Gor Mahia news Jan 1

A section of Gor Mahia fans have been pressuring the club officials to call elections. According to a report in the Star newspaper, A club official, who sought anonymity, complained that some top officials in the team do not want to hold elections and are looking for a way to hang on for as long as possible.

“We have information that some officials in the pretext of complying with the Sports Act, have sent names of only three officials to the registrar of sports yet we never sat anywhere and agreed on those names. What we want is election because the current term of office for this officials has ended,” said the official.

If elections were to be held today, chairman Ambrose Rachier will likely retain his position. The other positions could be up for grabs especially the secretary general position where Chris Omondi resigned almost a year ago and even when he did return, he has been mostly inactive.

Rachier for his part is very busy campaigning for the FKF chairmanship. Should be win, it is not clear if he will be interested in retaining the chairmanship of the club. There is precedent for this in the name of Joab Omino who in the early 1990s was chairman of KFF and Gor Mahia.

Meanwhile Khalid Aucho is the latest in the list of players who has cast doubt about his future at Kogalo.
“Right now I am relaxed in Uganda after a successful season with Gor Mahia which to me I feel was a special one. I can do not know whether I will come back to Kenya or not, I have to analyze all the situations as well as offers from other clubs before I make my decision.” he said to goal.com

This comes as doubts emerge about the club’s ability to retain Meddie Kagere and Goffrey Walusimbi

Gor Mahia will kick off their 2016 campaign by playing Bandari FC in the Super Cup on February 6. They will then play CNAPS of Madagascar in the preliminary round of the 2016 CAF champions league.

2015: A memorable season for Gor Mahia

2015 is a year that will be remembered in the annals of history of this club. In 2015, Gor Mahia won 3 titles and came within a hair’s breath of winning two others. Not only that, Gor Mahia went unbeaten in the league, unbeaten in the league, in the KPL top 8 and the Super Cup. In the GoTV Shield, Gor Mahia did not lose any game in regulation. They reached the semi-finals before losing on penalties to Nakumatt. Gor Mahia’s losses only came in international competitions: In the CECAFA club cup, Gor Mahia reached the final before losing to Azam of Tanzania. In the Africa champions league, Kogalo overcame CNAPs of Madagascar in the preliminary round before losing to AC Leopards of Congo.

New Signings

Gor Mahia kicked off their 2015 campaign by announcing 14 new signings. (Khalid Aucho, Boniface Oluoch, Ronald Omino, Earnest Wendo, Ali Abondo, Farouk Ssentongo , James Ohawa, Dirkir Glay, Augustine Walusimbi , Jerry Santo , Zachary Toufiq , Innocent Wafula , Martin Werunga , Michael Olunga , Bernard Odhiambo)

Fans were not too impressed by the signings. Many questioned were Ali Abondo was re-signed by the club yet he had been released two years earlier due to lack of effort and was subsequently released by Tusker.

Of these signings, Ohawa, Ssentongo, Walusimbi, Werunga and Toufiq were later dropped by coach Nuttall. Gor Mahia would later sign additional players: Meddie Kagere and Abouba Sibomana from Rwanda as well as Karim Nizigiyimana from Burundi. Sadly the trio could not be included in Gor Mahia’s champions league list because they were signed after the CAF deadline.

2015 Pre-season and Super Cup

Gor Mahia’s performance in the 2015 pre-season left many fans alarmed. There were less than convincing wins over lower tier teams. The loss that left many fans up in arms was when Bandari beat Gor Mahia 2-0. Fans in Mombasa openly questioned the competence of coach Nuttall and his assistant Bobby Ogolla. Matters came to a head when Gor Mahia lost 0-3 to visiting Zambian side Power Dynamos. But coach Nuttall re-assured fans that trhe team was still gelling and experimenting with different combinations.

Fans finally started to believe coach Nuttall when Gor Mahia beat Sofapaka 2-1 to lift the 2015 Super cup. Both goals came via Ali Abondo. One was a penalty that resulted when Michael Olunga was fouled by the Sofapaka goalkeeper David Okello. The second was a sublime finish by Abondo after picking up a defence splitting pass from Khalid Aucho. Abondo’s performance started to assuage the concerns of fans who were wondering why he was signed.

2015 Africa Champions league campaign

Gor Mahia were pitted against CNAPS of Madagascar. The Madagascans were no pushovers. Gor Mahia narrowly won the first leg 1-0. The goal came from Ali Abondo who converted a penalty after Michael Olunga was fouled. The CNAPs coach at the time stated that Gor Mahia were very lucky since in his opinion, the penalty was not deserved.

The return leg was played in Mahamasina, Madagascar in front of a hostile capacity crowd. Gor Mahia took an early lead via Ali Abondo. But CNAPS soon scored three goals in quick succession. Gor Mahia appeared buried until George Odhiambo broke the hearts of the home crowd to score Gor Mahia second goal. This was the crucial goal that Gor Mahia needed to advance on away goal rule, for they lost 2-3.

A hostile crowd met Gor Mahia in Madagascar

Coach Nuttall was not happy with the performance.

“Our performance was poor because we took long to settle in the game. We lost total concentration in first half and our opponents capitalized on that to score quick goals. We knew we had to come out strongly in the second half and that’s exactly what we did to contain them,”

It is possible that the inexperienced Kogalo side was unnerved by the large raucous crowd.

In the first round, Gor Mahia faced a sterner test against AC Leopards of Congo republic. It is a team that had won the CAF confederations cup two years earlier. Gor Mahia lost both legs 0-1. Coach Nuttall was adamant that the team had played well.

“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.

By this time, some fans had started to lose patience with Michael Olunga, the big name signing. Many fans expected him to fit into the big shoes of Ugandan Dan Sserunkuma who had steered Gor Mahia to two succesive league wins. Olunga had a slow start and missed numerous scoring chances. Nuttall re-assured fans that Olunga would eventually

2015 League Campaign

The 2015 league campaign will be remembered forever as the year Gor Mahia went unbeaten. It was the first unbeaten record in the KPL era and the first unbeaten league campaign since 1988. But Gor Mahia did not just go unbeaten. They did it in style.

Gor Mahia started the league with a convincing 4-2 win over Mathare United. Olunga scored twice and Abondo scored twice. For Olunga, it was sheer joy as he finally quieted the naysayers and doubters. For Abondo , it was a continuation of his run of excellent form that had left his previous doubters scratching their head.

Gor Mahia went on to win their next matches 2-1, 3-1 and 3-1 against Bandari, Chemelil and KCB. Though Gor Mahia were winning, medianaysayers expressed concern about the number of goals that Gor Mahia were conceding. Whereas Gor Mahia had conceded very few goals in 2013 and 2014, they had now 5 goals in the first 4 games. But coach Nuttall dismissed such concerns stating that winning was more important than clean sheets.

But as if to silence the critics, Gor Mahia went through a stretch of 10 games where they did not concede a goal. The most notable win was a 5-0 drubbing of Nakuru All Stars. That win was most memorable for the goal that Meddie Kagere scored. He elegantly sidefooted that Nakuru goalkeeper leaving the latter befuddled. It was a goal that is easily the best goal of the 2015 KPL season.

By the time the second leg started, it was clear that Gor Mahia would win the 2015 league. Olunga had finally hit his stride and established himself as the best Kenyan striker. His partnership with Meddie Kagere and Ali Abondo proved lethal and established itself as one of the best attacks the club has seen.

Olunga’s defining moment came at Afraha stadium when he scored all four goals in the 4-1 demolition of Chemelil Sugar. It was a good win for Gor Mahia to silence Chemelil coach Mike Mururi who is one of the coaches who had been advancing the theory that Gor Mahia are helped by referees. Though Olunga got the plaudits, the man who deserved man of the match honours was Karim Nizigiyimana. His industry and tireless running created almost all the goals, often leaving Olunga with the easiest of tasks to score.

In the next match, Gor Mahia demolished KCB 6-1. It was the highest number of goals scored by any team in the KPL throughout the year. It established Kogalo as an unstoppable juggernaut in the eyes of other teams and the media. So much that when Gor Mahia faced AFC Leopards, in the second leg match 3 weeks later, AFC fans had resigned themselves to an inevitable loss and decided that their sole aim was to ruin the match. That they did, causing fracas that ended the match prematurely and resulted in Gor Mahia being awarded the match 2-0.

With Gor Mahia having an unassailable lead for most of the second leg, it was just a matter of when they would mathematically win the leg. That they did with three matches to spare when they beat SoNy Sugar 1-0 on September 15. But those who thought that Gor Mahia would take their foot off the pedal were mistaken. Gor Mahia went on to beat Sofapaka 2-0 in the next match as the relentless juggernaut continued to match on. Gor Mahia assured an unbeaten record winning their last two match 1-0 and 2-0 against Western Stima and Muhoroni Youth.


The members of the unbeaten 1976 were honored on the last day of the league

2015 CECAFA club cup

Gor Mahia were eager to put aside their below par performance in the 2014 CECAFA club cup. They started on a bright note against much fancied Young Africans of Dar es Salaam who were the host team. Gor Mahia sunk Yanga 2-1, coming from behind, thanks to goals from Harun Shakava who headed home a corner and Michael Olunga who shrugged off two attentive defenders to score.

The central defensive pair of Musa Mohamed and Harun Shakava bottled Yanga

Gor Mahia went to end the preliminary stages on a brilliant note with wins over KMKM of Zanzibar (3-1), Telecom of Djibouti(3-1) before drawing 1-1 with Al Khartoum of Sudan. The win over Telecom was notable as they had forced Gor Mahia to a disappointing 2-2 draw in 2014.

In the quarter-finals, Gor Mahia beat Al Malakia of South Sudan 2-1. They then beat Al Khartoum 3-1 in the semis. Al Khartoum were featuring former Gor Mahia midfielder Anthony Akumu. Gor Mahia’s dream of winning the cup for the first time since 1985 were shattered when they lost 0-2 to Azam of Tanzania in the final

Michael Olunga was voted the best player of the tournament. He was also the tournament’s top scorer with 5 goals. Boniface Oluoch was voted best goalkeeper of the tournament.

2015 KPL Top 8

Gor Mahia had not won the KPL top 8 since 2011. In 2015, they started their campaign with an impressive 3-0 win over Muhoroni Youth. Next they came up against perennial rivals Tusker who had eliminated Gor Mahia from this tournament in the previous year. Gor Mahia earned a measure of revenge. They beat Tusker 4-3 on aggregate after a two legged second round (2-2 and 2-1). The final match was held in Kisumu. Gor Mahia beat SoNy Sugar 2-1 to lift their third title of the season.

2015 GoTV Shield

Gor Mahia started their cup campaign with a 3-0 win over Langata Gremio. Goals from Kagere, George Odhiambo and Dirkir Glay sunk the lower tier side. Kagere wason target again, scoring twice as Gor Mahia beat Ushuru 3-2 in the next round. Collins Okoth rounded up the scores. Then came Palos of Kisumy whom Gor Mahia dismissed 4-2. Ali Abondo struck twice with Shakava and Olunga rounding up the scores. The quarter-final match against Administration Police at City stadium was the George Odhiambo “Blackberry” show. He scored two classic goals that were reminiscent of this 2010 form. He sliced open the AP defence with quick dribbles then calmly planted the ball in the net. Kagere rounded up the score as Gor Mahia won 3-1.

By the time Gor Mahia reached the semi-final against Nakumatt, fatigue had taken its toll on the players. Gor Mahia had played in five tournaments all the way to the final. Numerous Gor Mahia players were involved with their national teams in various tournaments. It showed as Gor Mahia were held 1-1 before losing on penalties.

Gor Mahia’s record breaking season at a glance

  1. First team in the KPL era to finish the league with an unbeaten record (24 wins, 6 draw)
  2. Most number of points in the KPL era (78)
  3. Largest point differential between 1st and 2ndposition ever (20 points)
  4. Most number of goals scored in a 16 team Kenyan league (60)
  5. Least number of goals conceded in the KPL era (12)
  6. Highest goal difference in the KPL era (48)
  7. Three players finished among the top 5 scorers : Olunga(19), Kagere(13) & Abondo(11)
  8. Olunga scored the most goals of any Kenyan in all competitions
  9. Karim Nizigiyimana had the most assists (17)
  10. Bobby Ogolla set a new record having won 9 titles : 5 as a player and 4 as a coach
  11. Michael Olunga was voted Kenya Footballer of the year
  12. Boniface Oluoch was voted goalkeeper of the year.
  13. Karim Nizigiyimana was voted defender of the year
  14. Frank Nuttall was voted coach of the year
  15. Ten Gor Mahia playes featured for national teams in 2015: Boniface Oluoch, Musa Mohamed, Harun Shakava, Collins Okoth, Michael Olunga, Ali Abondo (Kenya) Abouba Sibomana (Rwanda) , Dirkir Glay (Liberia), Geoffrey Walusimbi and Khalid Aucho (Uganda)
  16.  Gor Mahia players won 3 out of the 7 SJAk player of the month awards: Ali Abondo (April) , Karim Nizigiyimana(June), Meddie Kagere (September)


Gor Mahia’s FOYA winners: Clockwise from top left: Boniface Oluoch, FRank Nuttall, Michael Olunga, Karim Nizigiyimana

For Abondo and Boniface Oluoch it was a case of overcoming adversity after they were dismissively declared surplus to requirements by Tusker at the end of 2014. Musa Mohamed had his best season in a Gor Mahia jersey, solidifying the central defence position. He wore the captains armband for most games. If there was a club chairman of the year award,it would have gone to Ambrose Rachier for his astute signings and leadership at a time when Gor Mahia was operating without a sponsor.


Frank Nuttall: I am here to stay

Gor Mahia coach Frank Nuttall has rubbished rumours that he is intent on leaving the club. Nuttall, who is only holiday in Scotland dismissed such reports as falsehoods.

“I have been informed about various stories circulating in the media concerning my relationship with Gor Mahia including falsehoods and inaccuracies that may be attempts to discredit me and tarnish my good name,” said Nuttall according to the Standard.
Nuttall whose contract runs through 2016 thanked Gor Mahia fans for supporting him.
“Such stories are being monitored and those circulating such falsehoods and inaccurate information are advised to stop. Once again, I would like to thank the true fans of Gor Mahia for all their support and assure them that I have an existing contract until December 31, 2016 which I intend to honour.” he continued.
The report will come as good news to Kogalo fans who deem Nuttall as the single most important component of what has turned out to be a very successful season for Kogalo. But much to the chagrin of Gor Mahia fans, the club has been trying to get Nuttall to take a pay-cut.
A Gor Mahia official confirmed to the Standard that the club has been trying to get Nuttall to take a paycut.
“We cannot afford to pay him anymore. I am aware that a letter was supposed to be sent to the coach last week asking him to take a 50 per cent pay cut or forfeit his contract.We have an option in place and are just waiting to see how it goes with Nuttall”.
Nuttall is paid Ksh 650,000 per month and an additional ksh 600,000 per month for accommodation.
This will not sit well with fans. Rather than ask the coach to take a paycut, the club should be more aggresive in soliciting funds from fans. Moribund initiatives like the paybill number should be re-activated.

Gor Mahia transfer news December 28

Some good news for Gor Mahia is the fact that Burundian right full back Karim Nizigiyimana has extended his stay at Gor Mahia by one and a half years.

“He has extended his stay by another one and a half years after agreeing terms with the management,” said a source to goal.com

The extension will see him stay at the club until mid 2018. Nizigiyimana has been one of the best players not just at Gor Mahia but in the country. He led the league in assists with his ability to make well timed surges upfront and send inch perfect crosses.

He was the runner up in the player of the year vote behind team-mate Michael Olunga. His performances have seen him receive a call up to the Burundi national team for which he is appreciative.

“Gor Mahia has helped him a lot especially with his intentional career and was delighted to extend his stay especially after he was called to the Burundi national team.” continued the source.

One player who is likely to leave is Meddie Kagere who has demanded a Ksh 6 million sign on fee before he can extend his stay at the club.

“I can confirm that he asked for Sh6million but we don’t have the money. Gor Mahia has no sponsor and there is no way we can pay this,” said a source to goal.com

With Kagere and Olunga departing as expected, the club will need to find a reliable striker to replace them. Some reports suggest that Gor Mahia coould be pursuing Jacque Tuyisenge, the Rwandese striker who excelled at the 2015 CECAFA senior challenge cup.

Either way, Gor Mahia will need to rush their player signings as the deadline for the 2016 Africa champions league player registrations is fast approaching. In 2015, CAF extended the deadline to January 2016.

Gor Mahia transfer news December 26

Talks between the club and Michael Olunga have stalled. Olunga’s  contract with the club expires before the end of the year. But Olunga’s demands are more than what the club can pay at this point.

“The player’s initial offer was in the region of Sh5 million as sign on fees to enable him remain with us for another year. That figure is unrealistic, not because he isn’t worth it, but we don’t have that kind of money,” says a source to the Nairobi News.

Olunga was recently voted Kenya player of the year and was the leading scorer in Kenya in all competitions at club and national level. He has attracted interest from clubs as far north as Raja Casablanca of Morocco and as far south as Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa.

A report on goal.com suggests that coach Frank Nuttall has suggested releasing striker Enock Agwanda.

“Nuttall believes he does not need Agwanda and since he is still young, it is better to release him. However, some in the club management don’t agree and so we have to wait and see,” says a source to goal.com.

Agwanda has proven to be a useful substitute for the club. With his immense strength, has proven to be a handful for tiring defenders when introduced in the second half. His long throws reminiscent of Tobias Ocholla have yielded several goals. But Agwanda has been dissastified with his role as a sub and has been pushing for a starting role.

With Olunga unlikely to stay, Kagere undecided and Agwanda’s future uncertain and with Timothy Otieno having left for Posta Rangers,  Gor Mahia’s striking cadre looks precarious.

Gattuso now denies he is leaving

In the latest twist, combative midfielder Collins Okoth “Gattuso”” has rubbished reports that he is leaving the club. Reports in the Daily Nation had quoted Gattuso saying that he was intent on leaving. The reports were confirmed by club official Ronald Ngala.

Gattuso has now denied the reports.

“I am not leaving Gor Mahia, those are just baseless rumors from people. Yes they have my money, it is true, but I am not leaving,” says Gattuso according to the report on goal.com


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Gattuso now wants out

Defensive midfielder Collins Okoth Gattuso has notified the club’s management that he wants to leave the club. Citing unfulfilled promises, Okoth has said that he is seto to leave

“They have not paid my sign on fees (Sh600,000) a year down the line, plus some salary arrears and allowances. I am not motivated to play for this team anymore. I have agreed with the Chairman (Ambrose Rachier) to release me and I forfeit the money to the club,” Okoth said to the Nation

Club organizing secretary Ronald Ngala confirmed that Okoth is intent on leaving.

“He has sent me several text messages saying he wants to leave. I think he has found some other club which turned his head”, Ngala said to the Nation.

Okoth left Gor Mahia in 2012 citing frustrations from certain club officials.

Ngala also confirmed that Gor Mahia would skip the annual Mapinduzi cup that is to be held in Zanzibar. Instead Gor Mahia will play St George FC of Ethiopia in a friendly match

Gor Mahia transfer news December 22

The earlier announcement that Geoffrey Walusimbi and Musa Mohamed had signed on to extend their stay at Gor Mahia was rubbished by both players after they announced through various media outlets that the deal had not been completed. It turns out that the deal is not complete because the sign on bonus has not been paid.

“We have had a chat with them, and we have reached an agreement concerning salary and signing fee which is yet to be paid. Once we pay them that then we are good to go, they have signed verbally. You know nowadays without the signing fee we cannot complete deals. The good thing is that we have reached an agreement for them to stay.” said club official Ronald Ngala to goal.com

This puts Gor Mahia in a difficult position due to the club’s penchant for signing players to short term deals. It means each time a player renews his contract, he must be paid a bonus.

Meanwhile Gor Mahia are pursuing former Mathare United coach Stanley Okumbi to replace the departing Bobby Ogolla.

“After Ogolla (Bobby) resigned, the Gor Mahia management believe Okumbi (Stanley) is the best man to replace him. Most of the officials have always admired Okumbi and always wanted to work with him but he has been tied up at Mathare United. Now that he is free, the opportunity is there to work with him,” said a club official to Gor Mahia.

Okumbi has impressed as Mathare United coach. At one point he was even touted as a possible replacement for Zdravko Logarusic when the Croatian went AWOL.


Gor Mahia transfer news Dec 20

Gor Mahia have completed the signings of two key players: David Ochieng “Cheche” and Francis Kahata.

“It is true we have signed ‘Cheche’ and Kahata. We have been negotiating with both players and I can confirm that the deals are sealed.” said a source to goal.com

The signing of both players will add useful experience. Both have been regular national team players with experience playing in the top tier leagues of Saudi Arabia and Albania respectively. Kahata would add an element of creativity that has been missing from the Gor Mahia midfield since the departure of Moses Odhiambo “Dube”.

Timothy Otieno, the promising Gor Mahia striker who saw very little action in 2015, has joined Posta Rangers on loan.

“He is young and just the kind of player we need. We have embarked on rebuilding a new squad with focus on young players for the future.” said Posta Rangers manager Mike Tonui to goal.com

Otieno was due to join Muhoroni Youth last June but the deal fell through. It is a positive move for Otieno who has shown a lot of promise. But with the likes of Olunga, Blackberry, Kagere and Agwanda ahead of him, he saw very little playing time.

Meanwhile former Gor Mahia midfielder Anthony Akumu, whom Gor Mahia were pursuing has opted to join Zesco United, the Zambian champions.

“He is already one of the best midfielders in the region, and has worked under some of the best coaches in the world including former Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah in Khartoum. At Zesco, the coach will develop him further, in a tactical way, plus mentally, and in a few years he could go to South Africa, or TP Mazembe, or even Europe.” said his agent George Bwana to goal.com. Bwana is a former Gor Mahia official who also tok Owino “Calabar” to Zesco.

Akumu thus becomes the third Kenyan to play in the Zambian league next season following Jacob Keli who plays for Nkana Red Devils.