Earlier reports indicating that Gor Mahia’s Brazilian trialist Thiago Silva had left the country have now been proven unfounded. The Brazilian was in action and scored when Gor Mahia beat Jericho All Stars in a friendly match on Wednesday.
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Brazilian Thiago Silva was on target in Gor Mahia’s 3-0 victory against Jericho AllStars in a friendly played on Wednesday
Meddie Kagere, the 2015 Gor Mahia fans darling and Brazilian Thiago Silva were instrumental for the club against lower league side Jericho AllStars in a friendly played on Wednesday.
Kagere delivered vital passes which could have widened Gor Mahia’s victory over the minnows while the Brazilian striker, who has been under assessment for a few weeks, registered his name on the score-sheet in the 70th minute after new signing Baron Jobita and lead striker Jaques Tuyisenge had scored the first two goals in the first half.
Jericho AllStars could have managed a consolation in the 75th minute but Jerim Onyango was keen on goal to easily pick Edd Kuria’s penalty-kick confirming the 3-0 victory for the Kenyan champions. K’Ogalo were using the match as a fitness test ahead of their Kenyan Premier League match against Thika United on Sunday (July 3).
Only time will tell if Meddie Kagere will be confirmed at Gor Mahia after the job was left to the club’s head coach Ze Maria to decide whether he rejoins the club or not. With barely three days to the transfer window closure, the club is also yet to officially confirm Thiago Silva’s fate after it was reported that he will not be signed.
Gor Mahia chair Ambrose Rachier is a big fan of Gor Mahia tactician Jose Marcelo Ferreira aka Ze Maria.
“I have high regard for him and admire the fact that he has introduced new rules and laid down procedures that seek to instil team discipline and collective responsibility within the players and the technical bench. ” said Rachier to the Standard.
Len Julians, the Brtitish tactician who coached Gor Mahia to four league titles (1983-1985 and 1991) was also a noted disciplinarian. But unlike Ze Maria who has a calm demeanor and has not lost his cool in public, Julians had a fiery temper, often giving players the “hair dryer ” treatment akin to Sir Alex Ferguson.
Rachier also noted that Kogalo had many options to choose from and he is happy that the club settled on Ze Maria.
“When Frank Nuttall went missing, I asked a friend to get me a coach from Europe. As a club, we ended up with a number of options and at some point we were spoilt for choice since a number of coaches from as far as Romania, Italy, France, England and many other European countries applied.”
Inter Milan and Arsenal
As a club, we discussed amongst members of the executive council and decided to hire a coach who will not only bring good results to the club, but also change the flair of Kenyan football. As such, we looked at some of the most successful teams in the English Premier League, La Liga and Bundesliga and the results showed that at almost every club, there was a coach with South American roots producing great results.
That is how we settled on Ze Maria because he had four major qualifications that none of the other coaches had. Ze Maria is young and able to communicate fluently in English. But most importantly, of all the applicants, Ze Maria was the best ex international with the best club football history. ” continued Rachier.
As Rachier noted, Ze Maria had a succesful career as a player. Besides playing for the Brazil national team, he also played for top flight sides like Inter Milan in Italy and Flamengo in Brazil as an overlapping full back.
Len Julians also had a superb playing career featuring in the English top flight for Arsenal and Nottingham Foreast among other teams.
Inspiring and Developing Players
According to Rachier, every player looks forward to the training sessions; it is no longer a compulsory thing, but a game where every player wants to impress.
Skipper Musa Mohamed also indicated that all the players are keen to impress Ze Maria
“He is inspiring us, giving the team a lot of confidence and you see it on everyone because each player wants to have the ball,” said Musa.
Ever since Ze Maria arrived, he has shown a keen interest in working with young players including members of the U19 team.
“He keeps telling me that his desire is to build players from the age groups stipulated by FIFA and that is why he has given younger members of the team like Amos Nondi, Eric Ouma Marcelo and Omino more playing time. We shall come up with youth structures in line with Ze Maria’s demands and such will save us from all the agony of signing up foreign players. In Ze Maria, Gor will go places and win majors.” said Ambrose Rachier.
As fans will recall, Len Julians is perhaps the best player developer ever to step on a Kenyan training ground. The team he developed when he arrived in 1983, is the one that went on to win the Africa cup in 1987.
Players like Charles Otieno, Abbas Magongo, George Onyango “Fundi”, Abdallah Shebe, Hezborn Omollo etc were all very young when they were given opportunities by Len Julians. He showed them the way and they became legends.
Julians himself played on the wing and under him, Gor Mahia produced a number of classy wingers including Sammy Onyango “Jogoo”, Ben Oloo “Breakdance” as well as the Obwaka brothers.
A player like Eric Ouma “Marcelo” in particular stands to benefit since he plays the same position that Ze Maria played and thus he can learn from a true master.
In this regard, Ze Maria is a starke contrast to other coaches like Zdravko Logarusic and Bobby Williamson who showed little interest in developing young players.
Among the young players who have been given a chance by Ze maria is Amos Nondi, formerly of the Gor Mahia U19 team. The youngster is keen to earn a place in the starting line-up
“I am doing my best to impress the coach who has entrusted me with the chance and I will continue fighting in order to cement my position in the first team. Big thanks to my teammates and the technical bench for the support they have given me since I got promoted from the junior team because the environment has helped me settle fast.” said Nondi to goal.com
Possession football aka “Tiki Taka”
Ze Maria’s system emphasizes possession and passing as the best form of attack and defence. By keeping the ball away from the opposition for long periods, Kogalo can suffocate opposing teams. The system is very similar to the one that Len Julians deployed in the mid 1980s. Back then Gor Mahia were known for knocking the ball around very confidently and stringing together pass and after pass. Noted journalist Roy Gachuhi said in Action magazine that he once counted 20 passes that Gor Mahia completed in a derby match against AFC.
Gor Mahia started their 2016 GoTV shield campaign by flooring Mahakama of Mombasa 3-0 at Kasarani on Saturday
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After an entertaining five minutes of passes and beautiful runs, defender Abouba Sibomana scored from a free-kick on the 7th minute to give Gor Mahia their first goal.
The pot kept boiling and on the 15th minute former Western Stima forward Baron Oketch was picked out with a cross but instead of drilling in a shot past keeper Athman Mohammed, he blasted wide out.
Mahakama then piled up pressure playing in Gor Mahia’s half and cleared a potential threat on the 16th minute when Gor Mahia won a corner-kick. Two minutes later, Jacob Keli was fed with a good chance after Wellington Ochieng asmd Ronald Omino had combined well on the right wing.
Ochieng’ played well with Omino from a set-piece on the 22nd minute giving the former Muhoroni Youth defender a clean chance to unleash a shot which landed on keeper’s safe hands. In the 25th minute, Jacob Keli made use of a goalmouth melee to double the score line for K’Ogalo a minute before Baron Oketch blasted the ball wide over the bar from a free-kick.
At the half-hour mark, Enock Agwanda saw his shot hit the side net in what was an open chance for the third goal. In the 39th minute, Mahakama keeper saved his side denying Agwanda an opportunity to put his name on the score sheet just inside the box. Welington Ochieng then did all the work on the right wing tossing the ball to Jacob Keli but the latter failed to connect it to the net two minutes later.
Gor Mahia coach Ze Maria then brought in Francis Kahata few minutes to the break just to stir-up the team. His classic touches in the midfield empowered the likes of Baron Oketch and Keli upfront but efforts didn’t bare fruits to halftime whistle. Both teams showed intention of scoring on resumption with notable move by Mahakama’s Salim Mohammed, who tasted Boniface Oluoch’s hands in the 51st minute from a free-kick.
Youngster Amos Nondi then got an open chance for Gor Mahia but his shot was deflected by a Mahakama defender to find Enock Agwanda, whose effort was thwarted by the keeper five minutes later. Baron Oketch had readied himself for the job on the left. In the 64th minute, keeper Mohammed rose to the occasion once again stopping Agwanda from scoring. He did that again in the 70th minute.
The introduction of Jaques Tuyisenge and defender Eric Ouma thereafter energized Gor Mahia. Tuyisenge almost scored from a Kahata cross twice as Ouma did his duty on the left flank. Ouma did not rest. He crossed from the left corner to find right-placed Jacob Keli, who used the opportunity to complete his brace with a brilliant header. That became the third goal
Gor Mahia will start their GoTV shield campaign on Saturday as they take on minnows Mahakama-Mombasa. Coach Ze Maria has confidently declared that he is going for a treble this season.
“Gor is a big club and the mentality here is winning every match, every competition,”he said to Citizen Sports
With that in mind, he is thinking long term and has decided to rest some key players.
“I will rest some of the players like Musa Mohammed and Karim Nizigiyamana who have played in all matches.
Which means new signing Wellington Ochieng has an opportunity to impress.
Mahakama coach Mohammed Abdulbasit is vowing an upset
“We are going to offer our best. No doubt there is incredible talent in coast and in my team. We respect Gor a big club in the country and that’s why we sought a top flight club challenge in our preparation when we played Bandari. We lost yes, but learnt a big deal. We have been working on the errors we made in the match and we are prepared now. The team is in high spirit and we want to pull a surprise, our fans in Nairobi especially those from coast should come and see,” he said to Citizen sports.
The match will be played at Kasarani on Saturday June 25
Meddie Kagere had his first opportunity to put to rest any doubts that coach Ze Maria has about him when he joined the team in training at Camp Toyoyo on Wednesday. Team manager Jolawi Obondo confirmed to Citizen Sports that Kagere is now a member of the club again.
“Kagere is definitely back in the team after passing medical and physical tests and we are glad to have him back. We hope he will retain the form he displayed last year that also helped us clinch the league title unbeaten and for the third year running,” Jolawi confirmed.
The 29 year old Uganda-born Rwandan scored 11 goals in the KPL in 2015 including an exquisite piece of skill against Nakuru All Stars that was good enough to be voted goal of the year. He left in December after the club could not meet his salary and bonus demands.
He will now be called upon to partner with the other Rwandese striker Jacque Tuyisenge. Variously nicknamed Lwanda Magere and also Pacman, Kagere offers Kogalo a second scoring option to reduce the dependency on Tuyisenge.
Gor Mahia Chairman Ambrose Rachier has finally provided some clarity on the Goma Lotto project. Goma Lotto is a mobile based lottery that will be used to raise additional revenue for the club.
“Through the club’s investment wing, we thought of many ways on how we can better the club and one of them was a lottery project that can steer us to the next level. We have a sponsor yes, but we should be innovative enough to generate extra revenues to develop the club or make it even better. We are set with the plans and we will be doing an official launch by July,” Rachier said to the club’s site.
Rachier who is one of the most accomplished attorney’s in the country confirmed that the club followed all the appropriate legal channels.
“We followed the right legal channel to acquire the license from the Betting Board and we commissioned a company to offer the services because we don’t have the capacity to run the project. Our aim is to support the youth team and to improve the welfare of the team in general through funds raised from the gaming. All the funds raised will be accounted for because all records will be available,” he continued.
What is not clear is whether they have the blessing of shirt sponsors Sportpesa who may see Goma Lotto as competition.
Club official Ronald Ngala for his part said that the funds will be used to build much needed infrastructure for the club.
“The biggest aim is to improve to status of the club through better facilities like owning a training ground and possibly having our own stadium which will place us in a better place. Developing our standards of football by nurturing young talents too is among the top priorities and the funds raised from the lottery will help us a great deal in achieving such goals,” said Ngala to the club site.
Owning a training ground instead of squatting at Camp Toyoyo which likely costs the club a fortune is easily the best use of money. And Land always appreciates in value. As the club gains a firma financial footing, they can put terraces around the ground and convert it to a stadium which can be rented out for use in lower leagues.
It remains to be seen how this project will fair. This year alone, the club has announced several initiatives including:
– Gor Mahia SACCO
– Gor Mahia Bread
– Gor Mahia Water
– Second jersey sponsor (Crown beverages)
– Kit sponsor
The club would do well if it sent regular updates informing the club fanbase how these initiatives are fairing.
The club would do well to periodically update fans on h
Brazilian striker Thiago Lima da Silva has jetted out and is headed back home after failing to impress the Gor Mahia technical staff.
The much touted striker left fans who watched his training session unimpressed from the first time he stepped on the field. Opinions did not shift when he appeared in a friendly against Naivas.
An official confirmed to goal.com that Da Lima has indeed left.
“It is quite unfortunate, but it is true, the club has opted against signing him because he is not what we expected. He has failed to impress the coaches from day one, and that is why he is leaving. It means we will go for another striker.
While some media outlets are ridiculing Gor Mahia for creating yet another Brazilian fiasco, the club has not done anything wrong. It is prudent for a club to conduct trials of a player as well as fitness tests during the transfer window while leaving enough time to sign alternate players. Such was the case with Giovanni Rodriguez Bissolli in 2011 and now Da Silva.
Meanwhile Meddie Kagere has indeed jetted back into the country to discuss returning to the club he left in December.
However Gor Mahia coach Ze Maria appears unwilling to bring Kagere back.
“I know Kagere was here and he did well but I do not believe in déjà vu. We do not have guarantee that he will shine like he did in his first stint,” the coach told Daily Nation.
However the club EC is pushing for Kagere to return.
“It’s true we are interested in resigning him. He is here and we will see how talks progress.” said Ronald Ngala
Meddie Kagere looks set to join Gor Mahia. This according to a report on posted goal.com. The Rwandese talisman has been training with Kogalo at Camp Toyoyo since the season started. However with reports that Gor Mahia were on the verge of signing a Brazilian striker, Thiago Lima Da Silva, it seemed that Kagere would not have a place at the club. Kagere was then said to be negotiating deals with Tusker and AFC Leopards. The deal with Da Silva has now fizzled amid reports that he is not fit and other reports that his International Transfer Certificate could not be processed on time.
Ronald Ngala confirmed to goal.com that a deal
“Nothing has been finalized yet, we have had discussions but he has not yet signed. He is expected in our offices today (Monday) to discuss his transfer that is personal terms, and after that we hope he can sign the contract. Kagere is a good player, a player of undoubted quality and I believe he will add real value to the team.” Ngala said.
Last season Kagere combined with Michael Olunga and Ali Abondo to form one of the most devastating attack formations ever seen in Kenya. A return could see him play with fellow Rwandese Jacque Tuyisenge with whom he is familiar.
Since Kagere has been at Camp Toyoyo for several months now, the club’s technical staff must have a good idea about his fitness levels, his form and his state of mind.
The lanky Tusker midfielder who is seen by some as an ideal replacement for the departing Khalid Aucho seems interested in joining Kogalo. However his transfer bid is being blocked by both Tusker and the FKF because he still has 18 months left on his contract.
The Daily Nation reports that Mieno who earns about Sh80,000 a month and is reportedly being offered Sh130,000 at K’Ogalo and a sign on fee of Sh 1.5 million. However, Gor’s acting secretary general Ronald Ngala denies the claims.
“We’ve never talked to Mieno nor made an official bid. We would go for him if he’s a free agent because he’s a good player,” he said.
Ngala added: “We made official approach for the players we wanted. We made an approach to Western Stima for Baron Oketch and we got him .It was the same with Muhoroni Youth for Wellington Oketch .We also made an approach to Mathare United for Eric Johanna but they never replied while Bandari rejected our approach for Anthony Kimani.” said Ngala to the Nation.
Tusker director Charles Obiny said there is no just cause for Mieno to end his contract. He said: “The rules are clear. Gor have not made any offer to us,” he said. Article 16A of Fifa rules state that a contract can’t be unilaterally terminated during the course of a season.
However, for footballing reason, a player can only terminate his contract if “in the course of the season, appeared in fewer than ten per cent of the official matches in which his club has featured in .In such a case, sporting sanctions shall not be imposed, though compensation may be payable”.
Mieno first made his name at Sofapaka before going to Tanzania, then AFC Leopards and now Tusker. In his prime, he was a regular with the national team.
In a bizarre twist, Khalid Aucho now claims that he will be attending trials at Aberdeen and not Glasgow Rangers.
I just read a lot about Rangers but the truth of the matter is that I have been invited by Aberdeen and not Rangers.” said Aucho according to dailyrecord.co.uk
Chairman Ambrose Rachier also concurred with the statements according to the report
We had been reading in the media so much about Rangers but the truth of the matter is that we got a copy of Aucho’s invitation letter from Aberdeen and we have granted the player permission as he awaits his visa.” said Rachier.
This is par for the course for Aucho who often uses social media to send conflicting messages that leave fans and pundits wondering about his status.