Gor Mahia team of the decade : 1980-1989

1. David Ochieng: Solid no drama keeper who starred for both club and country.
2. Tobias Ocholla: Reliable and created several goals with his long throw ins
3. Peter Otieno “Bassanga”: Industrious left back
4. Bobby Ogolla: The best defensive stopper this country has ever seen
5. Austin Oduor: The most succesful team captain in Kenya’s history
6. Charles Otieno: The Engine of the team
7. Abbas Magongo: Tireless, skillful and covered every inch of the field
8. Sammy Owino: Immensely talented midfielder who scored brilliant inidvidual goals
9. George Onyango: Schemer par supreme
10. Peter Dawo: Known for his goal-scoring spree in 1987. Was voted Among Africa’s 10 best players in 1987
11. Nahashon Oluoch: Brilliant dribbler who also scored superb individual goals. Also voted among Africa’s 10 best

Substitutes

Tirus Omondi: An acrobatic goalkeeper and full of drama
Swaleh Ochieng: Powerfully built left back who shut down opposing players with robust tackles
John Okello Zangi: Enigmatic, tireless, and very dexterious on the ball
Sammy Onyango: Superb crosser, corner taker and penalty taker. Two footed
Hezborn Omollo: Scored over 50 league goals between 1983 and 1985

Honorable Mention

George Odembo “Nyangi”, George Otieno “Vigo”, George Otieno “Solo”, Isaiah Omondi “Janabi”, Ben Oloo “Breakdance”, Gideon Hamisi “Aziki”, Enock Obwaka, Hamisi Shamba, Abdallah Shebe, William Obwaka, Goro Oronge, Jaffar Mwidau, Ignatius Khaduli, Hezron Osuka, John Chore, Anthony Ndolo, Mike Adede, Abbey Nassur, Peter Ochieng “Pierre”,

Gor Mahia team of the Decade 1968-1979

1. Dan Odhiambo: Had the sharpest reflexes of any Kenyan goalkeeper
2. Paul Oduwo “Cobra”: Tirelessly ran up and down the right flank. Kept defenders at bay with robust tackles
3.  Festus Nyakota: A solid no-nonsense fullback
4. James Ogolla “Kadir”: Versatile defender who played in central defence and on the flanks
5. Mike Ogolla “Machine”: Nicknamed Machined because he dealt easily with opposing attacks
6. Jerry Imbo: Very talented midfielder who made everything look easy
7. George “Best” Yoga: Still one of the top 5 scorers in the history of the club
8. Steve “McQueen” Yongo: Played superbly in defense midfield and attack. Starred at the 1972 AFCON
9. William Ouma “Chege”: The best striker Kenya produced before Dennis Oliech
10. Allan Thigo: The high priest of Gor Mahia football. The best ever playmaker Kenya has produced
11. Peter Ouma “Pele” : Efficient scorer who also scored for Kenya at the 1972 AFCON

Subs

James Sianga: Take no prisoners goalkeeper who later became a succesful coach
Nicodemus Arudhi: Efficient Inside right who scored often and later became infamous
Tim Ayieko: Ugandan with kenyan roots who starred for the Uganda Cranes
Maurice Ochieng: Led the league in scoring in 1976
Andrew Obunga: Explosive centre forward

Honorable Mention

Ben Oballa, Masanta Osoro, Chris Obure, Jaoko Orifwa, Jackson Aluko, Samson Odore, Duncan Migan, Fred Siranga, George Ayuka, Charles Ondiek “Racham”, Sospeter Otin, Walter Molo, Maurice Ole Tunda, Francis Midany “Power”, Josphat Okello “Smart”, Amos Nandy, Sammy Ndonga, Simon Nyatome, Festus Nyakota, Tom Oyake, Owen Nandi, Paul Odhiambo, Laban Otieno

Gor Mahia transfer news January 14 2020

Promising midfielder, Tobias Otieno has left Kogalo to join a team in the USA. The team is known as Omaha Union. His new team posted a message on their social media pages

Union Omaha is a professional team that plays in the USK League 1 which is the 3rd tier of USA football

Toby posted a message on his social media pages thanking his new team
“I felt very excited seeing this post. I would love to thank Union Omaha freternity for the big step they’ve made in my signing. Big thanks and Can’t wait to join you guys for a great season”

 

Gor Mahia sign Clinton Okoth from Migori Youth

Having lost West African players Yikpe Gnamien and Francis Afiriyie, Gor Mahia have gone local in their bid to shore up their attack.

Additional reporting from the Nation

Reigning Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions Gor Mahia have signed National Super League (NSL) leading scorer Clinton Okoth from Migori Youth.

Okoth, 19, was on the radar of a host of other KPL clubs notably KCB, Tusker, AFC Leopards and Kariobangi Sharks after topping the NSL scoring charts with 14 goals in the first leg but it’s Gor who have secured his services on a one-year loan deal.

Okoth is expected to fill the void left by Francis Afriyie and Gisleim Yikpe who left K’Ogalo this month.

Migori Youth Chairman Abdi Aziz says the move is good for the youngster who has been at the club since he was 13.

“He has to grow as a player so I think it is a good challenge for him to try the next level which is the top league. Football has changed and nowadays it is all about how smart and effective you are not how old you are like before,” Aziz told Nation Sport.

“He has to learn how to fight and I think at Gor Mahia he has the opportunity to play since they don’t have many strikers at the moment. He has served us well and we wish him success,” he added.

Gor Mahia go down to Kakamega Homeboyz 2-1

Gor Mahia suffered a surprise defeat, going down 2-1 to Kakamega Homeboyz at Bukhungu on Sunday. Gor Mahia’s goal was scored by Nicholas Kipkirui

Additional reporting from the Nation

Kakamega Homeboyz beat reigning champions Gor Mahia 2-1 for the first time in their history in a Kenya Premier League match at Bukhungu stadium in Kakamega on Sunday.

Shami Kibwana and Ali Bhai each scored in either half to hand the host the important win, while Nicholas Kipkurui scored the lone goal for Gor, who were handed their second defeat of the season.

K’Ogalo looked exhausted during the match having travelled to Kakamega the same day and Homeboyz outclassed them in the entire match.

Kibwana scored in the 20th minute after receiving a long pass from David Odhiambo then moved past Gor Mahia defenders to fire a low shot past goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch.

Kipkurui levelled matters for K’Ogalo five minutes to half time through a free header after a loose ball from captain Kenneth Miguna.

Six minutes after the hour mark, the hosts goal keeper Gabriel Andika kicked a long ball to Allan Wanga, who navigated through K’Ogalo’s defence then released the ball to Ali Bai to fire a strong shot past Oluoch.

The result leaves Kakamega Homeboyz in the third position with 36 points, while Gor drops to fourth on 32 points having played four games less than league leaders Tusker.

Meanwhile, ugly scenes were witnessed before the match kick-off when Gor Mahia fans mercilessly beat Nation Sport reporter Titus Maero.

Maero, who was to cover the match, was thrown out of the stadium as K’Ogalo fans turned their anger on Kakamega Homeboyz fans and stewards.

“I had to run for my dear life and jump over the fence. They rained kicks and blows on me while some aimed clubs on my head. Police just watched and some even ran a way out of fear,” narrated a devastated Maero.

He said the fans alleged that he had posted a photo of Nzoia Sugar FC fans celebrating after beating Gor Mahia in one of the Facebook groups last year, an action vehemently he denied

Gor Mahia close in on Juma Balinya

Gor Mahia are pursuing Ugandan striker Juma Balinya who is currently a player for Young Africans of Tanzania

Additional reporting from the Nation

Gor Mahia are on the verge of signing Ugandan striker Juma Balinya from Yanga SC as replacement for Yikpe Ghislain who was poached by the Tanzanian giants last month.

Balinya is already in the country and coach Steven Polack has told Nation Sport that he will assess the player in Tuesday’s training session at Camp Toyoyo grounds.

“The player arrived today (Monday) and I will asses him today to see if he is fit to play for Gor Mahia. I may either decide to sign him after watching him today or a couple of training sessions. If he is not fit, we will not consider his services,” said Polack.

Balinya terminated his two year contract with Yanga in December, 2019 due to non-payment of salary, the same situation that led Yikpe to abandon K’Ogalo and sign for the Dar es Salaam based side.

Apart from Yanga, Balinya has also played for Uganda Police FC, Vipers FC, Bunamwaya FC and Lweza FC in his home country.

Balinya, who finished last season as top scorer in the Uganda Premier League with 17 goals while featuring for Uganda Police FC, will have to complete with Nicholas Kipkurui to earn a place in K’Ogalo’s striking role.

Gor Mahia is looking to bolster its squad this season, more so the striking department following the exit of Yikpe, Ghanaian Francis Afriye and Tanzanian Dickson Ambudo who has left due to the current financial instability at the Kenyan Premier League 18-time champions.

Afiriyie off to Botswana

Francis Afiriyie is the latest player to leave Gor Mahia and his likely destination is Botswana where he landed on Tuesday

Additional reporting from Citizen Sports

The financial crunch at Gor Mahia is taking toll on players with Ghanaian striker Francis Afriyie the latest to ditch the club.

Afriyie left for his native country Ghana before Christmas but has not returned.

Gor however got news of his exit at the weekend via his agent, who attributed his departure to lack of payment of his client’s salary, which he argues is a breach of the contract.

The Ghanaian joined the Kenyan champions at the beginning of the season and has been an important cog in K’Ogalo’s formation.

Club deputy secretary general Ronald Ngala confirmed the developments. “His( Afriyie)  agent said we have not been able to pay the striker as per the contract. This has been due to lack of finances since we currently don’t have a sponsor.”

Afriyie’s exit comes just a fortnight after another striker, Ivorian import Gnamien Yikpe ditched the club for  Yanga SC of Tanzania, featuring as a substitute on January 4 in the derby against Simba which ended two-all.

Aduda refutes Muguna rumours

Kenneth Muguna has been the subject of various transfer rumours that have linked him with moves to KCB, to DC Motema Pembe and now NKana FC where former Kogalo skippers Musa Mohamed and Harun Shakava play. Gor Mahia CEO Omondi Aduda has denied that Kenneth Muguna is on his way to Zambia to join Nkana FC.

Additional reporting from Citizen Sport

Muguna has been linked with several clubs including Tanzania giants Simba and Yanga but the CEO insists they haven’t received any offers for the midfielder.

“We haven’t received any offer for Muguna; he is still our player.  So far all the players are settled and if any offer comes we will find a wise way of handling it ,”said Aduda.

Aduda went on to confirm that they have held talks with the head coach Steve Pollack who will provide them with a list of players to be released and those to come on board after consulting with his technical bench.

“I have spoken to the coach this morning about the transfer window, and he will assess the squad alongside the technical bench in order give us the names of those players he thinks we should release and those we can sign to strengthen our squad,”added Aduda.

Polack uncertain about Transfer deals

Meanwhile coach Steve Polack told goal.com that whereas he wants to strengthen the team during the transfer season, he is unsure of whether the club can afford new players.

“I would love to bring in some new faces to bolster my squad but again it will all depend on whether the club has money to do the transfers,” Polack told Goal on Monday.

“We all know the club is struggling financially and I don’t want to think too much about the transfer window. We can still use the squad we have but of course, I have my transfer targets ready but it will all depend with the club, do they want to sign, do they have the money to spend?

“The mid-season transfer window is always good in every aspect, even in Europe because it gives the coach the chance to make amends, where you feel you want to improve and implement the changes but again, we can only think about it if you have the money.”

Polack: We won despite lack of training

Gor Mahia coach Steve Polack is happy with his sides win especially since the team had limited time to prepare

Additional reporting from goal.com

The tactician is impressed with the way his charges played on Saturday in the top tier despite having limited time to prepare

Gor Mahia head coach Steven Polack has revealed his team only trained twice ahead of their Kenyan Premier League (KPL) game against Wazito FC.

A second-half goal by defender Charles Momanyi handed the defending champions maximum points against their hosts. But it is the team spirit and game approach which delighted the tactician.

“I am happy with the result, we had many chances to score more goals but what matters is the three points,” Polack told Goal on Sunday.
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“In the half-time break, I had to give the players both good and bad words and I am happy they woke up in the second half. It has been a long week, to be honest, we trained just twice so I am happy with the way we played in the 90 plus minutes and won the game.”
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The K’Ogalo defence was much improved and the Wazito strikers struggled to break them down, which impressed the coach in particular.

“My defence did a great job at the back and the goalkeeper had little to do. It was a very good performance from the back four and the entire team and we need to be consistent now,” Polack concluded.

Gor Mahia edge Wazito 1-0

Joash Onyango fends off Musa Masika

Gor Mahia’s quest to retain the Kenya Premier League is still on track. This after they beat moneybags Wazito FC 1-0 at Machakos on Saturday.

Additional Reporting from futaa.com

Charles Momanyi scored the important goal in the second half, heading in Kenneth Muguna’s freekick in the 60th minute. The midfielder had another chance of making it 2-0 but could not capitalize. Inside the box, with no keeper, Lawrence had one job to do, and that is finding the back of the net but his shot went above the crossbar.

Gor Mahia was denied what appeared to be a clear goal in the stoppage time as Juma’s strike kissed the crossbar and bounced in but it didn’t count.
Wazito 0-1 Gor Mahia

Early in the game, the two sides were giving out possession as they had not settled well at Kenyatta. Gor Mahia started settling into the game, making good passes and fine runs but could not break Wazito’s defence and this saw the pair settle for a goalless draw in the first half.

The second half was much better for K’ogalo and the defending champions managed to take the lead in the 60th minute through Charles Momanyi. Gor Mahia had a free kick on the left flank and captain Kenneth Muguna stepped up to take it. He delivered a beautiful freekick inside the danger zone of Wazito and the defence could not clear leaving Momanyi to head past Kevin Omondi.
Penalty appeal

Gor Mahia players were appealing for a penalty after Dennis Ng’ang’a appeared to have handled the ball inside penalty area but the referee waved play on.
Lawrence’s disallowed goal

Juma had the ball outside the box, he took a touch before firing a shot past keeper, it hit the crossbar and bounced inside. The midfielder’s celebration was cut short as his goal was disallowed. A clear goal, but no VAR, in KPL.

The Green Army are now on top of the table with 31 points, one above second-placed Tusker who earlier in the day thrashed Chemelil Sugar 7-0. Gor Mahia’s next fixture will be against Kakamega Homeboyz on Sunday 12th while Wazito will take on AFC Leopards.

Gor Mahia set to release 7 players as Polack returns

Gor Mahia CEO Lordvick Aduda has said that the club will release 7 players to bring the player roster to a more manageable 25 players.

Additional reporting from the Nation

Aduda said he has convened a meeting with the technical bench today to identify and offload the ‘excess baggage’ in the team as they seek to maintain a lean squad.

“We want to change the structure of the team and have to start by reducing the wage bill to a number that we can maintain before working on other areas that will make the team easier to manage,” he said.

According to Aduda, the team will therefore have to part ways with seven players during this January mid-transfer period on recommendation from the technical bench, hinting that there will be some additions in the team to strengthen the areas that they have deemed weak.

He said there are players the technical bench has identified, who will be recruited during the January mid-transfer window, but was quick to say that it will only be possible to bring in new additions after offloading the players, who are not productive in the team.

He said the reigning league champions are also looking to change its structure in line with modern day football management, but promised to give details once everything has been finalised in a fortnight.

“Gor Mahia is no doubt one of the biggest clubs in Africa if history is anything to go by and should therefore be run in a professional way, thus the decision to change the team’s structure, details of which we will give at an appropriate time,” he said.

Aduda revealed that they are chasing the signatures of three Bandari players, whom he did not wish to name until they put pen to paper, saying he is confident the trio will boost the team’s title chances and help the team impress in continental football next season.

Yema Mwama, Abdallah Hassan and Ugandan William Wadri are some of the players who have been linked with a possible move to Gor Mahia.

Bandari CEO Edward Oduor confirmed Gor Mahia were looking to sign some players from the Dockers, but advised K’Ogalo to look elsewhere since none of the targeted players are on sale.

Polack is back

Coach Steve Polack returned on Monday and took charge or preparing the team for the match against Wazito on Saturday.

Polack is optimistic that the club’s financial fortunes will take a turn for the better.

“The management has assured us they are close to securing a good deal and I have been talking to the players. We need to put in the work and be patient. Things are tough but it will get better.

It is an important match since the Wazito owner has been trashing Gor Mahia for several months on on social media. Before the season started, he vowed to end Gor Mahia’s dominance.

Polack is optimistic of getting a good result.

“Teams up their game when they face us and I expect a tough match against Wazito, but we are ready and will be going for the maximum points. We want to stretch our lead at the top,” Polack said.