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24 Apr 18

Betting company Sportpesa have returned to sponsorship with a bang. On Monday they announced a mega deal overing

“Our dedication and commitment to the development of sports in Kenya continues. We are proud to announce our return to local sponsorships with these key football industry players.” said Sportpesa in their social media pages.

KFF will getof Shs 69 Million, as KPL receives Shs 259 Million. Gor Mahia will receive Shs 198Million and rivals AFC Leopards bag Shs 159Million.

The three year deal that Kogalo is getting is higher than the previous deal which Sportpesa signed in 2016. That was for Ksh 180 Million over three years.

Mashemeji derby winner to play Hull

Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards will face off on May 1. The winner of the match will play Hull City on May 13. Hull City which is now in the English second tier will arrive in the country on May 11. Gor Mahia were originally slated to play Hull City but Ingwe appealed.

Hull City Coach, Nigel Adkins, said, “This is an exciting opportunity for the club to be able to go play in Kenya. The passion for football out there is enormous and we can’t wait to interact with the local teams. I’m very honored to be the first Coach to bring the team to Africa!”

Hull City beat KPL All Stars in 2016 with Humphrey Mieno scoring the consolation goal for KPL All Stars.

Sports PS Kaberia says he is trying to get Kasarani ready for the Hull City match.

“We are really pushing for Kasarani to be ready and host the match. We will be visitng there soon to check the progress. The venues under construction and renovations will be ready before June this year.” said Kaberia


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22 Apr 18

Lawrence Juma of Gor Mahia takes on Sammy Meja of Thika United

Gor Mahia, having recently been buoyed by their qualification for the group stage of the 2018 CAF Confederations cup, put on a spectacular display when they beat Thika United 5-2 on Sunday. And they had to do it after going behind twice. But their second half masterclass will surely put a smile on coach Dylan Kerr’s face given that he has been worried about his team’s ability to score.

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NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 22- Samuel Onyango, Meddie Kagere and Francis Kahata stepped off the bench to score as Gor Mahia regained their spot on top of the Kenyan Premier League standings with a 5-2 win over Thika United at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Sunday.

The game had been tied at 2-2 before Onyango scored the third for Gor in the 74th minute then Kagere took a well taken goal off a counter in the 89th minute. However the cream of the afternoon was left for Kahata who sublimely lifted the ball over Allan Owiny two minutes later for Gor’s fifth.

The win saw Gor Mahia move to 25 points, two ahead of second placed Mathare United who lost 1-0 to Wazito on Saturday. K’Ogalo have three matches at hand due to their participation in the CAF Confederations Cup.

It was a happy ending for Gor with their afternoon having started off with three of their fans perishing in an accident as they travelled to Machakos to cheer on the team. The fans were allegedly precariously hanging on a bus before they toppled off after the vehicle came into contact with another saloon car.

On the field, Gor almost paid for some bit of laxity with Thika taking control with a 2-1 lead on the hour mark, but keeper Allan Owiny took the glimmer off teammates Masakidi Mata’s beauty of a freekick after pushing Jacques Tuyisenge’s shot into his own net four minutes later.

Gor Mahia ended the opening half with a collective huge sigh of relief, Ephraim Guikan drawing them level with a well taken first time effort after a sleek through pass from Tuyisenge that split the defense.

The visitors had gone ahead early in the fourth minute when Eugene Mukangala curled a well taken shot past Shabaan Odhoji who was starting ahead of the rested Boniface Oluoch.

Gor Mahia had lost the ball in midfield and when Mukangula was played through, he set himself up with the first touch before taking a shot.

Thika had started the match swift with Gor Mahia yet to settle in and after going ahead, they should have added a second when Baraka Badi’s low cross from the right landed on Edmond Adem’s path, but the forward miscued his shot.

Despite the slippery conditions of the pitch, Gor Mahia started growing into the game and had a chance with a freekick from the edge of the box on the quarter hour mark but Tuyisenge curled the effort over.

K’Ogalo continued to raid Thika as they searched for the equalizer and in the 23rd minute, Tuyisenge accidentally blocked what looked like a goal bound shot from Lawrence Juma who had taken a shot from a Guikan cutback.

They came closest on the half hour mark when skipper Harun Shakava’s shot from inside the box came against the crossbar after being put through by debutant Raphael Sudi who had dribbled past a forest of legs at the edge of the box.

Four minutes from the break, Innocent Wafula charged down from the right and managed to slap in a low cross, but the ball could only go straight into Allan Owiny’s arms with Guikan salivating at the edge of the six yard box.

Gor’s pressure finally bore fruit two minutes to the break when Guikan found the back of the net, Sammy Mejja playing him on side and the Ivorian racing to a Tuyisenge through pass before beating Owiny.

Thika were forced into a change at the stroke of half time when Adem was forced out injured with a muscle strain and his place taken by Hansel Ochieng.

In the second half, Thika came back with pace again and eight minutes after the restart, Mukangula’s header from a Mata cross went inches over the bar.

However, seven minutes later, Mata was wheeling away in celebration after curling a sublime freekick over the wall, the ball bumping in the inside of the post on its way into the net with keeper Odhoji left dumbfounded.

But the lead only lasted three minutes as keeper Owiny’s hilarious howler brought Gor back into the game. The keeper first rushed out to cut off an onrushing Tuyisenge but missed the ball completely.

As if that was not enough, Tuyisenge’s shot was blocked by Franko Bala, but the keeper rushing back to his line pushed the ball into his own net as he attempted to tip it over.

Gor struck the winner in the 74th minute when Innocent Wafula lifted the ball over Owiny on the left and on onrushing Onyango side footed it home unmarked from the right.

Kagere then finished off the job barely 10 minutes after coming on,


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22 Apr 18

Former Gor Mahia skipper Musa Mohamed  has terminated his contract with KF Tirana.  Mohamed along with Kenneth Muguna left to join the side which now plays in the second tier of Albania. KF Tirana is coached by former Kogalo coach Ze Maria who was eager to snap up some of his former players. But Mohamed was unable to adapt to his new home according to coach Ze Maria.

“It is quite unfortunate that we have lost him (Mohammed), he is a talented player and we hoped he could help us hit our objectives.

“However things have not gone according to plan, he has failed to adapt to life in this place, making him uncomfortable.

“He did not like the food here, and money was also an issue that was not sorted, I think he was homesick and we had no option but allow him to leave.” said Ze maria

Musa had been a long serving player for Kogalo, having joined in 2010. He played for 7 seasons. Then in December he left the club to attend trials in Turkey. He then proceeded to Albania to link up with Ze Maria and another former Gor Mahia ace Kenneth Muguna who had joined a short while earlier. They were soon joined by yet another former Gor Mahia player, Eric “Marcelo” Ouma whose stint in the republic of Georgia ended. Marcelo is now on loan to another second tier Albanian side.


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22 Apr 18

This was the vehicle that was involved in the accident. Not only were fans hanging on the side, some were sitting on top. Why anyone would sit on top of a moving bus is beyond understanding.

Three Kogalo fans perished in an accident along Mlolongo road on their way to the stadium on Sunday.

According to the Star newspaper, the victims met their death after the 44-seater matatu they were hanging from passed too close to another stationary matatu on the right-hand side.

Mlolongo chief Peter Ndunda said the driver swerved to avoid a head on collision with an oncoming trailer.  The other matatu, also a 44-seater, had stopped to pick passengers at a stage in front of Mulleys Supermarket. The Gor Mahia fans were squeezed between the two vehicles and fell; two died on the spot. The matatu was ferrying the fans from Kawangware to a match at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos town. Other passengers who sustained injuries following the impact are still admitted at Shalom Community Hospital. The driver of the stationary matatu is among the victims who sustained serious injuries.

Prior to the accident, club secretary Ben Omondi posted what in hindisght looks like a highly innapropriate message on his social media pages.

Statement from Secretary General Ben Omondi

So sad, this afternoon we lost 3 of our fans through tragic road accident in Mlolongo.

! May their souls rest in peace:- Kelvin Otieno Juma,”Reflector”, Kennedy Omondi “Omosh Wuod alego” and George Otieno. Evans is in critical condition and currently receiving treatment at Shalom Hospital. They are from Dandora Sharp Corner Branch and Young Achievers.

We condole with the families which lost loved ones and wished quick recovery to the injured.

I join all Kenyans and Gor Mahia Family in praying for the families affected, that they have the strength to overcome this tragedy.

Ben Omondi
Secretary General
Gor Mahia Football Club

The two fans who perished, Omosh and Reflector

Unfortunately these two did not learn from the previous event when another fan known as Jakababa Jakafadhe lost his life.

Fans never learn

Even after details of  the grissly accident spread around, some fans were still misbehaving. And it is not clear why the drivers and the police cannot stop this behavior.

Fans known as “Joliero” don’t learn even after tragedies


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21 Apr 18

The draw for the 2018 CAF Confederations cup is out. Gor Mahia have been placed in group D along with regional rivals Yanga of Tanzania and Rayon Sports of Rwanda. The other team in the group is USM Alger of Algeria. Its a favourable draw that leaves Kogalo an excellent chance at qualifying for the quarter-finals as either group winner or runners up. The draw also makes Gor Mahia’s travel expenses more manageable.

Kogalo kick off their campaign away to Rayon Sport on May 6. They will be playing Meddie Kagere’s former team where he played in 2013 and 2014. The team is coached by former AFC Leopards coach Ivan Minnaert. Its redemption time for Kogalo after their massive 6-0 aggregate loss to another Rwandese side APR in 2008. The only survivor from that team is George Odhiambo “Blackberry” who at the time was barely out of secondary school. He  had been a star for Kamkunji secondary school in 2007, leading them to the Nairobi City title. And that is where he first made his name.

Gor Mahia have played Yanga numerous times, most recently at the 2015 CECAFA cup where Kogalo beat Yanga 2-1 in front of the latter’s own fans. And coach Dylan Kerr knows Yanga well having coached them in 2015.

Gor Mahia floored Yanga in front of a partisan crowd in Dar es Salaam in 2015

“I know Yanga very well,” said Gor Mahia’s English coach Dylan Kerr, to the Nation.

Indeed Gor Mahia’s record against Tanzanian teams has been very good over the years.

Gor Mahia will then host USM Alger on May 16. In its long illustrious history, Gor Mahia have never played a team from Algeria. Yet USM Alger are the clear favourites. They were imprresive when beating Plateau United of Nigeria 4-0 in their most recent match. And they were CAF Champions league runners up in 2015.

“I don’t know much about Rayon and the Algerian team though. Overall, I expect it to be very tough because everyone wants to qualify for the quarter-finals. I believe in the team and the players, we can do this.” added Kerr.

The good news is that unlike Vegeterianos, Kerr will find plenty of video featuring USM Alger matches.

“Now that we have got here, there is nothing to fear. We just play the way we know because in that group we stand a very big chance,” added Gor captain Harun Shakava to the Nation.

In addition to earning Ksh 27 Million in the group stage, Kogalo could earn another Sh8 million should the team qualify for the quarters.

Kogalo stand to gain a total Sh45 million if they progress to the semi-finals, or Sh125 million for going all the way and winning the tournament. They will make a total Sh45 million if they progress to the semi-finals, or Sh125 million for going all the way and winning the tournament.

Early preparations are key. Organization with regard to ticketing and other off the field issues will be key. And hopefully the government will give Kogalo an opportunity to play some home matches in Nairobi.

 


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20 Apr 18

Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr is elated at being in charge of the first Kenyan team to reach the group stage of any continental tourney. But he knows his work is cut out.

“I am really excited and happy for what this group of players has achieved. We have made it for Gor Mahia, we have made it for Kenyan football. The journey has now just began. We want to make a mark in this tournament and take this great football club where they deserve to be, among the continent’s elite,” said Kerr to the CAF portal.

Gor Mahia had to overcome a mountain of problems before they played against Supersport. They played without a number of key players including Ernest Wendo who was suspended, Godfrey Walusimbi who has been on strike as well as Ephrem Guikan and Jacque Tuyisenge who were unable to obtain travel visas.

“The journey wasn’t easy, but we worked as a team and that’s all that made us qualify despite the challenges. This is history made after many years of waiting. We can’t wait for the group stage. The South Africans came guns blazing from the word go but we contained the pressure and despite conceding an own goal, we gallantly fought on” said captain Shakava to the Nation.

And it was poetic justice that Francis Kahata scored the crucial goal as he had originally been denied a travel visa by the South African embassy.

“I am happy to be living the dream at this club. I wanted to win the league and help them on the continental front, I am delighted that my goal made the difference” said Kahata to the Nation.

“That was a night to remember. We rolled up our sleeves and fought hard like real warriors. We never gave up even after conceding an own goal. We had pretty good response and immediately after equalising, we got our confidence back. It was a moment for us to step up and we did it. That away goal did us magic.” Kahata told the Standard

Kahata also noted that it is an opportunity for players to put themselves on the market.

“It is a dream come true and an opportunity for most of us to market ourselves. We knew they (SuperSport) would come strongly on us, but we remained calm and played our game,” he continued.

And it was George Odhiambo “Blackberry” who led the team in assists in 2017, who again provided the all important pass to Kahata.

Key assist: George Odhiambo Blackberry

Qualified Teams

Of the qualified teams, the only sides that Kogalo have played recently are Al Hilal and Young Africans.

Gor Mahia also played Djoliba of Mali in 1981, losing 2-1 on aggregate. Ugandan winger Abbey Nassur scored Gor Mahia’s goal from the penalty spot at the City stadium but it was not enough.

 


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20 Apr 18

Ocholla and current assistant coach Zedekiah Otieno during their playing days

Club legend Tobias Ocholla was a key performer when Kogalo eliminated Hellenic of South Africa also on away goal rule in 1993. He was elated at the historic performance that saw Kogalo qualify for the CAF Confederations cup.

“Despite their ups and downs I think they have remained very steadfast. This is a team that needed a good Samaritan to pay for their travel and for me it’s the best way to show they are thankful. “Now more people will want to help,” said Ocholla to Citizen Sports

Ocholla was especially high on Francis Kahata

He’s been brilliant throughout and that has come with a lot of hard work. He is a very technical player and I think the coach (Kerr) has added something new to his game; he likes to give confidence to his players.

“Kahata was not even going to South Africa but I think it was the intervention of God that he got his passport and went on to score the goal that propelled Gor to the group stage,” Ocholla continued.

Ocholla also noted that the money made available by CAF will serve to motivate the players.

“The money they will get at every new stage should be a motivation but they have to keep believing in themselves because they have the right quality. Sometimes you can see they’re too good for the KPL and it also tells you a bit about their depth.

Ocholla concluded by stating that Gor Mahia’s feat will serve as motivation for other Kenyan sides.

“What Gor have done is commendable because they have put Kenya back to a map where we have been out for a very long time. It’s a challenge for those behind them in the KPL to work hard,” the iconic captain who led Gor and the national team through their best ever runs at continental level said.

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18 Apr 18

Goal-scorer of the crucial away goal Francis Kahata

Gor Mahia overcame their tribulations to become the first Kenyan team ever to make it to the group stage of a continental competition. This after they lost 1-2 to Supersport United of South Africa. All the goals came in a spell of 10 minutes. Supersport scored first in the 61st minute through an Aaron Shakava own goal. Then Francis Kahata equalized less then 60 seconds later. And Supersport scored the second seven minutes later.

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The build-up to this match for the 16-time champions was chaotic from their financial troubles to key players failing to obtain visas.

Gor Mahia were bailed out by Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko who paid for their flights to South Africa.

The Kenyan giants only arrived on Tuesday which meant that they had limited time to acclimatise to the conditions.

Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr had to make do without Rwandan Jacques Tuyisenge, who converted the late penalty in the first leg and Ephrem Guikan of the Ivory Coast as the pair’s work permits didn’t meet the requirements for them to be granted South African visas.

Francis Kahata made the trip and was in the starting line-up. He almost didn’t make it as his passport didn’t have the required two empty pages.

Whoever facilitated that administrative blunder helped the Kenyans as Kahata tormented SuperSport’s defence.

The Kenyan pulled the strings for Gor Mahia with his skills and clever running.

He silenced an already pathetic crowd with an equaliser from George Odhambo’s cross a minute after his captain Haron Shakava had scored in his own net. That goal proved to be golden for Gor Mahia.

United had went ahead at the stroke of the hour mark, after Gor’s captain Harun Shakava scored in his own net in a desperate effort to save.

It was a dramatic moment, as 58 seconds later, skillful Francis Kahata restored parity, the wonder away goal that would make the difference at the final whistle.

Thus the hosts 68th minute strike through Thabo Mnyamane was not enough to salvage their fortunes.

Despite missing key players in the squad, including first leg scorer Jacques Tuyisenge, influential holding midfielder Earnest Wendo, Ivorian Ephraim Guikan and Ugandan international Godfrey Walusimbi, the Dylan Kerr coached side was calm enough to absorb the away pressure from the three-time South African Premier League winners.

The hosts desire to level the aggregate score was evident from the start, fine crosses from the flanks flowing on Gor’s goal but the calm defense line comfortably keeping safe.

The first real threat came in the quarter-hour mark when Sipho Mbule flew his effort over the bar, from a sumptuous cross by Onismor Bhasera on the wing.

Seven minutes later Mbule found Dylan Stoffels in the goalmouth, whose cross across the goal was saved by Boniface Oluoch, denying a lurking Jamie Webber.

In the 25th, Le Roux connected Bhasera’s thread with a low drive, but could not pass the alert Gor defense. The Pretoria based side continued their onslaught; Mnyamane’s earning a free-kick that Mnyamane curved cunningly over Gor defense, only for Oluoch to thwart his effort.

Just before the break, Mnyamane rattled K’Ogalo’s man-wall with another free-kick in the goalmouth, in what was the last effort of the first stanza well dominated by Matsatsantsa.

A determined United resumed with clear intent for goals, Stoffels coming close in the 51 st with a powerful shot inside the box that forced Oluoch to a reflex save to keep Gor in the game.

Gor grew more ruthless in the attack too, with Kahata supplying Kagere two times succession whose shots flew wide.

Then came the game-changer moment, Shakava and Kahata finding the net at the hour top at the different ends, to usher a tense moment for both sides.

Tense indeed it was, as Gor sought to defend keep the scores flat while the hosts frantically sought two goals to advance.

Mnyamane’s goal restored hope, but the clock was ticking fast towards full time with Kerr rallying his besieged men to keep his instructions: “fighting hard to a point of sweating blood, to fly high national colors and clubs name,” as he had put it before jetting out for the clash.

Gor Mahia handled their troubles better

According to the Independent online, Gor Mahia handled their troubles better than Supersport. Read below

While Gor Mahia’s problems were administrative, SuperSport’s issues are on the field as they flirt with relegation. Interim coach Kaitano Tembo fielded a relatively young team with his main focus being to avoid relegation.

A number of key players like captain Dean Furman, Clayton Daniels, Aubrey Modiba and Thuso Phala were rested in this match that guaranteed the winners a place in the group stage of the Confederation Cup.

Matsatsantsa were there last season, going all the way to reach the final before crashing down in the domestic league due to the heavy workload that followed in their catch-up programme.

That schedule proved too much to handle for Matsatsantsa which is why they slipped to 14th position, a point ahead of 15th placed Ajax Cape Town with three matches to go.

The Kenyans handled their chaos better. They looked in control and troubled SuperSport with their quick counter.

But the Tshwane side responded well in the second half to put on a brave fight. Taking the lead and Gor Mahia’s quick equaliser woke SuperSport from their slumber.

They took the match to the depleted Kenyan side, muscling their way back through the boot of Thabo Mnyamane with his third goal of the tournament.

That resulted in an exciting and nervous finish for the home crowd as SuperSport needed another goal to win the tie, since the Kenyans scored a vital away goal which took them to the group stage of the Confederation Cup after their demotion from the Caf Champions League.

SuperSport now have to focus on their fight for survival with their African sojourn now over.


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17 Apr 18

Gor Mahia strikers Jacque Tuyisenge and Ephrem Guikan are to miss the return leg in South Africa

Story Courtesy of goal.com

Goal Kenya.

Rwandan Jacques Tuyisenge and Ivorian Ephram Guikan will not travel to South Africa after they were denied visas

Gor Mahia will have to navigate their return leg of Caf Confederation Cup minus two strikers.

Rwandan Jacques Tuyisenge and Ivorian Ephram Guikan will not travel to South Africa after they were denied visas. Another player Francis Kahata could also miss out after his passport was turned down for having only two pages.

South African embassy is demanding for a one year work permit for Tuyisenge and Guikan while Kahata was asked to present a new passport.

“We will miss the services of Tuyisenge and Guikan. They have been denied visas because they cannot produce one year work permit.

“For Kahata, we managed to get a new passport for him and returned his papers are now waiting to see if they will give him the same,” Gor Mahia CEO Omondi Aduda told Goal on Tuesday.

On Monday, Gor Mahia were forced to postpone their trip to Pretoria citing frustration from the embassy.

“We are in bad shape making it hard for the team to fly to South Africa for the Caf Confederation Cup return leg planned for April 18, 2018,” confirmed secretary Ben Omondi in a statement obtained by Goal.

“We have done all within our means to get all travel documentations right in good time but things are not working as scheduled thus our travel to Pretoria is postponed.”

Tuyisenge scored Gor Mahia’s goal against the South African side during the first leg played at Machakos.


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