Kogalo will take on the resurgent Awendo based side at their true home ground on Sunday. It will be a welcome change for local fans who always miss out on watching Kogalo because both Chemelil and SoNy usually switch venues to Nairobi and Nakuru to maximize earnings.
Beating SoNy will be no easy task. The Awendo based side have been on the recovery path since coach Zico took over. They recently beat Thika united in Thika. And Zico who is one of the best local tacticians will be in no mood to do his former club any favors as he himself is fighting the relegation axe that is threatening SoNy.
“We know Gor are the top side in the league at the moment and going by the result they achieved against their arch rivals last weekend, they will be confident of coming here and getting a win but we are very ready for them,” said Zico to the Star.
Gor Mahia coach Bobby Williamson for his part has expressed caution.
“We need to be more solid in defence and have our concentration up throughout the match. Our attack also needs to be sharp because we keep losing so many chances. It is always tricky playing against teams fighting relegation but we will do our best.” He told the Star.
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Gor Mahia coach Bobby Williamson has warned against premature celebrations as the club heads to the next nine matches in the Kenyan Premier League which will decide their destiny.
Gor Mahia need 23 points from a possible 27 to win the Kenyan Premier League title for the first time since 1995, assuming their closest challengers Ulinzi Stars win all the remaining ten matches. The soldiers have 33 points while Gor Mahia have 41.
After their dramatic recovery from 2-0 down to hold bitter rivals AFC Leopards to a 2-2 draw last weekend, Gor Mahia captain, Jerim Onyango, said they had exhibited their champions credentials with the way they fought back, but Williamson says they should only celebrate when the title is won.
“We are still far. Its good we are on top and we are working hard as a team, but I can tell the Gor Mahia family that its not yet time to celebrate,” said the Scot.
“We are taking each game as if it’s a final, we know we have to keep collecting points. There should be no looking back, the race is tight,” he stated. K’Ogalo travel to Awendo this weekend where they take on Sony Sugar in a tricky match which they must ensure victory to ward off the stiff challenge from Ulinzi Stars.
“We are not underrating any opponents at this stage. Even the weakest can cause an upset,” said Williamson
Under Williamson, Gor Mahia are yet to lose a game, although they have dropped six points in draws with Tusker, City Stars and AFC Leopards. But they have also won against Chemelil, Karuturi, Western Stima and Muhoroni.
“It has not been a bad run though there are matches I think we should have won. We learn from our mistakes and improve as a team. What is important is, our discipline must be at its best.”
Gor Mahia has tough encounters in their final push for the title. After Sony Sugar they face champions Tusker on September 15 before hosting Chemelil two weeks later. They also have fixtures against Mathare United, Thika United, KCB, Homeboyz, Sofapaka and end the season with Ulinzi Stars in Afraha.
Meanwhile, Sofapaka president Elly Kalekwa says the club signed new coach Sam Timbe to improve their performance.
“We were sinking and it was important we get a quality coach. (David) Ouma has done a good job but he needed some help and that is why we have brought in Timbe,” said Kalekwa.
Timbe, who was the Uganda Cranes assistant coach signed a two-year contract on Tuesday and is expected to start work at Sofapaka this weekend.
“He has won trophies wherever he has been and I am sure he will win trophies with Sofapaka, said Kalekwa. Sofapaka are fourth in the league with 32 points.
Weekend fixtures: Tomorrow: Sofapaka v City Stars (Nyayo-5pm), KCB v Bandari Nyayo-7pm). Saturday: Chemelil Sugar v Western Stima (Chemelil), Karuturi Sports v Thika United (Naivasha), Ulinzi Stars v Mathare United (Afraha). Sunday: Muhoroni Youth v Homeboyz (Muhoroni), Sony Sugar v Gor Mahia (Awendo), Tusker v AFC Leopards (Nyayo).
Gor Mahia secretary general George Bwana reveals to Goal that the figure could have been significantly high had the match been played at Nyayo
Sunday’s derby between rivals Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards’ raised Sh3.9 million in gate collections, officials have confirmed.
Gor Mahia Secretary General George Bwana has revealed to Goal that this is the figure they have been given by those who handled the tickets.
“Slightly more than 7,000 fans attended the derby and from it we raised Sh3.9 million,” Bwana said.
He added that the number would have been significantly high had the match been played at Nyayo Stadium and also expressed satisfaction by the security arrangements made on Sunday.
“The fans behaved very well and I am happy by their conduct through-out the fixture. They were peaceful and determined to keep the peace.”
Gor Mahia were forced to place a Sh1million on Sunday to cover for any damages that may have occurred on Sunday.
The eagerly awaited fixture observed Gor Mahia rally from behind to force a 2-2 draw against Ingwe. Gor Mahia scored through Ugandan import Dan Sserunkuma and David ‘Calabar’ Owino while Noah Wafula and winger Paul Were scored for AFC Leopards’.
Gor Mahia tactician Bobby Williamson was left a happy man following his team’s 2-2 draw with AFC Leopards in Kenya premier league match played at the Moi International Sports center Kasarani on Sunday afternoon.
The match needed a late equalizer from defender David Owino to salvage a point for the league leaders in the afternoon. Noah Wafula and Paul Were scored for Ingwe with Danny Sserenkuma pulling one for Gor Mahia mid-way in the second half.
The former Uganda Cranes coach said every point earned at this stage of the league will prove very important for a team fighting to win the league.
“ The boys showed a good fighting spirit an never say dire attitude throughout the match. We started well dominating the match in the opening quarters with Danny having a great opportunity in the opening two minutes which the defender cleared,”He said.
“Paul Kiongera too had a glorious chance forcing a special save from the keeper. Going to the break we were training.Though the boys kept working,” He added.
The Scott said it is important to remain focused to collect as many points as possible as the league enters the homestretch.
“Our target has been to remain composed and focused in all our matches. Today’s was a local derby which could have gone either way. As a coach I am happy with the one point earned.” He concluded.
League leaders Gor Mahia staged a spectacular comeback to earn a 2-2 draw with AFC Leopards in a thrilling derby played at Kasarani Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Edwin Wafula and Paul Were had given Ingwe the lead before Sserunkuma and David Owino restored parity.
Gor Mahia dominated the opening exchanges. A blunder by keeper Matasi allowed Sserunkuma steal the ball but Eric Masika was at hand to clear the lurking danger.
In the 10thn minute, Kiongera made inroads into the AFC dander area then unleashed a brilliant shot that Matasi saved.
Two minutes later the action swung to the opposite end. Allan Wanga was first ruled offside. Then Edwin Seda dribbled well from the left wing but his effort ended up in a goal kick for Gor Mahia.
Gor Mahia would have taken the lead in the 15th minute when Eric Masika was outwitted by Sserunkuma who found Kiongera. The latter had three shots on target. First Matasi blocked then the post stood between his way then Nahimana cleared.
At the half hour mark, AFC Leopards Noah Wafula had space and keeper to beat but he delayed in execution thereby allowing Israel Emuge disposes him.
Allan Wanga then made a lovely move from the flank but his shot saved was saved by keeper Jerim Onyango.
In the 33rd minute, Allan Wanga again made a good run on the flank before sending a cross that was met by Edwin Wafula who comfortably beat Onyango for the opener.
AFC leopards led 1-0 at the half time break.
A minute after the interval, Paul Were brought the stadium alive with a nice move but his cross was intercepted for a corner. Peter Opiyo sent a low corner but Onyango had the resultant header comfortably in his gloves.
In the 55th minute, AFC Leopards broke on a counter attack. With two strikers as decoy to distract keeper Onyango, Paul Were chose to go for the shot himself and he curled it perfectly to double the lead.
Gor’s next effort was a low free kick shot by Paul Kiongera in the 56th minute that did not trouble Matasi.
In the 61st minute Dan Sserunkuma tapped into an empty net. Moses Odhiambo’s header from a free kick by Innocent Mutiso had been blocked by the post and before the ball fell on Sserenkuma’s feet and with Matasi out of his place there was no one to deny the Ugandan.
Five minutes to the end, Coach Bobby Williamson threw in Kevin Omondi for Paul Kiongera.In his first move, Omondi lifted the ball to David Owino controlled well with right foot before unleashing a left foot shot past Matasi for the equalizer.
Ssreunkuma had claims of a penalty in the 88th minute when he has pushed by Matasi inside the box but the referee did not entertain the claims.
Mike Baraza came on for Wafula in the 89th minute in the last Ingwe sub but could do little to help his side secure a victory.
The draw leaves Gor Mahia comfortably in the top of the table with 41 points.AFC leopards moved to third spot with 32 points. Ulinzi Stars who have played a game less than the two sides is second on 33 points.
AFC Leopards lineup : Patrick Matasi, Edwin Wafula, Eric Masika, Jonas Nahimana, Abdallah Juma, Martin Imbalambala, Peter Opiyo, Edwin Seda (Charles Okwemba 65), Paul Were (Micheal Khamati 78), Noah Wafula (9 Mike Baraza 89′), Allan Wanga.
Unused Subs: Martin Musalia, Abbas Kiwalabye, Patilla Omotto, Oscar Kadenge
Gor Mahia line up: Fredrick Onyango, Solomon Nasio 9 ( 5. Musa Mohamed 54’), David Owino, Donald Mosoti, Israel Emuge, Anthony Akumu, Erick Ochieng, Moses Odhiambo (9. Edwin Lavatsa 79) , Innocent Mutiso, Dan Sserunkuma, Paul Kiongera(14. Kevin Omondi 85).
Unused Subs: 23. Joel Bataro. 20. Joseph Njuguna. 10. Paul Odhiambo,18. Ivan Anguyo.
Sunday’s Mashemeji derby is not just like any other derby. It will have decisive consequences and could dramatically change the fortunes of either club as they pursue the league title. A win for Kogalo will give them a commanding lead and move them closer to winning the league title that has eluded them for 18 years. A win for AFC will put them in prime position to catch the league leaders. AFC striker Allan Wanga recently described his team as being in the overtaking lane. Whether Kogalo will allow themselves to be overtaken is a different story. We are ready for them.” said Gor Mahia Deputy coach, Bobby Ogolla, himself a veteran of several derbies and who usually had the tall order of marking legendary AFC striker JJ Masiga.
Both teams have been in convincing form of late despite a few hiccups. But both teams have also had to deal with distractions. Gor Mahia had to deal with the departure of dependable striker Rama Salim top Qatar. There was also Sserunkuma’s beef with the club’s officials whom he accuse of betrayal. He however appears to have been welcomed and integrated back to the team. Leopards for their part have had to deal with the restless Luc Eymael who had been demanding a higher salary and better training facilities.
The derby is usually unpredictable but with both teams playing well, it is even harder to predict this time. During the last game, AFC outplayed Gor Mahia. Mike Baraza and Noah Wafula in particular were a handful to deal with. Had it not been for the outstanding play of defenders Mosoti, Emuge and keeper Jerim Onyango, AFC might have won. Gor Mahia actually scored against the run of play. Kogalo will be depending on the trio along with Owino “Jashirati” and Solomon Nasio to once again hold off the Ingwe attackers
A well executed breakway by Lavatsa and Rama Salim enabled Sserunkuma to score. Speaking of Ssserunkuma, he has been the bane of the Leopards defence in the past few games and is a key reason Gor Mahia have won 3 of the last four derbies. Lavatsa too has been a handful for AFC defenders in past games while Kiongera will be looking to score his first derby goal.
In midfield, Gor Mahia will be hoping that Moses Odhiambo can replicate the form he displayed last weekend against Muhoroni. If he can control the middle of the park, he will free up Kevin Omondi and or Innocent Mutiso to make the menacing runs into the AFC penalty area that have been wreaking havoc to other KPL teams of late.
All in all, Kogalo have the psychological edge, having won most of the recent derbies and also due to the fact they are leading the league by seven points. Peter Dawo , the Kogalo legend concurs with this view. “Gor have had a remarkable run in the recent past. This, coupled with the fact that they are leading in the league standings, will work to their advantage. I see a slim win though, perhaps 1-0 or 2-1,” says Dawo.
Sometime in 1987, Gor Mahia faced off with AFC in the second leg of the league. The match was evenly balanced and scoreless. AFC fans were always heard bragging that Dawo could score many goals against other teams but he could never score against AFC. And with the game tied scoreless that prediction seemed to be coming to fruition. In the 70th minute, coach Jack Johnson introduced Ben Oloo “Breakdance” , perhaps the best the best dribbler ever to play for Kogalo. “Breakdance” completely changed the direction of the game. He excited fans with his mazy dribbles that confused and befuddled the AFC defence especially Wycliff Anyangu who had a torrid time defending against Breakdance. It was a left wing cross from Breakdance in the 85th minute that was headed home by Dawo for the winning goal. And just like that, Dawo had scored his first goal ever against AFC. It had been a stroke of genius by Jack Johnson to introduece breakdance into the game. he is now one of the officials of Bandari FC.
Let the Fans be peaceful
This column urges Kogalo fans to show up in large numbers and cheer the team. And most importantly, show patience even when matters are not going to their liking. No matter what happens in this derby, Gor Mahia still has an excellent chance to secure the title. The move by the club to finally address bhang smoking at the stadium is a good one.
The much anticipated Gor Mahia versus AFC Leopards Kenyan Premier League (KPL) set for Sunday 25 August will be held at the MISC Kasarani after all.
This is after Gor Mahia and Sports Stadia Management Board representatives held a meeting on Thursday 22 August and the former (Gor) agreed to pay the Ksh 2.3 Million for the damage caused after their barren draw with Nairobi City Stars on Saturday 4th August.
-We’ve agreed that the match will be played here (MISC) as planned. Gor has agreed to pay the entire cost of damage but they requested that a re-assessment be done which we have agreed to – we will do this together this afternoon, SSMB Public Relations Officer Asman Raki told futaa.com,
Gor has also agreed to deposit Ksh 1 Million as security bond prior to the derby match.
-Gor has also agreed to pay the security bond of Kshs 1 million to be deposited with the KPL, Raki said,
-Hooligans will be dealt with individually – picked out from the crowd and taken to the police, he added.
Gor Mahia coach Bobby Williamson has revealed his delight at having Ugandan striker Danny Sserunkuma back in his squad after his bid to secure professional football in Eastern Europe fell through.
The diminutive reigning Kenya Premier League player of the year, featured as a substitute for 30 minutes in Gor’s 3-0 victory over Muhoroni Youth that maintained their lead at the top of the Kenya Premier Leagues standings.
“We are very glad to have Danny back. He is going to give us more options up front and that is what we need at this point in time,” remarked Williamson.
“We are obviously disappointed for him that he did not secure the move he wanted and the opportunity to make more money but I talked to him last Friday and he is entirely focused on helping the club achieve its objectives for the remainder of the season,” added the Scot who gave Sserunkuma his international bow with the Uganda Cranes late last year.
Sserunkuma’s presence was enough to inspire Gor to their biggest winning margin since Williamson took over as Kevin Omondi’s tap-in in the first half and a second half thumping header from in form Ugandan defender Israel Emuge and another from Mungai Kiongera secured the win for Gor against hard fighting Muhoroni.
“It was good to score three goals. We had enough time to work on a few things and I was happy to see them come off in a real match situation.” observed Williamson.
“more importantly we are still keeping clean sheets, this was our fifth in six matches and that makes it very difficult for us to get beaten, so scoring goals now will give us a good chance of winning many more matches,” he opined.
With ten matches to go Gor look every part a firm contender to lift this years KPL title and end their eighteen year wait to be crowned champions but their Scottish tactician was not willing to look that far ahead
“There are still plenty more matches to be played and we cannot afford to look beyond our next match. The most important thing is to keep winning every match and see how that leaves us at the end of the season,” he said.
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Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier has said the club will engage the Sports Stadia Management Board (SSMB) to have their ban lifted so that Sunday’s derby against AFC Leopards can go ahead.
Rachier said Gor Mahia have officially received a letter banning them from playing in facilities run by SSMB and also requiring them to pay a Sh2.8 million fine.
“We are determined that the derby goes on at Kasarani and so we will do everything within our means to ensure the ban is lifted. We are going to engage SSMB and other stakeholders in this regard,” said Rachier. Contradiction
Vice Chairman Faiz Magak appeared to contradict the chairman when he told michezoafrika.com that the club wants the derby played at Nyayo stadium
“We are willing to pay that Sh. 1 million, we don’t have any difficulty but we are of the opinion that we host the match at Nyayo,” Said Magak to michezoafrika.com