Gor Mahia Head Coach Bobby Williamson is looking forward to the club lifting the 2013 lifting the 2013 Kenyan Premier League (KPL) title.
Gor last won the league 18 years ago but looks set to lift this year’s title as it’s at the helm with 50 points having played 26 matches.
-We are one of the biggest clubs in the country because of our fanbase. Ourselves and AFC Leopards have a huge following. Despite that, we’ve not won the league for 18 yearas. Can you imagine Rangers or Celtic not winning the league for that length of time? Williamson told Sportsmail,
-It would be an achievement if we could hold on to win the championship. It would be great for everyone from the club president (Chairperson) down to the staff and the fans,
-That’s why you are in football, to try and give these guys good days, he added.
Williamson joined Gor mid-season following the sacking of outspoken Croat, Zdravko Logarusic.
Sony Sugar chairman reveals to Goal that they will move to court on Tuesday to demand for compensation after two of their players were seriously injured
Kenya Premier League side Sony Sugar now wants Gor Mahia to be kicked out of GOtv Shield Cup tournament.
To achieve this, the Awendo-based club will on Tuesday move to court to demand compensation from Gor Mahia after two of their players were seriously injured after their semi-final match at Kasarani on Saturday.
Sony chairman Christopher Odero said: “It is now obvious that the federation and all those committees are not serious in reigning hooliganism especially where Gor Mahia is involved.
“We are biting the bullet irrespective of what happens to us. On Tuesday we will go to court and demand that Gor Mahia be barred from taking part in the tournament. We will seek for an injunction stopping the event until such a time that we are compensated,” Odero told Goal.
He added: “After what happened on Saturday, it is now obvious that our position that it is Gor Mahia fans who caused trouble during our Kenyan Premier League match four weeks ago in Awendo was correct.”
He said Benson Waiswa, one of the players who was injured, will be transferred to Nairobi Hospital for specialized treatment.
“He is bleeding from his nose and ears meaning that he could have ruptured a vital organ. We have to transfer him to a major hospital for specialized treatment. He said further tests are also being carried out on goalkeeper Wycliff Kasaya.
Gor won the match 4-2 on post-match penalties but violence broke out immediately after the final whistle when K’Ogalo fans descended on Sony players and appeared to specifically target Wycliff Kasaya.
Defending champions Gor Mahia sent parking hard-fighting Sony Sugar 4 – 2 to book a final berth in a Shield Cup semi final match staged at a rainy MISC Kasarani starting 1600hrs local time.
David Calabar Owino slotted home the winning penalty after Charles Odette and Ben Barasa splashed theirs with Wycliffe Nyangech and Marwa Chamberi coolly placing theirs past Ivo Mapunda.
Patrick Oboya, Kevin Omondi and youngster Joseph Timonar Wanyonyi had as well scored theirs.
From an eventful first half, Gor Mahia came back in the second half and pressed on to break the deadlock. Kevin Omondi took his free kick wide from 30 yards that coming in the 46th minute.
It was Sony Sugar who made the first sub pulling out Victor Ochieng’ for Steve Biko in the 57th minute.
Moses Arita then latched on a Marwa Chamberi cross from the right flank in the 66th minute but the former’s attempted shot on target was cleared from the line by Israel Emuge.
With Gor Mahia leading ball possession by 55% compared to 45% that of Sony Sugar, the match seemed to be going Gor’s way with Emuge again heading wide from a Joseph Wanyonyi corner in the 67th minute.
Bobby Williamson brought in recovering Patrick Oboya for ineffective Mungai Kiongera who had earlier been benched but handed a starting opportunity after Dan Sserunkuma picked up a slight injury minutes before kick off with the Ugandan international being relegated to the bench.
Gor Mahia is arguable the most supported football club in the country and with their storming run in the league this season, everybody, it seems, wants to have a piece of them including the opportunistic merchants on River Road, Nairobi.
On this occasion, our imaginative brothers and sisters along River Road – a street within the Nairobi’s Central Business District that produces all and sundry for sale – have created and are selling examination success cards bearing images of Gor Mahia players.
kpl.co.ke has seen some of the cards, meant for Standard Eight and Form Four students who are about to write their national exams, which bear the images of Ugandan import Dani Sserunkuma, fellow strike partner Mungai Kiongera and custodian and captain Jeremy Onyango ‘Jagoal’. Others have team photos.
“We are happy that almost everyone wants to be associated with our brand, and am even urging our brothers and sisters from (rival club) AFC Leopards to buy some for their siblings and children. There is no better way to wish success to your loved ones than using the images of the most successful team in the country,” Gor Mahia secretary general George Bwana said with a straight face.
He however added: “I advise those who wish to use the team’s images for commercial purposes to seek clearances from the club, as the players should also benefit. We have received some proposals on that matter already.”
Gor Mahia are currently leading the league table with five rounds of matches remaining and are placed in an excellent position to win their first league title in 18 years.
Gor Mahia inched closer to winning the 2013 Kenyan Premier League (KPL) title by beating Thika United 2-1 in a match played at the Thika Municipal Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.
Former Kakamega Homeboyz and Red Berets midfielder Eric Ochieng opened the scores for the league leaders in the 18th minute after a neat exchange of passes between Edwin Lavatsa and Kevin Omondi, released the ball to the on running Ochieng who beat Thika United custodian Luca Indeche with a low shot.
Diminutive Ugandan Striker Dan Sserenkuma doubled their lead in the 36th minute after a nice pass from the impressive Joseph Wanyonyi.
Thika United skipper Dennis Odhiambo pulled one back for Thika United from the spot in the 84th minute after Donald Mosoti fouled David Kingatua inside the box.
Gor is at the helm of the log with 50 points from 25 matches, 7 points more than second-placed Sofapaka who beat Chemelil Sugar by the same scoreline in a match played at the City Stadium this afternoon.
Gor Mahia will be hoping to continue their recent string of wins when they take on Thika United next. The match will be played at Thika municipal stadium on Wednesday October 16.
The last time these two teams met, it was in the GoTV shield; Gor Mahia comprehensively outplayed Thika and emerged 2-0 winners. Kogalo fans will be hoping for more of the same.
Assistant coach Bobby Ogolla is wary of the Thika Threat. “Thika have proved to be one of the best teams in the league with an admirable style of play. Having played them before we are aware of what to expect. Last year they spoilt the party for us when we were sure of lifting the title and we will not take anything lightly this time round.”
“The players are more mature and experienced with a particular aim of winning the title. It therefore calls for us to keep all the concentration not only against Thika but all the remaining five fixtures.”Said Ogolla to michezoafrika.com.
Last time it was Patrick Oboya who gave Thika United nightmares. With Oboya still injured, Gor Mahia will be counting on Dan Sserunkuma to continue his recent devatstating form as well as Lavatsa, Wanyoyi and Kevin Omondi all of whom have been sensational of late.
Dan Sserunkuma’s brace is all Gor Mahia needed to knock out Western Stima and book a semi final berth in the Shield match staged at Nyayo Stadium starting 1630hrs local time.
The Ugandan international opened the scoring in the 38th minute before burying home the second in the 45th minute and ensure his side progress to the semis.
From an eventful first half, Gor came back in the second half to cling on the lead as Western Stima pressed on in a bid to cancel the scores.
The Kakamega based side could have got it had they utilized the corner kick in the 49th minute after Ivo Mapunda tipped over Wesley Kemboi’s shot.
And just to add more effort at the middle of the park, Stima brought in Justin Monda for yellow carded Mustapha Ogutu in the 50th minute and later pulled out Nicholas Akoko for veteran Francis Ocholla, that happening in the 65th minute.
Opening his account
With the defending champions comfortably leading 2-0, they continued displaying what they are made off and almost made it 3-0.
Edwin Lavatsa latched on a loose ball outside the box in the 72nd minute and David Juma off his line in the Stima goal, the Upper Hill High School alumni unleashed a left foot shot but Juma punched it out for a fruitless corner.
Impressing Joseph Wanyonyi came close to opening his account in Kogalo jersey but his efforts were denied by oncoming David Juma after being put through by Dan Sserunkuma.
With two minutes of added time, it was Western Stima earning few free kicks to perhaps net an equalizer but today was not their day, centre referee Sylvester Kirwa called it a day.
Gor Mahia now join Sony Sugar who were first to make it to the semi finals.
Sofapaka boss predicts that K’Ogalo will drop points before end of the season and warns that they are ready and waiting to pounce in case they staggerSofapaka President Elly Kalekwa has predicted that league leaders Gor Mahia will stumble under the pressure of expectations from their fans.Kalekwa says this is already evident given how panicky Gor Mahia have become in their last few matches and believes it will make them slip up at one point.
“They (Gor Mahia) may have the advantage but pressure from fans is too much on them. You can see how desperate they are to win matches. This is not a good sign and sooner or later the cracks will come.
“We intend to take over when this does happen,” Kalekwa told Goal. Kalekwa said Sofapaka are taking it easy and are not under pressure at all something he says will see them finish at the top of the league.
“We are enjoying ourselves and accepting the results we get along the way unlike leaders (Gor Mahia) where every match has become a matter of life and death.”
He regretted that Sofapaka has not been able to catch up with Gor Mahia in the last two matches but believes it is not lost yet. “We should have beaten Sony Sugar and Karuturi Sports. We would be at a better position to catch up with them if that had happened but we cannot look back but must focus on remaining matches.”
As it stands, Gor Mahia needs to win their next three games and they will be declared champions with two games to spare. Sofapaka now have 40 points from 25 games and they remain second. Ulinzi Stars’ chances of winning the title ended with their 2-2 draw with KCB at the Afraha Stadium last weekend.
or Mahia coach Bobby Williamson believes his players have the ability to withstand the pressure of trying to win this year’s Kenyan Premier League title.
The team is just nine points away from clinching the trophy that has eluded them since 1995 and can do it on October 27 if they beat Kakamega Homeboyz at home.
“I believe we can take the pressure till the end. My players have already proved they can do it in previous matches and I expect them to stay at it till the end.
“The fact that we have recovered very well after losing against Tusker shows that we are capable of staying on it until the end,” the Scot said in an interview with Goal.
Williamson also insisted that they don’t have to collect nine points to be crowned champions pointing that this is only necessary if Sofapaka win all their remaining five matches. “It is not done yet for us and we must keep our focus on the ball. However, we only need nine points if Sofapaka win all their matches which is not possible.”
And how does he deal with the pressure from fans? “I don’t watch television or read newspapers so it is easy for me to deal with the pressure.”