Archives - September, 2013



20 Sep 13

Eric Ochieng in action when the teams last met

Having beaten FKF division one side, Shabana FC 6-0 in their previous GoTV Shield match, Gor Mahia now have a sterner test as they take on Thika United in the third round match to be played on Sunday at the City Stadium.

Gor Mahia are keen on defending the title they have won for two consecutive years. And after their loss to Tusker last weekend, Gor Mahia should be in no mood to take chances. However Thika has proven a difficult matchup for Kogalo of late. Their last encounter on June 23 ended in a goal-less draw at Kasarani. The previous match which was on the last day of the 2012 league ended in a 1-1 draw.

Thika have seemingly fallen out of contention in the Kenya premier league will come out all guns blazing as this is their only hope for silverware this season. “Our match against Gor will be very difficult and I will be approaching it with a winning mentality. My players are tired after many matches but I will urge them to enjoy the game since it will be a big stage for them to show case their talents.” said John Kamau, the Thika coach to supersport.

Gor Mahia will be looking to make amends for their below par performance in the last 5 league matches where they have only collected 5 points out of a possible 15. Paul Kiongera who had found a rich vein of form when Bobby Williamson arrived cant seem to find his scoring boots of late. Anthony Akumu is once again blowing hot and cold, while the team as a whole is once again going through a period where they can hardly string more than 3 passes together.  Over the past 3 years, Kogalo usually start the league poorly but finish with a sprint. This year however, Gor Mahia appear to be slowing down exactly when they should be stepping on the accelerator.

They will be counting on their fans to turn out in large numbers. ” I have told my players it will be important to keep their nerves as K’Ogalo have the advantage of the 12th player with their passionate fans.” said Kamau. Kogalo fans will be hoping that the team can regain its winning form which appears to have eluded them of late.

 


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17 Sep 13

courtesy of goal.com

Coach Williamson takes issue with premier body for taking too long to award them aborted match despite Football Kenya Federation ordering the same Gor Mahia coach Bobby Williamson has taken issues with Kenya Premier League ‘for taking too long’ to award the club maximum points from the abandoned fixture against Sony Sugar.

The Scot tactician says the premier body should respect ruling made by Football Kenya Federation and award K’Ogalo the fixture which aborted in 84th minute.

“We are wondering why Kenyan Premier League is dilly-dallying over the matter despite Kenya FA ruling that Gor Mahia be awarded the match,” Williamson told Goal.

“We should by now have had the issue solved so that we concentrate on our remaining matches. KPL should just award us the match as ordered by Kenya FA because Sony caused abandonment.”

On the team’s 1-0 defeat to Tusker, Williamson put blame on match referee. The Scott claimed his side was denied a genuine penalty while their opponents were given something he says ultimately decided the match.

“The referee let us down. He made some good and bad decisions and one of the good ones was to award Tusker a penalty while the other was denying us a genuine one.

“These kinds of decisions are very costly and it denied us picking a point. We deserved to get something from the fixture and we are very disappointed.”

Williamson maintained that the chase for league title was wide open insisting that all teams in contention will drop points along the way.

Time wasting

Speaking after the Tusker match, Williamson insisted that the referees should be very keen on players applying time wasting antics during the matches according to futaa.com

-There was a lot of time-wasting in the match (against Tusker) and what is even worse the referee was not doing much to discourage this time wasting, he fumed.

Williamson has also moved on to blame officiating for their 1-0 loss to Tusker FC on Sunday afternoon.

Williamson believes the center referee made several unfair calls that influenced the outcome of a match that according to him neither side deserved to win.

-I think it was ball to hand but the referee decided to give it (referring to the ref’s decision to award Tusker a penalty after Musa Mohammed allegedly handled the ball in the box), Williamson said after the match,

-He also added only four minutes despite two or three players having been stretchered off during the match. I think he should have added more,

 


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15 Sep 13

courtesy of futaa.com

A 62nd minute goal from the spot by former SoNy Sugar forward Ismael Dunga was all that Tusker FC needed to beat league-leaders Gor Mahia FC in a highly-billed Kenyan Premier League (KPL) match played at the City Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Tusker could have opened the scores in the ninth minute, Khalid Aucho lobbed the ball to Ismael Dunga but the latter was ruled to be offside while in a good position to score. By the tenth minute, the Brewers enjoyed more possession; 57 % against Gor’s 43 %.

In the 17th minute, hardworking Tusker FC midfielder Fredrick Onyango fouled Dan Sserenkuma outside the box, Gor winning a freekick. Kevin Omondi shot straight at Tusker custodian Boniface Oluoch, wasting a precious chance.
The game was well settled down by the 25th minute but turned out to be more physical and by halftime the center referee had dished out three yellow cards, two to Gor’s Eric Okoth and Anjelo Okumo and one to Tusker’s Robert Omunuk.

Second Half

Both teams made changes soon after the restart; debutant Anjelo Okumu was replaced by Paul Kiongera while Joseph Pablo Njuguna took the place of old horse Eric Ochieng. Tusker brought in Joshua Oyoo for Ugandan Robert Omunuk.

Kevin Omondi wasted another glorious chance to give Gor the lead in the 50th minute, shooting straight into the arms of Oluoch after a good run on the left wing.

A Jerim Onyango clearance in the 62nd minute appeared to have touched Musa Mohammed on his left hand and the center referee awarded Tusker a penalty which Ismael Salim calmly slotted in.

Boniface Oluoch did well to deny Gor an equalizer in the 76th minute after a right-footed volley by diminutive Ugandan striker, Dan Sserenkuma.

Gor brought in Edwin Lavatsa for Innocent Mutiso in the 80th minute while Tusker made a defensive sub, pulling out KPL top scorer Jesse Were for Nigerian defender Jeffery Governer and it paid off as they (Tusker FC) managed to defend their lead until the end.


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14 Sep 13

Gor Mahia fans are the most colourful in kenya and are one of most interesting aspects  in the Kenya premier league. So colourful that Kenya tourism officials suggest visiting City Stadium to visiting tourists.

Being passionate about a club is something that most Kenyans cannot relate to. Most Kenyans who like football are pretend football fans following teams like Man U and Chelsea.  They therefore cannot relate to the roller coaster what Kogalo and Ingwe fans go through on a weekly basis. The so called premier league fan does not really lose sleep when his team loses a match. Today he ,might support Chelsea and tomorrow he might support Coventry City. These are the kind of fans who will look incredulously at Kogalo fans when fracas ensues, while failing to acknowledge that football fans the world over are the same.

For Gor Mahia fans it is especially a tense time because twice in the last three years, the club has come within a whisker of winning the league only to falter on the last day of the season. The prospect of a repeat in 2013 has left some Kogalo fans on tenterhooks. They simply cannot deal with another disappointment.  What this means is that from time to time, the fans might loose their poise

Fans can be a crucial element in the club’s campaign acting as the 12th man. But a tense fan base can also have the opposite effect. This is true all over the world and is not unique to Kogalo fans. In fact players like Okoth “Gattuso” who claim that they cannot play for Gor Mahia because the fans are too demanding, yet aspire to play professional football in Europe are deceiving themselves. If you cannot survive the pressure at Gor Mahia then you do not stand a chance in Europe where the fans are just as passionate but turn out in much larger numbers even in lower leagues like Sweden and Denmark. And these fans will  have very little patience for a Kenyan player. The pressure from European fans is immense. A player who can thrive at Kogalo has an excellent chance of succeeding in Europe because they will be used to playing under pressure.

What is needed now from Kogalo fans is for them to offer whole-hearted support to the team. Get behind the players, cheer them and life their spirits even when the team is down. Results will not always be positive but if the fan base stays with the players, and shows patience, results will be better.

Secondly, the fans must control their emotions and avoid putting the club in a position where they might be banned from stadia or even worse loose points. In Awendo last week, it was clear that SoNy players caused the abandonment by assaulting the match officials.


Sony players accost referee

But it must be said that Kogalo fans did not acquit themselves well when they followed SoNy Fans into the pitch. However Kogalo fans collected ample photographic evidence to show that SoNy players did indeed assault the match officials, thus negating the conspiracy by KPL and match officials who tried to claim that neither team caused the bandonment. This is the kind of support the team will need in the last 8 games of the league.

If Zdravko Logarusic was still here today, he would say  that in these last 8 games: ” The club now needs fans who can support the team and think at the same time. The fan in the picture below clearly was not doing that.

Let fans think and support the team at the same time

Aside from calming down on the terraces, fans especially travelling fans should accord themselves peacefully when they are away from the stadium. Scenes such as the the Muthurwa fiasco should be avoided at all costs.

Credit must also go to players like Jerim Onyango above, Moses Odhiambo, Bob Ogolla and previously Logarusic who have taken it upon themselves to calm down the passionate fans. SoNy players could learn something from them.

Let the fans channel their passion towards supporting the team through hell or high water. Through bad games and good games.


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13 Sep 13

According to a Standard exposee, Local clubs especially Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards are losing millions of shillings in gate collections as crooks have discovered a new way of making money. And some club officials may be culpable.

An intricate cartel involving gate attendants, security firms and sometimes club officials are responsible for the huge losses. The most surprising thing  is that clubs do not follow up and press charges when those responsible are arrested perhaps an indicator to their collusion.

But Gor Mahia are the hardest hit when it comes to fake tickets.  An official at City Stadium who requested that they have twice arrested a suspect popularly known as ‘Baba Mercy’ selling fake tickets but efforts to prosecute him did not succeed as some club officials asked for his release.

“It was a bit surprising,  we had arrested someone with a book of fake tickets worth Sh50,000 and when we informed Gor Mahia officials, they asked us to release him. Is it possible that they knew something about it?” wondered the official.

When Gor Mahia played arch-rivals AFC Leopards three weeks ago in the much hyped derby, a person was arrested selling fake tickets.The person who made the arrest was the club’s vice-chairman David Kilo who confirmed that the man had about Sh35,000 on him from the sale of the fake tickets.

“I took him to Kasarani police station and informed the club’s treasury to follow up. I’m not sure whether anything was done about it,” said Kilo.

Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier while admitting the vice has become a major challenge, pointed out it is a major cartel involving many people, our people.

“Every-time the matter comes up, you hear the same names. Some are our own people and perhaps that is why people get released as soon as they are arrested.

“It is so bad that when we print tickets on a Saturday, by Sunday afternoon, the fake tickets are already in circulation. This people are so connected it is difficult to nab them,” he admitted.

AFC Leopards acting Chief Executive Officer  Richard Ekhalie said the club loses about Sh100,000 at the gates for every home game.

 “We have managed to deal with the issue of fake tickets to a large extent but we still have crooked security officials at the gate allowing people to get in for less than the stipulated gate charges, or without tickets. In this way we lose about 20 per cent of our expected revenues,” he confirmed.

The national team has not been spared either. According to Elly Mukolwe a Football Kenya Federation (FKF) executive committee member, last year a man was arrested selling fake tickets at Nyayo National Stadium during a Harambee Stars match against South Africa.

“We arrested him and took him to the Nyayo Stadium police station but because we wanted him to lead us to his accomplices, we did not press charges. We have never experienced a similar thing again,” he said.

But even then, a lot of money is still lost at the gates during national team matches as unscrupulous security men collude with fans to enter into the stadium for free or for less than half of the stipulated charges.

As a rule, the Sports Stadia Management Board (SSMB) usually retains 20 per cent of the gate collections but still charge for use of the facility.

Tickets for Tusker match to be printed abroad

According to an article in futaa.com, the club has taken steps to curtail counterfeiting. The tickets for the Tusker match will be printed abroad will have special security features, which according to Gor Mahia boss George Bwana are impossible to reproduce.


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12 Sep 13

courtesy of futaa.com

The decision by Football Kenya Federation (FKF) to award Gor Mahia their abandoned match against SoNy Sugar has been upheld. 

This was after a joint meeting between and the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) Limited held on Thursday 12 September 2013.

Opponents 

SoNy has been given three days to lodge an appeal against the ruling.

-That Sony Sugar F.C is entitled to make an appeal if they so wish to the Appeals Board within 72 hours of this joint communiqué, says the ruling in part.

The 1 September match went smoothly until the 85th minute when Gor Mahia’s David Owino scored to level the scores at 2-2.

Different rulings

Later, KPL found none of the two sides liable for the abandonment and set a date for replay.

However, FKF came out to blame SoNy for the abandonment and awarded Gor the win, a decision that KPL protested.

A communique to media houses points out that the two offices are not at loggerheads, as may appear.

-The relationship between FKF and KPL remains strong and cordial and that the two will continue working together to cement further this relationship for the good of the game.

Standings  

After the confirmation, Gor have opened their lead against second-placed Sofapaka FC to eight points, having now totaled 44 points.


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12 Sep 13

SoNy players in fisticuffs

courtesy of the Nation

The Kenyan Premier League has refused to ratify the decision by the Football Kenya Federation to award Gor Mahia three points in their abandoned league match with Sony Sugar in Awendo two weeks ago.

KPL say Gor Mahia’s appeal to the federation did not follow the right procedure.

According to KPL Chief Executive Officer, Jack Oguda, Gor Mahia ought to have lodged their appeal through the KPL and not the federation.

“Gor Mahia appealed to the federation, which is contrary to the judicial process,” said Oguda in a letter to Gor Mahia secretary George Bwana.
He added; “As you are aware the Independent Disciplinary and Complaints Committee (IDCC) must hear any appeal as established by the Governing Council, and if a club is aggrieved with their decision then they appeal to the Federation’s tribunal. We hereby confirm that we have not received any appeal from Gor Mahia on the above match.”

The decision by FKF to award Gor Mahia the three points has generated heated debate within local football.

One divide wants Gor Mahia to be given the match while other feels the KPL machinary should be followed to decide on the fate of the match.

KPL governing council meeting called yesterday to discuss FKL’s decision failed to take place due to lack of quorum. KPL is now headed for a showdown with the federation over the matter as the latter moved to stamp its authority.

FKF chairman Sam Nyamweya said the federation was in order by awarding Gor Mahia the three points after “investigations revealed Sony Sugar were guilty of causing the abandonment of the match” which was tied at 2-2 at the time of abandonment. Sony Sugar players protested Gor Mahia’s second goal that was scored in the 84th minute claiming it had not cross the line.

The referee’s report did not blame any of the two sides for causing the abandonment but also stated the match officials were assaulted by Sony Sugar players and officials.

However yesterday referee Nassur Doka said he was not assaulted.

SEASON”S TALKING POINT

KPL had called club chairmen to deliberate on the issue that may become the season’s talking point. Sony Sugar chairman Chris Odero hit out at FKF saying they was setting a bad precedent.
Yesterday AFC Leopards also protested the award saying it was a scheme to favour Gor Mahia.

“AFC Leopards protests in the strongest terms the suspect awarding of three points to Gor Mahia by the FKF in the aborted fixture between Gor Mahia and Sony Sugar,” said Leopards Chief Executive Officer Richard Ekhalie in a statement.

He added: “Where we sit, it would appear like the quick resolve to award Gor Mahia the points is part of a wider scheme to ensure that final results of the KPL goes in a particular pre-determined way.

“We fault both the KPL for quickly ordering for a replay without following the right procedure of summoning both parties.”

for an IDCC hearing, and FKF for playing to the gallery of awarding points instead of declaring the Gor Mahia appeal as premature.”

and referring it (the appeal) to the KPL’s disciplinary committee, which never met in the first place. We therefore call for KPL and FKF to do the right thing and declare the two controversial rulings null and void and commence proper procedure as per FKF/KPL/FIFA statutes.”

Gor Mahia lead the league with 41 points-minus the Sony game. They play Tusker in the weekend.


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11 Sep 13

courtesy of futaa.com

Goalkeeper Ivo Mapunda missed an 86th minute penalty as Gor Mahia FC cruised into the 2013 GOtv Shield round of 16 with a 6-0 thrashing of Shabana FC at the Nyayo Stadium.

K’ogalo were the favourites in the match and dominated possessions despite Shabana FC’s earlier attempts to contain their strikers.

The first goal of the match was netted on the 34th minute by Kevin Omondi, who teamed up well with Danny Sserunkuma.

Opponents

Shabana had a real chance of scoring on the 36th minute when Joash Ogega received a good ball in the Gor box. He connected with it using his head but sent it out.

Four minutes later, Sserunkuma received a good cross on the left flank. He shot hard and the ball, slipping through the hands of Shabana Keeper Stephen Mokandu, went to rest in goal.

The second half was even better for Gor Mahia as they managed to pull down their opponents defense plans ans ran rings around them for the better part of it.

Heavily marked 

Sserunkuma was however not a free man this time as he was under heavy surveillance from the Shabana defenders leading to his substitution in the 60th minute.

He [Sserunkuma] was however not replaced without clinching his brace in the match which he did in the 59th minute after being set up by unselfish Paul Odhiambo who could have gone for goal himself.

The goal came three minutes after Shabana defender Christopher Machuka had given away a penalty after handling the ball in the box which was converted by Kevin Omondi.

Things fell apart for Shabana

Ex-Tena United striker Angelo Okumu then opened his account at Gor Mahia with a well powered left footer hat goalkeeper Stephen Mokandu on the Shabana goal could not contain for the fifth.

Harambee Stars defender David Owino had his flick saved in the 75th minute before Mungai Kiongera’s curled in shot from the edge of the area rattled the woodwork before heading out for a goalkick in the 85th minute.

Gor Mahia has an opportunity to make it six through a panalty but goalkeeper Ivo Mapunda sent his shot way off the mark to the amusement of the fans and colleagues.

Lavatsa however made up for the missed chance after a defensive lapse that saw Shabana defenders fail to clear a loose ball which the Stars forward pounced on and scored for the sixth and final goal in the third minute of added time

The winner of the will face Thika United in the pre-quarters which will be played in the weekend of weekend of 21 and 22 September.


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11 Sep 13

Gor Mahia will resume their GoTV shield campaign against Shabana of Kisii at the Nyayo stadium on Wednesday September 11. Gor Mahia will be defending the title they won in 2011 and 2012 when it was known as the Presidents cup.

Shabana who play in the FKF division 1 zone B are not expected to upset Gor Mahia. Had this been say 1989, there would be a significant amount of trepidation amongst Gor Mahia fans. Shabana was formed in 1980 by Kisii based businessman Dogo Khan. They were promoted to the top tier in the mid 1980s and immediately became one of the top teams. In 1987 they finished 3rd in the league and represented in Kenya in the Africa champions cup. Many of Kenya’s best players in the 1980s started their careers at Shabana; Henry Motego, Henry Nyandoro and of course Mike Okoth Origi, the first Kenyan ever to play for a top tier European team. In addition, back then, Shabana boasted a number of Tanzanians who had defected to Kenya;  Their home field in Gusii was a true fortress with many teams dreading to play there. The crowd was intimidating and visiting players were often threatened. At one time, KFF barred the stadium due to lack of safety for away players.

Shabana was disbanded in 2006 and are only now trying to reclaim  their old glory. They will be hard pressed to beat Kogalo.  But Shabana Coach Rashid Omar has said his players will not be intimidated by the big club syndrome when they face Gor Mahia.

“We have been waiting for this match long enough since 25th August when it was initially meant to be played. Gor is a big club but we shall go there to enjoy our game.” he told michezoafrika.com.

Gor Mahia cannot afford to take Shabana for granted. They will be determined to put themselves back on the map and will thus be a tough but to crack.

But Gor Mahia will be buoyed by the recent form of David Owino and the return of winger Innocent Mutiso. The latter is back in full capacity after he underwent a successful minor surgery to remove a metallic device implanted in his left thumb. Mutiso who has been enjoying electric form at Gor Mahia had been playing with the metallic support in his thumb for the past four years.

“I feel much better now and I have started training after it was removed last week. The metallic device had been displaced during our match against Tusker and I was feeling very uncomfortable during training and matches but I am glad it is now out and I am recovering well.” He told michezoafrika.

The winner of this match will play Thika United next.


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9 Sep 13

courtesy of futaa.com

Football Kenya Federation has ruled that the abandoned match between SoNy Sugar FC and Gor Mahia be awarded to Gor Mahia.

In a letter to the Press, FKF asserts that Sony Sugar FC is squarely liable for the abandonment based on the fact that its player and official attacked the 1st assistant referee.

Below is an excerpt from the ruling…

Football Kenya Federation is in receipt of the match commissioner’s report, the referees report and a copy of a letter from the CEO KPL dated 3rd September 2013 and addressed to the secretary of Sony Sugar FC and Gor Mahia FC respectively.

The federation has studied and analyzed the facts pertaining to this match and has established that:

1. The match was stopped in the 84th after Gor Mahia FC scored their second goal.

2. The 1st Assistant Referee was assaulted by a player and an official of Sony Sugar FC.

3. There was intervention by the police to control the crowds.

4. The match was stopped for 28 minutes.

In view of the stated facts the Federation hereby invokes rule 3.4(b), 3.5(c) and 3.8, Rules of Kenyan Football (1998) and finds Sony Sugar FC culpable of causing the abandonment of the match no.171 and subsequent abandonment of the match.

Our own investigations further reveal that the center referee was assaulted and the same has not been documented in his report or that of the match commissioner.

GMT admonished 

The collapse of the perimeter fence in the view of the Federation is an after effect of the stoppage and subsequent abandonment of the match.

The Federation also reprimands Mr.  GMT Ottieno for interfering and skewing the decision of the match officials in calling off the match.

…The Federation is closely monitoring and safe guarding the integrity of the Premier League by ensuring fairplay prevails for the good of the game.

The Awendo-stadium tie was brought to a stop after Gor Mahia leveled in the 85th minute bringing the game two 2-2 draw.Football Kenya Federation has ruled that the abandoned match between SoNy Sugar FC and Gor Mahia be awarded to Gor Mahia. 

In a letter to the Press, FKF asserts that Sony Sugar FC is squarely liable for the abandonment based on the fact that its player and official attacked the 1st assistant referee


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