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14 Dec 17

The draw for the 2018 CAF Champions league is out. In the preliminary round, Gor Mahia have been pitted against little known Leones Vegetarianos Fútbol Club of Equatorial Guinea. Leones have virtually no experience in African football. They won the Equatoguinean league for the first time ever in 2017. And clubs from Equatorial Guinea rarely make an impression in this tournament. Last year’s representatives, Sony Ela Nguema lost 4-1 on aggregate to Al Merreikh of Sudan

Should Gor Mahia win, they will face the winner between Esperance De Tunis and ASAC Concorde of Mauritania. The Tunisian side are two times winners of the tournament and 5 times runners up. In 2017, they reached the semis. It is a chance for Kogalo to redeem themselves after losing 8-2 on aggregate to the Tunisians in 2014.

Shakava’s brilliant header was one of the few bright spots last time

Gor Mahia will be buoyed by having signed Ivorian striker Ephrem Guikan. He is best known to Kenyan fans for scoring twice against Tusker in the 2017 Africa champions league.

“We can confirm the signing of striker Gikan Ephraim from a club in Mauritius. We have scouted him for some time and we watched him play against Tusker in the Caf- Champion’s League. We also watched him on you tube and had a fruitful discussion with his agent. Everything has worked to plan,” Ronald Ngala told Citizen Digital.


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12 Dec 17


George Odhiambo Blackberry is receiving rave reviews for his excellent play at the ongoing CECAFA senior challenge cup. He was in fine form again as Kenya beat Tanzania Bara to book a place in the semi-finals.
Also in action today was captain Musa Mohamed, Ernest Wendo and Wesley Onguso who is reported to be joining Kogalo

Additional reporting from Capital FM

Kenya, Dec 11- Kenya’s Harambee Stars have qualified for the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup semi-finals as Group A winners after beating Tanzania 1-0 in Machakos on Monday and will pay Group B’s second placed side Burundi in Machakos on Thursday.

Kenya finished the group stage matches with eight points, one ahead of Zanzibar who will play defending champions and Group B winners Uganda Cranes in the second semi on Friday.

AFC Leopards forward Vincent Oburu repaid the faith shown in him by head coach Paul Put handing him his first ever start for the national team as he tapped home a 20th minute goal to hand Stars the win.

Put made changes to his forward line for his fourth match in charge of the team, handing Oburu a starting role as the team’s lead strikers supported on either wing by George Odhiambo and Ovella Ochieng.

Chris Oduor who started ahead of Whyvonne Isuza was handed the supporting striker’s role, playing behind Oburu. Gor Mahia midfield workhorse Ernest Wendo also started his first match for the national team, coming in the place of Duncan Otieno.

Libya’s 1-0 win over Zanzibar in the early kick off handed Kenya a confidence boost of sorts as they knew they only needed a point to get t the last four. However, the pressure was for them to win and top the group.

They should have opened the scoring five minutes into the tie when a mistake by Erasto Nyoni in his own box handed Ovellah Ochieng a chance, but the Kariobangi Sharks forward placed the ball over with only the keeper to beat.

Startiing Patrick Matasi(GK), Musa Mohammed (C), Jockins Atudo, Dennis Sikhayi, Wesley Onguso, Ernest Wendo, Patillah Omotto, Vincent Oburu(Kefa Aswani) , Chrispin Oduor, (Whyvonne Isuza), Ovella Ochieng, (Samuel Onyango) George Odhiambo,

Unused Subs: Gabriel Andika (GK), Boniface Oluoch (GK), Said Tsuma, Bernard Ochieng, Masoud Juma, Wellington Ochieng, Charles Momanyi, Issack Kipyegon, Duncan Otieno

arlier on, Odhiambo had come close for Kenya with a low shot from the edge of the area which went wide.

Stars were dominating possession but were guilty of losing it often, the biggest culprits being Ovella on the right and Oduor who had been deployed as the support striker behind Oburu.

Ovella however made amends in the 20th minute, this time not taking too many touches. He set himself up with the first touch before crossing low into the box to an awaiting Oburu who had the simplest task of tapping the ball gone with the keeper beaten.

It was a pressure relieving goal for Kenya who had only scored one from open play prior.

Tanzania though grew in confidence after going down as they sought for an equalizer, but they couldn’t breach a watertight Kenyan backline.

In the 32nd minute defender Dennis Sikhayi almost caught Tanzania keeper Peter Manyika offguard with a long range effort which however went wide.

In the second half, there wasn’t much of action infront of goal. The best chances of the last 45 fell on Odhiambo whose first shot from the left was saved by the keeper while in his second attempt, his outstretched foot three yards off goal failed to connect to an Ochieng cross.


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9 Dec 17


Gor Mahia midfielder is set to join Ze Maria at Albanian side KF Tirana
Story courtesy of the Nation
The 2016 SportPesa Premier League (SPL) Most Valuable Player Kenneth Muguna is set to join Albanian giants KF Tirana.

Nation Sport understands that Tirana has reached an agreement with SPL champions Gor Mahia to release the player for a record transfer fee and a percentage on his future sell.

“He is highly unlikely to be part of the team next year. His deal to Tirana is at an advanced stage, in about a week’s time it will be through,” said an official from Gor who sought anonymity.

Tirana Chief Executive Officer Hector Como has been in the country the past two weeks in an attempt to finalise the move which will see the player sign a four-year contract.

“We actually wanted to sign him in August so that we can start the season with him but it didn’t go through. I am quite confident we will have him next month and his work is cut out to immediately fit into the team ahead of the second leg,

“I am hopeful that he can bring creativity in our midfield under his former coach Ze Maria. Our target is to play in the top-flight next season and also retain the FA Cup so that we can play in Europa league,” said Como.

Muguna boasts of a two-year experience in the SPL, where he has fast carved a reputation as a classy attacking midfielder, with wonderful ball skills.

His three goals and nine assists aided the club to their unprecedented 16th silverware.

“I believe I served the team diligently most importantly reclaiming the title. Any player would not want to turn down a new challenge in Europe. Hopefully it will be 100 percent completed soon,” Muguna, who is capped twice for Kenya, said.

The former Palos midfielder will become the sixth star to leave the club after a season following in the footsteps of Erick ‘Marcelo’ Ouma (2016), Michael Olunga (2015), David ‘Calabar’ Owino (2014), and Geoffrey ‘Baba’ Kizito (2013) among others.

Tirana already has Ugandan duo of midfielder Tony Mawejje and striker Yunus Sentamu at the club handled by former Gor coach Jose Marcelo Ferreira.

They top the country’s second tier standings with 22 points from nine games. Kenyans James Situma, Moses Arita and Francis Kahata have formerly featured for the side before.


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5 Dec 17

The career of Kevin Omondi “Ade” has come full circle as he has rejoined Kogalo, the team where he started his career.

“We have given ‘Ade’ a three year contract after he impressed the coaches in recent training. He was invited to train with the team by coach Kerr and he has given us the go ahead that we sign him and that is what we have done.” said Lordvick Aduda, the Gor Mahia CEO to goal.com

Ade wants to revive a career that was once very promising. Back in 2010, he was voted Kenya secondary school’s player of the year. He joined Kogalo the following season and was quickly named to the national team when only 19 years of age.

After the 2014 season, he left for South Africa. But a fall-out with the coach derailed his stint down South. He would return to Kenya and join Sofapaka the following season. But distracted by off the field issues, he never played well. He decided to join lower tier side Adminsitration Police. In the two friendlies he played against Gor Mahia, he played extremely well as if he had a point to prove.

 


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2 Dec 17

Gor Mahia have agreed to terms with attacker  Samuel Onyango from Ulinzi , defender Wesley Onguso from Sofapaka and Western Stima center half Maurice Ojwang . This according to a report on Citizen sports.

The same report also states that Jean Baptiste Mugiraneza has been sold off to 13-time Rwandan champions Armée Patriotique Rwandaise (APR).

Mugiraneza, popularly known as Migi, was signed as a replacement for Khalid Aucho but was unable to cement a first team place. He got no playing time under Ze Maria who often played him out of position. Under Frank Nuttall, he played well in spots.

Samwel Onyango is an attacker who often operates on the wings. He has been one of the revelations of the 2017 league and earned a place in the national team.

Kevin Omondi

Other reports suggest that coach Dylan Kerr is interested in bringing back Kevin Omondi “Ade”.

“I’m interested in having Kevin as part of my squad because he is greatly talented. He trained with us for two weeks and I know he is a player who stands a good chance of being signed at Gor. He has a chance to prove how good he is,” Kerr said in an online interview with the Standard.

The sticking point happens to be the relationship between Musa Mohamed and Kevin Omondi which was very sour at one point following revelations that Ade lost his wife to Musa.

But Ade has come out to clarify that he has no issues with Musa.

“There is nothing wrong between me and Musa Mohamed. We are friends and I have no issue concerning anything. I also don’t think he has any issue with me because we have moved on.” he said to the Standard.

His manager, Charles Omondi Korea also stated that Ade is keen to rejoin Kogalo.

“Kevin Omondi is psyched up to re-join Gor anytime. He trained with them for two weeks and the coach is already impressed, so we’re simply waiting for talks with the club’s administration.” he told the Standard

If Omondi is in the right frame of mind, he could be a useful addition to Kogalo where he will be motivated to revive his flagging career which apparently was derailed due to off the field problems.

The manner in which his contract was terminated in South Africa also would have had a negative psychological impact on him thus affecting his play on the field. Dylan Kerr could be the man to put him back in the right frame of mind. His talents have never been in doubt. The problem has always been off the field issues including indiscipline.

 


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27 Nov 17

Gor Mahia are said to be interested in Tanzanian Left Back, Mohamed Hussein “Tshabalala”.  He is said to have thoroughly impressed Dylan Kerr while he was coaching Simba in Tanzania.

“Tshabalala” was voted Simba player of the year for 2016 and has been voted Tanzania player of the month several times.

He has said he would be interested in a move to Kogalo depending on the offer.

Gor Mahia is a big club and if they are interested in my services then I can’t turn it down,” he said to goal.com.

Nevertheless he signed a three year contract with Simba in 2016 which keeps him under contract until 2019. Thus a move would require a hefty transfer fee.

Gor Mahia are also said to be chasing the services of Ulinzi attacker Samwel Onyango. His performances in 2018 saw him earn a call up to the national team.

Other reports suggest that Gor Mahia have already identified seven players who will be dropped to make way for other new signings.

Meanwhile defender Harun Shakava has picked up an injury which will rule him out of the upcoming CECAFA senior challenge cup. Also missing the tournament will be the Rwandese trio of Kagere, Tuyisenge and Mugiraneza. They were left out when the Rwandese squad was named.

 


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23 Nov 17

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).


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22 Nov 17

Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier on Tuesday led members of his technical staff to defender Karim Nizigiyimana’s house to present him with the 2017 SportPesa Premier League trophy and his personal medal.

The Burundian right back was at his Nairobi West home recuperating from an ankle injury.

“As a result of the deplorable state of Thika Stadium, our player was very badly injured two minutes into the match. We’ve through our own efforts taken him for surgery and he is in the process of recovery.

“It’s because of the injury that he missed the coronation. He remains our player no matter how long he will take to recover. We shall be paying his full salary and also make sure he is well maintained,” Mr Rachier said.

The player had missed the last five games of the season.

Karim and family Image courtesy of Tony Anelka

 

Kerr was visited by two friends from the UK

 

Kerr at Safari club


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21 Nov 17

Guikan in action against Tusker in January

Gor Mahia are in negotiations with striker Ephrem Guikan.  The Ivorian who plays for AS Port Louis of Mauritius is well known to Kenyan football fans after his double sent Tusker FC crashing out of the 2017 Africa champions league.

CEO Ludovick Aduda confirmed the news.

“It is true that we are talking to Guikan over a possible move to Gor Mahia.  The player is currently in the country and was in attendance as Gor Mahia were crowned champions on Saturday in Kisumu. Everything looks positive for now and I can promise that an agreement will be reached soon. We are working on giving him a two year contract and should be part of us before the start of next season.” said Aduda to goal.com

Given that Gor Mahia have already reached the limit of foreign players they can sign, the club would need to release one foreign player should the deal go through.

Care needs to be taken

It is not clear whether this player is any better than the current set of strikers that Kogalo has. The mere fact that he is from CIV does not automatically better. His video CV is very sparse. Also there is no indication of whether he has undergone tryouts, medical exams or whether coach Kerr approves.

Ephrem Guikan Video highlights


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20 Nov 17

The East African Standard interviewed Kogalo officials and players to find out how current coach Dylan Kerr compares to Ze Maria.

Courtesy of the Standard
The difference plays out in run up to league victory at K’Ogalo

The last three coaches to win league titles at Gor Mahia, if you include Dylan Kerr, have one common denominator. Forget fact that they’re all British.

Bobby Williamson, Frank Nuttall and Dylan Kerr all came into the club midstream of the seasons and ended up winning the league title in their first years. We all know coach Bobby’s 2013 was the most celebrated for he brought back tears of joy to a club whose fans had all but accepted to live with the bitter truth that their glory days were gone and finishing second, like they did in 2010, was an accomplishment.

When he replaced Bobby Williamson towards end of 2014, not many knew who exactly coach Frank Nuttall was save for the fact that he was Bobby’s chosen one. But a good coach is known by his results. His record in 2015 is out there for all to see.

José Marcelo Fereira, alias Zé Maria, came to K’Ogalo with the very pedigree of a coach — exactly what team manager Jolawi Obondo calls a text book coach.
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“Zé Maria is what people go to coaching school to study,” says Jolawi who has worked with well seven coaches at the club. “The man was a typical instructor. He had this big vision, a jumbo dream of sorts, which he wanted to impart to players.”

Only falling short of calling Zé Maria a mannequin in a coaching school lab, Jolawi Obondo describes the Brazilian as an astute student of European football schools. On contracts for example, Zé Maria knew in and out what was required of him by the club, did his bit and was often livid whenever he felt the club did not honour its end of the bargain.

“Zé Maria slept with his contract,” says Jolawi adding that “he was conscious of training requirements, timings and no player dared arrive late however indispensable that player thought he was.”

While many think strict adherence to the rule book is requisite for good workmanship, it may be the very ticket that sends one out of his job; it is what causes friction. Zedekiah Zico Otieno, who was Zé Maria’s assistant, shares in this: “Modern football allows for close observance to rules but not rigidity. If you’re too stiff, it may be your undoing.”

Zico, the only successful Brazilian at Gor Mahia, weighs in on the style of play employed by coach Zé Maria: “With Zé Maria we played three at the back because we needed more attacking options upfront. We scored goals then but we also conceded mainly from the flanks where we were exposed due to our style of play.”

Under Zé Maria’s three-man defence, Gor Mahia conceded 13 goals in 18 matches as compared to Dylan Kerr’s eight in similar number of outings.

Zé Maria did not last at the club. Nevertheless he charmed many with his ability to wear his boots and play with the boys at the same time he coached.

An introvert to many, but club Assistant Secretary General Ronald Ngala thinks otherwise. “Maybe language barrier also came into play,” asserts Ngala. Coming from Brazil, a Lusophone country, Zé Maria would pass for an introvert, his circle of friends predominantly being his assistants who spoke his language.

Then comes the very comical Dylan Kerr. This amiable former boss at Tanzanian giants Simba SC. His first task? Walk around the city and tweet every picture of it.

The Englishman arrived at Gor Mahia and immediately started bringing in changes. The first casualty was Zé Maria’s backline. Dylan didn’t believe three men could man a backline often marauded by physical athletes; Wycliffe Ochomo and the likes.

“Coach Dylan analysed the game,” states Zico. “Each system requires the right players to execute it. And most importantly you adopt a system according to your strengths and quality of opponent. That’s the reason coach Dylan in his wisdom chose to rotate systems.”

It is this flexibility in picking systems of play and players to field that is well pronounced in Dylan Kerr’s work ethics.

Team Manager Jolawi Obondo labels him a funny man. A sociable man. He gives a musical analogy to the difference between the Englishman and the Brazilian, “It is like listening to mellowly scripted Tukutendereza Yesu hymnals then the DJ suddenly plays hard rock. It is very difficult not to like Dylan. He’s lively. The kind of person you need to light up a party.”

Jolawi says: “I think it may be unfair to draw parallels against other coaches because Kerr has only overseen so many matches. We need to evaluate a coach from pre-season. And I think the break now offers him a great chance to build a team that can retain the trophy next year and compete favourably in Africa.”

Football is a result-oriented sport and Kerr has won the league on his first attempt, only rivaling Bobby Williamson, Frank Nuttall, the great Len Julians and Paul Odhiambo— the first coach ever to win the league title at Gor Mahia in 1968.

For the very conservative Gor Mahia fan, to whom winning the league title makes no sense if the club cannot beat AFC Leopards, Zé Maria has an edge over the Englishman. Zé Maria had three chances at Mashemeji Derby and he delivered resounding victories; 2-0, 3-0 and 3-0. Kerr on his part, has only played once in this fixture and only managed a draw from a losing start — 1-1.

Further, there is some sweet and sour taste in K’Ogalo fans’ mouths to imagine that the club’s longest winning streak happened under Zé Maria in 2016 the same season they didn’t win a trophy. Gor Mahia went on a seven-match winning sprawl in the league between April and July 2016 and that result has not been rivalled — not even the glorious 2015 comes close.

If there’s one man who knows that there’s no second chance for first impressions, it is Kerr. He edged out Zé Maria when he won his first five league matches at the helm. In fact, Kerr had to wait until his 13th match to face his first defeat. Zé Maria was a bit extravagant with losing — he lost in his fourth match.

One has won the league, the other one did not. So as Gor Mahia coach Kerr deservedly picked up his medal yesterday he should have been proud of every piece of it because surely, he has played his part in taking Gor Mahia where it belongs; national dominance.
 


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