Rachier is right not to play GoTV shield

Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier has explained that the club informed FKF well in advance that they would not honour the 2015 GoTV shield third place playoff. Gor Mahia did not play the match. FKF thus awarded the match to Muhoroni Youth. Rachier says FKF has used Gor Mahia to fund its coffers.

“I had personally spoken to FKF Secretary General Michael Esakwa and issued him with a notice that Gor Mahia would not honour the game. It’s a shame that FKF was using Gor to get gate collections and in four matches we have played in the GOtv shield FKF have only given the club Kshs24,500 yet we have used over Kshs400,000 in preparations which includes paying allowances and other needs.”

“In the first game FKF gave us a mere Kshs9000 in the second game they gave us Kshs 10,000 and in the third game Kshs2,500. How are we expected the same and yet it’s the Gor fans who come to the stadiums to watch the matches?”

“We cannot be taken for a ride that is why it was impossible to honour the match and we put the same to them in writing as we felt the federation was only looking for ways to capitalise from Gor Mahia huge fans base to benefit themselves yet we needed to pay our players at the point it was impossible to play yet we were incurring losses as a club,” Rachier told supersport.com.

With Gor Mahia short on funds, they cannot afford to be a money-source for an organization that is not accountable. And remember this is the same FKF that refused to fund Gor Mahia’s trip to the 2015 CECAFA club cup, despite having earlier agreed to do the same.


Gor Mahia take on Nakumatt in GoTV semis

Gor Mahia resume  their quest for a quadruple title season when they take on Nakumatt on Wedneday in the 2015 GoTV semis.  Nakumatt are currently placed second in the second tier league and have virtually no chance of being promoted to the Kenya Premier League next season. However they have been actively recruiting experienced players including former Gor Mahia players Wycliff Kasaya, Chris Wekesa and Donald Mosoti. They also have former AFC Leopards ace Martin Imbalambala. Thanks to their experienced players, Nakumatta have eliminated two KPL teams: Nairobi City Stars and SoNy Sugar.

Nakumatt are therfore no pushovers. Their key player is Peter Nzuki who has scored 10 goals this season as well as a number of other former KPL players: Kevin Thairu and john Njoroge.

Gor Mahia fans will be hoping thatthe issue of unpaid dues is settled. Gor Mahia players had threatened not to honour their GoTV shield     matches.

“We have played our hearts out this season, winning the league unbeaten, securing the KPL Top 8 title and we also managed to reach Cecafa finals where we unfortunately lost to Azam FC. Everybody can agree with us that we have given our all, and currently we are in GOtv Shield semis.

“However, we have not been paid our dues and that is worrying us. As a matter of fact we have given them until Tuesday evening to settle our dues failure to which we might not turn up for the match, unfortunately.”  said a player to goal.com

The good news for Gor Mahia is that most of their players who were playing in the CECAFA senior challenge cup were eliminated early leaving them with enough time to recuperate before the match.


Gor Mahia gearing up for GoTV shield semis

With the CECAFA senior challenge cup having come to an end for most teams, Gor Mahia are set to resume local duty. It was a disappointing outing for all the Gor Mahia players. But with that behind them, Gor Mahia will take on Zoo Kericho in a friendly match that will be used to gauge the team’s strength ahead of the semi-final match against Nakumatt.

“The friendly match is an opportunity for us to re-group and re-focus after winning Top 8 and with national team players being away for some time in Ethiopia,”said Nuttall to the club site

Gor Mahia have won three trophies so far this year and will be gunning for a fourth title.

In the meantime, Gor Mahia are said to be interested in signing fast rising mathare United ace Eric Johanna

“We have been watching him for a long time and are convinced that he can be a great addition to our squad ahead of next season,” a source in Gor Mahia, who did not want to be named, told goal.com

With the number of allowable foreigners in the KPL reduced, Gor Mahia will need to focus on recruiting local talent.


GoTV Shield: Gor Mahia Floor Administration Police

Eric Ochieng in action against Administration Police
Image courtesy of the Nation

Gor Mahia beat Administration Police 3-1 in an entertaining GoTV shield match played at City stadium. George Odhiambo “Blackberry” struck twice in the first half and Meddie Kagere added a third late in the game.

In the process Gor Mahia kept their hopes of winning all four domestic trophies on offer alive.

Additional reporting via goal.com
George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo grabbed a double with Meddie Kagere scoring late on for the Kenyan champions to down the hard fighting law enforcers, who had threatened after second half with a consolation from Salim Mzee.

Gor Mahia will now face Nakumatt FC in the semis with the winner setting up a final with Bandari FC. K’Ogalo started the match as favorites considering the fact that the team had many experienced players with unmatched form this season, but Administration Police also had a record to be proud of having eliminated Sofapaka in the knock-out phase.

Michael Olunga started from the bench with Abouba Sibomana fit enough to be given a run alongside Godfrey Walusimbi, Collins Okoth and Karim Nizigiyimana, who were tasked with international matches in the last ten days or so.

The Division One side showed what they are capable of, scaring in the early minutes of the game, with the dangerous Webale missing to hit the target twice within the first ten minutes with Ernest Wendo trying hard to justify his inclusion in the team in place of Olunga.

owever, it was George Odhiambo, who struck in the opener in the 18th minute, as his shot beat the opponent’s custodian in the near post, after AP had wasted a glorious opportunity to take the lead three minutes earlier. The goal gave the hosts much needed confidence, pinning the inexperienced Police in their own yard, with the latter relying on counter attacks to unlock their opponent’s defense.

With Meddie Kagere, Ali Abondo and Ernest Wendo wasting chances, it was ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo again, who rose to the occasion almost ten minutes to the break, as he cut in from the left, leaving defenders for dead before unleashing an unstoppable shot past the goalkeeper to double the advantage and ensure the first half ended with his team on top.

The second half saw a determined AP side pressing for an equalizer, with the Green Army also creating a number of chances with neither side clinical to finish them off. However, in the 58th minute, Salim Mzee took advantage of Jerim Onyango’s wrong positioning to place the ball well far from his reach to half the scores.

That goal turned out to be a consolation however, as the team failed to beat the league champions defense to get an equalizer, with Kagere adding the team’s third late on in the game to ensure K’ogalo sets a date with Nakumatt in the semi-finals.


Gor Mahia resume quadruple chase on Friday

Having won the 2015 Supercup, the 2015 Sportpesa Premier League and the KPL Top 8, Gor Mahia will resume the chase for a perfect domestic season when they take on Administration Police on Friday November 20. The unfancied APs reached the quarter-finals after eliminating Sofapaka whose 2015 season has turned into a nightmare after they started really well and at one point looked like the team that could challenge Gor Mahia. AP won 5-3 on penalties.

The winner of the Gor Mahia AP quarter-final will play Nakumatt who also eliminated SoNy Sugar on penalties. Gor Mahia cannot under-rate the APs considering that they beat Sofapaka. But with coach Frank Nuttall, Kogalo are likely to maintain the focus. The players understand that this is a once in a lifetime chance.

“We want to win everything this year because we are capable of. You never know when we will ever have such an opportunity again and so we want to make use of it as we have it this season,” said Ronald Ngala to goal.com

Michael Olunga who is having a sensational season is the man Gor Mahia will once again count on for goals.

“It has been a good season to me. We won the league unbeaten, had a fine run at the Cecafa Kagame Cup and have already bagged the Top 8 title and looking forward to wrap it up with the GOtv Shield,” said Olunga.

Olunga will be in Praia Cape Verde as he leads the Harambee Stars attack against Cape Verde on Tuesday as he continues what has been a superb season at club and national level.

“I have made a massive strides this year. Apart from scoring goals locally, I have played at a bigger stage which has boosted my confidence and taken my career to another level. I just hope that this continues even in the upcoming season,” he added.

Also in action has this week was the duo of Khalid Aucho and Godfrey Walusimbi who had excellent games as the Uganda Cranes dispatched Togo in Kampala by a score of 3-0.

Luckily for Gor Mahia, there is enough time to recover before the match on Friday.



Gor Mahia pitted against Palos of Kisumu in GoTV shield

Collins Okoth Gattuso in action against Uhuru

After having dispatched lower tier side Langata Gremio in the opening round and KPL side Ushuru in the 2nd round, Gor Mahia will once again face minnows from a lower league in Palos FC of Kisumu.  However Gor Mahia will have to be wary of Palos. It was in Kisumu last season that Gor Mahia met their waterloo in the GoTV shield, surprisingly losing to GFC 105 on spot kicks.

Palos made it to the next round after having beatenPalos edged out Talanta 4-2 on post-match penalties.

They are a 3rd tier team eager to make the great leap to the big league in a few years. Essentially they are what Muhoroni Youth was 5 years ago. And they are probably the next incarnation of great community teams that have emerged from the City of Kisumu, following in the path of legendary teams like Kisumu Hotstars, Kisumu All Stars, Kisumu Posta and Kisumu Blackstars, all of which were feeder clubs for Gor Mahia. Many Gor Mahia legends of the past came from these teams. Players like Allan Thigo, Bobby Ogolla, Charles Otieno, John Okello Zangi, Anthony Ndolo, Tom Odhiambo, John Chore and many others.

With that in mind, Kisumu Palos players will be keen to impress. They will play the game of their lives.
“For most of our players, this is the biggest game of their career. The fact that Gor Mahia are enjoying top form makes it even more difficult. But it is a huge motivation to us and we want to prove a point,” said their coach Paul Ogai to the Standard.
Ogai insisted that anything can happen in the match. “We have watched Gor Mahia’s matches and realised that the attack is their biggest strength. At the same time, however, they tend to leave their back exposed. If we get organised, then we can do it.”  he continued.

More About Palos FC

The club’s website states that Palos FC is a is a product of Makini Sports Academy started in 2012 dedicated to the development of football skills, encouraging good sportsmanship, physical fitness, positive team play, and the enjoyment of the game according to FKF and FIFA rules

Palos FC Club plays a lead role in encouraging and nurturing its next generation of football players in Kisumu County  Miwani sub location  Nyangeta zone by providing opportunities for talented senior and junior players to compete at the highest level, including in district, provincial and national  youth tournaments.



Gor Mahia sink Ushuru to keep quadruple hopes alive

Tow goal hero Kagere in action against Ushuru

Gor Mahia showed that despite having won the league, they have not lost their sharpness nor their hunger. They beat a hard fighting Ushuru side 3-2 at Nyayo stadium on Sunday. A brace from Rwandese marksman Meddie Kagere plus a rare goal from Collins Okoth “Gattuso” gave Gor Mahia a well deserved win of Ushuru in a GoTV shield round of 32 encounter.

It was defensive midfielder “Gattuso” who opened the scoring as early as the 5th minute when he deflected a cross from hardworking Innocent Wafula. The taxmen leveled matters in the 8th minute via Mohamed Hassan who scored from close range. Gor Mahia then dominated the proceedings with the lion’s share of possession. The taxmen defended doggedly. That is until Karim Nizigiyimana sent one of his inch perfect crosses exactly to where Kagere wanted it. Kagere made no mistake heading home. Those two have connected several times for a goal and it came as no surprise this time. Gor Mahia went into the breather leading 2-1.

Gor Mahia started the second half as they had finished the first , keeping the Ushuru defence busy. Michael Olunga in particular was a constant thorn in Ushuru’s flesh. However it was Ushuru who scored. And once again it was Mohamed Hassan who evaded the Gor Mahia defence to score.

The winner for Gor Mahia came when Geoffrey Walusimbi sent a left wing cross which Ushuru goalkeeper Samuel Odhiambo mishandled. The always alert Kagere was on hand to pick up the gift and score, giving Gor Mahia a well deserved 3-2 win

Gor Mahia Jerry Onyango – Musa Mohammed – Karim Nizigiyimana – Collins Okoth(70’ Enock Agwanda ) – George Odhiambo (58’ Ali Abondo) – Innocent Wafula – Harun Shakava – Meddie Kagere – Godfrey Walusimbi – Michael Olunga – Khalid Aucho

Unused subs : David Juma – Ronald Omino – Bernard – Ernest Wendo – Timothy Otieno

Ushuru: Samuel Odhiambo – Philemon Otieno ( 87 Evans Kiwanuka) – Joseph Shikokoti – Rodgers – David Otieno – Kanamuli Kapilima – Nelson Marasowe Roosevelt Balty (62’ Allan Kateregga) – Moses Arita – Edwin Misiko – Mohammed Hassan

Unused subs: Kevin Otieno [GK] – Charles Okwemba – Moses Odhiambo – Davies Ikocheli – Obadiah Ndege


Gor Mahia trounce Langata Gremio 3-0

Kagere in action against Gremio

There were no upsets this time as Gor Mahia started their GoTV shield campaign on a sound note beating Langata Gremio 3-0.

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Goals from Meddie Kagere, George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo and Liberian defender Dirkir Glay ensured that K’Ogalo remain in knockout competition

Gor Mahia cruised to the second round of GOtv Shield tournament after seeing off Langata Gremio 3-0 in a match played at City Stadium on Wednesday.

Goals from Meddie Kagere, George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo and Liberian defender Dirkir Glay were enough to send K’Ogalo through as they remained in contention for a league and domestic cup double.

Gor Mahia assistant coach Frank Ouna opted to rest regular starters with custodian Boniface Oluoch paving way for skipper Jerim Onyango. Musa Mohammed also returned from injury to marshal the defence alongside Glay, Karim Nizigiyimana and Abouba Sibomana.

Ernest Wendo was handed a start in the midfield alongside Eric Ochieng’, Ronald Otieno and George Odhiambo. K’Ogalo started off well with Kagere terrorizing Gremio’s rear guard. In the 10th minute, Kagere put Gor Mahia ahead after capitalizing on a mistake by Gremio goalkeeper to tap home from a rebound.

Gor Mahia should have stretched their lead three minutes later but defender Nzigiyimana failed to convert from the penalty spot. With the penalty save, Gremio tried to come into the match and forced Jerim Onyango to a nice save in the 20th minute.

The lower league side were determined to shock the league champions but they looked nervous when approaching Gor Mahia’s danger zone. Gor Mahia went close again in 23rd minute as Omino failed to score after being put through by Musa Mohammed.

Kagere should have doubled Gor Mahia’s lead and grab his second of the day at the stroke of half-time but watched helplessly as his bicycle kick from George Odhiambo’s close was saved by Gremio goalkeeper. On resumption, Gremio continued to contain Gor Mahia, who resorted to slow down the game.

Ronald Omino missed another chance for Gor Mahia before ‘Blackberry’ powered home the second goal from a goalmouth melee. Another chance for Gor Mahia went begging minutes later as Timothy Otieno shot wide while Innocent Wafula failed to score from an open chance.

Glay then calmed Gor Mahia’s nerves grabbing the winning goal in 79th minute and thwarted any lingering hopes of Gremio making a comeback.


Gor Mahia has options for GoTV shield opener

After finishing the first leg and after a long international break that saw several Gor Mahia players participate in AFCON qualifiers for various national teams, Gor Mahia will now shift their focus to the GoTV Shield.

Kogalo will kick off their 2015  campaign against Langata Gremio on 24th June (Wednesday) at City stadium starting 3pm.

Those players who only played in the AFCON qualifiers such as Sibomana and Glay will likely have rested enough to play against Gremio.

However those who traveled to Ethiopia will likely need more rest. The technical bench will have to be judicious about giving players adequate rest, after all the primary goal of Gor Mahia this season is to win the league. Squad rotation is a critical pillar of success because it allows players to get sufficient rest and reduce the incidence of injuries.

Nevertheless Frank Ouna suggested that the players would only be given one day rest.

“A number of our key players will be involved for their national teams and so, they will have Monday as resting day before we prepare for the GoTV match to be played on Wednesday,” said Ouna to the club site.

Some players need not only physical but also psychological rest. Boniface Oluoch has had a torrid time being pilloried by various media outlets. He probably needs some time off to get in the right frame of mind for the resumption of the league campaign.

In any case Gor Mahia has a perfectly capable backup goalkeeper in Jerim Onyango who has not played much this season but appears content to be the backup keeper.

“Many have spoken about my lack of play time at the club this season but as a team player and captain I have to say that I am proud of the overall performance by my teammates. Achieving what we did in the last six months needs team effort and that is what we got.

“We shall continue working as a team and when called upon I will represent K’Ogalo just as I have done in the last five seasons. The competition has brought out the best of me and I feel I am in the best shape ever. I want to play, that’s my goal. But sometimes you have to be patient; if there is an opportunity I want to play as well as I can and help the team.”said Jerry Jagoal to the club site.

Another player who deserves rest is Michael Olunga. The dependable scorer has played in the Olympic qualifiers, AFCON qualifiers and CHAN qualifiers. Perhaps this is an opportunity to rest Olunga for the league and give players like Timothy Otieno, Blackberry and others a chance to prove they are worth a place in the starting line-up.

Musa Mohamed and Haron Shakava were also dropped from the CHAN squad due to illness and/or injuries. Rushing them back into the playing field may be ill-advised.  In their place Gor Mahia can deploy Dirkir Glay who is fresh from the mammoth tasking of marking Emmanuel Adebayor. Not much has been seen from Bernard Odhiambo who looked very promising during pre-season friendlies. Pairing him with experienced players like Glay and Sibomana could be a useful growing opportunity for him.