Archives - September, 2015



16 Sep 15

Gor Mahia fans celebrate Wafula’s goal against SoNy

Gor Mahia have won the 2015 Kenya Premier League with four games to spare after beating SoNy Sugar 1-0 in a decisive match played at Nyayo stadium on Wednesday

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A first half goal courtesy of Innocent Wafula was enough to hand K’Ogalo a record fifteenth Kenyan Premier League title and a third in a row and also cemented their supremacy on the local scene.

The last time a team won a third consecutive crown was during the 1983, 1984 and 1985 season. Going into the match against Sony Sugar, the league champions needed just a point to be confirmed champions and instead picked three to send their tally to 66.

After being held to a barren draw by Ulinzi Stars on Sunday in a move that delayed their coronation, Gor Mahia were not taking any chances on Wednesday and started pushing for the crucial goal right from the first whistle. Coach Frank Nuttall preferred to start George Odhiambo and Ali Abondo, who have been missing of late in his starting line-up.

Odhiambo popularly known as ‘Blackberry’ made his first contribution in the 5th minute sneaking inside the Sony Sugar backline but was denied by Allan Owiny in goal. The pressure continued and Godfrey Walusimbi’s well taken cross was headed out.
Then the stadium was plunged into darkness for about nine minutes as the engineers fought frantically to restore power. Impatient fans turned on lights on their mobile phones with no one wanting to go home. When play resumed, Gor Mahia continued to control the proceedings with Ali Abondo’s shot going just wide.

Sony Sugar had their moment to come into the match in the 25th minute with Marwa Chamberi testing Boniface Oluoch with a long cross that however, did not bother the calm goalkeeper. On the other side of the pitch, there was worry from Gor Mahia fans when top striker Michael Olunga came down awkwardly as he tried to dispossess Sony Sugar’s Alfred Onyango and needed treatment to come back into the match.

The opening goal finally came in the 39th minute from Innocent Wafula, who found himself at the end of a great move initiated by Meddie Kagere and Godfrey Walusimbi. Gor Mahia were unrelenting even as the second half kicked-off keeping Olwiny in Sony’s goal busy. The Sony Sugar goalkeeper stretched well to deny Olunga in the 50th minute.

From the hour mark the sugar millers looked the more determined side with Marwa Chamberi causing Gor Mahia problems on the flanks but he could only get a fruitless corner for all his efforts. But Gor Mahia still had better possessions and time and again burst upfront threatening to score. On one such occasion, Innocent Wafula’s goal bound shot was put out by Olwiny for a fruitless corner.

Gor Mahia rested George Odhiambo for Enock Agwanda and Khalid Aucho for Collins Okoth but the title was already won.


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16 Sep 15

Gor Mahia could finally clinch the 2015 Sportpesa Kenya premier league on Wednesday when they take on SoNy Sugar at Nyayo stadium. Gor Mahia only needs a point against SoNy Sugar that will put them at 64 points, giving them an unassailable lead.

On November 7 when the trophy is presented, skipper Musa Mohamed will be holding aloft the league trophy, marking Gor Mahia’s third consecutive title which will allow them to keep the trophy for good. Musa Mohamed has made over 200 appearances for Gor Mahia having joined in 2010 and it is fitting that he would lift the trophy. In terms of years of service, he is second only to Jerim Onyango who lifted the trophy in 2014.

But SoNy Sugar will be in no mood to yield. Ever since they hired coach Salim Babu, they are a drastically improved side. Whereas they were once battling relegation, of late they have been putting distance between themselves and the relegation zone. Their recent 2-0 win over former title contenders Sofapaka is especially impressive and should serve as a warning to Gor Mahia in case complacency is kicking in.

Coach Babu tried to mimic Robert Matano by claiming it is Gor Mahia who are under pressure.

“We have prepared well and we are ready for the match. It’s a big game. We are aiming for positive result and that is why we have been training,” he said.

“We will not leave empty handed because they (Gor Mahia) are the ones under pressure. They will underrate us and that is when we will take our chances,” he said to the Nation.

The match kicks off at 1900hrs at Nyayo stadium. With this convenient time, fans should show up in droves to cheer the team. Coach Nuttall has urged fans to turn out in large numbers.

We look forward to playing our next opponents on Wednesday and I urge as many fans as possible to come and enjoy the match, Nuttal said to the club site.

Former SoNy Sugar and Gor Mahia coach Zedekiah Otieno “Zico” for his part  is sure that Gor Mahia will win.
“When I lost to Gor Mahia while still at Sony, I predicted that the former would go all the way and win the league unbeaten. We had a great team then and if they beat us, no one will stop them.”  he said to the Standard.

>Gor Mahia beat SoNy 1-0 in a tense match during the first leg thanks to a sublime free-kick from Ali Abondo who scored against the team of his youth.
This match also offers Meddie Kagere and Michael Olunga one of their last chances to catch up with Jesse Were of Tusker in the scorers log. However under coach Frank Nuttall, both players have proven unselfish and will readily set up a team-mate for a goal.
 


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14 Sep 15

Despite the fact that their relentless march towards the 2015 KPL title was slowed down by Ulinzi, Gor Mahia are still on track for a phenomenal season that could see them break several KPL records.

Firstly the team is still unbeaten. No team has finished unbeaten since the KPL was inaugurated a decade or so ago.

Since the 16 team league was instituted in 2007, the highest number of points garnered by a team is 63 points by Mathare United. Gor Mahia have already equalled that record and will certainly break it. Should they win all their remaining matches, they could end up with a whopping 78 points. That would break the KPL record which is 75 points by Sony Sugar in 2006 when the league had 18 teams.

By scoring 53 goals and conceding only twelve, Gor Mahia have already broken the record for number of goals in the KPL era and are on course to set a new record  for goal difference.

By winning the league for a 15th time, Gor Mahia will have set a new record and will be two titles ahead of closest challenger AFC Leopards who have 13. And Gor Mahia will be the first team in the KPL unified era to win the title 3 times in a row. Ulinzi did win the league from 2003 to 2005 but the league was not unfied in all those years. In 2003-2004, two rival leagues existed thus denying Ulinzi an outright win. In 2005, Mumias Sugar had the most points but the league was decided on a playoff basis and Ulinzi won beating Tusker in the final on penalties.

It will be the second time Gor Mahia have won the title 3 times in a row. They also won 3 titles under Len Julians from 1983 to 1985.

It is commendable to see Gor Mahia players keep their focus despite having such a huge lead and with all the distractions that abound. We are indeed witnessing a memorable and historic season. A season that will be remembered for years to come.

All Gor Mahia needs is one point against Sony Sugar on Wednesday to wrap up the title

“We are a focused side and I’m happy the boys did not disappoint. We hope to tame Sony on Wednesday (tomorrow) and wrap up the league,” coach Nuttall said to the Nation


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14 Sep 15


Gor Mahia fan Jackie Ochieng died on the spot when the car she was travelling in rammed into a stationary trailer along Landhies Road. May Jackie rest in peace

She was in company of other Gor Mahia fans who are battling for their lives at the Kenyatta National Hospital. We wish them a speedy and complete recovery.

The fans were returning from Nakuru where they had gone to watch the match against Ulinzi Stars. They had arrived in the city only for the accident to occur. One of the fans in critical condition is Joseph Opiyo.

For some reason, trips to Nakuru sometimes end in tragedy.


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14 Sep 15

Both Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards have been fined Ksh 1 million by the Independent Disciplinary and Complaints Committee (IDCC). IDCC is chaired by Professor Migai Akech. Other members are Njeri Onyango, William Booker Odeny, Elijah Gitonga, Peninah Wahome and David Otieno.

The match which was highly anticipated by Gor Mahia fans, was ruined by AFC fans when they realized that they could not win it. There are reports that the fracas was planned by certain politicians.

IDCC ruled that Leopards was guilty of causing the abandonment of the match.

“It’s clear its (AFC Leopards) fans made it impossible for the penalty to be taken. The referee had already made a call for the penalty to be taken and could not have continued with the match unless the penalty was taken.”

However, in their ruling, the IDCC found Gor Mahia liable as hosts. In their ruling they observed that Gor Mahia did not provide sufficient security nor did they print enough tickets.

“Having considered all relevant factors and in the exercise of our powers under Rule 7.8 of the Rules, we apportion liability between the 1st Respondent Gor Mahia) and 2nd Respondent (AFC Leopards) at 60%:40% with the fine assessed at KSh1,000,000.00 hoping that this will get the Respondents to find a way of controlling their fans and generally managing security in future matches. This means that the 1st Respondent, Gor Mahia Football Club will pay KSh600,000.00 while the 2ND Respondent, AFC Leopards SC will pay KSh400,000.00. This fine should be paid within 60 (Sixty) Days from the date hereof,” .

“From an assessment of the evidence and the submissions, a lot of the unfortunate events that happened on that day would have been avoided had proper security arrangements been put in place and the things agreed to be done, done. Gor Mahia failed to print enough tickets and failed to adhere to the safety and security guidelines that had been agreed upon,” IDCC said.

Indeed Gor Mahia did not show sufficient organization for a match of this magnitude especially with regard to making tickets available.

IDCC also recommended that the Kenyan Premier League have a bigger oversight role on security matters in the football matches, electronic ticketing be introduced in the league and matches be called off once a serious breach of security has occurred.


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13 Sep 15

Michael Olunga in action against Godfrey Kokoyo of Ulinzi

Gor Mahia’s title celebration was postponed when second placed Ulinzi held them to a scoreless draw at Afraha stadium on Sunday.

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The result means that Gor Mahia needs one point in four matches to be crowned champions for a third year in a row. Ulinzi Stars got off the blocks quicker with John Nairuka threatening with a sixth minute effort which sailed just over the bar after six minutes.

On the other side of the pitch, Michael Olunga was always threatening the Ulinzi backline. In the 10th minute, his shot found itself inside the soldier’s box but there was no one to score. The soldiers opted for a cautious approach preferring to try for long balls instead of going at the Gor Mahia backline. Two long efforts by Kevin Amwayi and John Nairuka did not produce anything positive.

A thrown in from Eric Apul targeting Mohammed Hassan got to its target but the latter was ruled to have pushed Gor Mahia goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch and the Kenyan Premier League champions were instead, awarded a free-kick.

It was Gor Mahia, who however, ended the first half on a high with Mohammed Hassan doing everything to stop Meddie Kagere and Ali ‘Tear Gas’ Abondo caught in an off-side position after a great goal bound run.

Gor Mahia started the second half strongly and it took everything for Godfrey Kokoyo to stop a goal bound Michael Olunga. Omar Mbongi earned the first caution of the match after he was judged to have fouled Innocent Wafula.

A minute later, it was the turn of Meddie Kagere to get booked after center referee Nasor Doka ruled that he had brought down Godfrey Kokoyo. Before that there had been a commotion at the Ulinzi Stars goal mouth.

Gor Mahia continued to pressurize for an opener but they had to be content with a corner-kick at the hour mark which Francis Ochieng dealt with well. Then Ulinzi Stars should have got something with John Nairuka shooting from a distance and Evans Amuoka finding himself inside the Gor Mahia box only to easily lose the ball.

Mohammed Hassan was doing everything to keep lethal striker Michael Olunga at bay and did a job of it completely denying their opponents an opener. Ulinzi goalkeeper Francis Ochieng’ was another busy player towards the end of the match and had to come out twice to deny Meddie Kagere and Innocent Wafula even as Khalid Aucho got himself booked for dissent.

With five minutes to the end, Olunga set up Khalid Aucho but the Ugandan blasted wide instead of simply tapping home the effort.


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12 Sep 15


Gor Mahia U19 side are emulating the senior side. As the senior side marches towards an unbeaten season, the youth side had an equally impressive season in the Nairobi regional league

courtesy of the Nation

Gor Mahia Youth were on Sunday crowned champions of the Nairobi Regional League after dispatching Naivas FC 5-1 in an entertaining play-off match at Camp Toyoyo grounds in Nairobi’s Jericho Estate.

The K’Ogalo junior side had emerged top in zone ‘D’ of the Provincial League while Naivas had topped zone ‘B’. Kakakuona topped zone A while Uweza topped zone C.

However in the play-offs that begun on Saturday, Gor Youth dispatched Kakuona 4-0 while Naivas beat Uweza 2-1 to set up yesterday’s sumptuous final.

ONYANGO STOOD OUT

Gor striker Derrick Onyango, a Form Four candidate at Highway Secondary School in Nairobi, was the hero yesterday, claiming a hat-trick to help his side rally from a goal down to bag the trophy while Clifford Nyakeya and Joseph Waruinge added the other goals.

Despite the defeat, Naivas will join Gor in competing in the National first division league next term.

Naivas begun strongly, rattling Gor with an early goal when Constant Ouma pounced on a loose ball at the edge of the area and raced forward to make a sublime finish, beating Gor’s goalie Vincent Odhiambo to the far left corner of his post in the second minute.

However from then on, Onyango dominated the show, hauling his side level in the eighth minute through a low shot and made it 3-0 in the 34th minute from the spot.

“The boys have been together for long and they played with determination. They are motivated and want to emulate the senior side,” Gor Youth head coach Maurice Onyango said after the match.

Playing with grace and composure, Onyango completed his hat-trick five minutes after the interval with a simple tap in after being played in by striking partner Daniel Otieno in a free flowing move.

In the regional league, Gor Youth amassed 72 points after winning 23 matches, drawing three and losing two. Onyango’s boys will now shift focus on the Nairobi Champions Cup where they face Kenpoly this weekend.


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11 Sep 15

After the long international break, Gor Mahia return to action in the Kenya Premier League this weekend as they take on second placed Ulinzi. After getting a day off to recuperate from their international assignments, Gor Mahia players resumed training on Wednesday.

It is a pivotal match because Ulinzi is the only team left that has a mathematical chance (albeit a narrow one) of catching Gor Mahia. A win for Gor Mahia will effectively knock Ulinzi out of contention and give the title to Gor Mahia on Sunday.

Despite their 12 point cushion at the top of the standings, Gor Mahia players are gunning to maintain their unbeaten run and thus become the first team in the KPL era to finish the league unbeaten. Rwandese full back Abouba Sibomana is keen to keep the unbeaten run intact.

“We are ready to celebrate the KPL title but we know the season is far from over. It would be fantastic to win the title on Sunday but we know that we would like to win the league unbeaten too, which is something that we are keen on.” said Sibomana to supersport.com

Gor Mahia beat Ulinzi 2-1 in the first leg. But Sibomana as well as the rest of the squad are expecting a stern test from Ulinzi who have been in good form of late including a win over Sofapaka that knocked Sofapaka out of contention.

“Ulinzi are second and will have something to prove and will want to beat us plus they also have a very good team. We will have to be at our best.”

“However, we are happy to go there and give them a game. They will offer a serious challenge but we back ourselves to do well,” he added.

And Ulinzi coach Robert Matano who excels in mind games has sought to put all the pressure on Gor Mahia.

“It is Gor Mahia, who are under pressure and not Ulinzi. First, they want to win the league, are on top of the league and remain unbeaten. They want to protect all this factors and will therefore, be the ones worried not us,” Matano told goal.com


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11 Sep 15


Gor Mahia are facing a legal challenge from Good Bread Ltd with whom they had signed a bread branding deal earlier this season. Gor Mahia terminated the deal last week blaming Good Bread for not delivering their end of the bargain. They then signed a deal with Uzuri bread under the Elliots brand.

Good Bread have moved to block the deal. Gor Mahia official Ronald Ngala has revealed to Goal that they have received summons to appear in court over the matter. “Yes it is true that Good Bread have moved to court to contest our decision to sign another deal with Elliots.

“We will handle this matter internally because we had an exit clause when we signed the deal with them (Good Bread).” said Ngala to goal.com


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