6 Jul 17

Gor Mahia have officially announced Briton  Dylan Kerr as their new coach. Kerr becomes the fourth British coach in the history of the club after Len Julians, Bobby Williamson and Frank Nuttall.

Additional Reporting from the Nation

“Gor Mahia FC is pleased to announce that Dylan Kerr will join the club as Head Coach with the tactician expected to link up with the team on Saturday, 8th July 2017 ahead of the team’s departure for Tanzania. The decision to appoint Kerr comes after an executive committee meeting held on Tuesday evening,” read a statement from the club.

Currently attached with English fourth tier side Chesterfield as their under-18 manager, Kerr said he has “always dreamt of handling a top club” in East Africa.

“I have always been interested in the top team from East Africa but as you know, there’s always others that are in the position. On this one though, I am optimistic,” said Kerr.

“I know Gor Mahia, I love their fans. They are the soul of the club. It will be an amazing job for me,” the former Simba SC tactician told Nation Sport from his base in England.

Club chairman Ambrose Rachier said the new man will be assisted by club legend Zedekiah “Zico” Otieno who has been in charge since the resignation of Brazilian Jose Marcelo Ferreira four weeks ago.

“Kerr has worked in South Africa with Mpumalanga Black Aces. He has been in Tanzania with Simba thus has an experience of coaching in Africa. We had 21 applicants but whittled down the list to two and settled on Kerr,” he said.

The former Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United left back has also worked in Vietnam and Scotland.

His immediate task will be to lead K’Ogalo in a friendly match against English side Everton FC on Thursday next week at the Benjamin Mkapa National Stadium, Dar es Salaam.


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4 Jul 17


Gor Mahia have accused Stephen Waruru of provoking traveling fans by making obscene gestures at them. And according to the TV report above, the incident was witnessed by reporters. It is also against FIFA rules to celebrate in an inflammatory manner. And it brings the league into disrepute.

Yesterday, Kogalo officials also reported that their team bus was attacked by unknown people. The club has also blamed Waruru “for provoking Gor’s supporters and making obscene gestures at the travelling fans while celebrating his last-minute goal.”

“It is uncouth and barbaric of Waruru to provoke our fans by using his middle finger to insult our travelling fans,” read a statement posted on Monday on social media pages affiliated to K’Ogalo.

But Ulinzi denied the claims, saying Waruru broke out in his traditional celebratory dance “which has always included pointing to the skies using his fore finger.”

“Nothing like that happened. Gor Mahia fans were simply annoyed that they conceded an equaliser.
“Waruru always raises his fore finger skywards whenever he scores and that is what he did and it is not provocative. A number of our players were injured so we have a meeting to discuss the issue and deliberate on our next move,” said Ulinzi vice-chairman Major Joe Birgen to the Nation newspaper .

Gor Mahia player attends to an injured soldier
Image courtesy of Abraham Abu

If found guilty, the 15-time champions could face a number of sanctions including stadium bans for their fans, hefty fines, as well as docking of points as was the case in May last year.

What is not in doubt is that Waruru did indeed seek to provoke fans by celebrating in front of them. This is unsportsmanlike conduct from a footballer and KPL should take action in order to prevent players from provoking fans in a similar manner in the future. The action itself and the reaction it provokes from fans brings the league into disrepute, something the league cannot afford now.

It is also conduct unbecoming of a soldier and eyewitness accounts corroborate the claim. Furthermore such indiscipline reflects poorly on the KDF at a time when they already have a lousy reputation in some circles. Therefore the KDF should sanction him as well.

Gor Mahia fans only reacted after being provoked by Waruru. The goal itself did not cause a reaction after all Gor Mahia have conceded late goals numerous times in the past.


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4 Jul 17

The Kenya Premier League has been experiencing a TV blackout since the withdrawal of Supersport earlier this year. The media blackout has come to an end with the arrival of Bamba Sports.
While less lucrative than the Supersport deal, it will ensure that the league and the players get far more exposure within the country since it is free to air. The players desperately need this exposure to market themselves and the league needs a wider audience in order to reach far reaches of the society where people do not have access to PayTV.

In 2014, Supersport signed a five year deal with KPL that was purportedly worth Ksh 220 Million per year plus bonuses.

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The Kenyan Premier League on Tuesday unveiled a Sh100 million broadcast partnership with free-to-air channel Bamba Sports in a deal that is set run for the next six months.

The deal involves a total of Sh100.7 million, of which Sh36.7 million will be paid in cash to KPL. Sh40 million will go to the production of content while the remaining Sh24 million will be used to advertise the league on various platforms.

Two matches will be broadcasted in every round, and the first games will be aired live once the league resumes on 15th of this month.

All local television stations will be required to source KPL content from Bamba TV, but the contract allows the league organisers to negotiate with pay televisions and over the top (digital) content providers on the same rights.

According to Radio Africa Group Chief Executive Officer Patrick Quarcoo, two games will be broadcasted every weekend starting from July 15 when the league resumes.

“We started by broadcasting the lower tier league and we have received very positive feedback from that, and it has given us the motivation to invest in the top flight league,” said Quarcoo.
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“The games will be live on Bamba TV as well as sister channel Kiss TV, and there will also be live commentary on our radio station (Radio Jambo). We also hope to bring it live on mobile phones with support from willing partners.”

“We have taken this bold step to help Kenyan football grow and we ask all corporates to come and stand with us in this vision.”

KPL CEO Jack Oguda said that the deal will help lift the financial burden on clubs, although he was unable to immediately state exactly how the Sh37.6 million would be shared out among the 18 league clubs.

“It was very important that we get the league games back on air. Due to the departure of SuperSport, we had to cut down on many aspects of our budget including the annual grants to clubs,” Oguda said.

“The financial committee will sit down and draft the budgets taking into account the operational costs of the games involved, before announcing how much the clubs will be entitled to.”

The deal between Bamba Sports and KPL will see top flight league games get back on air after almost four-month black out.

The blackout was occasioned by the abrupt withdrawal of South African broadcast sponsors SuperSport in March this year citing breach of contract.

To cut down on production costs and also due to the acute shortage of good playing surfaces currently plaguing the Kenyan sporting scene, Bamba Sports are targeting one double headers each weekend, preferably in Nairobi.

This will be the first time that both the KPL and National Super League games will be beamed live by the same broadcaster.


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2 Jul 17

Gor Mahia gave up a 2-0 advantage and ended up being held 2-2 by Ulinzi Stars at Moi stadium Kisumu on Sunday. Gor Mahia’s goals came from full back Karim Nizigiyimana and an own goal by Hassan Mohamed. Ulinzi then replied with two goals from Stephen Waruru.
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Ulinzi stars came from two goals down to force a 2-2 draw with hosts Gor Mahia FC in a teargas, highly charged game that nearly saw Geoffrey Kokoyo and Wellington Ochieng fight after Waruru elbowed Rwandan import Jacques Tuyisenge to the ground.

The star of the day for the soldiers was on-form Stephen Waruru, who put his name in the score sheet twice as Ulinzi Stars staged a theatrical retaliation to share spoils with the hosts.

Gor Mahia had started the game on a high note giving Ulinzi keeper James Saruni and his defense of Mohammed, Kokoyo and Oliver Ruto pressure that made Churchill Mulama to sometimes come back to help in the defense.

Karim Nzigiyimana brought in a lovely cross from the 40th yard but the effort was headed out of play by Hassan for a corner kick with just six minutes gone.

Keeper Saruni of Ulinzi was forced to come out of his area to punch the ball off the danger zone as Kenneth Muguna tried to set up Meddie Kagere two minutes later.

Muloma was then booked for a dangerous tackle as he hit Godfrey Walusimbi’s face with his elbow sending him down in the watchful eyes of the referee.
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Muguna then sent a nice volley from the left flank to find Karim who was just past the 40th yard, Karim, whizzed past Hassan, Kokoyo and Ruto to score the first goal in the 32nd minute of the game for the first half to end with Gor Leading 1-0.

In the second half, Ulinzi made two changes with John Kago swapping places with Sylas Shitote while Omar Mbongi came on for Oliver Kiprutto.

The change did not deter Gor Mahia from getting another goal as (Hassan) Mohammed scored in his area after he lobbed in the ball past Saruni for an own goal to make things 2-0 for Gor Mahia.

However, the celebration was short-lived as Stephen Waruru grabbed his brace (73rd and 87th) two minutes to stoppage and the game was interrupted for close ten minutes as chaos erupted soon after he scored an equalizer in the 87th minute of the game.

It is this second goal that made hell break loose as Waruru went to celebrate at the VIP wing when Gor Mahia fans started throwing projectiles to him and eventually into the pitch of play prompting the Police and Army officer to start through teargas on fans.

The game was momentarily stopped for ten minutes as fans and police fought each-other, with one police and one fan bearing the cost of the violence as they were hit by objects that flying all over the stadium.


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30 Jun 17

Kahata after striking a free-kick against Western Stima in 2016


Midfield ace Francis Kahata, whose stay at Gor Mahia has been in doubt, has penned a new two year contract according to goal.com

“Francis Kahata as agreed to pen a two year deal and will be part of Gor Mahia family for the next two seasons. KPL It was one of the transfers that we wanted sorted out as quickly as possible and focus our energy on upcoming matches.” said club CEO Ludovick Aduda to goal.com

Kahata’s stay at Kogalo has been in doubt with various reports suggesting that he has not been happy with his role as a substitute and was seeking a move.

Meanwhile Gor Mahia will be looking to right the ship and put their title chase back on track as they take on Ulinzi Stars at Moi stadium Kisumu on Sunday July 2.

Kogalo dropped to second place after losing to Sofapaka 2 weeks ago. Coach Zedekiah Otieno will be keen to right the ship and gain the confidence of fans.


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30 Jun 17

Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards are now an election issue as the national Jubilee party has promised to fund both clubs. But one is left wondering why they have done nothing for sports in the past five years. This is likely a reaction to Sportpesa’s threat to withdraw funding from all sports in January 2018.

Courtesy of the Nation

President Uhuru Kenyatta has promised to bankroll Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards if re-elected to serve for a second term.

This promise is entailed in the ruling Jubilee Party’s manifesto which was unveiled on Monday.

It states, “(In the next five years) we will encourage and support national football clubs, invest in setting up youth teams and provide the sporting facilities required to nurture and develop young talent.”

Leopards secretary general Oscar Igaida has meanwhile welcomed this news.

“This is the best news for community football clubs. If implemented, I am certain AFC Leopards can transform into a continental giant in less than two years. We have the talents, the resources to nurture them has always been a challenge,” he said.

Despite boasting a wide fan-base and national appeal, AFC Leopards and Gor Mahia have over the past decade or so struggled financially to make ends meet. In between, these two giant sides have relied on handouts and fundraisers to stay afloat.

The Jubilee Party manifesto doesn’t, however, indicate if these financial aid will be extended to other top teams in the hockey, rugby and cricket leagues.


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28 Jun 17


After having easily sidelined Nairobi Water in the round of 64, Gor Mahia will now face a sterner test as they take on Bandari in the round of 32 of the 2017 GoTV Shield.

Bandari have not been an easy team for Kogalo. This season, Kogalo beat Bandari 2-1 at Mbaraki on April 26. However last season, Bandari opened their campaign by beating a troubled Gor Mahia side in the Supercup.

Bandari will be without former Kogalo stalwart Dan Sserunkuma who has left for Morocco. However they can still count of the experience of players like Edwin Lavatsa, Enock Agwanda, Felly Mulumba and Shaban Kenga.

Kogalo last lifted this trophy in 2012.


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25 Jun 17

Scorer: Kenneth Muguna

Kogalo opened their 2017 GoTV shield campaign on a solid note. The match was played at Thika municipal stadium. Goals by Kenneth Muguna, George Odhiambo “Blackberry” and Wellington Ochieng were enough to give Gor Mahia a 3-1 win over Nairobi Water.

Goalkeeper Fredrick Odhiambo who had a solid display at the Sportpesa Supercup was between the posts , while midfielder Jean Baptiste Mugiraneza was also in the starting line-up.

It  was the Watermen who surprisingly took the lead first via Robinson Shitandi. Gor Mahia replied through Kenneth Muguna. George Odhiambo then gave Kogalo a 2-1 halftime lead before Wellington Ochieng put the issue beyond doubt.

It was coach Zedekiah Otieno’s second match in charge. Gor Mahia have won the Cup ten 10 times, more than any other team. Their last cup win was in 2012 when they beat Sofapaka on penalties.

 


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25 Jun 17


 

As of today, the last time Gor Mahia won the FKF cup was five years ago when they beat Sofapaka in a tense encounter.

The teams had been evenly matched and both keepers were kept busy during the first 90 minutes despite the lack of goals. Leading Gor Mahia’s charge on that day were Kevin Omondi, Rama Salim and others.

After a scoreless 90 minutes, the match went to penalties. It was here that Ivo Mapunda (and the terrible towel) created his defining moment by saving the first two penalties. The terrible towel probably made Humphrey Mieno nervous that he fired his penalty overboard.

Meanwhile Ivan Anguyo, Moses Odhiambo “Dube” and Rama Salim calmly slotted their penalties to give Kogalo the trophy for the tenth time.


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24 Jun 17


Gor Mahia’s lucrative sponsorship with betting company Sportpesa may be coming to an end shortly. Interestingly, Sportpesa haven’t said anything about withdrawing their sponsorship of foreign teams which include teams in the UK and in Tanzania.

Courtesy of the Nation
Giant gaming firm SportPesa has given notice to withdraw all sponsorship arrangements with its sporting partners from next year.

This announcement was made by the firm’s CEO Captain Ronald Karauri via Twitter on Friday.

“As @SportPesa we will be giving notice to clubs and unions that from January 1 we will withdraw all sponsorship,” Karauri tweeted.

The development follows the government’s decision to impose a 35 per cent tax on net profits accrued by betting and gaming firms.

When the notice comes into effect, several sporting entities in Kenya, including top football clubs AFC Leopards and Gor Mahia, the national football teams, plus the national rugby teams will be severely affected.

SportPesa has pumped in an estimated Sh1 billion to Kenya’s sports industry through their various partnerships with Football Kenya Federation, Kenya Rugby Union, Kenyan Premier League, AFC Leopards, Gor Mahia, Nakuru All Stars and the Kenya Boxing Association.


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