Coach Dylan Kerr says he is very proud of his players performance and he says the best is yet to come.
“I am proud of how my players and the technical bench have tried. I am sorry we didn’t reach the quarters but I have always said that we were a year early but the experience was valuable.” he said to goal.com
According to Kerr, the performance was good considering all that they have endured.
“All in all and despite what we endured off the field, the players gave everything and pushed for more. There are some positives to pick from this squad and the far they reached in the competition is a true testament of how good they are.” he said.
Kerr asserted that the Algerians applied the typical North African tactics of frustrating the visiting team before the game.
We did not have enough time to feel the pitch and our travel here was a major factor and not an excuse.
“What I had planned for Monday practice, I only had 15 minutes late Tuesday to apply it but when we arrived at the stadium the lights were not fully on, plus we were told the time of kick-off had changed.” he said
Given Gor Mahia’s excellent performance, Kerr has been receiving offers from other teams but he has rejected them.
“Look, I have had three offers in the last two months that were financially good for me to leave Gor Mahia but I rejected them. I respect contracts and I have never gone against any contract,” Kerr told Goal .
Kerr also said he wanted to stay as long as Chairman Rachier wants to keep him.
“Football is strange but I like Kenya and the people, I am here to stay until the chairperson decides he doesn’t want me.” he concluded
Gor Mahia have lost 2-1 to USM Alger. And with Rayon Sports winning their tie against Yanga 1-0, Gor Mahia are out of the tournament. Jacque Tuyisenge scored Gor Mahia’s goal.
Additional reporting from the Nation
Gor Mahia on Wednesday failed in their bid to reach the quarter-finals of the Caf Confederation Cup after losing 2-1 away to USM Alger at the 5th July Stadium in Algiers, Algeria in their final preliminary match.
Goals from Prince Ibara and Amis Sayoud propelled the hosts to victory as they finished top of group D with 11 points, with Rayon Sports grabbing second spot after a 1-0 win over Yanga at home to finish on nine points and seal the final quarter-final slot.
The lanky Caleb Bimenyimana, who scored when Rayon beat Gor in Nairobi last week, netted the all-important goal in this match.
K’Ogalo finished third in the pool with eight points and miss out on a last eight berth.
Jacques Tuyisenge pulled a goal back for Gor but it proved to be too late as the Algerians held on for the win.
The Kenyan champions will rue their loss against Rayon on August 18 in Nairobi in a match that they only needed a point from to confirm their place in the group stages with a game to spare.
A point against USM would have seen Gor go through ahead of Rayon on goal difference.
As expected, K’Ogalo began the match on the back foot in the wake of a myriad of attacking moves from the hosts and at some point had to thank reserve goalkeeper Fredrick Odhiambo for stopping a ninth-minute Ahmed Koudri penalty, which was awarded after Harun Shakava appeared to handle in the box.
Ibara would, however, hand his side the lead on 36 minutes, after escaping his markers to power a header past a stranded Odhiambo from a corner kick.
The Kenyan side also survived a scare towards the end of the half when Ernest Wendo was forced to clear a goal-bound shot off the line with Odhiambo well beaten.
Backed by a noisy crowd at their backyard, Alger came back forcefully in the second half, and added the second goal against the run of play.
As a result, Gor, who earned Sh27.5 million in prize money for making it to this stage of the competition, have missed an extra Sh8 million reserved for the eight teams which make it to the quarters.
The tournament’s winning team will pocket Sh125 million.
Gor, who clinched the 2018 Kenyan Premier League title with six matches to spare last weekend, will now turn their attentions to the FKF SportPesa Shield, where they take on Kariobangi Sharks at the Kenyatta stadium in Machakos on Saturday.
Confidence was high as Gor Mahia left for Algeria on Monday. The team landed in Morocco at 2pm on Monday where they will spend the night before leaving for Algeria the next day.
Kogalo was buoyed by their two successive wins over arch rivals AFC Leopards and a convincing 3-0 over Sofapaka. In the squad is Jacque Tuyisenge who has missed the last two matches with an injury. Left out of the squad is Ephrem Guikan who has yet to recover from his injury.
Gor Mahia need a point to move to the next stage. This is within their reach considering that they played better than the Algerians when the two teams last met at Kasarani. This despite the fact that Kogalo were reduced to 10 men. USM Alger have also been unimpressive of late, drawing with Rayon Sport at home before losing to Young Africans.
Gor Mahia are officially the 2018 Kenya premier league champions. They did it in grand style, beating arch rivals AFC Leopards 2-0
Additional reporting from the Nation
K’Ogalo marched to their unprecedented 17th title with a convincing 2-0 win over arch-rivals AFC Leopards in a Saturday’s Mashemejii derby clash at Kasarani stadium to amass an unassailable 71 points with six matches to spare.
This becomes the third time Gor are sealing the title with matches to spare after doing so during the 2015 and 2017 campaigns, where they finished business with five games to the end of the season.
Boniface Omondi and Bernard Ondiek’s strikes in the 31st and 44th minutes gave the Kenyan giants a two-goal cushion at the break.
Whyvonne Isuza, returning after a two-match suspension, had a chance to reduce the deficit at the stroke of halftime but his spot kick after a handball by Charles Momanyi inside the penalty box curved high and wide with goalkeeper Peter Odhiambo sent the wrong side.
The game had been stopped for five minutes after rowdy Leopards fans hurled seats on the pitch side protesting a foul on Baker Lukooya that led to Gor’s second goal.
Samuel Onyango dispossessed Lukooya to put through Omondi who did well to set up Ondiek and the latter easily planted the ball with his right foot to the far corner, with Ezekiel Owade beaten in Leopards goal.
Ingwe had the first sniff on goal five minutes after referee Felix Ekai blew the opening whistle, but Brian Marita fired wide from an Alex Orotomal pass.
In the 27th minute, Edward Seda blocked Orotomal’s attempt at goal from an Isaac Oduro inch-perfect cross into the box after Wesley Onguso had deflected the Ghanaian’s free kick for the corner.
Four minutes later, speedy winger Omondi fired the hosts into the lead with a rasping shot from outside the box that Owade could only watch helplessly as it rolled into the bottom right corner.
Hungry for the equalizer, Leopards pushed on amidst a buzzing atmosphere from jubilant Gor fans but Oduro’s 36th minute free kick was cleared by Gor defence led by Charles Momanyi.
Leopards, missing seven players to injury, were a shadow of themselves in the final stanza as Gor walked out worthy winners for the 29th time in 89 meetings against their nemesis who’ve secured 28 wins previously.
Gor will wind up what has been a fantastic month of football albeit punctuated with congested fixtures, away to Algerian side USM Alger Wednesday next week in their final Caf Confederation Cup group “D” tie, while Ingwe, who last lost a match coincidentally to Gor on July 22, will revisit their drawing board to face Wazito in midweek.
“It’s a memorable feeling scoring in such a big game to win the title, we’ve had a good season thanks to our coaches and the quality in camp,” said match-hero Omondi, winning his second consecutive title since joining Gor from Nzoia Sugar June last year.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has come to the rescue of Gor Mahia who were in danger of missing their trip to Algeria for the crucial return leg of the 2018 CAF Confederations cup. On Friday, the president donated Ksh 6 million towards purchase or tickets for the Algiers trip. Gor Mahia need at least a point to qualify for the next stage.
Additional reporting from the Nation
President Uhuru Kenyatta has come to the rescue of Gor Mahia after facilitating the team’s travel to Algeria for their continental assignment.
Gor treasurer Sally Bolo on Friday confirmed that the head of state had bought air tickets for the team worth Sh6 million.
She said the club’s management was stranded and wondering how to offset the Sh8 million expense to North Africa for the team’s last group match of the Caf Confederation Cup against USM Algers on Wednesday.
“We wrote to the Ministry of Sports through Football Kenya Federation and they responded telling us they didn’t have the money,” said Bolo.
“This morning, we received a call from State House who offered to buy the team air tickets. We are very grateful and excited because the President has also wished us well.”
“Now our remaining task is to raise an extra Sh2 million to cover the team’s expenses including accommodation and food for the period we will reside in Algeria.”
Thus, Gor are expected to depart for Algiers on Monday ahead of the clash in which Dylan Kerr’s team have to pick atleast a point to be assured of qualifying for the quarter-finals.
Rwanda’s Rayon Sport will play host to Tanzania’s Young Africans in Kigali in the other group match which has great significance to the Kenyan champions.
Gor Mahia recovered from their lacklusture display against Rayon Sports to beat Sofapaka 3-0 on Wednesday.
Additional reporting from the Nation
SportPesa Premier League champions Gor Mahia made their intentions of retaining their title absolutely clear when they hammered hosts Sofapaka FC 3-0 in a mid-week clash at the Narok County Stadium on Wednesday.
The game started on cautious note with each team careful not to concede early.
Host Sofapaka had a chance to snatch lead in the 14th minute when Gor goalkeeper Fredrick Odhiambo brought down striker Ezekiel Okare in the box with referee Caroline Wanjala awarding Batoto ba Mungu a penalty.
But Odhiambo made amends by saving from striker Kephas Aswani.
COLLECTED LOOSE BALL
Gor took the lead on the stroke of half-time through Lawrence Juma who collected a loose ball after Sofapaka defenders failed to clear and unleashed a powerful shot into the net.
On resumption, Innocent Wafula inscribed his name in the score sheet when he converted a penalty after Sofapaka keeper Wycliffe Kasaya brought down striker Samuel Onyango in the box in the 64th minute.
Kasaya was sent off with Matthias Kigonya called between the sticks with striker Mico Justin the player sacrificed.
Seven minutes to full time, K’Ogalo launched another attack and with Onyango on target from Lawrence Juma’s assist.
Sofapaka coach, former Kenya international and league top scorer John Baraza conceded that they played badly and were affected by the sending off.
“We didn’t expect to lose this game, not until after my first-choice goalkeeper was red-carded,” said Baraza who rued the many missed chances in the first half, including the penalty.
“We had our best team but football is football, and with 44 points, we will still fight on and reduce the gap and at least finish at position two,” he added.
He said he would pick from the mistakes to prepare his team for this weekend’s game against Kariobangi Sharks at the same venue.
Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr said he fielded his best squad after a criticism by the club’s management after last weekend’s loss to Rwanda’s Rayon Sport in the Caf Confederation Cup.
“We did approach the Sofapaka match with a lot of caution, and I had a point to prove here, that we can do better and we will win games,” Kerr said.
“Now I want to see what kind of criticism the management will raise again,” added Kerr who said he is now ready for the “Mashemeji derby” against perennial arch-rivals AFC Leopards on Saturday in Nairobi.
Gor Mahia are once again seeking assistance from the government in order to make their trip to Algiers. Last time Gor Mahia sought assistance to travel to Cape Town to play Supersport, sports minister Rashid Achesa flatly refused.
Additional reporting from goal.com
Gor Mahia are not sure whether they will honour their final Group D match against USM Alger on August 29.
Goal can reveal that the club is currently in need of Sh6.1m to make the trip to Algiers for the crunch match. However, the Kenyan government is yet to respond to the plea by Football Kenya Federation to purchase return tickets for the Kenyan champions.
Goal have obtained a letter from FKF CEO Robert Muthomi dated August 7 and addressed to the Ministry of Sports PS Kirimi Kaberia requesting for purchase of tickets for the trip.
“Football Kenya Federation wishes to inform you that Gor Mahia is scheduled to travel and honour a Caf Confederation Cup Group stage match against USM Alger in Algeria on August 29, 2018.
“The team currently occupies the top of the table and will be a crunch match where a good result will mean the team qualifies for the quarter-finals. It has been close to thirty years since a Kenyan club qualified for the quarters of the Caf tournament and this milestone will bring a lot of national pride to the country.
“The purpose of the letter is to kindly request for the Ministry’s assistance in the purchase of air tickets for the team to enable them travel and honour the important assignment.”
But when contacted, Gor Mahia CEO Omondi Aduda confirmed that they are yet to receive a confirmation note from the government on the same. “We have not received any response from the government in regards to the request from FKF and time is now running out. We want the team to leave on Monday and as things look, we might have problems travelling.
“At the time the above letter was written the fare was Sh135, 000 (per ticket) and that was the cheapest flight (Turkish Airline) and now the same airline has risen to Sh156, 000 as of yesterday (Monday).
“And with no response up until now, we don’t know what the ticket will cost in the next few days. We need a confirmation whether they (government) are giving us this tickets as requested by the federation or not so that we can plan on our own.”
Aduda added, “We are going out there as the representatives of the country and not as a club and the support of the government is crucial. The cheapest ticket as at Monday to Algiers was Sh156, 000, and with Gor Mahia sending a team of 30 people, that adds up to Sh4.6m then include accommodation for three nights at Sh1.5m.”
Aduda added the visit of Rayon Sports and Gor Mahia’s recent away matches in Mombasa, Kisumu and Nakuru, had eaten to the club’s coffers. “We paid tickets for match officials from Angola and Zimbabwe for the Rayon match. People should know that we are not crying because we have money but because the money is already used.
“Playing matches outside Nairobi is also eating into our budget. We played two matches in Kisumu, and returned to Nakuru and this required money to have the team in camp.”
Coach Dylan Kerr says his side is determined to go for nothing short of a win when they play USM Alger.
“We have to go there with that aim to win and I believe we can do that. What I know though, it will be a difficult game.” he said to goal.com
Kerr also sought to answer those who said his fielding was questionable.
“Against Rayon Sports, I picked the best team to win and we didn’t win so now we have to keep the focus and go to USM and win,” he continued.
Unlike in the Yanga match, Kerr said his goalkeeper was to blame for the second goal.
“And yes…my keeper was at fault for the second goal. He has been excellent but his mistake gave Rayon Sports the advantage.”
Shakava wants KPL matches postponed
In the video above, Gor Mahia skipper Harun Shakava has appealed to both KPL and FKF to postpone one or both of their league matches against Sofapaka and AFC Leopards in order to give them more rest ahead of their crucial match away to USM Alger on Agust 29.
“I think fatigue cost us. We had asked FKF and KPL to reschedule some of our matches and give us time to rest, but they denied us. We have played many matches in the last few weeks, yet we have two big matches (Sofapaka and AFC Leopards) this week before travelling to Algeria,” Shakava told Standard Sports.
“Players like Tuyisenge (Jacques) were even forced to play with injuries.It is going to be tough in Algeria, but I cannot predict the result. In football anything is possible. We just need to cope up with the environment and tempo in Alger.
“At the moment, all the players are down after our unbeaten home run ended abruptly, but we are big players and I’m confident we will bounce back strongly,” he added.
However KPL Chair Oguda will likely respond by saying he has not received a formal request from the club.
Midfielder Humphrey Mieno said Walusimbi’s absence was heavily felt on Sunday.
“I don’t think Walusimbi’s exit has affected the morale of the other players, but him leaving is a big blow. Everyone knows the kind of play he is and the in-put he gives whenever he plays.”
But I think we still have quality players, who can fill that void,” said Mieno.
“Of course it is a devastating feeling. We were at home and expected to win this game, but we didn’t turn up for the match today. We hope to pick ourselves up and do better away from home regardless of the history there.”
Eric Rutanga interested in joining Kogalo
Eric Rutanga who scored from a free-kick on Sunday, has expressed in interest in joining Gor Mahia.
Additional reporting from Capital FM
Rayon Sport left back Eric Rutanga has opened the door for a possible move to Kenyan champions Gor Mahia, a statement that would be music to K’Ogalo fans’ ears coming at a time when Ugandan Godfrey Walusimbi is edging closer to the exit.
On Sunday night, Rutanga might have scored the goal that potentially puts Gor on the verge of exiting the CAF Confederations Cup and his celebration infront of the K’Ogalo faithful did not help matters much, but he might soon be their answer to left back problems.
“If Gor Mahia want me, I can come. But, they have to talk to the club and pay the money required. I am ready to come here any day. Gor Mahia is a good team with good players and huge fan base. It would be great to come here,” Rutanga told Capital Sport on Sunday night.
Rutanga still has one year to run on his Rayon contract and with the transfer window of both countries already closed, the two clubs might engage in talks for a possible move in January.
Gor’s lack of a trusted left back was hugely exposed in their loss to rayon on Sunday with regular right back Philemon Otieno pushed to the left while Wellington Ochieng, yet to hit full match fitness after returning from injury started on the right.
K’Ogalo were left with a void at left back after Walusimbi left in a huff to South Africa where he engaged in talks with Kaizer Chiefs. Gor boss Dylan Kerr says he feels betrayed by the player but maintains life will move on even if he is gone.
“What he did was selfish. He left us without caring of the club, without caring of our league campaign, without caring about the Confederations Cup. It was selfish from him on his teammates and the club. He doesn’t care about the club; only the money,” an agitated Kerr said.
But Rutanga’s arrival might spell some new lease of life to Gor especially with his performance against them on Sunday where he scored a sublime set piece. He also scored the equalizer when the two sides played in the first leg in Kigali.
And his hope that both Gor and Rayon proceed into the Quarters of the Confederations Cup might even make him more loveable to the Gor faithful.
“I am very happy that we came to Kenya and won. The focus now is on the final game against Yanga which we will treat as a final and I know we will win. I also pray for Gor to beat USM in Algeria so that we can go through to the quarters together,” the left back said.
He added; “It will be good for two teams from East Africa to go through. I believe if Yanga can beat USM, then Gor too can get a win in Algeria.”
Rutanga has heaped praise on his teammates for their performance against Gor, saying they came in determined to go all out and get a win.
“It was a blow for us to be here without four of our first team players but I am grateful we could win. We worked hard as a team and Gor too did not make it easy for us,” Rutanga further explained.
Gor Mahia were on Sunday stunned 2-1 by Rayon Sports in the CAF Confederations cup match. USM Alger were also stunned 2-1 by Yanga in Dar es Salaam. The group is now tight with three teams all with a chance to qualify.
The match was bound to be a difficult one. Rayon sports proved their worth when they almost beat USM Alger in Algiers a month ago. Francis Mutafa equalized to make the score 1-1 at halftime. However Eric Rutanga’s free-kick gave the Rwandese side a win that kept them in contention.
Additional reporting from the Nation
Bonfilscaleb Bimenyimana and Eric Rutanga’s goals on either side of Francis Mustafa’s equaliser gave the visitors a deserved win at a half-packed Kasarani Stadium.
Gor, who face Algerian side USM Alger in the final group stage match in 10 days’ time, remain top of Group D on eight points, two ahead of the Rwandan champions who need a win in their last game against Tanzania’s Young Africans to stand a chance of going through. Rayon will be hoping the Algerians, who remain second on eight points after suffering a shock 2-1 loss to Yanga in Dar es Salaam on Sunday night, beat Gor Mahia in Algiers.
“We came determined to win this match and we got everything right. We shall approach our last game like a final, play our hearts out and hope Gor doesn’t win away,” said left back Eric Rutanga after the game.
Former Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga, who is also the Gor Mahia patron, had not even settled on his seat at the VVIP stand before Bimenyimana swept the ball past Gor Mahia custodian Shaban Odhoji for the the opening goal barely two minutes after Zimbabwean referee Norman Matemera got the proceedings underway.
Rutanga beat his marker down the left before delivering an inch-perfect cross that resulted into a wild celebration from the few Rayon fans on the opposite stand.
Burundian forward Mustafa restored the buzzing atmosphere at the half-packed Kasarani stands with a 21st minute equaliser after dispossessing Rwatubyaye Abdul to slam a right-footed effort into the back of the net.
Rutanga restored Rayon’s lead in the 54th minute with a well-curled free-kick from the left flank leaving Odhoji with no chance, just like he had scored in the two sides’ first leg tie in Kigali which ended 1-1 two months ago.
George “Blackberry” Odhiambo had brought down speedy winger Kevin Muhire.
Bimenyimana had the ball in the back of the net with 15 minutes to go, but Matemera called for a foul on Odhoji before Gor missed a scoring chance on the other end after George Odhiambo failed to tuck away the ball from the six-yard box.
Last minute efforts by the hosts to get an equaliser bore no fruit as the cash-strapped Rwandans, who travelled with a team of 15 players, broke into jubilation after the final whistle.
In the absence of Godfrey Walusimbi, who is on his way to South Africa’s Kaizer Chiefs, Gor coach Dylan Kerr lined up Philemon Otieno on the left as Wellington Ochieng’ took charge of the right back position with Jacques Tuyisenge and Mustafa leading the onslaught.