Gor Mahia kickoff league campaign

Gor Mahia will kickoff their 2013 league campaign with a match against Sofapaka this Saturday at Kasarani. This after their midweek clash against Tusker was postponed. Gor Mahia will be looking for some form of revenge after Sofapaka beat them on penalties in the Charity cup.

Sofapaka has always been a tough nut to crack. Nevertheless, Gor Mahia have had the upper hand against them in the past two years, most crucially beating them in the FKF cup final two times in a row.

Sofapaka will be buoyed by the return of inspirational defender James Situma and Congolese striker Patrick Kagogo. Gor Mahia will welcome Anthony Akumu back to the line-up after he missed the Seychelles match due to suspesion along with Israel Emuge , the rock of Gibraltar aka “Kidi Luanda“. Rama Salim is still nursing an injury. In his place Gor Mahia will depend on the fast improving Edwin Lavatsa along with Mungai Kiongera and Dan Sserunkuma.

Coach Logasrusic has made it clear that his primary goal this season is to win the league. Kogalo last won the league in 1995.

In the intervening years poor management of the team by subsequent chairmen saw the club fall to ridiculously low depths. Perhaps the lowest the club ever sunk was in 2002 when internal turmoil, vested interests and infighting in the clubs ranks saw the club relegated. The league had been divided into two groups and Kogalo finished at the bottom of group A. They however received a reprieve. The rest of the years, Kogalo was mostly a mid table club and played to very sparse crowds. Fans deserted due to the club’s fall from grace. For a while it looked like GorMahia and AFC were headed to extinction especially when Ingwe were relegated.

The Officials

Things improved only slightly after that until 2007 when current chairman Ambrose Rachier brought a semblance of normalcy and better organization.

It is important to remember the past and learn from history. After all it was only a year ago when vested interests and infighting derailed the club. Club officials should learn to put vested interests aside, do what is best for the club, avoid derailing the team and focus on helping the club win the league.

The Fans

The advent of the Kenya premier league with its better organization has helped the club by bringing the fans back. The return of fans to the terraces has helped bring Gor Mahia back to contention. Not only do the fans bring much needed funds via gate collection but also provide the team with much needed moral support. And we hope that 2013 is the year that Kogalo returns to glory. With that in mind, this author appeals to fans to turn up in droves, get behind the team and accept results as they come. Remember , the team cant win every game. More patience and more support is needed.

The Players

The current crop of players for their part can take inspiration from the exploits of players who featured for the club in the past and use this inspiration to work harder to return the club to the glory years. The fan base is counting on you. A group of players who bring glory to the club will always be remembered in the club’s folklore. To the players; This is your chance to stamp your name in the club’s history books. You can do it by winning the league this year and be remembered as the group who ended the clubs lengthy drought.

18 thoughts on “Gor Mahia kickoff league campaign

  1. All the best to the entire team this season.As fans,you can count on us….we are behind you all the way again!!!

  2. Fans should also desist from hooliganism and professionalize their behavior. what they did during Kogalo Vs Anse Reunion match at Nyayo is commendable. We have a good side which can go places provided the management, players and the technical bench remain faithful to their respective responsibilities. Fans should also improve the revenue base of the Club. Wuon MMM

  3. My worry is whether we have trained anytime this week since there has been elections! If it is possible, the league can be pushed to next week Wednesday 13-Mar-2013.

    The beauty is that even our opponent (SOFAPAKA) for the Saturday match is affected so no one is at advantage side.

  4. Bearing in mind that the country is not yet through with the presidential election results which has put many fans in differrent state of moods, I wish the match was postponed to another date when things will have settled down.

  5. I agree with @ no.4 bcos we cant stop all our matches just bcos of elections. We must demonstrate that we can move on with life regardless of whoever wins the elections.
    On the tpl match with sofapaka, I think as we shall be playing to get the max points,we will be gaging our preparedness to face the Egyptians on the confed cup first round,first leg in Egypt.Sofapaka is a good team and if we manage to collect max.points without draw,then it will mean that our players r fully prepared to win trophies.

  6. Yes, with or without elections we must go on with life. So tomorrow lets put everything behind us and show other things in the field. And peace be with you all, see you there.

  7. Now that the elections are over, let us pour our energy into football. I bet even the players are just itching to get on the field. Rama, Ali, Dube, Musa, Nasio na wengineo. Shindeni Sofapaka and give fans something to cheer.

  8. We need the game. This will be a moment of relief and the boys will put in a show to remember. All the best Kogalo

  9. Now that the politics season is ‘over’ let’s go back to supporting our beloved team. For those who were frastruted politically Gor will provide that comfort. Thanks for the win boys though you were outplayed in the second half. The coach’s excuse that the team is young and that’s why we were outplayed doesn’t make sense. previously the excuse was that we just from recess. Looks like Rama can no longer play 90 minutes yet the coach will never sub him to bring some fresh energetic legs

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