The Kenya Premier League U20 starts this week. Gor Mahia will kick off their campaign against Posta Rangers on Sunday December 17. According to goal.com, the match will be played at Camp Toyoyo starting at 10:15 am. The Gor Mahia juniors are in group B along with Posta Rangers, Western Stima and Ulinzi Stars.
Defending champions Mathare United,who are pooled in group A will play their first match against Muhoroni Youth at the same venue (as from 8:00am) before Chemelil Sugar- Sony Sugar and Western Stima-Ulinzi Stars matches in the afternoon.
AFC Leopards will play Tusker on the second day (Sunday, December 18) at the same venue as from 10:15am just after the match pitting Ushuru FC against Nairobi City Stars. Bandari FC will then welcome Spofapaka ahead of Kakamega Homeboyz-Thika United match.
In the August edition of the tournament, Kogalo Youth reached the final before losing to Mathare Youth in the final.
This is the first assignment of the newly elected Gor Mahia officials. In the recent past, there has been a tug of war between the club EC and the fans foundation which formed the youth team.
The dust has finally settled on the much awaited Gor Mahia elections. The event happened without a hitch or without any altercations or violence. Those who lost gracefully accepted the results and those who won vowed to work together for the betterment of the club.
“We must admit the elections met the threshold of a free and fair elections. We didn’t witness any acts of violence. The counting process was also interactive and democratic” said Owiye, shortly after announcing the winners.
The registered voters were 3,002, but only 982 turned up for the exercise, which saw Francis Wasuna elected unopposed as the club’s senior vice chairman.
Gor Mahia elections board led by Chairman Patrick Lumumba Adera and vice chairman Mohammed Ibrahim Papa applauded the club members for observing discipline during the exercise.
“Today, we saw the true face of democracy. We can avoid violence if we have credible elections. What we have shown is that we can do better, if we put our hearts and mind to it. For those have lost, join the winners,” said Papa.
Chairman Rachier for his part says he was confident of victory.
“I was extremely confident of victory because of the records I posted at Gor Mahia, including winning numerous silverware and that is one thing, which will remain at K’Ogalo. he said to the Standard.
Rachier also said that he will work with all those who were elected.
“I had no line up and will work with those elected by members of the club. My first duty will be to reunite all K’Ogalo fans and candidates. I know there are some divisions, but I intend to work closely with those who contested against me.” said Rachier.
The much anticipated new constitution is another item on the Chairman’s agenda
“My second task with my new committee will be to deal with our club’s constitution so that we can be compliant with the Sports Act. We have deadline of June 16, 2017 to be compliant with new guidelines for club licensing. We also hope the case filed in court, which will be mentioned on Tuesday (today), will be withdrawn” he said.
Creating a new constitution would mean streamlining the club and would neccesitate ridding the club of many of the current positions includinhg secretary general.
Among those who gracefully accepted defeated was Joseph Ogidi, a former musician of the GidiGidi MajiMaji fame.
“Thank you so much to the Kogalo fan base for the support. We live to fight another day. Congratulations to the new Secretary General Ben Omondi and to my worthy opponent Sam Ochola. Let’s now work together to transform Gor Mahia. God bless” said Ogidi on his social media pages.
Ben Omondi Thanks fans
Newly elected Secretary General Ben Omondi for his part thanked fans for engaging in a peaceful process and for accepting his vision for the club.
“I wish to take this opportunity to thank the entire Gor Mahia fraternity for a peaceful electoral process. I appreciate the enormous work done through my secretariat headed by Eng. Dan Opata (Jasoda), Betty Opondo, Gilbert Otiende and Joshua Amayo.
“I am indeed honored and thankful to all the voters, who believed in my vision and agenda for the club and voted me as the next Secretary General of Gor Mahia Football club. I will strive and endeavor to work closely with all the elected officials towards the realization of our goals and dreams as a Club.” he said to goal.com
Omondi now says he is committed to doing his part to strengthen the club
“It’s now down to business and building a stronger united and prosperous Gor Mahia. I commit to run a foot ball club that you will all be proud of supporting. ” continued Omondi.
The Gor Mahia election board has released the full list of 26 aspirants. Faiz Ochieng Magak who was voted out last time, is attempting to make a comeback to the 1st Vice Chair Position. Former musician Joseph Ogidi, of the Gidi Gidi Maji Maji fame, is trying to be the club secretary general.
Long serving club official, Ronald Ngala is confident of beating his opponent Reuben Ojijo.
“I do not know him that well so I cannot say what I have that makes me have an edge over him but I am positive of defending my seat. There are things that I would also love to change once I am re-elected. I want to make Gor Mahia better far much better than the way it is at the moment, that’s what we are working on, we just want to improve from what we have done. There are a few areas where we did not accomplish and we want to improve on”, he said to futaa.com.
Gor Mahia Chairman Ambrose Rachier has announced that despite being busy with the elections and campaigns, his committee is busy pursuing transfer targets.
“We are very busy in the transfer period and have already identified seven players to sign. They are purely from Kenya and in all departments as suggested by our coach. I cannot give out names as early as this because we are not done with the paperwork.” he said to goal.com
Players like Kenneth Muguna of Western Stima and Shafiq Butambuze of Tusker are among those rumoured to be on Kogalo’s radar.
Another rumoured transfer target is Burundian Didier Kavumbagu.
“I am excited about the possibility of playing in Kenya, especially after winning several trophies in Tanzania and Burundi. There has been contact from a couple of clubs over there and it flatters to be linked with KOgalo. I could help them retain the league title,” Kavumbagu told Nairobi news
Kavumbagu who is 28, has played for the Burundi national team. At club level he played for Young Africans and most recently for Azam.
Eric Johana is perhaps the hottest commodity available during the 2016 KPL transfer season. His contract with Mathare is ending soon and at least three club’s are said to be chasing his signature. According to the Daily Nation, AFC Leopards, Tusker and Gor Mahia are chasing his signature.
AFC appear to be in the lead. According to the Nation Ingwe have been negotiating with Johana after he was recommended by their new coach Stewart Hall. According to the Nation, Ingwe have been negotiating with Johana for the past two weeks.
Johana was named KPL midfielder of the year in 2015. Since then, he has been a mainstay in the national team. Against Congo-Brazzaville earlier this year, he scored a memorable goal that gave Kenya a 2-1 win in the last qualifier for the 2017 Africa Nations cup. He started his career playing for the Mathare U19 side in 2013 and was promoted to the senior team in 2014. His national team debut was against Ethiopia in 2015. He attended trials with Swedish side AIK in July of 2016
The electoral board that will oversee the December 11 elections has been named.
Information courtesy of the Standard
Gor Mahia has appointed Patrick Lumumba Adera, an Assistant Inspector General of Police to head its new electoral board.
With only a week to club elections, Ambrose Rachier (pictured), the Gor chairman announced that following the resignation of retired Justice Nicholas Ombija and two other members of the electoral board, there was need to reconstitute the a new body.
Ombija and two other memebrs of the board resigned after there were concerns from all sides about handling of the whole voters verification proces and claims of threats directed to the board memebrs.
Through a press release to newsrooms, Rachier stated that the move was to guarantee a credible and peaceful electoral process within the club.
“Mr. Lumumba, who will chair the board, is an Assistant Inspector General of Police and a respectable police officer who brings with him a wealth of experience in security management and public office administration,” the letter read in part.
At the same time, Rachier confirmed exclusively to FeverPitch that the Kenya Police Service was already investigating allegations of threat to Ombija and his team.
“As an advocate of the High Court of Kenya, I am determined to up hold the rule of law and at the same time ensure that club affairs remain above board,” said Rachier.
The new Electoral Board 1. Chairman – Patrick Lumumba Adera 2. Vice Chairman – Ahmed Ibrahim 3. Secretary – Kennedy Mbara 4. Treasurer – Gichu Wahome.
Amos Nondi is the only player affiliated with Gor Mahia who was named to the Kenya U20 team that is preparing for friendly matches against Cameroon. Nondi is a member of the senior squad and is the only player who has transitioned successfully from the Gor Mahia U19 squad to the senior squad. None of the current Gor Mahia U19 players made the national team.
Other prominent players named include Ovella Ochieng of Kariobangi Sharks who played for the Harambee stars senior team against Guinea Bissau. There are players from Kenyan Premier League junior sides including AFC Leopards’ Edwin Mukolwe, Anthony Wambani of Bandari, Jaffery Owiti from Chemelil Sugar and Thika United defender Collins Odhiambo.
Three players from last year’s Secondary School Games football champions Passenga, and one each from former champions Kakamega High School and Laiser Hill also made the junior team. The player from Laiser Hill is Musa Masika, a younger brother to Belgium based Harambee Stars winger Ayub Timbe Masika.
Coach John Kamau said that the friendly matches will be part of Kenya’s early preparations to qualify for the 2022 World Cup.
“We want to play as many games as possible so that we can nurture these players ahead of the 2019 Africa Under-20 qualifiers as well as the World Cup. The first step was to identify good players whom we would work with and that is now done. We have a good squad and what remains now is to keep them engaged so that they can grow in their careers,” he said.
Gor Mahia has typically contributed more players to junior teams due to the tradition of giving young players a chance. Even more shocking however is that Mathare United, typically a bulwark of youth football has only one player. On the other hand, Thika United, a club known for giving young players opportunities, has contributed three players.
The Kenyan youngsters were kicked out of the 2017 CAF Under-20 competition for fielding five overage players during their first round of qualifiers against Sudan in April this year. And in this squad, there are already questions regarding the age of some of the players.
The Kenyan lads lost 3-1 to South Africa at the Tsakane Stadium in East Rand last Saturday in another friendly match.
Ahmed Musa (Bandari Youth), Edwin Mukolwe (AFC Leopards), George Ochieng (Gituru Secondary), Job Ochieng (Mathare Youth).
Collins Odhiambo (Thika United), Ezekiel Nyati (Passenga), Prince Boit (Ligi Ndogo), Maingi Muthoka (Kilifi), Baraka Badi (Thika United), Samuel Semo (Korogocho), David Owino (Laiser Hill), Bernard Ouma (Our lady of Fatuma), Anthony Wambani, John Njuguna (Passenga), Teddy Osok (Nairobi Stima), Vincent Wasambo (Kariobangi Sharks), Amos Nondi (Gor Mahia), John Macharia (Kariobangi Sharks), James Kinyanjui (Passenga), Abdallah Ahmed, Chris Owino (Annointed school), Samuel Murunga.
James Mazembe (Kakamega High School), Francis Kinyua (Thika Youth), Ovella Ocheing (Kariobangi Sharks), Masika Musa (Laiser Hill), Peter Kamau (Acakoro), Jaffery Owiti (Chemelil Sugar).
Gor Mahia defensive ace Eric Ouma “Marcelo” has been nominated for Kenya Premier League Player of the year.
The 20 year old Ouma who joined Kogalo in January has had a superb season and is definitely the newcomer of the year. He has shown the maturity of a player who has been in the league for several years. He is confident going forward, coordinates well with team-mates and is among the e best crossers in the league.
He is part of a for five-man list that includes the Tusker duo of Humphrey Mieno and goalkeeper David Okello, while Ulinzi Stars marksman, John Mark Makwatta, who won the 2016 Golden Boot after scoring 15 goals. Also in the list is Kenneth Muguna, the tireless Western Stima midfielder.
Michael Olunga scooped the MVP award last year after an incredible campaign with Gor Mahia as the club marched to an unprecedented 15th league title without tasting defeat.
The awards gala will be held on December 14 at the Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi.
Western Stima warns Gor Mahia off Muguna
Gor Mahia coach Ze Maria has expressed an interest in signing youthful Western Stima midfielder Kenneth Muguna.
“Yes, we are looking forward to having Muguna in our team for next season. He is a quality player, who knows what to do on the pitch and one amazing thing is his work rate. He is one of the players we are targeting and hopefully he will be with us,” revealed a source within the team,” the source told Goal.
“He (Muguna) is one of our targets for next year because we definitely do not want to go home empty handed again like it was the case in 2016.” said Ze Maria
However Western Stima have indicated that they are not keen to offload Muguna