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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
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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12 Sep 18

Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr is disinterested in re-signing Kenneth Muguna and Musa Mohamed. Earlier reports indicated that Muguna was on his way back to the club, a move that was welcomed by many fans.

Additional reporting from Citizen Sports
Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr has slammed the door on Musa Mohamed and Kenneth Mohamed effectively blocking their potential return to the club.

In an interview with Citizen Digital, the Briton coach claimed that the duo were duped to ditch Gor, with the promise of better salaries at KF Tirana of Albania noting that there is no chance of them of returning to K’Ogalo .

Kerr’s sentiments contradict the stance of club deputy secretary Ronald Ngala who in a separate interview said that Muguna had signaled his desire to return to the Kenyan champions.

“He shouldn’t even be back in the first place. They paid a lot of money to acquire him… we cannot help Muguna … because it was his own decision to ditch Gor Mahia,’’ Kerr stated.
Kerr added that Musa Mohamed “made a mistake” and was duped to leave the club with empty promises of playing for bigger clubs in Europe.

‘’I have many good players and my main agenda is to make them better. Where will I take my players who currently make my squad? I want to nurture them and better their forms other than go for new players,”Kerr said.

The Briton who has led Gor to two successive League titles, Cecafa Club Championship semi finals and to the Caf- Confederations group stages is on record saying he has enough players for any assignment.

Musa Mohamed and Kenneth Muguna ditched Gor at the beginning of the season to join Gor’s former coach Fereira Marcelo ‘’Ze Maria’’ at Tirana in Albania but the honey moon failed to last as they failed to impress.

Mohamed currently plies his trade in the Zambian Premier League with Nkana Red Devils and it remains unclear if he settled at the club.


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11 Sep 18

The Kenyan national team Harambee stars beat their Malawian counterparts (Flames) 1-0 in a friendly match at Kasarani on Tuesday.

Additional reporting from the Nation
Francis Kahata tapped home from close range in the 78th minute as Harambee Stars made it two wins in a row edging Malawi 1-0 in an international friendly match at the Kasarani stadium on Tuesday.

This is the first victory for Stars against Malawi since September 2004 when Kenya saw off the Flames 3-2 at the same venue.

The two sides had battled to a goalless draw in a friendly match in April last year. Overall, Kenya has now won eleven times against Malawi in 51 meetings.

Stars had been subdued by a dominant Malawi side until Erick Ouma, who replaced Vasalund teammate Ovella Ochieng at the restart, initiated an attacking move with Abud Omar before delivering a perfect cross that Kahata tapped home past Malawi custodian Brighton Munthali.

The former Gor Mahia youngster had missed the target by a whisker in the 68th minute with his header from Joakins Atudo’s cross flying inches wide.

“I know his qualities, I didn’t wait for today to see what he can do for the team, he was one of the best players for us in India,” Kenya coach Sebastian Migne sang Ouma’s praises in his post-match comments.

His counterpart Ron Van Geneugden praised his boys despite the defeat.


“I think the game was even in the first half but Kenya made changes in the second half to be more offensive and that won them the game but towards the end I thought we deserved a penalty,” said the Malawi coach who has won only two of 17 matches since taking charge of the Flames.

Kenya coach Sebastian Migne made two changes to the team that edged Ghana 1-0 last Saturday in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier two days ago starting Joackins Atudo and Jesse Were in place of injured duo of Philemon Otieno and Michael Olunga.

Zambia based Were was however a last minute change after Olunga was ruled out minutes to the game.

The Flames, who fell 3-0 away to Morocco in a Group “B” qualifier, got the ball rolling and were the first to test Patrick Matasi in Kenya goal.

Musa Mohammed, captaining the side in the absence of Victor Wanyama and David “Calabar” Owino, fouled Richard Mbulu outside 18 but Gerald Phiri’s resultant free kick went wide on the eighth minute.

In the 14th minute, Dennis Odhiambo headed off target Francis Kahata’s corner kick after Mzava Limbikani had deflected Ovella Ochieng’s cross from the right flank.

The Kenyans donning their red home kit struggled to penetrate the Flames’ backline led by skipper Limbikani and John Lanjesi.

John Banda beat Abud Omar with pace on the left flank to float in a pin-point cross that Phiri attempted to connect home but he was denied by an alert Matasi who got his fingertips to the ball before Stars hacked the ball to safety.

Migne did a double change at the start of the second half resting Jesse Were for Sofapaka’s Pistone Mutamba and Ovella for Ouma with Malawi coach Ron Van Geneurden pulling out Richard Mbulu for Msowoya Chiukepo in the 54th minute.

Memory Lane
Malawi has always been a difficult team for Kenya to beat.

One memorable encounter was the qualifier for the 1990 Africa cup of Nations. After settling for a settling for a scoreless draw during the first leg in Nairobi, Harambee stars players led by captain Austin Oduor went on strike and refused to train citing unpaid allowances.

The issue was settled and travel arrangements hastily made. The Stars arrived in Lilongwe only a day before the return leg. However they ended beating Malawi 3-2 in front of their own fans with Gor Mahia ace Anthony Odhiambo Ndolo scoring twice.

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10 Sep 18

Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr attended the match between Harambee stars and the Ghana Black stars. After the match he was full of praise for three of his charges who played in the match.

On Joash Onyango, he said that the tackle that earned him a red card was necessary.

“I thought they were fantastic. Joash had to make that tackle. I have just been in the dressing room and I told him not to feel sorry. You made that tackle. You got red carded but you took one for the team. ” said Kerr.

Kerr was also full of praise for Kahata and Philemon Otieno.

“The players battled (after the team had been reduced to 10 men). Francis put in a great shift. Philemon unfortunately got injured in the first half and had to come off. But credit to my players. They had to dig deep to get that result.”

Kerr Supports Migne’s call for professionalism

Harambee stars coach Sebastian  Migne if furious about the lack of ‘professionalism’ in Kenyan football after Harambee Stars Captain Victor Wanyama and 13 other players failed to show up for the Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers against Ghana despite calling up a big provisional squad of 38 players.

Asked whether he supports Migne’s sentiments, Kerr said: “He’s got to understand that this is Kenya. This is how Kenyan football is. There are a lot of hard-working people, both in KPL and FKF. They are trying to make football here…it’s called professionalism. That has always been what we want. We sometimes find it hard to get.” he said to

Kerr blamed the KPL for his sides’ elimination from the CAF Confederations cup

“We lost a chance in Confederation because we were tired and were demanding that games get canceled, but it was going on deaf ears so I can understand his (Migne) issue, but that’s why we are here to try and change the mentality, try to help and progress going forward,”

“We are both football coaches and we want what’s best for the country and my club. If we work together and we have a plan-we make it more professional, then kids will grow up and they will understand what’s like to be a professional player and that’s what we ask. Be honest, be professional.” he continued

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8 Sep 18

The three Kogalo players who featured: Philemon Otieno. Francis Kahata, Joash Onyango

Kenya Harambee Stars recorded a memorable 1-0 win over Ghana Black Stars on Saturday. In action were the K’ogalo trio of Francis Kahata, Philemon Otieno and Joash Onyango who was sent off.

Additional reporting from the Nation

Nicholas Opoku’s first half own goal helped 10-man Harambee Stars break a 15-year jinx against the Black Stars of Ghana as they edged them 1-0 in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) Group “F” qualifier at a half-packed Kasarani stadium on Saturday.

Eric Johanna’s speculative right-footed in swinger from the right flank was turned home by defender Opoku under pressure from Michael Olunga as the Kenyans took a shock lead three minutes to the breather.

Gor Mahia defender Joash Onyango was sent off at the hour mark after reckless tackle on Ghana striker Majeed Waris.

Kenya coach Sebastian Migne reacted by sacrificing Eric Johanna for David “Cheche” Ochieng to build a four man defence that had Joackins Atudo, who replaced the injured Philemon Otieno at halftime.

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah threw into the fray Raphael Dwamena, Harrison Afful and Kwadwo Asamoah for Edwin Gyasi, Ebenezer Ofori and Daniel Opare in search of the equaliser, but the Kenyans stood tall at the back.

Victory for Kenya, only the second against the four-time African champions after 15 years, takes them level on points with Ghana after two rounds of qualifiers, with both sides on three points.

Kenya have back-to-back games against Ethiopia next month, while Ghana will be at home against Sierra Leone, who visit Ethiopia Sunday afternoon in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Ovella Ochieng had the first sniff at goal for Kenya five minutes into time beating Daniel Opare with pace, before his hard shot was parried by Richard Ofori in the Ghana post.

Three minutes later, Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey sent wide a free kick outside the box after Musa Mohammed had fouled Majeed Waris.

Zambian referee Janny Sikazwe splashed the first yellow on Aboud Omar for clipping Edwin Gyasi on 25 minutes. Patrick Matasi picked Christian Atsu’s shot as the Ghanaians pushed for the opener.

Both teams were pressing hard whenever they were in possession of the ball with the hosts thumping long balls upfront.

Ismael Gonzalez’s attempt in the 27th minute missed the target by a whisker and two minutes after the half hour mark, Michael Olunga, in a one-on- one with Ofori was unable to find the target with the Maritzburg United custodian doing well to deflect his shot for a fruitless corner.

Migne surprisingly partnered Joash Onyango and Musa Mohammed at the back with Gonzalez benching Anthony Akumu in midfield that also had Sofapaka’s Dennis Odhiambo.

Francis Kahata and Ovella plied on the flanks with Johanna being handed a free role in midfield as Olunga led the front line.

Atsu exchanged passes with Partey to tee up Dwamena in the 72nd minute, but the striker was denied by vigilant Matasi in the Kenyan goal.

Migne introduced Akumu for Dennis Odhiambo as the men in red held on for the famous win.

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7 Sep 18

Players who currently play for Gor Mahia or have previously played for Gor Mahia formed the bulk of the squad named by Harambee stars coach Sebastian Migne. Stars are due to play Ghana Black Stars in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) Group “F” qualifier at Kasarani Stadium.

The Kogalo players in the squad are Philemon Otieno, Joash Onyango and Francis Kahata. The former Kogalo players are Eric Ouma, Anthony Akumu, David Owino, Musa Mohamed and Michael Olunga.

Kenya lost their opener away to Sierra Leone, therefore a win is crucial if they are to keep their hopes alive.  One Kogalo player who is sure to be in the starting line-up is the in-form Francis Kahata.

Kenya has never played Ghana in a competitive match. All the previous matches have been friendlies. Ghana is responsible for inflicting the heaviest defeat Kenya has ever suffered (13-2) in 1964. That was the only time former president Jomo Kenyatta ever attended a football match and he left in a huff at halftime as Ghana started to run up the score. Before he left, he cried out in despair: “Why can’t they bring in Kipchoge Keino to run past these Ghanaians. “.


Patrick Matasi
Faroukh Shikalo
Ian Otieno

Philemon Otieno
Joakins Atudo
Denis Odhiambo
Joash Onyango
Bernard Ochieng
Aboud Omar
David Ochieng
Eric Ouma
Joseph Okumu
Musa Mohammed
David Owino

Francis Kahata
Abdalla Hassan
Antony Akumu
Erick Johanna
Ismael Gonzalez
Johanna Omollo
Ovella Ochieng

Pistone Mutamba
Jesse Were
Michael Olunga

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4 Sep 18

Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr has suggested that FKF chair Nick Mwendwa deliberately scheduled the Shield match against Kariobangi Sharks too close to Gor Mahia’s arrival from Algeria. Gor Mahia did not have any time to hold a training session before the match and had not recovered from jet lag.

“Congratulations to Sharks they were the better side today I can, however bad we played be so proud how they gave everything even though it wasn’t the best today. Thank you to the K’Ogalo family who supported us today pole that we lost. FKF president new what he was doing” said Kerr in a tweet.

Kerr further went on to lament over the glut of fixtures that he says doomed Gor Mahia in both tha CAF Cofederations cup and the Shield

“20 games in 60 days there’s a saying Fail to Prepare, Prepare to Fail … we have done everything as a technical team to maintain a winning mentality, fitness and be motivated and will continue to do this as long as we can do it the right way. You do the math how can I prepare ?” he said


In another tweet, Kett commended his players for playing well under difficult circumstances.

“Dr, what we have done is not human even if we are Kenyan. NOT ONE WORLD ASSOCIATION would do our programme which includes Travel, sleeping away and playing to the intensity we do. What these guys do no money could buy we give everything ALL of us do. Been an amazing achievement”


The players for their part are also highly appreciative of the work Dylan Kerr has done.

“I would Iike to thank the coach for the relationship, courage and trust he has shown to the players. He has given each and every player an opportunity to showcase his ability – may God bless him,’’ said Innocent Wafula who has skippered the side in some matches this season.

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30 Aug 18

Coach Dylan Kerr says he is very proud of his players performance and he says the best is yet to come.

“I am proud of how my players and the technical bench have tried. I am sorry we didn’t reach the quarters but I have always said that we were a year early but the experience was valuable.” he said to

According to Kerr, the performance was good considering all that they have endured.

“All in all and despite what we endured off the field, the players gave everything and pushed for more. There are some positives to pick from this squad and the far they reached in the competition is a true testament of how good they are.” he said.

Kerr asserted that the Algerians applied the typical North African tactics of frustrating the visiting team before the game.

We did not have enough time to feel the pitch and our travel here was a major factor and not an excuse.

“What I had planned for Monday practice, I only had 15 minutes late Tuesday to apply it but when we arrived at the stadium the lights were not fully on, plus we were told the time of kick-off had changed.” he said

Rejected offers

Given Gor Mahia’s excellent performance, Kerr has been receiving offers from other teams but he has rejected them.

“Look, I have had three offers in the last two months that were financially good for me to leave Gor Mahia but I rejected them. I respect contracts and I have never gone against any contract,” Kerr told Goal .

Kerr also said he wanted to stay as long as Chairman Rachier wants to keep him.

“Football is strange but I like Kenya and the people, I am here to stay until the chairperson decides he doesn’t want me.” he concluded

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