Tag: 2017 Kenya Premier League



11 Nov 17

With the league having been wrapped up weeks ago, now it’s just a question of how many points Kogalo will amass and whether any Kogalo player will finish as league top scorer. And Kogalo continued to keep their foot on the accelerator pedal when they beat Kakamega homeboyz on Saturday 1-0. The goal came via Jacques Tuyisenge who tapped in a George Odhiambo cross. BlackBerry leads Kogalo in assists this season and it will be critical for Kogalo to bring him back next season.

Additional Reporting from futaa.com
A Jacques Tuyisenge first half goal is all Gor Mahia needed to down 10-man Kakamega Homeboyz 1-0 in a Kenyan Premier League match staged at the Mumias Sports Complex on Saturday 11 November.

The Rwandan scored the all important goal in the 44th minute tapping home a George Odhiambo cross. The hosts missed a penalty in the 20th minute and had striker Wycliffe Ochomo sent off in the 37th minute for elbowing Gor Mahia midfielder Ernest Wendo.

The game started on a balanced note as both teams looked to control of the clash. The chances were few in the opening minutes as they both approached the match cautiously. The first chance of the match came in the 20th minute when Shaban Odhoji fouled former Gor Mahia striker Wyclifffe Ochomo in the area and a penalty was awarded to the hosts. Jeremiah Wanjala stepped forward to take but Odhoji did well to save the spot-kick.

Ochomo red card

Three minutes later Homeboyz nearly paid for the miss when Jacques Tuyisenge was put through on goal but with only keeper Michael Wanyika to beat the forward shot directly at the shot-stopper who did well to save. Eight minutes before the break, Homeboyz were reduced to ten men when Ochomo was given his matching orders for elbowing Ernest Wendo.

Tuyisenge strike

With a one man advantage, Gor Mahia began raiding Homeboyz in search of the opening goal which they got just before the break when Tuyisenge tapped home a George Odhiambo cross much to the dismay of the home supporters.

Gor continued dominating proceedings after the interval in search of more goals, Wanyika did well to deny Tuyisenge on a one on one situation in the 59th minute and a minute later the forwards’s powerful header from a Francis Kahata corner kick hit the side net as they went all in attack. Homeboyz’ lone attacking outlet was half-time sub David Okoth whose crosses from the left flank were not utilized. Collins Kisuya had a go at goal from range in the 70th minute but his attempt narrowly missed the target.

Wanyika visibly the busier of the two keepers once again came to Homeboyz rescue in the 72nd minute parrying a George Odhiambo dangerous cross in the 72nd minute with Jacques Tuyisenge ready to pounce. Francis Kahata saw his shot go wide while Meddie Kagere’s looped effort seven minutes from time went narrowly wide. The champions couldn’t find a second goal as Homeboyz defended deeply to win.

Homeboyz Starting XI: Michael Wanyika (GK), Hedmond Mauda, Collins Kisuya, Charles Momanyi, Moses Chikati, Wycliffe Opondo, Estone Esiye, (75′ Festo Omukoto) Moses Mudavadi (76′ Andrew Kulecho) Wycliffe Ochomo, Ali Bai, Jeremiah Wanjala (46′ David Okoth)

Unused subs: Arakaza MacArthur, Eric Ambunya, George Odiwuor, Francis Ochola

Gor Starting XI: Shaban Odhoji, Innocent Wafula, Joash Onyango, Wellington Ochieng, Harun Shakava, Ernest Wendo, George Odhiambo, Kenneth Muguna (90′ Oliver Maloba) Meddie Kagere, Francis Kahata . (90′ Boniface Omondi )Jacques Tuyisenge,

Unused subs: Fredrick Odhiambo, Mike Simiyu, Joachim Oluoch, Jeconia Uyoga. Anthony Mbugua


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5 Nov 17

Gor Mahia and Zoo Kericho settled for a 1-1 draw at Afraha stadium on Sunday. Coach Kerr gave opportunities to several players who have not had chances throughout the season. The exceptions were Kagere and Tuyisenge who are still chasing the golden boot.

Additional reporting from futaa.com
First chance for Gor Mahia fell into the hands of Oliver Maloba but he did not do good enough to beat only Vincent Misikhu in goal in the 8th minute. Anthony Mbugua on his part showed some brilliant touch with the ball but his final shot was too timid to trouble Zoo keeper.

Zoo were presented with their first chance when Nicholas Kipkirui put a through ball for Geofreey Gichana but the midfielder failed to connect into the net in the 17th minute. Kipkirui again showed intent in the 29th minute when he effortlessly went past stagnant Joash Onyango for his shot to go off target finally.

The affair remained less dramatic towards the end of first half thus the score remained 0-0 as the teams went back to the tunnel.

The second half came with Zoo getting the first corner that was taken by Chetambe but his delivery was not clinical enough. Wellingtone Ochieng stopped Kipkirui from wrecking havoc in the 50th minute. A one two between Tuyisenge and Kagere failed to open the score as the later failed to connect well in the final stage of the move.

Meddie Kagere finally scored for Gor Mahia in the 62nd minute when he volleyed the ball into the net as he intercepted a Boniface Omondi flick. Gichana turned the assist maker when he passed a sumptuous ball to Kepha Ondati for the later to equalize in the 75th minute.

Starting XI: Shaban Odhoji, Innocent Wafula, Joash Onyango, Wellington Ochieng , Mike Simiyu, Philemon Otieno, Anthony Mbugua, Boniface Omondi , Oliver Maloba, Meddie Kagere, Jacques Tuyisenge,

Subs: Fredrick Odhiambo, Ernest Wendo, Joachim Oluoch, George Odhiambo, Francis Kahata, Timothy Otieno, Jeconia Uyoga.


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1 Nov 17

 

Unlike in 2014 when Kogalo won the league and took their foot off the accelerator and ended up losing to KCB, this time Gor Mahia have continued pedal to the medal. On Wednesday they beat Western Stima 2-1. The goals came from Francis Kahata and Wellington Ochieng . The loss puts Western Stima further in peril of relegation. hey are in 1th position only two points ahead of Thika United.

It was Stima who took the lead in the 17th minute from a Victor Omumbo penalty after Musa Mohamed was judged to have pushed a Stima player. In the 28th minute, Evans Kiwanuka should have doubled the lead. But with only Odhoji to beat, he skyed the ball over the bar.

Kogalo equalized when Francis Kahata sent a high ball into the area. The Wester Stima keeper misjudged the ball expecting a cross , only to see the ball sail into the net.

Kagere showed his poaching skills in the 35th minute when he intercepted a backpass but his effort hit the side netting.

Three minutes later, Wellington Ochieng put Kogalo ahead when he deflected a well taken free-kick from Walusimbi into the net. Then in the 44th minute, Ochieng was at it again, this time his shot almost resulted in an own goal as Vitalis Akumu struggled to make a goalmouth clearance.

The second half had far less action than the first. Jacque Tuyisenge who is chaing the golden boot had his best chance in the 58th minute when he met w Walusimbi cross but his effort went over the bar.

In the 80th minute, Bernard Ondiek tested Odhoji forcing a good save from the latter.

For Gor Mahia, this match presented opportunities for players like Shaban Odhoji who has seen little or no action all season and central defender Joash Onyango.  It was also an opportunity for players who are chasing individual awards to further make their case. The game also serves the purpose of keeping the players sharp and motivated.

Next up is Zoo Kericho on Sunday. The match is to be played in Kericho. Given the tension n the country, KPL should consider scheduling the match at a different venue.

Gor Mahia XI: Shaban Odhoji, Wellington Ochieng, Godfrey Walusimbi, Musa Mohamed, Joash Onyango, Ernest Wendo, George Odhiambo, Kenneth Muguna, Francis Kahata, Jacques Tuyisenge and Medie Kagere.

Western Stima starting  XI: Stephen Otieno, Junior Mukisa, Geoffrey Ochieng, Maurice Ojwang, Vincent Omumbo, Evans Kiwanuka, Bernard Ondiek, Vitalis Akumu,(Kevin Okoth) Brian Marita,(Fredrick Nyarombo) Ezekiel Otuoma(Mbumba Hamadi), Herbert Kopany.


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21 Oct 17


Gor Mahia clinched the 2017 Kenya premier league after they beat military side Ulinzi stars 1-0. The goal came via Meddie Kagere in the 14th minute. Gor Mahia have now won the Kenyan top tier league 16 times which is four times more than second placed AFC who have 12 titles and third placed Tusker who have 11 titles.

In a dominant display, Gor Mahia have won the league with five matches to spare while also leading the league in goals scored (47) and goals conceded (18).

Match report from the Standard

Gor Mahia are the new Sportpesa Kenyan Premier League champions.

They achieved the feat for their 16th title victory after they whipped Ulinzi Stars 1-0 at Kericho Green Stadium in a tough encounter on Saturday.

Rwandese international Meddie Kagere scored the lone goal in the 15th minute to lead by the solitary goal at the break.

The victory was warm welcome to the British Coach Dyerr Kerr who succeeded Brazilian Joe Marcelo Ferreira who had served at the club for only 14 months after he took over from Scott Frank Nuttal.

The result left Gor Mahia perched at the top of the log with unassailable 66 points from 30 matches with four matches before they conclude their fixtures.

A jubilated Gor Coach Kerr attributed their victory to high discipline in the team.
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“We have achieved all these due to a high sense of discipline among my players and their determination towards the title in every subsequent match,” he told Standard Sports.

The Gor tactician who said he is not only contented with this victory stated that he is now focused on leading the newly crown champions to a continental title next year and emulate their 1987 performance when they became the first club from East and Central Africa to lift the Mandela Cup (formerly Africa Cup Winners Cup).

“With the kind of quality of my players under me, we are now focused to win a continental title next season,” he explained.

Gor are scheduled to feature in the prestigious Africa Champions League next season.

However, despite the victory, he decried the state of the Kericho pitch, which he stated affected their mode of play.

“We would have won the match with a bigger margin had it not been the state of the pitch that was bumpy and affected our format of play,” he said.

The loss left Ulinzi Stars Head Coach Benjamin Nyangweso boys tongue tied after the comeback of defenders Mohammed ‘Rio’ Hassan, Oliver Ruto and Geoffrey Kokoyo and midfielder Boniface Onyango and winger Samuel Onyango who missed their previous matches due in accumulation of yellow cards.


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21 Oct 17

Gor Mahia are set to take on Ulinzi Stars at Kericho Green stadium on Saturday. They need only one point to seal their record 16th title. This puts Kogalo four titles ahead of second placed AFC who have won 12 titles and Tusker who have won 11 titles.

Since Dylan Kerr took over as coach, Gor Mahia have gone on a winning spree that has left them 14 points ahead of their closest challengers. And they have done this while playing brilliant attacking football that has seen them score 46 goals. It is for this reason that Kerr is unlikely to be looking for a draw. He will be going for an all out win.

“Most clubs opt to play a very defensive game, especially when they are playing against us but I tell my players to always enjoy themselves on the pitch,” said Kerr to the Nation.

And aside from the disappointing match against Mathare United, Kerr has found ways to keep his side motivated where other teams would have taken their foot off the accelerator pedal.

“I like the spirit I see during training and I tell them to maintain as much of it as possible on the pitch. We attack as a unit and also defend as a unit because every player knows when it is time to advance and when it is time to retreat.” he continued.

Two players who will be especially motivated are Meddie Kagere and Jacque Tuyisenge, both of whom are in the running to be the league top scorer. Yet both are completely uneselfish and often pass the ball to a more open player who is in a better scoring position.

The last time these two sides met was in Kisumu soon after Ze Maria had quit. Gor Mahia relinquished a two goal lead to settle for a 2-2 draw. Ulinzi will be hoping for another good performance.

“We missed many players in our midweek match and that had a very bad impact on our performance against Leopards. That was a game we could have easily won but we had to do with fringe players.

“This time we have a full strength squad. Geoffrey Kokoyo, Oliver Rutto and Samuel Onyango are all back from suspension and I am confident of a good result on Saturday,” said coach Benjamin Nyangweso to the Nation.

The match kicks off at 3pm


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17 Oct 17

Three goal hero: Jacque Tuyisenge

Gor Mahia’s Rwandese striker Jacque Tuyisenge, found the back of the net three times (in the 12th , 20th and 36th minutes) as Gor Mahia recovered from their weekend loss to Mathare to beat Kariobangi Sharks 3-1.

Additional reporting from sportpesa news
Stung by losing their fourth game of the campaign last weekend to Mathare United FC, Gor wasted little time in shifting through the gears in a devastating first half that saw Tuyisenge notch his treble in the 11th, 20th and 36th minutes.

Masoud Juma scored the consolation for Sharks from the spot in the second half but the damage had already been done as the two sides reproduced the exact result from the first leg.

The record K’Ogalo signing thus became the first player to notch a hat-trick for the record 15-time SPL winners since LaLiga side Girona FC forward; Michael Olunga, went home with the match ball in their 4-1 demolition of Chemelil Sugar on June 27, 2015.

The league leaders now have 63 points, 18 ahead of second placed Sofapaka FC and still have a game in hand over Ulinzi Stars FC as they closed in on their 16th crown.

Nightmare season

 

In Kisumu, both sides came into this match on the back of underwhelming results in their last outings.

Gor coach, Dylan Kerr rung changes to his team, resting keeper Boniface Oluoch, the injured Karim Nizigiyimana and Jean Baptiste Mugiraneza.

In their place came in Peter Odhiambo, Innocent Wafula and Philemon Otieno.

His opposite number William Muluya, with one eye on the GOtv Shield final against Leopards on Friday, made wholesale changes.

Francis Manoah, Sanneh and Wycliffe Otieno who came in as skipper took their place in the starting XI that had Geoffrey Shiveka leading the list of absentees.

It did not take long before K’Ogalo proved their credentials as title holders in waiting with the trio of Kenneth Muguna, Francis Kahata and Otieno dictating the pace from the middle of the park.

Tuyisenge made their early dominance count with the opener when he mopped up a well constructed move.

Even before the decibel levels could go down in a city that has been rocked by the stench of death following a violent clampdown on political protests, the Rwandese forward notched his double when he gave John Oyemba, in the Sharks goal, no chance with an exquisite finish.

Tuyisenge was not done yet as he claimed the match ball inside 23 minutes for his first SPL hat-trick since he joined K’Ogalo in January 2016 to leave Sharks reeling five minutes to the break and staring at a good old hiding.

And it should have been four for the Rwandese seconds before the breather but on this occasion, his canon shot came off the bar with Oyemba soundly beaten.

With the sizeable Green Army supporters baying for more goals, Gor picked off from where they left after they switched sides, forcing Muluya to resort to damage control in a bid to prevent the rout.

Elly Asieche, Juma and midfielder Ovella Ochieng’ who rejoined the Sharks from what the club stated was an ‘exchange programme’ with Swedish top tier side, Djurgardens where Olunga made his name last season, came off the bench.

Their introduction had the desired effect, stemming the one way traffic and Sharks improvement was rewarded 15 minutes from full time when they earned a spot kick after Wafula was adjudged to have handled inside the box.

Juma made no mistake from 12 yards, sending Odhiambo the wrong way to pull one back and embellish the scoreline but Gor comfortably saw out the rest of the match to inch another step closer to glory.


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14 Oct 17

Mugiraneza challenges Edwin Seda

Coach Dylan Kerr suffered his first defeat as Kogalo coach when his side went down 0-1 to Mathare United at Thika municipal stadium. It was a mirror image of the first leg. Gor Mahia seem unable to adapt their game to that field.
Additional reporting from goal.com
Mathare United handed coach Dylan Kerr his first defeat after edging out Gor Mahia 1-0 in a Kenyan Premier League match at Thika Stadium on Saturday.

Chrispine Oduor’s goal in the fifth minute made all the difference as Mathare United completed a double over the KPL league leaders by an identical scoreline.

Gor Mahia had started well with Meddie Kagere breaking free from the right and beating Samuel Olwande in defence but his resultant effort went wide.

Two minutes later, Gor Mahia were forced to make an early substitution when Ian Wafula was brought in for Karim Nizigiyimana.

Then the tide quickly turned as Mathare seem to take control and the result was their early goal.
Oduor created space for himself on the left and picked out Cliff Nyakeya who returned the favour and the latter beat Boniface Oluoch with a low shot at the bottom right corner for Mathare’s opener in the fifth minute.

After the goal, Mathare continued to pile pressure. In the 21st minute, Edward Seda’s free kick from the edge of the box went inches wide.

Then two minutes later, Boniface Oluoch was forced to come out to deny Mathare United once again from a corner kick.

Nyakeya’s shot in the 33rd minute went just wide.

One minute later, Gor Mahia midfielder Francis Kahata was denied by Lewis Opiyo in goal for Mathare from a well taken volley.

The Slum Boys were the more ambitious side at the start of the second half with Chris Ochieng’s shot blocked by Oluoch.

At the hour mark, Edward Seda’s free kick hit the Gor wall. Jacques Tuyisenge came close to equalising for Gor, but his header hit the roof with a quarter of an hour to go.

Kahata was denied once again by Opiyo from a free kick as Gor continued to pile pressure.


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12 Oct 17

Gor Mahia’s march towards the 2017 Kenya Premier league continues this Saturday when they take on Mathare United. Gor Mahia now need only four points to win the league. And if Sofapaka and Homeboyz slip up again, then a win against Mathare could very well give them the title.

Mathare for their part are in 15th place and are desperately battling relegation. It is a dramatic change in fortunues for a team that won the Kenya Premier League in 2008. A team that penned one of the most lucrative sponsorship deals last year and was thus expected to challenge for the title. It is also a dramatic change in fortunes for coach Francis Kimanzi who as recently as 2012 was considered the best coach in Kenya.

Kimanzi and his team knows that Mathare cannot afford to slip up and must battle.

” It’s the big one this weekend. The lads are fired up for the Saturday clash against league leaders Gor Mahia. Interestingly, we are one of the three sides that have managed to beat K’Ogalo this season, the club exclaimed. Save for Wycliffe Kasaya and Roy Syamba, it’s a full house in training and the mood in camp is great ahead of the task ahead” said a post on the club’s social media pages.

The last encounter  between these two sides was in April at Thika stadium. Mathare won 1-0. The goal was scored by Cliff Nyakeya, a former Gor Mahia youth player, assisted by Derrick Onyango, also a former Gor Mahia youth player. And this is another area where Mathare’s fortunes have changed. It is they who used to be a pipeline of talent with many former Mathare Youth players playing for clubs all over the country.

Dylan Kerr, the Gor Mahia coach, remains focused on winning all the remaining matches and he knows he will face a very determined side in Mathare United

“We all know, many teams aim at defeating us (Gor Mahia), and that makes it even harder for my players on the pitch. And with a few matches remaining, we have to stay focused, it is definitely going to be a tough assignment, and we are focused on giving our best and win.” he said to goal.com

On Thursday morning, Gor Mahia played a friendly against Ulinzi and won 4-2 with goals by Timothy Otieno, JB Mugiraneza, Mike Simiyu and Boniface Omondi. This according to team official Judith Nyangi.


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30 Sep 17

Oliver Maloba in action against Felly Mulumba

Gor Mahia’s unstoppable march towards the 2017 Kenya Premier continued unabated in Kisumu on Saturday when they hammered Bandari 3-1. The goals came via Francis Kahata, Meddie Kagere and Wellington Ochieng.

Additional reporting from sportpesa news
KISUMU, Kenya- Gor Biro Yaw Ne Yo (Gor is coming) boomed around Moi Stadium in Kisumu on Saturday as K’Ogalo faithful savoured SportPesa Premier League (SPL) leaders Gor Mahia FC’s comprehensive 3-1 victory over Bandari FC.

Victory, a third in succession over the dockers, brought the record 15-time SPL title winners closer to the promised land of a 16th crown leaving the ecstatic Green Army to belt their full repertoire of tunes in praise of their beloved side.

Goals from Francis Kahata, red-hot Meddie Kagere and Wellington Ochieng’ is all Dylan Kerr’s charges required to complete a double over the struggling Bandari and move 11 points clear of second placed Kakamega Homeboyz FC.

Michael Apudo pulled one back for Bandari but it proved to be a mere consolation in the end.

Elsewhere, Western Stima FC and Nzoia Sugar FC played out to a barren draw.

In Kisumu, both sides came into this match on the back of contrasting fortunes; the hosts having picked back to back wins over champions Tusker FC and title rivals; Sofapaka FC to underline their credentials as the favourites to lift the trophy when the 2017 SPL is eventually done and dusted.

No respite

Bandari on the other hand were smarting from defeats to the brewers and Chemelil Sugar FC but found no respite in the steamroller that is Gor.

Eager to steady his ship, Ugandan Paul Nkata who masterminded the dethroning of Gor last season with Tusker, made three changes to his Bandari side.

Compatriot Andrew Waiswa was handed a defensive midfield role to provide cover to the back four while the attacking duo of Darius Msagha and Wilberforce Lugogo replaced Mohammed Siraj and Anthony Wambani.

His opposite number Kerr summoned the solid Wellington Ochieng’ to take up the place Karim Nizigiyimana at right back as he kept faith in the squad that slay Sofapaka in midweek.

As has been the norm at the Moi Stadium whenever K’Ogalo are in the mood, Gor started brightly, exchanging neat passes with the midfield trio of Kenneth Muguna, Ernest Wendo and Kahata dictating the pace early on.

Kahata thought he had handed his side an opportunity to grab an early lead when he was appended in the box by Waiswa but the centre referee, Moses Simiyu, waved away his appeals for a penalty.

Cautious not to concede early like the first leg when they found themselves trailing inside the opening quarter, courtesy of Innocent Wafula’s goal, the Dockers opted to soak in pressure.

Finally cracked

The experienced duo of Felly Mulumba and Noah Abich did well to thwart K’Ogalo but they finally cracked moments before the break when Kahata showed his class to notch the opener and send the Green Army to a frenzy.

If Kahata’s goal had soured Nkata’s mood heading to the half time, break then what transpired shortly after the restart left the Ugandan a frustrated man.

Mulumba played a dangerous back pass to Joseph Okoth with Kagere lurking and the Gor forward made him pay with a clever interception before slotting past Okoth to put Gor in control.

Staring at his fourth consecutive loss in the SPL, Nkata played his first card introducing Kelvin Omondi for Lugogo yet the storm never abated.

As if to justify his inclusion ahead of Nizigiyimana, Wellington planted a bullet header beyond the despairing dive of Okoth to settle the tie as a contest.

A late surge by Bandari saw them plant some respect on the score line with nine minutes to go. Michael Apudo arriving early in the box to tap in Shaban Kenga’s cross from close range.


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27 Sep 17

Gor Mahia will take on fourth placed Sofapaka on Wednesday in Kisumu. It is the first match since both teams had points deducted after the high court ruling that nullifed results against Nakumatt and Zoo Kericho. Gor Mahia are now on 45 points, still 9 points ahead of Sofapaka. Gor Mahia will be looking to put some distance between them and second placed Kakamega Homeboyz.

“Our targets are the same for each game. We want three points. That requires good preparation and strategic approach and that is what we have done,” said coach Dylan Kerr to the Nation.

Sofapaka will be trying to reboot their title hopes which have stalled in recent matches.

“Playing Gor Mahia in Kisumu will be a tough endeavour. That is the best team in the country right now but we shall give our best,” said Sofapaka’s Ugandan coach Sam Ssimbwa to the Nation.

Last  weekend Gor Mahia put on what was perhaps their most spirited performances against defending champions Tusker under difficult rainy conditions. And coach Kerr was impressed with his side.

“I have seen for character for heart for endeavor from my players today because it was a tough game under tough conditions” said Kerr


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