Oktay Defends Odhoji, blames attack

Shaban Odhoji has been having a good run between the posts. But on Thursday against KCB Fans faulted him for the goals especially the third one where he was caught out of position. However Coach Oktay is adamant that Gor Mahia would have won that game if they took their chances.

I can’t blame my keeper for those mistakes because they play as a team. Why is it that when strikers miss chances in any given match, they are not at fault but when a keeper concedes a goal, he has committed a mistake?” Oktay told goal.com

Oktay is seeking to build Odhoji’s confidence so that the custodian can build on his good run.
“Odhoji has been marvellous for us in the last few matches and we cannot crucify him just for one or two mistakes. He was fantastic in the second half of the season, we did not concede and I like his attitude because he always leads the team from behind.” he continued.

Oktay has his work cut out to sharpen the attack
“We were on top in the second period, I lost count of the chances we created. I guess we had around seven or eight chances that my strikers could not put away. Mustafa (Francis) missed four and scored one, Jacques Tuyisenge missed two and I think Boniface Omondi squandered another,” said Oktay

Oktay knows that Gor Mahia cannot afford to relax since Sofapaka are breathing down their neck, only six points behind. Gor Mahia cannot afford another slip up against Westerm Stima on Sunday.

“It was a game we deserved to win but when you don’t use your chances, be assured of dropping points and that is what happened to us. I am happy with the draw because KCB also played well and never gave us time to play our game.” he concluded.

Gor Mahia fight back to draw 3-3 with KCB

Gor Mahia were at one point down 3-0 in this encounter against KCB. They then scored two goals to reduce the deficit to 3-2 at halftime. As KCB parked the bus, Gor Mahia scored a late equalizer. The players showed a lot of character today.

Additional reporting from the Nation

Burundian import Francis Mustafa scored at the death as champions Gor Mahia came from three goals down to draw 3-3 with KCB in a six-goal thriller SportPesa Premier League match at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Thursday.

Gor now need 12 points from their the remaining eight fixtures to retain the title for the third time in a row. KCB have extended their winless run to six games in a row and have 31 points from 27 rounds. KCB were forced into an early sub on 20 minutes after Baraka Badi was hobbled off the pitch with an injury, Nichodemus Onyango replaced him.

KCB took the lead in the 24th minute through Martin Nderitu, who capitalised on a defensive lapse from K’Ogalo, with a deft little finish from close range to the bottom right corner of the net. They were forced into an early sub on 20 minutes after Baraka Badi was hobbled off the pitch with an injury, Nichodemus Onyango replaced him.

Bolton Omwenga doubled the bankers’ lead on 27 minutes with an incredible 30-yard free kick over the wall into the top right corner after Ernest Wendo had fouled Benson Amianda, the former going into the referee’s book. Six minutes later, Omwenga completed his brace with yet another long range shot, this time round dipping to the far post from the left wing after Gor goalkeeper Shaban Odhoji had left his area.

Shell shocked, Gor Mahia bombarded the KCB box and their efforts paid off in the 37th minute through Harun Shakava’s free header off a Samuel Onyango corner kick. Gor coach Hassan Oktay reacted quickly with a double change on 38 minutes pulling out Hashim Sempala and Erisa Ssekisambu for Boniface Omondi and Dennis Oliech respectively. The substitutions changed the tempo of the game as Gor looked hungrier in front of goal.

Onyango, who scored Gor’s second against Ulinzi Stars on Monday, added the second goal at the stroke of halftime from inside the area with the bankers defence left helpless.

Five minutes after the restart, Ssekisambu saw his flicked header punched out by Zamu Adisa in the KCB goal and on 13 minutes, Hashim Sempala forced the former Thika United shot-stopper to another point-blank save from a free kick outside the18 area after Baraka Badi had brought down Ssekisambu. Jacques Tuyisenge, who rested Nicholas Kipkirui on 58 minutes, floated in a pinpoint cross and Francis Mustafa saw his effort cleared off the line in the 77th minute.

Gor Mahia beats Ulinzi 2-1

Scorer: Erisa Sekisambu

Kogalo have clearly put aside their Africa cup debacle. They continued their good run on Monday, beating Ulinzi Stars 2-1. It was a refreshing win for Gor Mahia given that this is the team that benefited from a dubious penalty just last week. The goals came from Erisa Sekisambu and Samuel Onyango.

Additional reporting from futaa.com

Samuel Onyango came off the bench to notch what proved to be the winner as Gor Mahia registered a 2-1 win over hosts Ulinzi Stars in a Kenyan Premier League clash staged at the Nakuru’s Afraha Stadium on Monday 29 April.

Just as they did in the reverse fixture, Gor Mahia was the first to take the lead through Erissa Ssekisambu in less than 30 seconds. The Ugandan heading in a floated ball by Francis Mustafa past goalkeeper James Saruni.

In a rain-soaked pitch, Gor Mahia came raiding again in the tenth minute through Mustafa after a quick counter. The Burundian was to be stopped off his track by Boniface Okinyi who was to earn a yellow card for his troubles.

Miscommunication 

Mustafa was to see his shot veer of the target narrowly in the 14th minute after being laid by Nicholas Kipkurui. On the other end, a confusion between Joakim Oluoch and keeper Shaban Odhoji almost gifted Ulinzi an equalizer after the duo misjudged a cut back by Brian Birgen but Joash Onyango was at the right place to clear the ball to safety with Omar Boorafya having arrived to make a tap.

The lively Kipkurui was to be fouled more than twice by defender Harun Mwale and with the referee having warned the latter enough, he was to pick his yellow card in the 43rd minute for another foul on the Gor Mahia winger; Ssekisambu goal separating the two teams heading into the break.

Second Half

Hashim Sempala was to come close for  Gor Mahia on the earlier proceedings of the socks half with Ulinzi throwing in John Njuguna and Ezekiel Okare for Omar Boraafya and Wamalwa respectively.

They were to get the equalizer in the 76th minute through Enosh Ochieng but Samuel Onyango who had started the match on the bench was to haunt his former employers four minutes from time.

Ulinzi Stars Starting XI: James Saruni (GK), Brian Birgen, George Omondi, Bonaventure Muchika, Harun Mwale, Boniface Okinyi, Ibrahim Shambi, Omar Boraafya(John Njuguna), Elvis Nandwa, Enosh Ochieng, Oscar Wamalwa (Ezekiel Okare)

Unused Subs: Timothy Odhiambo (GK), Mohamed Hassan, Boniface Andayi, Bernard Ongoma, Churchill Muloma.

Gor Mahia Starting XI: Shaban Odhoji (GK), Wellington Ochieng, Shafik Batambuze , Joash Onyango, Joachim Oluoch, Ernest Wendo, Bernard Omondi, Hashim Sempala, Francis Mustafa, Erisa Ssekisambu, Nicholas Kipkirui

Unused Subs*: Frederick Odhiambo (GK), Geoffrey Ochieng, Pascal Ogweno, Bernard Ondiek, Samuel Onyango, Jacques Tuyisenge, Dennis Oliech

Gor Mahia blank Tusker 2-0

Two first half goals were enough to give Gor Mahia yet another important win. This time over Tusker. The win sees Kogalo 7 points clear at the top of the standings.

Additional reporting from the Nation

Tuyisenge tapped in the opener from close range Kenneth Muguna’s cross from the right flank on 16 minutes before the former Western Stima midfielder turned provider again for Samuel Onyango’s goal on 32 minutes.

Muguna combined well with Francis Kahata before the former found his way to the box. Muguna then released a cut back that Onyango attempted to score from but Tusker goalkeeper Robert Mboya parried the ball into his way before he calmly smashed into an empty net Gor’s second and eventually their 15th victory in 34 meetings against the brewers.

Tusker’s seventh loss this term leaves them on 38 points from 25 games with coach Robert Matano left with home work to do ahead of visiting on form Kakamega Homeboyz on Wednesday.

Mboya was the busiest of the two custodians in the first half. The former Kariobangi Sharks and Mathare United shot-stopper was forced to a brilliant save from Samuel Onyango’s corner on 22 minutes.

Three minutes later, Nicholas Kipkirui neatly fed Kahata with a lobbed pass from the left flank but the latter’s low strike was deflected off by Tusker defender Justine Omary for a fruitless corner.

Tusker came close on few occasions through Timothy Otieno and Omary but both their efforts were thwarted off by Gor’s green shirts in defence.

Boniface Muchiri forced Gor custodian Shaban Odhoji into a finger tip save from a free-kick on 39 minutes after Muguna had fouled Timothy Otieno 25 yards out.

Tuyisenge cleared off the line Muchiri’s corner kick on 50 minutes after Philemon Otieno had sent out the ball under pressure from Tusker.

Timothy Otieno thought he had reduced the deficit at the hour mark but it was rightfully ruled offside by second assistant referee Stephen Adeya. Otieno had headed home Jackson Macharia’s pass from the middle of the pack after the ball deflected off Joash Onyango.

Gor coach Hassan Oktay handed Ugandan midfielder Hashim Sempala a cameo appearance in midfield against his former employers on 64 minutes, replacing the tired Ernest Wendo.

Substitute Dennis Oliech and Tuyisenge had scoring chances deep in the second half but Mboya came to the rescue.

Gor visit Ulinzi Stars in Nakuru on Monday before playing KCB on Thursday in Machakos.

Mount Kenya players boycott match

Players at Machakos on Thursday

Gor Mahia were due to play Mount Kenya United today at Machakos. But Mount Kenya United players were holed up at City stadium refusing to travel to Machakos.

Their coach Melis Medo tried in vain to convince the players to honour the match.

“I have tried to convince the players to honour this match but they have refused. They are way within their rights not to play so there is nothing I can do,” he said to the Nation.

The coach confirmed that he too is owed salary arrears.

“I have also not been paid for a while. I could be kicked out of my house tomorrow (today) over rent arrears and my electricity people say they will disconnect supply this (last) evening over the same issue.”

Mount Kenya Players at City Stadium on Thursday

Another Mount Kenya player told the Nation that the playing unit has not been paid in seven months.

“I have been locked out of the house and haven’t eaten since yesterday. I am not in the right frame of mind to play the game and might even collapse on the pitch,” he said.

Coach Medo lamented the state of Kenya football.

“I think football in Kenya is all about politics and no tangible action. There is no problem in having five logos on the jerseys for example but are the concerned people doing enough to bring in more sponsors?”

Mount Kenya was United was founded by a politician Francis Mureithi. When Nakumatt FC was disbanded, Mureithi purchased the rights, which earned him a straight ticket to the Kenya Premier League. But his follow up has been abysmal.

For Gor Mahia, the walkover means 3 points while resting the playing unit which is good considering the tight schedule.

Oktay: I was confident of Beating Bandari

Prior to the Tuesday match against Bandari, Gor Mahia had not won in their last five matches. It appeared the train was coming off the tracks.

Coach Oktay however says he was not worried.

“I said it before the match that we will beat Bandari, I knew how to approach the game and I am very happy that my players played according to instructions,” Oktay told goal.com

A later winner from Jacque Tuyisenge secured the three points and saved Kogalo from a third consecutive draw which would have elicited panic amongst the Kogalo faithful.

“We dominated them in both halves, and honestly speaking, a draw could have been a painful result for my side because what Bandari did was sit back and defend, they never wanted to attack us. They opted to shield their keeper and made it difficult for my strikers to find the target.” continued Oktay

During the Ulinzi match two days earlier, Kogalo were foiled by shoddy refereeing which gifted Ulinzi with a dubious penalty while ignoring the soldiers rough play. Oktay thinks this time the officiating was better.

“He did a good job compared to what we have seen in our past two matches against Homeboyz and Ulinzi Stars. Overall, it was a fair game from the referee, he was far better than the rest and he deserves praise.” said Oktay

Bandari coach Bernard Mwalala was disappointed and thought his side should have played better in injury time.

“There was panic in the last minutes of the game and we allowed them to score a header. It was painful to allow a goal after a good play within the regulation time. My philosophy was to attack them which was the case until we drew back to defend a counterattack which ended up in the net. I was impressed with my players for their good show and their brevity. We still have a chance to catch up with them.” he told the Star.

Gor Mahia next take on Mount Kenya United on April 25. The schedule will be hectic as Gor Mahia play 7 matches in 14 days.

Gor Mahia edge Bandari 1-0

Kenneth Muguna supplied the winning cross

Gor Mahia put their 2018-2019 Sportpesa Premier League campaign back on track when they edged Bandari 1-0 at Kisumu on Tuesday. It was a important win for Kogalo over the team that eliminated them from the Sportpesa Shield and also a team that is a title contender.

Additional reporting from the Nation

Rwandan striker Jacques Tuyisenge struck at the death as Gor Mahia overcame bogey side Bandari 1-0 in a closely contested SportPesa Premier League match at Moi Stadium in Kisumu on Tuesday.

The win saw Gor Mahia regain the premiership leadership from Sofapaka, although the champions still have three matches at hand. The game seemed to be headed for a barren draw with Bandari looking content with a point, as they engaged in time wasting tactics, which saw goalkeeper Faruk Shikalo booked. Tuyisenge rose high to connect with an incoming cross which Shikalo, who had produced a man-of the-match performance, failed to deal with.

“One nil is not fair, the result should be three nil or more because we created several chances. But we have won and I am very happy,” said Gor’s coach Hassan Oktay, whose side now tops the league on 49 points, one ahead of Sofapaka.

Bandari’s assistant coach Nasoro Mwakoba said while his charges played well, Gor used their opportunities well, hence deserved the win. “The game was good, every time we have met Gor, we have always played well like today. They used their chances well and won.”

Collins Agade and Yema Mwama forced Gor’s goalkeeper Shaban Odhonji to a double early save, as the Mombasa-based side sought to complete a double league victory against the champions. Gor attacker Nicholas Kipkirui failed to break the deadlock after Francis Kahata found him inside the box with a volley assist, before Joash Onyango was lucky not to score an own goal as he fumbled while attempting to clear Hassan Abdala’s cross.

A defensive lapse almost cost the defending champions on the 20th minute when William Waridi managed to sneak between Gor’s defence and stretched to unleash a drive which Odhonji parried. Unsettled Gor won a free-kick inside their opponents’ half, which was poorly taken by Hashim Sempala, before Shikalo produced a brilliant save in the 34th minute to deny the former Tusker man from long range.

Onyango was brilliant in the first-half as he managed to deal with Mwama, who proved a menace with his runs. Both sides made early changes in the second-half, Bandari resting Shaban Kenga for Benjamin Mosha, while Gor introduced Kenneth Muguna and Dennis Oliech for Sempala and Kipkirui respectively.

The hosts should have found the back of the net in the early minutes of the restart, but both Sammy Onyango and Tuyisenge saw their headers saved by Shikalo, before Odhonji also denied Wadri at the other end. Substitute Oliech missed a glorious opportunity to fire K’Ogalo ahead on the 67th minute from a one-on-one situation with Shikalo. Instead of sending a powerful shot, the veteran forward went for a weak low curve which Shikalo stretched well to punch.

Bandari had Fred Nkata to thank 10 minutes later, as the latter raced to disposes Kahata inside the box with a cautious tackle, before the Harambee Stars midfielder could strike. Coach Benard Mwalala’s side suffered a blow in added time when Tuyisenge found the back of the net with a header.

Gor Mahia held by Ulinzi 1-1

Scorer: Dennis Oliech

Gor Mahia settled for their second consecutive 1-1 draw on Sunday as they were held by Ulinzi stars at Kisumu. Gor Mahia’s goal was scored by Dennis Oliech who had a good game.

Additional reporting from the Nation

Defending Champions Gor Mahia on Sunday battled to a 1-1 draw with Ulinzi Stars in a SportPesa Premier League match staged at Moi stadium in Kisumu.

Former Harambee Stars striker Dennis Oliech gave K’Ogalo the lead on the 47th minute, but Enosh Ochieng struck 10 minutes later from the spot to level the scores.

Gor’s head coach Hassan Oktay was left fuming with the result and blamed centre referee for poor officiating.

“This one is disgrace and we (Gor) have to wake up. I don’t understand why the referee denied us a penalty when Francis Kahata was fouled inside the box, it was a clear penalty,” bemoaned Oktay.

But Ulinzi’s coach Benjamin Nyangweso was left celebrating the result, saying his side played well.

“Getting one point from a team like Gor is not easy, we deserve it because we played well,” said Nyangweso.

Gor threatened first with a second minute attempt, which Francis Mustapha blazed over the crossbar.

The visitors survived 10 minutes later when the Mustafa picked on a rushing Francis Kahata with a pass from the right wing, Ulinzi’s George Omondi reacting first to clear the danger.

Ulinzi’s top scorer Enosh Ochieng forced Gor’s goalkeeper Shaban Odhonji to a save on the 25th minute from a rebound, as he sought to guide his side to a consecutive victory, after their midweek’s 2-0 win over Western Stima at the same venue.

Both sides were forced to a first-half substitution due to injuries. The soldiers made the first change on the 38th minute, Benard Ongoma taking the place of Ibrahim Shambo as Gor introduced Pascal Ogweno for Philemon Otieno.

Five minutes to the break, goalkeeper Odhonji rose high to deny Brian Birgen from a free-kick, before Mustafa saw his attempt at the other end saved by Ulinzi’s goalkeeper James Saruni.

Two minutes after the restart, Oliech capitalised on a defensive lap by the soldiers to fire K’Ogalo ahead.

The striker dribbled inside the box to beat Ulinzi’s goalkeeper Saruni with a left-footed shot to the left side of the goalpost.

Ulinzi’s defender Birgen was then forced to a timely save at the heart of the box as the defending sought to stretch their lead immediately.

Ochieng levelled the scored for the soldiers from the spot on the 57th minute after he was fouled inside the box.

Mustafa was not lucky with his clever header on the 70th minute, before Ochieng saw his solo effort two minutes later miss the target the other end.

Oliech would have sealed maximum points for his side deep into extra-time from substitute Jacques Tuyisenge’s cross but he sent the ball wide.

Gor Mahia’s long history of self destruction

Gor Mahia’s recent CAF Confederations cup quarter-final matchup against RS Berkane was nothing but an unmitigated disaster, perhaps one of the worst in the club’s illustrious history. But it was not the first time that the club’s players, officials or external forces had conspired . In fact former player Innocent Mutiso was on television recently recalling the travel woes that the team experienced when they went to Gabon to face off with US Bitam.

2019: Berkane Shame

After qualifying for the quarter-final to much fanfare, Gor Mahia players went on strike three days before the first leg against Berkane. According to Chairman Rachier, they had just been paid their March salaries a day earlier. One would think that the players would seek this opportunity to showcase their abilities for potential suitors including this very Moroccan side. By going on strike, they denied coach Hassan Oktay the opportunity to put his finishing touches on match preparations. Plus their state of mind was clearly not focused on the game. The predictable result was that they lost 2-0. North African teams are not to be trifled with and maximum preparation and focus is needed.

The second leg was a complete disaster. Gor Mahia was notified by CAF of the match schedule a good 24 days before the team was to travel to Berkane. That was ample time to plan the trip. But it appears that both Gor Mahia and the Ministry of sports left travel planning and ticket allocation to the very last moment. The net result was a shambolic traveling program. Players arrived mere hours before the match, some after having spent nights sleeping on airport floors.

Gor Mahia players sleeping at the airport enroute to Morocco

Gor Mahia lost the second leg 5-1 largely due to mental and physical fatigue. Again North African teams are very adept at changing their tactics to exploit weakness whether it is fatigue or lack of focus.

2018: So near yet so far

In 2018, Gor Mahia qualified for the CAF Confederations cup after unexpectedly eliminating much fancied Supersport of South Africa, a team whose budget is several times larger than Gor Mahia. Then in the group stage, Gor Mahia was placed with what seemed like an easy group with Young Africans of Tanzania, Rayon Sport of Rwanda and USM Alger of Algeria. It seemed like a glorious opportunity for Gor Mahia to advance past the group stage.

Indeed Gor Mahia started well, forcing an away draw to Rayon sports. In the second match, they completely outplayed USM Alger but settled for a scoreless draw. They then beating Yanga 4-0 and 3-2. It seemed like Kogalo were coasting to the next stage. Then things begun to come loose at the seams. The Kenya Premier League saw it fit to give Gor Mahia a heavy August schedule in which they played 10 matches in 29 days. Stalwart Meddie Kagere suddenly packed his bags and left for Simba of Dar es Salaam, while long serving defender Godfrey Walusimbi also dissappeared, only to surface at Kaizer Chiefs of South Africa.

Shock loss to Rayon Sports

Gor Mahia ended up in a shock home loss to Rayon Sport before losing to USM Alger thus ending their aspirations of going to the next stage.

Coach Dylan Kerr described difficult conditions that he had to put up with during the 2018 campaign that included constant player strikes due to non payment of dues, traveling to Machakos to play Esperance the day before the match and being stuck in traffic for 8 hours. The trip to USM Alger which took a colossal 38 hours including a 28 hour stint in a Moroccan airport in which the players once again slept on the airport floor. The coach pleaded with club officials to sort these issues out.

2016: CNAPs flap

In 2015, a very strong Gor Mahia squad won the league unbeaten and appeared poised for a glorious continental campaign. In the process they scored an incredible 60 goals and finished 20 points ahead of second placed Ulinzi Stars. Kogalo appeared poised for continental glory. But it was not to be. The attacking trio of Ali Abondo, Michael Olunga and Meddie Kagere who had scored 43 of Gor Mahia’s 60 goals in the league campaign all departed. Thus as Gor Mahia faced CNAPs whom they had beaten a year earlier, Gor Mahia coach Frank Nuttall had to deploy a makeshift line-up.

Nuttall with Enock Agwanda. One of the last matches Nuttall coached

What is worse, Nuttall was unhappy with Chairman Rachier who was demanding that Nuttall take a significant paycut. Nuttall was fired only a week before the match against CNAPs, only to be re-instated due to fan pressure a day before the match. But the lack of physical and psychological preparation was evident as Gor Mahia lost 1-2 at home to CNAPs before losing the second leg 0-1. Nuttall soon left in a huff only to surface on the bench of Zamalek as an assistant coach.

2015: Kogalo peppered by AC Leopards

In the 2015 Africa Champions League, Gor Mahia managed to eke out a narrow win over CNAPs of Madagascar in the preliminary round. Next they faced AC Leopards of Congo-Brazza.

Unfortunately for Kogalo, they had to make do without three key players: Meddie Kagere, Karim Nizigiyimana and Abouba Sibomana. This because the players were not registered with CAF. In fact Chairman Rachier admitted that only 19 players were eligible to play against AC Leopards. Gor Mahia put on a fight but without key players and with only 19 players to chose from, they lost both legs 1-0.

2012: Ferroviario woes

Gor Mahia qualified for the 2012 CAF Confederations cup by virtue of having won the domestic cup in 2011. The Camerounian Anaba Awono was appointed head coach after a stint as assistant coach. They then went on a signing spree to boost the club for continental action. In came Ali Bondo, George Midenyo ,David Owino, Ivo Mapunda, Rama Salim ,Baldin Ngwa, Wyclifee Kasaya, Tony Nyangor, Ibrahim Kitawi, Yusuf Juma, Hugo Nzangu,Peter Juma, Donald Musoti and Felix Nwosu.

Gor Mahia now had a massive squad of over 30 players, presenting coach Awono with a selection headache that was worsened by certain players. Equally bloated was the technical bench.

Gor Mahia played Ferroviario of Mozambique in the opening round. On paper it should not have been a difficult match. But the Mozambicans ran rings and concentric circles around Gor Mahia winning 3-0 in Maputo. Collins Okoth was red carded in the second half to add to Gor Mahia’s woes. It would have been worse had Jerim Onyango not saved a penalty.

Kogalo players in Maputo

Upon returning, reports emerged about infighting within the Kogalo bench. Coach Awono was not in control. There was constant bickering between him and team manager Jolawi Obondo. There was also cartel like behavior from EC members, some of whom demanded playing time for certain players. In the end, chairman Ambrose Rachier sent the entire technical bench packing including Awono, Jolawi, Zablon Otieno and Julius Owino. It was not enough however as Gor Mahia with club legend Bobby Ogolla now in charge, lost the return leg 1-0 .

2009: APR hammering

In 2008, an unfancied Gor Mahia side full of unknown players ended up winning the KFF cup, beating Posta Rangers in the final. It was an unexpected win as Gor Mahia had finished 9th in the league standings and were unimpressive. The win earned them the right to play in the CAF confederations cup. James Sianga was in rebuilding mode and stacked his team with youthful players.

Experts commented that the team was too young and inexperienced and would be unable to withstand the rigours of continental football. They were right. Gor Mahia lost the opening leg 5-0 to a highly experienced APR side that had players from Congo, Tanzania and even Kenya (Moses Odhiambo). The youthful Kogalo side suffered stage fright. The only experienced Gor mahia players were Zablon Otieno and Julius Owino

The trouble with building a completely youthful side is that young players tend to be inconsistent, error prone and crumble under pressure. However Sianga said that he had no choice because the club did not have the financial wherewithal to

Gor Mahia Line-up: Jerry Onyango, Julius Awilo, Stephen Otieno, Isaac Omollo, Francis Akango, Tony Onyango, Habil Otieno, Elisha Ochieno, Christopher Wekesa, George Odhiambo, Zablon Otieno.

1983: Vital O Fiasco

By the beginning of 1983, Gor Mahia was still in turmoil after a disastrous 1982 season that saw numerous players suspended from the club. Gor Mahia were in rebuilding mode with several youthful players. They had qualified for the 1983 Cup winners cup by virtue of finishing second in the 1982 league campaign.

They started their continental campaign in excellent fashion, beating Vital O of Burundi 2-1 away in Bujumbura. The scorers were Bobby Ogolla who scored from a direct free-kick and Abdalla Shebe. But thats when disaster struck. The players who had been suspended in the previous season and were still under suspension, infiltrated the Gor Mahia camp and convinced other Gor Mahia players to revolt supposedly because they were being mistreated by the club brass.

Gor Mahia ended up losing the second leg 3-0 at City stadium, putting on one of the poorest performances ever seen by the club. In the aftermath, Andrew Obunga, Mike Ogolla “Machine”, Charles Ondiek and George Ayuka were expelled from the club by Chairman Zack Mbori.

1982: Dynamo de Fima Disaster

In 1982 what looed like a strong and experienced Kogalo side was pitted against Dynamo de Fima of Madagascar. But yet again a player revolt ended Gor Mahia’s continental campaign. The players had been promised that they would camp at Grosvenor Hotel. But upon arriving from a build up tour of Ethiopia, the bus took them to Lenana high school. The players revolted at what they considered substandard accommodation. They refused to train and refused to travel to Madagascar for the return leg. In the end Gor Mahia was disqualified and fined heavily for not honoring the return fixture.

Gor Mahia forced to 1-1 draw by Homeboyz

Gor Mahioa returned to local action on Friday at Bukhungu stadium. Playing against Kakamega Homeboyz, the game ended 1-1. Nicholas Kipkirui scored for Gor Mahia while Allan Wanga replied late in the game for Homeboyz.

Additional reporting from the Nation

An injury time equaliser from Kakamega Homeboyz striker Allan Wanga denied Gor Mahia maximum points as the sides settled for a 1-1 draw in a tough SportPesa Premier League match at Bukhungu stadium in Kakamega on Friday.

K’Ogalo had taken a deserved lead via forward Nicholas Kipkurui after he headed into the net a cross from Samuel Onyango in the 41st minute.

The draw was enough to take Gor back on top of the table courtesy of a superior goal difference. Gor, Sofapaka and Bandari are all on 45 points.

The better part of the encounter was marked by missed scoring chances from both sides, as attackers hunted for the opening goal.

Homeboyz, however, wasted two clear chances of scoring after referee Israel Mpaima awarded them two indirect kicks from Ahmed Bai and Luke Namanda in the 6th and 11th minutes respectively.

The defending champions made a quick counter attack when Jacques Tuyisenge put through Lawrence Juma, but his shot was parried over the cross bar by hawkeyed Homeboyz custodian David Juma.

In a bid to contain rough play, whistler Mpaima cautioned Gor Mahia’s new signing Hashim Sempala after a rough tackle on midfielder Moses Chikati in the 22nd minute.

Efforts by the hosts’ attackers Namanda, Wanga to score were time and again frustrated by the Gor defence that was marshalled by Joachim Olouch.

As the match headed to half time, Samuel Onyango made a right wing cross, which Kipkurui headed into the net past helpless goal keeper Juma for the opening goal in the 41st minute.

After half time, Gor stepped up their game but Tuyisenge and Kipkurui time and again missed golden scoring opportunities following well calculated crosses from Boniface Omondi and Samuel Onyango.

Both coaches made substitutions as the game headed towards its conclusion.

Gor’s Hassan Oktay replaced the injured duo of Charles Momanyi and Kipkurui with Joash Onyango and Dennis Oliech respectively in the 60th minute.

Homeboyz tactician Nicholas Muyoti pulled out Festo Omukoto and Luke Namanda for Peter Thiongo and Ravel Maxwell respectively.

Refereee Mpaima was forced to stop the match for a while to seek audience with Oktay for constantly interfering with the work of the first linesman Arnold Kimutai.

As the match entered added time, Wanga soared high in the box to pull an equaliser following a pass from Thiongo.

Oktay said his charges played well but were punished for not converting their chances.

“We were dominant throughout the match. I am taking every match as a final encounter, as I seek to defend the title successfully,” he said.

Homeboyz tactician Nicholas Muyoti said they would have won the match had the referee handed them a penalty after Geoffrey Ochieng handled the ball.

“I am , however, delighted with the late equaliser from my top scorer Wanga,” he noted.