Archives - June, 2018



20 Jun 18

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.

 


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20 Jun 18

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


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17 Jun 18

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


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16 Jun 18

Talisman Meddie Kagere, has been on a hot-streak lately, scoring goals at will. He was the golden boot winner at the recently ended Sportpesa Super cup and has scored 8 goals in the premier league. This has made him the subject of constant transfer rumours in particular from Yanga and Simba of Tanzania. Kagere now says he will listen to any offers that Kogalo makes him.

“l signed a short-term contract with Gor Mahia but l am ready to listen to what will be offered for me to extend my stay. Talks should be on and if we agree on terms, l will definitely stay and continue doing what l do best,” he said according to goal.com.

Kagere went on to give credit to his team-mates for his scoring spree.

“As a forward player, my work is to score goals. It’s just a blessing and all happens with the help of my teammates,”

Another player who has been the subject of constant transfer rumours is Francis Kahata. So much so that a Tanzanian tabloid even published a story suggesting that Kahata has sealed his move to Simba.


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15 Jun 18

Cercidy Okeyo in action against Nzoia

After an easy win against struggling side Wazito FC who are headed straight back to the second tier, Gor Mahia will this weekend come up against much sterner opposition in Nzoia Sugar. The match will once again be played at Kisumu where K’Ogalo remained after their 4-0 demolition of Wazito.

The last time these two sides met was on March 11. On that day, Gor Mahia emerged 1-0 winners. Kevin Omondi was the toast of the day, scoring the all important goal. But Omondi has since lost his form inexplicably after what looked like a resurgence of his once promising career.

This coach coach Dylan Kerr will need to rely own his other stalwarts. In fact he will likely call upon the players who have been delivering of late: Shakava, Kagere, Kahata, Blackberry et al. Many had hoped he would rest these players against Wazito in order to save them for this crucial encounter.

Kogalo players in Kisumu using acqua therapy to recuperate fatigued muscles

As for Nzoia Sugar, they are currently placed 8th in the standings. They will be determined to put their campaign back on track after losing to Kariobangi Sharks on Wednesday. And they are buoyed by the fact that their talisman, Elvis Rupia, who is the leading scorer in the KPL, has agreed to stay at the club despite multiple suitors.

The match kicks off at 3pm On Sunday.


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14 Jun 18

Gor Mahia continued their amazing run in 2018 with a 4-0 demolition of bottom side Wazito at Kisumu on Wednesday.

Additional reporting from the Nation

Champions Gor Mahia consolidated their lead at the helm of the SportPesa Premier League with a 4-0 demolition of newcomers Wazito FC in a mid-week SportPesa Premier League match at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on Wednesday.

Gor, who comfortably defended their SportPesa Super Cup over the weekend to book a date with Everton at Goodison Park next month, have now accumulated 37 points from 15 matches, while Wazito remain bottom on 17 points after 19 matches.

Boniface Omondi grabbed a brace while on-form striker Meddie Kagere and Francis Kahata scored a goal each in a clash that the 16-time Kenyan champions dominated.

“It is a big win for us as a team and our fans. Again we played very well and we are happy with the win. We are focusing on our next match and we want to win always and make our fans happy,” said Gor’s coach Dylan Kerr.

Kagere picked from where he left in the just ended Super Cup where he won the golden boot, as he fired K’Ogalo ahead after just two minutes into play with a header after being put through by Innocent Wafula from the right.

Immediately after the goal, Wazito made an attempt to restore parity through Samson Ndegwa, but he failed to hit the target with his shot going wide, before Ricky Onimbo was forced to clear to safety with Jacques Tuyisenge lurking.

Wazito goalkeeper Philip Odhiambo responded fast to deny Kagere his second goal and he immediately released David Oswe on the right flank, who then put through Joakim Omollo, but his cross inside Gor Mahia’s box was also cleared for a corner by Joash Odhiambo.

The resulting corner-kick bore nothing for the home side as Odhiambo headed clear.

Kahata then thrilled the fans with a beautiful move at the centre area before he released Godfrey Walusimbi on the left flank, but the Ugandan’s attempt from the tight angle went wide.

Goalkeeper Odhiambo’s mistake to get out of his area almost gifted Gor a second goal as Wafula easily beat him to deliver a dangerous pass to Boniface Omondi, but his effort could only manage the side netting.

Omondi netted Gor’s second goal in the 28th minute with a powerful strike from outside the edge of the box after he beat Isaac Otieno.

Both sides made first half changes with Wazito bringing on Erick Ochieng for Anthony Njeru, while Benard Ondiek replaced Humphrey Mieno for Gor Mahia.

Kagere’s second goal in the 35th minute was ruled out after he fouled goalkeeper Odhiambo who had gone high to gather the ball.

Wazito failed to capitalise on another corner kick which came a few minutes into the second half and Gor launched a counter attack, but Odhiambo was disposed of possession by Onimbo just when he was preparing to shoot.

Kahata placed Kerr’s charges three goals up in the 53rd minute with the simplest of finishes via Wafula’s cross from the right wing.

Another chance for Wazito to reduce the deficit came in the 64th minute when Gor captain Harun Shakava fouled substitute Ochieng at the edge of the box, but Boniface Oluoch easily saved Omollo’s shot.

Gor were then denied by the crossbar before they wasted two successive chances that came their way.

Ivorian Ephrem Guikan, who had replaced Tuyisenge, was not lucky as his finish sailed just wide.

Gor continued piling pressure on their opponents and Guikan managed to cut through Wazito’s defence in extra time to supply Odhiambo, who made no mistake with a low shot that found the back of the net.


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13 Jun 18

Gor Mahia will resume their 2018 Kenya Premier League campaign on Wednesday when they take on Wazito FC. Wazito are the hosts and they have opted to hold the match at Kisumu to maximize gate takings.

Gor Mahia are red hot after having won the 2018 Sportpesa Supercup without conceding a goal. The sportpesa Supercup always brings the best out of Gor Mahia. However the team does have a tendency to let their guard down when they are playing local opposition.

On paper, bottom placed Wazito should not bother Kogalo. The last time these two sides met was on April 11. Gor Mahia won 1-0 with a goal from Jacque Tuyisenge. Aside from being the bottom side, Wazito are in bad shape having lost their two games 0-3 to Nzoia United and 0-3 to Nakumatt. And they will have to play without their key player Pistone Mutamba who is said to be leaving the club.

“I think we have had a very good run as a team and the momentum has been great. We are unbeaten so far and it will be a good thing to maintain the same run but I know it will not be easy against Wazito. Though they have not had a good run of late, for them playing against Gor Mahia is like a Cup final,” Kerr said to michezoafrika.com

However Kerr may opt to  to rest key players since players like Shakava, Kahata and Kagere have played numerous consecutive games.

“I need to assess the players and get to know from them who is in the right frame physically and mentally to play. I have an idea of the squad that will play but we need to make sure we pit in a good squad with fresh legs,” the coach continued.

 


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10 Jun 18

Gor Mahia emerged victorious in the final match of the 2018 Sportpesa Supercup. They beat Simba of Tanzania 2-0. The goals came from Meddie Kagere and Jacque Tuyisenge. As a result, Gor Mahia have won Ksh 3m and earned the right to play Everton at Goodison Park. And for the second straight season, Gor Mahia have won the Sportpesa Supercup without conceding a goal.

Additional reporting from the Nation
Champions Gor Mahia successfully retained the SportPesa Super Cup after a convincing 2-0 win over Tanzania’s Simba SC in the final at the Afraha Stadium, Nakuru on Sunday.

Goals on either side of halftime from the Rwandese duo of Meddie Kagere and Jacques Tuyisenge saw K’Ogalo put their opponents to the sword in a packed final.

Gor, who are also the league champions, will now travel to England to face top-flight side Everton at their Goodison Park home next month.

Gor also walked away with Sh3 million for their exploits, while runners up Simba went home with Sh 1million.

Gor coach Dylan Kerry could not hide his joy of beating Simba. It was a sweet revenge for the Englishman after he was bundled out of the club in a huff.

“I have now proved that I am the best coach in the region and Simba should now respect my coaching tactics as I am heading to Goodison Park in England, while they will be at home in Dar es Salaam,” said a delighted Kerr, who was dismissed from Simba after only six months at the helm.

Simba assistant coach Masoud Juma conceded defeat and congratulated Gor for the victory saying his charges were overwhelmed by their opponents’ vast experience.

“I fielded a relatively new and young side. I will now develop the side into a formidable team and I am sure we shall soon roar to the top of the regional football apex and revenge against Gor in the Kagame Cup next month,” said Masoud.

Earlier, Tanzania’s Singida United secured third place after edging out Kakamega Homeboyz 4-1 on post-match penalties during their third-place playoff match.

The sides were tied at 1-1 at the end of the 90 minutes and took penalties to decide the winner.

Singida pocketed Sh750,000, while Kakamega Homeboyz received Sh500,000.

Eight sides took part in the second edition of the competition which began on June 3.
Playing before a massive home fans in a dilapidated Afraha Stadium pitch, the enterprising Green Army hunted Simba from the moment Ethiopia referee Belay Tadese signalled the start of the epic final duel at exactly 3pm.

And hardly five minutes into the game, Francis Kahata initiated a brilliant move on the right flank and superbly passed the ball to the sprinting Tuyisenge along the touchline, who in turn squared to Kagere inside the box, who made a brilliant turn and fired a powerful shot past Simba goalkeeper Manula Aishi for his fourth goal of the tournament.

Aishi first handled the ball before it slipped from his hands and rolled into the net sending the thousands of Gor fans into rapturous celebrations.

The limping Simba’s first attempt on goal came in the 26th minute when Rashid Juma’s volley was cleverly blocked by Shaban Odhonji.

In the 31st minute, Gor’s George “Blackberry” Odhiambo threaded his way through the Simba defence, but his rising shot rested on top of the net.

In the 35th minute, Erustus Nyoni of Simba earned a yellow card for hitting Tuyisenge on the head while vying for an aerial ball.

In the ensuing confusion, Gor captain Harun Shakava was booked by the Ethiopian referee for disent.

Three minutes later, Blackberry’s 24 meter free kick from outside the box rebounded on the chest of goalkeeper Manula before it was cleared as a charging Kagere missed an opportunity to sweep the ball into the net.

Tadese was forced to give Tuyisenge a yellow card for dissent after he momentarily lost his temper.

Three minutes before the breather, Kahata playing before his home town fans nearly doubled the scores when he failed to convert a beautiful pass from Godfrey Walusimbi inside the box with a powerful grass cutter.

On resumption, Gor’s attacking machine led by Kahata, Tuyisenge and Kagere continued to trouble the Simba defence with constant attacks.

And their spirited efforts were rewarded 10 minutes into second half, when Humphrey Mieno sent a delicious cross with Tuyisenge completed with a simple tap in to score his first goal of the tournament.

Moments later, Kahata rolled with the ball on the right flank but his cross was not converted into a goal.

Five minutes before the final whistle, Gor continued with their tale of missed chances and this time it was the turn of Tuyisenge to blast over with the goal at his mercy.


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7 Jun 18

Gor Mahia are through to the finals of the 2018 Sportpesa Supercup after blanking Singida United of Tanzania 2-0. Unlike against arch-rivals AFC Leopards whom they beat on penalties, the Tanzanian side found the going tough against a brilliant Kogalo side.

Gor Mahia will now face off with Simba of Tanzania in the final. The latter beat Kakamega Homeboyz on penalties.

Additional Reporting from futaa.com

Meddie Kagere scored twice as Gor Mahia beat Singida United 2-0 in a Super Cup semi-final match that was staged at Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on Thursday 7th June.

The Rwandan scored his first in the 36th minute after heading home from a Francis Kahata cross. He then got his second in stoppage time firing home with a low shot that went past Singida keeper Peter Manyika.

Strong start 

Gor Mahia started the game on a high trying to an early opener.  George Odhiambo in the flank, in particular, proved lively in the opening minutes. The first chance went Singida’s way in the 6th minute when Danny Lyanga beat his marker on the left flank before delivering a teasing cross which Godfrey Walusimbi cleared before John Tibar could pounce.

At the other end, Singida keeper Peter Manyika pulled a huge save picking an Odhiambo cross with Meddie Kagere well placed to fire home.  Another quick clearance from Gor Mahia defenders denied Lyanga who was through on goal.  Singida showed improvement after early Gor Mahia dominance and proved dangerous particularly on the seak.

The heavy downpour in Nakuru seemed to affect the flow of the game as both teams opted to use high balls.  Singida skipper Deus Kaseke hit the crossbar in the 33rd minute with a venous drive, Gor Mahia keeper Shaban Odhoji was at full stretch but he could not get hold of the ball.

Kagere goal 

A minute later, Gor Mahia went ahead through veteran forward Meddie Kagere.  A well-floated corner from Francis Kahata was met with a bullet header from the Rwandan striker, Peter Wanyika on Sindiga goal could do little to save his side. Three minutes later Gor captain Haron Shakava headed narrowly wide from another Kahata delivery as Gor looked to double their advantage. Gor took a one-goal advantage to the break.

Both teams had chances to score more after the break. Lubinda Mundia and Deus Kaseke came close for Singida while Tuyisenge, Odhiambo, and Kahata came close for Gor Mahia.

Kagere brace 

Just as it looked like the game would end 1-0, Kagere got his second in stoppage time with a low drive that beat Singida keeper Manyika. Gor will play Simba in the final on Sunday 10th June.

Starting XI: Shaban Odhoji, Philemon Otieno, Godfrey Walusimbi, Haron Shakava, Joash Onyango, Ernest Wendo, Humphrey Mieno, George Odhiambo, Francis Kahata, Jacques Tuyisenge, Meddie Kagere

Subs: Bonface Oluoch, Wesly Onguso, Charles Momanyi, Innocent Wafula, Boniface Omondi, Bernard Ondiek, Lawrence Juma, Ephrem Guikan

Singida Starting XI: Peter Manyika, Adam Miraji, Shafik Batambuze, Kennedy Juma, Salim Kipaga, Amara Diaby, Deus Kaseke, Danny Lyanga, Ally Kenny and John Tibar.

Subs: Ally Mustapha, Elisha Murojwa, Salum Chuku, Antiri Maliki, Elinyesia Sumbi, Lubinda Mundia, Khalfan Nizar, Santos Felipe


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