13 Jan 19

Lawrence Juma celebrates

Gor Mahia beat New Star de Douala 2-1 at the Kasarani stadium on Sunday. The goals came from Lawrence Juma and Jacque Tuyisenge.

Gor Mahia will now be hard pressed to keep their lead when they play the return leg in Cameroun next week.

Additional reporting from the Nation

Gor Mahia edged New Stars de Douala of Cameroon 2-1 in the first leg of the Caf Confederation Cup play-off at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani on Sunday.

Jacques Tuyisenge secured the win for the Kenyan champions with three minutes left after Lawrence Juma’s 41st minute opener was cancelled out in the second half by Benjamin Bechem on 72 minutes.

The hosts took control early on and almost took the lead a minute into the match but Patrick Kibyen reacted fast to collect Philemon Otieno’s right foot in-swinger

In the sixth minute, Boniface Omondi could have opened the scoring but he failed to tap home Francis Kahata’s weighted pass from the right as Gor dominated proceedings.

Francis Mustafa was denied by the upright on the ninth minute after he had been teed up wonderfully by Boniface Omondi from the left flank.

The diminutive winger had done well to nutmeg his marker before floating in a cross that the Burundian controlled on his chest before his shot crashed on the upright.

New Stars, donning blue shirts, contrived to sit back and catch their opponents on the counter.

On 12 minutes, Nelson Moukeu fouled Philemon outside the 18-yard box but Kahata’s casually taken free kick came off the wall.

Omondi, a constant menace with his mazy runs on the flanks, fluffed another scoring opportunity on 29 minutes after being fed by Kahata. He lost his footing before New Stars defence cleared their lines.

Gildas Njoh had the first real chance for the visitors on 31 minutes with a dipping cross from range that troubled Boniface Oluoch in Gor Mahia goal before sailing over the bar.

On 35 minutes, Ayamo Soglongbe was brought down by Philemon Otieno 18 yards out as the visitors gained momentum but Nelson Moukeu curved the resultant free kick off the target.

Four minutes to the half time break, Juma gave hundreds of Gor fans that had turned up at the 60,000-seater something to smile about.

Juma took Shafik Batambuze’s deep pass from the left flank in his stride before lifting the ball over his marker into an empty net after Kibyen had dramatically left his line protesting his water bottle had been picked from the post by a steward.

New Stars defender Orian Jores was the first to go into Tunisian referee Guirat Haythem’s book on 67 minutes after bringing down a full-flight Mustafa just outside the box on the left flank.

Mustafa missed another glorious opportunity on 71 minutes when he was found by Omondi inside the box but went down softly calling for a penalty.

He was punished on the other end by Bechem, who rested Roland Lane on 59 minutes, who rose high to connect to Bernard Ngangue’s corner with a bullet header that gave Oluoch no chance.

In a bid to boost his attack, Gor coach Hassan Oktay sent the duo of Samuel Onyango and Erisa Ssekisambu into the fray at the expense of Boniface Omondi and Francis Mustafa on 76 and 77 minutes respectively.

It was Batambuze who provided his second assist on the day finding Tuyisenge with a sumptuous cross from the left wing that the Rwandese nodded home unmarked.

K’Ogalo need a draw of any kind in the reverse tie in Limbe next Sunday to progress to the group stage of this competition.

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12 Jan 19

Former Gor Mahia utility man Innocent Wafula has written to Kogalo fans to thank them for the support he received while at the club.

” While it may not have worked out long term I’m very blessed to have played at Gor mahia fc .I made many great friends and became as close as family with most thank you for that.

Thank you for applauding my effort and passion for the game of football. Thank you for acknowledging my love for the green army it has been a pleasure to have called Home my workplace.

As we part ways know that the memories will be carried with me for the rest. Reaching out to say that I won’t forget where I’m from and you’ll always see me playing the game I love with passion and heart.

Knowing and appreciating the fact I had the pleasure of creating heartfelt memories with so many people the past 4years. Thank you again for your heart, thank you for the motivation and excitement.God bless Gor mahia football club.” – Innocent Wafula

His message is a stark contrast to Wafula’s behavior which has at times been perplexing as he has often dissappeared from the club without trace. He steadfastly refused to get a passport for international travel. And his true nationality remains a mystery.

Wafula’s contract expired in the first week of January. CEO Omondi Aduda declined to renew his contract saying Wafula had dissappeared to Busia and he (Aduda) did not have time to go chase him in Busia.

Wafula has joined top Ugandan side Vipers.

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11 Jan 19

Gor Mahia skipper Harun Shakava and dependable stopper Joash Onyango have both been suspended by CAF for incidents that happened in Enugu against Lobi stars.

Additional reporting from the Nation

Kenyan champions Gor Mahia will line-up for their Caf Confederation Cup playoff first leg clash against New Stars de Douala of Cameroon on Sunday at Kasarani without their two dependable central defenders.

Joash Onyango and captain Haron Shakava – who have started in all Gor’s continental matches this term – were found guilty of misconduct during their Caf Champions League first round reverse tie away to Lobi Stars of Nigeria at Nnamdi Azikiwe stadium in Enugu last month.

According to a letter addressed to Gor Mahia through the Football Kenya Federation (FKF), the duo’s case will be heard on Sunday by the continental body’s disciplinary board.

Further, six Gor players namely Samuel Onyango, Humphrey Mieno, Francis Mustafa, Jacques Tuyisenge, Shakava and Onyango were cautioned due to various disciplinary issues.

“Reports indicate that player no. 12 Joash Onyango came towards the referee at the end of the match and insulted him with abusive language,” read part of the letter posted on Gor official portal on Thursday.

“Furthermore, the goalkeeper of Lobi Stars, John Lawrence (16) slapped player no. 18 Haron Shakava of Gor Mahia who then went to kick back the goalkeeper. The referee was about to show them red cards yet the referees were evacuated by the police due to the pitch invasion.”

The development leaves coach Hassan Oktay with three options in central defence. Joakim Oluoch, Pascal Ogweno and Charles Momanyi.

The Cameroon side is expected in the country on Friday at 10pm.

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9 Jan 19

Kahata, Mustafa and Butambuze congratulate Oliech on his first goal

Gor Mahia moved further up the league table when they beat Posta Rangers 2-1 at Kasarani on Wednesday.

Dennis Oliech scored his first ever goal for Gor Mahia on the stroke of halftime. Charles Momanyi had scored the opener in the 27th minute. Posta Rangers then equalized in the 41st minute. Oliech then restored Gor Mahia’s lead.

Additional reporting from the Nation

Dennis “The Menace” Oliech on Wednesday scored his first goal for Gor Mahia as he helped the defending champions edge a stubborn Posta Rangers 2-1 in a rescheduled SportPesa Premier League match at Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani.

Oliech scored the winner deep in added time of first half after Ranger’s Francis Nambute had cancelled out Charles Momanyi’s opener. 
Gor Mahia coach Hassan Oktay had moaned about the bluntness of his forwards after a frustrating 1-1 draw with Mathare United on Sunday, his frustrations manifesting with Wednesday’s team selection.

Oktay dropped Jacques Tuyisenge and Nicholas Kipkirui for Dennnis Oliech and Burundian Francis Mustafa. The Cypriot had praised Oliech after his cameo appearance in the match against his former club and the former Harambee Stars needed only a half a chance to remind doubting Thomases what he is capable of.

Deep in stoppage time of first half, Oliech received a low cross from Wellington Ochieng, took a lovely half turn freeing himself from his marker Gilbert Osonga. With only Rangers keepr Eliud Emase to beat, Oliech neatly tucked the ball away in bottom right corner past the diving custodian.
This was the kind of finishing that Oktay had demanded of his strikers on Sunday afternoon. 
Gor Mahia started the match strongly and should have gone ahead with hardly a minute on the clock when Shafik Batambuze’s effort was cleared on the line by Joseph Mbugi with Rangers’ keeper Levis Opiyo well beaten. 
The Mailmen survived another scare five minutes later when Francis Kahata’s intended cross came off the cross bar with Opiyo once again nowhere in sight.

At the other end, a lively Nambute almost grabbed the lead against the run of play when he sneaked in between Gor’s new central defensive partnership of Momanyi and Pascal Ogweno to connect on a Danson Kago’s cross but his glancing header drifted inches over the bar.

Jerry Santos gave away a cheap corner after he had received a suicide pass from the unsettled Opiyo and was harried down by Lawrence Juma. It was from this corner that the defending champions took the lead in a scrappy fashion.

Opiyo, once again undecided, came off his line but failed to deal with Kahata’s in-swinger spilling the ball in the six yard box. With the ball bobbling around, the keeper stranded, Momanyi reacted fast to prod home from close range to hand K’Ogalo the lead in 27th minute.

As Momanyi wheeled away to celebrate the opener, Opiyo lay protrate on the ground needing medical attention. After a seven-minute stoppage, Rangers medical team signaled to the technical bench that Opiyo would not be able to continue with the game forcing John Kamau to throw in Eliud Emase.

Posta looked to have used the break to calm their nerves as Brian Osumba disposed Ogweno at the edge of the box before squairing to an onrushing Nambute. With Momanyi lurking behind him, the youngster produced an improvised back heel finish that left Gor keeper Peter Odhiambo rooted on the spot as he watched the ball roll into the net.

An incensed Oktay pulled out Ogweno for the school boy howler but Oliech ensured that Gor went back to the sheds with the lead.

Kamau threw in Ken Mutembei and Louis Tera in search of an equalizer but the Gor Mahia defence remain resolute and neat. On the end Oliech was a constant threat at one point beating four markers to unleash a screamer that whizzed inches wide off the target with Emase, just like Opiyo, well beaten.

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8 Jan 19

Philemon Otieno in action on Sunday against Mathare. Image courtesy of Tyson Carter

Gor Mahia are set to kick off their defence of he Sportpesa Super cup on January 23. The tournament brings together teams from Kenya and Tanzania. The winner will play Everton.

In other fixtures, Bandari will play Singida United. Young Africans will play Kariobangi Sharks and AFC Leopards will play Simba FC.

Last year Gor Mahia won the tournament that was held in Nakuru, scoring 7 goals and conceding none.

Gor Mahia vs Posta Rangers.

Gor Mahia’s next league assignment is against Posta Rangers on Wednesday. The match which was originally scheduled for Machakos will now be played at Kasarani.

Coach Oktay has a tall order to sharpen the attack which once again proved blunt on Sunday.

“I am disappointed with the result. We have very many clear chances to score but wasted them. I think we should have won. We were the better side and created more chances.” Oktay said after the match

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6 Jan 19

Lawrence Juma in action against Mathare United

Gor Mahia drew 1-1 with Mathare United at Kasarani on Sunday. Jacque Tuyisenge scored for Kogalo. Kevin Kimani replied for Mathare. The 2018-2019 league is proving difficult.

Additional reporting from the Nation

Champions Gor Mahia were held to a 1-1 stalemate by leaders Mathare United in a SportPesa Premier League match at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani on Sunday.

Rwandese import Jacques Tuyisenge converted from the spot the breakthrough goal for Gor on 32 minutes after Lawrence Juma was hacked in the box by Mathare United goalkeeper Allan Owiny.

Kevin Kimani restored parity from yet another penalty awarded after James Situma was adjudged to have been clipped inside the box by Boniface Omondi on 56 minutes.

Legendary striker Dennis Oliech was given a standing ovation by a sizeable crowd that turned up at the 60,000-seater when he replaced Nicholas Kipkirui on 68 minutes.

His return to the Kenyan top flight football after 16 years, however ended just with a few applause from the fans.

Oliech had few sniffs at goal but lacked the final touch that would’ve made the difference

Oliech makes his highly anticipated entry replacing Nicholas Kipkirui
Oliech had a good debut
Shakava in action against Mathare

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5 Jan 19

Last season Tuyisenge scored twice as Mathare held Gor Mahia 2-2

This year, Gor Mahia has won easily against teams that typically finish in the bottom half of the league. However they have struggled against top tier teams, losing to Kariobangi Sharks twice and losing to Bandari

They have a chance to redeem themselves when they take on Mathare United on Sunday. The slum boys are confident. They were at the top of the table as of Friday having garnered 13 points from 5 games.

Gor Mahia will be without certain players who are on the injury list. Starting with Francis Mustafa.

“I cannot guarantee their availability. Francis Mustafa has four stitches from the last game meaning he is definitely out, alongside goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch, it is going to be difficult for us. ” said coach Hassan Oktay to goal.com

Kenneth Muguna is still on the injury list. He is now joined by Harun Shakava who sustained an injury last week.

Aside from injuries, coach Oktay is also worried about the blunt attack.

“We have been playing well of late, creating chances which we did not take and now injuries. However we will give our best,” Oktay told goal.

Oktay is full of praise saying he is a good player, vastly experienced and is a good influence on the younger players who are learning from him.

It will be a tough outing against Mathare. Last season they held Gor Mahia 2-2 in the opening leg. Then again in the second leg.

According to the KPL portal, the match is slated for 3pm on Sunday at Kasarani.

On Dennis Oliech

Oktay is full of praise for Oliech stating that he is highly experienced and a good player and is already playing a leading role and acting as a positive influence towards the younger players.

He says there is a remote possibility Oliech may feature against Mathare. But also suggested that Oliech needs at least two weeks to regain match fitness since he has not played competitively for two seasons.

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2 Jan 19

Butambuze congratulates Boniface Omondi

Gor Mahia are back on track. On Wednesday they beat Chemelil Sugar 2-0 at Machakos stadium. Boniface Omondi and Nicholas Kipkirui scored the goals.

Additional reporting from the Nation

A sterling second half performance helped champions Gor Mahia down Chemelil Sugar 2-0 in a SportPesa Premier League encounter at the Kenyatta stadium in Machakos on Wednesday.

Nicholas Kipkirui drew first blood on 46 minutes before Boniface Omondi doubled the scores in the 52nd minute with a half volley from inside the box.

Gor’s first victory in the New Year takes their tally to six, seven behind leaders Mathare United.

K’Ogalo play Mathare United on Sunday at Kasarani.

Gor piled pressure on the visitors from the moment referee Isaac Memusi blew the opening whistle.

Omondi fed Jacques Tuyisenge with a deep cross on 14 minutes but the Rwandese effort was parried for a corner kick by Chemelil custodian Kevin Otieno.

On 31 minutes, Lawrence Juma’s rasping shot from 20 yards hit the side netting.

A minute later, Harun Shakava failed to guide his free header into the net after connecting to Francis Kahata’s delivery from a freekick.

The millers, donning yellow shirts and black shorts, sat deep to defend waiting to break on the counter.

On 36 minutes, Boniface Omondi teed up Kahata but the latter’s left foot low drive was palmed away by Otieno for yet another corner that Tuyisenge headed to the roof of the net.

Kipkirui, who paved way for Ivorian Ephrem Guikan on 58 minutes, scored into an empty net after Chemelil defenders failed to clear their lines.

Lawrence Juma would then find Omondi with a long ball inside the box and the diminutive forward converted with a sweet half volley for Gor’s second.

Chemelil coach Francis Baraza introduced Biko Tindi for Felix Oluoch on 64 minutes.

Gor coach Hassan Oktay preferred Frederick Odhiambo in between the sticks with Ernest Wendo doing the donkey work in the midfield as Lawrence Juma played behind the striking duo of Kipkirui and Tuyisenge.

Francis Kahata and Boniface Omondi played on the flanks interchangeably before the former paved way for Samuel Onyango on 69 minutes.

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2 Jan 19

Dennis Oliech officially put pen to paper on a two year contract with Gor Mahia. The 33 year old earlier promised to score at least 30 goals this season.

“We are happy to bring him on board for two seasons. As you know, we’ve been in search of a local striker and his signing is a reprieve. The coach was already impressed with him in training,” said CEO Omondi Aduda to the Nation.

Aduda rubbished reports about Oliech’s salary.

“I don’t know, who came up with the Sh350, 000 figure and I can categorically state that that is not true. Oliech has signed and says we should keep contract details secret. “he said to goal.com

Oliech scored 37 goals in 77 appearances for Harambee stars. Locally he played for Mathare United then Tusker. His career then took him to Qatar then to France where he played for Nantes, Auxerre and Ajaccio.

He becomes the fourth member of his family to play for Gor Mahia after Steve Okumu, Andrew Oyombe and Kennedy Oliech

Steve Okumu pictured here with Josiah Ougo in 1998

Kennedy Oliech was team captain and leading scorer in 2004 and 2005
Andrew Oyombe played for Gor Mahia in 2009

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2 Jan 19

Last year, Eliud Lokuwam scored to give Gor Mahia a 1-0 win over Chemelil

Gor Mahia will be aiming to put their 2018-2019 campaign back on track. This after they lost their second match of the season to Kariobangi Sharks last week. They take on Chemelil Sugar at Machakos on Wednesday.

It has been a poor start to the season, losing to Bandari in the league opener then to Kariobangi. To put things in perspecyive, last season, Kogalo won their first three games. Also last season Gor Mahia won their first leg matches against Bandari and Kariobangi Sharks by scores of 2-0 and 2-1 respectively.

Skipper Harun Shakava says that they are putting 2018 behind them and are determined to start the new year on a positive note.

“New year comes with new resolutions, we might have started the season badly but that was last year. We now want to approach our remaining matches this year with a winning mentality, starting with today’s match against Chemelil Sugar,” Shakava said to the Nation.

Chemelil have four points. They beat Mt Kenya United in their last match and will be keen to build on that win.

Coach Francis Baraza expects a tough match from Gor Mahia.

“ It will be tough but we will give it our best . We respect Gor despite the bad run, they are the champions and I doubt they will want to lose another game,” he said to the Nation

Last year the sugar millers were no pushovers. They held Gor Mahia 2-2 in the first leg and lost 0-1 in the second leg.

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