Moses Odhiambo praises Williamson

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Gor Mahia midfielder Moses Odhiambo has lauded the impact coach Bobby Williamson has had on the side since his arrival at the club.

Williamson took over from Zdravko Logarusic last month and has seen Gor maintain their lead atop the Kenyan Premier League.

Odhiambo admits that it was tough to lose Logarusic, whom the side had formed a strong bond with. Williamson, though, arrives at the club with a pedigree that is undeniable and Odhiambo says that they have already warmed up to the coach.

“He has done a very good job since he arrived at the club and so must be congratulated for that,” he said.

“It is not easy taking over at Gor Mahia and especially after the departure of a coach like Logarusic. Since he arrived he has made life easy for us and given us the freedom to express ourselves and that is why we are doing well, he said.

As for whether the title has already been won, Odhiambo, who was Man of the Match in the 3-0 win over Muhoroni Youth on Saturday, is confident but cautious.

“It is not over yet and we have to work hard, but we have a good lead and intend to keep it. “There are some very tough games to come, so we have to keep our focus and work hard, but we have a good cushion.”

Gor Mahia destroy Muhoroni

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League leaders Gor Mahia widened the gap at the top of the Tusker Premier Log to eight points with a deserved 3-0 win over Muhoroni Youth at City Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The boys in green showed early intent. Moses Odhiambo had the first real chance in the 17th minute. From a long cross, he controlled the ball well but his final loop was punched by the keeper. In the next move, Odhiambo turned provider to Kevin Omondi who was tackled by a Muhoroni defender before shooting.

In the 26th minute, Muhoroni almost took the lead when Jeremiah Wanjala found space then unleashed a left foot shot that had keeper Jerim Onyango beaten but the crossbar stood between.

The action quickly shifted to the other end where Kevin Omondi , in the 27th minute, missed an inviting chance to score after a perfect cross by Innocent Mutiso.

Gor then won a free kick that Kevin Omondi executed well but the keeper punched then Eric Ochieng followed up to force a successive save from keeper Shaban Ouma.

Seven minutes to the break, Kevin Omondi redeemed himself from the earlier misses with a close range opener from a rebound after the keeper had blocked Mungai Kiongera header.

A minute to the break, Kiongera’s free kick punched out for a corner by keeper Ouma.The low corner taken by Mutiso was easily cleared.

Immediately after the break, Kevin Omondi set up Innocent Mutiso but the latter was guilty of side netting.

Muhoroni Coach Imonje then decided to inject some creativity in his midfield by replacing Paul Mboya with James Maina.

But it was Gor Mahia who continued to threaten. In the 54th minute, a harmless move almost turned dangerous when Kevin Omondi forced a ffine save on the near post.

Ugandan Dan Sserunkuma came on for Kevin Omondi in the 63rd minute to a warm from the reception from the partisan crowd.

With the heavens opened up, Gor Mahia, buoyed by thousands of fans won a corner in the 67th minute that Israel Emuge rose higher to head in and double the lead.

Four minutes later, Paul Mungai Kiongera would close the scoring chapter with a calmly taken shot off a Moses Odhiambo cross. The goal ignited calls for Gor Mahia’s arch-rivals and next opponents AFC Leopards who are also enjoying fine form.

The win pushes Gor Mahia’s tally to 40 points, 8 better than second placed Thika United after 20 matches.

Muhoroni on the other hand are just two spots above relegation with 23 points from 21 matches.

Derby to be played at Kasarani on condition….

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On the condition that Gor Mahia, who are banned from using the facility, deposit Sh1 million bond as surety to SSMB for damages EXCLUSIVE
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Kenya Premier League (KPL) side Gor Mahia will host rivals AFC Leopards’ at Moi Kasarani in the eagerly awaited ‘Mashemeji derby’ on August 25.

But K’Ogalo, who are serving an indefinite ban of using both Nyayo and Kasarani following crowd trouble during their league match against Nairobi City Stars, will have to pay a refundable bond of Sh1million to be allowed to hosts their rivals. The Sh1 million is exclusive of the Sh2.8million slapped on Gor Mahia by the SSMB.

A joint Football Kenya Federation (FKF) and Kenyan Premier League (KPL) committee which met on Friday to deliberate on the club’s recent ban said the bond will be deposited to SSMB.

The meeting tasked FKF to prevail upon the SSMB to lift the suspension on Gor Mahia paving way for the August 25 derby against arch-rivals AFC Leopards to be staged at Kasarani.

“The Sh1million to be deposited with SSMB will be used to cover any damages that may be caused by fans of Gor Mahia,” FKF President Sam Nyamweya exclusively told Goal.

Nyamweya said the bond is exclusive of the Sh2.8million slapped on Gor Mahia by the SSMB and insisted the club has to pay the fine.

He added: “If Gor Mahia decline to pay the bond then they will be forced to play the derby behind closed doors.”

Nyamweya also announced that Gor Mahia have been ordered to make available a security plan they intend to have in place ahead of the derby.

He also revealed that all Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards’ matches will from henceforth be played at either Kasarani or Nyayo Stadium. “Gor will not be allowed to play their fixtures at City Stadium from now henceforth. Their last match at the venue is the one against Muhoroni Youth on Saturday.”

KPL U19: Gor Mahia overwhelm Karuturi

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Gor Mahia yesterday hit Karuturi Sports 11-1 on the third day of Kenyan Premier League ( KPL) Under-19 tournament at City Stadium.
Boraafya Omar was the toast of the match as he scored a record six goals. His first was in the sixth minute. He then added another two minutes later and finished off his campaign with another goal in the ninth minute to complete a hat-trick inside the first ten minutes of the match.

But Gor were not done yet as Evans Amieno added the fourth goal  almost immediately in the 21st minute as they raced to a 4-0 lead.

The six goal hero Omar was not done and by the 25th minute he added his fourth of the match.

Team captain Angelo Ochieng was not to be left behind as he extended the team’s lead in the 32nd minute. By  the 35th minute Gor Mahia were leading 7-0 with John Ouma netting the seventh.

Recovery time

After this Karuturi had a small breather and had an opportunity to pull one back before half time. However, they were denied by Ezekiel Onyango in goal when he saved Simon Njuki’s penalty in the 40th minute to  retain Gor’s advantage as both team’s went to rest.

As the second half kicked off, the Naivasha side showed more fighting power and were duly rewarded after the one hour mark when Michael Oginga scored their only goal of the match.

But Gor were not done yet as Joseph Wanyonyi scored the eighth goal in the 83rd minute.  Omar was on the mark with one minute to go to score his sixth and Gor’s ninth of the day from the penalty spot.

Karuturi were reduced to ten men in injury time when Joseph Kerio was sent off and this allowed Clifford Omondi to score the tenth goal before Clifford Omondi completed the rout with another injury time goal.

Bwana : We did not cause damage

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Gor Mahia will not pay for the damages imposed to the club after fans caused chaos at Kasarani following the club’s 0-0 draw with Nairobi City Stars. Secretary General George Bwana says it is the home team that is supposed to be held responsible for all the damages caused after the match.

“As far as we are concerned we did nothing wrong and should not be held responsible for what happened at Kasarani.” He said.

“What happened at Kasarani was as a result of goons who took advantage of the situation and did that in pretence of being Gor Mahia fans.”

Early Tuesday morning, the Sports Stadia Management board released a statement  which required Gor Mahia to pay a total of 2.8 million for damages incurred after the 0-0 draw with Nairobi City Stars. The board went ahead to indefinitely ban Gor Mahia from using any of their facilities including Nyayo stadium and Kasarani.

To set the record straight, Bwana has said that the club will seek for the intervention of Football Kenya Federation (FKF), a move that he says will ensure next week’s derby match against arch rivals Gor Mahia is played in one of the stadia.

“We will revise the situation and ask FKF to help us get back to Nyayo and Kasarani. The stadia have not been built for Weddings and other functions but for sports. We are determined to ensure that we give our fans and all football loving people the best and from the best facilities we have in the country.” Bwana concluded

Details of SSMB invoice

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The Sports Stadia Management Board (SSMB) earlier slapped an indefinite ban on Gor Mahia from using its facilities, namely, the Moi International Sports Centre (MISC) Kasarani and the Nyayo National Stadium.

This came after acts of hooliganism that also saw property destroyed at Kasarani after the Tusker Premier League (TPL) game pitting Gor Mahia away to City Stars on Sunday 4 August. The ban was served with a monetary penalty to the club, an invoice of Kshs 2.8 million.

Damages and labour

The amount, as confirmed in a communiqué to media houses, signed by the acting SSMB CEO Mr. Gabriel Komora is meant to cater for damages inside and outside the stadium plus the labour involved.

Here is the breakdown:

583 plastic fixed seats were damaged and one seat goes at kshs 3,500 which brings a cost of re – installing them at a whooping kshs 2,040,500. Security house Gate 3 which was damaged costs Kshs 16,450; perimeter fence at Gate 3 which was also damaged costs Kshs 20,000 and paying booth towers 1 – 6 costs Kshs 58,000.

33% cost of labour

The total estimated damage cost comes to Kshs 2,134,950 then the cost of labour is estimated at 33% of that which totals to Kshs 704,533.5. The grand total adds to Kshs 2,839,483, the amount Gor Mahia has been invoiced to pay.

Gor Mahia banned from Nyayo and Kasarani

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Kenyan Premier League giants Gor Mahia have been banned from using the Nyayo National Stadium and the Moi International Sports Centre (MISC), Kasarani indefinitely.

The move comes after scenes of hooliganism marred the end of Gor Mahia’s game against Nairobi City Stars at MISC on 4 August, which ended in a barren draw.

Gabriel Komora, the acting CEO of Sports Stadia Management Board, sent out a press release explaining the ban. He also served Gor with a Kshs 2.8 million invoice for the damages sustained to MISC.

The statement reads: “The Sports Stadia Management Board has banned Gor Mahia Football Club from using both the Nyayo National Stadium and Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani.

“The Board’s decision comes as a result of the chaos that occurred during the match between Gor Mahia and Nairobi City Stars on 4th August 2013 at the Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani where Gor Mahia fans went on the rampage and damaged property including hundreds of seats, a perimeter fence and a gate.“The ban, which affects both home and away matches takes effect immediately and will last indefinitely. The board has also sent an invoice bearing the cost of the damages occasioned by the vandalism amounting to Kshs 2.8 million.

“Further, the board demands that Gor Mahia Football Club must furnish it with an elaborate plan of how the club intends to deal with hooliganism among their fans. The plan should also clearly indicate the club’s commitment to take responsibility for the behavior of their fans whenever they commit an offense.”

With the ban, it now remains unclear what will become of the high-stakes match pitting Gor Mahia against AFC Leopards that was planned for Kasarani.

Rama off to Qatar

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Although the details on the deal are still scanty, Rama was spotted at JKIA on August (Sunday 11) where he confirmed that he was departing for the Gulf

Gor Mahia striker Rama Salim has left the country for Qatar where he is reportedly set to join a Division Two side for a professional stint.

Although details on the deal remain scanty, Rama was spotted at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on Sunday (August 11) where he confirmed that he was leaving for the Gulf, coincidentally, on the same fight with former Tusker midfielder David ‘Cheche’ Ochieng, who left to join Saudi Arabian club Al-Taawon.

When reached for comment on the details on his move to the Qatar second tier, the former Congo United midfielder said he had left an official statement at the club.

“There is a statement I left behind with the club. please get in touch with them, said Rama who is believed to have been in contact with Al-Marhiya, a second tier side in Qatar.”

The plane left JKIA at 1645hours to Qatar where Rama could be plying his trade if the deal goes through while ‘Cheche’ will connect from there to Saudi. Rama joined Gor Mahia ahead of the 2012 season on a two year deal which is set to expire in mid December 2013.

The decision by Rama to quit Gor Mahia, comes days after the team’s top hierarchy stated that they were not willing to let the influential player depart.

“We met with representatives of the Qatari club that intends to sign Rama Salim and while we do not mind releasing the player, he cannot go now. At the moment we are chasing the league title and he can only leave at the end of the season,” Gor Mahia secretary George Bwana told Goal.

KPL U19 : Thika Utd 1 Gor Mahia 0

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Thika, who are the defending champions, will now take on Mathare United in their second match of the competition at the same venue on Wednesday

Thika United head coach John Kamau has encouraged the teams’ U-19 squad currently under coach Moses Irungu to stay focused after edging out Gor Mahia 1-0 at City Stadium on Monday.

“I am glad with the development of both the team and my deputy coach Irungu in the way the team is developing and my advice to the young lads is to have some positive fun in this tournament.

I have urged them not to over pressurize themselves with the defending champions stigma, but rather play football to the fullest and the rest will align itself,” Kamau told the club’s official website.

Thika, who are the defending champions, scored through Hector Mbunde in the 42nd minute of the closely fought match, and will now qualify for the quarter-finals if they stop Mathare United in their second match at the same venue on Wednesday.

Gor Mahia fielded a side comprising of FISA Academy players. Thika’s charges were led by senior team players John Nairuka, Jackson Machariah and Antony Gicho.

Gor Mahia had the early chances of the game and they had a great chance to open the scores in the 36th minute, Evans Amimo’s header coming off the bar. Thika United’s defense was found flat footed by George Otieno’s cross and they were lucky Brian Chege failed to guide the ball home from the rebound.

Thika took their chance seven minutes later, Hector Mbunde making the most of Badi Baraka’s ball to slot past Ezekiel Onyango in Gor Mahia’s goal. Going into the second half, Thika never relented the attacks and in the 53rd minute, Onyango was forced to a full stretch save to deny Michael Omach.

Gor Mahia name U19 squad

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Gor Mahia U-19 has unleashed a 20 man squad to take part in the upcoming Kenya Premier League (KPL) U-19 tourney.

The selected players are to report to camp on Saturday 10 August 2013 at the Highway Secondary where they will be hosted for the entire period.

Group A

The Charles Korea Omondi coached side is in Group A alongside defending champions Thika United, Mathare United and Karuturi Sports with their first match against the Thika based outfit on Monday 12 August 2013 at the City Stadium starting 0800hrs local time.

Full squad

Kevin Ouma and Felix Ochieng’ (GKs), George Ouma, Eugine Pedro Musilwa, Victor Aswani, Kevin Oduor, Omar Bora, Moses Otieno, Evans Otieno, Clifford Omondi, Evans Pique Chief, Jackson Juma, Cliff Nyakiya, Kennedy Ochieng’, Brian Chege, Felix Ambuoro, Ezekiel Onyango, Job Momanyi, Benzedy Ongeri and Joseph Wanyonyi.

The team will be under Charles Korea Omondi (Head Coach), Jolawi Obondo (Team Manger) and Fredrick Otieno as the team doctor.

Prize Money

The tournament, which will be in its second edition is set to kick off on Monday 12 August and run up to Saturday 24 August and the KPL Chief Executive Officer Jack Oguda has confirmed that a total of kshs 650,000 will be up for grabs.

Prize monies

The winner will take home kshs 300,000; the second placed side will bag 200,000; the third best finisher will get 100,000 then the fourth place finisher will claim 50,000.

The draw for the tournament will be conducted on Thursday 8 July.