Archives - March, 2015



18 Mar 15

As Gor Mahia prepare to take on Bandari on Thursday, a Daily Nation report suggests that the Go Mahia camp is in turmoil following a delay in settling salaries and winning bonuses of the technical bench and the playing unit.

An anonymous source to the Nation that the technical bench was fast losing patience with the club management over the way they were running the club.

He said that they were still owed substantial amount of their January and February salaries and efforts to have the management settle the matter had proven fruitless.

Gor paid the players’ February salaries in bits with the balance being settled on Monday, but the source claimed that some of the players are still owed arrears.

BOYCOTTED TRAINING

The club’s marquee January signings, Abouba Sibomana and Karim Nizigiyimana from Rwanda, are threatening to cut short their two-year deals with the club as they are yet to be paid part of their sign-on fee nearly three months since joining K’Ogalo. The duo joined Gor from Rwandan side Rayon Sports.

The biting financial crunch has seen some of the players boycott training and the source said that coach Frank Nuttall was at his wits end on how to deal with the issue.

“Innocent Wafula has been missing for the last seven days over monetary issues. This is a player who can win you a game any day. The coach has been to the office on several occasions to have this matter addressed but nothing has been done.

“On Tuesday, Emuge (Israel) and Timothy (Otieno) did not turn up for training while today (Wednesday) Karim and Sibomana did not show up. If you talk to them, they’ll tell you its monetary issues. Things are getting out of hand,” said the source.

Liberian defender, Dirkir Glay, also risks not being fielded in future matches as his work permit has expired but the office has been dilly-dallying on the matter.

The cub’s acting secretary general Ronald Ngala said they were aware of the issues. “It’s true we owe them some money, and we are going to sort out that issue soon,” he said.

Factors

    A number of factors have contributed to the club’s current financial malaise some of which are out of the clubs control and some of which are self inflicted.

  • Lack of league action has curtailed gate collections, an important source of the club’s revenue
  • The immense expense of playing continental football
  • A fall in attendance of league matches and international matches
  • The club’s inability to follow up on initiatives like the membership recruitment drive and the SACCO initiative
  • The clubs inability to get a sponsor.

And it does not help that the club Chairman has been kept busy by the recent courtroom battles pitting the KPL and the FKF.

This is the time for club members and fans to come to the rescue of the club before the league campaign is derailed. Go to the stadium on Thursday and support the team materially and morally.


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17 Mar 15

Veteran right full back and current Vice Captain Musa Mohamed is dissappointed that Gor Mahia did not take advantage of their home field to secure a win over AC Leopards.

“We all know we have put ourselves n a tight corner but that will inspire us when we go to the return leg. It will not be easy but we will give it our all. The tie is still open,” he said to supersport.

However Musa is confident that Gor Mahia can overcome the odds and defeat the Congolese side away.

“It is not over yet. When you look at the statistics of the game, we had a greater percentage in possession and we created the chances. We were just unlucky to concede. AC Leopards have been champions very recently, we are just rebuilding and I think we gave a good account of ourselves.” he continued

Musa called on fans not to give up hope as anything is possible in the return leg.

“Our fans should not lose hope. We will fight harder in the return leg”

Nuttall explains Ali Abondo’s absence

Ali Abondo had been in fine form over the past few games scoring four goals in six games. Fans were thus confused when coach Nuttall named a line-up that did not include him in the starting line-up. Fans were even more confused when Nuttall waited until there were only twenty minutes left before introducing Abondo. Nuttall now explains that the Kisumu lad was not in full fitness.

“Ali had a knock in our last friendly match against Rangers so we had to be cautious with him. Nevertheless we were confident that the team we chose could do a job and we are pleased with their output” said Nuttall to supersport.

Based on the way the team played, Nuttall is confident that his side can pull a miraculous victory out of the fire in Congo.

“I am happy with the way we took the game to Leopards. We created some good chances that on a good day we could have won by three goals. We also restricted Leopards to just a couple of chances and we would have gotten a penalty in the second half when Olunga was fouled in the box,”

The overall performance of the team was great and we gave the opponents only one chance. This is just the first half and we are hoping for a good result in the return match,” he said.

 Players gave up

Gor Mahia players seemingly stopped playing when they conceded a goal against the run of play. Building on this, AC Leopards will likely try to go for an early goal knowing that it will demoralize Gor Mahia players. It is therefore incumbent upon Nuttall to impress upon his players that a 2-1 for Gor Mahia can see them through. This AC Leopards side is beatable.

There have been numerous occasions even recently when Gor Mahia’s performance away from home was far better than at home. A case in point was when they played Anse Re-Union.


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16 Mar 15

Following the decision by the high court to lift the ban on KPL matches, the league has resumed play. KPL CEO Jack Oguda has announced that the league will try to schedule a number of midweek matches in order to reduce the backlog of fixtures.

“Right now, we are trying to see if we can arrange for mid-week fixtures and will make an announcement shortly. Our programme had fallen behind following the injunction and we need to get things back to normal service,”he said to goal.com

In that vain, Gor Mahia will take on Bandari on Thursday at City stadium.

The return of KPL fixtures is a relief to fans of local football who have become exasperated by the antics of Sam Nyamweya and FKF. Coaches are relieved as well because the lack of fixtures was demotivating certai players.

“It is difficult for a coach to train the players yet not knowing who or when they were going to play next. It looked more like a pre-season training. The morale was beginning to fade among the players,” Matano told Goal.

“A lot of sponsors have invested so much in teams this year and were beginning to feel cheated due to the stand-off which had began to have far-reaching consequences on everyone involved,” added Muhiddin.

Players complain of unpaid salaries

Some Gor Mahia players are up in arms due to non payment of allowances and salaries. According to goal.com players received on Ksh 300 each after the match against AC Leopards. This is the amount players used to be paid per game back in the 1980s.

An anonymous players has revealed to goal.com, the tribulations that the team is experiencing.

Against Sofapaka in season’s curtain raiser, we received nothing but only Sh300 which was part of our daily training allowance. Nobody spoke about our bonuses afterwards.

“When we won against Madagascar champions CNaPs in preliminary round of Caf Champons League at home, we just received daily training allowance which cannot even cater for our lunch and fare back home.

“The only ‘big money’ we have received was (85000 Malagasy Ariary), which when converted to local currency is roughly Sh2, 580, which the club provided for drinks.

“Up to date, we have not been paid our bonuses; I have never seen a disorganized team like this. How can we fight hard for the team only to get Sh300 on material day? Like on Sunday against AC Leopards, I can reveal that some players were very hungry, it was an insult to give them peanuts.”

However club EC member David Kilo has denied the reports.

“It is true we gave them Sh300, but that is our routine. It is our daily training rate. The team has its policy of paying players there bonuses; every player received his right in respect to rankings. The information you have is false.” he said to goal.com

Kilo also said that the club Chairman is meeting some of the club’s expenses out of his own pocket.

“And concerning salaries, as a club we don’t owe players. The team is financially struggling with no sponsor on board but many a times the chairman has dug deep into his pockets to pay the players. As officials we are concerned with welfare of our players’ and in no way can we mistreat them.”

 


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16 Mar 15

Gor Mahia coach Frank Nuttall has opined that Gor Mahia played well enough to win the game but luck was not on their side.
“We played very well in both halves as the boys showed a lot of bravery. It is unfortunate that we are never given the credit we deserve especially after such a great performance against a team of this calibre. “As far as I am concerned, we are still in the match and will try and do better in the return leg,” he told journalists after the game.
Nuttall attributed AC leopard’s win to luck. According to him, Gor Mahia played better and deserved to win whereas the Congolese had one chance on which they capitalized.
“I really applaud the players. They dominated the first half and every player’s contribution was very impressive. The opponent had one chance in the second half and nothing else. We’ll see how it goes in the return match,” he said.

Cash Crunch hits Gor Mahia

Gor Mahia are already feeling the financial pinch of taking part in the Champions league. The team, according to Deputy Secretary General Naima Oketch needs at least Sh2.5million to travel to Congo Brazaville for their return match against AC Leopards at the end of March.
“We are spending almost a similar amount in the first leg and have had to borrow heavily to make ends meet. We are urging our supporters and well-wishers to come to our aid,” she said to the Standard. Among the biggest expenses the team has incurred is paying for referees’ tickets, which alone is Sh1.7million.
Matters are made worse by the poor attendance of the match. The Operation Jaza stadi campaign came a cropper. This is the lowest attendance seen for a Gor Mahia international match possibly ever.


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15 Mar 15

courtesy of goal.com

Gor Mahia face a mountain to climb to progress in Caf Champions League after losing at home to Congolese champions Leopards in first leg contest

Gor Mahia face an uphill task in their return leg clash of Caf Champions League against Congolese champions AC Leopards after going down 1-0 at Nyayo Stadium on Sunday.

The result means, the Kenyan champions must win return leg fixture by two clear goals so as to progress in the competition. Gor Mahia keen for an early goal went on the offensive right from the word go with Michael Olunga’s first chance in the opening minutes ending up in a corner kick after he was denied by Massa Chansel in goal.

The towering striker was denied again in the seventh minute this time near the goal post as he attempted to score from a Godfrey Walusimbi free-kick. Gor Mahia won their first corner of the match from that effort but it ended up on the upright after George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo had attempted to head it inside the net.

The visitors, who took time to settle, had their first go at Gor Mahia’s goal in 14th minute. Makiese Junior won a free-kick just outside Gor Mahia goal and ?Ntella Tychique delivered it well but Boniface Oluoch picked it equally well.

In 20th minute, the visitors got their first corner as they started to settle. However, it was still Gor Mahia, who should have been up by two goals as in 26th minte Khalid Aucho blasted wide from a free-kick.

Makiese Junior had the perfect opportunity to put Leopards ahead in 28th minute. He beat an off-side trap set by the Gor Mahia defenders but still failed to score with Boniface Oluoch beaten. Oluoch then failed to hold onto a corner kick from Lakoko Preston and Barbov Querros hit the cross bar as Gor Mahia survived another scare just before the half time whistle.

On resumption, AC Leopards shocked Gor Mahia with an early goal when ?Ganzbo Ceciria beat Boniface Oluoch from close range to out his side ahead. Shocked but determined the Kenyan champions fought to get back into the match. George Odhiambo could have equalised at the hour mark but he blasted wide after being put through by Michael Olunga.

Musa Mohammed was then cautioned for rough play. The same fate befell Timothy Otieno as Gor Mahia appeared imobalised by the goal and hardly had a scoring opportunity in a good part of the second half.

Gor Mahia rested Timothy Otieno for Ali Abondo in 75th minute to try and create some chances. ?George Odhiambo was also rested for Ronald Omino but nothing just seemed to work in a poor second half by the home side, who must do better in a fortnight.

Starting XI: 23. Boniface Oluoch (GK), 5. Musa Mohammed, 4. Kevin Oluoch, 18. Haron Shakava 26. Glay Dirkir, 2. Godfrey Walusimbi, 10. Khalid Aucho, 6. Collins Okoth, 9. Timothy Otieno, 25. George Odhiambo, 19. Michael Olunga

Reserves: 1. Jerim Onyango (GK), 24. Israel Emuge, 15. Bernard Odhiambo, 8. Jerry Santo 30. Ali Abondo, 7. Ronald Otieno, 17. Eric Ochieng


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13 Mar 15

Gor Mahia’s Camerounian defender Simon Pierre is under no illusions about how difficult the match against AC Leopards will be.

“It is a big game for us and we are looking forward to it. They are well known in the continent and have a number of Congolese internationals and very good foreign players in their side.” he said to supersport.com

Pierre think the club can benefit from his familiarity with Congolese players.

“I know them because we share a lot in terms of our football back in Cameroon and they are feared by many. Many will say that they are the favourites to go through but I know that on our day we can beat any side at any time.”

#Operation Jaza Stadi

Pierre also called upon fans to turn out in large numbers and get behind the team.

“We will be confident and hope that the fans come out in numbers to support us, because we are capable of doing well against them,” he added.

Speaking of filling the stadium, Gor Mahia fans have started a social media campaign (#OperationJazaStadi) to encourage fans to turn out in large numbers. The number of Gor Mahia fans attending matches has been plummetting over the past two years with the club generating less than half the revenue it used to generate from big matches.

Against CNaPs, Gor Mahia were saved by the fact that they did not concede a goal at home. Against AC Leopards, keeping a clean sheet at home will be just as important as Pierre indicates.

“We need a clean sheet. It will boost us if we can keep a clean sheet. It will give us a good chance if we keep the clean sheet,” he added.

Spying on Gor Mahia training sessions

AC Leopards sent an advance team of three officials to Nairobi early this week to monitor the proceedings and the party has been monitoring Gor Mahia’s training sessions ahead of the Sunday tie according the daily Nation. This author does not understand why Gor Mahia’s opponents would be allowed to watch them train.  The match will be broadcast live on SuperSport


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12 Mar 15

Gor Mahia are up against a heavily favoured opponent. Congolese side AC Leopards have the pedigree having won the CAF confederations cup in 2012.

However Gor Mahia are undaunted. They believe that all the hard work and effort they have put in over the past few weeks will pay off.

“We are not so concerned about what they have won and where they have been. Our main focus is to win the first leg to make our work easier in the return match. We are focused and are working hard to get a positive result in this fixture,” said George Odhiambo Blackberry to the Standard.

Three years ago, Odhiambo was in sensational scoring form. But whereas the goal supply has gone down, Odhiambo has been one of the most useful players at the club in the past year or so. He was buoyed by the crucial goal he scored in Madagascar that saw Gor Mahia through

“That goal has given me plenty of morale going into this match. I have trained well and ready to be given a starting role by the coach on Sunday,” he said.
Skipper Jerim Onyango is also confident that Gor Mahia can overcome odds and beat AC Leopards.

“To be honest, every observer will bet in favour of AC Leopards because of what they have achieved in this competition. But we are Gor Mahia and we fear no foe,“The fighting spirit of Gor Mahia is what will lift us. We are the underdogs but we can shock Africa by eliminating AC Leopards,” said Onyango to supersport.com.

Of all the players, Jerim Onyango has been the most supportive of the new players despite facing intense competition for a starting poistion.

You notive that we have so many new players, but they have already settled in well and working as a team.”

“If we maintain the self belief that saw us go past the preliminary round, we shall make it to the second round. That is our goal,”


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11 Mar 15

Gor Mahia’s Liberian defender Dirkir Glay and midfielder Khalid Aucho are both on track to recover from injuries that left them doubtful for this weekend’s Africa champions league encounter against AC Leopards of Congo-Brazza.

Aucho had picked up a hamstring injury during last weekend’s friendly match against Ulinzi Stars.

“Preparations are going on well since we are overcoming few knocks and everybody is focused. Aucho and Glay trained today (Tuesday) so we will see how they will react over the next 24 hours.

“Their injuries were not major so hopefully we will have full squad to select from,” said Nuttall to capital FM from the team’s training base at Nyayo stadium.

Congolese Fans to turn up in droves

The Standard reports that the entire Congolese community living in Kenya will turn up for the  match on Sunday. The Congo embassy in Nairobi aims to mobilize all its citzens residing in Nairobi.
“This is a big match for us. We, Congolese, take football seriously and it is a near religion to us,” said H.E Jean Pierre Ossey the Ambassador of the Republic of Congo to the Standard, adding that “students, workers and all Congolese citizens residing in Kenya are all geared to this game.
“We want to support our team and make them feel like they are playing at home.” Approximately there are over one thousand Congolese working and studying in Kenya and should they all turn up for the Sunday Nyayo Stadium match, there will almost certainly be a replica of the atmosphere that AC Leopards are used to at their Stade Dennis Sassou Ngueso home in Dolisie. The Congolese also expect to get support from their neighbors from Democratic Republic of Congo whose citizens in Kenya account for almost a quarter of foreigners in Kenya.
On government support to football in Congo, the Ambassador was quick to highlight their commitment to developing and motivating sports in their home country as they (Congo government) have chartered a plane to ferry the whole AC Leopards contingent to and from Nairobi. AC Leopards will arrive in Nairobi aboard a chartered flight at a yet to be specified time and they play Gor Mahia on Sunday the 15th. This clash only promises more and more fireworks. They expect a contingent of 96 people aboard the flight.

Gor Mahia 1 Posta Rangers 1

Nuttall had been speaking after his side’s friendly against Posta Rangers which ended 1-1. Gor Mahia took the lead in the 72nd minute through Ghanaian striker Zachary Taofiq. Paul Karuri equalized 10 minutes later.

“It was a useful match for players who were unable to take part in last weekend’s match and those who will play on Sunday. Jerim Onyango is doing fine and he had a chance to play 90minutes today after being sidelines for long,” said Nuttall to capital FM


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11 Mar 15

Story by Muroro Pacho
Milimani-Strathmore

Dawo, Fundi, Osuka, Onyango Jogoo and Pierre in 1988. In those days, the stadium was filled to the brim when Kogalo played continental matches. You had to be at the stadium by 12 pm to find a seat

An Eventful second half

Mike Otieno being carried off the field by Jack Johnson and Ochido Kamkunji

Gor Mahia head to Brazzaville

Lessons for Today


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10 Mar 15

Gor Mahia certainly have their work cut out this Sunday when they take on Congo-Brazzaville side AC Leopards this Sunday at Nyayo stadium.

AC leopards returned from their training stint in Cameroon last week and have played two league matches since then. On March 4, they destroyed fourth placed Etoile Du Congo by a score of 4-0. Etoile were the country’s representatives in this years CAF Confederations cup.

AC Leopards who are popularly known as the Fauves Niari scored their goals through Junior Makiesse, Davy Dimitri Bissiki Magnokélé, Rudy Guelord Bhebey Ndey and Perci Akoli. In the next match played on March 9, the Fauves Niari beat Tongo FC 1-0.

They are now placed second in the Congo-Brazzaville standings behind Inter club of Brazzaville.

Gor Mahia will have their work cut out as they try to contain the Congolese side that is busy sharpening its blades in the Congolese league whereas unfortunately, the Kenyan league has been at a standstill thanks to Sam Nyamweya, Robert Asembo and their silly antics.

Friendlies

With the league at a standstill, Gor Mahia have been playing a series of friendly matches to stay sharp. On Sunday they tied Ulinzi to a scoreless draw. On Tuesday March 10, Gor Mahia have lined up another friendly against Posta Rangers. According to the club site, the match will kick off at 4pm and admissions into the stadium will attract a flat rate charge of Ksh. 200/= for both the V.I.P and terraces.


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