Archives - September, 2018



30 Sep 18

 

Gor Mahia and Mathare United settled for a 2-2 draw at Kisumu during the formal coronation of the 2018 Kenya Premier League title.

Additional Reporting from the Nation

Prior to the coronation, the defending champions were held to a 2-2 draw by a hard-fighting Mathare United at the same venue in their penultimate match of the 2018 season.

Rwandese import Jacques Tuyisenge and Humphrey Mieno were on target for Gor while Mathare’s goals were scored by substitute Klinsman Omulanga and Cliff Nyakeya.

Like the norm with Gor’s supporters, they turned in their numbers with all kinds of paraphernalia, painting the Lake side city green before converging at the stadium, to witness their team’s coronation for the 17th time.

K’Ogalo had successfully defended the title with six games to go, and Sunday’s draw takes their points tally to 72.

The club’s patron, former Prime Minister Raila Odinga was the chief guest at the event, with other dignitaries present being Gor’s chairman Ambrose Rachier and Kisumu Deputy Governor Mathews Owili

And when skipper Harun Shakava lifted the trophy aloft after receiving it from Odinga, the jubilant fans responded with a rapturous roar, paying tribute to the Dylan Kerr-led team after another year of unmatched dominance.

Looking to put a smile on their supporters faces after their recent poor run, K’Ogalo begun the encounter strong, taking a deserved lead after nine minutes through Tuyisenge.

The Rwandan easily slotted the ball into the back of the net with a low drive to the left of the goal post, after finding himself with Mathare’s goalkeeper Job Ochieng as the only man to beat.

The forward was on his way to adding a second a few minutes later but he flagged offside, before Mathare threatened to cancel the host’s lead from the right wing.

The early goal seemed not to have dampened the visitors spirits as they took the game to Gor’s side, forcing Kerr’s defenders led by skipper Shakava to be alert.

David Owino reacted fast to save Mathare from conceding a second goal in the 24th minute when he cleared the ball from Ephrem Guikan legs, just when the Ivorian was preparing to strike with his left foot.

George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo was unlucky with his 35th minute attempt from the left as it missed the target by a few inches, with Ochieng already beaten, before Tuyisenge’s header went off target.

Mathare head coach Francis Kimanzi was the first to make a change, bringing in Omulanga for Clifford Alwanga in the 49th minute, but, it was not long before his side fell 2-0 down.

Mieno turned well to beat Ochieng with a shot from the centre of the crowded box, after collecting a loose ball from George Odhiambo’s delivery from a corner.

Mathare then created two successive chances but were denied by Fredrick Odhiambo’s at Gor Mahia’s goal who had not been tested for the better part of the duel.

Substitute Omulanga halved Gor’s lead in the 69th minute with a cool finish that hit bar before crossing the line, before goal keeper Odhiambo made another crucial save to deny his former employers an equaliser.

Kerr made a double substitution two minutes later, resting George Odhiambo for Francis Mustafa and Charles Momanyi for the injured Rafael Asudi.

A mistake by defender Joash Onyango to push Omulanga when he went up inside the box to head the ball cost Gor the win as Nyakeya made no mistake from the spot nine minutes from time.

Kerr decried the manner in which his side gave away the win but thanked the players for clinching the title despite the tight scheduled that they had.

“We were on top of things but conceded two goals which ought not to have happened because we came in Kisumu to win and thank our fans for their support,” said Kerr.


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28 Sep 18

Gor Mahia are said to be pursuing Ugandan midfielder Shafiq Batambuze.  CEO Omondi Aduda confirmed the same.

“We are close to agreeing a deal to bring him to Gor Mahia. It is just a matter of when the transfer window opens and the deal will be sealed. We want to give him a three-year contract and everything is already in place. said Aduda to goal.com

Batambuze has played for Western Stima, Sofapaka, Tusker as well as Simba of Tanzania. He is currently at Singida United of Tanzania. The 24 year old was in the Uganda squad at the 2017 Africa cup of Nations.

Another player that Kogalo is pursuing is Rwandese defender Eric Rutanga. The 25 year old played a key role in enabling Rayon Sport to beat Gor Mahia in the 2018 CAF Confederations cup. He is also being pursued by AFC Leopards.

Meanwhile club official Ronald Ngala has told Citizen Sport that the club is scouting for a top tier striker.

“The coach and the technical bench are scouting for a good striker and midfielder as we look forward to build a strong side to compete effectively in all competitions,” said Ngala.

Ngala has also stated that coach Dylan Kerr has softened his stance on former midfielder Kenneth Muguna.

“Our coach may not have seen Muguna play because he exited just when the he had joined the team, but we have explained to him the great qualities he possesses. Consequently, he has shown  the willingness to work with him. “If he comes back as a free agent the way he is, we will definitely get him back,” he told Citizen sports.


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26 Sep 18

Gor Mahia succumbed to their third straight loss, going down to relegation threatened Vihiga United 2-0. Fans who thought there would be an improved performance now that the outstanding player salaries have been settled were left disappointed.

Additional reporting from the Nation

Vihiga United shocked Gor Mahia 2-0 in a SportPesa Premier League match at the Mumias Complex on Wednesday.

The result was enough to pull the hosts clear of the relegation zone and they are now almost assured of a place in the top-flight next season.

They are now 37 points, five ahead of 16th placed Chemelil Sugar who visit already relegated Thika United Thursday afternoon.

Goals in each half from left winger Amos Kigadi and forward Stephen Wakanya were enough to hand K’Ogalo their fourth defeat of the season

Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr brushed aside reporters who wanted to interview him after the match.

“Go away! What do you want?”, yelled Kerr, who looked agitated as he slowly followed his players to their bus.

Vihiga United tactician Mike Mururi said they only require a draw in Sunday’s match against Kariobangi Sharks at the same venue to avoid the chop.

“I honestly thank the players for putting up a brave show. They were focused throughout the match which eventually brought us the victory,” he said.

Gor Mahia started off brightly with strikers Bernard Ondiek, Jacques Tuyisenge and Boniface Omondi proving to be a menace to their opponents’ defence led by Bernard Ochieng.

The hosts took time to settle as and it came as a surprise when Chris Masinza put though Kigadi, who rounded up defender Shakava to hit the top of the net for the opening goal in the 32nd minute.

Champions Gor went in search of an equaliser and Tuyisenge came agonisingly close after hitting the cross bar on the stroke of half time.

After the breather, Vihiga proved stronger than their opponents, who found the going tough in rain soaked field that made their movement difficult, in the encounter that was watched by a capacity crowd.

A lapse in the Gor defence cost them dearly and Wakanya capitalised to power home the second goal in the 64th minute.

Whistler Hosea Omondi was forced to flash a yellow card to Vihiga goalkeeper Geoffrey Oputi, who held the ball, rolled it, before picking it again

More to come

 


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24 Sep 18

Gor Mahia secretary general Ben Omondi confirmed on his social media pages that all salaries for the month of August have been settled. Omondi thanked Sportpesa for coming to the club’s aid. According to Omondi, Sportpesa has already paid the club all the money due in 2018. Which would leave fans wondering where money for September salary will come from.

Omondi also said that claims that the club had received the Walusimbi transfer fee and that it had gone into a fake account were not true. The allegation had been made by Judith Nyangi. According to Omondi

Rachier to address media

Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier to address the media

The chairman will today Monday 24, September 2018 have a session with the media to address all the issues that have been happening at Gor Mahia in the last few weeks at 680 Hotel, Nairobi from 11:00 am.

WHAT: Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier to address the media

WHERE: 680 Hotel, Nairobi

WHEN: 24th September, 2018

TIME: 11:00 am

Kindly send a crew to cover the event.

Thanks.


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22 Sep 18

Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier has written a stern letter to Kaizer Chiefs seeking payment of the agreed upon transfer fee for Godfrey Walusimbi. In a letter posted on goal.com, Rachier gives Kaizer 10 days to pay.

“We in conformity with Article 12b (3) of the Fifa regulations on the status and transfer of players are putting Kaizer Chiefs in default of payment (overdue payables) and if the payment is not received within the next ten days from the date of this notice, we will scale this matter before the competent body at Fifa without further notice.” the letter says.

Kaizer Chiefs had earlier stated that they already sent the money but Rachier is adamant that the transaction did not go through

“Our bankers have established from Nedbank that as opposed to your claim that money was sent to them, it was returned to your bank, and no such transfer ever took place in the first instance. Our request to you to show documentary proof of your claims have equally not been forthcoming.” continues the letter.

Fans save Shakava from being evicted

Gor Mahia organizing secretary Judith Nyangi announced in her social media pages that fans came to the rescue of Gor Mahia skipper Harun Shakava who was about to be evicted. They paid his rent for this month. A report in Nairobi news states that Shakava’s rent is Ksh 28,000 and fans raised Ksh 28,000.

“Thanks so much Dandora sharp corner branch for paying rent for Harun Shakava,” said Nyangi.

On Wednesday, coach Dylan Kerr told the media that Shakava did not play the match, which Gor Mahia lost 2-0, because his house in Nairobi had been locked for defaulting on rent payment.

Sportpesa advance money to bailout Gor Mahia

Sportpesa CEO Karauri has announced that they will give Kogalo an advance to help them meet August salaries which have not been paid.

“We haven’t gotten to the bottom of it (crisis), we will be meeting the clubs leadership next week but we are giving them some of the sponsorship money in advance to take care of whatever issues they have for now. Actually it’s just some money that was due at the end of the month, but we will be sending it over to them immediately.” said Karauri to Nairobi news.

Earlier Gor Mahia CEO Lordvick Aduda admitted that August salaries were late.
“We regret the delay in payment of August salaries but we request the players to bare with the situation and adhere to the contracts they’ve signed with the club as we tussle to rectify whatever has cost the delay,” he told Nairobi news.

 


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21 Sep 18


A report on goal.com suggests that the Gor Mahia players are fed up with the club for non-payment of dues and some key players have asked for release letters.
Additional reporting from goal.com
The situation at Kenyan champions Gor Mahia is becoming messy after four players handed in release letters to quit the giants.

This comes just a day after K’Ogalo lost their fourth straight match in all competitions after going down 2-0 to Ulinzi Stars. It was Gor Mahia’s third defeat in the league, having succumbed 2-1 to Bandari and by a solitary goal to relegation bound Thika United.

A source within the club has now told Goal that captain Harun Shakava is among the four players, who have shown their desire to quit the club at the end of the season. “As we speak, four players have handed in their transfer requests, and the same letters have already reached the club chairman.”
Goal understands the other three players include defender Charles Momanyi, midfielder Humphrey Mieno and Francis Kahata. “They are fed up, they are not ready to continue suffering, they have made a decision and it is now upon the club to act accordingly.”

When reached for comment, Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr denied knowledge of the players’ asking to ditch K’Ogalo. “You are telling me something that I don’t understand and I honestly haven’t heard anything to do with any letters.”

On Wednesday after the match against Ulinzi Stars, Gor Mahia players were given Sh15, 000 by the Team Manager that was shared amongst the players


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19 Sep 18

Gor Mahia’s poor form continued as they went down 0-2 to Ulinzi on Wednesday amid reports of player strikes.

Additional reporting from futaa.com

After five years and in 10 games, Ulinzi Stars have finally managed to beat Gor Mahia in the league, this coming afterThe Soldiers registered a 2-0 win over K’Ogalo courtesy of a brace from Elvis Nandwa in a Kenyan Premier League (KPL) game staged at the Machakos Stadium on Wednesday 19th September.

Opening exchanges

Gor Mahia started on a slow note probably due to their go slow that has seen their players abscond training for days now. Ulinzi could have easily been 1-0 up in the 16th minute when Elvis Nandwa’s shot was cleared off the line by Charles Momanyi. Ulinzi went close again in four minutes later when Enosh Ochieng’s header drew a last minute save from Peter Odhiambo.

Ulinzi goal

Ephrem Guikan then missed the K’Ogallo’s best chance of the half when Onguso threaded a through pass but his effort went wide when he had only the keeper to beat. Ulinzi took the lead in the 36th minute through Elvis Nandwa as he pounced on an error by Peter Odhiambo who punched Dan Waweru’s shot onto the path of Nandwa. Ulinzi went into the halftime break leading 1-0.

Nandwa brace

Ulinzi continued to press their foot on the gas after the resumption and got a two-goal cushion in the 47th minute with Elvis Nandwa bagging his brace, firing his shot past Peter Odhiambo after Elijah Mwania played him through on goal. The goal marks Nandwa’s ninth goal of the season which is a good return for a midfielder.

Masuta miss

Substitute Masita Masita produced a contender for miss of the season when he beat the onrushing Odhiambo in goal and was left with a gaping goal to pick his spot but his effort found the upright. Ulinzi Stars held on for a historic win over Gor Mahia.

Gor Mahia XI: Peter Odhiambo (GK), Wellington Ochieng, Wesley Onguso(Raphael Asudi), Joachim Oluoch, Charles Momanyi , Cercidy Okeyo, Karim Nizigiyimana(Boniface Omondi), Kevin Omondi(Francis Mustapha), Jacques Tuyisenge, Ephrem Guikan and Innocent Wafula.

Unused Subs: Shabaan Odhoji (GK), Stephen Okiro.

 

Ulinzi Stars XI: Timothy Odhiambo (GK), Hamisi Abdalla, Hassan Mohamed (c), Boniface Andayi(Churchil Muloma), Harun Mwale, George Omondi, Daniel Waweru(Cliff Kasuti), Ibrahim Shambi, Elijah Mwanzia(Masita Masuta), Elvis Nandwa, Enosh Ochieng.

Unsued Subs: James Saruni (GK), Cylus Shitote, Bernard Ongoma, Omar Boraafya.

 


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18 Sep 18

The 2018 Kenya Premier League will now be formally presented to Gor Mahia in Kisumu. The event will be held on September 30th during the match against Mathare United. This according to the club’s organizing secretary Judith Nyangi.

“Gor Vs Mathare match has been moved to Moi Stadium Kisumu on Sunday 30/09/2018 at 2pm. Early kick off has been decided upon to allow for enough time for trophy presentation.” said Nyangi on her social media pages.

The trophy presentation had earlier been planned for Machakos, much to the chagrin of many fans and even coach Dylan Kerr spoke out against that plan.

“The club’s majority of fans, since I have been at Gor Mahia, have come out in force in Kisumu,” Kerr told Goal in an interview. So as a football fan, this is where it should be held to thank them for the amazing support, but again that is in no way being disrespectful to all our fans all over Kenya.” said Kerr

Much like Len Julians did 35 years ago, Kerr has marveled at the passion of Kisumu based fans.

“And when we have games outside of Kisumu, many of our fans from Kisumu travel to support us be it Nairobi, Nakuru, Narok or even Machakos.” he concluded.

Gor Mahia and others chasing Abdallah Hassan

Bandari attacker, Abdallah Hassan told ESPN that Gor Mahia, AFC Leopards and Tusker have all approached him.

“There’s interest from other clubs,” the forward said after Bandari’s league game against Zoo Kericho this weekend. “Gor Mahia, AFC Leopards and Tusker have all contacted me over a transfer. This makes me happy because it means that I have been performing well.”

Hassan has been a revelation this season, and even caught the eye of national team coach Sebastian Migne, culminating in his national team debut against Malawi last week. There he was credited with the assist that led to Kahata’s goal, following a cross from Eric Ouma.

Hassan is committed to Bandari for now.

“My dream is to play in Europe,” he continued. “I wouldn’t want to join another local club.

“Bandari has helped shape my career and I wouldn’t play against Bandari in the Kenyan Premier League,’ he continued. “For now, I am a Bandari player and I am committed to the club, we will see what happens at the end of the season.” he concluded.

In 2014, Kogalo obtained the services of another high profile Bandari player in Shaban Kenga. He played for six months on loan before being recalled by Bandari.

Kerr Mugged on Saturday

Additional reporting from the Standard.

Love for selfies and an open arm for all left Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr nursing bruises after the Briton fell prey to daring Nairobi thugs last weekend.

Kerr, who was in the company of friends, including a young lady, was attacked after leaving a club along Ngong Road. The attack came moments after he had watched the international boxing match between Kenyan Fatuma Zarika and Mexican pugilist Yamileth Marcado last Saturday.
Kerr said the security guys at the club did not help them, and instead demanded money to help them get back their phones [Courtesy]

According to Kerr, who was forced into a temporary ‘blackout’ after he lost two expensive mobile phones, including an iPhone in the incident, a group of youth tricked him with a selfie request before descending on him and his friends.

“This is the first time in Kenya that I have been attacked and lost a phone. I don’t deny people selfies even if it is a 1,000 times. I wonder why someone would go into all that trouble for an old Blackberry phone,” Kerr told The Nairobian. The coach said they were forced to rush one of his friends to hospital after he was injured.

Kerr said the security guys at the club did not help them, and instead demanded money to help them get back their phones.

“I reported the matter to the security officer at the club, but they asked for money, so I never even bothered to proceed to the police (station) to make a report,”

But the club condemned the incident and distanced themselves from any blame saying the incident took place outside the club. “Our security officers are responsible and have always handled any incident professionally, but if any of their staff are found to have colluded with the attackers, disciplinary measures will be taken against them,” said the customer care official at the club.

The event has apparently not dampened Kerr’s enthusiasm for roaming the streets of Nairobi has he spoke about walking from Kileleshawa to Camp Toyoyo while taking selfies with fans along the way.


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16 Sep 18

Gor Mahia, having already wrapped up their 17th league title, went down 0-1 to Thika United at Thika stadium on Sunday.
Additional reporting from futaa.com
Gor Mahia suffered their third consecutive loss in all competitions after being stunned by Thika United who eased their relegation woes with the win in a Kenyan Premier League (KPL) match staged at the Thika Sub County Stadium on Sunday 16th September.
Early exchanges

With Gor Mahia missing the services of players who were on their respective national team duties bar Francis Mustapha, Dylan Kerr set up an interesting line up with Francis Mustapha partnering with Humphrey Mieno in midfield and defender Joakim Olouch leading the attack line with Jacques Tuyisenge. Chances were few and far between with both sides limited to long range shots that seldom found the target.
Idah yellow

Wellington Ochieng came close in the 35th minute when his long cross from the right flank found the cross bar. Sosthenes Idah was shown a yellow card in the 42nd minute after bringing down Tuyisenge at the edge of the penalty area but Onguso blasted the resultant free kick wide over the bar. Both teams went into the half time break locked in a barren draw.
Second half

In the 52nd minute Kerr looked to his bench bringing on a double substitution with Joakim Olouch making way for Bernard Ondiek and former Chemelil Sugar midfielder Innocent Wafula replaced Samuel Onyango. Gabriel Njoroge also introduced the duo of James Kinyanjui and Richard Kang’ethe for Benson Iregi and Haji Mwachoki.

Thika United were finally rewarded for the their sustained pressure in the 62nd minute when Michael Odongo fired them into the lead after tapping in James Kinyanjui’s purried shot. Kerr exhausted his substitutions in the 73rd minute when he brought in Kevin Omondi in place of Boniface Omondi. Gor Mahia thought they had pulled level in the 82nd minute when Kevin Omondi’s free kick was punched onto the path of Mustapha, whose shot hit the upright before being gathered by the goalkeeper before crossing the line. Thika withered the late storm by Gor to secure three precious points.
 


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14 Sep 18


Coach Dylan Kerr has confirmed via his social media accounts that he did not say Muguna and Musa Mohamed would never play for Kogalo while he was coach.

Additional reporting from the Star
Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr has quashed claims that his former players Musa Mohammed and Kenneth Muguna are unwelcome returnees to the club.

The duo left Gor early this year in search of greener pastures to Albanian side, FK Tirana but failed to adapt to the Albanian league where Musa was the first casualty returning home six months after the switch before Muguna followed the five months later.

The exit of Musa at Gor has since turned to be a blessing for Joash Onyango who broke into the first team as his replacement and has soared to win the heart of Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne, who prefers to pair him alongside Musa at the heart of the defence.

On the other hand, former Tusker midfielder Humphrey Mieno easily filled Muguna’s shoes, thanks to his vast experience.

After struggling in Albania and eventually being rendered club-less, the two were heavily linked with a return to Gor but Musa opted for the Zambian league where he penned a contract with Nkana Red Devils but Muguna still remains club-less .

Recently Musa had been reported as unhappy in the Zambian league and was linked with a return to Gor alongside Muguna amid reports that Kerr had turned them down citing depth in his team.

However, the Briton has denied slamming the door on his former players and insists that they were welcome to rejoin his camp. He heavily criticised the author of the article which reported that there was no room for the two Kenyan internationals for being unprofessional.

He said: “I have never said there was no room for Musa and Muguna in my team. I have read it online where they have quoted me, saying that the two are surplus to requirement should they return which is incorrect. It is wrong and it taints my reputation to misquote me and I think it was malicious for the writer to act in such a way. The two can rejoin us if they are available. They did a good job for the short time I worked with them and although I have replaced them, I still believe they have something to offer to the team.”

Kerr further said the article had ignited rivalry with Musa as he no longer answers his calls. He also took issue with Muguna’s agent for demanding high sign on fee.

“Musa has seen the article and its unfortunate he doesn’t pick my calls. I wanted to apologise to him but it’s sad I can’t reach him, thanks to the rivalry created by the author. I am also unhappy with Muguna’s agent for demanding high sign on fee yet he was aware the club is facing financial struggles.”


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