The Gor Mahia youth team that is currently playing in a lower tier league has been facing acute financial difficulties. The team was founded by the Gor Mahia fans foundation. But starting in 2016, the club assumed control.
In 2016, the club was often late in disbursing funds. Today in 2017, the club has basically stopped funding the club which is now dependent on the goodwill of certain fans who have been contributing their hard earned money on a weekly basis.
Enter Nairobi gubernatorial candidate Mike Mbuvi ‘Sonko’ who has offered their youth team a sponsorship package which will push them until the end of the season.
Secretary general Ben Omondi and Organizing secretary Judith Nyangi both confirmed that Sonko would be funding the team and also paying for an ambulance at each match.
Gor Mahia is one of the teams that has been selected by the government to play in a series of friendly matches to commemorate Madaraka day. On June 1, they will contest Madaraka Day Cup against Nyeri Combined, a team composed of best players from Central region.
Sports ministry said the two sides have been picked by the Government to vie for the Cup in order to promote national cohesion among the youth during this electioneering period.
“The sides are a representative of most volatile regions in Kenya politically, it is on this premise that the Government has brought in the two in order to promote peace and harmony as we head towards elections,” Carolyne Kariuki, Principal Sports Officer, State Department of Sports, said to the Standard.
Kariuki urged communities in Nyeri to come out in large numbers to watch this historic match, which will also act as a talent search for other teams in the region.
CEO Lordvick Aduda says the players will use friendlies to maintain their fitness during the FIFA break.
“As you know the Fifa calendar is just around the corner and Gor Mahia has ten players, who have earned call ups in their national teams. The players will use the Madaraka Day Cup as their last major outing before they link up with their respective national teams,” said Aduda.
Previous tours by Gor Mahia to this region have been successful with large crowds turning out to watch. For Kogalo it is an opportunity to expand their fan base. A forward thinking EC would use this opportunity to appeal to impressionable youngstars in primary school so as to build a future fan base but also use this opportunity to sell club merchandise.
Ndirangu to use Sportpesa cup as a springboard
After the Madaraka day friendly, Gor Mahia will leave for Tanzania where they will play in the inaugural Sportpesa cup. Several players who are on international duty will be missing the squad. This offers an opportunity for players like John “Softie” Ndirangu who is determined to seize the opportunity.
“The tournament comes at an opportune moment for me. I have not had a lot of play time as I’d wish at Gor but I remain committed to the team’s targets and when I get my chance I will use it. ” he said to sportpesa news.
Ndirangu who first came to prominence as a Nakuru All Stars player, is determined to fight for a first team place at Kogalo.
“I will not tire from fighting for my place. The coaches have been encouraging and I can look to the future with hope,” he continued.
For the second succesive weekend, Gor Mahia were held to a 1-1 draw. This time it was Posta Rangers who are coached by former Gor Mahia player and coach Sammy Omollo “Pamzo”.
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Rwandese striker Jacques Tuyisenge came off the bench to spare K`Ogalo`s blushes with a well driven shot in the 78minute to turn the game on its head and inject life to the Green Army who had endured frustrating spells.
Veteran Dennis Mukaisi had put the Sammy “Pamzo” Omollo coached mailmen ahead at the hour mark when he lovely chested a cross in the box before slamming past a helpless Boniface Oluoch in Gor Mahia`s goal. The first half had otherwise been a dull affair with neither side having the cutting edge infront of goal but the game sprung to life with 30 minutes left on the clock.
The first real chance of the game fell on Rangers` Joseph Mbugi but he fired awfullly wide after 16 minutes when he should have done much better. Mukaisi came prodding again midway through the first half but fluffed a glorious chance after breaking away from the watch of Musa Mohammed only to fumble with goal on sight.
Missed chances and lethargy made both sets of coaches ring changes with Omollo bringing in Simon Mbugua for Gerald Obwoge while Gor Mahia`s Ze Maria summoned the fresh legs of Tuyisenge, Francis Kahata and Oliver Maloba. The outcome leaves K`Ogalo on 27points from 13 games while Rangers are on 24.
Posta Rangers: Patrick Matasi (GK), Hashim Mukhwana, Luke Ochieng’, Donald Owiti, Collins Omondi, Jerry Santo, Joseph Mbugi, Geoffrey Kataka, Titus Achesa, Jared Obwoge, Dennis Mukaisi.
Subs: Farouk Shikhalo (GK), Simon Mbugua, Simon Ogutu, Eric Kibiru, Joseph Kuria, Gerson Likono, Joseph Nyagah.
Gor Mahia: 29. Bonface Oluoch, 3. Karim Nizigiyimana, 4. Ochieng’ Wellington 5. Musa Mohammed (Cpt), 12. Joash Onyango, 20. Ernest Wendo, 11. Amos Nondi, 10. Kenneth Muguna, 17. Timothy Otieno, 22. Meddie Kagere, 2. Walusimbi Godfrey.
Subs: 16. Shaban Odhoji -GK, 30. Philemon Otieno, 9. Jacques Tuyisenge, 27. Antony Mbugua, 8. Francis Kahata, 21. John Ndirangu, 28. Oliver Maloba.
Gor Mahia are among four Kenyan teams that have been invited to the inaugural Sportpesa Super cup
Online betting firm SportPesa has splashed approximately Sh6 million for the tournament tournament that will be held at the 23,000-seater Uhuru Stadium, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania from June 5-11.
The eight-team tournament will involve Kenyan, Tanzania and Zanzibar teams.
The eight are : Gor Mahia, AFC Leopards, champions Tusker and Nakuru All Stars will be the from Kenya.
Young African and Simba SC, and newly promoted Singida United from Tanzania and Zanzibar champions Jang’ombe Boys joining the fray.
Winners take home Ksh 2 million. Losing finalists bag Sh1 million while teams that fall at the semi-finals will pocket Sh500,000 each with those exiting the competition at the quarterfinal stage getting Sh250,000.
Speaking during the launch on Wednesday in Nairobi, SportPesa Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ronald Karauri said the tournament is part of the company’s ongoing football development initiatives in the region.
Sportpesa CEO Ronald Karauri says the tournament is part of Sportpesa’s plan to develop football in the region.
“For decades since the Gossage Cup was started in 1926, Kenyan and Tanzanian teams have been involved in classic football battles that have excited and captured the imaginations of their supporters at home and across Africa. SportPesa realised the need to bring back the glory days of these clubs by launching this tournament that will be held annually with Kenya hosting the second edition,” he said to the Nation.
The tourney winners will play English Premier league side Everton. Sportpesa are the new short sponsors for Everton.
CECAFA chairman Nicholas Musonye is unhappy with Sportpesa over the new tournament.
“We asked SportPesa to sponsor the two tournaments but they rejected. I am surprised that they are now sponsoring same factions that have been sabotaging Cecafa. They said they have no money but they are now running such a tournament,” a charged Musonye said to the Nation.
Of late , CECAFA has struggled to find hosts for either the senior challenge cup or the club cup. Both have been canceled in 2016 and likely will not be held in 2017.
According to a report on goal.com, Gor Mahia have been trying to extend Francis Kahata’s contract. But the skilfull midfielder is thus far not interested in renewing his contract.
“He is our player for now, but his contract is running out. We have engaged him twice in negotiations because we feel we still need him, but it has not been successful. We will give him time to reconsider his decision but the ball is in his court,” said Kogalo CEO Lordvick Aduda to goal.com
Kahata has not been able to regularly command a first team place which is largely causing his discomfort at the club.
Gor Mahia coach Ze Maria thinks a combination of bad luck and poor refereeing cost Gor Mahia two points against Thka United on Sunday.
“We created many chances and should have won the match in the first half, but the strikers were not lucky (drew 1-1 with Thika United). I also feel that the referee should have added more than just five minutes at the end of regular time. Thika were always on the ground during the second half. They didn’t play at all, just wasting time. I think we played only 35 minutes in the second half.” he said to the KPL website.
In a post match interview, Ze Maria had indicated that he thinks small teams play their best and put in their best effort against Gor Mahia. But the Brazilian tactician is yet to come up with a formula to avoid losing points against bottom feeder clubs. This season, Kogalo have lost to Western Stima, Mathare United and almost lost to bottom side Thika United.
Gor Mahia to play Rangers at Afraha
This Sunday’s league match against Posta Rangers will be played at Afraha stadium. Posta Rangers initially indicated that the match would be played at Nyayo but they have been turned down by Nyayo stadium management.
Was Timothy Otieno punched by Muyoti
Thika United coach Nicholas Muyoti is denying allegations that he punched Timothy Otieno. The Gor Mahia striker accused Muyoti of punching him during the melee that involved players from both teams.
“I even do not know where that came from. In my capacity as a coach, there are things I definitely cannot do. I have been a player for long and the experience plus my reputation cannot allow me to do such.
“When that incident happened, we went to solve it, not to fuel it and I wonder why he is raising such against me, but I think it is because of the pressure,” said Muyoti to goal.com
Gor Mahia’s march in the 2017 Kenya Premier league was slowed down when they were held by Thika United 1-1 at Nyayo stadium on Sunday. An 83rd minute free-kick by Godfrey Walusimbi salvaged a point for Kogalo after Thika United had taken an early lead and Timothy Otieno missed a penalty.
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NAIROBI, Kenya, May 21 – Substitute Godfrey Walusimbi saved Kenyan Premier League leaders Gor Mahia the blushes after netting a late equalizer as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Thika United at the Nayo National Stadium on Sunday.
Mwinyi Kibwana had given Thika United the lead in the 28th minute, but Timothy Otieno had a chance to level matters if he had not missed a 68th minute penalty that was saved by Eliud Emase.
The result saw Gor maintain their lead at the summit on 26 points, two ahead of Ulinzi Stars who climbed second after ending Posta Rangers’ unbeaten run as the league approaches the midseason break.
Playing at the Nyayo Stadium for the first time since beating rivals AFC Leopards 3-0, Gor drew the first blood after seven minutes of play but Meddie Kagere squandered the chance before Otieno saw his shot blocked for a fruitless corner.
K’Ogalo were at it again four minutes later with Kagere seeking to make amends but his effort was saved the Emase.
On the other end, Thika found the back of the net in their first chance when Kibwana raced the left flank beating two defenders before finishing past an empty net.
Gor head coach Jose ‘Ze Maria’ Marcelo Fereirra made three changes at the restart with Francis Kahata, Meddie Kagere, Jean Baptiste giving way to Jacques Tuyisenge, Anthony Mbugua and Godfrey Walusimbi respectively.
Saad Musa wasted a glorious chance after Kibwana had done the donkey to tee him up, only for Musa to shoot directly at goal.
Gor Mahia head coach Jose ‘Ze Maria’ Ferreira giving instructions during their game against Thika United at Nyayo National Stadium.PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya
The second half went Gor’s way with the record 15-times champions awarded the penalty in the 66th minute when Tuyisenge was hacked down.
The Rwandese international was unable to step up and convert the spot kick as he was taken off the field for treatment and Otieno stepped up only to see his kick saved by Emase.
K’Ogalo pilled pressure and it finally paid off when Walusimbi curled in a freekick that beat Emase and put his side back into the game. However, the match was temporarily stopped for five minutes after players from both side protested a decision from the center referee.
This is after Wellington Ochieng pushed Sammy Mejja to see both players receive yellow card just before Gor custodian Boniface Oluoch produced a crucial save to deny Mwinyi who had gone past the entire defense.
After three successive wins, including a 3-0 win over arch rivals AFC Leopards, Gor Mahia will bring their high flying act back to Nyayo stadium as they take on Thika United. Though confidence is running high in the Kogalo camp, coach Ze Maria will not let the team become overconfident.
“Yes, confidence is good on my players, they have self belief which is important at this stage. We have quality in the team and being on top of the table is good, however, we are not getting over confident because it might work against us in the long run. The best thing to do right now is take one match at a time and ensure we get good result.” he said to goal.com
With the match being played at Nyayo stadium, whose playing surface has improved, Kogalo are certain to put their best foot forward. And the players will be rested after going a week without playing.
“Now we have a week before our next match and I think this will be enough time for us to recharge as we work towards another victory.” said Ze Maria.
Last season, Gor Mahia recoded excellent results against Thika United, by winning the first and second legs 2-1. This season, Thika under former Harambee stars ace , Nicholas Muyoti, are struggling and staring at relegation. They are currently at the bottom of the league table.
A report on Kenyanstar.co.ke suggests that Sportpesa are reviewing their sponsorships with a view towards reducing or eliminating them. The reasons given are the 50% tax levied by the government and the fact that KPL is no longer televised.
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AFC Leopards and Gor Mahia sponsorships are at risk following reports that their shirt sponsor Sportpesa plans to review their engagement with the two sides among them a possible termination of their sponsorships.Kenyanstar has learnt that betting giants will reduce or withdraw their sponsorship with AFC Leopards and Gor Mahia if the government goes ahead to implement the 50% tax regulation.During the 2017/18 budget presentation in March, the government proposed a sharp hike in taxation on betting, lottery and gambling from the current 7.5% to 50%. Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards, two of the biggest clubs in Kenya, are now at risk of losing sponsors which might lead to very many problems including lack of payment of player wages, lack of transport and training facilities, losing players to other clubs among other things.
SportPesa has been sponsoring the two teams since 2016 and prior to that sponsorship, both clubs had no sponsors and were enduring a lot of difficulties.
SportPesa have in the past shown seriousness in their words, having suspended its sponsorship of Gor Mahia aqnd AFC Leopards in mid-last year due to hooliganism. After some time, they re-instated the sponsorship deals following a reduction in the vice.
Other sports bodies at risk include KPL and Rugby Union.