Archives - September, 2014



30 Sep 14

Former Gor Mahia midfielder Moses Odhiambo “Dube” thinks his former club has the best chance to retain the title they won last season. This according to “Dube” is because Gor Mahia have an easier schedule left compared to the other contenders.

“Gor have a higher chance of winning the title, they are two points ahead of the second placed team and on paper they have easier fixtures compared to the other title contestants” he said to futaa.com

Dube however maintained that the last few matches are going to be tough for all three teams.

“The remaining fixture are tough for the top three teams, anything can happen and  any of the top three can win the league, he continued.

Remaining matches

Sat 04-10-14: City Stars vs Gor Mahia

Sat 18-10-14: Gor Mahia vs Mathare United

Sun 26-10-14: Sofapaka vs Gor Mahia

Sun 02-11-14: Muhoroni Youth vs Gor Mahia

Sat 08-11-14: Gor Mahia vs KRA

 

Gor Mahia will need to keep their concentration in all their remaining matches. But the key encounter is clearly the match against Sofapaka.

 

Profile of Moses Odhiambo

The classy Moses Odhiambo joined Gor Mahia in 2011 from Young Africans of Dar es Salaam. In his three years at Gor Mahia, “Dube” played a pivotal role as Gor Mahia won the league, the FKF cup twice and the KPL top 8.

Nicknamed “Dube” for his dreadlocks and his physical resemblance to South African reggae singer Lucky Dube, Odhiambo was an industrious, tireless midfielder who always tracked back to help the defence and also created numerous chances for the forwards. His playmaking skills are something the club sorely misses now. Odhiambo’s ball control and his intelligence on the field is immaculate.

His career started as a youngstar with the now defunct Utalii United. He immediately established himself as one of the best midfielders in the country. When Utalii was disbanded, he joined Tusker. He was soon called up to the national team, then coached by Frenchman Bernard Lama. His exploits on the local scene attracted the eyes of Tanzanian scouts. He soon joined upstart Moro United. He was in sensational form in the 2006 CECAFA cup when he scored three goals to help Moro United reach the finals. Most notable was his quarter-final goal against Simba sports club which enabled Moro beat Simba 2-1

His performances compelled Simba to swoop in and sign him in 2007. He established himself as one of the best players in the Tanzanian league in his role as a roving midfielder under coach Twalib Hilal. He stayed at Simba briefly before joining APR of Rwanda. He was the APR squad that beat Gor Mahia handily in 2008. Upon leaving APR, Odhiambo had a stint with Belgian second tier side AS Eupen from 2008 to 2009.

The 2012 season was his best in the Kogalo jersey. With Logarusic in charge, Odhiambo was at the heart of the Gor Mahia midfield, pulling the strings, setting up goals and supporting the defence. His most memorable moment came when he headed home a cross from Moses Otieno to give Gor Mahia a 2-1 win over arch rivals AFC Leopards in the FKF cup. His superb form in 2012 saw him named to the national team under another Frenchman Henri Michel. At the end of the season, he struck a deal with a side in the Omani deal. The deal however fell through when the Omanians reneged on an earlier promise and Dube returned to Gor Mahia much to the relief of Gor Mahia fans.

And he would play a  key role in enabling Gor Mahia win the national league after an 18 year hiatus. It thus came as a surprise to many when he was released by the club. This column would like to thank “Odhis Dube” for his three seasons of distinguished service.

 


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27 Sep 14

courtesy of futaa.com

Nairobi Provincial league [NPL] side Intercity FC came from behind to record a one all draw against Kenya Premier League
[KPL] side Gor Mahia in a friendly match played on Friday 26 September at Nairobi City Stadium starting
0830 hours.

The match which started on a relatively balanced mode saw Gor Mahia open the scoring before Intercity equalized a couple of minutes into half time.

Opener, Equalizer

K’Ogalo’s Herbert kopany was picked out  in the 20th minute and the striker never hesitated to convert the pass into a classic goal past Intercity keeper for a temporary lead which only lasted for about 15 minutes.

The Okoth side settled back into the game and when the 36th minute of the clock ticked, Benson Iregi got hold of the ball and passed it to unmarked Thanksgod Alosike who in a style unleashed a fierce shot to make it a draw for Intercity.

Second half

All efforts by both teams to look for winner goals never bore any fruit until the full time whistle was blown.

Intercity Head Coach Frank Okoth expressed his satisfaction of the match’s outcome stating that it was a good exercise for his boys.

-We cannot really bank on the match’s result because this was simply meant to gauge our standards. However I am happy because my boys created good chances and never allowed a win from our opponents, the tactician told futaa.com.

Standings

Both teams are currently on top of their leagues with Intercity FC having  51 points after 22 matches in the Nairobi Provincial League [NPL] as Gor Mahia tops


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26 Sep 14

Angelo Okumu working with youth at Sadili sports club in a past event

Gor Mahia football club has sent out invites to children aged 8-13 to participate in an event at City Stadium on Saturday September 27.  The event dubbed Lets play has been announced on the club’s site and on social media pages. It is being organized by Gor Mahia in partnership with Kenya Premier League (KPL) and the official league broadcaster Supersport. The event takes place from 8:00 am to 10:00 am.

According to the club, the primary objective of the programe’s is to engage Kenyans regarding the negative effects of lack of sports participation on health, social, moral and economic well- being, especially that of children, started earlier in the year and has so far seen 14 out of the 16 premier league teams participate.

Let’s Play is about enabling children to live healthier lives – and through a shared vision and a network of partners and facilitators, it aims to encourage and support children to be physically active in safe and supportive environments.

‘Let’s play’ is strictly open to kids between 8-13 years old, both boys and girls, and those registered to participate will be required to dress in sports attire on the day.

The day’s key event will see the kids undergo various soccer skills training conducted by Gor Mahia FC players and co-ordinates by club Head Coach Frank Nuttall and the technical team.

Only 500 slots are available for grabs and all interested parents and guardians are required to register with the club latest Thursday 25th September 2014. Each participating kid will be provided with a ‘Let’s Play’ t-shirt.  Lunch and drinking water will also be provided for all participating kids.

The editor’s thoughts.

This is a noble initiative. Its a good way to reach out to the community and build relationships. It also sensitizes parents about the importance of being active among both children and adults. Reaching out to children is a good idea since these are the future fans and this is an excellent way to build a future fan base.  This should be done more often and at various venues. For parents who are wary of sending their children to City stadium, the club should consider a different venue.

What is interesting however is that once again it appears the event was announced late and given very little publicity. Nevertheless, when the club comes up with an initiative like this, it is worth cheering. And this particular blog is happy to help publicize any club related events.


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25 Sep 14

Gor Mahia collected six points out of 12 in their last four games.  It was always going to be difficult to play four difficult games in a space of 10 days. This is especially true at Gor Mahia; Given the mass player exodus, the bench has been left depleted leaving the technical bench with few options to rest key players or replace tiring players. Fatigue likely played  a role in the disappointing draw with Bandari.

And it was not made easy by Bandari who are battling relegation and came ready to defend and fight for a draw. Speaking to the club site, captain Jerim Onyango credited Bandari

“We battled hard and tried to break them down and we managed to do it a couple of times, but we didn’t quite get that final ball right. We’re happy with the way we battled and performed but disappointed with the final ball and not getting that goal.

This was our game in hand and it was important not to lose it. We wanted to win it but credit to them, they were quite well organized.

You have these sort of games and that’s when it’s important to stay solid and compact and not give them anything as well” he said.

Solid defence but lack of playmaking options

Nevertheless Gor Mahia’s defence appears solid having conceded only one goal in the last six games. Much of the credit for that goes to Jerim Onyango for his heroics against Tusker, Chemelil and Ulinzi, while David Owino “Calabar”, Musa Mohamed and Kevin Oluoch have been solid throughout.

Coach Frank Nuttall for his part expressed disapointment with the draw against Bandari.

“I am sorry to the fans because this is not the result they wanted or what they had hoped for. “It’s unfortunate we drew and did not perform to the fans expectations,” he said

Gor Mahia lost a number of playmakers at mid-season and have yet to replace them. The midfield as it is currently constituted has excellent ball winners but is lacking a player who can make that killer pass. Hence the decision to move Walusimbi further up.   Once promising players like Herbert Kopany and Angelo Okumu have yet to measure up to their potential.

Poor Officiating

And the matter of referees favouring Gor Mahia can be firmly put to rest following the Bandari match where a referee allowed what was a genuine goal by Geoffrey Walusimbi. Captain Jerim Onyango decried the poor officiating that led to the disallowed goal.

“I do not see how that would have been disallowed yet a Bandari defender had a flick on it. Our match officials have let us down once again and it is a pity. It was a genuine goal” he said to futaa.com.

League Standings

Gor Mahia have now played the same number of matches as Sofapaka. They are only two points above Sofapaka which means they have no cushion. A draw or a loss against City Stars next Saturday will see Gor Mahia relinquish their lead. And since City Stars will come ready to park the bus so hopefully the technical bench will come up with a strategy, a breakdown tailor to remove the bus.


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24 Sep 14

courtesy of goal.com

Bandari halted Gor Mahia’s march towards a successive Kenyan Premier League title after forcing a draw that leaves Sofapaka two points behind

Gor Mahia lost an opportunity of going four points clear at the top of Kenyan Premier League log after being held to a barren draw by visiting Bandari in a mid-week match played at City Stadium on Wednesday.

The draw means Sofapaka remain on toes as the champions and league leaders now enjoy a two point cushion. Sofapaka remain second on 46 while Gor Mahia moves to 48 points.

Gor Mahia coach Frank Nuttall blamed Bandari for opting to play a more defensive game than attacking. “We created our chances but in most occasions our opponents were defending in numbers.

“It becomes very difficult when playing against a team that already as mind set on defending. We did our best and furthermore, we had a clean goal disallowed. I am yet to find out why the goal was ruled out because from where I was sited that was a clean goal.”

On the title challenge, Nuttall, who has won once since replacing Bobby Williamson said, “We are on top of the log and that shows you how difficult it has become to navigate the league.

“We are not underrating any team at the moment and will continue to fight. We have the title in sight but what matters is how we respond to today’s result and our performance in remaining matches.”

Bandari coach Twahir Muhiddin refuted Nuttall’s claims and insisted that they were the better side in the fixture and derserved to bag maximum points. “We deserved to win because our tactics worked against Gor Mahia.

“We knew they were playing at home and needed to score goals but we also had our game plan which worked very well. We attacked them and missed several scoring chances especially in second period. We are satisfied with a point because it keeps us going as we strive to escape relegation.”

The major argument in the match came in 28th minute when Gor Mahia found the back of the net through Ugandan Goddfrey Walusimbi but the goal was flagged offside.

However, television replays showed that Walusimbi was onside when he latched onto the ball to score and this leaves officiating in Kenyan Premier League on spot again.

Gor Mahia started the match on a high note with coach Nuttall deciding to retain same squad that had won in last league assignment and Ugandan Dan Sserunkuma and George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo continued with their impressive partnership.

Ssserunkuma had two opening chances but squandered and Walusimbi followed him up with another fluffed chance from a free-kick.


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23 Sep 14

Will Kogalo players celebrate on Wednesday

When Gor Mahia last played Bandari in Mombasa on March 30, Bandari shockingly won 2-1. Aside from the loss to Top Fry Nakuru, this is probably the most unexpected defeat Gor Mahia has suffered this season. It cannot be gainsaid therefore that Gor Mahia will be gunning for a measure of revenge When they play Bandari at City stadium on Wednesday.

Even more important however, Gor Mahia will be hoping to pick up where they left off against Chemelil on Saturday. It was an all round brilliant performance from all the players; Skipper Jerim Onyango is in peak form, making incredible save after incredible save, Geoffrey Walusimbi is thriving in his new role as playmaker, while Kizito and Gattuso are as solid as ever.

As for Sserunkuma, his goal-scoring touch has incredibly  not escaped him since he joined the club in 2011. Yet again he leads the scoring charts.This kind of goal scoring consistency has not been seen since Hezborn Omollo in the mid 1980s and Ouma “Chege” in the early 1970s.

David Owino “Calabar” has yet to have a bad league game since Logarusic gave him a spot in the starting line-up. Talk about consistency. And of course, Gor Mahia fans were elated to see George Odhiambo “Blackberry” recover his mystical touch from 4 years ago.  Some strikers have a fragile psyche and it takes a certain type of coach to coax the confidence back to the surface. Perhaps thats what Nuttall has done with Blackberry.  Fans will be hoping that he continues on Wednesday.

But Bandari who are under the chairmanship of former Gor Mahia winger Ben Oloo “Breakdance” will be in a fighting mood. They are literally fighting for survival, being only 6 points above the relegation zone. Their last four games have ended in draws, including an impressive draw against Sofapaka.

Of note, Gor Mahia will probably be playing against midfielder Shaban Kenga who donned the Kogalo jersey while on loan during the first half of thsi year. But coach Twahir Muhidin has so far been unimpressed with Kenga since his return.

“He is not just the same player we had before he went to Gor Mahia. Something has changed about him and I have challenged him to work harder and give more”. Remember Kenga had expressed a desire to stay at Gor Mahia but he was forced back by Bandari.

Skipper Jerim Onyango for his part has underscored the importance of concentration as the league enters  its final lap.

“We are at a crucial stage and we can’t afford to lose concentration even a bit. Against Chemelil Sugar it was tough and thankfully we got three points. Now the stage we are in requires a lot of focus and for us it means we continue winning our matches.” said Jerim to futaa.com

And when it comes to concentration and focus, Jerry “Jagoal” has been leading by example over the past four games. He has been solid between the posts.

A win for Gor Mahia will put them 4 points clear of closest challengers Sofapaka. But coach Frank Nuttall acknowledges that there is still a long way to go. “It’s difficult to tell if we will win the league because it’s getting intense every time but so long as we are on the go and take each game as it comes we will win it,” the Scotsman said.

The match kicks off on Wednesday at 4pm at City stadium.


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21 Sep 14

It took four games but New Gor Mahia coach Frank Nuttall has finally recorded his first win since his arrival at the club. Gor Mahia scored a deserved 2-0 win over Kisumu county based Chemelil Sugar FC.

It was an all round excellent performance. Most striking was George Odhiambo “Blackberry’s” return to form. This column once noted that Blackberry just needed a coach to get inside his psyche to enable him to regain his confidence. Coach Nuttall may have found that key. And given the way he picked out Sserunkuma’s run for the second goal, then perhaps the duo are finally starting to get in sync.

Aside from Blackberry, it was an all round good performance. Owino “Calabar” gave his usual solid performance at the back. Skipper Jerim “Jagoal” has been solid in the past three games. Saturday was no different. And Walusimbi continued to thrive in his new playmaking position. Note that Walusimbi leads the club in assists this season. Kizito was solid as well.

“The players were fantastic today and it’s a good feeling to winning this match,” Nuttall said after the match.

Nutall noted that the team would continue to stay focused on their overall goal.

“We created a lot of chances in the first-half and scored the goal but we improved in the last half. We will approach each match as it comes and do our best to see we achieve our target of retaining the title,” Nuttall said in a post match interview.

Chemelil coach Mike Mururi has admitted he lost fairly

“My boys played very well in the first-half, we got our chances but we did not utilize them but Gor got theirs and converted. Lapse in the defence saw us concede the two goals so I lost fairly but we are still in the race because the difference is not huge.”


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20 Sep 14

courtesy of goal.com

A double from striker Dan Sserunkuma pushed K’ogalo’s points to 47, four adrift of second placed Tusker FC who drew 1-1 against Nairobi City Stars

Gor Mahia opened up a four point lead at the top of Kenyan Premier League table after edging out Chemelil Sugar 2-0 at City Stadium on Saturday.

A double from Ugandan striker Dan Sserunkuma pushed K’ogalo’s points to 47, four adrift second placed Tusker, who were held to a 1-1 draw by Nairobi City Stars on Friday.

It was first victory for new coach Frank Nuttall, who replaced Bobby Williamson, and the Briton is now confidence that they have what it takes to retain league crown.

“This was a comprehensive victory against a very determined side. We were on top from onset and I thank God now that I have won my first match in charge of the team.

“We will continue to take a match at a time because we still have several matches to play for and remember the league is very close to call. Every game is going to be a battle and it’s good to be on top. The journey is still long way to go and we will take each game as it comes.”

Chemelil coach Mike Mururi conceded defeat but refused to rule out his side for a maiden league title this season.

“We lost to a well organized side but that does not mean that we are out of the race. Seven or six matches to go means the league is far away from being decided.

“We will keep fighting as hard as we can to challenge for the title. I have told my players after this defeat that we are still in the race for the title and we must keep faith that we can do it.”

The sugar millers will remain fourth after defeat to Gor Mahia on 41 points, six points adrift the league leaders and champions.

Gor Mahia were the better side from onset as Sserunkuma and George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo caused all sorts of problems for Chemelil’s back four. Sserunkuma went close in opening minutes but was denied after combining well with Odhiambo.

Chemelil also had their moment of brilliance with a lovely free-kick by Murage forcing a tip save from keeper Jerim Onyango. Onyango had to produce his best to block another shot three minute later.

K’Ogalo went ahead minutes later as Sserunkuma jumped to head home from an unmarked position. Gor Mahia led 1-0 at half-time break and looked a more rejuvenated side in second half with Sserunkuma and Odhiambo leading the attacks.

Sserunkuma completed his brace in 56th minute, racing to tap home a cross from Odhiambo, who enjoyed a good afternoon. Erick Ochieng was presented with best opportunity to make it 3-0 by a pin-point cross from Patrick Oboya but his shot was too feeble to allow the keeper collect the ball.


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19 Sep 14

Tim Otieno vs Ulinzi

Gate Collections from Ulinzi match

Gor Mahia dropped 2 crucial points against Ulinzi. But on a positive note for Gor Mahia, the match raised Ksh 648,150 in gate collections. This according to goal.com This amount is 20% higher than typical midweek collections which are usually less than Ksh 500,000. Not a bad result for a match that kicked off on a Wednesday at 4pm. This year Gor Mahia has played an inordinate amount of midweek home games.

Out of that amount, the club took 372,650 while the rest went to statutory deductions.   Ticket charges were Kshs 600 for the main stand (VIP) and Kshs 300 for the terraces.

Chemelil Up Next

Gor Mahia will next take on Chemelil on Saturday at 3pm. Gor Mahia fans will be hoping to put Chemelil coach Mike Mururi in his place. He is the one who claimed that referees have been helping Gor Mahia in the league.  Interestingly, Tusker official Leonard Odipo also claimed that referees were helping Gor Mahia. This has now become a theme by officials of other teams who are clearly trying to play mind games with referees.

Nevertheless, the match against Chemelil will not be easy. They are having what is probably the best season they have had in almost a decade.  In fact former Gor Mahia striker Goro Oronge thinks Chemelil will win the league. Oronge said the fact that Gor Mahia had two matches in hand was of little consequence, given the quality of all the teams contesting this year’s league. Oronge thinks Gor are still capable of slipping up and expects Chemelil to exploit that as the season draws closer towards its business end.

Oronge states that because there is a dearth of scoring in this year’s league, every team has a chance. “During my days in Gor under the then head coach Len Julians, virtually every player could score. It was not a case of individual players trying to shine and earn credit but winning those days had everything to do with teamwork and a good goal-scoring system in place,” said Oronge, who felt this was an aspect that all clubs were struggling with this term.

It is this lack of scoring that Gor Mahia will need to fix. The club is going through a dry spell in gaolscoring. In fact the last time they scored during the run of play was against AFC on July 27. Gor Mahia have scored only two goals in the last four games. One from a free-kick and one from a penalty.

Hopefully the club will soon come to term’s with coach Nuttall’s tactics. The new coach will also need to bring some poise and composure to striker Timothy Otieno and possibly help Blackberry regain his form of old. The good news is that Gor Mahia has a much better against Chemelil than they do against either Ulinzi or Tusker, especially at home.

 


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