Logarusic dissapointed with draw

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Gor Mahia coach Zdravko Logarusic feels that his side should have beaten the Kakamega Homeboyz at the weekend.

Gor were the dominant side at the Mumias Sports Complex on Sunday but could not get the breakthrough against a highly defensive Homeboyz side.

It meant they shared the spoils in a 0-0 draw, which in the bigger picture favours neither side, and Logarusic feels that they should have done better.

“It disappoints not to win such games which we should be. The players gave their best but we simply could not get through because they defended very deep,” he said.

“The tactic was to frustrate us and they succeeded. At the end of the day, it is two points dropped for us.

“On the other hand, it was away from home and we have the point, which we will take to our next game,” he concluded.

Gor next take on Muhoroni Youth over the weekend in a Nyanza derby match and are currently in ninth place on the league table with 11 points from six games.

Due to continental commitments, Gor have played up to four games less than some of the other teams in the league, and could surge to the top spots if they can perform in their games in hand.

Gor Mahia held by Homeboyz

Scoring goals is proving to extremely difficult for Kogalo this year. This time they were held by newly promoted Kakamega Homeboyz to a scoreless draw at Mumias complex on Sunday.

Indeed Gor Mahia were under no illusions as Western province usually proves a difficult hunting ground for the team going back to the days of the Kanduyi jinx with Nzoia Sugar in the 1980s when almost all matches they played there ended in scoreless draws. This however is rather difficult to swallow because Kakamega Homeboyz is a newly promoted team that is dwelling at the bottom of the table unlike Nzoia Sugar and Mumias Sugar which were grizzled veteran teams that often finished in the top 5.

Both sides squandered hosts of chances. Kogalo’s twin striking power of Ugandan Dan Serunkuma and Rama Salim was the fireworks and on several times the duo nearly caused havoc.

For Homeboyz, Dennis Mukaisi and Moses Mudavadi were the most dangerous. However the Kogalo defence of Israel Emuge, Donald Mosoti and Chris Wekesa stood tall.

With a paltry 11 pints from six games, a draw with the bottom clun and 9th position in the standings, Gor Mahia now badly need to go back to the drawing board to come up with a game plan to pull themelseves out of their slump

Loga explains goal drought in KPL

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Straight-speaking Gor Mahia coach Zdravko Logarusic is now reckoning that the lack of goals by strikers in the league is because of “tactical naivety” by his league colleagues.

The Croatian tactician, who has been managing Gor in the league over the past 15 months, says without mincing words, that top flight clubs apply the same formation tactics week-in, week-out, a move that has made the league “predictable”.

“I have faced almost each club in Kenya on three occasions, and it’s very easy to plan because the team will line up in exactly the same way they did during the last meeting, and also employ the same tactics.

“Actually, I am more scared of facing a team from the lower division in Kenya, because they might have more surprises up their sleeves. KPL coaches should work on this,” said Logarusic who has lost only once in his 20 competitive appearances with Gor thus far.

Logarusic, who has also managed in his native Croatia, Australia and Ghana added that this approach has prevented strikers in the league from delivering.

“We have talented forwards in Kenya. But you know most teams will employ a 4-4-2 system of formation, which means in most situations, the two strikers will have to beat four defenders to score a goal. There is no support from the midfield. When you look at our game against KCB (in which Gor won 2-1) I changed the team’s formation on three occasions, and the result was we won.”

KPL coaches will certainly not take this lying down.

But food for thought, The 33-year-old John Baraza has emerged top scorer in three of the last four seasons. However, he has never managed more than 20 goals in a 30-fixture season.

Also, after nine rounds of matches, the leading scorer is KCB’s Clifford Alwanga with just six goals, followed by Andrew Murunga (Karuturi Sports) and Jacob Keli (KCB) with four goals each.

KPL bleeding Gor Mahia dry

Gor Mahia officials have once again expressed concern over the prevalence of double and triple headers at the club’s home games. Since Gor Mahia is the primary crowd puller, responsible for almost 50% of the fans who attend KPL matches, the club will always end up loosing financially whenever there is a double header.

According to Michezoafrika.com, alternating league matches especially double/triple headers involving their club to ensure all teams get a balanced featuring on the double headers. The club has also urged KPL to consider putting them as an away team during these double header matches instead of always having them as the home team and further requested KPL to slot other teams like City Stars and Tusker FC in the earlier double header matches instead of the repeated appearance of Mathare United, Sofapaka and KCB.

In some cases, the club is featuring in double headers at the City stadium while Nyayo and Kasarani are going idle. It is not clear why teams like KCB and Mathare cannot utilize Kasarani especially when you consider the proximity of KCB headquarters and the proximity of Mathare to Kasarani.

And now that Dr Evans Kidero has been elected governor, perhaps the football fraternity can prevail upon him to refurbish Woodley grounds as the previous Nairobi town clerk Philip Kisia had promised. Remember Woodley used to host national league matches during the 1980s. A stadium like Woodley if refurbished and well maintained can sustain itself financially by hosting football games, gospel crusades and even rugby matches. Rememeber rugby is no longer a sport for the elite only. And given how densely populated the area is, Woodley can draw huge crowds.

Four Kogalo players named to National team

Harambee stars coach Adel Amrouche has named a provisional list of 25 players to start preparations for the return leg against Nigeria in June.

In the squad are David Owino “Jashirati”, Musa Mohammed, Jerim Onyango and Rama Salim. Missing from the list is the injured Edwin Lavatsa. The most surprising inclusion is Musa Mohammed who has struggled to get playing time at Gor Mahia in recent times.

Rama Salim will likely be counted on for goals in the absence of Dennis Oliech who will be badly missed due to a suspension. Also suspended is Arnold Origi, a fact which might pave the way for Jerim Onyango to man the posts. David Owino is the one Kogalo player assured of a place in the starting lineup given his stallar performance marking Victor Moses during the first leg.

Goalkeepers: Duncan Ochieng (Sofapaka FC), Martin Musalia (AFC Leopards), Jerim Onyango (Gor Mahia), Wilson Oburu (Bandari FC)

Defenders: David Ochieng (Tusker FC),David Owino (Gor Mahia), Mulinge Ndeto (Ulinzi Stars), Benedict Owuor (KCB), Abdulatif Omar (Bandari FC), Lloyd Wahome (Mathare United), Musa Mohammed (Gor Mahia), Joseph Shikokoti (Tusker FC)

Midfielders/ forwards: George Owino (SofapakaFC),  Patillah Omoto (AFC Leopards), Ali Bhai (Bandari), Peter Opiyo (Tusker FC), Daniel Mwaura (Mathare United FC) , David Kingatua (Thika United), Francis Kahata (Thika United), Ben Baraza (SoNy Sugar FC), Rama Salim (Gor Mahia), Kennedy Otieno (Thika United), Jacob Keli (KCB FC), Ismail Dunga (Tusker FC), Daniel Mutahi Murage(Chemelil Sugar FC)

Logarusic rues poor officiating

Gor Mahia coach Zdravko Logarusic is unhappy with the match officials following Sunday’s 1-1 draw with SoNy Sugar at City stadium.

At issue is the fact that centre referee Amos Ichingwa added only four minutes of injury time.


“This game had very many breaks and I am really disappointed that the referee only awarded four minutes as extra time while in my opinion he should have added a minimum of ten,” Logarusic told supersport.

The coach was, however, content with the result saying it was hard game and therefore they earned a point rather than lost two.

“The game was a hard one and I cannot complain; I’m happy that we at least managed to get a point from it,” he said.

Logarusic says they will approach the match just like they do with every game they play; with a winning mentality.


As they approach their next game, Kogalo will however have to deal with the fact that they have lost several players to injury.  Innocent Mutiso hurt his knee during the club’s training session on Saturday. Mutiso spent much of 2012 on the sidelines due to a knee injury and this may be a recurrence.

Raphael Kiongera who had a storming first few games for the club re-injured his thigh. He will rehab the injury for 2 months. If the injury does not heal, he will undergo surgery which will put him on the sidelines for at least 6 months.

Next Match

Gor Mahia next face newly promoted Kakamega Homeboyz in Mumias next weekend.

SoNy hold Gor Mahia

The clash between Gor Mahia and SoNy ended in a 1-1 tie at City Stadium on Sunday.  From the beginning, SoNy seemed content with a draw as they sat back and absorbed pressure as Gor Mahia sent waves of attacks forward. Gor Mahia’s best chance to score came on 8 minutes when former Gor Mahia keeper Wycliff Kasaya handled a back pass. Rama Salim stepped up to take the freekick which came close before being deflected. The first half ended scoreless.

5 minutes into the second half, SoNy took the lead via Marwa Chamberi against the run of play.

Coach Zdravko Logarusic then made two changes;  Off went Ali Abondo and Chris Wekesa for Kevin Omondi and Abbey Natty. Loga went for a 3 man backline to counter the SoNy Bunker defence. Gor Mahia pushed forward with Sserunkuma failing to connect to an Abbey Nettey cross.

Rama Salim scored the much needed equalizer in the 78th minute when he headed home a right wing cross from Sserunkuma. Minutes later, “Pablo” Njuguna was sent off for flooring  Wycliff Kasaya with a left jab. Kasaya had obstructed Njuguna as a time wasting tactic.

Drama ensued after the game when a fan approached a policeman to report his stolen cell phone. The policemen with itchy trigger fingers responded by tossing a tear gas canister into the crowd, creating chaos as fans peacefully filed out of the stadium.

Bwana clears the air on player bonuses

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The standoff that led to a Friday 19 April meeting between the Gor Mahia management and the players over unpaid bonuses has been solved amicably, George Bwana, the club’s secretary general has confirmed to futaa.com.

Earlier reports had suggested that the Gor Mahia players had boycotted training in protest over unpaid dues and Bwana has come out to categorically acknowledge that indeed the club owes the players winning bonuses for two matches, the wins over KCB and Ulinzi Stars.

CAF bills

He attributed the delay to the huge bills incurred when the team was taking part in the CAF Confederations Cup tournament which he said overstretched the club’s budget, a matter he noted that they explained to the players and reiterated the executive’s dedication to players’ welfare.

-It is true we owe the players some money, winning bonuses for two matches – the Ulinzi win and most recently the KCB one. This whole situation was caused by the huge budget for the continental games that we took part in and at the moment we are from a meeting with the players, where we told them everything about it and all is settled.

Team’s welfare

-We are working hard to ensure that these outstanding monies are paid; our dedication to the team’s well being is never in question and you also realize that we haven’t played many home matches yet that is where we get the money to pay them, he said.


Bwana also revealed that the problem emanated from incitement by a member of the team’s technical bench since the players had initially declined to take bonuses from three previous wins, demanding that they be given the full amount.

-Initially we owed the players bonuses for five wins but had cleared three of those though we later came to learn that the players had refused to take that, demanding that we give them all of it but from our investigations we since have learnt that a member of the technical bench was inciting them over the same issue.

Under control

-We have as well spoken about this to the players and though I can’t name the technical bench member we will treat this issue as one of utmost indiscipline. But all that aside, the situation is under control, he added.

Gor Mahia players are entitled to winning bonuses of 5000 shillings each.

Gor Mahia officially through to Top 8 semis

Gor Mahia will meet the winner of the clash between Tusker and Mathare in the semi finals of the KPL top 8 tournament. This after Ulinzi’s appeal was deemed without merit and rejected by KPL.

linzi had protested against Gor Mahia for fielding excess foreign players in a KPL Top Eight match played on Wednesday at Nyayo National Stadium.

The Military-men had lodged an appeal demanding the tournament organisers to award them the fixture after K’Ogalo breached the rules by fielding four foreign players namely Ivo Mapunda (Tanzanian) and Ugandan trio of Dan Serunkuma, Ivan Anguyo and Israel Emuge, which is in excess of one.

In a statement from KPL boss Jack Oguda , which was copied to both Gor Mahia and Ulinzi Stars, KPL said since Ulinzi failed to follow the protest rule 3.5 on match arrangements, the result stands and is valid.

“Any protest by a club must be made and attached to the match report before the kick-off. The protest must be signed by the Team Manager or Coach of both clubs,” read the statement.

“A club official who refuses to sign a protest will be suspended for at least the next two consecutive matches and face other disciplinary action. Pursuant to the above, the results of the said match stands as 4-2 in favour of Gor Mahia FC as recorded in the match reports,” said  the statement.