Archives - September, 2017



20 Sep 17


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.


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19 Sep 17

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.


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19 Sep 17

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

Additional reporting from goal.com
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.”


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17 Sep 17

Meddie Kagere was unable to find the net


Gor Mahia and Thika United shared the spoils at Thika municipal stadium on Sunday.
Additional reporting from the Nation

League leaders Gor Mahia were on Sunday held to a 0-0 draw by hosts Thika United in a SportPesa Premier League match at the Thika Sub-county Stadium.

The result moved K’Ogalo to 52 points, nine ahead of second placed Sofapaka who drew 0-0 with Kariobangi Sharks on Saturday.

“I am disappointed for the fans. I want to see more from Karin Nizigiyimana, I want to see more from Walusimbi and Meddie Kagere. They are international players.

“I am not thinking about the title. Right now it’s about winning games and getting to know the formation that works best for the team,” said Gor coach Dylan Kerr.

Kerr performed constructive surgery on the squad once more, preferring to reinstate award winning goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch in goal as well as right back Karim Nizigiyimana, while Ernest Wendo, who missed the last match against Chemelil Sugar due to illness, returned into the starting line-up.

Jean Baptiste Mugiraneza and Wellington Ochieng both started as reserves but effective goalkeeper Peter Odhiambo was sidelined from the match completely.

Thika United on the other hand, adopted a cautious approach to the game, starting with six defensive players as a measure to protect themselves from the massive threat posed by their visitors.

Nicholas Muyoti started with Ugandan Allan Owiny between the sticks, with Christopher Oruchum, Benson Iregi, Suleiman Ngotho and three others providing cover for him at the back.

The hosts were struggling to evade relegation and came into this match determined to clinch at least a point to avoid sinking to the very bottom of the league table.

They started quite well, and although their chances in the first half were few and spread apart, Shami Kibwana managed to find the back of the net in the 30th minute. The goal was however disallowed for offside.

K’Ogalo however enjoyed a better afternoon with more chances, although strikers George “BlackBerry” Odhiambo and Timothy Otieno were not at their best during the first half.

Otieno missed a glorious chance in the 12th minute when his take off after receiving the ball was too slow and he was subsequently outran and dispossessed of the ball by his marker.

Ugandan-born Rwandese player Meddie Kagere also missed a good chance three minutes later when he misdirected his shot outside for a goal kick.

At the stroke of half time, Kagere suffered the same fate as Kibwana, when he headed the ball inside the net at close range, only to be deterred by referee Lucas Odhiambo who judged him to have score from an offside position.

Second half substitute Francis Kahata left his team’s supporters holding their heads in disappointment in the 87th minute when he released a grass cutter that missed the target by an inch.

Thika finished the match with just one shot on target, but they will treasure the result as it means that they have managed to squeeze out two points from the 15-time champions this season.


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16 Sep 17

Gor Mahia CEO Ludovick Aduda is refuting claims that he has been colluding with treasurer Sally Bolo to embezzle funds. Aduda further contradicted Chairman Rachier and said the club is not broke.

Additional reporting from goal.com

Nyangi, early this week, claimed that Aduda, in cahoots with the treasurer Sally Bolo, are misusing their position by illegally deducting players’ salaries.

Nyangi further added that the two have ganged up to sabotage her, even going behind her back to conduct the responsibilities of an organising secretary.

“The treasurer had been misusing club’s money the way she wants. She has been colluding with this other cartel called Aduda to deduct player’s cash without the knowledge of the Executive Committee,” said Nyangi in a long statement posted on the club’s face book page.

“Mike Simiyu (player) was paid 15k less last month and repeatedly this month. The chairman ordered the treasurer to immediately pay the boy his full arrears which up to now nothing has been done.”

But in a rejoinder, CEO Aduda refuted claims that they have deducted players allowances, further revealing that the club is not in dire financial troubles.

“The CEO is not a signatory to the club’s account. If someone opens her mouth and say that money has been lost, then that could also mean that the signatories, who in this case are the chairman, the treasurer, secretary and vice treasurer are the culprits,” Aduda told Goal.

Aduda termed the allegations are ‘hog-wash’, clarifying that the claims are not possible because “nobody is being paid in cash.”

“All players’ salaries are being channeled through individual bank accounts.”

On the Mike Simiyu case, Aduda explained that it was a club decision taken to push the former Muhoroni Youth player to work hard.

“When we bought this boy, we thought that he would help the club, but upto now, he’s not made even a single start.

“He refused to go out on loan as was recommended by the coach. He wanted to prove himself at Gor Mahia and we accepted the request on condition that we reduce his salary.”


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14 Sep 17

Two goal hero: Tuyisenge

Gor Mahia players put aside their frustrations with club officials and continued to storm towards the 2017 KPL title. On Thursday they beat Chemelil Sugar 3-0. Jacque Tuyisenge struck twice and Kenneth Muguna sealed the score.

Additional Reporting from Capital Sports
Despite facing a tough week characterized by training go slows over unpaid allowances, record 15-time Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia did not show any sign of a club in crisis as they rolled on to a 3-0 win over Chemelil Sugar in Kisumu on Thursday.

Rwandese forward Jacques Tuyisenge struck twice in the first half with Kenneth Muguna adding a third as Gor romped to their sixth win in seven matches to open up a nine-point gap at the top of the standings, looking well on course to a 16th league crown.

Missing Harun Shakava ,who is on suspension and the injured Karim Nizigiyimana, head coach Dylan kerr who remains unbeaten since taking over Gor made changes in his starting squad, bringing in Wellington Ochieng at right-back while Joash Onyango partnered skipper Musa Mohammed at the heart of defense.

K’Ogalo were fast off the blocks especially buoyed by Sofapaka’s 2-1 loss at the hands of Ulinzi Stars on Wednesday which gave them some breathing space at the top of the standings.

Muguna had a chance with a fourth minute freekick but it went straight to the wall while 10 minutes later, Apollo Otieno was forced to make a hasty clearance off George ‘Blackberry‘ Odhiambo’s feet after keeper Jairus Adira had failed to hold on to a Wellington Ochieng cross.

The early pressure paid off in the 22nd minute when Tuyisenge beat Adira one-on-one after racing on to a George Odhiambo through ball.

The Rwandese added his second in sublime fashion, banging the net with a well taken overhead kick after Meddie Kagere flicked on a cross from Ochieng on the right.

Chemelil, who were off a 4-1 spanking by Sofapaka last weekend, thought they had grabbed one back 10 minutes from half time but Faraj Ominde’s goal was ruled out for offside.

At the start of the second half, Kerr pulled out Tuyisenge as a precautionary measure with the striker having picked up an injury in the weekend win over Nzoia Sugar as Francis Kahata took his place.

Gor continued dominating and looking all comfortable and Muguna struck their third goal in the 62nd minute after a beautiful one-two interchange of passes with Kagere.

With a 3-0 advantage, Kerr made his second sub, pulling out Innocent Wafula who had started on the right offensive side for speedy John ‘Softie’ Ndirangu.

His opposite number Abdallah Juma responded by making a double change, pulling out the ineffective Collins Neto for Philip Muchuma while Erastus Mwaniki paved way for former Thika United forward Moses Arita.

However, not even the offensive changes would make a difference for the sugar millers as Gor managed to hold on to the lead, a healthy boost ahead of their weekend trip to Thika to face hosts Thika United.

Gor would have had the last laugh in a match they dominated with Kahata’s effort being parried away at the stroke of 90 minute by Adira following a good passing move by the league leaders.

Gor Mahia Starting XI: 1. Frederick Onyango, 14. Innocent Wafula (John Ndirangu), 4. Wellington Ochieng, 5. Musa Mohammed, 12. Joash Onyango, 7. Jean Baptiste ( Philemon Otieno), 2. Godfrey Walusimbi, 10. Kenneth Muguna, 22. Meddie Kagere, 25. George Odhiambo, 9. Jacques Tuyisenge ( Francis Kahata).

Unused subs: 16. Shaban Odhoji, 30. 11. Boniface Omondi,20. Earnest Wendo, 8. Francis Kahata, 28. Oliver Maloba,

Chemelil Sugar Starting XI Jairus Adira, Smith Ouko, Yusuf Juma, Kennedy Odhiambo, Benjamin Oketch, Clifford Omondi, Erastus Mwaniki, Appollo Otieno, Collins Neto ( Moses Arita ), Odeny Faraj, Odeny Jeffery ( Shafan Oyugi)

Unused subs: Richard Aimo, Morris Wandera, James Omino, Moses Osure, Philip Muchuma.


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14 Sep 17


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14 Sep 17

Nyangi with players in Sudan in January

In a lengthy post in her social media, Gor Mahia’s organizing secretary Judith Nyangi has accused treasurer Sally Bolo of missapropriating and misusing funds.

Below is her message:

Dear Kogalo diehards,when you elected me you trusted and believed in me and that’s why I got the most votes.As the Ogoi matron I used to put things on the table and would at times tell the chairman point blank when there was a problem. You elected me to streamline and expose any rot .The treasurer had been misusing club money the way she wants.In our last EC meeting we resolved that after our home match no payments will be made at the stadium until after the cash is banked and payments approved by EC but as you can see the same trend was repeated.You saw in form 34A the same abnormalities.

Secondly she has been colluding with this other cartel called Aduda to deduct player’s cash without the knowledge of the EC.Mike Simiyu was paid 15k less last month and repeatedly this month. The chairman ordered the treasurer to immediately pay the boy his full arrears which up to now nothing has been done.
As the organising secretary ,my work on the match day is to attend prematch and organise everything from police,stewards public address ambulance ballboys etc.This doesn’t happen am always told by Sally eti Aduda has done.

On our last match,I was to be in kisumu by Friday to hype the match thru roadshow and radio stations passed by EC.On that Friday is when i received 10k from Sally. I arrived in kisumu Friday 9pm.While in kisumu everything had been arranged by the above cartels,mine was to enter the stadia Russia area and enjoy my boys play.
When I asked for money for roadshow sally told me that the money is normally sent to Harvey Mangla is this true and when did you take my position?

Money is being misused left right and center until now players have not been paid several training allowances plus winning bonuses and as a result yesterday there was no training.

As you can remember during our sofapaka match in meru.It was passed by the EC that I travel a day before and do hotel arrangements for the team.While I was there,Sally insisted that there was a hotel she had settled on.Kumbe this other big cartel Moses Libamba was in the deal. The hotel was exactly like Sabina joy with a bar down and rooms upstairs and plenty of malightskin.I disqualified the hotel and settled on another one.When the players arrived in Meru the driver was directed to take the players to the Sabina joy.The players refused to sleep there and were transferred to the hotel I chose at 10pm.Somebody can do anything at the expense of players to make money. What followed? Tulinyeshewa mabao kwelikweli!

The above are just a few examples.
On the issue of form 34A and Bonface Osano brought forward alikubali and the club will pay Kariobangi sharks 59k.
Am ready for impeachment!

When contacted Sally Bolo declined to comment

She has been colluding with the other cartel (sic) to deduct the player’s cash (salaries) without the knowledge of the Executive Committee. Mike Simiyu was paid Sh15,000 less last month and repeatedly this month. The chairman ordered the treasurer to immediately pay the boy’s full arrears which up to know hasn’t been done.

Gor Mahia players stage go-slow

Meanwhile reports from Gor Mahia camp suggest that the players are on a go slow due to unpaid training allowances. Many players did not show up for training this week.

Aside from that, the club has yet to settle the arrears owed to Camp Toyoyo. And a few weeks back, Kariobangi Sharks accused Gor Mahia of under-stating the gate collection figures.

Additional reporting from the Nation
Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr has pleaded with the club’s management “to respect the players” ahead of Thursday afternoon’s SportPesa Premier League match against Chemelil Sugar in Kisumu.

The Englishman spoke on Wednesday moments after his players refused to train in protest over delayed payment of match winning bonuses and training allowances going back five matches.

The stand-off between players and the club’s management comes just a week after the team was locked out of their Camp Toyoyo training base in Nairobi for failing to pay for using the facility.

“These off-the-pitch issues have nothing to do with me. All I can do is urge the players to respect the club and the club to do likewise,” Kerr said.

Club chairman Ambrose Rachier said Gor is facing financial challenges occasioned by unavailability of stadiums in Nairobi, and the abrupt withdrawal of Castle Lager and SuperSport as the club’s sponsors and league’s broadcast sponsor earlier this year.

He denied reports of go-slow at the team camp.
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“Our grants from KPL have reduced by half after SportPesa pulled out, and gate collection has reduced by upto 80 per cent as we play all our matches outside Nairobi,” he said.

“And to add to that, our monthly grants from the Kenyan Premier League have reduced by half after SuperSport pulled out. We are really struggling.”

The Nyayo and Kasarani stadiums in the capital have been shut down for government commissioned renovations in readiness for next year’s Africa Nations Championship football tournament.

So is the City stadium, which was banned by football authorities from hosting league assignments owing to its dilapidated state.
 


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12 Sep 17

Following Gor Mahia’s 4-0 demolition of Nzoia Sugar, coach Dylan Kerr is a happy man. A far cry from the man who was disappointed after the 1-1 tie with arch rivals AFC Leopards. Kerr says he had done his research on Nzoia and knew how to dissect them.

“l had a prior information about how Nzoia play and we knew what exactly to train on for the good result. We had good finishes, something that has been a worry in matches. We trained on set pieces and our training before the match helped. I’m so happy we scored a couple of goals.” he said to Sportpesa News.

Kerr also saluted the players for the hard work they have been putting in that resulted in the great result.

“I’m proud of the players’ good professional attitude in our quest to achieve the best. That in itself is a great factor for success. We will be keeping everyone together prepared to play,” continued Kerr.

Like other KPL teams, Gor Mahia will be playing a compressed schedule. They play Chemelil Sugar on Thursday and Thika United on Sunday, two matches which should they go according to formbook, should enable Kogalo to extend their lead.

“We have two games in 48 hours but we are always focused a game at a time and keep our minds on the three points,” concluded Kerr to sportpesa news. .


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11 Sep 17

Musa Mohamed and the defence were solid

The 2017 Kenya Premier League is now well into the second leg. There is no longer much room left for error. But as some of the early pace-setters like Posta Rangers, Ulinzi and Tusker continue to falter, Gor Mahia are in top form and in prime position to recapture the title they lost last season. Gor Mahia are six points clear of second placed Sofapaka with a game in hand. However they cannot relax because second placed Sofapaka are also in fine form.

Gor Mahia’s play is indeed much better than it was in the first leg under Brazilian tactician Ze Maria. One player whose form mirrors the renaissance is Rwandese midfielder “Migi” Mugiraneza. Signed in January from Azam, his seemingly poor form left many fans wondering if he should be released in the June transfer window. But since the arrival of coach Dylan Kerr, Migi has seen his form rise and he provided one of the assists on Saturday.

“I never lost my form, I was being played off position. All my life, even in the national team, I play the traditional number six, but Ze Maria insisted I play as a winger or at times behind strikers, I was never comfortable. I talked to him about it but he ended up denying me play time. Kerr understands me from my days at Azam when he was at Simba. I explained to him my situation at Gor when he came and he trusted me and deployed me in the midfield where I enjoy most playing. He is so far impressed with me. he told Soka25east.

George Odhiambo “Blackberry” who supplied one of the assists on Saturday has also seen a renaissance in his career that has seen him return to the national team while in an unexpected turn of events, new goalkeeper Peter Odhiambo is quickly emerging as the first choice keeper. His spectacular save of a penalty will only strengthen his claim to the starting line-up.

Impressively, Gor Mahia hammered Nzoia despite not having the services of key players: Karim Nizigiyimana, Philemon Otieno, Ernest Wendo and Godfrey Walusimbi. The latter was away playing for the Uganda Cranes against Egypt. Walusimbi, who has been consistent since he joined in 2014, was a target of KF Tirana according to Judith Nyangi.

“Yes, Walusimbi was contacted by Tirana, but he refused the offer opting to stay with us. As far as I am concerned, he is not going anywhere. His contract is expiring at the end of this season but no cause for alarm because that is his nature, we are optimistic,” said Nyangi to goal.com

Gate Collections

Club official Judith Nyangi announced Saturday’s gate collections as follows:
VIP sold 127 @ 500= 63,500
Terrace 1657 tickets @200= 331,400

Total gate collection= 394,400

She announced those numbers on her social media pages.


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