Archives - October, 2018



31 Oct 18

Castro Ogendo, a student at Kenyatta University has been signed by Kogalo on a four year deal. Ogendo is 20 years old and is highly rated. However team manager Jolawi Obondo said that young Castro will have a tough time breaking into the first team immediately.

“Yes, we have signed Ogendo, from Kenyatta University, he is a talented young lad who we want to groom and see if he can be of help in the future. We are still committed to developing players who shall take over in the near future, and Castro is one of them.” said Obondo to goal.com

Gor Mahia were also pursuing Allan Wanga of Kakamega Homeboyz, Sony Sugar’s goalkeeper Kevin Omondi, striker Erick Ombija of Coast Stima.

Ivorian Ephrem Guikan who was among Kogalo’s leading scorers this season despite limited playing opportunuties, is said to be leaving the club. He is one of the players whom coach Kerr has identified as surplus to his needs. Yesterday Guikan posted a message on his social media pages thanking chairman Rachier and wishing him success in the future.

The report on goal.com suggests that Gor Mahia want to replace him with either Burundian Caleb Bimenyimana of Rayon Sports or Ugandan Irissa Ssekisumba.


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31 Oct 18

With finances tight at the club, Gor Mahia continued to pursue local targets as they seek to strengthen the side ahead of the 2018-2019 season. A report on goal.com states that Kogalo are pursuing Moses Mudavadi of Kakamega Homeboyz.

“He (Mudavadi) was here last week, watched training but did not take part. He has been around finalizing a few things and if all goes well he will be our player by the end of the week.” said an official to goal.com

The winger is vastly experienced, having played for Homeboyz since 2013.

Hassan Abdallah

A war of words ensued between Gor Mahia CEO Lodvick Aduda and his Bandari counterpart Edward Oduor after the former travelled to Mombasa last Friday to reportedly woe Abdallah to the record SPL champions.

“Bandari football club wish to state categorically that Abdallah Hassan like other players in the team has a binding contract with the club and is therefore not for sale. We have no intention of selling any player to Gor Mahia or other potential suitors since we are top contenders for the league title next season,” warned Oduor adding that K’Ogalo should emulate Bandari by grooming their own players instead of going on a poaching spree every transfer window.

In a quick rejoinder, Aduda has denied approaching Abdallah over a transfer to Gor Mahia.

“I clearly stated that I was travelling to Mombasa to sign a Coast Stima player whose identity I will only reveal after we are through with the deal. I don’t know where news of Hassan Abdallah came from,” said Aduda.
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His sentiments were backed by Abdallah who revealed that Sofapaka and Ulinzi Stars are some of the top clubs that have contacted him.

“Yes it is true that several clubs have approached me among them Sofapaka and Ulinzi but Gor Mahia is yet to approach me. Bandari fans should treat those reports as rumours,” offered Abdallah before pledging his allegiance to the Coastal outfit.


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31 Oct 18

Message from Cornel Rasanga, the governor of Siaya County

*20,000-SEATER CAPACITY SIAYA COUNTY STADIUM SIGNING CONTRACT*

*30th October 2018*

I today presided over the contract signing of the construction of a 20,000-seater capacity ultra-modern stadium at the Siaya County Headquarters.

The construction will seek to increase access for all Siaya citizens to modern sporting facilities required for quality sports talent development and exposure. The stadium will also provide international sports arena for major national and international events which will attract revenue and create direct and indirect employment opportunities for Siaya County residents. The stadium shall also lend itself to socio-cultural events, gatherings and conferences.

The contract has been awarded to JIANGSU PROVINCIAL CONSTRUCTION GROUP COMPANY LTD. The construction works will include the main block, external works, sports pitch, amphitheatre, toilets and sales points, electrical installations, mechanical installations and floodlights.

The construction work is projected to take a total of 44 weeks or 10 months from the day of the ground-breaking occasion which will be in about two weeks’ time. Addressing the contractor and members of the public at the contract signing ceremony at the County Headquarters earlier today, I directed that all non-technical jobs be done by the local community members at fair rates.I further directed his officers to closely monitor the construction process and ensure compliance with this directive.

“I encourage members of the public to fully participate in the construction process and frequently report to me the progress of the construction works because these are public funds that must be properly utilised with the vigilance of the members of the public”, I noted .

My Deputy Governor His Excellency Dr. James Okumbe, encouraged the local business owners including hardware owners, suppliers, sub-contractors, the hotelier industry and those in the business of small-time food services to take advantage of the business opportunities that this construction brings with it.

Present at the contract signing ceremony were all members of the Siaya County Executive Committee led by the County Secretary Mr. Anyona Dave, representative of the County Assembly Hon. Edwin Odhiambo of South Sakwa Ward, County Government Chief Officers, Directors staff and members of the public all who lauded the initiative and committed to support the Governor in his legacy initiatives in the coming years.


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29 Oct 18

Kenneth Muguna is back training with his former team-mates. And he is looking forward to picking up from where he left off at the end of the 2017 season.

“Finally It feels good to be back home. I got a warm welcome so I am just waiting for the job to begin,” Muguna told goal.com.

Muguna joined former Kogalo coach Ze Maria at KF Tirana along with Musa Mohamed. But their stints were unhappy. First Musa left due to a pay dispute. Then Muguna left in Mid 2018 as the club appeared not interested in signing him to a new deal.

“I have been training at Buruburu and maintained athlete discipline but being out of competitive football for over a month means I have to work hard to be in top form again. By the time the new season kicks-off I should be in my real self,” he said to Citizen Sports

And now coach Ze Maria has also been dismissed.

Muguna who was born in Kisumu, started his career are Western Stima. While there he earned KPL midfielder of the year honours, before joining Kogalo at the end of the 2016 season. He was a favorite of coach Ze Maria and found his way to the starting line-up of the national team.

However Muguna knows that he will have to convince the new coaching staff of his abilities.

“What I gave before I left for Tirana is a past tense, I have to work hard and write a new story at the club,” Muguna told Citizen Digital.

Muguna thinks his stint in Albania has made him a stronger person which will manifest itself in his performance on the pitch.

“I learnt a lot, the lessons go beyond my football life. That is a different set up by all standards, including culture and style of playing. Being away from home teaches you lessons that you cannot get locally with all due respect to local clubs. I hope the experiences make me a better person and player as I return home,”. he continued.

He noted that even in Albania which is one of the poorest countries in Europe, the structures are much better than in Kenya.

“It is not the players who are very different from ours here in Africa, it is the investment for the sport all round. For example, most clubs there have their own stadia and training grounds. They have hotels for their teams and proper kitting, some of the things that ease the aspect of playing and training,” he said.

When Kogalo last played Everton in Dar es Salaam, Muguna was one of the best players on the pitch and he is looking forward to once again putting his best foot forward against the EPL side.

“As a player, it is always a pleasure when you play against big teams and from big league. More so, this (Everton game) is a career building match, but we’ll just approach it like any other game without any fear.”


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26 Oct 18

Kipkurui with CEO Aduda

Gor Mahia signed two players as they prepare for the 2018-2019 season which starts in about 35 days. The two players are striker Nicholas Kipkurui from Zoo Kericho and Pascal Ogweno, a defender from Kariobangi Sharks.

Additional reporting from the Nation
Gor Chief Executive Officer Lodvick Aduda confirmed that Ogweno and Kipkirui, put pen-to-paper to three and four year deals respectively.

Aduda believes Kipkirui will be a good addition to the Gor Mahia striking force if the 13 goals he scored for Zoo during the just concluded season is anything to go by.

“We have just captured Kipkirui who we believe is a top striker and will be a great addition to our striking force. We wish him the best of luck as he joins a team of several other talented stars,” Aduda said.

Ogweno joins the champions on the Bosman rule after he was released by Sharks two months before his contract lapsed.

The duo joins Kenneth Muguna and Shafik Batambuze who already reported to training on Thursday.

K’Ogalo are reportedly in pursuit of Bandari winger Abdallah Hassan.

“I am flying to Mombasa to seal another deal with a top player whose name I cannot reveal now and should be able to make an official announcement by mid-day,” hinted Aduda.

He further added that technical bench has already identified players who will either be dropped or sent on loan but this would be made public at a later date.

Gor resumed training on Thursday ahead of their trip to the United Kingdom to play English Premier League outfit Everton on November 6.


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25 Oct 18

Coach Dylan Kerr, who is currently in the UK scouting Everton, is confident that his side can put on a good show. Speaking to UK journalists, Kerr was adamant that Kogalo can be competitive despite the gap in class.

“Everton are a different class and it is going to be very difficult against them,” he said. “But I think we can compete.

Kerr was however accepting of the fact that a win for Kogalo at Goodison is unlikely.

“Whether we can win, that’s a different story but what I know is that when we are at our best, we can give them a good match.

Kerr also spoke about his visit to Goodison and how he has spent his time scouting Everton players.

“It was brilliant to come [to Goodison on Sunday] and watch them play. I was on the pitch and it’s an immaculate ground.

“I looked at what to expect from them, the players to watch and I am certain we will be ready for them.”

The players meanwhile resumed training for the Everton clash under coach Zedekiah Otieno. If Gor Mahia are to come away with a respectable effort, much will depend on the defence led by Captain Harun Shakava, Karim, Joash, Wafula and others.

Shakava says the players look determined.
“The training has been good considering it is the first day, everyone is giving absolutely everything to be on the traveling party.” he said to goal.com

The match will be played on November 6 at the historic Goodison Park


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24 Oct 18

Club official Ronald Ngala told goal.com that the club is busy searching for a proven striker.

“Yes, it is true that we are in the market for a striker, we want to sharpen our attacking department and ensure that we get more goals in the coming season. We are going to take part in several competitions and will need a proven goal scorer to help us in attack.” he said.

Gor Mahia currently has three foreigners in the attack: Tuyisenge, Mustafa and the Ivorian Ephrem Guikan. Some rumours suggested that the club was pursuing Allan Wanga. Back in 2014, Gor Mahia did make Wanga an offer.

Ngala continued to say that some players might be released to pursue other opportunities.

“Definitely when we bring in players we will release some, but that does not mean we are selling them. We will find clubs for them to go on loan to ensure they get playing time,”

The duo of Innocent Wafula and Karim Nizigyimana are in the process of renewing their deals at Gor Mahia

“We have been in talks with Karim and Wafula but they haven’t signed their contracts yet. Once we are back everything will be completed. Their current contracts expire in January 2019 and so there’s nothing to worry about,” said CEO Omondi Aduda to futaa.com.

Karim missed most of last season with a torn achilles tendon. The speedy Wafula was very useful on the flanks when called upon. He can either play as a fullback or as a winger.

Newly signed Ugandan midfielder Shafiq Batambuze is looking forward to an opportunity to play for Kogalo.

“I’m glad to be part of the Gor Mahia family and I am ready to perform at my best, I want to take my career to another level through Gor,” Batambuze told Nation Sport.

Batambuze also spoke of his accomplishments in Tanzania

Tanzania has been good to me, I have been loved and supported and won individual awards. I took player of the month award and Mapinduzi Cup MVP (Most Valuable Player),” he added.


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22 Oct 18

Kerr at Goodison Park

Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr is in the UK on a scouting mission. He is there to scout Everton FC whom Gor Mahia will play in a friendly.

“They are very organized and disciplined, they work hard not to concede and patiently build up their goals unlike us who go all out from the word go aiming to score,” Kerr told Nation Sport

The trip has been funded by Sportpesa and Kerr was appreciative of the sponsors.

“It was good experience for me to watch them play thanks to SportPesa, that’s part of my job and they must be careful when we meet because we equally have a good team with players able to match them.” he said.

Gor Mahia are due to start training for the Everton match on Tuesday. Leading the training sessions will be  assistant coach Zedekiah Otieno and goalkeeper coach Willis Ochieng.

I’m confident with my technical bench, we will work on speed of play and agility when they are back in training, Zico knows how we do it, he knows the tempo I need so that is sorted,” said Kerr to the Nation.

Gor Mahia last met Everton in the hot and humid Dar es Salaam. This time they will face Everton in conditions that favour the Merseyside team.

“I just want my players to enjoy the experience of playing a team in the EPL, it’s going to be cold, wet and probably windy but it’s a dream and absolute pleasure playing here,” said Kerr.

When the two sides last met, Gor Mahia lost 2-1. Jacque Tuyisenge scored Gor Mahia’s goal with a well taken header. That Kogalo side was somewhat stronger than today’s side. But then again Gor Mahia players tend to rise to the occasion.

 

Kerr with Everton officials

On social media, Kerr compared facilities available at Everton and urged the Ministry of sports and FKF to wake up.


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19 Oct 18

Gor Mahia secretary general Ben Omondi claims that neither chairman Ambrose Rachier nor Coach Kerr, nor himself approved the recent transfer moves.

Additional reporting from goal.com

Ambrose Rachier was quoted lamenting that the unveiling of both Muguna and Batambuze were ‘done hurriedly against my will’. Gor Mahia Secretary General Ben Omondi has raised an alarm over the manner in which the club is conducting its business in the ongoing transfer window.

Gor Maha have so far signed midfielder Kenneth Muguna and Ugandan Shafik Batambuze on a three and two year deals respectively. But Omondi is now questioning the new transfer policy being carried out by the club CEO Lordvic Aduda.

Omondi says that the rest of the club’s exo-embers are on the dark in the new transfer deals. “I don’t know under whose authority the CEO is working because most of the executive committee members are unaware of the details of these transfers. We just read about them on the media.

“The said transfer deals have been done without due procedure because according to the constitution of the club, any deal is supposed to be signed in the presence of the Chairman, Secretary General, and the treasurer, not the CEO,” Omondi told Goal.

Gor Mahia are also reportedly interested in the signature of Sofapaka midfielder Dennis Odhiambo but according to Omondi, the transfer business is being conducted with the utmost secrecy, not even head coach Dylan Kerr has an idea on who is being brought in.

“The coach made it very clear that he is satisfied with the number of foreign players and the truth is we (Gor Mahia) don’t have the money to sign more players.

“The EC is supposed to meet to chat the away forward because we are in the dark. We don’t even know anything about the signing fee.” Omondi added.

Club chairman Ambrose Rachier was also quoted by a section of the media lamenting that the unveiling of both Muguna and Batambuze were ‘done hurriedly against my will’.


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19 Oct 18

The Kenya premier league released the list of nominees for the KPL awards. Over the past few years, Gor Mahia has had a nominee in almost every category. This year however, Gor Mahia is conspicuosuly missing from most of the categories. The most notable absentee is Francis Kahata whom many fans were sure would be nominated for midfielder of the year.

 

MVP of the Year

  1. Eric Kapaito Muugi – Kariobangi Sharks
  2. Michael Madoya Idovolo – Zoo FC
  3. Faruk Shikhalo – Bandari FC
  4. Cliff Nyakeya – Mathare United
  5. Felly Mulumba – Bandari

Golden Glove Award

  1. Faruk Shikalo – Bandari
  2. Patrick Matasi – Tusker FC
  3. Kelvin Omondi – Sony Sugar FC
  4. Mathias Kigonya – Sofapaka
  5. Ezekiel Owade – AFC Leopards

Defender of the Year

  1. Felly Mulumba – Bandari
  2. Titus Achesa – Posta Rangers
  3. Oliver Ruto = Ulinzi Stars
  4. Harun Shakava – Gor Mahia
  5. Joash Onyango – Gor Mahia

Midfielder of the Year

  1. Cliff Nyakeya – Mathare United
  2. Michael Madoya – Zoo FC
  3. Elvis Nandwa – Ulinzi Stars
  4. Marvin Nabwire – AFC Leopards
  5. Whyvonne Isuza – AFC Leopards

Fairplay Player of the Year

  1. Michael Madoya – Zoo FC
  2. Eric Kapaito – Kariobangi Sharks
  3. Felly Mulumba – Bandari FC
  4. Pistone Mutamba – Sofapaka
  5. Dennis Ombeva – Vihiga United

New Player of the Year

  1. Eric Kapaito – Kariobangi Sharks
  2. Pistone Mutamba – Sofapaka
  3. Amos Kigadi – Vihiga United
  4. Dennis Ombeva – Vihiga United
  5. Marvin Nabwire – AFC Leopards

Coach of the Year

  1. Dylan Kerr – Gor Mahia
  2. Bernard Mwalala – Bandari
  3. Robert Matano – Tusker FC
  4. Danstan Nyaudo – Ulinzi Stars
  5. John Baraza – Sofapaka

Team Manager of the Year

  1. Dick Francis Onywera – Kariobangi Sharks
  2. Vincent Okello – Mathare United
  3. Emmanuel Geno – Sony Sugar
  4. Christopher Ouma – Ulinzi Stars
  5. Lazarus Yogo – Zoo FC

Most Improved Center Referee

  1. Davies Omweno
  2. Raymond Onyango
  3. Badir Yasin
  4. Andrew Juma
  5. Israel Mpaima

Golden Boot Award

  1. Eric Kapaito – Kariobangi Sharks
  2. Elvis Rupia – Nzoia Sugar FC (Moved to Power Dynamos in Zambia)
  3. Jacques Tuyisenge – Gor Mahia

Most Improved Assistant Referee

  1. Gilbert Cheruiyot
  2. Maryann Njoroge
  3. Tony Kidiya
  4. Stephen Yiembe
  5. Oliver Odhiambo

Fairplay Club of the Year

  1. Gor Mahia
  2. Sofapaka FC
  3. Kariobangi Sharks

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