Archives - July, 2013



31 Jul 13

Courtesy of futaa.com

The Kenyan Premier League tie between Tusker and Gor Mahia played on the final day of July 2013 ended in a 0-0 draw.

The tie described as a battle in midfield had few chances on either end with either defense at their best.

Targeted

After a first half of not too many chances, the game move over to the second phase where Tusker arguably had the best of chances to claim the game, but in all the occasions were denied by steady Gor keeper Jerim Onyango.

Five minutes after the restart Gor should have gone a goal up had Paul Kiongera not targeted his header out after Kevin Omondi had done well to keep the ball on the byline to send in a cross.

Two minutes after the half hour mark Robert Omunuku got behind Gor defenders and in the box but as he went for goal Gor cleared to hand Tusker their first corner in the game.

Picked out

Omunuk sneaked back in the box again four minutes later but this time Jerim picked out his attempt for the far post. Three minutes on, the league top scorer Jesse Were broke though when a lob could have been good to deliver a goal, intelligent Jerim picked out his effort to save Gor from conceding once again.

Were was back in the box, again, just four minutes later and again, Jerim stopped his effort, this time a shot on goal.

11 point gap

The game then rolled on the the final minutes, with action ending with a corner for Gor.

With the result,  Gor moves to 36 points from 18 games to maintain their 11 point gap over Tusker while opening an eight point gap over second placed Thika United.

Tusker remains 11 points behind Gor Mahia at eighth though improved from 24 to 25 points.


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31 Jul 13

courtesy of futaa.com

2012 Kenyan Premier League Player of the Year Dan Sserunkuma jetted out of the country for trials in three Eastern Europe countries starting with Armenia, Ukraine then Belarus.

Soon after Gor Mahia Vice Chair Faiz Ochieng came out to say ‘there was no confirmation that the Ugandan international had left – or was set to leave’ the country for the trials.

Sneaked out

He went on to deny that the player had traveled and went on to state that Sserunkuma was ‘currently in Kenya though feeling unwell’

Other quarters from the club have also intimated that Sserunkuma ‘sneaked out’ for the trials without consent of the club.

But FIFA agent Ken Joseph, who pieced up his move for the trials, has jumped to the defense of Serunkuma, stating that his client never sneaked out of the country for trials in the Eastern European region. The players’ representative informed futaa.com that he was quite puzzled by rumors surrounding the Gor Mahia talisman.

Hierarchy

-I find it quite perplexing that anyone would believe Dan, of all players will do a runner for trials. He is too professional to engage in such trivial activities and anyone that knows Dan very well will obviously understand that this propaganda is erroneous, the British-born agent said.

-Myself and the Dan communicated effectively with the Gor Mahia hierarchy regarding the player’s trials  – all I can say at this stage is that there could had been a gap in communication somewhere along the line.

Landed safely

-We all know how difficult it is for players to succeed during trials and it would be very unprofessional for anyone to put a player in a state of quagmire during his tests. Dan is such a good lad – lets all pray and wish him all the best with his trials, Ken Joseph added.

Joseph’s confirms Sserunkuma landed safely in Armenia on Tuesday and kicked off his trials with club side Banants.


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31 Jul 13

courtesy of goal.com

K’Ogalo secretary George Bwana reveals to Goal that they are surprised the Ugandan striker sneaked out to Europe for trials without club’s notion

Gor Mahia have announced they will take disciplinary action against Ugandan striker Dan Sserunkuma for absconding duty.

The club’s Secretary General George Bwana told Goal on Tuesday that they are surprised by media reports indicating that the player is currently in Europe for trials.

“We heard of his move to Europe from his agent who called our chairman (Ambrose Rachier) but this is unacceptable since we have not given him permission to move.

“He still has one and half years to go on his contract and he cannot just walk out of the club like that,” said Bwana.

Bwana added:”We will certainly take disciplinary action against him when he returns. We don’t care and are not interested which side of Europe he sneaked out to but I want to assure that no deal will be completed until he (Sserunkuma) gets clearance from Gor Mahia.”

Bwana further said the club has no intention of releasing the Ugandan forward considering that they are chasing the league title.

“With reports that Rama Salim could move, there is no way we will release Sserunkuma as well. This are our key players and it is the wrong time to let them go considering we are chasing the league title.”

It also emerged on Tuesday that Rama Salim has received offer to join Qatar-based Division Two side – Al Markhiya FC – but Bwana insists the club is yet to officially write to Gor Mahia on the same.


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30 Jul 13

Courtesy of futaa.com

Gor Mahia has confirmed that indeed there has been interest expressed by Qatari Division 2 side Al – Markhiya to sign Kenyan international Rama Salim.

Speaking to futaa.com, the club’s vice chairman Faiz Ochieng noted that the club inquired for the forward’s services and in the preliminary talks, the club offered to get him for one million shillings, which the Tusker Premier League (TPL) side rejected.

Upped offer

The Qatari club then upped their offer to two million shillings but as Faiz puts it, nothing is signed and the club’s officials are supposed to land in Nairobi for talks either today (Tuesday 30 July) or tomorrow, after missing a flight on Monday 29 July.

He said, contrary to speculations that Rama has already left, the former Congo United star is still in the country and added that if the deal proves to be fine for both parties he will be allowed to leave with the club’s blessings.

Confirmation

-It is true that Al – MarkhiyaSports Club, a Division 2 League side from Qatar has inquired about Rama. They initially offered us a million but we felt Rama’s valuation is way past that and they thus increased it to two million.

-However, nothing is signed with them and Rama has not yet left to join the club. The club’s representatives are supposed to come over today or tomorrow for detailed talks. They were supposed to come Monday but they missed a flight.

Open deal

-This is an open deal and contrary to speculation we are not hiding anything. Everything will be done in the open for the good of the club, fans and everyone involved. If the deal is right we will grant him our blessings, he told futaa.com.

Rama is currently Gor Mahia’s top scorer with five goals and has been instrumental in the team’s rise to the top of the league.


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30 Jul 13

Lavatsa in action against Karuturi

Courtesy of futaa.com

Gor Mahia Under 19 trials have moved to Kisumu with a large number of players turning out to try out their luck at the Kisumu Polytechnic Grounds on Monday 29 July.

This has been confirmed by the Head Coach Charles Korea Omondi who was also impressed with the quality of players that turned out.

-Over 70 players turned out for the trials today. I’m impressed with the kind of players that availed themselves for the trials, for sure we have talent in Kenya, Omondi told futaa.com,

Trim

-I will trim the squad further tomorrow (Tuesday) before traveling back to Nairobi with the successful players, he added.

The team will tomorrow play two friendly matches, against lower-tier side Pallos FC and second-tier (Division One) side K.Y.O.C FC.

The successful players will join the ones selected in Nairobi over the weekend and the whole team will resume training on Wednesday 31 July at the Police Band Grounds in South B, Nairobi.


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30 Jul 13

Kevin Keegan, the son of the legendary Gor Mahia winger Sammy Onyango Jogoo was last weekend named the Most Valuable Player at the Masaku sevens held in Machakos this weekend. He led his team, Lunch Bar Harlequins to victory after beating Homeboyz RFC of Nairobi in the final.

Keegan received MVP trophy from rugby legend Edward Rombo
Image courtesy of Arigi @ Ministry of Rugby

“Last year I did not play since I was the Kenya Sevens camp, this year I came and I was named captain. I did not have any special plans but just to play my game and I am happy it bore fruit by being named the tournament’s MVP.” Keegan told michezoafrika.com

Ever since he appeared on the rugby scene 2 years ago, Keegan has proven himself an extremely capable rugby player.At the time his coach at Impala Innocent Simiyu described him as “An exciting playmaker just waiting to exhale”. Keegan is now on his way to fulfilling his potential. He has represented the Kenya national sevens team at various tournaments. In fifteen a side rugby, he is often slotted at full back and has excelled in the Kenya cup and Bamburi Super series.

He will be hard pressed to emulate the exploits of his father, one of the true legends of Gor Mahia and Kenya football.


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27 Jul 13

Courtesy of goal.com

Goals from Kevin “Ade’ Omondi and another by Ugandan defender Israel Emuge gave K’Ogalo their fourth win in a row and help them stretch league lead

Gor Mahia continued their match towards the 2013 Kenyan Premier League title after edging out a stubborn Karuturi Sports 2-1 at City Stadium on Saturday.

Goals from Kevin Omondi in the 18th minute and another by Israel Emuge in the 76th minute gave Gor their fourth win in a row. They now have 35 points and sit perfectly at the top of the table standings. Hussein Zzinda scored for the visitors in the 49th minute.

Karuturi felt early pressure as the match kicked-off and Joseph Kariuki earned the first booking when he brought down Eric Ochieng in an attempt to cool down Gor’s attacks.

Paul Kiongera who has scored in the last two matches was in his true element and by the eighth minute he had blasted wide as Gor kept up the pressure.

In the 11th minute Karuturi Sports veteran goalkeeper Noah Ayuko was forced to come out and stop Joseph Njuguna from putting Gor ahead. Njuguna had combined well with Kevin Omondi and beat the Karuturi defense.

A minute later, Gor had won their first corner of the match with defender Godfrey Msieba putting the ball out as he tried to stop Paul Kiongera. The former KCB man was behind every move by his side to go ahead and it was always a question of when the goal would come.

It did not take long and Kionegera taking advantage of a miss-pass by Emmanuel Olupot picked out Kevin Omondi who made no mistake to score in the 17th minute.

Motivated by the goal, Gor’s second came almost immediately. Innocent Mutiso combined well with Kevin Omondi and the final ball ended at the feet of Joseph Njuguna who could not get past a forest of legs in the Karuturi defense.

Karuturi were fielding two former Gor Mahia players Duncun Owiti and John Kiplagat and both gave their former side problems but it was the latter, who made the first effort at goal.

Kiplagat playing mostly on the right flank had his team’s first attempt at goal but this was easily picked by Jerim Onyango in the 30th minute. His second came almost immediately after combining well with Zzinda Hussein but shot straight at Onyango in the Gor goal.

Onyango was then forced to come out and stop Kiplagat in a one on one situation. After that Zzinda had an attempt at the Gor goal but his shot went just wide.

Gor were forced to substitute Eric Ochieng and bring in Ivan Anguyo after the former was injured as the half time approached.

Karuturi shocked Gor Mahia with a 49th minute goal after play had resumed when Hussein Zzinda beat an off-side trap to score.

Infuriated Gor players protested and midfielder Joseph Njuguna earned a yellow card. The match was stopped for a few minutes as angry fans threw objects on the pitch and it took the intervention of Gor Mahia assistant coach John ‘Bobby’ Ogolla for the match to continue.

Paul Kiongera then forced Ayuko to make the save of the match with a powerful fre- kick as Gor fought to get ahead. Kevin Omondi and Joseph Njuguna were both rested for Paul Odhiambo and Teddy Akumu in a effort that gave Gor more strength upfront.

In the 70th minute, Gor won a corner and Innocent Mutiso stepped up to take it and he did a good job as Karuturi defenders failed to clear and the lose ball was duly blasted home by Israel Emuge for his first goal of the premiership.


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26 Jul 13

Gor Mahia take on bottom side Karuturi Sports club. The latter have been having financial issues which have seen them lose a number of players and their dependable coach Michael Nam.

Although Bobby Williamson has won two matches on the trot he insists that his team cannot take its foot off the accelerator pedal. “Right now each game is like a final for us. We are at the top of the league and we have to play our best in all our matches so as to be in the best position to fight for this year’s title”. He told michezoafrika.com.

Gor Mahia will hope that the striking duo of Kiongera and Rama Salim will maintain their form. Kiongera has displayed a knack for clinical finishing that has seen him score two well taken goals in the last two matches. Rama Salim has been dangerous especially from dead ball situations. But above all the defence has been the bedrock of the team with Jerry “jagoal”, Owino “Calabar”, Mosoti Emuge, Nasio and Musa Mohamed all in fine form.

Karuturi for their part will be fighting tooth and nail to avoid relegation. They will have former Gor Mahia winger, the hard shooting John Kiplangat who is always super-motivated to play his old team.

Williamson happy with Start

Williamson has also praised the players, the clubs and the fans for making his start at the club easier. “I must say Gor is a great club. The players’ reception and easy adaptation to new style is a fantastic thing that many coaches have a problem with when they join new teams but my case has been different. I think the previous coach had laid a good foundation and my work has been easy, just to move on” He told michezoafrika.com

So for all the bad we’ve written about Loga, we must give him credit for the good work he did before he left. And he was probably right to leave because the club needed an injection of new ideas. A good coach knows when to leave.

 


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26 Jul 13

Former Gor Mahia goalkeeper Charles Omondi “Korea” has been assigned the task of assembling the Gor Mahia U19 team that will play in the KPL U19 tournament starting on August 10. This is according to futaa.com

The selections will be conducted by trials. I urge all players who are interested in playing for Gor Mahia in the KPL U19 tournament to avail themselves for trials tomorrow (Friday), Omondi told futaa.com. I will select 25 players who will then undergo further assessment over the weekend before I select the final squad, he added to the blog.

The trials kick off at 1600 Hours at the Police Band Grounds in South B, Nairobi.

Korea himself was a member of the first ever Kenya U16 team in 1984. This is the team that visited Korea. It was that trip that earned him his nickname. He became Gor Mahia’s starting goalkeeper following the departure of the legendary David Ochieng “Kamoga” in 1989. Much like his namesake Tirus Omondi, he was a showman who thrived in showing off his acrobatic skills. He would dive full length to save even the simpler shots. He would later leave Gor Mahia in 1992 to join Kisumu Posta before returning again in 1994.

He was recently the goalkeeper trainer of Gor Mahia before he left. This year he is the coach of FISA

 

 


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24 Jul 13

Courtesy of futaa.com

Kenyan Premier League (KPL) side Gor Mahia could soon do without Ugandan lead striker Dan(ny) Sserunkuma.

The reigning KPL Player of the Year is set for an Eastern Europe move in the current European transfer window that closes at the end of August.

Three countries

As confirmed by Ken Joseph, a Director with Emerging Talent Sports Management (ETSM), Sserunkuma has received an invite for trials where he will test out with clubs from three countries.

-Sserunkuma has been invited for trials in Eastern Europe and we are looking at options in three countries; Ukraine, Armenia, Belarus, said Ken, a British-born FIFA Players’ agent to futaa.com,

Invite

-We want to get him to a club where he will regularly play. I have spoken with his club (Gor) through the Chair (Ambrose Rachier) and he is happy with the offer the player has received

-We expect Sserunkuma to arrive in the next seven days for the trails that will taking anywhere from seven days to 14 days,

-He has already received an invite to attend and he will be receiving a Visa soon to facilitate his travel.

17 goals

Sserunkuma, a hit at Kawangware based KPL side Nairobi City Stars joined Gor Mahia in June 2012 where he became a key man for Craotian Coach Zdravko Logarusic.

At the close of the season, with 17 goals, he was a goal shy of being the top scorer after adding 11 goals to the six he crossed over with from City Stars.

At the close of the 2012 season, and inevitably so, Sserunkuma became the first foreign player to be named the KPL Player of the Year.


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