Musa, Kahata and Marcelo in action as Kenya tie Sudan

Abondo’s cross was headed home by Mandela

Eric Ouma “Marcelo” who was recently called to the national team for the first time, saw his first full international cap. Also in action was grizzled veteran Musa Mohamed while Francis Kahata came on as a sub. Former Gor Mahia players Ali Abondo and Wycliff Ochomo also played.

Additional reporting from the Standard
South Africa-based Brian Mandela saved Kenya blushes with a last minute-goal as Harambee Stars drew 1-1 against Sudan in an international friendly match on Tuesday at Kasarani Stadium.

Mandela headed home the equaliser as Sudan looked set to snatch victory to the bewilderment of Kenyan fans. Kenyan coach Stanley Okumbi opted to start with an inexperienced side, resting most of the veteran players for Sunday’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Congo.

The Kenyans showed plenty of determination, this being the first start for some of them. It was Sudan, however, who started positively with Mohammed Tahir testing Kenyan goalkeeper David Okello from close range.

In the seventh minute, Joseph Mbugi’s long shot went inches wide as the Kenyans conjured up some chances. The Kenyan back-line was caught napping in the 24th minute, allowing Nazar Ahmed to net against the run of play. One minute later, Wycliffe Ochomo found the net, but was flagged offside. Stunned by the Sudanese goal, Okumbi rested Tirus Omondi for Francis Kahata, whose impact was almost immediate as he won a free-kick in a dangerous position.

Harambee Stars coach to make changes ahead of Sudan match At the beginning of the second half, Joseph Mbugi paved way for Ismael Gonzalez as the search for an equaliser continued. Zambian-based Jesse Were also came in for Wycliffe Ochomo as Stars threw everyone in the mix, if anything, for that invaluable point. The substitution seemed to give Kenya more enthusiasm upfront as the team forced their first corner in the second half after seven minutes. Well, the effort was poorly executed as Sudan goalkeeper Alkram Elhadi parried it to safety, injuring himself in the process.

At the hour mark, Paul Were missed scoring the equaliser as his effort went agonisingly wide. But it was Jesse Were’s miss in the 62nd minute that was the epitome of Kenya’s poor finishing as the Zesco forward blasted wide from close range. A 79th minute free-kick by Ismael Gonzalez was tipped over by the Sudanese goalkeeper. At this moment, the Kenyans knew their third loss under Okumbi was looming. But as they went hunting, the Kenyans were reduced to 10 men after Francis Kahata was sent off for a second bookable offence. The draw comes two days after Kenya were held to a 1-1 tie by Tanzania.

Harambee Stars Starting XI: David Okello (GK), Musa Mohammed, Erick Ouma, Brian Mandela, Joseph Okumu, Tyrus Omondi, Joseph Mbugi, Michael Ochieng’, Ali Abondo, Wycliffe Ochomo, Paul Were

Subs: Ian Otieno, Lucas Indeche (Goal keepers), Francis Kahata, Ismail Gonzalez, Nicholas Kipkirui, Boniface Akenga, Amos Nondi, Jesse Were, Cliffton Miheso, Aboud Omar, Jaffar Owiti (Chemelil)

Sudan Starting XI:1.Akram Elhadi, 16.Mudathir Eltayeb,18.Amir Kamal,6.Ali Jafar,3.Malawia Bashir,15.Athar Eltahir,14.Abu Abdalla,7.Ramadhan Agab,13.Nazar Hamid,12.Salah Ibrahim,10.Mohaned Tahir

Subs:1.Awad E l Karim,5.Salaheldin Mahmoud,4.Bakhiet Khamis,2.Eltahir Elhag,19.Mohamed Ahmed,9.Mohamed Abdelmoniem,14. Omer Mahmoud

Oluoch in action as Kenya held by Tanzania

Stars in a past group photo

Goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch was the only Gor Mahia player in action on Sunday when Kenya were held to a disappointing 1-1 draw by Tanzania. A number of former Kogalo players were in action: David Owino, Anthony Akumu and Wycliffe Ochieng. Also in action was Humphrey Mieno who is said to be a transfer target for Gor Mahia.

Additional reporting from the Nation
Victor Wanyama scored from the spot and helped Harambee Stars hold Tanzania 1-1 in an International Friendly match played at Moi Stadium Kasarani on Sunday 29 May.

Tanzania started strongly and spent most of the opening minutes in Kenya’s half but Victor Wanyama created Stars first chance of the game sending a long ball to link up with Ayube Timbe whose attempt to loop it over Tanzania keeper Don Munishi was unsuccessful.


Stand United forward star Elias Mrugao Maguli gave the visitors a lead after the half hour mark as he opened the scoring heading past Boniface Olouch after Juma Abdul hurled a dangerous ball in the 18 yard box.

Tanzania celebrations lasted for just six minutes as the hosts Harambee Stars won a penalty through Ayub Timbe after he was brought down in the 18 yard box. Victor Mugubi Wanyama converted the penalty to the right side of the goal equalizing for Kenya.


Few minutes later Ayub Timbe sent a low cross from the left wing in the six yard box but Jesse Were was pressurized by Aggrey Morris thus missed the chance to put Harambee Stars ahead.

David Owino Calabar failed to direct his free header into the net in the first minutes of the game after Timbe delivered a corner kick to the far post where he was positioned.


Kenya’s custodian Boniface Olouch made a fine save to stop Mao Mkami from putting the visitors ahead once more just after the second half started. Several chances came in the final half of the game but no team managed to find the opponents net.

Kenya Premier League top scorer Wycliffe Ochomo, second placed John Makwata and AFC Leopards winger Clifford Miheso were handed a chance to play as substitutes but their involvement could not earn Kenya a goal.


Harambee Stars Starting XI: 1. Boniface Oluoch, 9. Joakins Otieno Atudo, 5. Abud Omar Khamis, 12. Eugene Ambuchi Asike, 8. David Owino Odhiambo, 14. Anthony Akumu Agay, 15. Victor Mugubi Wanyama, 23. Ayub Timbe Masika, 19. Humphrey Mieno Ochieng’ 16. Eric Johanna Omondi, 29. Jesse Jackson Were

Subs: 3. David Okello Abongo, 10. Eric Ouma Otieno, 6. Mayeko Musa Mohammed, 24. Victor Ali Abondo, 27, Wycliff Okello Ochomo, 20. John Mark Makwata, 21. Clifford Miheso Ayisi

Tanzania Starting XI: 1. Bonventure Munishi, 6. Juma Abdul Jafari, 2. Mohammed Hussein, 13. Aggrey Morris, 15. Erasto Edward Nyoni, 17. Jonas Gerrald Mkude, 7. Himid Mao Mkami, 16. Shiza Ramadhan Yahya, 12. Mwinyi Kazimoto Mwitula, 10. Elias Mrugao Maguli, 4. Deus David Kaseke

Subs: 18. Aishi Salum Manula, 5. David John Mwantika, 9. Farid Mussa Shah, 11. Jeremiah Juma Ally, 8. Abrahim Hajibu Migomba, 3. Mwinyi Haji Mngwali, 14. Mohammed Ally Ibrah


Khalid Aucho set for Glasgow Rangers Trials


Khalid Aucho in action against Chemelil Sugar in 2015


Various reports mostly emanating from Khalid Aucho himself have indicated that the player is set to attend trials at newly promoted Scottish side Glasgow Rangers.
” Glasgow Rangers have approached me, they are interested in my services and as a matter of fact I want to join them. Everything is on the initial stage, but I hope it goes through because it is every footballer’s dream to achieve such a feat.” says Aucho

Rangers have won the Scottish premier league numerous times. For years they dominated the Scottish league along with Glasgow Celtic. They were relegated to the lowest divisions due to financial issues.
Their coach Mark Warburton is likely to have developed an interest in Aucho due to a recommendation from Frank Nuttall.

Aucho joined Gor Mahia in 2015 from Tusker FC as a the replacement for Geoffrey Kizito, another former Gor Mahia player who  is now at Finnish side HJK Helsinki.

Aucho has been pivotal in Gor Mahia’s success so far with his ability to win midfield battles and with his precise passes.

Zablon Otieno Pro receives a heroic sendoff (In Pictures)

Former Gor Mahia midfield ace Zablon Otieno pro, later known as “Coaches” was laid to rest at his ancestral home in Alego. The prayer session at St. Stephens church on Jogoo road was very well attended as was the funeral. Gor Mahia fans raised Ksh 250,000 to defray funeral expenses.


Casket leaving his home in Kaloleni carried by among others Famous coach Ezekiel Akwana.


A service was held at St Stephens Jogoo road on Thursday evening. The church was completely full


In attendance at Alego was current Kogalo skipper Jerim Onyango, a former team-mate and friend of coaches.
Images courtesy of Owen Smart


In attendance in Alego was super fan Jaro Soja.
Images courtesy of Owen Smart


Members of the Gor Mahia Youth team that Pro coached were in attendance in Alego Ngiya.
Youth team images courtesy of Collo Kwala











Gor Mahia appeal IDCC decision

Following IDCC decision to dock three points from Gor Mahia, the club has appealed the decision as was expected
Additional reporting from
Football Kenya Federation confirms that K’Ogalo have lodged official complaint on decision to deduct them points

Gor Mahia have appealed against Independent Disciplinary and Complaints Committee (IDCC) decision to deduct them three points for crowd trouble.

The Kenyan Premier League disciplinary body found Gor Mahia guilty of failing to control its fans and supporters during a league match against Tusker F.C played on April 16, 2016, at Nyayo Stadium.

“We have received an appeal letter from Gor Mahia and in conformity with football laws in the country have subsequently forwarded the same to the FKF’s Appeals Committee for their review and action,” said FKF CEO Robert Muthomi.

IDCC also handed a one match ban to Gor Mahia goalkeeper Boniface Olouch for assaulting the second assistant referee in the troubled match won 1-0 by Tusker.

The disciplinary body found that “Gor Mahia FC failed to control its fans and supporters on April 16, 2016, during a league match, thereby causing disruptions of KPL Match Number 65 and the assault of the 2nd assistant referee following the conclusion of the said match, contrary to Rule 3.4(a) of the Rules of Kenyan Football.”

The match was held up for close to 10 minutes after Gor Mahia fans reacted violently to a penalty awarded to Tusker. Gor Mahia have since dropped to fourth position of the 16-team table with Tusker storming the summit.

IDCC orders Gor Mahia docked 3 points

This report is from the KPL website

The Independent Disciplinary and Complaints Committee (IDCC) has ordered the Kenyan Premier League to deduct three points from Gor Mahia as punishment for crowd trouble caused by their fans in their league match against Tusker in April at Nyayo Stadium.

IDCC has also handed a one match ban to Gor Mahia goalkeeper Boniface Olouch for assaulting the second assistant referee in the troubled match won 1-0 by Tusker.

The disciplinary body found that “Gor Mahia FC failed to control its fans and supporters on the 16th April 2016 during a league match, thereby causing disruptions of KPL Match Number 65 and the assault of the 2nd assistant referee following the conclusion of the said match, contrary to Rule 3.4(a) of the Rules of Kenyan Football.”

The match was held up for close to 10 minutes after Gor Mahia fans reacted violently to a penalty awarded to Tusker.

The committee further stated that “it is concerned that the misconduct of the fans and supporters of Gor Mahia FC,which has led to the stoppage and abandonment of KPL matches and formed the subject of numerous IDCC hearings and determinations, is undermining the reputation and growth of the KPL.

“We are not satisfied that Gor Mahia FC is treating the matter of managing its fans and supporters with the urgency and seriousness that it deserves. Deterrent measures are therefore required.”

“Clubs and their fans or supporters must respect the rules governing football. Rule 7.3 of the Rules of Kenyan Football states that ‘The decisions made by the referee or assistant referee on the Laws of the Game during a match are final.’ Further, Law 5 of the Laws of the Game states, among other things, that ‘The decisions of the referee regarding facts connected with play, including whether or not a goal is scored and the result of the match, are final.’”IDCC said.

The docking of points consequently means that Gor Mahia, who stormed the summit of the league table on Wednesday, will drop back to second position.

The IDCC has observed in previous determinations that all clubs participating in tournaments organized by the KPL must understand that the KPL does not condone any acts of hooliganism. In this respect, all clubs must observe the KPL’s Zero Tolerance Policy on Abandoned Matches and Assaults, which states that “A Club is responsible for the conduct of its officials, players and fans and will be held responsible for any assault on any person immediately before, during or after a match.”

The Independent Disciplinary and Complaints Committee is the tribunal for solving disputes in the game of football managed under the auspices of the Kenya Premier League Limited (KPL).

It is chaired by professor Migai Akech.

Gor Mahia floor Sofapaka 2-0

Gor Mahia concluded the first leg of the 2016 season with a 2-0 win over bottom club Sofapaka at Moi Stadium Kisumu. The goals came from Khalid Aucho and Musa Mohamed. Gor Mahia are now atop the KPL standings after a poor start to the season.

Additional Reporting from Capital FM

K’Ogalo, who collected their sixth successive win will go top of the log if Tusker FC fall to AFC Leopards in a match at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.

Uganda Cranes midfielder Khalid Aucho and defender Musa Mohammed were on target in the first half to see the three-peat champions finish the opening leg on 29 points ahead of the month long break.

On the other hand, the result compounded relegation woes on 2009 champions Sofapaka, who have gone five matches without a win to languish at the bottom of the standings on seven points.

Entering the clash, Gor head coach Jose Marcelo Ferreira maintained the winning squad that blew apart Mathare United 2-0 while Batoto Ba Mungu missed the services of Fred Kentille and Josephat Oyugi who are out injured.

The champions made their intentions known early when Aucho nodded home the opener six minutes after kick-off from his rebound that had dazzled the Sofapaka defence.

The goal motivated Gor to surge forward and they could have doubled the lead in the 20th minute, but Jaswel Njuguna cleared the danger off the line from Karim Nizigiyimana’s delivery.

Sofapaka responded with their first shot on target through Ken Maritim’s thunderbolt, only to see the effort thwarted by Gor custodian Boniface Oluoch, who was alert to parry over.

At the half hour mark, Aucho had a chance to notch his brace but wasted the glorious opportunity when he feebly shot wide after Godfrey Walusimbi had danced past three defenders to set him up.

Ferreira made his first substitution, withdrawing Nizigiyimana for Luke Ochieng and it didn’t take long before his charges found the second when captain Musa Mohammed led by example to side foot home from a short corner taken by Walusimbi and Innocent Wafula.

Batoto Ba Mungu strived hard to pull a second half comeback but that only remained to be a dream despite Collins Omondi rattling the cross bar before Wycliffe Opondo threatened with a long range screamer that Oluoch saved.

The league will take a month long break, paving way for the June transfer window before the start of the second leg.

Gor Mahia host Sofapaka

Blackberry taking on Sofapaka in 2015

Having won five straight matches without conceding a goal, Gor Mahia will continue their 2016 Kenya Premier League campaign when they take on Sofapaka at Moi Stadium Kisumu on Wednesday. Its an opportunity for Gor Mahia to continue their ascent up the league table. In the last five matches, Gor Mahia have risen from 12th place to 2nd place. They are now only 2 points behind league leaders Tusker.

Gor Mahia have now settled after the turmoil of the early season when Frank Nuttall and the club’s executive committee were embroiled in a fight over Nuttall’s contract. Rwanda striker Jacque Tuyisenge has proven to be a reliable goal-scorer and will be relied upon once again. He is currently 3rd in the goal-scoring chart with 6 goals. George Odhiambo “Blackberry, Geoffrey Walusimbi, Khalid Aucho, Karim Nizigiyimana, Innocent  and Eric Ouma have all been in sensational form. Ouma for his part has credited the support he has received from senior players for the success he has had.

“The senior players have been motivating me to keep moving and work harder. Without them and their motivation I would not have made this step” he said to

But also keep in mind that Marcelo is learning from Ze Maria who in his heyday was one of the best wing-backs in the world.  Ouma who has been the subject of transfer rumours should keep that in mind if he considers joining a rival team. He may not have similar success under a different coach and different system.

Aside from individial brilliance, what has also carried Kogalo is the fighting spririt of the players.

“We were playing a good side, and I expected a tough match. I think what won this match for us is the fighting spirit of my team. You could see that they were hungry for a win. We deserved to win,” said coach Marcelo Ferreira after the Mathare match. That fighting spirit was also evident when Gor Mahia fought gamely to grab a late winner against Western Stima last weekend.

They will need to carry that same spirit against Sofapaka who though a pale shadow of their 2015 edition, still pose a danger. Heritier Luvalu and Barnabas Tiema are two players that Kogalo will need to pay particular attention to.

Kickoff Time: Wednesday 25-May-2016 at 14:00 hours

Coaches laud Gor Mahia’s stellar display

Nizigiyimana congratulates Walusimbi

Mathare United coach Francis Kimanzi has admitted that Gor Mahia fully deserved their 2-0 victory on Sunday. This is a rare moment of humility for a KPL coach. Most KPL coaches who lose to Gor Mahia typically blame external forces like the referees, bad luck or the inability of their players to follow instructions.

Geoffrey Walusimbi who is now in his third season with Kogalo was in fine form. Kimanzi was impressed by Walusimbi’s all round performance.

“I think what won it for them was the individual brilliance from their players. Walusimbi for example got a great goal for them and though I think our defenders should have done better, I have to admit it was brilliant.” said Kimanzi to supersport.

Walusimbi’s goal is an early candidate for goal of the year. He deftly lost his marker with a nifty move reminiscent of Ben Oloo “Breakdance”. Then he curved the ball to the far right corner of the goal beyond the reach of the Mathare goalkeeper. It was a goal that combined individual skill, accuracy and technical savvy.

Burundian fullback Karim Nizigiyimana who started the season poorly, is rounding back into the form that almost saw him win the KPL player of the year award in 2015. Eric “Marcelo” Ouma continues to rise in stature with each game.

“The two fullbacks (Eric Ouma and Karim Nizigiyimana) were also outstanding and I think they are the ones who won the match for them. They were good at their positioning and crosses too,”  Kimanzi said.

Six yard box poacher Jacque Tuyisenge continued his sharp displays with another well taken goal. He is now third in the scoring charts with six goals behind Ochomo of Muhoroni and Makwatta of Ulinzi. This despite missing the first few games of the season through injury.

George Odhiambo “Blackberry” who has four goals is regaining some of the confidence that saw him single handedly shred defences in 2010. It is the first time in over 5 years that his name is appearing among the leading scorers.

Gor Mahia’s Brazilian tactician Ze Maria was satisfied with the display on Sunday.  After a slow start, the team is adapting to his philosophy and the performances are improving with each game.

“It was our second match away, against a good team but we managed to get maximum points, and we are slowly getting back to where I feel we should be. The first leg is almost concluding and I am happy we have managed to at least make up for a poor start in the beginning of the season. ” said Ze Maria to

Some said that the “samba touch”  could be applied only on good surfaces such as the artificial turf in Kisumu and Camp Toyoyo where Gor Mahia trains,  but never at Nyayo. Those concerns have now been assuaged as Gor Mahia put on their best display yet.

Ze maria is now keen to wrap up the first leg on a positive note as they take on bottom club Sofapaka.

“Well, we want to give our best in the final match against Sofapaka and hope we can get maximum three points.” continued Ze Maria.

Though at the bottom, Sofapaka has enough quality in their line-up and Ze Maria will have been advised by Ottamax about the dangers they pose.