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9 Sep 17

Gor Mahia recorded an impressive 4-0 win over Nzoia United in Kisumu on Saturday showing that despite being locked out of their training ground, coach Dylan Kerr still found ways to sharpen the attack.

Additional reporting from Capital Sports

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 9- Jacques Tuyisenge struck a brace as record 15-time Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia beat Nzoia Sugar 4-0 to open up a nine-point gap at the top of the Kenyan Premier League standings.

More goals from Meddie Kagere and substitute Francis Kahata lifted K’Ogalo to their 14th win of the season, moving a step closer to reclaiming the league title from Tusker FC. Second placed Sofapaka will be playing Chemelil Sugar on Sunday in Narok.

Nzoia had the earliest chance of the game after a speedy start but Victor Omondi could not beat Gor shot stopper Peter Odhiambo one on one after running behind the Gor defense.

K’Ogalo however grew into the game as it progressed with Tuyisenge and Kagere making inroads into the Nzoia backline, looking for that opening chance.

They got the goal they yearned for in the 25th minute when Tuyisenge raced in to a George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo cross, glancing it powerfully past the Nzoia keeper.

The goal hugely calmed Gor down as they played with more ease, passing the ball around with comfort. Gor doubled their lead a minute to half time, Kagere again sneaking in behind the defense to head home a freekick from Kenneth Muguna.

In the second half, Nzoia started with pace again and had a chance to half the deficit from the penalty spot after Gor keeper Odhiambo had fouled Masita Masuta. However, Steve Wakanya failed to convert, Odhiambo redeeming himself with a good save.

Nzoia were punished for the missed chance three minutes later when Tuyisenge completed his brace with a neat finish.

Kahata then made it 3-0 barely three minutes after coming in with another header, this time Tuyisenge turning from goal scorer to provider, floating in the cross.

Dylan Kerr’s men managed to keep the score intact, choosing to enjoy the play and wind down the clock with Tuyisenge later withdrawn for John Ndirangu.


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8 Sep 17

Gor Mahia will be looking to consolidate their lead atop the 2017 Kenya Premier League table when they take on Nzoia United at Moi stadium Kisumu on Saturday.

The Bungoma based side started the league on a strong note, recording wins over Tusker and AFC Leopards and at one point it looked like they might challenge for the league title. But they have since come down to earth. Their last two games were less than impressive, drawing 0-0 with Chemelil Sugar and losing 1-3 to Sofapaka. But they cannot be under-rated given that in the past two months, they have beaten Ulinzi twice and also beaten Posta Rangers.

Coach Dylan Kerr has admitted that he knows nothing about them.

“For sure I do not know how they play, but my job is to prepare my team and ensure tactics are in place to win the match. It is important that we get maximum points and ensure we maintain our gap and lead,” he said to goal.com

Gor Mahia will have to play without key midfielder Godfrey Walusimbi who was away playing for Uganda Cranes.

“My program has been tampered with a little, owing to the international break, like the Harambee Stars players reported on Wednesday, and that has affected my plans.” he said.

Coach Kerr knows that the biggest weakness in the past few weeks has been the attack. Kagere and Tuyisenge in particular have been guilty of missing numerous chances. Kerr says the team has been working on rectifying this situation.

“We are working on our finishing; we have to ensure we get as many goals as possible and defend well.” he told goal.com

It is not clear if Kogalo have had enough practise time given that they were locked out of their training ground for several days.

The last time Gor Mahia played Nzoia Sugar was in Mid May and Kogalo emerged 1-0 winners with a goal from Meddie Kagere.

 

 


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7 Sep 17

A report in the Standard suggests that Gor Mahia who had been locked out of their training ground at Camp Toyoyo, have now been allowed back after coming to a settlement with the stadium management.

“The issue has been resolved. We have paid them some of the amount (we owe them), and have committed to settling the rest at a later date. I cant discuss the figures with you,” the club’s organizing secretary Judith Nyangi said to the Standard.

The fiasco left coach Dylan Kerr unhappy as he prepares to travel to Kisumu this weekend to play Nzoia. Judith Nyangi confirmed the match this weekend.

“I can also confirm that the team will leave for Kisumu on Saturday for the game against Nzoia. We will return on the same day,” she added.

Tickets for the Saturday match will go at Ksh 500 for the main stand and Ksh 200 for the terraces.

According to the Standard report Gor Mahia owe the Camp Toyoyo management some Sh500,000 accrued from using the facility for the past three months.

This once again brings to the fore the need for the club to get its own training ground.


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4 Sep 17

Harambee stars before the match.
Image courtesy of Kenneth Muguna

Gor Mahia midfield ace Kenneth Muguna played his first international match in a friendly match against Mozambique on Sunday. Muguna made the starting line-up and was impressive and national team coach Stanley Okumbi was elated at Muguna’s performance.

“Muguna was brilliant, especially in the first half. He has great confidence and it is like he has been in the team for long. The best thing is that we are introducing many players at this level, which is good for the team,” the coach told Soka.co.ke

Muguna was satisfied with his performance.
“It was an honour to make my national team debut yesterday against Mozambique. An important step and a great learning experience. Thanks for your support. Always,” he said on his social media pages.

Also in action was George Odhiambo Blackberry who was making a return to the national team after several years. Odhiambo first made his international debut as far back as 2008 when he was barely out of secondary school. At the time, he and Kevin Omondi, both recent school leavers, were seen as the most promising players in Kenya But whereas Blackberry has resuscitated his career, Omondi has disappeared into oblivion.

The match ended 1-1. Sweden-based Eric Johanna scored for Kenya in the 85th minute to cancel out Domingues Pelembe’s 59th minute goal.

Harambee Stars XI: Patrick Matasi (GK), David Owino (C), Joakins Atudo, Aboud Omar, David Ochieng, Kenneth Muguna, Anthony Akumu, George Odhiambo, Clifton Miheso, Eric Johanna and Jesse Were.

Subs: Fredrick Otinda (GK), Robinson Kamura, Victor Asembeka, John Makwatta, Timothy Otieno, Boniface Muchiri, Daniel Otieno, Brian Mandela and Victor Majid.

Olunga to play in La Liga

Former Gor Mahia attacker Michael Olunga is set to play in Spain’s top tier with Girona FC.  Olunga will be temporarily leaving the Chinese league where his sojourn did not work out as expected.

“Michael Olunga joined Girona FC in the last hours of the transfer window, joining on loan for one season from Guizhou in China,” tweeted the Swedish based agent and founder of Global Soccer Management that handles Olunga among many others players.

Girona, which was promoted to La Liga at the end of the 2016/17 season, also the acquisition.

“Olunga will complete the Girona attack on the historic premiere of the team in the highest category of Spanish football. The player joins Guizhou Zhicheng of the Chinese Superliga,” a statement on the club portal read.

Olunga becomes the second Kenyan to play in La Liga after MacDonald Mariga.


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30 Aug 17

Camp Toyoyo was empty

A report on goal.com suggests that Kogalo were forbidden from using the training ground at Camp Toyoyo owing to accruing debts. As a result, the players did not train on Monday. However secretary Judith Nyangi now says the situation was resolved.

Club’s Organizing Secretary Judith Nyangi says the situation has been addressed and everything is back to normal.

“It is true we were locked out on Monday, the Toyoyo management wanted us to settle our debt. After the Sunday derby, they expected us to pay on Monday and after nothing came forth, they decided to deny us access.

“The situation has been addressed and we are now good to go. This are things that should not happen but it is unfortunate it did.”
she said to goal.com

Meanwhile veteran referee GMT Ottieno has asked coach Dylan Kerr to adapt to playing surfaces and environments in Kenya rather than ask for changes. Coach Kerr had complained about the playing surface at Nyayo and also complained about balls supplied by KPL.

“Nyayo Stadium and so many other local pitches are a disgrace to the Kenyan league. We (Gor Mahia) train at Camp Toyoyo, which is an artificial pitch, then come and play here (Nyayo Stadium) on a bumpy surface. That is atrocious and does not support good professional football,” he said.

GMT thinks Kerr is just making excuses.

“I agree that the terrain at Nyayo is not as good as that of Camp Toyoyo where his team trains, but KPL doesn’t own any stadiums. There are many stadiums in this country and it is his club that chose to play at Nyayo that day. The balls he is complaining about are Puma balls approved by Fifa,” Ottieno said.

“He has been here for only one month so how does he know the balls have been use for more than two years? Kerr should just admit that his players performed poorly instead of diverting attention. Next time his team is hosting matches, let them take it anywhere they want, provided they can assure us of the security of the players, match officials and fans,” he said.

Meanwhile Kerr knows that he has his work cut out to solve the lack of scoring problem. Kogalo attackers were guilty of missing good chances.

“I am not impressed with our finishing; we still cannot score as many goals as possible. Our finishing is wanting and it is something we should work on and execute it during our matches. Against Leopards we had our chances, but we did not make use of them.

“With thirteen matches remaining, it is crucial that we get maximum points, and the only way we can do that is by ensuring we get goals.” he told goal.com


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30 Aug 17

Its a rare treat for Kogalo fans to be able to watch players from the legendary side that won the Africa cup in 1987.The video is heavily edited to show mostly Esperance highlights despite the fact that this match was evenly balanced. Indeed this match was televised and replayed on KBC TV several times in the run-up to the epic second leg at Kasarani. Those like myself who watched will tell you that the match was evenly balanced.

Resolute defending by the backline quartet of Peter Otieno Bassanga (15), George Otieno Solo (11), Tobias Ocholla (4) and Austin Oduor(6) Kept Kogalo in the game and David Ochieng Kamoga was solid between the posts.

At the 23 second mark he is called upon to parry a corner kick then has to quickly react to punch a powerful shot from Nabil Maaloul out for another corner. It is this second corner that results in the first controversial penalty awarded to Esperance. The ball hits Bassanga in the stomach and the referee inexplicably gives Taraji a penalty which Maaloul converted with class.

Kogalo players surround the referee and beseech him to reconsider. Perhaps sensing that a scene like Zamalek 1984 is about to erupt, skipper Austin Oduor asks the players to leave so he can talk to the referee. Bassange is yellow carded for his dissent and has to be further calmed down by Solo.

At the 4:30 mark, Anthony Ndolo comes on for an injured Sammy Onyango Jogoo. Ndolo would be instrumental in Kogalo’s second goal.

At the 6:22 mark, Charles Otieno wins the ball in midfield and puts George Nyangi “Artillery” through. Nyangi attempts to cross the ball and it is seemingly handled by an Esperance defender Ali Ben Neji. No penalty.

At the one minute mark, Charles Otieno finds Sammy Onyango on the right wing. Jogoo deftly loses his marker and unleashes one of hos trademark grass-cutters which forces a save from the goalkeeper.

It was Abbas Magongo who started the move that ended with the first goal and it is he who finished it at the 3:00 mark of the video. He plays the ball to Janabi who sends a long ball to Dawo. But Dawo can’t shake off the close attention of two defenders but the lose ball falls to Magongo who calmly controls the ball on his chest and unleashes a screamer that goes in via the cross bar.

The penalty awarded due to a supposed Isaiah Omondi handball happens in the 6:30 mark and is highly controversial.

The comical scene where Isaiah Omondi chases an Esperance player who in turn runs away for dear life happens at the 8:10 mark. Kenyan fans were laughing about this scene for days.

With time waning and Kogalo seemingly headed for a 2-1 defeat, Peter Dawo wins an aerial duel off a David Ochieng punt. The ball goes to Ndolo who heads back to Dawo. Dawo in turns scores with a scorcher that leaves Esparance stunned to tie the game at 2-2.

Line-Up:
David Ochieng(1), Tobias Ocholla(4), George Otieno Solo(11), Peter Otieno Bassanga(15), Austin Oduor(6), Isaiah Omondi(5), Charles Otieno(3), George Nyangi Artillery(9), Peter Ochieng Pierre(12), Peter Dawo(7), Sammy Onyango(14).


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29 Aug 17

A report on goal.com suggests that Kariobangi Sharks have written a letter to KPL complaining that they have not received their fair share of the revenue collected from the match between Gor Mahia and Sharks

Sadi Kariobangi: “The net collection after deduction of all expenses was Sh296,275. A share of 20% of this figure amounts 59,255 and not Sh75,395 as quoted in your email.


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28 Aug 17

Coach Dylan Kerr was less than satisfied with the outcome of the mashemeji derby on Sunday. As predicted, AFC who had succumbed to three straight defeats at the hands of their rivals, came to the match determined to disrupt Gor Mahia in typical Matano style.

“I have been in charge of many derbies before, but this was my first in Kenya. AFC brought a totally different game from what I saw here on Thursday against Tusker. They were slow, but credit to their coach. He probably set them up to make us look ordinary,” . ” Said a visibly frustrated Kerr after the match to the Standard.

As was to be expected, derby matches do not typically follow current form as Kerr stated.

“Since we are leading in the league standings, everybody expects us to win these games easily. Maybe we came into this game thinking we are top and AFC are 13th but in derbies, such things don’t count.

“AFC came to the party ready for the derby. All credit to them because they battled hard and frustrated us. Our final touch is really costing us, we are not killing teams as expected,” he said.

Kerr also expressed frustration at his side’s below par display in the first half.

“It is criminal that players, who showed me in training that they have the ability to cross the ball, couldn’t do it. We were second best in the first half.” he concluded to the Standard.

On a positive note, Kogalo fans turned out in large numbers and cheered on the team even as it became apparent that the side was not at its best.

Coach Dylan Kerr was appreciative and took to his twitter account to thank the fans.

“A massive ‘Asante sana’ (thank you) for the amazing fanatical supporters of Gor Mahia FC,” Kerr tweeted.


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27 Aug 17

The mashemeji derby , 2017 KPL second leg edition ended in a 1-1 draw. Leopards were on the mark first when Musa Mohamed scored an own goal. Meddie Kagere, scored the equalizer in the 35th minute.

Additional reporting from the Standard
Kenya’s two most decorated football clubs share spoils in derby riddled with blunders.

Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards shared the spoils in a thrilling 1-1 draw characterised by defensive errors at Nyayo Stadium.

Despite the draw, Gor are still six points clear (44 points) at the top of the Kenyan Premier League after their title rivals Sofapaka and Posta Rangers also ended in a 1-1 draw in Narok on Saturday.

Defensive blunders from both sides saw two goals scored in a span of 15 minutes. First it was Gor captain Musa Mohamed, who scored into his own net in the 22nd minute before Meddie Kagere capitalised on Musa Mudde’s poor defending to equalise.

The result left AFC coach Robert Matano an excited man, insisting that his 13th placed side (24 points) can secure a top 10 finish.

“We are improving game by game and players are pushing themselves. We needed the three points, but lack of concentration gifted them a goal. Gor are currently in top form and getting a point against them is encouraging. With this performance, top 10 finish is still realistic for us. I am proud of my boys’ performance,” said Matano.

But for Dylan Kerr, it was a frustrating evening for the 15-time champions as the league leaders were a shadow of their former self.

“Credit to AFC Leopards. They battled hard and frustrated us. They indeed came into the party, though I feel disappointed to have let our fans down. But for AFC, it is a good result for them as their fans went home happy,” said Kerr.

Both teams started the match cautiously in a game that was very tactical.

However, it is Gor who progressively took control of the play, pushing the visitors in defence but unfortunately failed to break the deadlock.

Leopards earned a free kick in the 17th minute but Robinson Kamura’s attempt was blocked by Gor Mahia’s wall before Godfrey Walusimbi’s free kick deflected off Mudde for a fruitless corner.

AFC Leopards drew first blood in the 22nd minute when Mohammed deflected Samuel Ndung’u’s dangerous cross from the left into his own net.

Vincent Oburu could have doubled the lead five minutes later but he fluffed his shot before Philemon Otieno’s long range effort was easily gathered by AFC goalkeeper Gabriel Andika.

Gor had an equalising chance on the half hour mark, but Kagere dragged his attempt off target before Jacques Tuyisenge failed to connect George Odhiambo’s cross from the left.

Moments later, Oburu latched on a miss pass in Gor’s half but his shot did not trouble well-positioned goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch.

With nine minutes to halftime, defensive blunder from Mudde allowed Kagere to draw Gor level, beating Andika with a quick shot.

George Odhiambo then wastefully shot wide in the box as Gor continued piling pressure on the Leopards backline

Andika then pulled off a fine save from Kenneth Muguna on the stroke of halftime to ensure the match went into the break tied 1-1.

Just after restart Raymond Omondi beat Gor’s offside trap but his cross was cleared by Mohamed before Alexis Kitenge paved the way for Wyvonne Isuza on AFC side.

Odhiambo would play neat one-two passes with Kagere but the Kenyan international was fouled after handling the ball.

Oluoch made two fantastic saves in succession on the hour mark, stopping Kamura’s dangerous free kick before denying Oburu on a one-on-one situation.

Substitute Boniface Omondi won a free kick for Gor in the 62nd minute, but Walusimbi ballooned his shot over the bar before Oluoch came off his line to punch away Oburu’s cross in the box.

In the 81st minute, Kagere squandered a precious scoring opportunity as he feebly tapped the ball from Karim Nizigiyimana’s delivery into keeper’s hands before Tuyisenge’s header missed the target by inches.

Dennis Sikhayi would make a brilliant tackle, rushing Tuyisenge late in the game before he ran forward to force a superb clearance from Mohamed as both defenders held their nerves to settle for stalemate.


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