Kenyan teams against Egyptian teams, only Sofapaka have succeeded in winning, when they beat Ismailia in 2010.

The 1st round 1st leg is on March 15 in Egypt so Kogalo have a limited time to prepare for a tough away encounter. Seeing that the bumpy surface at Nyayo stadium does not suit Gor Mahia’s short passing play, I would urge them to consider Kasarani instead.

Gor Mahia 5 Anse ReUnion 0

The well maintained playing surface explains why Gor Mahia played excellent football by all accounts: Image courtesy of Lorine Orwa

Gor Mahia put aside their scoring woes and beat Anse ReUnion of Seychelles 5-0 in the CAF confederations cup preliminary round match.

Gor Mahia announced their intentions early when Paul Kiongera put Kogalo ahead as early as the 1st minute. The early goal was crucial as it opened up the game and prevented the Seychellois from falling into their defensive shell. Kiongera then added another goal on 15 minutes. Chris Wekesa scored the 3rd goal in the 24th minute.
In the second half, Edwin Lavatsa added the fourth in the 6oth minute before Kevin Omondi rounded up the scores in the 70th minute.

“I am very impressed. I believe we have the quality within the squad to go far in this competition. The lads deserve a pat on their back,” Club Secretary General George Bwana told Goal.com

Gor Mahia will now face a tough matchup against ENPPI of Egypt in the 1st round.

Line-Up : Jerim Onyango, Christopher Wekesah, Nasio Solomon, Donald Mosoti, David Owino, Ivan Anguyo, Moses Odhiambo, Joseph Njuguna, Rama Salim, Edwin Lavatsa,  Mungai Kiongera