28 Jan 17

Gor Mahia lost their first friendly match on local soil when they went down 2-1 to relegation threatened Thika United at Camp Toyoyo on Saturday. Gor Mahia took the lead via Timothy Otieno after only five minutes. The assist came from new signing Jean Baptiste Mugiraneza. Thika would equalize in the 14th minute through Edmond Bala. Then former Upper hill secondary school star Timothy Luda scored the winner when he headed past Gor Mahia custodian Shaban Odhoji.

More to come……………


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26 Comments.

  • odhis muga says:

    Dalili ya mvua ni mawingu.Let’s not expect too much from these boys.It might be another trophyless season.

  • Jasego says:

    Please Coach speed up this gelling process for as they say a team is as good as it trains since performance on game days is just an execution of team training techniques…

  • Jakoyo says:

    Kichapo has started early this season ….. in fact our worst preseason statistics since 2011 but we have Uganda opponent next week to restore some pride.

    My eyes are on zemaria for the next 5-6 weeks as he has no excuse for underperforming.

  • Barefoot Bandit says:

    Ze Maria wetugo omera. Get your act together for once. Choke!

  • musymo says:

    Thika played better, Migi, Muguna, Maqbul, Ndirangu and Philemon showed a lot of promise. Osok, Maloba, Simiyu, Timothy, Uyoga and Joash still have work to do. Calabar Junior is gonna be a star defender in future. @Jasego, I saw Ze play Migi and Muguna on on the flanks either side of Gatusso and Kahata. Was this to accomodate all his premier midfielders? Even after the subs Ndirangu, Maloba, Osok and Philemon all played in the middle of the park with Maloba and Osok drifting out to the wings then falling back to pack our midfield.That formation may do away with our wing play but may just work. It never hurts to try somethin new and i will be looking forward to see how we line out on matchday . Glimmer of hope seems Ze has already decided on his first 11 and the guesswork wont apply this season.

  • musymo says:

    @Jasego, there is a question you asked me in the previous thread about Maqbul and Simiyu and on Migi. Maqbul is way better in my opinion. Simiyu was overrun by Badi and offered little offensively. His crossing was hurried and ineffective. May have been the reason Ze hauled him off early. Maqbul has flair, ran tirelessly on that wing and showed hunger plus his attacking threat was felt. If polished well he may just be the replacement for Marcelo we all yearn for. On Migi, after watching the Al Hilal game where he sat deep and rarely ventured forward and today when deployed a bit further up, I think he is a box to box player able to track back but also launch attacks and complement Kahata while Gatusso sit deep and shield the back four in the same mode Wanyama and Dembele partner at Spurs. Matic/Kante, Coquein/Ramsey or Carzola or Xhaka are the other examples!!

  • Sylvester says:

    And the story continues, we pray and hope for the best

  • Nus Pesa says:

    For Gor to perfom this season Kagere and Ze Maria have to be sacrificed otherwise

  • ODUOR12 says:

    Jasego your queries regarding the skills and abilities of the signings is worrying/puzzling. Don’t get me wrong but i thought these were matters throughly analysed by the EC & TB before bringing a specific player on board.lt never works when a coach abdicates responsibility of identify players to the office.2017 seems to be a wait & see but expect things to get tougher before they get any better. You are right though,training and friendlies are infact a preview of the real test. 2017 will no walk in the park and a slow start a.k.a gelling may prove costly.

    • Jasego says:

      Oduor12 suffice to say not all signings had jasego’s fingerprint and my query is informed by the fact that Migi has been recovering while simiyu i have never followed his play even during his muhoroni youth days.Maqbul is young hence my asking a second opinion coz shud they flatter to deceive walusimbi can slot into his traditional fullback 3 role.Also remember most of the players we get are actually stand-out perfomers in their former clubs but some suffer from big stage fright once they don the white and green showing no resemblance to their former class whatsoever.

  • Dan Original says:

    Just remembered that the time we won the league UNBEATEN Thika also beat us in a friendly match. All the same we hope for the best this year

  • Ja Thur gi ji says:

    Cool down brothers, cool down, remember even last year preseason we were being stretched by some langata something, mumbi something, aren’t we being too hard too early? Nus Pesa what is it you have against Kagere, whom do you have in mind as replacement?

  • Marto Original says:

    I do agree with those who think it is too early to judge the team and Ze. I also do remember so well that in 2015, we didn’t have a good preseason either but went on to win the league unbeaten. In 2016, we actually had a near perfect preseason but we didn’t end up winning the league. So guys, let’s be patient and hope for the best. @Musymo, your analysis of the game gives me hope. Let’s all remember that, WHAT MATTERS IS THE GREATNESS OF YOUR FINISH, NOT THE HUMBLENESS OF YOUR BEGINNINGS.

    • ODUOR12 says:

      I hear you but then explain to me,why do we hire an expat head coach at $6k per month,sign a striker for $40k-if not to deliver immediate and spectacular results.Lwandamina took Zesco to the CAF finals while being paid $3k,half Ze Maria’s pay.It would be understandable if GM had youthful players being nutured but we have MVPs,experienced best paid players,coaches even best sponsorship and supporters BUT results are opposite.We are now consigned to local football.I read that current brewkenge coach “Best” Nsimbe has actually taken his past teams to the continental group stages.As we hope are we getting value for money? This is the question members should be asking/demanding of EC,and EC asking TB and TB the players.

  • A person says:

    And for the sycophants the same old story will be repeated “The TB knows better” Let’s wait and see how much they know.

  • Ja Thur gi ji says:

    Instant coffee? That’s never in football. Immediate and spectacular results? Sadio Mane lost a penalty yesterday and with that the top star and Senegal were out. If that was Kogalo… we would be going on and on about useless players and coach…

    • ODUOR12 says:

      You have a valid argument if Gor Mahia were being eliminated from the group stages or semi-finals of the CECAFA or CAF tournaments.

      But here we are talking of the local scene, comparing the likes of Ochomo on a monthly salary of kshs.37K yet in Gor Mahia there is no player earning below kshs.70K with our top players(strikers) on a + kes.100K monthly salary. Likes of Coach Nkata on less than kes.250K per month versus Ze Maria on kes.570K. Gor Mahia’s club sponsorship of kes.65M per year versus those the likes of Muhoroni.

      Its not about useless players and coaches BUT about getting value for money. GM’s head coach is like a national team coach who should produce results since he is not nurturing talent but rather opting for experienced players.

      Instead instead of making progress regionally and continentally we’ve regressed locally.

      Something between the investment GM is making in coaches/players and the results does not add up since the departure of FN. Swali ni shida iko wapi?

  • Kassam Mwivangano says:

    Truth is that Ze maria has and must improve tremendously..stories kila siku will not keep us going!

  • ja Thur GI ji says:

    It looks like there is something personal here and about money?

    • ODUOR12 says:

      Hapo sasa sioni argument ama point yako.Personal not at all but perhaps your imagination and anyway unless you prove it,it’s neither here nor there.However if you were to disapprove/challenge the figures then that’s a different story.As for money yes “value for money” is a straight forward principle in nearly all aspects of life especially where any transaction is involved unless one is in denial.

  • Jaupanda says:

    I think yesterday’s friendly was a difficult one. Firstly the mixing of newcomers with the more established ones at the same time expecting to perform with the hawk eyed Gor fans at that close range was not easy. A lot of things were at play. Most of the new guys have not come from clubs with demanding fans like us.Transition is going to take time for a fact. Once they click going by the kind touches I saw yesterday, it is going to be fantastic to wach. As fans this is our season to be patient. For as a is slowly transitioning. For trophies we get one this season but next year expect fireworks

  • Dan Original says:

    If it comes to money why does zRadhford start and Rooney is benched? Preseason form matters alot but it’s not everything. Does a team win because their players are being paid handsomely or they are hungry for results

  • Jakoyo says:

    @jaupanda, you argument does not hold water.. Ati stage fright ? Kwani didn’t thika players also not have stage fright? .
    Most of this thika players are boys in high school and lower division league.

    Why we think kogallo is a big team I don’t understand. If we were a big team we would be playing friendlies with the likes of as vita , tp mazembe, ac leopards, enyimba etc

    • Jaupanda says:

      @Jakoyo
      The tendency of smaller teams doing well with bigger teams is because they have nothing to loose as opposed to their opponent’s. That is why I think that for the news guys coming in they would have to adapt yo the pressure we put on them. Secondly, my argument is always that Gor has done well on the local seen which make them big locally. Internationally, this is where I hope the technical bench is looking at.

  • sylvaonyi says:

    We are sampling the team for a formidable first eleven and better formations. Preseason is meant for that. The wins from a friendly match don’t count for anything, they don’t even give you competitive points. Nuttal was beaten in all preseason friendlies but got the league unbeaten. Let’s not start with negativity.