11 Mar 17

The long awaited start of the 2017 Kenya Premier League is finally here. Gor Mahia are set to take on newly promoted Kariobangi Sharks at Thika stadium on Sunday. Gate charges will be Ksh 300.

Last season Gor Mahia started the season poorly. By the time Ze Maria arrived, Gor Mahia were in the relegation zone.

“We have learned from what happened last season. This year our aim is to start positively and keep the momentum going till the final day. Our target is to reclaim the title and we know it won’t be easy,” said Musa Mohamed to Capital Sports.

Musa Mohamed knows it will be no easy task against the newly promoted side. .

“We have prepared well and the confidence in the team received a huge boost when we won against Tusker last weekend. We are focused for this match which we don’t expect to be easy. Sharks is a good team and they will be coming to prove a point against us. Nonetheless, our aim is nothing but victory,” he said to Capital sports.

Already another newly promoted side, Nzoia United has registered a chock 5-2 win over champions Tusker. And Kariobangi Sharks will be buoyed by that result and will be attempting to replicate it. They already beat AFC Leopards in a friendly.

Gor Mahia’s attack will be led by the returning Timothy Otieno whose form of late has seen him preferred in attack along with Jacque Tuyisenge.

The league is going to be difficult.  Due to the late start and due to a shortage of available stadia, There will be multiple double and triple headers which will only ruin the playing surfaces. And there will be more midweek matches than usual. Whichever team is able to adapt to the poor playing surfaces and crammed schedule will be the succesful team.


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10 Mar 17

Gor Mahia have announced that the so called problems with Collins Okoth are a non-issue.

“We have no problem with him or any other player. That we have summoned Okoth for any disciplinary cause is just a rumour since at the moment, we are in good terms with him” said team manager Jolawi Obondi to citizen sports.

Kenyansstar Interview with Collins Okoth

Kenyanstar: You are one of the most solid holding midfielders and you can walk into any starting eleven in Kenya. Tell us about it?

Collins Okoth: My secret is to work hard and work twice as hard in training. Also you have to believe in yourself, give your best and don’t be intimidated.

KS: How can you describe your time at Gor Mahia?

CO: I have had a fantastic time at Gor Mahia. The best of it being winning 3 league titles in a row. I have certainly enjoyed my stay at the club.

KS: You have quit Gor Mahia before and accused the club of unfulfilled promises. For example, non-payment of salaries. How true is this?

CO: We had an agreement with club about my fee but they never fulfilled their promises. I played my role well. Having realized that the club could not fulfill their promises, I decided not to fight them but walk out peacefully.

KS: The current Gor Mahia Organizing Secretary Judith Nyangi has accused you on social media of sabotage and missing training intentionally. What is your response?

CO: The current OS is just an attention seeker. I asked for permission from the coach. I have been in this club under different regimes and we have worked amicably with other secretaries as was the case with Naima. You never heard them speak so ignorantly. Sometimes the level of education matters to…you know.

KS: You have fallen out with many coaches before. Zdravko Logarusic at Gor Mahia. Stewart Hall at Sofapaka. Where is the problem? Is it you or the coach?

CO: I have never fallen out with any coaches before. That is just a fabrication of the press and some critics. However, I have learnt to live with it.

KS: You have fallen out with Ze Maria before. Do you have any differences?

CO: Yes I have fallen out before with Ze Maria. However, we sat down(Himself and I) and he explained to me what he likes and his philosophy. We are friends and we are going to achieve great things with him.

KS: You have been accused of being indisciplined – missing training, disobeying authority…How true is this?

CO: Unfortunately, most people always believe in what they hear about me. Not the truth. The truth is I can’t miss training without communication to the coach or team manager. I don’t and will never miss training without permission.

KS: Why always you? Are you misunderstood?

CO: No. I am not misunderstood. In football you can’t please everyone. I always speak my mind whether anyone likes it or not but I will tell the truth.

KS: Some fans say you cost the club the title last season when you failed to turn up for some matches. Your response?

CO: (Laughs) I never cost the club the league title last year. The coach makes decision whether I should play. If I am on the bench i can’t force myself to play. So I never cost the team any league. Although fans believe I could have turned

things around if I played those matches.

KS: You were once quoted you in 2015 saying that, ‘I attribute the current success to Frank Nuttal’. How good was Nuttall? Should he probably have stayed longer?

CO: In 2015, I indeed attributed the success to coach Frank. He was the best. A funny and loving man. He was always honest and I like him a lot.

KS: What’s the secret to being a good holding midfielder like you?

CO: The secret of being the best holding midfielder is that you have to avoid doing so many mistakes always try and be simple; play one and two touches and protect your back 4.

KS: You captained Kenya before in CHAN. You are a regular there too. How much of an honour is it being a captain?

CO: It’s an honour indeed and a great thing.

KS: Your Gor contract expires in June. Are you renewing it…if not where are we likely to see you?

CO: Yes my contract expires in June. I have only three months remaining. We players we don’t know about the future, so I can’t say whether I will renew or move. God knows about tomorrow.

KS: Any closing words?

CO: I urge the fans to come and cheer us this year. We want to make them happy and they should ignore the officials who are always on social media fighting for power.

KS: Thanks Collins! All the best ahead.

Fate of KPL Commencement in the balance

The 2017 Kenya Premier League which was due to start this weekend is facing further challenges. Sofapaka FC have obtained a court order from the high court to stop the start of the league.

 

Sofapaka and Muhoroni Youth have a case at the Sports Disputes Tribunal where they are appealing the decision by Football Kenya Federation to relegate them for failing to comply with Caf Club licensing rule; a thing which has put KCB and Vihiga United on standby.

The case at (the tribunal) is set for its third hearing on Wednesday March 15, having made no steps in two sittings.  The KPL wants Sofapaka and Muhoroni Youth to remain in the league while the FKF wants the two teams demoted and instead KCB and Vihiga United elevated to the top tier.

Initially, all sides had agreed to start the league with 16 teams pending the outcome of the tribunal hearing. The league was already contemplating triple headers at some stadia. To make matters worse, there are many stadia across the country that are under construction and thus unavailable.

Playing triple headers is sure to damage the surface at the stadium. And the congested fixtures will mean teams play more matches per week on bad surfaces. It will not bode well for Ze Maria’s style of short passes. Will he adapt?


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7 Mar 17

Gor Mahia coach Ze Maria appears eager to make amends for the 2016 season which ended without Gor Mahia bagging a single trophy. The Brazilian tactician wants to win every trophy on offer in 2017.  And he believes last Sunday’s win provides a good platform.

“We have fulfilled our first objective this year, which was to win the Super Cup. We want to win every title that is on offer this year. Even though the rewards for this particular win are small compared to the competitions that we are about to face when the season begins, it is a good start for the team.”  he said to the KPL website

Things are looking better for Kogalo this season

“What impresses me the most is that we have beaten Tusker yet last year we were unable to overcome them in the two league matches. The team played very well and that is very encouraging as we prepare for the new season,” he said.

Gor Mahia start their cup campaign this weekend against newly promoted Kariobangi Sharks at Thika municipal stadium on Sunday.

Gattuso: I have buried the hatchet with Ze Maria

Collins Okoth Gattuso, who last year had run ins with the head coach, now claims the have patched things up.

“It’s true that we were not in good terms with Coach Ze Maria at some point but we have ironed out our issues and we are now great friends. He has told me that I’m in his plans and I’m also very ready to make him proud. I want to work hard on the pitch and turn a deaf ear on off the pitch issues,” said Gattuso to goal.com

However Gattuso was missing from the line-up on Sunday and according to club official Judith Nyangi, it was he (Gattuso) who simply decided not to show up for the match.

Last Sunday against Tusker, he decided not to honor our call and he chose to remain at home. We are not going to tolerate that, we have summoned him and he has to explain why that is happening. Action will definitely be taken against him because it is wrong and we do not support that at all.” said Nyangi to goal.com


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6 Mar 17

After what looked like a dismal pre-season, Gor Mahia appear to have hit their stride. And just in time for the 2017 KPL season which starts next weekend. The last two matches have involved impressive wins over Muhoroni Youth and a Tusker team that had been in continental competition.

Last season Gor Mahia lost in the DSTV Super Cup to Bandari and it was a harbinger of bad things to come as the club started the season poorly. This time it appears coach Ze Maria has found the winning formula.

Skipper Musa Mohamed hailed the win over Tusker

“It’s a really good motivation for the coming league season. It will give us more time to prepare. For now I don’t think we lack anything because everyone is ready to play. What we need more is team work and determination,” Mohammed told Citizen Sport.

Gor Mahia were the better side on Sunday and the Tusker coach George Nsimbe admitted as much in a post match interview as did his veteran defender James Situma.

“Generally the match was good and you know when two teams play, one must win, Gor displayed a great game but we shall focus on the upcoming season now” said Situma to Citizen Sports.

Gor  Mahia tactician Ze Maria for his part says the win provided motivation and the team is now ready to challenge for the title.

“It was not an easy game, we were playing the champions but at the end of the day we managed to lift the trophy. It is a motivation to us, with the season almost starting. Teams are well prepared to challenge for the league title but I feel we will also have a say. It will not be easy at all,” he said to goal.com


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5 Mar 17


Gor Mahia appear to be back on track after a dismal pre-season that saw them lose four matches. This time it was a second half goal by Jacque Tuyisenge enabled Gor Mahia to beat Tusker 1-0 and lift the 2017 Supercup at Afraha on Sunday.
Additional reporting from goal.com
Coach Ze Maria lifted his first trophy with Gor Mahia after beating Tusker on Sunday

Gor Mahia beat Tusker 1-0 on Sunday at Afraha Stadium to lift the 2017 KPL Super Cup trophy.

Rwandan striker Jaques Tuyisenge converted home from the spot in the 60th minute to hand K’Ogalo the first silverware in 2017.

Tusker emerged KPL champions in 2016 when Gor Mahia finished second and both teams went into this match with a mindset of proving their quality.

They played with caution in the first-half going to the breather without a goal though Cercidy Okeyo and Moses Ndawula were instrumental for Tusker.

On return, Gor Mahia won a penalty in the 59th minute and Tuyisenge arose to put it past Tusker keeper; a goal which eventually handed the Green Army the title.

With Supersport having withdrawn sponsorship, this year’s edition of the match was not broadcasted on television and no prize money is given to winners.

Therefore, the only thing Gor Mahia take home is the trophy, winners’ medals and 60% of gate collections. The remaining percentage goes to losers Tusker FC.

Fans were allowed to watch the match after either paying Sh500 for a VIP seat or Sh200 for a seat at the terraces.

Tusker: Duncan Ochieng(GK), Marlon Tangauzi, Samuel Olwande, Lloyd Wahome, Eugene Asike, Hashim Sempala, Noah Wafula, Cercidy Lumumba, Humphrey Mieno, Moses Ndawula, Clifford Alwanga.

Subs: David Okello(GK),Martin Kizza, James Situma, Sydney Ochieng, Jackson Macharia, Victor Ndinya, Abdul Hassan.

Gor Mahia: Boniface Oluoch, Karim Nizigiyimana, Haron Shakava, Joash Onyango, Musa Mohamed, Ernest Wendo, Jean-Baptiste Mugiraneza, Kenneth Muguna, Godfrey Walusimbi, Timothy Otieno,Jacques Tuyisenge.

Subs: Peter Odhiambo, Wellington Ochieng’, Philemon Otieno, Oliver Maloba, George Odhiambo, Edwin Wafula, Antony Mbugua, Amos Nondi.


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3 Mar 17

The twice postponed DSTV Supercup will take place this Sunday at Afraha featuring Gor Mahia and Tusker. This cup usually features the winners of the league and the winners of the GoTV Shield. However the sponsors likely settled on Gor Mahia in order to draw crowds.

The match is scheduled for Sunday, 5-March-2017 at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru from 3pm. Gate charges for the match are KSh500 and KSh200.

The long awaited Kenya Premier League will start the following weekend. Gor Mahia will start their campaign against newly promoted Kariobangi Sharks that is owned by FKF chair Nick Mwendwa. The league will start with 16 teams as KPL awaits a tribunal decision on whether to include Sofapaka and Muhoroni Youth.

2017 SportsPesa Premier League Round One fixtures:

Saturday March 11 – Tusker vs Nzoia United (TBA), Bandari vs Nakumatt (Mbaraki), Kakamega vs Homeboyz vs Team Y (Mumias), AFC Leopards vs Ulinzi Stars* (TBA), Zoo Kericho vs Posta Rangers (TBA)

Sunday March 12 – Mathare United vs Thika United (TBA), Kariobangi Sharks vs Gor Mahia (TBA), Sony Sugar vs Chemelil Sugar (Awendo), Western Stima vs Team X (Kisumu)


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3 Mar 17

 

Gor Mahia’s secondary sponsor, Crown Beverages have pulled out. According to Chairman Ambrose Rachier, financial circumstances have forced Crown to pull the plug.

“Crown have written to us terminating the deal we signed last year because they are experiencing some financial difficulties.” said Rachier according to goal.com

The sponsorship was worth Ksh 50 million It was signed in March of 2016 and was to last from 2016 to 2019. The deal saw the Crown logo emblazoned on Gor Mahia jersey sleeves.

“We have no option but to understand their position and we appreciate and thank them for the one year we have worked with them. It is our hope they will one day come back and work with us” continued Rachier.


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2 Mar 17

Former Gor Mahia goalkeeping coach Mathew Ottamax Owino, has claimed that he was unfairly forced out of the club.

“Cartels forced me out of the club,” Ottamax said in an exclusive interview, adding, “A couple of days ago, there were false reports in the press that I turned up for training while drunk. That is certainly not true.” Ottamax, told Kenyanstar

Ottamax also said that his relationship with the club’s current Organizing Secretary Judith Nyangi was severed, as he did not approve of her modus operandi.

“There are lots of lies that have been propagated by among other people the current organizing secretary. She has handled lots of club matters very casually. Whilst she claims that I turned up for training drunk, she is the one who instead drinks in the presence of players. What example is she setting?” Ottamax posed.

Ottamax was replaced by former Harambee stars goalkeeper Willis Ochieng.

“Tom Ogweno and I were fired and instead some people related to her(Judith Nyangi) were hired. That in itself says a lot,” he continued.

Ottamax also denies that he was fired
“I didn’t want to create an instability, nor wrangles within the club. Sensing that matters were not moving on well, I left peacefully,” the former Kenyan international shot stopper said t Kenyanstar

Ottamax has had run-ins with coach Ze Maria. But despite his severed relationship with current coach, Ottamax hailed the Brazilian’s abilities, saying that he was a ‘very good tactical coach.’

Ottamax is currently at newly promoted Nakumatt FC


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25 Feb 17

Gor Mahia traveled to Muhoroni for a friendly against Muhoroni Youth on Sunday. Per Judith Nyangi, the team traveled by road. Gor Mahia then put on their most convincing performance of 2017 yet when they dismissed a Muhoroni side that is currently battling relegation by boardroom by a score of 4-1.

It was the hosts who took the lead in the early stages of the match. Gor Mahia’s equalizer came via Rwandese import Jacque Tuyisenge who netted from the spot. The teams went to breather at 1-1.  Tuyinsenge was on target again, scoring a Timothy Otieno cross. Then new signing Kenneth Muguna added the third goal. Meddie Kagere added the fourth goal and once again the assist came from Timothy Otieno.

It was Gor Mahia’s first convincing win of 2017 and will go some way towards assuaging fans concerns.

Starting Line-Up
Gor Mahia: Boniface Oluoch, Wellington Ochieng’, Joash Onyango, Musa Mohammed, Karim Nizigiyimana, Godfrey Walusimbi, Jean-Baptiste Mugiraneza, Kenneth Muguna, Ernest Wendo, Jacques Tuyisenge, George Odhiambo.

Subs: Peter Odhiambo, Meddie Kagere, Olivier Maloba, Philemon Otieno, Francis Kahata and Timothy Otieno.


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24 Feb 17

After having been locked out of their offices at Nyayo stadium, Gor Mahia have also been locked out of their training ground at Camp Toyoyo in Jericho estate. They will now use Parklands Sports club as their training ground.

One players told the Standard that they arrived at Camp Toyoyo only to be told that they would not be allowed to use the facility.

“We arrived at the training ground only for the management to ask us to leave because the office has not paid up. On Tuesday, we trained at Kasarani and today we have been asked to report for training at Parklands Sports Club,” said the player. said the player.

And official also confirmed the situation.

“It is true that we have been denied access to Camp Toyoyo because of unpaid arrears. The amount we are talking about here is standing at millions but I hope the situation will be solved. It is unfortunate that this has happened and we have now booked Parklands Sports Club as a temporary training ground as we solve the matter.” said an official to goal.com
Chairman Ambrose Rachier confirmed that after being removed from Nyayo stadium, the club will be looking for a smaller space to rent.

I am sure you also owe someone money,” said Rachier, adding “We have debts and are trying to clear them. Our offices have been shut down and we are talking to the people concerned while trying to reach a settlement, which may involve leasing a smaller affordable space.” he said to the Nation.

And with Gor Mahia chairman being at loggerheads with FKF, the club could be found in default of the new licensing rules which requires every premier league club to have a secretariat and lease agreement for a training ground and stadium for the whole season.


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