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20 Jan 19

Gor Mahia held New Star de Douala of Cameroon to a scoreless draw in the CAF Confederations cup playoff second leg. Given that Kogalo won the first leg 2-1, they have now qualified for the group stages for the second time in a row.

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Goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch was the hero as Gor Mahia held New Star to a barren draw to progress to the group stages of the Caf Confederation Cup.

Oluoch pulled fantastic saves especially in the second half to save the day for the Kenyan side and help the team qualify on a 2-1 aggregate win.

The East African side came into the match aware of the position they were in, and they needed a draw of any kind to eliminate the Cameroonian side that needed a 1-0 win to qualify to the group stages for the first time in history.

Both sides started the game cautiously, each avoiding going behind and putting the team in a dangerous position. In the early exchanges, it was Arko Benjamin and Nelson Morkeu, who had good chances to get the ball into the back of the net, but they failed to capitalize on it.

K’Ogalo tried to make it simple in the midfield, denying the hosts possession and opportunity to get that early goal which could have changed everything. Even in that situation, Jacques Tuyisenge, Bernard Omondi and Francis Mustafa had chances to trouble the hosts, but they were just not sure of what to do with the ball.

It opened up a little after the break and the first real chance fell to the hosts in the 49th minute. A perfect pass fell to Aristide Medjo, but with all the time in the world and just the goalkeeper to beat, he sent his effort wide.

Moments later, a half a chance fell to Boniface Omondi who cut inside, but his effort flew wide. Oluoch was called into action again on the 55th minute, this time round saving a Chamo Wanga’s deflected shot.

The hosts attacked when they had a chance to, as Gor Mahia defended with numbers to protect their slim 2-1 lead. The East African side had their custodian to thank for the numerous saves he made throughout the second half to ensure that the ball did not hit the back of the net.

It was a sigh of relief after the referee blew the final whistle to ensure that the Hassan Oktay led side reached the stage for the second season in a row.


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19 Jan 19

Kahata and Mbish get on the Limbe ground. Image courtesy of Bonface Osano

Gor Mahia players reached Limbe safely. It was an 80km road trip from Douala. The team has already had their first training session. The match will be played at the 20,000 seat Limbe stadium.

“We’ve not had any problem so far in terms of reception,” stand-in captain Philemon Otieno told Nation Sport on Saturday from their base in Limbe. “The weather is unpredictable here because it’s has been raining since we arrived,” the utility player added.

Togolese referee Kokou Ntale will be at the centre assisted by compatriots Limna Kabassima and Adam Biyao in the 5pm kick-off

Coach Oktay thinks that all things being equal, his side will emerge triumphant.

“In Nigeria, we were frustrated by poor officiating hence losing easily but in Cameroon, we shall win, we shall play the same way we’ve been doing,”  said Oktay to the Nation.

New Star club owner Domkeu Faustin is confident that his side will emerge victorious.

“We are going for a win and nothing short of that. We saw a great team in Nairobi and our output showed that we can unlock them here,” club president and business magnate he said to the CAF website.

Gor Mahia squad to Cameroon; 1. Peter Odhiambo 2. Boniface Oluoch 3. Charles Momanyi 4. Joakim Oluoch 5. Shafik Batambuze 6. Philemon Otieno 7. George Ochieng 8. W. Ochieng 9. Ernest Wendo 10. Francis Kahata 11. Lawrence Juma 12. Samuel Onyango 13. Bernard Omondi 14. George Odhiambo 15. Cacidy Okeyo 16. Francis Mustafa 17. Jacques Tuyisenge and 18. Erisa Ssekisambu.


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19 Jan 19

Kenneth Muguna, who refused to sit on the bench in the midweek match against Mount Kenya United, explained to goal.com why he is frustrated.

In an emotional interview with Goal, the talented midfielder has openly explained what made him react angrily on Wednesday

Gor Mahia star Kenneth Muguna says he feels disrespected at the club.

The former Kenyan Premier League (MVP), was not amused by the decision to be left out of the starting team following the influence from a none coaching individual.

In an emotional but exclusive interview with Goal, the talented midfielder has openly explained what made him react angrily on Wednesday in the 4-1 win against Mount Kenya United.

“Gor Mahia is a professional club and competition is high. I do not mind sitting on the bench if the players in the same position are doing better than me and as a matter of fact, I have been benched before and I never complained.

“But it becomes an issue when someone, actually a player, influences the coach against playing me.

“It is not right, someone feels special and thinks he can dictate how things can run. It makes me feel disrespected and that is why I reacted that way. Let me sit on the bench because I am not performing but not because a certain ‘special’ player feels I should sit. That is the plain truth and I am not scared telling it.”

This comes a few hours after striker Ephrem Guikan apologized to the club fans after storming out of the same match.

Kerr: Muguna was signed behind my back

Former Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr says Kenneth Muguna was signed without his consent.

“I was not approached when the club wanted to re-sign Kenneth Muguna. He was not in my plans and the transfer happened behind my back. Not only Muguna, but a number of the new signings came without my blessings. ” he said to goal.com

Kerr went on to assail the lack of professionalism at the club.

“So many things were happening behind my back but that is gone now,” added the Briton coach, he concluded.


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18 Jan 19

Gor Mahia will leave for Limbe, Cameroon on Friday for the Confederation of African Football (Caf) Confederation Cup playoff second led against New Stars de Douala of Cameroon.

They leave at 8.05am, before connecting to the coastal town of Limbe. The match is set for Omnisports stadium in Limbe on Sunday at 5pm.

They will be defending a slim 2-1 lead and are further disadvantaged by having conceded an away goal.

“In West Africa anything can happen. We had a meeting with my players and I think mentally and physically we are strong enough,” said coach Oktay to the Nation

They will be missing Harun Shakava and Joash Onyango who were suspended by CAF as well as Humphrey Mieno who has joined St George of Ethiopia. Also doubtful is Kenneth Muguna who walked out of the team on Wednesday when he found out that he was not in the starting line-up.

And with Oliech Guikan and Kipkirui also ineligible, Gor Mahia will rely on Tuyisenge, Mustafa and Sekisambu for goals.

Oktay blames Poor pre-season and instability


Hassan Oktay says lack of proper pre-season preparations is costing the club in terms of performance. According to Oktay, the club was rudderless once the 2018 season ended.

‘’The kind of training they had last season did not help the players. It didn’t help them develop or add anything for the new season,’’ Oktay said to Citizen Sports.

In addition, there is lack of stability in the playing unit. Gor Mahia players are always linked to other African teams. Francis Kahata, Jacque Tuyisenge, Wellington Ochieng, Humphrey Mieno among others have all been linked with moves abroad.



Oktay unhappy with Guikan

Coach Hassan Oktay unhapphy with Guikan

Additional reporting from the Nation

Gor Mahia coach Hassan Oktay is unhappy with Ivorian striker Ephrem Guikan’s attitude in their 4-1 triumph over Mount Kenya United at Kasarani stadium on Wednesday.

Oktay pulled off the misfiring Guikan for the legendary Dennis Oliech after 42 minutes, a change that left the Ivorian furiously charging back to the dressing room as fans jeered at him. This is the second time this season the 24-year-old forward is pulling this stunt following his substitution.

“It’s the first time I am seeing this from Guikan but I can manage, this is not a problem for me, I will need to talk to him,” the Turkish-Cypriot trainer said.

“He needs to work hard and he knows that,” Oktay said. “One of my philosophy I try to give this football team is that they need to work hard to achieve something.”

Guikan, who had quit the Kenyan champions in November before making a U-turn following the resignation of coach Dylan Kerr, took to his Facebook page to apologize.

“I come with this message, excuse me for my behavior tonight during the match. I admit to having bad reactions. I apologize to all the fans of Gor Mahia to all the team and to the coaching staff, I am really sorry (sic),” he posted.

Guikan had fallen out with Kerr hence the decision to not renew his contract at Gor Mahia late last year.


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16 Jan 19

Gor Mahia destroyed Mount Kenya United 4-1 in a midweek KPL match on Wednesday. Erisa Sekisambu struck three times. It was the first hatrick of the league this season. Dennis Oliech added to his tally.

Additional Reporting from the Nation

Ugandan import Erisa Ssekisambu struck a hat-trick while Dennis Oliech added another one from the spot as champions Gor Mahia eases past 10-man Mount Kenya United 4-1 in a SportPesa Premier League (SPL) at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani on Wednesday.

Former Gor midfielder Moses “Dube” Odhiambo came off the bench to grab a consolation for the visitors who were reduced to 10 men after defender Frank Balabala was sent off on 63 minutes.

A minute of silence was observed before kick off in honour of Tuesday’s Riverside terror attack victims among them football enthusiast James Oduor Radido alias Cobra.

Cobra was an ardent Gor Mahia and local football fan. He was at Kasarani on Sunday when the Kenyan champions laboured to beat New Stars de Doula of Cameroon in the first leg of their Caf Confederation Cup play off.

Mount Kenya remain bottom of the log on two points, 12 below Gor after eight games though the champions have a game in hand.

Ssekisambu netted the opener three minutes after referee Hoses Omondi got the encounter underway by tapping home George “Blackberry” Odhiambo cross.

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Oliech converted a 58th minute penalty after Francis Mustafa hacked down in the box by Kelvin Thairu. Mount Kenya protested the penalty brewing a scuffle that led to Balabala’s red card.

Moses Odhiambo, who replaced John “Softie” Ndirangu in the 55th minute, capitalised on a miscued clearance from Shaffik Batambuze to reduce the deficit before Ssekisambu added his second and Gor’s third on 77 minutes after slotting home Batambuze’s left foot inswinger.

Odhiambo could have claimed a brace but his 89th minute penalty hit the crossbar before Gor cleared their lines.

Ssekisambu then completed his hat-trick after he was teed up by Oliech at the death.

Mount Kenya caused Gor problems early on with Samuel Ndung’u’s precise cross from the left flank going unanswered.

On 38 minutes, Francis Mustafa’s glancing header missed the target after connecting to a Shaffik Batambuze cross.

Ivorian striker Ephrem Guikan had his shot from inside the box miss the target five minutes earlier much to the chagrin of a few fans that had turned up for the midweek clash.

Mount Kenya fluffed a glorious chance to pull level on 39 minutes. Paul Odhiambo charged down the right flank to deliver a cross that fell into Ndung’u’s waiting legs but the former Mathare United man volleyed wide six yards out.

On 41 minutes, the dangerous Ndung’u dribbled past Wellington Ochieng’ to weigh in a long ball from a tight angle but Gor custodian Peter Odhiambo did well to parry it out for a fruitless corner.

Gor coach Hassan Oktay pulled off the misfiring Guikan for the legendary Oliech on 42 minutes, a change that left the Ivorian furiously charging back to the dressing room as fans jeered him off.


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16 Jan 19

Gor Mahia resume their 2018-2019 KPL campaign at Kasarani on Wednesday. They take on Mount Kenya FC. Its an opportunity for Gor Mahia to move further up the standings and close the distance between them and league leaders Mathare United.

Gor Mahia will be without the towering Humphrey Mieno who has joined Ethiopian side St Georges. He joins Patrick Matasi who joined St Georges earlier this year.

In addition, coach Oktay says that injuries will only compound matters.

“It is not easy playing every other day. Fatigue and injuries are cropping in but we have to keep working,” he said.

Dennis Oliech caused a sensation when he scored his first goal last week. He will likely be in the starting line-up again. An attacking combination featuring the in-form Tuyisenge with Oliech could be one to watch.

Harun Shakava will likely return to the starting line-up after missing the continental encounter due to suspension.

“We are playing a team that has not won this season therefore we expect a tough match this afternoon. Players are motivated and ready to be given another chance to show what they’ve. We want three points at all cost,” said Shakava to the Nation

Former Gor Mahia ace Moses Odhiambo who now plays for Mount Kenya is says his side will not be intimidated.

“It’s a match like any other, there’s no special training for it,” said the player popularly known as ‘Dube”.

On paper it should be an easy match. Mount Kenya are at the bottom of the table with 2 points from 7 matches.

Mount Kenya united was formed by businessman Francis Mureithi after he purchased the rights to Nakumatt FC and renamed the club.

Gor Mahia face CAF disciplinary action

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K’Ogalo have now been fined Sh1m by the Caf Disciplinary Board after some of their key players were involved in indiscipline acts

Gor Mahia have been dealt a big blow after Caf issued sanctions on Tuesday.

The Kenyan champions have been fined Sh1milion by Caf with key players Harun Shakava and Joash Onyango – set to miss the next two Caf matches for alleged indiscipline behaviour during their match against Lobi Stars in Nigeria.

Captain Harun Shakava was involved in a brawl with the opponents’ custodian, with his partner Joash Onyango also reportedly abusing the referee. As a result, the two have been suspended for two more Caf matches.

When reached for comment, club’s deputy secretary General Ronald Ngala says they had anticipated for that and it should act as a lesson to the players. “After they missed last weekend, we anticipated for a tougher action and had been prepared for that.
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“However, the fine is too much for the club, we will not appeal the decision by Caf though. It is a wake-up call for our players, they should also learn to behave better in these matches next time,” Ngala told Goal.com.

This means both Shakava and Onyango will not be in the team to face New Star of Cameroon in the return leg of the Caf Confederation Cup on Sunday.

K’Ogalo are carrying a 2-1 advantage going into the fixture and will reach the group stages of the competition for the second season in a row, if they manage a win or a draw of any kind.


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15 Jan 19

 

Gor Mahia coach Hassan Oktay has sought to allay the fears of fans who were less than happy with the performance on Sunday

Additional reporting from the Nation

“Keep cam, we shall qualify.”

This is Gor Mahia coach Hassan Oktay message to nervous K’Ogalo fans ahead of their Caf Confederation Cup playoff reverse fixture against Cameroon’s New Stars de Douala at Omnisports Stadium in Limbe, Cameroon next Sunday.

The Kenyan champions carry a slim and tricky 2-1 lead they registered in the first leg tie played at Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani on Sunday afternoon. They need to avoid a defeat or force a scoring draw to book a slot in the group stage whose participants pocket Sh27 million.

A section of home supporters booed the Turkish-Cypriot’s tactical substitutions minutes after the Cameroonians had cancelled Gor Mahia’s early lead. The 42-year-old tactician withdrew speedy winger Boniface Omondi, who had been a constant threat, for Samuel Onyango on 76 minutes, before pulling out a jaded Francis Mustafa for Erisa Ssekisambu and finally brought in George “Blackberry” Odhiambo for Francis Kahata.

The changes infuriated the fans who openly booed the coach and carried on the chatter on various social media platforms questioning his tactical cognizance.

“Its good pressure from fans but sometimes you know we’ve to control what we see,” Oktay defended his changes.
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“We won, it’s a good feeling, we shall fix the defence because we conceded from the set piece again.”

Oktay was impressed by Charles Momanyi and Joachim Oluoch’s rare partnership at the back in the absence of regulars Harun Shakava and Joash Onyango.

The latter two are serving suspension from the Confederation of African Football (Caf) pending their case at the Caf Disciplinary board.

“I tell you what, we shall qualify. I believe we are good enough and strong to win it. No one should worry, we shall go there and dominate the game as well, this team (New Stars) plays well away than at home,” he assured.

Rwandese forward Jacques Tuyisenge, who grabbed the winner with three minutes left, has echoed the coach’s remarks urging fans to support them.

“We must reach the group stage,” said the 27-year-old. “They scored an away goal which gives them confidence but we shall dismantle their plans by scoring early to put them under more pressure.”

K’Ogalo, who host Mount Kenya United in a rescheduled league match on Wednesday at Kasarani stadium, plan to jet off to the West African nation on Friday.


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13 Jan 19

Lawrence Juma celebrates

Gor Mahia beat New Star de Douala 2-1 at the Kasarani stadium on Sunday. The goals came from Lawrence Juma and Jacque Tuyisenge.

Gor Mahia will now be hard pressed to keep their lead when they play the return leg in Cameroun next week.

Additional reporting from the Nation

Gor Mahia edged New Stars de Douala of Cameroon 2-1 in the first leg of the Caf Confederation Cup play-off at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani on Sunday.

Jacques Tuyisenge secured the win for the Kenyan champions with three minutes left after Lawrence Juma’s 41st minute opener was cancelled out in the second half by Benjamin Bechem on 72 minutes.

The hosts took control early on and almost took the lead a minute into the match but Patrick Kibyen reacted fast to collect Philemon Otieno’s right foot in-swinger

In the sixth minute, Boniface Omondi could have opened the scoring but he failed to tap home Francis Kahata’s weighted pass from the right as Gor dominated proceedings.

Francis Mustafa was denied by the upright on the ninth minute after he had been teed up wonderfully by Boniface Omondi from the left flank.

The diminutive winger had done well to nutmeg his marker before floating in a cross that the Burundian controlled on his chest before his shot crashed on the upright.

New Stars, donning blue shirts, contrived to sit back and catch their opponents on the counter.

On 12 minutes, Nelson Moukeu fouled Philemon outside the 18-yard box but Kahata’s casually taken free kick came off the wall.

Omondi, a constant menace with his mazy runs on the flanks, fluffed another scoring opportunity on 29 minutes after being fed by Kahata. He lost his footing before New Stars defence cleared their lines.

Gildas Njoh had the first real chance for the visitors on 31 minutes with a dipping cross from range that troubled Boniface Oluoch in Gor Mahia goal before sailing over the bar.

On 35 minutes, Ayamo Soglongbe was brought down by Philemon Otieno 18 yards out as the visitors gained momentum but Nelson Moukeu curved the resultant free kick off the target.

Four minutes to the half time break, Juma gave hundreds of Gor fans that had turned up at the 60,000-seater something to smile about.

Juma took Shafik Batambuze’s deep pass from the left flank in his stride before lifting the ball over his marker into an empty net after Kibyen had dramatically left his line protesting his water bottle had been picked from the post by a steward.

New Stars defender Orian Jores was the first to go into Tunisian referee Guirat Haythem’s book on 67 minutes after bringing down a full-flight Mustafa just outside the box on the left flank.

Mustafa missed another glorious opportunity on 71 minutes when he was found by Omondi inside the box but went down softly calling for a penalty.

He was punished on the other end by Bechem, who rested Roland Lane on 59 minutes, who rose high to connect to Bernard Ngangue’s corner with a bullet header that gave Oluoch no chance.

In a bid to boost his attack, Gor coach Hassan Oktay sent the duo of Samuel Onyango and Erisa Ssekisambu into the fray at the expense of Boniface Omondi and Francis Mustafa on 76 and 77 minutes respectively.

It was Batambuze who provided his second assist on the day finding Tuyisenge with a sumptuous cross from the left wing that the Rwandese nodded home unmarked.

K’Ogalo need a draw of any kind in the reverse tie in Limbe next Sunday to progress to the group stage of this competition.


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12 Jan 19

Former Gor Mahia utility man Innocent Wafula has written to Kogalo fans to thank them for the support he received while at the club.

” While it may not have worked out long term I’m very blessed to have played at Gor mahia fc .I made many great friends and became as close as family with most thank you for that.

Thank you for applauding my effort and passion for the game of football. Thank you for acknowledging my love for the green army it has been a pleasure to have called Home my workplace.

As we part ways know that the memories will be carried with me for the rest. Reaching out to say that I won’t forget where I’m from and you’ll always see me playing the game I love with passion and heart.

Knowing and appreciating the fact I had the pleasure of creating heartfelt memories with so many people the past 4years. Thank you again for your heart, thank you for the motivation and excitement.God bless Gor mahia football club.” – Innocent Wafula

His message is a stark contrast to Wafula’s behavior which has at times been perplexing as he has often dissappeared from the club without trace. He steadfastly refused to get a passport for international travel. And his true nationality remains a mystery.

Wafula’s contract expired in the first week of January. CEO Omondi Aduda declined to renew his contract saying Wafula had dissappeared to Busia and he (Aduda) did not have time to go chase him in Busia.

Wafula has joined top Ugandan side Vipers.


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11 Jan 19

Gor Mahia skipper Harun Shakava and dependable stopper Joash Onyango have both been suspended by CAF for incidents that happened in Enugu against Lobi stars.

Additional reporting from the Nation

Kenyan champions Gor Mahia will line-up for their Caf Confederation Cup playoff first leg clash against New Stars de Douala of Cameroon on Sunday at Kasarani without their two dependable central defenders.

Joash Onyango and captain Haron Shakava – who have started in all Gor’s continental matches this term – were found guilty of misconduct during their Caf Champions League first round reverse tie away to Lobi Stars of Nigeria at Nnamdi Azikiwe stadium in Enugu last month.

According to a letter addressed to Gor Mahia through the Football Kenya Federation (FKF), the duo’s case will be heard on Sunday by the continental body’s disciplinary board.

Further, six Gor players namely Samuel Onyango, Humphrey Mieno, Francis Mustafa, Jacques Tuyisenge, Shakava and Onyango were cautioned due to various disciplinary issues.

“Reports indicate that player no. 12 Joash Onyango came towards the referee at the end of the match and insulted him with abusive language,” read part of the letter posted on Gor official portal on Thursday.

“Furthermore, the goalkeeper of Lobi Stars, John Lawrence (16) slapped player no. 18 Haron Shakava of Gor Mahia who then went to kick back the goalkeeper. The referee was about to show them red cards yet the referees were evacuated by the police due to the pitch invasion.”

The development leaves coach Hassan Oktay with three options in central defence. Joakim Oluoch, Pascal Ogweno and Charles Momanyi.

The Cameroon side is expected in the country on Friday at 10pm.


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