Gor Mahia to play 10 matches in 29 days

Gor Mahia’s endurance and fitness will be tested to the limit in August. The club is set to play 10 matches between August 1 and August 29. This includes key matches such as the CAF Confederations cup group stage matches against USM Alger and Rayon Sports, as well as the return leg of the mashemeji derby.

Coach Dylan Kerr described his approach to the marathon schedule.

Playing a match every three days will test Gor Mahia to the limit and avoiding injuries will be a tall order. But coach Kerr is positive.

“I have seen tough months in the league but August seems to be the toughest. This is where mental strength will come into the way we play.” said Kerr to goal.com

“We are going to be stretched but I have confidence in the squad. We just need to stay injury free, remain focused and must be very careful.” he concluded

August Fixtures

Gor Mahia v K. Sharks – Kisumu (August 1), Nakumatt v Gor Mahia – Machakos (August 4), Bandari v Gor Mahia – Mombasa (August 7), Posta Rangers v Gor Mahia – Narok (August 10), Gor Mahia v Kakamega Homeboyz – Machakos (August 13), Gor Mahia v Chemelil – Machakos (August 16), Gor Mahia v Rayon – Kasarani (August 19), Sofapaka v Gor Mahia – Narok (August 22), Gor Mahia v Leopards – Kasarani (August 25) and USM Alger v Gor Mahia – Algeria (August 29).

Kerr happy with win but dissatisfied

Speaking in the post match interview, Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr thinks his team should have scored at least 7 goals in the first half had they taken their chances.

“We scored in the first minute then in our usual way, we thought we could just walk the ball into the net for the rest of the match.” said Kerr

On Yanga’s second half onslaught, Kerr says he does not blame goalkeeper Oluoch. He however thinks his side took their foot off the accelerator pedal. He also thinks fatigue set in, allowing Yanga to put Gor Mahia under pressure in the last 10 minutes.

” I am not blaming Bonny. Yes he made a mistake. But the team did not react well to conceding a goal. They (Yanga) did. They scored and they put us under pressure”

In conclusion, Kerr is satisfied with the way his side played.
“Its always tough to play against your neighbours. I am delighted with the win. The three points are very healthy for us. We played well especially in the first half. ”

Kerr thinks Gor Mahia should look beyond local success be organized and sort out issues like contracts. .
” I have known Gor Mahia since 2012 when Bobby Williamson was coach. They are very succesful in Kenya. This is an opportunity to put themselves on the African map. There ambitions must match my ambitions. They can only be that if they play in continental championships. Now we have a chance to reach the next stage. You have to be at your best. Contracts should be sorted. There should be no excuse.” concluded Kerr.

Match Highlights

Current Standings

Gor Mahia are now atop group D. This after Rayon Sports pulled off a surprise draw away at USM Alger.

Group D

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  Gor Mahia 4 2 2 0 8 3 +5 8
2 USM Alger 4 2 2 0 7 2 +5 8
3 Rayon Sports 4 0 3 1 3 4 ?1 3
4 Young Africans(E) 4 0 1 3 2 11 ?9 1

Based on past experience, should Gor Mahia go to the next stage, they will face a group C opponent. Group C is currently wide open with all four teams in with a chance to qualify for the next stage. The four teams are AC Williamsville (CIV), CARA Brazzaville (Congo), Enyimba(Nigeria), AC Djoliba(Mali).

Let us congratulate Alpha Onyango

Central defender Chris Alpha Onyango won two accolades at the recently ended secondary schools U19 football tournament. First he captained Kakamega high who won the tournament by beating Olbossat 1-0 in the final. Second he was voted the most valuable player.

It is quite an achievement to be voted most valuable player. The tireless Onyango who clearly the best player in the tourney. Onyango has played for the Gor Mahia senior team, the Gor Mahia U-19 team, the national U20 team and also received a call to the national team Harambee stars.  He has a bright future if he continues to work on his game.

Gor Mahia edge Young Africans 3-2

Gor Mahia are almost in the quarter-finals of the 2018 CAF confederations cup. This after beating Young Africans of Tanzania 3-2.

At half time, Gor Mahia were leading 2-0 with goals from BlackBerry and Tuyisenge.  Yanga came back strong in the second half and scored twice. Gor Mahia’s 3rd goal came via Harun Shakava.

Additional reporting from the Standard
Classy Gor Mahia put one-foot in the CAF Confederations Cup quarterfinals after beating Tanzanian giants Yanga 3-2 in Sunday’s Group D return leg match at the National Stadium, Dar es Saalam.

George Odhiambo scored in the opening minute of the game followed by Jacques Tuyisenge’s goal on the stroke of halftime and Captain Harun Shakava’s 64th minute effort to complete a double over the Tanzanians.

The victory saw the record Kenyan champions, who thrashed Yanga 4-0 in the first leg tie ten days ago, take their points tally to eight with two matches to go.

Gor took the lead through Odhiambo’s diving header from Samuel Onyango’s delivery in the first minute before Matheo Antony’s shot was deflected out for a fruitless corner on the opposite end.

Kevin Omondi could have doubled the lead in the 13th minute when goalkeeper Rostand Jehu miscued his clearance, but the striker failed to beat the custodian before Francis Kahata feeble shot was stopped by one of the Yanga defenders after a rebound fell on his path.

Samuel Onyango then made a brilliant run down the right flank on the half hour mark, but the former Ulinzi Stars man was denied by the goalkeeper before Shakava’s header went inches over the bar.

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Tuyisenge gave Gor a two goal cushion from a brilliant in-direct free-kick in the box on the stroke of halftime.

Deus Kaseke pulled a goal back for the hosts when pounced on a rebound from a header thirteen minutes into the second half.

However, the Kenyan champions responded in the 64th minute with Shakava capitalizing on Yanga’s defensive lapse to superbly volley home a corner-kick from capitalized on Boniface Oluoch’s goalkeeping error to score Yanga’s second goal.

Despite Yanga’s numerous raids, Gor held their nerves to take their unbeaten run in the group to four matches

Gor Mahia go hunting for three points against Yanga

Gor Mahia are in Dar es Salaam hunting for three points as they take on Young Africans of Tanzania in their fourth match of the 2018 CAF Confederations cup. A win for Gor Mahia will leave them at 8 points and put them in excellent position to make it to the next stage.

Coach Dylan Kerr emphasized the importance of winning on Sunday.
“Every game is very important for this club that is why we are not thinking about our win at home.” said Kerr to goal.com

But Yanga will be playing for pride and will come out all guns blazing so as to spare their fans another hujuma.

“This (Sunday’s Caf match) is going to be different and difficult because Young Africans will want to win by all cost.” continued Kerr.

Skipper Harun Shakava is also keenly aware that they will be facing a more determined Yanga side on Sunday

“It’s going to be a tough game especially that they (Young Africans) lost in Nairobi by four goals. Tomorrow, it will be different but we have come to get three points so that we qualify to the next stage.” said Shakava

Group D standings

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  USM Alger 3 2 1 0 6 1 +5 7
2 Gor Mahia 3 1 2 0 5 1 +4 5
3  Rayon Sports 3 0 2 1 2 3 ?1 2
4 Young Africans 3 0 1 2 0 8 ?8 1


Yanga not promising anything

Yanga, a team is known to throw its money around, are claiming to be facing financial hardship ahead of their encounter with Gor Mahia.

“Gor Mahia is a good team and we have to be ready for them, but looking at our condition we cannot promise more. Our plans are in tatters because we couldn’t train for almost five days because of economic hardship facing the club as players were demanding their salaries and signing-on fees. It is very hard for us.” said coach Mwinyi Zahera.

Mwinyi however is also keenly aware that losing this match will officially end their hopes of reaching the quarter-finals.

“We know that this game against Gor Mahia is the only chance to revive our hopes to go through the next stage. It is a must-win game, and we need to work hard to make it happen,” Zahera was quoted by Caf online.

Moses Kuria donates Ksh 2 million for traveling fans

Additional reporting from the Nation

Gatundu South Member of Parliament Moses Kuria has dished out Sh2 million to Gor Mahia fans to cater for their travel expenses to Dar es Salaam for this weekend’s continental fixture.

The Kenyan champions are set to face Tanzanian bigwigs Yanga in the return match of a Caf Confederation Cup tie at the National Stadium on Sunday.

The announcement of Kuria’s handsome donation to K’Ogalo fans has been shared on social media by the club’s organizing secretary Judith Nyangi.

HundredS of Gor Mahia fans are expected to benefit from this generous gesture by the controversial MP who attended last weekend’s Mashemeji derby featuring K’Ogalo against their eternal rivals AFC Leopards at Kasarani.

During the match, which Gor won 2-1, Kuria was spotted donning the K’Ogalo jersey while seated next to the club patron Raila Odinga.

Nyangi, meanwhile, has however stopped short of explaining the criteria of selecting fans who will attend the match.

The 14-hour one-way bus trip from Nairobi to Dar costs Sh4,000. Besides, Tanzanian laws prohibit public service vehicle from travelling at night.

Thus, the travelling fans could depart Nairobi on Saturday morning and return on Monday.

Kuria joins Nairobi governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko and Senator Johnson Sakaja as the politicians who have in recent times bankrolled the travel arrangements of Gor Mahia fans.

Video: Gor Mahia vs Burri (Sudan) in 1969

As Gor Mahia prepare to take on Young Africans of Tanzania in the 2018 CAF Confederations cup, its worth taking a trip down memory lane to witness and recall Gor Mahia’s first ever sojourn into continental football. Their first ever continental opponents was a club known as Burri Khartoum of Sudan.

One player who is easily recognizable is James Sianga who is second in line as the team walks into the field. The players are greeted by The Minister for Cooperatives and Social services, Ronald Ngala. The stadium is packed to the rafters. Many aspects of City stadium have not changed since then. Most notably the residential homes behind the stadium that provide an excellent view into the stadium. And the terraces at Russia have not changed.


Gor Mahia earned the right to play in the 1969 Africa champions cup by virtue of having won the Kenyan league in 1968, the year of formation of the club. Gor Mahia had been formed in 1968, folding Luo Union FC and Luo Sports club and also recruiting numerous players from Kisumu Hotstars.

The local football scene was shambolic in 1969. Minister  Ronald Ngala, disbanded the Kenya Football Association and also suspended the national league.  Thus Gor Mahia were in danger of lacking match fitness when they played Burri. To mitigate this, they embarked on a countrywide tour to play friendly matches.

But Gor Mahia was also undergoing a civil war with certain members of the club executive committee fighting to take over the club and rename it Luo Union FC.

1969 Continental matches.

The opening round of the 1969 Champions cup were played in September. Gor Mahia won the first leg 4-2 in Khartoum. However in the return leg, Gor Mahia played rather poorly, losing 0-1 at City Stadium in front of a large partisan crowd. It marked the first of many instances where Gor Mahia parlayed an excellent away record.

Gor Mahia players pose after returning from Khartoum. Holding the shield is Ouma “Chege” in the foreground are James Sianga and Steve Yongo. Also in the picture is club Chairman Zack Ramogo and Minister Ronald Ngala

Gor Mahia thus qualified for the next round where they faced off with Ismaily of Egypt. They drew 1-1 at home before losing 1-3 in Cairo. Ismaily went on to win the Africa champions cup in 1969.

Among the players who featured for Gor Mahia in this campaign were James Sianga, John Otieno “Hatari”,  Josphat Okello “Smart”, William Ouma “Chege”,  Arthur Omondi, Paul Ndula, Samson Odore,  Joseph “Mwalimu” Okeyo, Walter Molo, Steve “McQueen” Yongo, Daniel Nicodemus Arudhi, John Wambudo and Chris Obure, the former senator of Kisii county. They were coached by Paul Odhiambo, the first ever coach at the club.

Gor Mahia FC pictured at the stadium in Cairo
Backrow: M. Danga, P Odhiambo, Dr Oluoch, P Ndula, H Obiero, F Ooko, A Omondi, J Oduor, W Molo, J Okeyo, A Ogutta
Frontrow: D Olando, S Odori, J Wambundo, S Otin, W Ouma “Chege”J Sianga, J Otieno, F Siranga


Gor Mahia’s first continental campaign was creditable considering what the club had to overcome which included the lack of a domestic league, infighting within the club an infighting at national level which led to the disbandment of both the KFA and the league.

It is also said that players were significantly affected by the death of Tom Mboya who had been buried in an emotional ceremony only weeks earlier.


Jacque Tuyisenge dreams of quarter-finals

Jacque Tuyisenge was awarded player of the year honours for the month of June. After the ceremony he spoke about the club’s ambitions.


Additional reporting from the Standard

Gor Mahia forward Jacques Tuyisenge believes the team has what it takes to qualify for this year’s CAF Confederations Cup quarter-final and even advance to the finals.

Gor, who are currently second in Group D with five points, two points behind leaders USM Alger of Algeria, are just two games away from reaching the knock-out stages.

And with Yanga return leg match coming up away in Dar es Salaam on Sunday, the Rwandese international, who was yesterday named SportPesa Premier League Player of the Month for June after scoring five goals in league matches, said their target is to reach the last-eight.

“Yanga enjoy home advantage and, of course, they will come strong on us aiming to revenge last week’s defeat, but we have our own target which is to qualify for the quarterfinals. I think we have a strong and committed team with an insatiable hunger for success. We must beat them on Sunday to make things easy for ourselves,” Tuyisenge said after receiving the SportPesa/LG sponsored personalized trophy and Sh100,000 at Camp Toyoyo.

“We can definitely win in Dar es Salaam. We have quality players and I think we can go far in the Confederations Cup and don’t be surprised if we reach the finals. The commitment and unity in this team is close to none.”

Asked if he will seize the opportunity to claim the 2018 SPL golden boot after the recent departure of leading scorer Elvis Rupia (15 goals) to Zambian Power Dynamos, the Rwandese striker who has so far scored 11 times, said: “June’s award is an indication of more good things to come. It is not easy to win such an award in a highly competitive league like SPL but I am glad my efforts have been recognized. I am happy for the good run in June and made good use of all the chances I got. I thank my teammates and coaches, this wouldn’t have been possible without them.

“The job of a striker is to score goals and with a couple of matches to go, I think I can win the golden boot. However, at the moment, my target is to help the team win all the remaining three Confederations Cup matches as well as retain the league title. Winning the golden boot will just be a bonus for me.”

Tuyisenge’s recognition comes barely three days after his boss Dylan Kerr scooped the Coach of the Month award.

The striker saw off competition from his teammate Francis Kahata and Bandari custodian Farouk Shikhalo.

Gor Mahia beat Posta Rangers 3-1 to advance

Gor Mahia won their round of 16 match in the 2018 Sportpesa shield, beating Posta Rangers 3-1. Kevin Omondi scored twice and Samuel Onyango added the third goal.
Additional reporting from futaa.com
Gor could have opened the lead from as early as the 7th minute but Samuel Onyango delayed too much and invited Jockins Atudo to close in on after he broke loose on the right flank. Posta had their chance in the 9th minute when they launched a superb counter-attack but Joseph Mbugi fluffed the supposed final touch and that was the unfortunate end to their attacks.

Peter Ng’ang’a was dangerously fouled by Lawrence Juma and the Gor midfielder had to be cautioned with the first yellow card of the match. Posta did not make any tangible investment with the resultant free kick.


Kevin Omondi slotted home the opener for Gor in the 35th minute after Atudo took a poor pass and thereafter losing it to Ade who was lurking around. The winger collected the ball and slotted past Baraza in a cool way.

Cavin Odongo wasted a marvelous chance for Posta in the 44th minute when he found himself all alone with Shaban Odhoji but he failed to score as Posta continued to be wasteful upfront despite a series of attacks.


Ade got his brace in the 53rd minute after he beat Baraza on the near post. Pamzo reacted by withdrawing Cavin Odongo and brought Paul Odhiambo just to give his team a cutting edge at the far end. Onyango provided Omondi with the pass for his second goal.

Substitute Odhiambo made his mark felt on the pitch when he picked quite finely a pass from Gershon Likono and lobbed it over Odhoji for Posta’s first goal. Likono atoned his sins for creating the assist after he had missed an earlier missed teh opportunity to score for the Mailmen. Posta was however punished more by Onyango in the 70th minute when he netted the third goal for the Green Army. Kerr introduced Ephrem Guikan and brought out the brace king Omondi to add more power in his attacking unit especially after Asudi was taken out.

Gor Mahia Starting XI: Shaban Odhoji, Wellington Ochieng, Wesley Onguso (Boniface Omondi), Joachim Oluoch, Charles Momanyi, Cercidy Okeyo, Bernard Ondiek, Lawrence Juma, Kevin Omondi (Ephrem Guikan), Samuel Onyango, Asudi Raphael (Wafula Innocent),

Unused subs: Fredrick Odhiambo, Eliud Lokuwom.

Posta Rangers Starting XI: Boniface Baraza, Simon Mbugua, Suleiman Ngotho, Jockins Atudo, Jerry Santo, Joseph Mburu, Cavin Odongo (Paul Odhiambo), Titus Achesa, Dennis Mukaisi ( Jeremiah Wanjala), Collins Omondi, Peter Ng’ang’a,

Unused subs: Grandus Ochieng, Kennedy Onyango, Gershon Likonoh, Tera Luis, Samwel Mwanje.