Gor Mahia blank Simba 2-0 to win Sportpesa cup

Gor Mahia emerged victorious in the final match of the 2018 Sportpesa Supercup. They beat Simba of Tanzania 2-0. The goals came from Meddie Kagere and Jacque Tuyisenge. As a result, Gor Mahia have won Ksh 3m and earned the right to play Everton at Goodison Park. And for the second straight season, Gor Mahia have won the Sportpesa Supercup without conceding a goal.

Additional reporting from the Nation
Champions Gor Mahia successfully retained the SportPesa Super Cup after a convincing 2-0 win over Tanzania’s Simba SC in the final at the Afraha Stadium, Nakuru on Sunday.

Goals on either side of halftime from the Rwandese duo of Meddie Kagere and Jacques Tuyisenge saw K’Ogalo put their opponents to the sword in a packed final.

Gor, who are also the league champions, will now travel to England to face top-flight side Everton at their Goodison Park home next month.

Gor also walked away with Sh3 million for their exploits, while runners up Simba went home with Sh 1million.

Gor coach Dylan Kerry could not hide his joy of beating Simba. It was a sweet revenge for the Englishman after he was bundled out of the club in a huff.

“I have now proved that I am the best coach in the region and Simba should now respect my coaching tactics as I am heading to Goodison Park in England, while they will be at home in Dar es Salaam,” said a delighted Kerr, who was dismissed from Simba after only six months at the helm.

Simba assistant coach Masoud Juma conceded defeat and congratulated Gor for the victory saying his charges were overwhelmed by their opponents’ vast experience.

“I fielded a relatively new and young side. I will now develop the side into a formidable team and I am sure we shall soon roar to the top of the regional football apex and revenge against Gor in the Kagame Cup next month,” said Masoud.

Earlier, Tanzania’s Singida United secured third place after edging out Kakamega Homeboyz 4-1 on post-match penalties during their third-place playoff match.

The sides were tied at 1-1 at the end of the 90 minutes and took penalties to decide the winner.

Singida pocketed Sh750,000, while Kakamega Homeboyz received Sh500,000.

Eight sides took part in the second edition of the competition which began on June 3.
Playing before a massive home fans in a dilapidated Afraha Stadium pitch, the enterprising Green Army hunted Simba from the moment Ethiopia referee Belay Tadese signalled the start of the epic final duel at exactly 3pm.

And hardly five minutes into the game, Francis Kahata initiated a brilliant move on the right flank and superbly passed the ball to the sprinting Tuyisenge along the touchline, who in turn squared to Kagere inside the box, who made a brilliant turn and fired a powerful shot past Simba goalkeeper Manula Aishi for his fourth goal of the tournament.

Aishi first handled the ball before it slipped from his hands and rolled into the net sending the thousands of Gor fans into rapturous celebrations.

The limping Simba’s first attempt on goal came in the 26th minute when Rashid Juma’s volley was cleverly blocked by Shaban Odhonji.

In the 31st minute, Gor’s George “Blackberry” Odhiambo threaded his way through the Simba defence, but his rising shot rested on top of the net.

In the 35th minute, Erustus Nyoni of Simba earned a yellow card for hitting Tuyisenge on the head while vying for an aerial ball.

In the ensuing confusion, Gor captain Harun Shakava was booked by the Ethiopian referee for disent.

Three minutes later, Blackberry’s 24 meter free kick from outside the box rebounded on the chest of goalkeeper Manula before it was cleared as a charging Kagere missed an opportunity to sweep the ball into the net.

Tadese was forced to give Tuyisenge a yellow card for dissent after he momentarily lost his temper.

Three minutes before the breather, Kahata playing before his home town fans nearly doubled the scores when he failed to convert a beautiful pass from Godfrey Walusimbi inside the box with a powerful grass cutter.

On resumption, Gor’s attacking machine led by Kahata, Tuyisenge and Kagere continued to trouble the Simba defence with constant attacks.

And their spirited efforts were rewarded 10 minutes into second half, when Humphrey Mieno sent a delicious cross with Tuyisenge completed with a simple tap in to score his first goal of the tournament.

Moments later, Kahata rolled with the ball on the right flank but his cross was not converted into a goal.

Five minutes before the final whistle, Gor continued with their tale of missed chances and this time it was the turn of Tuyisenge to blast over with the goal at his mercy.

Gor Mahia through to Sportpesa Super Cup final

Gor Mahia are through to the finals of the 2018 Sportpesa Supercup after blanking Singida United of Tanzania 2-0. Unlike against arch-rivals AFC Leopards whom they beat on penalties, the Tanzanian side found the going tough against a brilliant Kogalo side.

Gor Mahia will now face off with Simba of Tanzania in the final. The latter beat Kakamega Homeboyz on penalties.

Additional Reporting from futaa.com

Meddie Kagere scored twice as Gor Mahia beat Singida United 2-0 in a Super Cup semi-final match that was staged at Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on Thursday 7th June.

The Rwandan scored his first in the 36th minute after heading home from a Francis Kahata cross. He then got his second in stoppage time firing home with a low shot that went past Singida keeper Peter Manyika.

Strong start 

Gor Mahia started the game on a high trying to an early opener.  George Odhiambo in the flank, in particular, proved lively in the opening minutes. The first chance went Singida’s way in the 6th minute when Danny Lyanga beat his marker on the left flank before delivering a teasing cross which Godfrey Walusimbi cleared before John Tibar could pounce.

At the other end, Singida keeper Peter Manyika pulled a huge save picking an Odhiambo cross with Meddie Kagere well placed to fire home.  Another quick clearance from Gor Mahia defenders denied Lyanga who was through on goal.  Singida showed improvement after early Gor Mahia dominance and proved dangerous particularly on the seak.

The heavy downpour in Nakuru seemed to affect the flow of the game as both teams opted to use high balls.  Singida skipper Deus Kaseke hit the crossbar in the 33rd minute with a venous drive, Gor Mahia keeper Shaban Odhoji was at full stretch but he could not get hold of the ball.

Kagere goal 

A minute later, Gor Mahia went ahead through veteran forward Meddie Kagere.  A well-floated corner from Francis Kahata was met with a bullet header from the Rwandan striker, Peter Wanyika on Sindiga goal could do little to save his side. Three minutes later Gor captain Haron Shakava headed narrowly wide from another Kahata delivery as Gor looked to double their advantage. Gor took a one-goal advantage to the break.

Both teams had chances to score more after the break. Lubinda Mundia and Deus Kaseke came close for Singida while Tuyisenge, Odhiambo, and Kahata came close for Gor Mahia.

Kagere brace 

Just as it looked like the game would end 1-0, Kagere got his second in stoppage time with a low drive that beat Singida keeper Manyika. Gor will play Simba in the final on Sunday 10th June.

Starting XI: Shaban Odhoji, Philemon Otieno, Godfrey Walusimbi, Haron Shakava, Joash Onyango, Ernest Wendo, Humphrey Mieno, George Odhiambo, Francis Kahata, Jacques Tuyisenge, Meddie Kagere

Subs: Bonface Oluoch, Wesly Onguso, Charles Momanyi, Innocent Wafula, Boniface Omondi, Bernard Ondiek, Lawrence Juma, Ephrem Guikan

Singida Starting XI: Peter Manyika, Adam Miraji, Shafik Batambuze, Kennedy Juma, Salim Kipaga, Amara Diaby, Deus Kaseke, Danny Lyanga, Ally Kenny and John Tibar.

Subs: Ally Mustapha, Elisha Murojwa, Salum Chuku, Antiri Maliki, Elinyesia Sumbi, Lubinda Mundia, Khalfan Nizar, Santos Felipe

Gor Mahia trounce Jeshi La Kujenga Uchumi 3-0

Gor Mahia opened their 2018 Sportpesa Supercup campaign on a solid note, dismissing Zanzibari side Jeshi La Kujenga Uchumi 3-0

Additional Reporting from Citizen Sports
Gor Mahia FC began their Super Cup title defence with a 3-0 victory over Jeshi La Kujenga Uchumi (JKU) SC at Nakuru’s Afraha Stadium on Sunday.

Goals from George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo, Godfrey Walusimbi and Meddie Kagere lifted the home side to a comfortable over the Zanzibar outfit.

The champions will play fellow Kenyan Premier League (KPL) Kakamega Homeboyz who stunned Tanzanian giants Yanga SC 3-1 earlier at the same venue.

Odhiambo was in fine form, terrorizing the visiting defence and won a penalty in the 20th minute but striker Ephrem Guikan failed to put it away as his tame effort was pushed out by the goalkeeper.

The winger then took matters into his own hands, combining well with Francis Kahata in the 29th minute to fire home the opener.

Walusimbi doubled his side’s lead six minutes later with low left-footed strike from outside the box after Cercidy Okeyo had set him up.

JKU could do little to slow down Dylan Kerr charges as they were starved of possession thus barely even tested K’Ogalo custodian Shaban Odoji.

The Kenyan champions slowed down proceedings in the second period, retaining possession as they looked to see off the win.

Both sides brought in substitutes with Dylan Kerr profiting as Meddie Kagere added to the tally heading in the 82nd minute from a cross to kill off any hopes JKU had of salvaging anything from the game.

Sportpesa Supercup kicks off this Sunday

Gor Mahia will be participating in their sixth tournament starting this Sunday when they kick off their campaign for the 2018 Sportpesa Super cup. Gor Mahia are the defending champions having won the 2017 edition without conceding a goal. They beat Jangombe of Zanzibar 2-0, beat Nakuru All Stars 2-0 then hammered arch rivals AFC 3-0 in the final.

This Sunday Kogalo take on Zanzibar Champions, Jeshi la Kujena Uchumi. The Zanzibaris are not overawed by their Kenyan counterparts.
“First, we pay our respects to Gor but it will be the champions of Kenya and Zanzibar playing each other on the day,” JKU captain, Pension Mark Joseph told SportPesa News

His Kogalo counterpart is adamant that Kogalo have prepared well for the tournament.

“We have been preparing well for other matches and this should just be a continuation of our assignments. After our league match yesterday, our focus is fully on the tournament and in all honesty, we are ready for it. We want to give it our best.” he said to goal.com

On paper the Zanzibaris should not challenge Gor Mahia. They faired rather badly in the 2018 Africa Champions league, losing 7-0 on aggregate to Zesco of Zambia. And 2017 marks the only time that they have ever won the Zanzibari title despite having existed for over 30 years.

Full Fixtures

The tournament will be played on a knockout basis.

Its Gor Mahia vs Jeshi La Kujenga Uchumi

The winner of SuperCup 2018 will play Everton again

The annual Super Cup pitting Kenyan teams against Tanzanian teams, will be held at Afraha Stadium in Nakuru. Gor Mahia will kick off their campaign on June 3 against Jeshi la Kujenga Uchumi of Zanzibar. This according to goal.com The winner of the tournament will earn the right to play against English premier league side Everton at their Goodison Park stadium.

Full fixtures:

June 3: Kakamega Homeboyz v Yanga SC and Gor Mahia v JKU.

June 4: Kariobangi Sharks v Simba SC.

June 5: AFC Leopards v Singida United.

Gor Mahia vs Zanzibari sides

Gor Mahia have in recent years had the upper hand over Zanzibari sides. At the 2015 CECAFA club cup, Gor Mahia trounced KMKM 3-1 with Michael Olunga scoring twice and Kagere scoring the other.  Then at the 2017 Super Cup Gor Mahia blanked Jangombe Boys 2-0 with Kagere scoring twice.

The need for depth

With Gor Mahia facing a glut of fixtures that will include the KPL, GoTV Shield, CAF Confederations cup, Super 8, Supercup and possibly Kagame Cup, they will need to bolster their ranks with more players.

With that in mind, Gor Mahia are said to be pursuing 25 year old Ugandan midfielder Paul Mucuurezi. His contract with KCCA is said to be ending in June.

A two-time league winner, Mucureezi is a versatile midfielder with the ability to also play behind the striker, on the right or left hand side of the attack as has been the case this season while playing for Mike Mutebi’s side.

He also has a knack for scoring important goals as witnessed when he headed home the winner to help KCCA past Madagascar champions CNaPS in a first round match of the Caf Champions League.

He is also a full international with the Uganda Cranes, and made history when he came off the bench to score four times when Uganda beat South Sudan 5-1 in the 2018 CHAN qualifiers in 2017.