Rachier speaks out on transfers

Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier has indicated that club wil not be able to finalize the list of players by the December 31 deadline mandated by CAF. They will submit a preliminary list of players by the Dec 31 deadline then submit the rest at a later date.

“We are finalizing on the list and I can only be sure about our squad by tomorrow (Wednesday) afternoon. We shall then submit the list of the players we are sure of, and some we will leave open for modification before the final deadline mid next month,” he told the Nation.

This means they will be forced to pay a $250 (Sh23,000) fee for any alterations made on the provisional list before the final deadline slated for January 15th.

Rachier was non committal about which players have been signed and which ones are being pursued. He did however state that it has been difficult in the absence of coach Nuttall

“The signing is usually done by the coach and that is why we have not made the new players official. We want to involve the coach in every way and I am trying to process Nuttal’s travelling details so that he can come back as soon as possible and also help with the list for submission to KPL at the end of next month,” he continued.

When asked which players have been released, he appeared to contradict CEO Ludovick Aduda by denying that Oboya and Mutiso had been released.

The club organizing secretary Ronald Ngala also denied that Mutiso had been released.

The club’s Deputy Secretary General Ronald Ngala, also, denied the same only insisting that coach Frank Nuttall wants to review Mutiso’s form before a final decision is made on his future.
“We have officially not dropped anyone until January 3. Regarding Mutiso, his contract expires on January 15 and the coach has specifically asked that he looks at him before we make a decision on him.

The truth is that Nuttall is yet to see him in action as the player has spent the whole season on the bench,” said Ngala to the Standard.

Thank you Mutiso, Oboya welcome back Abondo

Both Innocent Mutiso and Patrick Oboya have played pivotal roles in enabling Gor Mahia to secure two consecutive league titles. Both have had some memorable moments at Gor Mahia.

One of the most memorable moments Mutiso had was his wonder goal against KCB that enabled Gor Mahia to secure a 3-2 win. Mutiso when healthy was a live-wire on the right flank and gave defenders nighmares. Against US Bitam earlier this year, he scored one of the penalties during the shootout that saw Gor Mahia through to the next round.

Mutiso has also been excellent for public relations, appearing in club functions as well as initiatives driven by the Gor Mahia fans foundation such as the Mater heart run.

Oboya also had some memorable moments at Gor Mahia. Against Esperance in Tunis, Oboya gave Gor Mahia fans perhaps the only moment they could cheer when his mazy dribbling made that Esperance defender dance “Kanungo” in a manner reminiscent of Ben Oloo “breakdance”. Oboya’s clever flick to Sserunkuma created the crucial goal Kogalo needed to secure their first title in 18 years.

Indeed Gor Mahia has been patient while helping this talented duo recuperate from their nagging injuries. However the financial imperative has forced Gor Mahia’s hand into dropping them.

Mutiso posted a thank you note on his social media page and promised to be back stronger.

“I know I will be back 2015 all guns blazing bigger and better once I get fit again and I believe any team which will land my signature will be lucky to have me! Thank you Gor Mahia fraternity for giving me the opportunity to serve you, the post read.”

Victor Ali Abondo is back

Gor Mahia and Tusker appear to have agreed on terms for the return of Victor Ali Abondo. “We have given Gor Mahia the go ahead to sign him since they want to submit the name of the player for continentals in time. We shall finalize on the deal later on but they can have the player, Obiny revealed to futaa.com

Abondo was a regular first team player in 2012 and 2013 and a favourite of former coach Zdravko Logarusic because of his solid tactical acumen. Abondo is also known for his robust tackles, an issue that almost saw him come to fisticuffs with his fellow kisumu lad George Odhiambo earlier this year.

He fell out of favour when Logarusic departed with some of the coaching staff accusing him of lack of effort. One hopes that he has improved in that regard.

Spectacular goal by Innocent Mutiso

Gor Mahia drops 7 players

There are 7 players whose contracts have run out and will not be renewed. Club Chief Executive Officer Lordvic Aduda told Supersport.com that the contracts of Patrick Oboya, Innocent Mutiso, Charles Bruno, Kennedy Ayong, Ian Niva, Simon Mburu and Angelo Okumu.

Patrick Oboya joined Gor Mahia in early 2013. He showed flashes of brilliance in 2013 despite injuries. But in 2014, he hardly featured having been plagued by a nagging injury. Innocent Mutiso has also played well when fielded but has also missed large swathes of the season with injuries.

CEO Ludovick Aduda stated that the club is in contact with coach Frank Nuttall. “The coach has told us who to be released, loaned out and who to be retained. He also had areas he wanted beefed up,” said Aduda.

Aduda went on to explain why the players were released. “The players we have released were not adding much value to the team because they were not playing much. Others have shown interest elswhere like Oboya who has been out of the country on trials. Mburu is wanted by Rangers so we have put so many things in consideration before making the decision,” added Aduda.

It is also a fact that Gor Mahia is broke and cannot afford to pay players who miss large swathes of the season with injuries.

Other players who may add value to the team at a later date will be sent on loan. Joel Bataro who joins Shabana, midfielder Daniel Onyango who is headed to Sony Sugar and Joseph kariuki who will be loaned to Kakamega Homeboyz.

Bataro is young and promising. But in 2014 he could not even feature when Jerim Onyango was absent as coach Bobby Williamson preferred David Juma. And with Boniface Oluoch signed, Bataro will be further down in the pecking order. Daniel Onyango and Joseph Kariuki have both shown promise.

Charles Bruno played decent when fielded. But with the team signing Dirkir Glay and already having Israel Emuge and Haron Shakava, Bruno would most likely not see playing time.

Glay who has been playing for Thika United explained why he chose Gor Mahia. “I did not just leave Thika United for Gor Mahia; I came here for a challenge. I knew here I will get a bigger challenge as a player because this is a club preparing for continental duty and I want to be of help to the team in the Champions League. It will be my first taste of continental action and I am happy to be here and ready for the challenge, he said to futaa.com


Gor Mahia Photo-Gallery for 2014

At the beginning of the 2014 season, fans received good news that George Odhiambo Blackberry was returning to the club. He is pictured here in his first training session
In the 2014 elections a new set of officials was elected CHAIRMAM: Ambrose Rachier 1st VICE CHAIRMAN: Hon John Pesa SECRETARY GENERAL: Chris Omondi ORGANISING SECRETARY: David Kilo TREASURER: Ken Otieno DEPUTY SECRETARY GENERAL: Amina Oketch “Ferari” ASST SECRETARY GENERAL: Ronald Ngala
When Rama Salim returned at the beginning of 2014, the fearsome forwardline partnership was re-united. The duo played exceptionally well together, reminiscent of Hezborn Omollo and Abdallah Shebe
Gor Mahia beat US Bitam in the first leg match at Nyayo stadium. The goal came from a Dan Sserunkuma penalty
Gor Mahia players celebrate after Sserunkuma netted a penalty in the first leg encounter against US Bitam which Gor Mahia won 1-0. In this pic are the new signings from left : Haron Shakava, Godfrey “Baba” Kizito, Shaban Kenga, Geoffrey Walusimbi
Coach Bobby Williamson, TM Frank Ouna and skipper Jerim Onyango upon arrival in Gabon for the second leg match against US Bitam
As is common in African football, Liberian referee Jerry Yekeh did everything to help US Bitam win, even awarding them two dubious penalties. But justice was served as Gor Mahia won
Jerim Onyango saved two penalties during regulation and two penalties during the shootout as Gor Mahia eliminated US Bitam in the champions league preliminary round
Gor Mahia players celebrate after winning the penalty shootout in In the second leg of the Africa Champions league preliminary round against US Bitam of Gabon
In March 2014, Gor Mahia visited Bandari. Shaban Kenga was visiting his parent team from which he was loaned. Gor Mahia surprisingly went down 1-2
Nakuru Top Fry had not won a single match when they shocked Gor Mahia 2-0 at Afraha. In this pic is Patrick Oboya
After the loss to Nakuru Top Fry, there were rumblings of disunity amongst players fostered by pay disparities and at one point the players went on a go-slow to protest unpaid match bonuses
A massive crowd showed up for the champions league first round match against Esperance
Shaban Kenga tussles with Khalel Chanaa of Esperance. Gor Mahia showed moments of liveliness against Esperance but conceded all three goals due to defensive lapses
Stopper Haron Shakava soared above everyone to head home Gor Mahia’s second goal against Esperance. Gor Mahia lost 2-3
Sserunkuma and Owino “Calabar” at the airport in Tunisia. Both joined the team in Tunis later
Gor Mahia players holding a training session in Tunis upon arrival for the second leg match against Esperance
Keeper David Juma was kept busy by Esperance and spent a lot of time picking the ball up from his net as Gor Mahia soaked five goals
Once the sponsorship with Tuzo ended, Gor Mahia now spotted new jerseys. In this picture: Front row : Tim Wanyonyi, Rama Salim, Dan Sserunkuma, Mutiso, Walusimbi.     Back Row: Jerim Onyango, Eric Ochieng, Haron Shakava, David Owino, Geoffrey Kizito, Musa Mohamed


When the sponsorship with Tuzo ended, Gor Mahia started an MPESA initiative to raise funds.
Governor Evans Kidero donated new jerseys to promote the 350100 MPESA initiative
Sporting the 2nd set of jerseys courtesy of Kidero Front Row: Walusimbi, Rama Salim, Sserunkuma, David Owino, Musa Mohamed Back Row: Anthony, Akumu, Israel Emuge, Eric Ochieng, Geoffrey Kizito, Haron Shakava, David Juma
The players also joined in appealing to fans to support the MPESA initiative. In this pic is the Ugandan trio of Sserunkuma, Emuge and Walusimbi
Gor Mahia U19 played against Italy U18 losing 1-3
In June 2014, fans raised Ksh 150,000 to defray medical expenses acrued by defender Habil Nasio
In June 2014, Gor Mahia scored a 2-1 win over Sofapaka. The win proved crucial as Gor Mahia finished exactly 3 points ahead of Sofapaka in the final standings. In this pic is Geoffrey Walusimbi tussling with veteran Sofapaka striker John Baraza
In June, financial instability and player departures destablized the club leading to a 1-3 loss to arch rivals AFC leopards
Cameroonian Simon Pierre scored as Gor Mahia beat Nakuru Top Fry 1-0 to avenge the first leg defeat
In the return leg of the Mashemeji derby, AFC rallied to hold Gor Mahia 2-2. In this pic are Haron Shakava and Musa Mohamed
Gor Mahia were shockingly eliminated from the GoTV shield by GFC 105.
Geooffey Walusimbi and Sserunkuma line up for a free-kick against APR. Walusimbi scored from the free-kick as Gor Mahia tied hosts APR 2-2 in the 2014 CECAFA club cup
Gor Mahia ended their 2014 CECAFA club cup campaign with a 2-2 draw against Djibouti Telecom
One of the players signed to plug the holes left by the player exodus in June was Tim Otieno, seen here against Ulinzi whom Gor Mahia beat 2-1
On August 25, coach Bobby Williamson bid an emotional farewell after Gor Mahia beat SoNy Sugar 1-0
Following the departure of Bobby Willimson, Gor Mahia introduced Frank Nuttall as the new coach
In one of Frank Nuttall’s first matches in charge, Gor Mahia beat Mathare United 1-0
Dan Sserunkuma scored a hat trick as Gor Mahia blasted City Stars 4-1 to keep their title hopes on track
Gor Mahia’s title aspirations received a jolt when they lost 2-3 to Sofapaka at Machakos
After winning the title, Gor Mahia met president Kenyatta and he promised to get them a sponsor
Players celebrate retaining the league with coach Frank Nuttall
TM Frank Ouna and MVP Dan Sserunkuma celebrate after beating Ushuru 3-0 to retain the title

Gallery: Gor Mahia visit State house

After having won the 2014 Kenya Premier League, Gor Mahia were invited to the State house by President Kenyatta. The visit occured on November 14, 2014.  His key promise was to find sponsorship for the club. “Leave it to me” he said. As of Dec 30 2014, fans are still waiting with bated breath.





Gor Mahia transfer news Dec 28

Gor Mahia are pursuing promising forward Ronald Omino who currently plays for Muhoroni Youth. “We are finalizing in terms with Ronald Omino who will come and sign a two year contract any time after Christmas, Gor Mahia CEO Ludovick Aduda told futaa.com

Omino joined Muhoroni Youth from Kakamega Homeboyz and made 21 appearances, scoring two goals. His current contract expires on Dec 31. He is the son of western Stima Head Coach Henry Omino.

Aduda also indicated that George Odhiambo will be renewing his contract. “We shall not lose Odhiambo to any other club now that his contract ends on 31st December. We are finalizing on talks over extending his stay and all that will be known by Monday 29 December, Aduda told futaa.com

Earlier on there were indications of renewed interest from Randers FC, the team that signed him in 2010. Blackberry needs more time at Kogalo to regain the form that saw him earn KPL player of the year honours in 2010.

And in additional positive news, Gor Mahia players received their salary arrears for November. “It is true we have been paid and we are truly grateful to the club for keeping its word. Though, it is only one month salary, we still appreciate because it will go along way to ease our financial burdens at this time,” midfielder Collina ‘Gatusso’ Okoth told goal.com

Meanwhile Patrick Oboya is back after unsuccessful trials in Vietnam. Oboya tried out at three teams and at one point was reported to stranded in Vietnam. He joined Gor Mahia in 2013 after an running into contract and eligibility issues with his former club in Vietna. During his stay at Kogalo, he has shown flashes of brilliance at times but injuries have prevented him from regaining the form that saw him join a Czech team.

Gor Mahia sign Boniface Oluoch

Gor Mahia have signed Tusker goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch. “We have signed Oluoch and he becomes our first major signing during this transfer window. He brings plenty of experience to the club,” Aduda told goal.com

Given that Gor Mahia already have a good goalkeeper in Jerim Onyango and a capable backup in David Juma and Joel Bataro, this signing does not seem to make sense given that Gor Mahia badly need help in other departments especially midfield and attack. Goalkeeping does not seem to be the problem. One would think that bringing Kevin Omondi back into the fold would have been a higher priority.

According to goal, another signing revealed by Aduda is Ghanian striker Zachariah Taofiq who has penned a two year deal. Others are Martin Waruinge who was formerly with Talanta who has signed a four year deal and Timothy Otieno who has extended his stay at the club for another two years.

Little is known about Taofiq and since he has signed a two year deal, one can only hope he is not another Felixinho.

Aduda also told goal that the team is bringing into the fold Thika United Liberian defender Dirkir Clay who will join them as from February 1 once his contract expires on January 28. “He has agreed to a two year deal,” revealed Aduda.

Other targets are Faroque Sentogo from Uganda, Khalid Aucho formerly at Tusker, Ronnie Owino from Muhoroni Youth and Bidco United’s Ernest Wendo.

Calabar offered new deal

Defender and Vice Captain David Owino “Calabar” has been offered a new deal. According to a report in the Daily Nation, the deal is for two years and should keep him at the club until 2017. Calabar’s contract is due to expire in June of next year.

The report in the Daily Nation says that Calabar who is the two-time KPL defender of the year met club chairman Ambrose Rachier last week in a closed-door meeting where a new deal was offered to him and he reportedly agreed in principle to put pen to paper after the Christmas period.The meeting took place shortly after the club’s National Executive had held a routine in-house meeting. The contract would double his salary to Ksh 160,000 per month. This is a spot higher than Geoffrey Walusimbi who is at Ksh 150,000 per month. Jerim Onyango is at Ksh 75,000.

Owino calabar has previously been linked with various overseas moves most notably to Simba.


Gor Mahia transfer news Dec 23

Timothy Otieno renews contract

Striker Timothy Otieno who joined Gor Mahia on a 6 month contract in June, has renewed his contract.

“We have agreed with the chairman (Ambrose Rachier) to renew my contract which should be done any time soon, I am happy that my future is now settled and can now start concentrating on preparing my mind for a tough next season. Gor Mahia has been a good place to be. While there, I managed to earn a call up to the senior national team and furthermore went ahead to win the league which is a positive thing to me as a young player he told futaa.com

This is one of the few positive news that Kogalo fans have received since November.

Khalid Aucho

Gor Mahia are said to have agreed to terms with defensive midfielder Khalid Aucho. However the deal depends on whether Aucho succeeds when he attends trials in Europe in two weeks time.

“Gor Mahia have contacted me but I am not 100 percent sure about the club though for Aucho (Khalid), he seems to have already decided and he told me he is not for trials if Gor Mahia want him” said agent Fred Kajoba to futaa.com

Aucho is said to have been approached by Sofapaka and AFC leopards. However his agent seems to have settled on Kogalo.

“For his trials we are waiting because we were told to hold on for two to three weeks for some issues to be sorted out before he can attend. But I think Aucho has already made his mind to move to Gor Mahia who have promised to increase his salary and maybe he will be Baba (Geoffrey Kizito)’s replacement” continued Kajoba

Olunga in demand

Several teams are said to be pursuing Michael Olunga. The lanky striker was among the leading scorers in the 2014 league while playing for Thika United.

“There are many teams that are asking for my services, among them Gor Mahia, AFC Leopards, Nakumatt and my former club Tusker but even if the South African deal does not materialize I will be very meticulous about my terms.  I am a student now and so I won’t be able to attend training everyday and I hope that my future club will understand that. I am also looking to get a deal that will offer a better financial package”, he said. according to a report on futaa.com

Gor Mahia scout players in Migori

Gor Mahia Football Club have identified three talented youths to undergo trials with the Kenya Premier League champions.The three youngsters are drawn from Uriri constituency. This according to a report by the Star

Team manager Jolawi Obondo identified  the three on Sunday during a tournament organised by Uriri Member of Parliament John Kobado. Obondo said he consulted with the Gor Mahia deputy secretary general Ronald Ng’ala during the function and said they had identified the three for trials.

The three are goalkeeper Steve Otieno, Jacob Okinyi and Gordon Matoka.

Obondo also said Gor Mahia  will play Uriri Combined before January at Uriri Secondary School as part of their build-up for the next season. “We will also use the match to scout for more talent,” he noted. Ng’ala exuded confidence that the club will still challenge for the KPL title next season even after the exit of Dan Sserunkuma and Geoffrey Kizito.

He said they are also negotiating with sponsors who will help them attract and retain top players. Kobado said the aim of the tournament during festive season is to engage youths in a bid to keep them off criminal activities.

November salaries still pending

A report in the Nation Sport indicates that the bulk of the playing unit have not been paid November salaries compounding the situation.

A top club official talking to Nation on condition of anonymity said that only a few of the players have had their November salaries settled “as they had threatened to walk out on the club”.

According to our source, those that have been paid are forwards George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo, Timothy Otieno and midfield anchor-man Collins ‘Gattuso’ Okoth.

Treasurer Kennedy Otieno confirmed that they owe the playing unit November salaries and winning bonuses accrued from three matches in the ended season.

“Things are tough but we are managing. There are funds we are waiting for and the players should have their pay by Wednesday afternoon latest,” he said.

Gor’s monthly wage bill stands at Sh2.2million and with lack of a sponsor, they have struggled to meet their end of the contractual obligations. The club has also not settled the winning bonuses owed to its junior side – the under 19 squad – with each player owed up to Sh24,000.The ‘Invincible’ junior side went an entire season without losing a match in the Nairobi County League.

Who are CNAPS of Madagascar (Gor Mahia’s opponents)

The draw for the 2015 Africa champions league has been made. Gor Mahia have been pitted against CNAPs of Madagascar. The first leg of the preliminary round will be played between 13th and 15th February in Nairobi while the return leg will be from 27th February to 1st March in Madagascar. The winner will play against AC Leopards of Congo-Brazzaville in the first round

Who are CNAPS

CNAPs which stands for Caisse Nationale de Prévoyance Sociale Madagascar is the team sponsored by the national sociel welfare organization of Madagascar. Like Gor Mahia, they have won the national league two times in a row (2013 and 2014). They also won the league in 2010 making a total of 3 league wins. They won the Madagascar cup only once in 2011 and the Supercup once (2011).

The club does not have much of a history. In Madagascar, the turnover of teams is very high and teams last for only about 5-10 years.

In 2014, they were eliminated in the preliminary round of the Africa champions league after losing 0-1 to Liga Muculmana of Mozambique. They are based in Mianarivo which is 100 km from the capital Antananarivo.

CNAPs pose with the league trophy

Their squad is built entirely of players from Madagascar, not a single foreigner. And seven  of them play for the Madagascan national team including  goalkeeper Anatole Ndriamparany, defender Tobisoa Njakanirina, midfielders Mickael Rabeson, Jimmy Simouri and Njiva Rakotoharimalala, striker Jeannot Vombola  and another defender with the comical name Pierralit Tovonay

On another note, now that the draw has been made, should Gor Mahia pull out of the competition, in addition to a hefty fine, they face a 3 year ban from CAF related activities.