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26 Apr 17

Wellington Ochieng, Walusimbi, Wafula, Kagere, Maloba, Kahata and Shakava celebrate second goal. Image: Nation

Gor Mahia’s campaign for the 2017 Kenya Premier League title is back on track thanks to an important 2-1 win over Bandari. After dropping two critical points against Tusker last weekend and having lost the league lead, it was imperative that Kogalo get a win in Mbaraki, a place that is notoriously difficult for teams to win at. But Bandari fielding two former Kogalo dangermen: Shaban Kenga, Dan Sserunkuma and Enock Agwanda and with an excellent coach in Paul Nkata, were never going to be pushovers. They have Gor Mahia a difficult time but Kogalo prevailed with goals from Innocent Wafula and Geoffrey Walusimbi

It was Kogalo who dicated terms in the first half. It therefore came as no surprise when Innocent Wafula opened the score in the 10th minute after picking up a pass from Ugandan international, Geoffrey Walusimbi. In recent matches Wafula has not found favor with coach Ze Maria. Whereas Frank Nuttall was always keen to utilize Wafula’s speed down the right flank, Ze Maria has preferred a passing game. Given a rare opportunity, Wafula did not waste it and stamped his name on the scoring sheet for the first time in 2017.

Gor Mahia continued to dictate terms in the first half with Francis Kahata among those coming close. Gor Mahia forced half a dozen corners in the first half with Bandari forcing only one.

Bandari came back into the game in the second half and their efforts paid dividents immediately. In the 50th minute, Musa Mohammed fouled Shaban Kenga in the eighteen yard box and the referee awarded Bandari a penalty, which veteran Abich coolly converted.

Gor Mahia then went hunting for a second goal with Bandari preferring to sit back. The better more positive team was rewarded with a goal in the 66th minute. It was Walusimbi who scored with the assist coming from substitute Oliver Maloba.

Last season, Gor Mahia beat Bandari 2-0 at Mbaraki. But in the return leg in Kisumu, Bandari forced a scoreless draw. The win puts Gor Mahia is sole posssesion of second place behind Posta Rangers who eked out yet another 1-0 win and two points ahead of resurgent Sofapaka who silenced AFC on Wednesday.

Bandari: Joseph Okoth (GK) 2. Noah Abich 3. Mohammed Siraj 4. Felly Mulumba 5. Andrew Waiswa 6. Michael Luvutsi 7. Shaban Kenga 8. Musa Mudde 9. Enock Agwanda 10. Dan Serunkuma 11. Darius Msagha.

Subs: 12. Lukas Indeche 13. Duncan Otewa 14. Anthony Wambani. 15. Mohammed Sharrif 16. Fred Nkata 17. Wilberforce Lugogo 18. Tyron Owino.


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22 Apr 17

Defender Wellington Ochieng tussles with Clifford Alwanga of Tusker

Image courtesy of the Nation

The Kenya Premier League match pitting Gor Mahia and defending champions Tusker ended in a 0-0 draw at Afraha stadium on Saturday. In the process Kogalo relinquished the top spot to Rangers
Additional reporting from the Nation
In the Gor-Tusker encounter, the champions were lucky to escape with a point as Gor wasted a dozen scoring chances particularly in the last 15 minutes of an exciting match after the brewers’ Ugandan midfielder Hashim Sempala was sent off.

The smooth flow of the early exchanges was disrupted following a heavy down pour which lasted for half an hour reducing the pitch into a bowl of waterlogged surface.
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SLIPPERY PITCH

After the rain stopped, Gor seemed to master the slippery pitch as they took the game to brewers box.

Meddie Kagere, scorer of Gor’s winning goals in their last two matches, missed a chance to open the scoring for K’Ogalo after his header from Karim Nizigiyimana’s cross went inches off target.

The 2016 KPL MVP Kenneth Muguna also had a rasping shot that missed the target as the 15-time champions intensified their hunt for the opener.

Gor picked up from where they had left it in the second half before Tusker coach George Nsimbe, under-fire after only winning one of the opening five matches, summoned Clifford Alwanga for Michael Khamati.

On the opposite side, Gor tactician Jose Marcelo Ferreira introduced the attacking trio of Timothy Otieno, Innocent Wafula and Francis Kahata for Jacques Tuyisenge, Karim Nizigiyimana and Jean-Baptiste Mugiraneza.

The substitutes nearly gave Gor the lead as Otieno fired wide in the 65th minute with his first touch of the ball from inside the area.

Centre Anthony Ogwayo sent off Sempala for a second bookable offence for a high boot.

With 10 minutes to the final whistle, Godfrey Walusimbi – who was brilliant all afternoon – watched haplessly as his shot hit the crossbar, before Muguna was also denied by the woodwork as Gor piled on more pressure on the understrength brewers.

Gor coach was agitated by the officiating and trailed the referee after full time.

“Poor officiating denied us victory. The match official was not equal to the task,” said Ferreira.

Tusker coach George Nsimbe blamed the heavy rains for disrupting their playing pattern.

“We had crafted a winning formula but again we had no control of the weather which made the pitch slippery after it rained heavily,” said Nsimbe.


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21 Apr 17

A penalty from Tuyisenge sunk Tusker last time

Gor Mahia’s are about to start a difficult stretch in the 2017 Kenya Premier League. Whereas the first part of their schedule involved playing two newly promoted sides, they will now go through a stretch where they will play seven title contenders in succession. It starts this weekend with a match against defending champions Tusker.

Though Tusker have started the season poorly, if there is anything that will make their players focus, it is a match against Gor Mahia. Which means Kogalo will need to be at their sharpest as they play Tusker whom they beat earlier this year in the Supercup.

“It’s going to be a very difficult match, they are a strong team that is not in a good position currently to reflect their status as champions, but we are preparing well to make sure we get maximum points” skipper Musa Mohamed told Citizen Sports.

Tusker coach George Nsimbe is confident that the players who were demoralized due to shabby treatment by club management, have put their problems aside and are ready to put their best foot forward.

“We have to handle Gor Mahia like the table leaders that they are. That doesn’t mean that we fear them, it means that we handle them with a little more seriousness. My players are motivated and eager for the match. Everybody has been training very hard for the game because they know they will be facing a very strong team with massive support. This is not new to the boys.” ” Nsimbe said to the official league portal.

Tusker’s poor start which saw them eliminated by a lowly Indian ocean side from the CAF champions league, has been attributed to the fact that the players felt they were not adequately rewarded for winning the Kenya Premier League in 2017.

Gor Mahia’s next four matches are as follows:

Date Teams
Sat 22-04-17 Gor Mahia vs Tusker
Wed 26-04-17 Bandari FC vs Gor Mahia
Sun 30-04-17 Gor Mahia vs Mathare United
Sun 07-05-17 AFC Leopards vs Gor Mahia

Following this stretch, they will play Posta Rangers who are currently second placed, Nzoia United which is the best of the newly promoted teams then Ulinzi Stars.

Musa Mohamed is confident that with Ze Maria and the players available, Gor Mahia will pass these tests with flying colours.“He has the experience to deliver all the titles that we need this season we have targets set for and game by game we are working towards achieving them. “The squad has enough experience and good competition in every position to deliver a treble and Iam sure we can achieve that,” he continued.

Sandro Fantoni Banned for 3 matches

Gor Mahia trainer Sandro Fantoni will serve a three-match touchline ban and be forced to pay a Sh100,000 fine. The Italian trainer has also been warned on his future conduct by the IDCC after being found guilty of provoking a Muhoroni Youth club official, and engaging with a fight with GMT Ottieno, who is a former referee and official of the Kenyan Premier League.

KPL are cracking the whip on unsportsmanlike conduct. Mathare United coach Francis Kimanzi will serve a one month touchline ban and was also fined Sh50,000 by KPL’s Independent Disciplinary and Complaints Committee after he was found guilty of failing or refusing to leave the technical area as ordered by the referee during a league match pitting his club against Sofapaka FC at the Nyayo National Stadium last November.

AFC Leopards have also been fined Sh150,000 for failing to control its fans in a game against Kakamega Homeboyz. Leopards have also been ordered to pay a fan who was injured in the ensuing confrontation of Sh27,000 as a refund for medical expenses incurred and “pain and suffering”.

All this means Gor Mahia fans and officials will need to watch their step.


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15 Apr 17

Gor Mahia consolidated their lead in the 2017 Kenya Premier league with yet another hard fought win. This time they beat SoNy Sugar 2-1 in Kisumu on Saturday. Ernest Wendo scored the opening goal. And yet again it was Rwandese striker Meddie Kagere who came through with the all important goal to give Gor Mahia a 2-1 win.

Additional Reporting from Capital FM

Inside the first minute, Rwandan Jacques Tuyisenge was presented with a golden opportunity from a Godfrey Walusimbi cross with only the keeper to beat but he placed his header over and wide.

The 15-time champions were using their strength on the wings to destabilize Sony with Walusimbi and Karim Nizigiyimana employed as wingbacks doing most of the donkey work.

Goal scorer Kagere also had a superb opportunity from another superb worked move from wide, but he could not find the target after Nizigiyimana had picked him up perfectly.

Gor continued to dominate and Kenneth Muguna came close to his second goal of the season with a shot from distance which went over.

Sony had struggled to create chances as Gor denied them spaces, but they managed to squeeze one with Amos Asembeka crossing in but George Abege saw his header well collected by Boniface Oluoch.

Gor were rewarded for their perfect start in the 22nd minute when Ernest Wendo grabbed his debut goal with a well struck low shot after a Sony poor clearance from a Gor corner found him well placed at the edge of the box.

Sony provided the response in the 38th minute with George Abege breaking the offside trap and skipping past Oluoch to tap into an empty net. The Gor defense had been left standing with their arms up, thinking the second assistant ref would call for offside.

K’Ogalo however, rose back into the lead just three minutes after the restart.

The ball landed perfectly on Kagere’s path after Muguna’s attempt at a shot was futile, the Ugandan-born Rwandese simply tapped in past Kevin Otieno in the Sony Sugar goal.

Gor would have late chances with Tuyisenge seeing a header off a Nizigiyimana cross being saved while Muguna had a shot go over.

John ‘Softie’ Ndirangu earned his first piece of action in a Gor jersey later on and he showed glimpses of what is expected of him with a fine shot from distance that was well handled by the Sony shot stopper.

“It was a tough match because Sony have never been an easy opponent for us. We are happy with the win though because getting three points back-to-back gives us a lot of confidence. We played very well especially in the second half and we hope we can keep up that way,” Gor Mahia skipper Musa Mohammed told Capital Sport after the match.


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8 Apr 17

Scorer: Meddie Kagere

A goal by veteran striker Meddie Kagere enabled Gor Mahia to escape with a 1-0 victory over Kakamega Homeboyz at Afraha stadium on Saturday. Kagere justified the calls of fans who have been calling for him to be given more playing time when he sublimely finished off an assist from Karim Nizigiyimana.

Additional reporting from Capital FM

The Rwandese midfielder wheeled away in celebration, two fingers in the sky signifying his double bundle of joy just 20 minutes after coming on for George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo. He finished off a decent team move, tapping in unmarked from a yard out after being picked up by a Karim Nizigiyimana cross.

The win takes Gor to nine points, two ahead of Bandari and leaders AFC Leopards who will be playing on Sunday in Nakuru and Kisumu respectively.

Gor head coach Jose Marcelo Ferreira had been boosted with the return of Rwandese midfielder Jean Baptiste Mugiraneza who tucked in at the centre of the pack alongside Ernest Wendo with Kenneth Muguna playing infront of them.

In defense, the Brazilian coach had taken back Wellington Ochieng into the starting team with Joash Onyango who took his place in last weekend’s 2-1 loss to Western Stima missing.

It was a balanced start to the match with Gor having the first opportunity of the match, a 13th minute curling freekick by Godfrey Walusimbi which was tipped over the bar by Homeboyz keeper Mike Wanyika.

Ten minutes later, skipper Eston Esiye’s swirling shot from distance almost caught out Boniface Oluoch in the Gor goal but he managed to scamper the ball over for a corner.

Two minutes later, Oluoch had to pull an important intervention to cut out Wycliffe Ochomo who had been put through by a Stephen Wakyanya through ball.

The Homeboyz bench was up in arms calling for a foul on their striker but referee Andrew Juma heard none of it.

George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo should have taken his side into the lead but he wasted a glorious chance. A well weighted long pass from Wellington Ochieng released Odhiambo on the right with the winger cutting in, but his shot was blocked.

Almost immediately, Jacques Tuyisenge forced a great save off Wanyika with a header at the far post after the Rwandese rise well to meet a Walusimbi cross from the left.

Both sides passed the ball well around the field, but it was Gor who saw more of the possession with Oluoch left only to dictate terms to his backline.

Just before the referee whistled for half time, Mugiraneza rose high at the back post to meet a Walusimbi corner, but the ball went wide.

At the start of the second half, Ferreira hauled off Odhiambo and brought in goal scorer Kagere with Mugiraneza also coming off for Francis Kahata.

Kagere made his mark known 20 minutes later and K’Ogalo should have gone two up seven minutes later but were denied. From a Walusimbi free kick, Tuyisenge headed the ball into play from the back post but Kahata’s effort was blocked.

The ball fell graciously on defender Harun Shakava, but the ball came off the upright.

With 10 minutes to go, Muguna came close to his second goal in Gor colors but he wasted an opportunity after failing to shoot on his weaker left foot when he broke into the box allowing the Homeboyz defense to race back and clear.


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7 Apr 17

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After a disappointing loss Western Stima Gor Mahia will be looking to immediatey put their title run back on track. They will be at Afraha stadium this Saturday to take on Kakamega Homeboyz. There is no room for error. Arch rivals Bandari, AFC Leopards and Sofapaka are all in good form. A further slip up will see Gor Mahia drop from top of the standings in week 2all the way to the middle of the table in week 4.

The loss last Sunday has fans clamouring for absentee players like Meddie Kagere, Collins Okoth and Innocent Wafula whom coach Ze Maria has opted to leave out of the line-up.

Newly promoted Kakamega Homeboyz will be no pushovers. They have yet to lose a league match in the 2017 Kenya Premier League, having drawn twice and lost once.

Gor Mahia are the home team and have announced gate charges: VIP tickets will trade at Sh500 each while those of the terraces will cost Sh200 apiece. The match kicks off at 4:15 PM on Saturday.


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2 Apr 17

Gor Mahia lost their first match of the 2017 KPL season. After having taken a 16th minute lead, Gor Mahia conceded two second half goals.

Additional reporting from Capital Sports

Jacques Tuyisenge had given K’Ogalo an early lead at the quarter hour mark from the spot to see his side go to the breather ahead.

Western Stima returned a better side in the second half with Fredrick Shimonyo restoring parity for the host in the 67th minute before Kennedy Otieno sealed the win with nine minutes to stoppage time.

The win saw Gor remain third on six points same as their rivals AFC Leopards who are second on a better goal difference and a match at hand.

Western Stima on the other hand picked their first win of the season to sit 13th of three points but have a match at hand.

Gor controlled the opening half with Burundian defender Karim Niizigiyimana coming close in the 33rd minute through a wonderful strike but the Western Stima coach was alert to parry the shot for a fruitless corner.

After the break, attacking midfielder Francis Kahata had a chance to double the scores for the 15-time record Kenyan Premier League champions, but saw his attempt calmly collected by the keeper.

K’Ogalo head coach Jose ‘Ze Maria’ withdrew Timothy Otieno for Meddie Kagere but the change could not take immediate effect as Western Stima drew level on the other end.

George ‘Black Berry’ Odhiambo was brought in for Ernest Wendo as Ze Maria strengthened his forward, seeking to reclaim the lead.

However, its Western Stima who went ahead in the 81st minute through Kennedy Otieno, a lead that they held for the victory.


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18 Mar 17

Scorer: Kenneth Muguna

Gor Mahia collected their second win of the 2017 season when they beat Zoo Kericho by a solitary goal at the club’s spiritual home (Kisumu).
Additional reporting from goal.com
Coming to this, Gor Mahia were seeking add three points to day one win while Zoo were out for a bounce back after losing by a solitary goal in their opening match against Posta Rangers.
Muguna solo effort
Kogalo got their goal in final minutes of the first half after Kenneth Muguna made a turn and left his markers well beaten outside the 18 yard box. He then took a shot that was too difficult for Misikhu Vincent to stop and put the home side ahead.
At the 56th minute, Timothy Otieno failed to double Gor lead after he headed Karim Niyizigimana’s cross that had left Misikhu well beaten wide. Their were penalty claims after Jacques Tuyisenge was brought down but the referee waved play to continue.
Zoo had to play the final 10 minutes with 10 men after Omulanda Nixon was given matching orders after a second yellow card. This was after fouling Muguna. 
Gor coach gave a chance to Oliver Maloba and Philemon Otieno to feature the first ever in a competitive match while Zoo brought in Sindani Sabiri for Mike Madoya.
Chances
Other Gor Mahia’s chances in the match saw Karim Niyizigimana head wide Geoffrey Walusimbi’s delivery while Misikhu denied Muguna a goal but tipping his well taken free kick above the post.
Nicholas Kipkirui missed to capitalize on early lapse in Gor defence that would have seen them score first. His side went on to have limited chance in the game.

 The loss becomes Zoo’s second consecutive loss in in the league.
Starting XI: Boniface Oluoch, Haron Shakava, Musa Mohammed, Wellington Ochieng’, Karim Nizigiyimana, Godfrey Walusimbi, Ernest Wendo (Philemon Otieno), Francis Kahata (George Odhiambo), Kenneth Muguna, Jacques Tuyisenge, Timothy Otieno (Olivier Maloba),.
Subs: Shaban Odhoji, Collins Okoth, Meddie Kagere, Amos Nondi.
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Starting XI Misikhu Vincent, Obayi William, Ligare Johnstone, Kipyegon Isaac, Akiya Stanslus (Ouma Dominic), Omulanda Nixon, Gichana Geoffrey, Madoya Michael (Sindani Sabiri,, Oile Martin, Kipkirui Nicholas, Odhiambo Bernard
Subs: Koko Samuel, Namasakha Danson, Omondi Dennis, Mmata Leonard, Omondi Kevin


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11 Mar 17

The long awaited start of the 2017 Kenya Premier League is finally here. Gor Mahia are set to take on newly promoted Kariobangi Sharks at Thika stadium on Sunday. Gate charges will be Ksh 300.

Last season Gor Mahia started the season poorly. By the time Ze Maria arrived, Gor Mahia were in the relegation zone.

“We have learned from what happened last season. This year our aim is to start positively and keep the momentum going till the final day. Our target is to reclaim the title and we know it won’t be easy,” said Musa Mohamed to Capital Sports.

Musa Mohamed knows it will be no easy task against the newly promoted side. .

“We have prepared well and the confidence in the team received a huge boost when we won against Tusker last weekend. We are focused for this match which we don’t expect to be easy. Sharks is a good team and they will be coming to prove a point against us. Nonetheless, our aim is nothing but victory,” he said to Capital sports.

Already another newly promoted side, Nzoia United has registered a chock 5-2 win over champions Tusker. And Kariobangi Sharks will be buoyed by that result and will be attempting to replicate it. They already beat AFC Leopards in a friendly.

Gor Mahia’s attack will be led by the returning Timothy Otieno whose form of late has seen him preferred in attack along with Jacque Tuyisenge.

The league is going to be difficult.  Due to the late start and due to a shortage of available stadia, There will be multiple double and triple headers which will only ruin the playing surfaces. And there will be more midweek matches than usual. Whichever team is able to adapt to the poor playing surfaces and crammed schedule will be the succesful team.


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10 Feb 17

The Sports Dispute Tribunal (SDT) has given directive that the 2017 Kenyan Premier League begins on 25th February with 16 teams initially. The status of Muhoroni Youth, Sofapaka, KCB and Vihiga United is pending.  A decision will be made later on to determine which two out of those four teams will be added to the league.

Rachier defends himself

Gor Mahia Chair Ambrose Rachier has been accused of fomenting the current chaos along with the other KPL brass.  Rachier has however sought to clear his name.

“We are subordinates and the federation which runs football in the country has authority to do that. He (Nick Mwendwa) is the president of football in this country and we will honor what he wishes. We will not defy him,” said Rachier to capital Sport.

They have also been accused of refusing to meet with the FKF to resolve the issue. But Rachier says there are genuine reasons for not having the meeting.

“We are not trouble makers as many people out there have been made to believe. The chairman is genuinely sick. He has been unwell since he came back from Germany and we can’t set an exact day for the meeting. We will just wait till he feels better and we make a date. We are not against the meeting,” Rachier told Capital Sport.

However FKF dismissed such talk as “delaying tactics”.

“It is becoming tiring now. If he is really unwell, I think he can still send a proxy and the meeting goes on. We had also agreed that if there are two people from either side, that’s enough for a quorum,” FKF Executive Committee member Chris Amimo said to capital sports.

Rachier has no problem with the 18 team format but he has caveats.
“We have no problem going to 18 once the dispute of the six teams who all want to play in the league is resolved. Promotion and demotion should be determined on sporting grounds and we also need to be engaged as per the agreement we signed. “They want 18, and time is running out. When and where will they play?” Stadia are being closed for rehabilitation and time is also running out. On our side, we are ready to solve this,” he continued.


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