Archives - March, 2014



26 Mar 14

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Tusker FC had two men sent off in their match against Gor Mahia on Wednesday 26 March but still managed to hold their own to register a 1 – 1 draw with the champions at the Nyayo National Stadium and in the process stretch their unbeaten run in the season to six matches.

K’Ogalo would have gone ahead as early as the eighth minute were it not for Samuel Odhiambo’s brilliant save that tipped Kevin Omondi’s dipping attempt clear for a corner and seven minutes later Solomon Nasio released a long searching pass that beat the Tusker back line but Odhiambo raced out well to clear under pressure from Dan Sserunkuma.

Omunuk lucky

On 18 minutes, Tusker’s Robert Omunuk escaped with just a yellow card after tripping Shaban Kenga from behind. That was two minutes before Kevin Omondi found himself in another great position in the Tusker box but his shot on the volley was well read by Odhiambo who produced a good save.

From the ensuing attack, Tusker thought they had taken the lead when Jesse Were netted but the ball was pulled back for offside and three minutes later a misplaced foot saw Andrew Tololwa waste another great chance for the Brewers.

First on target

It didn’t take too long thereafter for Tusker to register their first shot on target – nice build up released Jesse on the right side of the box but his shot was too timid to trouble Jerim Onyango in the Gor Mahia goal.

On the half hour mark Kenga should have done better after capitalizing on Jockins Atudo’s miss in the box but after a fine first touch he could only hit the side net and two minutes later the champions registered their biggest miss when from a counter Omondio was released but after beating the keeper he could only watch as the ball bounced off the bar.

Shakava goal

Tusker went close seven minutes later through Jesse on a free kick that was punched back to play by Jerim and Ismail Dunga’s follow up went high and wide even though he had already been flagged offside.

Then came the telling moment on 41 minutes as Gor Mahia won a corner floated in by Innocent Mutiso and Shakava at the far end leapt highest to head home the opener and give Gor Mahia a half time lead.

Second half

On resumption, Gor Mahia threatened after a long Kelvin Oluoch pass from defence found Kelvin Omondi and the flag stayed down but the forward could only hit wide with a hushed shot.

Tusker thereafter showed more purpose and managed to grab the equalizer in the 53rd minute when Ismail Dunga netted from the spot after Kelvin Oluoch’s foul on Jesse Were in the box.

Gor Mahia, in dire need of a win after a loss and a draw in the previous two games, went close through Geoffrey Kizito whose shot hit the post and Kevin Omondi’s follow up was high and wide.

Two red cards

A moment of madness followed, as in the 70th minute, Martin Kiiza had a nasty tackle on Patrick Oboya who had just come in as a substitute and referee Sylvester Kirwa showed him a straight red. His mate Lloyd Wahome followed him seven minutes later after a foul on Dan Sserunkuma but the ten – time champions still managed to hold on for a point.


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26 Mar 14

Fans hope the players come to the game determined

Following the debacle against bottom-side Top Fry Nakuru All stars, Gor Mahia fans will be hoping that the team has put aside whatever issues they had and are ready to bounce back. To this point it is not clear what happened but something has clearly been amiss over the past two matches.

Coach Bobby Williamson is categorical that the loss to Nakuru  was simply due to players under-rating the opposition.

Gor Mahia coach Bobby Williamson has said his team is determined to bounce back to winning ways after the team fell 2-0 to Nakuru Top Fry on Saturday away. It was the first loss by the league champions and it has no doubt raised alarm bells at a club that is used to winning and losing remains a foreign word. “We are looking forward to bounce back to winning ways after that poor performance in Nakuru. Our players seemed to underrate All Stars and we paid for it dearly” he told the Standard.
If the above is true, then one only hopes that coach Williamson will pysche up his players properly for future matches.

Not an Easy Match

 2012 league winners Tusker are atop the league and will be eager to put some distance between them and their main rivals. They are sure to come out all guns blazing. Under new coach Francis Kimanzi, they have been playing good football. In Brian Osumba and Clifford Alwanga they have a dependable forwadline that is ably supported by former KPL player of the year Kevin Kimani.
Matches against Tusker are always difficult for Gor Mahia. Last season, Tusker almost derailed Gor Mahia’s march to the title when they beat Gor Mahia in a critical league match.  Therefore neither coach Williamson nor the players will be under any illusions.
Fans will be hoping that the team comes to this game determined. After the disasters against Esperance, Nakuru All Stars and Tuzo, fans will have difficulty absorbing yet more bad news.

Injuries

David Owino, (ankle injury) goalkeeper David Juma (collar bone bruise) and midfielder Antony Akumu (back injury) will all be out with injuries.

Starting Line-up

1. Fredrick Onyango. 19. Solomon Nasio. 4. Kevin Oluoch. 18. Haron Shakava. 2. Godfrey Walusimbi. 3. Baba Kizito. 17. Eric Ochieng. 9. Shaban Kenga. 11. Innocent Mutiso. 14. Kevin Omondi. 8. Dan Serunkuma.

Reserves: 23. Joel Bataro. 27. Simon Pierre. 25. George Odhiambo.  30. Patrick Onyango. 20. Joseph Kariuki. 10. Daniel Onyango. 21. Rama Salim.


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25 Mar 14

Whereas there have been reports of is disquiet among players in the Gor Mahia camp over unpaid bonuses accruing from last year’s Kenyan Premier League (KPL) win and runners-up position in the GOtv Shield tournament.

However, officials of the club were quick to dismiss the reports as “baseless”. Coach Bobby Williamson said he is not aware of the issue as he was concentrating on preparing the team. “There is nothing like disgruntlement in the camp. The players are determined to play even for nothing for Gor Mahia. It is a big honour for them to even wear the team’s jersey. “Having said that, however, those matters are best addressed by the administrators. My work is to prepare the team on the pitch and ensure they get the best results,” he told the Standard.

A section of players were reported to be unhappy with the officials for not paying them part of the prize money the team was entitled to and want the matter addressed urgently. On Sunday night, reports emerged that the players wanted to boycott training to show their displeasure but this did not happen and they trained normally on Monday morning at City Stadium. A senior player told the Standard that they are disgruntled over the matter and it is affecting their morale. The player who asked not to be named for fear of victimisation said: “We were expecting to get half of the prize money as players and leave the remainder to the office but three months down the line there has been no information over the same. The players are demoralised and want this matter to be sorted out quickly.”

Ngala denies report

Gor Mahia Deputy Secretary General Ronald Ngala also disputed the reports and pointed out that the issues are emerging only because the team lost to Nakuru Top Fry. “I am not surprised that such reports have emerged. I want to state categorically that there is no truth in them as we have found out from our investigations. “We talked to the captain and he assured us the players are happy and ready to give their best on the pitch. This is all coming up because we lost the match on Saturday. If we had won, there would be no such reports,” said Ngala.
The official said Gor players were never promised anything from the KPL and GOtv Shield prize money. “In 2012 when the team finished runners-up, we decided to pay the players Sh1million as consolation. “For last year’s prize money, we have not yet made a decision on how to divide it but when that happens the players will be informed as appropriate,” said Ngala to the Standard

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24 Mar 14

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Kenyan Premier League (KPL) Champions Gor Mahia players are reportedly on a go slow.

Gor Mahia lost 0-2 to bottom-placed side Top Fry AllStars on Saturday in Nakuru and according to a player who requested anonymity; this was a deliberate loss to air their frustrations to the team’s management.

The players are angry that despite winning the league and finishing runners up in the GOtv Shield last season, they are yet to get any allowances.

-We won the league and finished second in the GOtv Shield last season. We are yet to get any allowances despite all the big talk by the officials after the success, the player said,

Appreciation

-The officials used a lot of money to sign new players yet they never showed any appreciation to the ones who won the league, added the player,

-The dropped players were also never paid their dues and we are never given our allowances in time. We are generally not happy with the way things are being handled at the moment, said another player.

Prior to the loss to Top Fry, Gor had not lost any match nor conceded in the KPL 2014 season. They face former champions Tusker FC on Wednesday 26 March at the City Stadium.


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22 Mar 14

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Nakuru Top Fry upset champions Gor Mahia 2-0 in a Kenyan Premier League played at Afraha Stadium in Nakuru match on Saturday.

The result was unexpected and is bound to inspire a team that until then had remained win less since the season started. It was also the first defeat of the season for K’ogalo, who squandered another opportunity to go top of the log.

John Ndirangu scored the first goal for Top Fry minutes before the break turning home a loose ball that Solomon Nasio had failed to clear. Coming into this match, the hosts were determined to get something well aware that another defeat would have been catastrophic and therefore, kept their opponents under extreme pressure.

From their first attempt at goal, Gor Mahia defender Haron Shakava collided with David Juma and the latter had to be pulled off the pitch to receive treatment paving the way for veteran goalkeeper Jerim Onyango.

Gor’s first chance of the match fell on Teddy Akumu but the Harambee Stars midfielder shot wide after a great combination with Timonah Wanyonyi. The home side was never intimidated by the huge turn-out of Gor Mahia fans and remained calm something which allowed them to create scoring chances.

They took the first corner at the quarter-hour mark when John Ndirangu was denied to score by David Owino. Fifteen minutes later, Gor Mahia’s pressure could have paid off from a corner but Godfrey Kizito was denied by Ronnie Kagunzi from a long range effort.

The restless Kizito should have put his side ahead in the 42nd minute but failed to connect a Kevin Omondi clinical pass. The league’s new comers kept their head preferring to try and hit their opponents on counter-attacks and deserved to go ahead before the break.

When the second half kicked, Gor Mahia went on the offensive determined to pull an equaliser and pushed their men upfront. It was a situation that left their back line exposed and John Ndirangu exploited spaces at the back coming close once again at the hour mark but failed to tap home from a one on one opportunity.

Three minutes later, Ndirangu did not make a mistake as he beat Jerim Onyango from a long range effort to put the game beyond Gor Mahia. Of late Gor Mahia players have been fatigued and though coach Bobby Williamson has always insisted it is not a problem, his top player Dan Sserunkuma was simply not himself and was therefore, no surprise when he gave way to Patrick Oboya.

But it was too little too late and in the end Top Fry will celebrate their first win of the season.


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22 Mar 14

Gor Mahia will seek to recover from their disappointing scoreless draw with Thika United when they take on newly promoted Top Fry Nakuru All Stars.

The match will take place at Nakuru’s Afraha stadium. All Stars have not had any success since they were promoted. They have lost all five matches and their players seem overwhelmed by the standard of play in the Tusker premier league.

But coach Williamson has said he will not take them lightly.

“There is no easy game in the league any body can be any one and I’m sure they will win the love of their supporters. We expect a tough match since they are prepared to face the champions.

“We have set standards this season and we will try and maintain them since our fans demand that. When we draw we feel like we have lost the match so we have four clean sheets so far and we hope we can keep the fire burning,” Williamson told Capital Sport Friday during their training at Nairobi’s City Stadium.

The display against Thika on Wednesday was drab and uninspired. Fatigue was likely a factor. But Gor Mahia will not be getting any breaks in that regard as they will be playing their third match in a week. Nevertheless, they have talent in reserves. Hopefully coach Williamson will have observed who is tired in training and give others who have not played much a chance. Players like Shaban Kenga, Jared Obwoge and Innocent Mutiso who are relatively rested could be be given a run in the starting line-up.

Missing from the squad will be Musa Mohamed who is scheduled to attend trials in South Africa, Ugandan Israel Emuge and Kevin Oluoch.

Jerry Jagoal may return

One possible returnee is skipper Jerim Onyango who called upon fans to turn up in Nakuru in large numbers.

“I’m very grateful to be back since I have been out for two weeks and luckily I’m fit and I just hope for a win come Saturday though it’s a tricky fixture its not that easy as its seen in the papers so we will treat them the way we have taking on other big teams.

“I’m seeing a good season ahead once more since we have able goalkeepers (David Juma and Joel Bataro) who can replace me any time and as the defence our motto this season is to keep as many clean sheet as possible and midfielders to supply the ball and the forwards to score,” said he to capital sport.


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20 Mar 14

Coach Bobby Williamson expressed displeasure at the match officials who officiated the match against Thika United on Wednesday.

Thika engaged in time wasting and the referees did not do anything to stop it. Speaking after the barren draw, Bobby insisted that the officials should have acted with more firmness to deal with the vice evident on the pitch. This according to a report on futaa.com

Bobby however lauded his charges for defending well. Gor Mahia have kept a clean sheet in their 2014 Tusker premier league matches so far

Musa to attend South Africa Trials

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Gor Mahia are set to lose defender Musa Mohammed from Thursday as he is set to leave for South Africa where he will attend week long trials with PSL side Pretoria University.

Gor Mahia has already been notified by Musa’s parent club Fisa Academy and the technical bench has prepared to work without the player for that period.

Gor Mahia Secretary General Charles Omondi says they have received communication from Fisa Academy requesting for the release of the player between March 20-28, 20-28, 2014.


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19 Mar 14

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Thika United and Gor Mahia shared spoils in a Kenyan Premier League (KPL) match played at the City Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.

Gor Mahia started the match on attacking mode and could have taken the lead in the sixth minute. Kevin Omondi and Patrick Oboya exchanged neat passes, the latter finding the on-running Godfrey Walusimbi with a good pass. The Ugandan dropped in a perfectly weighted pass but Thika United custodian Hamza Muwonge reacted fast to avert the danger.

The hardworking Walusimbi made another good run down the left flank in the tenth minute and floated in a cross but Simon Mbugua cleared the danger.

Thika United chance came in the 16th minute. John Nairuka brought in a good cross from the right but David Juma did well by rising high to pick the ball.

Gor Mahia could have taken the lead in the 34th minute but Shaban Kenga shot from inside the box after an incisive pass from Oboya.

Second Half

Moses Arita replaced David Kingatua after the restart in an obvious attempt by Thika United to sharpen their attack. However, Vincent Omubo handled the ball in the box few minutes late, Gor winning a penalty.

Sserenkuma stepped up to take it but his hard shot was parried away for a corner by Hamza Muwonge.


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19 Mar 14

Gor Mahia are up against Thika United today Wednesday March 19 at the City Stadium at 3pm. Though the match is being played at Gor Mahia’s traditional home ground, Thika are actually the home team. Their usual home ground (Thika Municipal stadium) has been declared derelict and unfit for use by KPL teams.

Gor Mahia have made a bright start to the 2014 Tusker premier league and are eager to put behind them the Africa Champions league debacle. On Sunday they started slowly but once Kevin Omondi, Rama Salim and Patrick Oboya were introduced they took the game to Western who had no answers. Rama is rounding back to the form that saw him form a devastating partnership with Sserunkuma in 2012. The refined Timonah Wanyonyi has been showing a maturity that belies his youth

“We played very well and we showed our character. After a fruitless first half, we showed our resilience in the second period and I was pleased with the kind of spirit the players put up. The never say die attitude, the work rate… I was impressed,” Williamson said.

“Ade” on form

Kevin Omondi has shrugged off his recent injuries and has proven to be a real livewire on the left flank. His marauding run gave Gor Mahia a penalty against Esperance and a free-kick which resulted in Gor Mahia’s best attempt on goal during the Tunis encounter. On Sunday he underlined his superb skills when scored a goal for the ages.

“I was happy for Kevin Omondi, coming off the bench to score a superb goal. Probably I thought he had too much on it but he kept going and scored on the second attempt. He is a very important player for us and his impact from the bench was good.” said coach Williamson

Geoffrey Kizito has ably plugged the glaring hole that was ever present in the middle of the park last year. The overlapping Walusimbi offers solidity at the back and attacking options when he goes forward. Shaban Kenga has fitted in seamlessly and has not disappointed, while Sserunkuma’s scoring touch has picked up where he left off last season.

Gor Mahia fans had been hoping that George Odhiambo Blackberry would return to the sensational form that saw him selected player of the year in 2010. But Blackberry has yet to find his rythm and is still not in sync. But he eventually will. Form is temporary but class is permanent. And Blackberry is a classy player.

Solid Defence

Last year Gor Mahia beat Thika United 2-1 on their way to winning the league. To repeat the same feat on Wednesday, they will have to contain the youthful but dangerous Michael Olunga, as well as David Kingatua. But Gor Mahia will have to do without vice captain David Owino who is out with injury. In his place we might see Israel Emuge. Thika will be buoyed having beaten Bandari last weekend.

In goal, Gor Mahia are likely to field David Juma who has been solid between the posts during the absence of captain Jerim Onyango. The latter has resumed training but is yet to regain match fitness. “We won’t rush him back to competitive action. He had light training on Monday. We are first getting him back to his fitness since he has been out for some weeks. -I don’t think he will play against Thika United (on Wednesday 19 March) since we don’t want to rush him, but hopefully, he will be available against All Stars. We will monitor how he is responding to training then decide” said Idd Salim, the goalkeeper trainer to futaa.com

Gor Mahia have been able to keep clean sheets thanks in large part to Juma between the posts and a solid defence including Haron Shakava who has surpassed expectations so far.

Williamson was also impressed with his defense that went for the third straight game without conceding.

“It was very important to keep that record clean. When you have a defense that does its work well and a striking force that’s efficient then you have ingredients for a title winning side. Also, recovering from Caf Champions League embarrassment was very important.” said Williamson to goal.com

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17 Mar 14

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Gor Mahia Head Coach Bobby Williamson singled out his defense as the department that played better in the team’s 2-0 win over Western Stima on Sunday afternoon.

Speaking after the match, the former Uganda Cranes said the team played much better and showed great character.

-We bounced back (from the huge loss to Esperance) perfectly. The team played better in general especially defensively, Williamson said after the match,

-We showed great improvement and I hope we maintain that, he added.

Defense 

David Owino  partnered youngster Haron Shakava in central defense, former Western Stima defender Kevin Oluoch played at right-back while Ugandan Godfrey Walusimbi as usual was the preferred left-back.

U19 start on a bright note

Gor Mahia U19 side beat Makongeni Youth by a solitary goal in a Nairobi County League (NCL) match played at the Dandora Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Haji Achkobe scored the all-important goal in the 33rd minute to ensure the side marked its entry into the league with a victory.

In a Nairobi Provincial League (NPL) match played at the same venue, Kibera Blackstars beat Dandora AllStars 2-1.

Tony Nyangweso opened the lead in the 17th minute before Ghanaian Moses Quaye doubled the lead five minutes later. John Ringo pulled one back for AllStars in the 73rd minute.

Others 

Kariobangi Sports beat Sunderland Samba FC 3-0 in a Nairobi Women’s Provincial League match while Mwiki Young Stars edged out Black Beaver FC by the same score line in a Nairobi District League match.


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