Wishing all Bloggers a prosperous new year (2018)

On behalf of GORMAHIA.NET Gor Mahia online branch aka Gor Mahia bloggers branch, I would like to take this opportunity to wish all the bloggers a happy New Year and a prosperous 2018. Wishing you success in all your endeavors in 2018.

May you continue to support Gor Mahia in 2018. Lets help make 2018 the year when Gor Mahia makes a significant impact in the Africa Champions league.

Wishing success to all the bloggers who have posted recently. Apologies in advance to anyone whose name is missing.

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Gor Mahia transfer news December 30 2017

Good luck John Ndirangu

John “Softie” Ndirangu has been released by Kogalo. This was confirmed by CEO Lordvick Aduda.

“We have released Ndirangu because his performance was way below what we expected from him last season. We cannot guarantee him playing time because of the signings we have done and have agreed that he gets a new club.” Aduda told goal.com

Ndirangu who is 22, first came to prominence at Nakuru All Stars where his silken on the ball skills wowed KPL fans. He later played for AFC Leopards before joining Kogalo in December of 2016.

Two promising players who joined Gor Mahia in 2017 but were unable to gain playing time will be loaned out. Striker Jeconiah Uyoga will join Nakumatt FC while full back Maqbul Mohammed will play for Wazito FC next season.

Maqbul joined Gor Mahia in December 2016 after an impressive display in the Super 8 tournament. He was seen as a potential replacement for Eric Ouma “Marcelo” who was departing for Georgia. But he has been unable to get playing time.

Uyoga played for TUK in the Super 8 tournament and was impressive as well. But he found the going tough at Kogalo because the numerous proven goal-scorers on the team.

Joining Gor Mahia for the 2018 season is Okeyo Cassidy Lumumba from Tusker.

“We have signed Cassidy from Tusker. He has joined our team on a three year contract. We want to do well in continental scene hence the decision to beef up our squad with quality players.” said Aduda to goal.com

Gor Mahia transfer news Dec-27-2017

Gor Mahia have signed Western Stima midfielder Bernard Ondiek. The lanky midfielder is a noted box to box midfielder. Ondiek who is 26, signed a three year contract.

Gor Mahia have released midfielder Anthony Mbugua according to CEO Ludovick Aduda.

“We have talked to him and he has decided to leave. It is a mutual agreement because he wants to play and unfortunately we cannot offer that. We have allowed him to sign for another club and want to wish him well in his future endevours.” said Mbugua to goal.com

Mbugua, whose nickname is “Baggio”, joined Kogalo in June of 2016. But he could not get any playing time under either Ze Maria or Dylan Kerr.

One player who is yet to agree to a new contract is George Odhiambo Blackberry. But Aduda says that talks are at an advanced stage.

“Talks are at an advanced stage. We broke for Christmas and after that we will finalize the negotiations. Everything looks positive and we at hopeful he will agree to extend his stay with us,” he said according to Futaa.com.

Blackberry has resurrected his career from the doldrums. He rejoined Kogalo in 2014 after failures in Denmark, Finland, Azebaijan and Tanzania. He had a stellar 2017 that saw him named midfielder of the year and regain his place in the national team.

“Odhiambo was one of our best players in 2017 and we are happy that he’s rediscovering his form once again. At Gor Mahia we want to have the best playing unit around and as such we have to retain good players like Berry,” continued Aduda.

The International Transfer certificate of Ephrem Guikan has been received by Gor Mahia.
“Guikan is due in the country aboard Ethiopian Airline on Tuesday morning. We have managed to secure his release letter and the ITC and are now good to go. The striker has signed a two year contract and will be a good addition to our squad as we strive to do better in 2018.” said Aduda to goal.com

The Ivorian will compete for playing time with Tuyisenge, Kagere, and other strikers.

Humphrey Mieno signs for Gor Mahia

Gor Mahia have acquired the services of Humphrey Ochieng Mieno who was recently released by Tusker. The towering midfielder put pen to paper on a three-year deal on Friday.

“I am happy with the move and look forward to joining the rest of the team for preseason. The expectations are high but I can’t divulge more now because everyone is in offseason but for sure I am hopeful of a successful stint,” he told Nation Sport on Friday.

Gor Mahia are looking to fill the gap left by Kenneth Muguna who is going to Albania to join former coach Ze Maria at KF Tirana.

Mieno has significant experience. He first played in the KPL in 2009 with KCB. He would later play for Sofapaka, AFC Leopards and most recently Tusker. His formative years were spent at Ligi Ndogo.

He has also had stints abroad playing for Club Africain of Tunisia and Azam of Tanzania. His best years were the Sofapaka years (2010-2011) when he was a national team mainstay.

Gor Mahia transfer news Dec-22-2017

Gor Mahia are said to have agreed to terms with left full back Isaac “Lefty” Kipyegon from Zoo FC on a three-year deal. Kipyegon was in the Harambee Stars squad that recently won the CECAFA senior challenge cup.

The deal with Wesley Onguso Arasa fll through after the player made exhorbitant demands.

“Onguso insisted on one million transfer fee so the deal flopped because we were not ready to part with such a huge sum for a defender,” a source told Soka25east.

Earlier on, Gor Mahia are said to have signed another defender, Charles Momanyi from Kakamega Homeboyz.

“We’ve received Momanyi’s release letter from Kakamega Homeboyz and I can confirm that he’s now our player. Momanyi is a good young central defender and his addition to the team will definitely bring competition to our backline which is a good thing for any top club,” CEO Lordvick Aduda told Futaa.com

A Third signing is Lawrence Juma. The Nzoia United playmaker was a contender for midfielder of the year. His coach Bernard Mwalala confirmed the news.

“Lawi is a great and a disciplined boy,he’s destined for greatness.As a coach ,it’s sad to see such a player leave but once a player says he wants to progress his career elsewhere we have no choice but to let him go,we wish him the very best at Gor Mahia,” said Mwalala.

Meanwhile Humphrey Mieno, who had been a target of Gor Mahia in 2016, has now been released by Tusker and could be a target for Kogalo.

Kagere, Blackberry and Musa win end of year awards

Gor Mahia once again doinated the annual footballer of the year awards, winning 3 out of 7 individual awards.

Courtesy of the Nation
Gor Mahia forward Meddie Kagere was crowned the Sports Journalist Association of Kenya (SJAK) Most Valuable Player in an inaugural gala held on Monday in Nairobi.

Kagere beat Kariobangi Sharks’ Masud Juma and compatriot Jacques Tuyisenge to the prestigious award that came with a 55-inch television screen courtesy of LG, a return ticket from Skyward Express, a DStv decoder and a gift hamper from Kenya Wine Agency Limited (KWAL).

“Hard work pains but it pays. I thank my teammates who used to make me feel I can do it.

“I am excited and I thank the Gor staff, supporters and above all God,” an elated Kagere, who aided Gor to an unprecedented 16th title by scoring 13 goals, said.

Kariobangi Sharks, who got promoted in the league this season, produced two winners: John Oyemba and Masud Juma in the goalkeeper and Golden boot categories.

“I was aiming to be the top scorer and I knew I shall achieve it because I was working hard daily in training.

“I am happy I did it. Now my aim is to play for bigger clubs outside Kenya in the near future,” Juma, whose two goals in the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup helped Kenya clinch their seventh title Sunday, said.

Other guests were Football Kenya Federation (FKF) president Nick Mwendwa and Sports Principal Secretary Peter Kaberia.

“This is just a Launchpad, the next awards will be better,” SJAK president Chris Mbaisi said.

Winners in each category went home with a 49-inch TV screen, a KWAL gift hamper, DStv decoder and a return Skyward Express ticket usable across the country only.

Full list of winners

Most Valuable Player – Meddie Kagere (Gor Mahia)

Golden Boot – Masud Juma (Kariobangi Sharks)

Goalkeeper of the year – John Oyemba (Kariobangi Sharks)

Defender of the year – Musa Mohammed (Gor Mahia)

Midfielder of the year – George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo (Gor Mahia)

New Young Player – Nicholas Kipkirui (Zoo Kericho)

Coach of the year – Sam Ssimbwa (Sofapaka)

SJAK Award – Esse Akida

Harambee Stars Lift 2017 CECAFA Challenge Cup

Kenya’s Harambee Stars lifted the 2017 CECAFA senior challenge cup marking only the seventh time that Kenya has lifted this trophy(1975, 1981, 1982, 1983, 2002, 2013, 2017).

In the starting line-up for Kenya were Kogalo players Musa Mohamed and George Odhiambo. Ernest Wendo came on as a substitute. Also in action were Gor Mahia prospects Samwel Onyango and Wesley Onguso.

Additional Reporting from goal.com
Regular and extra time had nothing to separate the two teams who had settled to a 2-2 draw

Kenya needed post match penalties to win 3-2 and claim the 2017 Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup.

Keeper Patrick Matasi was the hero as he kept out three penalties to hand his team the trophy. Regular and extra time had nothing to separate the two teams, who had settled to a 2-2 draw.

Harambee Stars came into the match as favourites considering their form in the competition, but again the Zanzibar Heroes could not be underrated thanks to their heroics in the regional competition.
It took just five minutes for the hosts to hit the back of the net and send thousands of fans to crowd nine. Whyvone Isuza won the ball from thirty five yards, and as he drove towards the danger zone, Abdulaziz Makame fouled him giving Kariobangi Sharks youngster Ovella Ochieng a chance to hit the target.
The winger did well to curl the ball from twenty seven yards and beat Nohammed Abraham to give Kenya an early lead.

After the goal, the away team tried everything within the ranks to push for an equalizer, but the Kenyan defense, that had not conceded a single goal, made it hard for them. In the 28th minute, George Odhiambo made a good run from the left, going past three opponents, however, his over ambitious effort sailed wide off the mark.

With five minutes to the break, Patillah Omotto fouled the ever dangerous Ibrahim Hamad in the promising position, unfortunately, the ball was floated over Matasi’s cross bar by Mwinyi Haji. Three minutes later, Jockins Atudo made a mistake at the back giving Kassim Suleiman a chance to cross the ball into the danger zone, but Matasi did well to stop them.

The Zanzibar Heroes came back stronger after the break, trying to push Harambee Stars into making mistakes, and they won a free kick in a promising position, however Mwinyi Haji once again failed to capitalize on the opportunity, shooting the ball way over.

Kepha Aswani was forced off with an injury, prompting coach Paul Put to introduce Kenyan Premier League top scorer Masoud Juma with 25 minutes to go.

In the 75th minute, Zanzibar had the best of opportunities to equalize. Kenya defense was caught napping and the ball fell kindly to Issa Juma, who did well to take his time and set up Kassim Ali, however Atudo was in the right place to prevent the ball from hitting the back of the net.

The hard fighting Zanzibar was rewarded for their pressing in the 87th minute. Substitute Khamisi Musa came into the rescue, finishing off beautifully Salim Kheri’s well cut pass to silence the home crowd and sending the game to extra time.

Seven minutes into extra time and Kenya scored the second goal courtesy of Juma, who did well to capitalize on the goalkeeper’s mistake. The custodian gave away the goal kick, with the help of a defender, and the striker needed two touches to give Stars a deserved lead.

Three minutes later, it was 2-2, this time round Musa Mohammed failing to clear the danger giving Khamisi Musa a chance to complete his brace and send the match to penalties.

Matasi kept out Ahmed Said, Khamis Musa and Mohammed Issa spot-kicks with Mudathir Abbas and Dan Abdul scoring for the Zanzibar Heroes.

Kenya scored courtesy of Jockins Atudo, Wesley Onguso and Samuel Onyango, while Duncan Otieno missed out.

Starting XI: Patrick Matasi, Musa Mohamed, Jockins Atudo, Dennis Shikayi, Wesley Onguso, Omotto Pattillah, Whyvonne Isuza, Ovella Ochieng, Duncan Otieno, George Odhiambo, Kepha Aswani

Subs: Boniface Oluoch, Gabriel Andika, Said Tsuma, Bernard Ochieng, Samwel Onyango, Masoud Juma, Wellingtone Ochieng, Isaac Kipyegon, Vincent Oburu, Ernest Wendo, Chrispin Oduor.

Blackberry, Wendo, Musa in action as Kenya sail to final

Harambee stars survived a strong challenge from Burundi to win a 1-0 win in the CECAFA senior challenge cup semis on Thursday. The all important goal came from Whyvonne Isuza 7 minutes into extra time.

The back four of Gor Mahia defender and skipper Musa Muhammed, Jockins Atudo, Dennis Sikhayi and Wesley Onguso that has started in all matches in the tournament was the most outstanding department and ensured yet another clean sheet. Harambee stars have yet to concede a goal in this tournament.

“Our opponents were tough especially in first half but the boys kept on fighting and our persistence paid off with a goal in extra time. We still have a lot to do having in mind that the team we play in the final will also be there by merit,” said Put.

Gor Mahia pursuing Ghanaian midfielder

courtesy of ghanasoccernet.com
Kenyan champions Gor Mahia FC are in contact with former Bechem United midfielder Solomon Mensah over a possible transfer, GHANAS occernet.com can exclusively reveal.

Mensah became free agent after refusing to renew his contract with the Hunters which expired at the end of the 2016/2017 season.

Gor Mahia FC head coach Dylan Kerr is keen on acquiring the services of the workaholic midfielder as he aims at defending their title.

Kerr has also targeted to reach Group stage of the 2018 CAF Champions League.

The box-to-box midfielder played a significant role in the 2015/2016 season to help Bechem United clinch their first ever silverware-the MTN FA Cup.

Gor Mahia could face Esperance again

The draw for the 2018 CAF Champions league is out. In the preliminary round, Gor Mahia have been pitted against little known Leones Vegetarianos Fútbol Club of Equatorial Guinea. Leones have virtually no experience in African football. They won the Equatoguinean league for the first time ever in 2017. And clubs from Equatorial Guinea rarely make an impression in this tournament. Last year’s representatives, Sony Ela Nguema lost 4-1 on aggregate to Al Merreikh of Sudan

Should Gor Mahia win, they will face the winner between Esperance De Tunis and ASAC Concorde of Mauritania. The Tunisian side are two times winners of the tournament and 5 times runners up. In 2017, they reached the semis. It is a chance for Kogalo to redeem themselves after losing 8-2 on aggregate to the Tunisians in 2014.

Shakava’s brilliant header was one of the few bright spots last time

Gor Mahia will be buoyed by having signed Ivorian striker Ephrem Guikan. He is best known to Kenyan fans for scoring twice against Tusker in the 2017 Africa champions league.

“We can confirm the signing of striker Gikan Ephraim from a club in Mauritius. We have scouted him for some time and we watched him play against Tusker in the Caf- Champion’s League. We also watched him on you tube and had a fruitful discussion with his agent. Everything has worked to plan,” Ronald Ngala told Citizen Digital.

Blackberry stars as Kenya book semis ticket

George Odhiambo Blackberry is receiving rave reviews for his excellent play at the ongoing CECAFA senior challenge cup. He was in fine form again as Kenya beat Tanzania Bara to book a place in the semi-finals.
Also in action today was captain Musa Mohamed, Ernest Wendo and Wesley Onguso who is reported to be joining Kogalo

Additional reporting from Capital FM

Kenya, Dec 11- Kenya’s Harambee Stars have qualified for the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup semi-finals as Group A winners after beating Tanzania 1-0 in Machakos on Monday and will pay Group B’s second placed side Burundi in Machakos on Thursday.

Kenya finished the group stage matches with eight points, one ahead of Zanzibar who will play defending champions and Group B winners Uganda Cranes in the second semi on Friday.

AFC Leopards forward Vincent Oburu repaid the faith shown in him by head coach Paul Put handing him his first ever start for the national team as he tapped home a 20th minute goal to hand Stars the win.

Put made changes to his forward line for his fourth match in charge of the team, handing Oburu a starting role as the team’s lead strikers supported on either wing by George Odhiambo and Ovella Ochieng.

Chris Oduor who started ahead of Whyvonne Isuza was handed the supporting striker’s role, playing behind Oburu. Gor Mahia midfield workhorse Ernest Wendo also started his first match for the national team, coming in the place of Duncan Otieno.

Libya’s 1-0 win over Zanzibar in the early kick off handed Kenya a confidence boost of sorts as they knew they only needed a point to get t the last four. However, the pressure was for them to win and top the group.

They should have opened the scoring five minutes into the tie when a mistake by Erasto Nyoni in his own box handed Ovellah Ochieng a chance, but the Kariobangi Sharks forward placed the ball over with only the keeper to beat.

Startiing Patrick Matasi(GK), Musa Mohammed (C), Jockins Atudo, Dennis Sikhayi, Wesley Onguso, Ernest Wendo, Patillah Omotto, Vincent Oburu(Kefa Aswani) , Chrispin Oduor, (Whyvonne Isuza), Ovella Ochieng, (Samuel Onyango) George Odhiambo,

Unused Subs: Gabriel Andika (GK), Boniface Oluoch (GK), Said Tsuma, Bernard Ochieng, Masoud Juma, Wellington Ochieng, Charles Momanyi, Issack Kipyegon, Duncan Otieno

arlier on, Odhiambo had come close for Kenya with a low shot from the edge of the area which went wide.

Stars were dominating possession but were guilty of losing it often, the biggest culprits being Ovella on the right and Oduor who had been deployed as the support striker behind Oburu.

Ovella however made amends in the 20th minute, this time not taking too many touches. He set himself up with the first touch before crossing low into the box to an awaiting Oburu who had the simplest task of tapping the ball gone with the keeper beaten.

It was a pressure relieving goal for Kenya who had only scored one from open play prior.

Tanzania though grew in confidence after going down as they sought for an equalizer, but they couldn’t breach a watertight Kenyan backline.

In the 32nd minute defender Dennis Sikhayi almost caught Tanzania keeper Peter Manyika offguard with a long range effort which however went wide.

In the second half, there wasn’t much of action infront of goal. The best chances of the last 45 fell on Odhiambo whose first shot from the left was saved by the keeper while in his second attempt, his outstretched foot three yards off goal failed to connect to an Ochieng cross.