Archives - November, 2013



21 Nov 13

FIFA President Sepp Blatter is the latest person to send his congratulations to Gor Mahia for having won the 2013 Kenya Premier league.

In a letter sent through Football Kenya Federation, Blatter asked the federation chairman Sam Nyamweya to convey his good message to champions. “Please pass my warm congratulation to Gor Mahia for winning their first championship in 18 years and their 13th in total,” said part of the letter. The president went ahead to acknowledge the good work by players, the technical bench and the big role of Gor Mahia fans within football circles in Kenya.
The FIFA president also on behalf of the world football community commended the club for ”excitement they bring to the fans of the football game” and wished the club all the best in in the CAF Champions League campaign.
As far as this write recalls, this is the first time a FIFA official is congratulating a Kenyan club for anything. Gor Mahia’s triumphant 2013 TPL victory has truly shaken all corners of the globe. Perhaps this is why fans refer to the club as “Mayienga mayiengo piny” i.e. an earthquake that shakes the whole world.

Faiz takes issue with Sports Minister
Additional reporting from futaa.com
Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions Gor Mahia want an apology from the Sports, Arts and Culture Cabinet Secretary Dr. Hassan Wario who the K’Ogalo vice chairman Mr. Faiz Ochieng claims branded the club as hooligans in his speech at the KPL Awards gala on Wednesday 20 November.Dr. Wario, in his speech blasted the club’s fans over acts of hooliganism witnessed during the GOtv Shield final game against AFC Leopards, placing the blame on them for the destruction seen on the day and called on the club management to seek ways of preventing a repeat.Incitement Faiz, however, notes that Dr. Wario’s speech was not made in good intention, labeling it incitement and defended Gor Mahia fans from the claims, urging the minister to play a more conciliatory role that leveling blame.-I never took it positively coming from the minister and someone who should promote peace. That was incitement and he should come out and apologize to us. He badly generalized issues and I would like him to know that not everyone putting on a Gor Mahia jersey is a Gor Mahia fan.Ill advised-His statement at the event was ill advised and ill timed – that was a national and international event thus portraying Gor Mahia and Kenya in bad light; as a leader he should be careful when addressing the public – he should use sport to promote peace not incite.

-It would have been better for him to call the stakeholders and talk to them as a leader rather than using the event to soil others’ reputations, he told futaa.com.

Wario’s speech was in reaction to Sam Nyamweya’s. The FKF chairman had absolved KPL clubs of blame in acts of hooliganism.


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21 Nov 13

Gor Mahia keeper Jeremy Onyango won the best goalkeeper award while Davoid Owino won the best defender’s award at the KPL annual awards on Wednesday.

Jerim was solid between the sticks throughout the year. During the first leg when goals were hard to come by, it was Jerim who played a pivotal role most notable in the first leg game against arch rivals AFC whom he frustrated with incredible save after save.

David Owino was not only solid in defence but scored several crucial goals. None was more important than the equalizing goal he scored against AFC Leopards during the KPL second leg. It looked like Gor Mahia were buried before “Calabar” controlled an indirect free-kick from Kevin Omondi then rifled the ball home.

Both Owino and Jerim are among the key reason that Gor Mahia conceded the fewest goals in the league alongside Musa Mohamed, Donald Mosoti and Israel Emuge.

KPL 2013 Awards winners

Player of the year – Jacob Keli (KCB); 1st Runner up – Shaban Kenga (Bandari); 2nd Runner up – David Owino (Gor Mahia).

Coach of the Year – Juma Abdalla (KCB); 1st Runner up – Twahhir Muhhidin (Bandari); 2nd Runner up – David Ouma (Sofapaka).

Golden Boot – Jacob Keli 17 goals (KCB); 1st Runner up – Jesse Were 15 goals (Tusker); 2nd Runner up – Allan Wanga 11 goals (AFC Leopards).

Chairman’s Award – Doris Petra – FKF NEC member

Midfielder of the Year – Brian Osumba (KCB); 1st Runner up – Francis Kahata (Thika United); 2nd Runner up – Peter Opiyo (AFC Leopards).

Defender of the Year – David “Calabar” Owino (Gor Mahia); 1st Runner up – John Odhiambo (KCB); 2nd Runner up – Felly Mulumba (Sofapaka).

Goalkeeper of the Year – Jerim Onyango (Gor Mahia); 1st Runner up – Sammy Okinda (KCB); 2nd Runner up – Wilson Obungu (Bandari).

Fair Player of the Year – Dennis Onkangi; 1st Runner up – Shaban Kenga; 2nd Runner up – Oliver Ruto.

Most Improved Centre Referee – Davies Omweno; 1st Runner up – Anthony Ogwayo; 2nd Runner up – Tabitha Wambui.

Fair Play Team of the year – Western Stima; 1st Runners up – Homeboyz; 2nd Runners up – Muhoroni Youth & Sofapaka.

 


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20 Nov 13

In what appears to a contradiction of their earlier statements or perhaps a change of heart, the Daily Nation now reports that Gor Mahia will indeed let Sserunkuma leave

According to the Nation, the Ugandan striker has formally presented a transfer request to the club expressing his desire to join Armenian league side, FC Banants, which he attempted to join midway through the just concluded season.

Gor Mahia’s top officials on Tuesday confirmed that indeed the player was leaving the club saying that they are now awaiting a formal bid from the club in question.

Club secretary-general, George Bwana, however, said they will respect the player’s wishes but the club’s initial asking fee will be a minimum of Sh8 million.

Bwana’s assistant, Ronald Ngala, said: “Sserunkuma presented a letter of request yesterday (Monday) which the club is considering. Now that we are on recesses we may not stop him. We think it’s only fair to let him go because he has served us diligently,” Ngala said.


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19 Nov 13

courtesy of goal.com

Club secretary general George Bwana reveals to Goal they are not going to release the Ugandan striker, despite handing in transfer request

A new tug of war has erupted between Kenya Premier League champions Gor Mahia and influential striker Dan Sserunkuma.

The club has declined to release Sserunkuma, who has indicated he wants to leave. Club Secretary General George Bwana has revealed to Goal that they received a request from the player to leave but insists that will not happen due to contractual obligations.

“Last week, the player wrote to us requesting that he be allowed to leave but our position has not changed. He still has 14 months remaining on his contract and we are not ready to release him at this time.

“He still has to see out his contract and then any club which wants him must talk to us and if we agree then he can leave. That is the rule everywhere.”

This is the second time Sserunkuma is trying force his way out of club. The first time was three months ago when he left for trials in Armenia but the move was forestalled by Gor Mahia.

In the meantime, Gor Mahia will be looking to bolster their squad by signing three players from Uganda, all of whom have had previous ties with Coach Bobby Williamson. Among them is Musa Mudde who used to play for Sofapaka and Geoffrey Walusimbi.


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18 Nov 13

According to a report by michezoafrika.com, Dan Sserunkuma is set to return to Armenia to seek greener pastures. The stocky Ugandan who played a pivotal role in helping Gor Mahia win their first title in 18 years, had earlier gone to Armenia during the mid season transfer period. But the move was rescinded by Gor Mahia officials.

Considering his superlative form of late, this move comes as no surprise to anyone. Sserunkuma scored no less than 13 goals, almost all of which came after his return from Armenia. His combination of quickness, vision, passing and a powerful accurate shot has been the bane of many a KPL defender.

Coach Bobby Williamson had earlier said he would not let Sserunnkuma leave. “The boy (Sserunkuma) is amazing, scoring important goals for us. Letting him go will be a big mistake.” Williamson said to michezoafrika. But chances are that Gor Mahia were never going to match anay salary that sserunkuma could be offered in Armenia.


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17 Nov 13

courtesy of the Nation

AFC Leopards have been crowned champions of the Football Kenya Federation GOtv Shield after beating Gor Mahia 1-0 in the final on Sunday at the Nyayo National Stadium.

Peter Opiyo scored the all-important goal as Ingwe celebrated their cup success in style against the Kenyan Premier League champions. Leopards’ fans invaded the pitch after the final whistle as Gor Mahia fans watched from the stands in disbelief.

It was fast-paced game, one that brought together the two most successful clubs in Kenyan football.

LAST MEETING

Since 1991, Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards had not met in the final of a domestic cup competition.

Gor Mahia were still enjoying their first success in the Kenyan Premier League after 18 years, having last won the league title in 1995. And they were seeking a double on Sunday, their first since 1987 when they also lifted the Africa Cup Winners Cup.

Gor Mahia dominated the first-half, pinning AFC Leopards in their own half. Dan Serunkuma, the chief assassin whenever AFC Leopards play Gor Mahia, tormented Leopards’ defence, but failed to make an impact.

FIRST-HALF

After a barren first-half, AFC Leopards broke the deadlock seven minutes into the second-half when Noah Wafula beat Musa Mohammed on the left flank then angled a pass that met Peter Opiyo who tapped home.

Opiyo’s goal came against the run of play as Gor Mahia had enjoyed possession but they lacked the cutting edge.

Coach Bobby Williamson made quick changes in the second-half, introducing Paul Kiongera for Anthony Akumu, Kevin Omondi for Joseph Wanyonyi and Edwin Lavatsa for Innocent Mutiso.

The changes brought some punch in the K’ogalo attack, but Gor did not find a way past the organised Leopards defence, marshalled by Augustine Etemesi, Anthony Kimani, Jackson Saleh and Abdalla Juma.

Gor’s Dan Serunkuma found the going tough as he had no shot on target, with the rest of the strikers looking lost in the game as Leopards held on to the lead.

Leopards started chanting towards the 90th minute and with Gor Mahia struggling, it was clear where the trophy was headed. Gor’s last effort was a corner kick which AFC easily dealt with and when referee Davies Omweno sounded the final whistle, Ingwe celebrated their first victory over Gor in two years when it mattered most, in the final of the domestic cup.

Their fans thronged the pitch after the final whistle to celebrate the famous victory.

Gor Mahia had dominated the competition, beating Sofapaka in the last two editions and it took a good game plan from AFC Leopards who have been in fine form since the arrival of coach James Nandwa. They defended resolutely and their attack was with purpose.

“It is my greatest day as a football coach,” said AFC Leopards coach James Nandwa. “I have achieved part of the job I set out to accomplish.”

AFC Leopards will represent Kenya in the CAF Confederations Cup as Gor Mahia carry the country’s flag in the CAF Champions League.

 


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17 Nov 13

courtesy of the Standard

Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards have already qualified for the continental football next year, there is still more to play for as the two rivals clash in today’s Gotv Shield final at Nyayo National Stadium.

Gor will represent the country in the CAF Champions League after lifting the Kenyan Premier League title, while Leopards will compete in the Confederations Cup by virtue of reaching the Cup final.

This will be the third meeting between the two teams this season; Gor won (1-0) the first leg of the Kenyan Premier League before settling to a 2-2 draw in the return tie.

Apart from the Sh2 million cash prize, the two will be fighting for the bragging rights. Here is a list of the players to watch from both sides.

Dan Sserenkuma has always been a deciding factor in all matches he’s played against AFC. In the last six matches against Leopards, the diminutive Ugandan has scored six times and that’s definitely a scary statistic for Leopards.

 

But Leopards have Allan Wanga, who has hit the headlines after a series of excellent displays in the second leg of the season. With 14 goals in all competitions (11 in KPL and three cups), Wanga has shown glimpses of his old self and it’s his movement and positioning that have impressed the most.http://gormahia.net/latest/wp-admin/post-new.php

Midfield: Eric Ochieng Vs Peter Opiyo

Little has been said about Eric Ochieng but the midfielder is undisputedly covering every blade of grass in centrepitch for Gor. His ability to link up the midfield and the strikers has been excellent.

If he combines well with Joseph Njuguna they are bound to neutralise Leopards’ penetration in through the midfield.

Leopards, however will utelise the vasatile Peter Opiyo, who has established himself as one of best midfielders in the country and it takes a monumental effort to keep him off the ball. He is invaluable to Leopards.

Gor will need to be wary of his threat going forward and if given room to dictate the tempo of the game, then his killer and sleek passes will stretch Gor’s back four.

reflex action has been superb and winning more than five MVP awards shows he’s by far the best and most consistent keeper in the league. The derby is a crucial game and being a Cup final, Gor’s attempts to handle the attack-minded Leopards will rest heavily on Onyango’s shoulders.

But Leopards Martin Musalia has been in great form since the arrival of coach James Nandwa in September. In the last 12 competitive matches (9 KPL and 3 GOtv), the keeper has kept nine clean sheets.

But today’s final could be his real test as he faces Sserenkuma.

Match tactics — Where it will be won or lost

The midfield is where the game will be decided. Whoever controls the centre pitch will win. Gor Mahia mostly prefers a 4-4-2 system of play, while AFC Leopards are likely to deploy a 4-5-1 structure.


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15 Nov 13

The Kenya premier league has picked its nominees for the footballer of the year awards. Dan Sserunkuma, David Owino “Jashirati” and Jerim “Jagoal” have been nominated in their respective categories.

Interestingly Bobby Williamson has not been nominated for coach of the year. Instead the coach of the year will be a battle between Sofapaka’s David Ouma, John Kamau (Thika Utd), Muhhidin (Bandari), Juma (KCB) and Matano (Tusker). How its it possible that Matano could be nominated yet he is on the verge of being replaced and David Ouma was dismissed from his job at Sofapaka ?

The list of nominees is as follows:

Those shortlisted include; Goalkeeper of the year: Wycliffe Kasaya (Sony Sugar), Sammy Okinda (KCB), Jerim Onyango (Gor Mahia), Wilson Obungu (Bandari), Duncan Ochieng’ (Sofapaka).

Defender of the year: Felly Mulumba (Sofapaka), Mohammed Sherrif (Bandari), John Odhiambo (KCB), David Mwangi (Mathare United) and David Owino (Gor Mahia).

Fair Play player of the year: Dennis Onkangi (Western Stima), James Situma (Sofapaka), Oliver Ruto (Mathare), Shaban Kenga (Bandari), Sammy Okinda (KCB).

Coach of the year: David Ouma (Sofapaka), John Kamau (Thika United), Twahhir Muhhidin (Bandari FC), Abdallah Juma (KCB), Robert Matano (Tusker).

Midfielder of the year: Brian Osumba (KCB), Shaban Kenga (Bandari), Paul Were (AFC Leopards), Francis Kahata, (Thika United), Peter Opiyo (AFC Leopards).

New young player of the year: Patillah Omotto (AFC Leopards), Moses Mudavadi (Homeboyz), Stephen Wakhanya (Chemelil Sugar), Sammy Meja (Thika United), Michael Olunga (Tusker FC).

Best player of the year: Allan Wanga (AFC Leopards), Dan Sserunkuma (Gor Mahia), Jacob Keli (KCB), Shaban Kenga (Bandari), David Owino (Gor Mahia).

Team manager of the year: Dan Omondi (Karuturi Sports), Josphat Okal (KCB), Alfred Achayo (Bandari), Tom Ochong (Chemelil Sugar) and Moses Nyalik (Western Stima).

Should Sserunkuma win, it will be his second succesive FOYA award having won in 2012. George Odhiambo “Blackberry” is the other Kogalo player to have won this award.


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14 Nov 13

courtesy of the Standard

The 2013 season is set for an exciting conclusion on Sunday when AFC Leopards take on arch-rivals Gor Mahia in the GOtv Shield final at Nyayo Stadium.

At stake is the GOtv Shield and Sh2m prize money. AFC Leopards coach, James Nandwa, has said his side is not under any pressure since it is already assured of a continental appearance.

“I am happy that we have already achieved our aim of playing at the continental stage next season by virtue of having made it to the final of the GOtv Shield.

“This, therefore, takes the pressure from us as we go into this match. The only thing at stake is a trophy and Sh2m prize money,” said Nandwa.

Sunday’s match will also be the last for Nandwa whose short-term. The 2013 season is set for an exciting conclusion on Sunday when AFC Leopards take on arch-rivals Gor Mahia in the GOtv Shield final at Nyayo Stadium.

At stake is the GOtv Shield and Sh2m prize money. AFC Leopards coach, James Nandwa, has said his side is not under any pressure since it is already assured of a continental appearance.

“I am happy that we have already achieved our aim of playing at the continental stage next season by virtue of having made it to the final of the GOtv Shield.

“This, therefore, takes the pressure from us as we go into this match. The only thing at stake is a trophy and Sh2m prize money,” said Nandwa.

Sunday’s match will also be the last for Nandwa whose short-term contract ends in December and the coach has not talked about his future.

“I have done what needed to be done. We have achieved a lot by finishing runners-up in the Kenyan Premier League (KPL).  This is my last match after which we’ll see what happens,” he said.

pressure to win

Gor Mahia coach, Bobby Williamson, admitted that the team will be under pressure to win the trophy and maintain a good record against their arch-rivals.

“At Gor Mahia, there is always pressure to win trophies and this is no different. Added to the fact that this is a derby, we expect that it will not be easy but we are determined to enjoy ourselves and end the season on a high,” said Williamson, who led Gor to their first KPL trophy in 18 years.

Kogalo fans will be hoping that Dan Sserunkuma can continue his devastating form. The lethal Ugandan striker says the team is fully focused. “Right now, what is important is the match (finals), we are focused and we are aiming for a win. “Everybody knows the importance of the match and we want to win the title”, Sserunkuma told michezoafrika.

Legends Game

Before the derby, Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards legends play each other in a match sure to bring back memories. The match will kick off at 1:00pm and is expected to bring together top players of yester years as they rekindle memories of their previous experiences.

Charges

FKF has announced that entry fee for the match will be 500 shillings for terraces and 1000 shillings VIP.

 


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12 Nov 13

courtesy of goal.com

Club Secretary General George Bwana has revealed to Goal they are determined to make it to the money brackets of next year’s Caf competition

Gor Mahia have announced big plans to sign up experienced players for their Caf Champions League campaign next season.

Club Secretary General George Bwana has revealed to Goal they are determined to make it to the money brackets of next year’s competition.

“For the last two years we have just been participants at continental level. This time around we are determined to not just be mere participants but to go further than we have.

“In this regard we are targetting experienced players who can help us achieve this. The club has already began talks with some of the targetted players and very soon we will unveil them.”

He revealed K’Ogalo has opened talks with a Zambian international midfielder among other experienced players, who will soon be part of their squad.

“We are talking to a player from Zambia and another from Uganda. Our target is to sign two strikers, midfielders and a central defender and are looking far and wide for our targets.”


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