Archives - September, 2013



29 Sep 13

This week’s player of the moment is Kevin Omondi

He was in dazzling form as Gor Mahia overcame Chemelil Sugar on Saturday September 29. He routinely tormented Chemelil with his well timed and speedy runs. Coach Williamson also paid glowing tribute to midfielder Kevin Omondi for his creativity in the middle of the pack. “Omondi was outstanding and he gave us a lot of help in midfield. He is simply amazing,” said the Scottish tactician. His passes are great and his potential has never been in doubt. There is no limit to how far he can go if he keeps focus.”

Date of Birth: August 4, 1990
Previous Club FISA Academy
Position: Midfielder
Years Active 2010 – Present

 

Kevin Omondi first came to prominence when he steered previosuly unfancied Langata secondary school to the national schools title along with Musa Mohamed and David Gateri in 2008. By the time he was in form 4, his talents were readily apparent and Gor Mahia pounced to sign him immediately.

A product of FISA academy, Omondi has speed, power, pace and vision. By age 19, Omondi’s top shelf performance saw him called up to the national team. In the first 2 years of his career, his performances were up and down. However when in form, Omondi is a terror.His runs are well timed and often ends up with him on the receiving end of defence splitting pass with the goal beckoning.

His speed and dexterity on the ball is reminiscent of the late John Okello “Zangi” who by co-incidence, was also called up the national team at age 19 and was a secondary school games legend.

So far the only issue holding “Ade” as he is popularly known is his lack of focus. As coach Williamson pointed out above, if he focuses, he could be a club legend and possibly a mainstay for the national team.

 


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28 Sep 13

Omondi “Ade” gave Chenelil nightmares

courtesy of futaa.com

Diminutive Ugandan striker Dan Sserenkuma goal from the spot was all Gor Mahia needed to beat Chemelil Sugar FC in a Kenyan Premier League (KPL) match played at the Nyayo National Stadium on Saturday 28 September.

Willis Ouma should have put Chemelil ahead as early as in the fifth minute of the match but he was judged to be offside while in a good scoring opportunity.

David Owino made a good run from deep in his own half, brought in a wonderful cross but there was no Gor Mahia player insight to tap it in in the sixth minute.

Chemelil won a freekick just outside the box after Donald Mosoti’s handball in the 14th minute. Victor Omondi hard shot was however parried away by the hawk-eyed Gor Mahia custodian Jerim Onyango.

Chemelil wasted another glorious opportunity to level the scores in the 17th minute, this time Jared Obwege being the culprit. He beat the off side trap after an incisive pass from Willis Ouma but hesitated in shooting, giving Jerim ample time to collect the ball.

Innocent Mutiso released a good pass to the impressive Kevin Omondi in the 19th minute but the latter shot wide from close range.

Omondi was at it again in the 28th minute, cleverly chipping the ball to Moses Odhiambo whose resultant hard shot hit the bar with Chemelil custodian Jairus Adira well-beaten.

Second Half

Chemelil brought it Francis Oduor for Jonathan Mwaniki in the 49th minute as they continued their search for an equalizer. Gor won a freekick in the 52nd minute after Sserenkuma was fouled at the edge of the box but Omondi blasted it wide.

Gor Mahia tactician Bobby Williamson brought in former Qatar-based youngster Joseph Wanyonyi for Moses Odhiambo in the 56th minute.

James Omino was yellow carded in the 69th minute after a foul on Kevin Omondi, Gor winning a freekick just outside the box that Kevin Omondi, again, shot wide.

Chemelil brought in John Onami for Jared Obwege in the 76th minute while Kevin Omondi was substituted for Paul Kiongera by Gor few minutes later.

The changes however had no impact in the outcome of the match as it ended 1-0 in favour of Gor Mahia. With the win Gor are still at the helm of the KPL log with 44 points from 24 matches.


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27 Sep 13

Gor Mahia will face Chemelil Sugar this Saturday.  The match has been shifted from City Stadium to Nyayo stadium and will kick off at 3pm. Beating Chemelil who shocked AFC Leopards 2 weeks ago in Mumias will be no easy task.

Gor Team Manager Frank Ouna says they’ll be careful as they seek to garner the three points.

-Chemelil is always a tricky customer. We are expecting each game to be tough, no easy pickings and that includes the Chemelil match, Frank told futaa.com. But we are more than prepared for what will be thrown at us. We will defend the colours and badge of this honourable club to the hilt,. We respect Chemelil but they must also know that we are Gor Mahia, he added.

 Gor Mahia will be hoping for a repeat of their last match against this team. The last time these two teams met, Gor Mahia came out on top with a 2-0 win thanks to goals from Kiongera and Rama Salim.

This time they might rely on the silken skills of Patrick Oboya who is rounding into top form at a time when Kogalo needs it. Oboya is a wildcard because most KPL coaches and defenders are not familiar with his play. He has expressed an eagerness to help Kogalo win the title.

“Individual awards are none of my immediate concerns at the moment. My main objective is to help my team win the title at the end of the season. We have good players who can get the job done.”He told michezoafrika.com

“I want to thank my coaches who have seen the potential in me. I have not featured in matches at home and playing in front of such passionate fans gave me much pleasure especially when I scored. Hopefully I will do much more.” He said.

A win against Chemelil will take Kogalo another step closer to winning the league title. Kogalo fans are called upon to get behind the team and push them to victory.


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25 Sep 13

courtesy of futaa.com

Tusker Premier League side Gor Mahia were subjected to a 3-1 loss by Division One Zone A [Group 1] side FC Talanta in an early Wednesday morning encounter at the Nairobi City Stadium.

 
Gor Mahia found the back of the net first in the first half through their Ivan Anguyo sending the match into the halftime mark with his side a step ahead.
 
Comeback
 
FC Talanta however staged a strong comeback in the second half after Gor Mahia overhauled their team and managed to secure their three goals and snatch the morale boosting win.
 
Harambee Stars call-up Rodgers Omondi netted a goal moments after restart from a Hagard Baraza splitting pass. Martin Lemayian then snatched a brace to secure the win after rounding Jerim Onyango from Patrick Muchiri and John Kamau passes.
 
The friendly was to prepare the teams for their upcoming respective league matches.

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25 Sep 13

courtesy of futaa.com

Tusker Premier League side and leaders Gor Mahia will hosts Division One side FC Talanta in a midweek friendly match on Wednesday 25 September 2013 at the City Stadium.

This was confirmed to futaa.com by the club’s team manager Frank Ouna explaining that this will be an early encounter and is set to start at 0730Hrs.
Talanta Head coach  Michael Nam has explained that his players will have a lot to learn from the match since they are facing more experienced opponents which will be useful in the coming matches.

Set for play
-We are ready to play them and I am confident that we will have a lot to learn from the match since it is a superior side. This is a great moment for us and we are looking forward to it.
Gor Mahia will use the match to prepare for their difficult weekend encounter against Chemelil FC
Team Building.
In the meantime, Gor Mahia held a team building exercise. According to info from Gor Mahia fans foundation, the exercise was led by David Kilo (Chair, Technical Committee) and Roselinder Achieng (Deputy Secretary General). The exercise, held at the Fisherman camp in Naivasha, was instructed by a professional trainer and peer educator and involved team building activities meant to create cohesion, trust, dedication and commitment amongst the team. Players enjoyed it all and most echoed on the need to work together plus work as a unit; togetherness, commitment, focus and having a goal!
Perhaps this was in reaction to the recent tension between certain players. Kudos to the club officials !

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24 Sep 13


courtesy of the Nation
The Tusker Premier League resumes this week after a week’s break that saw the teams take part in the GoTv Community Shield.

K’Ogalo reasserted their desire to clinch a double this season with their 2-0 victory over Thika United in the GoTv Community Shield on Sunday, and will seek to widen their three-point lead in their upcoming tie against Chemelil Sugar at the City Stadium this weekend.

Speaking to Daily Nation Sport yesterday, Gor coach Bobby Williamson remained upbeat Gor can end their 18-year title drought.

“It is a fact that the league race is very tight. There are stronger teams competing for it (title) and we have to give our best.

We have a strong squad that can can finish the job. What is required of us is to maintain focus and work on our weak points,” Williamson said.

And even as the stand-off between Football Kenya Federation and the Kenyan Premier League over the abandoned match between Sony Sugar persists, Gor remain perched atop the league table with 41 points, three points ahead of second placed Sofapaka.

Wake Up call

Earlier on  Gor Mahia captain Jerim Onyango says their 1-0 defeat to Tusker  was a wake-up call to the team.

Onyango has also termed it the last defeat for K’Ogalo, who are chasing their first league title in more than 15 years.

“That was our third loss since the season started and it was a wake-up call to the whole team. We cannot afford another defeat and we therefore, have to work extremely hard in order to win the title,” Onyango told Goal on Friday. Onyango further said they are determined to win a double this season


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23 Sep 13

This weeks man of the moment is Patrick Oboya.

Patrick Oboya joined Gor Mahia during the mid season transfer period of 2013 after a long period of inactivity due to injuries. He was unfit and despite showing occasional flashes of brilliance with his enchanted left foot, he seemed a long way off from fitness. Oboya however worked hard on his fitness and worked on gelling with his team-mates. His hard work came to fruition when Kogalo took on Thika United in the second round of the GolTV shield. On this day Oboya showed his professional pedigree. He put on a brilliant display with deft touches and superb ball control. As usual the ball seemed like it was glued to his feet as he gave the Thika defenders a torrid time with his strong runs. Oboya capped his performance with a well taken goal in the 50th minute.  He was named MVP.

Oboya while playing for SIAD Most

Patrick Oboya Onyango is an attacking midfielder with vast international and foreign league experience. Oboya is known for his strength and dexterity on the ball that enables him to hold off defenders and charge forward. He also shows immaculate ball control and deft touches with his preferred left foot.

He was born on February 19 1987. He spent his formative years in the Mukuru Slums around Nairobi South B. He attended Kamkunji high school, the same school that had , Dennis Oliech, Victor Wanyama, MacDonald Mariga and George Odhiambo, all among Kenya’s most succesful professionals. Kamkunji secondary was a true football power during the first decade of the new millenium and were national champions a few times.

He stormed onto the scene as an exciting youngstar in 2005 when he joined AFC Leopards. Within a short period he moved to Tusker who made him a better offer in January of 2006. In 2007 he moved to Europe to join SIAD Most in the Czech top tier league. A year later, SIAD Most were relegated . Oboya spent 4 years playing in the Czech second tier. In 2012 he joined MFK Ruzemberok of the Slovakian league. He spent a season there.

In 2013 he was due to join Vietnamese side Thanh Hóa. However a contract glitch caused him to return to Kenya seeking a short term contract. In July of 2013 he joined Gor Mahia on a 6 month contract.

Oboya has made 32 appearances for the national team. His national team career has however been interspersed by long periods where he did not play for the national team due to injuries. His most memorable momemt came during the ANC 2008 qualifiers against Angola when he scored with a superb volley and gave Kenya a 2-1 over the Angolans.

 


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22 Sep 13

courtesy of futaa.com

Gor Mahia still have a chance to defend their GOtv Shield after advancing to the quarter finals of the tournament with a 2-0 win over Thika United in a match played at the City Stadium.

Experienced Patrick Oboya pulled the trigger in the 50th minute with a neat left foot chip over Lucas Indeche in the Thika United goal before Ugandan Dan Sserunkuma added the second in the 58th minute.

First half

From an eventful first half, Gor Mahia continued with their tricks in front of goal with Patrick Oboya on a six month deal proving a thorn in the flesh for the Thika defenders.

The FISA Academy man slammed home a left footed shot from a Kevin Omondi pass, also from FISA to open the scoring for the Green Army as well as his account in Kogalo, that coming in the 50th minute.

Thika United operating on the back of hundreds  of Gor Mahia fans cheereing on pressed on for the leveler but it was Ugandan Dan Sserunkuma who sent their fans into a frenzy with a second goal.

It all started from Kevin Dadi Omondi combining well with Njuguna back to him to find Sserunkuma with the later again chipping home past a hopeless Indeche in the Thika goal.


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22 Sep 13

On this, one of the worst days in the history of Kenya, let us take a moment to remember our fellow Kenyans who were brutally felled by terrorists at WestGate mall.

Let us all extend a hand to our fellow Kenyans esepcially those who have been directly affected and unite. I was proud to see a fellow with a Gor Mahia jersey among those at the scene helping victims. As Raila Odinga has said “this is a time to unite all Kenyans to speak with one voice without looking at political partisanism. I have spoken to President Uhuru Kenyatta and we are looking at a meeting which will try and seek lasting solutions to such callous attacks.

 

 

 


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21 Sep 13

courtesy of michezoafrika.com

Former Gor Mahia player Rama Salim has been suspended by his Qatar side Al-Markhiya for gross misconduct.
The highly tempered forward is said to have exchanged blows with a team mate who had  a bad tackle on him during training .

According to the club’s communication, the player has been suspended for two months for what was described as unacceptable behavior.

Recently the player was punished the Kenya premier league disciplinary committee for inappropriate player celebration while playing for Gor against AFC Leopards.


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