Gor Mahia, AFC question KPL over gate collection

Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards are questioning highly suspicious gate collection figures released by FKF

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According to KPL records, only Sh3, 267 fans turned up to watch the match, bringing total gate collection to Sh1, 033, 900

Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards refused to pocket 50% of the money raised during the Super Cup final on Sunday.

Both teams were entitled to a share of the gate collection but Goal now understands that they did not pick the same at the final whistle.

“It is true we never picked our share from gate collection. We have requested KPL to table a breakdown of how the money collected was shared before we pick our share,” K’Ogalo CEO Omondi Aduda told Goal.

According to a breakdown obtained by Goal, each player was to walk home with Sh850 had they taken the Sh150, 000 from KPL.

According to KPL records, only Sh3, 267 fans (269 VIP and 2, 998 terraces) turned up to watch the Super Cup deby. With each VIP ticket retailing at Sh500 and a seat at ‘Russia’ going for Sh300, the total gate collection came to Sh1, 033, 900.

After all deductions, that included among others, Sh5, 000 for ball boys, Sh50, 000 for models and Sh6, 000 for Public Address System, KPL were left with Sh774, 595.

Interestingly, still with Sh774, 595 on the balance after total deduction (Sh259, 305), KPL still handed Gor Mahia and Ingwe Sh300, 000 to be shared among the two clubs.

With Sh265, 000 for each club, each player was set to receive Sh850 for taking part in the KPL curtain raiser.

Kogalo to play Al Hilal in friendly

As Gor Mahia prepares to for the 2018 Africa champions league, they will play their second high profile friendly. Having beaten KCCA of Uganda, Gor Mahia will now take on Sudanese champions Al Hilal.

“We have lined up a friendly against Al Hilal in Machakos on February 6. Al Hilal will arrive in Kenya on February 2 en route to Monrovia, Liberia, where they will play their Caf Champions League match.” said CEO Omondi Aduda to goal.com

Gor Mahia beat Al Hilal 1-0 in 2016 thanks to a goal from Enock Agwanda who converted a cross from Eric Ouma. In 2017, Al Hilal avenged the defeat, beating Kogalo by the same score.


Kerr unhappy with derby referee

Coach Dylan Kerr is happy with his side’s derby win. However he thinks the performance of the referees warrants a lot of criticism.

“This was a derby game but we kind of controlled the game, through the field was not very good. I, however, have to talk to the referee because I am not happy with this performance; every little infringement he penalized but in our case he let it go! We should have had two penalties in the first half but he didn’t,” he said to goal.com


Gor Mahia edge AFC 1-0 to win Super Cup

Gor Mahia beat arch rivals AFC Leopards at Afraha Stadium to win the 2018 Super Cup .

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League winners defeat AFC Leopards in Afraha Stadium match.

Gor Mahia are winners of this year’s Super Cup after edging out arch rivals AFC Leopards at Afraha Stadium on Saturday.

Haroun Shakava scored the all-important goal in the 40th minute. It was Shakava’s first competitive match as captain of the 16-time Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions.

“I am happy with the result. Shakava made the difference and I am proud of the team. They did us proud,” said Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr.

Wellingtone Ochieng looked to have been hacked and he tumbled inside the AFC Leopards but center referee waved away any penalty appeals. As the match wore on, Gor Mahia were clearly the better side going by the chances they created.

George Odhiambo’s attempt in the sixth minute was dealt with by Leopards goalkeeper Gabriel Andika. In the process, Andika collided with Jacques Tuyisenge and both sought treatment on the pitch.

Leopards got their first chance in the 13th minute but Moses Mburu’s free-kick did not find the target. Collins Okoth, playing his first match in Leopards colours, was cautioned three minutes later for rough play as Gor Mahia went hunting for the opener.

The breakthrough almost came in the 19th minute when Salim Abdalla headed towards his own goal while trying to deal with a shot by Odhiambo and in the process, earned their first corner in the match.

The first real chance for Leopards came in the 26th minute but Prince Arkoh was denied by Boniface Oluoch in goal. Six minutes later, Leopards got their first corner but it was their opponents who came close.

Abdalla headed out after Godfrey Walusimbi tore open the opposing backline placed an enticing pass on his pass.

But the goal finally came in the 40th minute. George Odhiambo’s cross on the left flank found Haroun Shakava waiting and with a brilliant header made it count.

Leopards made the first change early in the second half resting Jaffery Odeny for Brian Marita but not before Moses Mburu had wasted a free kick.

Gor Mahia’s Joash Onyango was also cautioned at the hour mark for a bad tackle on Joshua Kuria.

Gor Mahia take on AFC this weekend in the Super cup

Gor Mahia will play their first real match of 2018 this coming Sunday against arch rivals AFC Leopards. Kogalo will be defending the Super Cup diadem which they won by beating Tusker FC last January thanks to a Jacque Tuyisenge penalty.

Aside from the Super Cup, its an opportunity for coach Dylan Kerr to test his charges in a high pressure situation especially new signings like the evastly experienced Humphrey Mieno, the returning Kevin Omondi, and the Ivorian Ephrem Guikan.

Striker Meddie Kagere who has an admirable scoring record against Ingwe will once again be counted on for goals. Kevin Omondi has always played well against AFC. And for Harun Shakava, is his first chance to lift silverware as the official

But Leopards under Robert Matano and his spoiler tactics have proven a hard nut to crack. And Matano has sought to play down the significance of the game.

“It a game like any other and not a do or die fixture for us. It is a pre-season fixture and we will approach it that way. We are preparing the team for the season and the match is good for us.” he told goal.com

For Gor Mahia, club official Ronald Ngala thinks the win over KCCA has buoyed the players.

“We have played a couple of friendlies, the last one being against KCCA in which we beat them. I believe the head coach has marked some of the players including new signings who will be used in the Mashemeji Derby(weekend meeting). We won the Cup last season, and we are doing the same this season, so I am warning Ingwee to be ready for disappointments,” Ngala told Citizen Sports.

The match kicks off at 3pM Sunday at Afraha stadium.


Harun Shakava appointed team captain

Shakava seen here receiving the Sportpesa cup from Tanzanian cabinet minister Anthony Mavunde

Gor Mahia’s towering central defender Harun Shakava has been given the captains armband by coach Dylan Kerr. Shakava takes over from Musa Mohamed who has departed to KF Tirana.

Shakava has captained Gor Mahia before, most notably at the 2017 Sportpesa Supercup. Unlike in past seasons where players voted for the captain, this time it was a direct appointment by coach Dylan Kerr.

“Shakava will be my new leader on the pitch, I usually prefer a center back to captain my team and he is the best candidate for the same. As a matter of fact, the extra responsibility will make him mature and his game will improve” said Kerr to goal.com

Indeed most Kogalo captains have historically been defenders, most notably Julius Owino and Musa Mohamed and going back much further it was Peter Otieno “Bassanga”, Austin Oduor “Makamu” and Paul Ochieng “Kunde”.

Fans should trust coach Kerr’s judgment as he it is he who observes the players at close hand and knows which ones have good leadership qualities. Also Musa Mohamed’s game significantly improved when he was named captain. The same can be expected of Shakava.

Harun Shakava joined Kogalo before the 2014 season after an impressive run at Kakamega Homeboyz.

Goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch has been named as Vice Captain.

“I wanted to give Tuyisenge the assistant captain role but he said he wanted to concentrate on his game, so we settled on Oluoch, who is an experienced player as well, with perfect leadership qualities,” Kerr told goal.com

Oluoch joined Kogalo in 2015, taking over the starting goalkeeper spot from the long serving Jerim Onyango.

Gor Mahia hammer KCCA

Kagere in action against KCCA

Gor Mahia won their first major build up match of 2018 when they dispatched Ugandan champions KCCA 4-2 at Afraha stadium on Saturday. The win bodes well for Kogalo considering that last year around the same time, they fell to Onduparaka of Uganda 2-0. Gor Mahia also lost to KCCA at the 2014 CECAFA club cup.

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Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr on Saturday started Ivorian import Ephraim Guikhan on the bench but it eventually didn’t matter, as his charges thrashed Ugandan champions Kampala City Capital Authority (KCCA) 4-2 in a high profile friendly match at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru.

K’Ogalo’s new signing Humphrey Mieno nodded home the opening goal of this pre-season encounter at the half hour mark.

The lanky midfielder reacted quickest to meet a free-kick from international Francis Kahata to beat the advancing Thomas Ikara who was guarding the visitors’ goal.

Mike Mutebi’s KCCA would eventually pay for that miss, as Boniface Omondi added a second for the hosts with four minutes to the break.

This game was over as a contest moments after resumption when Kenya international George “Blackberry” Odhiambo scored his first and Gor Mahia’s third goal, even though Julius Poloto pulled one back shortly after.

The two teams exchanged a goal in the final minutes of the game with Odhiambo getting his brace.

Innocent Aniku was the scorer for the Ugandan side.

“Our performance was satisfying considering Gor Mahia are an experienced team. We are now targeting the group stages. We have the right players this time and we have tested their confidence since most of them are young,” Mutebi said after the game.

“We got the goals well although we had lost five chances earlier. I am happy with the two goals our opponents got but the win is good for our confidence,” said Gor coach Kerr. The two clubs were using this contest as part of their preparations for their forthcoming African Champions League assignments.

KCCA are set to meet Malagasy side CNaPS in the preliminaries of the Caf Africa Champions League while Kenyan champions Gor will face Equatorial Guinea side Vegetarinos. The first leg matches are scheduled for February 8 to 10.

KCCA will now proceed to Nairobi to play Tusker and AFC Leopards in Ruaraka and Machakos on Monday and Wednesday respectively.

Gor, who thumped Egerton University 6-0 in their opening pre-season game, will proceed to Machakos for another pre-season friendly against Sudanese giants Al Hilal.

Gor Mahia turn down Mazembe, will play KCCA

Harun Shakava in action against Al Hilal

Gor Mahia turned down an opportunity to play perennial African giants TP Mazembe of Congo DRC and also turned down a friendly with Sudanese champions Al Hilal.

“Because of the tight schedule that we have ahead of the new season, we turned down friendly matches against Mazembe and Al Hilal. We had a choice of both teams coming to Kenya or us traveling but it is not possible for now.” said club CEO Lordvick Aduda to goal.com

Aduda explained that schedule constraints prevented Gor Mahia from playing both teams.

“We will then start Caf campaign on February 10. So honestly, it was not possible for us to schedule friendly matches against Mazembe and Hilal. Maybe we can plan for such matches in future when we don’t have a tight schedule.” he continued.

However better planning would have enabled this especially since they have played Al Hilal over the past two pre-seasons.

Instead Gor Mahia will play KCCA of Uganda in their only high profile friendly before they play the Africa Champions League preliminary on February 10.

Al Hilal, TP Mazembe and KCCA are all participating in the 2018 champions league and friendlies against such sides would have been solid preparation and given Kogalo to test their strategies against top class opposition.

Treasurer explains why Machakos was chosen

Club treasurer Sally Bolo has explained why Gor Mahia chose to play their continental matches at Kenyatta stadium  Machakos.

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Gor Mahia have revealed why they picked Kenyatta (Machakos) over Bukhungu stadium to host the Caf Champions League matches.

The two stadia were approved by Caf to host the continental assignments, but K’Ogalo settled on Machakos which the club treasurer, Sally Bolo argues is pocket-friendly to both club and fans.

The local champions will host Leones Vegetarianos of Equatorial Guinea in the first round of preliminary matches next month.

“Machakos stadium is appropriate because we will reduce on expense at this time when things are hard financially. It will cost the club a million shillings to play in Kisumu – we have flight tickets, accommodation and other expense,” Bolo told the club website.

K’Ogalo will be returning to Machakos for the first time in four years after the club was banned from playing in the County following the violence that erupted after Gor Mahia lost to Sofapaka in 2014.

Blackberry pens new contract

Long serving Kogalo attacker George Odhiambo Blackberry has opted to renew his contract at the club after a protracted negotiation between the club and his agent. Blackberry was the last key player who had not renewed hos contract.

“Blackbbery’ has committed to Gor Mahia after agreeing to sign a one and half year contract extension. He was the only player, who was yet to extend his stay after his contract had run down but I can confirm now that he will be with us next season. As we speak, he (Odhiambo) has travelled to Nakuru to join the rest in pre-season training. I now believe that the team is ready and good to go.” said club CEO Omondi Aduda to goal.com

Blackberry first joined Kogalo in 2009, left at the end of 2010 and returned in 2014. He has experienced a major career revival in 2017 that saw him earn a place in the national team where he had not played since 2011.

Aduda also confirmed that the club has released Rwandese midfielder Jean Baptiste Mugiraneza. He had request a release in order to get more playing time after being unable to cement a first team place at Kogalo.

“We have officially released the player and from what I am gathering is that he has signed for APR. We want to wish him well for whatever he did for our club and respect his choice.” said Aduda.

Also leaving the club is Mike Simiyu who has joined Mathare and John Ndirangu who will play for Kakamega Homeboyz this season


Machakos ban lifted, Gor Mahia to pay Ksh 1 million

Gor Mahia chair Ambrose Rachier has agreed to pay damages to Machakos county as a goodwill gesture after governor Mutua lifted the ban that was imposed on Gor Mahia following crowd trouble in a 2014 KPL match against Sofapaka which Gor Mahia lost 2-3. After the incident, Mutua had demanded a whopping Ksh 10 million from Gor Mahia.

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Kenya Premier League holders Gor Mahia will pay Sh1 million to the Machakos county government for damages incurred during a 2014 match, club officials have revealed.

The money is a goodwill gesture after the Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua lifted a ban he had imposed on Gor Mahia from playing in the county.

“We know the amount is not enough for the damages caused by our fans, but it’s a goodwill gesture to show our appreciation for being welcomed back,” club chairman, Ambrose Rachier, said.

Machakos county government banned K’Ogalo from playing in the county in 2014 after their fans went on the rampage and damaged property worth millions of shillings after losing to Sofapaka in a league encounter at Kenyatta Stadium.


“Following negotiations brokered by my sports minister Faith Kithu, we have decided to lift the ban for the love of the sport and promotion of sports tourism,” said Mutua.

He was speaking outside his office after meeting Rachier, club chief executive Ludovic Aduda, Treasurer Sally Bolo and AFC Leopards boss Dan Mule.

Rachier noted that hooliganism was the greatest disease in football but said it had waned since 2014.

Gor have also been granted the use of Machakos stadium as their home ground and will host Leones Vegetarianos from Equatorial Guinea in a CAF encounter on February 10.

Gor Mahia win friendly matches

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Gor Mahia routed Nakuru Combined 4-0 in a pre-season friendly.
Ivorian international Ephrem Guikan scored his third goal in Gor Mahia shirt in a 4-0 win over Nakuru Combined on Saturday.

Guikan, who also netted a hat-trick in K’Ogalo’s win over Egerton University, signed for the reigning Kenyan champions from AS Port Louis of Mauritius.

Rwandan striker Jacques Tuyisenge scored a brace in Gor Mahia’s second pre-season win against a Combined side. Haroun Shakava was the other scorer.

On Thursday, Gor Mahia beat Egerton University in another friendly match. Guikan scoredt twice, Francis Kahata scored another witha brilliant free-kick. Other scorers were defender Wellington Ochieng, Boniface Omondi and Samuel Onyango all contributing a goal each.