Gor Mahia vs Power Dynamos preview

Gor Mahia are still scheduled to play against Zambian side Power Dynamos on Sunday. This despite some media reports that the match was being rescheduled. The match will be played on Sunday starting at 4 pm at Nyayo stadium. The choice of Nyayo makes sense given that Gor Mahia will play CNAPs of Madagascar at Nyayo.

Gor Mahia have learned the hard way. Rather than play easy friendlies against teams like Supa Loaf as they did last season, Gor Mahia have decided to sharpen themselves against higher quality friendlies as coach Frank Nuttall continues to work towards gaining a measure of cohesion.

Skipper Jerim Onyango was upbeat about the friendly

“I would like to thank the management for organizing such a high profile friendly match. We need more of such games to ensure we prepare fully for the CAF Champions League and other competitions ahead of the new season.

The match against Dynamos will tell us how much prepared we are ahead of the new season. To be the best you have to gauge yourself against the best teams in the continent” he said. to futaa.com

And Power Dynamos will indeed provide Gor Mahia with a challenge. In 2014, they came within two points of winning the Zambian league, losing narrowly to Zesco. For the CAF competition, they have maintained most of their 2014 squad and added players from arch rivals Nkana FC: Defender Masautso Zimba,midfieder Claude Bwalya and 2nd choice goal keeper Charles Mweemba. They have two players who featured for Zambia in the 2015 Africa nations cup: Chris Munthali and Joshua Titima though the duo will likely not travel.

Gor Mahia have yet to impress in 2015 but coach Frank Nuttall appears positive with the progress the club is making with the exception of the attack.

Loss of Brian Umony

Coach Nuttall lamented the fact that Gor Mahia were not able to sign Ugandan striker Brian Umony.

“Umony is one player I wanted to bring in. But unfortunately it was not to be,” said Nuttall, adding, “I knew Danny (Sserunkuma) was going to leave, he had intimated to me and I believe Umony was going to be the perfect replacement. But I am told it was difficult getting him.” said Nuttall to Supersport.com

Both Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards pursued Umony but his demands were too high.

Previous Encounters vs Zambian sides

Despite the extensive record Gor Mahia has in CAF and CECAFA competitions, matches between Gor Mahia and Zambian sides are few and far between. In 1977, Gor Mahia lost 4-5 on aggregate to Zambian representatives Mufulira Wanderers in the second of the Africa cup. In 1981, Gor Mahia beat Kabwe Warriors 2-1 in a CECAFA cup match played in Kisumu. And in 1986, Gor mahia outplayed Mufulira Wanderers  but still lost 0-1 at the CECAFA cup in Mwanza Tanzania.

According to the club site, charges for the main stand will be Ksh 500 while charges for the terraces will be Ksh 200.


Rare second place finish for Gor Mahia

Beginning 29th September 2014 to 15th December 2014 East Africa Brewries started a promotion where you can stand a chance of winnng instant prizes and earn money for your favorite football or rugby team by simply drinking a Tusker and SMS-ing .

On Thursday each team finally received the cheques from EABL. Gor Mahia fans who typically win these contests finished second this time to Tusker FC. But this is most likely to greater awareness of the promotion among EABL employees.

Contest winnings

Full list

Tusker- Ksh. 704,912

Gor Mahia-  Ksh. 584,912

AFC Leopards- Ksh. 547,840

Thika United- Ksh. 150,004

Sofapaka-Ksh. 142,090

KCB- Ksh.132, 256

Mathare- Ksh. 76,945

Ushuru FC- Ksh.54,946

Ulinzi Stars-Ksh. 49,746

Bandari-  Ksh. 36,170

Top Fry-Ksh.28, 296

SoNy Sugar- Ksh. 27,046

Western Stima-Ksh. 17,298

Muhoroni Youth-Ksh. 16,980

Nairobi City Stars-Ksh.15, 424

Chemelil Sugar-Ksh-10, 290.


Kagere signed but questions abound

Gor Mahia have signed Rwandese striker Meddie Kagere on a one year deal. In the process, Gor mahia paid a transfer fee worth Sh2,016,554 (USD22,000)
“Kagere is already training with the team. We wanted him to sign a two year contract but he wanted a year’s stay, but we hope we can convince him otherwise,” club’s Deputy Secretary General Naima Oketch told Capital Sport.
The fact that he insisted on a one year contract means he will likely be looking to leave the club at the end of 2015 which will once again leave the club looking for a striker.
Given that Kagere only trained with the club for a short time before they signed him, then Kagere must have really impressed the technical bench within this short period.
But fans may not get a chance to see Kagere in action soon since he is ineligible to play in the continental campaign and coach Nuttall will be looking to identify the line-up that will face CNAPs of Madagascar in 2 weeks.
However it is worth noting that Gor Mahia appears not to have conducted any health assessments on any of the players they signed least of all Kagere who was signed at whiplash speed.
The signing fee given to Kagere does not seem commensurate with a one year contract either. It is not even clear if the signing fee matches Kagere’s current form. The Kagere of 2011 was certainly worth that massive transfer fee. However he has not matched that form of late at club level considering that his sojourns outside Rwanda have fallen short of expectations.
On a positive note, as of 2014, Kagere was still a mainstay in the Rwandese national team and scored three goals during the 2014 world cup qualifiers. Gor Mahia fans will hope that he can transfer that form to the local league.

Blunt attack worries Nuttall

Gor Mahia coach Frank Nuttall has lamented the lack of a sharp attacking edge following Gor Mahia’s first few friendlies of 2015. The attack has fallen short so far, scoring only one goal against lower tier side Bidco , one goal against Western Stima and no goals against Bandari.

Nuttall indicated that the club is still in search of a lethal striker. “I can say we still have to work hard to get a goal poacher. We are still very short in that area but I hope by the close of the transfer window, we will have found a solution,” said Nuttall to supersport.com. This is rather interesting because CEO Lordvick Aduda announced a few days ago that they were not interested in Jacob Keli because Nuttall is satisfied with the current squad.

The strikers signed this season have yet to wow Nuttall. James Ohawa was sent packing within a day of Nuttall’s arrival whereas Taofiq and Olunga are good but do not yet have the cutting edge.

“I trust in the abilities of Olunga and Taofiq, they have good ball control, but it will be expecting too much from them to come in and make an instant impact,” continued Nuttall.


Profile of Meddie Kagere

A report on supersport.com suggests that Rwandese striker Meddie Kagere is being pursued by Gor Mahia.

Gor Mahia Chief Executive Officer Lordvic Aduda confirmed the club have had contact with the 29-year-old Ugandan-born Rwandan striker, who has scored nine goals in 20 appearances for the Amavubi.

“We have had contact with Kagere. His agent has confirmed to us that he will be arriving in Nairobi on Monday morning and hopefully by Tuesday we will have signed him if talks end positively,” said Aduda.

Coach Nuttall, in an interview, said his side were still lacking in attack following the exit of talisman Dan Sserunkuma, who moved to Tanzania giants Simba after scoring 72 goals in 100 games for Gor Mahia.

“I hope to sign a striker before the transfer window closes,” admitted Nuttall at the weekend. Gor Mahia have been the most active in the transfer market signing 15 players and releasing 14.

2011 CECAFA cup

Kagere was born in Uganda where he initially played for Mbale Heroes. In 2006 he went to the Rwandese league where he joined ATRACO. He would soon take up Rwandese nationality in order to play for the Amavubi, the Rwandese national team.

Kagere first shot to international fame when he emerged as the top scorer during the 2011 CECAFA senior challenge cup. During that tournament he scored 5 goals to finish as the tournament top scorer as Rwanda reached the finals where they lost to Uganda.  Most notable were the two goals he scored against his motherland in the final.

Kagere was also on fire in the local league: In the 2010/11 seasons he finished as the Primus League’s top scorer with 16 goals. He was the main reason that Police FC finished in the second spot that year.

It was during this period that Gor Mahia first pursued Kagere. But his then club Police FC set a selling price of KES 4 million, a figure which Gor Mahia baulked at. Kagere then left Police FC in Rwanda to join Esperance in a move worth US$150,000. . He played at Esperance for five months whereupon his contract was terminated.

He spent three seasons at Police FC, scoring 38 league goals and was also the national team’s top scorer with three goals in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers.

Kagere leaves Police

In 2013, Kagere attended trials at Safa FC of Lebanon. His move there however hit a snag upon which he joined Rayon Sports.

In 2014, Kagere left Rayon Sports to move to KF Tirana for a fee of $10,000. It was his first move to a European side. His contract with Tirana was terminated along with another Ugandan Francis Olaki in December of 2014 due to lack of productivity.

Kagere and Olaki have scored just one goal each yet they get over 40,000 USD. Such money can be used to get a quality player who can score more goals for Tirana. The two thus have been axed from the club on mutual agreement” said the representative of KF Tirana.

Meddie Kagere Highlights

Gor Mahia 2 Mombasa combined 1

Gor Mahia felled Mombasa combined 2-1. The match was played at the Mombasa Municipal stadium.  The goals came via Taofiq Zachary who scored his first ever goal in Kenya and Ali Abondo. Gor Mahia played much better than they had played on Saturday. The Saturday match was marred by rough play from Bandari and also marred by fans who jeered at the coaching staff and the players, most notably Jerim Onyango who returned their abuse in kind.



Bandari 2 Gor Mahia 0

Some of the new signings have yet to impress

Gor Mahia suffered their first defeat of 2015 when they went down to Bandari 2-0 at the Mombasa Municipal stadium.

Mohamed Farid scored the opener after 34 minutes and the teams went to halftime with the scores at 1-0. In the second half, Gor Mahia pushed forward in search of an equalizer but it was Bandari who once again found the net in the 55th minute via Masoud Juma.

Once again the Gor Mahia attack was blunt. George Odhiambo Blackberry was decent. Mike Olunga still needs plenty of time to gel and Zakari Taofiq has yet to justify his massive transfer fee. There were reports that some fans booing the team bus and the coach and some were chanting “Jerry Must go” at the team bus for what they considered a lacklusture display. Now that is disgraceful fan behaviour.

Musa Mohamed perhaps after having watched the solid performance of Karim Nizigiyimana last weekend, also put on a very solid display.

Gor Mahia next play Mombasa combined on Sunday as coach Frank Nuttall continues to find a winning combination.

Thank you to Mombasa Governor Ali Joho

Mombasa governor Ali Joho has donated Ksh 200,000 to Gor Mahia FC to enable them to boost player morale before for the Africa champions league match against CNAPs of Madagascar.

Joho handed Sh200, 000 to K’Ogalo captain Jerim Onyango and the money was shared equally amongst players’ making the trip to Mombasa for a series of build up matches.

CEO Lordvick Aduda revealed that the governor has shown an interest in helping Gor Mahia foot their continental bills.

“We discussed a lot of issues with Governor and he has promised to help this club. He gave Sh200, 000 that was shared amongst players’ and also promised to host us for dinner later on Saturday.

“It was a good gesture from the governor at this time when our club is seeking for financial help. We have Kenyan Premier League coming up and also continental assignment that needs a lot finances. He has promised to help where he can.” said Aduda to goal.com


Keli deal falls through as new signings discuss targets

Gor Mahia CEO Lordvick Aduda has announced that contrary to earlier speculation, the club will not be pursuing AFC Leopards striker Jacob Keli.

“Keli is not in our plans .The coach has closed the door for more signings since he believes the players who have been picked are enough for the season,”said Aduda to supersport.

There had been speculation and reports that Gor Mahia were on the verge of signing keli after he appeared at the club’s press conference. However Aduda has denied this.

“To be honest, we never instituted any talks with Keli. We were not interested in him because there are particular players we were targeting who could fit in our long term plans, not every Tom, Dick and Harry. I’m sorry to say our bus is fully packed with no room for any extra passenger,” he continued.

With the Gor Mahia attack appearing blunt, many fans though Keli would have been a welcome addition. However he has failed to impress in 2014. Had coach Nuttall watched the Jacob Keli of 2013, he may have had a different opinion.

Bernard Odhiambo: No Comparisons please

New Gor Mahia defender Bernard Odhiambo, who is a younger brother to David Owino “Calabar” has rejected any comparisons to his elder brother.

“Of course I draw a lot of inspiration from him. He has worked hard to be where he is and I am very proud of him and I wish him well in his new club,”added Odhiambo.

“It would have been my wish to play with him at Gor Mahia but that may not happen now that he has moved but I hope Gor Mahia will make me a better player so that I can make it to the Harambee Stars and play alongside him.” he said to supersport.com

Odhiambo says he was drawn to the club due to its past success and its passionate fan base.

“Gor Mahia is the biggest and most successful club in Kenya and it is the pride of any player to don the green jersey. I love the passion of the fans and commitment of the management,” he continued to supersport.

Odhiambo wants to use his stint at Gor Mahia as a growth opportunity and is also aiming to win titles while at Gor Mahia.

“A player can only grow by playing for a club that offers challenge. I am ready to handle the pressure that comes with playing for Gor Mahia. My brother always encourages me. I am happy to be here and I want to win titles.”

Olunga on why he joined Gor Mahia

Newly signed striker, Michael Olunga has indicated that he turned out offers from other clubs in order to play at Gor Mahia. Among the clubs that made him offers were Supersport of South Africa as well as Tusker, AFC Leopards, Ulinzi and Sofapaka.

“What prevented me from putting pen to paper (at Supersport) was the fact that they had not spelt clearly the requirements of getting a university for me. Previously, we had agreed that if I was to sign for them, they had to provide a university where I will continue with my studies but they did not spell that out in the final contract,” Olunga said.

“There is life after football and having papers is very important,” added Olunga of the decision that saw him opt out. “Tusker was the first team I would have joined but after advice from my manager, I turned them down.” said Olunga to mediamaxnetwork.

Olunga says he turned down Ulinzi upon advice from his manager and turned down Ingwe due to their constant wrangles.

He is certain that Gor Mahia will provide him the platform he needs to ascend to greater heights.

“I always thrive under pressure and in my opinion, Gor will help me shine. I am sure if I was here last season and scored 10 goals, I would have been a regular in the national team,” said Olunga. I believe in myself, I believe I can do well and I will score many goals. Their playing style suits mine and I look forward to a great season. I am not putting myself under pressure to replace Danny (Sserunkuma) but I will do my best,”

Back in 2010 when Olunga was the MVP of the national schools championships, he was tipped by many to be the next superstar. Legendary coach Mohamed Kheri compared him favourably to Mike Okoth Origi.

Gor Mahia beat Western Stima, Bandari next

Having beaten lower tier side Bidco FC in their first friendly of 2015, Gor Mahia continued their preparations for the CAD Champions league with a 1-0 win over KPL side Western Stima.

The goal was scored by new signing Ronald Omino who ran down the flank before cutting inside to score in a manner reminiscent of Dutch forward Arjen Robben. Incidentally, Omino was playing against his Father Henry Omino who coaches Western Stima.

Coach Frank Nuttal was satisfied with the win.

“I am trying to get my first XI and so far I have played different teams for each half and I am satisfied that the team is taking good shape,” coach Frank Nuttall said to goal.com.

Travel to the Coast

Gor Mahia will continue their preparations by travelling to Mombasa to play Bandari on Saturday. They will then play Coast Combined on Sunday. The tour of Mombasa will somewhat prepare the Kogalo for the weather in Madagascar.

After Mombasa, Gor Mahia will play high profile friendlies against Power Dyanamos of Zambia, SC Villa of Uganda and Vipers of Uganda.

“We have invited Power Dynamos over for a friendly match and they have given a strong indication that they will be here next weekend, so we are only awaiting official communication from their end before we embark on the necessary logistics.”

“Uganda’s SC Villa and Vipers FC had also jointly invited us for a friendly on that same weekend, but we have requested them to push the invite to the 8th of February so that we can play Dynamos first,” said club official Ronald Ngala to the Nation.

Coach Frank Nuttall is determined to make an impact at the continental level, something Gor Mahia has not done in this millenium.

“In my opinion, the club has made enough impact in the local front so it would be a good thing if we could replicate the same impact outside the country. To do that, we must get out of the comfort zone and go the extra mile and playing these build-up matches is one way of doing that,” said Nuttall to the nation.