Gor Mahia held by Western Stima 0-0

Tuyisenge in action against Stima

For the second consecutive match, Gor Mahia were held to a draw. This time it was Western Stima who held Kogalo 0-0 at Kisumu on Sunday.

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The draw pushed Hassan Oktay’s men to 60 points, five adrift of Sofapaka in second, but with a game in hand.

Speaking after the match, Oktay blamed his strikers and said they are going to work on their finishing.

“We played well but wasted a lot of clear goal-scoring opportunities. This means we have to work on our finishing before the next match,” he said.

The champions, however, will have to do without former Harambee Stars Dennis Oliech who was withdrawn and rushed to the hospital at the hour mark after he got injured.

Oliech was immediately replaced by Nicholas Kipkirui in a match that saw the two sides waste opportunities to score.

ennedy Otieno was first to miss a clear chance of putting the power men ahead but failed to connect with Hubert Kopany’s cross before Francis Kahata did the same in the 24 minute, failing to beat Samwel Odhiambo from a Philemon Otieno delivery.

Despite K’Ogalo dominating the match in the first half, the scores remained unchanged into the second half with Oliech and his substitute Kipkirui missing clear scoring chances.

Gor Mahia edge Nzoia 2-1

Geoffrey Ochieng celebrates after scoring
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Gor Mahia once again shrugged off a congested fixture to beat Nzoia United 2-1. The goals came from Francis Mustafa and Geoffrey Ochieng.
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Champions Gor Mahia on Monday beat visiting Nzoia Sugar 2-1 in a league encounter at Moi Stadium in Kisumu to stretch their lead at the top of the SportPesa Premier League.

Hansel Ochieng fired Nzoia ahead from the spot on the 3rd minute, but it was short-lived as Francis Mustapha netted the equaliser three minutes later.

Geoffrey Ochieng netted K’Ogalo’swinning goal five minutes to end of normal time which takes their points tally to 41, five ahead of second-placed Sofapaka.

Gor’s head coach Hassan Oktay admitted the contest was tough, but said his charges should have won by a bigger margin.

“We knew the game was going to be tough and it was, but I think we should not win this way, we should score more goals,” said Oktay.

Nzoia’s Sugar tactician Vincent Sifuna said he was satisfied with the results, noting that his side gave their best.

“The game has been fine and I think the crowd has seen that that we are capable of beating Gor. It just a defensive lapse that cost us,” said coach Sifuna.

Ochieng swept Nzoia into the lead in the third minute from the spot after he was fouled by Wellington Ochieng inside the box. He beat Gor’s goalkeeper Fredrick Odhiambo with a high ball to left side of the goalpost.

But the visitors surrendered the lead just three minutes later as Mustafa netted the equaliser. The Burundian beat goalkeeper Humphrey Kahati with a high drive after a poor clearance by Nzoia’s defenders from Dennis Oliech’s attempt.

Oliech should have given K’Ogalo the lead on the 17th minute, but his rasping left-footed shot inside the box was parried for a fruitless corner-kick by goalkeeper Kahati. The former Kenyan International forward was on the offensive again two minutes later, but the effort was saved by visitors’ custodian.

Nzoia’s Stephen Etyang was involved in a another chance on the other end a few moments later, but he was intercepted rightly by the green shirts inside the box.

Goalkeeper Katasi reacted fast on the 31st minute to gather the ball at the face of Charles Momanyi, who had gone up to head a corner-kick delivery, before Peter Gin wasted Nzoia’s build-up a few yards from the host’s box.

Oktay made a double first-half substitution five minutes to the break, injured Cercidy Okeyo being replaced by Lawrence Juma, and Benard Ondiek was rested for Shafik Batambuze.

The visitors threatened early in the second half when Collins Wakhungu collected a loose ball on the right wing to send a rising strike, which was cleared by a green shirt inside the box, before they were denied a result by Geoffrey Ochieng after 54 minutes from a corner-kick.

Ochieng drew goalkeeper Odhiambo into action six minutes later with a low shot from the left wing as Nzoia looked determined to restore their lead.

Gor’s major attempt in the second half came in the 63rd minute when George “Blackberry” Odhiambo cleverly fed Geoffrey Ochieng, who had sneaked into the box, but the latter failed to beat Katasi from a one-on-one situation.

Looking to stretch their lead, Oktay sought the services of Ugandan forward Erisa Ssesesikambu in the 74th minute for Samuel Onyango, with coach Sifuna responding five minutes later with the introduction of Abraham Kipkogei for Ochieng.

Batambuze was unlucky with his long range attempt two minutes later as it went right into the waiting hands of goalkeeper Katasi, before Oliech attempt dipped over the crossbar.

Geoffrey Ochieng helped K’Ogalo bag maximum points in the 85th minute when he rose high to head low a free-kick delivery past a helpless Katasi.

Mustafa celebrates after scoring

Gor Mahia hammer Zoo 4-0

Two goal hero: Dennis Oliech

Gor Mahia on Wednesday put aside issues concerning player departures to trounce Zoo Kericho 4-0 at Kericho Green stadium.
Additional reporting from the Nation
Dennis Oliech struck twice as champions Gor Mahia hit Zoo Kericho 4-0 at the Kericho Green Stadium on Wednesday to keep their dream of retaining the SportPesa Premier League for a third straight year on course.

Kenneth Muguna broke the deadlock on 18 minutes before Oliech grabbed his first and Gor’s second two minutes later. Substitute Nicholas Kipkirui then stretched K’Ogalo’s lead on 79 minutes before Oliech completed his brace eight minutes from time.

Oliech and Zoo’s Danson Chetambe missed penalties during the match.

The win saw Gor move to second on 35 points, while Zoo are 17th on 16 points.

Gor Mahia head coach Hassan Oktay said he was impressed by his side for not conceding.

“I am very happy because we won with a clean sheet, that is not easy because all teams give their best when playing against Gor Mahia,” said Oktay.

His counterpart Sammy Okoth admitted his side did not do enough in the match.

“We never played as we expected, we failed to create chances while our opponents created theirs and scored,” said Okoth.

Gor could have had a perfect start when Dennis Kawanga almost scored in his own net in the second minute after he fumbled while attempting to clear George “Blackberry” Odhiambo’s cross from the right wing.

Moments later, Gor goalkeeper Shaban Odhoji was forced to leave his line early to gather the ball inside his area, as Zoo looked to record their first ever win against the Kenyan giants.

SSEKISAMBU’S MISS

Ekisa Ssekisambu missed a chance to fire the champions ahead in the seventh minute when his shot from inside the box blazed over the crossbar, before Muguna broke the deadlock with a stunning free-kick from outside the area.

Oliech then stretched the visitor’s lead two minutes later when he connected to Muguna’s pass to beat Zoo’s goalkeeper Martin Elungat with a low shot.

The hosts came close to reducing the deficit but Kepher Ondati’s header from a corner-kick delivery was cleared, before Newton Ondari’s shot from the rebound a few moments later from outside the box went wide.

Danson Chetambe failed to beat Odhoji from the spot after Samuel Onyango handled the ball inside the box. Odhoji parried the latter’s heavy shot to the disappointment of the home supporters.

Gor would have killed the game deep in the first half but Odhiambo failed to convert from a one-on-one situation with goalkeeper Elungat.

Ssekambu was not lucky again as Elungat parried his shot 10 minutes after the restart, the goalkeeper recovering in time to clear the danger as players from both side scrambled for the ball inside his area.

Oliech would have extended Gor’s advantage from the spot at the hour mark, but he blazed over the bar. Kawanga was the guilty green shirt as he fouled Ssekisambu inside the box.

Coach Oktay introduced former Zoo Kericho man Kipkirui five minutes later, the home fans cheering him on as he made his way into the pitch to replace Odhiambo.

And the forward made his former side feel his impact two minutes later after being fed by Oliech, evaded a green shirt inside the box to send a low shot which Elungat dealt with easily.

Kipkirui would then do what the home fans hoped he wouldn’t. Score. The 22-year-old found space inside Zoo’s half, raced to beat Elungat to the ball before scoring in an empty net. The striker didn’t celebrate.

And even before the dust settled, Oliech made amends for his penalty miss, as he connected on to cross from the left wing to beat Elungat with another low strike.

Kipkirui would have also scored a brace but Elungat denied him three minutes to time.

Gor Mahia eliminated from Shield

Gor Mahia’s attempt to win a second major title for 2018 has come to an end when they were beaten by Kariobangi Sharks on post match penalties.

Additional reporting from futaa.com

Gor Mahia were sent home for the second tournament in a week as Kariobangi Sharks beat them 4-2 on penalties with regulation time ending in a barren draw in the Shield clash staged at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Sunday 2nd September.

This was the second time Gor were eliminated on penalties in the same tournament after losing last season to Bandari. Gor Mahia dominated the early exchanges knocking the ball around in their usual style, looking to overwrite the USM Alger defeat that bundled them out of the CAF Confederations Cup. Sharks came close in the 17th minute when Duke Abuya cut the ball back to Harrison Mwendwa but the former Mathare United skied his effort.

In the 21st minute Francis Mustapha swung in a lovely cross but it fell to the wrong man, as Boniface Omondi who was virtually the shortest man on the field couldn’t guide his header on target. Former Talanta FC talisman thought he had put his side ahead Midway through the first half but he was flagged for offside after George Abege laid off Duke Abuya cross onto him.K’Ogalo were forced into a substitution in the 41st minute after Lawrence Juma pulled his harmstring and was replaced by Raphael Asudi. Both teams went into the half time break locked at 0-0.

Second half

Sharks started the second half a much rejuvenated side and went close in the 50th minute when Patilah Omotto struck the upright directly from a corner. Sharks looked menacing in the second half probing the Gor defense on a number of occasions but finishing proved to be their achilies heel. Sharks introduced Sydney Simale upfront to bolster their attacking options.

Mustapha was brought down by Pascal Ogweno just outside the 18 yard area, the Burundian stepped up to take the free kick calling Gad Mathews to a spectacular save. Harun Shakava was introduced to nullify the Sharks threat that was brewing as Ephrem Guikan was handed a rest. Moses Mwangi was thrown into the foray into the the 74th minute in place of an exasperated Shaphan Oyugi. Eluid Lokuwam was handed the final 10 minutes as Innocent Wafula. Sharks exhausted their subs introducing Gambian

Ebrimah Sanneh for George Abege with Sharks having three out and out strikers. Sydney Lokale pounced on Charles Momanyi’s lose back pass and got past goalkeeper Fredrick Odhiambo but his touch was heavy as he could prevent the ball from going out. Penalties were needed to separate the two teams after the end of regulation time.

Penalties

Patilah Omotto couldn’t hold his nerves as Odhiambo saved the first penalty. Mustapha converted the first for Gor to hand them an early advantage after slotting the ball into the top right corner. Ogweno picked the same slot as Mustapha to pull Sharks level. Ondiek ballooned his shot well over the bar with Omwenga scoring from Sharks third penalty kick.

Boniface Omondi sent the keeper the wrong way to make it 2-2. Goalkeeper Gad Mathews stepped up to face his opposite number to score, Joachim Olouch hit the cross bar as the ball went out. Duke Abuya sealed the win for Sharks 4-2 on penalties.

Gor Mahia XI: Fredrick Odhiambo, Innocent Odhiambo, Wesley Onguso, Charles Momanyi, Joachim Oluoch, Bernard Ondiek, Ephrem Guikan, Francis Mustafa, Boniface Omondi

Subs: Shaban Odhoji, Raphael Asudi, Wellington Ochieng, Harun Shakava, Stephen Okiro, Eliud Lokuwom

Kariobangi Sharks XI: Gad Mathews, Erick Juma, Pascal Ogweno, Patilah Omotto, Shaphan Oyugi, Erick Kapaito, John Kuol, Duke Abuya, George Abege, Harrison Mwendwa

Subs: Brian Bwire, Vincent Wasambo, Ebrimmah Sanne, Michael Bodo, Chris Kimathi, Sydney Lokale, Moses Mwangi.

Gor Mahia blank Ulinzi 2-0

Mieno and Blackberry congratulate Kahata

Gor Mahia’s fine form in the 2018 Kenya Premier League continued on Saturday when they recorded an impressive 2-0 win over Ulinzi at Afraha stadium. Impressive because Ulinzi stars has been one of the sides that has been difficult to beat. Last season they forced a 2-2 draw at Kisumu. This time however Gor Mahia took command with Francis Kahata and Jacque Tuyisenge scoring in the 12th and 86th minute respectively.

Coach Dylan Kerr credited his players for always remaining focused and battling.

Every team wants to be the first to beat Gor Mahia and therefore there are no easy matches for us. We knew this coming into this match and expected a tough match. We made a couple of basic errors and gave them chances. We got a goal early on and that calmed things down. We’ve had a tough week and to be honest my players looked jaded – they really battled for the points and credit goes out to them. – said Kerr after the match.

Ulinzi coach, Dunstan Nyaudo, who is a former Gor Mahia player, rued missed chances.
“We had a good game and created very many chances that we unfortunately did not convert. Gor Mahia got several and made use of theirs and that is what made the difference. My defenders also lost concentration especially towards the end of the match and we were punished for it.” – said Nyaudo

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Masuta Masita missed two glorious chances to steer Ulinzi ahead in the 4th and 6th minutes. Joash Onyango could not clear the ball as the home team pumped into Gor Mahia’s area.

Francis Kahata punished the soldiers in the 12th minute as he slotted home from close range. George Odhiambo ran down the right flank to deliver the ball and he took his time to beat the advancing Jacktone Odhiambo. Kahata was left with the easiest of options of tapping in to score his third goal of the season.

A tepid first fifteen minutes saw Ernest Wendo pick the first yellow card after a bad challenge on Bernard Ongoma. The visitors, although ahead goal wise, lost the ball rather easily with Elvis Nadwa beating Godfrey Walusimbi twice on the left flank. All the Ulinzi efforts were not rewarded as their finishing was not as clinical as to bring the much-sorted goal.

A rough collision between Meddie Kagere saw the Ulinzi man bleed from the mouth as the Rwandan elbowed him. The referee did not punish the Gor Mahia’s top striker though as Ongoma went out to receive treatment before resuming the action.

Hassan Mohamed was unlucky to be denied by the bar after he lobbed a long-range ball over Boniface Oluoch in the 57th minute. Philemon Otieno just cleared from the line as everyone in the white shirt looked beaten when Ulinzi invaded Gor’s area in the 62nd minute. George Omondi had launched a swift counter attack from the home side left flank as an equalizing goal for Ulinzi looked all but elusive.

Debuts

Both Elijah Mwanzia and Omar Boraafya were handed their debuts. Jacques Tuyisenge scored the second goal for the league defending champions from a corner kick. Defensive errors handed Gor the winning goal to stretch their points to forty-three.

Ulinzi Stars Starting XI: Jacktone Odhiambo (GK), Cylus Shitote, Omar Mbongi, George Omondi, Hassan Mohamed (C) Bernard Ongoma, John Kago, Daniel Waweru (Cliff Kasuti), Elvis Nandwa (Elijah Mwanzia), Masita Masuta, Michael Otieno (Omar Boraafya).

Unused subs: Timothy Odhiambo (GK), Hamisi Abdalla, Geoffrey Kokoyo, Ibrahim Shambi.

Gor Mahia Starting XI: Boniface Oluoch, Philemon Otieno, Godfrey Walusimbi, Joash Onyango, Harun Shakava (C), Ernest Wendo, Francis Kahata, Humphrey Mieno, Jacques Tuyisenge, Meddie Kagere, George Odhiambo ( Lawrence Juma).

Unused subs: Shaaban Odhoji (GK), Wesley Onguso, Bernard Ondiek, Sammy Onyango, Ephrem Guikan

Gor Mahia held by Sofapka 3-3

Gor Mahia gave away a 2 goal lead and ended up drawing 3-3 with Sofapaka at Machakos on Sunday.

Additional reporting from the Nation
Rwandese Meddie Kagere, Bernard Ondieki and Innocent Wafula scored a goal apiece for K’Ogalo, but Kepha Aswani sparked the Sofapaka renaissance as Ezekiel Okare managed a brace to guarantee their team one point from the game.

Kagere’s strike in the 10th minute was a happy accident, as he blindly tapped the ball with the side of his foot in an attempt to lay it properly for Ivorian Ephrem Guikan, but it deflected into the net much to his joyful surprise.

Ondieki doubled matters for the champions just 24 minutes later by guiding a header past Sofapaka custodian Mathias Kigonya.

Sofapaka defender Yusuf Mohammed had intended to clear a dangerous ball from the right, but it flew into the air and Ondieki, who was acquired from Western Stima in December last year, leapt just in time to meet it and send it home.

Sofapaka coach John Baraza responded by withdrawing Humphrey Okoti seven minutes before the end of the first half and replacing him with deadly striker Stephen Waruru in a bid to rescue his team from an impending embarrassment.
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Aswani pulled one back for Batoto ba Mungu in the 51st minute, prompting K’Ogalo to work even harder to safeguard their lead.

The visitors kept it late, but a defensive mishap in the 85th minute saw their patience pay off. Harun Shakava and goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch had both left their areas of jurisdiction, and Okare easily headed home a long ball from the middle, leaving Shakava guiltily running after it in what was an exercise in futility.

It didn’t take two minutes for Sofapaka to inflict pain again, and it was Okare once more who scooped the ball and sent a thunderbolt into the top left corner.

Gor however responded promptly through Innocent Wafula who made the most of a goalmouth melee to deliver the equaliser in stoppage time.

Gor Mahia held by Mathare United 2-2

Tuyisenge is challenged by Crispin Oduor or Mathare

It was a second straight draw for Kogalo as Mathare scored a late goal to force a 2-2 draw.

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MACHAKOS, Kenya, Apr 29- Clifford Alwanga stepped off the bench to score the equalizer as Mathare United held defending champions Gor Mahia to a 2-2 draw in a top of the table Kenyan Premier League clash at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.

Jack Tuyisenge’s brace had put Gor Mahia clear after Francis Omondi’s opener, but a much changed second half Mathare ensured they come off two back to back losses to pick a point that sees them retain the three-point gap between them and the leaders.

This is the second consecutive 2-2 draw from the defending champions who were held to a similar score-line in midweek away to Chemelil Sugar.

A frantic two minutes saw two goals scored in either end of the pitch.

First, Mathare broke the deadlock in the 16th minute though Francis Omondi whose freekick from the edge of the box after Cliff Nyakeya was fouled went beneath the wall and beat Shabaan Odhoji.

From the restart, K’Ogalo equalized immediately this time from the penalty spot, Tuyisenge taking responsibility after he had been hacked down by David Owino.

Though Robert Mboya had a touch on the ball, the power was too much as it dropped inside the net.

Almost immediately after drawing level, Gor should have gone up when Tuyisenge’s touch off a George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo cross from the left failed to direct the ball on target with only the keeper to beat.

Mathare’s tact was to sit back, soak in the pressure and hit on the counter using the pace of Cliff Nyakeya and Samuel Ndung’u on either win, but Gor had done their work right and ensured minimal balls landed on the flanks.

Gilbert Onsonga, making his first start of the season ahead of injured skipper George Owino had a torrid evening and was often caught off his guard by the dangerous Gor attack led by Tuyisenge and Meddie Kagere.

On the half hour mark, Ondonga failed to head away a freekick from Harun Shakava which landed on Humphrey Mieno’s feet, but the midfielder’s effort at swinging on a half volley on his second touch went over.

K’Ogalo went into the lead five minutes to the break through Tuyisenge who slammed the ball home after Omurwa had cleared a Kagere effort off the line.

Keeper Robert Mboya had failed to hold on to a cross from the right and Kagere picked up, dribbling past the custodian but his effort was blocked by Omurwa a few yards from goal with Mboya way off his line.

Mathare came back into the second half an improved side, partly thanks to some tactical switches made by head coach Francis Kimanzi. The error prone Onsongo was moved to right back with Olwande dropping into central defense.

Ndung’u was also brought off for Clifford Alwanga, a change that saw Chris Ochieng move out wide while Alwanga came into central attack.

The Slum Boys had two back to back chances, first David Owino’s shot from the right hitting the side netting after Chris Oduor beat Odhoji to the ball and set up his mate.

After that, Ochieng had an effort come off the bar when he raced into a delicious cross from the right with the Gor backline found sleeping.

Mathare kept exerting pressure on the league leaders and they had another chance when Omondi’s freekick this time from range was well tipped over the bar for a corner by Odhoji.

Onsonga was ultimately hauled off with natural right back Martin Ongori coming on as Kimanzi sought to rectify the pre-match error.

All this time, Gor had been pushed back by Mathare, but they had a chance off the break when substitute Samuel Onyango was played throygh by Kahata but his shot was saved by Mboya.

After surviving, Mathare exerted the pressure and Alwanga drew the sides level with a one time finish inside the box off an Ongori cross.

This had come just a minute after keeper Odhoji had made a brilliant save to parry away an effort from Edward Seda.

Line-Ups

Mathare United Staring XI:  Mboya, Olwande, Osonga, Omurwa, Owino, Omondi,Oduor, Seda, Clifford Nyakeya, Ndung’u(Alwanga)

Subs: J.Ochieng’, Ongori, Okal, Ndonye, Reagan, Mwangi, Alwanga

Gor Mahia Starting XI: 16. Shaban Odhoji, 14. Innocent Wafula, 21. Wesley Onguso, 12. Joash Onyango, 18. Harun Shakava, 20. Ernest Wendo, 8. Francis Kahata, 30. Humphrey Mieno, 9. Jacques Tuyisenge, 25. George Odhiambo, 22. Meddie Kagere(Ephrem Guikan)

Sub: Frederick Odhiambo, 2. Godfrey Walusimbi, 27. Charles Momanyi, 24. Lawrence Juma, 26. Philemon Otieno, 6. Samuel Onyango, 19. Ephrem Guikan

Gor Mahia hold Nkana FC

Gor Mahia held Zambia’s most popular club Nkana FC, formerly known as Nkana Red Devils in a friendly match at Camp Toyoyo on Saturday.
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In an encounter K’Ogalo coach Dylan Kerr explained was aimed at fine tuning his charges ahead of their next continental assignment, the hosts grabbed the lead against the visiting top Zambian club at the half hour mark through the returning Jacques Tuyisenge.

The 12-time Zambian champions were initially penalised after Diego Apanane handled the ball in his box and Tuyisenge stepped up to drill the resultant penalty kick past a clueless Kelvin Malunga for the opening goal of the match.

This setback seemed to rattle a potent Nkana attack consisting Congolese sensation Idriss Ilunga Mbombo, who is a former strike partner to Kenya international Jesse Were at Zesco United, 2016 FAZ league topscorer Walter Bwalya, Zambia International Ronald ‘Sate Sate’ Kampamba and Festus Mbewe.

And their reaction was impressive.

First, Mbombo easily went past his marker on the left hand side of the pitch and sent in a low cross that Bwalya connected with a goal bound shot on 55 minutes.

Gor keeper Shaban Odhoji was however equal to the task.

Odhoji could do little to stop Mbewe’s shot that found the inside roof of the next five minutes later, after the Zambian striker benefitted from Bwalya’s 20-yard pass.

“They have some confident players with good touches. They got tired in the second half and we capitalised,” said Nkana coach Beston Chameshi.

“It was a good workout for the players who didn’t play in the Champions League and I am impressed with their reaction,” added Kerr.

The Kenyan champions are in line to play Tunisia’s Esperance in a Caf Africa Champions League first round match on March 7, while Nkana will square it out with Algeria’s CR Belouizdad in the first round of the Confederation Cup.

According to football agent George Bwana who is coordinating Nkana’s five day Kenyan pre-season camp, Nkana are primed to play either Nakumatt or Tusker in their final friendly on Monday.

Kerr given carte blanche on transfer targets

Coach Dylan Kerr will have the final say regarding new signings. This according to the club CEO Lordvick Aduda.

We can’t influence his decisions because now he is the owner of the team. As the management once the coach as identified the areas that need to be improved then it’s our responsibility to approach them and start negotiations,” Aduda told Citizen Digital.

Kerr is intent on strengthening his side for a busy 2018 which will include the CECAFA club cup, Africa Champions league and other tournaments.
The news that Kerr will have final say as it is he who knows best which player can fit in his system.

Aduda says the club is deciding how to reward players for a successful 2017.

“However once we receive our money of being crowned the champions we shall have arrangements on how to appreciate each player,” he said.

Gor Mahia dominate CECAFA Squad

New Harambee Stars coach Paul Put named his squad for the fortcoming CECAFA cup. Gor Mahia contributed 7 players, the most of any side.

Goalkeepers: Boniface, Oluoch (Gor Mahia), Gabriel Andika (AFC Leopards), Patrick Matasi (Posta Rangers).
Defenders: Musa Mohammed (Gor Mahia), Charles Momanyi (Kakamega Homeboyz), Dennis Shikhayi (AFC Leopards), Jockins Atudo (Posta Rangers), Harun Shakava (Gor Mahia), Wellington Ochieng (Gor Mahia), Bernard Ochieng (Vihiga United) and Omar Mbongi (Ulinzi Stars).
Midfielders: Ernest Wendo (Gor Mahia), Whyvonne Issuza (AFC Leopards), Kenneth Muguna (Gor Mahia), Patillah Omotto (Kariobangi Sharks), Duncan Otieno (AFC Leopards), Ovellah Ochieng (Kariobangi Sharks), Lawrence Juma (Nzoia Sugar).
Strikers: Samuel Onyango (Ulinzi Stars), Kepha Aswani (Nakumatt), George Odhiambo (Gor Mahia), Masoud Juma (Kariobangi Sharks), Vincent Oburu (AFC Leopards), Stephen Waruru (Ulinzi Stars) and Benjamin Mosha (Sony Sugar).

Dylan Kerr is coach of the month for September

Gor Mahia’s Scottish tactician Dylan Kerr has been voted Fidelity Insurance Coach of the Month Award for September.
The month of September was crucial in securing Gor Mahia’s 16th title. During this period, Kogalo won 5 games and drew one.

 

Date   Opponent   Score  
Sept-30 Bandari 3-1
Sept-27 Sofapaka 2-1
Sept-23 Tusker 2-0
Sept-17 Thika Utd 0-0
Sep-14 Chemelil Sugar 3-0
Sep-9 Nzoia United 4-0

Kerr credited success to the combined efforts of technical staff and players

“It has taken combined effort from the players, staff and club officials for Gor Mahia to play how it did and we can only get better. We have identified players and areas to strengthen so we are due to sit down as a club and make decisions, the right ones for next season’s busy schedule,” he said to Citizen sports

Kerr reiterated the fact that he focused on taking Kogalo to greater heights at continental level.

“I’m not going anywhere. I have a commitment to Gor Mahia and my focus is on building the team for next year’s CAF Champions League and another premier league medal. We have worked hard this season and will definitely put in more effort to perform better,” the tactician said to Citizen sports.

Kerr like others is appalled by poor attendance of KPL matches and wants KPL to do something.
“The Kenyan league is big and should be supported more. The league organizers and federation should do more to market the league to bring fans to stadium. It’s really disheartening to see 22 fans in the stadium and thousands of empty seats yet the football served is of high quality. Something must be done to rectify that.” he said

And unlike 2014 when Kogalo lost their match to KCB after the trophy presentation, Kerr wants to keeep players focused.

“Our last game should be thrilling and we have worked on it without any complacency of having won the title. We want to play well and win for our fans. That way lifting the title feels good. Losing a match then walking to collect winners’ medals does not feel right so we have to win that game,” he concluded.