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18 Mar 17

Scorer: Kenneth Muguna

Gor Mahia collected their second win of the 2017 season when they beat Zoo Kericho by a solitary goal at the club’s spiritual home (Kisumu).
Additional reporting from goal.com
Coming to this, Gor Mahia were seeking add three points to day one win while Zoo were out for a bounce back after losing by a solitary goal in their opening match against Posta Rangers.
Muguna solo effort
Kogalo got their goal in final minutes of the first half after Kenneth Muguna made a turn and left his markers well beaten outside the 18 yard box. He then took a shot that was too difficult for Misikhu Vincent to stop and put the home side ahead.
At the 56th minute, Timothy Otieno failed to double Gor lead after he headed Karim Niyizigimana’s cross that had left Misikhu well beaten wide. Their were penalty claims after Jacques Tuyisenge was brought down but the referee waved play to continue.
Zoo had to play the final 10 minutes with 10 men after Omulanda Nixon was given matching orders after a second yellow card. This was after fouling Muguna. 
Gor coach gave a chance to Oliver Maloba and Philemon Otieno to feature the first ever in a competitive match while Zoo brought in Sindani Sabiri for Mike Madoya.
Chances
Other Gor Mahia’s chances in the match saw Karim Niyizigimana head wide Geoffrey Walusimbi’s delivery while Misikhu denied Muguna a goal but tipping his well taken free kick above the post.
Nicholas Kipkirui missed to capitalize on early lapse in Gor defence that would have seen them score first. His side went on to have limited chance in the game.

 The loss becomes Zoo’s second consecutive loss in in the league.
Starting XI: Boniface Oluoch, Haron Shakava, Musa Mohammed, Wellington Ochieng’, Karim Nizigiyimana, Godfrey Walusimbi, Ernest Wendo (Philemon Otieno), Francis Kahata (George Odhiambo), Kenneth Muguna, Jacques Tuyisenge, Timothy Otieno (Olivier Maloba),.
Subs: Shaban Odhoji, Collins Okoth, Meddie Kagere, Amos Nondi.
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Starting XI Misikhu Vincent, Obayi William, Ligare Johnstone, Kipyegon Isaac, Akiya Stanslus (Ouma Dominic), Omulanda Nixon, Gichana Geoffrey, Madoya Michael (Sindani Sabiri,, Oile Martin, Kipkirui Nicholas, Odhiambo Bernard
Subs: Koko Samuel, Namasakha Danson, Omondi Dennis, Mmata Leonard, Omondi Kevin


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14 Mar 17


Last season, Jacque Tuyisenge was the bright spot in a Gor Mahia squad that was struggling to catch its footing at the beginning of the season. Yet last season, Tuyisenge was battling back from an injury. This season Tuyisenge is healthy and raring to go. He has already scored two goals and is determined to shake the net several more times this season.

“I am delighted because when you are a striker and you get goals you are always happy because that is your job. So I feel good to have scored in our first match. I cannot say that I will score a certain number of goals this season because I am not God, only God knows tomorrow so I will keep on working hard and hunt for goals. The number of goals He will give me I will appreciate”, Tuyisenge told Futaa.com

His compatriot, Kenneth Mugiraneza “Migi” also played a solid game and scored last Sunday. He thinks the team has the quality to go places this season

““I look at the kind of team we have and I am very confident we can challenge for the title. There are quality players in the team and everyone has that motivation to win. I believe, looking at how we played in the first match, we can do it,” he said to supersport.

Prior to arriving in Kenya, Migi who previously played for Azam of Tanzania, had done his homework on local football and was thus well prepared.

“They have told me all about the Kenyan league; what to expect, which teams to look out for and how best to tackle and prepare the games. They have made it easier for me. I have played two competitive matches so far and I have also looked at many matches before. The difference is that in Kenya no team is small. Anyone is capable of winning. It is not like in Tanzania when you know with some teams you can win by six or seven goals. Here it is tougher” he continued.

Discipline and focus is what has enabled the Amavubi skipper to achieve what he has achieved so far and he plans to continue down that path.

“I usually do my individual training before the team training but I plan to put in even more effort this year so that we can become champions once more. “Here at Gor the coach is good, and the players are also very good. The management is committed to facilitate good performance from the team so I am sure we can achieve that dream,” said Migi to the KPL website.

Defender Wellington Ochieng was in the starting line-up last weekend. In 2016, he found playing time difficult to come by after joining from Muhoroni Youth. He is determined to solidify his place in the starting line up now that Marcelo has left. Ochieng credits Gor Mahia’s play to the technical bench trio of Ze Maria, Marco Aurellio and Zedekiah Otieno

““To have such a trio at your disposal is a fantastic thing. If we heed to their instructions and work hard, then am sure this combination will bring the best out of us. Probably we could even end up making history as one of the most successful crop of players to have donned the Gor Mahia jersey,” said Wellington to Citizen sports.


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12 Mar 17

Harun Shakava silences those who have been clowning him for scoring an own goal against Hull City

Gor Mahia started their 2017 league campaign with a convincing 3-1 win over newly promoted Kariobangi Sharks. The match was played at Thika Municipal stadium. Goals came from Harun Shakava, Kenneth Mugiraneza and Jacque Tuyisenge.

Additional Reporting from futaa.com
The hosts Sharks got the game going with Ibrahim Kitawi twice coming close to give his side the lead with just three minutes gone after a good work from Ovella Ochieng on the left flank. Godfrey Walusimbi later shot wide from the left before Timothy Otieno collided with goalkeeper Robert Mboya inside the box with Gor Mahia dominating ball possession. Pascal Ogweno would come to Sharks’ rescue after Kitawi was dispossessed by Kenneth Muguna. With twelve minutes gone, Sharks got its first corner of the game which Osborne Monday took but Gor Mahia defense was on its toes. With the Green Army knocking, the moment came in the 16th minute when Harun Shakava headed a corner ball into an empty net with Robert Mboya out of position. Duke Abuya later saw his long range shot go wide. Gor Mahia got a corner that Kenneth Muguna took picking Karim Nzigiyimana who shot just inches wide and a second goal would come for K’ogalo when new signing Mugiranza easily tapped in the ball after Godfrey Walusimbi’s shot was punched out by Mboya.

Tackles

The second half started with Sharks making its first change; Sven Yidah in, Michael Omondi out before Gor Mahia got a free kick that Timothy Otieno headed wide. Timothy Otieno also made it 3-0 when he intercepted a pass but he was ruled for handling the ball. The 15-time champions continued to press but Sharks proved a difficult to break as Muluya made another change, Rodgers Omondi out, Sven Yidah in before Ernest Wendo got into the referee’s book after a challenge on Yidah. Sharks escaped Karim’s wrath after Pascal Ogweno saved his hard hit shot off the line with the game becoming hotly contested as both teams displayed frustrations that saw Timothy Otieno be booked for elbowing Yidah and Sharks making last change of the game; Ibrahim Kitawi out, Mathew Odongo in.

Consolation

With the clock ticking Gor Mahia made the first change; Ernest Wendo out, Francis Kahata in and two minutes later there was another change from the visitors; Timothy Otieno out, Meddie Kagere in. Sharks had a chance to slice the lead but goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch made a two time save to keep his side on the merited position. With two minutes remaining, put the game beyond reach after Walusimbi’s cut back on the right found Tuyisenge who back heeled the ball into the net

Kariobangi Sharks starting Xl: Robert Mboya, Bolton Omwenga, Pascal Ongweno, Wycliffe Otieno, Michael Bodo [Sydney Yidah], Osborne Monday, Patilla Omoto, Ibrahim Kitawi [Mathew Odongo], Ovella Ochieng, Duke Abuya, Rodgers Omondi [Mike Misigo]

Unused subs: Jeff Oyemba, Geoffrey Shiveka, Stephen Odhiambo, Elli Asieche

Gor Mahia starting XI: Boniface Oluoch, Harun Shakava, Musa Mohammed, Wellington Ochieng, Karim Nziyigimana, Godfrey Walusimbi, Ernest Wendo [Francis Kahata], Jean Baptiste Mugiraneza, Kenneth Muguna, Jacques Tuysenge, Timothy Otieno [Meddie Kagere]

Unused subs: Peter Odhiambo, Philemon Otieno, George Odhaimbo, Oliver Maloba Amos Nondi


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27 Jan 17


Football Kenya Federation and the Kenyan Premier League have finally agreed on an 18-team league. KPL have opposed this idea since past chairman Sam Nyamweya first pushed the idea in 2014. Kogalo Chairman Ambrose Rachier has been foremost in opposing the idea. The issue as far as KPL is concerned was the fact that each club would get less sponsorship money. The tow parties finally agreed after a grueling five-hour meeting.

Sports Disputes Tribunal chairman John Ohaga also provided the assurance that all stops will be pulled to ensure that the league kicks off by February 11, and that the only issue remaining is to harmonise the new league’s budget.

“This is now behind us. It has been a gruelling journey, but there is now a clear direction about this issue. Both parties have agreed to institute a league comprising 18 teams, and the only pending issue is working out the exact figures. For this, both parties have agreed to send in their accountants tomorrow to agree on the financial details. Both parties have however agreed to cut costs and come up with a realistic figure which will be paid by the federation for the additional teams,” said Ohaga who is a former member of the Kenya national rugby team.

With four additional matches, depth will become critical due to increased injuries and more frequent games.

Meanwhile, the FKF Appeals committee is on Wednesday expected to make a ruling regarding the future of Sofapaka, Thika United and Muhoroni Youth in the top flight league. The three clubs were struck off the list of Kenyan Premier League clubs last month for failing to comply with club licensing rules.

Gomalotto
Meanwhile GomaLotto will launching will be tomorrow Radisson Blue hotel in Nairobi. The event kickoff is at 6pm and only guests with cards are allowed. This according to club official Judith Nyangi,
Nyangi also noted that all players have reported to training with the exception of Walusimbi who is on national team duty. The Ugandan international has had a stellar tournament at the ongoing AFCON while playing in his traditional left back position. With Eric Ouma gone, Walusimbi could return to that position. Gor Mahia will leave for Uganda on February 2 and play Ondurapaka on February 4.


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25 Jan 17

Former Gor Mahia striker Michael Olunga will become the first Kenyan to play for a top tier Chinese side. He is set to leave Swedish top tier side IF Djugardens to join Chinese side Guizhou Zhicheng.

His local agent Jacob ‘Ghost’ Mulee, the former Kenya national team coach, confirmed to the Standard that the 22-year-old has joined the Chinese Super League side.

“It is a done deal, but full details will come later,” Mulee said to the Standard.

Reports suggest that the Chinese side paid Ksh 450 million. Which means IF Djugardens have made a staggering profit as they paid only Ksh 16.7 million to sign Olunga.

As Olunga was on loan at Gor Mahia, it is unlikely that any of that money will come to the club. IF Djugardens also entertained offers for Olunga from Russian giants CSKA Moscow.

Guizhou Zhicheng have two other Africans on theior suad: Yves Ekwalla of Cameroun and Ali Ghazal of Egypt. The Chinese league is on the rise and has been able to attract top tier talent like Carlos Tevez of Argentina and Jon Mikel Obi.

Friendly
Gor Mahia will play Kenyan Premier League side Thika United in a friendly match set for Saturday, January 28 at Camp Toyoyo ground starting 3:00pm. This according to goal.com

The DSTV Super cup match against Tusker tha twas slated for this Sunday has been postponed and will be re-scheduled when 2017 KPL fixtures are released.
“Yes, the Dstv Super Cup match will not be played on Sunday because SuperSport wants to make it closer to league kick-off. They will now set a date after seeing the league fixtures so as to play the match a week earlier.” said Ronald Ngala to goal.com.


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15 Jan 17

Images courtesy of Judith Nyangi

Collins Okoth Gattuso[/caption]

Francis Kahata

Musa Mohamed

Amos Nondi

Judith Nyangi

Kahata, Wendo, Odhoji

Timothy Otieno


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15 Jan 17


Jerim Onyango’s career at Gor Mahia appears to have come to and end. And it has been an illustrious career. Jerry “Jagoal” as he is popularly known, played for Gor Mahia for nine seasons (2008 to 2016).

He joined Gor Mahia from KRA in 2008 just when Gor Mahia started its recovery path from the doldrums. He immediately found his way into the starting line-up, taking the place of Jacktone Odhiambo who left to join Ulinzi.  Odhiambo had been a reliable custodian, but Jerim proved a better option. He had early success, helping Kogalo win the FKF cup in 2008
He would immediately establish himself as one of the top goalkeepers in the country. With Jerim between the posts, Gor Mahia improved from 8th place in 2008 to 5th place in 2009 before coming close to winning the league in 2010 and again in 2012. His first national team call up came in 2011. When the previous long serving captain Julius Owino left the club, Jerim was the natural choice to become captain due to his leadership abilities. Indeed he was voted captain by his team-mates for three years in a row.

When Kogalo finally won the league in 2013 after an 18 year hiatus, it was largely because they conceded only 15 goals, which was seven better than the next closest team. And Jerim was the focal point of Gor Mahia’s stingy defence with incredible save after incredible save. Indeed 2013 was his best year. It was the year he was voted KPL goalkeeper of the year and was the first choice goalkeeper for Harambee stars. So good was Jerim that he received overtures from arch rivals AFC Leopards who offered him a contract.

His only drawback among fans was his inability to save penalties. He would put those doubts to rest in dramatic fashion in January of 2014 in the opening round of the Africa champions league against US Bitam of Gabon. On that day Jerim saved two penalties in the run of play and two more penalties in the ensuing penalty shootout to steer Kogalo into the next round.

Jerim was the first choice goalkeeper throughout 2014. Though he lost his starting position in 2015, Jerim was still captain and the most dedicated player on the squad, encouraging players from the bench and in training while maintaining a positive attitude even when he was not getting playing time.

Having played for Gor Mahia for nine seasons, Jerim is probably the longest serving player the club has had in the new millenium. Players today rarely stay at the top for that long. The club record for most years is likely held by George Otieno “Solo” who stayed for 13 years. So Jerim is among the longest serving players. And he did so with distinction, dedication, discipline and excellence while providing good leadership.

He will now pursue a career in politics. In 2017, Jerim will run for Member of County Assembly(MCA) in his home area of Ugunja in Ugenya constituency. He has been doing the groundwork for the past several years by holding the Jerry Jagoal tournament every year. He deserves the support of Kenya football fans as a thank you for years of dedicated service. The sport of football will benefit from having people like Jerim in positions where the sport can benefit.

Jerim Onyango pictorial

As a student at Kamkunji secondary

 

Winning the KFF cup in his first season at the club

 

Swopping places with penalty specialist Ivo Mapunda

 

With governor Mutua, inspecting Machakos stadium before CECAFA 2013

 

 

After receiving KPL goalkeeper of the year 2013

 

One of the four penalties he saved against US Bitam

 

At the world cup in 2014 with Musa Mohamed and Kasaya

 

Arriving in Gabon 2014

A natural leader of men

 

Training in 2016

 

Mobbed by fans after retaining the league in 2014

 

Saying goodbye to coach Bobby Williamson in August 2014

 

Corallling an unruly fan at Awendo in 2014

 

With the Gor Mahia U19 team in 2015

 

At the funeral of Zablon Otieno “Pro”

With KPL trophy 2013

Training the youth

Jerry Jagoal tournament in Ugunja in 2016

 


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1 Jan 17

Thiongo scored one and set up another


The December edition of KPL U20 came to an end on Sunday. Gor Mahia beat Sofapaka 3-1 to finish in 3rd place while Mathare United retained the crown by beating AFC U20.

The opening goal was scored in the 35th minute by Hillary Ojwang who scored from the spot after Sofapaka player handled the ball in the penalty box. The goal awakened Sofapaka. Two minutes later they too scored from the penalty spot following a handball. And three minutes later, a well taken effort was cleared off the line by Steve Otieno.

Nahashon Thiongo ran unchallenged into the Sofapaka goal area to score the second goal in the 80th minute. With four minutes left, Thiongo was on the rampage again. This time his shot hit the upright and Reagan Odede picked up the resulting loose ball to score.

As third place finishers, Gor Mahia colled Ksh 200,000 in prize money.


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12 Nov 16

Former Gor Mahia skipper David Owino and Ismail Gonzalez

Former Gor Mahia skipper David Owino and Ismail Gonzalez

Harambee stars continued their unlikely resurgence under coach Stan Okumbi and under the new FKF regime. On Saturday they beat the Mambas as Mozambique’s national team is called. In action were Gor Mahia players Boniface Oluoch and Eric Ouma “Marcelo”. Also in action were former Gor Mahia players Anthony Akumu, Michael Olunga and David Owino Calabar.
Additional reporting from Citizen Sports.
Harambee Stars made it seven matches unbeaten as they struck an early goal to edge Mozambique 1-0 in a friendly match played at Nairobi’s Kasarani Stadium on Saturday.

It was a close contest but the Stars always looked more dangerous, taking a deserved lead through midfielder Eric Johanna in the 17th minute.
One goal in 90 minutes was hardly the true reflection of the game, a classic end-to-end affair that burst to life as early as the first whistle went off.
The visitors rarely threatened in the first half and should have been two goals down in the opening ten minutes as Jesse Were and Johanna both spurned clear-cut chances to hand Kenya the advantage.

Sweden-based striker Michael Olunga created the first chance for the home side, beating a left back Zeinadine Junior to an aerial ball before squaring the ball to an on-rushing Were but the Zesco United forward spilled his shot wide.

Moments later, a neat cross from winger Clifton Miheso – who plays for South African Premier Division side Golden Arrows – fell to Were but the former’s first-time hit was punched back into play by Mozambique custodian Jose Guirrego.

The rebound fell to Johanna but Guirrego got up quick enough to thwart a tame effort from the Mathare United midfielder.

The hosts came knocking just three minutes later with Captain Victor Wanyama skying a fierce shot from outside the box after a couple of blocked shots as the Mambas continued to survive.
The Stars were not to be kept out in the 17th minute when Johanna slammed home the opener.

It was all Miheso’s work, as he broke free of his marker and curving in a beautifully weighted cross. It troubled the Guirrego and his defence and Johanna was in the right place at the right time to fire into the top corner.

The visitors’ first chance fell to Absou Manjate but the striker headed wide from a 22nd minute free-kick.

At the half hour mark, Olunga – completely marked out of the game – put in a shift of defensive work for the Stars, heading clear from Elias Pelembe’s free-kick as the hosts desperately tried to find an opening.

It was only his second meaningful contribution of the first half, with the opposition defence swarming him out of the ball every time his teammates picked him out.

The pairing between Miheso and Gor Mahia sensation Eric Ouma was proving efficient as the two wreaked havoc down the left wing, and were both involved in a slick one-two that got home fans of their seats in excitement.

Ouma initiated the move, passing to Miheso who quickly returned the favor. Ouma then rolled the ball onto the feet of Miheso before storming downfield, calling back for the ball.

Miheso – who plays for South Africa’s Premier Soccer League side Golden Arrows – traced his path with the ball but Ouma’s cross was overhit.

Defender Anthony Akumu attempted a shot from long range but it sailed above the crossbar.

Stars took their 1-0 advantage into the break and nearly made it two after only 15 minutes into the second half.

Johanna teed up Were with a nice pass but the former failed to find the target with his shot.

The home side looked a little subdued in the second half but the defence remained flawless with Posta Rangers skipper Jockins Atudo impassable at right back.

Greece-based winger Paul Were – introduced in the place of Miheso – brought more attacking force for Okumbi’s charges but a second goal was barely in sight.

Struggling to reproduce their first half rhythm, the Stars lived dangerously with only a one-goal cushion and were almost pegged back as Joas Mussica’s glancing header beat goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch but missed the target.

Olunga spurned the chance to put the tie to bed in the dying minutes of the match, heading over from Ouma’s clever cross.

It was the first of two friendly matches lined up for the Stars who are set to play Liberia on Tuesday at the same venue.


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27 Mar 16


Harambee stars fell to one of their their lowest points yet when they were beaten at home by Guinea Bissau, a team ranked 40 places below them in the FIFA rankings. It marks the second time that Stars have lost t Guinea Bissau this week.
Additional reporting from supersport

Kenya is virtually out of the running for a place at next year’s Africa Cup of Nations finals after losing 1-0 to Guinea Bissau in a qualifier in Nairobi on Sunday.

Sanchez Semedo Cicero Casmiro’s contentious goal nine minutes from time handed Stars its third loss in four games leaving them bottom of group E with one point.

The hosts are also set to face sanctions after crowd trouble saw the match stopped for over half an hour as fans protested the awarding of Bissau’s goal.

Police had to fire teargas to disperse irate fans who bayed for the referee’s blood as well as the country’s football officials.

Having lost 1-0 to the visitors last weekend, Stars needed victory to keep alive their faint hopes of earning a place in Gabon next year but after wasting chances, they were undone by a sucker punch nine minutes from time.
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Coach Stanley Okumbi will again be on the spotlight after he gambled by withdrawing two defenders and throwing on attackers as he sought to chase the game only for his side to be caught out at the back in cruel fashion.

He made four changes to the side with Joackins Atudo, Teddy Akumu, Paul Were and Dennis Odhiambo handed starting berths.

The home side looked purposeful and assured dominating possession in the early stages. The first sniff on goal came in the 21 minutes when Clifton Miheso headed an Odhiambo cross over the bar.
Two minutes later, Wanyama sent Were through down the right but his cross was cleared by a combination of the Guinea keeper Mendes and defender Silva.

On 24 minutes, Miheso cross was half cleared with Akumu forcing the keeper to a low save from 25 yards.

Kenya was on the up and Michael Olunga flashed a right footed effort just wide on the half hour mark.

Wanyama followed with a long range effort four minutes before halftime while Olunga miskicked from six yards out.

There was still time for Wanyama to fire another shot narrowly wide before the breather.

Okumbi made a tactical switch at halftime bringing on Jesse Were for James Situma and moving to a 3-4-3 formation.

Olunga had Kenya’s best chance to score four minutes after resumption but his header trickled wide of a gaping goal.

Stars peppered they Guinea goal with Wanyama, Omollo and Olunga all trying their luck but none troubled Mendes.

Okumbi made his second change of the afternoon withdrawing Brian Mandela for Eric Johana.

It meant that Kenya had only two defenders on the pitch and the visitors sounded a warning bell on 68 minutes when Cicero forced Arnold Origi to a fine save after a well constructed counter.

Odhiambo then made a last ditch tackle on 76 minutes as Stars struggled to find balance.

The goal arrived nine minutes from time when a corner found its way to Casmiro at the far post and though Origi saved his effort, the assistant referee deemed that the ball had crossed the line.

The decision prompted furious reaction from Origi and the Kenyan players and the crowd soon joined in throwing projectiles onto the pitch and forcing security to fire teargas onto the stands and disperse them.

Play was then halted for a lengthy period and when it resumed, the visitors easily saw off the remaining six minutes for their second over Kenya in five days.

Harambee Stars

Starting XI: 1.Arnold Origi (GK), 2.James Situma,( 9.Jesse Were 46’) 21.Joackins Atudo, 5.Brian Mandela,( 10.Eric Johannah 78’) 3.Dennis Odhiambo, 6.Anthony Akumu, 12.Victor Wanyama (C), 19.Paul Were, 8.Johanna Omollo, 13.Clifton Miheso,( 7.Ovellah Ochieng 85) 14.Michael Olunga.

Unused subs: 18.Boniface Oluoch (GK), 4.Musa Mohammed, 11.Patillah Omoto,, 16.David King’atua,

Guinea Bissau

Starting XI: 1.Jonas Mendes, 2. Emanuel Gomis Mendy, 5. Rudinilson B. E Silva, 14, Juary Marinho Suares, 18. Paqueti Brito E Silva, 10. Ca Bocundji [C],( 6. Mendes Eridson 46’) 11. Nanisio J. Mendes Soares, 7. Jose Mendes Lopes, 16. Agosthino Suares, 9. Sanches Cicero Casmiro, 20. Idrissa Camara

Subs: 12 Rui Camara Dabo, 3. Lassana Camara, 4. Beto Tomas Catiane, , 19. Ansumane Junior, 21. Bruno Gomis, 22. Muhammed Cande


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