Gor Mahia ready for Leones Vegeterianos

Gor Mahia players spent their first two days in Malabo relaxing and getting familiar with the playing surface at the Nuevo Estadio de Malabo, where the return leg will be played.  Gor Mahia will have to do without striker Jacque Tuyisenge who has been ruled out after picking up an injury against Zoo Kericho.

Taking a 2-0 lead into the match, Kogalo should be taking no chances against this side. When playing at home and with help from referees, they are capable of springing a surprise. Back in 2014, Gor Mahia played US Bitam of Gabon and the referee blatantly tried to help the Gabonese side. Only the heroics of Jerim Onyango saved Kogalo.

Gor Mahia leave for Equatorial Guinea

A traveling party of 20 Kogalo players has left of for Malabo, Equatorial Guinea via Addis Ababa. They are set to arrive in Malabo on Bioko island on Monday. The match will be played on February 21.

Images courtesy of Tony Anelka


Scorer: Kevin Omondi



Traveling Party

Boniface Oluoch, Shaban Odhoji, Fredrick Odhiambo, Wellington Ochieng, Charles Momanyi, Godfrey Walusimbi, Joash Onyango, Wesley Onguso, Joachim Oluoch, Harun Shakava, Francis Kahata, Kevin Omondi, Ernest Wendo, Lawrence Juma, Humphrey Mieno, Cercidy Lumumba, Philemon Otieno, Bernard Ondiek, George Odhiambo, Jacques Tuyisenge, Ephrem Guikan, Medie Kagere, Boniface Omondi, Samuel Onyango

Govt to rescue Gor Mahia and AFC in CAF ties

The Ministry of sport has committed to providing financial assistance to help Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards purchase tickets for their CAF ties. Both sides were staring at the possibility of missing their CAF ties which would mean a three year ban plus a hefty fine.
Additional Reporting from the Nation
The government has offered financial guarantees that will enable Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards honour their continental assignments in Equatorial Guinea and Madagascar respectively next weekend.

Senior officials of these two teams on Friday confirmed the Ministry of Sports, which has remained tight-lipped on this matter, has undertaken to purchase air-tickets for the two clubs.

“I commend the government for this assistance. The onus now is on our players and technical bench to work hard and ensure we qualify for the next phase of this tournament,” said Leopards treasurer Oliver Napali.

“I have been asked to forward the names of our travelling party and we expect to have the tickets by end of business today,” added K’Ogalo’s chief executive officer Lordvick Aduda.

The two clubs have however been tasked with catering for accommodation and transport upon arrival.

This development comes a day after these two officials told Nation Sport they were unable to marshal enough resources to send their clubs for the respective engagements.
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Gor Mahia hold a dicey 2-0 advantage over Vegetarinos which was attained in Machakos last weekend, ahead of the Caf Champions League preliminary round return leg clash between the two teams in Malabo on Wednesday.

Leopards meanwhile are in a trickier position, having allowed FOSA Juniors to score an away goal and snatch a one-all draw in the opening match of the Caf Confederation Cup preliminaries in Kakamega last Sunday.

Following the government’s intervention, Leopards advance party consisting three officials who are on a spying mission will fly out to Mahajanga in Madagascar on Saturday.

The remaining travelling party consisting 19 players, plus seven members of the technical bench led by coach Robert Matano, and three club officials including chairman Dan Mule who is the head of delegation, leave on Monday.

Gor Mahia to lodge formal complaint after fans attacked

A report on goal.com suggests that Gor Mahia fans were attacked while returning from their Thursday evening match against Zoo Kericho. The complaint will be filed to KPL. However since the incident happened outside the stadium, it is not clear if KPL can do anything.

Additional reporting from goal.com

Gor Mahia have vowed to lodge a formal complaint with Kenyan Premier League after a section of their fans were attacked by unknown people on Thursday.
The attack happened hours after the team had registered a convincing 4-2 win over Zoo Kericho in a rescheduled league match at Green Stadium.
Gor Mahia Secretary Bernard Omondi has confirmed in a statement that they will write to KPL to protest at the attack. “Yesterday (Thursday), a section of Gor Mahia fans were attacked by unknown people in Kericho town and Kaspoit area on their way back to Kisumu after attending a football match in Kericho.

“They were ambushed and pelted with all manner of crude weaponry. The cars they were traveling in were damaged and the occupants sustained serious bodily injuries. This is unacceptable! We condemn this senseless and backward act in the strongest terms possible.
“Our fans are a great source of inspiration to the players , just like all Kenyan citizens , they must therefore, be assured of their personal safety at all times.
“I have so far informed the relevant authorities in Kericho with a view of having the perpetrators apprehended and subjected to the due legal process,” Omondi said in a statement obtained by Goal.
Omondi added, “to this end, we shall also lodge a formal complain to KPL. If football is to grow, then traveling teams and fans must have a sense of belonging and security.
“Let it be known that our fans have every right to attend matches in any corner of the country to cheer our team. This is a right not a privilege!

“Whereas we appeal to our fans to stay calm and exercise emotional restraint as the matter is being addressed. We as a club, will not be intimidated nor cowed by such cowardice and unwarranted attacks on our players and fans alike.

“I take this earliest opportunity to wish all our injured fans speedy and full recovery. We will stand with you should the need to do so arise, as we have always done in times of need in the past.
“Finally, I must congratulate our playing unit and technical bench for the excellent display that saw them win their second match of the season and retain the pole position in the log.
“I urge our fans to remain peaceful during our upcoming matches and report acts of aggression towards them while traveling for matches. Please turn up in large numbers to cheer our hardworking boys during their next assignment.”

Gor Mahia beat Zoo Kericho 4-2

Gor Mahia continued with their perfect record in 2018 when they hammered Zoo Kericho 4-2 at Kericho Green Stadium on Thursday.

Additional reporting from the Nation

Defending champions Gor Mahia on Thursday returned to the summit of the Kenyan Premier League table after thrashing Zoo Kericho 4-2 in their rescheduled tie at the Kericho Green Stadium.

The record 16-time champions, who brushed aside Nakumatt 4-0 in their league season opener before easing past Leones Vegetarinos of Equatorial Guinea 2-0 in the first leg of their Caf Champions League tie last weekend, went up 1-0 through Rwandan star Jacques Tuyisenge on the 35 minutes before Boniface Omondi added a second after the break.

Zoo Kericho skipper Johnson Ligare halved the deficit with a thumping header in the 68th minute before Joachim Oluoch pounced onto a rebound to score the third in the 70th minute and three minutes later, substitute Samuel Onyango slotted home after goalkeeper Martin Elungat failed to hold onto Meddie Kagere’s shot. Striker Nicholas Kipkirui scored his second goal of the season and Zoo’s second in the 75th minute but the record champions had done enough to claim maximum points.

The win saw Gor, turning half a century on Friday, go top on six points similar to Mathare United thanks to a superior goal difference.

Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr handed former Tusker midfielder Cercidy Okeyo, Joachim Oluoch and Bernard Ondiek their first starts of the season with the likes of Francis Kahata, George Odhiambo and Humphrey Mieno all missing from the starting line-up with the Englishman keen on their Caf Champions League return leg match against Vegetarinos away in Malabo next week.

Gor Mahia take on Zoo Kericho

Gor Mahia fans in Kericho least season.

So far in 2018, Kogalo have won their three competitive matches, beating AFC in the Super Cup 1-0, before beating Nakumatt 4-0 and Leones Vegeterianos 2-0. They will be looking to take their good form to Kericho Green stadium in Thursday.

Last season Gor Mahia beat the Kericho based side 1-0 and drew 1-1 in the second leg. But captain Haron Shakava expects a tough outing.

“We have played Zoo twice and we know how stubborn and tricky they can be. Remember, they also lost their opening match. So, we expect a very tough match tomorrow (Thursday),”  said Shakava to goal.com

Sammy coach, the Zoo Kericho coach is determined to put on a good performance.

“We respect Gor Mahia, but we are not afraid of them… and in football, anything is possible. We know their capabilities. It’s no doubt they have quality players and everything favours them, but for us this is a chance to bounce back and redeem ourselves after the Ulinzi lose.

“We are ready psychologically and in a right state of mind. We are ready to give 100 per cent in this tie. It will not be a walk in the park for both teams. But we just need to remain focused, play our game and see what happens after the 90 minutes,” he told the Standard.

Captain Shakava also called on fans to come in numbers to support the team. Attendance for the opening match against Nakumatt and against Leones Vegeeranos was way below par.

“We need your support,” said Shakava.

Attendance for Champions League match was only 1508

This picture was taken in 2013. What happened to all the fans?

Only 1508 fans attended the CAF champions League match pitting Gor Mahia against Leones Vegeterianos last weekend. And according to goal.com, the match raised only Sh363, 100 in gate collection, of which Gor Mahia only banked Sh113, 448 after all the deductions that include Sh249, 632, paid to Wells Fargo.

The report states that 205 fans paid to sit at the VIP section, fetching the club Sh102, 500 while the terraces recorded the highest amount in revenues with Sh260, 600 being collected from the 1, 303 fans.

This comes despite strong efforts by a section of the fan base to bring fans back to the stadium using the hashatag #Jazastadi.

And it comes at a time when Gor Mahia future sponsorship with Sportpesa is uncertain.

Today in 2018, Gor Mahia are playing very good football, much better than during the period between 2009 and 2013 when they attracted huge crowds despite playing average football. Are the fans taking the club for granted now?

It will take a lot of effort between fans and officials to brings fans back. So far the initiatives to bring fans back have mostly been led by other fans. The club officials have been missing in action.


Gor Mahia optimistic of making next round

Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr thinks his side played well on Saturday against Leones Vegeterianos but regretted that they could not put away the chances they created.

“I think we really played and pressed well right from the start. We created many chances and it is only a pity that we could not score past two. Overall, we performed really well but the tie is not over. We need to focus on a better second leg,” Kerr said to the Star.

Skipper Harun Shakava thinks the side learned a lot about the Equatoguinean side which they can use in the return leg.

“We didn’t know much about this team but now we have a few ideas on how to tackle them. Winning the first leg with a clean sheet is a huge thing for us. Hopefully we finish the job away and qualify,” said shakava

On another positive note, Kevin Omondi appears to have put aside the personal issues that affected his play at Sofapaka. He now looks focused and sharp as evidenced by his technically brilliant finish off an equally brilliant assist from Francis Kahata.

New signing Ephrem Guikan also had a dream debut. The Ivorian attacker silenced his doubters with a well taken finish in which he picked up the ball and with what was practically first touch, he deftly lost his marker then found the net with a well taken rising shot.

Match Highlights

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Gor Mahia will resume their 2018 Kenya Premier League campaign against Zoo Kericho this Thursday at Kericho Green Stadium.

Gor Mahia beats Leones Vegeterianos 2-0

Gor Mahia started their 2018 Africa Champions league campaign with a solid performance, beating Equatorial Guinea side Leones Vegeterianos by a score of 2-0. The goals were scored by new signings Kevin Omondi and Ephrem Guikan.
Additonal reporting from futaa.com
The hosts went ahead in the 20th minute through prodigal son Kevin ‘Ade’ Omondi who nodded home from a Meddie Kagere headed cross. Humphrey Mieno missed a penalty six minutes later following a handball in the area. Ivorian forward Ephrem Guikan then got Gor’s second goal with a venous drive at the hour mark barely 30 seconds were coming on.

Strong start

Gor Mahia started the game strongly in search of the early opener that would help settle the nerves.

The first opportunity fell to Meddie Kagere in the fifth minute but his shot from a Godfrey Walusimbi delivery didn’t trouble Vegetarianos number one Manuel Sapunga.

Kagere and Kevin Omondi were denied two clear cut chances in quick succession by the offiside flag with Leones’ offside trap working to their advantage much to the frustration of the hosts. The visitors barely threatened Boniface Oluoch on Gor Mahia goal; their long range attempts were easily picked by Olouch.

Ade opener

Gor Mahia’s early pressure finally bore fruits in the 20th minute when Kevin Omondi put the Kenyan champions ahead. A well floated ball from Godfrey Walusimbi was headed to Omondi’s path by Kagere and the forward did the needful with a tidy low finish.

Mieno miss

Six minutes later, Gor Mahia won a penalty after a handball from a Leones defender. Former Tusker FC midfielder Humphey Mieno stepped up to take but his kick was saved by the visitors’ keeper, Sapunga.

The visitor barely threatened Gor with their attacking pair of Nguema Mosso and Afugu Nkogo starved up front. Gor Mahia took a 1-0 lead to the break despite creating numerous chances in the first stanza.

Dominant Gor

Gor Mahia continued to dominate proceedings after the interval. Meddie Kagere’s header from a well take George Odhiambo free-kick in the 52nd minute went over the bar while Sapunga came off his line to deny Gor after a defensive mix up from the visitors minutes later.

Super sub

At the hour mark, Ephrem Guikan made his introduction count scoring with his first touch. The forward cut in from the right before firing home from 30-yards out, Sapunga could do little to deny the attacker. Sapunga denied Guikan his second in the 70th minute parrying another scorcher from the left footed attacker.

Depsite creating more chances, the hosts failed to get more goals and in the end settled for a 2-0 win ahead of the return leg.

Gor Starting XI : Boniface Oluoch (GK), Wellington Ochieng, Harun Shakava, Ernest Wendo, Godfrey Walusimbi, Joash Onyango, Humphrey Mieno (78′ Lawrence Juma) Francis Kahata, George Odhiambo (60′ Ephrem Guikan) Meddie Kagere, Kevin Omondi (71′ Samwel Onyango)

Unusued Subs : Shaban Odhonji (GK), Philemon Otieno,Charlee Momanyi, Cercidy Okeyo, Wesley Onguso, Bonfice Omondi

Gor Mahia are better prepared this time

In recent years Kogalo were ill prepared when they went into continental competitions. In 2009 for example, Gor Mahia feilded a side that comprised entirely of recent school leavers like Blackberry.

The Gor Mahia line-up on that day was as follows:

Jerim Onyango, Julius Awilo Owino, Stephen Otieno, Isaac Omollo, Francis Akango, Tony Onyango, Habil Otieno, Elisha Ochieno, Christopher Wekesa, George Odhiambo, Zablon Otieno.

Aside from being inexperienced, these players were playing together for the first time. The defensive looked especially confused and uncoordinated.

Then in 2012, infighting within the technical bench an interference from the EC led to a poor performance against Ferrioviario of Angola whereby Kogalo lost 4-0 on aggregate. Coach Anaba Awono had no control over the situation. Since that time, Kogalo has always had a European coach since European coaches can better fend off intereference from “cartels”.  Aside from the infighting, Gor Mahia fielded a completely new side with players like Rama Salim, Hugo Nzangu, Demonde Selenga, George Midenyo etc playing together for the first  time.

In 2013 and 2014, Kogalo lost North Africa sides ENPPI and Esperance that were years ahead tactically and technically.  And in 2015, Gor Mahia failed to register key new signings like Meddie Kagere and as a result, lost narrowly to AC Leopards of Congo.

Gor Mahia’s last continental outing was in 2016 against the backdrop if losing key players who had led the team in scoring the previous season: Ali Abondo, Meddie Kagere and Michael Olunga. In addition, coach Frank Nuttal was in a feud with club officials who wanted him out.

In 2018, club CEO Omondi Aduda thinks the club is better prepared.

“There are no excuses this time round because things have been done differently.  For instance, we began our preps early enough and the players underwent a high altitude training. We have also worked very hard and assembled a quality team.” he told the Nation.

Also Gor Mahia have kep most of the players who featured for the club last season with the exception of Kenneth Muguna and Musa Mohamed.

Matches against arch rivals AFC Leopards and KCCA of Uganda have served to sharpen the club and increase cohesion.