Archives - October, 2017



21 Oct 17


Gor Mahia clinched the 2017 Kenya premier league after they beat military side Ulinzi stars 1-0. The goal came via Meddie Kagere in the 14th minute. Gor Mahia have now won the Kenyan top tier league 16 times which is four times more than second placed AFC who have 12 titles and third placed Tusker who have 11 titles.

In a dominant display, Gor Mahia have won the league with five matches to spare while also leading the league in goals scored (47) and goals conceded (18).

Match report from the Standard

Gor Mahia are the new Sportpesa Kenyan Premier League champions.

They achieved the feat for their 16th title victory after they whipped Ulinzi Stars 1-0 at Kericho Green Stadium in a tough encounter on Saturday.

Rwandese international Meddie Kagere scored the lone goal in the 15th minute to lead by the solitary goal at the break.

The victory was warm welcome to the British Coach Dyerr Kerr who succeeded Brazilian Joe Marcelo Ferreira who had served at the club for only 14 months after he took over from Scott Frank Nuttal.

The result left Gor Mahia perched at the top of the log with unassailable 66 points from 30 matches with four matches before they conclude their fixtures.

A jubilated Gor Coach Kerr attributed their victory to high discipline in the team.
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“We have achieved all these due to a high sense of discipline among my players and their determination towards the title in every subsequent match,” he told Standard Sports.

The Gor tactician who said he is not only contented with this victory stated that he is now focused on leading the newly crown champions to a continental title next year and emulate their 1987 performance when they became the first club from East and Central Africa to lift the Mandela Cup (formerly Africa Cup Winners Cup).

“With the kind of quality of my players under me, we are now focused to win a continental title next season,” he explained.

Gor are scheduled to feature in the prestigious Africa Champions League next season.

However, despite the victory, he decried the state of the Kericho pitch, which he stated affected their mode of play.

“We would have won the match with a bigger margin had it not been the state of the pitch that was bumpy and affected our format of play,” he said.

The loss left Ulinzi Stars Head Coach Benjamin Nyangweso boys tongue tied after the comeback of defenders Mohammed ‘Rio’ Hassan, Oliver Ruto and Geoffrey Kokoyo and midfielder Boniface Onyango and winger Samuel Onyango who missed their previous matches due in accumulation of yellow cards.


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21 Oct 17

Gor Mahia are set to take on Ulinzi Stars at Kericho Green stadium on Saturday. They need only one point to seal their record 16th title. This puts Kogalo four titles ahead of second placed AFC who have won 12 titles and Tusker who have won 11 titles.

Since Dylan Kerr took over as coach, Gor Mahia have gone on a winning spree that has left them 14 points ahead of their closest challengers. And they have done this while playing brilliant attacking football that has seen them score 46 goals. It is for this reason that Kerr is unlikely to be looking for a draw. He will be going for an all out win.

“Most clubs opt to play a very defensive game, especially when they are playing against us but I tell my players to always enjoy themselves on the pitch,” said Kerr to the Nation.

And aside from the disappointing match against Mathare United, Kerr has found ways to keep his side motivated where other teams would have taken their foot off the accelerator pedal.

“I like the spirit I see during training and I tell them to maintain as much of it as possible on the pitch. We attack as a unit and also defend as a unit because every player knows when it is time to advance and when it is time to retreat.” he continued.

Two players who will be especially motivated are Meddie Kagere and Jacque Tuyisenge, both of whom are in the running to be the league top scorer. Yet both are completely uneselfish and often pass the ball to a more open player who is in a better scoring position.

The last time these two sides met was in Kisumu soon after Ze Maria had quit. Gor Mahia relinquished a two goal lead to settle for a 2-2 draw. Ulinzi will be hoping for another good performance.

“We missed many players in our midweek match and that had a very bad impact on our performance against Leopards. That was a game we could have easily won but we had to do with fringe players.

“This time we have a full strength squad. Geoffrey Kokoyo, Oliver Rutto and Samuel Onyango are all back from suspension and I am confident of a good result on Saturday,” said coach Benjamin Nyangweso to the Nation.

The match kicks off at 3pm


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17 Oct 17

Three goal hero: Jacque Tuyisenge

Gor Mahia’s Rwandese striker Jacque Tuyisenge, found the back of the net three times (in the 12th , 20th and 36th minutes) as Gor Mahia recovered from their weekend loss to Mathare to beat Kariobangi Sharks 3-1.

Additional reporting from sportpesa news
Stung by losing their fourth game of the campaign last weekend to Mathare United FC, Gor wasted little time in shifting through the gears in a devastating first half that saw Tuyisenge notch his treble in the 11th, 20th and 36th minutes.

Masoud Juma scored the consolation for Sharks from the spot in the second half but the damage had already been done as the two sides reproduced the exact result from the first leg.

The record K’Ogalo signing thus became the first player to notch a hat-trick for the record 15-time SPL winners since LaLiga side Girona FC forward; Michael Olunga, went home with the match ball in their 4-1 demolition of Chemelil Sugar on June 27, 2015.

The league leaders now have 63 points, 18 ahead of second placed Sofapaka FC and still have a game in hand over Ulinzi Stars FC as they closed in on their 16th crown.

Nightmare season

 

In Kisumu, both sides came into this match on the back of underwhelming results in their last outings.

Gor coach, Dylan Kerr rung changes to his team, resting keeper Boniface Oluoch, the injured Karim Nizigiyimana and Jean Baptiste Mugiraneza.

In their place came in Peter Odhiambo, Innocent Wafula and Philemon Otieno.

His opposite number William Muluya, with one eye on the GOtv Shield final against Leopards on Friday, made wholesale changes.

Francis Manoah, Sanneh and Wycliffe Otieno who came in as skipper took their place in the starting XI that had Geoffrey Shiveka leading the list of absentees.

It did not take long before K’Ogalo proved their credentials as title holders in waiting with the trio of Kenneth Muguna, Francis Kahata and Otieno dictating the pace from the middle of the park.

Tuyisenge made their early dominance count with the opener when he mopped up a well constructed move.

Even before the decibel levels could go down in a city that has been rocked by the stench of death following a violent clampdown on political protests, the Rwandese forward notched his double when he gave John Oyemba, in the Sharks goal, no chance with an exquisite finish.

Tuyisenge was not done yet as he claimed the match ball inside 23 minutes for his first SPL hat-trick since he joined K’Ogalo in January 2016 to leave Sharks reeling five minutes to the break and staring at a good old hiding.

And it should have been four for the Rwandese seconds before the breather but on this occasion, his canon shot came off the bar with Oyemba soundly beaten.

With the sizeable Green Army supporters baying for more goals, Gor picked off from where they left after they switched sides, forcing Muluya to resort to damage control in a bid to prevent the rout.

Elly Asieche, Juma and midfielder Ovella Ochieng’ who rejoined the Sharks from what the club stated was an ‘exchange programme’ with Swedish top tier side, Djurgardens where Olunga made his name last season, came off the bench.

Their introduction had the desired effect, stemming the one way traffic and Sharks improvement was rewarded 15 minutes from full time when they earned a spot kick after Wafula was adjudged to have handled inside the box.

Juma made no mistake from 12 yards, sending Odhiambo the wrong way to pull one back and embellish the scoreline but Gor comfortably saw out the rest of the match to inch another step closer to glory.


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14 Oct 17

Mugiraneza challenges Edwin Seda

Coach Dylan Kerr suffered his first defeat as Kogalo coach when his side went down 0-1 to Mathare United at Thika municipal stadium. It was a mirror image of the first leg. Gor Mahia seem unable to adapt their game to that field.
Additional reporting from goal.com
Mathare United handed coach Dylan Kerr his first defeat after edging out Gor Mahia 1-0 in a Kenyan Premier League match at Thika Stadium on Saturday.

Chrispine Oduor’s goal in the fifth minute made all the difference as Mathare United completed a double over the KPL league leaders by an identical scoreline.

Gor Mahia had started well with Meddie Kagere breaking free from the right and beating Samuel Olwande in defence but his resultant effort went wide.

Two minutes later, Gor Mahia were forced to make an early substitution when Ian Wafula was brought in for Karim Nizigiyimana.

Then the tide quickly turned as Mathare seem to take control and the result was their early goal.
Oduor created space for himself on the left and picked out Cliff Nyakeya who returned the favour and the latter beat Boniface Oluoch with a low shot at the bottom right corner for Mathare’s opener in the fifth minute.

After the goal, Mathare continued to pile pressure. In the 21st minute, Edward Seda’s free kick from the edge of the box went inches wide.

Then two minutes later, Boniface Oluoch was forced to come out to deny Mathare United once again from a corner kick.

Nyakeya’s shot in the 33rd minute went just wide.

One minute later, Gor Mahia midfielder Francis Kahata was denied by Lewis Opiyo in goal for Mathare from a well taken volley.

The Slum Boys were the more ambitious side at the start of the second half with Chris Ochieng’s shot blocked by Oluoch.

At the hour mark, Edward Seda’s free kick hit the Gor wall. Jacques Tuyisenge came close to equalising for Gor, but his header hit the roof with a quarter of an hour to go.

Kahata was denied once again by Opiyo from a free kick as Gor continued to pile pressure.


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12 Oct 17

Gor Mahia’s march towards the 2017 Kenya Premier league continues this Saturday when they take on Mathare United. Gor Mahia now need only four points to win the league. And if Sofapaka and Homeboyz slip up again, then a win against Mathare could very well give them the title.

Mathare for their part are in 15th place and are desperately battling relegation. It is a dramatic change in fortunues for a team that won the Kenya Premier League in 2008. A team that penned one of the most lucrative sponsorship deals last year and was thus expected to challenge for the title. It is also a dramatic change in fortunes for coach Francis Kimanzi who as recently as 2012 was considered the best coach in Kenya.

Kimanzi and his team knows that Mathare cannot afford to slip up and must battle.

” It’s the big one this weekend. The lads are fired up for the Saturday clash against league leaders Gor Mahia. Interestingly, we are one of the three sides that have managed to beat K’Ogalo this season, the club exclaimed. Save for Wycliffe Kasaya and Roy Syamba, it’s a full house in training and the mood in camp is great ahead of the task ahead” said a post on the club’s social media pages.

The last encounter  between these two sides was in April at Thika stadium. Mathare won 1-0. The goal was scored by Cliff Nyakeya, a former Gor Mahia youth player, assisted by Derrick Onyango, also a former Gor Mahia youth player. And this is another area where Mathare’s fortunes have changed. It is they who used to be a pipeline of talent with many former Mathare Youth players playing for clubs all over the country.

Dylan Kerr, the Gor Mahia coach, remains focused on winning all the remaining matches and he knows he will face a very determined side in Mathare United

“We all know, many teams aim at defeating us (Gor Mahia), and that makes it even harder for my players on the pitch. And with a few matches remaining, we have to stay focused, it is definitely going to be a tough assignment, and we are focused on giving our best and win.” he said to goal.com

On Thursday morning, Gor Mahia played a friendly against Ulinzi and won 4-2 with goals by Timothy Otieno, JB Mugiraneza, Mike Simiyu and Boniface Omondi. This according to team official Judith Nyangi.


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10 Oct 17

As the end of the season nears, the transfer season has already begun in earnest. And it appears that Gor Mahia’s first task will be to try and maintain the services of talisman Jacque Tuyisenge. According to Citizen Sports, Rwandese side APR have sent a delegation to Nairobi to negotiate with Tuyisenge in a bid to get him back.

Gor Mahia for their part are trying to keep the Rwandese striker who is currently the highest paid player at the club.

“As a club we are talking to him. We do not want a situation where we lose him for free .We are therefore trying to reach a common ground,” a club source who requested anonymity told Citizen Digital.

Tuyisenge has scored 11 goals this season including 6 in the Sportpesa premier league. His most notable goal was the header against Everton in Dar es Salaam where he headed in a Kenneth Muguna corner kick from a very difficult angle.

With success inevitably other clubs mostly foreign but sometimes local ones come knocking on the door to seek the services of Gor Mahia players and technical staff. Tuyisenge is likely not the last player whom Gor Mahia will be fighting to keep this season.


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8 Oct 17

Muguna in action against Thailand on Sunday

Midfielder Kenneth Muguna, goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch and defender Musa Mohamed were the Kogalo players in action as Kenya put on what can at best be considered a sub par performance against Thailand. Context first: Thailand are at number 137 in the FIFA rankings, 49 places below Kenya. The entire Thai national team plays in the Thai league which cannot be considered to have a standard above the KPL.  Kenya was thus expected to win .

In the end it was Thailand who looked the better side. Though Kenya had more possession, they failed to create decent chances. Kenya are still unable to string together meaningful passes in the final third. As a result they try to score by playing hopeful crosses into the box or long passes.

Muguna’s impact on the game was not significant at all. He did not play badly but neither did he impose himself on the game nor create any chances. None of this is his fault. The team lacked sufficient cohesion. Musa Mohamed was played at right back. He was solid and staved off the attacks that came on his wing.

Boniface Oluoch was solid between the sticks and actually had to dive full length to pull off a number of saves. The goal he conceded was not his fault though he seemed to parry the ball right into the path of an oncoming attacker.

Other former Kogalo players were in action as well. Michael Olunga came closest to scoring when in the first half he picked up a loose ball and unleashed one of his trademark rising shots which forced a spectacular save from the Thai keeper. In the 54th minute Kenya were awarded a free-kick on the edge of the box after Masoud Juma was fouled. Olunga took the resulting free-kick which was quite an embarrasment. His form was poor. He got underneath the ball and sent it several meters above the cross bar. He has clearly not been practising free-kicks during his time in Sweden, China and Spain.

David Owino Calabar was solid in central defence. But was unable to start moves by linking up with his midfielders as is required of modern central defenders. The systems he is forced to play in and the quality of players around him are to blame.

Left with no option, he resorts to bypassing the midfield by sending long balls to the forwards. And unlike Austin Oduor of yesteryear, his long balls are mostly fanciful. They rarely find their target.  Anthony Akumu, the other former Kogalo player in the side was also solid if unspectacular.

The Thai side are clearly better at stringing together passes in the final third. In fact the goal they scored came after their winger created an opening for himself on the right flank, sliced the ball to the central attacker whose shot was parried by Oluoch only for another attacker to pounce on the loose ball and score.

After they scored, the Thais fell back and allowed Kenya long spells of ball possession. However Kenya were once again let down by their poor coordination in the final third. As a result they created no meaningful chances. The only attempts at goal were a long range effort from Anthony Akumu which went well wide and Olunga’s shocking free-kick.

Coach Okumbi introduced substitutions, bringing in Waruru, Samwel Onyango and Jesse Were for Masoud Juma, Miheso and Makwatta. But it was to no avail

 

Starting XI

Boniface Oluoch, David Owino (C), Jockins Atudo, Abud Omar, Musa Mohammed, Anthony Akumu, Kenneth Muguna, Cliffton Miheso, John Mark Makwatta, Masud Juma, Michael Olunga

Substitutes

Patrick Matasi, Simon Mbugua, Ernest Wendo, Samuel Onyango, Jesse Were, Harun Shakava, Robinson Kamura, Patillah Omotto, Boniface Muchiri, Dennis Sikhayi, Stephen Waruru

Musa Mohamed solidified his flank despite playing out of position

 

John Makwatta

Anthony Akumu and Kenneth Muguna


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6 Oct 17

Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr who has led the club on a march of 12 matches unbeaten has indicated to a Scottish newspaper that he would be open to the position at Kilmarnock FC.

He told SunSport: “I won’t apply for the manager’s job at Killie. I’ve got a job and that would be disrespectful to Gor Mahia who are a wonderful club.

“But if they wanted to speak to me? I’d swim the Med to talk to them.

Kerr played for Kilamarnock for four years between 1996 and 2000 and made 61 appearances for the club. He has followed the club’s fortunes closely since leaving.

“They know me, they know my feelings for the club. “I feel for Kilmarnock. They can’t go down, a club like them.

“Being there was a fantastic spell in my career. I’d four years there and we won the Scottish Cup and qualified for Europe twice.

“I don’t know if people remember the kind of person I was and think I don’t take things seriously enough. But I’ve grown up — a bit, anyway!

 

Kerr says his experience coaching all over the world has prepared him for the job.

“I’ve sampled management all over the world — in Vietnam, the USA, South Africa, Tanzania, England and now Kenya. “But the last four jobs I’ve applied for in Britain I didn’t even get an acknowledgement

“My attitude has always been that if I see something that’s appealing, I go for it. That’s why I was at Chesterfield as a youth coach, why I was at Simba FC in Tanzania.”

“I’ve worked my way through the levels, whether it was being the first non-Asian coach to win a trophy in Vietnam or working here in Nairobi, where you’re one of the very few white faces.

Kerr spoke about his accomplishments and experiences in Kenya.

“People think, ‘It’s Kenyan football’, but there are pressures. Gor Mahia are one of the biggest clubs in the country and when I joined I was told the job requirement was to win the title.

“I signed a two-year contract and my ambition is to get the club into the African Champions League group stages, which Gor Mahia have never done before.

“I’m proud of what I’ve achieved but most of it has happened far away from Britain.”

Given his recent success at Kogalo, Kerr is likely to be a hot commodity. If not Kilmarnock then even other clubs in Africa including Tanzania will be looking for his signature.


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4 Oct 17

On Tuesday, a Court of Appeal ruling on Tuesday that reinstated Zoo Kericho and Nakumatt to the KPL.  This followed an ill -advised ruling by the high court that nullified all the results from Zoo Kericho and Nakumatt following a petition by Sam Nyamweya. The ruling is a huge relief for both teams whose player were left in limbo. But the ruling is also excellent news for Kogalo who now see their nine points restored.

With nine points restored, Gor Mahia now have 60 points. And with sevem matches left, the highest number of points that Kakamega Homeboyz can collect is 66. As for Sofapaka, the highest number of points they can collect is 63. This means that Gor Mahia need to collect 7 points from their last 7 matches to secure the league title.

The departure of coach Ze Maria and the ushering in of coach Dylan Kerr has seen the fortunes of the club rise. Whereas Gor Mahia were neck and neck with Sofapaka, Ulinzi and Tusker. For example, when Ulinzi came from behind to hold Gor Mahia in a round of 15 match on July 2, Gor Mahia were atop the league but only on goal difference. Since Kerr arrived, Gor Mahia went on a 12 match unbeaten run that has seen them amass an unassailable lead.

With Gor Mahia now all but certain of winning the league title, the EC ought to start planning for next season. They must start to plan on finding out what it will take to retain coach Kerr and the players. If this coach and this playing unit is maintained into 2018, they have an excellent chance of making the group stage of the champions league.

 


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