Gor Mahia leave for Burundi with only 15 players

Report courtesy of the Nation

Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions Gor Mahia will leave for Burundi on Saturday evening ahead of their preliminary Caf Champions League tie against Aigle Noir on Sunday with just 15 players.

Gor Mahia had earlier registered 25 players for their Caf assignments this season, but later made several changes that led to late registrations. They will now have to make do without some players notably new signings Gislain Yikpe and Francis Afryie. Dennis Oliech and custodian Boniface Oluoch will also not make the trip.

Until Friday evening, K’Ogalo was still trying to secure air tickets from the Ministry of Sports and unfortunately did not manage to get all the required tickets. They therefore had to trim the traveling squad to just 15 players and 5 technical bench members.

Their problems have further been compounded by the fact that SportPesa just recently terminated all their sports sponsorships in the country. The giant gaming firm until recently was sponsoring K’Ogalo to the tune of Ksh 65 million per annum.

25 thoughts on “Gor Mahia leave for Burundi with only 15 players

  1. They need to fight for a draw in Burundi and come complete the task here at home. The biggest challenge is, if we are struggling for tickets to Burundi, then what will we do with North Africa in case we go through this round?
    The other question is whether we have the right persons to manage our secretariat. We seem to always have problems with logistics and organization. Is Aduda the right person to hold the position? maybe the rigours and requirements of the office are too much or fast for him.

  2. One bad news after another, this past week. They say when it rains it pours. May tomorrow mark a turning point in what has been a week of not very inspiring news.

    I want to remind our boys that this Noyir team is in the CCC tournament on merit. They are the reigning champions of Burundi and football is played 11 against 11, the population of any country nothwithstanding. We must therefore not underate them.

    History has always favoured Burundians in ties against us. This is a fact that our boys should be alive to. Even though we have sent a very lean squad, they should go there and give their all. Our Target should be to dismantle that Burundi jinx and it is absolutely doable. Let maximize on the advantage of playing first leg away.

  3. Not surprising. Have they now gone or is it a repeat of Berkane scenerio? Does it mean that those remaining behind will be available for the return leg or what is the position? From the list I saw, they can line up a strong side barring injuries. So just fight it out man to man.

  4. Fallen on hard times even before the season starts . jothurwa , we have to believe in ourselves that we can make a huge difference in 2020 by registering as members and attending matches full throttle.

    I am a member , are you ?

  5. ways to come together as a fan unit?1. attend matches.2. find something that can sell our brand e.g. merchandize.

  6. So much needs to be done in Gor Mahia. One fails to understand why the right strategy for turning this Club’s financial fortunes has proved so elusive yet it has a fanbase that prides itself with being intellectually endowed.

    Take a look at what Gor Mahia’s peers are capable of in this very authentic list of non-African players in the 2019-20 CAF club competitions:
    Ahmed Maher Wridat (Palestinian)- HUS d’Agadir
    Darwin Gonzalez (Venezuela)- Etoile du Sahel
    Emiliano Tade (Argentina)- Mamelodi Sundowns
    Gaston Sirino (Uruguay)- Mamelodi Sundowns
    Gerson Fraga Viera (Brazil)- Simba SC
    Gil Bahia (Brazil)- US Ben Guerdane
    Joris Delle (France)- Orlando Pirates
    Jeremy Brockie (New Zealand)- Mamelodi Sundowns
    Kosuke Nakamachi (Japan)- ZESCO United
    Mahmoud Wadi (Palestinian)- Al Masry SC
    Marco Canario Silva (Brazil)- Ashanti Gold SC
    Maurizio Affonzo (Uruguay)- Mamelodi Sundowns
    Miroslav Markovic (Serbia)- HUS d’Agadir
    Ricardinho (Brazil)- US Ben Guerdane
    Ricardo Nascimento (Brazil)- Mamelodi Sundowns
    Simon Murray (Scotland)- Bidvest Wits
    Tairone Dos Santos (Brazil)- Simba SC
    Tamer Seyam (Palestinian)- HUS d’Agadir
    Toni (Brazil)- Petro de Luanda
    Wellington Melo (Brazil)- US Ben Guerdane
    Wilber Da Silva (Brazil)- Simba SC

    The question is: what is it that they are getting right that is so impossible for Gor Mahia? Look at Simba and Zesco. Are they so much out of our rich? Is it that we sit somewhere and hope and wait for some philanthropist to come from Mars and do it for us? Are we so divided and so selfish that we cannot unite and pull in one direction to pool in one basket for once? For how long will these financial woes continue, yawa?

  7. BB,I concur with your opinion 100%,here at Gor mahia we have same problems every year, Mara all players were not recruited and submitted in good time,Mara there is no flight fare to just Bujumbura here,same problems year in year out yawa,awuoro!!!!

  8. Membership, membership and more membership. Proper gates management. Proper merchandise/brand management. On top of all this PROFESSIONAL and FOCUSED management with proper VISION for the team. Imagine at 51 a man still wearing diapers and begging for upkeep, his agemates long matured, left mother’s bossom and are independent.

    1. JTGJ how can Gor Mahia ensnare and catch this very elusive animal called membership? Nobody among the elected officials wants to come out and recruit members. It is in Gor Mahia where fans beg to be given directions on registration, but those at the helm choose not to give an ear.

      1. @BB, to the contrary:
        1. There is a very clear, easy and well publicized procedure of becoming a Gor member.
        2. Gor Mahia fans are NOT begging to be told how to become members save for a few hypocrites on this and other social media platforms(hypocrites because they know how to register, make a lot of noise about the need to join on social media but do not)
        3. The reason most people claim they don’t want to register is because of the opaqueness and lack of accountability in the way the club is run. Whether they have a point is another matter altogether.

    1. JTGJ, I am keen to see how much the actual line-up will differ with this that I proposed. I don’t know much about Tobias Otieno otherwise we could do with a 4-2-3-1 in which Tobias and Lawi do the defensive midfield work as Muguna helps in the attack by creating chances in the AM role.
      1. Fredrick Odhiambo
      2. Wellington Ochieng’
      3. Godfrey Ochieng’
      4. Charles Momanyi
      5. Joash Onyango
      6. Kenneth Muguna ©
      7. Samuel Onyango
      8. Tobias Otieno
      9. Nicholas Kipkurui
      10. Lawrence Juma
      11. Boniface Omondi
      Reserves:
      12. Robert Mapigano
      13. Shafiq Batambuze
      14. Joachim Oluoch
      15. Dickson Ambundo

    2. @JTGJ first let me congratulate the team for the 0-0 draw. Here is the team that started:
      Starting XI: David Mapigano (GK), Wellington Ochieng, Geoffrey Ochieng, Joash Onyango, Charles Momanyi, Tobias Otieno, Lawrence Juma, Kenneth Muguna, Boniface Omondi, Dickson Ambundo and Nicholas Kipkirui.

      Subs: Fredrick Odhiambo (GK), Shafik Batambuze, Joachim Oluoch, Samuel Onyango.

      I seriously missed it in goal and in the attack.

  9. Thanks God for that result. We would have wished for a win but for now we will take the draw and build on it come the next game

  10. Thank Gor for the result. We wished for a win but a draw will do for now. We hope to go a notch higher in the next game

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