Oktay: Kipkirui, Muguna, Onyango, Shakava should be in AFCON squad

Gor Mahia coach Hassan Oktay is adamant that some of his players are getting the short shrift when it comes to selection to the national team.

In particular he has mentioned Kenneth Muguna, Nicholas Kipkirui, Harun Shakava and Samuel Onyango as players who should be headed to Egypt if selection was fair.

“I said it before and will still repeat the same, Nicholas Kipkirui and Kenneth Muguna are good players who deserve to be in the national team. Captain Harun Shakava is also on form and should be in the squad. I don’t know why they are not included in the squad,”

Muguna has been an excellent performer since the second leg of the league started. Winning balls decisively despite his slender frame as he did when he dispossed an AFC player on Sunday leading to the second goal. Engineering lightning quick counter-attacks as he did against Sofapaka last week, finding Kahata as the latter was racing down the right flank, leading to the second goal against Sofapaka. And his passes have been sharp, leading to numerous goals including the second goal against AFC. Some wrote him off after he had a poor start to the season after a long layoff . Many more wrote him off after he questioned coach Oktay’s player selection criteria.

Kipkirui has shown that he has a poachers instinct. His ability to make intelligent runs into the box has resulted in 12 goals for himself this season. Not much was expected from him when he joined. He has been the revelation of the season and should be rewarded with a place in the national team.

Samuel Onyango has been solid all season, scoring often despite not starting in many games. Most memorable was his goal against Lobi Stars whereby he left two Naija defenders sprawled on the grass before planting the ball into the empty net.

“Look, like for Kipkirui he deserves to be in the U23 squad and now he has already matured and can feature for the senior team. Samuel Onyango is also having a season of his life and deserves to be considered. I am not defending them because they are Gor Mahia players, but because they deserve to be in the squad.” continued Oktay.

Shakava is solid in defense and has gone about the business of defending and captaining. He has been professional and did not raise a complaint when coach Oktay handed the captains armband to Dennis Oliech. All in all Shakava has been a tall pillar in the Kogalo defense.

On Sunday many fans were left wondering how Paul Were was selected ahead of the Kogalo players. Its a situation similar to 1997 and 1998 when Gor Mahia had the countries best midfielders in Dan Ogada, Tom Okaya, Frazier Ochieng and others but they were ignored by the national team selectors.

Oktay: We were the better side

Coach Oktay also lauded his side for dominating against their arch rivals on Sunday.

“This did not look like a derby. I can’t believe it. Apart from the numbers it is impossible to know that this was a derby. We dominated the game, we created and missed many chances, were able to play great football. They (Leopards) didn’t give us the expected completion,”  he told goal.com

For his part AFC coach Casa Mbungo admitted that Kogalo has better players but vowed to strengthen his side for next season.

“They caught us. We had come to give them a challenge but they were better than us today. I will ask the office to provide a good budget so that we can make good signings at the end of the season. That is the only way we can compete favourably against Gor,” he said

“I said it before and will still repeat the same, Nicholas Kipkirui and Kenneth Muguna are good players who deserve to be in the national team. Captain Harun Shakava is also on form and should be in the squad. I don’t know why they are not included in the squad,”

Gor Mahia hammer AFC 3-1

Scorers: Kipkirui & Tuyisenge and assist man: Muguna

Gor Mahia emerged victorious in the latest edition of the Mashemeji derby when they trounced their arch rivals 3-1. Nicholas Kipkirui struck twice and Jacque Tuyisenge scored the 3rd. Vincent Oburu pulled one back in the 85th minute.

Additional reporting from the Standard

Nicholas Kipkirui scored his first Mashemeji derby brace as Gor Mahia continued their march towards the 2018/2019 Sportpesa Premier League title with a convincing 3-1 victory over eternal rivals AFC Leopards at Kasarani Stadium on Sunday.

The match was marred by incidents of hooliganism when a section of AFC Leopards fans started uprooting seats after their team conceded the third goal.

But with the victory, Gor who now have 69 points, just need two points from their remaining three matches to lift their third consecutive title and unprecedented 18th league crown.

Kipkirui opened the scoring in the 26th minute before he capitalized on Leopards’ defensive blunder after being set up by Jacques Tuyisenge on the hour mark to double the lead.

Five minutes later, the former Zoo Kericho winger returned the favour after being involved in the Rwandese’ third goal before Vincent scored a late consolation goal for Ingwe, who last won the derby bragging rights in 2016.

“I expected AFC Leopards to give us a tough game, but unfortunately they didn’t show up. There was no competition at all. We should have won by a bigger margin. All the same, it’s not yet celebration time, we still have three matches to go,” said Gor coach Hassan Oktay.

But for his AFC counterpart Casa Mbungo, defensive errors cost them the match.

“Just like the other past matches, individual defensive blunder cost us in the derby. But we are on a rebuilding process, expect a different team next season,” said Mbungo.

Leopards threatened first in the third minute when David Ochieng released Isuza but goalkeeper Frederick Odhiambo came off his line to stop the former Mathare United man before Jacques Tuyisenge’s effort went wide on the opposite end.

Gor responded three minutes later when Nicholas Kipkirui latched on a loose ball but his effort went inches wide.

Paul Were then initiated a counter attacker but Joash Onyango did well to out-muscle Isuza in the box.

Leopards came close to breaking the deadlock in the tenth minute when Vincent Oburu rounded off his marker in the box only for his shot to go wide.

But Gor replied immediately but Tuyisenge failed to make contact to Muguna’s incisive cross after arriving late in the box before AFC goalkeeper Ezekiel Owade punched away Francis Kahata’s free kick.

Moments later, Were forced a fine save from Gor keeper before Kipkirui pounced on Tuyisenge’s rebound following Kahata’s delivery to give Gor the lead in the 26th minute.

In the 35th minute, Tuyisenge rounded off his marker after receiving a perfectly weighted pass from Kenneth Muguna, but the Rwandese’s shot missed target by a whisker.

Brian Marita could have restored parity in the 37th minute but Were’s cross outpaced him before he forced a fine save from the keeper.

Leopards almost equalized two minutes into the second half but Were’s well-curved free kick was deflected for a fruitless corner before Odhiambo pulled off a brilliant save to stop Marita’s free kick on the hour mark.

A minute later, Kipkirui capitalized on Said Tsuma’s defensive error to grab his double after being teed up by Tuyisenge.

Jacques Tuyisenge, who had been an integral part of all the goals, grabbed one of his own by tapping in easily past an overwhelmed goalkeeper Ezekiel Owade.

And just after the third goal, a section of frustrated Ingwe fans started uprooting seats, throwing them and empty bottles into the pitch forcing the referee to temporarily stop the game for five minutes.

A wayward pass from Joash Onyango in the last few minutes of the game saw Vincent Oburu intercept, before shooting straight home to sliver his team’s consolation goal.

Oktay pushes his team
Ernest Wendo challenges Whyvonne Isuza
Skipper Shakava foils Vincent Oburu
Kipkirui celebrates his 1st goal
Players during the match stoppage

Gor Mahia go down to Nzoia Sugar

Gor Mahia made the 2018-2019 Kenya Premier League more interesting when they suffered a surprise loss to Nzoia Sugar on Wednesday at Mumias Sports complex.

The goal that gave Nzoia the victory came in the 34th minute via Hansel Ochieng.

With four matches left, Gor Mahia are still 10 points ahead of Sofapaka who will also play Nzoia Sugar next.

Gor Mahia next play arch rivals AFC Leopards in a mashemeji derby encounter this coming weekend.

Philemon, Joash and Kahata in AFCON Squad

The three Kogalo players who have played key roles in the AFCON qualifiers were the only players selected.

Kenneth Muguna, Samuel Onyango, Harun Shakava and Nicholas Kipkirui who have made strong cases this season, were not selected by Coach Sebastian Migne. Muguna and Kipkirui were however named in the CHAN squad where Kogalo provides the bulk of the players

Migne on Dennis Oliech

Migne explained why Oliech was left out of the squad..

“Historically he was one of the best players in Kenya but what is interesting for me is to see now. I am not sure he is the best striker. For me if he shows me he deserves to be there he will be there I am not afraid about it,” Migne said.

“In terms of experience it will be fantastic but in terms of performance he didn’t show me he could be there to compete with his teammates. He scored five goals in the league with three or four penalties and I wait for more from him,”

“I have nothing against Oliech; he played for my former team Nantes at one point in his career but now sorry maybe I arrive too late in the country for him,” the coach noted.

AFCON Squad

Goalkeepers: Patrick Matasi (St. Georges, Ethiopia), Faruok Shikhalo (Bandari FC, Kenya), John Oyemba (Kariobangi Sharks, Kenya), Brian Bwire (Kariobangi Sharks)

Defenders: Philemon Otieno (Gor Mahia-Kenya), Musa Mohammed (Nkana FC-Zambia), Joash Onyango (Gor Mahia-Kenya), Abud Omar (Sepsi Sfântu-Romania), David Owino (Zesco United-Zambia), Bernard Ochieng (Vihiga United-Kenya), Brian Mandela (Maritzburg United-South Africa), Erick Ouma (Vasalund IF-Sweden), Joseph Okumu

Midfielders: Victor Wanyama (Tottenham Hotspurs-England), Anthony Akumu (Zesco United-Zambia), Eric Johanna (IF Bromma-Sweden), Ismael Gonzales (UD Las Palmas-Spain), Francis Kahata (Gor Mahia-Kenya), Dennis Odhiambo (Sofapaka FC-Kenya), Johanna Omollo (Cercle Brugge-Belgium), Christopher Mbamba (Oskarshamns AIK-Sweden), Whyvonne Isuza (AFC Leopards, Kenya), Clifton Miheso (Portugal)

Forwards: Paul Were (AFC Leopards-Kenya), Ayub Timbe (Beijing Renhe-China), Michael Olunga (Kashiwa Reysol-Japan), Allan Wanga (Kakamega Homeboyz-Kenya), John Avire (Sofapaka), Masud Juma (Libya), Ochieng Ovella (IF Vasalund, Sweden)

CHAN Squad

Goalkeepers: Farouk Shikalo, John Oyemba, Brian Bwire

Defenders: Philemon Otieno, Joash Onyango, Bernard Ochieng, Charles Momanyi, Michael Kibwage, Andrew Juma, David Ochieng, David Owino, Eric Juma

Midfielders: Roy Okal, Teddy Osok, Patillah Omotto, Dennis Odhiambo, Ibrahim Shambi, Duke Abuya, Whyvonne Izusa, Cliff Nyakeya

Forward: John Avire, Sydney Lokale, Nicholas Kipkirui, Piston Mutamba, Allan Wanga, Enosh Ochieng.

Video Highlights: Gor Mahia vs Sofapaka

Gor Mahia were in excellent form against Sofapaka on Sunday. Francis Kahata and Kenneth Muguna were particularly impressive in the engine room.

Samuel Onyango has found a rich vein of form and is now among the league’s leading scorers. He scored the first goal from a brilliant pass from Tuyisenge.

The second goal was a result of a counter-attack spurred by excellent vision from Muguna who found the breaking Kahata with a one touch pass that left the Sofapaka defence off balance. Kahata then brilliantly controlled the long ball before putting Tuyisenge through to score.

Muguna’s parents were in attendance

Both Onyango and Muguna are making a strong case to be included in the Harambee Stars squad that will be in Egypt for the 2019 AFCON

Tuyisenge now 5th all time leading scorer

Tuyisenge who joined in 2016 and is playing in his 4th season, is now the 5th leading all time scorer at the club. He is tied with club legend George “Best” Yoga at 61 goals.

According to Top Africa News. The club’s all time leading goal scorers are as follows:

Sammy Onyango “Jogoo” who played for the club between 1979 and 1991 is the club’s all time leading scorer with 93 goals. Allan Thigo, the high priest of Gor Mahia football is second with 88 goals.  Hesbon Omollo one of the few Kogalo players to be league leading scorer is third with 84 goals. Peter Dawo, the legend synonymous with Gor Mahia’s only continental trophy is fourth with 68 goals. Tuyisenge is tied for 5th place with George “Best” Yoga.

Gor Mahia floor Sofapaka 2-0

Gor Mahia scored a convincing 2-0 win over second placed Sofapaka at Kisumu on Sunday. The goals came from the in form Samuel Onyango and reliable scorer Jacque Tuyisenge. The win puts Gor Mahia in a commanding position.

Additional reporting from the Nation

Champions Gor Mahia are two wins away from lifting the SportPesa Premier League title for unmatched 18th time after they edge visitors Sofapaka 2-0 in a thrilling heavyweight clash at Moi Stadium in Kisumu on Sunday.

Samuel Onyango and Jacques Tuyisenge scored a goal a piece in the second half to stretch K’Ogalo’s lead to 66points. Sofapaka remains second on 56points.

A delighted Gor’s coach Hassan Oktay said he was now sure of lifting the title.

“Now I can say that we are champions because we have opened a big gap. This game was very important for us,” said Oktay.

At the fully packed stadium, Gor supporters sent early their call for a win with jeers on Samuel Onyango when he failed to slot home from a free-kick at edge of the box.

Sofapaka also won a free-kick the other end just moments later, Jacques Tuyisenge rising high to send away Omar Moussa’s strike.

Eight minutes into the contest, Sofapaka goalkeeper Justine Ndikumana was forced to a double save to deny Tuyisenge from close-range after being assisted by Kenneth Muguna.

The visitors had not settled in the “heavyweight” clash as K’Ogalo dictated the exchange and always threatened from the flanks.

Regarded the perfect free-kick taker in the coach Oktay’s squad, Muguna was called into action on the 23rd minute, the latter bending a beautiful shot, which went wide by few inches.

John Avire attempted to find the back of the hosts net on the 25th and 32nd minutes respectively through long-range efforts, but luck was not on his side.

Gor’s goalkeeper Fredrick Odhiambo had to be alert in his area five minutes to the break and make a timely save from George Maelo’s free-kick, before several waiting yellow shirts inside his area could connect.

Gor almost took the lead immediately after the restart when Francis Kahata found Onyango upfront with a low pass, the latter’s one touch finish going wide.

Onyango left the thousands of K’Ogalo supporters singing on the 57th minute when he raced to beat Sofapaka’s goalkeeper Ndikumana with a rising shot.

The shot-stopper had left his line early in attempt to make a clearance before Onyango arrived.

Both sides then made substitutions, the visitors resting Kilume Mohammed for Ibrahim Kajula, while the hosts brought in Erisa Ssekisambu for Nicholas Kipkirui.

Center referee Felix Ekai was forced cool tempratures in the clash on the 76th minute before players from both side almost engaged in a fight.

One minute later, Tuyisenge netted the second goal to move Gor to two wins away from winning the domestic title.

The Rwandese collected a pass from Kahata and dribbled inside the box, before rounding goalkeeper Ndikumana to slot home in the empty net.

Five minutes to the break, Pistone Mutamba would have pulled one for his side but his header from a corner-kick delivery went wide.

Gor Mahia blank Chemelil 2-0

Scorer: Samuel Onyango is congratulated by Mustafa

After two successive draws, Gor Mahia put their march towards the 2018-2019 Kenya Premier League title back on track when they beat Chemelil Sugar 2-0 on Wednesday

Additional reporting from Yahoo Sports

Gor Mahia beat Chemelil Sugar 2-0 in Kisumu on Wednesday to restore their seven-point lead over second-placed Sofapaka on the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) table

Kenneth Muguna and Samwel Onyango were responsible for helping Gor Mahia pick up six points from the Sugar Millers this season after winning the reverse fixture with the same scoreline. 

Mpondo Samwel was quick to deny Francis Kahata an entry into Chemelil Sugar’s box in the seventh minute, after Kahata and Erisa Ssekisambu had a good build-up before Mpondo robbed the Gor Mahia midfielder and cleared his area.

Joash Onyango saved Gor Mahia from early blushes when he stopped a counter-attack by the hosts in the 15th minute. The Harambee Stars defender managed to slide and clear the ball from the feet of Adefeya Junior as the Chemelil Sugar forward made his way towards Gor Mahia’s box.

Francis Baraza had to make an early change when Lucas Waitere was stretched off in the 33rd minute with Charles Okiya taking his place. Onyango’s reckless tackle on Waitere forced the Millers to make that first half substitution.

Kenneth Muguna scored the first goal for the Green Army in the 38th minute from a free kick – Ssekisambu was fouled outside the box and that chance proved all that Gor Mahia needed to bag the first goal.

Okiya could have restored parity on the hour mark if he were clinical when the chance presented that itself following an accurate Richard Oti pass. Okiya failed to beat Frederick Odhiambo, who was all but beaten in goal, as his shot went off target from close range.

Philip Mwangale’s timely goal-line clearance denied Nicholas Kipkirui from doubling Gor Mahia’s lead in the 68th minute. The former Zoo FC striker had beaten Morgan Alube in Chemelil Sugar’s goal but Mwangale’s quick reaction kept the Millers in the game.

Samwel Onyango doubled Gor Mahia’s lead in the 76th minute after Chrispin Opondo blundered inside his area. The former Ulinzi Stars man has now bagged seven goals for the defending KPL champions, level with Kipkirui who was substituted in the 79th minute.

A bigger test awaits the Green Army as they host Sofapaka on May 12 in Kisumu. Chemelil Sugar will be away at Mbaraki to face Bandari on May 14.

Chemelil Sugar XI: Alube Morgan, Opondo Crispin, Mahiga Vincent, Omino James, Mwangale Philip, Mpondo Samwel, Akoko Nicholas, Oduor Pablo, Oti Richard, Waitere Lucas, Adeyefa Junior.

Subs: Onunga Richard, Okiya Charles, Ocholla Francis, Wangulu Gilbert, Ochieng John, Kwezi Boris, Otieno Selassie.

Gor Mahia XI: Frederick Odhiambo, Wellington Ochieng, Geoffrey Ochieng, Joash Onyango, Haron Shakava, Hashim Sempala, Francis Kahata, Kenneth Muguna, Erisa Ssekisambu, Nicholas Kipkirui, and Samwel Onyango.

Subs: Shaban Odhoji, Philemon Otieno, Joachim Oluoch, Bernard Ondiek, Ernest Wendo, Francis Mustafa and Boniface Omondi.

Oktay: Injuries decimating the playing Unit

Stalwart attacker Dennis Oliech is out for the rest of the season. He broke his hand in the match against Western Stima after colliding with an opponent and landing awkwardly.

Aside from Oliech, coach Oktay stated that the tight schedule is taking its toll on the playing unit in terms of injuries.

“Goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch is sick, Jacques Tuyisenge as an ankle problem same as defenders Charles Momanyi and Shafik Batambize, while Shaban Odhoji is also struggling. All I want is to get a report from the medical stuff before I know what to do.” Oktay told goal.com

Oktay also re-asserted that the blunt attack is the culprit in the last two games.

“That is normal to drop points, it normal and in football that is normal, Against KCB we had injuries and we were losing 3-0 but managed to get a draw despite the mising seven chances. We were supposed to get maximum points from KCB,”

“It was also the same thing against Western Stima, we dominated the match and hit the post twice plus a number of missed chances but we finally dropped points because Stima came looking for a point.” Oktay continued.

Rachier outlines status of club finances and land

Speaking to Citizen Sport, Gor Mahia Chairman Ambrose Rachier gave a detailed report of the club’s finances which suggests that the club is deep in debt

Additional reporting from Citizen Sport

Kenyan Premier League (KPL) giants Gor Mahia FC are shouldering a Sh. 105.5 million in debt burden according a summary of the club’s income and expenditures this season.

Gor’s revenue streams – including sponsorship funds and the sale of club merchandise have raked in Sh. 111.8 million but the KPL champions a massive 217.3 million with the cost of international travel alone eating up a third of that.

International transportation cost Gor Sh.72 million with player salaries and those of the club’s officials amounting to Sh. 62 million.

In a rundown provided by Gor’s chairman Ambrose Rachier, it shows the club also made Sh. 13 million in profit from player transfers while counterfeits meant only a paltry Sh.400, 000 have been collected from the sale of merchandise.

Gate collections from local and continental matches amount for KSh. 7 million while they were also paid a total Sh15 million by continental governing body CAF thanks to a season in which they became the first ever Kenyan team to reach the CAF Confederation Cup quarter-finals.

Rachier stated his desire to trim what he termed a ‘bloated office’ at the club but emphasized such powers can only be available to him once the new constitution – which he said would be ready by May 9 – is adopted.

Land

He also gave an update on the club’s long-drawn-out plan to build its own stadium, suggesting conflicts in location and unresolved land conflict as their biggest setback.

“The Embakasi land has been grabbed and the title deed got lost during Erastus Okuls’s era as the chairman. I’m following up on the Kasarani’s 10-acre piece of land but the problem is the title deed can only be registered in my name.

“The Constitution hasn’t given me the powers to make certain decisions that can make Gor Mahia a business entity,” Rachier told Ramogi FM.

Rachier also announced Gor will start awarding professional contracts to its youth team players in what could make the first KPL club to do so.

A partnership deal with Brookside, which he said will be announced next week, could prove a turning point for the club’s junior team with the extra funds set to be diverted their way.

Gor already agreed a deal with the milk processing company but no contracts have been signed yet and Rachier expects the paperwork to be complete by the end of this week.

“Rogue Players”

The official meanwhile also reiterated his resolve to crack the whip on ‘rogue’ players at the club when the KPL season comes to a close.

Rachier vowed to punish indisciplined players following the extraordinary timeline of events that led to Gor’s exit from the CAF Confederation Cup.

Photos of Gor players lying helplessly on the floor at the airport lounge in Doha, Qatar sparked online outrage and prompted Rachier into calling a press briefing to clear the air over the issue.

He turned the heat on the players and specifically called out Francis Kahata and Philemon Otieno for “conjuring up malicious pictures to evoke sympathy and fake suffering.”

Oktay Defends Odhoji, blames attack

Shaban Odhoji has been having a good run between the posts. But on Thursday against KCB Fans faulted him for the goals especially the third one where he was caught out of position. However Coach Oktay is adamant that Gor Mahia would have won that game if they took their chances.

I can’t blame my keeper for those mistakes because they play as a team. Why is it that when strikers miss chances in any given match, they are not at fault but when a keeper concedes a goal, he has committed a mistake?” Oktay told goal.com

Oktay is seeking to build Odhoji’s confidence so that the custodian can build on his good run.
“Odhoji has been marvellous for us in the last few matches and we cannot crucify him just for one or two mistakes. He was fantastic in the second half of the season, we did not concede and I like his attitude because he always leads the team from behind.” he continued.

Oktay has his work cut out to sharpen the attack
“We were on top in the second period, I lost count of the chances we created. I guess we had around seven or eight chances that my strikers could not put away. Mustafa (Francis) missed four and scored one, Jacques Tuyisenge missed two and I think Boniface Omondi squandered another,” said Oktay

Oktay knows that Gor Mahia cannot afford to relax since Sofapaka are breathing down their neck, only six points behind. Gor Mahia cannot afford another slip up against Westerm Stima on Sunday.

“It was a game we deserved to win but when you don’t use your chances, be assured of dropping points and that is what happened to us. I am happy with the draw because KCB also played well and never gave us time to play our game.” he concluded.