"Home of the mighty Kogalo...."
Gor Mahia may be overawed as they prepare to face Everton but they are putting on a brave face.
Coach Zico who played against FC IKast of Denmark in 1991, is confident that the players will rise to the occassion.
“In football, it is 11 vs 11 being Rooney or not. Our young players have an opportunity to showcase their talent and play in a big stage. Our players will be motivated and up to the task”
Harun Shakava had the misfortune of scoring an own goal when Sportpesa All Stars played Hull City Youth in January. He will be looking to acquit himself as he seeks to contain Wayne Rooney.
“For me I am motivated to play Rooney as he is a player we watch on TV often. We know he is a great player. We are happy for this opportunity and we thank sponsors.
The video also announced that match will be televised live by KTN.
The national stadium in Dar es Salaam had been closed in order to refurbish the playing surface. This was at the behest of the sponsors Sportpesa.
On arrival, Kogalo players marveled at the amazing status of the playing surface.
“Now this is a football pitch!” assistant coach Zedekiah Otieno marveled as he laid out cones on the pitch ready for the session.” Said coach Zico to Capital sport.
Team manager Jolawi Obondo thinks the field will suit Kogalo perfectly.
“The field is amazing and we should have a great game here. This is what a football field should look like. It is very even and well maintained,” Obondo said.
Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr, who spent 15 months in Tanzania with Simba SC whose home matches were at the same pitch, was equally marveled with the new look.
“I mean I kept telling them every day to cut down the grass but they never did so. You could hit a pass, go out and have a McDonald’s and return to the pitch before the pass got to the next player. The grass was too thick!” Kerr joked on the sides as Gor prepared for training.
Former Gor Mahia ace Timonah Wanyonyi has nothing but good things to say about Gor Mahia. He says his career was on the ascendancy when he was at Gor Mahia but nosedived as soon as he left.
He takes pride in having helped the club lift the KPL trophy after an 18 year wait and he blames his parents for coercing him to leave Kogalo and join Ingwe.
The once promising midfielder formed a superb combination with Dan Sserukuma, Geoffrey Kizito, Shaban Kenga, Rama Salim and others during his heyday.
Gor Mahia coach Ze Maria credited the hard work that the team put in during the week.
AFC coach Stewart Hall says his inexperienced side suffered stage fight and were running around like scared rabbits.
Meddie Kagere: “The motivation is there and we are determined to do what it takes to collect more points”.
Jerim Onyango discusses his formative days, his career at Gor Mahia and his future plans. He discusses his annual tournament (Jerry Jagoal Cup) that is held in Ugunja in Ugenya constituency. Two graduates of that tournament are currently playing in the Kenya Premier League.
In the second part, Jerim discusses why he has decided to hung his boots and what he will do if elected as MCA for Ugunja.
After grabbing man of the match honours at the recent mashemeji derby, KTN caught up with youthful sensation Eric Ouma for an interview.
In the interview he says that hard work is what has enabled him to reach where he is in football and he realizes that he will need to continue working hard in order to maintain his place in the starting line-up and his place in the national team.
The interview also reveals that Marcelo has attracted offers from several teams within the country and possible outside since his contract is ending in December.
Gor Mahia club chairman Ambrose Rachier says the executive committe has settled on December 11 as the date for the club’s annual general meeting of which club elections will be part of the agenda.
Rachier suggested that he wanted to first settle on a new constitution that will comply with the Kenya Sports Act and CAF licensing regulations. But he is being hurried into elections.
1. Ouma “Marcelo” is capable of crossing fairly accurately with either foot as displayed in these highlights.
Should he continue to work on his crossing, he can become another Sammy Onyango “Jogoo”, the best two-footed crosser ever in Kenya
2. With his two-footed ability, Ouma could be deployed on either flank
3. Kagere’s ability to soar above defenders and head accurately is reminiscent of the legend Peter Dawo
4. With two good crossers on each flank (Ouma and Nizigiyimana), Tuyisenge is bound to benefit immensely.
5. Tuyisenge is quick to thank his suppliers. Note that each time he scored, he raced across the field to thank Marcelo. This is something Olunga never did last year even though he benefited from really good suppliers. He better learn to do this in Sweden and at Harambee stars where the likes of Timbe might refuse to pass him the ball.
6. Tuyisenge’s ability to pit himself in the right spot at the right time is reminiscent of Hezborn Omollo, one of the club’s all time leading scorers and could see him net a dozen more goals.