The Gor Mahia contingent arrived in Tanzania for the 2018 CECAFA club cup. Included in the squad is newly signed Burundian striker, Francis Mustafa. However trouble started brewing when Kogalo were booked in a sub par hotel. Coach Dylan Kerr and the players expressed reservations about the hotel.
“It is true, the players are unhappy with the hotel and we are trying to find an alternative. Basically the players want a hotel with facilities and amenities such as a swimming pool.” said team manager Jolawi Obondo according to Citizen FM.
CECAFA chair Nicholas Musonye said he was working on resolving the issue.
“The issue has been brought to my attention and we are sorting it out” said Musonye.
Gor Mahia are in Tanzania in an attempt to win a trophy that they last won 33 years ago. Coach Dylan Kerr is wary about the glut of fixtures.
“We have the worst July of football coming up with tight fixtures. I want my players to go for it and show just how much in one year, we have grown, matured and developed into a strong unit.” said Kerr to goal.com
However Kerr is optimistic that his side will overcome all opposition.
“If we can focus on football and let our talents show it, it would be amazing for Kenya.” he concluded.
Gor Mahia are up against Azam who beat them in the finals in 2015 and Simba who recently snatched Meddie Kagere and also signed players from Cote’d Ivoire.
Gor Mahia continued with their superb performance in the 2018 Kenya Premier League when they beat SoNy Sugar 1-0 at Moi stadium Kisumu on Friday
Additional reporting from futaa.com
Gor Mahia has defeated Sony Sugar 1-0 at Moi Stadium, Kisumu to go fifteen points clear at the top of the league table.
A good combination between Francis Kahata and Jacques Tuyisenge saw the later power Gor Mahia ahead in the 50th minute. Tuyisenge had missed a fabulous chance to score the first goal of the match in the 47th minute when he fumbled the ball from Walusimbi inside the box.
Enock Agwanda’s surge was stopped in the 35th minute when Shaban Odhoji left his line to intercept the former Gor forward. Sony felt that the keeper had handled the ball outside his box and demanded that Odhoji be penalized for that. He was only given a yellow card and that irked Sony’s bench. Patrick Odhiambo, Sony’s coach is allegedly said to have uttered unpleasant words to the fourth official. The center referee was notified and he reacted by sending Odhiambo to the stands. He reversed his judgment almost a minute later and the coach came down to the touchline once more.
Collins Netto was denied by the posts when he sent a fierce shot outside the box in the 46th minute. His ambitious long range was the first real chance inside the second stanza.
Sony looked rejuvenated inside the last five minutes of regular time and Odhoji denying Agwanda twice. Dylan Kerr responded to Sony’s pressure by introducing Humphrey Mieno in place of Philemon Oteino.
Tuyisenge’s goal has made him the club’s top scorer for now with ten goals, two more than Meddie Kagere who has left to join Simba of Tanzania.
Gor Mahia Starting XI: Shaban Odhoji, Innocent Wafula, Godfrey Walusimbi, Joash Onyango, Charles Momanyi, Ernest Wendo, Lawrence Juma (Boniface Omondi), Philemon Otieno (Humphrey Mieno), Jacques Tuyisenge, Francis Kahata, George Odhiambo.
Unused subs: Boniface Oluoch, Harun Shakava, Bernard Ondiek, Samuel Onyango, Kevin Omondi.
Sony Sugar FC Starting XI: Kevin Omondi, Bernard Omondi, Michael Apudo, Martin Pamba, Robert Mudenyu, Fredrick Onyango, Maxwell Onyango (Stephen Onyango), Tobias Otieno, Enock Agwanda, Meshack Karani (David Mwang), Collins Neto (Clinton Omondi, ).
Long serving Kogalo Ronald Ngala has come out to allay fears among Gor Mahia fans. According to Ngala, the club has resolved the issues that caused players to threaten a boycott.
“We are definitely going for Cecafa Kagame Cup. There was some disquiet in the camp but now everything has been sorted out and we are ready to go. We are traveling tomorrow (Friday) at night after the Sony Sugar match,” Ngala told Standard Sports.
Club secretary Ben Omondi echoed Ngala’s sentiments and emphasized that all is well and the club is rearing to play SoNy Sugar.
The disquiet was due to unpaid dues and some players were said to be disgruntled because they were given only one third of the prize money that came out of the recently concluded Sportpesa shield.
But Sally Bolo claims that the players are not owed anything.
“We don’t owe any player salary arrears and in terms of win allowances, the only game we have not paid is Tuesday’s against Posta Rangers. The only thing we owe them is the money from the Confederation Cup qualification and this, we promised we would pay 20pc of it,” Gor Treasurer Sally Bolo said to Capital FM.
Kerr accuses official of sabotage
Coach Dylan Kerr for his part is unhappy with what he sees as sabotage from some club officials.
“I am not happy with one club official because she has no right to set players to initiate rebellion. She is an official and should be in the front in trying to solve issues not worsen them. She is causing problems in the team and it is unbelievable. I think the club needs to sort this out as soon as possible,” a dejected Kerr said to Capital FM.
It has been suggested that the club official who incited the rebellion is Judith Nyangi.
Kerr also said he will assess Burundian striker Francis Mustafa who arrived in the country on Thursday.
We don’t have much time because it is just one training session with him but we will see. It’s only two days to the end of the transfer window which doesn’t give us enough time to look at a player,” Kerr added.
The Kagame cup kicks off on Friday.
Group A: Azam FC (Tanzania), Vipers SC (Uganda), JKU FC (Zanzibar), Kator FC (South Sudan).
Group B: Rayon Sport (Rwanda), Gor Mahia (Kenya), Lydia Ludic FC (Burundi), Ports FC (Djibouti)
Group C: Singida FC (Tanzania), Simba SC (TZ), APR FC (Rwanda), Dakadaha FC (Somalia)
Friday, June 29
JKU (Zan) vs Vipers (Uga) – Chamazi Stadium, 1pm
Azam FC (Tan) vs Kator FC (S.Sudan) – Chamazi 3pm
Singida United (Tan) vs APR FC (Rwa) –National Stadium, 6pm
Against the backdrop of sensational form that has seen Kogalo dismiss Ulinzi and Posta Rangers by scores of 2-0 and 5-0 respectively, Gor Mahia are due to play SoNy Sugar on Friday.
But their 12 point lead atop the standings could be in jeopardy.
Yesterday, Kogalo players went on strike in Kisumu threatening snub tomorrow’s league match against Sony Sugar at Moi Stadium. The players are demanding all the outstanding allowances.
Gor Mahia Organising Secretary Judith Nyangi said the players have informed her they were checking out of the hotel in protest to owed allowances.
“They got in touch with me from Kisumu and have told me categorically that they will not stay in the hotel or honour Friday’s match against Sony Sugar. We have tried to convince them but in vain,” she said.
Club chairman Ambrose Rachier, who is in Russia, tried convince the players to return to camp and honour Friday’s fixture.
Gor Mahia’s pursuit of Ugandan player Erisa Ssekisambu has ended.
“The deal is off. We have been in talks for the past couple of days but failed to agree over a number of issues,” Ssekisambu’s agent Ronnie Santos told Kawowo Sports.
Ssekisambu has won the Uganda Cup’s MVP twice and was also in the run for the UPL Best Player in the 2014/15 campaign. He has also been a regular for the Uganda Cranes.
Undeterred by the departure of Meddie Kagere, Gor Mahia continued their unstoppable march in the 2018 Kenya Premier League when they hammered Posta Rangers 5-0.
George Odhiambo found the back of the net twice while Jacque Tuyisenge, Ephrem Guikan and Lawrence Juma provided the other goals.
Gor Mahia are now 12 points clear of second placed Sofapaka with two matches to spare.
Additional reporting from the Nation
Gor Mahia’s head coach Dylan Kerr said he was happy with the win, noting that it was a clear indication that the departure of Kagere will not affect his side.
“He (Kagere) is history and I do not want to talk about him now. He was not part of us today but we have won by a huge margin, his departure will not affect us at all,” said Kerr.
Odhiambo should have fired Gor ahead in the 10th minute, but his left-footed shot inside the box went wide by few inches.
The postmen were reduced to 10 men three minutes later after dformer Tusker man Joackins Atudo was sent off for handling the ball inside his danger area, with Tuyisenge beating Bonface Baraza from the resulting penalty.
Posta survived a few minutes later after Tuyisenge cleverly found Francis Kahata with a back pass on the left flank and the latter sent a dangerous cross to Ephrem Guikan, but Baraza was alert to keep out the danger.
Rangers won a free-kick deep inside Gor’s half but Gershon Likono smashed the ball wide, before Tuyisenge was denied by the cross bar a few minutes later, with Achesa clearing the ball to safety.
Center referee Wilston Otieno ruled out Harun Shakava’s 33rd minute goal for offside, before Guikan buried in a header past a helpless Baraza four minutes later to stretch his side’s lead.
The visitors made a first half substitution with coach Sammy Omollo resting Likono for Suleiman Ngatho.
Gor went in search of more goals as they begun the second half strongly, creating two early chances that were well dealt with by Rangers’ defenders.
They were however breached as Odhiambo netted K’Ogalo’s third goal in the 52nd minute after Baraza spilled Tuyisenge’s high drive from the right flank.
Lawrence Juma replaced Guikan, who looked to have sustain a knee injury, from a collision with Baraza.
Tuyisenge almost scored his third and fourth for Gor again with a header in the 72nd minute, but Baraza parried the ball wide for a corner kick.
Odhiambo scored his second and fourth for Gor in the 81st minute with a low strike on the left side, before substitute Juma sealed his side’s victory with another low drive five minutes later.
Gor Mahia appear set to lose their leading scorer Meddie Kagere to Tanzanian side Simba Sports club. Kagere has been a target of Simba and Yanga along with Francis Kahata. The Rwandese striker arrived quietly in Tanzania and was photographed with Simba officials by Tanzanian news outlet Mwanaspoti.
So secretive was the move that Gor Mahia officials appear to have been caught off guard.
“Honestly speaking I am not aware that Kagere is in Tanzania. He came to me on Sunday and requested for a day off as he intended to travel back home to get the new passport. I am shocked to hear from you that he instead, travelled to Tanzania,” said Jolawi Obondo to goal.com
Earlier on, coach Dylan Kerr was quoted as saying that the club will only sign one player.
“I have a good team, I have full trust in this team. This window we will not be very active, we are looking for one striker and that will be it. The truth is it’s not easy to get a good striker during this window but we will keep looking. If we do not find one, I will continue with the group I have,” he said to futaa.com
With the glut of fixtures facing the club, one would have expected Kogalo to pursue at least three players.
One player who has been linked with a move to Gor Mahia is Erisa Sekisambu, a Ugandan player who plays as an attacking midfielder and sometimes as a forward.
“I don’t think I will be at Vipers next season,” Ssekisambu revealed while he appeared on NTV Press Box last month. “I have served the Ugandan league, it’s now time to face new challenges,” he told Kawowo sports.
Sekisambu who has featured for the Uganda Cranes, currently players for Vipers FC alongside Dan Sserunkuma. He had previously played for URA, Express and Sports Club Villa.
Another player whom Gor Mahia might pursue is Burundian attacker Francis Mustapha who has expressed an interest in joining Kogalo.
“I watched them play Rayon Sports (in the Caf Confederation Cup in Kigali) and said to myself ‘this is the team I want to play for’. Even in Bujumbura, everybody knows about Gor Mahia. Under their current coach, they are playing very sexy football which suits me.” said Mustapha to goal.com
Mustapha indicated that the club had indeed approached him.
“When Gor Mahia officials reached out to me earlier this month, I was excited, but at that time the league was in a crucial stage and I couldn’t get time to come to Nairobi to finalize the move. Now I am ready because we play our final league match of the season on Wednesday.” he continued.
Gor Mahia’s fine form in the 2018 Kenya Premier League continued on Saturday when they recorded an impressive 2-0 win over Ulinzi at Afraha stadium. Impressive because Ulinzi stars has been one of the sides that has been difficult to beat. Last season they forced a 2-2 draw at Kisumu. This time however Gor Mahia took command with Francis Kahata and Jacque Tuyisenge scoring in the 12th and 86th minute respectively.
Coach Dylan Kerr credited his players for always remaining focused and battling.
Every team wants to be the first to beat Gor Mahia and therefore there are no easy matches for us. We knew this coming into this match and expected a tough match. We made a couple of basic errors and gave them chances. We got a goal early on and that calmed things down. We’ve had a tough week and to be honest my players looked jaded – they really battled for the points and credit goes out to them. – said Kerr after the match.
Ulinzi coach, Dunstan Nyaudo, who is a former Gor Mahia player, rued missed chances.
“We had a good game and created very many chances that we unfortunately did not convert. Gor Mahia got several and made use of theirs and that is what made the difference. My defenders also lost concentration especially towards the end of the match and we were punished for it.” – said Nyaudo
Additional reporting from futaa.com
Masuta Masita missed two glorious chances to steer Ulinzi ahead in the 4th and 6th minutes. Joash Onyango could not clear the ball as the home team pumped into Gor Mahia’s area.
Francis Kahata punished the soldiers in the 12th minute as he slotted home from close range. George Odhiambo ran down the right flank to deliver the ball and he took his time to beat the advancing Jacktone Odhiambo. Kahata was left with the easiest of options of tapping in to score his third goal of the season.
A tepid first fifteen minutes saw Ernest Wendo pick the first yellow card after a bad challenge on Bernard Ongoma. The visitors, although ahead goal wise, lost the ball rather easily with Elvis Nadwa beating Godfrey Walusimbi twice on the left flank. All the Ulinzi efforts were not rewarded as their finishing was not as clinical as to bring the much-sorted goal.
A rough collision between Meddie Kagere saw the Ulinzi man bleed from the mouth as the Rwandan elbowed him. The referee did not punish the Gor Mahia’s top striker though as Ongoma went out to receive treatment before resuming the action.
Hassan Mohamed was unlucky to be denied by the bar after he lobbed a long-range ball over Boniface Oluoch in the 57th minute. Philemon Otieno just cleared from the line as everyone in the white shirt looked beaten when Ulinzi invaded Gor’s area in the 62nd minute. George Omondi had launched a swift counter attack from the home side left flank as an equalizing goal for Ulinzi looked all but elusive.
Both Elijah Mwanzia and Omar Boraafya were handed their debuts. Jacques Tuyisenge scored the second goal for the league defending champions from a corner kick. Defensive errors handed Gor the winning goal to stretch their points to forty-three.
Ulinzi Stars Starting XI: Jacktone Odhiambo (GK), Cylus Shitote, Omar Mbongi, George Omondi, Hassan Mohamed (C) Bernard Ongoma, John Kago, Daniel Waweru (Cliff Kasuti), Elvis Nandwa (Elijah Mwanzia), Masita Masuta, Michael Otieno (Omar Boraafya).
Gor Mahia Starting XI: Boniface Oluoch, Philemon Otieno, Godfrey Walusimbi, Joash Onyango, Harun Shakava (C), Ernest Wendo, Francis Kahata, Humphrey Mieno, Jacques Tuyisenge, Meddie Kagere, George Odhiambo ( Lawrence Juma).
Gor Mahia are through to the round of 16 in the 2018 Sportpesa Shield. This after they hammered Kenpoly 5-0 at Kenyatta stadium Machakos. The Nairobi county side were no match for the marauding K’Ogalo side.
Ivorian Ephrem Guikan notched a hat-trick. Lawrence Juma added another and Kenpoly scored an own goal.
Coach Dylan Kerr lauded his side for staying focused and playing well despite the glut of fixtures.
The players’ belief is amazing; we have had a tough schedule in the season but they keep going day by day and showing great team spirit. The dedication has been amazing and we can only laud them,” he said said Kerr to futaa.com
Some may take teams like Kenpoly for granted. But in past years, Gor Mahia were eliminated by lower tier teams. And the players cited fatigue as the reason. Such was the case in 2014 when GFE 105 of Eldoret eliminated K’Ogalo. In 2015, Nakumatt, then a lower tier side, eliminated Gor Mahia. And in 2016, Gor Mahia were sunk by Nzoia Sugar which at the time was a lower tier team.
After dismissing SS Assad in the round of 32 match of the 2018 Shield, Gor Mahia will next play Kenpoly FC on Wednesday. The match will be played at Machakos.
Kenpoly are in the Nairobi County League where they are unbeaten. Though they are several tiers below the KPL, they are undaunted.
“We’ve informed the boys not to panic because Gor is above us by miles but we want to use the platform to learn. Through this match we will notice our weaknesses and get the idea on how to play our football,” said club chairman Geoffrey Matayoh to the Nation.
Coach Dylan Kerr for his part does not want his players to under-rate their opponents.
“We’ve to give our opponents utmost respect because it’s a massive scalp for them in a cup fixture so we’ve to be ready,” he said to the Nation.
Gor Mahia have won the domestic cup 10 times, which is more than any other team. Second are arch rivals AFC Leopards with 9 cups. However Gor Mahia’s last win was in 2012 when they beat Sofapaka 3-0 on penalties in the final.
No new signings yet?
Whereas arch rivals AFC have been very active in the transfer market, Gor Mahia have yet to make any significant signing. This comes as a surprise given the backlog of fixtures that Gor Mahia faces.
And it comes at a time when it has been announced that neither Karim Nizigiyimana nor Wellington Ochieng will return this season.
Ochieng is said to have recoevered phsyically as displayed by MRI scans. But he has not recovered psychologically. According to Jolawi Obondo, Ochieng returned to training but has been tentative and avoiding tackles.
“He needs time to recover physically and psychologically,”Obondo said to Citizen FM
Gor Mahia’s brilliant run in the 2018 Kenya Premier League continued when they trounced Nzoia Sugar 3-1 at Kisumu on Sunday. Jacque Tuyisenge scored twice in the 33rd and 60th minutes. Humphrey Mieno scored in the 48th minute. Nzoia grabbed a consolation goal in the last minute of the match.
Additional reporting from the Standard
It took Jacques Tuyisenge half an hour to score his sixth goal of the season as he scored the opener against visiting Nzoia. The Rwandan had earlier wasted an open chance when Ernest Wendo set him free in the area. Tuyisenge failed to beat Mangala on a one-one situation with the Nzoia keeper grabbing the ball before the forward unleashed a close-range shot.
Nzoia had their chances also in the first half with the first notable chance falling on Nzano’s path but the midfielder failed to control the ball after receiving a fine cross from Luke Namanda. The Millers continuous attacks saw them register a back to back free kicks in the 8th and 10th minute. Elvis Rupia was fouled in the first instance by Harun Shakava before Bryan Otieno was brought down by Wendo. Both free kicks were not successfully converted by the Millers.
George Odhiambo was also culpable of squandering another wonderful chance for Gor Mahia after he shot wide as he tried to lobe the ball over Mangala. It is Boniface Omondi brought in the pass that Blackberry failed to score from.
Mieno scored his second goal for the defending champions in the 47th minute when he headed in a corner delivered equally powerful corner by Blackberry. Mieno scored his debut goal in the 2-2 draw against Chemelil Sugar at Kericho Green Stadium on April 25th.
Kagere helpful hand
Meddie Kagere played a wonderful ball to his compatriot Tuyisenge, who did not waste time and chance to bag his brace as he headed the ball with complete composure. The forward has now scored seven goals equal to Ulinzi Stars’ Masita Masuta and Cliff Nyakeya for Mathare United.
Otieno headed in from a free kick to hand Nzoia the only consoling goal.
Gor Mahia Starting XI: Boniface Oluoch, Philemon Otieno, Harun Shakava ( Joachim Oluoch), Joash Onyango, Godfrey Walusimbi, Humphrey Mieno, Ernest Wendo, Jacques Tuyisenge, Meddie Kagere, George Odhiambo (Ephrem Guikan), Boniface Omondi ( Lawrence Juma).
Unused subs: Shaban Odhoji, Innocent Wafula, Francis Kahata, Bernard Ondiek.
Nzoia Sugar Starting XI; 39. Benson Mangala 26. Festus Okiring 16. Hillary Wandera28. Brian Otieno 22. Elvis Ronack 04. Peter Gin (18. Patrick Kwitonda ) 12. Luke Namanda02. Stephen Wakanya 33. Elvis Rupia 08. Edgar Nzano (c) 09. David Odhiambo.
Unused subs:15. Humphrey Katasi 05. Edwin Wafula 24. Tom Teka 25. Dennis Wanjala 13. Kevin Juma 30. George Mutimba.G