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25 May 17

Ambrose Rachier with Sportpesa CEO Ronald Karauri and FKF CEO Robert Muthomi

Gor Mahia are among four Kenyan teams that have been invited to the inaugural Sportpesa Super cup

Online betting firm SportPesa has splashed approximately Sh6 million for the tournament tournament that will be held at the 23,000-seater Uhuru Stadium, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania from June 5-11.

The eight-team tournament will involve Kenyan, Tanzania and Zanzibar teams.

The eight are : Gor Mahia, AFC Leopards, champions Tusker and Nakuru All Stars will be the from Kenya.

Young African and Simba SC, and newly promoted Singida United from Tanzania and Zanzibar champions Jang’ombe Boys joining the fray.

Winners take home Ksh 2 million. Losing finalists bag Sh1 million while teams that fall at the semi-finals will pocket Sh500,000 each with those exiting the competition at the quarterfinal stage getting Sh250,000.

Speaking during the launch on Wednesday in Nairobi, SportPesa Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ronald Karauri said the tournament is part of the company’s ongoing football development initiatives in the region.

Sportpesa CEO Ronald Karauri says the tournament is part of Sportpesa’s plan to develop football in the region.

For decades since the Gossage Cup was started in 1926, Kenyan and Tanzanian teams have been involved in classic football battles that have excited and captured the imaginations of their supporters at home and across Africa. SportPesa realised the need to bring back the glory days of these clubs by launching this tournament that will be held annually with Kenya hosting the second edition,” he said to the Nation.

The tourney winners will play English Premier league side Everton. Sportpesa are the new short sponsors for Everton.

Musonye unhappy

CECAFA chairman Nicholas Musonye is unhappy with Sportpesa over the new tournament.

We asked SportPesa to sponsor the two tournaments but they rejected. I am surprised that they are now sponsoring same factions that have been sabotaging Cecafa. They said they have no money but they are now running such a tournament,” a charged Musonye said to the Nation.

Of late , CECAFA has struggled to find hosts for either the senior challenge cup or the club cup. Both have been canceled in 2016 and likely will not be held in 2017.

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25 May 17

According to a report on, Gor Mahia have been trying to extend Francis Kahata’s contract. But the skilfull midfielder is thus far not interested in renewing his contract.

“He is our player for now, but his contract is running out. We have engaged him twice in negotiations because we feel we still need him, but it has not been successful. We will give him time to reconsider his decision but the ball is in his court,” said Kogalo CEO Lordvick Aduda to

Kahata has not been able to regularly  command a first team place which is largely causing his discomfort at the club.

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24 May 17

Gor Mahia coach Ze Maria thinks a combination of bad luck and poor refereeing cost Gor Mahia two points against Thka United on Sunday.

“We created many chances and should have won the match in the first half, but the strikers were not lucky (drew 1-1 with Thika United). I also feel that the referee should have added more than just five minutes at the end of regular time. Thika were always on the ground during the second half. They didn’t play at all, just wasting time. I think we played only 35 minutes in the second half.” he said to the KPL website.

In  a post match interview, Ze Maria had indicated that he thinks small teams play their best and put in their best effort against Gor Mahia. But the Brazilian tactician is yet to come up with a formula to avoid losing points against bottom feeder clubs. This season, Kogalo have lost to Western Stima, Mathare United and almost lost to bottom side Thika United.

Gor Mahia to play Rangers at Afraha

This Sunday’s league match against Posta Rangers will be played at Afraha stadium. Posta Rangers initially indicated that the match would be played at Nyayo but they have been turned down by Nyayo stadium management.

Was Timothy Otieno punched by Muyoti

Thika United coach Nicholas Muyoti is denying allegations that he punched Timothy Otieno. The Gor Mahia striker accused Muyoti of punching him during the melee that involved players from both teams.

“I even do not know where that came from. In my capacity as a coach, there are things I definitely cannot do. I have been a player for long and the experience plus my reputation cannot allow me to do such.

“When that incident happened, we went to solve it, not to fuel it and I wonder why he is raising such against me, but I think it is because of the pressure,” said Muyoti to

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24 May 17

Nairobi womens representative aspirant Esther Passaris, who is an avid football fan, visited Gor Mahia on Tuesday.

“It is liberating to spend time with our young footballers, and just have a good time” said Passaris in her social media pages

Sharpening her shooting skills


With TM Jolawi Obondo and assistant coach Zico


With head coach Ze Maria

With Trainer Sandro Fantoni

Team photo

All images courtesy of Esther Passaris

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21 May 17

Gor Mahia’s march in the 2017 Kenya Premier league was slowed down when they were held by Thika United 1-1 at Nyayo stadium on Sunday. An 83rd minute free-kick by Godfrey Walusimbi salvaged a point for Kogalo after Thika United had taken an early lead and Timothy Otieno missed a penalty.
Additional Reporting from Capital FM
NAIROBI, Kenya, May 21 – Substitute Godfrey Walusimbi saved Kenyan Premier League leaders Gor Mahia the blushes after netting a late equalizer as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Thika United at the Nayo National Stadium on Sunday.

Mwinyi Kibwana had given Thika United the lead in the 28th minute, but Timothy Otieno had a chance to level matters if he had not missed a 68th minute penalty that was saved by Eliud Emase.

The result saw Gor maintain their lead at the summit on 26 points, two ahead of Ulinzi Stars who climbed second after ending Posta Rangers’ unbeaten run as the league approaches the midseason break.

Playing at the Nyayo Stadium for the first time since beating rivals AFC Leopards 3-0, Gor drew the first blood after seven minutes of play but Meddie Kagere squandered the chance before Otieno saw his shot blocked for a fruitless corner.

K’Ogalo were at it again four minutes later with Kagere seeking to make amends but his effort was saved the Emase.

On the other end, Thika found the back of the net in their first chance when Kibwana raced the left flank beating two defenders before finishing past an empty net.

Gor head coach Jose ‘Ze Maria’ Marcelo Fereirra made three changes at the restart with Francis Kahata, Meddie Kagere, Jean Baptiste giving way to Jacques Tuyisenge, Anthony Mbugua and Godfrey Walusimbi respectively.

Saad Musa wasted a glorious chance after Kibwana had done the donkey to tee him up, only for Musa to shoot directly at goal.

Gor Mahia head coach Jose ‘Ze Maria’ Ferreira giving instructions during their game against Thika United at Nyayo National Stadium.PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya

The second half went Gor’s way with the record 15-times champions awarded the penalty in the 66th minute when Tuyisenge was hacked down.

The Rwandese international was unable to step up and convert the spot kick as he was taken off the field for treatment and Otieno stepped up only to see his kick saved by Emase.

K’Ogalo pilled pressure and it finally paid off when Walusimbi curled in a freekick that beat Emase and put his side back into the game. However, the match was temporarily stopped for five minutes after players from both side protested a decision from the center referee.

This is after Wellington Ochieng pushed Sammy Mejja to see both players receive yellow card just before Gor custodian Boniface Oluoch produced a crucial save to deny Mwinyi who had gone past the entire defense.

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19 May 17

After three successive wins, including a 3-0 win over arch rivals AFC Leopards, Gor Mahia will bring their high flying act back to Nyayo stadium as they take on Thika United. Though confidence is running high in the Kogalo camp, coach Ze Maria will not let the team become overconfident.

“Yes, confidence is good on my players, they have self belief which is important at this stage. We have quality in the team and being on top of the table is good, however, we are not getting over confident because it might work against us in the long run. The best thing to do right now is take one match at a time and ensure we get good result.” he said to

With the match being played at Nyayo stadium, whose playing surface has improved, Kogalo are certain to put their best foot forward. And the players will be rested after going a week without playing.

“Now we have a week before our next match and I think this will be enough time for us to recharge as we work towards another victory.” said Ze Maria.

Last season, Gor Mahia recoded excellent results against Thika United, by winning the first and second legs 2-1. This season, Thika under former Harambee stars ace , Nicholas Muyoti, are struggling and staring at relegation. They are currently at the bottom of the league table.


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19 May 17

A report on suggests that Sportpesa are reviewing their sponsorships with a view towards reducing or eliminating them. The reasons given are the 50% tax levied by the government and the fact that KPL is no longer televised.

Story courtesy of kenyanstar
AFC Leopards and Gor Mahia sponsorships are at risk following reports that their shirt sponsor Sportpesa  plans to review their engagement with the two sides among them a possible termination of their sponsorships.Kenyanstar has learnt that betting giants will reduce or withdraw their sponsorship with AFC Leopards and Gor Mahia if the government goes ahead to implement the 50% tax regulation.During the 2017/18 budget presentation in March, the government proposed a sharp hike in taxation on betting, lottery and gambling from the current 7.5% to 50%. Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards, two of the biggest clubs in Kenya, are now at risk of losing sponsors which might lead to very many problems including lack of payment of player wages, lack of transport and training facilities, losing players to other clubs among other things.

SportPesa has been sponsoring the two teams since 2016 and prior to that sponsorship, both clubs had no sponsors and were enduring a lot of difficulties.

SportPesa have in the past shown seriousness in their words, having suspended its sponsorship of Gor Mahia aqnd AFC Leopards in mid-last year due to hooliganism. After some time, they re-instated the sponsorship deals following a reduction in the vice.

Other sports bodies at risk include KPL and Rugby Union.

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16 May 17

True to their character when playing against Gor Mahia, Nzoia United proved a tough nut to crack. It was a difficult encounter against a wily Nzoia side that was gunning for an upset.

“It was not easy against Nzoia Sugar. It was a very tough match because they (Nzoia) played a very good and tactical game. We needed to change our tactics so as to contain them and I am very impressed because my players put up a very spirited performance.” said Ze Maria to

Ze Maria is happy that Gor Mahia had the resilience to hold onto their lead after they scored an early goal and fought tooth and nail to maintain their lead.

“Remember we had to protect a slim lead because Nzoia looked like they could hit back and level matters. My players responded well to keep the lead to the end. It was a good game from my players that takes us to the top of the table. They (players) deserve to be thanked because they managed to maintain the pressure from fans and also media.” he continued.

Scorer Meddie Kagere is now third in the goal-scorers chart with four goals, two behind the leader: Stephen Waruru of Ulinzi Stars.

Gor Mahia take on Thika United at Nyayo stadium on Sunday in their next match.

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16 May 17

Former Gor Mahia coaches Zdravko Logarusic and Frank Nuttall were hired by the two most storied Ghanain clubs: Asante Kotoko and Hearts of Oak.

Logarusic had a superb start and was even rewarded with a brand new pickup truck by the club chairman.

However after 11 matches, he was fired following an outcry by fans. The club had won 5 games, lost 2 and drew 2. The primary fan complaint was the lack of goals. Something that plagued Kogalo under Logarusic in 2013. Though they were leading the league, goals were hard to come by.

Kotoko have faired poorly since Logarusic departed. They have gone from second to eighth place.

Frank Nuttall is fairing much better. His side is currently third in the standings.


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14 May 17

Gor Mahia recorded their third straight win in the Kenya Premier League. This time it was a hard fought 1-0 win over bogey team Nzoia United at Mumias Sports Complex. The heroes of the day were Meddie Kagere who scored in the 15th minute and Boniface Oluoch who saved a penalty.

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K’Ogalo went to the match with heads raised after winning the ‘Mashemeji’ derby and beating Chemelil Sugar

Gor Mahia edged out Nzoia Sugar 1-0 to consolidate their position at the top of 2017 Kenyan Premier League table.

K’Ogalo went to the match with heads raised after winning ‘Mashemeji’ derby and beating Chemelil Sugar; results which pushed them to joint top with Posta Rangers. Head coach Ze Maria promoted Karim Nizigiyimana and captain Musa Mohammed with Timothy Otieno and Meddie Kagere starting upfront.

Gor Mahia started the match on a higher note dominating the proceedings and finanny bagged all the three points courtesy of Meddie Kagere in the 16th minute. He latched on an incoming ball from the midfield, dodged Nzoia Sugar defense and goalkeeper Mustapha Oduor to hand K’Ogalo the eventual winning goal.

The goal came a few minutes after Timothy Otieno’s header was disallowed and 15 minutes before Nzoia Sugar missed a glorious scoring opportunity. Former AFC Leopards defender Edwin Wafula saw his penalty shot saved by keeper Boniface Oluoch following a foul in the box.

Second-half never bore any fruits for either side with Nzoia Sugar failing to get an equalizer. Gor Mahia are now at the top of the table with 25 points from 11 matches.

Gor Mahia:Boniface Oluoch, Karim Nizigiyimana, Harun Shakava, Musa Mohammed, Ernest Wendo, Wellington Ochieng, Kenneth Muguna, Godfrey Walusimbi, George Odhiambo, Meddie Kagere and Timothy Otieno.

Subs: Shaban Odhoji, Joash Onyango, Innocent Wafula, Oliver Maloba, Jean Baptiste Mugiraneza, Francis Kahata, Amos Nondi.

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