Rachier / Ngala still don’t understand the importance of transparency

Gor Mahia Chairman Ambrose Rachier and Deputy Secretary General Ronald Ngala, who is the longest serving official at the club, gave an extensive interview to Rashid Abdallah of Citizen TV.

First off kudos to the duo. They addressed a number of issues including restructuring the club, jersey sales, infighting and so forth.

At around 25:22, the presenter tell Rachier and Ngala that many fans have refused to become paying members because they worry that the money will be used to line the pockets of officials.

Rachier answered by stating that many Gor Mahia fans have a mentality and culture that they want results but are not willing to pay for match tickets or become paying members. He then added that the club’s leadership is not at fault for this.

At 41:22, Rashid again presses the duo stating that fans have been appealing for tranparency for decades and yet this transparency has never materialized

Ronald Ngala dismisses the question by using the old argument that people who are not club members have no business demanding transparency.

He then says that transparency in ticket sales is not needed because fans can estimate gate collections by looking at how large the crowd is.

What is wrong with this scenario

Fans polled on social media and elsewhere have openly stated that they no longer attend matches because they think the money is lining the pockets of officials. The falling attendance is largely due to such concerns.

The same fans have also stated that they will not become paying members due to lack of transparency. Yet Mr. Rachier claims that its the culture of the fans that hinders fans from registering as members. Has he actually asked fans why they don’t become members?

To put it simply if club officials do not put in place mechanisms to assuage fans concerns about the opacity of club finances, attendance will continue to be low and membership will continue to lag. As things stand now, the club has only 274 paying members.

Fans have been asking for transparency for decades. Yours truly spoke to club officials about this in the late 1990s when the club started to spiral downwards. The then officials promised to implement transparency procedures. Nothing came of it.

Twenty years later the club officials still think the fans have no business questioning the use of the club’s finances. Incredible.

Many ideas have been floated including having an independent accounting company audit and publish the club accounts on a regular basis.

Case in Point

When Gor Mahia played Hull City in May 2018, Kasarani stadium was filled to the brim. Which means as many as 60,000 fans attended. Yet the club treasurer announced that only 30,000 tickets were sold.

In total, we sold 30, 000 tickets, and that includes both VIP and terrace tickets. I believe we could have sold more, but there were several complimentary tickets as well as several courtesy card holders who were allowed free access into the stadium. ” said Sally Bolo

It beggars belief that 30,000 fans paid and another 30,000 entered as courtesy card holders. Many fans cried foul. These issues can be addressed via more transparency (electronic ticketing).

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Gor Mahia edge Vihiga United 1-0

A 44th minute strike by Nicholas Kipkirui gave Gor Mahia a 1-0 win over Vihiga United at Bukhungu stadium on Wednesday.

Additional reporting from the Nation

Gor Mahia warmed up for the upcoming Mashemeji Derby against eternal rivals AFC Leopards with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Vihiga United in a midweek SportPesa Premier League match at Bukhungu Stadium on Wednesday.

Nicholas Kipkirui’s 44th minute header was all champions Gor Mahia needed to see-off a determined Vihiga side in Kakamega.

The former Zoo Kericho forward headed home Samuel Onyango’s pin-point cross to give K’Ogalothe lead at the stroke of half-time and the champions held on for the win.

The win, coming three days after Gor shocked Egyptian giants Zamalek 4-2 in their opening Caf Confederation Cup Group D match on Sunday, saw Gor move three places into third place in the league standings.

Gor coach Hassan Oktay bemoaned his side’s profligacy in front of goal.

“We played against a very stubborn side in their own backyard but the result is. There are areas I feel should be improved on as we go into our next fixtures,” he said.

Vihiga tactician Mike Mururi blamed his misfiring forward line for the loss.

“They did not co-ordinate well,” he said.

Gor Mahia dictated the proceedings right from the start and could have grabbed the lead five minutes into the match when Jacques Tuyisenge’s shot in the box hit the woodwork.

Referee Lucas Odhiambo awarded Vihiga a free-kick after Charles Momanyi fouled Kevin Muhanji on the edge of the box but Chris Masinza shot straight at goalkeeper Boniface Olouch before Harun Shakava saw his headed effort miss the target on the other end from Ernest Wendo’s delivery.

With both sides seemingly headed for the breather level, Samuel Onyango picked Kipkirui with a perfect cross inside the danger zone and the former Zoo Kericho man made no mistake from close range.

After the breather, both teams upped the tempo. Vihiga could have equalised on 47 minutes but Amos Kigadi failed to beat Olouch in Gor’s post.

Oktay introduced Dennis Oliech for Kipkirui in the second, while Mike Isabwa replaced injured Victor Ademba for Vihiga on 35 minutes.

Gor Mahia take on Vihiga United at Bukhungu

Gor Mahia, still flying high after their surprise 4-2 win over Zamalek will take on Vihiga United at Bukhungu on Wednesday.

Coach Oktay will need to get the players to forget about the Zamalek match and focus on the local scene again. If players get carried away, they might lose focus. However coach Oktay believes the result against Zamalek will only bolster the team.

“Last week we were under a lot of pressure but the victory has helped us to calm down. The boys are now more confident and I don’t expect any more poor results. The only problem is that we have a tough schedule but we shall cope.” he told the Nation.

Vihiga for their part are aiming for improvement. They are only two points above the relagation zone and have scored the second fewest number of goals.

“That is a respected opponent for sure, but we want to give our best. We are aiming at three points. We have a problem in front of the goal but we are working to rectify that”. said assistant coach Francis Xavier to the Nation.

Vihiga United are experts at forcing draws. They have drawn 7 matches out of the 11 that they have played. They will likely deploy an ultra defensive line-up against Gor Mahia even though coach Mururi claims they are going for three points.

“Yes, Gor Mahia is a good side, we respect them but to me, its football and it won’t be easy for them. We are prepared to collect maximum points here,” said Mururi to futaa.com

Indeed last season Gor Mahia did not fair well against Vihiga United. After struggling to win the first leg 1-0, they lost to Vihiga 2-0 in the second leg.

The match kicks off at 3pm Wednesday at Bukhungu

Gor Mahia trying to add second sponsor

Gor Mahia are seeking a second sponsor in addition to Sportpesa to help alleviate the cost of hosting teams for Africa cup matches as well as the cost of traveling.

Additional reporting from the Nation

Gor Mahia will soon announce a new sponsor to supplement what betting firm SportPesa is offering, club chairman Ambrose Rachier has said.

According to Rachier, if successful in securing a second shirt sponsor, it will be welcome reprieve to their financial hiccups during these tough times.

The club requires about Sh35 million to participate in the Caf Confederation Cup group stage matches.

This comes after the Caf banned the club from donning SportPesa-branded kits in their 4-2 triumph over Egyptian giants Zamalek in the competition’s Pool D clash at Kasarani stadium on Sunday.

The ban has been enforced to protect the economic interests of one of the tournament’s sponsors, Netherlands Antilles-based 1XBet, who happen to be SportPesa’s business rival.

Oktay: We were ready for Zamalek

Oliech rounding the Zamalek goalkeeper

Gor Mahia coach Hassan Oktay is happy with his players performance stating that his side had studied their opponents and knew what to expect.

“I was expecting this win because we did some good homework on Zamalek and watched their game against Pyramids (in the Egyptian league) and two other teams. We knew the way they play and tactically we were ready for them. I knew we could get something and I am happy with the players,” Oktay noted.

Zamalek coach Christian Gross for his part is unperturbed

“We have started in the wrong way but this is just one group stage game. We had the advantage of an early goal but we ended up conceding because of lapse of concentration in defense,” the tactician stated.

It was a happy return to the starting line-up for Kenneth Muguna who appears to have put is rift with coach Oktay aside. His midfield partner Francis Kahata was brilliant as an architect, deeply involved in every move.

Oliech dedicates goal to his brother

Twenty one years ago, Gor Mahia played Zamalek at Kasarani and won 1-0. The man who scored on that day was Steven Okumu, Oliech’s eldest brother who is one of the most lethal strikers ever to grace Kenyan football fields. Oliech dedicated hos goal to Steven.

“I dedicate this goal to the late Stephen Okumu,” remarked Oliech who wriggled through Zamalek defenders before rounding goalkeeper Mahmoud Ahmed to slot into an empty net at the death.

“I knew I would score by employing the same style and celebrating in the same manner like he did, I am happy for myself, the fans and Gor Mahia,” added the 33-year-old.


Raila rewards players

Chairman Rachier said the team was rewarded Sh500,000 by club patron Raila Odinga who was in attendance.

The former Prime Minister was accompanied by Rarieda member of parliament Otiende Amollo who topped up the amount with Sh50,000.

“They are many more assisting us to motivate these players,” saidRachier to the Nation

“Already I had promised the players Sh100,000 for reaching the group stage, we will pay them once we receive the money from Caf,” he added.

The senior lawyer further congratulated the players for the emphatic win urging them to keep the momentum in the coming games.

“We’ve had new players who took time to gel but so far the team chemistry is taking shape, it will be difficult to trounce Gor Mahia in the next games.”

Gor Mahia vs Zamalek highlights and Photos

Oliech dedicated his goal to his late brother Steven Okumu pictured above who scored against Zamalek the last time these two side met.
“I dedicate this goal to the late Stephen Okumu,” remarked Oliech
I knew I would score by employing the same style and celebrating in the same manner like he did, I am happy for myself, the fans and Gor Mahia,”

Tuyisenge celebrates his equalizing goal

Nicholas Kipkirui scored the 3rd goal

Batambuze congratulates Tuyisenge for scoring the second goal

Oliech scores after rounding the keeper

Oliech waves to the crowd after scoring the 4th goal

Players mob Oliech

Mbish was solid

Jaro Soja arrives at the venue

The crowd was sparse, not befitting a match of such stature

Oluoch was very emotional after the game


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Momentous win as Gor Mahia trounce Zamalek 4-2

Gor Mahia overcame two defensive lapses to put four goals past Zamalek.

Additional reporting from the Standard

Gor Mahia recovered from a goal down to beat Egyptian giants Zamakek 4-2 in their Confederations Cup Group D tie at Kasarani.

Ibrahim Hassan struck after only six minutes only for Jacques Tuyisenge to level in the 24th minute before heading Gor Mahia into the lead in the 37th minute only for Hassan to draw the White Knights level before half time.

Nicholas Kipkirui struck Gor Mahia’s third before Dennis ‘The Menace’ Oliech completed the turnaround in stoppage time to silence the illustrious Egyptians.

The build up to the clash was overshadowed by a directive by the Confederation of African Football (Caf) stopping K’Ogalo from wearing jerseys displaying their sponsor, SportPesa, because the continental body has signed a deal with a rival betting company.

On the pitch, Gor Mahia struggled to get past their bigger opponents falling behind after only six minutes through Ibrahim Hassan.  The Kenyan champions were under pressure from kick off with goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch being forced to clear two back-passes in quick succession, the second one resulting to a corner from which Hassan easily scored in.

Hassan Octay’s Gor, however, responded well but Zamalek’s backline held well beating the home side to high balls.

Nicholas Kipkurui found himself in a goal scoring opportunity but was easily pushed off the ball in the 10th minute.

As the match progressed Gor Mahia’s confidence grew and time and again found themselves inside the Zamalek defence.

The equaliser finally came in the 24th minute through Jacques Tuyisenge following a brilliant cut back from Francis Kahata from the left flank.

Gor Mahia looked to have settled down after the goal creating more chances as the match progressed towards the break.

Boniface Omondi made a good run on the right flank, but could not finish off his effort.

Then Omondi turned provider for Tuyisenge in the 37th minute when he turned in Francis Kahata’s pass to pick out the Rwandese who headed home the second.

The Gor Mahia backline will blame themselves for allowing Zamalek’s second goal.

A through pass found Ibrahim Hassan waiting and he scored his second of the match just before the break.

Tuyisenge turned provider as he set up Nicholas Kipkurui to score Gor Mahia’s third goal in the 50th minute.

Gor Mahia were forced to pull out injured Kipkurui for Dennis Oliech and at this time the visitors looked to have nothing much to give in the match.

With his second touch of the ball Oliech picked out Kahata, but the midfielder failed to score with plenty of space for him to tap in.

He then saved the best for last scoring the fourth goal in the 89th minute and with it ensured Gor Mahia won comfortably at home.

Gor Mahia line-up: Boniface Oluoch, Shafiq Batambuze, Nicholas Kipkurui (Dennis Oliech), Francis Kahata, Jacques Tuyisenge, Boniface Omondi, Joachim Ochieng, Keneth Muguna, Lawrence Juma, Philemon Otieno, Charles Momanyi.

Oktay: Gor Mahia can beat Zamalek

Coach Hassan Oktay was satisfied with his side’s performance against SoNy Sugar and is now looking forward to the challenge of continental giants Zamalek.

“Although we are unable to win all the matches, victory against Sony Sugar has instilled confidence in my players ahead of the match against Egypt’s Zamalek on Sunday.” he told the Standard.

Zamalek is a club of higher pedigree than Gor Mahia whose performance of late has not been inspiring. Still Oktay is confident.

“It is not a big deal to beat Zamalek. A section of the media have created a wrong impression. We are equal to the task and my boys are ready. ” he said.

Kenyan teams usually end up on the recieiving end of beatings from Egyptian sides. Gor Mahia under Zdravko Logarusic lost to ENPPI of Egypt by an aggregate score of 3-0 in 2013. Prior to that Gor Mahia had been eliminated by Zamalek three times and Ismailia once. Among Kenyan clubs, only Sofapaka has ever eliminated an Egyptian side. But Oktay is unmoved.

“We are capable of breaking the jinx against the Egyptian clubs who have in the past beat Kenyan teams in almost all continental matches. We want to change the trend.”

On the club’s local form, Oktay says that he has been frustrated by referee decisions. According to him, the referee in the match against SoNy Sugar denied Gor Mahia a penalty and a clear goal.

“Earlier, we had been denied a goal after the referee pointed at the centre only for him to change mind after consulting with an assistant referee,” he claimed

Gor Mahia blanks SoNy Sugar 2-0

A double from Jacque Tuyisenge put Gor Mahia’s 2018-2019 aspirations back on track.

Additional reporting from the Nation

Gor Mahia bounced back from a disappointing week with a deserved 2-0 win over Sony Sugar in a midweek SportPea Premier League match at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on Wednesday.

Rwandan striker Jacques Tuyisenge struck a goal in each half to guide Hassan Oktay’s charges to the win.

But it was the sugar millers who looked hungrier for early goals when they took the game to Gor’s half.

Barely two minutes into the game, the visitors had already won themselves a corner but Daniel Otieno’s effort went begging.

Moments later, Tobias Otieno had his first direct attempt in front of the goal just outside the box but his shot sailed over the cross bar.

Gor’s speedy striker Nicholas Kipkirui raced with the ball on the right wing in the sixth minute, evaded a tackle from his marker, dribble into the box but his powerful shot was only good for the side netting.

Gor took the lead on 11 minutes after Tuiyisenge fired home from a Sammy Onyango cross.

Kenneth Muguna should have doubled their advantage on 21 minutes but his rasping shot from the edge of the box was stopped by Sony custodian Kevin Omondi.

Sony head coach Patrick Odhiambo brought in Ronald Otieno and rested Ambrose Ayoyi before the break.

There was drama during the half time break after centre referee George Mwai was accosted by Gor team manager Jolawi Obondo, who blocked his way as he walked to dressing room accusing him of denying Gor a goal after Sammy Onyango’s corner kick was deflected by a Sony defender into his own net.

The security officers at the venue moved in quickly and cooled the tempers. Tuyisenge would then complete his brace 20 minutes from time with a thumping header from Boniface Omindi’s superb cross.

Omondi put in a man-of-the-match performance in this tie.\

OLIECH JOINS THE FRAY

Oktay introduced Francis Kahata, Dennis Oliech and Benard Ondiek for Sammy Onyango, Tuyisenge and Lawrence Juma late on.

“This game we played for 60 minutes only as we had a lot of sideshows outside and inside the pitch. My boys were intimidated and the referee failed to protect them. The officiating was also poor,” said Sony coach Odhiambo.

Oktay said he was happy with the result after a terrible week.

“We created many chances and failed to convert them last week but against Sony we made sure the few chances we created we made good use of them,” said coach Oktay.

Aduda: Oktay is going nowhere

Oktay watching pensively on Sunday. Image coortesy of Evans Crystal

Gor Mahia CEO has dismissed calls by fans to fire coach Hassan Oktay. The calls have been building but reached a crescendo on Sunday when Gor Mahia lost to KCB.

“Now that the team lost to KCB does not mean that we go ahead and sack the coach. We are not going to sack the coach just because the fans are demanding for the same.” Aduda told goal.com

Aduda reminded fans that Oktay helped the club reach the group stage.

“We have just started the season and remember, last year we lost five matches and still went on to win the league. The same coach has helped the team qualify for the group stages of the Caf competition and that is not a mean achievement.” he concluded.

The match against SoNy Sugar on Wednesday will be one that will test the mettle of Oktay. Another bad result could bury Gor Mahias title hopes and end Oktay’s career at Kogalo.

Guikan moving to Zambia

Gor Mahia’s Ivorian attacker Ephrem Guikan is set to leave the club, likely for a Zambian side.

“Yes it’s true Guikan has left Gor and is closing in on a transfer here,” a source from the Zambia said to the Nation.

Guikan has never settled at Gor Mahia. Coach Kerr never preferred him and he got limited playing time. He almost left the club in November. That was until coach Kerr announced that he was leaving..

He recently fell out with coach Oktay as well after he was subbed within 10 minutes during the match against Mount Kenya United. As a result he was onmitted from the squad that went to Tanzania for the Super cup. Ambrose Rachier confirmed Guikan’s departure.

“Guikan has written to us requesting to be released saying he is interested in joining another club. We are in talks and will release him and that’s why we have left his name out of Caf list,’’said Rachier.

Trio registered for CAF Cup group stage


Gor Mahia have strengthened their CAF- Confederations squad adding in new signing Dennis Oliech, Nicholas Kipkirui and defender Geoffrey Ochieng.

The trio will be needed to be in top form as Gor Mahia face a stern test against Zamalek of Egypt and NA Hussein Dey of Algeria.

Oliech is easily the most experienced player in the competition, having played in the European Champions League against the likes of Real Madrid.