Willliamson blames bumpy pitch

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Gor Mahia tactician blamed the condition of Mombasa County Stadium as a result of their 1-2 loss to Bandari in a Kenya Premier League (KPL) match played on Sunday 30 March 2014.

Speaking after the match, the Scot described the surface as bumpy hence slowing the flow of the game and partly to the defensive lapse which he promised to work on.

Defensive frailties

-The pitch was very bumpy hampering the flow of the game hence had to depend on second balls in vain. We have to go back and work on defensive frailties which cost us especially for the second goal that demoralized the players, the former Uganda Cranes coach said.

Former Western Stima forward Alloyce Mangi fired Bandari into the lead before Dan Sserunkuma restored parity with Victor Majid winning it all for the hosts as they registered their second win of the season and the second defeat for the defending champions.

Fans demand explanation

Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions Gor Mahia have gone winless in four matches and it is not business as usual with fans now demanding an explanation for the recent slump that has seen the team drop to sixth place after the seventh week of matches.

The champions’ latest defeat came at the hands of Mombasa side Bandari FC on Sunday 30 March and the fans at the Mombasa County Stadium, led by former vice chairman Faiz Ochieng, told futaa.com it is high time the management came out to address fans over the poor run of form.

Key players

They acknowledged that the absence of key players may be a reason for the slump but observed that the team is not playing well lately and that hurts.

-We just want the management to tell us what is happening with the team. The team has had a very poor run of form lately and it is unacceptable. We can’t go on dropping points like this; we are not putting blame on anyone, we just want this slump explained.


-We know a number of our key players like David Owino and Akumu are unavailable but that is not a reason for the poor way the team is playing. We should be playing like the champions we are and we want that explained.

-It is very sad for fans to travel from far and wide only to witness the team play the way they did today. It has to stop as soon as possible – we want to see the team winning and playing well, they told futaa.com.

Gor Mahia has so far suffered two defeats in the KPL and drawn two in seven matches.

Gor Mahia pursue jersey sponsors


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Champions Gor Mahia endured their worst 10 days in football in over three years after going four matches without a win following their 2-1 loss to Bandari on Sunday. It was double tragedy for Gor as their sponsorship deal with Tuzo also came to an end yesterday.

Alloys Mangi put Bandari ahead but Danny Serenkuma leveled for Bobby Williamson’s men before Victor Majid gave Bandari their second win of this campaign.

“The state of this pitch made it difficult for my players to pass around the ball as we wanted to. Overall, however, we were unlucky to lose, but we shall bounce back,” Williamson said.

The good news for K’Ogalo and their supporters is that it can’t possibly get any worse. Reports have it that the club has agreed in principle to a sponsorship deal with cement manufacturing giants, Bamburi and should the agreement materialise, the financial woes that have started to creep in will end.

Gor Mahia 1 Bandari 2

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Bandari FC beat visiting Gor Mahia 2-1 in a Kenya Premier League (KPL) match played on Sunday 30 March 2014 at the Mombasa Municipal Stadium starting 1500 hours local time.

Alloyce Mangi opened the score lines in the 40th minute before Dan Sserunkuma equalized five minutes later as Victor Majid sent home the winning goal.

Second half

From an action packed first half, Gor Mahia resumed with the intention of taking the lead but Dan Sserunkuma’s shot hit the crossbar in the 48th minute.

Another chance for Gor Mahia but Shaban Kenga’s attempt is saved by Wilson Oburu who hurried to recover in the 51st minute.

Bandari who were being raided made changes, pulling out Ali Bhai for Aspire Academy product Victor Ndinya, that happening in the 53rd minute.

Back to the lead

Gor made their first substitution as Bobby Williamson introduced experienced Patrick Oboya for Shaban Kenga, a minute after the hour mark.

Victor Majid unleashed a hard shot from 20 yards in the 66th minute but a wasteful Kepha Aswani failed to connect home a Jerim Onyango rebound.

The former Thika United man then came off for Justus Anene two minutes later before Gor Mahia brought on George Blackberry Odhiambo for Kevin Omondi.

Bandari were back on the lead in the 75th minute. Victor Majid released a slice shot that beat Jerim in the Gor Mahia goal to the far post.

Gor Mahia hope to get back on Track vs Bandari

Kenga to take on his old team

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Hungry Gor Mahia, without a win in their last three Tusker Premier League fixtures, fly to the Coast tomorrow to face Bandari at the Mombasa Municipal Stadium looking to reverse their plunging form.

K’Ogalo’s 2-0 surprise loss to league debutantes Top Fry Nakuru stunned the league champions who now know only too well that you underestimate your opponent to your great peril.

A more determined Gor, playing with urgency, had nine-man Tusker on the ropes but could not take advantage of their superior numbers in a 1-1 draw.
But head coach Bobby Williamson says these results are a mere test of character, and that his charges will bounce back stronger.

“Against Top Fry we should have scored at least a goal. We will be looking to create more chances on Sunday and make good use of them,” he said.

“Pressure to win is always there and so if we win this game it will be good even for the fans considering we have not had a good game in a while now,” Williamson added. Bandari currently have only one win to show for their six games this season and will certainly not confront Gor lying down.

Gor Mahia risks stadia ban over payment

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SSMB has threatened to take stern action against K’Ogalo including banning them from using their facilities for failing to pay Sh410, 000 owed to them

Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia risk being locked out of Nyayo and Kasarani stadia over a Sh410, 000 owed to the Sports Stadia Management Board.

The debt is pending from the club’s two continental matches against US Bitam and Esperance of Tunisia played at the venue. Gor were supposed to pay SSMB Sh150, 000 each for the live transmission of both matches but failed to do so and also did not submit a share of their gate collections to SSMB as required.

SSMB spokesman Rakhi Asman says they are frustrated by Gor’s refusal to pay and has warned they may be forced to take drastic measures including banning the club from playing at Nyayo and Kasarani.

“The club has been reluctant to pay up but all we are asking is that they should do it and show an example to the rest. AFC Leopards’, who also used our facility for continental matches paid us without any problems and we want Gor Mahia to do the same,” Asman told Goal.

Gor Mahia secretary general Chris Omondi however, disputed the Sh300, 000 charges saying they should not be asked to pay the same. “We have a dispute over some of the payments and especially the Sh300, 000. In our opinion, the broadcaster should pay.”

The life story of Jack Johnson

Story by Muroro-Pacho

Danish coach Jack Johnson gained fame, acclaim and a permanent place in the legendary folklore of Gor Mahia when he steered the club to win the Africa cup winners cup in 1987. Interestingly enough, at the time, Johnson was not the coach but was listed as the Technical Advisor. Maurice Ochieng “Sonyi” was officially the coach. But in the eyes of most people, Johnson was the driving force behind the tactics that Gor Mahia applied that year.

Jack Johnson pictured far right on the day before the Africa cup final in 1987

Early Life

He was born as Jack Johnsen in 1924. By the time he could walk, he was already orphaned as both his parents passed on. Thus he spent his younger days in an orphanage. He changed his last name from Johnsen to Johnson in honour of the American boxer Jack Johnson who at the time was the world boxing heavyweight champion. In those days and up until the 1980s, the world heavyweight boxing champion was typically the most famous sportsman in the world and the young Dane admired the hard punching American boxer.  But Jack Johnson was not cut out for boxing. So he took up football ay age 7. His big break came at age 17 when he was selected to play for Danish club Boldklubben 1909. In later years he would say that being selected to play in the first team at Boldklubben 1909.  He also cited the excitement of playing alongside Knud Lundberg, a legendary player who represented Denmark at Football, Basketball and handball as the next greatest moment. That was in 1951.

Playing Career

He spent most of his playing career playing for Boldklubben 1909 which was based in Odense. As a player, he was known as a utility player who could be deployed in several positions. But his favourite position was inside right. He was mostly known as an iron-man, a tough tackler with a fiery temper like a volcano. Interestingly enough, even during his playing days, Johnson stood out for his chalky white hair which was his trademark even during his playing days.  His team-mates say that they were inspired by his passionate play. His aggresive style perhaps channeled his inner child that wanted to mimic his American boxing hero.  In the mid 1950s, he left Denmark briefly to play for Dundee United in Scotland. He would later return to Boldklubben 1909 where he played until he ended his illustrious career at age 36.

Jack Johnson front row second from left

Coaching career at Boldklubben 1913

His coaching career started in 1959 at Boldklubben 1913 a club that was also based the City of Odense and a fierce rival of Boldklubben 1909 for whom Johnson had played.  At the time, the club was in the Danish second tier. With Johnson’s coaching, they reached the top tier. His stint at Boldklubben 1913 was highly successful. Though they did not win the top tier league, they finished second once and third two times and in 1963, they won the Danish cup. With Johnson at hem, Boldklubben 1913  did however play in the European cup. After beating Spora Luxembourg in the preliminary round by a score of 9-2 on aggregate. In the first round they ran into the juggernaut that was Real Madrid. They lost by a massive 12-0 to Real Madrid. This was the legendary Real Madrid side that won the European cup several times and had legends like Alfredo de Stefano and Ferenc Puskas. Real was the most succesful team in the world during this period largely because they had the direct support of Spanish dictator Franco who was head of state from 1939 until 1975. Johnson would coach Boldklubben 1913 until 1967 before returning again for another stint from 1972 to 1973.

Coaching OB Odense

In 1971, Jack Johnson had perhaps his most famous job when he coached OB Odense, one of the most popular teams in Denmark. Odense had been relagated to the second tier in 1968 and hired Johnson with the hope of gaining promotion to the top tier. Fans of OB remember him as a coach whose team played very rugged, aggressive and defensive football. Very much in the image of Jack Johnson himself. Johnson was fitness fanatic. One player describes Johnson as making them run on cross country trails while carrying another player on their back.  As a coach, his temper was just as fiery as it had been as a player and he would often berate referees from the sideline and bury them in an avalanche of epithets. Johnson was also very hostile to reporters whom he had little patience with. An interesting aspect of Johnson was that although he displayed a fiery temper to outsiders, he was very protective of his players.  But he did not have stellar record at OB. He finished in 8th position twice before being replaced by Richard Møller Nielsen.

Jack Johnson while coaching at OB Odense

The Jack Johnson Institute

In 1971, Jack Johnson and his wife Inger Johnson took over a building that was previously a home for orphans known as Maria home. Jack and Inger converted it to a gym. It grew and soon incorporated a physiotherapy clinic.  In 1983, Inger Johnson took over as sole operator of the Johnson Institute. She ran the institute until 2006 when she sold it. The Johnson istitute still exists today and consists a Health Club and a Clinic of Physiotherapy Chiropractic.

Remaining coaching career in Europe

Aside from OB Odense, Jack Johnson also coached other Danish sides Svendborg , Kolding and his former club Boldklub 1909 whom he coached in 1981. He also coached clubs in Norway, Scotland , Iceland , the Faroe Islands and  Bahrain.  As has been mentioned before, Jack Johnson had a volcanic temper. By the mid 198os , Jack Johnson had burned so many bridges due to his temper that he felt he had no option but to leave Denmark.In fact Johnson had become deeply unpopular in Denmark. But when questioned, he retorted that he did not think he was put on this earth to be popular.  This is how he arrived in Kenya in early 1987.

Jack Johnson arrives at Gor Mahia

Upon arrival, Johnson introduced a whole new set of tactics and a style of play that had not been deployed in Kenya. Prior to his arrival Gor Mahia had always played with the 4-3-3 formation. Brilliant wingers had always been a staple of Gor Mahia. Upon his arrival, Johnson changed the system to 3-5-2. In the process he introduced the concept of twin strikers instead of wingers. Gor Mahia fans were unhappy and had major reservations.  In addition, Johnson introduced the concept of holding midfielder, a concept that was completely new to Kenya. The man he identified for this role was Isaiah Omondi “Janabi”. Johnson probably saw in Janabi, a man who reminded him of himself during his playing days, a tough, rugged, iron-man. Prior to the arrival of Johnson, “Janabi” had been primarily a bench warmer who was called upon for special roles. But the arrival of Johnson propelled him to fame. He would play one of the most pivotal roles as Gor Mahia won the Africa cup in 1987.  Another player who thrived under Jack Johnson was Peter Dawo. Like Johnson, Dawo was limited technically. But what he lacked in the technical aspect of the game, he made up for with intelligence, hard work, aggressiveness and a non-stop motor. Much like how Jack Johnson played during his playing days. Johnson seemed very good at getting the best out of Dawo. Its worth noting that neither Dawo nor Janabi thrived under other coaches as much as they did with Jack Johnson.

Johnson seen here carrying Mike Otieno after the latter received a scything tackle from an Inter Club player circa 1988

The tactical  changes that Johnson brought proved fruitful as Gor Mahia won three trophies in 1987 in grand style. Besides that, Gor Mahia were playing incisive, intelligent and attractive football. Despite his hard-man mentality, Johnson did put a premium on playing attractive football. Speaking after the victory over Esperance in the Africa cup final of 1987, Johnson said “The match was ruined by the referee and a result we did not entertain our fans as we had planned.”  Johnson also brought his tough training regimen to Gor Mahia. This author remembers a residential training session in 1988 in which the players trained continuously from early morning until almost 2pm as some of the players complained.

 Cup Triumphs

With Johnson at helm, Gor Mahia also won teh local cup which was then known as the Moi Golden cup in 1987, 1988 and 1989. In 1987, they beat arch rivals AFC leopards 2-0 in the final. In 1988 they beat Kenya Breweries (now known as Tusker FC) by a score of 1-0. The win was thanks to a solitary 75th headed goal by their effervescent striker Peter Dawo.  Afterwards a delighted Jack Johnson, the Gor coach, commented: “We deserved to win. We played better football and Dawo proved why he is our best striker by scoring the winning goal. It was a good header.”  Late in 1988, his temper was on show once again when Gor Mahia played against Black Mamba in the last match of the league. It was a match that Gor Mahia needed to win to retain the league title. After the match, an irate Johnson assaulted referee GMT Ottieno while accusing him of costing Gor Mahia the match.  He had in the meantime married a Kenyan woman.

Jack Johnson leaves Gor Mahia

By 1989, Gor Mahia had started to experience acute financial difficulties. It became clear that they could not hold onto Jack Johnson anymore. Johnson left Gor Mahia in mid 1989, a few weeks before Gor Mahia played LPRC Oilers of Liberia in the Africa cup winners cup quarter finals. On leaving Gor Mahia, he joined another league side Re Union briefly. But Re Union clearly could not pay Johnson either.  In 1996, he crossed over to arch-rivals AFC Leopards. While there he steered. While there he steered AFC to a 2-1 win over arch rivals and hos former team Gor Mahia. The match ended in fracas as some Gor Mahia fans could not stomach being beaten by a former coach who had legendary status in the team.  Johnson then left for Uganda but his stint in Uganda did not last long. The Ugandan club said Johnson was not able to carry out his duties due in part to his advanced age. By this time He was in his early 70s.  He then returned to Kenya and took a job as a funeral director.

Departure from Kenya and death

By the time he decided to go back home, Johnson had become a despondent and angry man. He died on 24 April 2002 at the Betalia nursing home in Frederiksberg Denmark. He was aged 77. To this day, Johnson still holds legendary status in his hometown of Odense.


Gor Mahia to play Bandari at Municipal stadium

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Bandari director Edward Oduor says they have moved match from Mbarak Sports to municipal stadium because of its capacity to host huge crowds

Bandari FC will host Gor Mahia at Mombasa Municipal Stadium this Sunday and not Mbaraki Sports Club as earlier planned.

According to Bandari’s technical director Edward Oduor, the change has been necessitated by the bigger capacity of the municipal stadium which was rehabilitated last year ahead of Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup.

“We considered the capacity of Municipal Stadium which is bigger and security arrangements will be easier to handle and that is the reason we changed the venue,” Oduor told Goal.

Tickets for the match will go for Sh500 for VIP stand and Sh200 for terraces. Gor Mahia beat Bandari 1-0 in their last visit to the coastal city in July last year, which ended up as the only defeat Bandari suffered in Mombasa.

The port men have gone for five winless games while K’Ogalo have not won in their last two matches – losing 2-0 to Nakuru Top Fry and battling to a 1-1 draw against former champions Tusker.

Top 8 match may be played in Kisumu

According to the fixtures released by KPL, the Top 8 match has been tentatively set for Moi Stadium with Machakos’Kenyatta put on standby

The recently refurbished Moi Stadium in Kisumu might host its first ever competitive match on April 20 when Gor Mahia takes on Thika United in KPL Top 8 tournament.

According to the fixtures released by KPL, the match has been tentatively set for Moi Stadium with Machakos’Kenyatta Stadium put on standby.

For the first time in the knock out tournament, the matches will be played on weekends and played in Machakos and Nakuru. AFC Leopards’ will play debutants Bandari next Saturday at Afraha Stadium in the opening fixture with Sofapaka taking on defending champions Tusker FC at Nyayo Stadium on Sunday.

KCB and Ulinzi Stars will square it out at Kenyatta Stadium on April 19th before Gor Mahia take on Thika on April 20. Winners of the tournament will pocket Sh1 million.


Seeking other Television Deals

By blogger Mwakio P

Fans, I think we are getting it wrong on those that do or do not supports the action Supersport. Firstly we should value fans more than any other sponsors.

Secondly, we do appreciate whatever role(s) all the stakeholders in KPL have played in improving our football standard including Supersport.

But please note that we are in a liberal society and if they do not want to cover Gor Mahia matches, the club should be at liberty to look for alternative TV to perform the business. I do echo the sentiment of @Jack Omollo that we should not stoop too low to beg them to air our games. Football is about business and Supersport should reciprocate this good gesture too in covering big matches with thousands of fans but not less than fifty fans.

We highly appreciate the role Supersport has played in exposing our players to the international scene. However they too have benefited in getting adverts at the same equal strength.


Monopolistic market status the Supersport is currently exhibiting is not good for the development of football in the country. We need other pay TV to come to the scene too and spread the benefits to all stakeholders. In Europe case, clubs have TV stations and why can’t that not be replicated in Kenya too. Monopoly is not good and will not be good for the development of football in the country.

This situation where only “one” (Greek meaning of mono”) company offers its products or services to the public, thereby creating a monopoly, a sole supplying firm where the consumer has no option or choice but to buy their services or products. When this occurs, and there is no competition, prices will go up to the detriment of the public. Several government agencies keep the formation of monopolies under control, especially in markets like telecommunications, media, and utilities, among others. This should be the case with our football.

Market situation where one producer (or a group of producers acting in concert) controls supply of a good or service, and where the entry of new producers is prevented or highly restricted. Monopolist firms (in their attempt to maximize profits) keep the price high and restrict the output, and show little or no responsiveness to the needs of their customers. Most governments therefore try to control monopolies by (1) imposing price controls, (2) taking over their ownership (called ‘nationalization’), or (3) by breaking them up into two or more competing firms. Sometimes governments facilitate the creation of monopolies for reasons of national security, to realize economies of scale for competing internationally, or where two or more producers would be wasteful or pointless (as in the case of utilities). Although monopolies exist in varying degrees (due to copyrights, patents, access to materials, exclusive technologies, or unfair trade practices) almost no firm has a complete monopoly in the era of globalization.

The other fact is that football is a competitive game where all the stakeholders in football should be ready to face competition in all fronts.


The disadvantage of monopoly brings inefficiency in service or product delivery and this is the reason why Gor Mahia or AFC can even seek for the Pricing and Monopoly Authority to look at supersports dominant control of football coverage. This dominant position should be interpreted by our legal system as well.

The matter can be as well be interpreted in the law courts why clubs can not engage other TV pay channels for good of the development of football.


I think there are other reputable TV and broadcasting stations that can be engaged commercially as supersport has breached the contract of not covering or airing our games. The pay TV are:-
1. Zuku
2. Smart TV
3. Cable Television Network


We have to look at what is good for our club than engaging in sideshows about hooliganism as the reason why our games are not aired. If Supersport is not interested, we can look for alternative or else go to court to seek redress why they have monopoly role in football coverage. This is a matter that can be challenged in the law court as this attitude of Supersport will deny our players their livelihood and obligation of the club in helping the youth in getting out from bad behavior.


Williamson blames bad luck

Tusker often resorted to rough play

Coach Bobby Williamson attributed the failure to pick maximum points on bad luck. “We were unlucky. We created so many chances but failed to get that decisive goal. The officiating was very satisfactory,” said Williamson to the Nation.

“I feel we gave it our all, but luck was not on our side. We created so many chances but were unlucky not to convert them” continued Williamson

Gor Mahia created several chances. Kevin Omondi was twice denied by the cross-bar.

Venue Change

Coach Williamson also expressed displeasure at the suddn change of venue from City stadium to Nyayo stadium.

I really don’t get this unusual change of match venue a day to the match. We had trained knowing the match will be played at the City Stadium, which hosts our match only for it to be shifted to another venue, Williamson said after the match. -This affected us and had its disadvantages to be honest, he told futaa.com.

The venue change was supposedly done for security reasons.

Gor Mahia will next travel to Mombasa to play Bandari.