Tag: 2015 Kenya Premier League



18 Sep 15

Coach Frank Nuttall admits it was not easy keeping the team together during the 2015 season. Though the team put on a splendid and united display each time they stepped on the field, things were not always rosy behind the scenes. Among other things, the players often boycotted training to protest unpaid salaries.

“We played under very difficult circumstances. Sometimes, I used to plead with the players to resume training after boycotting. I contemplated throwing in the towel in support of my players but considered many factors and had to tone down considering the club had no sponsor. I had no particular person to blame since I saw how the executive played a great role of striving to get money to sustain the team,” said Nuttall after the match.

Indeed Chairman Rachier must be given a lot of credit for keeping the team afloat.

Nuttall further praised Kogalo fans aka the green army for supporting the team both financially and on the terraces.

“In life nothing good comes on a silver platter. You have to struggle to realise your ambition or target. It was not easy sailing considering we had no sponsor. We kept on extending our begging bowl to everyone for help and I’m happy our fans gave us massive support. The green army came out in full support and that extra shilling they gave us pushed us to where we are now. Personally, I feel touched by their massive support that took us to another level,” said Nuttall to supersport.com

Whereas Nuttall has praised the players and the club officials, he probably deserves a lot more praise. Under Nuttall, the team has shown a creativity and variety in their play that has befuddled and confused opposing teams who simply had no answer. Gone is the “patia Sserunkuma” tactic that was prevalent in 2014. The Gor Mahia of 2015 was unpredictable and could attack teams in a variety of ways. It comes as no surprise that Kogalo have scored an incredible 54 goals with four matches left and have two players among the top four scorers in the league. Nuttall was able to identify each players strengths and harness those strengths to the maximum.


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16 Sep 15

Gor Mahia fans celebrate Wafula’s goal against SoNy

Gor Mahia have won the 2015 Kenya Premier League with four games to spare after beating SoNy Sugar 1-0 in a decisive match played at Nyayo stadium on Wednesday

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A first half goal courtesy of Innocent Wafula was enough to hand K’Ogalo a record fifteenth Kenyan Premier League title and a third in a row and also cemented their supremacy on the local scene.

The last time a team won a third consecutive crown was during the 1983, 1984 and 1985 season. Going into the match against Sony Sugar, the league champions needed just a point to be confirmed champions and instead picked three to send their tally to 66.

After being held to a barren draw by Ulinzi Stars on Sunday in a move that delayed their coronation, Gor Mahia were not taking any chances on Wednesday and started pushing for the crucial goal right from the first whistle. Coach Frank Nuttall preferred to start George Odhiambo and Ali Abondo, who have been missing of late in his starting line-up.

Odhiambo popularly known as ‘Blackberry’ made his first contribution in the 5th minute sneaking inside the Sony Sugar backline but was denied by Allan Owiny in goal. The pressure continued and Godfrey Walusimbi’s well taken cross was headed out.
Then the stadium was plunged into darkness for about nine minutes as the engineers fought frantically to restore power. Impatient fans turned on lights on their mobile phones with no one wanting to go home. When play resumed, Gor Mahia continued to control the proceedings with Ali Abondo’s shot going just wide.

Sony Sugar had their moment to come into the match in the 25th minute with Marwa Chamberi testing Boniface Oluoch with a long cross that however, did not bother the calm goalkeeper. On the other side of the pitch, there was worry from Gor Mahia fans when top striker Michael Olunga came down awkwardly as he tried to dispossess Sony Sugar’s Alfred Onyango and needed treatment to come back into the match.

The opening goal finally came in the 39th minute from Innocent Wafula, who found himself at the end of a great move initiated by Meddie Kagere and Godfrey Walusimbi. Gor Mahia were unrelenting even as the second half kicked-off keeping Olwiny in Sony’s goal busy. The Sony Sugar goalkeeper stretched well to deny Olunga in the 50th minute.

From the hour mark the sugar millers looked the more determined side with Marwa Chamberi causing Gor Mahia problems on the flanks but he could only get a fruitless corner for all his efforts. But Gor Mahia still had better possessions and time and again burst upfront threatening to score. On one such occasion, Innocent Wafula’s goal bound shot was put out by Olwiny for a fruitless corner.

Gor Mahia rested George Odhiambo for Enock Agwanda and Khalid Aucho for Collins Okoth but the title was already won.


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16 Sep 15

Gor Mahia could finally clinch the 2015 Sportpesa Kenya premier league on Wednesday when they take on SoNy Sugar at Nyayo stadium. Gor Mahia only needs a point against SoNy Sugar that will put them at 64 points, giving them an unassailable lead.

On November 7 when the trophy is presented, skipper Musa Mohamed will be holding aloft the league trophy, marking Gor Mahia’s third consecutive title which will allow them to keep the trophy for good. Musa Mohamed has made over 200 appearances for Gor Mahia having joined in 2010 and it is fitting that he would lift the trophy. In terms of years of service, he is second only to Jerim Onyango who lifted the trophy in 2014.

But SoNy Sugar will be in no mood to yield. Ever since they hired coach Salim Babu, they are a drastically improved side. Whereas they were once battling relegation, of late they have been putting distance between themselves and the relegation zone. Their recent 2-0 win over former title contenders Sofapaka is especially impressive and should serve as a warning to Gor Mahia in case complacency is kicking in.

Coach Babu tried to mimic Robert Matano by claiming it is Gor Mahia who are under pressure.

“We have prepared well and we are ready for the match. It’s a big game. We are aiming for positive result and that is why we have been training,” he said.

“We will not leave empty handed because they (Gor Mahia) are the ones under pressure. They will underrate us and that is when we will take our chances,” he said to the Nation.

The match kicks off at 1900hrs at Nyayo stadium. With this convenient time, fans should show up in droves to cheer the team. Coach Nuttall has urged fans to turn out in large numbers.

We look forward to playing our next opponents on Wednesday and I urge as many fans as possible to come and enjoy the match, Nuttal said to the club site.

Former SoNy Sugar and Gor Mahia coach Zedekiah Otieno “Zico” for his part  is sure that Gor Mahia will win.
“When I lost to Gor Mahia while still at Sony, I predicted that the former would go all the way and win the league unbeaten. We had a great team then and if they beat us, no one will stop them.”  he said to the Standard.

>Gor Mahia beat SoNy 1-0 in a tense match during the first leg thanks to a sublime free-kick from Ali Abondo who scored against the team of his youth.
This match also offers Meddie Kagere and Michael Olunga one of their last chances to catch up with Jesse Were of Tusker in the scorers log. However under coach Frank Nuttall, both players have proven unselfish and will readily set up a team-mate for a goal.
 


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14 Sep 15

Despite the fact that their relentless march towards the 2015 KPL title was slowed down by Ulinzi, Gor Mahia are still on track for a phenomenal season that could see them break several KPL records.

Firstly the team is still unbeaten. No team has finished unbeaten since the KPL was inaugurated a decade or so ago.

Since the 16 team league was instituted in 2007, the highest number of points garnered by a team is 63 points by Mathare United. Gor Mahia have already equalled that record and will certainly break it. Should they win all their remaining matches, they could end up with a whopping 78 points. That would break the KPL record which is 75 points by Sony Sugar in 2006 when the league had 18 teams.

By scoring 53 goals and conceding only twelve, Gor Mahia have already broken the record for number of goals in the KPL era and are on course to set a new record  for goal difference.

By winning the league for a 15th time, Gor Mahia will have set a new record and will be two titles ahead of closest challenger AFC Leopards who have 13. And Gor Mahia will be the first team in the KPL unified era to win the title 3 times in a row. Ulinzi did win the league from 2003 to 2005 but the league was not unfied in all those years. In 2003-2004, two rival leagues existed thus denying Ulinzi an outright win. In 2005, Mumias Sugar had the most points but the league was decided on a playoff basis and Ulinzi won beating Tusker in the final on penalties.

It will be the second time Gor Mahia have won the title 3 times in a row. They also won 3 titles under Len Julians from 1983 to 1985.

It is commendable to see Gor Mahia players keep their focus despite having such a huge lead and with all the distractions that abound. We are indeed witnessing a memorable and historic season. A season that will be remembered for years to come.

All Gor Mahia needs is one point against Sony Sugar on Wednesday to wrap up the title

“We are a focused side and I’m happy the boys did not disappoint. We hope to tame Sony on Wednesday (tomorrow) and wrap up the league,” coach Nuttall said to the Nation


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13 Sep 15

Michael Olunga in action against Godfrey Kokoyo of Ulinzi

Gor Mahia’s title celebration was postponed when second placed Ulinzi held them to a scoreless draw at Afraha stadium on Sunday.

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The result means that Gor Mahia needs one point in four matches to be crowned champions for a third year in a row. Ulinzi Stars got off the blocks quicker with John Nairuka threatening with a sixth minute effort which sailed just over the bar after six minutes.

On the other side of the pitch, Michael Olunga was always threatening the Ulinzi backline. In the 10th minute, his shot found itself inside the soldier’s box but there was no one to score. The soldiers opted for a cautious approach preferring to try for long balls instead of going at the Gor Mahia backline. Two long efforts by Kevin Amwayi and John Nairuka did not produce anything positive.

A thrown in from Eric Apul targeting Mohammed Hassan got to its target but the latter was ruled to have pushed Gor Mahia goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch and the Kenyan Premier League champions were instead, awarded a free-kick.

It was Gor Mahia, who however, ended the first half on a high with Mohammed Hassan doing everything to stop Meddie Kagere and Ali ‘Tear Gas’ Abondo caught in an off-side position after a great goal bound run.

Gor Mahia started the second half strongly and it took everything for Godfrey Kokoyo to stop a goal bound Michael Olunga. Omar Mbongi earned the first caution of the match after he was judged to have fouled Innocent Wafula.

A minute later, it was the turn of Meddie Kagere to get booked after center referee Nasor Doka ruled that he had brought down Godfrey Kokoyo. Before that there had been a commotion at the Ulinzi Stars goal mouth.

Gor Mahia continued to pressurize for an opener but they had to be content with a corner-kick at the hour mark which Francis Ochieng dealt with well. Then Ulinzi Stars should have got something with John Nairuka shooting from a distance and Evans Amuoka finding himself inside the Gor Mahia box only to easily lose the ball.

Mohammed Hassan was doing everything to keep lethal striker Michael Olunga at bay and did a job of it completely denying their opponents an opener. Ulinzi goalkeeper Francis Ochieng’ was another busy player towards the end of the match and had to come out twice to deny Meddie Kagere and Innocent Wafula even as Khalid Aucho got himself booked for dissent.

With five minutes to the end, Olunga set up Khalid Aucho but the Ugandan blasted wide instead of simply tapping home the effort.


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11 Sep 15

After the long international break, Gor Mahia return to action in the Kenya Premier League this weekend as they take on second placed Ulinzi. After getting a day off to recuperate from their international assignments, Gor Mahia players resumed training on Wednesday.

It is a pivotal match because Ulinzi is the only team left that has a mathematical chance (albeit a narrow one) of catching Gor Mahia. A win for Gor Mahia will effectively knock Ulinzi out of contention and give the title to Gor Mahia on Sunday.

Despite their 12 point cushion at the top of the standings, Gor Mahia players are gunning to maintain their unbeaten run and thus become the first team in the KPL era to finish the league unbeaten. Rwandese full back Abouba Sibomana is keen to keep the unbeaten run intact.

“We are ready to celebrate the KPL title but we know the season is far from over. It would be fantastic to win the title on Sunday but we know that we would like to win the league unbeaten too, which is something that we are keen on.” said Sibomana to supersport.com

Gor Mahia beat Ulinzi 2-1 in the first leg. But Sibomana as well as the rest of the squad are expecting a stern test from Ulinzi who have been in good form of late including a win over Sofapaka that knocked Sofapaka out of contention.

“Ulinzi are second and will have something to prove and will want to beat us plus they also have a very good team. We will have to be at our best.”

“However, we are happy to go there and give them a game. They will offer a serious challenge but we back ourselves to do well,” he added.

And Ulinzi coach Robert Matano who excels in mind games has sought to put all the pressure on Gor Mahia.

“It is Gor Mahia, who are under pressure and not Ulinzi. First, they want to win the league, are on top of the league and remain unbeaten. They want to protect all this factors and will therefore, be the ones worried not us,” Matano told goal.com


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27 Aug 15


Gor Mahia will attempt to put the disappointment of the abandoned Mashemeji derby behind them when they take on Bandari FC at Mombasa county stadium on Saturday.

Bandari has caused numerous problems to Gor Mahia when they face each other in Mombasa. In fact last year, Bandari beat Gor mahia in Mombasa. This year, Gor Mahia earned a measure of revenge, beating Bandari 2-1 when the two sides met in March in Nairobi.

Coach Nuttall knows that this encounter will not be easy.

“It is not going to be an easy game. We have played a friendly game in Mombasa and we lost to Bandari. They are a good side with very young players and we will have to be at our best,” he said to supersport.com.

And Gor Mahia will play without talisman Michael Olunga for the first time this season. Which means Enock Agwanda who has been eager to be in the starting line-up since he joined this season will have a chance to prove his worth. Agwanda has proven lethal when he came onto the game in the second half and will be relied upon to fulfill the scoring role played by Agwanda. And coach Nuttall will have worked on the new Agwanda-Kagere combination in training this week.

Part of the reason that Gor Mahia have had difficulty with Bandari in Mombasa is the weather which is hot and often humid.

“The weather too will not be favouring us but we have to go there and not only maintain our aggressive form but also come out of the game with a win.” continued Nuttall.

But given how well Gor Mahia acquited themselves during the CECAFA cup in Dar es Salaaam recently, they should play well against Bandari.


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15 Aug 15

Ali Abondo and Abouba Sibomana in action against City Stars

Gor mahia beat Nairobi City stars 3-1 at the Nyayo stadium on saturday. Goals came from Meddie Kagere and Michael Olunga who scored twice.

City Stars showed a lot of poise and comfort on the ball, knocking the ball around confidently. But Gor Mahia showed early intent attacking from all angles.  In the 18th minute, Nizigiyimana’s inviting cross aimed for Kagere instead was gathered by an alert Ronny Kagunzi who previously played for Gor Mahia.

Two minutes later it was the dangerous duo of Kagere and Olunga who combined well. Olunga weaved past several defenders before crossing to Kagere who scored only to be flagged offside.

Gor Mahia continued to press. In the 24th minute, Olunga picked up a pass from Musa Mohamed but his goalbound attempt was blocked.

The opening goal finally came in the 28th minute following good work from Abouba Sibomana who crossed to Kagere who scored with a brilliant header.

The second goal came in the 45th minute. This time it was Nizigiyimana who did the spadework, crossing to Michael Olunga who found the back of the net, soundly  beating Ronny Kagunzi who had tried to beat Olunga to the ball thus leaving the goal wide open.

The third goal came via the penalty spot. City Stars defender John Amboko handled the ball following a shot from Meddie Kagere. Michael Olunga stepped forward and scored to put Gor Mahia up 3-0.

Haron Shakava had to leave the game with an injury. He was replaced by Ali Abondo.

Evergreen Ugandan Jimmy Bageya, also a former Gor Mahia player from almost 10 years ago, pulled one back for City stars to make the score 3-1.

Missing from the Gor Mahia bench was coach Frank Nuttall who has returned to Scotland to address family issues. Yet even in his absence, Gor Mahia displayed the typical fluid and precise passing and crossing that has characterized their game this season.

In his absence , Frank Ouna took over as coach. Ouna praised his charges after the match.

“We still have tough matches coming up…remember we have a derby against AFC Leopards…and thus we must maintain focus and continue to fight. Overall, we were the best team and deserved to win.” he said to goal.com

His opposite number, Gabriel “Kingi” Njoroge admitted that he lost to a better side.

“We are not heartbroken since I believe we gave it our best shot but Gor are a quality side. We kept them on their toes and remember they have just arrived back from a tough competition in the Cecafa tournament, so they are in great form. We shall keep on fighting by rectifying our mistakes.” he said to supersport.

Gor Mahia now have 55 points from 21 matches. Their goal difference is 38 which is twice as high as the second best team Tusker whose goal difference is 19.

Line-Up

Bonface Oluoch – Musa Mohamed – Karim Nizigiyimana – Abouba Sibomana – Innocent Wafula (24. Enock Agwanda 75′) – Collins Okoth – Harun Shakava (30. Ali Abondo 62′) – Meddie Kagere – Godfrey Walusimbi (9. Timothy Otieno 87′) – Michael Olunga – Ernest Wendo.

Unused Substitutes: David Juma – Bernard Odhiambo – Eric Ochieng – George Odhiambo.

 


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14 Aug 15

Aucho, Sibomana and Walusimbi in action against City Stars earlier this year

Gor Mahia will once again be hoping to put aside their off the pitch issues when they take on Nairobi City Stars on Saturday at Nyayo stadium. Though Gor Mahia have had issues to deal with, the players have always put on their best efforts. They know that no one is guaranteed a spot in the starting line-up. And of late players like Innocent Wafula and Enock Agwanda have really stepped up their efforts.

Wafula, who joined in January from Chemelil Sugar has been in scintillating form of late with his mazy runs down each flank and his ability to find team-mates in scoring positions with good passes. He has been a big key in Gor Mahia’s fluid attacks where the ball goes from one of the field to the other in seconds, leaving defences unable to settle. Wafula has now dislodged Ali Abondo from the starting line-up and he is taking every opportunity to cement his place.

Enock Agwanda for his part is not in the starting line-up but has proven to be the most effective substitute. With his power, he is a handful for tiring defenders. Coach Frank Nuttall mentioned that Agwanda has been working very hard in practice and is getting impatient with his place on the bench. However Agwanda need only be patient and continue working hard.

Though City Stars are at the second from bottom, Gor Mahia will be in no mood to underrate them especially since they beat Mathare United 2-0 in their last league match. The match will kickoff at 3pm Saturday at Nyayo stadium. Fans should show up in large numbers to at the very least bolster Gor Mahia’s finances through ticket sales. And given the fracas from last Wednesday at the CBD, perhaps the club and well meaning fans should engage in public relations exercises to show the public that most Gor Mahia fans are peaceful.

Remaining Fixtures

Sat 15-08-15 15:00 Gor Mahia vs City Stars Nyayo Stadium
Wed 19-08-15 17:00 Nakuru All Stars vs Gor Mahia Nyayo Stadium
Sun 23-08-15 15:00 Gor Mahia vs AFC Leopards Nyayo Stadium
Sat 29-08-15 15:00 Bandari vs Gor Mahia Mombasa County Stadium
Sat 12-09-15 15:00 Ulinzi Stars vs Gor Mahia Afraha Stadium
Wed 16-09-15 15:00 Gor Mahia vs SonySugar City Stadium
Sun 27-09-15 15:00 Gor Mahia vs Western Stima City Stadium
Sun 18-10-15 15:00 Sofapaka vs Gor Mahia Machakos Stadium
Sun 25-10-15 15:00 Tusker vs Gor Mahia Moi Kisumu
Sat 31-10-15 15:00 Gor Mahia vs Muhoroni Youth City Stadium

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7 Aug 15

After much delay, the KPL website has update its fixture list to indicate that Gor Mahia will indeed be playing KCB this Sunday. Up until Friday Morning, the fixtures had not been updated. KPL also has a preview of this weekend’s matches and Gor Mahia vs KCB  is not mentioned.

Fri 07-08-15 19:15 Ushuru vs Sofapaka Nyayo Stadium
Sat 08-08-15 15:00 Muhoroni Youth vs Thika United Muhoroni Stadium
Sat 08-08-15 15:00 Nakuru All Stars vs AFC Leopards Afraha Stadium
Sun 09-08-15 14:00 Tusker vs Western Stima Nyayo Stadium
Sun 09-08-15 15:00 SonySugar vs Ulinzi Stars Awendo Green Stadium
Sun 09-08-15 15:00 Bandari vs Chemelil Sugar Mombasa County Stadium
Sun 09-08-15 16:15 KCB vs Gor Mahia Nyayo Stadium
Wed 12-08-15 15:00 Gor Mahia vs Ushuru City Stadium
Wed 12-08-15 19:00 AFC Leopards vs Ulinzi Stars Nyayo Stadium
Fri 14-08-15 15:00 Sofapaka vs Nakuru All Stars Machakos Stadium
Sat 15-08-15 15:00 Thika United vs Bandari Thika Stadium
Sat 15-08-15 15:00 Western Stima vs Muhoroni Youth Moi Kisumu
Sat 15-08-15 15:00 Gor Mahia vs City Stars City Stadium

Technical Bench member Frank Ouna has averred that Gor Mahia will not take any fixtures lightly.

“I cannot say we are there, no, we are not. We have twelve games remaining before the season closure and we first have to get good results before assuming we have retained the crown. It is great things are the way they are right now, but we still have to play and take each game as a final,” Ouna told Goal on Wednesday. Our game against KCB on Sunday will definitely be difficult; our opponents have strengthened since we last played them. But we will do our best and get good results.” he said to goal.com.

They will be playing a KCB side that is motivated after having beaten Thika United 3-2 thanks to a hat-trick from former Gor Mahia striker Mungai Kiongera. He is the man Gor Mahia will need to pay particular attention to.

KCB coach and former Kenya international Rishadi Shedu says his side has particular motivation to beat KCB.

We will be very glad to beat Gor Mahia because so far they have either won against all their opponents or managed draws. “As a team we are not scared of them because we have nothing to lose. Rather, it is an adventure for us and we will be highly motivated to beat them,” Shedu said to goal.com

Indeed from this point on, every team playing Gor Mahia will be highly motivated to end the unbeaten streak. Thus Gor Mahia has to be psychologically ready for the onslaught. And Gor Mahia will be motivated to put behind them the disappointing loss to Azam. It must also be mentioned that Gor Mahia gave a good account of themselves at the CECAFA cup and can build on their experience for the rest of this season.


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