Archives - October, 2015



30 Oct 15

This is the sportpesa trophy.. Image courtesy of Boniface Osano

Gor Mahia’s final match in the 2015 Kenya Premier League season will be played on Sunday at the Nyayo national stadium. As was the case last season, the match will be against Muhoroni Youth.

The League sponsors, sports online betting firm SportPesa, will on Friday unveil a brand new SportPesa Premier League trophy. It is said to be an impressive piece of art manufactured in Europe by some of the best people in the business.

The Kenyan Premier League however clarifies that Gor Mahia, who have now won the diadem for three straight years, will keep the old trophy for good. An elaborate trophy presentation ceremony has been planned on the day.

Club Organising Secretary David Kilo said several activities have been lined up ahead of the eventual presentation of the trophy. “We want to make it a special moment for our fans and we have lined up several activities before our final match. We have invited several musicians to entertain our fans, among other activities,” he said.

Club officials have prevailed upon fans to maintain decorum unlike the past two seasons when fans invaded the pitch.

Gor Mahia have already won the league but will be aiming to finish the season on a high note and maintain the unbeaten run. Against Western Stima on Wednesday, Gor Mahia were made to fight tooth and nail before finally beating the power-men. But it proved that Gor Mahia are capable of winning under different conditions as descibed by technical bench member Frank Ouna.

“A game is always 90 minutes plus, meaning you can score at any given time be it the first minute, thirty or last second. In the first half the game was open and frankly we could have gotten something from the match. The game was open but in the second half I guess they just could not match us and resorted to defensive play. We camped in their half and they were just good,” said Ouna to goal.com

Muhoroni for their part have vowed to spoil Gor Mahia’s party
“Since no one managed to break Gor Mahia’s unbeaten run, then we want to assure them that we will do it come on Sunday. We made some mistakes in the Top 8 match, but have corrected the same.” said Moses Adagala the Muhoroni chairman.

But he will find the going tough against a Gor Mahia side that still appears hungry. A team that even after capturing the league, has scored convincing wins over Sofapaka, Tusker and Western Stima. Michael Olunga is two goals adrift of Jesse Were and is determined to catch him. Ali Abondo and Musa Mohamed are having the best season of their careers.

Meddie Kagere , Musa Mohamed and Khalid Aucho. Image courtesy of Wuod Ambiara

Innocent Wafula has risen from relative obscurity into one of the best players in the country. His nationality has been in doubt but club official Ronald Ngala has averred that Wafula is a Kenya by birth.

“When we signed him, he gave us a copy of his identity card and birth certificate which indicates he was born in Teso District and therefore, is a Kenyan. I think Harambee Stars management should have fast-tracked his effort to get a passport instead of dropping him.” said Ngala to goal.com


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30 Oct 15

Note: This story was first posted to this blog on Nov 2 2010 and is being reposted 5 years later because this is the most appropriate time.

Background

Backrow: Duncan Migan, James Ogolla “Kadir”Francis Midany, Masanta Osoro, Oduwo “Cobra”, George “Best” Yoga, Mike Ogolla “Machine”. Alan Thigo, Jerry Imbo, Laban Otieno, M Ochieng Frontrow: Festus Nyakota, T. Oyaki, J Otieno, “Burri”, George Ayuka, Ouma Ole Tunda, D. Okelo, J Aluko

 

A fund raiser held for Kogalo: From left Former Minister for sports Kenneth Matiba, also a founder member of Tusker FC, Raising his hand is former club chairman, the animated Peter Anyumba, behind him is then Vice Chairman Zack Mbori, and in front is former minister and founder of GEMA FC Njenga Karume

 Aftermath

Story by Muroro-Pacho
Milimani-Strathmore


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28 Oct 15

Fans turned out in droves
Image courtesy of Kevin Silvance

Gor Mahia beat Western Stima 1-0 in Kisumu on Wednesday. A late goal by Michael Olunga was what Gor Mahia needed to beat a stubborn Western Stima side. Gor Mahia only have one more match left to complete a historic season.

Gor Mahia showed that they have the resiliency to win matches under different condictions.

courtesy of goal.com
Towering striker Michael Olunga made the difference after he powered home the all important goal in the 89th minute to break the hearts of Western Stima, who had looked determined to snatch a draw.

The match looked set for a barren draw before Olunga sneaked between two defenders to beat Gabriel Andika from close range. Stima were the more aggressive side in the opening minutes of the match and were rewarded with a third minute corner.

Despite going into the match after a long travel from Mombasa, the power men looked to be in control of the midfield and were keen to deny their opponents an opportunity to pass the ball around.

Ali Abondo, who has been on fire since returning to Gor Mahia’s starting line-up, got a chance with an 18-yard thunderbolt in the seventh minute. One minute later Michael Olunga, failed to beat Gabriel Andika in Stima goal. Olunga had done well to loop the ball past Andika but the Stima custodian reacted quickly to clear the danger on the goal-line.

Ten minutes into the match, John Kiplangat nearly beat Boniface Oluoch but his effort went over the bar. Gor Mahia danger man Meddie Kagere, made his presence felt with a tricky shot from the edge of Stima’s goal and it should have counted. From there on, Gor Mahia looked to be in control going into the break.

The league champions ended the first half on a high with George Odhiambo’s well executed shot parried out of play by Gabriel Andika for a fruitless corner. Stima coach Henri Omino rested Ronald Okoth for Kevin Okoth as the second half started but it was still Gor Mahia, who made the first attempt to go ahead in the second half with Karim Nizigiyimana sending a well taken cross on the right flank in search of Kagere but Joash Onyango was quicker to clear the danger.

Stima also rested David Okello for an ineffective John Kiplangat. Gor Mahia kept up the pressure forcing their opponents into fouls. Victor Ochieng was cautioned for a foul on Meddie Kagere and then Khalid Aucho and Ali Abondo both had their shots go just wide.

In attendance was Gor Mahia legend Peter Dawo Image courtesy of Jaro Soja


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28 Oct 15

Tusker gave Gor Mahia a guard of honour

Gor Mahia have pitched camp in the Lakeside town of Kisumu. Having beaten Tusker at Moi stadium on Sunday, they will now take on Western Stima in the 29th game of the season. With only two matches left, Gor Mahia players look focused and determined. They are still playing as if the title is at stake, a testament to the motivational abilities of coach Frank Nuttall.

Stima for their part will be fighting doggedly to steer clear of the relegation zone. They are currently in 12th position. The recent announcement by Sam Nyamweya that four teams will be relegated means that Stima are only one place above  the relegation zone.

Coach Henry Omino is concerned that his team has had to travel from Mombasa all the way to the Lakeside town.

“My players are fatigued. They have had a long road trip from Mombasa. Some of them have swollen legs because of the distance and the bus was not very comfortable,” he lamented. “They require some rest and that is why we just had a light work out,” he told the Nation.

Omino further hit out at Gor Mahia for what he called unsportsmanlike conduct.

“We have been forced to travel more than 800kilometers to Kisumu to play Gor Mahia though we had requested them to play the match in Nairobi. I wonder where the sportsmanship is and looks like they are only interested in gate collections,” Omino told goal.com.

Gor Mahia will still be without the injured Abouba Sibomana and Godfrey Walusimbi. But they will be ableto count on the in form Innocent Wafula who has acquited himself well in the full back position. Blackberry and Abondo are seeing a resurgence in their form and will be a handful to the Stima defence.

 


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28 Oct 15

Gor Mahia are insisting that speedy utility player Innocent Wafula is a Kenyan. Wafula had been called up to the national team to face Cape Verde, only to be dropped a day later because he had no papers to prove he waws a Kenyan.

“We are waiting for Wafula to verify his documents when he returns from Kisumu. He told us he doesn’t have a passport but he is a Kenyan so unless we confirm, we cannot risk calling him in the team,”  said Stars Team Manager, Willis Waliaula.

Team official Ronald Ngala is certain that Wafula is a Kenyan and that those accusing him of being a Ugandan have ulterior motives. “We signed him using the documents he used when playing for Chemelil Sugar which indicated his nationality as Kenyan. He was nobody when playing for Chemelil, why is it now that he has shined at Gor that people are complaining? He needs to get a passport to prove critics wrong which we are in the process of doing that alongside that of Ernest Wendo. Some KPL officials were also complaining that he is a Ugandan and were are asking them why now?”” said Ngala to Capital FM.

Wafula was noticed while playing for Busia Combined. He then joined Chemelil FC before being approached by Gor Mahia in January in what turned out to be one of the best transfer seasons in the history of the club.

Wafula has been impressive with his tireless runs up and down the flanks. He has been able to excel both in midfield and in defense. His  form finally compelled Stars coach Bobby Williamson to call him up to the national team.

Wafula’s paperwork has not been completely sortedout since he was signed in January.

“We registered him (Wafula) using waiting card which was original. For one to be registered, he needs to produce an identification card, birth certificate or passport. When Gor signed him, they did not need to submit new documents but instead they used the ones from Chemelil,” a KPL official told Capital Sport on Tuesday evening.

Wafula himself has always insisted that he is Kenyan. He hails from border town Busia and can therefore, play for Kenya. “I want to confirm that I am a Kenyan though I don’t have a passport yet giving me the right to turn out for Harambee Stars. If given the opportunity, I will really love to play for Stars.” he told goal.com

Harambee Stars Squad

Ali Abondo who has been in fine scoring form of late has earned a recall to the national team. His last outing against Ethiopia ended poorly and he will be eager to make amends. Michael Olunga , Boniface Oluoch and skipper Musa Mohamed have also been called up

Goalkeepers: Boniface Oluoch (Gor Mahia), Arnold Origi (Lillestroem SK) Ian Otieno (Posta Rangers) and David Okello (Sofapaka)

Defenders: Harun Shakava and Musa Mohamed (Gor Mahia), Edwin Wafula (AFC Leopards) Brian Birgen (Ulinzi Stars) Abdultiff Omar (Bandari FC), Omar Mbongi (Ulinzi Stars), David Ochieng’ (Unattached), Brian Mandela (Maritzburg United, South Africa), Dennis Odhiambo (Thika United).

Midfielders: Kevin Kimani, Humphrey Mieno (Tusker FC) John Ndirangu (Nakuru AllStars) John Nairuka and Kevin Amwayi (Ulinzi Stars), Ayub Timbe (Lierse SK, Belgium) Bernard Mang’oli (AFC Leopards) Victor Wanyama (Southampton, England) Anthony Akumu (Al Khartoum, Sudan) Johanna Omollo (Royal Antwerp, Belgium), Eric Johanna (Mathare United) Ali Abondo (Gor Mahia), Christian Bwamy (Follo FK, Norway), Clifton Miheso (Finland), Stephen Wakhanya, Meshack Karani (Chemelil Sugar).

Strikers: Calvince Omanga (Palos FC), Peter Nzuki (Nakumatt FC), Mark Bikokwa Baraza (Nzoia United), Chrispinus Onyango (KCB), Meshack Karani (Chemelil Sugar), Michael Olunga (Gor Mahia) and Allan Wanga (Azam FC, Tanzania).


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28 Oct 15

A report from the Star newspaper indicates that Gor Mahia and Alpha Fine Foods have entered a business partnership.

The company’s business development manager Churchill Ouma yesterday told the Star that in the arrangement, they will manufacture Gor Mahia Tasty Sausages and give the club one per cent per kilogramme sold.

He said the company has the capacity to produce more than 50,000kg of sausages per day.

Addressing the press at Kenyatta Sports Ground in Kisumu town, Ouma said a kilogramme of sausages goes for Sh420.

The deal follows a similar deal that Gor Mahia signed with Good Bread last year and with Elliots Bread this year. The deal has yet to be formally announced by the club and detailsare difficult to come by


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25 Oct 15

Image courtesy of Beverly Akinyi

Gor Mahia beat Tusker FC 1-0 at Moi stadium Kisumu on Sunday to maintain their unstoppable march towards a perfect season. The all important goal came via Michael Olunga. In the process, Olunga brought his goal tally to 17, only three behind the leader Jesse Were who failed to score today.

Tusker gave a good account of themselves, giving as much as they received. But it was Gor Mahia who had the first attempt on goal and it came via Collins Okoth. The Tusker duo of Jesse Were and Clifford Alwanga kept the Gor Mahia defence busy. In the 4th minute, Alwanga put Jesse Were through but the latter fluffed the chance with only Boniface Oluoch left between him and the goal. The two were at it 10 minutes later. Alwanga’s shot was parried by Boniface Oluoch. Were latched onto the rebound and passed to Alwanga who was then foiled at the last minute by Harun Shakava.

Gor Mahia came back much more composed in the second half. They routinely pressured the Tusker goal with George Odhiambo “Blackberry” proving to be a live-wire. Meddie Kagere’s shot in the 55th minute was parried by Martin Musalia in the Tusker goal. 10 minutes later, Blackberry put Kagere through but his effort struck the upright.

The pressure finally paid off in the 70th minute when Olunga picked up a cross from leading assist man Karim Nizigiyimana to score. Gor Mahia continued to pressure the Brewers with Kagere in particular proving to be a handful.

With the win, Gor Mahia have now ammased an incredible 72 points in 28 matches. Another win will see them equal the KPL record for points, held by SoNy Sugar which was set in a 18 team league. The next match is against Western Stima on Wednesday October 28, also at Moi Stadium.

Gor Mahia Starting XI: Bonface Oluoch (GK) 5. Musa Mohamed. 14. Karim Nizigiyimana. 25. George Odhiambo (Timothy Otieno, 80). 29. Innocent Wafula. 6. Collins Okoth. 18. Harun Shakava. 22. Meddie Kagere. 30. Ali Abondo (Ernest Wendo, 85). 19. Michael Olunga and 10. Khalid Aucho.

Substitutes: 1. Jerim Onyango. 25. Enock Agwanda. 17. Eric Ochieng. 20. Ernest Wendo. 7. Ronald Omino. 9. Timothy Otieno and 15. Bernard Odhiambo.


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24 Oct 15


Gor Mahia assistant coach John Bobby Ogolla was recently honoured during the Mashujaa day celebrations along with other footballing legends Joe Kadenge and Mahmoud Abbas.

No footballer in Kenya has accomplished more than Bobby Ogolla as both player and coach. Inhis playing days, Ogolla who was fondly known as the “six million dollar man” won multiple trophies while playing in the defensive stopper position. As a youngster, he was a member of the Gor Mahia side that reached the Africa cup winners cup final in 1979. It marked the first time that a team from East and central Africa had accomplished such a feat.

Ogolla would then play a pivotal role in the Gor Mahia sides that won the CECAFA club cup in 1980, 1981 and 1985. On the local scene, Bobby Legend was the key defensive pillar as Gor Mahia won the national league in 1983, 1984, 1985 and 1987.  With Ogolla in central defence, Gor Mahia would win the domestic   cup (then known as Moi golden cup ) in 1986 and 1987. That last year 1987 was the year when Gor Mahia went on to achieve continental glory.  That was Ogolla’s last season in action.

At national team level, Bobby Legend was the player who held the national team defence together. It was during this period that Harambee stars won the CECAFA senior challenge cup three times (1981, 1982 and 1983). And this was during a time when when Zambia, Malawi and Zimbabwe were full time CECAFA members.  During this period , Ogolla was recognized as the best defensive stoppper in the CECAFA region. To this day he is remembered by fans from Tanzania, Uganda and as far south as Zambia and Zimbabwe. None other than legendary goalkeeper Mahmoud Abbas considered Bobby Ogolla as the most crucial player in Harambee stars defence.

 

Bobby Ogolla with Peter Ochieng “Pierre” during his playing days

 

Ogolla was also in the Harambee stars squad that reached the final of the 1987 All African games. During this period, the All Africa games was a tournament for full strength national teams and not U23 as it is today. In fact Kenya came very close to winning that tournament but for a dubious goal scored by the Egyptians from what looked like an offside position. That feat remains to this day, the greatest performance by the Kenyan national team.

Ogolla’s defining moment came in the 1982 CECAFA cup final in Kampala. Kenya met hosts Uganda who had been heavily favoured.  The Cranes still had many of the players who had helped them reach the Africa nations cup final 4 years earlier. As hosts Uganda were expected to win. Bobby was assigned the task of marking Ugandan dangerman Issa Ssekatawa. The same Ssekatawa who was rop scorer in the Ugandan league three times in a row. Bobby completely marked Ssekatawa out of the game. The Ugandan attempted to intimidate Bobby with a vicious elbow to Bobby;s forehead. Bobby left the game briefly and received seven stitches while on the sideline. He came back and played like a true hero for the rest of the game with his forehead heavily bandaged and needing constant medical attention.

The word “dying a little for the country”comes to mind when people remember Bobby’s performances for Harambee stars. He was an inspirational player who instilled confidence in the rest of the team. But his contribution at club and national level wasnot limited to defence. He is one of the best free-kick takers in the history of the country. In each league season he scored 3 or 4 goals from direct free kicks. He had one of the most powerful shots ever seen in the country. His immense physical strength and robust tackles intimidated many strikers. Hencethe nickname “six million dollar man”.

Upon completing his playing career, Bobby took to coaching. He was an assistant coach to Gerry Saurer who assembled what is possibly the best Under 21 team ever assembled to Kenya. He was also an assistant coach when Harambee stars qualified and went to the 1992 Africa Nations cup. In the interim period he had several stints as coach or assistant coach of Harambee stars.

In 2009, he was a member of the coaching staff at Sofapaka who went on to win the national league title. He later took over as the head coach in 2010. In 2012 he returned to Gor Mahia as interim coach and later assistant coach under Zdravko Logarusic. With Bobby as part of the technical bench, Gor Mahia has won the national league 3 times, the domestic cup once and the Super Cup twice.

Bobby  the Legend who hails from Seme location in Kisumu county clearly holds the record for most titles won in Kenya as both player and technical bench member. And he is without a doubt the best central defender Kenya has ever produced. And one of the most committed technical bench members in  the country today. His recognition as one of the Mashujaa of Kenya is highly deserved and he continues to build on his legacy.


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24 Oct 15

Abondo will once again be counted on for goals

Gor Mahia were in devastating form when they dispatched former league champions Sofapaka 2-0 in a KPL match on Wednesday. The win put aside any doubts about whether injuries were taking a toll on Kogalo players or whether they were losing motivation.

Gor Mahia will now head to Kisumu where they take on Tusker FC at Moi stadium.  Tusker as hosts, have opted to take the game to Kisumu in order to capitalize on branding and on gate collections which they expect to be high.

Gor Mahia for their part will be counting on their ‘home crowd’ to lift them past a Tusker side that is resurgent after the departure of Francis Kimanzi whom it was said was being sabotaged by the players. Following Kimanzi’s departure, Tusker were able to force a 2-2 draw with Gor Mahia and secure a 1-0 win over SoNy Sugar.

With Gor Mahia having won the league with several matches to spare, every team they play is now intent on ending the unbeaten record. Just as Sofapaka’s Felly Mulumba stated before the Wednesday match, Tusker’s Noah Wafula is now vowing to end the unbeaten run.

“Their unbeaten run is on the line and we will attack it,” . The league is already gone and sadly we cannot make it to second place but we will still go hard to ensure we can get to win the remaining two matches we have. They will want to retain their status but we will give them a very hard time.  We showed in the Top 8 that we can compete with them and we will be looking forward to facing them again this weekend,” he said to supersport.com

After the 2-2 draw with Tusker, coach Frank Nuttall complained that his side was unable to play their game due to the poorly maintained playing surface at Afraha. That issue will be resolved because Moi stadium Kisumu has a relatively new articial turf that was donated by FIFA. And Kisumu has generally been a good hunting ground for Gor Mahia. Indeed Tusker will find to their dismay that playing Gor Mahia at Afraha is vastly different from playing them in Kisumu amid that raucous crowd.


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