Unstoppable march: Gor Mahia trounce Bandari 3-1

Oliver Maloba in action against Felly Mulumba

Gor Mahia’s unstoppable march towards the 2017 Kenya Premier continued unabated in Kisumu on Saturday when they hammered Bandari 3-1. The goals came via Francis Kahata, Meddie Kagere and Wellington Ochieng.

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KISUMU, Kenya- Gor Biro Yaw Ne Yo (Gor is coming) boomed around Moi Stadium in Kisumu on Saturday as K’Ogalo faithful savoured SportPesa Premier League (SPL) leaders Gor Mahia FC’s comprehensive 3-1 victory over Bandari FC.

Victory, a third in succession over the dockers, brought the record 15-time SPL title winners closer to the promised land of a 16th crown leaving the ecstatic Green Army to belt their full repertoire of tunes in praise of their beloved side.

Goals from Francis Kahata, red-hot Meddie Kagere and Wellington Ochieng’ is all Dylan Kerr’s charges required to complete a double over the struggling Bandari and move 11 points clear of second placed Kakamega Homeboyz FC.

Michael Apudo pulled one back for Bandari but it proved to be a mere consolation in the end.

Elsewhere, Western Stima FC and Nzoia Sugar FC played out to a barren draw.

In Kisumu, both sides came into this match on the back of contrasting fortunes; the hosts having picked back to back wins over champions Tusker FC and title rivals; Sofapaka FC to underline their credentials as the favourites to lift the trophy when the 2017 SPL is eventually done and dusted.

No respite

Bandari on the other hand were smarting from defeats to the brewers and Chemelil Sugar FC but found no respite in the steamroller that is Gor.

Eager to steady his ship, Ugandan Paul Nkata who masterminded the dethroning of Gor last season with Tusker, made three changes to his Bandari side.

Compatriot Andrew Waiswa was handed a defensive midfield role to provide cover to the back four while the attacking duo of Darius Msagha and Wilberforce Lugogo replaced Mohammed Siraj and Anthony Wambani.

His opposite number Kerr summoned the solid Wellington Ochieng’ to take up the place Karim Nizigiyimana at right back as he kept faith in the squad that slay Sofapaka in midweek.

As has been the norm at the Moi Stadium whenever K’Ogalo are in the mood, Gor started brightly, exchanging neat passes with the midfield trio of Kenneth Muguna, Ernest Wendo and Kahata dictating the pace early on.

Kahata thought he had handed his side an opportunity to grab an early lead when he was appended in the box by Waiswa but the centre referee, Moses Simiyu, waved away his appeals for a penalty.

Cautious not to concede early like the first leg when they found themselves trailing inside the opening quarter, courtesy of Innocent Wafula’s goal, the Dockers opted to soak in pressure.

Finally cracked

The experienced duo of Felly Mulumba and Noah Abich did well to thwart K’Ogalo but they finally cracked moments before the break when Kahata showed his class to notch the opener and send the Green Army to a frenzy.

If Kahata’s goal had soured Nkata’s mood heading to the half time, break then what transpired shortly after the restart left the Ugandan a frustrated man.

Mulumba played a dangerous back pass to Joseph Okoth with Kagere lurking and the Gor forward made him pay with a clever interception before slotting past Okoth to put Gor in control.

Staring at his fourth consecutive loss in the SPL, Nkata played his first card introducing Kelvin Omondi for Lugogo yet the storm never abated.

As if to justify his inclusion ahead of Nizigiyimana, Wellington planted a bullet header beyond the despairing dive of Okoth to settle the tie as a contest.

A late surge by Bandari saw them plant some respect on the score line with nine minutes to go. Michael Apudo arriving early in the box to tap in Shaban Kenga’s cross from close range.

Gor Mahia take on Bandari

Fresh off their impressive midweek win over Sofapaka, Gor Mahia will be looking to consolidate their lead atop the 2017 Kenya Premier League when they take on Bandari in Kisumu on Saturday.

Gor Mahia are riding the crest of a wave of brilliant form that has seen them record impressive victories over Sofapaka and Tusker, putting a serious dent in the title aspirations of those two teams.

Bandari are sliding in the opposite direction having lost two succesive games, 0-3 to Tusker and 0-1 to Chemelil. But coach Dylan Kerr knows that it will not be a walk in the park.

“It is going to be a tough game. Since we have gone eleven matches unbeaten, every team now wants to beat Gor Mahia. People want us to lose, but I am proud of my players as they have proved those critics wrong. ” said Kerr to the Standard.

With 36 goals to their credit, the Gor Mahia attack is hitting on all cylinders with Blackberry, Kagere and Tuyisenge all finding the net with regularity.

“We have only conceded three goals. We are now creating chances and scoring goals. ”

A win for Kogalo will take them 11 points clear and closer to the title. But coach Kerr does not want his players to put the cart before the horse.

I saw Bandari the first time I came to Kenya when they beat us on penalties. My players have a lot to do. It is not a revenge mission against Bandari. Revenge always causes problems because players start doing things that they are not used to do in training and that is when the unexpected happens. We are going into this game with the same mentality of getting three points, nothing else.” he concluded to the Standard.

Title in sight: Gor Mahia edges Sofapaka 2-1

Gor Mahia continued their irrepressible and unstoppable march towards the 2017 Kenya Premier league title when they beat Sofapaka 2-1 in Kisumu on Wednesday. Goals came via Meddie Kagere and George Odhiambo.

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Umar Kassumba’s 10th goal of the season had cancelled out George ‘Blackberry’ odhiambo’s ninth minute belter, but Kagere headed home in the 63rd minute to ensure Dylan Kerr’s unbeaten run as Gor Mahia head coach remained intact.

Kagere’s winner was a huge relief for his fellow Rwandese Jack Tuyisenge who minutes before the goal had rocketed a penalty over the bar and Kagere duly ran to him after hitting the winner, consoling him that he’d already wiped his tears.

According to the new standings released by KPL excluding Zoo Kericho and Nakumatt, Gor went eight points clear of second placed Kakamega Homeboyz at the top of the standings.

On form Blackberry gave Gor the lead in the ninth minute striking is second consecutive goal in less than three days and his fourth of the season with a belter from 18 yards out which found the Sofapaka keeper flat footed.

Just like it has been their norm Gor started the much wit positivity and attacking football and just four minutes after Odhiambo’s goal, Kagere came close to a second with his tap from a Kenneth Muguna pass going wide.

Sofapaka gradually grew into the match and had two chances in the space of 10 minutes. First, in the 20th minute, Kennedy Oduor’s shot from the edge of the area went over while later, an Oduor cross landed on Kasumba who headed over.

The renewed pressure by Sofapaka bore fruit five minutes from time when Kassumba nodded home his 10th goal of the season, rising up to connect to fellow Ugandan Rodgers Aloro’s cross.

At the start of the second half, Sofapaka head coach Sam Ssimbwa made two changes at a go, pulling out Morven Otinya and Bernard Mang’oli for Ezekiel Okare and Hillary Echesa.

-Gor penalty-

Echesa wasn’t as lucky with his introduction as 13 minutes after coming on to the pitch his tripped Francis Kahata inside the box, but Tuyisenge could not hit the target from the resultant spot-kick, shooting the ball over.

But five minutes later, his blushes were redeemed by Kagere who swung in a header from a Godfrey Walusimbi cross to take his side back into the lead.

Gor were however made to finish the match uncomfortably as Sofapaka raided their rear and in the 75th minute, Okare missed a golden opportunity from close range when Gor keeper Boniface Oluoch blocked his connection from a Kassumba cross.

Ten minutes to time, Odhiambo should have sealed the victory for Gor Mahia when he rounded off the keeper, but his final effort could only hit the side netting.


Gor Mahia take on Sofapaka

Gor Mahia will take on fourth placed Sofapaka on Wednesday in Kisumu. It is the first match since both teams had points deducted after the high court ruling that nullifed results against Nakumatt and Zoo Kericho. Gor Mahia are now on 45 points, still 9 points ahead of Sofapaka. Gor Mahia will be looking to put some distance between them and second placed Kakamega Homeboyz.

“Our targets are the same for each game. We want three points. That requires good preparation and strategic approach and that is what we have done,” said coach Dylan Kerr to the Nation.

Sofapaka will be trying to reboot their title hopes which have stalled in recent matches.

“Playing Gor Mahia in Kisumu will be a tough endeavour. That is the best team in the country right now but we shall give our best,” said Sofapaka’s Ugandan coach Sam Ssimbwa to the Nation.

Last  weekend Gor Mahia put on what was perhaps their most spirited performances against defending champions Tusker under difficult rainy conditions. And coach Kerr was impressed with his side.

“I have seen for character for heart for endeavor from my players today because it was a tough game under tough conditions” said Kerr

Gor Mahia to lose 9 points

Fans at Kericho green stadium this past Sunday

Following the removal of Nakumatt and Zoo Kericho from the league, Gor Mahia’s points total are set to be deducted from 54 point to 45 points. This is because they had beaten Nakumatt twice and Zoo Kericho once. The changes would leave Kakamega Homeboyz in second place with 40 points while Ulinzi and Sofapaka would be 3rd and 4th with 37 and 36 points repectively.

Whearas Kogalo fans will be unhappy at this occurrence, KPL CEO Jack Oguda could barely contain his delight as he announced that KPL would fully comply with the high court decision.

Despite the announcement, assistant coach Otieno “Zico” still thinks it is unlikely that Kogalo would lose their lead.

“The talk should be about next season. This (2017 league title) one is gone; it is unimaginable letting any club overtake us at this stage,” Zico charged, adding that, “you can see the determination of our players. The main challengers are also accepting it.” he said to Capital FM


Crucial win for Gor Mahia over Tusker: 2-0

Image courtesy of Bush Koyla Nyang

Gor Mahia hammered Tusker 2-0 in what can only be characterized as one of the most important wins of 2017. At the start of the week, Kogalo were nine points ahead of Tusker. Then came a high court ruling that nullified results against Nakumatt and Zoo Kericho. Based on this ruling, Gor Mahia’s leaf over Tusker was now only six points. It was therefore critical for Kogalo to beat Tusker on Saturday. That they did, winning 2-0 with goals from Meddie Kagere and George Odhiambo Blackberry.

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Gor Mahia FC all but sealed the 2017 SportPesa Premier League (SPL) title when they beat champions Tusker FC 2-0 in a water-logged Kericho Green Stadium on Saturday.

Elsewhere, Kakamega Homeboyz FC did Gor a huge favour by sinking their closest challengers, Sofapaka FC 2-1 while stuttering Posta Rangers FC were forced to yet another stalemate when relegation-threatened Thika United FC rallied for a 1-1 draw.

Victory against the side that dethroned them from the crown last season saw Gor who are bidding to extend their SPL title record to 16 stretch their tally to 54 points, a yawning 15 ahead of the Brewers whose latest resurgence was halted on its tracks.

Meddie Kagere opened the scoring for K’Ogalo in the 19th minute before in form George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo put the result beyond doubt in the 56th in a symbolic result that signified the passing of the mantle from the Ruaraka-based Tusker to the team that has won it 15 times in their glittering history.

It was a welcome return to pitch action after Kericho Green official residents. Zoo Kericho FC and fellow top-flight first timers, Nakumatt FC were suspended from the competition on Friday after the High Court in Nairobi ruled against the 18-team SPL.

Football Kenya Federation is set to appeal the verdict delivered by Justice John Mativo at the Court of Appeal and pending the outcome of the legal process, possible intervention of world governing body, FIFA as well as the redistribution of points won against Zoo and Nakumatt if the challenge fails means Gor could wait a while before uncorking the champagne.

Tusker lined up David Okello between the sticks while Lloyd Wahome and Eugene Asike operated at the back while Collins Shivachi and James Situma were charged with providing ammunition from the right and left full back positions.

Ugandan import, Hashim Sempala was tasked with the donkey work at the middle of the park in partnership with Humphrey Mieno. Allan Wanga completed a 4-3-3 formation that also had Paul Odhiambo and Danson Kago upfront.

Gor boss, Dylan Kerr, made two changes to the team that battled to a goalless draw with Thika last weekend with Francis Kahata and Jacques Tuyisenge starting in place of Philemon Otieno and Timothy Otieno.

Boniface Oluoch kept his place in goal with skipper Musa Mohammed marshalling the defence.

Gor, playing a league match for the first time at the venue, started on a sound by pinning Tusker in their own half as heavy rains pounded Kericho.

Collins Shivachi came to the Brewers rescue in the eighth minute when he cleared a goal bound shot but the reprieve was short lived when Kagere put dominant Gor to the lead.

In an effort to take advantage of the slippery conditions, Sempala unleashed a long-range shot in the 21st hoping to catch Oluoch out but the effort sailed over before Mieno came closer in the 34th but his finish from close range skewed wide.

Tusker were dealt an injury blow a minute to the break after Odhiambo was withdrawn due to injury with George ‘Best’ Nsimbe bringing on Ghanaian forward Stephen Owusu in his place.

Gor dominated the first half but Tusker came back a rejuvenated side at the restart but their momentum was cut short when Odhiambo buried a set piece from the edge of the box when Tuyisenge was fouled.

The match petered out as a contest following the second goal until when Kagere drove down the midfield to put through compatriot Tuyisenge but the latter was denied by a hawk-eyed Okello.

Boniface Muchiri almost halved the deficit but his free kick from the edge of the box fizzled narrowly wide.

Nsimbe sent in Michael Khamati for Jackson Macharia before Kerr sought to bolt the back by bringing on two defensive midfielders in Jean Baptiste Mugiraneza and Philemon Otieno for Odhiambo and Kenneth Muguna.

The rain finally stopped with 11 minutes from full time but the fog did not lift from Tusker as they surrendered to defeat.

Gershon Likonoh opened the scoring for Rangers at Ruaraka Grounds when he turned in a trademark long throw in from Luke Ochieng only for Suleiman Ngotho to level matters a minute later for Thika mid first half as the home side stretched their wretched run without victory to nine.

At the Mumias Sports Complex, danger man Umaru Kasumba continued his hot streak in the SPL when he put Sofapaka ahead only for their former servant, Wycliffe Opondo, to equalise for Homeboyz as the sides went in for the break at 1-1.

Jeremiah Wanjala, who is also on a rich vein of form, settled the game when he notched the winner in the 53rd as the winners consolidated third.

Saturday’s SPL results left Gor 12 clear of Sofapaka (42), the same tally with Homeboyz with Kariobangi Sharks FC (39) leading the chasing pack in fourth.

Gor Mahia take on Tusker in crucial tie

This Saturday at Kericho Green stadium, Kogalo will take on defending champions Tusker in what is shaping up to be a crucial encounter. The match was moved from Kinoru stadium to Kericho as the former stadium is under renovation.

Tusker are currently third placed nine points behind Gor Mahia but still within striking distance. A win for Tusker will see them whittle that gap down to six points. So Tusker will come to the match determined. After slumping during the first few matches of the second leg, Tusker have put their campaign back on course. This week they beat Bandari 0-0.

Kogalo for their part will be looking to consolidate their lead after a disappointing scoreless draw against Thika United. On Tuesday, Gor Mahia shockingly lost 5-1 to Administration Police, an NSL side. It was former Gor Mahia player Kevin Omondi, who came back to haunt Gor Mahia. He always plays well against his former club.

The last time Kogalo and Tusker played was in April, the match ended in a scoreless draw. In March the two sides met in the Super Cup which Gor Mahia won 1-0 with a Jacque Tuyisenge penalty. Goals are usually rare when these two sides meet.

Wendo named player of the month

Defensive midfielder Ernest Wendo was voted the the Sports Journalists Association of Kenya player of the month for May 2017. Wendo was officially presented with the award at Gor Mahia’s training base at Camp Toyoyo Stadium in Nairobi yesterday.

Wendo’s role as defensive midfielder was seen as key in enabling Kogalo to record a superb record including beating rivals AFC Leopards 3-0, Chemelil 2-0, Nzoia Sugar 1-0, and a 1-1 draw against Posta Rangers and Thika United in May.

Wendo received 23 votes ahead of Tusker FC custodian Duncan Ochieng (20 votes), third-placed Kepha Aswani of Nakumatt (19), and Ulinzi Stars’ Stephen Waruru (18).

The award comes with a cash prize of Ksh 100,000 plus a 45 inch TV as well as Ksh 50,000 to be shared among the remaining players.

Its an honor for Wendo to win this award ahead of other much more fancied players. Wendo is one of the most improved players of 2017. When he joined Kogalo in 2015 from Bidco FC, he had a torrid time getting any playing time ahead of players like Khalid Aucho and Collins Okoth. This year he has become one of the key players and a member of the national team.

Rachier says he is not asleep at the wheel

Ambrose Rachier was asked by Tom Osanjo about allegations of embezzlement by certain club officials. He responded as described below.

I am indeed investigating the embarrassing claims of fraudulent false account as also of the defalcation of funds from gate collections.

Regarding the putting up of a stadium, we are actually working on the architectural plans which I can share with you.

Next February, we intend to hold celebrations to mark 50 years of the club’s existence during which we will take stock of our achievements and chart the way to achieving the desired professionalism.

One of the challenges, apart from ticketing, is the attitude of fans towards paying to enter the stadium which we must change.

Rachier has been missing in action even as other premier league clubs like Kariobangi Sharks accuse Kogalo of short-changing them when it comes to gate proceeds.

Gor Mahia Fan injured while returning from Thika

Gor Mahia fans have an unfortunate habit of hanging dangerously from moving vehicles when traveling to and from games. One of them finally paid dearly

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The injured fan miss-stepped as he tried to hang onto a moving vehicle that was carrying K’Ogalo fans on their way from Thika

A Gor Mahia fan is set to go for surgery after he narrowly survived death along Thika Super Highway on Sunday.

The K’Ogalo fan going by the name ‘Jakababa Jaka-Fadhe’ on Face book, lost a lot of flesh on his left thigh after he was run over by a car.

According to Gor Mahia Organizing Secretary, Judith Nyangi, the fan miss-stepped as he tried to hang on a moving vehicle that was carrying Gor Mahia fans on their way from Thika after watching K’Ogalo’s 0-0 draw against Thika United on Sunday.

“The accident happened not far from Nehema Uhai Hospital (opposite Safari Park Hotel). We rushed him to the nearest hospital, but he was later referred to St. Francis Hospital in Mwiki-Kasarani,” Nyangi told Goal on Monday.

Gor Mahia fans.

“He is in stable condition, though he is expected to go to the theatre this evening,” added Nyangi, who also blamed the Police for not taking action to those violating traffic rules.

The patient, who lost a lot of blood and flesh, was run-over by the back tyre of the bus, luckily, there was no fracture. “I have talked about this issue of fans hanging on cars whenever they travel to support the team, but nobody seems to listen.

“The Police should take full responsibility for failure on their part to enforce traffic rules. Those found breaking the law should be arrested and prosecuted!

“The car was parked; some were hanging dangerously on the door while others sat on the roof.”