Gor Mahia in hard fought 1-0 win over Vihiga United

Gor Mahia were made to work hard for three points at Kisumu on Saturday. But they were finally ever to overcome resistance from Vihiga. The all important goal came from Jacque Tuyisenge.

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Gor Mahia’s perfect run in the Kenyan Premier League continued after registering their seventh win in eight matches.

The sixteen times champions came into the match as favourites, owing to Vihiga United’s poor run that had seen the team draw four and lose three of their last seven matches.

Vihiga was keen on defending, as seen in the first few minutes, trying to play long balls and relying on counter attacks. But their resolve was broken in the fourteenth minute when Francis Kahata did well to pick Jacques Tuyisenge, and the latter did well to put the ball past Barnabas Tiema.

Former AFC Leopards man Charles Okwemba could have leveled matters in the 19th minute after a good pass by Christopher Masinza, but he failed to hit the target.

The visitors had Tiema to thank for keeping the score line 1-0, after he made a number of stunning saves that denied Meddie Kagere.

Tuyisenge, George Odhiambo and Kahata were all guilty of missing great chances as K’Ogalo moved top of the group on 19 points.
The champions, who are preparing for Caf Confederation Cup first leg match against SuperSport United, have won seven matches and drawn one, scoring fourteen goals in the process.

Gor Mahia XI: Bonface Oluoch, Philemon Otieno, Haron Shakava, Joash Onyango, Wesley Onguso, Samuel Onyango, Francis Kahata, Humphrey Mieno, Meddie Kagere, George Odhiambo and Jacques Tuyisenge.

Reserves: Fredrick Odhiambo, Charles Monyanyi, Innocent Wafula, Bonface Omondi, Bernard Ondieki, Kevin Omondi and Ephraim Guikan.

Gor Mahia looking to overcome turmoil as they take on Vihiga

Gor Mahia will make a return to their spiritual homeground of Kisumu this weekend. It has been a long hiatus as they have played most of their matches this season in the unfriendly confines of Machakos.

This Saturday they take on newly promoted Vihiga United. The kickoff is scheduled fo 3pm on Saturday according to the KPL website.

Coach Kerr will be leading his charges as he looks to put aside the shenanigans within the club where an official is said to have threatened him with the sack. Apparently Kerr was given an ultimatum by a club official which involved sacking.

However secretary general Ronald Ngala who seems to be one of the few level headed officials, moved to assuage such concerns.

“An ultimatum is a big thing that can come from either the club chairman or Secretary General. What you are seeing is just noise by an individual; if we had a problem with him (Kerr), you will definitely know. he told goal.com

NgalA did say that every official has a right to speak out.

“Everyone has a right to say what he/she feels, but that does not necessarily reflect the club’s stand. Right now we are preparing for our continental assignment and that is all we want to focus on.” he said.

But this dysfunctional behavior where officials speak their mind and attack other officials in public cannot be good for the club. Unfortunately the club still has an archaic constitution where it is run by volunteer individuals who don’t necessarily have the skills to run a club succesff

Matchwise, Kogalo cannot afford to slip up. Any negative result could hand the league lead to their arch rivals. As for Vihiga, they will be all guns blazing since they have yet to win a match and are second from bottom. Gor Mahia need a morale boosting win as they prepare to take on Supersport United of South Africa in the CAF  Confederations cup.

Ngala refutes “baseless” rumours about pay

Gor Mahia’s long serving club official Ronald Ngala is refuting reports that the club has not payed its players.  Ngala says that media outlets are sensationalizing stories about Gor Mahia.

“That is a blatant lie, we have paid our players and reports that we owe them money are baseless. All teams are feeling the financial pain, not only Gor Mahia. People tend to focus more on us because we are a big team, and our story will have an impact.” he said to goal.com

Ngala went on to say that this is not the first time Kogalo is in financial difficulty.

“We have been in this situation before, and we managed to get through it, so we shall get through this situation as well,” he continued.

Gor Mahia to play Hull City

Gor Mahia are set to play Hull City of the English second tier on May 13. The match is being facilitated by Sportpesa.

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Kenya Premier League Champions Gor Mahia are set to host former English Premier League outfit Hull City in a friendly match sponsored by SportPesa on May 13.

K’Ogalo are not strangers to playing Premier League sides after having lost 2-1 to Everton in Tanzania back in July 2017.

Head coach Dylan Kerr says he is happy ‘the management secured such a friendly’.

“It is a good match for us as a club and we welcome Hull to Kenya. We played Everton last year and it was a good experience for us and we are hoping to get the best this time. It shows that we are growing to international standards and I am happy the management secured such a friendly. The match is good for our side as we seek to defend our KPL title and make progress in the CAF Confederations Cup,” said Kerr.

Gor will play South African side SuperSport in the CAF Confederations Cup and Kerr has urged his players to take advantage of their ‘home’ status to win the match.

“SuperSport is a big club. They reached last year’s final and we are aware of the threat they pose. This is a team I have known for a while,” said Kerr.

“I was playing and coaching in South Africa and we ought to take the match as a final. We have to take our chances especially at home before heading out for the return leg,” he added.

Hull City, who also enjoy shirt sponsorship from a betting firm SportPesa, played an all-star team from Kenya in a friendly back in February last year at the KCOM Stadium. Hull won 2-1 courtesy of Eliot Holmes’ header and an own goal from Gor’s Harun Shakava.

Humphrey Mieno gave the Kenyan side a consolation goal from a long range shot.

Hull is currently 18th in the Championship log, with 39 points after 38 games.  They suffered a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Birmingham in their last fixture and will host Aston Villa when the league resumes.

Gor Mahia players have gone 2 months without pay

A report on goal.com suggests that Kogalo players have not been payed their dues for 2 months.
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The sharp financial fangs currently biting KPL clubs have not spared Gor Mahia either with reports that K’Ogalo players have not been paid for the last two months.

Club Secretary General, Ben Omondi confirmed that Gor Mahia players have only received the January salary with the club yet to release the February and March pay.

“So far we’ve only paid the January salary. February and March not yet, but we are looking for money. We will clear the balance,” Omondi said in a recent interview with Radio Jambo.

The same pain is being felt by a majority of clubs, a situation that is now threatening the smooth running of the league following boycott threats issued by Captains to Kenyan Premier League Limited to find a new sponsor of wind up the league altogether.

KPL Captains issued the threats warning that the players may not honour upcoming league matches if a solution is not reached to see the league gets a new sponsor.

KPL title sponsor, SportPesa pulled out of the league last January leaving a big hole in the pockets of most clubs who depend on the monthly grants from KPL for survival.

Nakumatt players, in particular, have been forced to train on their own, only to turn up on match day with most of the playing unit finding it hard to even raise fare to the training venue

Government to spend Ksh 270 million on golf

While KPL clubs are struggling, the government announced that they will double sponsorship of the Kenya Ope gold tournament to Ksh 270 milllion.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced the doubling of the country’s premier golf tournament,the Kenya Open, to Ksh 270 Million.

Speaking at the end of the 2018 Kenya Open Golf Tournament, President Uhuru Kenyatta affirmed his government’s commitment to using sports as a way of uniting Kenyans and creating opportunities of the youth.

The president urged the organizers of the Kenya Open, which was marking its 50th anniversary to : “Proceed with your plans to have Kenya Open join the main European Tour in 2019”

He challenged the organizers to be more creative and innovative so as to attract the best players even as they uphold highest degree of integrity.

Kerr: We will take Supersport seriously

Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr insists that his side cannot afford to underrate SuperSport United. This despite the fact that SuperSport are struggling in the South African league.

“I can’t see the fact that they are struggling in the league is going to be a big difference to how they play or how they want to play,” he told Soka25east.

Kerr also noted that Supersport are far ahead of Kogalo in terms of finances and facilities.

“They are struggling in the league and their focus is to remain in the PSL, but if you look club for club we are nowhere near what they have facility wise or money wise but what we have are good and hardworking players,” he added.

Kerr says he will prepare his side for playing at the high altitude of Pretoria.
“It will be tough in Pretoria partly because of the altitude. We just got to make sure that when they come to Kenya we do exactly what we did against Esperance but score a goal,” he explained.

However Kerr says that of all the teams in the Confederations cup, he prefers to play Supersport.

“When we came from Tunisia. I looked at the teams in the CAF CC and said we better get SuperSport. Their position in the PSL means they have to fight to stay up. They poised to lose much if they go down and much of their focus must be on surviving in the league,” he said to futaa.com

Gor Mahia to play Supersport United of South Africa

Gor Mahia will play against Super Sport United in the playoff round of the 2018 CAF Confederations cup. Gor Mahia have dropped one tier from the Champions League to the Confederations cup after narrowly losing to Esperance of Tunisia.

The first leg of the playoff round will be played between April 6 and April 8 in Kenya with the second leg being played April 17 or April 18 likely at Supersport United’s homeground, the Lucas Moripe stadium in Pretoria.

Supersport eliminated Petro de Luanda in the first round 2-1 on aggregate. They are currently in 14th place in the South African premier league and they finished 5th in the previous season. They qualified for the Confederations cup by winning the 2017 Nedbank cup. Until recently they were coached by former South Africa international, Eric Tinkler who was released 3 weeks ago.

In 2014 Supersport eliminated AFC Leopards from the Confederation cup 4-2 on aggregate. As for Gor Mahia, they last played against a South African side in 1993 in the CAF cup. It was Hellenic of Cape Town. They beat Kogalo 3-1 in the first leg. But Gor Mahia won the return leg 2-0, thus advancing on away goals rule.

Gor Mahia describe chaos in Tunisia

Additional reporting from the Nation
60,000-seater Stade Olympique Rades in Tunisia last Sunday, Esperance may have unleashed the demons in full force against Gor Mahia during the return match of the first round of Caf Champions League qualifiers, if the claims by an official of the club is anything to go by.

The hosts won 1-0 to progress to the group stage.

In the ill-tempered match, Gor Mahia players and members of the team’s technical bench were mistreated in Tunisia as the partisan home crowd chanted chauvinistic slogans.

Gor coach Dylan Kerr, his assistant Zedekiah ‘Zico’ Otieno, team manager Jolawi Abondo and goalkeeper trainer Willis Ochieng were all assaulted in the 90-minute melee.

After the match, Kerr called it “the worst football game I have ever had to be part of.”
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“It was very scary. At one point we had to go into the pitch for our own security. We were all attacked. Willis was roughed up and thrown to the ground by the stewards and when Zico went to help, he was also assaulted. From the touchline, I ducked and missed at least three objects made of hard plastic that had been aimed at us while the game was going on. The worst thing is that when I turned to look, I saw that it was a uniformed police officer aiming the missiles,” Abondo told Nation Sport on Monday from Tunis.

The stakes were indeed high for both teams, as the first leg clash had ended 0-0. This gave both teams equal chances of making it o the prestigious group stage where clubs are rewarded with a Sh54 million bounty.

It was a highly emotional and ill-tempered match, with a three-minute stoppage just before half time when K’Ogalo technical bench ventured onto the pitch to escape missiles from the stands.

The Esperance fans were protesting against what they thought was bias by match referee from Botswana Joshua Bondo.

During the match, that was beamed live online, Esperance coach Khaled Yahia was seen entering the pitch twice in protest at the referee’s decision but escaped with a verbal caution, although Fifa rules are clear that such an offence warrants tougher punishment.

Gor however survived the intense hostility, and lost 1-0 courtesy of Anice Badri’s goal in the 21st minute after poor clearance from Wesley Onguso.

Gor now await their fate in Caf Confederation Cup play-offs round, where Caf Champions League losers will be pooled against Caf Confederation Cup first round winners.

The draw will be done on Wednesday at Caf headquarters in Egypt, and Gor’s possible opponents include Algeria’s CR Belouizdad (Algeria), Al Masry of Egypt, Nigeria’s Enyimba, CS La Mancha of Congo and SuperSport United of South Africa.


Kerr: Esperance were unsportsmanlike

Coach Dylan Kerr thinks his side did well in Tunis but were undone by unsportsmanlike conduct by the Esperance players.

“That was a hell of a game today i watched it and how these guys over power and take dives,They must now play in Kenya and get the same treatment,they acted like bullies and then run to protect the officials who i thought had a good game for them” said Kerr on social media.

Kerr have his side credit for battling to the end despite missing important players like Guikan, Kevin Omondi, Wellington Ochieng and Walusimbi.

“Pole [Sorry] to K’Ogalo, my Chairman and my hard-working players. Today I saw unreal things in football but We never gave up. We lost the game because at Machakos we didn’t score and we battled even when two players were missing, one injured and the other mmmmmmm no comment. I tried, we tried!” he added.

Gor Mahia lose to Esperance 1-0

Gor Mahia  succumbed to an early goal by the Tunisians and were thus eliminated from the 2018 Africa champions league. Gor Mahia defended well and gave a good account of themselves.

And Gor Mahia had to play without Godfrey Walusimbi who is having a financial disagreement with the club. His composure on the ball would have been very useful in this match.

Esperance applied their usual high pressure. Gor Mahia handled it relatively well but also gave away plenty of possession. In the end, Kogalo were unable to create meaningful chances.

The goal came in the 20th minute from Anis Badri who capitalized on a poor clearance.

Esperance for their part used quick passes to free up their speedy wingers. But they too struggled to create meaningful chances. The match was concentrated in the middle of the park. Esperance however looked the more dangerous team in the first half.

Esperance also used constant flopping and feigning of fouls to slow down the game and waste time.

At Minute 44: Gor Mahia players had to vacate the bench after fans start pelting it with foreign objects.

In the Second half: Gor Mahia relied more and more on long passes. But were unable to breach the Esperance rear guard. Gor Mahia defended stoutly and made some forays forward but created very few chances.

All in all, a vastly improved, far more composed Kogalo side than the one that lost 8-2 on aggregate in 2014. But still not enough to overcome Esperance. Kogalo did however prove that they belong in the Champions League group phase. Its only a matter of time before they make it.

Starting Line-Up
Boniface Oluoch, Wesley Onguso, Joachim Oluoch, Joash Onyango, Harun Shakava, Ernest Wendo, Francis Kahata, Philemon Otieno, Meddie Kagere, Jacques Tuyisenge, George Odhiambo


Shaban Odhoji, Charles Momanyi, Humphrey Mieno, Boniface Omondi, Lawrence Juma, Bernard Ondieki, Samuel Onyango


Fan Violence

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The match had to be stopped for three minutes after K’Ogalo’s reserves bench and officials sought for refuge in the field
Gor Mahia technical bench were victims of violence from Esperance fans, who pelted them with water bottles in the Caf Champions League second leg match.
The match had to be stopped for three minutes after K’Ogalo’s reserves bench and officials sought for refuge in the field to keep a safe distance from the rowdy Tunisian fans, who threw objects onto the pitch.
Gor Mahia players had to be escorted to the dressing room at the break as violent home fans continued with their rage on the visitors as the police watched from a distance.

Gor Mahia media officer and Journalist Tom Bwana, who accompanied the team in Tunisia, reported cases of ‘racism chants’ directed at Gor Mahia players though Goal could not independently verify the claims.

“Lots of racist chants from the stands. One cop just yelled ‘fils de pute’ at me,” Bwana tweeted. In 2010, Esperance was slapped with $50,000 fine by Confederation of Africa Football for the violence during their clash with Al Ahly of Egypt in Cairo.
Esperance were accused of ripping out stadium seats and lit fireworks during the first leg of its African Champions League semi-final against Egypt’s Al Ahly.
Eleven policemen were injured and at least 14 Tunisians fans arrested during the October 3 game in Cairo, which Al Ahly won 2-1.

Gor Mahia set to travel Thursday

Gor Mahia will try to put aside their below par performance against Nzoia United this past Sunday as they travel to Tunisia for the crucial second leg against Esperrance of Tunisia.

In consultations with the clubs Chairman who has been in constant communication with the concerned authorities ( CAF, Tunis and the Federation ) , I can now confirm that the second leg CAF match pitting our side Gor Mahia FC against Espérance de Tunis will be played on Sunday, 18th March,2018 from 4:00pm Tunisia time at Stade Olympique Rades, Tunis.

Plans are underway to have the team take off on the night of Thursday 15th March, 2018 through Doha to arrive in Tunis on Friday around 2:00pm.” said club secretary Ben Omondi

Earlier on, club CEO Omondi Aduda suspected foul play when Esperance suddenly rescheduled the match. He stated that he change was effected without consultations hence contravening rules provided by CAF.

“There is a lot of confusion because we haven’t received any communication from Caf regarding change of match dates, yet we understand that a correspondence between FKF and the Tunisia FA indicate that the match will be played on Sunday. I have communicated with our federation since morning and up to now I haven’t got any concrete clarification from CAF,” said Aduda.

Indeed one hopes that Gor Mahia will have made their own eating, accomodation and travel arrangements. North African and West African sides are known to frustrate opponents. In 2013, Kenya visited Calabar Nigeria and were denied a training ground for several days. Other opponents have been placed in noisy hotels to prevent them from sleeping soundly. In some extreme cases, clubs have been given suspect food by their opponents. In 1976, Luo Union visited Algeria to play MC Alger. They lost 6-3 and their players claimed that the food they were given on match day left them lethargic.