Gor Mahia and Bandari have an opportunity to help Kenya football fans forget their mediocre performance at the 2019 AFCON cup, as they embark on the CECAFA club cup. It has been eleven years since a Kenyan team won the tournament and 34 years since Gor Mahia lifted this trophy.
Gor Mahia Squad
Boniface Oluoch, David Mapigano, Ronack Elvis, Charlse Momanyi, Haron
Shakava, Joachim Oluoch , Geofrey Ochieng, Khavuchi Loyd, Ernest Wendo,
Tobias Otieno, Kenneth Muguna, Lawrence Juma, Denis Oalo, Samuel
Onyango, Nicholas Kipkirui, Erick Ombija, Eliud Lokuwom, Wellington
Ochieng, Abdala Chaberi, Mustapha Francis, Dickson Ambundo.
Former Gor Mahia attacking midfielder Ali Abondo was seen training with the team on Wednesday morning and could be returning to Kogalo. This according to goal.com. The 29 year old midfielder has played for Gor Mahia on two previous occassions. He is currently attached to Bloemfontein Celtic of South Africa.
Goal.com also reports that Gor Mahia have signed two players from Nairobi Stima. The two are Curtis Wekesa and Dennis Oalo. The latter was the top scorer in the 2018-2019 National Super League with 24 goals.
CEO Omondi Aduda also confirmed the signing of Tobias Otieno and Shura Abdallah from SoNy Sugar.
“We have signed Tobias Otieno and Abdalla Shura from Sony Sugar and Elvis Ronack from Nzoia Sugar. They are young players with real quality, and they will help us a great deal beyond next season,” Aduda said according to Yahoo Sports
Given the explosive revelations from Derrick Otanga whom Gor Mahia was pursuing, it must be said that Gor Mahia officials must come out to defend themselves. The three officials who have been adversely mentioned owe fans an explanation as does the Chairman. This issue must be investigated.
Additional reporting from goal.com
Wazito striker Derrick Otanga has explained how his move to Kenyan Premier League (KPL) Gor Mahia failed to see the light of the day.
Before signing for Wazito last month, the former Sony Sugar striker was linked with a move to K’Ogalo.
Currently in possession of Goal is a leaked audio file, in which the striker is having a conversation with an unnamed Gor Mahia official over the issue of a sign-on fee, which became a bone of contention between him and club officials.
“It is only after I was about to sign for Wazito that Gor Mahia showed intense interest for my services thereafter. It later emerged that four people inside Gor Mahia wanted a share of my sign-on fee,” Otanga confesses in the audio.
“I was surprised at how the officials quickly turned to act as agents and also that the sign-on fee is always not paid in full.
“Whether I was to get the money first then share with them or they wanted to get it first then share with me, I don’t know because I am not aware how things are done within your team.
Aduda was not immediately available for comments when contacted by Goal.
“Your Secretary madam Sally [Bolo], Lordvick Aduda, and Steve were the three guys who asked for a share of my sign on fee,” Otanga added.
Otanga signed for the KPL returnees after scoring 13 goals for Sony Sugar in the recently-concluded KPL season.
“I had no one inside the team who could have given me the insights on how the transfer activity is conducted at Gor Mahia. But then I had been warned before that the sign-on fee was sure to bring confrontation since that money is always hard to be paid in the first place.”
Otanga went on to mention club treasurer Sally Bolo, chief executive officer Lorvick Aduda as the officials who wanted a cut in the transfer money, as well as a ‘Mr. Steve’.
Philemon Otieno regained his place in the starting line-up. Francis Kahata started on the bench but came on in the second half as coach Migne tried to inject some attacking impetus.
But it was all for nought as Senegal proved that they are a class above Kenya, winning 3-0.
Philemon Otieno had a nightmarish game. Two rash challenges so him cautioned twice and therefore sent off. It was similar to the yellow he got in the first game. It invalidated all the other solid work he had done.
For a long period in the first half, it seemed Kenya was going to match Senegal as they strung together a series of passes, though they still did not manage a shot on goal in the first half. Johana Omollo in particular was useful when it came to connecting passing movements due to his ability to hold onto the ball under pressure.
Kenya defended stoutly in the first half. But they also have goalkeeper Matasi to thank. He made a number of daring saves including a penalty from Sadio Mane.
But Kenya soon ran out of steam. Started to give the ball away cheaply and unable to withstand the Senegal pressure, they started to boot the ball foreward to lone striker Olunga. This was futile because Olunga was always surrounded by two world class central defenders with no other attacker in sight.
Ayub Masika was to support Olunga. He tried to make incisive runs using his speed. Whereas he can outrun people in the Chinese league, he found the speedy Senegalese to be a different kettle of fish.
Wanyama was average. Dennis Odhiambo had Kenya’s first shot on goal when he latched onto a rebound. His goalbound shot was parried by the goalkeeper.
Former Gor Mahia players:
Eric Ouma often tried to outrun the Senegalese which is not a sound strategy because the Senegalese have always been fast and were able to match him unlike the Tanzanians.
Musa Mohamed played a key role in bottling Mane for much of the game. But he was finally beaten to the ball by the Liverpool striker for Senegal’s second goal.
Michael Olunga struggled as a lone striker as he was not getting any passes in scoring position. Basicallyu Harambee stars created hardly any chances
Gor Mahia official Ronald Ngala has refuted reports that Gor Mahia have signed Rwandan midfielder Djabel Manishimwe .
According to Ngala, the club is looking for a striker not a midfielder.
‘’Our midfield is packed and we cannot sign a midfielder. The coach is only interested in a striker and we are busy scouting for one either locally or an import’’, he said according to Citizen Sports.
According t Ngala, they have included Kahata’s name in the squad for the 2019 CECAFA club cup which starts in a week.
‘’We have included the names of the three players on AFCON assignment with the national team in Egypt and they will join us in Rwanda should Harambee stars fail to qualify for the round of 16’’. he said.
This even as Simba have announced the signing of Kahata and players attending AFCON are likely to be too fatigued to play in CECAFA.
Midfield ace Francis Kahata was the only Gor Mahia player in action on Thursday as Kenya twice came from behind to beat Tanzania 3-2 in a thrilling / nerve wracking encounter. Philemon Otieno did not play and Joash Onyango is still injured.
In what is now known as the majiarani derby, there were however a significant number of former Gor Mahia players including David Owino Calabar who played in place of Philemon. Eric Ouma who played in midfield and Michael Olunga who scored a brace. And Musa Mohamed who had another quiet game.
Tanzania took the lead against the run of play. From a lightning quick counter attack, Mbwana Samatta found himself wide open on the left flank. Of all the players to leave wide open, this ought to have been the last one since he has an impressive goal-scoring record for TP Mazembe and now plays in the Belgian top tier. But Calabar was nowehere to be seen and neither was any other defender. Sammatta’s shot was parried by goalkeeper Matasi right into the path of Msuva who duly netted.
Kenya battled back gamely. The equalizer came via Michael Olunga who scored with a spectacular scissors kick from a goalmouth melee. Kenya had barely finished celebrating when Samatta found himself wide open again on the left flank. This time he made a clever run and latched onto a through pass, leaving Calabar in his wake. His first attempt was stopped. But he made good on his second attempt. Tanzania went into half time leading 2-1.
Kahata had a quiet game but he did not put a foot wrong and was precise with his passes. But he was replaced by John Avire before halftime as coach Migne who made a tactical change as he looked for urgency. To sharpen the attack, coach Migne also replaced Abud Omar. And John Avire of Sofapaka. impressed with his work rate.
Kenya once again battled back. From a set play, Belgium based Johana Omollo, a product of Ofafa Jericho high school, sneaked behind the Tanzania defence to head the ball home.
Kenya then appeared to take their foot off the accelerator. To add some urgency, coach Migne brought on Eric Omondi Johana. He did not have an impressive game. But his one moment of brilliance created the third goal. His mazy run down the right flank ended with a pass to Olunga who turned around and scored with a low drive past the outstretched Tanzania goalkeeper.
Joseph Okumu was once again Kenya’s most impressive defender. Omollo was solid and did not put a foot wrong. Wanyama was okay but had far too many errant passes. Often he tried to make decisive passes into the box when more patience was called for. He had a fine header saved by the goalkeeper in the second half.
Masika once again looked very lively on the flanks. However he wasted a lot of runs by giving the ball away. On the opposite flank, Ouma Santos impressed with his industry. He almost scored with a volley from close range in the 14th minute but was denied by the keeper.
Tanzania were coached by former Nigeria winger Emmanuel Ammunike who featured against Gor Mahia in a 1994 CAF cup match while playing for Zamalek. On that day he was being tightly marked by Tobias Ocholla and his frustrations led him to lash out with a vicious elbow to Ocholla’s forehead. That match ended 1-1 at Nyayo stadium.
Ochola who was known as “Jua Kali” for his tight marking, should give Calabar tips. I can’t tell you how many times I saw Samatta open on that flank. Do that against Senegal and Sadio Mane will bury Kenya.
Stars now play Senegal in the final group game, hoping for draw that will propel them to the next stage.
SoNy Sugar coach Patrick Odhiambo has confirmed to goal.com that he will be taking the position of assistant coach at Gor Mahia.
“Yes I am joining Gor Mahia but we are still negotiating some aspects of the contract that includes the years of stay,” he said to goal.com
As head coach Odhiambo led SoNy Sugar to an impressive 5th position in the 2018-2019 Kenya Premier League. He had previously coached at Muhoroni Youth and Chemelil Sugar.
He replaces Zedekiah Otieno who left to take the head coaching position at KCB. The decision was likely finalized after the return of coach Hassan Oktay from holiday.
Gor Mahia preparing for CECAFA Club Cup
With the return of Oktay, Gor Mahia are now preparing for the 2019 edition of the CECAFA club cup which will start on July 6 in Rwanda.
According to the Star newpaper, Gor Mahia will face off with DC Motema Pembe of DRC, KMKM from Zanzibar and AS Ports of Djibouti in Group D .
Group A is composed of Rwanda’s Rayon Sport, TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic Congo, KMC (Tanzania) and Atbara of South Sudan while Group B has holders Azam of Tanzania, Mukura Victory (Rwanda), Bandari of Kenya and KCCA of Uganda.
Group C has APR (Rwanda), Green Buffaloes (Zambia), Proline of Uganda and Heegan of Somalia.
Gor Mahia finished 3rd in the 2018 edition, after losing yet again to bogey team Azam
SoNy Sugar refute reports of Tobias Otieno transfer
SoNy Sugar Team manager Emmanuel Geno has refuted reports that defender Tobias Otieno has joined Gor Mahia.
Otieno is still our player and we have not received any official approach from any club. Otieno has a running contract of four years and you should not believe the rumours purporting that he has signed for any club. Let me clarify that no one has approached us for another of our players, let alone Otieno,” Emmanuel Geno told
Kenya has participated in the Africa cup of nations five previous times. And each time they have lost the opening game, often in convincing fashion. The 2019 addition of AFCON was no different as Kenya was floored by two first half goals.
Philemon Otieno and Francis Kahata were in the starting line-up. Central defender Joash Onyango was sidelined with an injury. Former Gor Mahia players Michael Olunga, Musa Mohamed and Eric Ouma also saw action.
First a penalty slotted home by Qatari league top scorer Baghdad Bounedjah in the 37th minute. Then Manchester City midfielder Riyad Mahrez scored from a cross in the 42nd minute. And it looked like Kenya was in trouble.
Kenya’s defence was at sixes and sevens in the first half. They had acute difficulty dealing with the long balls followed by diagonal runs that the Algerian side utilized. Often the diagonal ball left the attacker wide open with no defender in site, only for the Algerian attacker to miscue his first touch.
Kenya clearly suffered stage fright in the first half and if not for some timely tackles from Musa Mohamed, Philemon, Okumu and Abud Omar, matters would have been worse. They would have perhaps benefited from playing a team that has a similar style to Algeria and in front of a hostile crowd.
Francis Kahata had an off day. Whereas he is very good on the ball, his inability to shore up the defense left a huge gap on the left flank which Algeria exploited resulting in the penalty. To shore up the left flank, coach Sebastian Migne replaced Kahata with Eric Ouma Marcelo.
Algeria also applied the tactic of running at Kenyan defenders then tumbling at the slightest touch. Kenyans did not help themselves as they fell into this trap with a series of rash challenges. One such rash challenge resulted in a yellow card for Philemon Otieno. The second rash challenge from Dennis Odhiambo resulted in the penalty. Why Odhiambo would engage in a sliding tackle inside the box, knowing that the Algerians were falling at the slightest touch left many fans befuddled. Some wondered aloud why former Gor Mahia midfield ace Anthony Akumu was left out. Matters were not helped by the fact that Wanyama does not shore up the defensive midfield position as he once did.
Kenya’s performance in the second half was much better. Ouma not only solidified the left flank, he also made numerous forays upfront. The introduction of Johana Omollo created better coordination in midfield and Harambee stars were better able to keep the ball.
Still Michael Olunga never had a shot on goal. He was completely starved of the ball. Often Harambee stars tried to find him with a long ball. But he was often isolated with no team-mate in site to receive a head on pass.
Patrick Matasi, 20. Philemon Otieno, 3. Abud Omar, 2. Joseph
Okumu, 5. Musa Mohamed, 21. Dennis Odhiambo, 12. Victor Wanyama, 11.
Francis Kahata, 7. Ayub Timbe, 10. Eric Johanna, 14. Michael Olunga
Shikalo, 23. John Oyemba, 13. Eric Ouma, 15. David Owino, 6. Bernard
Ochieng, 17. Ismael Gonzalez, 19. Ovella Ochieng, 8. Johanna Omollo, 16.
Paul Were, 9. John Avire, 22. Masud Juma