Gor Mahia rallied from behind to share spoils with National Super League side Nakumatt FC in a friendly match played on Wednesday 22 January at the City Stadium.
After a barren first half, both teams made complete changes to the line up, bringing in a fresh, first eleven for the second half.
Nakumatt were the first to hit the back of the net when in the 76th minute, Fredrick Obonyo headed in a cross from the right wing. Gor Mahia responded two minutes later through new signing Daniel Onyango.
Reality sets in for newly elected Gor Mahia national officials who have a platefull of tasks to clear. The priority for the club will be to successfully defend their Kenyan Premier League (KPL) title won last year after 18-year wait. Gor Mahia will face stiff opposition from former champions Tusker, rivals AFC Leopards and Sofapaka, all who have bolstered their squads.
The three teams have been very busy in the transfer window and have signed very experienced players to give them an advantage in the league title chase. Leopards, who finished runners-up last season, have brought on board Musa Mudde, James Situma, Joseph Shikokoti as well as the league’s best player last season Jacob Keli. Tusker on the other hand have signed Osborne Monday and Denis Nzomo from Mathare United to strengthen their squad with Sofapaka bringing on board the likes of talented midfielder Clifftone Miheso.
Gor will therefore be under extreme pressure to retain the title, especially from their vocal and expectant fan base that does not easily accept failure and loss. The new office may have the fans endorsement but they will soon realise it is not a walk in the park. Gor also have to take part in various other domestic competitions like the GOtv Shield and KPL Top Eight competitions. The biggest challenge is to conquer Africa in the CAF Champions League.
Gor are returning back to the CAF Champions League after more than a decade. Having won the local league, KPL Top Eight as well as the GOtv Shield previously, the team will be hard pressed to do well at the continental stage. The new office led by Ambrose Rachier must also raise enough money to honour their continental fixtures.
Your are here » Home » Football Reality check for Gor: New club officials face tough task to lead K’Ogalo Updated Wednesday, January 22nd 2014 at 00:19 GMT +3 0 inShare The club is in the last two months of its one-year sponsorship deal with Tuzo and the office must be in a hurry to negotiate for a better deal that will factor in their continental engagements. Last year, the club nearly went bankrupt while taking part in the Confederations Cup tournament and they must not allow the same to happen. The new officials must look for other avenues of raising revenue.
One area they will want to explore is on club merchandise. It is good that they have registered a company to manage this part of the business to cut out on the huge number of middlemen who are benefitting from selling their hugely popular shirts. Lastly, the new office ought to at least lay the ground work for the building of a club stadium. As Eric Adede, the losing contender for the chairman’s seat rightly pointed out, the club needs to build an asset base that will put them at par with the best clubs in Africa.
Coach Bobby Williamson will be looking to post a better performance than the club did last year especially on the continental front. “That is what we are looking forward to; try and retain the league title, and do well in the Cups, especially on the continental front,” the Scot declared during a brief interview with kpl.co.ke.
Bobby also expressed confidence that the new signings would gel with the rest of the team. “We have tried to recruit both for quality and depth. This is considering the long season that awaits us. I am happy the players are getting to know each other and certain that we can post good results.”
Bobby also explained why he opted for low profile friendly matches. “This was good for the team,” Williamson stressed. “Id rather we start the season slowly and end with a bang, rather than take players through numerous high-stakes friendly games in pre-season, with risk of a burn-out when the games come thick and fast.”
Rama ready to impress
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Striker Rama Salim, who recently re-joined his former Gor Mahia side after a brief stint with Qatari side Al Makhiya says he is happy to be back.
“I am glad that Gor Mahia accepted me back and I am looking forward to giving a very good show. Gor has always been my home and I will always make sure I give my best when called upon to,” he said.
Rama was among the 26 players selected by the team to train for the upcoming CAF Champions League. Speaking of the task ahead, the player said that he is looking forward to the challenge, adding that it will help them sharpen their skill.
“International matches are always good for any team and I am sure we shall leave an impact in the tournament-We are just not going in to participate, we are going to win,” he said.
After retaining his post as the chairman of Kenya Premier League (KPL) champions Gor Mahia in the club elections held on Sunday 19 January 2014 at the Nyayo Stadium’s Basketball Court, Ambrose Rachier stepped on the podium with plenty of promises for the entire family.
The professional lawyer said among many that he will erect a stadium for the team with changing the club’s constitution to reflect that of the national government part of his priority.
Commend the work done
-Gor Mahia has spoken and the work continues. I wish to thank all members who showed up to cast their votes at the same time commend the good work done by the electoral board, indeed they (elections) were free and fair, said Rachier after being announced the winner.
-For those who were not elected, you still have a chance in the office, I welcome your ideas so that we can map out proper strategies to build Gor Mahia since this enormously known club is for us all, he added.
-This is the term that Gor will have its own stadium and a new constitution resembling the national governments. Together with the elected officials we promise to turn around Gor Mahia’s image further.
He also promised to wipe out hooliganism in his renewed era. Rachier beat his closest challenger Dr. Eric Adede to retain the seat. He is currently the KPL chairman as well.
Chairman – Ambrose Rachier
Senior Vice Chairman – Francis Wasuna
1st Vice Chairman – John Pesa
2nd Vice Chairman George Ongundi
Secretary General – Chris Omondi
Deputy Secretary General – Anima Oketch
Asst. SEC. General – RONALD NGALA.
Treasurer – Ken Otieno
Asst. Treasurer – Gerphas Okuku.
Organizing Secretary – David Kiilo
Asst Organizing Secretary – Jack Orowe
Kenyan Premier League (KPL) side Gor Mahia FC will on Wednesday 22 January take on second-tier side FC Talanta in a friendly match at the City Stadium.
This has been confirmed by the Team Manager, Frank Ouna.
-We will face Talanta on Wednesday as we continue preparing for the upcoming season, Ouna told futaa.com,
-We had initially planned for the match to kick off at 1000 Hours but rescheduled it to 1400 Hours, he added.
Ambrose Rachier has won another term at the Gor Mahia helm after beating his rival for the chairmanship Dr. Eric Adede in the club’s elections held on Sunday 19 January at the Nyayo National Stadium.
Rachier garnered a total of 808 votes in the exercise, while Dr. Adede managed 445.
In the Organising secretary general’s post, David Kiilo managed a total of 484 votes to floor his two opponents Ochier Ogolla and Peter Ochieng by a slim margin.
Ogolla managed 475 votes while Ochieng garnered 339.
Chris Omondi is the new Gor Mahia Secretary General as per the election results trickling in from the exercise conducted on Sunday 19 January at the Nyayo National Stadium.
Omondi, vying against Tom TJ Oriko garnered a total of 826 voted to beat his competitor who managed 386 votes.
Omondi will replace George Bwana who did not vie in the elections.
John Pesa is the new Gor Mahia vice chairman after beating incumbent Faiz ochieng in the polls conducted on Sunday 19 January at the Nyayo National Stadium.
Pesa, a former Member of Parliament for Migori managed a total of 842 votes in the exercise beating Faiz who garnered 384.
On the other fronts, Ken Otieno claimed the treasurer’s spoils, garnering a total of 721 votes to beat Sally Bollo who managed 496 votes while on the Deputy secretary General post, Amina Oketch, nicknamed Ferrari, managed 719 votes to beat Roselinda Achieng who garnered 505 votes.
Four officials in the Sunday 19 January Gor Mahia elections, held at the Nyayo National Stadium went through unopposed.
Cleophas Okuku clinched the Assistant treasurer’s post unchallenged while Jack Rowe sailed through unopposed in the Assistant Organising Secretary’s post.
There were as well easy pickings for George Ongundi who bagged the Assistant senior Vice Chairman’s post unchallenged as was the case with the Senior Vice Chairman’s post which was won by Francis Osuna.
CHAIRMAM: Ambrose Rachier
1st VICE CHAIRMAN: Hon John Pesa
SECRETARY GENERAL: Chris Omondi
ORGANISING SECRETARY: David Kilo
TREASURER: Ken Otieno
DEPUTY SECRETARY GENERAL: Amina Oketch “Ferari”
ASST SECRETARY GENERAL: Ronald Ngala
Gor Mahia FC send packing promoted Nairobi Provincial League (NPL) side Superloaf FC by a 5-0 whipping in a friendly match played on Saturday 18 January 2014 at the City Stadium starting 1430hrs local time.
David Calabar Owino scored a sparkling brace in the 23rd and 33rd minutes before new signings Jared Obwoge, Herbert Kopany and Shaban Kenga netted a debut goal each in the 71st, 74th and 82nd minutes respectively.
Gor were offensive from the opening whistle and could have broken the deadlock in 22nd minute when a Dan Sserunkuma curling shot was parried off by Superloaf keeper Charles Otieno for a fruitless corner.
A minute later, Gor were on the lead. Returning Rama Salim found David Owino from a free kick on the right flank with the latter squeezing between Superloaf defenders to open the score lines.
Ten minutes later, the Kenyan international claimed a brace from another header after latching on a Rama Salim back heel pass coming from an Eric Ochieng’ corner kick as the match went for a break with the Kenya Premier League (KPL) champions leading.
On resumption, the champions made changes bringing on Shaban Touchscreen Kenga for Kevin Omondi, Joel Bataro for David Juma in goal, Jared Obwoge for Rama Salim, Daniel Onyango for Eric Ochieng, Haron Shakava for Israel Emuge, Solomon Nasio for Calabar and Herbert Kopany for Dan Sserunkuma.
The rioting began with Jared Obwoge tripling the lead on the 72nd minute after a lone effort inside the box.
Kenga’s pile driver
Three minutes later, Herbert Kopany, a Kanga High School alumnus tapped in a racing Solomon Nasio clear cut pass from the right channel but it was Kenga’s pile driver that arose jubilation from the stands with the Ingwe chantings renting the air from Kogalo fans.
Superloaf who looked inexperienced created minimum chances with few minutes to fulltime but former Western Stima custodian David Juma ensured he produces top drawer saves to keep a clean sheet on his debut.
Blackberry did not feature in the match as he followed matters from the stands together with Innocent Mutiso and experienced Patrick Oboya.
Top tier referee Amin Agik was at the centre of the proceedings with the assistance of John Alando and Japheth Juma as the first and second assistants respectively.
Starting XI: 23. Joel Bataro. 5. Musa Mohamed. 15. David Owino. 18. Haron Chakava. 2. Godfrey Wakusimbi. 3. Baba Kizito. 6. Anthony Akumu. 17. Erick Ochieng. 21. Rama Salim. 14. Kevin Omondi. 8. Dan Serunkuma. 29.
Reserves: 16. David Juma. 4. Kevin Oluoch. 12. Jared Obwoge. 10. Dan Onyango. 19. Solomon Nasio. 20. Joseph Kariuki. 26. Shaban Kenga. 24. Israel Emuge. 13. Herbert Kopany.
Head coach – Bobby Williamson; Assistant Coach – Bobby Ogolla; Team Manager – Frank Ouna
Questions about the financial record of the country’s biggest club Gor Mahia continued as the club headed to its elections this weekend. Stakeholders at the club have raised issues with the financial statement read during the aborted Annual General Meeting (AGM) a month ago.
Opposing supporters for the club’s election are poking holes at the statement that said the club raised Sh9 million from their matches last year. Despite their failure to clinch the local double last season, Gor are by common consent the best club in the country’s football industry.
Featuring stars like Dani Sserunkuma, Paul Kiongera and David Owino, their talented players entertain and delight us in equal measure, as they dominate Kenyan season after season. However, admiration of their exploits is tempered by the financial advantages that they enjoy compared to other less fortunate clubs.
Not only do they generate far more revenue than anybody else but one of the main reasons for this substantial competitive advantage is the loyal ‘Green Army’ who have turned this love for club into a way of life. Their reputation off the pitch also suffered a hit recently in the media when it was “revealed” that this great team was built on a mountain of untoward behaviour on the terraces and outside the stadium, raising questions as to whether this was, to coin a phrase, “supporters fair play.”
However, the books of accounts released by the club include bizarre undertakings and incomes which continue to baffle club members. For example, those present at the AGM disagreed with a gate collection figure that indicated the club received Sh9.1 million. There is also another figure of Sh7.6 million from the Kenya Premier League (KPL).
In total, including sponsorship, donations and T-shirt sales, the club received Sh38.6 million. Quite why this came as a surprise to some analysts is a little perplexing, given that the club’s accounts have been available to the public for many months. For a football club that averages 5,000 paying supporters per game, it is an insult to basic intelligence that the club did not reach a total of Sh30 million.
KPL figures indicate that there was a spike of more than 50 per cent to more than two million ticket sales and the Gor Mahia rightly control 40 per cent of the country’s ticket sales. A leading contestant for the club’s elections Tom Ataro said yesterday: ‘’A number of factors have made us sceptical as to whether we have received all relevant information and explanations necessary for the audit from the management.
The club management led by Ambrose Rachier however insist the club statement is a true reflection of the affairs at the club. ‘’We have not been provided with sufficient and appropriate evidence that the management have formally considered and resolved as necessary the issues relating to these comments or that these comments by the individual official,” an official of Wells Fargo identified as Tom Okoth.
Despite the following that is admirable within the country’s sporting circles, many are questioning the sale of the replica shirts. According to the club’s accounts, T-shirt sales raked in Sh1.3 million, a figure highly doubtable, considering that a single unit costs more than Sh2,000. “The most conservative figure is that there were more than 2000 T-shirts during any Gor game, which means the club should have collected more than Sh2 million from that sale alone,” said Tom Ataro, another former official of the club.
Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions Gor Mahia have released their list of 26 players who will feature for the club in the forthcoming CAF Champions League.
All the regular names feature in the squad save for Edwin Lavatsa who recently left for MC Algier in Algeria. Rama Salim and George Blackberry Odhiambo both who recently rejoined the team have been listed along with little known Herbert Kopany.
Dan Onyango, Kelvin Oluoch and goalkeeper David Juma all who joined from Western Stima have been listed in the squad along with the youthful Haron Shakava while newly signed Ugandan imports Godfrey Walusimbi and Geoffrey Kizito will team up with their countrymen Dan Sserunkuma and Israel Emuge in the squad.
Fredrick Onyango, Solomon Nasio, Kevin Omondi, Musa Mohamed, Anthony Akumu, David Owino, Rama Salim, Dan Sserunkuma, Israel Emuge, Innocent Mutiso, Paul Kiongera, Eric Ochieng, Joel Bataro, Joseph Wanyonyi, Patrick Oboya, Joseph Maina, Daniel Onyango, Kevin Oluoch, David Juma, Haron Shakava, Godfrey Walusimbi, George Odhiambo, Jared Omwenga, Shaban Kenga, Geoffrey Kizito, Herbert Kopany.
Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions Gor Mahia has lined up a number of friendly matches ahead of a busy 2014 season that kicks off on Saturday 8 February with a CAF Champions League clash against US Bitan of Gabon.
The Kenyan champions are set to take on Uganda’s representatives in the CAF Confederations Cup Sports Club Victoria University (SCVU) in a friendly match on Tuesday 4 February. According to vice chairman Faiz Ochieng, the clash will be staged at the Nairobi City Stadium as from 1600hrs on the day.
Days before the clash, Gor Mahia will play Nairobi County League side Supa Loaf FC in a friendly scheduled for Saturday 18 January at the Nyayo National Stadium then take on third tier side Mumbi Nationale FC on Saturday 25 January at the same venue.
The team is expected to take part in the Kenya Power Charity Cup so the first weekend of February has been reserved for the one day tournament.
Lavatsa just dissapeared from camp
As it turns out, Kenyan international Edwin Lavatsa might well have left without the blessings of the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions Gor Mahia as he completed his move to Algerian top flight side MC Algier.
As revealed by the club’s vice chair Faiz Ochieng, the player dragged his feet on signing a new deal even after agreeing on the same and the club had even gone ahead to register him as one of the players to represent Gor Mahia in the CAF Champions League later in the year.
He informed futaa.com that Lavatsa had left Gor Mahia’s pre season camp in Loitoktok on Friday 10 January citing concern over his house’s security back in Nairobi but as it emerged he was preparing to fly out, an act he says is wrong from a player who has all along been treated well at the team.
-The way Lavatsa left was not the best thing he should have done; we like all our players to leave for better prospects but in a good way. Lavatsa told the technical team at Loitoktok that he feared for the security of his house back in Nairobi and thus had to leave earlier but then the next thing we heard was that he is in Algeria.
-Until that point he was a free agent but we had agreed that he will sign a new deal after returning from Loitoktok and he demanded a Kshs 250,000 as signing fee which we had accepted and was processing.
-His action was wrong because we had already registered his name with CAF as one of our players for the Champions League and it is even worse because he is a boy we loved so much as a club, he told futaa.com.
Lavatsa is the third Gor Mahia player to leave on a free transfer after Donald Mosoti and Ivo Mapunda’s departure in late 2013.
Blackberry on why he came back
George Odhiambo reveals to Goal.com that he is confident of regaining his old form which saw him named the Kenyan Premier League best player in 2010
Gor Mahia forward George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo has expressed confidence that coming back to the club will help him rediscover his top form.
“This is where it all started and believe that with hard work I can reclaim the glory I had in 2010. I am determined to do even better than that. This time I came with enormous experience and exposure which should help e do better,” he told Goal.
Wanyonyi: I have unfinished business at Gor Mahia
Highly talented youngster Joseph Wanyonyi has come out to declare to goal.com he is not about to part ways with champions Gor Mahia even as rumours continue linking him to arch-rivals AFC Leopards’.
The teenager, who sprung to fame in the second leg of the Kenyan Premier League for the champions, has come out to distance himself from the rumours.
“I am not going anywhere. Gor Mahia is my family and I can categorically state that I am not about to move. They gave me a chance to play football notwithstanding my age,” the former Aspire Academy product told Goal.
“Head coach Bobby Williamson has been like a father to me mentoring and giving me necessary advice. The senior players too have made me understand this is where I belong.”
This comes as reports indicate that high spending Ingwe are about to splash big money to land the prodigy to the club his dad used to turn out for. “My dad used to persuade me to play for Ingwe. He (daddy) currently knows that I am happy now playing for Gor Mahia and that won’t change any time soon.”
Outward Bound Training Camp in Loitoktok was their base for one week and head coach Bobby Williamson believes the club has emerged with a reputation greatly enhanced after their routine pre-season high altitude training.
Williamson described the one-week stint as the best pre-season for Gor and said they could have stayed another three days. The Scot underlined the need for players to work extra hard to earn a chance in the starting line-up.
“We have a great squad and it’s going to be a long season but only 11 can play at a given time. It will be hard to pick the starting 11; if you get the chance run with it because there will be no ‘next time, said Williamson to the Standard.
“We will not promise second chances; instead it is your ability that will earn you playing time and keep you on the team. I don’t kick players out – their form does,” he said.
The former Uganda Cranes head coach reiterated the need for the newly signed players to up their game to match the standards of the club, with a focus on the continental tourney. Williamson has used the time to analyse the depth of his squad which will be tested fully this season in the KPL as well as CAF Champions League. “We have a great squad and it’s going to be a long season but only 11 can play at a given time,”. “It will be hard to pick the starting 11; if you get the chance run with it because there will be no ‘next time.’ “We will not promise second chances; instead it is your ability that will earn you playing time and keep you on the team. “I don’t kick players out – their form does,” he added.
Outward Bound Training Centre Director David Kurao was thankful to the club’s management for what he said was not only to help talent development but also a unique opportunity that over the last three years, the greater Loitoktok community have been privileged to be part of Gor Mahia. We really feel honoured to be identified with the champions. Training at 6,500m above sea level gives the boys an upper hand in terms of strength and endurance. The process of winning is always painful. Locals here follow your performance,” said Kurao.
Also present were officials, Gor chairman Ambrose Rachier, Senior Vice Chairman David Kilo, Secretary General George Bwana, his deputy Roselinder Achieng and Assistant Treasurer Gerphas Okuku. Bwana commended the boys for their hard work and outstanding show of cohesion with the new players. The club will unveil their new signings a week before hosting the Gabonese side US Bitam.