2016 A let down year for Gor Mahia

2015 had been a glorious year for Gor Mahia. Besides 1987, it will go down as one of the most memorable season’s in the club’s history. It was going to be difficult to emulate the success of 2015. However, Kogalo fans were still hopeful for a successful season in 2016.
It was not to be however as the 2016 season will mostly be remembered as a letdown season with numerous self-inflicted wounds.

Excellent Pre-season

The season started on a promising note with Gor Mahia touring Ethiopia and Sudan and beating all the local teams including Al Hilal, the Sudanese champions, who have reached the group phase of the Africa champions league numerous times in recent years and who had beaten Gor Mahia 5-0 in a friendly match at Nyayo stadium in 2009.
Prior to beating Al Hilal, Gor Mahia had beaten St George of Ethiopia on penalties. They won the St George cup which was to celebrate the 80th Anniversary of St George’s.

Gor Mahia pose with trophy after beating Al Hilal of Sudan

It was a notable achievement because Gor Mahia were playing away to hostile fans and still won. It was also notable because St George had just won the Ethiopian league three times in a row. And in 2013, when ENPPI of Egypt eliminated Gor Mahia in the CAF Confederation cup, they went on to lose to St George.
With such an impressive pre-season record, it looked as if Gor Mahia were on their way to another successful season and might actually play better in continental football.


Gor Mahia had gone three seasons without a title sponsor and still won three succesive league titles. Finally in January of 2016, Gor Mahia landed a title sponsor for the third time in the club’s history. Sportpesa, the betting firm, stepped forward to sponsor Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards. In addition, Crown Beverages was announced as a secondary sponsor for the club. (It is not clear what happened to this deal). Elliott Breads finally got exclusive rights to distribute Gor Mahia bread, promising bigger returns then the previous distributor. And Gor Mahia launched other initiatives such as Gor Mahia water, Goma lotto in addition to the Gor Mahia SACCO that was launched months earlier.
And in February, Gor Mahia SACCO launched its first bus.

Gor Mahia SACCO’s first bus launched in February

Late in February, Gor Mahia signed a kitting deal with Italian company Legea worth Ksh 15 million. It seemed that Gor Mahia’s problems would be a an issue of the past.

Players going AWOL

All this was notwithstanding the fact that certain Kogalo players had not reported for pre-season training. Geoffrey Walusimbi, Khalid Aucho and Innocent Wafula were all still holidaying in Uganda. And Wafula’s whereabouts were completely unknown as he had not contacted the club. By the time Gor Mahia played the Super cup against Bandari on February 16, neither Aucho nor Wafula had reported to camp despite ostensibly still receiving a monthly salary from the club.
Indiscipline would further take its toll on the club during the second leg when Collins Okoth “Gattuso” fell out with the coach and was sidelined for several matches.
Aside from missing players, Gor Mahia had also lost all their leading scorers from the 2015 season: Michael Olunga left for Sweden. Meddie Kagere declined to renew his contract, holding out for a better deal and Ali Abondo left for South Africa after having failed to convince the club to raise his salary.

Coaches Departing

Inspirational assistant coach and club legend Bobby Ogolla soon left the club to pursue the head coaching position at City stars. Frank Ouna, also an assistant coach soon followed him out, citing frustrations from the EC.

Frank Nuttall
Prior to the end of the 2015 season, chairman Ambrose Rachier had negotiated a deal with Frank Nuttall in which the Scottish coach would take a significant pay cut which would basically halve his salary. But when Gor Mahia landed a title sponsor, Nuttall said that halving the salary was supposed to be a temporary measure until Gor Mahia found a sponsor and this insisted on receiving the full due from his contract as any self respecting coach would. However the Gor Mahia EC would have none of it. This despite the fact that Nuttall had steered the club to a superb season and looked set to repeat the same given the excellent pre-season that the club had just engaged in.
The net result was an internal squabble between chairman Rachier on one side and Nuttall on the other with each side refusing to give an inch. The infighting took its toll on the playing unit. And what looked like a promising season soon begun to take a nose-dive.
Matters came to a head when Frank Nuttall was held up at his hotel due to unpaid bills. Days later he announced to the dismay of fans that he had been fired by Rachier, prompting a firestorm by fans. Rachier and the EC would later backtrack. But by this time the damage was done.
With Rachier and Nuttall now not on speaking terms, what was previously a demoralized playing unit became undisciplined. Custodian Boniface Oluoch openly disrespected Nuttall prompting the coach to drop him from the starting line-up.

More indiscipline
In February, Gor Mahia traveled to Mombasa to play Bandari in the 2016 super cup. Gor Mahia lost 0-1 and at the end of the match the players refused to pick up their runners up medals. Worse still, two players ended up in a police cell after engaging in a fist fight at the airport.

Champions League disaster

A successful tour of Ethiopia and Sudan was supposed to prepare Kogalo for their continental assignments. But with three key players missing the pre-season and with indiscipline creeping into the playing unit, things started to look grim. Also due to lack of attention from club officials, some key new signings were not registered for continental football including Jacque Tuyisenge, Francis Kahata and Luke Ochieng.

Gor Mahia in shock loss to CNaPs at Nyayo stadium

The combination of lack of player morale, infighting and indiscipline took its toll and Gor Mahia lost to CNaPS of Madagascar whom they had eliminated in 2015. Kogalo lost 1-2 at home and 0-1 away. Gor Mahia’s lone goal at Nyayo stadim came via a penalty converted by Enock Agwanda. By this time many fans had tuned out as evidenced by the paltry attendance for the match against CNaPS at Nyayo. Losing to a team Gor Mahia had eliminated in 2016 was a bitter pill to swallo

League defence

Gor Mahia started their league campaign on a sour note. There were three succesfive draws to start the league against Posta Rangers, Ulinzi and Chemelil Sugar. When Gor Mahia lost their 4th match to arch rivals AFC Leopards by a score of 0-1, matters finally came to a head. Coach Frank Nuttall finally decided that he had had enough and left without even informing the playing unit nor club officials. he would later surface at Zamalek of Egypt as an assistant coach to Alex McLeish.
Nuttall would later explain his reason’s for leaving
“As a director of football, I am not involved in hiring, releasing and disciplinary of players and assistant staff. This has affected the performance of the club,” Nuttall wrote to the club’s management. Other grievances cited by the Scott include unprocedural termination of his contract on February 4, a decision that was later revoked. “Lastly, the executive committee has continued to make negative and undermining comments in the media, including those relating to team selection. In the circumstances, I believe the club is no longer able to make my work and performance possible at the club,” he said.

On march 16, Brazilian José Marcelo Ferreira aka Ze Maria popularly known as Ze Maria was announced as the new head coach. By this time Gor Mahia were in 13th place in the league standings.

The arrival of Ze Maria seemingly rejuvenated the club for a brief period. Gor mahia ended the first leg winning 7 matches, losing one and drawing one.

Jacque Tuyisenge was key to Gor Mahia’s revival, scoring several crucial goals

For a moment, they scaled to the top of the standings only to be brought down to second place by a IDAC decision to deduct three points due to fan hooliganism. A moment of madness from some Kogalo fans would come back to haunt the club. It was an unprecedented decision given that no team had ever lost points due to hooliganism and Gor Mahia being the away team were not responsible for security on this particular day.

As the first half of the season came to an end, midfielder Khalid Aucho left for trials in Scotland, leaving a gaping hole in the midfield. Aucho had been one of the most pivotal cogs in the Kogalo setup for the past two years with his ability to win midfield battles and link up effectively with the attack. He had been voted KPL player of the month for May. His departure was felt as Kogalo started the second leg of the season with 5 draws and only two wins.

The mid-season transfer period saw the return of Rwandese striker Meddie Kagere who had left the club in December of the previous year. Gor Mahia also signed a Brazilian striker Thiago Silva who had previously played in Macao. Yet the Brazilian did not feature for the club as Gor Mahia had already reached the allowed quota of foreign players. Other mid-season acquisitions were Wellington Ochieng, Anthony Mbugua, Baron Jobita and veteran Crispin Odula who was touted as Aucho’s replacement. Odula who had previously been playing in the Finnish league, never featured in the Kogalo line-up.

To make matters worse, the ever indisciplined Collins Okoth Gattuso, fell out with coach Ze Maria who refused to field him in matches. This left Gor Mahia short-handed in the defensive midfield position.
Gor Mahia’s below par performance in the premier league carried over into the GoTV shield. After having dispatched lower tier sides Mahakama and Nairobi Stima 3-0 and 2-0 respectively, Gor Mahia succumbed to a shock 0-1 loss to Nzoia United who at the time were leading in the second tier league.

Things were not getting any better as assistant coach Mathew Ottamax fell out with coach Ze Maria and took his feud public posting incendiary comments against the coach on his social media pages.
““A blank firing coach decides to fire his goalkeeping coach…maybe this will solve his scoring problems! Mine is to say a BIG THANK YOU to Gor Mahia players, staff, the executive office and our loving fans for everything we achieved as a family during the three and a half seasons I was with you. I remain loyal to my Mother Club”
Both club chairman Ambrose Rachier and Ze Maria would later state that Ottamax was never fired. A few days later Ottamax resumed his duties as goalkeeping coach.

KPL Youth Tournament (August)

Gor Mahia hopes for silverware were further dashed when the U-19 team lost to Mathare United in the KPL U-19 finals.
In the meantime, a fight was brewing between the Gor Mahia Fans foundation and the club’s executive committee. The foundation had created the U-19 team in 2014 but the EC wanted the foundation to cede control of the U-19 team. As a result the U-19 team was starved of cash and fans often had to conduct impromptu harambees for the team.
“Some of the players have been forced to trek long distances to and from training sessions. It is very perplexing to see fans collecting money to offer something to the players after matches.
“Even today (Wednesday), very few players reported for training ahead of our match against Muhoroni Youth.” Said an official

Final Title chase

A 2-0 win over arch rivals AFC revived Gor Mahia’s title hopes. Eric Ouma was man of the match.

Nevertheless Gor Mahia never gave up hope of catching league leaders Tusker. In October, Gor Mahia recorded an important 2-0 win over arch rivals AFC Leopards. It was the first time Kogalo had won the mashemeji derby since 2013. The goals came from Enock Agwanda who converted a cross from the left wing and Meddie Kagere who scored from the penalty spot.

Gor Mahia would win their next two matches against Mathare and Muhoroni Youth. Those wins would leave the 2016 KPL open until the 29th round. Gor Mahia now needed Tusker to trip up. If they did, the last match against Tusker would have been the decider of who wins the league. Unfortunately Tusker would win their round 29 match and seal the league title with one game left. Thus the last match against Tusker was a mere formality and Gor Mahia played with no motivation and ended up losing 0-1.
It is fair to say that being deducted three points cost Gor Mahia the league. Had they not been docked three points, they would still have motivation to win their last match. They would have put up a stronger fight and possible wrested the title from Tusker.
In the end, Gor Mahia finished 2016 with no notable trophy. The only trophies they won were in the pre-season tournaments in Sudan and Ethiopia.

Gor Mahia elections 2016.

Gor Mahia had not held elections since 2014. The long-awaited elections were finally held on December 11. Ambrose Rachier retained the Chairmanship, garnering 579 votes against Okech’s 220. Former Gor’s Secretary General Chris Omondi had 157 votes.
After a bitterly contested election, Rachier vowed to unite the club and implement a new constitution.
“My first duty will be to reunite all K’Ogalo fans and candidates. I know there are some divisions, but I intend to work closely with those who contested against me. My second task with my new committee will be to deal with our club’s constitution so that we can be compliant with the Sports Act. ”
The 2016 elections marked the first time three women were elected to leadership positions within the club. Sally Bolo (Treasurer), Judith Anyango (Organizing Secretary ) and Beryl Anyango (Deputy Organizing Secretary)

KPL Youth Tournament (December)

Image courtesy of Odhiambo KGM

The second 2016 Youth Tourmanent was held in December at Camp Toyoyo. It was Gor Mahia’s last chance for silverware in 2016. It started on a sour note losing to Posta Rangers by a score of 2-1. The man who came back to haunt Gor Mahia U20 was one Ted Osok who used to be in the Gor Mahia youth setup but was dropped. Gor Mahia U20 then recovered to beat Ulinzi U20 5-1 and Muhoroni U20 1-0 thanks to a late goal.  But their run came to an end when they lost 1-3 to Mathare U20, the same team that beat them in the finals of the August Tournament

Musa, Marcelo and Tuyisenge in team of the season

Three Gor Mahia players, Musa Mohamed, Eric Ouma and Jacque Tuyisenge have been named to the 2016 KPL team of the season for 2016 as named by the Standard

Goalkeeper: David Okello (Tusker)
Okello is largely responsible for helping the brewers win the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) title in the just concluded season.
At the beginning of the season, Tusker coach Paul Nkata preferred to rotate goalkeepers and it was not clear who he preferred something that seems to have cost the brewers a lot in terms of consistency.
But when Okello took a permanent position between the posts, the brewers hardly conceded goals with the veteran goalkeeper making some outstanding saves. The most memorable was saving a penalty against Sony Sugar at Awendo three weeks ago in a match Tusker won 1-0 and all but confirmed their title credentials.

Noah Abich (Sofapaka)
He joined Sofapaka in the second leg of the league but still put in an impressive performance to ensure the 2009 KPL champions survived against relegation.
The former Mathare United defender was simply outstanding at the back but he was most crucial whenever Sofapaka got a penalty or free kicks which he easily converted.
His most memorable performance was during a 3-2 win against AFC Leopards on October 28 at Machakos Stadium when he assisted in all three goals.
It is a performance that rightfully earned him the October player of the month award from the Association of Sports Journalists of Kenya (ASJAK).

Eric ‘Marcelo’ Ouma (Gor Mahia)
That a 20 year old prodigy warmed his way into the starting line-up of Gor Mahia will remain one of the stories of this season.
Previously unknown Ouma burst into the limelight at the beginning of this season with his impressive ability to bring in crosses from flanks that left everyone awestruck.
His ability to assist the team’s striking force resulted in some crucial goals. He was able to also defend well especially against more experienced strikers and easily displaced Abouba Sibomana at the Gor Mahia backline in a performance that earned him a permanent slot in the national team Harambee Stars.

Musa Mohammed (Gor Mahia)
Consistent and dependable. He is the reason Gor Mahia conceded the least number of goals the whole season when they let in just 14 goals.
Mohammed started in most of the matches Gor Mahia played in this season showing an impressive ability to avoid injuries and was even the field captain of the former KPL champions. In total Mohammed has played more than 250 matches for Gor Mahia since he joined the club six years ago. In that period Gor Mahia has had atleast three coaches all of him have found him indispensable for his ability to defend well.

George ‘Wise’ Owino (Mathare United)
Like wine which gets better with age, Owino has not shown signs of slowing down. His best year was no doubt in 2008 when he had a permanent placed in the national team Harambee Stars. After that, injury put him out for a long time only to re-emerge at the beginning of this season and re-unite with Mathare United coach Francis Kimanzi who seems to know how to get the best out of him.
Owino started in all the 30 matches United played in last season and was cautioned only twice. His big frame at the back was always intimidating to United’s opponents.

Whyvonne Issuza (Mathare United)
He scored an impressive eight goals to emerge the top scorer for Mathare United in the just concluded season. He also had several assists to help his side have a strong finish.
When dependable midfielder Eric Johanna temporarily left Mathare United to attend trials in Sweden three months ago, the task to marshall the midfield was left to Isuzza and he did a good job of it scoring and providing assists for crucial goals. He has done everything to take over from Johanna as midfielder of the year.

Kenneth Muguna (Western Stima)
He was the youngest recipient of the Association of Sports Journalists of Kenya (ASJAK) monthly award for August and it was not for nothing.
He is one of the reasons Stima finished in sixth place with 44 points and were even at some point in the season considered contenders for the title.
His artistry in midfield was second to none and his crucial goals like when he scored in August to enable Stima beat Mathare United 1-0 to always kept Stima’s title chances alive.
Overall, he made some crucial contributions for the power men and it was therefore not a surprise for him to be called up to the national team.

Humphrey Mieno (Tusker)
When Mieno wanted to force his way out of Ruaraka in June, the brewers stood firm and for a good reason. The fact that he wanted to join Gor Mahia made it even more difficult for the brewers to let him considering that both teams were fighting for the title.
Mieno gave a good account of himself in the Tusker midfield with crucial assists that left many fans wondering why he has always been overlooked by the national team selectors.
He is clearly one of the reasons Tusker won the league with a consistent performance in the middle of the pack.

John Makwatta (Ulinzi Stars)
He emerged the league’s top score after netting 15 goals and becomes just the second Ulinzi Stars player to do so after Steven Waruru.
In total Ulinzi Stars scored 35 goals which means that Makwatta’s goals were important in helping the soldiers finish in third position.
The soldiers also finished runners-up in the GOtv shield and even here Makwatta played a crucial role in helping them to do so. The team alongside Tusker will represent the country in next year’s Confederations Cup.

Allan Wanga (Tusker)
Tusker were struggling to score goals before Allan Wanga’s arrival changed all that in the second leg of the KPL.
Wanga returned to Ruaraka with a bang. The last time he was there was in 2007 when he won the KPL title with Tusker and also emerged the top scorer.
His second return saw him help the brewers not only win the KPL title but also the GOtv shield. His goal in the GOtv final made all the difference. He also scored in the season ender against Gor Mahia to cap a memorable season not only for the club but for himself as well which ended with a call-up to the national team Harambee Stars.

Jacques Tuyisenge (Gor Mahia)
He will be disappointed that Gor Mahia did not win a fourth consecutive title for that is why the former KPL champions splashed Sh4million to buy him.
He will also be disappointed that his ten goals will not give him the golden boot as he finishes fourth on the top scorer’s list behind Makwatta, Wycliff Ochomo and Kepha Aswani but will take consolation in emerging his club’s leading scorer in the first season.
Tuyisenge looks to have been let down by inconsistency but his performance when he was at the top was outstanding. He brought many tears of joy to Gor Mahia fans with some of his goals. His best is yet to come though.

Ze Maria blames lack of motivation

Kogallo’s Brazilian tactician Ze Maria has blamed a lack of motivation for his team below par performance in the last match against Tusker

“My players came into the match with no motivation at all considering the fact that Tusker had already won the league. But we did well, we could have won this match but we did not take our chances.” he said to goal.com

Some would say that an inspirational coach would have been able to motivate his players to play with pride and end the season on a high note.  An astute coach would have found

Ze Maria believes he can build on his performance to achieve a better performance in 2017.

“However, it is a plus to us, I came when we were down in the 13th  position but we have done our best and finished second. I believe we have a good squad to do better next season.”



Gor Mahia floor Muhoroni 2-0

Gor Mahia continued to keep the heat on Tusker when they beat Muhoroni Youth 2-0 at Moi stadium Kisumu on Saturday. The goals were scored by the Rwandese duo of Meddie Kagere and Jacques Tuyisenge..

Gor Mahia came into the match looking determined and dominating proceedings from the beginning. The first goal came in the 9th minute: Francis Kahata sent a cross. Meddie Kagere met it with a header right to Jacque Tuyisenge who scored.

Muhoroni now coached by former Gor Mahia ace Tom Juma, now started to get into the game. Benjamin Mosha was presented with a glorious opportunity when a cross found him unmarked in the six yard box. But he fluffed the chance.

Kagere would then double the lead in the 30th minute after picking a pass from Jacque Tuyisenge.

The second half was no different. Gor Mahia dictated the terms and showed by attacking intent. Francis Kahata, Tuyisenge and Kagere left the Muhoroni defence working overtime. In the 80th minute, Kagere played a neat one two with Kahata before sending a pass to Tuyisenge who was only a second late thus allowing Muhoroni to clear their lines.

With Gor Mahia now one point behind Tusker, they will be hoping that Tusker drop a point against AFC tomorrow. If they do then the last match of the season against Tusker will decide who wins the league.


Gor Mahia:
Bonface Oluoch, Karim Nizigiyamana, Musa Mohammed, Harun Shakava, Eric Ouma, Collins Okoth, Francis Kahata(Amos Nondi), George Odhiambo(Jacob Keli), Godfrey Walusimbi, Meddie Kagere, Jacques Tuyisenge

Unused Subs: Jerrim Onyango, Luke Ochieng, Abouba Sibomana, Anthony Mbugua, Enock Agwanda

Muhoroni :
Faruk Shikhalo, Yusuf Mohammed, Mike Simiyu, Paul Muchika, Kelvin Omondi, Paul Mboya, Benjamin Mosha(Victor Omune), James Ogada, Lwamba Bebeto, Francis Ochola(Calvin Omanga), Samuel Ndungu

Unused Subs: : Timothy Igweta, Wycliffe Nyangechi, Daniel Otieno, Kennedy Rono, Abdalla Hamisi

Gor Mahia to fight until the last day

The destiny of the club is not in its own hands. Gor Mahia cannot finish lower than second position. But to win the league, Gor Mahia now finds itself in the awkward position of hoping that arch rivals AFC will beat Tusker next weekend.

But Gor Mahia coaches and players have vowed to continue their fight until the last day. If they do so, they will have done their part. There is not much they can do about the fact that FKF deducted three points. Some will argue that the decision was unfair. But not much can be done now.

Midfield maestro Francis Kahata who was in fine form on Sunday knows that the club cannot afford to drop points.
“There was not short cut in today’s game. The season is about to end and we still fighting for the title so today it was just getting the three points and I thank my teammates for the effort they put in because it was about team work from the coach to the fans so we are happy. We don’t have any short cuts in the remaining games, we can’t afford to draw or lose”. he said to futaa.com

Coach Ze Maria was happy with Sunday’s display and says that the fight will continue until the last day.

“We have to continue this way. Put pressure behind Tusker until the last match of the season.” he said to goal.com

Though he has no regrets, he wishes the club could have won one of the 12 matches that were drawn

“We have to keep going. We don’t know what will happen, but we want to win our matches and if it goes our way, it’s OK,” Ferreira said.

“We don’t have regrets, but we would have wished to win those matches (12 drawn games) but we now have to look forward.” he continued.

But this is how a league goes.

Its down to the wire again for Gor Mahia and Tusker

Just two weeks ago, Gor Mahia fans were all but resigned to the fate of finishing second to Tusker in the 2016 Kenya premier League. However the derby victory last week has lifted the spirits and hopes of fans. Firstly because it was Gor Mahia’s first win over arch rivals Ingwe since 2013 when Logarusic was in charge. Secondly because it brought Gor Mahia back to within shouting distance of Tusker.

Coach Jose Marcelo Ferreira has said that the next two matches will determine the league.

“By the end of next weekend it will be clear whether we shall be lifting the league trophy at the end of the season or not,” he said to the official KPL website.

“I know that Tusker drew their last game and yes, I followed their performance every week, but I don’t want to be preoccupied with whether they win or lose their other matches. My mind will fully be on Gor and our upcoming matches.” he continued.

For Gor Mahia to stand a chance, Tusker must draw at least one of the next two matches and Gor Mahia must win both. This will set up the final encounter on November 19 which will decide who lifts the title.

Gor Mahia Fixtures

Sun 30-10-16 16:15 Gor Mahia vs Mathare United Kasarani Stadium
Sat 05-11-16 14:00 Muhoroni Youth vs Gor Mahia Moi Stadium

Tusker Fixtures

Sat 29-10-16 14:00 SonySugar vs Tusker Awendo Stadium
Sun 06-11-16 14:00 Tusker vs AFC Leopards Afraha Stadium

Final Fixture

Sat 19-11-16 15:00 Gor Mahia vs Tusker Nyayo Stadium

But Marcelo continues to insist that he is not focused on what Tusker does but only on what he can control.

“What is most important to me right now is to ensure that the team performs well in the remaining games and that means collecting maximum points. We just want to play our game and keep our focus on trying to win every match that we engage in” he continued.

Gor Mahia have shifted their base from camp Toyoyo to Kasarani as they prepare to play the slum boys on Sunday.



Gor Mahia beat AFC Leopards

Gor Mahia beat arch rivals AFC Leopards for the first time since the Logarucic era
Additional reprting from goal.com
Gor Mahia revived their slim hopes of winning league title after they beat rivals AFC Leopards at Nyayo Stadium on Saturday

Gor Mahia defeated their fierce rivals AFC Leopards 2-0 in a hotly contested match played at Nyayo Stadium on Sunday.

This is a match that usually attracts massive crowd and Sunday was no different as fans of both the Green Army and Ingwe came in large numbers to cheer their respective sides.

K’Ogalo came into the battle knowing anything less than three points would kill their bid to defend their crown, with AFC Leopards also aware that maximum points were all the side needed to at least make a step forward into the top eight positions.

Gor Mahia, who were boosted with the return of Collins “Gattuso’ Okoth, started a brighter side of the two, threatening earlier on in the third minute as George Odhiambo was left free, but Jacques Tuyisenge failed to connect the resultant cross with the goal at his mercy. In the sixth minute, Karim Nizigiyimana was at it again, crossing the ball but Edwin Wafula cleared it.

Ingwe finally had a chance of their own in the eighth minute courtesy of Paul Kiongera, who hit a long range effort that went wide. As the first half continued, it was Gor Mahia, who looked the better side, threatening regularly, but was unable to get the ball into the back of the net.

At the stroke of half time, Gor Mahia won a corner that was delivered by Francis Kahata, but Tuyisenge hit the cross-bar with keeper Lucas Indeche well beaten, and the ball was put into a safe position by Wafula. After the break, AFC Leopards came stronger trying to break a stubborn Gor Mahia defense, and in the 55th minute, Paul Kiongera did well to go past Haron Shakava but he hurriedly released a pass in search of Kepha Aswan which defender Musa Mohammed did well save.

Gor Mahia continued pressing, with full backs Karim Nizigiyimana, and Eric Ouma bringing crosses that troubled Ingwe defense. However, it was Tuyisenge, who was brought down in the danger zone, and the referee had the easiest of decisions awarding Gor Mahia a penalty.

Meddie Kagere rose to the occasion, sending Indeche the wrong way to give K’Ogalo a deserved lead in the 64th minute.

AFC Leopards coach Ezekiel Akwana responded by bringing in Alfred Wekesa and Yusuf Suf in places of Simon Abuko and Andrew Tololwa, but it was substitute Enock Agwanda, who had replaced Collins Okoth, who finished off Ingwe in the 83rd minute.

The former Sofapaka man hit the roof of the net, after Eric Ouma had floated in a wonderful cross from the right. The result puts the defending champions firmly in contention for the title, after Tusker were held to a 1-1 draw by Nairobi City Stars.

AFC Leopards: Lucas Indeche (GK) (C), Edwin Wafula, Cresten Mwanzo, Eugene Ambulwa, Joshua Mawira, Bernard Ongoma, Simon Abuko, Moussa Sissoko, Andrew Tololwa, Mungai Kiongera, Kepha Aswani.

Subs: Edwin Mukolwe (GK), Yakubu Ramadhan, Haroun Nyakha, Bernard Mangoli, Yusuf Suf, Alfred Wekesa, Jack Bruno.

Gor Mahia: 23. Bonface Oluoch -GK, 14. Karim Nzigiyimana, 5. Musa Mohammed (Cpt), 18. Haron Shakava, 21. Eric Ouma, 6. Collins Okoth, 8. Francis Kahata, 22. Maddie Kagere, 25. George Odhiambo, 9. Jacques Tuyisenge, 2. Godfrey Walusimbi.

Subs: 1. Jerim Onyango -GK, 4. Wellington Ochieng, 3. Abouba Sibomana, 11. Amos Nondi, 29. Innocent Wafula, 27. Jacob Keli, 24. Enock Agwanda.

Gor Mahia held by Western Stima 2-2

Gor Mahia were held 2-2 by Western Stima in a midweek clash
Additional reporting from futaa.com
Substitute Bernard Ondiek denied Gor Mahia a chance to close the gap to four points with his late equalizer that ensured a 2-2 draw as Gor Mahia and Western Stima faced off in their midweek Kenyan Premier League match played at Nyayo National Stadium.

Godfrey Walusimbi had scored at the 75th minute heading in from an Innocent Wafula’s cross leaving Gor Mahia poised to win the match until Ondiek’s header came in the dying minutes of the game.

First goal

Western Stima came into this top of the table clash seeking the first win and first goal from Gor Mahia ever since May 2013 and it was Kenneth Muguna who launched the attack setting up former Gor forward Hubert Kopany who floated in a cross to waiting Kennedy Agogo Otieno. Otieno never disappointed as he sent the ball into the net just before halftime.

It was Gor Mahia who had a strong start and Godfrey Walusimbi was the first player to get a clear cut chance but shot over the post. He later set up Francis Kahata who also missed to find the target from the edge of the box.

First Stima chance

Western Stima later started responding as the 20th minute mark approached but Brian Marita was unable to dribble past Boniface Olouch. Otieno tried his luck but Olouch stood tall once again in goal to deny him. Towards the end of the first half both teams came up strongly but it was Stima’s efforts that paid off first.

Five minutes from halftime, Gor Mahia won a penalty after Jacques Tuyisenge was brought down in the 18 yard box. Enock Agwanda took it and sent Gabriel Andika the wrong way to equalize for Gor Mahia.


Gor Mahia remain second with 45 points, six behind leaders Tusker FC. Western Stima on the other hand are fourth with 41 points from 26 matches.

Gor Mahia Starting XI:
Boniface Oluoch (GK), Wellington Ochieng’, Haron Shakava, Musa Mohammed (Innocent Wafula), Erick Ouma, Anthony Mbugua (Collins Okoth), Francis Kahata, Godfrey Walusimbi, George Odhiambo, Jacques Tuyisenge, Enock Agwanda (Jacob Keli)

Unused Subs:
Fredrick Onyango (GK), Abouba Sibomana, Amos Nondi, Meddie Kagere

Western Stima Starting XI:
Gabriel Andika [GK], Dennis Sikhayi, Wesley Onguso, Maurice Ojwang, Joash Onyango, (Bernard Ondiek) Fredrick Shimonyo, Brian Marita,Kenneth Muguna, Hubert Kopany, Wesley Kemboi (Raymond Murugi), Kennedy Otieno

Unused Sub:
Levies Opiyo, Fredrick Nyarombo, Daniel Makachi, Victor Oduor,Kevin Okoth

Gor Mahia stumbles but the chase continues

The draw against Sofapaka dented Gor Mahia’s hopes of retaining the league title that they won for three seasons in a row. They now trail leaders Tusker by four points. But with five matches left, the league title is still very much within Gor Mahia’s Tusker since the latter have not exactly been a model of consistency.

“None of these two teams wants to be champions,” football analyst and former Tusker coach Jacob “Ghost” Mulee said. “When Tusker drop points, Gor do the same. When Gor is expected to win, they drop points,” said TV analyst Jacob Ghost Mulee.
To be sure, Gor Mahia still have some crucial encounters to play, in particular against AFC leopards and against Tusker. That match could very well decide who wins the league. Tusker too have to play against Ingwe.
For Gor Mahia, they once again have to pick the positives from the match and learn from it.

“There are three results in football; a win, loss and draw. We got a draw and we appreciate for that. This is just football and it requires patience so one point is enough to be thankful but I think we will work on missed chances and see how strikers can score goals,”said assistant coach Tom Ogweno to Supersport.

Ogweno suggested that Sofapaka came in knowing exactly how to defend against Gor Mahia and it worked for them.

“Sofapaka’s strategy worked for them and that it can only leave us to work for next time. There is no pressure despite the few remaining matches anything can happen but I believe we are still in the title race since we haven’t loss this one,” he continued.

Coach Ze Maria will now be hard pressed to change his tactics before the next game and even within the game. And he will have more than two weeks to re-strategize. The next game will be against Western Stima on October 12.

Ngala accuses Sofapaka of sabotage

Organizing secretary Ronald Ngala for his part accused Sofapaka of sabotage.

“It was like sabotage because you could see they were fighting for a point which had no impact on their survival chances. They played like a final and you wonder where the stubborn goalkeeper was all along when they were losing almost every match. Had they played the way they did yesterday Sunday they would definitely not be at the bottom,” Ngala complained.Ngala is said to Citizen digital.

Ngala admitted that the draw was a huge blow.

“It is a big blow to our bid to lift the KPL title for the fourth time in a row. We were relieved to have reduced the seven-point gap between us and Tusker to only two. Failing to maintain it was disappointing,” he said.

But he says the team is not giving up until its completely over.

“We will accept the league is gone if Tusker will be ahead of us by more than three points after the 29th. The mistake people are making is comparing our performance with that of last season which was an exceptional year,” he added.


Gor Mahia held by Sofapaka

Gor Mahia’s title aspirations ran into a roadblock when they were held scoreless by Sofapaka on Sunday at Nyayo stadium
Additional reporting from Citizen Sports
Basement side Sofapaka FC dented Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions, Gor Mahia’s aspirations of retaining their crown when they forced them into a barren stalemate at Nyayo Stadium in Nairobi on Sunday.

Elsewhere, Victor Ademba gave visiting Sony Sugar a 26th minute lead at Thika United but the hosts forced a share of the spoils when Musa Saad equalised in the 76th to leave the sugar millers tenth (32), three places above their opponents.

The result at Nyayo handed the initiative in the title chase back to leaders Tusker FC who are now four clear at the summit on 48 points with five games to go in an encounter where Sofapaka goalkeeper, Mathias Kigonya, produced a man-of-the-match performance to thwart K’Ogalo.

“We closed Gor at the centre because we knew that is where the danger was. My players had four clear chances of hitting them on the counter but failed to score. We are optimistic we will survive, this was an important match that I believe will inspire my team to fight on in the remaining five matches,” satisfied Sofapaka boss, David Ouma, who returned to the side after his engagements with Harambee Starlets said.

“My return adds something but I want to thank my technical bench for the job they have done in my absence. We own the results as a group whether I’m present or not,” Ouma added.

His team inched to within a point of second from bottom Nairobi City Stars with 16, eight behind Ushuru FC who occupy the last slot to escape the chop.

Gor boss, Marcelo ‘Ze Maria’ Ferreira was too distraught to speak to the media after honouring his obligations with broadcast sponsors as he rued a missed opportunity to turn the pressure on Tusker who won 2-1 on Friday.

Field captain, Musa Mohammed who was marking his record 250th appearance for Gor set the tone for a frustrating afternoon for Gor when he failed to hit the target when a pin-point free kick from the returning Eric ‘Marcelo’ Ouma in the second minute.

Eric Ochieng, who crossed over from Gor to Sofapaka in June then tested Boniface Oluoch with a free-kick in the ninth, before floating another set piece delivery two minutes later but defender Abouba Sibomana got the better of Johnson Baagole in an aerial contest to avert danger.

Ouma then wasted two chances in quick succession, his first shot from close range was denied by the keeper when Gor raced to the other end after being put through goal by a glorious cross from Karim Nzigiyamana before he failed to turn in a George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo pass across goal in the 19th.

Jacques Tuyisenge then almost gave the title-holders the lead in the 23rd, Nzigiyamana crossing to him from the right only to be denied by Kigonya as he prepared to pull the trigger.

In the 35th, Tuyisenge’s header flew just over with Kigonya beaten, after he was set up by Francis Kahata.
On the stroke of the half time, Kigonya blunder almost gifted Gor the opener in the only blot to his commanding shift between the sticks after he needlessly handled the ball just outside the box.

The resultant free-kick was blocked by Francis Kentile and the whistle blew for half time before Earnest Wendo could convert the rebound much to the chagrin of K’Ogalo players.

At the restart, Ouma introduced Charles Melubo for Fredrick Ojwang and the new man saved his side when he deflected Kahata’s shot that was flying in out for a fruitless corner.

Gor pinned Batoto ba Mungu in their own half with Meddie Kagere who was playing on the right flank in the first half joining Tuyisenge in a central forward role as Ze Maria switched to a two-pronged attack.

The former Brazilian international then introduced exciting youngster, Amos Nondi resting Sibomana with the new man paving way for Odhiambo to switch flanks to the left as Ouma dropped to defence.

Gor’s all out attack was almost caught out cold in the 67th when Salim Gichuki stole the ball from Nzigiyamana and quickly crossed to the unmarked Melubo who spurned the chance by firing straight to the under employed Olouch.

Ze Maria then hauled off Odhiambo for Ugandan Godfrey Walusimbi, before finally withdrawing Nzigiyamana for former Sofapaka man Enoch Agwanda in a last ditch effort to find a breakthrough.

Agwanda’s corner in the 85th found Mohammed in the box but the skipper was denied the headlines when his finish cannoned off the cross bar in what was the last clear cut opportunity for the champions to grab victory.

K’Ogalo’s profligacy returned to haunt them after successive wins reignited their challenge after cutting down a seven-point lead to two in what was their sixth draw in eight KPL games.

Gor Mahia edge Ulinzi

George Odhiambo Blackberry celebrates with Francis Kahata
George Odhiambo Blackberry celebrates with Francis Kahata

A first half goal by George Odhiambo Blackberry was what Kogalo needed to win a crucial encounter against 3rd placed Ulinzi Warriors on Wednesday. The win confirms Gor Mahia’s return to winning ways. It is a crucial win because aside from narrowing the gap from league leaders Tusker to only two points, it also puts Gor Mahia six points ahead of Ulinzi who are now tied for third place with two other teams. And in a league that is increasingly tight, a win against other contenders is crucial. Gor Mahia also showed that they can grind out wins against teams like Ulinzi that resort to rough play to intimidate opponents.

Additional Reporting courtesy of futaa.com
Both teams came into the game with a win in their previous games and were cautious not to get caught off guard with Blackberry getting himself into the referee’s book after a foul on Cylus Shitote in the 4th minute. Nine minutes later K’ogalo made their first attack of the game when Karim Nizigiyimana ran on the right flank to bring in a well crafted cross that found George Odhiambo who headed it over the bar. With 20 minutes gone, the KPL reigning champions were showing their dominance and they almost took the lead with Amos Nondi doing well to find George Odhiambo whose attempted shot at goal was blocked by Saruni. The game was temporarily halted after Enos Ochieng went down in pain after trying to tackle Abouba Sibomana before Ulinzi got a chance to take the lead after Brian Birgen found Mark Makwatta who saw his shot go into Boniface Oluoch’s gloves.

However, K’ogalo finally found a way to break Ulinzi’s defense when Karim-Abdul Nizigiyimana brought in a dangerous cross from the right that found Tuyisenge who stumbled as he tried to take the shot but George Odhiambo was at the right place at the right time to slot the ball home to make it two goals in two games for himself. Gor almost extended their lead in the 44th minute after Meddie Kagere took a shot at goal which Saruni was forced to push out for a corner, Nondi took it but but Tuyisenge headed it out with Enosh Ochieng getting a yellow card for bad mouthing.

The second half began with both teams attacking and tension began to rise with Tuyisenge being taken out for treatment after being fouled by Hassan Mohammed. On returning to the field, the Rwandese international was booked for kicking the ball after the referee after he was flagged for an offside position. The referee was forced to temporarily halt the game after Omar Mbogi and Meddie Kagere start exchanging harsh words and moments later, Hassan Mohammed got a red card after stepping on Tuyisenge in an off the ball incident. With one- man advantage, Gor started to pin the Soldiers in their own half threatening their defense. Tuyisenge was a victim again in the 65th minute when he went down after being pushed by Ulinzi players in the box as Walusimbi was preparing for a throw in which forced the game to be again temporarily halted as he received treatment.

Nondi was shown a yellow card after a foul on Geoffrey Kokoyo as The Soldiers made a double change; Mark Makwatta out, Stephen Waruru in; Samuel Onyango out, Hamisi Abdalla in and Jose Marcelo Fereirra followed suit; Amos Nondi out, Godfrey Walusimbi in. Ulinzi got a free kick at the edge of the box after Kagere was ruled to have handled the ball, Waruru took but it went to Oluoch’s gloves. Ulinzi had another change; Mark Bikokwa in, Enosh Ochieng out. With ten minutes left to play, Ulinzi began to fight back as they tried to make good use of their chances but Gor Mahia’s defense was proving a hard nut to crack. K’ ogalo then made another change; George Odhiambo out, Baron Oketch in. the hosts almost got a second in the dying minutes when Walusimbi did well to overlap on the right but his well taken chip to find his teammates was well prevented by Saruni.

Gor Mahia Staring XI:
23. Boniface Oluch, 5. Musa Mohamed, 14. Karim Nizigiyimana, 18. Haron Shakava, 3. Abouba Sibomana, 20. Ernest wendo, 8. Francis Kahata, 11. Amos Nondi [2. Godfrey Walusimbi] 22. Meddie Kagere, 25. George Odhiambo [17. Baron Oketch], 9. Jacques Tuyisenge

Unused sub:
1. Jerim Onyango, 4. Wellington Ochieng, 13. Anthony Mbugua, 27. Jacob Keli, 24. Enock Agwanda.

Ulinzi Stars
Starting XI:
James Saruni, Mbogi Omar, Shitote Cylus, Kokoyo Geoffrey, Hassan Mohammed, Onyango Boniface, Brian Birgen, Kago John, Ocheing Enosh [Bikokwa Mark

], Makwatta John [Waruru Stephen], Onyango Samuel [Hamisi Abdalla]

Unused subs:
Odhiambo Jacktone,Sande Benson, Nandwa Elvis, Waweru Daniel