Gor Mahia blanks SoNy Sugar 2-0

A double from Jacque Tuyisenge put Gor Mahia’s 2018-2019 aspirations back on track.

Additional reporting from the Nation

Gor Mahia bounced back from a disappointing week with a deserved 2-0 win over Sony Sugar in a midweek SportPea Premier League match at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on Wednesday.

Rwandan striker Jacques Tuyisenge struck a goal in each half to guide Hassan Oktay’s charges to the win.

But it was the sugar millers who looked hungrier for early goals when they took the game to Gor’s half.

Barely two minutes into the game, the visitors had already won themselves a corner but Daniel Otieno’s effort went begging.

Moments later, Tobias Otieno had his first direct attempt in front of the goal just outside the box but his shot sailed over the cross bar.

Gor’s speedy striker Nicholas Kipkirui raced with the ball on the right wing in the sixth minute, evaded a tackle from his marker, dribble into the box but his powerful shot was only good for the side netting.

Gor took the lead on 11 minutes after Tuiyisenge fired home from a Sammy Onyango cross.

Kenneth Muguna should have doubled their advantage on 21 minutes but his rasping shot from the edge of the box was stopped by Sony custodian Kevin Omondi.

Sony head coach Patrick Odhiambo brought in Ronald Otieno and rested Ambrose Ayoyi before the break.

There was drama during the half time break after centre referee George Mwai was accosted by Gor team manager Jolawi Obondo, who blocked his way as he walked to dressing room accusing him of denying Gor a goal after Sammy Onyango’s corner kick was deflected by a Sony defender into his own net.

The security officers at the venue moved in quickly and cooled the tempers. Tuyisenge would then complete his brace 20 minutes from time with a thumping header from Boniface Omindi’s superb cross.

Omondi put in a man-of-the-match performance in this tie.\

OLIECH JOINS THE FRAY

Oktay introduced Francis Kahata, Dennis Oliech and Benard Ondiek for Sammy Onyango, Tuyisenge and Lawrence Juma late on.

“This game we played for 60 minutes only as we had a lot of sideshows outside and inside the pitch. My boys were intimidated and the referee failed to protect them. The officiating was also poor,” said Sony coach Odhiambo.

Oktay said he was happy with the result after a terrible week.

“We created many chances and failed to convert them last week but against Sony we made sure the few chances we created we made good use of them,” said coach Oktay.

Aduda: Oktay is going nowhere

Oktay watching pensively on Sunday. Image coortesy of Evans Crystal

Gor Mahia CEO has dismissed calls by fans to fire coach Hassan Oktay. The calls have been building but reached a crescendo on Sunday when Gor Mahia lost to KCB.

“Now that the team lost to KCB does not mean that we go ahead and sack the coach. We are not going to sack the coach just because the fans are demanding for the same.” Aduda told goal.com

Aduda reminded fans that Oktay helped the club reach the group stage.

“We have just started the season and remember, last year we lost five matches and still went on to win the league. The same coach has helped the team qualify for the group stages of the Caf competition and that is not a mean achievement.” he concluded.

The match against SoNy Sugar on Wednesday will be one that will test the mettle of Oktay. Another bad result could bury Gor Mahias title hopes and end Oktay’s career at Kogalo.

Guikan moving to Zambia

Gor Mahia’s Ivorian attacker Ephrem Guikan is set to leave the club, likely for a Zambian side.

“Yes it’s true Guikan has left Gor and is closing in on a transfer here,” a source from the Zambia said to the Nation.

Guikan has never settled at Gor Mahia. Coach Kerr never preferred him and he got limited playing time. He almost left the club in November. That was until coach Kerr announced that he was leaving..

He recently fell out with coach Oktay as well after he was subbed within 10 minutes during the match against Mount Kenya United. As a result he was onmitted from the squad that went to Tanzania for the Super cup. Ambrose Rachier confirmed Guikan’s departure.

“Guikan has written to us requesting to be released saying he is interested in joining another club. We are in talks and will release him and that’s why we have left his name out of Caf list,’’said Rachier.

Trio registered for CAF Cup group stage


Gor Mahia have strengthened their CAF- Confederations squad adding in new signing Dennis Oliech, Nicholas Kipkirui and defender Geoffrey Ochieng.

The trio will be needed to be in top form as Gor Mahia face a stern test against Zamalek of Egypt and NA Hussein Dey of Algeria.

Oliech is easily the most experienced player in the competition, having played in the European Champions League against the likes of Real Madrid.

Gor Mahia lose to KCB 1-0

Gor Mahia lost their Kenya Premier League match against KCB on Sunday by a score of 1-0. The match was disrupted by a section of fans who were unhappy with the officiating.

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Kenya Commercial Bank edged champions Gor Mahia 1-0 in a hot tempered SportPesa Premier League clash at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Sunday. 

Kennedy Owino capitalised on Gor’s defensive lapse to open the score on 22nd minute. The Bankers had threatened in the 18th minute through Ezekiel odera whose header from a Bolton Omwenga left footed cross went wide. 

The game was temporarily stopped on 89 minutes after a section of angry fans started hurling objects on the field of play in protest of a throw in awarded in KCB favour. 

Harun Shakava was forced to head out a teasing Dennis Ng’ang’a free kick from the right flank after Joash Onyango fouled Odera thus opening referee Raymond Omondi’s book with a yellow card. 

Philemon Otieno switched flanks to find Francis Kahata whose weighted cross on was headed out by an unmarked Francis Mustafa from close range much to a Gor fans’ chagrin. 

Two minutes later KCB went ahead through Owino who left Onyango on the floor before sending in a low shot to the far post with Boniface Oluoch left hapless. 

The Bankers toyed with Gor backline forcing coach Hassan Oktay to an early substitution. The Turkish Cypriot pulled out Joachim Oluoch, who had started in the right back position, for Ugandan Erisa Ssekisambu as Philemon Otieno moved back to his accustomed right back position. Mustafa replaced Otieno in central midfield with Ssekisambu joining attack. 

Ssekisambu’s speed caused jitters in KCB defence as Gor launched a series of attacks in the final quarter before the break. KCB captain Mike Kibwage cleared off the line Boniface Omondi attempt on 34 minutes after KCB custodian Zamu Adisa had been beaten.

Four minutes after resumption, Jacques Tuyisenge unleashed a right footed shot but Adisa parried out for a fruitless corner. Adisa gathered Kahata’s curled in free kick from the right flank after Dennis Ng’ang’a had brought down Tuyisenge on 63rd minute. 

Benson Amianda, who rested Odera on 57 minutes, thought to have doubled the lead on 72 minutes but his ferocious right footed stunner was rightfully called for offside by second assistant referee Oliver Odhiambo. Amianda had been put through on goal by Estone Esiye who had broken on a counter. 

With four minutes to the final whistle, KCB coach Frank Ouna introduced Collins Wendo for Esiye as the Bankers resorted to sitting at the back with Gor launching fruitless raids.

Gor Mahia to play KCB

Samuel Onyango and Erisa Sekisambu in action against Mbao FC

After the dissapointment of losing to minnows, Mbao FC, Gor Mahia return to local action this weekend. On Sunday they take on newly promoted KCB according to an announcement from KPL.

Gor Mahia are currently in 7th position, six points adrift of league leaders Mathare United. As such they cannot afford to slip up. KCB for their part are  in 16th place and will be eager to grab three points to move out of the the relegation zone.

Coach Oktay will be eager to notch a convincing win in order to calm down critics who are starting to lose faith in him.

Tuyisenge rubbishes transfer reports

Rwandese striker Jacque Tuyisenge has denied reports that he is set to move to Congolese side AS Vita, popularly known as Mokonzi ya Terrain.

“I have no idea where the rumours are originating from, but it is not true. I have a contract with Gor Mahia and I intend to honour it.” he said to goal.com

There have been numerous reports linking Tuyisenge to Vita over the past two months including statements attributed to his agent.

Gor Mahia out of Sportpesa Supercup

Gor Mahia have been eliminated from the 2019 Sportpesa Supercup. This after they fell to unfancied Mbao FC 4-3 on post match penalties. The match had ended 1-1 in regulation.

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Gor Mahia were on Wednesday dumped out of SportPesa Cup 4-3 on post-match penalties by little-known Mbao FC at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam.

After a one-all stalemate in regular, Gor captain Harun Shakava had his penalty saved by promising Mbao custodian Metacha Mnata as fellow defender Shaffiq Batambuze saw his effort come off the bar, while substitutes Francis Kahata, Jacques Tuyisenge and Boniface Omondi scored for the losers.

Mbao scored their spot-kicks through Said Hamis, Ngalema, Ibrahim Hashimu and David Mwasa whilst Gor goalie saved Harim Abdulkarim’s penalty. Veteran Kenyan striker Dennis Oliech gave Gor Mahia the lead from the spot after Erisa Ssekisambu’s goal-bound shot was handled inside the area midway through the second half before Aboubacker Ngalema drew Mbao level.

“I know Gor Mahia very well,” Mbao coach Ally Bushiri, an ex-Tanzania international explained after the game. Related Content •Simba claw Leopards to reach SportPesa Cup semis “I emphasised to my players on the need to keep the tactical discipline and awareness. When the score was still 0-0 at the break, I knew we had a chance.” After consistently probing Mbao’s backline in the opening half, Oliech’s goal eventually came from the penalty spot, with the 31-year-old forward sending goalkeeper Mnata the wrong way from 12 yards.

This spot kick was awarded after Mbao defender David Miwasa handled Ssekisambu’s shot in the box. Ngalema’s goal meanwhile came after a well worked move by Mbao from the corner kick.

The highlight of the opening half was when assistant referee Gustav Banguma seemed to wrongly disallow a legitimate Ssekisambu goal after 18-minutes. The Ugandan forward had reacted quickest to tap home from point blank after a fierce Dennis Oliech header had been parried back to play by Mnata. Two minutes later, a visibly irritated Gor Mahia coach Hassan Oktay was sent off from the dugout by match referee Erick Maniakiza after an altercation with the fourth official.

Zedekiah Otieno immediately stepped up to take charge of the Kenyan champions for the remainder of the match. By that time, Gor should have been atleast two goals ahead, against a technically average side whose owners specialise in producing furniture.

First, Lawrence Juma created space for himself inside the box five minutes after the opening whistle but then had his right-footed shot flash narrowly wide of the goal with Mnata well beaten. Moments later, Gervas Rambo shot over the bar for the hosts before Dennis Oliech had a shot acrobatically saved by Mnata.

Rachier: Gor Mahia needs Ksh 35m for CAF Fixtures

Unlike last season when Gor Mahia went to Tanzania and Rwanda, this time Gor Mahia have to travel to extreme ends of the continent, flying to North Africa twice and to Angola once. The cost of travel is exhorbitant and club chairman Ambrose Rachier is once again appealing to the government for assistance.

Additional reporting from the Nation

Gor Mahia need Sh35 million to honour their upcoming Caf Confederation Cup group stage matches. And the 17-time Kenyan champions have already sent a distress call to the government to bail them out ahead of their opening match next month.

K’Ogalo were pooled in a tough group “D” that has five-time African champions Zamalek of Egypt, Petro Atletico (Angola) and Hussein Dey of Algeria in Monday’s draw conducted by Cameroon legend Patrick Mboma in Cairo, Egypt.

Despite celebrating reaching the group stages of this competition for the second successive time, the painful reality has dawned on the club management ahead of their opening game against Zamalek on February 3 in Nairobi.

The top two teams in each group will advance to the quarterfinals, whose draw is slated for March 20 in Cairo, Egypt. Quarter-finalists will bag Sh35 million and semi-finalists Sh45 million, while the winners pocket Sh125 million and runners up Sh63 million. Related Content

Gor, who edged out New Stars de Douala of Cameroon 2-1 on aggregate in the previous round, are already sure of receiving Sh27 million for reaching this stage.

However, club chairman Ambrose Rachier says the annual Sh66 million sponsorship from gaming firm SportPesa is insufficient for this campaign. The amount is channelled towards the Sh5.5 million monthly wage bill of the record champions. “First, I would like to thank the government for paying our tickets to Cameroon to honour the New Stars game,” Rachier said. “I humbly appeal to them to cater for accommodation and transport in upcoming trips since we are struggling financially,” the veteran lawyer added.

According to Rachier, an away trip costs about Sh8 million in flight tickets and accommodation. “We are discussing on a motivational scheme for the playing unit for a smooth show this time round,” he concluded. His sentiments were echoed by Deputy Secretary General Ronald Ngala, who said they target to reach the semi-finals having missed by a whisker last season, after finishing third in group “D” on five points, three behind Algerian outfit USM Alger and Rayon Sports of Rwanda, who progressed to the quarterfinals.

Defender Philemon Otieno says they are prepared to make amends despite tough away fixtures in Northern and Southern Africa. “One thing we’ve learnt in these continental fixtures is to be mentally strong when playing away and make sure you convincingly win at home,” confided Otieno, who captained the side in the two-leg playoff.

Gor has up to January 31 to register youthful defender Geoffrey Ochieng’, strikers Ephrem Guikan, Nicholas Kipkirui and legendary Dennis Oliech, who were ineligible to feature in the qualifiers.

GOR MAHIA FIXTURES

February 3: Gor Mahia v Zamalek (Egypt) February 13: Petro Atletico (Angola) v Gor Mahia

Gor Mahia in challenging group

Gor Mahia have been placed in group D of the 2018-2019 CAF Confederations cup. The other teams in the group are Zamalek of Egypt, NA Hussein Dey of Algeria and Petro De Luanda.

Gor Mahia will open their group campaign on February 3 against Zamalek at Kasarani.

Its a much more difficult group than last season. But club official Ronald Ngala is confident.

“This year we want to do better and at least progress past the group stages, we know we can do it. We will also discuss and come up with a way to motivate the players,” Ngala told goal.com

Ngala went on to say that the team will be banking on Dennis Oliech to lead the team.

“Oliech is an experienced striker, who has many qualities to help the team progress in the competition. He is an experienced player, who will be very valuable for the team and I am confident he will deliver.

Indeed Oliech has vast experience, having played in the most difficult tournament, the European champions league.

Gor Mahia players celebrate

Coach Oktay speaks to journalists after the match

Gor Mahia through to group stages

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.

Additional reporting from goal.com

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.

Gor Mahia vs New Star Preview

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.

Muguna explains his frustration

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.