Gor Mahia edge Sofapaka 2-1

Gor Mahia rocketed back to the top of the standings with a 2-1 win over Sofapaka at Kisumu stadium on Wednesday.

Additional reporting from soka.co.ke

Gor Mahia FC were 2-1 winners over Sofapaka FC in a rescheduled Kenyan Premier League (KPL) match played at the Moi Stadium from 4 pm, a result that takes them back to the summit of the KPL table standings from 17 matches.

Getting their goals through midfielders Lawrence Juma and Kenneth Muguna, Gor thwarted any attempt at a comeback even with Jaden Nana getting one for Sofapaka.

Gor Mahia started strongly in the match, with two clear chances in the opening ten minutes. Boniface Omondi and Clifton Miheso had their efforts on target but had the defensive efforts of Willis Ouma deny them an early lead.

In the 12th minute, however, the hosts would go up. Lawrence Juma was primely positioned for a Boniface Omondi pass and this he buried. As expected, this rattled Batoto Ba Mungu, and their fightback began immediately. Jaden Nana would be the one to restore parity 6 minutes after Gor’s opener. Clearing up the mess from Kepha Aswani’s initial shot, Nana made no mistake making it 1-1.

The two teams would go into the break tied.

Skippering Sofapaka on the day, Elli Asieche wanted his presence felt and had a spirited chase for Sofa’s second three minutes after the resumption but David Mapigano in goal for Gor Mahia could hear none of it.

The first change of the tie would come in the 55th minute when left-back Thomas Wainaina was rested for striker Collins Wakhungu. Sofapaka clearly wanted all the spoils. The tide was to swing in Gor’s favour however when in the 63rd minute, Kenneth Muguna struck after being set-up by Samuel Onyango.

Brian Nyakan was Sofa’s second roll of the dice and he took David Simiyu’s place.

With four minutes of regular time left, Nyakan rose to meet Titus Achesa’s cross and heading it home, found Mapigano astute in between the sticks. The Gor Mahia keeper had closed shop and no more goals would be scored in the tie.

The champions kept their 2-1 lead till full time, a result that takes them back to the top of the Kenyan Premier League table.

Gor Mahia fans claim to have evidence of corruption at the club

“These are the reasons why Gor Mahia as a club cant thrive. A group of fans go out of their way to secure an ambulance for their match against Bandari but the club officials see it wise to deduct a certain amount from gate collections in the name of ‘paying for the ambulance’.”

The post hit social media on Tuesday but Kogalo officials have not responded.

Gor Mahia take on Sofapaka at Kisumu

The Wednesday match between Gor Mahia and Sofapaka will be played in Kisumu according to the Daily Nation.

Sofapaka are in 9th position on the table and are having a dissapointing season. But coach Polack is not taking any chances.

“Matches at hand are tricky at times and we need to make the two that we have count. All KPL teams up their game when facing us and I know Sofapaka will be no different. We have however prepared well for this fixture and I am optimistic we will get a positive result,”  he said to the Nation.

Polack has proven many times that when given time to prepare the team, he can deliver excellent results. A victory will put Kogalo atop the standings.

Sofapaka coach John Baraza lamented dropping two points to Chemelil Sugar in their most recent match

“We didn’t have a good outing away in Muhoroni against Chemelil. We didn’t play well in the first half of the match that largely affected our game plan. In the second half they scored the equaliser and defended solidly, locking out all our attempts,”

The match kicks off at 3pm according to the league portal.

Polack on why Balinya missed Bandari match

Balinya watched from the terraces on Saturday

Gor Mahia coach Steve Polack said he was eager to deploy new signing Juma Balinya against Bandari but his transfer paperwork had not gone through

“His paperwork is not ready yet, and we are working round the clock to make sure the issue is sorted out. I was intending to use him against Bandari because he showed me in training how good he is but we have to wait now”. he said to goal.com

Polack says he hopes Balinya will be available soon.

I don’t think he will be available for Wednesday when we face Sofapaka, I am not sure whether the issue will have been solved.I know the management is working to make sure that all is sorted and when we have the papers then you will see him play.”

Match Highlights

Gor Mahia hammer Bandari 3-0

 

Gor Mahia’s 2019-2020 campaign is now solidly back on track. On Saturday, they hammered Bandari 3-0. The goals came from : Mapigano 9′, Apudo 44′, Agogo 68′

GoakKeeper Mapigano scored perhaps the best goal of the season, direct from restart with a goalkick, catching his opposite equal off guard.

Apudo had a dream debut, owning the left side and scoring his first Kogalo goal

Additional reporting from futaa.com

Twahir Muhidin was taking charge of Bandari since taking over as interim boss from Bernard Mwalala who stepped down. It wasn’t an easy match for the Dockers as the first match for the caretaker boss was Gor Mahia.

A lack of concentration from Bandari goalkeeper Justin Ndikumana saw Gor Mahia take the lead thanks to Mapigano’s straight kick from his own area. Goals from Apudo and Kennedy Agogo were enough to hand Bandari yet again another defeat with Wilberforce Lugogo missing a penalty in the stoppage time which could have seen the visitors get a consolation goal.

A balanced game from the start but Gor Mahia had the lead. K’Ogalo’s keeper Mapigano kicked the ball from a distance and it caught Ndikumana off guard and he could not save it as the ball went on to kiss the back of the net.

Bandari tried to respond as Kenga received a through ball from Lugogo. The forward dribbled past Mapigano but he missed his feet and the keeper had the chance to recover. Another chance for Dockers came and it was Ochomo going passed Mahia’s defence but his strike kissed the side net.

The Green Army got their second just before half time Apudo. Bandari pressed chasing for an equalizer but were hit on the counter and Apudo grabbed the second for the hosts.

In the second half, Gor Mahia netted the third goal, punishing Bandari after they lost possession in their own half. The ball was sent inside the penalty area and substitute Kennedy Agogo took his time, dancing inside the penalty area before he unleashed a shot past Ndikumana.

Penalty

Bandari were awarded a penalty after Darius Msagha was brought down inside the danger zone by Momanyi. Lugogo stepped up to take it but his effort was saved by Mapigano after he dived in the right direction.

Lavatsa seen training, Balinya to debut

Reports from the Gor Mahia camp suggest that Ugandan signee Juma Balinya is set to make his debut this weekend against Bandari. Balinya has expressed an eagerness to emulate fellow Ugandans like Dan Sserunkuma who made a name for themselves at this club.

Reports also suggest that Edwin Lavatsa (pictured above), who left Gor Mahia for MC Alger in 2013 is also in camp in an effort to impress coach Steve Polack. Image from Siaji Otieno

With Geoffrey Ochieng suspended due to yellow cards, new signing Michael Apudo is also likely to be deployed at fullback

 

 

Oktay: Gor Mahia made me famous

Oktay won several awards at Gor Mahia

Former Gor Mahia coach Hassan Oktay is effusive in his praise for Gor Mahia. Before joining Gor Mahia, Oktay was the assistant coach at Braintree Town FC , a 5th tier side in England.

He then came to Gor Mahia and steered the club to a league title and to its best performance in a continental event since 1989.

“I was unknown before but after coaching [Gor Mahia], I am a big name now,” Oktay told People Sport. I hope Kenyans understand just how big Gor Mahia is out there.

Oktay now says a number of top African sides are looking for his signature.

“Gor has opened doors for me. Right now, I have three good offers. Nkana FC of Zambia, Rayon Sport of Rwanda and a club from Botswana have all approached me. I am looking at the offers before making a decision.”

The tactician says he will not mind making a return to the KPL if an offer came his way.

“I wouldn’t think twice. I love Kenya and Gor fans. I know the club has financial challenges but I had no problem when my salary was delayed and I would not mind now,” he concluded.

K’Ogalo are targeting their 19th crown this season and are currently third on the log with 35 points from 15 games.

Gor Mahia signs Michael Apudo

Gor Mahia has acquired Posta Rangers full back Michael Apudo from Posta Rangers. Sammy Omollo, the Posta Rangers coach, confirmed the move.

“He has been a good servant to the club since we signed him from Sony and he requested to be released to pursue greener pastures and we obliged. May he succeed in his new club,” Pamzo told Nation Sport.

The fullback position has been problematic for Gor Mahia. Wellington Ochieng has been injury prone of late. Philemon Otieno has just resumed training and will not be available for selection until he regains match fitness.

Polack confident of beating Bandari

Samuel Onyango scored against Bandari in November last year

The 2019-2020 season is proving to be a difficult one. Gor Mahia has faced the adversity of losing its short sponsor, not having a convenient home ground, lower gate proceeds as well as the loss of other revenues like TV revenues. As a result is that the club has lost key players while other teams have gained ins strength.  The net result is that the league is proving tougher as the gap between Gor Mahia and other teams has been reduced to almost nothing and the player depth that the club has always had, is dimished.

Against this backdrop, Gor Mahia will resume their league campaign on Saturday January 25 against Bandari. The dockers are looking to put their campaign back on track. A string of bad results caused coach Bernard Mwalala hos job. Veteran coach Twahir Muhiddin is now the caretaker coach and his first order of business is to keep his charges from putting themselves under pressure.

“Gor Mahia game is just a normal game and we hope for the best as the boys have also regained their fighting spirit,” Muhiddin told goal.com

Bandari are in high spirits after winning a midweek friendly against Omax by a score of 7-0

His colleague Stephen Polack knows that another loss will send alarm bells ringing. But he is happy that for once, the team has had a good week of training.

I always play to win and I will play to win against them on Saturday. The league is difficult and every team playing against Gor Mahia is trying to beat us but I know we trained well this week and everything is looking fine, we are ready to beat them.”  said Polack to goal.com

Polack also confirmed to goal.com that Wellington Ochieng is back from long term injury

“[Wellington] is back, he is also training but I have to give him some time to see how he responds, but so far he has not complained of any pain,” Polack continued. “I don’t think I will have him ready for the weekend match against Bandari, that might be too soon for him but he looks good and soon he will get a starting role.” said Polack

When given a chance to work with the whole team, Polack has proven to be an astute coach. Kogalo. When these two teams last met in November, Gor Mahia won 2-0.

Philemon Otieno extends Gor Mahia contract

Philemon Otieno has put pen to paper for another two seasons at Kogalo. He is also back in training. Otieno was injured during a Harambee stars friendly and required surgery. When it came time to pay for the surgery, FKF initially agreed to send him to France for the surgery. But a month later Both FKF and Gor Mahia pointed fingers at each other saying each should pay for the surgery. It took the intervention of fellow players like Johana Omollo and Michael Olunga for Otieno to get the surgery he needed.

Additional reporting from the Nation

A senior member of the club’s technical bench – requested to remain anonymous – confirmed the development, saying the 27-year-old player” still has a lot to offer the team.”
Otieno, whose four-year contract with Gor was to elapse at the end of January, has been out of action since August 2019, following a knee injury he picked while doing duty for the national team.
He underwent a reconstructive surgery in September the same year.
Speaking on Monday after holding his first training with the team at Camp Toyoyo grounds in Nairobi, Otieno said his heart is still at the club and that he hopes to stay on.
Head coach Steven Polack also said he wants the former Ushuru man to stay at the club

Gor Mahia signs Nicholas Omondi as Oliech hangs up his boots

Gor Mahia have completed the signing of highly-rated midfielder Nicholas Omondi from National Super League (NSL) side Kibera Black Stars.

Additional reporting from the Nation

The youngster joins the reigning Kenyan Premier League (KPL) side on a two-year deal.

Gor Mahia Team Manager Jolawi Obondo has confirmed to Nation Sport the development.

“He is a very good player and we are happy to have him join the club. He adds something different in the team and we hope he can settle in first and become an important player for the team,” Jolawi said.

Nation Sport has reliably learnt that the player’s contract at K’Ogalo has an exit clause in case he lands a deal abroad. A number of teams in Europe and USA have been following the progress of the youngster.

Omondi becomes the team’s fourth signing in the ongoing transfer window after the capture of striker Juma Balinya from Yanga, Ghanaian midfielder Jackson Owusu and the promotion of youth team duo Chris Alpha Onyango and Alphonse Omija.

Dennis Oliech has retired

Courtesy of the Nation

Former Kenya international striker Dennis Oliech has officially retired from football after failing to nail a move to any Kenyan Premier League (KPL) club.

Oliech had hopes of being signed by one of the KPL clubs notably Wazito or Bandari, but with less than two weeks to the end of January transfer window, the veteran striker has decided to hang his boots after the two clubs and none in the league failed to show any interest in his services.

“I have officially retired from playing football and will venture into business. I had stated when I left Gor Mahia that I would bounce back by joining Wazito or Bandari, but nothing is forthcoming and that is why I have not seen any need to continue. I have retired both international and at a club level,” he said in an interview with Nation Sport.

He also revealed that he arrived at the decision after seeing the fortunes of Kenyan football dwindle given the current financial crisis bedevilling the league.

“Kenyan football is on its deathbed and that is evident by the go slows and walkovers in the league. Why can’t KPL management stand strong yet even before SportPesa came, the league was running. The officials have personal interests and are only playing politics in the name of lamenting over sponsorship,” he added.

Oliech, who also said he is not interested in pursuing a coaching career as other footballers, revealed he will soon start an agency business where he will use his fame in various countries to search for greener pastures for younger players.