Gor Mahia through to Top 8 final

Gor Mahia are  on track to successfully defend their KPL Top 8 title. On Sunday they beat Tusker 1-0 thanks to a sublime free-kick from Francis Kahata.

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Francis Kahata scored an incredible free kick in the dying minutes of the first half to hand Gor Mahia a 1-0 win against Tusker during KPL Top 8 match second leg played on Sunday 19 at Nyayo National Stadium.

Gor Mahia controlled possession from kickoff and forced Okello into a routine saves with powerful drives coming from Tuyisenge and Agwanda.

Jose Marcello’s men were unperturbed and gave Tusker fc a torrid first half dominating so much in possession but Ghanian import Stephen Owusu offered a reminder of the threat posed by Tusker FC when he forced Fredrick Onyango into a back peddle save with a low drive from 5 yards.

Jacques Tuyisenge and Enock Agwanda missed further chances as Gor Mahia applied relentless pressure, and they finally broke through in the dying minutes of the first half with a superb free kick coming from Francis Kahata at the edge of the box after Jacques Tuyisenge had been fouled by Eugene Asike.

Second half

After the break , Tusker FC enjoyed 60% in possession but never troubled Gor Mahia as their attacking line of Noah Wafula, Stephen Owusu and Michael Khamati were kept in scarps.

Poor Tusker

Tusker were struggling to create clear-cut openings and it ended up with Gor Mahia enjoying their spells a clear indication of how Brewers were similarly short of ideas.

However, Tusker could have equalized through Robert Omunuk but Jerim Onyango impressed with a great save to deny the former Sony Sugar man a debut goal in his return to the club. Finally Paul Nkata’s side upped the ante and began to camp in the final third, though found chances difficult to come by.

Paul Nkata’s side knew it would require a masterful performance to overturn the deficit and they were hard pressed to create any real chances.

In the final minutes Tusker looked so frustrated and lacked the spark they have shown so far this season.

The 1-0 win by Gor Mahia ensured they booked a spot in the final with a 3-0 aggregate after they had won 2-0 in the first leg match. They will play Muhoroni Youth in the final.

Tusker FC Starting XI: David Okelo, James Situma, Shafiq Batambuze, Lloyd Wahome, Eugine Asike, Cersidy Lumumba, Hashim Sempala, Luis Khamadi, Michael Khamati, Joseph Owusu, Danson Kago

Subs: Martin Musalia, Brian Luta, Osborne Monday, Collins Shivachi, Humphrey Mieno, Jackson Macharia, Noah Wafula

Gor Mahia Starting XI: Frederick Onyango , Karim Nizigiyimana, Eric Ouma, Harun Shakava, Musa Mohammed, Khalid Aucho, Ernest Wendo, Innocent Wafula, Enock Agwanda, Francis Kahata, Jacques Tuyisenge

Subs: Boniface Oluoch, Luke Ochieng, Abouba Sibomana, Ronald Omino, Amos Nondi, Baron Oketch, Jacob Keli


Gor Mahia ready to drain Tusker

Gor Mahia will take a 2-0 lead into the second leg clash with Tusker on Sunday as both sides vie for a place in the KPL Top 8 finals. Tusker would have to beat Gor Mahia by a score of 3-0 to advance. It will be a tall order for the ale-men as Gor Mahia are in rare form. Skipper James Situma understands the tall task ahead.

“We are 2-0 down against a good side and it will be difficult for us, but we have the courage, so we must put in the focus and play with determination. We are optimistic of getting a win,” he said to the Nation

Gor Mahia will once again rely on Jacque Tuyisenge for goals upfront and the Rwandese striker is rearing to go

“It will be a big match. I know they (Tusker) will want to come at us very hard because they also want to win this trophy. They weren’t at their best last weekend and it was easy to deal with them but I know things may be different tomorrow (Sunday). We have to be at our best,” Tuyisenge told Sunday Nation Sport.

Coach Marcelo Ferreira for his part has made it clear that not only is he gunning for a Top 8 win, but he wants to win a treble.

“Yes, I believe we can win all the title this season because this is Gor Mahia and we are expected to win every match and trophies that come our way. It’s possible looking at how that team has picked,’ the K’Ogalo tactician declared.

New signing Baron Oketch who was the subject of Tusker’s appeal, played well when he came into the game and could be deployed in the starting line-up this time. He gave full back Eugene Asike a torrid time.

Khalid Aucho returned to training this week and may be fielded. He is available to play as he awaits a Visa that will allow him to travel to Glasgow for trials.

Even without Aucho, the coach is certain that Kogalo will hit on all cylinders for the rest of the season.

“I have a very good squad. They always work hard and always want to win. That’s good for us because we have focus. They have been improving daily and I’m proud of them,” Marcelo noted.

Gor Mahia Floor Tusker 2-0

Gor Mahia registered a comprehensive 2-0 win over Tusker in the opening leg of the 2016 KPL top 8 semi-finals. The goals came from Jacque Tuyisenge and Enock Agwanda.
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K’Ogalo overcame Tusker FC in the tournament’s first leg semi-final contest played at the Nyayo Stadium on Sunday

Kenyan Premier League Top 8 champions Gor Mahia overcame Tusker by a 2-0 margin in the tournament’s semi-final match played at Nyayo stadium on Sunday.

The ball remained in the brewers’ half for the first ten minutes of the game with runs from which Collins Shivachi was forced to concede a corner-kick to show K’Ogalo’s intention of winning the game.

Just after youngster Eric Ouma ‘Marcelo’ had outclassed Shafiq Batambuze, Enock Agwanda picked out Rwandese Jacques Tuyisenge who, in style, went past Eugine Asike to unleash a thunderbolt for Gor Mahia’s opener on the 13th minute.

Tusker tried to push thereafter featuring Humphrey Mieno, Mike Khamati and Osborne Monday with attempts which could have leveled matters thanks to Jerim Onyango heroics. On the 33rd minute, midfielder Francis Kahata took a corner-kick from which striker Enock Agwanda’s header doubled the lead.

Jacques Tuyisenge was almost completing a brace six minutes later before Innocent Wafula squandered another clear chance with a shot outside the target. For sure, K’Ogalo could have gone to the changing room with more than two goals if they could have utilized well all their chances.

Second half started on a higher note for Gor Mahia with several runs towards Tusker’s danger-zone and the tempo increased when new signing Baron Oketch replaced goal scorer Enock Agwanda in the 70th minute.

At one point, the former Western Stima winger rounded all Tusker defenders only failing to execute a shot past Martin Musalia. The brewers also had there second half share but never utilized the chances for goals.

Michael Khamati almost pulled back one on the 60th minute but defender Haroun Shakava cleared the danger eight minutes before Batambuze collided with Jerim Onyango inside the box in search of a goal.

As was the wish of Gor Mahia’s assistant Secretary General Ronald Ngala prior to this match, K’Ogalo are now adavantaged having won with a notable number of goals away from home.

Gor Mahia renews rivalry with Tusker

Gor Mahia will continue with their defence of the KPL Top 8 tournament when they take on rivals Tusker  in the first leg match of the KPL Top 8 semi-final at the Nyayo National Stadium at 4.15pm.
The two sides also met at this stage in 2015. Gor Mahia came away victors, winning 4-3 on aggregate. The first leg ended 2-2 with Abondo and Kagere scoring for Gor Mahia. The second leg ended 2-1 with Olunga grabbing both goals.

George Awoko, an assistant coach at Tusker insists that Tusker are very confident after having beaten Kogalo 1-0 in April in a Sportpesa Premier league clash.

“Our confidence level is very high and the boys are in good shape and eager to play,” Awoko said.

The official further insisted that midfielder Humphrey Mieno is in the right frame of mind to play despite interest from the defending champions. “Mieno is still our player and we will not release him until we achieve our season’s target, which is to win the Premier League title. “He is one of our key players. He has shown good attitude in training and we know he will fight for the team today,” added Awoko.

One player whom KPL fans will be eager to watch is Brazilian Thiago Lima Da Silva. However his paperwork is incomplete and thus cannot be fielded yet.

“We are currently working on documents required by the player and the coach is also not in a hurry to use the player,” said Ronald Ngala.

However the other new signings, Baron Oketch and Wellington Ochieng are raring to go.
“Gor Mahia is a strong team that has been home to some of the country’s most notable footballers. In the last four years they have had some very good strikers and I want to be like them. I want to score as many goals as I can for the team and make a good impression,” I know that there are some talented players here but I think that to become the best you have to best the best.” said Oketch to the KPL website.

Ali Abondo now back in Kenya

Ali Abondo, who inexplicably left Gor Mahia on free transfer early in the season is now back in the country after his sojourn in South Africa with Ajax Cape Town ended suddenly.

“Abondo is back home and I don’t understand what went wrong in South Africa. However, he belongs here for now because he is still registered with this great club. The best we can do now is to probably welcome him back home.” said a source to goal.com

South Africa has not been a happy hunting ground for Kenya players of late with Paul Were, Kevin Omondi and now Abondo. Some players have had difficulty obtaining work permits.

Top 8: Gor Mahia to play Ushuru again

Gor Mahia will open their defense of the KPL Top 8 trophy when they take on Ushuru FC on May 2. The match offers Gor Mahia an opportunity to make amends for having dropped two points against Ushuru on Sunday.  Coach Ze Maria thinks they should have won.
“We lost a penalty, but that was not the only thing. We had many chances like six or seven which we should have easily converted in that match but we did not,” he said of Sunday’s fixture. He added: “Now that we have been drawn against them in the Top-8 tournament, it gives us a chance to score goals and win it considering that it is a knockout and you only have one opportunity. They are a tough team and we will work hard to overcome them.”  he said to the Standard.
Last year Gor Mahia beat Muhoroni Youth 3-0, beat Tusker 4-3 on aggregate and beat SoNy Sugar 2-1 to lift the trophy.