Unstoppable Gor Mahia clinch KPL Top 8

Karim Nizigiyimana holding the cup. Photo from the Nation

Gor Mahia continued with their Grand March to a historic season when they beat SoNy Sugar 2-1 in a hard fought encounter to win their third trophy of the season. It was not easy for Gor Mahia. SoNy who had beaten Sofapaka 3-1 put on a battle. And with Gor Mahia players showing signs of fatigue, SoNy Sugar led for most of the match after having taken the lead in the 9th minute via Andrew Sekayombya whose overhead scissors kick put his side in the lead. The hero of the day was Rwandese striker Meddie Kagere who equalized and sent the game to extra time ebfore he later slotted the winner in the 114th minute from the  penalty spot following a handball from Eugene Ochieng.

After having scored early, SoNy kept Gor Mahia at bay. Particularly outstanding was goalkeeper Allan Owiny who one could make an argument for man of the match. He pulled off point blank save after  point blank save to frustrate Gor Mahia attackers. Michael Olunga missed numerous chances and is likely showing signs of fatigue.  In the 35th minute he received a pass from Kagere but with the goalmouth begging, he could not connect. In the 39th minute he sent the ball overboard from close range. Kagere too was guilty of missing chances in the first half.

In the second half Gor Mahia, coach Nuttall replaced Collins Okoth with Enock Agwanda. Gor Mahia continued to press and maintain the Lions share of possession. In the 57th minute, Agwanda’s throw in found Olunga whose header was saved by Allan Owiny. Gor Mahia pressed and finnaly found an equalizer in the 78th minute when Ali Abondo’s freekick found Meddie Kagere who headed home.

At 90 minutes the score was 1-1 and the game went into extra time. George Odhiambo came in for Innocent Wafula as coach Nuttall continued to bring on attackers. The first half of extra time ended without incident. The all important goal came in the 114th minute when Kagere placed a well taken penalty passed Owiny in the SoNy goal.

KPL Top 8 record

Gor Mahia last won the KPL Top 8 in 2012. On that occassion they had beaten Tusker 4-0 on aggregate in the semi-finals with goals coming from Moses Odhiambo, Edwin Lavatsa, Rama Salim and Ivan Anguyo. In the final they beat Ulinzi 2-0 with two extra time goals from Rama Salim and Itubu Imbem. The KPL Top 8 was inaugurated in 2011. Both Gor Mahia and Tusker have now won the cup twice.

Just as important, Gor Mahia have maintained their 2015 unbeaten record in 2015. And yet again they did it against a determined SoNy side.

Gor Mahia take on Tusker in KPL Top 8

On Tuesday, Gor Mahia met with CORD leader Raila Odinga who presented the players with Ksh 500,000. He then challenged the team to perform better in continental events.

“My only request is to ask this team to perform well in Africa. I know they have the potential and with support from fans and management they can conquer Africa.  That should be the team’s motto going into next season. I will also urge the team’s top brass to make sure that they maintain their best players for next season. This will give the team continuity that is very vital. Also let’s have coach Frank Nutall’s stay at the club extended.” said Raila.

Having just finished celebrating their third successive league title, Gor Mahia players will need to get out of celebration mode in order to focus on the next task ahead which is the KPL Top 8 return leg against Tusker. The first leg ended 2-2 which means a draw of 1-1 or 0-0 will see Gor Mahia through to the next round and avenge last season’s loss to Tusker at the same stage. Coach Frank Nuttall has vowed that the team will not rest on its laurels.

“Tusker is a big team and we must give them all due respect. I have instructed the players not to be carried away by the league win but keep the candle aglow,” said Nuttall to supersport.

George Odhiambo Blackberry who is experiencing a resurgence in the last few games echoed hos coache’s sentiments and vowed that the playing unit would remain focused.

“We are happy with the KPL win and as you saw, we celebrated as much as we could.  The team has been magnificent and we have deserved to be where we are and we thank God for everything. On the other hand, we have two other trophies to work on and we hope to win them make history.” said Blackberry to supersport.

Aside from staying unbeaten in the league which they have accomplished, Gor Mahia are also aiming to stay unbeaten in all competitions. Tusker would like nothing better than to be the team that ends Gor Mahia’s glorious run. But full back Karim Nizigiyimana has warned that it will not beat easy.

“I’m very happy that we have won the league unbeaten but tomorrow (Wednesday) we will play to win,” Nizigiyimana said. “Were is a great player, very fantastic, but I don’t think he will punish us.” said the Burundian to the Nation.

Gor Mahia held by Tusker

Kagere and Aucho celebrate

Gor Mahia were held to a 2-2 draw by Tusker in a KPL Top 8 semi-final first leg encounter at Afraha Stadium. Gor Mahia scored through Ali Abondo and from a penalty by Meddie Kagere.

It was Gor Mahia who started more brightly. Midfielder Ali Abondo appears to be regaining the form that saw him top the scorers chart in the first leg. He put Gor Mahia in the lead with a well taken shot in the 11th minute. Abondo was largely responsible for the second goal. It was he who was fouled in the box by Lloyed Wahome. Meddie Kagere put GorMahia further ahead in the 37th minute from the spot. Gor Mahia appeared firmly in the driving seat.

Tusker started to fight back after conceding the second goal. Kevin Kimani’s effort off a freekick struck the cross bar in the 44th minute.

But Gor Mahia were playing with a makeshift defence with Eric Ochieng deployed in central defence. Skipper Jesse Were, who was recently banned from the national team for misconduct, pulled one back in the 53rd when he caught the defence off guard. Tusker continued to pile pressure. Eugene Asike finally scored the equalizer in injury time.

Coach Frank Nuttall now admits that he will have to shore up his defence prior to the second leg.
“Given many different circumstances, we are pleased to get away goals but we are disappointed we did not win but we can do better to defend well in the second leg. We had a couple of chances and we utilized them so im relativelyhappy.

“Our two left players are injured so we tried to find solution and given all that, many things must be considered. We have advantage but we will be looking to make sure we go throughout that tie,” said Nuttall.

More to come………….

Gor Mahia on revenge mission against Tusker

Abondo to play his former team

When Gor Mahia take on Tusker in the KPL top 8 semi-finals on Sunday October 18, , they will have three issues on their mind

  1. Maintaining the unbeaten run
  2. Maintaining momentum towards a fourth title in 2015
  3. Earning revenge

It was Tusker who eliminated Gor Mahia at the same stage during the 2014 KPL Top 8. Tusker beat Gor Mahia 1-0 in Meru before drawing 1-1  in the return leg with Gor Mahia’s goal coming via Rama Salim.

Tusker will also be buoyed by their 4-2 win over AFC Leopards. But against Gor Mahia they will be facing a team that is vastly different. This Gor Mahia team is much stronger than the edition Tusker faced in 2014. And unlike AFC Leopards, Tusker will find that Gor Mahia are no pushovers as coach Kimanzi of Tusker has admitted

“This will be very tough tie; a final before the actual final and we will be looking to prepare well for it. Gor Mahia have had a great run in the year, winning the league title and doing well at the Cecafa while we have been doing well in the cup competitions so this is a game to look forward to.”

“This is a knockout tournament pitting the best eight finishers and you cannot choose which opponent to face so we will be ready for Gor Mahia,” he said to supersport.com

Gor Mahia has shown that despite winning the league with several matches in hand, the players are not resting on their laurels. They want the accomplishment of an unbeaten season and they are each still eager to prove their worth. A classic example of this is Ernest Wendo who has not featured much in the starting line-up. But when he got his chance on Sunday against Muhoroni, he acquited himself well as did George Odhiambo “Blackberry” when he came on in the 82nd minute. Both played well against Muhoroni Youth on Sunday and both will be eager to showcase their talents in the semi-finals.

Should Gor Mahia beat Tusker, they will proceed to the final to play the winner of the matchup between Sofapaka and SoNu Sugar. The final will be on November 1 with winner collecting Ksh 1 million.


Unstoppable Gor Mahia trounce Muhoroni Youth

Gor Mahia continued their irrepressible march towards a quadruple title season when they dispatched Muhoroni Youth in clinical fashion.  Gor Mahia came into this match expecting strong resistance from a Muhoroni Youth side that had not lost in their last 12 games. Some pundits even called this match “the clash of the unbeatens”.

In the first 10 minutes it really did look like the Kisumu county lads were going to give as good as they received. Wycliffe Ochomo, a former Gor Mahia player who prides himself in scoring against his old teams was marked out of the game. His attempt at a free-kick fell way short.

But after the first 10 minutes, Gor Mahia gained the upper hand. Innocent Wafula had two attempts blocked by Shikhalo . Meddie Kagere, Michael Olunga and Ali Abondo all had well taken attempts at goal. Muhoroni Youth will thank their goalkeeper Farouk Shikhalo as he made several excellent saves in the first half.

In the second half, Gor Mahia put further pressure on the accelerator pedal as they pushed for a goal. Innocent Wafula almost put Gor Mahia ahead in the 55th minute. But his attempt went inches wide. Meddie Kagere finally broke the deadlock when he beat two Muhoroni defenders before placing the ball beyond Shikhalo in the Muhoroni goal.

Tenn minutes later, Michael Olunga put Gor Mahia further ahead when he picked up the ball on the left flank after being put through by Ernest Wendo then calmly beat Farouk Shikhalo.  In the 78th minute, Muhoroni Youth were awarded a penalty after Eric Ochieng was adjudged to have handled the ball in the penalty box. But veteran Franklin Osama’s attempt was saved by Boniface Oluoch.

In the 89th minute, substitute George Odhiambo “Blackberry” sealed the score with a goal the reminded many of his glory years in 2010. He dribbled past several Muhoroni Youth players before finishing with powerful shot.

The win against what was anticipated to be strong opposition shows that the Gor Mahia core of players are still hungry even after having won the league. It also shows that KPL teams simply have no answer for what is a very clinical Gor Mahia side.


Gor Mahia : 23. Bonface Oluoch -GK, 5. Musa Mohamed (cpt), 14. Karim Nizigiyimana, 20. Ernest Wendo, 29. Innocent Wafula, 17. Eric Ochieng, 18. Harun Shakava, 22. Meddie Kagere, 30. Ali Abondo, 19. Michael Olunga, 10. Khalid Aucho.

Subs : 1. Jerim Onyango -GK, 15. Bernard Odhiambo, 24. Enock Agwanda, 9. Timothy Otieno, 25. George Odhiambo

Muhoroni Youth : 39. Farouk Shikhalo, 7. Yusuf Mohammed, 23. Wycliffe Nyangechi, 24. Franklyne Osama, 14.Paul Michuka, 2. Paul Mboya, 10. Abbas Akinyemi (Cpt), 26. George Mandela, 29. Francis Ochola, 30. Mike Khaduli, 12. Wycliffe Ochomo.

Subs: 1. Daniel Kiptoo, 15. Peter Okore, 4. Wellington Ochieng, 8. Kennedy Rono, 28. Abdalla Hamisi, 16. Oscar Oketch, 32. Edmond Murai

Gor Mahia start campaign for 4th title

Timothy Otieno did not see much action this season

Having won the 2015 Supercup and 2015 Kenya Premier League title and having made it through to the next round of the GoTV shield, Gor Mahia will start their campaign for a fourth title in 2015 when they take on Muhoroni Youth this weekend.

So far in 2015, Gor Mahia have not lost to any local team during regular play. They will be looking to continue with their unbeaten streak. But Muhoroni have been in fine form during the second leg of the 2015 season. They have not lost in their last 12 matches, a feat that has seen them rise from the relegation zone to their current fourth position in the KPL standings. Team manager

“That game will be a derby on its own. It will be a match to decide whose unbeaten record is halted. We will really work hard to come out as winners, said their team manager Mike Odongo to futaa.com

For Gor Mahia aside from maintaining their unbeaten run, it is a chance for certain players who have been absent for long stretches to prove their worth. Jerim Onyango or Wycliff Juma should see action between the sticks.

George Odhiambo “Blackberry” was resurgent in 2014 but has spent a lot of time on the bench until recently when he has started to work his way back into the starting line-up.

“I am happy to be able to play wherever I can and to contribute to the team winning. That is the most important thing for me and not personal glory,” he said to supersport.com.

And Blackberry is well aware of the threat posed by Muhoroni Youth.

“The game will be tough and we know we cannot underestimate them at all,” he said.

“They will know that we are favourites and they will have nothing to lose so they will be very dangerous. The season so far has been very good and we know that we have to continue in the same vein and we will be in a good place come the end of the season.” he continued.


Gor Mahia in the KPL Top 8

Gor Mahia has played in every single KPL top 8 tournament since the tournament’s inauguration in 2011.


In 2011, Gor Mahia opened by beating Mathare United 2-0 then lost to Ulinzi  in the semis drawing the first leg 0-0 before losing the second leg 0-1.


Gor Mahia last won this trophy in 2012 when they beat Ulinzi Stars 2-0 in extra time with goals from Rama Salim and Itubu Imbem. In the first round they had received a walkover against AFC Leopards who opted out of the KPL Top 8 in order to focus on their league campaign. In the next round, Gor Mahia beat Tusker 1-0 in the first leg and 3-0 in the second leg. Goals came from Rama Salim, Edwin Lavatsa and a memorable goal from Moses Odhiambo “Dube” who lobbed the out of position Tusker goalkeeper.


In the 2013 opening round, Gor Mahia beat Ulinzi 4-2 on penalties after the game had ended scoreless. In the semis they lost 0-1 to Tusker in the first leg and drew the second leg 0-0.


In 2014 Gor Mahia opened with a 2-1 win over Thika United thanks to goals from George Odhiambo and Dan Sserunkuma. In the semis, they played Tusker. They lost the first leg 0-1 in Meru, before drawing the second leg 1-1 thanks to a goal from Rama Salim.