Flashback Kenya vs Liberia and Gor Mahia vs Oilers in 1989

Custodian Boniface Oluoch was the only Kogalo player in action as Kenya beat Liberia 1-0 in an international friendly. Eric Ouma was on the bench this time. Other Kogalo players

Kenya vs Liberia 1989

Liberia were coached by their former international James Debbah. It is the same Debbah who was in action against Harambee stars in a world cup qualifier at Nyayo stadium in 1989. On that occassion, Kenya beat Liberia 1-0 thanks to a well taken goal by Gor Mahia midfield ace, George Onyango Fundi.

Fundi was a brilliant midfield schemer who never appeared to be in a hurry when he had the ball. He was a brilliant passer with excellent technique. But he would suddenly accelerate, leave a defender for dead and unleash one of his powerful grass-cutters. And that is exactly what he did against Liberia in 1989 to give Harambee stars a 1-0 win. It is to this day the closest that Kenya has come to qualifying for the world cup. On the very last day of group play, Kenya was still in contention, needing an unlikely win against Egypt in Cairo.

But the reason fans will remember that match was the outstanding play of Gor Mahia and Harambee stars skipper Austin Oduor “Makamu”.

Coach Mohamed Kheri had assigned “Makamu” the difficult task of man marking Liberian legend George Weah. This is the same Weah who was later voted world player of the year while winning the European Champions league with AC Milan. And at the time Weah was already arguably the best striker in Africa.  Prior to the match, local dailies were rife with stories about how Weah was about the shred the Harambee stars defence. Yet Makamu bottled Weah on that day and marked him out of the game.

Gor Mahia vs LPRC Oilers in 1989

Prior to the match against Oilers: Jared Ochieng, Abbas Magongo, Jaffer Mwidau, Joseph Owino and George Onyango “Fundi”

In 1989, Gor Mahia were representing Kenya in the Africa cup winners cup. In the second round, they had eliminated Costa Do Sol of Mozambique 1-0 on aggregate. Thus in the quarter-finals they faced Liberian side LPRC Oilers which also happened to have James Debbah, the current Liberia coach.

Kogalo played rather poorly in the first leg at Nyayo stadium. Coach Jack Johnson who had led the team to victory in the Africa cup had recently resigned after going several months without pay.

After the match at Nyayo ended 0-0, LPRC Oilers players celebrated, removing their shirts and running up and down the field. Gor Mahia team manager David Ouma remarked at the time: “Oilers are inexperienced in African football and that is why they are celebrating prematurely”. Oilers apparently did not understand that Gor Mahia had an excellent away record.

For the return leg in Monrovia, the KFF recruited Harambee stars coach Mohamed Kheri to coach Kogalo given the absence of Jack Johnson.

Ouma’s prediction came true. Oilers had indeed celebrated to early. Gor Mahia won the return leg 3-1 to advance to the semi-finals. Striker Peter Dawo who had been experiencing a goal drought at the time, came back to life, scoring two goals. Oilers were shocked.

Today’s match report

Harambee stars continued their revival under coach Stan Okumbi by beating Liberia 1-0.
Match report courtesy of goal.com
Stanley Okumbi and Harambee Stars extended their unbeaten run to eight matches after seeing off Lone Stars on Friday

Speedy winger Paul Were scored a controversial goal as Harambee Stars extended their unbeaten run to eight matches after downing Liberia in a friendly on Tuesday.

The former AFC Leopards winger latched onto a through ball, though from an offside position, to beat Liberian keeper Tony Songo, with a low ball. Liberia officials complained bitterly on decision by Kenyan referee Andrew Juma to allow the goal to stand and even threatened to walk out of play.

It was not the first incident that irked the Lone Stars. In the first half, Joackins Atudo committed a foul inside the box but the referee could not award a penalty. Kenya coach Stanley Okumbi made four changes from the squad which played against Mozambique by going for a three-pronged attack with Michael Olunga in front as Paul Were and Eric Johanna played from the flanks.

Kenya started on a high note launching attacks minute after minute but their efforts never bore any fruits into the breather. In the 14th minute, Ayub Timbe picked the ball from the centre beating defenders bit his shot missed the target. Michael Olunga, then combined well with Paul Were ten minutes later but Liberia defenders Sa Nyuma and Prince Jetto stood tall to clear the dangers.

Kenya did not rest and almost scored in the 40th minute when a corner from Paul Were was blasted wide by Michael Olunga. That was just a minute after the Lone Stars were denied an open penalty after a foul committed by Joackins Atudo.

From the breather, Kenya seemed energized and were out to beat their rivals and Okumbi’s substitutions made an impact in the team. Simon Mbugua, Anthony Akumu, Eric Ouma and Calvin Odongo were brought in to rest Joackins Atudo, skipper Victor Wanyama, Abud Omar and Ayub Timbe respectively in the opening minutes of the second half.

The energy saw Paul Were surge past Liberia defenders in the 55th minute to grab the lone goal for Harambee Stars. The Greece-based winger’s goal was however, disputed by the vistors, who insisted that it had come from an offside position.

Liberia settled down in the match dominating remaining minutes but could not secure an equalizer. Anthony Lambo, David Tweng, Falla Sheriff and Kemon Kamara crisscrossed the field in search of a goal to no avail.

Okumbi is now counting eight matches unbeaten having whipped Mozambique last week in another friendly.

Starting XI:

Boniface Oluoch (GK), Joackins Atudo, David Owino, Brian Mandela, Abud Omar, Victor Wanyama, Osborne Monday, Ayub Timbe, Paul Were, Eric Johanna, Michael Olunga


David Okello [GK], Erick Ouma, Harun Shakava, Robinson Kamura, Anthony Akumu, Amos Ekhalie, Jesse Were, Cavin Odongo, Amos Nondi, Victor Majid, Cliff Miheso, Simon Mbugua

Oluoch and Ouma in action as Kenya sinks Mozambique

Former Gor Mahia skipper David Owino and Ismail Gonzalez
Former Gor Mahia skipper David Owino and Ismail Gonzalez

Harambee stars continued their unlikely resurgence under coach Stan Okumbi and under the new FKF regime. On Saturday they beat the Mambas as Mozambique’s national team is called. In action were Gor Mahia players Boniface Oluoch and Eric Ouma “Marcelo”. Also in action were former Gor Mahia players Anthony Akumu, Michael Olunga and David Owino Calabar.
Additional reporting from Citizen Sports.
Harambee Stars made it seven matches unbeaten as they struck an early goal to edge Mozambique 1-0 in a friendly match played at Nairobi’s Kasarani Stadium on Saturday.

It was a close contest but the Stars always looked more dangerous, taking a deserved lead through midfielder Eric Johanna in the 17th minute.
One goal in 90 minutes was hardly the true reflection of the game, a classic end-to-end affair that burst to life as early as the first whistle went off.
The visitors rarely threatened in the first half and should have been two goals down in the opening ten minutes as Jesse Were and Johanna both spurned clear-cut chances to hand Kenya the advantage.

Sweden-based striker Michael Olunga created the first chance for the home side, beating a left back Zeinadine Junior to an aerial ball before squaring the ball to an on-rushing Were but the Zesco United forward spilled his shot wide.

Moments later, a neat cross from winger Clifton Miheso – who plays for South African Premier Division side Golden Arrows – fell to Were but the former’s first-time hit was punched back into play by Mozambique custodian Jose Guirrego.

The rebound fell to Johanna but Guirrego got up quick enough to thwart a tame effort from the Mathare United midfielder.

The hosts came knocking just three minutes later with Captain Victor Wanyama skying a fierce shot from outside the box after a couple of blocked shots as the Mambas continued to survive.
The Stars were not to be kept out in the 17th minute when Johanna slammed home the opener.

It was all Miheso’s work, as he broke free of his marker and curving in a beautifully weighted cross. It troubled the Guirrego and his defence and Johanna was in the right place at the right time to fire into the top corner.

The visitors’ first chance fell to Absou Manjate but the striker headed wide from a 22nd minute free-kick.

At the half hour mark, Olunga – completely marked out of the game – put in a shift of defensive work for the Stars, heading clear from Elias Pelembe’s free-kick as the hosts desperately tried to find an opening.

It was only his second meaningful contribution of the first half, with the opposition defence swarming him out of the ball every time his teammates picked him out.

The pairing between Miheso and Gor Mahia sensation Eric Ouma was proving efficient as the two wreaked havoc down the left wing, and were both involved in a slick one-two that got home fans of their seats in excitement.

Ouma initiated the move, passing to Miheso who quickly returned the favor. Ouma then rolled the ball onto the feet of Miheso before storming downfield, calling back for the ball.

Miheso – who plays for South Africa’s Premier Soccer League side Golden Arrows – traced his path with the ball but Ouma’s cross was overhit.

Defender Anthony Akumu attempted a shot from long range but it sailed above the crossbar.

Stars took their 1-0 advantage into the break and nearly made it two after only 15 minutes into the second half.

Johanna teed up Were with a nice pass but the former failed to find the target with his shot.

The home side looked a little subdued in the second half but the defence remained flawless with Posta Rangers skipper Jockins Atudo impassable at right back.

Greece-based winger Paul Were – introduced in the place of Miheso – brought more attacking force for Okumbi’s charges but a second goal was barely in sight.

Struggling to reproduce their first half rhythm, the Stars lived dangerously with only a one-goal cushion and were almost pegged back as Joas Mussica’s glancing header beat goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch but missed the target.

Olunga spurned the chance to put the tie to bed in the dying minutes of the match, heading over from Ouma’s clever cross.

It was the first of two friendly matches lined up for the Stars who are set to play Liberia on Tuesday at the same venue.

Gor Mahia branches to stage demosntration against EC

A section of Gor Mahia branch officials were due to stage a demonstration on Friday. According to goal.com, the branch officials held a press briefing in Nairobi. The club members led by their branch officials said that the demonstration will begin at Tom Mboya monument and end at the offices of the club chairman Ambrose Rachier in Upperhill where they intend to petition him with their concerns.

We have therefore, resolved as Gor Mahia branches that we will stage demonstrations within Nairobi town to the offices of the current chairman Ambrose Rachier and the patron’s offices in order to bring to his attention concerns and the going-ons at the club.

We reiterate that we will not relent in our efforts to have credible, free and fair elections and plans are afoot to start parallel manual registration of genuine Gor Mahia fans.” said Dan Quinch, the secretary general of Thika branch.

The branch members are accusing the EC of trying to rig themselves back into office by using the online registration process.

“Gor Mahia office led by the chairman is forcing down the so called online registration without conducting voter education to our members on how the system works. The branches don’t feature anywhere despite having been paying Sh10, 000 annual subscription to the very office.” said Carilus Onyango, the chairperson of the branches council.

They further stated that the hefty membership fee (Ksh 500) is also a ploy to hinder real fans from registering as members,

“We are also worried that this process opens up our elections to everyone including those, who are not genuine fans of the club.” they continued.

Rachier dismisses concerns

Chairman Ambrose Rachier for his part has said that the concerns have no basis.

“We had planned for everything and our members are already registering well. The elections date had been set and it is high time aspirants started serious campaigns.” he said to goal.com

Ngala: We will not go to court

Meanwhile Ronald Ngala has explained why the club will not go to court to fight the IDCC ruling that deducted three points from the club thus costing them the league title.

“As a club we are not going to court; that is the position from the club officially. When we were docked points, we explored all available options for appeal and legal redress, so after failing we had to live with the ruling. If anyone is going to court then that is not the position of the club despite the fact that we feel the decision was too harsh on the team,” he said according to supersport.com.

2016 will be remembered as the year when a fan action literally cost the club the title.


Rachier and Ngala vow to win 2017 league

The 2016 season turned out to be a disappointing. Gor Mahia were presented with numerous opportunities but failed to capitalize. Club Organizing secretary Ronald Ngala has vowed that the team learned from its mistakes and will correct them prior to the 2017 season.

“We will not do the same mistakes as we did this season, we are going to give our best. Actually next season time like this, the trophy will be ours that I guarantee you. ” said Ngala to goal.com

Ngala went on to congratulate Tusker

“Yes, we have conceded defeat, the title has gone and we live to fight another day. Definitely we will give them (Tusker) a guard of honor, they deserve it, and despite the fact that it is painful, we will do it.

Rachier for his part faulted the fact that Gor Mahia accumulated 12 draws out of 29 matches.

“We had all the opportunities to win this league but we threw them away. We only needed to win one match in all these many draws to beat Tusker to the title,” he said to goal.com

Gor Mahia coach Ze Maria is adamant that the decision to dock 3 points from Gor Mahia which eventually handed the league to Tusker was unfair

“It is the first time I am seeing this in football. As a matter of fact, I did not know it exists, I saw it in Kenya. When a problem like that arises, there are many ways to deal with it, like playing in an empty stadium or hefty fines, but not docking points. I think it is something to be discussed.

Ze Maria also said that his side will give their all in the last match of the season.

“We want to give our best against them (Tusker), and finish the season on a high, that is our aim.”

Ojuang: Unruly fans cost Gor Mahia the title

Daily Nation columnist Moses Ojuang makes the point that fans are to blame for not winning the league.

Gor Mahia and Leopards are the most successful sides in the country. They have a large following of exuberant fans. One would think these fans are a blessing to them.

Surprisingly, it is the same fans who pull down the teams! If Gor Mahia fans had behaved themselves during the first leg match against Tusker, K’Ogalo would not have lost key points.

Fans are squarely to blame for the three points that Gor Mahia lost because of crowd trouble. On the other hand, Leopards missed relegation by a whisker.

We need to take into consideration the fact that the docking of the points must have demoralised the playing unit and contributed to the dismal performance of Ingwe.

At the moment, Leopards seem to be more focused on the next season. The entire technical bench was kicked away and the new manager, Stewart Hall, is already laying ground for the new season. We do wish them well.

Gor and Leopards need a great deal of help. Ironically, that help should come from their fans.

These clubs lack the capacity to control the goons in their midst. It is a difficult task to separate the grain from the chaff. Officials cannot arbitrarily ban fans, because they do not know them personally.

They lack the capacity to employ enough stewards to help maintain order during their matches. We can list so many other problems, but in the end, it all boils down to the fans.

While the docking of points is harsh, it serves as a reminder to unruly fans that hooliganism will not be tolerated. True football fans go to the stadium because of their love for the beautiful game and are put off by violence.

It is an open secret that it takes just a few bad eggs to stop a match with stones. The photo of a fan assaulting a match official during a past Gor match against Tusker match was very disgusting, to say the least.

That mindless fellow may have received high fives from his fellow goons in the urinal, but we do hope that reality dawns on him that his actions cost his team the title.

Dan Oketch to install Barcelona model at Gor Mahia

Dan Oketch with fans
Dan Oketch with fans

Dan Oketch, an aspirant for the Charman position at Kogalo, is promising to revolutionize the financial situation at Gor Mahia
Courtest of the Nation

An aspirant for Gor Mahia’s chairmanship in elections slated for December 11, has promised to institute far reaching changes that will be beneficial to the club in the event that he wins.

Dan Oketch, has said that part of the measures would be to transform Gor Mahia to adopt the FC Barcelona model.

In an interview with Nation Sport, Oketch who has heightened his campaign in the wake of a fundraiser dinner at a city hotel at the weekend that targeted corporates and business community said: “I have a good grasp of what is required to move Gor Mahia from the relative success we have enjoyed locally to a state of significance within the football fraternity in the continent. Our ultimate goal is to conquer Africa on the football front.”

“Our club has goodwill and fan base which is unmatched in the region. We have a ready market. Gor Mahia is a goldmine which is ready to explode. This is a virgin enterprise that can grow if well-handled but lack of visionary leaders, lack of accountability, poor handling of gate collection has affected the club. I want to change and turn the club to a business oriented club in the model of Barcelona with passionate fan base,” he said.

Oketch also said that he will ensure the club has its own stadium that will give them 100 per cent control over match day revenue, stadium naming rights, pitch side branding and hiring out the facility to other users to generate revenue and also set up different levels of youth structures beginning with the under-15 side.

Oketch will face off with incumbent Ambrose Rachier and former club secretary general Chris Omondi in the elections.

Gor Mahia floor Muhoroni 2-0

Gor Mahia continued to keep the heat on Tusker when they beat Muhoroni Youth 2-0 at Moi stadium Kisumu on Saturday. The goals were scored by the Rwandese duo of Meddie Kagere and Jacques Tuyisenge..

Gor Mahia came into the match looking determined and dominating proceedings from the beginning. The first goal came in the 9th minute: Francis Kahata sent a cross. Meddie Kagere met it with a header right to Jacque Tuyisenge who scored.

Muhoroni now coached by former Gor Mahia ace Tom Juma, now started to get into the game. Benjamin Mosha was presented with a glorious opportunity when a cross found him unmarked in the six yard box. But he fluffed the chance.

Kagere would then double the lead in the 30th minute after picking a pass from Jacque Tuyisenge.

The second half was no different. Gor Mahia dictated the terms and showed by attacking intent. Francis Kahata, Tuyisenge and Kagere left the Muhoroni defence working overtime. In the 80th minute, Kagere played a neat one two with Kahata before sending a pass to Tuyisenge who was only a second late thus allowing Muhoroni to clear their lines.

With Gor Mahia now one point behind Tusker, they will be hoping that Tusker drop a point against AFC tomorrow. If they do then the last match of the season against Tusker will decide who wins the league.


Gor Mahia:
Bonface Oluoch, Karim Nizigiyamana, Musa Mohammed, Harun Shakava, Eric Ouma, Collins Okoth, Francis Kahata(Amos Nondi), George Odhiambo(Jacob Keli), Godfrey Walusimbi, Meddie Kagere, Jacques Tuyisenge

Unused Subs: Jerrim Onyango, Luke Ochieng, Abouba Sibomana, Anthony Mbugua, Enock Agwanda

Muhoroni :
Faruk Shikhalo, Yusuf Mohammed, Mike Simiyu, Paul Muchika, Kelvin Omondi, Paul Mboya, Benjamin Mosha(Victor Omune), James Ogada, Lwamba Bebeto, Francis Ochola(Calvin Omanga), Samuel Ndungu

Unused Subs: : Timothy Igweta, Wycliffe Nyangechi, Daniel Otieno, Kennedy Rono, Abdalla Hamisi

Gor Mahia take on Muhoroni Youth

Gor Mahia will meet Muhoroni Youth on Saturday at Moi stadium Kisumu. It is the 29th match of the season. Anything besides a win will automatically hand Tusker the 2016 KPL title. A win will keep the heat on Tusker.

Gor Mahia has had a good record against Muhoroni Youth especially at Kisumu. Most notably in 2014 when Kogalo beat Muhoroni 3-0 with goals from Shaban Kenga, Geoffrey Kizito and Eric Ochieng. In 2015 Gor Mahia won with a similar score. In the first leg of the 2016 league, Gor Mahia won 2-0. However Muhoroni turned the tables last month when they beat Gor Mahia in the KPL top 8 final.

Missing from the line-up will be Collins Okoth who is sick.

“Okoth has not trained because he has been down with Malaria. But I cannot rule him out, we will assess him before the game to see if he can feature. Wendo has started light training and we will wait and see if he will feature” said team manager Jolawi Obondo to futaa.com

Also doubtful due to injury are George Odhiambo and Ernest Wendo.

The match will kickoff on Saturday at 2pm

Aspirants accuse Rachier of rigging

Aspirants for various positions at the December 11 club elections have accused Chairman Ambrose Rachier of creating barriers to entry to ensure that he is re-elected

According to Citizen Sports, the incumbent Executive Committee hired overseas based IFEOS to carry out the registration and aspirants claim the firm has been compromised.

““The spirit of justice and fairness has been defeated by the interference from the Executive Committee led by Rachier. How will IFEOS operate independently yet their selection was done in secret?” Dan Oketch an aspirant for the Chairmanship asked.

The aspirants also accused the current office bearers of violating the club Constitution by hiking the registration fee.

“What were the criteria behind raising it from the Ksh100 to 500? Who ratified this increase, given the club has not held an Annual General Meeting for two years? We want to know the system put in place, if any, to ensure the so called online registration is not abused and only credible Gor fans participate in the process,” continued Oketch.

Chris Omondi, also an aspirant for the Chairmanship, accused the club of not taking steps taken to create awareness and educate  fans on the new online registration warning the more stakeholders are locked out of the exercise, the election will be compromised and defeat its purpose.

“We demand the office to engage aspirants and members in the appointment of an independent Electoral Board which must be involved right from voter registration to election in consultation with all stakeholders,” said Omondi to Citizen sports.

Gor Mahia misses CAF deadline

Gor Mahia could miss next season’s continental assignments even if they qualify after having missed CAF deadlines for licensing.

Additional reporting from the Standard

Gor Mahia risk missing out on continental football next season, should they win this year’s Kenyan Premier League.

K’Ogalo failed to meet the October 31, 2016 deadline set by CAF for club licensing.

Only two clubs, Tusker and Ulinzi Stars, have met the deadline, with Ulinzi being granted a provisional license.

Football Kenya Federation Communications Manager Barry Otieno said Gor Mahia have not adhered to the requirements for club licensing.

“There is a risk that should Gor Mahia win the Kenyan Premier League, they may not take part in the Champions League because they have not complied with the requirements for club licensing.

“There is a lot they have not done towards compliance. However, it is up to the compliance committee to decide whether the club is doing enough,” he said.

Otieno said other clubs have until December 31 to comply for them to take part in the KPL next season.

Contacted, Gor Mahia acting Secretary General Ronald Ngala said they are taking steps to comply.
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“Compliance is a process and we are working towards it. We are facing some challenges especially in having a new constitution and we hope to work on it and submit soon,” he said.

Before complying with the requirements for club licensing, Gor Mahia must also comply with the Sports Act. Past efforts to pass a new constitution have failed after members failed to agree on the modalities. It is not clear when the process will resume.

In a related development, Ulinzi Stars have been granted a three-month provisional club licensing certificate.

The license was issued last week and allows Ulinzi to meet the deadline for both next year’s CAF Championships and KPL.

“Following Ulinzi Stars FC’s commitment in complying with the club licensing system and a recommendation from the FKF Club licensing Committee, the club has been issued with a Provisional license number L-FKF 2017- 0002 valid until January 31, 2017,” said FKF CEO Robert Muthomi.

“The certificate confirms partial fulfilment of all mandatory minimum requirements with condition that Ulinzi Stars FC strive to get an Interim Certificate of Registration from the Sports Registrar,” added the CEO.

Meanwhile, more than 10 aspirants for the December 11 Gor Mahia elections have taken issue with the independence of the election process.

Former Secretary General Chris Omondi, who is contesting for the chairman’s post, questioned the move to increase registration fees from Sh100 to Sh500.

“The charges are illegal since they were not passed at a general meeting,” he said.