Archives - November, 2014



14 Nov 14


President Uhuru Kenyatta has promised to help Gor Mahia find a sponsor next season. According to a report posted on goal.com, President Kenyatta said he will personally intervene to ensure that Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia have a sponsor for next season.

Club chairman Ambrose Rachier told goal.com that the president said he would take it upon himself to find a sponsor. “leave the issue of sponsorship to me.” said President Kenyatta apparently.

“The President was very categorical that he will intervene to ensure we have a title sponsor,” said Rachier

Rachier also pleaded with the president to ensure the government deals with hooliganism. “Please help us deal with this hooliganism by arresting and prosecuting those culprits,”

Kenyatta promised that the police would deal with the vice.

“Security agencies are going to deal with that issue of hooliganism,” said President Kenyatta.

During the function, the president donated KES 2 million to the club and a further KES 1 million to the team.

This is the first time President Uhuru has hosted a football club.


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14 Nov 14


As is the case almost every year, Gor Mahia leads other clubs with the highest number of nominations for the KPL end of the year awards.

Geoffrey Kizito leads the pack in the footballer of the year nominations. He had a solid season, scoring 6 goals to finish as teh club’s second highest scorer. He was also an excellent passer and as deep lying midfielder, was always available to bolster the defence. Kizito has also been nominated for midfielder of the year.

Skipper Jerim Onyango was rock solid throughout the year. Many a time, his timely saves secured points for Gor Mahia.

David Owino is a nominee for defender of the year. He has been perhaps the most consistent player over the past two years. Solid at the back and always making forays upfront. Haron Shakava also had a solid season and has been nominated for defender of the year.

2014 KPL awards nominees:

Footballer of the Year – Geoffrey Kizito (Gor Mahia), Anthony Ndolo (Sofapaka), Osborn Monday (Tusker), Stephen Waruru (Ulinzi Stars), Enock Agwanda (Sofapaka).

Defender of the Year – David Owino (Gor Mahia), Charles Odette (Sony Sugar), Felly Mulumba (Sofapaka), Haron Shakava (Gor Mahia), Jackson Saleh (AFC Leopards).

Goalkeeper of the Year – Jerim Onyango (Gor Mahia), Robert Mboya (Mathare United), Samuel Odhiambo (Tusker), Jairus Adira (Chemelil Sugar), Lucas Indeche (Sony Sugar).

Midfielder of the Year – Brian Osumba (Tusker), Geoffrey Kizito (Gor Mahia), Antony Ndolo (Sofapaka), Humphrey Mieno (AFC Leopards), Geoffrey Kataka (KRA).

Top scorer of the Year – Dan Sserunkuma (Gor Mahia), Enock Agwanda (Sofapaka), Stephen Waruru (Ulinzi Stars), Michael Olunga (Thika United), Jesse Were (Tusker).

New Young Player of the Year – Faruk Shikhalo (Tusker), Kennedyy Owino (Nakuru All Stars), Nichola Kamau (City Stars), Kevin Omondi (City Stars), Andrew Anton (Sony Sugar).

Fairplay Player of the Year – Charles Okwemba (AFC Leopards), Hamisi Mwinyi (Chemelil Sugar), Barrack Odhiambo (KRA), Maurice Odhiambo (Nakuru All Stars), John Njoroge (Sofapaka).

Best Fairplay Club of the Year – Gor Mahia, Muhoroni Youth, AFC Leopards, Nakuru All Stars, City Stars.

Team Manager of the Year – Joseph Okal (KCB), Amenipa Bigisho (Sofapaka), William Muluhya (Mathare United), Rajab Said (Chemelil Sugar).

Coach of the Year – Sam Timbe (Sofapaka), Francis Kimanzi (Tusker), Robert Matano (Ulinzi Stars), Francis Baraza (Muhoroni Youth), Mike Mururi (Chemelil Sugar).


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13 Nov 14

Gor Mahia could become the first football team to visit the State house. They apparently have already received an invitation.  According to goal.com, it is understood that President Uhuru Kenyatta is keen to help the team acquire another sponsorship after their previous one with Tuzo lapsed.

“The President has been very keen to meet the team and he has finally secured them an appointment on Thursday. Furthermore, he is keen to see the club get a sponsor and is willing to help. He is likely to reveal this during their Thursday visit,”said a well placed source goal.com

President Uhuru Kenyatta was among the first to congratulate Gor Mahia after they captured the 2014 Tusker Premier league.

Nyamweya asks government to pay for air tickets

Gor Mahia Chairman Ambrose Rachier recently raised the alarm suggesting that Gor Mahia may not be able to participate in the 2015 Africa champions league. This is due to the prohibitive cost of playing away from home which according to Rachier amounts to KES 7 million.

With that in mind, FKF chairman Sam Nyamweya has appealed to the government to purchase tickets for the club.

“We want to ask the government to assist Gor Mahia honor their first two fixtures by giving them air tickets. I missed my flight to Kisumu to watch final match against Ushuru FC because flights were fully booked by Gor Mahia fans. The quality football we saw in Kisumu has never been witnessed in the country and that is a true sign that we are destined for greatness.

“The league has ended well and Gor Mahia has won and they deserved to win. We expect a very exiting league next year. As you can see the Cabinet Secretary for Sports and Culture Dr. Wario is here too and that is a sign that our sponsor number one, The Government of Kenya, is well in our support.

“I remember President Uhuru Kenyatta sent his congratulatory message to the team within half an hour of being declared champions and soon we will take the champions to go and shake hands with him.” said Nyamweya.

Back in the early 1990s , 1980s and 1970s, it was the government that footed the bill whenever Kenya’s representatives played in continental tournaments and even the CECAFA club cup. That all ended when the IMF introduced austerity measures in the 1990s.

Wario Praises Gor Mahia

Minister Hassan Wario did not commit any government support. He whowever praised Gor Mahia for brnging color to league.

“The colours you (Gor mahia fans) bring to kenyanfootball is second to none.You have made watching football even on television interesting. Long live Gor mahia” said Wario

“Gor Mahia are worthy champions. They brought pomp and color to the league. The KPL would be poorer without you but the concern of hooliganism must be dealt with,” continued Wario.

In a separate function, former speaker Farah Maalim also declared his support for Gor Mahia

I dont go around looking for Manchester United,Arsenal….I support Gor Mahia Football club…I believe in homegrown.”said Maalim

 


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12 Nov 14

Good news for Gor Mahia : Frank Nuttall and Gor Mahia have agreed to a one year extension of hos contract.

A top club official revealed to goal.com that the Scott will be back for the 2015 season.

“We have reached an amicable solution and Nutall has penned a one year extension to continue handling the club. Nutall has travelled to his native Scotland but he will return on January 3 to start preparing the team for upcoming assignments.

“We knew that the coach will agree to our proposal and we are happy now that we have tied him (Nutall) to a new one year deal.” said the official to goal.com

Nuttall joined the club mid season and immediately adapted his system to the club with success. Since his tenure began, he has lost only one official match. He was able to breath life back into players like George Odhiambo “Blackberry” and fully utilize the talents of players like Walusimbi and Simon Pierre.

His tactical astuteness and ability to psyche up players and give them confidence was a happy revelation to Kogalo fans many of whom were skeptical of his abilities given that he mostly worked as a fitness instructor.

“We are happy with what he has done here. When we engaged  him in September, people said he is a fitness coach, who can’t help us. Over time he has disapproved all of us.

“Look at the match against Ushuru for example. He started with a strange line-up putting players in unfamiliar positions. That was a brave move and we think he is the best man to do the job here.

“I want to tell fans that Nuttall is going nowhere. We are beginning negotiations soon to decide on the length of his new contract and renumeration. We hope that before he leaves, we will have agreed on a frame work of how everything goes.” continued the official.

Of course should Nuttall continue to have success, there will be various parties chasing him such as the two Tanzanian giants and maybe even the Kenya national team. Which is why Gor Mahia should work towards shoring up its finances.

 


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11 Nov 14

Having won the 2014 Kenya Premier league , Gor Mahia have qualified to play in the 2015 Africa champions league. However Chairman Ambrose Rachier has raised the alarm saying that the club cannot afford the cost of playing one round. Apparently one away trip costs KES 7 million.

He also announced the formation of the Gor Mahia SACCO which he hopes will raise funds for the club.

Statement from Jerim Onyango thanking fans

Skipper Jerim Onyango has thanked fans for the continuous support they have given the club throughout the season.

“On behalf of the playing unit we are very much grateful n thankful for both moral n material you guys offered to us throughout the season , may you all be Blessed Abundantly in all your endevours”.

Jerim played a key role in enabling the club to retain the league with a series of crucial saves. And even when he made errors in certain games, he did not let it affect his confidence. He came back stronger in the next game.

 


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10 Nov 14

After having retained the 2014 Kenya Premier league in a tumultous season, the next item on the club’s agenda is to renew the contract of Scottish coach Frank Nuttall. The Scot arrived midway through the season with no head-coaching experience and there were doubts among many regarding his coaching ability. As a result, he was placed on a probationary contract. But Nuttall rejuvenated a Gor Mahia side that had just recently put up a listless performance at the 2014 CECAFA cup.

Next year Gor Mahia are faced with another uphill task in local as well as international tournaments. The first step has to be to renew Nuttall’s contract.

Club Chairman Ambrose Rachier has praised Nuttall for his creativity.
“We are happy with what he has done here. When we engaged him in September, people said he is a fitness coach, who can’t help us. Over time he has disapproved all of us.

“Look at the match against Ushuru for example. He started with a strange line-up putting players in unfamiliar positions. That was a brave move and we think he is the best man to do the job here.

“I want to tell fans that Nuttall is going nowewhere. We are beginning negotiations soon to decide on the length of his new contract and renumeration. We hope that before he leaves, we will have agreed on a frame work of how everything goes.” said Rachier to goal.com

Club secretary general Chris Omondi echoed the chairman’s words.
“We shall sit down as an executive committee and talk with him. We don’t have much time because the continental assignments begin in January so we must iron out the issue as fast as we can,”

Uhuru, Sonko and Kidero Gor Mahia

President Uhuru Kenyatta, Nairobi Governor Dr. Evans Kidero and Senator Mike ‘Sonko’ Mbuvi are among the top politicians to congratulate Gor Mahia for lifting the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) title over the weekend.
President Uhuru, through his social media account posted – “Congratulations Gor Mahia on winning the Kenya Premier League”.
Governor Kidero who has played a pivotal role in financially supporting the club this season  also posted on social media to send a word of congratulations :  “As expected, Gor retains their title as KPL Champions. Congratulations”.
Sonko says he has admirted the club since he watched the legendary 1987 side. . He said Gor’s win was important in that it shows the high level of football standards within Nairobi County. “My love for the club dates back to 1987 when players like Peter Dawo, John Bobby Ogolla and Sammy Onyango Jogoo grabbed headlines. As the Nairobi Senator, I feel compelled to support clubs within my region. I will work with the Nairobi Governor to ensure that Nairobi clubs are supported in the best way possible,” Sonko said.

Meanwhile, the team jetted back to Nairobi yesterday from Kisumu to a rapturous reception from the clubs fans

Image courtesy of Vincentos Omollo

 

 

Images courtesy of Vincentos Omollo


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9 Nov 14

Gor Mahia players celebrate after winning the 2014 league title

In the annals of Gor Mahia history, the year 2014 will be remembered as the year when Gor Mahia visited the gates of hell but them swiftly ascended back to Heaven. To be sure, there have been other years when the club faced acute difficulties such as in 1974, 1982 and the relegation plagued seasons between 2001 and 2006. In all these cases however Gor Mahia did immediately recover.

In 2014, Gor Mahia faced a myriad of problems from losing their sponsor (Tuzo) to being hit with a KES 118 million fine from KRA to losing 10 key players, leaving the CECAFA cup with no wins etc.

In addition, Gor Mahia faced down a number of enemies hell bent on derailing the club. After all this adversity, Gor Mahia still fought bravely and did just enough to retain the league title they won in 2013.

It is indeed fitting that Gor Mahia beat Ushuru aka Kenya Revenue Authority in the final day of the league since KRA is one of the organizations that have been used by the club’s enemies to destabilize the club.

Gor Mahia’s 2013 league title was celebrated with pomp and circumstance because the club had gone 18 years without a league title. The 2014 league title will be celebrated due to the steep incline that the club had to climb to reach the summit.

Let us take a brief look at the 2014 season and the mountains the club had to climb.

Tuzo withdraws sponsorship

There had been rumours suggesting that Tuzo who had been the club’s sponsor for two years was going to end their relationship with the club. Though Gor Mahia offficials claimed to be busy negotiating a renewal of the deal it soon became apparent that no renewal was forthcoming. When Gor Mahia returned from Gabon in February, it finally became official.

For several months Gor Mahia officials were hard at work negotiating withe various organizations but nothing came to fruition. At one point it seemed that Gor Mahia was set to pen a KES 48 million deal with a local company. The club’s official website even announced that the deal was all but done pending signatures. But at the last minute the deal was cancelled. A local blog now claims that a prominent politician was behind the canceling of the deal ostensibly to settle political scores. Is this true? Maybe. What is true however is that Gor Mahia still managed to stay afloat financially and settle player salaries on time.

With no sposnor, Gor Mahia turned to fans for financial assistance

Credit is due to the club’s chairman. It is indeed amazing that other club’s like Sofapaka with far smaller fan bases have sponsors whereas Gor Mahia, the club with the largest fan base does not. But Gor Mahia still managed to rise above all challengers.

KRA levies a KES 118m fine

Hot on the heels of having lost their sponsor, Gor Mahia were hit by yet another challenge when the Kenya Revenue Authority levied a KES 118 million fine. KRA went a step further and demanded that Tuzo remit the remainder of the sponsorship money to them. They froze the club’s account and also demanded that KPL remit the monthly KES 500,000 to KRA and not the club.

Club Chairman Ambrose Rachier cried foul suggesting that the club was being victimized. “We are reading sinister motive in the move by KRA. Why just us. I mean there are 16 Premier League clubs, why just single out Gor Mahia? Rachier charged.

Indeed it is inexplicable why Gor Mahia was targeted for harsher treatment by KRA. Kenya’s world famous athletes were not asked to remit taxes for past winnings and neither were their accounts frozen. Since 2011, members of the Kenya rugby sevens team have been the highest paid sportsmen in Kenya with salaries starting at KES 150,000 per month and bonuses of up to KES 190,000 per tournament. Yet it was not until 2014 that the KRFU started to fully remit taxes. And of the 16 teams in the Kenya Premier league, only four were compliant. It seemed like someone or some people were using KRA to destabilize the club. This is not the first time in the club’s history that this has happened.

Player Exodus

With the club facing an uncertain financial future, many players headed for the exit seeking better deals. Foremost among these was Timonah Wanyonyi who headed to rivals AFC Leopards a team that had earlier rejected him. Shaban Kenga returned to Bandari after the latter refused to renew his loan deal. Anthony Akumu went to Sudan for a loan deal which later turned to a permanent deal. Kevin Omondi and Rama Salim both left for trials in South Africa. Earlier in the year, Gor Mahia had also lost key players like Edwin Lavatsa, Mungai Kiongera and Donald Mosoti.

Some players faced long term injuries including Innocent Mutiso and Patrick Oboya, a further hit to Gor Mahia’s decimated engine room. It left Gor Mahia with literally no playmaking options. The most notable injury was that of Solomon Nasio who broke his nose and was left with no medical cover. Thankfully the club’s fans came to his rescue.

A further hit came when coach Bobby Williamson was prevailed upon to leave the club for a gig as national team coach.

Assistant coach and club legend Bobby Ogolla also suffered what is likely his worst health scare mid season. Luckily for Gor Mahia, Bobby Legend has recovered almost to full strength and has resumed his duties as club assistant coach.

Various Unimpressive results.

Gor Mahia started the season by losing to Sofapaka in the Charity cup. Worse was to come when they became the first team to lose to bottom club Nakuru All stars. After that loss, stories emerged from the Gor Mahia camp suggesting that players were on a go-slow due to non-payment of allowances.

Even worse came when they were eliminated from the GoTV shield by GFC 105, a team most fans had never heard of. Losing 1-3 to arch rivals AFC was a bitter pill to swallow. It came at a time when Gor Mahia were on the verge of losing several key players and AFC officials caused further confusion and instability in the Gor mahia camp by announcing that they were going to sign Rama Salim and Dan Sserunkuma. The ploy may have worked as Gor Mahia played poorly. Shortly after this, Gor Mahia gave a less than impressive performance at the 2014 CECAFA club cup which they left without having recorded a win.

Crowd trouble

Before the debacle against Sofapaka in Machakos, this column was about to pen an article suggesting that in 2014 Gor Mahia fans had been on their best behaviour ever. That went literally went up in smoke, tear gas smoke when police lobbed tear gas cannisters into the crowd fueling a stampede towards the stadium exits. In the ensuing riots, certain shops were looted and vehicles set on fire. Gor Mahia fans had earlier claimed that goons were planning to take advantage of confusion to loot shops. It came to pass and Gor Mahia was blamed for the entire fiasco, yet another significant hit on the club’s reputation. The fracas led Machakos county governor to ban Gor Mahia from the Kenyatta stadium.

For the final match against Ushuru, the club’s officials decided to play in Kisumu upon hearing that there were plans by hired thugs to engage in acts of violence to further tarnish the club’s name. the violence was planned to happen whether Gor Mahia won or not.

Crucial wins

Despite a number of setbacks in other tournaments, Gor Mahia maintained a level of consistency in the national league. The arrival of Frank Nuttall rejuvenated a side that was down. The Scottish coach injected a new confidence in players like George Odhiambo “Blackberry” while pushing Dan Walusimbi into a playmaking position. The changes spurred a Gor Mahia side that appeared destined to lose its league lead. Crucial wins over City Stars (4-1), Muhoroni (3-1), Chemelil Sugar (2-0) enabled Gor Mahia to maintain its lead at the top of the summit.

Goals from unexpected sources like Simon Pierre helped lift Kogalo

Goal Scoring

Dan Sserunkuma who has been a consistent scorer in the Kenya Premier League for the past four years, finally won the goal-scoring title. This is the first time a Gor Mahia player has ended as league goal scoring champion since 1984 when Hezborn Omollo who was popularly known by the media as the “goal-scoring machine” ended with 23 goals.

In addition, Gor Mahia scored  a total of 43 goals to finish as the league’s second highest scoring team. By contrast, arch rivals AFC Leopards only scored 30 goals. By contrast, when Gor Mahia won the league title in 2013, they scored only 32 goals which was 4th highest in the league.  Gor Mahia was also tied for the best goal difference in the league at +22.

Excellent individual performances

But Sserunkuma was just a small part of Gor Mahia’s success. The Ugandan duo of Walusimbi and Kizito brought with them a level of professionalism and performance that lifted the rest of the team. Collins Okoth “Gattuso” appears to have achieved a level of maturity and rediscovered the form that saw him named to the national team in 2014. David Owino “Calabar” was solid and consistent throughout the season as was Jerim Onyango whose heroic saves earned Gor Mahia crucial points. George Odhiambo had some brilliant performances reminiscent of 2010. The entire team was solid throughout the season be it Shakava, Pierre, Musa, Erico and others.

The players came together at the right time

Gor Mahia are now undisputed Kenya League Kings

By winning the league for an unprecedented 14th time, Gor Mahia have now won the league more times than any other club. In addition, Gor Mahia has been the most consistent team in Kenya over the past 5 seasons. Twice they have won the league, twice they have finished second and once they finished 4th. No other team has such a record of consistency.

A steep mountain to climb

Club Chairman Ambrose Rachier summed it best when after the win over Ushuru he said “We have had no sponsor for one year. Its shows that with determination you can succeed and money is not everything. ” Indeed Gor Mahia climbed a very steep mountain to get to the summit. In many ways, this is one of the most triumphant moments in the club’s history like the 1985 CECAFA cup win and the unbeaten run in 1976.


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8 Nov 14

Gor Mahia beat Ushuru FC 3-0 in a tense encounter which they thoroughly dominated at the Moi stadium in Kisumu. Going into the match, Gor Mahia had maintained a studied silence compared to the noisy Ushuru FC coach Kennedy Kenyatta, a former goalkeeper with Transcom FC of Nakuru. The stadium was filled to the capacity with among others Raila Odinga in attendance. This should put to rest the supserstition that Gor Mahia cannot win when RAO is present.

Gor Mahia dominated from start to finish and put Ushuru on the backfoot. As early as the 5th minute, a well taken free-kick by Dan Walusimbi landed at the feet of Sserunkuma who failed to convert. George Odhiambo came close in the 25th minute but he was denied by the alert Ushuru goalkeeper Kevin Otieno. On 43 minutes, a brilliant 1-2 move between Blackberry and Sserunkuma ended with the latter once again coming very close.

Midfielder Eric Ochieng finally broke the deadlock in the 45th minute via a powerful shot. Gor Mahia went to the changing room leading 1-0. Taslisman Dan Sserunkuma netted the second on 50 minutes when he picked up a cross from George Odhiambo.

Evans Kiwanuka who had been a threat throughout the match, almost pulled one back in 61st minute with a well taken free-kick but Jerim Onyango was alert.

The third goal resulted when a Simon Mburu effort was deflected into the Ushuru goal by an Ushuru defender Richard Mboyi.

It was relief and elation for Gor Mahia fans who suffered heartbreak on the last day of the league in 2010 and again in 2012. Thousands poured into the field of play after the final whistle. Going into the match, Gor Mahia had to win the much to be assured of the title. A loss or  draw would have put their fate in the hands of the Tusker-Sofapaka match. In the end it did not matter as Gor Mahia won 3-0 while Sofapaka were held 2-2 by Tusker. FKF chairman Sam Nyamweya congratulated Gor Mahia.  “It was a tight race to the finish which made it an exciting season,”


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7 Nov 14

While Sofapaka and Ushuru have been making headlines with ludicrous statements, Gor Mahia have been busy preparing for their last match of the season.

Kogalo held their last training session in Nairobi on Wednesday morning then departed for Naivasha where they camped until Thursday before leaving for Kisumu.

The last time the two sides met, the match ended in a barren draw at Kasarani last May under current Harambee Stars coach Bobby Williamson.

Gor Mahia will be looking to end a run of bad luck that has plagued them on the last day of every season since 2009. Coach Frank Nuttall is well aware of the challenge ahead but has been busy trying to put his team at ease.

“We do not regard it as pressure. We know it is a challenge and we embrace that challenge. We look forward to it and we look for a solution to the challenge. ”

Gor Mahia will have to take on the taxmen without dependable midfielder Geoffrey Kizito who is now the club’s second leading scorer. The good news is that everyone else is healthy and raring to go.

Partisan Support

Once again Gor Mahia will be counting on the strong partisan support they received in Kisumu last weekend and that the club has always received at the lakeside town. So passionate is the support that legendary coach Len Julians on a visit to Kisumu once remarked that “If Gor Mahia could translate the support they receive in Kisumu into finances, they could be one of the richest clubs in the world”. So passionate is the support that there was a time that Gor Mahia always played at least one continental match in Kisumu and when Kenya hosted the CECAFA club cup, Gor Mahia opted to play home games in Kisumu. The lakeside fans will once again be counted on to lift the club.

Club Chairman Ambrose Rachier has assured that the club has taken the neccesary steps to ensure security and that the club will accept the results.

“I want to assure everyone that Gor Mahia will accept outcome of Saturday’s match and our fans will not cause any problems over the result,” he told Goal.

He added: “I also want to assure KRA that we will give them adequate security and make their stay as comfortable as possible. On our decision to take the match to Kisumu, it is meant to give our fans from the town an opportunity to watch this team again. We are also looking at possibility of playing more matches in Kisumu next season and this is just the beginning.”

Hired Trouble Makers

Secretary General Chris Omondi further explained the rationale for moving the match to Kisumu.

“We have reliable information that some youth are being recruited to cause trouble on Saturday. There are forces who are doing everything possible to paint us in bad light.

“The information we have is that the forces behind the shameful plan are purchasing fake club merchandise which the hired goons will then don and instigate violence. The plan is to cause trouble during or immediately after the match,” he explained.

“Based on this, we have decided to move the match to Kisumu where we feel more secure,” he said. “We are urging our fans to have decorum like they did last weekend and to turn up in large numbers and support the team.”

Gor Mahia have reportedly hired hundreds of members of the General Service Unit to provide security.


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6 Nov 14

Kennedy Kenyatta, the coach of Ushuru FC sees the Saturday match against Gor Mahia as an opportunity to build his reputation.
“These kinds of matches build up your reputation when you do well in them and as a coach I am determined to make the most of it by winning on Saturday.

“We have had several challenges like injuries to key players but we hope to overcome this and pick a positive result,” he said to the Standard.

Complaints about Referee

Both Ushuru and Sofapaka have written to KPL asking the latter to replace referee Amos Wanjala who has been assigned to officiate the match against Ushuru.

According to a source in KRA, who asked not to be named, they are very uncomfortable with Wanjala.

“Apart from what he did against City Stars, he has also mishandled some of our matches and we want him changed. We have written to KPL and Football Kenya Federation to effect the change. We don’t want to go to a match that has already been decided,” the official from KRA revealed to Goal.

Sofapaka on the other hand claim Wanjala was blacklisted after his handling of the match between Gor Mahia and City Stars and should not have been picked to officiate such a decisive match.

“It looks like an attempt to award Gor Mahia victory. We don’t believe the referee will be fair on Saturday.”

But both these clubs are clearly just playing mind games with the referee to try and influence him to make decisions against Gor Mahia.

Change of Venue

Both Sofapaka and KRA have also lodged complaints against the change of venue from Nairobi to Kisumu. Sofapaka owner Elly Kalekwa is supposedly incensed at the change of venue.

“I am not sure it is the right decision to transfer this match to Kisumu. Yes, (Gor Mahia) are home team, but who is meeting costs for Ushuru to travel all the way and possibly spend night at lakeside town?” Kalekwa posed to goal.com.

“In fact if my team was playing them (Gor Mahia) and they asked us to move venue, we would reject the offer outright.”

Gor Mahia Chairman Ambrose Rachier said the decision to move the match to Kisumu is meant to give Kisumu fans an opportunity to watch the team again.
“We are delighted by the enthusiastic support we have experienced in Kisumu and we want to give them another chance to watch the team. We promise to provide adequate security to our guests and will accept whatever results we get,” said Rachier

This is the penultimate weekend of the 2014 Tusker premier league and matches this weekend kick off at 2pm on Saturday.


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