10 Nov 10

George “Blackberry” Odhiambo, the Gor Mahia striker who has taken the Kenya premier league by storm over the past 2 seasons is set to move to Denmark at the end of this season. He will join Randers FC, a team that plays in the Danish top league, the Superliga

Blackberry weaves past hapless defenders in typically brilliant fashion

According to a story appearing in the Standard, Blackberry has been scouted by the Danish side who have even sent scouts to attend Kogalo matches. The team was formed in 2003 and is based in the city of Randers. At Randers, he will play alongside two Senegalese and a Ghanaian. Blackberry will also join another Kenyan already plying his trade in Denmark, Emmanuel Ake.

Blackberry is a product of the Kisumu youth sports Association. His career begun to take shape while at Thur Gem secondary school. He later moved to Kamkunji secondary school. It was while there that he started to play for Gor Mahia. In 2009, he was voted young player of the year after he finished as the second leading scorer in the league. He has found the back of the net 8 times this year despite tight marking in every game. His quick feet and close control have given many a defender nightmares.

Despite its illustrious history, Gor Mahia has never had a player leave the club to join a European side . So Blackberry will be the first. In 1993, defender Sammy Omollo attended trials with English side Bournemouth FC but did not get a contract. 3 years earlier, Peter Dawo was signed by Egyptian side, Arab Contractors where he played for one season.

For keen observers, it was inevitable that Blackberry would soon join the paid ranks given his stellar play and given the exposure that the KPL has afforded players. The story is reminiscent of 1982 when Nahashon Oluoch “Lule” and Sammy Owino “Kempes” then the best players in Kenya left Kogalo for Alabama USA much to the sadness of then Kogalo fans. They were difficult to replace but in subsequent years, players like Sammy Onyango “Jogoo” and Charles Otieno “Engine” ably filled the void. Gor Mahia now has the tall order of finding a player to fill Blackberry’s boots.


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7 Nov 10

Kogalo players celebrate after Baldwin Ngwa (2nd right scored the second goal

A 2-0 win over Awendo based SoNy enabled Kogalo to keep pressure on league leaders Ulinzi in a match played at the City Stadium. The goals that allowed Kogalo to floor the Awendo based Sugar millers came via Kenyan international midfielder, Kevin Omondi in the 40th minute and from Les Camerounais Baldwin Ngwa in the 77th minute.

Beating Sony convincingly is a major achievement considering that the Awendo based Sugar Millers are placed 5th in the league and have been a tough nut to crack over the past few years. In fact SoNy have won or drawn most of their matches against Kogalo over the past few years and even won the league in 2006.

Gor Mahia are now within 2 points of league leaders Ulinzi with one round of matches to play.


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1 Nov 10

Gor Mahia earned a hard fought 1-0 victory over Thika United in a match played at the Thika Municipal stadium on Sunday. The match winner was scored by the recently signed Ugandan Import, Ivan Anguyo. Yet again it was George “Blackberry” Odhiambo whose menacing run into the penalty box resulted in a penalty after he was felled by a Thika defender.

It was Gor Mahia who dominated the proceedings throughout. Blackberry was a constant pain in the flesh of Thika players. Makori and Baldwin Ngwa combined beautifully to create several scoring chances. However it was an 80th minute effort from Kiplagat that hit the cross bar which brought fans to their feet.

The win allows Kogalo to keep pace with league leaders Ulinzi who are still 3 points and 3 goals ahead of Kogalo. The win also allowed the team to break a jinx. It has proven very difficult for Kogalo to win matches at Thika stadium. Gone are the days of the 1980s when Kogalo used to shred KTM FC which represented Thika town at the time.

Thousands of Kogalo fans travelled to Thika in a convoy of Buses and lit up Thika town. Indeed many towns all over Kenya can thanl Kogalo fans for bringing much needed excitement and money to local businesses and local stadia.

 


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27 Oct 10

Following Kogalo’s 1-0 win over arch rivals AFC Leopards and League Leaders Ulinzi’s shock 0-1 defeat to Western Stima, only 3 points seperate the league leaders from the runners up.
Still it will be a tall order for Kogalo. Not only do they have to win all 3 remaining games and hope that Ulinzi lose one, but they would have to score 4 more goals than Ulinzi over the last 3 games. The latter is highly unlikely given the recent form that saw them drop points at Karturi sports amongst others.
Still it has been a succesful season for Kogalo both on and off the field. The fans have returned in droves and support is at fever pitch. On the field, Kogalo have given fans the kind of hope that has been absent since 1997.


The fans have acted as the crucial 12th man throughout the season and will be sure to appear in full force during the last 3 games.


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24 Oct 10

7 fans died and several others were injured when a stampede occurred during the match between Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards played on Saturday at the Nyayo national stadium. The stampede occurred when a section of the fans tried to force their way into the main stand. Matters were made bad due to the torrential downpour that made some fans impatient to get into the sheltered section of the stadium which holds only 3000.

The match itself continued despite a fan jumping into the field in a bid to disrupt the match. Gor Mahia dominated but were stifled by the poor field conditions caused by the rains. A late penalty converted by Collins Okoth after George “Blackberry” Odhiambo gave Gor Mahia the win and 3 points.

We at gormahia.net aka Gor Mahia Online supporters club would like to extend our condolences to the bereaved families.


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17 Oct 10

Gor Mahia’s chances of closing the gap on league leaders Ulinzi took a jolt when they were held to a 0-0 tie away to Karturi sports in Naivasha.
Despite being cheered by a large travelling band of fans who gave them a virtual home ground advantage, Kogalo appeared rusty in a lacklusture firsh half in which both teams created few chances.
The entry of Makori, Kiplagat and Ocholla in the second half enabled Gor Mahia to raise their game. However they could not break the deadlock despite numerous raids at the Karturi goal.
The tie leaves Kogalo in danger of falling 8 points behind Ulinzi should they win in Sunday.


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27 Sep 10

Kitawi and Kevin Omondi celebrate the 1st goal

In a match played at the City stadium, A goal in each half enabled Kogalo to sink Mahakama 2-0. Fan favorite Ibrahim Kitawi scored the match opener in the 30th minute with a well taken free kick. Kevin Omondi scored the second goal when he converted a free kick by skipper Julius Owino.
Gor Mahia dominated the proceedings in the second half with Makori, Baldwin Ngwa and Blackberry each coming close. Keeper Jerim Onyango had to be replaced in the 70th minute following a collision. The win enabled Kogalo to consolidate their second position in the Kenya premier.


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16 Sep 10

Amid vocal support from the Kogalo faithful and the loud drum beats of the Sofapaka cheering squad, the two teams played to a tie in an evenly contested encounter that saw both teams miss golden chances.

It was Gor Mahia who took the lead when skipper Julius Owino converted a penalty that resulted when James Situma handled the ball in the penalty box. Gor Mahia went into halftime leading 1-0.

Sofapaka brought on the pressure in the second half. It resulted in a goal 5 minutes into the second half through John Baraza.

The tie leaves Kogalo in 2nd place trailing Ulinzi by 3 points


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14 Sep 10

Adapted from the Standard:

By Ben Ahenda

“Sports Minister Paul Otuoma should flex his muscles and rein in on the feuding football factions to restore sanity in local football,” says former Kenya international winger, Nahashon Oluoch ‘Lule’.

Oluoch said Kenya should rather face a three-year Fifa ban, but put its house in order.

He feels certain officials have for a long time hidden behind an eminent Fifa ban to do great business with local footballers to rake in millions of shillings annually.

“It is time to stop all this nonsense,” an angry Oluoch told Fever Pitch in an interview at a Nakuru hotel, on Monday.

He pointed out that the formation of Football Kenya Limited (FKL) was a technique by its owners to avoid competition from able and experienced football administrators.

“Let those running football now resign and give others a chance,” he stated. But he maintained that Kenya Football Federation (KFF) officials should be given a hearing because they, too, have a following in the sport.

“After all, a company and its officials cannot be voted out if they mess up, but federation officials, under the Societies Act, can be punished,” he added.

The former international footballer said the only option left for Otuoma is to stamp his authority and prevail upon ‘these disgruntled football businessmen’ from taking the country’s football to the dogs.

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buy shares

“How will a private company have affiliated sub-branches and branches? How will it bring on board referees, coaches and former players? Are these stakeholders expected to buy shares for them to be given a hearing? We are heading nowhere,” he warned.

He noted that Kenya, like the rest of the world, only needs a federation to run football, but not a company (in reference to FKL, who are at loggerheads with the KFF).

“Sports Minister only needs to dissolve FKL and ensure a federation, in which all stakeholders are brought on board, is in charge,” he said.

make money

Oluoch named football stakeholders as coaches, former players, referees and experienced administrators who have the sport at heart, but not those out to make money at the expense of players.

He challenged the Government not to hesitate taking action.

“It will only take us two to three years for the Fifa wrath, but we sweep these disgruntled elements under the carpet for good. We’ll make the future of our talented players bright,” he noted.

Oluoch urged Harambee Stars coach Twahir Muhiddin to resign after failing to lead the national team to victory against the lowly-rated Guinea Bissau on their quest to qualify for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations to be co-hosted by Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.

Stars lost by a solitary goal to the West Africans, and Oluoch maintains, unfair selection of national team coaches has led to players not respecting them.

Oluoch, who played for Gor Mahia and Harambee Stars in the 1970s and 80s before he flew out to the US in 1982 for further studies, told the local football governing body to own up.

However, Oluoch supports the formation of Kenya Premier League Company (KPL) to run club football on behalf of the federation, where all participating clubs are shareholders

“It is through such sound management by the KPL Company that they have been able to attract sponsors,” he said.


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