Archives - January, 2017



17 Jan 17

Jerry with the Liberian Dirkir Glay

Outgoing Gor Mahia skipper Jerim Onyango who has now officially announced his retirement from football, has expressed his gratitude to the club and its fans.

“It’s been a great honour to be part of one of the greatest clubs in Kenya (Gor Mahia) for nine years. As l hang my gloves, my sincere appreciation goes to the club as a whole for giving me that chance to offer my services,” he said on the club’s site.

Jerry who was largely responsible for enabling Gor Mahia beat US Bitam of Gabon in 2014 when he saved four penalties in one game,  expressed disappointment that the team did not accomplish much continentally but was proud of what he accomplished domestically.

“We may have not achieved much at continental level but locally, I am proud of a club l served with all my heart. Although we had some of the toughest times, we had good moments where we delivered as expected and achieved as a team hence was worth a clap” he continued.

He has the distinction of being the longest serving player of this millenium.

“My appreciation goes to the club for believing in me and allowing me to play for such a long time thank you so much. To our fans, you are great, your massive support all through the seasons was a major element in our achievements. ”

Having been voted three times as captain, Jerry was seen as a natural leader of men and was one of the most disciplined players.

“To my team mates, thanks for teamwork, the good working relationship, dedication, focus and discipline helped us deliver and l urge you to keep the fire burning.” he finished


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17 Jan 17

The Kogalo foreign legion that was left behind finally joined the rest of the squad. The team held a training session on Monday from 8pm to 10 pm. The match against Al Hilal has been moved to Wednesday 18 January.

All images courtesy of Judith Nyangi

 

Kahata

Meddie Kagere

 

Sandro Fantoni

 

 

 

 

“Softie” Ndirangu

Judith Nyangi


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16 Jan 17

Following their visit to Sudan, Gor Mahia will return home then travel to Uganda to play rising Ugandan side Onduparaka. The friendly against Al Hilal is set for Tuesday. According to goal.com, they will play Ondurapaka on February 2.

Onduparaka FC was formed in 2011 by a group of students who had just completed university. The team is based in Arua in Northwestern Uganda where they have a fanatical following. Onduparaka literally meaning ‘Sorghum stalks’ was taken from a village in

Their rise in Ugandan football has been lightning fast, going from the 5th tier and promoted to the Ugandan top tier in 2016. They are currently third in the standings.

Last year Kogalo were due to visit Uganda to play Sports club Villa but the tour was canceled.

Eric Johanna off to Sweden

Reports suggest that Eric Johanna, who has been the biggest transfer target for Gor Mahia, is off to Sweden where he will join Vasalund IF. Johanna had trials at the team last year. Vasalund IF plays in the Division 1 Norra which is Sweden’s third tier league behind the Allsvenskan and the second tier Superettan. Compatriot Olunga plays in the Allsvenskan for Djurgårdens IF.

According to Citizen Sports, Johanna will report to the Swedish side on January 23.

Meanwhile Eric Ouma has thanked Gor Mahia for helping him showcase his talent to European scouts.

“I say a big thank you to my fans in Kenya for the amazing support both at club and national team level. I say thank you to the Gor family for giving me the platform to showcase my ability and for my invaluable nurturing.” said Ouma in an interview on Citizen Radio


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15 Jan 17

Images courtesy of Judith Nyangi

Collins Okoth Gattuso[/caption]

Francis Kahata

Musa Mohamed

Amos Nondi

Judith Nyangi

Kahata, Wendo, Odhoji

Timothy Otieno


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15 Jan 17


Jerim Onyango’s career at Gor Mahia appears to have come to and end. And it has been an illustrious career. Jerry “Jagoal” as he is popularly known, played for Gor Mahia for nine seasons (2008 to 2016).

He joined Gor Mahia from KRA in 2008 just when Gor Mahia started its recovery path from the doldrums. He immediately found his way into the starting line-up, taking the place of Jacktone Odhiambo who left to join Ulinzi.  Odhiambo had been a reliable custodian, but Jerim proved a better option. He had early success, helping Kogalo win the FKF cup in 2008
He would immediately establish himself as one of the top goalkeepers in the country. With Jerim between the posts, Gor Mahia improved from 8th place in 2008 to 5th place in 2009 before coming close to winning the league in 2010 and again in 2012. His first national team call up came in 2011. When the previous long serving captain Julius Owino left the club, Jerim was the natural choice to become captain due to his leadership abilities. Indeed he was voted captain by his team-mates for three years in a row.

When Kogalo finally won the league in 2013 after an 18 year hiatus, it was largely because they conceded only 15 goals, which was seven better than the next closest team. And Jerim was the focal point of Gor Mahia’s stingy defence with incredible save after incredible save. Indeed 2013 was his best year. It was the year he was voted KPL goalkeeper of the year and was the first choice goalkeeper for Harambee stars. So good was Jerim that he received overtures from arch rivals AFC Leopards who offered him a contract.

His only drawback among fans was his inability to save penalties. He would put those doubts to rest in dramatic fashion in January of 2014 in the opening round of the Africa champions league against US Bitam of Gabon. On that day Jerim saved two penalties in the run of play and two more penalties in the ensuing penalty shootout to steer Kogalo into the next round.

Jerim was the first choice goalkeeper throughout 2014. Though he lost his starting position in 2015, Jerim was still captain and the most dedicated player on the squad, encouraging players from the bench and in training while maintaining a positive attitude even when he was not getting playing time.

Having played for Gor Mahia for nine seasons, Jerim is probably the longest serving player the club has had in the new millenium. Players today rarely stay at the top for that long. The club record for most years is likely held by George Otieno “Solo” who stayed for 13 years. So Jerim is among the longest serving players. And he did so with distinction, dedication, discipline and excellence while providing good leadership.

He will now pursue a career in politics. In 2017, Jerim will run for Member of County Assembly(MCA) in his home area of Ugunja in Ugenya constituency. He has been doing the groundwork for the past several years by holding the Jerry Jagoal tournament every year. He deserves the support of Kenya football fans as a thank you for years of dedicated service. The sport of football will benefit from having people like Jerim in positions where the sport can benefit.

Jerim Onyango pictorial

As a student at Kamkunji secondary

 

Winning the KFF cup in his first season at the club

 

Swopping places with penalty specialist Ivo Mapunda

 

With governor Mutua, inspecting Machakos stadium before CECAFA 2013

 

 

After receiving KPL goalkeeper of the year 2013

 

One of the four penalties he saved against US Bitam

 

At the world cup in 2014 with Musa Mohamed and Kasaya

 

Arriving in Gabon 2014

A natural leader of men

 

Training in 2016

 

Mobbed by fans after retaining the league in 2014

 

Saying goodbye to coach Bobby Williamson in August 2014

 

Corallling an unruly fan at Awendo in 2014

 

With the Gor Mahia U19 team in 2015

 

At the funeral of Zablon Otieno “Pro”

With KPL trophy 2013

Training the youth

Jerry Jagoal tournament in Ugunja in 2016

 


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13 Jan 17

Hit man Enock Agwanda has apparently left the club. The burly striker, who joined from Sofapaka, has left the club after failing to agree on a deal.

“We had agreed on everything and all that was remaining was for the player to sign the contract, however, he stood up and just walked away saying he is going to read it. He left us seated and walked off, it was disrespectful to us. The NEC decided to release him, meaning he is no longer part of the Gor Mahia family,”  said Judith Nyangi to goal.com

It is not clear whether the technical bench including Ze Maria provided any input as to whether Agwanda should be signed.

Agwanda joined Kogalo in 2015. For the past two years he has mostly been deployed as a substitute.  Neverthless he scored six goals in 2016. The most notable one was the goal against arch rivals AFC that sealed a 2-0 win.

Agwanda has also contributed to goals via his long , well directed throw ins reminiscent of Tobias Ocholla.

He has had to play behind Kagere, Tuyisenge and Blackberry. And with Timothy Otieno returning, competition was bound to be more intense.

Bernard Ochieng deal falls through

Gor Mahia’s efforts to sign Bernard Ochieng have fallen through. The promising Vihiga United defender balked because he was concerned about becoming a bench warmer at Gor Mahia.

“We wanted to sign Ochieng’ (Bernard) but he was not free to join us. So we thought it would be wise if we stop the search for now until next time.” said Judith Nyangi to goal.com

Other news

Former Gor Mahia midfield enforcer Khalid Aucho has been released by South African side Baroka. Aucho left Gor Mahia for trials in Scotland in June of 2016 before proceeding to South Africa. Also released by Baroka is another Ugandan player, Geoffrey Massa.

South Africa has proven a tough nut to crack for many former Gor Mahia players like Kevin Omondi and Ali Abondo.

According to Kawowo sports, The South African league has been criticized by many foreigners especially Ugandans as one that favors the natives and gives outsiders little playing time

Aucho was included in the Uganda squad to the 2017 Africa Nations cup. Its his chance to showcase his skills and attract the attention of another high profile club.

 


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12 Jan 17

Gor Mahia are keenly pursuing central defender Bernard Ochieng who is currently tied to second tier side Vihiga United.  A club official from Vihiga United, Peter Atsiaya says that Gor Mahia have tabled an offer and the club is willing to consider it. However the player is hesitant to make the move as he may warm the bench like other signings have done at Kogalo.

“Gor Mahia are very keen on signing our defender Bernard Ochieng’. They have even tabled their offer but the deal might not easily go through because there are a number of things which have to be considered as well. Playing time is also very important for the players’ career,” said Atsiaya to goal.com

Ochieng has been one of the key cogs in the Vihiga United setup. He impressed not just Gor Mahia scouts, but also national team coach Stan Okumbi. As a result, Ochieng was called up to the national team in September for the friendly against Congo. Quite an achievement for a player in the second tier.

And Vihiga United could very well be promoted to the KPL this year if Nick Mwendwa has his way. The FKF chairman has demoted three teams from KPL for not complying with CAF licensing rules and is adamant that the KPL will have 18 teams in 2017. This means Vihiga could be promoted if Mwendwa has his way.

Another player Gor Mahia are pursuing is Mohamed Karim Macqbul. The lanky left back was impressive while playing in the Super 8 tournament for Jericho All Stars. According to Judith Nyangi, Gor Mahia are close to signing the player. Since Jericho All Stars are not affiliated with FKF, another team has come forward to demand development fees from Gor Mahia.

‘’It has come to our notice that Gor Mahia are keen on signing Mohammed Karim Makbul. Gunners Youth FC wish to state categorically that Makbul is duly signed with us and he has featured in the FKF SCBL. We have never released him either.” said Gunners Youth FC team manager Hussein Omar Marie according to futaa.com

Meanwhile Timothy Otieno, who is returning from a loan spell with Posta Rangers, is happy to be back at Gor Mahia and determined to fight for a place in the starting line-up, something he could not do under Frank Nuttall in 2015.

“It feels good to be back at Gor because this is a great club. I am happy with the decision to go out to Rangers last season because I have learnt a lot and improved in so many aspects. Though I suffered a long term injury at the beginning of the season, I managed to work hard to get into top form,” Otieno told Capital FM.

So far Coach Ze Maria is impressed with Otieno.

“He is a very good player and one who we need in this team. I told him from June that I wanted him back and I am happy he has decided to return. I am sure he will make a good addition and in training so far, he has shown he is hungry to play,” the tactician offered.

Otieno shrugged off requests from new Posta Rangers coach Sammy Omollo “Pamzo” to stay with Rangers.

 

 


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10 Jan 17

Last year Gor Mahia beat Al Hilal in Omdurman

Gor Mahia have named a 22 player squad that will leave on Friday and travel to Sudan to play Al Hilal

The squad includes most the new signings and apparently also includes striker Timothy Otieno who was on loan to Posta Rangers in 2016.

Teddy Osok, a defensive midfielder who was previously in the Gor Mahia U19 team is in the squad. He had been dropped from the U19 team but earned his way back after a stellar display at the KPL U20 tournament in which he gave Kogalo players a torrid time.

Rwanda international Jean Baptiste Mugiraneza, appears set to make his debut. Missing from this list is Jockins Atudo, the KPL defender of the year who had earlier been announced a signing. He is no longer in the official list of signings.

Playing Unit: 1. Boniface Oluoch, 2. Shaban Odhoji, 3. Wellington Ochieng, 4. Karim Nizigiyimana, 5. Harun Shakava, 6. Musa Mohammed, 7. Collins Okoth, 8. Amos Nondi, 9. Ernest Wendo, 10. Francis Kahata, 11. George Odhiambo, 12. Jacques Tuyisenge, 13. Meddie Kagere, 14. Jean Baptiste Mugiraneza, 15. Teddy Osok, 16. Kenneth Muguna, 17. Joash Onyango, 18. Timothy Otieno, 19. Philemon Otieno, 20. Mike Simiyu, 21. John Ndirangu, 22. Oliver Maloba.

Technical Bench: 23. Coach – Marcelo Fereira, 24. Assistant Coach – Marco Aurellio, 25. Team Manager – Jolawi Obondo, 26. Fitness Trainer – Sandro Fantino, 27. Team Physician – Fredrick Otieno, 28. Team Doctor – Patrick Opiyo.

The delegation will be led by EC members John Pesa and Judith Nyangi.

 

Other Transfer news

Gor Mahia are in talks with fast rising Mathare United midfielder Eric Johana

“We are due to meet Johanna on Thursday at 10am and from there we shall let you know the way forward. It is all over the media that we have signed Johanna but we are yet to reach a deal,” Jolawi Obondo confirmed to Citizen Digital.

The other teams who have been chasing Johana are arch rivals AFC Leopards and Tusker. Johana has been voted KPL midfielder of the year in 2015. He has made 11 appearances for the national team, acquitting himself well and most notably scoring the winning goal against Congo-Brazzaville.


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9 Jan 17

Gor Mahia left back Eric Ouma “Marcelo” is likely  headed to Europe. According to a report on futaa.com, Marcelo has been offered a contract by Kolketi, a team in the Georgian top tier known as the Umagalesi League. That league is divided into two groupps of seven. Kokleti are currently in fourth place in their group. The club is based in the town of Poti and plays their home games in the Fazisi stadium, a 6000 capacity facility.
The letter from the President of Kolketi reads as follows:

I undersign Mr. Teimuraz Barkaia President of the Kolkheti 1913 POTI from UMAGLESI LIGA in Gergia invite Mr. Otieno Eric Ouma D.O.B 07.09.1996, PPno:A2227435 Nationality KENYA.

To join our team in Georgia the date 10.01.2017. To play in our team for the new season 2017.

Our team take care for the accommodation, local transport and all insurance during the staying in the stay in our country.

We wait you very soon in our team.

Should Marcelo join this club, he will likely be the first Kenyan to play in Georgia. There are no other Africans in the Kolketi squad.


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8 Jan 17

Gor Mahia’s youthful defender Eric Ouma has come out and strongly denied rumours that he turned down a contract from Gor Mahia and insisted on another six month contract

Below is the statement that was posted in Marcelo’s social media pages

I wish to categorically state that rumours circulating around that I recently insisted for a further six months stay at Gor Mahia and in the process turning down a 3 year offer is misinformed.
Neither myself nor my Representatives have held OFFICIAL talks with the club as purported by a section of the media but I am fully aware that a meeting regarding the same is being scheduled to clear the air.
Fans have reacted and I feel their frustrations because its a normal occurrence anywhere in the world of football when such reports are filtered into the air more so as a result of misinformation.
I once again thank you for your continued support and may God bless you in your endeavors. Happy New Year.

Muguna signed

A report suggests that Gor Mahia have sealed a deal to sign KPL player of the year Kenneth Muguna.

“We have been following Muguna and we are happy we have got his signature. He will play a pivotal role in our 2017 campaign,” the official who sought anonymity told supersport.com.

The lanky Muguna shone brilliantly in the 2016 season playing for Western Stima. He had previously played for Palos of Kisumu. He was most notable for his tireless running and boundless energy. With Muguna and Mugiraneza in the defensive midfield area, Gor Mahia will be much stronger in the department which was weak last season.

Ze Maria Returns

Gor Mahia tactician Ze Maria has returned from his Christmas holiday. He spent the holiday first in Italy where he lives then in Brazil. Ze Maria landed at JKIA airport on Saturday.


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