Archives - August, 2018



16 Aug 18

Scorer: Eliud Lokuwam

Gor Mahia moved closer to the 2018 Kenya Premier league title with a crucial 1-0 win over Chemelil Sugar at Afraha. The all important goal came in the 77th minute via Eliud Lokuwam.

Additional reporting from futaa.com
Both sides started the game in an unsettled rush. In the 7th minute, Chemelil won a throw-in after Karim Nzigiyimana sent the ball off the field of play. The throw in did not amount to much. Just a minute later, the game had to be halted as Gor Mahia stopper Shaban Odhoji had a bloody injury that forced the Gor Mahia medical team to get on the pitch and address the matter.

Chances

In the 12th minute, Lawrence Juma found Guikan with a neat pass but Guikan’s attempt was blocked by Aimo. Ondiek attempted to pounce back a rebound but his attempt was parried off for a corner. Gor Mahia won a free-kick in the 24th minute. Lawrence Juma took it but Chemelil’s keeper Aimo comfortably saved it. Gor found themselves in an uncomfortable pickle when Chemelil mounted a counter-attack led by Omondi. Chemelil’s gameplay appeared to be that of sitting back and attempting to punish Gor Mahia on the counter.

Solid Chemelil defense

Chemelil’s defense remained solid even as Gor Mahia continued to surge forward with evidently, more of the ball possession.

Lawrence Juma made a good cross to find Guikan in the area but the resultant header went wide for a free kick. The first yellow card of the game given to Gor Mahia’s Karim Nzigiyimana after fouling Kityo Bliss while attempting to make a clearance in 36th minute.

Game halted/Guikan injury

A mid-air collision between Guikan and Chemelil goalkeeper Richard Aimo in the 39th minute forced the game to be halted for both players to get treated. Ephrem Guikan’s injury proved match-ending as he had to be stretchered off the pitch and taken straight to the ambulance in the 43rd minute.

In the 56th minute, a free kick was given to Gor Mahia. It was taken by Kevin Omondi but he sent it wide.

Lokuwam goal

Gor Mahia’s lone goal came from super sub Eliud Lokuwam after a miscommunication from the Chemelil defenders. Lokuwam pounced on the loose ball and sent it in.

The win takes Gor Mahia to 65 points as they inch closer to the title.

Gor Mahia Starting XI: 16. Shaban Odhoji, 3. Karim Nzigiyimana , 15. Joachim Oluoch, 27. Charles Momanyi, 21. Wesley Onguso, 6. Samuel Onyango(Eliud Lokuwam), 24. Lawrence Juma, 17. Bernard Ondiek, 10. Cercidy Okeyo, 14. Kevin Omondi, 19. Ephrem Guikan (Innocent Wafula)

Subs: 1. Fredrick Onyango, 28. Raphael Asudi, 7. Innocent Wafula, 4. Wellington Ochieng , 23. Francis Mustafa

Chemelil starting XI: 32 Richard Aimo , 14 Morrise Wandera,15 Vincent Mahiga, 33 Jacob Odhiambo, 18 Phillip Mwangale, 20 Nicholas Akoko, 6 Edwin Omondi( Wakoli), 12 Francise Ochollah( Oricho William), 9 Bernard Biko (Charles Okiya), 11 Felix Oluoch, 10 Kityo Bliss

Subs : 22 Barcsky Ochieng , 4 Gideon Kibet, 16 Ian Ngota, 13 Charles Okiya, 2 William Oricho, 28 Zeka Wakoli, 25 Gilbert Wangulu


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16 Aug 18

After months of conjecture about whether or not Gor Mahia would travel to Goodison park to play Everton, the friendly match between the two sides has finally been confirmed. There had been doubts after the Everton team owner and management expressed his unwillingness to play Gor Mahia.

 

Additional reporting from the Nation

Gor Mahia will travel to England to face Everton in an eagerly anticipated friendly match at Goodison Park on either November 7 or 8.

This was confirmed on Thursday by the two clubs and their sponsor, giant gaming firm SportPesa, who are the match organizers

Marco Silva’s Everton side will welcome Kenyan SportPesa Premier League champions Gor Mahia FC at Goodison Park later this year following the African club’s victory in the SportPesa Super Cup final in June,” the English Premier League said in a statement.

 

The match will present Gor Mahia players with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to test their skills against some of the best footballers in the world.

Nation Sport understands the Kenyan club are set to line up against Everton’s first team.

Thus, expect the likes of Harun Shakava, Jacques Tuyisenge, Francis Kahata and Boniface Oluoch to line up against Jordan Pickford, Theo Walcott, Richarlison, Yerry Mina and Bernard.

Pickford is England’s first choice goalkeeper, while Yerry Mina is the Colombian centreback who recently secured an estimated Sh3.5 billion to the Merseyside club from Barcelona. He is best remembered for scoring in three successive matches during the 2018 Fifa World Cup.

This will mark the Kenyan club’s maiden trip to the UK, and the first time for a Kenyan club to play on English soil.

“This is an amazing opportunity for the players and Kenyan football because it is worth more than anybody could offer money for,” an elated Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr said.

“I am very excited. It is an opportunity for Gor Mahia to put Kenya on the global football map by playing one of the most established clubs in the UK,” added Kerr.

SportPesa CEO Ronald Karauri said the tour will give Gor Mahia players a chance to play with the best and sample one of the oldest and best stadiums in the world – Goodison Park

Everton is one of the most established clubs in the UK, having played the most number of top-flight games in English football.

Gor earned a chance to play Everton after emerging the winner of the second edition of the SportPesa Super Cup held between June 3 and 10 in Nakuru, Kenya, featuring eight teams from East Africa.

Karauri said the friendly match will be a good platform for the Gor Mahia players whom he said have given their best to put Kenya on the global and regional map in matters football.

This will be the second time that Gor Mahia face Everton, after meeting for the first time in Dar es Salaam on July 13, 2017 in a fixture to that ended 2-1 in favour of the Wayne Rooney-led side.

Gor also played English Championship side Hull City at a match held in Nairobi on May 13 this year and ended in a goalless draw before the English side won the post-match penalties.

The match was sold out, with the 60,000-seater capacity Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani filling to capacity for the first time in recent years. Everton commenced their 2018/2019 league campaign with a 2-2 draw at Wolves on Saturday.


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15 Aug 18

Gor Mahia have moved their match against Chemelil Sugar from Kisumu to Nakuru. This according Organizing secretary Judith Nyangi.

“Our match against Chemo on Thursday in Nakuru will kick off at 2 pm live K24” said Nyangi.

The reason is to reduce the amount of travel for the club before they play against Rayon Sports in a crucial CAF Confederations cup match on Sunday. However note that Afraha is one of the surfaces that coacg Dylan Kerr has often complained about, saying that the uneven surface is not conducive to good football and makes players prone to injury.

This comes after KPL declined an appeal by coach Kerr to postpone the Chemelil game.

“We are carrying Kenyan football for all of Africa to see but the importance of the game v Rayon and USM are paramount and yet we have 5 important games; 3 exceptionally important games in 14 days.” said Kerr.

But KPL CEO Jack Oguda says it will not be possible to act now with any changes.

“We cannot alter fixtures now because we also have a tight schedule. Furthermore, Gor Mahia have not written to us to complain. They have asked to play Chemelil in Kisumu and we cannot change the fixture now because of the rules.” Oguda said.

It is not clear why KPL is in such a hurry to decide the league in August. Nor is it clear whether the club EC ever appealed to KPL over fixture congestion.

Kerr vows action against Walusimbi’s agent

Coach Dylan Kerr is fed up with Godfrey Walusimbi’s agent and has vowed to make him lose his license.

“My chairman and CEO are not to blame nor myself because Walusimbi acted immorally probably on advice of his agent, who I will personally act on and make sure that his license is revoked.”

“Both Walusimbi and his agent have let my team and staff down not once but twice now because they did the same when we played against Esperance and we lost the match because he was not available.” Kerr said to goal.com

Kerr went on to specify which FIFA rule Walusimbi had contravened.

“His agent acted for financial greed and Kaizer Chiefs think they can get him for pennies but worst of all acted illegally against Caf and Fifa rules. Rule 18 clearly states that a club intending to conclude with a professional player must inform the players club in writing before entering into negotiations.

“Walusimbi is contracted to Gor Mahia until 2020 and Chiefs have not written.” he concluded.

Indeed if Kogalo don’t take action, this behaviour could become the new normal.

Kaizer Chiefs deny tapping Walusimbi

Additional reporting from Independent online
JOHANNESBURG – Kaizer Chiefs football manager Bobby Motaung has confirmed that Godfrey Walusimbi, the subject of accusations that Amakhosi are guilty of player tapping, is indeed in Naturena to negotiate a deal to join the Glamour Boys.

But Motaung was quick to refute reports that the South African giants are trying to lure the Ugandan defender away from his Kenyan club Gor Mahia without their permission.

Tapping is illegal according to Fifa rules.
The Gor Mahia chairman even claimed in a statement that his Amakhosi counterpart had phoned him to apologise for getting off on the wrong foot.

“It’s unfortunate that a player can just decide on his own to travel to engage another club without our knowledge.

“I got an alert from someone that he was travelling, and the next thing was a call from the Kaizer Chiefs chairman apologising for that step, and requesting if we could talk on a possible move,” the statement from two days ago read.

“I declined to discuss anything and told Chiefs’ chairman I will hold a meeting with my EC (executive committee). Then we will know what step to take.”

Breaking Chiefs’ silence on the matter, Motaung said the Amakhosi were following protocol in trying to sign Walusimbi.

“He is here at the village (club headquarters), and we are going about things the right way. We will make further announcements when we have agreed a deal with his club.

“But the player has not gone missing from his club. Maybe there was some confusion as the coach (Dylan Kerr) obviously wants to keep the player,” Motaung explained.

Walusimbi still has at least a year remaining on his contract with Gor Mahia, according to reports in Kenya, and has been valued at R3 million.

Chiefs were last month accused of signing a player that is still under contract by Fosa Juniors, a club from Madagascar.

Andriamirado “Dax” Andrianarimanana denied being their player, while Fosa were adamant he was contracted until 2020.


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13 Aug 18

Putting aside all the off the field unrest, Gor Mahia continued their surge towards the 2018 Kenya Premier League title, beating Kakamega Homeboyz 3-1. The goals came from Innocent Wafula, Francis Mustafa and Kevin Omondi.

Additional reporting from futaa.com
Innocent Wafula and Francis Mustapha scored two quick fire goals for Gor in the opening half before Benjamin Oketch pulled one back for Homeboyz in the second half but hopes of Homeboyz comeback were extinguished by Kevin Omondi with a last gasp goal.

Early chances

Fred Nkata’s charges were off the blocks from the onset and would have grabbed the lead inside the opening three minutes but Wycliffe Opondo’s header flew over the cross bar after Moses Mudavadi whipped in a dangerous cross. George Blackberry Odhiambo required treatment after colliding with the onrushing Gabriel Andika after Odhiambo was played through on goal but was flagged for offside in the 10th minute. Gor had their first real opening of the game in the 15th minute when Burundian Mustapha tested the palms of Andika with a ferocious shot from a Francis Kahata corner.

Homeboyz continued to press on for an opener with Festo Omukoto’s thunderbolt shot narrowly missing the mark after being set up by Eston Esiye. The new partnership between Blackberry and Mustapha almost yielded a goal in the 27th minute when Mustapha teed up Blackberry but the former Azam midfielder’s effort was gathered by Andika.

Two goal lead

Wellington Ochieng’s give and take pass with Innocent Wafula on the right flank resulted to a goal after Wafula drove in to guide his effort to the top right corner handing Dylan Kerr’s charges the lead in the 31st minute. Homeboyz were rocked with the goal and shipped in another after two minutes later with Mustapha banging his maiden KPL goal after Nzigiyimana played him through on goal. Gor went into the break with a two goal cushion.

After the resumption of the second half, Mustapha was withdrawn with Kevin Ade Omondi thrown into the foray. Nkata rolled his first dice in the 55th bringing in George Mandela for Evans Kiwanuka which was preceded by Masakidi Mata’s inclusion for Estone Esiye. Mata was straight into the thick of things, with his header going agonizingly wide off the cross bar from Mudavadi’s cross. Kerr made his second substitution, introducing Samuel Onyango for Nzigiyimana.

Homeboyz goal

New signing Benjamin Oketch from Chemelil Sugar pulled one back for Homeboyz in the 71st minute courtesy of sublime freekick that deflected off the K’Ogallo wall. In front of his home town fans Wellington produced a lung bursting run from his own half playing wall passes with Kahata and Blackberry but his impressive run was halted by Andika.

Ade goal

Substitute Ade put the game to bed ending Homeboyz hopes of snatching a point in the game when got into the score sheet in the 88th minute with a shot that found the roof of the net for a 3-1 lead. The match ended 3-1 in favour of Gor Mahia as they condemned Homeboyz to their fifth straight loss of the season.

Gor Mahia Starting XI: Shaban Odhoji (GK), Wellington Ochieng, Joash Onyango, Haron Shakava, Karim Nzigiyimana (Samuel Onyango), Humphrey Mieno, Ernest Wendo, Francis Kahata, Innocent Wafula, George Odhiambo, Francis Mustafa (Kevin Omondi)

Subs: Fredrick Onyango, Charles Momanyi, Bernard Ondiek, Cercidy Okeyo, Lawrence Juma, Samuel Onyango, Kevin Omondi

Homeboyz Starting XI: Gabriel Andika (GK), Benjamin Oketch, Chikati Moses, Odhiambo Collins, Mauda Hedmond, Evans Kiwanuka (George Mandela), Festo Omukoto, Mudavadi Moses, Ali Bai, Opondo Wycliffe, Esiye Eston (Masakidi Mata)

Subs: Michael Wanyika, Wycliffe Anekeya, Andrew Kulecho, Benson Mutonyi, George Mandela, Mata Masakidi


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12 Aug 18

Gor Mahia officials have come out strongly to deny allegations that they pocketed Ksh 5 million to allow Godfrey Walusimbi to transfer to Kaizer Chiefs.

Gor Mahia fans have been left confused as to why players who are still under contract are constantly sneaking out on free transfers. And in 2017, FIFA sanctioned Gor Mahia because the proceeds of transfer fees were not being credited to the club’s account.

Additional reporting from goal.com
Gor Mahia have denied allegations that club chairman Ambrose Rachier has benefited financially from the impending move of Godfrey Walusimbi to South Africa.

The Ugandan defender reportedly sneaked to South Africa to begin personal negotiations with Kaizer Chiefs even though he still has a one and half year contract to run with the Kenyan champions.

But a section of club fans took to social media to accuse Rachier of sanctioning the move, a position that the club has since denied.

“It is my hope that this statement exonerates our Chairman’s names and that of the CEO (Omondi Aduda) from un-profound allegations of having pocketed Sh 20 million from Walusimbi’s transfer,” Gor Mahia Secretary General Ben Omondi said in a statement seen by Goal .


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11 Aug 18


After losing Meddie Kagere to Simba, Gor Mahia now appear on the verge of losing Godfrey Walusimbi.
Story courtesy of goal.com
Gor Mahia have vowed to take action against defender Godfrey Walusimbi for absconding duty.

This comes hours after Goal reported that the Ugandan left back has already held talks with South African club Kaizer Chiefs and that the transfer could be made official after the two clubs agree on terms.

Walusimbi was conspicuously missing from Gor Mahia’s squad that did duty against Posta Rangers in a 2-1 league win at Moi Stadium in Kisumu. The absence has fueled the players’ intentions to quit the Kenyan champions.

A top Gor Mahia official has now told Goal that the club will take action against the player and also report Kaizer Chiefs to Fifa for player tapping.

“If indeed Walusimbi is in South Africa negotiating with Kaizer Chiefs, we will have to take disciplinary action for absconding duty. He has a one and half year contract with us and must respect the same. We will also report Kaizer Chiefs to Fifa for player tapping.

“Walusimbi featured for us on Tuesday in Mombasa but I was shocked that he was not in Kisumu for the Posta Rangers match. Nobody knows where he ‘Walu’ is…not even our coach Dylan Kerr.

“We don’t want destructions now that we have a congested fixtures. We will not allow clubs from outside to derail our progress.”

Chiefs are said to have picked on the impressive Walusimbi to help strengthen their leaking defence. Walusimbi has been a key player for Gor Mahia especially this campaign, where K’Ogalo are taking part in the Caf Confederation Cup.
 


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10 Aug 18

Relief for Kogalo fans came on Friday. After two sub par performances, Gor Mahia managed to beat Posta Rangers 2-1 at their home ground of Kisumu on Friday.

Additional Reporting from the Nation

Leaders Gor Mahia on Friday bounced back to winning ways with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Posta Rangers in the SportPesa Premier League at Moi Stadium in Kisumu.

Jacques Tuyisenge and Francis Kahata scored a goal each to help K’Ogalo recover from their shock 2-1 loss to Bandari at Mbaraki Sports Club in Mombasa on Tuesday which brought to a halt their 22-match unbeaten streak in the league this term.

Cavin Odongo struck Rangers’ goal to set a nervy end to the encounter.

The 16-time Kenyan champions now top the standing on 59 points, 14 ahead of second-placed Bandari who dislodged Sofapaka the second spot following their win over Gor Mahia.

Meanwhile, the loss leaves Poster Rangers 10th on 31 points.

Gor Mahia’s head coach Dylan Kerr said the win was encouraging to his exhausted players.

“This was a wonderful game because the boys displayed quality football, it was very competitive and more of a battle because our opponents also played well,” said Kerr.

His counterpart Sammy Omollo blamed his side’s loss to poor goal keeping.

“This is the best game we have played against Gor Mahia but goalkeeper’s mistake from the set pieces cost us the match,” said Omollo, a former Kenyan international.

Still writhing from their first loss this year and looking to avoid a similar predicament, Gor came off the blocks fast.

George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo’s brilliant run on the left flank was cut out by Collins Omondi early on before Tuyisenge had the ball at the back of the net on sevens minutes but was rightly flagged offside.

The Rwandan striker Gor ahead five minutes later after Rangers players failed to clear Kahata’s delivery from a corner-kick.

The centre referee was then forced to caution Rangers defender Simon Mbugua for a cynical foul foul on George Odhiambo, who had left him for dead. Odhiambo’s shot from the resultant free-kick failed to hit the target.

With Gor attacking, Posta coach Omollo made a first half substitution with Peter Ochieng rested for Paul Odhiambo.

Luis Tera’s close range attempt for the Postmen on 22 minutes went straight into the hands of Boniface Oluoch before Joseph Nyaga’s effort on 34 minutes was also saved by the goalkeeper.

Gearson Likono thought he had levelled matters two minutes after the breather, but even after beating Oluoch in Gor’s goal, his effort was cleared off the line by Philemon Otieno.

The champions made their first substitution on 51 minutes with coach Kerr resting Tuyisenge, who was limping, for midfielder Lawrence Juma.

Kahata then doubled Gor’s advantage four minutes later with a stunning free-kick after being fouled on the left wing, in what was a disappointment to Rangers who had looked the better side in the early minutes of second half.

Gor made their second change in the 67th minute with Cercidy Okeyo coming in for Francis Mustafa as injured Oluoch was also replaced by Shaban Odhoji six minutes later.

Odongo netted Rangers goal with nine minutes to time, after reacting fast to bury a rebound from Likono’s powerful shot that had hit the cross-bar.


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9 Aug 18

Gor Mahia skipper Harun Shakava is certain that the club will put aside its poor results in the last two games and bounce back with a good result when they play Posta Rangers on Friday.

“That was a painful result because we did not deserve to lose. That was a one-off result. We were dominating as usual and then they scored. Thereafter, we were on top of things but then they suddenly scored again completely against the run of play. I expect us to recover from that blip because we know what we want. We want to retain the league.” he said to the Daily Nation

Gor Mahia have played 45 competitive matches this year, which on average is about 15 games more than the 17 other sides competing in the top flight league. There is concern among fans that fatigue is starting to take its toll at a crucial time when Gor Mahia are about to play Rayon Sports and USM Alger in crucial continental matches.

However Shakava is not very concerned.

“The coach has been shuffling the squad and we have been resting in between.”

As Gor Mahia prepare to face Posta Rangers, their coach Sammy Omollo “Pamzo” thinks his side has gained confidence after Bandari exposed the formula for beating Kogalo.

“This is the result that we wanted before facing them, they have at least proved that Gor Mahia is beatable and not otherwise. It is a motivation to my side, I believe we will have a chance to get something from the match, though it will not be that easy. My players have that experience of handling such a game.” he told goal.com

 


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7 Aug 18

Mieno in action against Bandari

Gor Mahia’s unbeaten in 2018 is now over. This after they went down 2-1 to Bandari at Mbaraki on Tuesday.  Gor Mahia found themselves 2-0 down at halftime before Jacque Tuyisenge pulled one back.

Additional reporting from Capital Sports
Heading into the tie, Gor boss Dylan Kerr fielded his strongest 11 having been given a scare in a 2-2 draw against Nakumatt over the weekend. The only difference was keeper SHabaan Odhoji who stepped in ahead of Boniface Oluoch who remains sidelined.

Ernest Wendo returned for the first time since the CECAFA Kagame Cup where he limped off with a hamstring strain and he partnered Humphrey Mieno in midfield.

K’Ogalo were shocked early with Guya heading the home side into the lead turning in a corner after 11 minutes, sending the home fans into frenzy while the green army of K’Ogalo was sent into stunned silence.

But the league leaders kept pushing hoping they would get the steering wheel back with Godfrey Walusimbi and George Odhiambo making inroads on the left, but their industry didn’t provide much for the forwards led by Francis Mustafa.

It was Bandari however who would get their party going, Congolese import Yema Mwana sending them 2-0 up after 35 minutes.

The hosts should have added another one few minutes later when Darius Msagha broke off on the counter from the right beating Walusimbi to face Odhoji one on one, but he could not get the ball past the keeper with Mwana screaming for the ball in a better position.

Gor came back with determined hearts in the second half, looking to salvage their invincibility with at least a point.

Harun Shakava was the first to have a go at goal with a 65th minute stinging freekick from range but Bandari keeper Faruk Shikhalo proved equal to the task making a decent save.

From another set piece, this time taken by Francis Kahata, Gor had a chance to get the scoring on but the effort curled beyond the wall but wide.

Gor ultimately pulled one back through Jacques Tuyisenge in the 77th minute, but it was too little too late as Bandari managed to hold their own and get the three points.

The hosts were reduced to 10 men for the final few minutes of the game when Fred Nkata was given his marching orders for a second yellow card. Coach Mwalala made a change bringing in Siraj Mohammed to fill in the void at left back.
 


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7 Aug 18

Gor Mahia are in Mombasa to take on Bandari in thir 23rd match of the 2018 Kenya Premier League season. They will be looking to make amends for dropping points against Nakumatt on Saturday. Gor Mahia need to avoid any further slip up as it could lead to a downward spiral as they negotiate  packed August schedule.

Coach Dylan Kerr admitted that his side was below par whereas Nakumatt played their best game of the season.

“I did not want to see that equalizer and cannot blame my goalkeeper for the mistake. He (Odhoji) put up a great show with three amazing saves in the first half but honestly speaking, we deserved to get nothing to say the least the missed chances and poor decisions by my players in good areas.” Kerr said to goal.com

Bandari too will come all guns blazing as they seek to gain notoriety as the team that broke Gor Mahia’s unbeaten record. Not only are Gor Mahia playing a difficult schedule, but they are playing against highly motivated opponents.

New Bandari coach Bernard Mwalala promises to come up with a strategy to take advantage of Gor Mahia’s fatigue.

“We know the strength of our opponents and we are also aware that fatigue has taken toll on them following a congested season and we will seek to take advantage of the situation,” he said to the Nation.

Mwalala, a former Kenya international, envisions nothing short of victory.

“We are going for nothing short of a win today and have prepared well for the match. It will therefore be either a win for us or a loss for Gor Mahia,” he concluded.

Gor Mahia will have to contend with former players Bernard Odhiambo who will be highly motivated as well as Shaban Kenga who is trying to revive his once promising career.

Kogalo has had a good record against Bandari lately. They won the last match between these two sides 2-0 on March 3. In the second leg of the 2017 season, Gor Mahia trounced Bandari 3-1.

 


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