4 Oct 12

Story by Muroro Pacho
Milimani 89 Strathmore 93


Category: Articles, Gor Mahia Stories

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  • Bosh says:

    Jogoo remains one of my greatest heros – I admired him in the 80s more than most of the Europe-based stars. I absolutely agree with his completeness. I was proud to wear his name and number during my playing days as I wanted to emulate him in every way.

    Thanks for the memories Admin – there will never be another.

  • jb says:

    R.I.P i really dont know about this era but this lad must have made the earlier kogallo nation happy

  • Jakoyo says:

    I remember his unique dribbling skills, a natural left footer………he even scored goals that would have been world beaters in modern football. His corner kick against malawi , he actually scored from a corner , is a reflection. If it was not for racism in the 80s and 90s , any big club in the world would have poached this guy. This guy was my idol .he could have made Ryan giggs, George best, Christian Ronaldo , ronaldinho and all the dribblers in this world look like amateurs. A real legend, a real gentleman. The football world lost one hell of a talent. It is about time gor mahia fans all over the world should come up with something to honour our legends……spammy onyango was just one of the many.

  • Albert Kosero (Sofaset Branch - Kampala) says:

    Wuod Awendo, you left a mark that we shall forever remember. You were in your own class. Rest in Peace brother.

    For God and my club Kogallo

  • OKOTH JABILO says:

    @Jakoyo & Kosero I have not forgotten that goal the JOGOO KIMAKIA scored against AFC at TOK KOMWANDA . It was clever chip by Abdallah Shebe to Gideon “Aziki” Hamisi who in turn send a wide ball to Sammy Jogoo on the right wing “Russian side”.

    Jogoo dribbling power overwhelmed both Omar bongo,papa arieno and eventually MURILA and to the surprise of everybody he decide to cross the ball in D-AREA but instead he did send a low screamer that ABBAS still describes as the best individual effort goal that no goalkeeper world could stop. By the time ABBAS was diving the had ball had gone in shook the net and sent back to the pitch due the power and force that JOGOO had used.

    If BLACBERRY was patient enough and stayed in K’OGALO for one more season I believe he had the ability to reach and surpass JOGOO talent. If we can re-call his individual skill that made him run rings around ULINZI defense and ultimate turning their goalkeeper Ochieng on the wrong side before shaking the net. Those were JOGOO’S in born skills.

  • fred Odhiambo says:

    With Sammy Onyango in the team,Gor was always a joy to watch.Alongside other great players,that 87 crack squad was way ahead of other teams.
    Back to the present,i want us to tread carefully because the hard work begins now.Let us not fool ourselves that we have won the league just yet.Lets give the boys all the support they need…and some incentives and leave the technical bench to prepare the boys..if it all goes well,on 10th november,it will be us lifting that trophy.God bless the team!!!

  • okumu says:

    How we long for those old and golden days. 10 percent, 11 bob per game and selfless players. Give us more stories of our heroes including Antony ‘SUZUKI’ Ndolo.

  • arrumtiddi says:

    The current crop of players at kogallo,should always draw inspiration and courage from the exploits of such great names.
    Rip Sammy Onyango Jogoo ja loka!

  • mosesdede says:

    “sob” he lived a hero and made a team mark for kogalo never will he be forgotten no one was like Sammy Onyango Jogoo on the radio there was hope in a GOOOOAAAL.rest be remembered in the books of GOR MAHIA history.

  • Phil Odipo says:

    Good old days !!!! How about ben oloo break dance !!!!

  • Joe Riaga says:

    Yes I remember that goal he scored against Malawi when his banana ball went directly into the net from a corner kick. I think he had dne a similar thing in a league match a few years earlier.

  • pande ngo'ngo says:

    died in a road road accident ? yes ! driving to his rural home in migori ? No ! check that again. best of my knowledge: from kisumu show ground heading town centre via kakamega road then at road/railway flyover just near migosi junction lost control of car plunged down mpaka kwa railway line – at night ? Confirm !

  • ODUOR12 says:

    R.I.P A true K’galo legend.He had the rare skill of scoring direct from corners. The famous banana kicks.

  • Jared Nyanjomm says:

    Memories are made of these.. I am reading this and really depicting what happened at Tok Komwanda.. I remember watching the match on Hitachi TV somewhere in Bondo. One of the guys kicked my back as if we were in the field. I never complained. RIP Jogoo…

  • Barefoot Bandit says:

    How melancholic!
    At one time Allan Thigo was sacked as Gor Mahia coach and replaced by David Otti. For a while Gor continued to fumble even with the introduction of Sammy Onyango Jogoo. Thigo who then was in the cold made a comment to a Daily Nation sports reporter that Gor should take advantage of Jogoo’s banana kicks and deploy him as the corner specialist. David Otti listened and implemented this immediately with devastating effects. Even Mahmoud Abbas could not stop Jogoo’s corner kicks.

    I remember watching a match between Efusi and Kisumu Hot Stars at the Kisumu Municipal stadium. From my ‘vantage’ position behind the Efusi goal, Hot Stars fans (and of course K’Ogalo’s) fans could taunt Mahmoud Abbas by shouting “Abbas, Sammy Onyango anakuja!”

    R.I.P. Akuru wuod Awendo.

  • Vincent Ocampo says:

    I do remember he was special in corners direct into the net.

  • Barefoot Bandit says:

    At one time Allan Thigo was sacked as Gor Mahia coach and replaced by David Otti. For a while Gor continued to fumble even with the introduction of Sammy Onyango Jogoo. Thigo who then was in the cold made a comment to a Daily Nation sports reporter that Gor should take advantage of Jogoo’s banana kicks and deploy him as the corner specialist. David Otti listened and implemented this immediately with devastating effects. Even Mahmoud Abbas could not stop Jogoo’s corner kicks.

    I remmember attending a league match at Kisumu municipal stadium between Efusi and Kisumu Hot Stars. I sat on the grass behind the Efusi goal. With me were a group of Hot Stars (and by extension K’Ogalo’s) fans who taunted Mahmoud Abbas by shouting “Abbas, Sammy Onyango anakuja!”
    R.I.P Akuru wuod Awendo, Mahmoud Abbas’s waterloo.

  • Tom ougo says:

    RIP legend jogoo. You used to make us happy anytime kogalo played in msa btw 80’s & 90s. God we pray you gv us another one like him. Amen

  • Akuot oyugi says:

    Many a times Peter Dawo scored via a header, Sammy Onyango was amongst the corner taker if not Abbas ‘Zamalek’ Magongo. Free kick specialist along side Nyangi Odembo. I remember touching them when they visited homa bay to play against BONDE koniare & homa bay boys (jo seco.) during the annual december visits.

  • PAREYIO says:

    R.I.P SAMMY

    My generations knows little about this Gor Mahia football great. From what i am reading from your comments, the late Sammy and fondly refered by his peers simply as Jogoo, he has made a name for himself and the club. Muroro Pacho would have gone further to tell how many goals he have in his name.

    Just like all other Kenyan clubs, Gor Mahia has no proper records for posterity. Football legends like the late Jogoo can best be immortalized in a club museum. A club that does not honour it’s hereos is not worth the name. It is a shame for our club just to sit and watch our football greats to languish in poverty and thereafter die in disgrace.

    Today, even when we think we have forward thinking officials at the helm, nothing tangible is still forthcoming on this front. A case in point is that of AWILO. Soon after he was retired at K’Ogalo the most honorable thing the officials could have done is to organize a testimonial match. The proceeds from the match will go along way to help the player financially.

    We are only building castles in the air if we continue to write the history of these great players in golden letters and do nothing to put back their broken pieces. I can bet slot of them have goneback to the bottle and hard drugs. Who will take the initiative?

  • mwakio says:

    RIP Sammy and may Almighty God take care of your family.

    This is a great piece of article. How did he directed corner kick into a goal? Can we have occassions when we can remember these great players?

  • Barefoot Bandit says:

    Administrator looks like some comments are being blocked. I find it frustrating that my input regarding this article is not being allowed space.

  • Walter Alando Bwoga says:

    These are beautiful memories and I think the direction the league is taking it’s just a matter of time and we are having many ‘Jogoos’ of the present times.

  • jones mike says:

    R.I.P WOUND AWENDO,THE MEMORIES ARE LEFT FOR THE LIVING KENYA STILL REMEMBERS YOU.

  • Vincent Ocampo says:

    EC why dont u organise open day so as the current players and old players av a friendly match?it wl be a great motivation.

  • ODUOR12 says:

    Another gem from the bloggers @15 Pareyio and echoed by @20 Ocampo.I add my voice to this noble idea of a match perhaps yearly in which the proceeds are given to our legends. If only bloggers had a branch to implement the ideas generated on this site.

  • Barefoot Bandit says:

    I agree with @Albert Kosero (Sofaset Branch – Kampala), @OKOTH JABILO and @Vincent Ocampo that Jogoo was in a class of his own.
    It is noteworthy how ‘ours truly’, Muroro Pacho has clearly explained the circumstances behind Jogoo’s departure from GM.

    @Oduor12, Pareyio and Vincent Ocampo are spot on. It is high time that we did the right thing and treated our heroes better. I believe that those who never saw this maestro would be in disbelief to know that Jogoo’s unfortunate death was never any big news even to the media despite his imposing status. Peruse the archives and you find it hidden in some tiny corner of some of the dailies of that era (for those that cared to report it).

    Perhaps it would interest some bloggers to know how Jogoo earned his role as the master corner kick specialist in both Gor Mahia and the national team: At one time Allan Thigo was sacked as Gor Mahia coach and replaced by David Otti. For a while Gor continued to fumble even with the introduction of Sammy Onyango Jogoo. Thigo who then was in the cold made a comment to a Daily Nation sports reporter that Gor should take advantage of Jogoo’s banana kicks and deploy him as the corner specialist. David Otti listened and implemented this immediately with devastating effects. Even Mahmoud Abbas could not stop Jogoo’s corner kicks.

    I remember attending a league match at Kisumu municipal stadium between Efusi and Kisumu Hot Stars. I sat on the grass behind the Efusi goal. Around me were a group of Hot Stars (and by extension K’Ogalo’s) fans who taunted Mahmoud Abbas by shouting “Abbas, Sammy Onyango anakuja!” That confirms all that has been stated in this article.

    R.I.P Akuru wuod Awendo, Mahmoud Abbas’s waterloo.

    As we remember Akuru so fondly and so emotionally, let us purpose to make a difference in the lives of his survivors. Such great talent was definitely in-born and K’Ogalo nation should try and harness that talent that Jogoo passed on to his juniors.

  • Dan says:

    Best wishes to the boys this afternoon

  • Barefoot Bandit says:

    I agree with @Albert Kosero (Sofaset Branch – Kampala), @OKOTH JABILO and @Vincent Ocampo that Jogoo was in a class of his own.
    It is noteworthy how ‘ours truly’, Muroro Pacho has clearly explained the circumstances behind Jogoo’s departure from GM.

    @Oduor12, Pareyio and Vincent Ocampo are spot on. It is high time that we did the right thing and treated our heroes better. I believe that those who never saw this maestro would be in disbelief to know that Jogoo’s unfortunate death was never any big news even to the media despite his imposing status. Peruse the archives and you find it hidden in some tiny corner of some of the dailies of that era (for those that cared to report it).

    Perhaps it would interest some bloggers to know how Jogoo earned his role as the master corner kick specialist in both Gor Mahia and the national team: at one time Alan Thigo was sacked as Gor Mahia coach and replaced by David Otti. Gor Mahia continued to fumble despite the change even with the the presence of Sammy Onyango Jogoo. Thigo who was then in the cold adviced through an interview with the Daily Nation that Gor should take advantage of Jogoo’s banana kicks and assign him to be taking corner kicks. Coach David Otti listened and implemented this immediately. The effect was immediate and devastating. Even Mahmoud Abbas, Kenya’s best keeper then , could not stop Jogoo’s corner kicks.

    I remember attending a league match at Kisumu municipal stadium between Kisumu Hot Stars and Efusi. I sat on the grass behind the Efusi goal. Around me were Hot Stars (and by extension K’Ogalo’s) fans who kept taunting Mahmoud Abbas by shouting “Abbas, Sammy Onyango anakuja!” This confirms what has been stated in this article.

    RIP Akuru wuod Awendo, Mahmoud Abbas’s waterloo.

    As we remember Akuru so fondly and so emotionally, let us purpose to make a difference in the lives of his survivors. Such great talent was definitely in-born and K’Ogalo nation should try and harness that talent that Jogoo passed on to his juniors.

  • Kalixtos says:

    May God Bless Kogallo today with a win, I pray, Can someone update us please!!! Go Kogallo, Go!!!!

  • Kokach says:

    Kogallo 4 muho2

  • Barefoot Bandit says:

    It was the ‘next match’. We won. Thank you God. Now grant us victory in the next match no matter who it is we are meeting next. We only want to win the next match.

  • Dan says:

    Congrats boys though we are currently not pushing harder. Are we becoming victims of our own success? Anyway I believe in the derby we will be back to our elements

  • Kalixtos says:

    Let us thank God, Others may call it luck, but I always see God’s blessing in our Success!! Congrats Boys, May the Lord Continue to shower Kogallo with Success!!! Congratulation Boys and Thanks be to God!!

  • George Ochoro says:

    A win is a win. so some one should not call it luck. We lost many chances. Pole sana Midenyo, just continue with the fight.

  • Patrick Nyakundi Mogaka says:

    Loh what can i comment surely? i knew Sammy Onyango during his days. With him Gor was save.In 1987 when gor was playing El Mereik of Sudan in a return match CAF Winnera Cup in Kisumu he gave out a thunderous strike that Mereik keeper had to go down horizontaly just to block it from going in for a goal.He used to provide Peter Dawo with crosses that Dawo never missed to score.It’s unfortunate that Sammy is notyet born.

  • OKEBE says:

    flash back….. anauchukua kona ni jogoo, pale kushoto.. anakuja anapiga juu juu na kumtafuta Dawo…kichwa… ndani..nadani! wavuni… goal! any body remember?…. Hesborn Omollo na mpira.. anatafuta shebe…. hatari ..kwake jogoo… kima cha kuku…ndani.. ndani nadani! oh siku za zamani

  • deo says:

    I watched Onyango Jogoo train in South B where they lived at the MEDICAL apartments.His dad was the biggest GOR MAHIA SUPPORT and his MUM(PAMELA) was well known in South B with her Trade Mark Roster Cigarettes and AKAI RADIO on her ears; when Onyango Jogoo was playing.
    Some of his Siblings including Otiesh still live in SOUTH B.WHAT A LEGEND!
    AND by the way he was a good dancer of LINGALA TOO!
    Some of his teamates were.
    David Ochieng “Kamoga”
    Tirus “Rero” Omondi.
    Tobias”Jua Kali”Ocholla.
    Hezron Ochuka.
    Peter Otieno”Bassanga”.
    John “Bobby”Ogolla.
    Austin”Makamu”Oduor.
    Abbas Khamis Magongo”Zamalek”.
    John”Zangi”Okello.
    George”Nyangi”Odembo.
    Anthony Ndolo.
    George”Solo”Otieno.
    Sammy”Jogoo”Onyango.
    Abdalla Shebe.
    Peter Dawo”Omuga”.
    Peter”Pierre”Ochieng.
    Swaleh Ochieng.
    The 1987 TEAM WAS SOMETHING….I WISH KOGALO CAN HONOR THE LIVING ONES SOONER THAN LATER.

  • Paticia Onyango says:

    ssein all these comments about my dad makes me miss him even more…..

    he used to take me to go watch matches with him….grew up not as one of his daughters but he raised us tough we played soccer….i remember ws even better than my lil bro…ma siz had problems learning how to sit “like a gal” hehehe…. to me he ws the best father il ever had…..so kind generous and protective of us….we lived a nomal life till his departure….although he is gone, his memory still lives with us forevevr…..

  • mc'enzie odhiambo says:

    Deo … Kweli the 87 team remains etched in my mind . I was a lad in class 3 then but what I saw buffled me to date ,especially the Dawo’s brace in the 1st leg in tunis against Esperance …unbeleivable!!!

  • Ajuma simba says:

    Congratulation admin for such a complete story, Honestly of all the players you have given their stories, sammy jogoo’s story is very detailed. You might have fallen in love with sammy onyango. Congratulation once again.

    As one fan commented, Kenyan football is ruined by administration. To me what Nyamwea did with Harambee Stars trip to Cape Verde, he should be attending roll call at kamiti maximum prison.

    Those who shall vote in Nyamwea should be cursed…

    We cannot loose such talents without watching them in Europe… The kind of players we are watching from Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Tunisia, Algeria, Morroco, Cameroun etc could not match our players in all department and Gor Mahia proved it from 1976 up to 1987. Not mentioning other clubs as well.

    First disappointment is National team management, followed by football club management. It is a pity. Above all most football players leave very poor life compared to their opponents in west africa, reason being football leaders being sycophant of gate collection.
    The Government should stand tall and deal with such incidences even if Fifa shall land on our Government so long as it remains a lesson to the rest of the coming up leaders.

  • charles wafula says:

    Pole sana Sammy’s Family and kenya football fans at large