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30 May 18

Silencing critics: Ephrem Guikan

Striker Ephrem Guikan once again came to the rescue of Kogalo as he continues to silence his critics. This time his 37th minute strike gave Kogalo 3 crucial points against SoNy Sugar.

Additional reporting from the Nation

Gor Mahia maintained their lead atop the KPL standings with a 1-0 win over SoNY Sugat at Kisumu stadium on Additional reporting from the Nation

Champions Gor Mahia moved six points clear at the top of the SportPesa Premier League after a slim 1-0 win over bottom-placed Sony Sugar in a mid-week match at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on Wednesday.

Ivorian striker Ephrem Guikan’s 38th minute strike was enough to hand K’Ogalo the three points against their Awendo-based opponents.

Gor are now on 34 points from 14 matches, with Ulinzi in second on 28 points from 16 matches. Sony remain bottom of the pile with 14 points from 17 matches.

Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr said while his side missed several chances, they played a good game as they kept possession in the entire match.

“We always want to press and score goals and the players did exactly that today. Yes we would have scored more goals but this is football anything can happen, it is a victory and I’m happy about it,” said Kerr.

His Sony Sugar counterpart Patrick Odhiambo defend his side’s decision to play behind the ball most of the time saying it was a tactical approach.

“In the first half we did not go in front most of the time and this was to avoid opening the game to give our opponents a chance to score more goals. We tried in the second half and created few chances but we were not lucky,” said Odhiambo.

As expected Gor began the duel impressively, making their first attempt at goal through a corner-kick, but Samuel Olare cleared the ball to safety, before Rwandese Meddie Kagere came close to netting his side’s first goal a few minutes later but his header went over the crossbar by a few inches.

Humphrey Mieno was not lucky as two successive chances that came his way were well dealt with by Kevin Omondi in the Sony goal.

After a beautiful run on the right wing, Ugandan Geofrey Walusimbi managed to find Guikan with a delicious cross in the danger area, however the latter was not lucky too as his header went wide.

Kagere thought he had beaten Omondi with his header inside the box minutes later, but the custodian managed find his footing to claim the ball before it sailed in.

Ernest Wendo managed to cut through the Sony’s defence minutes later and set Kagere with a through pass from the edge of the box, but the striker’s shot was weak and did not perturb Omondi in goal.

Guikan finally broke the deadlock in the 38th minute with an easy finish after connecting well with Innocent Wafula’s dangerous cross inside the box.

Bonface Oluoch had a field day in the first half as host Sony Sugar made no attempts at goal.

Upon resumption, Clinton Omondi made Sony’s first attempt at Gor Mahia’s goal with a long strike from the left wing, but the safe hands of Oluoch comfortably gathered the ball.

Sony were awarded a free-kick in the 52nd minute after Gor captain Harun Shakava fouled Tobias Otieno outside the box, but Omondi failed to hit the target.

The hosts seemed to have gained some momentum in the second half as they were again on the offensive minutes later, but Shakava blocked Derrick Otanga’s shot outside the danger area.

Through Francis Kahata, Gor made a counter attack on the right flank, but Olare cleared the ball for a corner kick which resulted to nothing.

Guikan came close to doubling Gor’s advantage in the 65th minute with a rebound from Kahata’s free-kick, but he was denied by Omondi.

The first substitution of the match came two minutes later with Sony bringing on Stephen Ouma for Clinton Omondi.

Omondi was forced to come out of his line in the 72nd minute to deny Guikan who was rushing to finish off a rebound from Kagere’s parried shot.

Center referee Bard Yassin ruled out Guikan’s second goal in the 87th minute as the striker had handed the ball before sending it into the back of the net.

Kagere wasted a glorious opportunity to net Gor’s second goal in the 90th minute after a one-one situation with goalkeeper Omondi.

The Rwandan import was not lucky again as his clever shot with the back of his leg inside the box failed to hit the target with Kevin Oluoch rushing to clear it for safety.


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28 May 18

The winner of SuperCup 2018 will play Everton again

The annual Super Cup pitting Kenyan teams against Tanzanian teams, will be held at Afraha Stadium in Nakuru. Gor Mahia will kick off their campaign on June 3 against Jeshi la Kujenga Uchumi of Zanzibar. This according to goal.com The winner of the tournament will earn the right to play against English premier league side Everton at their Goodison Park stadium.

Full fixtures:

June 3: Kakamega Homeboyz v Yanga SC and Gor Mahia v JKU.

June 4: Kariobangi Sharks v Simba SC.

June 5: AFC Leopards v Singida United.

Gor Mahia vs Zanzibari sides

Gor Mahia have in recent years had the upper hand over Zanzibari sides. At the 2015 CECAFA club cup, Gor Mahia trounced KMKM 3-1 with Michael Olunga scoring twice and Kagere scoring the other.  Then at the 2017 Super Cup Gor Mahia blanked Jangombe Boys 2-0 with Kagere scoring twice.

The need for depth

With Gor Mahia facing a glut of fixtures that will include the KPL, GoTV Shield, CAF Confederations cup, Super 8, Supercup and possibly Kagame Cup, they will need to bolster their ranks with more players.

With that in mind, Gor Mahia are said to be pursuing 25 year old Ugandan midfielder Paul Mucuurezi. His contract with KCCA is said to be ending in June.

A two-time league winner, Mucureezi is a versatile midfielder with the ability to also play behind the striker, on the right or left hand side of the attack as has been the case this season while playing for Mike Mutebi’s side.

He also has a knack for scoring important goals as witnessed when he headed home the winner to help KCCA past Madagascar champions CNaPS in a first round match of the Caf Champions League.

He is also a full international with the Uganda Cranes, and made history when he came off the bench to score four times when Uganda beat South Sudan 5-1 in the 2018 CHAN qualifiers in 2017.

 

 


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27 May 18

Gor Mahia started their 2018 GoTV shield campaign on a sound note, by hammering Mombasa based SS Assad 5-1

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Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia put up a fine show to beat SS Assad from Ukunda 5-1 during their SportPesa Shield round of 64 match at Mbaraki Sports Club in Mombasa on Sunday.

Lawrence Juma scored a brace with Innocent Wafula adding another for the visitors for a 3-0 lead at half time.

Second half substitute Eliud Lukowam and Jacques Tuyisenge netted for Gor with Tumaini Mussa getting a consolation for Assad.

Gor Mahia head coach Daylan Kerr was satisfied with his boys’ show and praised Assad and especially their goalkeeper for making some brilliant saves.

“It is the first I’ve come to the coast and I’ve seen a lot of good players,” said Kerr.

Assad team manager Habib Vumbi praised his charges’ efforts against the 16-time league champions.

“We could have done better but majority of my players are fasting,” he said.

Gor started the game on a high note taking an early lead in the third minute, when Juma beat Assad goalkeeper Swaleh Abdalla with a ground shot.

Juma made it 2-0 in the 12th minute off a pass from Ernest Wendo. Six minutes later, Wafula added the third with a calculated shot.

In the second half, the FKF National Division One League team started to dominate the proceedings and it was no surprise when Mussa scored from a free-kick which Gor goalkeeper Fredrick Odhiambo failed to hold.

In the last ten minutes, the visitors had an upper hand with Assad players tiring.

Lukowom scored Gor’s fourth goal in the 81st minute before Rwandese Jacques Tuyisenge put the result beyond doubt with a goal in injury time


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26 May 18

It was an ignominous start to the local career of coach Sebastian Migne as he led his lackluster charges Harambee Stars to a 0-1 loss to lowly Swaziland.

Gor Mahia provided more players than any other team with Boniface Oluoch starting between the posts along with Joash Onyango, Philemon Otieno “Mbish” and Francis Kahata. Meanwhile Humphrey Mieno started on the bench.

Also in action were former Kogalo players Eric Ouma, Musa Mohamed and Timothy Otieno

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Signs of sloppiness were evident early on as Stars struggled to string passes together in the opening 20 minutes while the visitors sat back and waited to pounce on the counter.

Goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch almost cost the team in the 18th minute when he left his line early but failed to get to the ball, allowing Felix Bedenhorst to take a dangerous shot which missed the target.

Kahata made inroads into the Swaziland defence in the 20th minute, but took too long to pull the trigger before Swaziland defender Lindo Mkhonta intervened.

Ovella had the best chance of the first half on 27 minutes, but his shot was saved by Swaziland custodian Sandanezwe Machabela.

A header from Whyvonne Isuza in the 35th minute also got the few fans on their feet in anticipation, but missed the target.

After the goalless first half, Stars resorted to long balls in search for a breakthrough.

Second half substitute Pistone Mutamba, on for Philemon Otieno, beat his marker on the left wing but his thunderbolt went over the bar.

Ovella Ochieng had a chance to give the hosts the lead from a free-kick on 68 minutes, with his shot forcing Machabela into a fingertip save to avert danger. All this time, the visitors sat back and watched.

Nhleko then punished the Stars’ lethargic backline after he was set through on goal, before beating Oluoch with a low shot.

The goal seemed to have roused the hosts, as they began to attack with more purpose afterwards. Mutamba’s header with seven minutes to go came crushing off the crossbar much to the chagrin of the few home fans.

“Playing away and against a big team like Kenya was very difficult for us and I am satisfied with the single goal. We were lucky to have won, but a draw would have been a more fair result because the game was quite balanced. Otherwise, this has been very good preparation for us as we head to the Cosafa tourney,” said Swaziland coach Siza Dlamini.

Signs of sloppiness were evident early on as Stars struggled to string passes together in the opening 20 minutes while the visitors sat back and waited to pounce on the counter.

Goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch almost cost the team in the 18th minute when he left his line early but failed to get to the ball, allowing Felix Bedenhorst to take a dangerous shot which missed the target.

Kahata made inroads into the Swaziland defence in the 20th minute, but took too long to pull the trigger before Swaziland defender Lindo Mkhonta intervened.

Ovella had the best chance of the first half on 27 minutes, but his shot was saved by Swaziland custodian Sandanezwe Machabela.

A header from Whyvonne Isuza in the 35th minute also got the few fans on their feet in anticipation, but missed the target.

After the goalless first half, Stars resorted to long balls in search for a breakthrough.

Second half substitute Pistone Mutamba, on for Philemon Otieno, beat his marker on the left wing but his thunderbolt went over the bar.

Ovella Ochieng had a chance to give the hosts the lead from a free-kick on 68 minutes, with his shot forcing Machabela into a fingertip save to avert danger. All this time, the visitors sat back and watched.

Nhleko then punished the Stars’ lethargic backline after he was set through on goal, before beating Oluoch with a low shot.

The goal seemed to have roused the hosts, as they began to attack with more purpose afterwards. Mutamba’s header with seven minutes to go came crushing off the crossbar much to the chagrin of the few home fans.

“Playing away and against a big team like Kenya was very difficult for us and I am satisfied with the single goal. We were lucky to have won, but a draw would have been a more fair result because the game was quite balanced. Otherwise, this has been very good preparation for us as we head to the Cosafa tourney,” said Swaziland coach Siza Dlamini.

Harambee Stars Starting XI:  Boniface Oluoch (GK), Jockins Atudo, Erick Ouma, Michael Kibwage, Joash Onyango, Duncan Otieno, Patillah Omotto, Philemon Otieno, Francis Kahata, Whyvone Isuza, Ovella Ochieng.

Subs:  Patrick Matasi (GK), Timothy Odhiambo (GK), Humphrey Mieno, Marvin Nabwire, Chrispin Oduor, Jaffary Owiti, Mutamba Pistone, Musa Mohamed, Wasambo Vincent, Timothy Otieno, Shakava Harun.

Swaziland Starting XI: Sandanezwe Mathabela, Lindo Mkhonta, Wandie Maseko, Banele Dlamini, Siboniso Ngwenya, Mandia Palma, Xolani Sibandze, Njabulo Ndlovu, Barry Stenkamp, Felix Bendenhorst, Tony Tsabedze,

Subs: Nhlanhla Gwebu, Phumani Dlamini, Sihlangu Mkhwanazi, Zweli Nxumalo, Wonder Nhleko, Sifiso Mazibuko, Bonginkosi Dlamini, Phiwayinkosi Dlamini, Musa Dalamini.


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23 May 18

Kariobangi Sharks right winger Ovella Ochieng is one of the players on Gor Mahia’s tadar for the upcoming June transfer season.

CEO Omondi Aduda confirmed that coach Kerr is interested in the player.

“I can say yes…partly because the coach likes the player. He watched him play once but then he disappeared but for now there is nothing official about the player because the transfer window is still closed.” said Aduda to goal.com

Aduda further went on to say that the club is waiting for the first leg to conclude before focusing on transfers.

“We are waiting for the first leg to conclude then we will meet the coach and his staff to discuss where we need to buy. All we want is to avoid making panic buys because, fans are asking or demanding that we strengthen.” he concluded.

Ovella Ochieng was one of the most impressive players when Harambee Stars won the most recent CECAFA senior challenge cup, using his speed down the flanks to create chances and also cutting inside in a manner similar to Arjen Robben of Bayern Munich.

Ovella could add much needed sharpness to the Gor Mahia attack which has stagnated in recent matches

Another player whom K’Ogalo could pursue is defender Musa Mohamed. The former skipper is in training camp with Harambee stars.  Sofapaka owner Elly Kalekwa says he has also initiated talks with Musa.

Musa with Jaro Soja earlier this week Image courtesy of Jaro Soja

Maqbul Mohamed sues Gor Mahia

Story courtesy of the star

Footballer Karim Makbul has sued Kenya Premier League holders Gor Mahia for terminating his contract incommunicado at the end of 2017.
The left-back was signed on January 12, 2017 from Jericho Allstars after elders of the club petitioned the champions to employ the services of at least one of their players since they hosted Gor Mahia at Camp Toyoyo.
Despite Makbul penning a four-year deal with Gor under former coach Zi Maria Pereira, he never made the cut for 18 consecutive league matches and was consequently listed for a loan stint in June last year at Wazito , then Nakumatt but none materialised.
Karim told the Sports Disputes Tribunal, that he only trained with Wazito FC for one day and that Nakumatt FC’s coach told him he was not in his plans with three days to the closure of transfer window, Makbul said:

“I boarded a bus to coast for trials at Mombasa Stima and I was told there’s no space. At Modern Coast, I was late according to the coach there,” he said.
His contract indicates in article six that the club would terminate the contract in the case that he does not perform to the expectation of the club or he misbehaves. But testifying in Defence of Gor Mahia, team manager Ludovic Aduda intimated that the player has absconded training since January 2018 thus the club could not pay him.


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23 May 18

FKF Chair Nick Mwendwa has had enough of KPL and Jack Oguda and he is vowing that the KPL will cease to exist when its contract with FKF ends in 2020. Mwendwa was livid after the Sports Disputes Tribunal (SDT) ruled that FKF should not interfere with KPL’s running of the league.

“This contract ends in 2020. It was signed by our predecessors and there’s nothing we can do. They (KPL) don’t feel like they want to support the national team. In September 2020 it ends and maybe from there we will implement what we want to implement. But till then we will keep tussling with them. “For sure, this means continuing to have KPL will be impossible after two years. For us there is no way we can delegate this authority again to such a company.” an agitated Mwendwa told Capital Sport.

Tribunal Chairman, John Moore Ohaga, a former Kenya international rugby player, sided with KPL because the two friendlies that FKF is organizing are outside the FIFA dates. .

“If FKF wishes to schedule an international match which requires clubs to release players outside the FIFA dates, this must be on a voluntary basis. If it requires KPL to postpone matches, then this also must be negotiated and agreed between the relevant parties. Outside the formal instruments, no party can impose on the other. It is for this reason that the agreement requires the two to collaborate closely on decisions though the laid out Joint Executive Committee.” said Ohaga on Wednesday.


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23 May 18

Kevin Omondi in action at the last mashemeji derby

The sports tribunal is has ruled that the mashemeji derby that was set for this weekend should be postponed. A statement released by KPL CEO Jack Oguda  states that KPL respects the rule of the law and will therefore abide by the ruling

 

FKF and KPL have been involved in a turf war and as usual they are unable to resolve matters amicably. This is to the detriment of Kenya Football. FKF wants the match postponed so that Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards who have been called to the national team can focus on training for the international friendlies. But Jack Oguda of KPL is sticking to his guns and saying the mashemeji derby must proceed.  FKF retaliated by saying they would ban any match officials who participate. Oguda has also in the past refused to accommodate postponement requests from clubs involved in continental matches.

In reality KPL should understand that a good performance by Harambee Stars will benefit the KPL by giving it more visibility and potentially more sponsors. FKF for their part should also try to be more diplomatic to avoid such turf wars.

 


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22 May 18

In a bid to shore up a team that is quickly running out of gas, Gor Mahia will sign 3 new players during the June transfer season. A glut of fixtures has seen Kogalo play 9 times in the last 27 days. The team has also been hit by injuries to players like Wellington Ochieng.

“We want to bring in three players in June as the fixtures ahead of us are very important and we want to win every trophy on offer. The current squad we have is slightly running out of gas and we must bring in a quality striker, midfielder and defender to bolster the squad. Several players are unwell as a result of playing under rainy conditions in Kericho, In Rwanda during the Caf match against Rayon Sports and recently at Kasarani against USM Alger while two of our main players—Karim Nizigiyimana and Wellington Ochieng —are recovering from serious injuries.” said Jolawi Obondo the team manager to the Star newspaper.

Kerr Livid with players

Meanwhile coach Dylan Kerr is pulling no punches regarding the sub par display against Sofapaka on Sunday.

“My players have to show the desire to win every time. lt seems they are happy to accept poor play and poor goals conceded.” he said to goal.com

Kerr however praised his players for fighting to the very end for that epic equalizer.

“Fair play to us, until last minute we didn’t give up but again, at 2-0 we didn’t kill the game off, we thought we’ve won and that allowed our opponents back into the game Leading 2-0 at halftime, I told my players to stop giving the ball away because Sofapaka would counter since we always want to score. They obviously did not listen.” concluded Kerr.

Derby Called off

The FKF has insisted that the mashemeji derby which was scheduled for this Saturday will not be played.

“The national team is assigned to honour friendly matches against Swaziland on May 25 and Equatorial Guinea on May 28. s such the derby between AFC Leopards and Gor Mahia scheduled for this Saturday has been postponed to a later date. Football Kenya Federation will work to see that the match has been scheduled at the earliest opportune time.” read a letter signed by Robert Muthomi, the FKF CEO

This despite the protestations by KPL CEO Robert Oguda.


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20 May 18

Gor Mahia gave away a 2 goal lead and ended up drawing 3-3 with Sofapaka at Machakos on Sunday.

Additional reporting from the Nation
Rwandese Meddie Kagere, Bernard Ondieki and Innocent Wafula scored a goal apiece for K’Ogalo, but Kepha Aswani sparked the Sofapaka renaissance as Ezekiel Okare managed a brace to guarantee their team one point from the game.

Kagere’s strike in the 10th minute was a happy accident, as he blindly tapped the ball with the side of his foot in an attempt to lay it properly for Ivorian Ephrem Guikan, but it deflected into the net much to his joyful surprise.

Ondieki doubled matters for the champions just 24 minutes later by guiding a header past Sofapaka custodian Mathias Kigonya.

Sofapaka defender Yusuf Mohammed had intended to clear a dangerous ball from the right, but it flew into the air and Ondieki, who was acquired from Western Stima in December last year, leapt just in time to meet it and send it home.

Sofapaka coach John Baraza responded by withdrawing Humphrey Okoti seven minutes before the end of the first half and replacing him with deadly striker Stephen Waruru in a bid to rescue his team from an impending embarrassment.
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Aswani pulled one back for Batoto ba Mungu in the 51st minute, prompting K’Ogalo to work even harder to safeguard their lead.

The visitors kept it late, but a defensive mishap in the 85th minute saw their patience pay off. Harun Shakava and goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch had both left their areas of jurisdiction, and Okare easily headed home a long ball from the middle, leaving Shakava guiltily running after it in what was an exercise in futility.

It didn’t take two minutes for Sofapaka to inflict pain again, and it was Okare once more who scooped the ball and sent a thunderbolt into the top left corner.

Gor however responded promptly through Innocent Wafula who made the most of a goalmouth melee to deliver the equaliser in stoppage time.


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17 May 18

Despite dropping crucial points at home, coach Dylan Kerr has praised his players for putting on a valiant effort.

“I’m happy we held a big team despite the setback and we got a point from them. My players are doing better every day, but there is more room for wonders. Knowing the kind of tight schedule we have had recently, they gave it all the field,” said Kerr after the match.

Kerr further observed that his team did well considering that they were a man down with 30 minutes left to play in the encounter.

“I think when we were reduced to 10 men, the pressure to defend our goal was much, that’s why I told Tuyisenge to be double his effort, striking from middle and we created several chances.” he continued.

Kerr was once again critical of logistics and suggested the club needed better organization.

“We had to stay for a long time in the traffic jam coming to the stadium, this is not what you want in a match day,” he said.

Indeed Kerr was happy that his defence, which has been conceding a lot of goals, was able to keep a clean sheet despite playing top class opposition in the last two games.

“I am delighted with my players, it was a good match and the good thing is that we kept a clean sheet and got a point as well, although we wanted more. The pitch made it a little harder for us, and USM as well but the outcome was not bad. My players keep on giving their best, they are improving and that is the most encouraging thing.” said Kerr.

USM Algiers coach Miloud Hamdi observed that he would have done better if they had their key striker.

“My players fought hard, although we were not as clinical as we should have been in the attack. Darfaloum should have done better, maybe, but a point away from home is a gain,” Hamdi declared.

Gor Mahia will next play Yanga in Dar es Salaam. Having dropped points at home, winning an away match is crucial and this is their best opportunity.


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