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Gor Mahia edge Ulinzi

George Odhiambo Blackberry celebrates with Francis Kahata

George Odhiambo Blackberry celebrates with Francis Kahata

A first half goal by George Odhiambo Blackberry was what Kogalo needed to win a crucial encounter against 3rd placed Ulinzi Warriors on Wednesday. The win confirms Gor Mahia’s return to winning ways. It is a crucial win because aside from narrowing the gap from league leaders Tusker to only two points, it also puts Gor Mahia six points ahead of Ulinzi who are now tied for third place with two other teams. And in a league that is increasingly tight, a win against other contenders is crucial. Gor Mahia also showed that they can grind out wins against teams like Ulinzi that resort to rough play to intimidate opponents.

Additional Reporting courtesy of futaa.com
Both teams came into the game with a win in their previous games and were cautious not to get caught off guard with Blackberry getting himself into the referee’s book after a foul on Cylus Shitote in the 4th minute. Nine minutes later K’ogalo made their first attack of the game when Karim Nizigiyimana ran on the right flank to bring in a well crafted cross that found George Odhiambo who headed it over the bar. With 20 minutes gone, the KPL reigning champions were showing their dominance and they almost took the lead with Amos Nondi doing well to find George Odhiambo whose attempted shot at goal was blocked by Saruni. The game was temporarily halted after Enos Ochieng went down in pain after trying to tackle Abouba Sibomana before Ulinzi got a chance to take the lead after Brian Birgen found Mark Makwatta who saw his shot go into Boniface Oluoch’s gloves.

However, K’ogalo finally found a way to break Ulinzi’s defense when Karim-Abdul Nizigiyimana brought in a dangerous cross from the right that found Tuyisenge who stumbled as he tried to take the shot but George Odhiambo was at the right place at the right time to slot the ball home to make it two goals in two games for himself. Gor almost extended their lead in the 44th minute after Meddie Kagere took a shot at goal which Saruni was forced to push out for a corner, Nondi took it but but Tuyisenge headed it out with Enosh Ochieng getting a yellow card for bad mouthing.

The second half began with both teams attacking and tension began to rise with Tuyisenge being taken out for treatment after being fouled by Hassan Mohammed. On returning to the field, the Rwandese international was booked for kicking the ball after the referee after he was flagged for an offside position. The referee was forced to temporarily halt the game after Omar Mbogi and Meddie Kagere start exchanging harsh words and moments later, Hassan Mohammed got a red card after stepping on Tuyisenge in an off the ball incident. With one- man advantage, Gor started to pin the Soldiers in their own half threatening their defense. Tuyisenge was a victim again in the 65th minute when he went down after being pushed by Ulinzi players in the box as Walusimbi was preparing for a throw in which forced the game to be again temporarily halted as he received treatment.

Nondi was shown a yellow card after a foul on Geoffrey Kokoyo as The Soldiers made a double change; Mark Makwatta out, Stephen Waruru in; Samuel Onyango out, Hamisi Abdalla in and Jose Marcelo Fereirra followed suit; Amos Nondi out, Godfrey Walusimbi in. Ulinzi got a free kick at the edge of the box after Kagere was ruled to have handled the ball, Waruru took but it went to Oluoch’s gloves. Ulinzi had another change; Mark Bikokwa in, Enosh Ochieng out. With ten minutes left to play, Ulinzi began to fight back as they tried to make good use of their chances but Gor Mahia’s defense was proving a hard nut to crack. K’ ogalo then made another change; George Odhiambo out, Baron Oketch in. the hosts almost got a second in the dying minutes when Walusimbi did well to overlap on the right but his well taken chip to find his teammates was well prevented by Saruni.

Gor Mahia Staring XI:
23. Boniface Oluch, 5. Musa Mohamed, 14. Karim Nizigiyimana, 18. Haron Shakava, 3. Abouba Sibomana, 20. Ernest wendo, 8. Francis Kahata, 11. Amos Nondi [2. Godfrey Walusimbi] 22. Meddie Kagere, 25. George Odhiambo [17. Baron Oketch], 9. Jacques Tuyisenge

Unused sub:
1. Jerim Onyango, 4. Wellington Ochieng, 13. Anthony Mbugua, 27. Jacob Keli, 24. Enock Agwanda.

Ulinzi Stars
Starting XI:
James Saruni, Mbogi Omar, Shitote Cylus, Kokoyo Geoffrey, Hassan Mohammed, Onyango Boniface, Brian Birgen, Kago John, Ocheing Enosh [Bikokwa Mark

], Makwatta John [Waruru Stephen], Onyango Samuel [Hamisi Abdalla]

Unused subs:
Odhiambo Jacktone,Sande Benson, Nandwa Elvis, Waweru Daniel

Ze Maria credits motivational talk for victory

Gor Mahia coach Ze Maria has credited a motivational talk he gave the team as the reason why Gor Mahia recovered to beat Chemelil Sugar 3-1 on Saturday.

“It all boiled down to some motivational talk. I was forced to remind the players that they were champions and needed to play like it. I made them understand that they are big players and need to show it in every game,” he said to the Standard.

Ze maria knows that his side will need to play with similar motivation in all the remaining matches since every team plays with extra effort agaainst Gor Mahia.

“We will have to work very hard to win this league because every team we meet just seems to give 200 per cent against us. As a result we have to find another way to win our matches.

On youngster Amos Nondi who had a brilliant game, Ze Maria urged patience.
“He is still young and we need to give him time to grow and settle in the team. We don’t want what happened to Eric Ouma to befall him. Now everybody knows Ouma and are always coming out hard on him.”

Nondi is the only player who has graduated from the youth team to the senior team. Last year he was loaned out to SoNy Sugar as Gor Mahia was awash with midfield talent.

Nondi during his stint with the youth team

Nondi during his stint with the youth team

Former national team coach and current TV analyst Jacob “Ghost” Mulee questioned the wisdom of playing Eric Ouma out of his normal position.

“Erick ‘Marcelo’ Ouma blossomed as a defender, that is where he was discovered and he should be playing in the same role. I am not impressed with the way he is being switched. I do not think that is a way to develop him. The best thing is to let him play the way he was playing before but from his natural position. He can still bring crosses from the left and the strikers will benefit from them. That is the only way to ensure he is still developing.” said Mulee to goal.com

Gor Mahia will take on Ulinzi on Wednesday. It is a side that is also rejuvenated after registering a 3-1 win over Sofapaka last weekend.

Gor Mahia confirms Aucho transfer fee

Gor Mahia organizing secretary Ronald Ngala has confirmed that the club has received Ksh 1.6 million (Rand 200,000) from South African side Baroka FC following the transfer of Khalid Aucho to the side.
“We received 200,000 rand (approximately Sh1.6million) for the transfer of Aucho to the club,” he said.

The figure is paltry compared to what Sofapaka got when they sold Burundian Razak Fiston: Ksh 24 million (3 million Rand. Sofapaka had previously purchased Fiston for Ksh 1.2 million from a Burundian academy. They turned a nice profit.

The low transfer fee of Aucho is due to the fact that Aucho only had six months left on his contract.However it is a welcome departure from recent cases where Gor Mahia gave players away for free. For example, when Ali Abondo left for South Africa, it was reported that the club got nothing even though Abondo had a year left on his contract.

The transfer fees also make the case for why Gor Mahia should invest more in youth structures unlike the current situation where the youth team is being treated shabbily.

Ze Maria and Baraza react to Saturday’s match


Gor Mahia coach Ze Maria was more relieved than elated as he addressed the media after Saturday’s 3-1 win over Chemelil Sugar at Nyayo Stadium.

“I’m happy with the result because that’s our spirit; the champion’ spirit. We have to think like this is Gor Mahia, we have to try to win all the time. All my players played well today (Saturday) and I thank them for that.” he said to the media.

Francis Baraza, the Chemelil coach who saw his four game winning streak come to a screeching halt blamed bad luck for the loss.
“We made some few mistakes in the game. In fact, we got so many chances but we did not work on them as required but generally we played very well. We will now work on the noted weak points ahead of the next match,” Baraza told Goal.com.

Aside from playing like a champion spirit as Ze Maria described, there are plenty of positives for Gor Mahia fans to pick out from this game: Francis Kahata had a whale of a game. First he scored from a superbly taken free-kick reminiscent of the one he scored against Vincent Enyeama and Nigeria in Calabar. Kahata also played crucial roles in the 2nd and 3rd goals. His probing defence splitting passes found Tuyisenge who in turn found open players with well placed passes. Tuyisenge ended with two assists on the day showing that he can contribute even he does not score.

Amos Nondi is growing in stature and could soon end up as one of the best engine-room players in the country. He showed poise, brilliant ball control and an ability to place in the right spot to score.

And with Tusker stumbling, Gor Mahia are now five points behind Tusker with a game in hand.

One issue of note is the low attendance. This can be attributed to the return of the English premier league and the recent poor results of the team. The club has its work cut out to bring back the fans. But a few more good results will be a good start.

Thank you to coach James Sianga

Legendary coach and former player James Aggrey Sianga passed away on Friday September-9-2016 after a long battle with diabetes.

Sianga was a founder player of this club when it was formed in 1968. He also played for national team for an incredible 12 years and is considered one of the best goalkeepers the country has ever produced. As a coach he coached the Kenya national team on numerous occasions. he coached various clubs in the country including Tusker and Re-Union.

Gor Mahia fans will remember him most for his stint as club coach in 2007 and 2008. It was he who brought a group of young players on boatd including Eric Masika, Anthony Akumu, Duncan Owiti and George Odhiambo. These players were the backbone of the youthful teams that finished second in the league in 2010 and 2012.  as well as winning the FKF cup in 2011 and 2012.

On behalf of gormahia.net aka Gor Mahia online supporters club, this author would like to thank Sianga for his good work over the years. May he rest in peace.

Gor Mahia floor Chemelil Sugar


After a drought that lasted four games without a goal, Gor Mahia blasted three goals past Chemelil Sugar to win 3-1.
Additional Reporting from the Nation
Shortly before kick-off across the three venues on Saturday, teams lined up on either side of the centre circle to observe a minute of silence in honour of veteran coach James Siang’a, who passed away on Friday night.

At Nyayo Stadium, having failed to score in their last three league games, the champions were under pressure to perform, and they showed urgency in the opening minutes of the game with George Odhiambo, Jacques Tuyisenge and Haron Shakava coming close.

Shakava had a good chance in the 10th minute when he rose high to meet a long ball worked from a corner, but he sent his header inches wide.

Willis Ouma and Jared Obwoge also had a chance each for the visitors early on but we’re unable to convert them.
or finally found the back of the net through a sublime Francis Kahata free-kick, which beat Chemelil keeper Ali Kimera for the opener in the 16th minute.

The sugar millers however responded through Jared Obwoge, who beat Gor custodian Bonface Oluoch with a low shot after outpacing Shakava with three minutes to the break.

Youngster Amos Nondi replaced Kenyan international Eric Ouma – who limped off injured – in the beginning of the second half.

Both teams came into the second half in search of a winner but it’s the 15-time champions who scored the next goal.

Nondi was particularly sensational having replaced Ouma and ultimately found the back of the net in the 56th minute. Gor piled on more pressure on the high-flying visitors and George Odhiambo put the score beyond doubt in the 74th minute.

Jacques Tuyisenge, who had also played a role in the second goal, crossed for Odhiambo to slot past Kimera.

“The pressure is not off yet. We can afford to smile a little but the pressure still remains. When you are part of a team like Gor, there will always be pressure of one form or the other,” Gor coach Marcelo Ferreira said after the game.

Gor Mahia set to clash with Chemelil

Gor Mahia will resume their 2016 Kenya Premier League campaign on Saturday when they take on Chemelil Sugar at Nyayo stadium. It goes without saying that Gor Mahia have been below par since the month of August. Three successive scoreless draws against SoNy Sugar, Posta Rangers and Bandari. This was followed by a loss to Nzoia United in the GoTV shield that put Gor Mahia’s hopes of playing continental football in 2017 in jeopardy.

The defence and goalkeeping departments will not be a problem especially if Ze Maria and assistant coach Mathew Ottamax have buried the hatchet. However attacking wingbacks which has been a useful tool in the Gor Mahia arsenal with Nizigiyimana and Eric Ouma has been missing of late. The midfield has been problematic and  Ze maria cannot seem to bury the hatchet with Collins Okoth. And with midfield not creating chances, the attack has been moribund. Most troubling has been the blunt attack. The forwardline combination of Kagere and Tuyisenge has been so dysfunctional that neither one can score. But Coach Ze Maria has had almost two weeks in which to work out strategies.

Chemelil coach Francis Baraza who has been known to bad mouth Kogalo is once again bullish about his team’s chances. And as usual, any team that plays against Gor Mahia, brings their best effort.

I’m going to Nairobi for nothing less than three points. Gor Mahia are champions, we respect them but we don’t fear them. I’m going for maximum points,” he said to the Star newspaper.

Baraza s however aware that Gor Mahia is a sleeping giant that can arise at any moment.

Gor Mahia have been playing very well but they have not been lucky. The game will be tough but I have prepared my team well for the match,” he continued

Ze Maria knows that Gor Mahia are in for a difficult match against a Chemelil side that is highly disciplined and has won their last four matches with identical 1-0 wins over Bandari, City Stars, Muhoroni Youth and SoNy Sugar. A starke contrast to Gor Mahia’s poor form of late. Chemelil are now in fourth position.

The last time these two sides met was on February 17.  Gor Mahia were still under coach Frank Nuttall. The match ended scoreless.

Ngala says Ze Maria is staying put

Speculation has been rife that Gor Mahia’s Brazilian tactician, Ze Maria could be shown the door soon. This comes after a series of poor results in the Kenya Premier League and most notably in the GoTV shield where Gor Mahia were eliminated by second tier side Nzoia United. Arch rivals AFC Leopards who were also eliminated from the GoTV shield and promptly jettisoned their Belgian coach Kim Minnaert. However club official Ronald Ngala has said that no discussion of the coach’s status has happened.
“The coach (Jose Marcelo) is with us and at the moment he is here to stay. Just like any other person, he is concerned about the team’s form and we understand he has been trying to work so hard but results are not coming,” said Ngala to the Standard.

Ngala did say that the club Executive Committee is concerned about the run of poor results and is monitoring the situation closely.

“With the current form, you will hear a lot of things about the team, but when the results start coming they will die. Nobody has given him an ultimatum, but we are trying to do everything possible to ensure the team gets back to its winning ways,” Ngala continued.

The current run of poor results has puzzled many fans. When Ze Maria joined, the club was very close to the relegation zone. However with the recovery from injury of Tuyisenge, the club shot straight to the top of the standings. But since then it has been downhill. Suddenly Tuyisenge who was on a scoring spree can no longer find the net. Kagere’s form from 2015 is all but a memory. One explanation is that with Khalid Aucho gone, the midfield has lost an important ball winner and passer. But that alone cannot explain the current run of poor form.

Another explanation is that When Ze Maria arrived, he injected new tactics which caught many teams by surprise, resulting in good results. But teams have now adapted to those tactics and have figured out how to defend against the system. The mark of a great coach is the ability to adapt and change tactics from game to game and from situation to situation. When one playing style is not working, its up to the coach to change and adapt new tactics.

Ze Maria has had almost two weeks and now has five more days to show some improvement. The next match is against Chemelil at Nyayo stadium on Saturday. Later this month, Gor Mahia will face Ulinzi and arch rivals AFC Leopards.

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Musa, Marcelo, Oluoch in action as Kenya hold Zambia


Three Kogalo players were in the starting line-up as a determined Harambee stars side held Zambia to a 1-1 draw in Ndola, Zambia. The three were left back Eric Ouma, keeper Boniface Oluoch and defender Musa Mohamed. Also in action were former Kogalo players David Owino Calabar and Anthony Akumu.

The match counted for nothing besides FIFA rankings as both teams are out of the running for qualification. However Harambee stars fans will rue the fact that poor preparations for their two matches against Guinea Bissau and player indiscipline in their home match against Zambia put paid to their hopes of qualifying for a tournament that they haven’t appeared at since 2004.

Additional Reporting from futaa.com
Zambia started off sharply with the dangerous TP Mazembe Forward RainFord Kalaba testing Boniface Oluoch with a long range left footed shot in the third minute but the Gor Mahia man was equal to it. Ayub Timbe was his pacy self on the right side of Stars attack, driving at full speed with the ball at his feet forcing Zambia to concede a corner in the 10th minute.

Grew

Spurs Midfielder Victor Wanyama slowly grew into the game and as a result Stanley Okumbi’s men started creating chances, Wanyama feeding Marcelo a good Crossfield ball but the Gor Mahia leftback mistimed his run and was flagged offside. Zambia had the ball in the net through kalaba but he was already flagged offside.

Abud Omar seemed to be home at left back displaying great composure in the 34th minute to nutmeg two Zambia attackers under immense pressure and comfortably passing the ball out of the danger zone.

Jesse Were connected with a cross from Timbe to plant a good header that flashed just wide off the post. Half time found the scores level at 0-0.

Second half

The second half started off as a balanced affair with both sides attacking in turns. Musa Mohammed was yellow carded in the 55th minute for a foul on Kalaba. Eric Ouma was replaced by Danson Kago on the hour mark and three minutes later Kenya were ahead, Ayub Timbe rushing to a long pass to lob the ball past the onrushing Zambia custodian Jacob Banda.

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Zambia almost levelled matters but Nathan sinkala’s header from a corner went agonizingly wide. He only had the keeper to beat. Olunga replaced Were in the 65th minute and ten minutes later, the former Gor Mahia man had the ball in the net but he was adjudged to have committed a foul while winning the ball and Zambia were rewarded a free kick instead.

Equalizer

Zambia finally found their equalizer, Felix Katongo brilliantly setting up danger man Rainford Kalaba to volley in the ball from three yards out in the 86th minute. Immediately after the restart, Timbe had a penalty appeal turned away after he appeared to have been brought down inside the box. Harambee Stars held on to survive last minute attacks from the home team to end the campaign with an encouraging away draw.

Starting XI: Boniface Oluoch (GK), Brian Mandela, David Calabar Owino, Musa Mohammed, Aboud Omar, Victor Wanyama (CPT), Anthony Akumu, Ayub Timbe, Eric Johanna, Erick Ouma and Jesse Were

Subs: David Okello (GK), David Ochieng’, Ismael Gonzalez, Victor Majid, Francis Kahata, Danson Kago, Michael Olunga