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16 Nov 18

Dylan Kerr appeared a happy man as he walked around the city and mingled with fans. However there may have been frustrations that he did not reveal to fans prior to leaving. A report on offers details as to why coach Dylan Kerr felt compelled to leave Gor Mahia

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Dylan Kerr’s resignation as Gor Mahia’s coach on Thursday 15th November shocked the K’Ogalo faithful. But what really pushed the Briton to the edge?

Futaa has unearthed shocking revelations of Kerr’s tribulations at Gor Mahia that played a big part in his resignation despite his notable achievements since joining the 17-time Kenyan Premier League champions in 2017.

According to sources, a number of issues ranging from salary arrears and poor living conditions forced out the coach who had very quickly become a fan favorite of the Green Army.

Salary arrears

The club had failed to pay Dylan Kerr even a single cent for four months and there was no hope by the time he left. Close sources indicate that the Briton was going through a rough patch financially and a lack of water and electricity at his Kileleshwa apartment due to rent arrears was a testament to that.

The lack of water in his house forced him to take showers in a swimming pool around the area.

Judith Nyangi, a vocal club official took to Facebook to pour her frustrations at the club saying, “Kerr is the only coach who could have persevered at Gor Mahia, imagine a coach staying in a house without electricity and water and having to shower in a swimming pool coz of rent arrears. Fans must protect this brand at all means.”

The Briton was a regular visitor at a Kibanda in Kilimani near Yaya Centre, not because he liked it but because his pockets could not allow him to have a proper meal at a proper place.

A fan who was a close friend of the coach and whose identity we cannot reveal due to security reasons told us, “Dylan Kerr was spending Ksh 150 on lunch eating Ugali and Matumbo at a Kibanda near Yaya.”

In fact, things were so tough for the coach to the point he could not buy a new phone after losing the one he was using to thugs. It took the efforts of two unnamed players to pull resources and get him a new one.


As petty as it might sound, Gor had transformed their coach into a trekking machine, by the time of his departure, Dylan Kerr did not have a car of his own or one provided by the club making his movements to and from training a difficult journey – most times, the 51-year-old was forced to trek from Kileleshwa to camp Toyoyo for training.

The close relationship with former Ingwe coach

Kerr’s close relationship with former AFC Leopards coach Rodolfo Zapata and newly appointed Sofapaka coach Melis Medo might also have played a role in his departure.

The two were being taken good care of by their respective clubs and that left the Briton wondering why his club was treating him badly.

The Brit will go down in history as one of the most successful Gor Mahia coaches ever having won the Kenya Premier League in his debut season and defending the title the following year. Kerr will also take credit for guiding K’Ogalo back to continental football.

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15 Nov 18

After several weeks of speculation, Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr has finally confirmed the rumours that he is indeed leaving the club to pursue greener pastures.
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Kenyan champions Gor Mahia on Thursday evening confirmed the club had parted ways with head coach Dylan Kerr.

The Englishman, who led the 17-time Kenyan champions to the Caf Confederation Cup group stages last season, is said to have tendered his resignation.

“As per his letter, he is going for greener pastures and I want to wish him all the best,” Gor chairman Ambrose Rachier said in a statement on the club’s official website.

The 51-year-old, who led K’Ogalo to back-to-back league titles in 2017 and 2018, thanked the Gor fraternity for their support in his 17-month tenure.

“To players, all l can say is a big thank you for being amazing – everyone played their part with fun, enthusiasm, hard work and most of all belief in what l demanded for both on and off the field. I hope you continue having the vision l constantly told you and always remember no regrets,” Kerr stated in the letter.

“The K’Ogalo faithful ‘Tibim’ Gorrrr Gorrrr Mahia, forever in my heart, forever family, forever friends you made all this work with your lust for passion on the field and your quest for us to be the best… You are the best.”

Meanwhile, the club resumed training on Thursday ahead of a busy season with a Caf Champions League fixture against Malawi side Nyasa Bullets in a fortnight.

Kerr’s last assignment at the club was their historic friendly match against Everton at the Goodison Park on November 6 where the Kenyan giants were humbled 4-0 by the English Premier League side.

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14 Nov 18

Gor Mahia players have apparently not been paid their October salaries. They are therefore going on a go slow to demand action on the same

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The Kenyan champions will take part in the Caf competition for the second season in a row after winning the league title
Gor Mahia are in a huge crisis less than two weeks before they launch their campaign in the Caf Champion League.

The Kenyan champions will take part in the Caf competition for the second season in a row after winning the league title but all is not well as the team is yet to hit camp in readiness for the preliminary fixture against Malawi giants Nyasa Big Bullets.

K’Ogalo CEO Omondi Aduda had revealed to Goal on Monday that the team will resume training on Tuesday ahead of the tie. However, Goal can now reveal that Gor Mahia players and some officials are on a go slow and have demanded that their grievances are met before they resume training.

A source within the club has confirmed that the players are demanding for their October salary that was promised to be paid before they left for England to face Everton and the club is yet to pay for the training venue.

“It is a crisis of sought because things are not moving at the moment. The players want their October salary paid before they hit camp and as a matter of fact, the club management is yet to pay for the training venue.

“They (players) don’t have a venue where they can train and it is very unlucky that, we are heading into a new season, with the same problems that almost spoiled the 2018 season. We only have less than two weeks before we face Bullets and I will not be surprised if they kick us out.

“Furthermore, the players in the team have persevered for a long time and they want the office to clear the arrears because they have families to take care of. Others are struggling to pay rent and only received some token from SportPesa CEO during their tour of Everton. That is the only money they have received so far and is not enough to keep them going.”

Gor Mahia will host the Malawian league leaders on 27/28 November before the return leg a week later at the Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.

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12 Nov 18

Gor Mahia CEO Omondi Aduda is unsure of coach Kerr’s whereabouts. Speculation has been rife that for heath reason’s Kerr’s days at Kogalo are numbered

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Gor Mahia CEO Lodvick Aduda is concerned about the absence of head coach Dylan Kerr, who has gone AWOL since the Kenyan champions’ exhibition match against Everton earlier this week.

Kerr was on the bench as Gor were defeated 4-0 by Everton in the SportPesa Cup at Goodison Park earlier this week, but didn’t return with the team from England on Saturday.

“Coach Kerr’s absence worries us,” Aduda told KweséESPN. “We have several games coming, with the preliminary match of the CAF Champions League in only two weeks’ time, and then the league will kick off.

“I really don’t know what the coach is up to, but we shall have a meeting on Monday and know the way forward because his absence disorganizes our plans,” he added.

“We don’t have the luxury of sitting back at such a time.”

Kerr, who took over from Ze Maria in July 2017, has helped Gor win the Kenyan Premier League twice, while he also led the club to the CAF Confederation Cup group stage.

The coach is yet to explain his absence to KweséESPN.

Despite Gor’s thumping defeat on Merseyside, Aduda is confident that the team have benefited from their overseas experience.

“Our players and technical bench have been exposed to good training facilities and equipment,” he continued. “Also, the players have learned the seriousness of football at a high level.

“Our team is not the same again after the game in England, but we need to focus now on the Champions League and defending our league title.”

Gor have been paired against Malawi’s Nyasa Big Bullets FC in the preliminary round of the CAF Champions League which kicks off later this month.

“I think we have a chance to push for the group stage of the Champions League this time,” Aduda concluded. “I believe the draw this year is not as tough as it was for in the last campaign.”

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10 Nov 18

Gor Mahia will face off with Malawi representatives, Big Bullets in the opening round of the 2018-2019 Africa champions league. The first match is to be played during the week of November 27 2018. The return leg will be a week later.

Big Bullets werethe runners up of the Malawi league in 2017. The 2018 season is not complete yet. Their arch rivals, Wanderers were selected to enter the champions league. Wanderers declined the offer and Big Bullets took the opportunity.

Should Gor Mahia win, they will next face the winner of the encounter pitting UMS de Loum of Cameroun and Lobi Stars of Nigeria. The first round matches will be played during the week of December 14.


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8 Nov 18

One of the few bright spots: Shafiq Butambuze

Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr believes the experience of playing Everton will help sharpen the club as they prepare for next season’s assignments.

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Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr believes his players were overwhelmed by the occasion during Tuesday’s historic friendly match against Everton at Goodison Park.

But the Englishman is optimistic the experience his charges gathered in this contest versus the English Premier League side will come in handy in their continental engagements in the 2018/2019 season.

On the historic night at the 40,000-seater facility under floodlights in Liverpool, the Kenyan team struggled to compete in arguably their most important game of their careers. Gor Mahia were up against Everton in the SportPesa Trophy match, having won the SportPesa Super Cup mid this year in Nakuru which earned them a ticket to face the Toffees.

First-half goals from Ademola Lookman and Kieran Dowell assured the hosts’ full control at the break in this SportPesa Trophy match.

Additional strikes from Nathan Broadhead and Oumar Niasse wrapped up a deserved 4-0 victory for the second string English Premier League side in the last 10 minutes of the game.

“We can definitely play far better than this and at some point, my charges played a reserved game, offering too much respect to the opponent,” said Kerr.
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“Overall, it turned out to be a good learning experience for the lads though many people wanted me to field my strong team the whole game. I am happy to have given each player a chance to play. We look forward to take this experience to the next stage of the (Caf) Champions League.”

Gor showed signs of rustiness in this encounter, but still winger George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo, second choice keeper Peter Odhiambo and new signing Shafik Batambuze at left back were some of the players who impressed.

First choice keeper Boniface Oluoch, however, did struggle and in particular, should have done better with the second goal the team conceded. This was K’Ogalo’s third winless match against an English opponent.

Meanwhile, the Kenyan contingent in England which included opposition leaders Raila Odinga and James Orengo, Sports PS Kirimi Kaberia and SportPesa CEO Ronald Karauari on Wednesday toured English Championship club Hull City, a team which recently beat Gor Mahia on post-match penalties at Kasarani.

K’Ogalo are expected back home on Saturday morning.

Pictures: Gor Mahia tour Hull City facilities

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6 Nov 18

Joash Onyango tries to stop Everton winger Tosun


Everton proved that they are simply a class above Gor Mahia. They were especially lethal on counter-attacks with their lightning quick passes and ability to open up running lanes. Whereas Gor Mahia tried a slow patient build-up, Everton were quick on the ball, thus often giving Gor Mahia no chance to settle.

Local players simply lack the technique required to make quick but precise passes then make intelligent runs. It is a result of doing hundreds and hundreds of passing drills starting as early as age 6 or 7.

Nevertheless, Gor Mahia’s defence acquitted themselves well, often thwarting imminent goals. Goalkeeper Frederick Odhiambo and the new signing Shafiq Butambuze were impressive.

Gor Mahia’s best moments came between minutes 45 and 60. That was when they created chances with Blackberry proving a handful for the toffees. But the mass substitutions ruined the rhythm

Minute by Minute

Ademola Lukman scored the opener in minute 16 finishing off a cross from the right flank following a flowing move. The Gor Mahia defender did not follow Lukman and tried to recover late. In the end it was an easy tap in for Lukman.

Dowell scored Everton’s second goal from a breakway , tucking the ball under Oluoch. Everton with most of the possession were looking very dangerous on breakways.

32nd minute Good movement sees Blackberry cut inwards but his shot sails way above the goal.

35th minute: Dominic defly loses Nizigiyimana but his shot is parried by Oluoch for a corner.

41st minute: Another Everton breakway catches Kogalo falt footed. But Oluck pulls off a save from a wide open Kieran Dowell.

45 minutes: Lukman runs dangerously on the left. Cuts inside but Shakava blocks his shot.

With the exception of Blackberry’s effort which sailed over the bar, Kogalo have yet to trouble the Everton keeper. The half time score is 2-0

Former Naija international Yakubu is commentating and says Kogalo need to speed up their passes. Indeed what separates the two sides is Everton’s ability to string quick passes on the run.

Also Gor Mahia players seem to be sliding constantly. It appears their boots are not suited to this surface.

Second half starts. Bernard Ondiek is on as is Humphrey Mieno.

48′: Everton looking dangerous but dogged defending saveing Kogalo in the early exchanges. Gor Mahia losing the ball in dangerous places as the Everton press is taking its toll.

50′ : Blackberry at the end of a flowing move, sends a low cross but it goes begging

Blackberry looking lively. Butambuze solid in defence.

52′: Lukman slices through several defenders. The goalkeeper is well beaten. Butambuze with a goal line save.

57′: Francis Mustapha squanders a wide open attempt with the Everton keeper out of position .

59′ : Another flowing move ends with Butambuze sending a low cross into the box. But the Everton keeper was equal to it.

60′: Ade on for Mustapha.

65″ : Yerry Mina heads a Lukman freekick only inches over the bar.

67′ : Lukman with a dangerous on the left but run blocked by Philemon.

68′ : Mieno being treated for an injury after colliding with Niasse.

70′ : Gor Mahia stringing together passes resulting in dangerous  scenarios. But Ondiek is offside.

71′: Multiple substitutions. Blackberry makes way for Cercidy. Joachim Oluoch also on.

73′:Momanyi foils a dangerous run by Niasse. Sub goalkeeper Odhiambo easily collects the resulting corner.

74′ : Keeper Odhiambo one on one with Niasse, makes a excellent save.

75′: Youngster Kyle John enters in place of Jagileka

79′ Odhiambo with good positioning collects a cross from John.

81′: Butambuze with good positioning again. In the right place to foil a dangerous run from Niasse.

82′ :Odhoji on in goal.

83: Niasse a danger again but closed down by several defenders in the penalty box.

86′: Butambuze is named best player forKogalo by Yakubu. Lukman is named man of the man of the match.

87′ : Everton scores third goal due to poor communication between  Odhoji and a defender. Gor Mahia have been trying to play from the back and it evetually caught up with them.

88″ Niasse finally finds the net, picking up a through ball and deftly losing a defender.

90′: Yerry Mina’s header from a  free-kick is saved by Odhoji.

Starting XI: Boniface Oluoch (GK), Karim Nizigiyimana, Shafik Batambuze, Joash Onyango, Haron Shakava (CPT), Ernest Wendo, Samuel Onyango, Philemon Otieno, Francis Mustapha , Francis Kahata and George Odhiambo.

Subs: Shaban Odhoji, Peter Odhiambo, Charles Momanyi, Joachim Oluoch, Wesley Onguso, Wellington Ochieng, Humprey Mieno, Boniface Omondi, Lawrence Juma, Kevin Omondi, Cercidy Okeyo, Bernard Ondiek and Eliud Lokuw


Starting XI: Maarten Stekelenburg (GK), Mason Holgate, Leighton Baines, Phil Jagielka (CPT), Yerry Mina, Morgan Schneiderlin, Tom Davies, Kieran Dowell, Ademola Lookman, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Cenk Tosun.

Subs: Joao Virginia, James McCarthy, Oumar Niasse, Beni Baningime, Nathan Broadhead, Anthony Gordon and Kyle John.

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4 Nov 18

Images courtesy of Tony Anelka


First Training session


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2 Nov 18

Mike Okinyi: Gor Mahia is the first team from Africa to play at Liverpool.
Nizigiyimana: The team is very happy and thanks the sponsor for this glorious opportunity
Shakava: As a team we have trained well for this opportunity. A chance to showcase our talent. The weather is not favourable. We will not put pressure on ourselves. We will just relax and play. We promise the fans that we will enjoy the game and play well.



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2 Nov 18

Gor Mahia will leave for Merseyside on Friday. Missing from the traveling squad are most of the new signings including Kenneth Muguna, Pascal Ogweno, Erisa Sekisambu and Nicholas Kipkirui.

The traveling squad

Ochieng Lawrence Juma, Otieno Philemon Omondi, Eliud Ekadeli Lokuwam, Odhoji Shaban Ouma, Arasa Wesley Onguso, Omondi Wellington Ochieng, Obwaka Kevin Omondi, Tuyisenge Jacques, Asudi Raphael Okeyo, Owino Boniface Omondi, Samuel Onyango Ouma, Nizigiyimana Abdoul Karim, Achieng Joash Onyango, Kisia Ernest Wendo, Joachim Ochieng Oluoch, Nyambura Francis Kahata, Ondiek Benard Ochieng, Ochieng Humprey Mieno, Shafik Batambuze, Saramu Charles Momanyi, Lumumba Cersidy Okeyo, Mustafa Francis, Haron Shakava, George Odhiambo Ogutu, Otinda Fredrick Odhiambo, Boniface Oluoch, Dylan Kerr (Head Coach), Zedekiah Evans Otieno (Assistant Coach), Jolawi Okello Obondo (Team Manager), Ouma Frederick Otieno, Oganyo Willis Ochieng (Goalkeeper trainer), Abanga George Omondi (Kit Manager), Ambrose Rachier (Club Chairman)

Kerr invites EPL scouts

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Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr has invited a number of top English and Scottish clubs scouts to grace his team’s historic SportPesa Trophy tie against Everton at the Goodison Park, on Tuesday.

The Briton, who has been on a spying mission as he furthers his coaching education in the United Kingdom since October 17, revealed to the Standard Sports that he is still waiting for a confirmation from a number of clubs.

The record Kenyan champions, who earned a ticket to the United Kingdom after beating Tanzanian giants Simba SC 2-0 in a SportPesa Super Cup final in Nakuru, in June, departs for Liverpool today.

The players will have a once-in-a-lifetime- opportunity to watch live EPL action between Everton and Brighton & Hove Albion tomorrow at 6pm. But K’Ogalo will not play against Hull City on Wednesday after the Championship side cancelled the friendly.

“I have asked all Premier League and Scottish Premier League clubs through the League Managers Association plus the players’ agents to come and see our talent,” said Kerr.

“The team will find me here; everybody is excited about the match. I’ve been here doing a 15-hour coaching progression development course. We had intended to play against Hull City but they have cancelled the game.”

Apart from midfielder Francis Kahata, who had been earmarked by Championship Hull City coaches during their international friendly in May, Kerr feels the Everton trip will give his players an opportunity to market themselves.

“I’m offering English clubs a chance to see my talented players something I believe in because we have talented players. All of them are good enough but the areas they are looking for are central defence and midfield areas,” he underlined.

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