Gor Mahia held by USM Alger 0-0

Gor Mahia’s second CAF Confederations cup group match against USM Alger ended scoreless. This after Gor Mahia were reduced to 10 men with the ejection of Joash Onyango.

Additional Reporting from the Nation

Gor Mahia battled to a barren draw with visiting USM Alger of Algeria in their Caf Confederation Cup Group D match at a rain-soaked Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani on Wednesday despite playing for the last 35 minutes with 10 men.

Centre back Joash Onyango was sent off on 55 minutes for a second bookable offence but the gritty hosts held on to secure their second successive draw in the competition although they could have won the tie as striker Jacques Tuyisenge and winger George Odhiambo had two late chances to kill off the tie.

Dylan Kerr’s men also had two penalty appeals turned down by the centre referee much to the chagrin of the handful fans who had braved the heavy downpour at Kasarani.

Besides the unwelcoming weather conditions, both sides had to endure a torrid trip to the stadium before the tie. A traffic snarl up along the busy Thika Super Highway forced the sides to get to the match venue just under 50 minutes to kick off, drastically reducing the allocated time for warm up.

This result, coupled with a similar scoreline in the group’s other game pitting Tanzania’s Young Africans against Rwanda’s Rayon Sport, implies the Kenyan champions remain second with two points, behind the seven time Algerian champions who have amassed four points in this pool after two rounds of matches. Rayon have a similar point tally to Gor while the Tanzanian outfit are placed last, having picked up a single point.

Gor’s task of picking something from this game was made harder after Onyango was sent off for a second bookable offence after shoving off Farouk Chefai just after the restart in this drama filled contest.

At on the other end, Odhiambo had two penalty appeals waved off by match Malian match referee Mamadou Keita, decisions that clearly infuriated Kerr and the Green Army.

“The lads have again done brilliant tonight and we could be sitting here and celebrating a two or three goal victory. But that didn’t happen, and they obviously started falling around and suddenly we are left with only have 10 players on the pitch. At that point, the game became more difficult,” said Kerr.

The first of Odhiambo’s appeals at the half hour mark seemed legitimate, coming after Mohammed Benyana stopped the Kenyan international with a high boot in the danger area.

The hosts were, by far, the better team in the opening half, fashioning out six clear chances.

Disappointingly though, none of these efforts found the back of the net.

Ivorian forward Ephrem Guikan, who was standing in for the suspended Meddie Kagere, had three of these chances.

His first on 13 minutes came via a rifled goal bound shot which was superbly blocked by Oussana Chita’s sliding tackle for a corner, even though it seemed the ball had bounced off the defender’s arm just outside the box.

Guikan’s second chance nine minutes later was via a header off Odhiambo’s measured cross, an effort the visiting keeper Mohamed Lamine did well to parry off with a stretched right hand save.

Odhiambo too, had two goal bound shots in succession thwarted by a combination of Lamine’s impressive left handed and the goal post, as the opening stanza wore on.

In between, the Algerians barely threatened but once and even then, Boniface Oluoch did well to gather a feeble header from Ben Yahyia.

Gor Mahia now turns attention to USM Alger

After putting up a solid performance in front of a capacity crowd Gor Mahia will now train their guns on USM Alger of Algeria as they seek their first win in the 2018 CAF Confederations cup group stage. Whereas Gor Mahia played to a scoreless draw against Hull City USM Alger played their most recent league match on Friday May 11 against 11th placed Jeunesse Sportive Kabylie. They were upset 3-2. This is a defeat that bodes well for Gor Mahia.

It will be a tall order against them however. They score many goals via lightning quick counter attacks and use the flanks effectively. Coach Kerr is well aware of the threat.

“We’ll be facing a very strong, tactically aware, and quick USM Alger team, and this will call for all players to give 100%.” Kerr told KweséESPN, ”

Kerr further pointed out that the match against Hull City prepared his side for the test on Wednesday.

“It was a good rehearsal, but I like the attitude, and character that my players showed was very positive,” Kerr continued. “We continue to create so many chances but still not scoring as we should be doing.  I’m glad that Hull City gave us a true top level test of the European blend of football as we prepare to face USM Alger.” he continued.


The Management at Kasarani had earlier decided to close down the stadium again after seats were vandalized. But they appear to have changed their mind.

“The game will go on, that is certain. This is a CAF game and we can’t afford to alter it at this point. The inspectors came and gave the stadium a go ahead so we cannot go on to close it two days to the game,” Rakki Asman who is the Communications Chief at Sports Kenya said to miechezoafrika.

He added; “It is true there were damages but we have to assess and see what the cost is then see who to bill because the game was organized by SportPesa,” added Asman.

This Ingwe fan was caught on camera vandalizing the seats at Kasarani

Kasarani has always had cheap flimsy seats which makes it easy for fans to rip them off.

Gate Collections

Club Treasurer Sally Bolo has announced that Ksh 3.6 million was collected at the match against Hull City on Sunday.

“In total, we sold 30, 000 tickets, and that includes both VIP and terrace tickets. I believe we could have sold more, but there were several complimentary tickets as well as several courtesy card holders who were allowed free access into the stadium.

“It is the highest amount we have recorded as a club this season, and it is definitely among the highest amounts of money the club has realised in a long time. I thank the Gor fans for the wonderful turn out and ask them to continue supporting the club with that same passion,” she said to the Nation.

Fans are incredulous since they expected numbers closer to 60,000 tickets sold. But Bolo claims that many fans entered free.

Gor Mahia 0 Hull City 0 (Hull win on penalties)

A section of the massive crowd. If only such a crowd would show up against USM Alger

Playing in front of a massive crowd , the kind that has not been seen in a local football match in decades, Gor Mahia were held 0-0 by English side Hull City who then went on to win 4-3 on spot kicks.

Additional reporting from the Standard

NAIROBI, Kenya, May 13- Despite goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch saving three penalties, record Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia lost to English Championship side Hull City 4-3 on post match penalties in an international friendly match played infront of a sold out 60,000-seater Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani on Sunday.

Gor Mahia put up a brilliant display and the crowd roared in appreciation after the penalty shoot-out following a barren draw in regulation time.

The home side had the advantage heading into the final kick of the first five and it only needed Cercidy Okeyo to score, but he saw his kick saved and in turn Hull came alive in sudden death.

The two teams scored their first kicks. However, Kevin Omondi saw his penalty saved with Hull scoring the response, ending up 4-3 winners.

It was once again a tale of missed chances from the Kenyan champions who created chance after chance especially in the first half, but could not burry any of them.

However, Dylan Kerr’s charges will leave chests high especially after performing in an exemplary fashion against a side that plays in the English second tier league and one that has history of playing in the Premier League.

Kerr will pick positives and inspiration from this game as he prepares his side for their second CAF Confederation Cup Group D match against Algerian outfit USM Alger at the same venue on Wednesday night.

The atmosphere was terrific with the K’Ogalo faithful roaring their team on against the Championship side while the neutrals cheered and raved on from any beautiful move from either side.

Kerr started off a strong side with the only difference from the team that played Rayon Sport last weekend in the CAF Confederation Cup being Ephraim Guikan starting upfront alongside Jacques Tuyisenge ahead of Meddie Kagere.

The home side had a half chance four minutes in, George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo trying his luck with a left foot snap shot from distance, but it went straight to keeper Marshall.

Three minutes on the opposite end, Hull had a chance when a cross-ball bounced inside the box from the right falling on Frazer Campbell’s feet, but the former Tottenham Hotspur man’s effort to dribble his way into the box was stopped by a forest of legs.

A sweeping team move from Gor Mahia, cheered on and appreciated by the partisan crowd handed them a decent scoring opportunity. Odhiambo swept the ball low into the edge of the box from the left into Guikan’s path, but the Ivorian’s shot was well handled by Marshall.

On the other end in the 12th minute, Evandro’s freekick from the right found Jon Toral unmarked at the backpost but the lanky winger’s header at goal flew over the post with keeper Oluoch beaten.

But it was the home side which enjoyed most of the scoring chances, creating with style and grit.

In the 19th minute, Francis Kahata should have opened the scoring on the counter when he was picked out by a well weighted pass from Odhiambo unmarked on the right, but the midfielder’s shot at goal after driving in ended wide.

Kahata came close again in the 27th minute with a freekick from the edge of the box after Tuyisenge was brought down, but his curling effort over the wall was inches close, rolling over the bar.

Three minutes later from another counter Humphrey Mieno released Tuyisenge through on goal, but the Rwandese could not hit the ball on target, curling it beyond Marshall but inches wide of the target.

Three minutes to the break, Gor had another chance again when Odhiambo’s corner found Ernest Wendo at the edge of the six yard box, but the Gor battering bull missed a chance of a rare goal for the record Kenyan champions failing to put in a strong header past Marshall.


Gor Mahia vs Hull City In Pictures

A crowd this large has not been seen locally for many years

Tuyisenge taking his spot kick which he duly planted in the top right corner of the net


William Keane chased by Philemon Otieno


Second half sub Kevin Omondi takes on Daniel Batty


Kahata was brilliant

Kagere ready to take his spot kick which he scored with a well taken hesitation shot


Walusimbi reacts after being foiled by the goalkeeper David Marshall


Jacque Tuyisenge takes on a Hull defender Daniel Batty


Adam Curry and Goebel Evandro of Hull trying to stop the marauding Samuel Onyango and Cercidy Okeyo


Shakava will Hull City Captain Frazier Campbell


Adam Curry pays close attention to Ephrem Guikan and Humphrey Mieno


Sportpesa CEO Ronald Karauri greets Francis Kahata


Hull City reserve Keeper Callum Burton during the shootout


Kagere came on for Guikan


Philemon Otieno “Mbish” had a brilliant game

Hull City and Gor Mahia players after the match


Hull City also had fans at the stadium


Raila Odinga and Ronald Karauri
Raila Odinga greets David Marshall


Raila Odinga freets Boniface Oluoch, Ephrem Guikan and Francis Kahata
Raila Odinga, Joe Kadenge and Bobby Ogolla


Dylan Kerr meets the Hull City coach Nijel Adkins


Jaro Soja met the Hull players for lunch on Saturday


Jaro Soja was on hand to meet Hull City and JKIA


Jaro and traditional dancers were on hand to meet Hull City and JKIA

Gor Mahia to play USM Alger at Kasarani

Good news for Kogalo fans. The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has approved Kasarani as the venue for the CAF Confederations cup match against USM Alger. Club CEO Omondi Aduda confirmed the same.

“Our prayers have been answered and we are now good to go. Caf have written to FKF confirming that they have approved our request to have Kasarani as the main venue for the remaining Caf matches.” said Aduda to goal.com

Earlier on, the match was scheduled for Machakos. With the match now at Kasarani, Gor Mahia are assured of a better attendance due to its closer proximity to the City. Now its up to the club to set reasonable ticket prices in order to pull a larger crowd.

The USM Alger match will be played on Wednesday May 16. Prior to Hull City, Gor Mahia will test their strength against English second tier side Hull City. This match will also be played at Kasarani on May 13.

Coach Dylan Kerr is happy that his side will have a good build up match.

“I am glad that we shall face a tough opponent in Hull City,” he told KweséESPN. “This is not some small team, but a team which will test us in all aspects.

“Playing the English side will be a true test for us a few days before we host Algeria’s USM Alger in the second Group D match,” he added. “We are delighted that we defeated AFC Leopards to qualify to face the visiting Hull side.

“Every team seems much comfortable playing at home,” Kerr continued, looking back at Gor’s draw with Rayon, “but we have what it takes to go win our next game at home and also travel away and pick up points.” concluded Kerr.

USM Alger promises to be a tough encounter. Aside from beating Yanga 4-0 last weekend, they had also beaten Plateau United of Nigeria 4-0 in the previous round. Coach Kerr is under no illusions about how difficult the game will be.

“We need to beat USM Alger to brighten our chances of progressing to the latter stages of the CAF Confederation Cup,” he added. “It makes the game against Hull City very important.

“Everybody thinks they can get out of the group, but it will all depend on who wants it more and we surely have the material, hunger and motivation to make it to the quarter finals.”

Rwandese striker Meddie Kagere is also looking forward to playing Hull City.

“I know we shall use this match as a build-up before we host [USM Alger],” told KweséESPN, “so it will be a very important game that I am looking forward to.”

Gor Mahia fightback and edge Homeboyz 3-2

Gor Mahia had to fight back from a goal down and were on the verge of settling for another 2-2 draw before a late goal by Charles Momanyi rescued all three points for Kogalo. Ivorian Ephrem Guikan grabbed a brace.

Additional Reporting from the Nation

Former Kakamega Homeboyz defender Charles Momanyi returned to haunt his former employers as he grabbed the winning goal to give Gor Mahia a 3-2 win in their Kenyan Premier League match at the Bukhungu Stadium, Kakamega on Wednesday.

The hosts had taken the lead through Ali Ahmed before the champions pulled levelled through Ivorian striker Ephraim Guikan on the stroke of half time.

Guikan gave K’Ogalo the lead in the second half but veteran striker Allan Wanga restored parity for the hosts before Momanyi struck the winner 10 minutes to the end.

The win sees Gor extend their lead at the top of the table to 30 points, five clear of second-placed Ulinzi Stars.

The 16-time league winners now switch their attention to Sunday’s friendly match against English Championship side Hull City before welcoming Algeria’s USM Alger in their second Confederation Cup match three days later.

Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr praised his charges never-say attitude.

“The victory was good but we need to kill off matches earlier to avoid these late dramas,” he noted.

His opposite number, Mike Mururi said he would work on rectifying the mistakes that cost his side.

“We took a deserved lead but the boys lost focus later on and this something we need to address going forward,” he observed.

Kerr made changes from the side that drew 1-1 away to Rwandese side Rayon Sports last Sunday with lead strikers Meddie Kagere and Jacques Tuyisenge both dropping to the bench.

The visitors dominated early proceedings but it was the hosts that created the game’s first chance on five minutes as Wanga drew a fine save from Gor keeper Shaban Odhoji.

Wanga alongside his strike partner Hassan Kikoyo linked up well upfront constantly putting pressure on the Gor defence.

The hosts took the lead after 31 minutes as midfielder Ahmed fired past Odhoji after he was put through by Moses Mudavadi.

Gor however ensured that the teams went into the break level as Guikan finished off Boniface Omondi’s pass.

On resumption, Gor, who are yet to beaten this in the league this season, controlled proceedings and eventually went ahead as Guikan reacted first on a loose ball on the edge of the Homeboyz box to fire past David Juma on 54 minutes.

However, the hosts would hit back as Wanga headed home in the 65th minute to restore parity. Gor would have the last laugh as Momanyi popped up to punish his former side and hand Gor the three points.

Coach Kerr happy with result

Coach Dylan Kerr is happy that his side managed to grab a point away from home when they played Rayon Sports on Sunday.

“This is a fantastic away result, every player on the team did an excellent job to ensure we don’t lose, especially the defenders.” said Kerr accring to goal.com

Kerr defended his team which has withstoodd a lot of criticism for conceding that goal.

“It was not like the one we conceded against Mathare United at Machakos Stadium. This time, the ball did not split the wall. It was a fantastic free-kick and we could not do anything about it,” he said according to the Standard.

Kerr however admitted that the large crowd at Nyamirambo stadium may have intimidated his side.

“The Rayon Sports fans were marvellous and stood behind their team. I think my boys panicked after the equaliser and at half time, I had to tell them to relax and just enjoy themselves.” Kerr continued.

Kerr thinks his side will overcome their first game jitters.

“The early goal unsettled us but we recovered and even hoped to do better. It is just the first match and we are looking forward to a better campaign,” he said.

Gor Mahia will need to solidify their defence and sharpen their attack as they face a formidable Algerian side in USM Alger on May 16. The Algerians walloped Young Africans of Tanzania 4-0 last weekend.

Gor Mahia hold Rayon Sports

Scorer: Meddie Kagere Image: Rwanda Times

Gor Mahia and Rayon Sports of Rwanda, settled for a 1-1 draw in the opening match of the 2018 CAF Confederations cup group stage. Gor Mahia’s goal was scored by Meddie Kagere.

Additional reporting from the Nation

A wasteful Gor Mahia were held to a 1-1 draw by hosts Rayon Sports in their opening Group D match of the Caf Confederation Cup at a rain-soaked Nyamirambo Stadium in Kigali, Rwanda on Sunday.

Meddie Kagere struck the opener for the Kenyan champions before Eric Rutanga levelled for the hosts with a brilliant free-kick to ensure both teams head for the break tied.

Francis Kahata, Kagere and Jacques Tuyisenge were all guilty of wasting open chances for the Dylan Kerr-led K’Ogalo.

Both teams started with a 4-4-2 formation that had Kagere and Tuyisenge starting upfront for K’Ogalo and Ismail Diarra and Cristina Mbondi starting in attack for the hosts.

Malian striker Diarra had Rayon Sports’ first chance in the eighth minute but his hastily taken shot ended up narrowly missing the target.

Kagere then netted the first goal against the run of play, 10 minutes into the match after beating the offside trap, rounding off goalkeeper Eric Ndashimiye before slotting the ball into an empty net.

The veteran Rwandan striker then released a bicycle kick six minutes later, sending the ball towards Kahata’s way but his header missed the targed.

Rutanga then levelled matters with a well-taken free-kick that left Gor goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch rooted to his spot on 24 minutes.

Rutanga’s expertly taken free-kick soared over the wall, giving Oluoch no chance.

This equaliser changed the dynamics of the game and the hosts appeared to attack with more confidence thereafter.

No further goals were witnessed in the first half as both teams retreated to the dressing rooms to strategise for the second period.

The second half was an end-to-end affair with both K’Ogalo and the hosts creating chances but failing to convert them. The rain however didn’t make it any easier for either side.

Kahata had another miss in the 82nd minute when he was set up by Kagere, only for his resultant shot to go narrowly wide.

Gor will face Algeria’s USM Alger at home in their next match of the Caf Confederation Cup as Rayon travel to Tanzania to tackle Young Africans.


Gallery: Gor Mahia in Kigali


Gor Mahia line-up before the match


Cercidy Okoeyo, Humphrey Mieno, Kevin Omondi, Philemon Otieno, Godfrey Walusimbi in the dressing room before the game


Philemon Otieno left it all on the field


Kahata: His goal got Kogalo here


Nizigiyimana gave team-mates a motivational speech on Saturday


Ade and Philemon relax between training sessions


Gor Mahia board the team bus to training


Karim Nizigiyimana joined the team in training


Walusimbi , Wendo et al get a feel for the field on Saturday night


Tuyisenge and Kagere on arrival in Kigali

The Fans

K’Ogalo fans traveled to Kigali in droves and played a key role in pushing the team.