11 May 18


Good news for Kogalo fans. The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has approved Kasarani as the venue for the CAF Confederations cup match against USM Alger. Club CEO Omondi Aduda confirmed the same.

“Our prayers have been answered and we are now good to go. Caf have written to FKF confirming that they have approved our request to have Kasarani as the main venue for the remaining Caf matches.” said Aduda to goal.com

Earlier on, the match was scheduled for Machakos. With the match now at Kasarani, Gor Mahia are assured of a better attendance due to its closer proximity to the City. Now its up to the club to set reasonable ticket prices in order to pull a larger crowd.

The USM Alger match will be played on Wednesday May 16. Prior to Hull City, Gor Mahia will test their strength against English second tier side Hull City. This match will also be played at Kasarani on May 13.

Coach Dylan Kerr is happy that his side will have a good build up match.

“I am glad that we shall face a tough opponent in Hull City,” he told KweséESPN. “This is not some small team, but a team which will test us in all aspects.

“Playing the English side will be a true test for us a few days before we host Algeria’s USM Alger in the second Group D match,” he added. “We are delighted that we defeated AFC Leopards to qualify to face the visiting Hull side.

“Every team seems much comfortable playing at home,” Kerr continued, looking back at Gor’s draw with Rayon, “but we have what it takes to go win our next game at home and also travel away and pick up points.” concluded Kerr.

USM Alger promises to be a tough encounter. Aside from beating Yanga 4-0 last weekend, they had also beaten Plateau United of Nigeria 4-0 in the previous round. Coach Kerr is under no illusions about how difficult the game will be.

“We need to beat USM Alger to brighten our chances of progressing to the latter stages of the CAF Confederation Cup,” he added. “It makes the game against Hull City very important.

“Everybody thinks they can get out of the group, but it will all depend on who wants it more and we surely have the material, hunger and motivation to make it to the quarter finals.”

Rwandese striker Meddie Kagere is also looking forward to playing Hull City.

“I know we shall use this match as a build-up before we host [USM Alger],” told KweséESPN, “so it will be a very important game that I am looking forward to.”


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9 May 18


Gor Mahia had to fight back from a goal down and were on the verge of settling for another 2-2 draw before a late goal by Charles Momanyi rescued all three points for Kogalo. Ivorian Ephrem Guikan grabbed a brace.

Additional Reporting from the Nation

Former Kakamega Homeboyz defender Charles Momanyi returned to haunt his former employers as he grabbed the winning goal to give Gor Mahia a 3-2 win in their Kenyan Premier League match at the Bukhungu Stadium, Kakamega on Wednesday.

The hosts had taken the lead through Ali Ahmed before the champions pulled levelled through Ivorian striker Ephraim Guikan on the stroke of half time.

Guikan gave K’Ogalo the lead in the second half but veteran striker Allan Wanga restored parity for the hosts before Momanyi struck the winner 10 minutes to the end.

The win sees Gor extend their lead at the top of the table to 30 points, five clear of second-placed Ulinzi Stars.

The 16-time league winners now switch their attention to Sunday’s friendly match against English Championship side Hull City before welcoming Algeria’s USM Alger in their second Confederation Cup match three days later.

Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr praised his charges never-say attitude.

“The victory was good but we need to kill off matches earlier to avoid these late dramas,” he noted.

His opposite number, Mike Mururi said he would work on rectifying the mistakes that cost his side.

“We took a deserved lead but the boys lost focus later on and this something we need to address going forward,” he observed.

Kerr made changes from the side that drew 1-1 away to Rwandese side Rayon Sports last Sunday with lead strikers Meddie Kagere and Jacques Tuyisenge both dropping to the bench.

The visitors dominated early proceedings but it was the hosts that created the game’s first chance on five minutes as Wanga drew a fine save from Gor keeper Shaban Odhoji.

Wanga alongside his strike partner Hassan Kikoyo linked up well upfront constantly putting pressure on the Gor defence.

The hosts took the lead after 31 minutes as midfielder Ahmed fired past Odhoji after he was put through by Moses Mudavadi.

Gor however ensured that the teams went into the break level as Guikan finished off Boniface Omondi’s pass.

On resumption, Gor, who are yet to beaten this in the league this season, controlled proceedings and eventually went ahead as Guikan reacted first on a loose ball on the edge of the Homeboyz box to fire past David Juma on 54 minutes.

However, the hosts would hit back as Wanga headed home in the 65th minute to restore parity. Gor would have the last laugh as Momanyi popped up to punish his former side and hand Gor the three points.


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8 May 18

Coach Dylan Kerr is happy that his side managed to grab a point away from home when they played Rayon Sports on Sunday.

“This is a fantastic away result, every player on the team did an excellent job to ensure we don’t lose, especially the defenders.” said Kerr accring to goal.com

Kerr defended his team which has withstoodd a lot of criticism for conceding that goal.

“It was not like the one we conceded against Mathare United at Machakos Stadium. This time, the ball did not split the wall. It was a fantastic free-kick and we could not do anything about it,” he said according to the Standard.

Kerr however admitted that the large crowd at Nyamirambo stadium may have intimidated his side.

“The Rayon Sports fans were marvellous and stood behind their team. I think my boys panicked after the equaliser and at half time, I had to tell them to relax and just enjoy themselves.” Kerr continued.

Kerr thinks his side will overcome their first game jitters.

“The early goal unsettled us but we recovered and even hoped to do better. It is just the first match and we are looking forward to a better campaign,” he said.

Gor Mahia will need to solidify their defence and sharpen their attack as they face a formidable Algerian side in USM Alger on May 16. The Algerians walloped Young Africans of Tanzania 4-0 last weekend.


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6 May 18

Scorer: Meddie Kagere Image: Rwanda Times

Gor Mahia and Rayon Sports of Rwanda, settled for a 1-1 draw in the opening match of the 2018 CAF Confederations cup group stage. Gor Mahia’s goal was scored by Meddie Kagere.

Additional reporting from the Nation

A wasteful Gor Mahia were held to a 1-1 draw by hosts Rayon Sports in their opening Group D match of the Caf Confederation Cup at a rain-soaked Nyamirambo Stadium in Kigali, Rwanda on Sunday.

Meddie Kagere struck the opener for the Kenyan champions before Eric Rutanga levelled for the hosts with a brilliant free-kick to ensure both teams head for the break tied.

Francis Kahata, Kagere and Jacques Tuyisenge were all guilty of wasting open chances for the Dylan Kerr-led K’Ogalo.

Both teams started with a 4-4-2 formation that had Kagere and Tuyisenge starting upfront for K’Ogalo and Ismail Diarra and Cristina Mbondi starting in attack for the hosts.

Malian striker Diarra had Rayon Sports’ first chance in the eighth minute but his hastily taken shot ended up narrowly missing the target.

Kagere then netted the first goal against the run of play, 10 minutes into the match after beating the offside trap, rounding off goalkeeper Eric Ndashimiye before slotting the ball into an empty net.

The veteran Rwandan striker then released a bicycle kick six minutes later, sending the ball towards Kahata’s way but his header missed the targed.

Rutanga then levelled matters with a well-taken free-kick that left Gor goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch rooted to his spot on 24 minutes.

Rutanga’s expertly taken free-kick soared over the wall, giving Oluoch no chance.

This equaliser changed the dynamics of the game and the hosts appeared to attack with more confidence thereafter.

No further goals were witnessed in the first half as both teams retreated to the dressing rooms to strategise for the second period.

The second half was an end-to-end affair with both K’Ogalo and the hosts creating chances but failing to convert them. The rain however didn’t make it any easier for either side.

Kahata had another miss in the 82nd minute when he was set up by Kagere, only for his resultant shot to go narrowly wide.

Gor will face Algeria’s USM Alger at home in their next match of the Caf Confederation Cup as Rayon travel to Tanzania to tackle Young Africans.

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6 May 18

 

Gor Mahia line-up before the match

 

Cercidy Okoeyo, Humphrey Mieno, Kevin Omondi, Philemon Otieno, Godfrey Walusimbi in the dressing room before the game

 

Philemon Otieno left it all on the field

 

Kahata: His goal got Kogalo here

 

Nizigiyimana gave team-mates a motivational speech on Saturday

 

Ade and Philemon relax between training sessions

 

Gor Mahia board the team bus to training

 

Karim Nizigiyimana joined the team in training

 

Walusimbi , Wendo et al get a feel for the field on Saturday night

 

Tuyisenge and Kagere on arrival in Kigali

The Fans

K’Ogalo fans traveled to Kigali in droves and played a key role in pushing the team.


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4 May 18

Walusimbi scored from a direct freekick against Rwanda APR in Kigali in 2014

Gor Mahia are set to depart for Kigali on Saturday at 7:20 am. Unlike the debacle that was the trip to South Africa, everything seems to be in place this time.

The last time K’Ogalo played a Rwandese side was in 2009. This was when a team full of schoolboys and recent form four leavers coached by James Sianga suffered stage fright and lost 0-5 at Nyayo stadium against a vastly experienced Rwanda APR side that had many internationals like Moses Odhiambo “Dube” as well as two Congolese internationals. They would later lose 0-1 in Kigali. The only person left from that team is George Odhiambo “Blackberry” who at the time had jus finished form four at Kamkunji secondary.

Gor Mahia played APR again at the 2014 CECAFA club cup in Rwanda. On that occasion, the match ended 2-2 with Walusimbi scoring a spectacular freekick.

Gor Mahia will be going to this match determined to put on a much better performance just as they did against Esperance this season .

Getting a point or three points away from home is going to be critical for Gor Mahia’s chances of making it to the next stage in this tournament.  Coach Dylan Kerr has already done some homework on the Rwandese side.

“I watched them play [Rayon Sports]  and one thing I picked out is that they have a very good attack but their defense is not very mobile. We need to look at how we can take advantage of that but at the same time be careful with our defense on the counter attack,”.

Though fatigue has been a factor for Gor Mahia, the same could be said for Rayon sports who played their least league match on Monday, drawing 1-1 with Kirehe.

Rayon Sport are coached by former AFC coach, Luc Minnaert. The Belgian tactician foresees a tough encounter.

“I have followed Gor Mahia and their progress and they are a very tough team. They have a squad that has been together for four or five seasons and they have become very solid. It will not be an easy match against them and I have told my players that. This is a battle of East African teams which have almost a similar style of football and it will make things even tougher.” Minnaert told Capital Sport from his base in Kigali.


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3 May 18

After beating Thika United 5-2 in a scintillating encounter 10 days ago, Gor Mahia have gone on a drawing spree, drawing three straight matches against Chemelil, Mathare and AFC leopards. Kerr blames the glut of fixtures.

“We have been playing three matches in space of six days, and that has affected my players. Fatigue has crept in and it has reflected on the pitch, that is why we have struggled.” said Kerr to goal.com

Kerr also sought to take pressure off the players by saying the poor results were not their fault.

“I will not blame my players at all, it happens at times and it is up to me as a coach to find ways in which I can improve our results.” he continued.

Kerr went on to say that playing against AFC for a chance to play Hull City was illogical since Hull were only interested in playing against Gor Mahia.

“Gor Mahia is the best club in Kenya. By winning the league last year it means we are the ones who should play Hull. I know Hull City want to play Gor Mahia, I have talked to their manager but unfortunately we have to play this game so as to prove that we are the best team.” said Kerr.

Gor Mahia take on Hull at Kasarani on Sunday May 13.


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1 May 18

Kevin Omondi in action against Duncan Otieno

Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards settled for a scoreless draw in their Mashemeji derby encounter at Afraha stadium on May 1. The result prompted post match penalty kicks which Gor Mahia won 5-4 after Vincent Oburu of Ingwe slammed the last kick above the crossbar.

Gor Mahia will now play against Hull City at Kasarani on May 13.

Additional reporting from the Standard

Gor Mahia edged out bitter rivals AFC Leopards 5-4 on post-match penalties in yesterday’s Hull City Challenge Cup at Afraha Stadium. K’Ogalo have thus earned the right to play English Championship side Hull City on May 13 at Kasarani, Nairobi.

After misses by Jacques Tuyisenge and Whyvonne Isuza, Meddie Kagere, Godfrey Walusimbi, George Odhiambo and Joachim Oluoch scored for Gor Mahia.

Ezekiel Odera, Baker Lukooya, Dancun Otieno and Robinson Kamura scored for Leopards to send it to sudden death shoot-out.

Then Bernard Ondiek scored for Gor Mahia and Vincent Oburu blasted over to hand the KPL champions an opportunity to play Hull City.

AFC Leopards goalkeeper Ezekiel Owade put up an impressive first half performance that kept his side in the match. Despite Gor Mahia resting most of their first team players in the first half, the Kenyan champions were still the more aggressive side.

Gor Mahia had nine shots on target with Owade being commanding form.

AFC Leopards on the other hand had just three shots with goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch largerly undisturbed for most of the match.

With the exception of Ezekiel Odera’s first half effort that nearly counted for Leopards, Oluoch who was coming back after a one match suspension had an easy time.

Gor Mahia enjoyed plenty of possession with Kevin Omondi coming close at the half hour mark.

Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga caused a stir at half time when he landed in a helicopter accompanied by legendary Joe Kadenge.

Leopards started the second half strongly, forcing two quick corners, but Boniface Oluoch denied them.

Moses Mburu became the first player to be cautioned when he received a yellow card at the hour mark for a bad tackle on Lawrence Juma

The impressive Leopards goalkeeper easily dealt with the resultant free kick.

Gor Mahia brought in Jacques Tuyisenge for Kevin Omondi while Ephraim Guikan was rested for Meddie Kagere.

The changes saw Gor Mahia create more chances upfront and came close to breaking the deadlock towards the end of the match.

Meddie Kagere was denied by the outstanding Owade in the 90th minute after being put through from the midfield to send the match into penalty shoot-outs.

Before that Gor Mahia rested goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch for Shaaban Odhonji in readiness for the penalty shoot-out.

Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr said his side wasted many chances and should have won it in normal time


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1 May 18

Coach Dylan Kerr is furious with his players because he thinks they have become complacent.

“We conceded a goal off our own mistake. Our so called good players can’t keep the ball. The work that I do off the field, the preparations by watching other teams and in training, it is like I am talking to a brick wall sometimes,” Kerr fumed after the match against Mathare.

Kerr has vowed to make changes during the June transfer window

“I need to do some serious hunting in the June transfer window because I have seen, and I don’t want complacency to set in. We got the quality but we don’t use that quality.” he continued.

Kerr also indicates that the glut of fixtures is having an impact on his side.

“It is very hard for me because we have a tough run of fixtures and some of the mistakes we do in matches should be corrected in training. We have a plan in place to keep the players refreshed but sometimes it is very tough because you don’t want to tire the players. It’s tricky for me because we can’t even do a recovery session for the players. We have travel to think about, we have the game then five days later we have the Confederations Cup which is important for us,” the coach says. he told Capital FM.

Gor Mahia hardly have any time to recover as they need to be ready for the mashemeji derby on Tuesday. Why KPL would schedule matches so close to each other is difficult to understand.

But we know we have a derby which is important for the fans and the Hull City is important to my players because they want to have a chance to play against an English side. I have to pick a team of players who want to play, who want to win,” the coach further noted.

 


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