Polack confident of beating Bandari

Samuel Onyango scored against Bandari in November last year

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Philemon Otieno extends Gor Mahia contract

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

Additional reporting from the Nation

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

Gor Mahia signs Nicholas Omondi as Oliech hangs up his boots

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

Additional reporting from the Nation

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

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

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

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

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

Dennis Oliech has retired

Courtesy of the Nation

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

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

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

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

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

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

Afiriyie explains why he left

Ghanaian striker Francis Afiriyie who recently left Kogalo for Township Rollers of Botswana, recently told goal.com what eventually made him take the decision to change clubs.

“I thought things will change at the club, unfortunately, there was no sign they will,” Afriyie told Goal on Saturday.

“[Gor Mahia] is a great club, I enjoyed in the few months we were together it is unfortunate I had to leave. The club has what it takes to be the biggest in Africa only if they find a solution to their financial problems. We had to part ways in mutual consent.

Afiriyie is full of praise for Kogalo fans.

“The fans are amazing and we had a good relationship with them, they are very loyal and love their team.”

He also stated that he is happy to have played for Kogalo

“[Gor Mahia] are a good team and everybody wants to be associated with them so if I get a chance of playing for them in the future I will take it. For now, I wish them all the best in the league and future assignments,” Afriyie concluded.

Gor Mahia deal with Umbro finalized

Gor Mahia’s kitting deal with Umbro has been signed in a ceremony held on Thursday.

According to goal.com Kogalo  have entered into a three-year deal with Umbro. The company will supply high-performance training and off-field apparel for the playing unit.

Umbro will also be Gor Mahia’s exclusive technical partner for the next three years. The club’s members of the technical bench and the management will be supplied with branded apparel, equipment and luggage.

“We are delighted that Gor Mahia will be wearing the famous double diamond. They are a club with history and tradition looking to build towards the future, which goes hand in hand with our brand values,” said Umbro South Africa CEO David Ricketts

Chairman Ambrose Rachier promised Umbro continued support

“As truly indicated by David [Ricketts], Gor Mahia are about to open a new chapter in the quest to begin dining with elite clubs of African football at the continental table. We are glad and excited that Umbro has agreed to partner with the club towards opening this new chapter.”

“We guarantee you, Umbro, we will never let you down. We are the mighty K’Ogalo, we share the same values and let us grow the brands together,” he told goal.com

Gor Mahia hammer Chemelil 4-0

Gor Mahia’s aspirations for winning the 2019-2020 Kenya Premier League are back on track.  This after they beat relegation candidates Chemelil Sugar 4-0. Goals came from Samuel Onyango who scored a brace,  Nicholas Kipkirui and Boniface Omondi.

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Gor Mahia on Wednesday bounced back to winning ways with a 4-0 victory over struggling Chemelil Sugar 4-0 in their rescheduled Kenyan Premier League match at Moi Stadium in Kisumu.

The win saw Gor Mahia trim the lead between them and leaders Tusker to just two points although K’Ogalo have two more games in hand.

Samuel Onyango scored a brace while Boniface Omondi and Nicholas Kipkirui were on target for the defending champions at the 21st, 47th, 71st and 73rd minutes respectively.

The result leaves K’Ogalo third on the pile with 35 points drawn from 15 matches, while the Millers are bottom on the table with four points drawn from 17 matches.

“We are happy to have won this match having lost over the weekend to Kakamega Homeboyz, and are optimistic that will go back to the top,” said Gor coach Steven Polack.

His opposite number Charles Odero blamed the loss on the financial troubles the team is facing.

“We had very few players turning up for training sessions and this greatly affected the outcome of the match,” said Odera.

Gor threatened first in the second minute through Clifton Miheso who sent a pass from the left wing to Kenneth Muguna but his attempts was blocked, before Chemelil cleared their lines.

MIHESO WASTES CHANCE

In the sixth minute, Muguna found Samuel Onyango inside the area but the former Ulinzi Stars man was penalised for a foul.

Miheso wasted a chance four minutes later when his shot from the left wing missed the net by inches.

Samuel Onyango then put K’Ogalo ahead on 21 minutes when he found the back of the net with a right footed shot.

Bernard Ondiek could have made it 2-0 in favour of Gor, but his headed effort from Muguna’s cross went wide at the half-hour mark.

Samuel Onyango then made it 2-0 for Gor two minutes after the restart when he capitalised on poor communication between custodian Daniel Kiptoo and Timothy Omondi, sending the K’Ogalo fans in the stands into a frenzy.

Polack then introduced Boniface Omondi for the jaded Ondiek and the impact was almost immediate. Omondi latched onto a good pass from Kipkirui before slotting home past Kiptoo. Before the dust could settle, Kipkirui put his name on the scoresheet to put the score beyond doubt.
 

Gor Mahia team of the decade: 2000-2009

1. George Odhiambo “Taffarel: A solid goalkeeper who would often step forward to take penalties.
2. Francis Akango “Jakambare”: A solid no nonsense fullback
3. Chris Wekesa: A burly fullback whose solid play in 2008 and 2009 saw him called to the national team
4. Eric Masika “PPO”: The youthful Masika was a crowd favourite in 2009
5. Julius Owino “Awilo”: A natural leader who captained club and country
6. Andrew Oyombe: Effectively shielded the defence and featured prominently for the national team and also played in Europe
7. Kenneth Omondi: Was voted Transparency cup MVP in 2005
8. Zablon Otieno “Pro”: Skillful left footed midfielder who was a brilliant playmaker.
9. Emmanuel Wakata: A free scoring attacker who later played in Rwanda
10 George Odhiambo “Blackberry”: His best years were between 2008 and 2010 when he was league MVP
11. Habil Otieno: An effective goal poacher who scored often from half chances.

Substitutes

Jacktone Odhiambo
Charles Odipo
Patrick Oyiengo “Adesh”,

Honorable Mention

Jimmy Bagaye, Robert Oluoko, Charles Odipo, Dan Onyango, Tony Onyango, Andrew Ongwae, Tom Odundo, Charles Ojwang, Nathan Munai, Steve Biko, Sylvanus Onyango, Bramwel Karamoja, Ibrahim Kitawi, Duncan Owiti “Macheda”, Stephen Ochola, Elisha Ochieno “Achach”, John Kiplagat

Gor Mahia team of the decade: 1990-1999

Victor Onyango: A brilliant goalkeeper yet full of drama
Zedekiah Otieno: Overlapping right back who starred for both club and country and was coach of both club and country
Tiellen Oguta: An uncompromising full back who went on to play in Europe
Josiah Ougo: A composed yet solid central defender
Sammy Omollo “Pamzo”: One of the best defensive stoppers this country has seen
Tom Juma: A tireless box to box midfielder
Allan Odhiambo: A towering defensive midfielder who often scored as many goals as the strikers. In the 1991 league campaign, he was the club’s leading scorer.
Dan Ogada: An engine that was able to drive the team forward, create chances, deliver brilliangt through balls and with supreme ball control
John Odhiambo “Baresi”: A highly capable dribbler, remembered for outplaying the Super Eagles in that epic encounter in 1997
Steve Okumu: A reliable goalscorer who used his quick first step to evade defenders.
Steve Odiaga: A powerful and towering attacker

Substitutes

Joseph Asembo: A towering goalkeeper, very good with high balls
Paul Ochieng: Burly defender who intimidated strikers with his size
Bonaventure Maruti: A speedy attacker who scored freely. Went on to play for many years in Europe.
Charles Oduor: A reliable fullback
Mike Otieno: An explosive left winger with incredible acceleration. He later became the team’s coach.

Honourable Mention

Stephen Kinuthia “Kenos”, Charles Oduor “Fundi”, Albert Njeru, William Odidi, Joseph Akinga, Frazier Ochieng, Tom Ochieng “Malindi”, Tom Okaya, Brian Okumu, Bramwell Mwololo, George Owalla, George Sunguti, Joseph Owino Andai “Conte”, George Sunguti, Dan Shikanda, Tom Odhiambo, Charles Omondi “Korea”, Felix Otieno, Jared Ochieng Achieng, Hezron Omondi “Othuks”, Joseph Akinga, Zelleallem Teshome, Pius Wamaya, Michael Kisaghi, Eric Obura, Aggrey Obonyo, David Odhiambo “Deo”

Gor Mahia team of the decade : 1980-1989

1. David Ochieng: Solid no drama keeper who starred for both club and country.
2. Tobias Ocholla: Reliable and created several goals with his long throw ins
3. Peter Otieno “Bassanga”: Industrious left back
4. Bobby Ogolla: The best defensive stopper this country has ever seen
5. Austin Oduor: The most succesful team captain in Kenya’s history
6. Charles Otieno: The Engine of the team
7. Abbas Magongo: Tireless, skillful and covered every inch of the field
8. Sammy Owino: Immensely talented midfielder who scored brilliant inidvidual goals
9. George Onyango: Schemer par supreme
10. Peter Dawo: Known for his goal-scoring spree in 1987. Was voted Among Africa’s 10 best players in 1987
11. Nahashon Oluoch: Brilliant dribbler who also scored superb individual goals. Also voted among Africa’s 10 best

Substitutes

Tirus Omondi: An acrobatic goalkeeper and full of drama
Swaleh Ochieng: Powerfully built left back who shut down opposing players with robust tackles
John Okello Zangi: Enigmatic, tireless, and very dexterious on the ball
Sammy Onyango: Superb crosser, corner taker and penalty taker. Two footed
Hezborn Omollo: Scored over 50 league goals between 1983 and 1985

Honorable Mention

George Odembo “Nyangi”, George Otieno “Vigo”, George Otieno “Solo”, Isaiah Omondi “Janabi”, Ben Oloo “Breakdance”, Gideon Hamisi “Aziki”, Enock Obwaka, Hamisi Shamba, Abdallah Shebe, William Obwaka, Goro Oronge, Jaffar Mwidau, Ignatius Khaduli, Hezron Osuka, John Chore, Anthony Ndolo, Mike Adede, Abbey Nassur, Peter Ochieng “Pierre”,

Gor Mahia team of the Decade 1968-1979

1. Dan Odhiambo: Had the sharpest reflexes of any Kenyan goalkeeper
2. Paul Oduwo “Cobra”: Tirelessly ran up and down the right flank. Kept defenders at bay with robust tackles
3.  Festus Nyakota: A solid no-nonsense fullback
4. James Ogolla “Kadir”: Versatile defender who played in central defence and on the flanks
5. Mike Ogolla “Machine”: Nicknamed Machined because he dealt easily with opposing attacks
6. Jerry Imbo: Very talented midfielder who made everything look easy
7. George “Best” Yoga: Still one of the top 5 scorers in the history of the club
8. Steve “McQueen” Yongo: Played superbly in defense midfield and attack. Starred at the 1972 AFCON
9. William Ouma “Chege”: The best striker Kenya produced before Dennis Oliech
10. Allan Thigo: The high priest of Gor Mahia football. The best ever playmaker Kenya has produced
11. Peter Ouma “Pele” : Efficient scorer who also scored for Kenya at the 1972 AFCON

Subs

James Sianga: Take no prisoners goalkeeper who later became a succesful coach
Nicodemus Arudhi: Efficient Inside right who scored often and later became infamous
Tim Ayieko: Ugandan with kenyan roots who starred for the Uganda Cranes
Maurice Ochieng: Led the league in scoring in 1976
Andrew Obunga: Explosive centre forward

Honorable Mention

Ben Oballa, Masanta Osoro, Chris Obure, Jaoko Orifwa, Jackson Aluko, Samson Odore, Duncan Migan, Fred Siranga, George Ayuka, Charles Ondiek “Racham”, Sospeter Otin, Walter Molo, Maurice Ole Tunda, Francis Midany “Power”, Josphat Okello “Smart”, Amos Nandy, Sammy Ndonga, Simon Nyatome, Festus Nyakota, Tom Oyake, Owen Nandi, Paul Odhiambo, Laban Otieno