Gor Mahia convenes branches meeting to shore up finances

Gor Mahia FC has announced an inter-branches meeting on Sunday 22nd February 2015. The purpose of the meeting will be to deliberate on how to assist the club to meet its financial requirement in the upcoming continental assignment.

All club’ branches leaders are therefore expected to turn up for the meeting on Sunday at 4:00pm on the said date at the club’s offices situated at Nyayo National Stadium, Nairobi, read a statement on the club site.

With players signed, salaries due and continental bills due and sponsors still hard to come by,  Gor Mahia will now need to be creative and competent when it comes to financing the club.

In the 1970s and 1980s, branches played a pivotal role in financing the club. This has fallen by the wayside in recent years especially starting in the Erastus Okul era. Perhaps the club has come to the realization that branches need to be strengthened and incorporated in the day to day running of the club. There will be opportunities for branch leaders to submit their own proposals regarding issues like transparency.

Gor Mahia squad: Taofiq dropped, Emuge back

The Gor Mahia squad for the first leg of the 2015 KPL season was named yesterday. Missing from the squad is Ghanaian striker Taofiq Zakari. Meanwhile giant Ugandan defender Israel Emuge who at one point appeared to be on the way out has been recalled. Emuge had an injury plagued 2014 season.

As for Zakari, he is being dropped because the club has already reached its allowable quota of foreigners. On January 2, FKF chairman Sam Nyamweya announced that teams playing continental football will be allowed to sign 7 foreigners. Currently Gor Mahia has 9 foreign born players : Simon Pierre, Sibomana, Nigiyizimana, Kagere, Emuge, Dirkir Glay, Walusimbi, Aucho and Zakari. One of these ( either Glay or Pierre) qualifies for residency as a refugee.

According to orgainizing secretary Ronald Ngala, Zakari had been signed as a potential replacement for Dan Sserunkuma as Gor Mahia desperately searched for a goal-scorer. He was assesed by the assistant coaches and deemed acceptable. Coach Nuttall having assesed both he and Olunga deemed them adequate but not outstanding. Nuttall seemingly prefers to keep Emuge as the 7th foreigner.

“The signing was sanctioned by assistant coaches but the influx of better foreign players has complicated the matter” . There are several players who were signed on recommendation of the assistant coaches based on the specification the head coach left behind, Taofiq being one of them because coach needed a finisher” said Ngala

However according to Ronald Ngala, Taofiq has already signed a contract and the club is now obligated to sign him.

“The coach made that decision, the office is now obligated to act in the best interest of the player..so he will stay around until a mutual agreement is reached.” said Ngala

Interestingly, Taofiq played in the match against Kibera Black stars in which Gor Mahia won 3-0 thanks to goals from Sibomana, Kagere and Simon Pierre.

Gor Mahia 2015 Squad:

Goalkeepers – David Juma, Jerim Onyango, Boniface Oluoch.

Defenders – Haron Shakava, Dirkir Glay,Israel Emuge,Musa Mohammed, Simone Guidougue, Charles Bruno, Godfrey Walusimbi, Martin Werunga, Bernard Omondi, Sibomana, Eric Ochieng, Kevin Oluoch  Aboubad, Abdoul Nizigiyimana.

Midfielders -, Collins Okoth, Aucho Khalid, Jerry Santos, Innocent Wafula, Ronald Otieno, Ernest Wendo, Ali Abondo;

Strikers –Michael Olunga, George Odhiambo, Kagere Medie, Timothy Otieno.

CNaPs coach: Gor Mahia were just lucky

CNaPs coach Rabeharisua Herimanitra has indicated that he was delighted with the performance of his charges during the opening leg of the 2015 Africa champions league  preliminary round. Coach Herimaitra indicated that his team deserved to win more than the hosts.

““I feel a draw would have been a fair result. We lost two clean chances that could have changed the tide of the game. We need to come up with a winning formula and regain our confidence and ensure we win our return leg match.” he said according to supersport.com

He also indicated that Gor Mahia were far below expectations.

I respect Gor but this is not the team I was anticipating to meet. They were not sharp in striking and the penalty was suspicious.”

According to him Gor Mahia benefited from refereeing decisions.

“It was a serious omission by the whistler not to send off that tall Gor striker who fell in the box for the decisive penalty. It was an obvious incident that he should have spotted and taken action.”

Gor Mahia do indeed have a tall order as they face CNaPs in Antananarivo in 2 weeks. And as they defend their slim lead, they will have to do it without tough as nails defender Collins Okoth “Gattuso”.

Gattuso is said to have walked away in anger after coach Nuttall named him on the bench.

“Immediately the coach (Frank Nuttall) announced starting line-up on Saturday, Okoth simply walked away and later we heard that he sat on the terraces through-out the match. It is very disappointing and we are considering what disciplinary action to take against him. We had a crucial game and needed all our best players.” said Bobby Ogolla to goal.com

Not surprisingly, the Madgascans excelled in wing play, something that they have always done. But they are not physically strong. A tenacious player like Gattuso is perhaps what Gor Mahia needs in midfield.

Low gate collections for Gor Mahia vs CNaPs

The 2015 CAF champions league preliminary match against CNaPs of Madagascar raised Ksh 919,000 according to the club site.

VIP tickets were sold at Kshs. 600 (approximately $6) while the terraces tickets went at Kshs. 200 (approximately $2).

Attendance at Gor Mahia matches has been gradually declining of late and so have the gate collections.

This past weekend’s number is well  below the Ksh 2.6 million that was raised when Gor Mahia played against Esperance in 2014.

And in 2013, the encounter against Anse Re Union raised Ksh 3.5 million.

Going back even further, the mashemeji derby first leg in 2011 raised an incredible 5.5 million.

It is now up to the club top brass to find ways to re-assure fans that the stadia are actually safe for them.

Gor Mahia 1 CNaPS 0

Gor Mahia squeezed a 1-0 win over CNaPs of Madagascar. Gor Mahia got off to what looked like a bright start when in the 2nd minute, a  penalty from Ali Abondo gave Gor Mahia an early lead which they held until the end of the game. The penalty resulted when Mike Olunga was fouled in the penalty box. Khalid Aucho whose precise pass to Abondo resulted in the goal against Sofapaka, also delivered another precise pass to Olunga who was fouled resulting in the penalty.

Gor Mahia put CNaPs under pressure throughout the first half but could not tack on another goal. In the second half, CNaPs came back more confident and created a number of chances. In the 57th minute, a precise move by the Islanders ended with Simouri crossing to Rajaonarivelo. But the latter was a step too late. Ten Minutes later it was winger Olivier Ralaidimy whose dangerous cross was cleared by Kevin Oluoch as Rajaonarivelo charged towards the ball.

Boniface Oluoch was in fine form making a number of critical saves to save the scoreline for Gor Mahia. The most critical came in the 81st minute when Nono Vombola found himself one on one with Oluoch following a defensive lapse. But the alert Oluoch saved the day from what would have been a crucial away goal for the Islanders.

After the match coach Sammy Omollo “Pamzo” stated that Gor Mahia’s tactical formation did not work. In particular he stated that Walusimbi should have been fielded further upfront, similar to how he played against Sofapaka. He also cited innefective substitutions by coach Nuttall.

Gor Mahia coach Frank Nuttall for his part blamed his side for many lost chances. “We deserved to win by a bigger margin but the team is still jelling and so we lost some clear chances.” The return leg will be played after two weeks away.

Gor Mahia now face a tall order defending a one goal lead against the Madagascans in two weeks. On a positive note, they did not concede an away goal. As such they need any kind of draw to advance.

Line ups

Gor Mahia Starting XI: 23. Boniface Oluoch (GK), 5. Musa Mohammed, 4. Kevin Oluoch, 26. Glay Dirkir, 2. Godfrey Walusimbi, 10. Khalid Aucho, 8. Jerry Santo (17. Eric Ochieng’ 55’), 7. Ronald Otieno Omino, 30. Ali Abondo, 9. Timothy Otieno (25. George Odhiambo 64’), 19. Michael Olunga

Unused Reserves: 12. David Juma (GK), 24. Israel Emuge, 6. Collins Okoth, 15. Bernard Odhiambo, 18. Harun Shakava,

CNaPS Sports Starting XI: 16. Randrianasolo (GK), 22. Andoniaina Rakotondrazaka, 18. Toby Njakanirina (CPT), 4. Feno Ratolojahanary, 17. Rajaonarivelo, 12. Njiva Rakotohalihalala (11. Jean Andriamangason 68’), 20. Ramanitrandsana. 5. Michael Rabeson. 9. Nono Vombola, 7. Simouri (3. Olivier Ralaidimy 59’)

Unused Subs: 1. Andonianina Andriamalala, 2. Andy Tahiana Randrianarisoa, , 6. Vonjiniaina Razafimahatrara, , 19. Milison Niasexe, 20. Miandrisoa Ramanitrandrasana

Gor Mahia 2015 Africa Champions league squad

GoalKeepers – 1. Jerry Onyango, 2. David Juma, 3. Boniface Oluoch.

Defenders – 4. Walusimbi Godfrey, 5. Kevin Oluoch, 6. Musa Mohammed, 7. Dirkir Glay, 8. Israel Emuge, 9. Benard Odhiambo, 10. Haron Shakava.

Midfielders – 11. Collins Okoth, 12. Ronald Omino, 13. Jerry Santo, 14. Khalid Aucho, 15. Eric Ochieng, 16. Ali Abondo.

Strikers – 17. Timothy Otieno, 18. Taofic Zachary, 19. Michael Olunga, 20. George Odhiambo.

Gor Mahia start Champions league campaign


Its all systems go at Nyayo stadium on Saturday February 14 as Gor Mahia take on Madagascan champions CNaPs in the preliminary round of the 2015 Africa champions league.

Gor Mahia’s performance in continental events since 2009 has been poor. However their performance has been slowly improving. From the Rwanda APR disaster of 2009 and the disastrous loss to Ferroviario of Maputo, Gor Mahia has improved over the last two campaigns. The improvement has seen them go beyond the preliminary round, most notably in 2014 when a penalty saving clinic by skipper Jerim Onyango saw Gor Mahia overcome biased officiating against US Bitam of Gabon.

Coach Frank Nuttall is determined to improve on this record.

“The new signings have demonstrated beyond doubt that they are equal to the task ahead. We have struggled at the continental stage for a while now and it is important that we change this. We will not underrate our opponents but we believe we are capable of winning and we shall work towards that,” he said. to the Nation.

The Rwandese trio of Sibomana, Nigiziyimana and Meddie Kagere is unavailable because they were signed after the CAF deadline. In their absence, Gor Mahia will continue to depend on George Odhiambo “Blackberry” and new signing Michael Olunga for goals. Ghanaian Taofiq Zachary and Tim Otieno are additional options.

In defence, Musa Mohamed who skippered the team on Wednesday will be counted on to utilize his experience to marshall a defence that will include Dirkir Glay with either Emuge or Shakava.

CNaPs in high spirits

CNaPs for their part also competed in the Champions league in 2014 where they were eliminated in the preliminary round, losing to Liga Muculmana of Mozambique 0-1 on aggregate. They have been quoted in the Mdagascan media as saying they do not consider Gor Mahia a threat.

Prior to leaving Madagascar, they were received by the Minister of Youth and Sports, Dr. Jean Anicet Andriamosarisoa Ambohijatovo for the traditional Tso-drano”. An opportunity for a number of Malagasy Sports reaffirm the commitment of his department for the promotion and development of sport in the country.

“The CNaPS Sports is a great team and we know your ability. Malagasy soccer players expect a lot from you especially given the reality of today’s football. We commend the efforts of the leaders of this discipline for the shares despite the difficulties, “said the Minister.

As a contribution, the ministry will take over the price of the ticket referees for the second leg at home. For its part, the delegation led by team official  Hiaja Rakotoarison promised to do their best in opposing land. “We will try to score the most goals in opposing land,” said the coach of the team, Harimanitra Rabearisoa.

History of Gor Mahia vs Madagascan teams

Story by Muroro-Pacho

The Dinamo de Fima Fiasco

The Gor Mahia careers of Kempes, Obunga “Singh” and Ogolla “Machine” effectively endd after the Dinamo De Fima fiasco. Kempes left for Alabama to pursue a football scholarship, Obunga joined Re Union and later went to India for further studies. Ogolla “Machine” seemingly retired from football.

Gor Mahia vs BTM

This was the Gor Mahia squad that took on BTM
Front Row: David Ouma, Jack Johnson, Odolla (Chair), Ochido Kamkunji
2nd row: Jua Kali, Ndolo, Pierre, Magongo, Solo
3rd row: Charles Otieno, Miswa, Mwidau,Hezborn, Jogoo, Nyangi
4th row: Fundi, Makamu, Kamoga, Bassanga, Gundo, Dr. Ogutu, Dawo “Omuga”


Gor Mahia and Sofapaka sign broadcasting deal

Gor Mahia and Sofapaka have inked a deal with Supersport for live coverage of the continental matches to be played this weekend. According to Capital FM, the deal is woth Ksg 2.5 million for each team. The deal will be renewed in case each side progresses.

Speaking Thursday, SuperSport Head of East Africa; Auka Gacheo said the broadcast company is committed to Kenyan football despite ongoing wrangles between KPL and Football Kenya Federation (FKF) that threatens to give rise to parallel top flight competitions.

“Both clubs (Gor and Sofapaka) face financial challenges participating in the CAF matches. We have negotiated with both and I believe this deal will boost their financial kitty,” Auka announced.

Sofapaka president Elly Kalekwa said, “Clubs have a huge problem of finances. The deal has come at the right time and I appreciate a lot. The last time we were in the competition we spent Sh31.5m (USD344,000) so it’s a very expensive affair.”

SuperSport are negotiating with the visiting CNaPS and FC Platinum to nail a deal that will see them broadcast return-leg fixtures.

According to club chairman Ambrose Rachier, each round of continental events costs the club Ksh 7 million. The bulk money goes towards hotel expenses and catering for visiting teams, airline tickets, payments to match officials. The prohibitive expenses have forced many clubs to withdraw. The Ksh 2.5 million received from Supersport will go some way towards defraying the expenses. That is assuming that FKF does not demand a share which is a distinct possibility.

Some Gor Mahia officials claim that if the club reaches the league stages of the competition, then the financial rewards for reaching the league stages will enable them to break even. This may not be true.

One man who knows the exact cost of victory in African club football is Moise Katumbi, the governor of DR Congo’s resource-rich Katanga province.

Katumbi bankrolls the 2010 FIFA Club World Cup runner-up and 2010 CAF Champions League winner TP Mazembe.

“By the time that I add the cost of participating in the Champions League to my club budget ($6-$7 million), we spend about $15 million annually,” he said

And this is a $15 million in which the income accruing to Mazembe is barely over a tenth of his spend.

“At the moment, the club is making no profit… But we are looking at building a brand, which in the next five years, should be self-sustaining,” Katumbi said to Africa football magazine

CAF Champions League Prize Money Distribution:

  • First Place: $1 500 000 (KES 137, 354, 250)
  • Runners Up: $1 000 000 (KES 91,569,500)
  • Semi-finalists:  $700 000 each (KES 64,098,650)
  • Third in the Group:  $500 000 each (KES 45,784,750)
  • Fourth in the Group:  $400 000 each (KES ) 36,627,800

Based on the numbers revealed by Elly Kalekwa above, a team that reaches the league stage may still not break even.

Now FKF fines Gor Mahia , Sofapaka and bans refs

FKF has banned the referees who officiated the match between Gor Mahia and Sofapaka and also fined both teams Ksh 200,000.

According to story posted on goal.com, an FKF official announced the sanctions.

“Gor Mahia and Sofapaka are our members and by participating in a cup that was not sanctioned by federation was disobeying our statutes. As FKF, we did not sanction the match and thus both teams must pay the fine of Sh200, 000 and face further disciplinary action if they continue to violate our rules and regulations.

“The same will apply to referees, who officiated in the match. By officiating in the match, they disobeyed our orders and thus will serve a ban of three months and this could increase after our disciplinary sits to discuss the same.

“Suspended referees are Moses Osano, Dorcas Wanza, Stephen Oduor, fourth official Amos Wanjala and Paul Kaunda, who was match commissioner.”

“We will continue to take disciplinary action against clubs that are not following our statutes. All clubs in previous Kenyan Premier League are our members and should follow orders from Football Kenya Federation.”

This is a sign of things to come because it basically means FKF will seek to end the KPL league by banning any referee who officiates in the KPL league and fining teams that participate.

A similar farciacal scenario played out approximately 10 years ago when there were parallel leagues. On that occassion, the government banned KFF from using its stadia while KFF retaliated by banning referees who officiated in the breakaway league. The difference is that this time, all teams are unified in support of KPL.

Sepp Blatter aiding in Nyamweya’s corruption

Nyamweya’s ability to run roughshod over Kenya football is aided by none other than FIFA president Sep Blatter. It is he who has now allowed FKF to disregard the recomendation of the FIFA advisory panel that recommended that the league remain a 16 team league run by KPL. He does this despite full knowledge that Nyamweya has been siphoning FIFA money into his own bank accounts.