Archives - December, 2017



15 Dec 17

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.


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14 Dec 17

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.


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12 Dec 17


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.


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9 Dec 17


Gor Mahia midfielder is set to join Ze Maria at Albanian side KF Tirana
Story courtesy of the Nation
The 2016 SportPesa Premier League (SPL) Most Valuable Player Kenneth Muguna is set to join Albanian giants KF Tirana.

Nation Sport understands that Tirana has reached an agreement with SPL champions Gor Mahia to release the player for a record transfer fee and a percentage on his future sell.

“He is highly unlikely to be part of the team next year. His deal to Tirana is at an advanced stage, in about a week’s time it will be through,” said an official from Gor who sought anonymity.

Tirana Chief Executive Officer Hector Como has been in the country the past two weeks in an attempt to finalise the move which will see the player sign a four-year contract.

“We actually wanted to sign him in August so that we can start the season with him but it didn’t go through. I am quite confident we will have him next month and his work is cut out to immediately fit into the team ahead of the second leg,

“I am hopeful that he can bring creativity in our midfield under his former coach Ze Maria. Our target is to play in the top-flight next season and also retain the FA Cup so that we can play in Europa league,” said Como.

Muguna boasts of a two-year experience in the SPL, where he has fast carved a reputation as a classy attacking midfielder, with wonderful ball skills.

His three goals and nine assists aided the club to their unprecedented 16th silverware.

“I believe I served the team diligently most importantly reclaiming the title. Any player would not want to turn down a new challenge in Europe. Hopefully it will be 100 percent completed soon,” Muguna, who is capped twice for Kenya, said.

The former Palos midfielder will become the sixth star to leave the club after a season following in the footsteps of Erick ‘Marcelo’ Ouma (2016), Michael Olunga (2015), David ‘Calabar’ Owino (2014), and Geoffrey ‘Baba’ Kizito (2013) among others.

Tirana already has Ugandan duo of midfielder Tony Mawejje and striker Yunus Sentamu at the club handled by former Gor coach Jose Marcelo Ferreira.

They top the country’s second tier standings with 22 points from nine games. Kenyans James Situma, Moses Arita and Francis Kahata have formerly featured for the side before.


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5 Dec 17

The career of Kevin Omondi “Ade” has come full circle as he has rejoined Kogalo, the team where he started his career.

“We have given ‘Ade’ a three year contract after he impressed the coaches in recent training. He was invited to train with the team by coach Kerr and he has given us the go ahead that we sign him and that is what we have done.” said Lordvick Aduda, the Gor Mahia CEO to goal.com

Ade wants to revive a career that was once very promising. Back in 2010, he was voted Kenya secondary school’s player of the year. He joined Kogalo the following season and was quickly named to the national team when only 19 years of age.

After the 2014 season, he left for South Africa. But a fall-out with the coach derailed his stint down South. He would return to Kenya and join Sofapaka the following season. But distracted by off the field issues, he never played well. He decided to join lower tier side Adminsitration Police. In the two friendlies he played against Gor Mahia, he played extremely well as if he had a point to prove.

 


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2 Dec 17

Gor Mahia have agreed to terms with attacker  Samuel Onyango from Ulinzi , defender Wesley Onguso from Sofapaka and Western Stima center half Maurice Ojwang . This according to a report on Citizen sports.

The same report also states that Jean Baptiste Mugiraneza has been sold off to 13-time Rwandan champions Armée Patriotique Rwandaise (APR).

Mugiraneza, popularly known as Migi, was signed as a replacement for Khalid Aucho but was unable to cement a first team place. He got no playing time under Ze Maria who often played him out of position. Under Frank Nuttall, he played well in spots.

Samwel Onyango is an attacker who often operates on the wings. He has been one of the revelations of the 2017 league and earned a place in the national team.

Kevin Omondi

Other reports suggest that coach Dylan Kerr is interested in bringing back Kevin Omondi “Ade”.

“I’m interested in having Kevin as part of my squad because he is greatly talented. He trained with us for two weeks and I know he is a player who stands a good chance of being signed at Gor. He has a chance to prove how good he is,” Kerr said in an online interview with the Standard.

The sticking point happens to be the relationship between Musa Mohamed and Kevin Omondi which was very sour at one point following revelations that Ade lost his wife to Musa.

But Ade has come out to clarify that he has no issues with Musa.

“There is nothing wrong between me and Musa Mohamed. We are friends and I have no issue concerning anything. I also don’t think he has any issue with me because we have moved on.” he said to the Standard.

His manager, Charles Omondi Korea also stated that Ade is keen to rejoin Kogalo.

“Kevin Omondi is psyched up to re-join Gor anytime. He trained with them for two weeks and the coach is already impressed, so we’re simply waiting for talks with the club’s administration.” he told the Standard

If Omondi is in the right frame of mind, he could be a useful addition to Kogalo where he will be motivated to revive his flagging career which apparently was derailed due to off the field problems.

The manner in which his contract was terminated in South Africa also would have had a negative psychological impact on him thus affecting his play on the field. Dylan Kerr could be the man to put him back in the right frame of mind. His talents have never been in doubt. The problem has always been off the field issues including indiscipline.

 


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