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30 Sep 14

Former Gor Mahia midfielder Moses Odhiambo “Dube” thinks his former club has the best chance to retain the title they won last season. This according to “Dube” is because Gor Mahia have an easier schedule left compared to the other contenders.

“Gor have a higher chance of winning the title, they are two points ahead of the second placed team and on paper they have easier fixtures compared to the other title contestants” he said to futaa.com

Dube however maintained that the last few matches are going to be tough for all three teams.

“The remaining fixture are tough for the top three teams, anything can happen and  any of the top three can win the league, he continued.

Remaining matches

Sat 04-10-14: City Stars vs Gor Mahia

Sat 18-10-14: Gor Mahia vs Mathare United

Sun 26-10-14: Sofapaka vs Gor Mahia

Sun 02-11-14: Muhoroni Youth vs Gor Mahia

Sat 08-11-14: Gor Mahia vs KRA

 

Gor Mahia will need to keep their concentration in all their remaining matches. But the key encounter is clearly the match against Sofapaka.

 

Profile of Moses Odhiambo

The classy Moses Odhiambo joined Gor Mahia in 2011 from Young Africans of Dar es Salaam. In his three years at Gor Mahia, “Dube” played a pivotal role as Gor Mahia won the league, the FKF cup twice and the KPL top 8.

Nicknamed “Dube” for his dreadlocks and his physical resemblance to South African reggae singer Lucky Dube, Odhiambo was an industrious, tireless midfielder who always tracked back to help the defence and also created numerous chances for the forwards. His playmaking skills are something the club sorely misses now. Odhiambo’s ball control and his intelligence on the field is immaculate.

His career started as a youngstar with the now defunct Utalii United. He immediately established himself as one of the best midfielders in the country. When Utalii was disbanded, he joined Tusker. He was soon called up to the national team, then coached by Frenchman Bernard Lama. His exploits on the local scene attracted the eyes of Tanzanian scouts. He soon joined upstart Moro United. He was in sensational form in the 2006 CECAFA cup when he scored three goals to help Moro United reach the finals. Most notable was his quarter-final goal against Simba sports club which enabled Moro beat Simba 2-1

His performances compelled Simba to swoop in and sign him in 2007. He established himself as one of the best players in the Tanzanian league in his role as a roving midfielder under coach Twalib Hilal. He stayed at Simba briefly before joining APR of Rwanda. He was the APR squad that beat Gor Mahia handily in 2008. Upon leaving APR, Odhiambo had a stint with Belgian second tier side AS Eupen from 2008 to 2009.

The 2012 season was his best in the Kogalo jersey. With Logarusic in charge, Odhiambo was at the heart of the Gor Mahia midfield, pulling the strings, setting up goals and supporting the defence. His most memorable moment came when he headed home a cross from Moses Otieno to give Gor Mahia a 2-1 win over arch rivals AFC Leopards in the FKF cup. His superb form in 2012 saw him named to the national team under another Frenchman Henri Michel. At the end of the season, he struck a deal with a side in the Omani deal. The deal however fell through when the Omanians reneged on an earlier promise and Dube returned to Gor Mahia much to the relief of Gor Mahia fans.

And he would play a  key role in enabling Gor Mahia win the national league after an 18 year hiatus. It thus came as a surprise to many when he was released by the club. This column would like to thank “Odhis Dube” for his three seasons of distinguished service.

 


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9 Jul 14

Image : SuperSport

The youthful Timothy Otieno who joined Gor Mahia on loan this month, made his debut on Sunday in the match against Thika United. After overcoming early jitters, Otieno established himself in the game and showed why he has been considered one of the most promising players in the country of in recent years.

Consider the fact that he has not trained much with the team. And there are well established strikers who have been with the team since January. Well established players have found it difficult to crack the starting line-up. Therefore the fact that coach Williamson saw it fit to play Otieno is a testament to his talent and potential.

Otieno himself stated that he was satisfied with his progress so far despite being new to the team.

“So far everything is good and I’m happy the coach has shown confidence in me and handed me first start in a league match. It wasn’t an easy match and I feel I did not perform well.”

“I haven’t yet fully gelled with my team and I’m working hard to get to understand all my teammates and I believe i’ll perform better in upcoming matches,” he said to supersport.com.

With time Otieno thinks he can establish himself as one of the premier strikers in the country.

“Am yet to fully develop an understanding and acquiant with other players, that was my first match, I did not expect to play the entire ninety minutes but i seized the opportunity and tried my best. think with time I will establish the understanding with other players and hopefully it will work out, Otieno told futaa.com.

Early career

Timothy Otieno first came to prominence in 2009 when he played for Vegetarians FC of Siaya in the Nyanza section of the Copa Coca Cola U-17 tournament. In one thrilling match, he netted 3 goals to Steer Vegetarians to a 3-2 win over Nyakach FC.

His exploits saw him selected to play for Nyanza province in the 2010 Copa Cola national tournament. In the final he scored a hat trick to steer Nyanza to a 3-2 win over Nairobi in the Copa Coca cola finals. He also won the golden boot as top scorer in the 2010 Copa Coca Cola. His exploits saw him receive an opportunity to watch 2 matches at the 2010 World cup.

In 2011, he was selected to play for a Kenya U-18 team in the international Amateur and Youth under 18 Championship in Umbria-Italy. He scored a hatful of goals including two against Northern Ireland whom Kenya beat 6-0

In the 2012 season, Otieno turned out for Division One side Congo United, during which time he netted 21 goals, to emerge third on the top-scorers’ list.

At school level, Otieno played for Kakamega high school In 2012 he played a key role to help Kakamega high school reach the semi-finals of the Airtel rising stars, national secondary schools championships. He was also named to the Kenya U-20 team though he did not play because Kakamega high school refused to release him as they were in the midst of their season.

In 2013, he attended trials at Belgian top tier side Gent. This is a team that has featured quite a few Kenyan players including Mike Okoth, John Muiruri and Ayub Masika.

In 2014, Timothy Otieno has now joined Gor Mahia on loan from Talanta FC. He has been presented an opportunity to showcase his talent. Hopefully he will work hard, play to the coach’s instructions and be an able replacement for the likes of Rama Salim.


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29 Sep 13

This week’s player of the moment is Kevin Omondi

He was in dazzling form as Gor Mahia overcame Chemelil Sugar on Saturday September 29. He routinely tormented Chemelil with his well timed and speedy runs. Coach Williamson also paid glowing tribute to midfielder Kevin Omondi for his creativity in the middle of the pack. “Omondi was outstanding and he gave us a lot of help in midfield. He is simply amazing,” said the Scottish tactician. His passes are great and his potential has never been in doubt. There is no limit to how far he can go if he keeps focus.”

Date of Birth: August 4, 1990
Previous Club FISA Academy
Position: Midfielder
Years Active 2010 – Present

 

Kevin Omondi first came to prominence when he steered previosuly unfancied Langata secondary school to the national schools title along with Musa Mohamed and David Gateri in 2008. By the time he was in form 4, his talents were readily apparent and Gor Mahia pounced to sign him immediately.

A product of FISA academy, Omondi has speed, power, pace and vision. By age 19, Omondi’s top shelf performance saw him called up to the national team. In the first 2 years of his career, his performances were up and down. However when in form, Omondi is a terror.His runs are well timed and often ends up with him on the receiving end of defence splitting pass with the goal beckoning.

His speed and dexterity on the ball is reminiscent of the late John Okello “Zangi” who by co-incidence, was also called up the national team at age 19 and was a secondary school games legend.

So far the only issue holding “Ade” as he is popularly known is his lack of focus. As coach Williamson pointed out above, if he focuses, he could be a club legend and possibly a mainstay for the national team.

 


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23 Sep 13

This weeks man of the moment is Patrick Oboya.

Patrick Oboya joined Gor Mahia during the mid season transfer period of 2013 after a long period of inactivity due to injuries. He was unfit and despite showing occasional flashes of brilliance with his enchanted left foot, he seemed a long way off from fitness. Oboya however worked hard on his fitness and worked on gelling with his team-mates. His hard work came to fruition when Kogalo took on Thika United in the second round of the GolTV shield. On this day Oboya showed his professional pedigree. He put on a brilliant display with deft touches and superb ball control. As usual the ball seemed like it was glued to his feet as he gave the Thika defenders a torrid time with his strong runs. Oboya capped his performance with a well taken goal in the 50th minute.  He was named MVP.

Oboya while playing for SIAD Most

Patrick Oboya Onyango is an attacking midfielder with vast international and foreign league experience. Oboya is known for his strength and dexterity on the ball that enables him to hold off defenders and charge forward. He also shows immaculate ball control and deft touches with his preferred left foot.

He was born on February 19 1987. He spent his formative years in the Mukuru Slums around Nairobi South B. He attended Kamkunji high school, the same school that had , Dennis Oliech, Victor Wanyama, MacDonald Mariga and George Odhiambo, all among Kenya’s most succesful professionals. Kamkunji secondary was a true football power during the first decade of the new millenium and were national champions a few times.

He stormed onto the scene as an exciting youngstar in 2005 when he joined AFC Leopards. Within a short period he moved to Tusker who made him a better offer in January of 2006. In 2007 he moved to Europe to join SIAD Most in the Czech top tier league. A year later, SIAD Most were relegated . Oboya spent 4 years playing in the Czech second tier. In 2012 he joined MFK Ruzemberok of the Slovakian league. He spent a season there.

In 2013 he was due to join Vietnamese side Thanh Hóa. However a contract glitch caused him to return to Kenya seeking a short term contract. In July of 2013 he joined Gor Mahia on a 6 month contract.

Oboya has made 32 appearances for the national team. His national team career has however been interspersed by long periods where he did not play for the national team due to injuries. His most memorable momemt came during the ANC 2008 qualifiers against Angola when he scored with a superb volley and gave Kenya a 2-1 over the Angolans.

 


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2 Sep 13

This week’s player of the moment is David Owino

 

Date of Birth: April 5, 1988
Previous Club Karuturi Sports
Position: Midfielder
Years Active 2011 – Present

 

David Owino was born in Nakuru town and spent his formative years in Flamingo Estate Nakuru. His started his career playing for Nakuru All Stars, then known as AC Nakuru.

David Owino had been a solid defender for Karuturi sports club. He was signed primarily to help shore up the defence after the departure of fan favourite Eric Masika who left to join arch rivals AFC Leopards. Owino has proven more than an able replacement. He is a solid utility player capable of playing effectively in central defence, in defensive midfield or at full back.

His ability  as a full back was on display when Kenya played against Nigeria in a world cup qualifier early ion 2013. Owino was assigned the difficult task of marking Chelsea based Victor Moses. The Nigerian winger was a handful to deal with but Owino acquited himself well chasing Moses all day, closing him down and foiling Moses when he had a clear shot on goal and looked certain to score. Owino earned himself the nickname “Calabar” on that day because the match was played in the town of Calabar.

But Owino is equally adept upfront. He has proven that he has a knack for scoring crucial goals. None was more crucial than the goal he scored against AFC Leopards during the second leg of the 2013 season. He calmly controlled a high ball from Kevin Omondi and with defenders closing in on him, he slotted the ball to the far corner of the net to score the equalizer in the waning moments of the game.

Owino was one of the most consistent players in Kenya during the 2013 and 2014 season’s a feat that saw him named defender of the year for both years.

He has also been nicknamed “Jashirati” in honour of the legendary Tanzanian musician Daniel Owino Misiani whose ancestral home was Shirati in Northwestern Tanzania and was often referred to as Owino Jashirati.


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18 Jul 13

This weeks man of the moment is Rama salim

 

Date of Birth: March 20, 1993
Previous Club Congo United
Position: Midfielder/Striker
Years Active 2012 – Present

 

Rama Salim first came to prominence while playing for Congo United during the 2011 season. During that season, he scored with a spectacular free-kick for Congo United to give them a famous win over Gor Mahia at the City stadium. After the 2011 season, virtually all the top teams in Kenya sought Rama’s signature: Gor Mahia, AFC Leopards, Tusker, Sofapaka and Thika United. It was Kogalo who managed to secure his services for the 2012 season amid pomp and circumstance as Gor Mahia signed several other players perceived as superstars. These included Nigerian Felix “Felixinho” Nwosu, Yusuf Juma who had been highly rated, Ibrahim Kitawi who was returning to the club and Anthony “Balotieno” who was highly touted after he shredded the Gor Mahia defence during a friendly match in Kisumu. However the hype that surrounded these players failed to pan out as Gor Mahia started the 2012 season in disastrous fashion. The only new signing who lived up to the hype was Rama Salim. Indeed Rama initially failed to secure regular playing time under Camerounian coach Ababa Awono. Many feared he would soon leave the club.

When coach Logarusic arrived in 2012, he immediately identified Rama as one of the players who could best fit into his system. “I realized Rama has the ability to run in the space and use it, that’s the reason why I started playing with one player behind the two strikers” said Logarusic. In 2012, Rama went on to score 12 league goals, finishing among the league’s leading scorers. He was also called up the national team. At Gor Mahia, Rama has featured mostly as a striker, though there have been calls by fans to play him in midfield where he was highly effective for Congo Boys. However his forwardline combination with Dan Sserunkuma proved highly effective and was one of the primary factors that lifted Gor Mahia from relegation candidates to second place. Rama’s greatest strengths are his ability to beat defenders one on one and his composure in front of goal which enables him to find the back of the net often.

In 2013, Rama Salim attended trials in Finland and in the United Arab Emirates. The trials did not pan out and Rama returned to Kogalo for the 2013 season, much to the relief of Gor Mahia fans. As of July 19 2013, he is the club’s joint leading scorer.

 


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23 May 13

This weeks man of the moment is Ivo Philip Mapunda

Date of Birth: November 14, 1979
Previous Club Bandari
Position: Goalkeeper
Years Active 2011 – Present

 

Ivo Philip Mapunda is an experienced goalkeeper who has played in three countries and has played for the Tanzanian national team. Mapunda is famous for his penalty saving exploits and the white towel that he keeps in his goal area. His post match celebrations are equally memorable. Despite his heavy set physique, he does tumbles and somersaults with the agility of an Olympic gymnast.

His greatest achievement came in 2012 when he saved two penalties against Sofapaka in the 2012 FKF cup final to enable Gor Mahia to lifyt the cup and thus qualify for the 2013 CAF Confederations cup. He repeated the same heroics when he foiled Tusker in the 2013 Supercup.

Aside from his penalty saving exploits, Mapunda is rock solid between the sticks. He is very dependable with high balls thanks to his leaping ability.

Mapunda is highly experienced, having played for Yanga, African Lyon , St George (Ethiopia) and Bandari before joining Gor Mahia.

In the 2013 CECAFA cup, Mapunda was called up to the Tanzania mainland national team. After a stellar display, he was lured by Simba SC of Dar es Salaam.


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17 May 13

Dan Muzeyi Sserunkuma’s most distinctive feature is his rapid acceleration which allows him to go from zero to 70 kilometres per hour within a few steps. He has what European commentators like to call a very quick first step. he also has sharp reflexes and loose hips which enable him to change direction in either rapidly.  The rapid acceration and reflexes are what allows him to whiz past defenders leaving them for dead. He can accelerate in either direction which makes anticipating his moves a difficult proposition. “He is lethal and difficult to mark,” said Tusker FC defender Jockins Atudo.

Once he has whizzed past a defender, it is at this point that his footspeed takes over. Once Sserunkuma gets a few steps in front of a defender, it is curtains closed. Most defenders have a snowballs chance in hell of catching him. It is precisely for this reason that Sserunkuma’s runs have resulted in many a penalty as defenders find themselves with no other alternative but to foul him.

If  there is open space, available, Sserunkuma launches one of his trademark rockets which often leaves goalkeepers hapless. But he is also capable of precise finish. Such was the case when he chipped the ball over the Muhoroni Youth keeper during week 6 of the 2013 KPL season.

But thats not it. Sserunkuma is also a brilliant passer. Last year, Rama Salim was on the finishing end of several defence splitting passes from Sserunkuma. Finally, sserunkuma is sure footed from the penalty spot. That in a nutshell is Dan Sserunkuma. The Ugandan phenom.

The 22-year-old, third-born in a family of four, joined Friends of Football Academy in Uganda at the age of 10. He says he was inspired by Ugandan legend, the late Majid Musisi, who many Ugandans regard as the country’s best football player of all time.

Sserunkuma started playing professional football at Ugandan team Express in 2008, and after one year moved to rivals Victors FC, where he stayed for two years.

Nicknamed “Mzee”, Sserunkuma first came to prominence when he played for the Uganda Under 17 team in 2009 during the now defunct CECAFA U17 tournament. Sserunkuma was top scorer in that tournament scoring in virtually every game. On the way to the final, Uganda had trounced an ill prepared, hurrieldy assembled Kenya side 4-1. His goal against Malawi was most memorable and a harbinger of things to come. He darted his way past the entire Malawi defence before rounding the goalkeeper. Does any of this sound familiar ? It should be familiar to most KPL defenders who have been on the receiving end of Sserunkuma’s whiplash speed.

In 2010, Sserunkuma was at it again at the CECAFA U20 championships, also now defunct. Once again he was top scorer and led Uganda to victory. In the semi final , Uganda met a Kenya team with the likes of Anthony Akumu, Innocent Mutiso, Moses Arita, Jacob Keli and Paul Were. Uganda won 2-1. Sserunkuma scored the second goal taking advantage of a defensive blunder to lob the ball over the Kenyan goalkeeper.

In 2011, Sserunkuma crossed over to Kenya to join City Stars. “I had heard about Harambee Stars and top clubs. I knew little about City Stars, but they are the ones who were to bring me to Kenya,” said Sserunkuma. At City Stars Serenkuma was rarely in the news for any wrong reasons. Even when the club had financial problems, he never publicly demanded pay. He continued with his brilliant play for City stars but none of the top teams showed any interest, even as Gor Mahia fans pleaded with the club to sign Sserunkuma including on this blog. He had played for City Stars for one and half years before Gor Mahia finally came calling with an offer.

He ended the 2012 season with 12 goals and several assists and was named the 2012 KPL player of the year. Most memorable was his goal against AFC Leopards at Kasarani. He picked up the ball while facing away from the goal with an AFC defender right behind him. On receiving the ball, Sserunkuma turned and immediately lost the defender with one of his killer first steps before unleashing the ball to the roof of the net from 20 yards. Patrick Matasi in the AFC Leopards goal stood no chance as the ball shook the net to rapturous applause from the Kogalo faithful.

Sserunkuma’s history of tormenting AFC Leopards goes back to when he played for Nairobi City Stars. During the 2012 season, City Stars were battling relegation when they came up against AFC Leopards in week 13. Sserunkuma struck a brace as City Stars beat AFC 3-0.

Sserunkuma explains why he is always motivated to play against AFC; “When I came to Kenya last season, I wanted to play for AFC Leopards. I approached them but one of their officials said I did not look like a footballer. He called me an impostor. That hurt,” he said.

“I promised myself to always play hard against AFC, just to show them what talent they had turned away without as much as a second thought. And I am doing exactly that – creating misery for them by scoring in their goal every chance I get,” he added.

This AFC official clearly did not do his homework. If he did, he would have known of Sserunukuma’s history in the CECAFA youth tournaments.

Even after his superb performance in the Kenya premier league in 2012, he had not received a call up to the Uganda national team, the Cranes. Stories started to appear that he would switch allegiance to Kenya and play for Harambee stars. Finally in February of 2013 he got his first national team call up. During his debut against Rwanda, Sserunkuma scored one goal from the penalty spot and set up another. It was a classic Sserunkuma performance.

Circa 2013, the year started slowly for Sserunkuma during the first few games. But he  slowly rounding back into the form that saw him win the KPL player of the year award. He once again sunk AFC Leopards with clinical finish in the 75th minute.

As Gor Mahia sought to win the national league for the first time in 18 years, it was Sserunkuma who played the pivotal role by scoring in almost all the last 10 games of the 2013 league. Thanks largely to Sserunkuma’s goalscoring heroics, Gor Mahia won the league.


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14 May 13

Jerim Onyango is certainly Gor Mahia’s man of the moment. With a series of spectacular saves, he has ensured the club secured six points in the last 2 games.

Date of Birth: November 11, 1984
Previous Club Kenya Revenue Authority
Position: Goalkeeper
Years Active 2008 – Present

 

Jerim Onyango

He is Nicknamed “Jerry Jagoal”, which is dholuo parlance for “goalkeeper. Jerry “Jagoal” has been Gor Mahia’s first choice goalkeeper since he joined the club. In 2013 he was voted the  team captain by fellow players. An excellent shot stopper, Jerry has been called up to the national team several times.

He was born in Ugunja in Siaya county. He attended Kibera primary, Kamkunji secondary school and Rambula Mixed  secondary school. It was at Kamkunji that his career started to take shape.

Soon after leaving school, he joined KRA before  joining Gor Mahia 2 years later. 2011 was his best year having conceded only 15 goals throughout the season which saw him ranked as statistically the best goalkeeper in Kenya.

In 2012 he was named the runners up best keeper in the 2012 season during last year’s KPL awards

In 2013, he is yet again having stellar year, almost single handedly winning matches for the team. Should he continue at this rate he is sure to be named KPL goalkeeper of the year in 2013.

If Jerim leads Gor Mahia to the all important league title and stars for the national team, he could become recognized as one of  the club’s legendary goalkeepers like James Sianga, Dan Odhiambo, David Ochieng and Tirus Omondi.

Onyango cites Kenya International goalkeeper Arnold Origi and Dutch goalkeeper Edwin Van Der Saar as his role models.


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19 Jan 13

Date of Birth: June  14, 1993
Previous Club KCB
Position: Striker
Years Active 2013 – Present

 

Kiongera was Gor Mahia’s most heralded sigining for the 2013 season. He had a sterling season while playing for KCB in 2012. He was runner up in the player of the year category finishing second to Dan Sserunkuma. He was the best young player in the Kenya Premier League in 2012 and was appointed as the captain of the Kenya U23 team. Soo good was Kiongera  that Gor Mahia’s Croatian coach Zdvarko Logarusic insisted that the club sign him for the 2012 season.

As soon as he joined Kogalo, Kiongera waltzed straight into the starting line-up and quickly found his scoring boots, scoring 3 goals against Anse Re-Union of Seychelles in the preliminary round of the CAF cup. He also scored the winning goal as Kogalo opened the 2013 season with a 1-0 win over Sofapaka. The goal was scored via a classy unorthodoxy backheel. He was however soon sidelined by a thigh injury.

Kiongera was born in Webuye, Bungoma county. He featured prominently for his primary school team as a goalkeeper. For secondary school, he joined Friends school Kamusinga where he continued to feature as a goalkeeper in Inter-Class competitions. That was until he was convinced by the school’s coach to try his luck as an outfield player. As a midfielder, he helped Kamusinga to a rare appearance in the western provincial finals. His parents and school principal were not enthusiastic about his enthusiasm for football and warned him, telling him that he was never going to be able to earn a living playing football.

In 2011, Kiongera joined Kenyatta University to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. While at KU, he started to play for Kenya Revenue Authority FC. It was here that talent scouts from KCB spotted him. He joined them six months later. After a stellar 2012 season at KCB, Gor Mahia came calling. He soon joined them on loan.


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