Tag: 2018 Kenya Premier League



25 Apr 18

Philemon Otieno in action against Chemelil Sugar


Gor Mahia let a two goal lead slip and were held 2-2 by Chemelil. The match was played at Kericho Green stadium on Wednesday.

Additional reporting from the Nation
Chemelil Sugar rallied from two goals down to hold 10-man Gor Mahia 2-2 in a Kenyan Premier League match at rain drenched Kericho Green Stadium on Wednesday.

The defending champions looked to be cruising as Humphrey Mieno and Ephrem Guikan put K’Ogalo in charge at half time.

However, the sugar millers capitalised on Gor keeper Boniface Olouch’s sending off in the 54th minute after handling the ball outside his area, with Charles Kwakha and Benedicto Mwamlangara scoring to restore parity.

Gor, who reclaimed top spot on Sunday following a 5-2 demolition over Thika United, have now accumulated 26 points from 10 matches and still have two games in hand over second placed Mathare United who are on 23 points.

Chemelil coach Charles Odera hailed his side’s fighting spirit after falling two goals down. His side are now on 18 points.

Gor Mahia’s Philemon Otieno (left) and Chemelil’s Abdul Hassan vie for the ball during Kenyan Premier League match at Kericho Green Stadium on April 25, 2018. The match ended 2-2. PHOTO | TONNY OMONDI |
Gor Mahia’s Philemon Otieno (left) and Chemelil’s Abdul Hassan vie for the ball during Kenyan Premier League match at Kericho Green Stadium on April 25, 2018. The match ended 2-2. PHOTO | TONNY OMONDI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

“We were down by two goals at halftime but we played well in the second half and managed to fight back. We had very few chances, but I am happy the boys capitalised on them and saved the point,” he said on Wednesday.

MOMENTUM

Humphrey Mieno opened the scoring for the defending champions three minutes into play, when he tapped from close range after connecting well with Ernest Wendo’s dangerous cross inside the box.

Six minutes later, Guikan was on the offensive in the left wing but he was flagged offside before he made a shot at goal.

The hosts then managed to cut through Gor’s defence minutes later but Collins Neto was denied by the safe hands of Boniface Oluoch with Maxwell Onyango’s rebound failing to find the back of the net.

After missing two successive open scoring chances, Guikan finally got his name on the score sheet in the 26th minute with an easy finish, when he found himself unmarked inside Chemelil’s box with Innocent Wafula providing the assist.

Attacker Francis Kahata drove a dangerous shot on target but it was comfortably claimed by Chemelil’s goalkeeper John Waw.

Chemelil gained some momentum in the dying minutes of the first half, launching two attacks through Faraj Ominde, but Oluoch was alert.

‘DEAR LIFE’

The hosts improved in the second half making the first attempt at goal through Neto, but his short went wide.

The game’s turning point came in the 54th minute when Gor keeper Oluoch was sent off after he handled the ball outside the box.

Gor coach Dylan Kerr sacrificed scorer Guikan as second choice keeper Peter Odhiambo took his place.

The numerical advantage seemed to have have favoured the hosts with wave of attacks on the K’Ogalo goal.

Their efforts bore fruit in the 69th minute when substitute Charles Kwakha found the back of the net with a low drive from outside the box to reduce the deficit.

Kerr made changes to his team bringing in Samuel Onyango for Ernest Wendo and Lawrence Juma for Jacques Tuyisenge, while Odera brought on Philip Muchoma for Yusuf Juma.

Benedicto Mwamlangara levelled matters in the 75th minute with a top corner goal after being set by Nicholas Akoko, who was fantastic after he managed to beat Gor Mahia defenders with his pace and impressive dribbling skills.

Chemelil went in search of the winner but Gor hang on to dear life and the precious point.


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22 Apr 18

Lawrence Juma of Gor Mahia takes on Sammy Meja of Thika United

Gor Mahia, having recently been buoyed by their qualification for the group stage of the 2018 CAF Confederations cup, put on a spectacular display when they beat Thika United 5-2 on Sunday. And they had to do it after going behind twice. But their second half masterclass will surely put a smile on coach Dylan Kerr’s face given that he has been worried about his team’s ability to score.

Report by Capital FM
NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 22- Samuel Onyango, Meddie Kagere and Francis Kahata stepped off the bench to score as Gor Mahia regained their spot on top of the Kenyan Premier League standings with a 5-2 win over Thika United at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Sunday.

The game had been tied at 2-2 before Onyango scored the third for Gor in the 74th minute then Kagere took a well taken goal off a counter in the 89th minute. However the cream of the afternoon was left for Kahata who sublimely lifted the ball over Allan Owiny two minutes later for Gor’s fifth.

The win saw Gor Mahia move to 25 points, two ahead of second placed Mathare United who lost 1-0 to Wazito on Saturday. K’Ogalo have three matches at hand due to their participation in the CAF Confederations Cup.

It was a happy ending for Gor with their afternoon having started off with three of their fans perishing in an accident as they travelled to Machakos to cheer on the team. The fans were allegedly precariously hanging on a bus before they toppled off after the vehicle came into contact with another saloon car.

On the field, Gor almost paid for some bit of laxity with Thika taking control with a 2-1 lead on the hour mark, but keeper Allan Owiny took the glimmer off teammates Masakidi Mata’s beauty of a freekick after pushing Jacques Tuyisenge’s shot into his own net four minutes later.

Gor Mahia ended the opening half with a collective huge sigh of relief, Ephraim Guikan drawing them level with a well taken first time effort after a sleek through pass from Tuyisenge that split the defense.

The visitors had gone ahead early in the fourth minute when Eugene Mukangala curled a well taken shot past Shabaan Odhoji who was starting ahead of the rested Boniface Oluoch.

Gor Mahia had lost the ball in midfield and when Mukangula was played through, he set himself up with the first touch before taking a shot.

Thika had started the match swift with Gor Mahia yet to settle in and after going ahead, they should have added a second when Baraka Badi’s low cross from the right landed on Edmond Adem’s path, but the forward miscued his shot.

Despite the slippery conditions of the pitch, Gor Mahia started growing into the game and had a chance with a freekick from the edge of the box on the quarter hour mark but Tuyisenge curled the effort over.

K’Ogalo continued to raid Thika as they searched for the equalizer and in the 23rd minute, Tuyisenge accidentally blocked what looked like a goal bound shot from Lawrence Juma who had taken a shot from a Guikan cutback.

They came closest on the half hour mark when skipper Harun Shakava’s shot from inside the box came against the crossbar after being put through by debutant Raphael Sudi who had dribbled past a forest of legs at the edge of the box.

Four minutes from the break, Innocent Wafula charged down from the right and managed to slap in a low cross, but the ball could only go straight into Allan Owiny’s arms with Guikan salivating at the edge of the six yard box.

Gor’s pressure finally bore fruit two minutes to the break when Guikan found the back of the net, Sammy Mejja playing him on side and the Ivorian racing to a Tuyisenge through pass before beating Owiny.

Thika were forced into a change at the stroke of half time when Adem was forced out injured with a muscle strain and his place taken by Hansel Ochieng.

In the second half, Thika came back with pace again and eight minutes after the restart, Mukangula’s header from a Mata cross went inches over the bar.

However, seven minutes later, Mata was wheeling away in celebration after curling a sublime freekick over the wall, the ball bumping in the inside of the post on its way into the net with keeper Odhoji left dumbfounded.

But the lead only lasted three minutes as keeper Owiny’s hilarious howler brought Gor back into the game. The keeper first rushed out to cut off an onrushing Tuyisenge but missed the ball completely.

As if that was not enough, Tuyisenge’s shot was blocked by Franko Bala, but the keeper rushing back to his line pushed the ball into his own net as he attempted to tip it over.

Gor struck the winner in the 74th minute when Innocent Wafula lifted the ball over Owiny on the left and on onrushing Onyango side footed it home unmarked from the right.

Kagere then finished off the job barely 10 minutes after coming on,


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11 Apr 18

Gor Mahia kept their 2018 KPL title chase on course when they beat newcomers Wazito 1-0 at Machakos on Wednesday.
Additional Reporting from the Nation

Jacques Tuyisenge came off the bench to score the winner as champions Gor Mahia laboured to beat Wazito 1-0 in a midweek Kenyan Premier League (KPL) match staged at a slippery Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.

Just nine minutes after coming on for Lawrence Juma, the Rwandan striker sent the handful of fans who bothered to turn up for the match into a frenzy with a 73rd minute header from a Cersidy Okeyo free kick.

The win sees Gor move to 22 points, one shy of leaders Mathare United albeit with two games in hand. Wazito remain 12th on 11 points after nine games.

Gor tactician Dylan Kerr retained only Humphrey Mieno and Meddie Kagere in his starting lineup from the team that beat SuperSport United 1-0 in the Caf Confederation Cup play-off, first leg match on Sunday.

“Congratulations to Gor Mahia, hard luck to my boys, we go back to prepare for the next game,” Wazito coach Frank Ouna said after the match.

“The plan was to lock out Gor’s attacks but you need maximum concentration, any slip up costs you and it did today but we shall rectify the weaknesses.”

Despite claiming his seventh win in eight games, Kerr wasn’t pleased with the display.

“It’s still a crime we can’t utilise our chances. We had the possession, fought hard but missed golden opportunities. The field was slippery because of the rain, yes, but little basics would have seen us put the ball behind the net several times,” he said.

Mieno surprisingly played as a makeshift centre-back while Kagere was handed the captain’s armband in the absence of Harun Shakava.

K’Ogalo created a host scoring opportunities in the first half but the striking partnership of Kagere and Ephrem Guikan let them down.

Wazito’s Patience Lukige had his volley picked by Gor custodian Shaban Odhoji in the 10th minute and six minutes later, Lawrence Juma’s free kick was easily collected by Phillip Odhiambo after Harun Nyakha had fouled Kevin ‘Ade’ Omondi 20 yards out.

Guikan set up Kagere with a beautiful backheel on 26 minutes but the Rwandan striker’s attempt narrowly missed the target.

A minute to the half hour mark, Samuel Onyango outpaced his markers, delivered a pinpoint cross that Bernard Ondiek headed over the bar.

HIT THE BAR

Kagere was denied by the woodwork at the stroke of halftime as the champions pushed for the opener.

Wazito defenders led by Odhiambo Ricky did well to stop Onyango’s attempt to connect a dangerous Lawrence Juma cross a minute to the hour mark as Gor continued with the onslaught.

Wazito coach frank Ouna introduced Ibrahim Mao for Joakim Omollo in the 62nd minute but Kerr reacted two minutes later by throwing into the fray Tuyisenge for Juma as Kevin Omondi paved way for Boniface Omondi.

George Owiti replaced the jaded Joe Waithira with 15 minutes to time as Raphael Asudi had his debut though for five minutes, coming on for Samuel Onyango.

Boniface Omondi’s long range effort ricocheted off the bar on 88 minutes with the goalkeeper well beaten.

Wazito visit Chemelil Sugar on Sunday while Gor await their Caf Confederation Cup return leg match against SuperSport United in Pretoria next week.


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31 Mar 18

Gor Mahia were made to work hard for three points at Kisumu on Saturday. But they were finally ever to overcome resistance from Vihiga. The all important goal came from Jacque Tuyisenge.

Additional reporting from goal.com
Gor Mahia’s perfect run in the Kenyan Premier League continued after registering their seventh win in eight matches.

The sixteen times champions came into the match as favourites, owing to Vihiga United’s poor run that had seen the team draw four and lose three of their last seven matches.

Vihiga was keen on defending, as seen in the first few minutes, trying to play long balls and relying on counter attacks. But their resolve was broken in the fourteenth minute when Francis Kahata did well to pick Jacques Tuyisenge, and the latter did well to put the ball past Barnabas Tiema.

Former AFC Leopards man Charles Okwemba could have leveled matters in the 19th minute after a good pass by Christopher Masinza, but he failed to hit the target.

The visitors had Tiema to thank for keeping the score line 1-0, after he made a number of stunning saves that denied Meddie Kagere.

Tuyisenge, George Odhiambo and Kahata were all guilty of missing great chances as K’Ogalo moved top of the group on 19 points.
The champions, who are preparing for Caf Confederation Cup first leg match against SuperSport United, have won seven matches and drawn one, scoring fourteen goals in the process.

Gor Mahia XI: Bonface Oluoch, Philemon Otieno, Haron Shakava, Joash Onyango, Wesley Onguso, Samuel Onyango, Francis Kahata, Humphrey Mieno, Meddie Kagere, George Odhiambo and Jacques Tuyisenge.

Reserves: Fredrick Odhiambo, Charles Monyanyi, Innocent Wafula, Bonface Omondi, Bernard Ondieki, Kevin Omondi and Ephraim Guikan.


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28 Feb 18

Eliud Lokuwam in action against Tusker

Gor Mahia dropped their first points of the 2018 season when they drew 0-0 with Tusker at Machakos.

Additional reporting from the Nation
Champions Gor Mahia dropped points for the first time this season after battling to a barren draw with Tusker in an exciting Kenyan Premier League match at Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos.

After watching his charges fire blanks for the first time this term, Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr will have more to worry about after Ivorian striker Ephrem Guikan was stretched off injury in the second half injury time.

Guikan collided with Tusker goalkeeper Duncan Ochieng as he attacked a ball from a free-kick.

Both teams had chances to win the match with Guikan culpable of what might turn out to be the “miss of the season” after hitting the woodwork from inside the six-yard area in the second half with the goal mouth gaping to the shock of the handful fans who bothered to show up for the rescheduled tie.

“We have to blame ourselves for the missed chances, this is something we practice every day in training but its African mentality of not taking things serious,” lamented an angry Kerr.

“Again playing three games in a week is tedious, worse, after a 24-hour trip from Equatorial Guinea. Credit to the players anyway despite dropping two points.”

His opposite number Sam Timbe said his side had a better chance to win the game but were undone by missed chances.

“We had opportunities in the first half to kill off the game. Last game, we converted two out of six clear chances we had but today we couldn’t,” said Timbe.

“All games are tough, we just need to keep working hard,” he said.

Kerr made eight changes to the team that beat Kariobangi Sharks 2-1 at the same venue on Sunday while Timbe retained the squad that recorded a similar result against Nzoia Sugar on Saturday.

Kerr handed attacker Eliud Luokwam a rare start ahead of veteran forward Meddie Kagere while former Tusker duo Humphrey Mieno and Cersidy Okeyo partnered in midfield.

Luokwam was also culpable of wasting a glorious scoring opportunity in the opening half after he failed to beat Ochieng from inside the six-yard box even after leaving Collins Shivachi for dead with a lovely turn.

Tusker too had their fair share of missed chances with Amos Asembeka combining well with former Gor attacker Timothy Otieno, but the former Sony sugar man fired wide with only Boniface Oluoch to beat.

Second half substitute Jackson Macharia, on for Asembeka, had a late header cleared off the line by Charles Momanyi as both teams went for the opener.

The early exchanges were open, where Gor utilised wide areas to create pockets of space, with George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo posing their main threat up front.

Momanyi’s header from a Lawrence Juma corner in the 14th minute flew inches wide. Timothy Otieno’s glancing header at the stroke of halftime was off target.

After the restart, Guikan twice missed to score what could have been his second goal of the season. But it’s his miss on 73 minutes that left the whole stadium in shock. Kagere beat his marker to set up the Ivorian whose first shot was blocked by Ochieng’ before his rebound ricocheted off the crossbar.

Despite the draw, Gor moved to the summit of the standings with 10 points, same as Mathare United but with a superior goal difference. It was the first time Gor have dropped points or failed to score in a league match this season.


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15 Feb 18

Gor Mahia continued with their perfect record in 2018 when they hammered Zoo Kericho 4-2 at Kericho Green Stadium on Thursday.

Additional reporting from the Nation

Defending champions Gor Mahia on Thursday returned to the summit of the Kenyan Premier League table after thrashing Zoo Kericho 4-2 in their rescheduled tie at the Kericho Green Stadium.

The record 16-time champions, who brushed aside Nakumatt 4-0 in their league season opener before easing past Leones Vegetarinos of Equatorial Guinea 2-0 in the first leg of their Caf Champions League tie last weekend, went up 1-0 through Rwandan star Jacques Tuyisenge on the 35 minutes before Boniface Omondi added a second after the break.

Zoo Kericho skipper Johnson Ligare halved the deficit with a thumping header in the 68th minute before Joachim Oluoch pounced onto a rebound to score the third in the 70th minute and three minutes later, substitute Samuel Onyango slotted home after goalkeeper Martin Elungat failed to hold onto Meddie Kagere’s shot. Striker Nicholas Kipkirui scored his second goal of the season and Zoo’s second in the 75th minute but the record champions had done enough to claim maximum points.

The win saw Gor, turning half a century on Friday, go top on six points similar to Mathare United thanks to a superior goal difference.

Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr handed former Tusker midfielder Cercidy Okeyo, Joachim Oluoch and Bernard Ondiek their first starts of the season with the likes of Francis Kahata, George Odhiambo and Humphrey Mieno all missing from the starting line-up with the Englishman keen on their Caf Champions League return leg match against Vegetarinos away in Malabo next week.


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15 Feb 18

Gor Mahia fans in Kericho least season.

So far in 2018, Kogalo have won their three competitive matches, beating AFC in the Super Cup 1-0, before beating Nakumatt 4-0 and Leones Vegeterianos 2-0. They will be looking to take their good form to Kericho Green stadium in Thursday.

Last season Gor Mahia beat the Kericho based side 1-0 and drew 1-1 in the second leg. But captain Haron Shakava expects a tough outing.

“We have played Zoo twice and we know how stubborn and tricky they can be. Remember, they also lost their opening match. So, we expect a very tough match tomorrow (Thursday),”  said Shakava to goal.com

Sammy coach, the Zoo Kericho coach is determined to put on a good performance.

“We respect Gor Mahia, but we are not afraid of them… and in football, anything is possible. We know their capabilities. It’s no doubt they have quality players and everything favours them, but for us this is a chance to bounce back and redeem ourselves after the Ulinzi lose.

“We are ready psychologically and in a right state of mind. We are ready to give 100 per cent in this tie. It will not be a walk in the park for both teams. But we just need to remain focused, play our game and see what happens after the 90 minutes,” he told the Standard.

Captain Shakava also called on fans to come in numbers to support the team. Attendance for the opening match against Nakumatt and against Leones Vegeeranos was way below par.

“We need your support,” said Shakava.


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3 Feb 18

It was a flying start to the 2018 Kenya premier League for Gor Mahia as they completely destroyed Nakumatt FC 4-0. Returning to Machakos for the first time in years, Gor Mahia completely overwhelemed Nakumatt with three goals from Kagere before Wellington Ochieng sealed the score.

Additional reporting from futaa.com

KPL reigning champions Gor Mahia have sent a resounding statement after smashing opponents Nakumatt 4-0 in their opener played on Saturday 3rd February at the Machakos Stadium. 

Meddie Kagere was the day’s hero stretching from his Super Cup prowess to record a hat-trick in the match, two goals in the second half and one in the first half while Wellington Ochieng’ sealed the win with a late goal. 

Gor Mahia was evidently the better side in the first half fresh from their Super Cup win over arch rivals AFC Leopards last weekend. Francis Kahata, Meddie Kagere and Earnest Wendo enjoyed a  brilliant combination in the match managing to expose their opponents’ defence on numerous occasions. The goals were however not easily forthcoming as Nakumatt remained vigilant.

Goals galore 

The Rwandan would however soon break the Shoppers defence with a shot inside the 18-yard area having controlled in from a counter attack for a one nil lead into the halftime break.

The second half was no better for the Nakumatt side with Kagere resuming to haunt them and pile misery in the 54th minute; sealing his double. The striker who also netted during the Super Cup sent in a low driven shot from inside the box into the bottom corner sending the travelling fans into a frenzy.

Cercidy Okeyo also enjoyed a fine form after coming on in the second half to supply the killer cross that was finally buries by Kagere and continued to show brilliance into the rest of the match.

It was things fall apart for Nakumatt in the second half after Kagere sealed his hattrick in the 80th minute from an easy tap-in into the bottom left corner of the post with Lucas Indeche well beaten on goal.

Two minutes later, Wellington Ochieng’ made it four goal to nil after shooting straight into the net at close range from an assist by Boniface Omondi. The goal ensured that Gor Mahia recorded a zooming start to the 2018 season building on their 1-0 win over AFC Leopards in the Super Cup.

Gor Mahia: Boniface Oluoch, Harun Shakava, Joash Onyango, Wesley. Onguso, Wellington Ochieng’, Eernest Wendo, Humphrey Mieno, Francis Kahata, Samuel Onyango, Boniface Omondi, Meddie Kagere

Sub: Shaban Odhoji, Charles Momanyi, Kevin Omondi, Laurence Juma, Cercidy Okeyo, Ephraim Guikan, Stephen Otieno


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2 Feb 18

Gor Mahia players celebrate after Walusimbi’s freekick resulted in an own goal by Nakumatt in this 2017 match

Defending champions Gor Mahia will take on Nakumatt this Saturday February 3 at Machakos in their opening match of the 2018 KPL season. The 2018 season promises to be a tough one. Last season Gor Mahia won at a canter. In response, other teams have sought to strengthen their sides in order to compete with Kogalo. Most notably Sofapaka who have signed Kenyan international Kevin Kimani as well as Stephen Waruru, Ian Otieno, Kepha Aswani and Ibrahim Kitawi. Arch rivals AFC Leopards were also busy in the transfer season, signing two Ghanaians, a Nigerian and a Ugandan.

But Gor Mahia are confident, having started the season on a sound note by beating Ingwe in the Super cup. And coach Dylan Kerr is happy with the new signings who include the returning Kevin Omondi, Humphrey Mieno, Samuel Onyango and Ivorian Ephrem Guikan.

Sunday’s opponents Nakumatt, also strengthened their side by signing experienced players Noah Abich, Timonah Wanyonyi and Lucas Indeche.

Last season, Kogalo won both matches against Nakumatt, winning 2-0 and 1-0. A win against Nakumatt will put Gor Mahia in a confident position ahead of the CAF champions league match which will happen the following weekend.

 

Match Details

Kickoff: 3pm Saturday February 3

Venue: Machakos

 


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