19 Oct 18

The Kenya premier league released the list of nominees for the KPL awards. Over the past few years, Gor Mahia has had a nominee in almost every category. This year however, Gor Mahia is conspicuosuly missing from most of the categories. The most notable absentee is Francis Kahata whom many fans were sure would be nominated for midfielder of the year.

 

MVP of the Year

  1. Eric Kapaito Muugi – Kariobangi Sharks
  2. Michael Madoya Idovolo – Zoo FC
  3. Faruk Shikhalo – Bandari FC
  4. Cliff Nyakeya – Mathare United
  5. Felly Mulumba – Bandari

Golden Glove Award

  1. Faruk Shikalo – Bandari
  2. Patrick Matasi – Tusker FC
  3. Kelvin Omondi – Sony Sugar FC
  4. Mathias Kigonya – Sofapaka
  5. Ezekiel Owade – AFC Leopards

Defender of the Year

  1. Felly Mulumba – Bandari
  2. Titus Achesa – Posta Rangers
  3. Oliver Ruto = Ulinzi Stars
  4. Harun Shakava – Gor Mahia
  5. Joash Onyango – Gor Mahia

Midfielder of the Year

  1. Cliff Nyakeya – Mathare United
  2. Michael Madoya – Zoo FC
  3. Elvis Nandwa – Ulinzi Stars
  4. Marvin Nabwire – AFC Leopards
  5. Whyvonne Isuza – AFC Leopards

Fairplay Player of the Year

  1. Michael Madoya – Zoo FC
  2. Eric Kapaito – Kariobangi Sharks
  3. Felly Mulumba – Bandari FC
  4. Pistone Mutamba – Sofapaka
  5. Dennis Ombeva – Vihiga United

New Player of the Year

  1. Eric Kapaito – Kariobangi Sharks
  2. Pistone Mutamba – Sofapaka
  3. Amos Kigadi – Vihiga United
  4. Dennis Ombeva – Vihiga United
  5. Marvin Nabwire – AFC Leopards

Coach of the Year

  1. Dylan Kerr – Gor Mahia
  2. Bernard Mwalala – Bandari
  3. Robert Matano – Tusker FC
  4. Danstan Nyaudo – Ulinzi Stars
  5. John Baraza – Sofapaka

Team Manager of the Year

  1. Dick Francis Onywera – Kariobangi Sharks
  2. Vincent Okello – Mathare United
  3. Emmanuel Geno – Sony Sugar
  4. Christopher Ouma – Ulinzi Stars
  5. Lazarus Yogo – Zoo FC

Most Improved Center Referee

  1. Davies Omweno
  2. Raymond Onyango
  3. Badir Yasin
  4. Andrew Juma
  5. Israel Mpaima

Golden Boot Award

  1. Eric Kapaito – Kariobangi Sharks
  2. Elvis Rupia – Nzoia Sugar FC (Moved to Power Dynamos in Zambia)
  3. Jacques Tuyisenge – Gor Mahia

Most Improved Assistant Referee

  1. Gilbert Cheruiyot
  2. Maryann Njoroge
  3. Tony Kidiya
  4. Stephen Yiembe
  5. Oliver Odhiambo

Fairplay Club of the Year

  1. Gor Mahia
  2. Sofapaka FC
  3. Kariobangi Sharks

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18 Oct 18

Midfield ace Kenneth Muguna is rejoining Kogalo after an unsuccesful stint in Albania with KF Tirana. That club has been an unhappy hunting ground for several players including Meddie Kagere, Musa Mohamed and Francis Kahata.

Additional reporting from the Nation

Also rejoining Gor Mahia is midfield maestro Kenneth Muguna, who had a brief stint with K’Ogalo, before joining Albania’s FC Tirana.

According to Aduda, the 22-year-old Muguna, who was voted 2016 KPL player of the year while plying his trade with Western Stima before joining Gor Mahia last season, has signed a three-year deal which will tie him to the club till October 2021.

“I want to confirm that we have already signed Batambuze and Muguna and are still chasing five more players, who will help bring balance in the team as we look to defend the league title and at the same time make an impression at the continental level”, Aduda said via phone on Wednesday.

He added that the club is looking to recruit a top striker, central defender, offensive left, offensive right and holding midfielder on recommendation from the team’s technical bench.

“I have lined up a meeting with the Gor Mahia technical bench, who should be able to tell me the players they want me to bring in and at the same time recommend, who should be released to create room for the incoming players,” Aduda said.

Aleast three players will axed from the current squad, while several others will be loaned to other clubs, as the club looks to have a lean squad.


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17 Oct 18

Gor Mahia are said to have signed Ugandan midfield ace Shafiq Batambuze.

“The deal is done. We have handed him a two-year deal,” Gor Mahia CEO Omondi Aduda told goal.com
The much traveled Batambuze has played for Sofapaka, Tusker, Muhoroni Youth and Western Stima in the KPL. In Tanzania, he played for Simba and Singida United.

Some fans have expressed reservations over the player saying that he was rejected by Simba and ended up at lowly Singida United. The midfielder has also played for the Uganda Cranes and was at the 2017 Africa Nations cup.

Interestingly, two weeks ago, club secretary general Ben Omondi had dismissed the signing of Batambuze stating that it was the work of cartels at the club.

 

Kerr wants some players axed

Meanwhile coach Dylan Kerr has submitted a list of players he thinks should be axed from the team. But the club officials are baulking.

‘’We are in talks with the coach in regard to some of the names he proposed for axing since we feel some of them are still too good to leave at this point. We shall give details once done with the talks,” said Ngala to Citizen sports.

Kerr wanted the players axed to make way for other signings. Ngala noted that the club will not be going for any big signings due to the its financial situation.

New Season to start on December 8

The Kenya premier league will be harmonizing with the world football calendar. In that vein, the next season will be named the 2018-2019 season and will start on December 8. Gor Mahia will open their campaign against Bandari at Mbaraki stadium.

Kerr expects a stronger challenge from other teams this time.

“It is not going to be a walk in the park for us. My players should know that it is going to be harder than ever, and so we have to be stronger, more disciplined, focused and professional on how we live on and off the field. said Kerr.

He also wants fans to tone down their expectations.

“For the fans, let us be together and enjoy football without too much expectations, because they might frustrate at the end of the day,


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15 Oct 18

Click on each one for a better view.

Images courtesy of Dylan Kerr’s social media pages.


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14 Oct 18


Kenya moved closer to qualifying for the 2019 Africa Nations cup when they hammered Ethiopia 3-0 at Kasarani on Sunday. It was one of the most impressive performances by Harambee Stars in recent years. In action were two Gor Mahia players, Francis Kahata and Philemon Otieno Mbish. Also in action were former Gor Mahia players, Michael Olunga, Musa Mohamed and Eric Ouma Marcelo.

Michael Olunga scored a spectacular opener, picking up a pass from Eric Johana before curling the ball home from an impossible angle. It was a goal reminiscent of those scored by Gor Mahia legend Gideon Hamisi in the early 1980s.

Eric Ouma “Marcelo”, playing in midfield, was instrumental in goal number 2, sprinting down the left flank, before sending a cross which Eric Johana scored with a superb volley. Wanyama would then score the third goal from the penalty spot after Johana was fouled.

Of Note: Ethiopia had two Luos playing for them: Gatoch Panom and Omod Okwury. Both from the Gambela region. It is noteworthy because Ethiopian Luos who are known as Anuak are typically marginalized and the Gambela region has been war torn for decades.

Gamewise, Philemon Otieno was solid, playing on the right full back position. He constantly disrupted the flow of the ball when Ethiopia tried to build a move. Musa Mohamed was rock solid in central defence. Olunga did very well and looked dangerous each time he got the ball. However the supply of balls to Olunga was below par. Eric Ouma was a livewire on the left flank causing the Ethiopians headaches especially in the first half.

Ethiopia looked very good on the ball in the early stages, stringing together passes and leaving Kenya chasing shadows. They almost scored from one such move but Getaneh Kebede sent his effort wide.

Kenya changed tact, pressing the ball from up high and giving Ethiopia less space on the ball. It was then that Olunga scored the opening goal. Only five minutes later the pressure almost resulted in a second goal when Olunga dispossesed an Ethiopia player but saw his effort saved.

Ouma’s speed on the flanks proved too much for Ethiopia as he whipped in a cross. Kahata missed an attempted diving header but the ball fell to Johana who finished with a well taken volley.

A good build up in the 64th minute saw the ball go to Johana who was fouled after he had beaten an Ethiopia defender. Wanyama took the resulting penalty and scored the third.

Another good build up found Dennis Odhiambo with space on the edge of the box. He could either aim for goal or pass to a wide open Olunga. He went for goal and his shot went inches over the bar.

Patrick Matasi in the Kenya goal was not called upon often but was solid when he was called into duty.

Sierra Leone have been given a month to comply with CAF demands. If the Sierra Leone’s ban is upheld then Kenya has already qualified. If Sierra Leone is restored next month then qualification still up in the air because all four teams are still in contention.

1  Kenya 4 2 1 1 5 2 +3 7
2  Ethiopia 4 1 1 2 1 8 ?7 4
3  Ghana 2 1 0 1 5 1 +4 3
4  Sierra Leone 2 1 0 1 2 2 0 3

 

Kenya Starting XI: 18. Patrick Matasi (GK), 3. Abud Omar, 15. Philemon Otieno, 5. Brian Mandela, 2. Musa Mohamed, 21. Dennis Odhiambo, 12. Victor Wanyama (C), 10. Eric Johanna, 16. Francis Kahata, 13. Eric Ouma, 14. Michael Olunga

Unused Substitutes: 1. Faruk Shikalo, 23. Brian Bwire, 20. Bernard Ochieng, 22. Joash Onyango, 4. David Ochieng, 6. Anthony Akumu, 8. Johanna Omollo, 17. Ismael Gonzalez, 19. Paul Were, 7. Ovella Ochieng, 9. Piston Mutamba, 11. Allan Wanga

Ethiopia Starting XI: 1. Samson Asefa (GK), 9. Getaneh Kebede (9), 15. Aschalew Tamene, 4. Anteneh Tesfaye, 20. Mulualem Mesfen, 3. Ahmed Reshad, 6. Gatoch Panom, 18. Shemeles Bekele, 2. Abdulkerim Mohamed, 12. Dawa Hotessa, 11. Shemket Gugesa

Unused substitutes: 23. Shanko Balcha, 17. Mujib Kasim, 5. Henok Gebra, 13. Kastro Amaye, 21. Amesalu Telahune, 11. Omod Okwury, 7. Abel Yalew, 10. Beneyam Demte, 14. Adis Giday, 8. Amanuel Yohannes, 19. Kenyan Markene, 23. Tyson Merya


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13 Oct 18

Goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch has extended his stay at Kogalo by three years. The three year deal is a tad surprising considering that Oluoch had a season that was poor by his typically high standards. However the other goalkeepers in the squad did not inspire much confidence. Indeed the entire country of Kenya is now in the midst of a goalkeeping drought the likes of which has not been seen in decades.

Additional reporting from Citizen Sports.
Custodian Boniface Oluoch has penned a new three-year deal with champions Gor Mahia which should keep him at the club until October 2021.

By signing a new deal, Oluoch joins Wellington Ochieng who has also renewed his contract for a further three years.

Oluoch has been an important cog for K’Ogalo but has found his play time come under threat of late with Fredrick Odhiambo giving him a run for opportunities.

By committing his future to K’Ogalo, Oluoch will have to work extra hard to dislodge Odhiambo who was outstanding in the few matches he played.

Meanwhile, Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier says they are in the process of recruiting more players, but failed to elaborate on the actual targets.

‘”We are not going to sign high profile players because of our financial situation. We will therefore sign affordable players to avoid embarrassment in future,” said Rachier.

Rachier’s remarks come in the wake of the return of midfielder Kenneth Muguna and former Tusker and Singida left back Shafique Batambuze.

The K’Ogalo fans will be anticipating a better season which begins in December. Gor , having clinched a 17th league title, will be competing on three fronts namely the Caf-Champions League, the league as well as the FKF-Shield, and will require squad depth to challenge on all the fronts.


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10 Oct 18

The stadium was filled beyond capacity

Kenya and Ethiopia settled for a scoreless draw in the 2019 Africa Nations cup qualifier in Addis Ababa on Wednesday. The match which was played before a raucous capacity crowd ended 0-0 with both teams giving a good account of themselves. In action were two Gor Mahia players, Philemon Otieno “Mbish” and Francis Kahata. Two former Kogalo players featured : Musa Mohamed and Michael Olunga.

Additional reporting from futaa.com

 
Harambee Stars settled for a hard-fought point in a barren draw against neighbors Ethiopia as they maintain their top spot on four points in an African Cup of Nations qualifier clash staged at the Bahir Dar Stadium, Ethiopia on Wednesday 10th October.

Opening exchanges

The 43rd ever meeting between the two sides started with Ethiopia seeking an early lead as they applied pressure in the opening minutes and got a corner as early as the first minute but could make the set-piece count. Harambee Stars were looking to sit back and soak up the pressure, looking to force a mistake from the neighbors.

Olunga effort

Despite the early Ethiopia pressure, Harambee Stars were the first to have an effort on target in the 20th minute when Eric Johanna threaded a neat through ball to Michael Olunga but the difficult angle brought out a tame effort from the Kashiwa Reysol talisman that was easily gathered by the keeper.

Johanna chance

Kenya were on in it again five minutes later when Wanyama found Eric Johana in acres of space but the former Mathare United midfielder’s effort veered off the target. The first real opening for Ethiopia came in the 28th minute when Kastro Amaye got past Brian Mandela but he couldn’t guide his shot on target.

Yellow cards

Experienced referee, Bakary Gassama visited his pocked in the 36th minute to book Michael Olunga who talked himself to a yellow card. Philemon Otieno was next on the book for a hospital tackle on Gathouch Panom. Olunga thought he had opened the scoring in the 44th minute but his goal was ruled out for offside. Abero Reshad was booked at the stroke of half-time after diving under the challenge of Philemon Otieno.

Duo substitution

With Migne aiming to exert some dominance in the midfield, introduced Las Palmas II midfielder Ismael Gonzalez for Eric Johanna. Aboud Omar who was stamped on the toe by Dawa Hotessa in the first half couldn’t shake off his injury as he was taken off in the 55th minute and on came Eric Marcelo Ouma.

Bekele chance

Bekele Godo brought down a long pass with a deft touch but he could do justice to his control as his effort beat Matasi in goal but found the upright in the 66th minute. Ethiopia were on the ascendancy after the hour mark and missed two good chances to grab the lead.

Late pressure

Sebastien Migne exhausted his substitutions in the 73rd minute when he introduced Paul Were for the exasperated Francis Kahata. Ethiopia were creating chance after chance in the final 15 minutes and had the ball at the back of the net when Dawa Hotessa tapped in from close range but the linesman flag was up. Harambee Stars withered the late storm by Ethiopia to settle for a draw and have all to do on Sunday 14th October when Ethiopia travel to Kenya for the return match.

Harambee Stars Starting XI: Patrick Matasi (GK), Philemon Otieno, Musa Mohammed, Brian Mandela, Abud Omar, Victor Wanyama (Cpt), Dennis Odhiambo, Francis Kahata, Eric Johanna, Ochieng Ovella, Michael Olunga.

Subs: Farouk Shikhalo (GK), Piston Mutamba, Eric Ouma, Johanna Omollo, David Ochieng, Ismail Gonzalez.

Ethiopia Starting XI: Samson Asefa (GK), Abdulkerim Adem, Ahmed Reshad, Anteneh Tesfaye, Aschalew Tamene, Beneyam Demte, Dukele Hotessa, Kadebe Gibeto, Mesfen Bolado, Bekele Godo, Gathuoch Panom.

Subs: Merid Jimma (GK), Kastro Amaye, Shanko Balcha, Gugesa Besha, Omod Okwury, Mujib Kassim, Kenean Maleko, Henok Gebra, Amesalu Telahune, Amanuel Gamo, Adis Giday, Abel Tilahun.

 


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7 Oct 18

Gor Mahia went down 1-0 to Tusker at Thika stadium on Sunday.  As a result, Gor Mahia have ended their 2018 Kenya Premier League campaign with 75 points, well ahead of second placed Bandari.

Rwandese striker Jacque Tuyisenge ended as the second highest scorer with 15 goals, only one behind Eric Kapaito of Kariobangi Sharks.

Additional reporting from futaa.com

The Brewers got their goal in the 10th minute, John Kamau beating Fredrick Odhiambo with a wonderful freekick.

Tusker received a scare in the 28th minute after a nasty tackle by Benerd Ondiek. George Blackberry Odhiambo almost equalised in the 39th minute but his shot was well handled by Tusker custodian Patrick Matasi.

Gor made changes just before the breather, taking out Bernard Ondiek for Ernest Wendo while Tusker introduced Brian Osumba for Jackson Macharia and Timothy Otieno for Achema few minutes after the breather.

Gor wasted another glorious chance to level matters in the 81st minute as Kevin Ade Omondi blasted wide after he was set up by Wellington Ochieng. Osumba cpuld have doubled matters in stoppage time but Fredrick Odhiambo did well to parry away his hard shot as the referee blew the final whistle.


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5 Oct 18

Chairman Ambrose Rachier has apparently served Organizing secretary Judith Nyangi with court papers and is demanding a retraction of her accusations.


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5 Oct 18

Gor Mahia’s six game losing streak finally came to an end as they hammered Zoo Kericho 4-1 at Machakos on Thursday

Additional reporting from the Nation

Champions Gor Mahia on Thursday ended a five-match winless run with a 4-1 win over visiting Zoo Kericho in a SportPesa Premier League round 33 match at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos County.

Mike Madoya cancelled out Wesley Onguso’s 16th minute opener for K’Ogalo on 33 minutes, but a goal apiece from Jacques Tuyisenge and Wellington Ochieng inside two minutes gave the champions a 3-1 lead at the break.

Bernard Ondiek combined with Tuyisenge to plant home the fourth goal four minutes after restart as Madoya blew a chance to take his goal tally to 15 seven minutes, before the final whistle with a missed penalty.

“I am confident that I will nail the golden boot although it will be tough but I will put my efforts in the last match however tough the opponents will be,” said Tuyisenge.

Zoo coach Sammy Okoth attributed their 12th defeat this term to a slow start in the game.

“We made changes to our line up but we had a bad start, we tried to make changes in the second and again, it didn’t go our way but we must win the last match to thank our home fans,” said Okoth.

The fixture was more or less a dead rubber for Gor, who lifted the trophy last Sunday in Kisumu after a 2-2 draw with Mathare United, but it was not the case for Rwandese import Tuyisenge, who is chasing his maiden Golden Boot.

Tuyisenge’s strike puts him level on 15 goals with Kariobangi Sharks talisman Eric Kapaito and Elvis Rupia, who joined Power Dynamos of Zambia in midseason from Nzoia Sugar.

Madoya is second on 14 goals with the race now going down to the wire in the final round of matches this Sunday.

Victory however was a reprieve for Dylan Kerr’s charges, who coincidentally last won on the day they sealed the title with six games to spare on August 25 after beating rivals AFC Leopards 2-0 at Kasarani stadium.

Gor, who visit English side Everton in friendly next month, lead the table on 75 points ahead of their final game of this campaign against Tusker, while Zoo, who remain 11th on the table with 41 points, host Sofapaka in Kericho.

Gor started on a bright note forcing the visitors into their own half and it only took quarter-of -an-hour before opening the scoring via Onguso, who finished off Raphael Asudi’s pass.

Joachim Oluoch, who partnered captain of the day Charles Momanyi at the back, had his goal from a Francis Kahata free kick on 29 minutes ruled out for offside.

In the 33rd minute, Nicholas Kipkirui did well to lob the on rushing Gor goalkeeper Shaban Odhoji, but Joachim Oluoch cleared his lines before being dispossessed by Bernard Odhiambo on the far left flank, the latter weighed in a cross that was poked home by a waiting Madoya inside the area.

A lapse in concentration at the back would cost the visitors on 35 minutes, when Tuyisenge tapped in Francis Mustafa’s cross before Wellington Ochieng’ easily headed home Kahata’s free kick from the right flank after the defender had been fouled by Kevin Oduor.

Kerr made a double change on resumption pulling out Cersidy Okeyo and Mustafa for Ernest Wendo and Samuel Onyango, as Zoo coach Sammy Okoth reacted by introducing Duncan Chetambe and Isaac Kipyegon for Nixon Amulundu.

The fresh legs had not dropped sweat before Gor picked up from where they left when Ondiek perfectly converted Tuyisenge pass on 49 minutes.

Zoo, donning their green jerseys pressed on in attempt to reduce the deficit and would’ve got one via Madoya, who blasted wide a penalty on 83 minutes after he had been fouled inside the box by Joachim Oluoch.


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