Gor Mahia sink to Nzoia in GoTV shield

Gor Mahia surprisingly lost 0-1 to second tier league leaders Nzoia United in the round of 16 GoTV shield
Additional Reporting from goal.com
NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 28 – Ten-time GOtv Shield champions Gor Mahia have been dumped out of this year’s tournament after a 1-0 loss at the hands of Nzoia United, Edgar Nzano’s penalty doing all the damage to a club that has struggled over the last one month.

The talk before the game was all about head coach Jose Marcelo Ferreira’s decision to axe goalkeeping coach Mathews Ottamax from the team over what he termed as ‘breaking the rules’.

“We have rules in the team, and I guess everyone does. When you break the rules, then you cannot be in the team. We talked on Friday with him and the players and we made everything clear,” the Brazilian said pre-match.

Under pressure Ferreira had made some changes to his team, Enock Agwanda partnering Jacques Tuyisenge up in attack at the expense of Meddie Kagere who started on the bench.

In the absence of usual starter Karim Nizigiyimana at right back, Luke Ochieng was handed his second start of the season while in goal, Jerim Onyango who has been the preferred starter in cup competitions found himself on the bench with Boniface Oluoch preferred ahead of him.

The two sides came into the match all attack especially in the first half. Gor had the first opportunity, Agwanda breaking into the box in the 4thminute but Nzoia defender Brian Otieno stretched to hit the ball off for a corner.

The hosts had a great chance in the 8th minute but Brian Yakhama fired wide under pressure from two Gor defenders. A minute later, Masita Masuta also had a chance after turning Ochieng inside out on the left, but his eventual shot was an easy pick for Boniface Oluoch in the Gor goal.

On the other end, Agwanda had three more chances come his way but both went begging. In the 13th minute, he raced to the near post to meet a cross from Erick Ouma, but the ball took an awkward bounce in front of him and went wide.

Three minutes later, he was sent through on goal by Francis Kahata, but Nzoia keeper Benson Mangala was faster off his line to block Agwanda’s attempt with his feet.

In the 26th minute, he raced onto another long ball, but his attempt to head over Mangala was futile as the keeper picked the ball easily airborne.

Nzoia broke the deadlock on the half hour mark, Nzano sending Oluoch the wrong way from the penalty spot after Ernest Wendo blocked Peter Gin’s shot with his arms.

Gor had a double chance to make amends in the 41stminute but they could not unlock the Nzoia backline.

Luke Ochieng pounced on a ball dropped by Nzoia keeper Mangala from a Francis Kahata corner, but his eventual shot was cleared on the goal line. Kahata floated the cleared ball back into the area but Harun Shakava’s header went over.

Gor were better starters in the second half and Tuyisenge who was a silent figure all through the opening 45 finally burst into life.

He was presented with two aerial opportunities with crosses from Ouma and Ochieng, but both went wide.

In the 65th minute, Marcelo made his first change, bringing on Baron Oketch for Ernest Wendo, meaning Gor now operated without a defensive midfielder.

Five minutes later, Marcelo completely threw caution out of the window, pulling out right back ochieng for striker Kagere, a change that saw midfielder Amos Nondi operate as a wingback.

But despite the two attacking changes by Gor, it was Nzoia who had the better of chances. Nzau should have doubled his and the team’s tally in the 73nd minute from a corner, but he hit the ball with his back unmarked when he raced into the near post.

Yakhama had the best and easiest of chances to completely take the game away but he saw Oluoch’s finger tips push the ball onto the crossbar after tapping in a cross from substitute Patrick Kwitonda completely unmarked inside the six yard box.

But his blushes were spared with Bernard Mwalala’s side holding on till the end of the game for a ticket into the last eight.


GoTV Shield match a must win for Gor Mahia

Gor Mahia are currently preparing for their GoTV shield round of 16 match against Nzoia United. The match will be played this Sunday. Gor Mahia have been lackluster of late.Thankfully they have had some time off to sort out their midfield and attack issues.

“We are aiming to go past the round of sixteen meaning we have to win this match at all costs. It is a fact we have been shooting blanks in our past matches, but that has to change this weekend against Nzoia.” said Mathew Ottamax to goal.com

And Nzoia who are currently leading the second tier league and are gunning for promotion will not be an easy task as goalkeeping Mathew Ottamax points out

“We are Kenyan champions and we have to show that against them. They might be riding high in the second tier, but we have to show that we are one step ahead,” Ottamax said to goal.com

Unfortunately they have had to do it without coach Ze Maria who traveled to Brazil and has been away for almost a week. He was scheduled to return on Wednesday

“It is nothing serious at all, he had family issues which he has gone to solve but we are expecting him back tomorrow (Wednesday) to prepare the team for the weekend’s assignment. There is nothing alarming at all, he is still our head coach,” said Ronald Ngala to goal.com



Gor Mahia resume GoTV shield campaign

The Kenya premier league will take a break this weekend as teams resume the 2016 GoTV shield which has now reached the round of 32. Gor Mahia have an easy outing against national second tier side, Nairobi Stima. The match will be played Saturday at Nyayo stadium. For coach Ze Maria, its a chance to try out Crispin Odula who though he has not been playing has been training with the team. Its also a chance to work out the kinks in the Kagere-Tuyisenge combination.

Gor Mahia opened their 2016 campagn with a 3-0 win over Mombasa Mahakama with goals from Abouba Sibomana and Jacob Keli (2).

Last year Gor Mahia reached the semi-finals by beating Langata Gremio (3-0), Ushuru (3-2), Palos (4-2), Administration Police 3-1, before losing to Nakumatt on penalties. Fatigue was a significant factor in the Nakumatt match.

The winner of the 2016 GoTV shield will pocket Ksh 1 million and earn the right to represent Kenya in the 2017 CAF Confederations cup.

Gor Mahia have won the domestic cup 10 times with the most recent being in 2012. That is more than any other team.


Gor Mahia hammer Mahakama

Gor Mahia started their 2016 GoTV shield campaign by flooring Mahakama of Mombasa 3-0 at Kasarani on Saturday
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After an entertaining five minutes of passes and beautiful runs, defender Abouba Sibomana scored from a free-kick on the 7th minute to give Gor Mahia their first goal.

The pot kept boiling and on the 15th minute former Western Stima forward Baron Oketch was picked out with a cross but instead of drilling in a shot past keeper Athman Mohammed, he blasted wide out.

Mahakama then piled up pressure playing in Gor Mahia’s half and cleared a potential threat on the 16th minute when Gor Mahia won a corner-kick. Two minutes later, Jacob Keli was fed with a good chance after Wellington Ochieng asmd Ronald Omino had combined well on the right wing.

Ochieng’ played well with Omino from a set-piece on the 22nd minute giving the former Muhoroni Youth defender a clean chance to unleash a shot which landed on keeper’s safe hands. In the 25th minute, Jacob Keli made use of a goalmouth melee to double the score line for K’Ogalo a minute before Baron Oketch blasted the ball wide over the bar from a free-kick.

At the half-hour mark, Enock Agwanda saw his shot hit the side net in what was an open chance for the third goal. In the 39th minute, Mahakama keeper saved his side denying Agwanda an opportunity to put his name on the score sheet just inside the box. Welington Ochieng then did all the work on the right wing tossing the ball to Jacob Keli but the latter failed to connect it to the net two minutes later.

Gor Mahia coach Ze Maria then brought in Francis Kahata few minutes to the break just to stir-up the team. His classic touches in the midfield empowered the likes of Baron Oketch and Keli upfront but efforts didn’t bare fruits to halftime whistle. Both teams showed intention of scoring on resumption with notable move by Mahakama’s Salim Mohammed, who tasted Boniface Oluoch’s hands in the 51st minute from a free-kick.

Youngster Amos Nondi then got an open chance for Gor Mahia but his shot was deflected by a Mahakama defender to find Enock Agwanda, whose effort was thwarted by the keeper five minutes later. Baron Oketch had readied himself for the job on the left. In the 64th minute, keeper Mohammed rose to the occasion once again stopping Agwanda from scoring. He did that again in the 70th minute.

The introduction of Jaques Tuyisenge and defender Eric Ouma thereafter energized Gor Mahia. Tuyisenge almost scored from a Kahata cross twice as Ouma did his duty on the left flank. Ouma did not rest. He crossed from the left corner to find right-placed Jacob Keli, who used the opportunity to complete his brace with a brilliant header. That became the third goal


Gor Mahia to play Mahakama in GoTV shield

Gor Mahia will open their 2016 GoTV shield campaign on June 25 when they take on Mahakama Mombasa. The tournament will feature sixty four teams with the winner pocketing Ksh 2 million and earning the right to represent Kenya in the 2017 CAF Confederations cup.

“This year we want to make it bigger and better, and as SuperSport we will showcase the games in each round starting with the first round on the weekend of the 25th. We will go far and wide to bring the matches from as many parts of the country as possible,” said Head of SuperSport Africa Andre Venter during the launch on Thursday.

“We are also thankful to FKF, with the new office under Nick Mwendwa, who has been supportive from the very start of their tenure and we believe with this great cooperation will result to a great tournament,” he added.

“We are happy to partner with SuperSport in yet another milestone in Kenyan Football, it is our belief that this tournament being FKF’s first since assuming office will be a step in the right direction not only for the participating clubs but also for us a federation and football in general,” said FKF President Nick Mwendwa to supersport.

And added he; “In line with best football practices, FKF will pay allowances for match officials and hire venues for the tournament to enable clubs concentrate on the competition.”

Three Kenyan Premier League (KPL) clubs will skip the tournament including 2005 winners Nairobi City Stars, 2014 champions Sofapaka both of whom cited lack of funds, as well as two time victors Mathare United.

Last year, Kogalo beat Langata Gremio (3-0), Ushuru (3-2), Palos (4-2) and Administration Police (3-1) before succumbing to fatigue and losing to Nakumatt in the semis on penalties.

Historically, Gor Mahia are the most succesful team in this tournament, having lifted the trophy ten times with the first one coming in 1976.

Meanwhile Tusker, having failed to eliminate Kogalo via a boardroom decision, are now vowing to win on the field on Sunday.

“Who said we are out? We are 100% in the competition and I am sure we will reverse the scores in the second leg. Football is an unpredictable game which always surprises even the players, but I believe we have the character to go past them and qualify for the finals.” said Paul Nkata the Tusker coach to goal.com