Gor Mahia floor Nakumatt 2-0

Kagere and Timothy Otieno congratulate Blackberry after he scored a brilliant solo goal against Nakumatt
Gor Mahia returned to their winning ways after a 3-game domestic winless streak. On Sunday at Nyayo stadium they beat Nakumatt 2-0. The first goal was an own goal by Ambulwa. The second goal was by George Odhiambo Blackberry.

Additional Reporting from the Nation

Dylan Kerr’s tenure as Gor Mahia coach got off to a flying start on Sunday as the team beat Nakumatt 2-0 at the Nyayo National Stadium in a SportPesa Premier League match.

Eugene Ambulwa turned the ball in his own net just five minutes after kick off and George “BlackBerry” Odhiambo sealed the victory with a brilliant goal from solo effort at the death.

For the first time this season, reserve goalkeeper Peter Odhiambo was preferred to start between the sticks for Gor, and was deputised by Shabban Odhoji as the more regular Boniface Oluoch is away on compassionate leave.

Boniface Omondi, the highly gifted forward acquired in June from Nzoia United, also started in the right wing as Kerr effected the return to a 4-4-2 strategy from the 3-5-2 approach preferred by his predecessor Marcelo Ferreira.

Nakumatt on the other hand, presented their best stars, with experienced striker Kepha Aswani leading the strike force with help from Boniface Akenga.

K’Ogalo had the upper hand from the get go, and were up by the fifth minute when Eugene Ambulwa, in an effort to drive out a free-kick floated into the area by Godfrey Walusimbi, headed the ball into the net.

The hosts had several more chances afterwards, but Meddie Kagere, Jacques Tuyisenge and BlackBerry Odhiambo all had their shots blocked by Nakumatt custodian Sammy Okinda.

Kepha Aswani blasted horribly wide from long range in the 25th minute, but the debutantes first real chance came in the 32nd minute when Boniface Akenga forced a fingertip save from Odhiambo with a well executed shot.

The story of missed chances continued in the second half, with Omondi turning Kennedy Onyango inside out but failing on his final shot due to inaccuracy.

Meddie Kagere also blasted wide in the 56th minute, when he had only the goalkeeper to beat, much to the chagrin of the K’Ogalo fans.

Nakumatt improved and Gor were in serious danger in the last 15 minutes of the game, as Nakumatt forwards repeatedly made invasions into the box.

With time running out, second half substitute George Odhiambo collected the ball and raced homewards in a counterattack that ended with him planting the ball beautifully into the net.

“That was a good performance, I am happy especially with the second half. We wasted a lot of chances in the first half, but Nakumatt really opened up the game in the second half and we had a better performance,” Gor coach Dylan Kerr said.


Starting XI: Peter Odhiambo (GK), Godfrey Walusimbi, Karim Nzigiyimana, Musa Mohammed, Haron Shakava, Philemon Otieno, Kenneth Muguna, George Odhiambo, Boniface Omondi, Meddie Kagere, Jacques Tuyisenge.

Bench: Odhoji Shaban (GK), Otieno Timothy, Mugiraneza Jean-Baptiste, Kahata Francis, Onyango Joash, Mbugua Anthony, Maloba Oliver.


Gor Mahia take on Nakumatt

Kogalo will resume their 2017 Kenya Premier league campaign this coming Sunday when they take on Nakumatt. Gor Mahia have been on an extended hiatus. They have not played a competitive match in almost a month. On a positive note, the extended break has given new coach Dylan Kerr an opportunity to assess his players and install his system.

“It’s how we play and perform on the day that matters after our training these past 10 days I believe we are ready to start the fixtures,” said Kerr to sok25east.com

The new coach also understands the pressure to win and the fact that every team wants to beat Kogalo.

“We all want instant results players, chairman, committee members but most of all the fans, but as you know football is not easy especially when everyone wants to win against Gor Mahia,”

Against Nakumatt, Gor Mahia will have to contend with dangerman Kepha Aswani who is among the league’s leading scorers with six goals. Aswani says Nakumatt will not be cowed .

“It is definitely going to be a tough match. Remember Gor Mahia will be playing under their new coach who will definitely want to start on a high. Their morale is also high after their match against Everton, but we have prepared well, it is a match we want to win. We will give our best but the main thing is to take our chances that will determine the outcome of that match said Aswani to goal.com.

Gor Mahia have shown tremendous form when the stakes are high but have often taken their foot off the accelerator pedal when the stakes are lower. After winning the Sportpesa Supercup, they proceeded to lose in their round of 32 GoTV shield.

Coach Kerr will be hard pressed to find a measure of consistency which is badly needed now. There are five teams at the top of the league that are within three points of each other. It is going to be a very competitive race to win the 2017 Kenya Premier league.

The attack should be led by Jacque Tuyisenge. If the match against Everton is anything to go by then the Rwandese striker is quickly rounding back to his form from 2016.

The match will be at Nyayo stadium on Sunday July 30.


Ze Maria now chasing three Gor Mahia players

Former Gor Mahia coach, Ze maria who is now in Albania, is looking to strengthen his team after a poor start to his coaching career in Albania. He wants to sign three of his former soldiers: Godfrey Walusimbi, Kenneth Muguna and Jacque Tuyisenge.

Additional reporting from the Nation

Gor Mahia attacking trio of Jacques Tuyisenge, Geoffrey Walusimbi and Kenneth Muguna could be set for moves to Europe.

Nairobi News understands the players are interesting former Gor Mahia coach Jose Ferreira aka Ze Maria who currently manages Albanian second division club FK Tirana.

Having already suffered an embarrassing exit from the Europa League courtesy of an aggregate 5-0 loss to Maccabi Tel Aviv in the opening round, Ze Maria is keen to bolster the squad and mastermind an instant promotion to the top flight.

And he has earmarked the trio, alongside Ugandan star forward Yunus Ssentamu, as the men to execute the task.


Former AS Vita forward Ssentamu, who competed for the Cranes at the 2017 Africa Nations Cup in Gabon, has already been signed by the club.

Indeed a senior Tirana official is said to be in Nairobi with view of opening negotiations with the 15-time Kenyan champions who recently narrowly lost 1-2 to EPL club Everton in a high profile friendly.

“It is possible to do a deal for Tuyisenge. Either now or at the end of the season because he will be a free agent anyway. Muguna is tricky considering the duration of his contract, while Walusimbi and probably Musa (Mohammed) are options,” our source explained.

Should a deal for either go through, they will join James Situma and Francis Kahata as the other Kenyan-based players to have featured for Tirana.

Incidentally, these two had their stay at the club cut short following a contractual stand-off.


Peter Dawo requesting financial assistance for surgery

Legendary Gor Mahia striker Peter Ochieng Dawo is in need for financial assistance to enable him to get surgery on his knee. Dawo played the greatest role in helping Kogalo lift its only continental title in 1987.

Additional reporting from Capital FM

To make this possible, Dawo is appealing for donations through Paybill 891300 that will see him undergo surgery on his left knee at Kisumu Orthopaedic Clinic.

“He was complaining of severe pain in his left knee that was affecting his activities of daily living. Further investigations revealed severe osteoarthritis of the same knee. Total knee replacement surgery is recommended to rid him of the pain and restore function of the affected limb,” a letter signed by Dr. Walter Adero of Orthopaedic Clinic read.

“These types of surgery are performed locally in Kisumu. It will cost around Sh550, 000 with a short hospital stay,” the letter concluded.

Speaking to Capital Sport from Kisumu, Dawo, who featured in the 1988 and 90 Africa Cup of Nations, called on the government to come to his aid and end the pain he has gone through for the last 15 years.

“I have been having this problem for a long time. It made me retire from football so I am appealing for help from everyone and especially from the government. Some people are saying that I could have invested during my time of play, but I want to tell them that during our time we were not being paid, we were playing for passion even after winning Mandela Cup we were not given even a shilling,” Dawo revealed.

Dawo, immortalised in K’Ogalo folklore for firing the header that gave the club a 1-0 win on aggregate over Tunisian giants Esperance in the final of the CAF Cup Winners’ Cup, has challenged the government to provide medical cover for retired football legends.

“I would like the government to give retired legend footballers a comprehensive medical cover because if I had it I would have gone to Aga Khan Hospital and get treatment. When I was playing for Kenya everyone was happy. I am pleading with them to help me when I am alive not to wait until one has passed on to give praise,” Dawo who led Gor to become the only team in East African team to have won continental silverware, stated.

Talented players such Gor assistant coach Bobby Ogolla, Abbas Magongo and Austin Oduor, father to Norway based shot-stopper Arnold Origi, among others inspired them to lift the Mandela Cup at Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani in presence of then Head of State Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi.


Coach Dylan Kerr demands more from players

Newly appointed coach Dylan Kerr wants to see rapid improvement from Kogalo players following their disappointing 0-0 draw with second tier side Wazito FC.

Kerr wants his players to show more composure in tight situations.

“I want my players to have freedom to play, to show the identity when with the ball. I want them to have the ball even in difficult situations and not lose possession easily,” he said.

The new coach also wants his team members to show hunger and fight and he has vowed to reward those who show hunger with playing time.

“We’ve more than week before the next game. This is enough time to instil my philosophy. I want everybody to be on the same page. Everyone will get a chance but they have to show the hunger for it. They have to be hungry to meet the set goals. That’s what I am challenging them to do.” he continued.

Coach Kerr’s players likely still have not come down to earth after their match against Everton.


Gor Mahia to play Wazito in friendly

Last weekend’s scheduled match with Muhoroni Youth was postponed. And this weekend is a GoTV shield weekend so Kogalo have no matches scheduled. To stay sharp, Gor Mahia will take on NSL side Wazito FC.

“Tomorrow (Wednesday), at Camp Toyoyo, we will host Gor Mahia for a friendly match,” Wazito announced on their facebook page.

Gor Mahia will now take on Muhoroni Youth on August 19. The following weekend August 27 will see the second leg of the mashemeji derby.

And with KPL All stars traveling to Spain, there will be no KPL matches until July 28. Gor Mahia will play their next match against Nakumatt on July 29.

RIP Leila Adhiambo

Meanwhile Gor Mahia FC fraternity are mourning the passing of a die hard super fan Leila Adhiambo who is well known in Kisumu and is a prominent figure whenever Kogalo play at Moi stadium.

Secretary general, Ben Omondi sent a condolence on behalf of the club to the bereaved family.

“On behalf of the entire Gor Mahia Family, we condole with Kisumu Supersub Branch and the family of Leila Adhiambo.” he said.

Adhiambo died after contracting a fever.


Reaction from Koeman, Rooney, Tuyisenge and others

Dutch legend Ronald Koeman, is impressed with Kogalo’s performance from Thursday.

Speaking after the match, Everton’s Dutch coach Ronald Koeman described Gor Mahia as a “tough team” in a raft of compliments.

“It was a good game but a difficult one, Gor Mahia made it tough for us. They can be proud of their performance and I want to give them a lot of compliments for making it so tough for us,” said Koeman.

Koeman also thinks that Kogalo should be proud of themselves for their tactical and technical display.

“They were a good team and made it hard for us to find our extra man in midfield. They can be proud of their performance and I want to give them a lot of compliments for making it so tough for us,” he continued.

The Dutch coach thinks Kogalo took their foot off the accelerator in the second half.

“It was a good game but a difficult one, Gor Mahia made it tough for us. They dropped their intensity a little bit in the second half and we were the better team with fresh players. Overall, I’m happy. It was our first friendly – we saw the difference in the second half and we created good chances to score more goals.” he concluded.

England skipper Wayne Rooney who scored the match opener, also expressed praise for Kogalo.

“This has been a very wonderful match and we enjoyed facing a young team that displayed good football,” said Rooney, who was glad to score again in blue.

Kogalo striker Jacque Tuyisenge, who scored the equalizer, says this is the best goal he has ever scored.

“I started from the centre of the box and then made the run towards the far post because I knew what Muguna would do, thankfully the move happened as we planned and it turned out to be the best ever goal I have scored considering the calibre of our opponents.” said Tuyisenge to the Nation.

Chairman Ambrose Rachier is elated at the opportunity to market his side.

“This was an important assignment and I am proud because we got to market our great club and players. The taste of playing with (Wayne) Rooney has given them a lot of confidence and my hope is this will catapult us to start dominating in continental assignments.” said Rachier.

KPL Chair Jack Oguda, who is normally hostile towards Gor Mahia was happy that the result reflected well on the Kenya Premier League.

Gor Mahia did a very good job of marketing the SportPesa Premier League. Of course, the quality of that pitch in Dar helped our players to employ an impressive passing game which is a message to our authorities because our stadiums are of very low standards.” said Oguda.

Gor Mahia take on Muhoroni Youth on Saturday with an opportunity to extend their lead at the top of the league standings. Fans will be hoping that Gor Mahia build on their good display unlike the last time they came back from Tanzania.



Courageous Gor Mahia lose to Everton 2-1

Wendo kept tabs on Rooney before limping off with an injury

Gor Mahia put on a brave fight against an English Premier League side Everton. And it was an Everton side that deployed 8 full internationals including England Captain Wayne Rooney. A side that is coached by Dutch legend Ronald Koeman and his twin brother Erwin.

Gor Mahia were certainly not overawed and knocked the ball around confidently even in their own 18 yard box and under pressure. Kogalo’s fitness was also showing as they pressed the Toffee players given them little space.

28 minutes into the game, Kogalo almost scored when Kagere met a Walusimbi cross which had been deflected into his path. He turned quickly but his goal-bound shot was blocked by a defender.

Wayne Rooney gave Everton a lead with a scorcher in the 35th minute after being given acres of space to shoot. It was a similar goal to the one that launched Rooney into fame as a 17 year old many years ago.

Soon after the goal, Gor Mahia earned a corner kick when Nizigiyimana made a darting run on the right flank, forcing an Everton player to concede a corner. Jacque Tuyisenge scored the equalizer soon thereafter when he powerfully headed in a corner kick at the near post and from an acute angle.

The header was similar to the one Peter Dawo scored against Esperance in 1987. Gor Mahia had only two players in the box. Tuyisenge ran towards the near post. The corner kick was placed right in his path by Muguna. He rose and headed it skilfully from a difficult angle. It appeared well rehearsed as was the case in 1987.

Gor Mahia gained confidence after that goal and made numerous forays particularly down the right flank. In the 41st minute, Muguna put Tuyisenge through. The latter deftly lost his marker and unleashed a grass-cutter which was saved by the Everton goalkeeper.

Gor Mahia gave a very good account of themselves in the each half. The defensive line was composed and organized as their offside traps worked to perfection. Boniface Oluoch showed a lot of confidence in handling back passes under pressure.

As the second half started, Tom Davies intercepted a pass intended for Nizigiyimana and raced towards the goal. But a timely tackle from Nizigiyimana cleared the ball for a corner. . A minute later, the lively Tuyisenge hussled to contest a backpass to the goalkeeper. He blocked the keeper’s clearance but the keeper was able to collect the resulting high ball.

Philemon Otieno had the next scoring chance when he picked up a cleared corner kick on the edge of the box. But his shot was easily handled by the goalkeeper.

In the 55th minute Gor Mahia worked their way down the right flank. Muguna’s cross was met by Tuyisenge. But under pressure from two defenders, he blasted wide. Everton had the ball in the net in the 64th minute but at least two of their players were in an offside position. A minute later, Everton were charging forward again and Dominic intercepted yet another pass and charged towards goal. But his shot was well saved by substitute goalkeeper Odhiambo.

Odhiambo was forced into yet another save this time an effort by Idrissa Gueye following another interception. In the 79th minute, Mugiraneza conceded an indirect freekick. The ball was played to Kieran Dowell who smashed his shot against the cross bar.

Everton were finally rewarded for their effort in the 81st minute. They scored the second goal in the 85th minute via Kieran Dowell who unleashed a long range shot.

In injury time, late substitute Oliver Maloba danced his way into the Everton danger area but ran out of options as there was no one to cross to. Seconds later, Mbugua was gifted with a good shooting opportunity but his effort went directly to goalkeeper Stekelenburg.

All things considered, Gor Mahia gave a good account of themselves especially in the first 60 minutes. The multiple substitutions took them off their rhythm.

Starting XI: Maarten Stekelenburg, Ashley Williams, Phil Jagielka, Callum Conolly, Jonoe Kenny, while Morgan Schneiderlin, James McCarthy, Aaron Lennon, Ademola Lookman, Davy Klassen, Wayne Rooney.

Subs: Mateusz Hewelt, Leighton Baines, Michael Keane, Tom Davis, Kevin Mirallas, Mathew Pennington, Calvert-Lewin, Idrissa Gana Gueye, Gareth Barry, Muhamed Besic, Kieran Dowell


Gor Mahia vs Everton In Pictures

Gor Mahia pose for a group photo before taking on Everton.
Image courtesy of Tony Anelka


Musa Mohamed stood out in defence with a number of timely interceptions
Muguna leaps over Rooney Image courtesy of Kenneth Muguna


Rooney scored with a 30 yard screamer as Shakava and Musa desperately tried to close him down


Wendo played with intensity before leaving with an injury. Walusimbi (left) and Muguna linked up well on the flanks


Coach Koeman trying to imitate Kagere’s moves.
Image courtesy of Tony Anelka


Gor Mahia train at the national stadium in Dar


Gor Mahia upon arrival at the Dar es Salaam aiport