Monthly Archives: June 2013

Gor Mahia take on Karuturi sans Loga

Gor Mahia resumed training under the club’s assistant coach, the legendary defensive stopper  Bobby Ogolla on June 8. They will resume their KPL campaign with a match against Karuturi at Afraha stadium. In the absence of Logarusic, Bobby has been taking the players through their paces. Gor Mahia will be hard pressed because the Afraha stadium has not been a happy hunting ground for them and Karuturi has always been a tough nut to crack. “It is one of our boggie teams and it is true we have always struggled against them. This time round we want to get rid of that history and beat them,”  Bobby Ogolla told michezoafrika.com

Gor Mahia will be buoyed by the return of Mungai Kiongera who missed most of the first leg. The long break will have done Gor Mahia a world of good because there were several  players who were nursing minor injuries. Gor Mahia will also be hard pressed because their rivals Tusker and AFC Leopards have significantly strengthened their sides whereas Gor Mahia have not addressed the problems they had in the first leg, more specifically the midfield which was below par.

 

 

 

Bwana: We will not be held hostage

Courtesy of goal.com

Gor Mahia secretary general George Bwana reveals to Goal that they will not hesitate to replace the Croat tactician who is yet to return from holiday

Kenya Premier League side Gor Mahia Secretary General George Bwana insists the club will not be held hostage by coach Zradvko Logarusic.

Bwana said while the club is still open to receive the coach back, they will not hesitate to replace him if need arises.

“He (Loga) is our coach and by now he should be here preparing the club for their weekend match against Karuturi Sports,” Bwana told Goal.

“He has his ticket but we are not allowing his absence to affect us. John ‘Bobby’ Ogolla is preparing the team for the Sunday match and I want to say that as officials of the club, we will have to make a decision on his future if he will not have come back by Sunday.

“The club is bigger than all of us and we cannot allow one person to hold us hostage. At some point we have to make a decision and move on,” added Bwana.

On Wednesday, Goal exclusively revealed an email sent by the Croat tactician to Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier demanding for a number of issues to be sorted out before he returns from holiday.

Logarusic protested that he does not have a work permit and resides in Nairobi on a tourist visa.

Secondly he also raised issue about his lack of a formal contract with the club and expressed fears that a section of Gor Mahia officials have frustrated all efforts to sign a new improved deal.

Lastly, the coach fearful of his future insisted he does not have an air-ticket that would allow him to return back home in case he is fired by Gor Mahia hierarchy.

Logarusic: I do not fear the sack

Gor Mahia coach Zdravko Logarusic says he does not fear losing his job as it also emerged there is a sharp rift within the club’s management over the signing of new players.

Logarusic, speaking from his native Croatia, claimed some officials within the club have been plotting his downfall and want him out.

“I doubt if the (Gor Mahia) chairman (Ambrose Rachier) would sack me. I know there are some elements within the management who have been sabotaging me and want me out, but if they decide so, I care less. I do not fear losing my job,” he said.

As it is, Gor Mahia will play Karuturi Sports on Sunday in Nakuru without their coach who said he is yet to hear from the club. “If I get a ticket today, I will be in Nairobi soonest,” the coach said.

Logarusic’s conditions for returning

Courtesy of the Standard

Every time Gor Mahia coach Zradvko Logarusic goes on holiday doubts emerge on whether he will come back.

It is not different this time again after the coach failed to return as expected yesterday and, instead, wrote an email to club chairman Ambrose Rachier complaining about a number of issues including lack of a formal contract.

Logarusic, who also expressed fears over his future at the club, claiming that a section of its officials would want to see him go, further insisted that he wants a return ticket to Croatia in case he falls out with Gor before the season ends.

He also revealed that the club has never got him a work permit and has always lived in Kenya on a tourist visa.

“Dear chairman, I send you a copy of my tourist visa and a copy of my plane ticket to confirm that your coach does not have a work permit and has been operating here as tourist.

“I don’t know whether your officials understand that for one holding a tourist visa, they are required to hold a return ticket because I have tried to sort it out with them in vain,” said part of  Logarusic’s email written to Rachier.

The Croat claimed part of Gor Mahia officials have always stood on his path to get a new contract after allegedly boycotting the signing of a new one.

“In this regard I cannot risk coming back to Kenya without a return ticket because if half of the office don’t want me anything can happen.”

Contacted, Rachier, while admitting that club does not have a formal contract with Logarusic, assured that they are working on the same and the delay was occasioned by failure to agree on some issues.

Formal contract

“We are yet to sign a formal contract with the coach this time around because he brought up some issues which were not in his previous contract. We have not agreed on these issues and once that happens, the signing can go ahead,” said Rachier.

But Rachier, a Senior Counsel, said the club has so far met all their obligations with the coach as per what was agreed on.

“A contract does not always have to be written. We agreed on some things and, as a club, we have gone out of our way to fulfill them.  We don’t owe him anything,” said the Gor official.

 The coach was given an improved Sh500,000 a month contract early in the year. This also includes a Sh200,000 apartment in the leafy suburbs of Nairobi.

Rachier, however, dismissed claims that Logarusic does not have a work permit pointing out that the club always gets one for him whenever he is in the country.

He said the club does not have a problem with Logarusic and is ready to bend over backwards to accommodate him.

“As the chairman of the club, I want to say that we have no problem with him. If he feels that some people don’t want him there is no way I can tell for sure,” said Rachier.

Gor Mahia considering four players

Courtesy of futaa.com

With striker Paul Odhiambo already captured by Gor Mahia from Kakamega Homeboyz, more signings could soon be confirmed at the club.

According to club CEO George Bwana, the club is considering taking up former Kenya U20 player Joseph Wanyonyi, a former Aspire Academy player as well as Eric Ochieng, a former midfielder with Bandari.

Eric Ochieng

He was however categorical that nothing is concluded yet

-Eric Ochieng has been training with us and we may consider signing him the same to Joseph Wanyonyi who we assessed in January but could not sign him due to complications.

-But nothing is concluded yet, he went on to add

Joel Bataro

He also confirmed former Kenya U20 keeper Joel Bataro of Thika United has been training with the club.

If signed, Bataro will be the third choice keeper, a position left vacant after the recent departure of Zachary Onyango.

Jared Obwoge

Futaa has also reliably learnt that the club has made an approach for former Karungu and West Kenya Striker Jared Obwoge Omwenga now at Chemelil Sugar as a possible signing.

From Wednesday 19 June, the club will have a look at international winger Patrick Oboya in training as a firm consideration for signing.

Gor Mahia sign Homeboyz Striker

Courtesy of futaa.com

Kenyan Premier League side Gor Mahia has acquired a new striker Paul Odhiambo from Kakamega Homeboyz.

In recent weeks, the former player is said to have ‘disappeared’ from the Homeboyz camp but it later emerged he had been training with the reigning Top 8 and FKF Cup Champions.

Personal terms

Though the deal is close to full conclusion, Odhiambo is a Gor player in principle as both parties have agreed on his move.

-Paul Odhiambo has been attending our mini trial which has been for specific selected players earmarked for signing

-We are yet to conclude on his signing but his club has agreed to release him, and we have agreed with him personal terms. He has the qualities of what we want in a player, said Gor CEO George Bwana to futaa.com

Opportunity

Homeboyz bankroller and Chair Cleophas Shimanyula has also confirmed as much

-We are in discussion and about to conclude with Gor on his release. The player wants to move and as a club we can’t deny him the opportunity, said Shimayula.

Though terms and contract details are still under wraps, futaa has since learnt that kogalo will make Homeboyz Kshs200,000 richer for the services of Odhiambo, a former AFC Leopards and Oserian player.

Standard does exposee on Loga extra-curriculars

A story appearing in the Standard indicates that Gor Mahia coach Zdvarko Logarusic is fond of pursuing women including those of team players.  Whereas this story may make some fans uncomfortable, it is already in the public domain so there was no point having this blog avoid the story.

One of the players was quoted saying : “Most of us now leave our girlfriends at home when going for training,” said one of the disgruntled players, who sought anonymity. He also accused the celebrated coach of intimidating footballers in front of their girlfriends.

According to the Standard

Allegations of the Croat’s colourful love life have also touched on the national volleyball team where it is said there has been tension between several players supposedly linked to him. The team’s management is said to have early this year called a meeting to resolve the personal disputes that threatened to tear the squad apart.

“Ladies love him. Maybe it is because he is a mzungu and he treats them well,” a top volleyball player told The Nairobian.

It is, however, not clear whether or not Croat plays along to the female attention. What is clear is that media personalities, tops models and dozens of female fans of the mighty Gor Mahia fans appear to be vying for the man’s attention. The coach is also usually seen in various nightspots.

There are women, who are so fixated with Zdarvko that they don branded T-shirts, pants and brassieres with his name. Take for instance top model Deliah Ipupa, who recently uploaded photos of her T-shirt branded ‘Zdarvko’, and instantly got a reply from the man himself: “What a nice name on your back!”

However, Gor Mahia secretary general George Bwana dismissed the claims and said the coach’s private life should be out of bounds.

“It’s a non-issue to the club. If people snatch each other’s girlfriends, that is a private matter that has nothing to do with us,” Bwana said.

 

Better deal with Tuzo in the works

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K’Ogalo secretary general George Bwana reveals to Goal that the club has agreed on an three year deal with their sponsors estimated at Sh25 million

Gor Mahia hope to tie up a new contract with sponsors Tuzo at the end of this week, a club official has revealed to Goal.

According to Gor Mahia Secretary General George Bwana the club has agreed on an improved deal with their sponsors and all that remains is for top managers of the milk firm to confirm the same.

“The contract has been dispatched to Tuzo after we went through it and agreed with its provision. We are waiting for Tuzo managers to assent to it.

“Generally, as a club we are very happy with what has been offered to us because it is much better.

“We are also delighted that Tuzo have continued to pay our player’s salaries even after the original contract had expired. It shows their level of commitment to the club,” added Bwana.

Though Bwana refused to disclose the amounts involved in the new deal, sources confided that Tuzo have increased their annual sponsorship to Sh25million from Sh18million and the new deal will be for a period of three years meaning Gor Mahia will pocket Sh75million.

The new deal will also pay for the salaries of technical bench members, which was not the case in the old contract.

Moses Otieno off to Bandari

This comes as no surprise to anyone. Moses Otieno is leaving for Bandari according to a report posted on futaa.com. Otieno played for Kakamega high and joined Gor Mahia from Tusker . Immediately he joined, he was in scintillating form. He impressed Kogalo fans and soon earned a spot in the starting line-up in 2012.  In the match against AFC Leopards, it was his well taken curve free-kick that was headed home by Moses Odhiambo for the winner.  However he was deployed as defensive midfielder. Whereas he can be good on the ball, his lack of quickness and his lack of solid defending skills can be a liability. Watching the video of Gor Mahia vs Ferroviario in Maputo, one can see how much space he gave the Mozambican whose long range bomb left Jerim Onyango hapless for the third goal.

But since Logarusic became coach, Otieno has found it difficult to get any playing time at all. Matters came to a head in the Top 8 match against Tusker when he was initially named to the starting line-up before Loga changed his mind supposedly because it had rained and Loga wanted to change tactics. Otieno became emotional and at one point refused to take the field when called up as a substitute. Surprisingly however he was not on the list of four players to be dropped. It comes as no surprise however that he is leaving. SoNy Sugar were the other team interested.

Earlier reports also suggested that Kevin Omondi will be attending trials in Bulgaria. No word yet on whom Gor Mahia is signing. As George Bwana says , “The club is keeping their cards close to their chest”. Fans are worried however that this is code words for “We are unable to get the players we want“.

 

Lavatsa leads Kenya attack as Stars tie flames 2-2

Update

Kenya tied Malawi 2-2. The first goal for Kenya came in 50th minute just after Malawi had scored the opener. The goal came when Jamal Mohamed of the “shisha” fame picked out Andrew Murunga with a pass.  Murunga made no mistake slamming the ball home. The second goal came in the 9oth minute and was also an equalizer after Malawi had scored in the 82nd minute. The goal came via an own goal by Chimango Kayira.

Original Article

Finally Edwin Lavatsa will be given a chance to prove his worth when Kenya takes on Malawi in a world cup qualifier on Friday. Though the match is a formality, its a chance for every player selected to burnish their credentials. When Kenya played Nigeria, many lamented coach Amrouche’s decision to leave Lavatsa on the bench and instead rely on Kepha Aswani and one Stephen Waruru who eventually gave away the ball that cost Kenya the game.

Lavatsa played extremely well during the 2012 CECAFA cup and scored in the final. David Owino is the other Gor Mahia player who has been selected. In form goalkeeper Jerry “Jagoal” Onyangowill likely not see any action

Kenya:

Duncan Ochieng, David Owino, Mulinge Ndetto, David Ochieng, Brian Mandela, Patrick Osiako, Francis Kahata, Edwin Lavatsa, Peter Opiyo, Jamal Mohammed, Andrew Murunga

Subs; Wilson Obungu, Fredrick Onyango, Edwin Wafula, Abdulatiff Omar, Ali Bhai, Jockins Atudo, Paul Were, Mungai Kiongera

Four Players dropped

Gor Mahia have announced four players who will be dropped during the mid season transfer season.  According to michezoafrika.com, the four are Victor Ali Abondo, Zachary Onyango, Yusuf Juma and Abbey Nattey.

Ali Abondo had been a favourite of coach Logarusic due to his tactical awareness. He has played in more than half of the games this year. But of late he has been accused of not putting forth enough effort. During the 0-0 draw with Tusker, coach Bobby Ogolla was noted saying : “You look at players like Victor Ali, he’s lazy. He doesn’t want to play and there is nothing we can do when it comes to that. The only thing we know is we have done our best to give him a chance.”  “That is why he is always the first to be subbed and he shouldn’t really blame anyone except himself.”

Zachary Onyango was signed from Ethiopia Coffee but has not been fielded in a single match. Gor Mahia are said to be interested in signing a younger goalkeeper whom they can groom. This could be good news for Zachary because like Wycliff Kasaya, he is an experienced goalkeeper who can find a home in another team where he will get playing time.

Yusuf Juma once played for the Gor Mahia U19 team then let for Thika United where he became a star even earning rave reviews when he played for the national team. He has been unable to gain a foothold since joining the club in January 2012.

Abbey Nattey joined in January of 2013 from SoNy Sugar and has seen no playing time other than in friendlies.

George Bwana has told michezoafrika.com that they are in talks with other players whom they hope can join the team before June 22.

Injuries

Given the rash of injuries the club faced in the first leg, it seems clear that more than 25 players are needed. Chances are that Innocent Mutiso’s injury troubles will recur as will those of others. So why not expand the squad.

Not all players need to be first time players. But Gor Mahia before Logarusic always had a tradition of having young reserve players who are fielded in midweek friendly matches and in lesser tournaments like the KPL top 8. Since Loga says that a squad of more than 25 players is too big then the reserve players can be assigned to work with a different coach. Not only does this provide more depth but one or two of these players could end up being a useful first team player who belongs to the club and is not on loan from another club.

A few months ago, Ambrose Rachier announced that they had identified four players with plenty of potential from schools , mostly from Upper Hill school whom they plan to work with. This idea was never purused.