Top coaches have applied for Gor Mahia job

The position of Gor Mahia coach appears attractive to some top coaches even despite the financial instability at the club.

According to a report by, former Gor Mahia coach and fan favourite Zdravko Logarusic is foremost among those who have applied for the job. Logarusic sees it as unfinished business after he left the club in June of last year.

Sebastian Desabre

Former Esperance coach Sebastian Desabre is another top name who has applied for the job according to goal. The Frenchman Desabre is youthful at 38 but his record is stellar. Under him, Esperance won the Tunisian league. Thats not saying much considering how dominant Esperance is in Tunisia. But prior to Esperance, he coached Coton Sport Garoua of Cameroon whom he led to the Camerounian league title. He also coached the Camerounian side through the group stages of the Champions league to the semi-finals where they lost to Al Ahly of Egypt only on away goals rule.

Between 2010 and 2012 he was coach at Asec Mimosas of the Ivory Coast. There he led them to win the Coupe de cote d’ivoire in 2012 and the Coupe Houpouet Boigny in 2012. He also led them to the quarter finals of the CAF cup.

He has no experience in any Anglophone nation so it is not clear how good his English is.

Dorian Marinn

Eritrea national team coach Dorian Marinn has also applied for the job according to The 54 year old Romanian is still listed as coach of King Faisal Babes in Kumasi, Ghana where he has coached since January 2014.  His coaching career has also taken him to Tishreen of Syria and Uganda Revenue authority.

A glance at Marinn’s curriculum vitae does not show any notable achievements and King Faisal are currently 14th out of 16 teams in the Ghanaian league and are staring at relegation.

However Some Kenyans might remember him as the coach under whom Eritrea beat Kenya twice during qualifications for the 2008 Africa nations cup. At the time, Frenchman Bernard Lama was Harambee stars coach.

Local coaches

Among the local coaches who have applied to take up the position include former AFC Leopards coach Jan Koops, Bidco United coach Alfred Imonje and former Nairobi City Stars coach Tim Bryett.  None of these have notable achievements either. There is no word on whether former coaches Sammy Omollo or Zedekiah Otieno have applied.

More Applications due

Club secretary general has indicated that the club expects more applicants to send their CVs.

“More applications are still coming. We have constituted an interviewing panel which will look at all those applicants and narrow it down to five before we pick the most suitable candidate,” he told What is also not clear is whether the club has the financial wherewithal.

Gor Mahia , KCB in scoreless draw

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KCB have overtaken Nairobi City Stars on the Kenyan Premier League [KPL] standings after holding Gor Mahia to a barren draw in their Thursday afternoon encounter at the Nyayo National Stadium.

It was an end to end game as both sides enjoyed control of the match and possession at various points of it in both the first and the second half respectively.
Gor Mahia started as the better side though with Timothy Otieno heading wide from close range from a Godfrey Walusimbi corner in the second minute.
David Calabar Owino then launched a quick break but Samuel Mwangi was quick to react and intercept the counter, Musa Mohammed however relaunched the attack on the right but the resultant shot went wide.
KCB then attacked for their first chance in the 10th minute but John Odhiambo’s cross to Benjamin Chaka was headed off the mark. Walusimbi then blew his corner off the mark in the 15th minute.
Daniel Onyango then looped the ball to Timothy Otieno but the former Talanta forward lost footing in attack. Kiongera then capitalized on the blunder and attacked for KCB’s first real threat but his cross towards goal could not reach Raymond Murugi in time.
Timothy Otieno then wasted two glorious chances towards the halftime mark with only the keeper to beat after Sserunkuma had done all the donkey work. He was nearly punished after Musana’s cross found Paul Kiongera who combined well with Benjamin Chaka but the resultant shot went wide.
The introduction of Simon Mburu early in the second half for Blackberry Odhiambo seemed to have worked as Gor won more ball in the midfield and attacked with more vigour.
Kizito’s attempt to find Timothy Otieno was fruitless in the 50th minute as the ball was headed away by Kevin Omondi. Kiongera then launched the first counter attack for KCB in the second half but Jerim was quick to react from the resultant one on one with the lanky striker.
Sserunkuma then lost an open chance from a one on one but Zachary Onyango produced a good reflex to save the day for KCB in the 60th minute. He then missed from yet another one on one after Mburu picked him out but Onyango punched it back to play.
KCB turned the tide against Gor with Murugi partnering well with Paul Mungaui who is headed to Simba SC in Tanzania but the eventual cross to Chaka was too long and was cleared by Musa Mohammed.
Patrick Onyango Oboya who had been introduced for Timothy Otieno then headed inches wide from the near post in the dying minutes of the match before he was caught by the offside trap a minute later in yet another attack.
Sserunkuma then missed the best chance of the second half after beating the KCB defence and drilling his shot inches wide with only the keeper to beat.
The draw leaves Gor Mahia at the peak of the standings while KCB piles pressure on Nairobi City Stars as the relegation battle gets heated even further.
KCB: Starting XI: 22. Zachary Onyango (GK), 13. Bethuel Warambo, 30 John Odhiambo, 27 Mark Odhiambo, 21 Kevin Omondi [c], 12 Tirus Omondi, 3 Ronald Musana [Kassim Mohammed], 8 Sula Bagala[17 John Macharia, 86′], 24. Ray Murugi, 5 Mungai Kiongera, 11 Benjamin Chaka [10 Samuel Mwangi 90+2′]
Unused Subs: 1 Sammy Okinda (GK),  18 Abbas Kiwaalabye, 14 Michael Oyando, 9. Chrispinus Onyango, 15 Peter Wainaina
GOR: Starting IX: 1 Fredrick Onyango (GK),5. Musa Mohammed 18 Harun Shakava, 15 David Owino, 2 Godfrey Walusimbi, 3 Geoffrey Kizito, 10. Daniel Onyango, 6 Collins Okoth, 25. George Odhiambo [7. Simon Mburu 46′], 8 Timothy Otieno [30. Patrick Oboya 77′] 8 Dan Sserunkuma

New era starts as Gor Mahia take on KCB

Gor Mahia players celebrate Kizito’s goal against SoNy

Gor Mahia start the post Bobby Williamson era when they take on KCB on Thursday.

According to team captain Jerim Onyango, the playing unit has gotten over Williamson’s departure and is ready to move on.

“As a player you always have to be prepared for such things and be ready to work with anyone at any-time. Williamson had a great influence on this team and we will miss him but we have to move on.” he told

Team manager Frank Ouna is the man charged with taking the club through this transition period as Gor Mahia search for a new coach to take them through the end of the season.

On paper, Ouna is certainly qualified. He is a  Master’s degree Holder (MIS) and BSC (IT) degree from Moi University is an experienced and well trained coach with  a UEFA B coaching License  adding up to his previous DFB Level  II course in Germany and CAF Level “C”

But despite all these qualifications he has scant coaching experience. At Gor Mahia he has been in charge for only one game. It was the KPL top 8 match against Tusker which Kogalo lost.

In the last match against SoNy Sugar, the club was bailed out by individual brilliance and in particular Geoffrey Kizito’s free-kick. On Thursday against KCB , it will likely come down to the playing unit again. Which is why the club’s fan base must turn out in large number to lift the team.

KCB will be no pushovers. They are on the recovery path, are determined to escape relegation and won their last match according to their coach and former Kenya international Rishad Shedu.

“The morale at camp is still very high and I am sure that in our remaining eight matches we shall rise to safety because the boys also want to remain in the league.

“We want to stay out of relegation zone. I am glad the team has begun to pick up at the right time and considering renewed confidence during training, I believe they will overcome the challenge.”

And striker Mungai Kiongera who scored in their last match will likely want to leave on a high note as he departs for Tanzania.

But the Gor Mahia playing unit is under no illusions about the difficulty of this match. They are also determined to stay focused in the remaining 10 matches.

“Our focus is to take each game as it comes. We are not focusing on how many matches we have remaining or the advantage we have. Instead, we want to work hard in each game and make sure that we pick maximum points,” continued captain  Jerim Onyango to

The fan base must show up and do their part to lift the players.

Starting Line-Up

Starting IX: 1 Jerim Onyango 5. Musa Mohammed 18 Harun Shakava, 15 David Owino, 2 Godfrey Walusimbi, 3 Geoffrey Kizito, 10. Daniel Onyango, 6 Collins Okoth, 25. George Odhiambo, 8 Timothy Otieno, 8 Dan Sserunkuma

Substitute: 16 David Juma . 27. Simone Pierre, 13. Charles Bruno, 17. Eric Ochieng’, 7. Simon Mburu, 30. Patrick Oboya, 14. Kennedy Opiyo

Reports: Logarusic among those in contention

Apparently former Gor Mahia coach Zdravko Logarusic is among those who are seriously being considered to take over as Gor Mahia coach following the departure of Bobby Williamson. This according to a report in the Nation.

“It is safe to reveal we will be appointing a foreign coach (to replace Williamson) considering the composition of our multi-national squad,” the club’s organising secretary David Kiilo said Tuesday to the Nation.

The  Nation Sport suggests that Logarusic, who won the FKF and Top 8 titles during his earlier stint at the club that ended in mid last year, is keen to make a comeback.

However the management is wary of the tactician’s ‘extra baggage’ and would prefer to outline what the Croatian tactician can or cannot say or do on paper as part of the agreement.

It is a reversal from 2 weeks ago when Secretary General Chris Omondi declared that the club was not interested in hiring Loga but would instead persuade Williamson to stay until season end.

Should Logarusic return, it will be a reversal of last season when he left at Mid season for Williamson to take over.

Logarusic was most recently at Simba of Dar es Salaam where he was fired for several reasons including the fact that Simba finished an unaccustomed fourth in the league and Logarusic was said to be extremely rude to players.

There is no word yet on which other foreign coaches are being considered.


Acid test for Frank Ouna against KCB

Frank Ouna in the orange jersey

Gor Mahia have appointed Frank Ouna as interim coach. He will be in charge of the match against KCB. Chairman Ambrose Rachier has indicated that Ouna will be in charge while the club seeks a suitable replacement.

“Ouna is the designated assistant coach at Gor Mahia and he therefore, takes over as we look at possible successor,” Rachier told on Tuesday.

Ouna has very little coaching experience. He has been on the technical bench  as team manager. He also stood in for Bobby Williamson in the Top 8 match against Tusker FC in Kinoru Stadium on Saturday 24 May.

We as fans cannot expect miracles from Ouna. We can hope he identifies the appropriate line-up to tackle KCB based on KCB’s style of play and that he comes up with appropriate strategies and in-game adjustments. Much also depends on the playing unit. And this is why the 12th man aka the fans will be once again critical. Much of how Gor Mahia performs in the last few games will depend largely on the 12th man.

Identifying the next coach

According to Rachier, they have received applications and will meet

We will meet on Tuesday as an executive and have a look at all those who have applied for the job and then talk to them and discuss our terms. We expect to have someone in place in the next one week.” said Rachier to

Since Bobby Williamson indicated that he would help the club identify the next coach, it is critical that each of these candidates is interviewed by Bobby Williamson.


Gor Mahia to name coach on Tuesday

Eric Ochieng and Blackberry in action against Djibouti Telecom

Gor Mahia are set to name a coach to replace Bobby Williamson on Tuesday August 26. This according to a report by the Standard newspaper.

Coach Bobby Williamson has indicated that he has given his suggestion as to whom should take over as coach.

“I have talked to the chairman (Ambrose Rachier) and recommended someone for the job. It is someone who is a qualified coach and one who can lift up this club to greater heights,” he said to the Standard.

And in a separate report, Williamson heaped praise on his long time assistant and club legend Bobby Ogolla, thus hinting at whom his personal favourite would be.

“Ogolla has done a wonderful job and will be a good replacement,” he said.

From a continuity perspective, Ogolla would be good. But it remains to be seen whether his health can withstand the pressures of being Kogalo coach.

Club Chairman Ambrose Rachier is said to prefer Zedekiah Otieno. But Otieno is unlikely to leave SoNy Sugar mid season.

Former coach Zdvarko Logarusic would be a fan favourite but given his past history of agitating for higher pay and the financial status of the club, he is an unlikely choice.

With Gor Mahia having regained their position atop the Tusker premier league, it will be critical that a suitable replacement is found who can enable the club to maintain its position starting this Thursday against KCB who are determined to fend off relegation.

National Team

Meanwhile Williamson has officially taken over as Harambee stars coach and has named four Gor Mahia players in the squad to play Egypt. New sensation Timothy Otieno is likely to make his full debut. Other Kogalo players named are David Owino, Jerim Onyango and Anthony Akumu who is out on loan. Bernard Odhiambo, a younger brother to David Owini has been named.

It is interesting that when Harambee stars needed quality friendlies, there were no quality matches organized. Now that Stars are eliminated from competitive football for two years, then FKF has seen it fit to line up to quality friendlies against Egypt and Morocco

Bobby says emotional farewell as search continues

Coach Bobby Williamson bade an emotional farewell to the club on Sunday. It was a fitting goodbye as Gor Mahia won 1-0 thanks to a high quality strike from Ugandan international Geoffrey Kizito.

And clearly Bobby has been very popular among the players. In a moving gesture, the players hoisted him to a lap of honour at the end of the match to thunderous reception from the fans.

Bobby thanked the club management and the players.

“Gor has wonderful players and I hope they go ahead to win the league because it has a good bunch of players. I thank the chairman for having faith in me and giving me this opportunity to manage the club.

“I also express my sincere gratitude to players who made extra effort to go ahead and win the game today,” .

He also said why he was unable to manage both the club and the national team.

“I don’t think I could stay any longer at Gor because I don’t want to look impartial when selecting players for the national team, I would like to concentrate on national team and hopefully develop some talent and introduce academies but we have a lot of work to do,” he declared.

“I will miss the fans that were always fantastic and crazy and I’m happy they behaved today which is a good thing because the club needs a sponsor.

“It’s been tremendous though I experienced some highs and lows but I can’t complain because that’s the experience in football,” Williamson stated in homage to the fans who gave him the rousing ‘green carpet’ send-off.

Bobby also said he was proud of his record in the Mashemeji derby despite having not won in four attempts.

“My best match in Gor was two weeks ago against Leopards when we were 2-0 down and thought the game was over but it wasn’t because we should have won that match, Sserunkuma should have been given a penalty but the referee denied us because he wanted the match to end 2-2 to avoid trouble.

“I feel disappointed I leave the club having not won any derby in four attempts but I’m happy I leave the club in good position to defend the title and everybody seems to love the way we play,” .

Williamson’s statement about the club needing a sponsor is very apt. There are reports that the club did not wear the Joma kit because they did not settle the laundry bill when the Joma kits were taken for cleaning.

Search for a new coach

Meanwhile there is no word yet on whom the new coach will be. Former player Sammy Omollo led Tusker to a league title. So he proved that with good players he can win. He later took over at SoNy before being replaced by current coach “Zico” Otieno.

Among the names that have been mentioned is current team manager Frank Ouna. According to former Kenya international, Ezekiel Akwana, Ouna would make a good replacement.

“Now that Bobby has left, I would advise the Gor management to elevate Frank Ouna to be the replacement, he told Ouna has worked under different coaches at Gor and understands how the club has been coached in the recent past said Akwana. ”

But Ouna has no coaching experience and this is not the time for Gor Mahia to be experimenting.

Others have backed current assistant coach Bobby Ogolla to take over. But Bobby legend has still not recuperated completely. The pressure that comes with being coach might cause him to relapse.

What Gor Mahia needs now is an experienced person with established credentials.

Gor Mahia 1 SoNy Sugar 0

Dan Ssserunkuma and Geoffrey Kizito take on SoNy Sugar

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Gor Mahia returned to domestic action with a 1 – 0 win over SoNy Sugar in the two teams’ Kenyan Premier League (KPL) match played at the Nairobi City Stadium on Sunday 24 August, a win that was heavily aided by the visitors’ keeper Lucas Indeche’s 57th minute mistake.

Timothy Otieno got the first sight on goal for the KPL champions on the fifth minute when he robbed Alfred Onyango of the ball but he took too long to make a decision and his eventual option of passing to his strike partner Dan Sserunkuma came late and Onyango recovered to clear.

Gor Mahia threat

Action was stuck in the visitors’ goal area and Indeche was called upon on 16 minutes to smother George Odhiambo’s free kick after he was fouled by Andrew Anthony 20 yards out and four minutes later Harun Shakava’s header from Kennedy Ayong’s corner flew wide.

Gor Mahia skipper Jerim Onyango pulled a great save on 22 minutes when in a one on one situation with Edwin Oduor – the striker shot well but Jerim just took a timely touch and Harun Shakava raced in to clear the danger.

Wasted chances

Five minutes to the break, Timothy Otieno had another good chance after getting to the end of George Odhiambo’s cross but he blasted wide when he just had Indeche to beat and just before half time Eric Ochieng fed Sserunkuma in the box but Indeche made a decent save.

The ensuing surge forward saw Andrew Anthony well poised and he managed to beat Jerim Onyango as the Gor Mahia defence went missing but the SoNy Sugar man’s touch was too heavy and the ball sailed clear of any danger.

Moment of madness

Indeche’s moment of madness came on 56 minutes when he handled the ball, placed it down and picked it again to give away a free kick in the box and Geoffrey Kizito stepped forward to steer the ball home for the only goal of the game.

Gor Mahia had the chance to double the advantage after Kizito picked out Sserunkuma with a great pass on the 74th minute but the league’s top scorer, faced with just Indeche, went for power and lacked precision and his attempt flew high.

The result saw Gor Mahia reclaim top spot with two matches in hand and with 41 points while SoNy Sugar stays rooted in ninth place with 28 points after 22 matches.


Gor Mahia; Fredrick Onyango, 5. Musa Mohammed,18.Harun Shakava, 15. David
Owino,14. Kennedy Opiyo (89’ Simon Pierre),3. Baba Kizito,17. Eric Ochieng (73’ Dan Onyango),6.Collins Okoth,25. George Odhiambo (58’ Ian Niva),9. Timothy Otieno. 8. Dan

Subs: 16. David Juma,20.Joseph Kariuki,13. Bruno Charles,10. Daniel Onyango,7. Simon Mburu,27.Simon Pierre,19.Ian Niva

SoNy Sugar: Indeche Lucas (GK), Wycliffe Nyangechi, Omweri Joseph, Onyango Alfred, Odette Charles, Asembeka Amos, Andrew Anthony(80’ Robert Ouma), Oduor Kennedy, Oduor Edwin (72’ Kennedy Otieno), Chamberi Marwa (c), Mwangi Joseph (58’ Samuel Onyango).

Sub: Ronny Kagunzi (GK), Eugene Ochieng, Ouma Robert, Onyango Samuel, Opondo Vincent, Okombo Naftali, Otieno Kennedy

Gor Mahia take on SoNy Sugar

Fans will no doubt show up in large numbers hoping for something to cheer

Gor Mahia return to league action this Sunday as they take on SoNy Sugar of Awendo on Sunday at the City stadium.

All week long Gor Mahia players have been saying how much they learned from their CECAFA experience.

“We returned from Rwanda with vital lessons, and the whole team is focused on retaining the title,” Williamson added.

Fans will be hoping that they can put those lessons into action. Indeed fans will be looking for something to cheer after a period of bad news.

SoNy coach Zedekiah Otieno “Zico” has nnaounced that his team is determined to secure all three points despite missing key players Sylvester Wanyama and Victor Ademba.

“We have prepared very well. It is just unfortunate that we will be missing some players but we are well motivated especially after the KPL disciplinary committee listened to our appeal. I believe the boys will measure up,” Otieno, a former Gor coach, told Saturday the Nation.

Williamson to assist in search for new coach

As Gor Mahia embark on finding a coach to replace the departing Bobby Williamson, it has emerged that Williamson will be assisting the club in finding his replacement. According to the team will be searching for a coach who will neither interrupt with his style of play nor conduct with the player unit and one that understands his philosophy well, possibly a man he has closely worked with previously.

Among the names mentioned before this former Harambee stars coach Jacob Ghost Mulee who was recently fired by FKF. Then there is former club coach and player Sammy Omollo “Pamzo”.