Muguna, Oluoch and Musa in action as Kenya lose to Thailand

Muguna in action against Thailand on Sunday

Midfielder Kenneth Muguna, goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch and defender Musa Mohamed were the Kogalo players in action as Kenya put on what can at best be considered a sub par performance against Thailand. Context first: Thailand are at number 137 in the FIFA rankings, 49 places below Kenya. The entire Thai national team plays in the Thai league which cannot be considered to have a standard above the KPL.  Kenya was thus expected to win .

In the end it was Thailand who looked the better side. Though Kenya had more possession, they failed to create decent chances. Kenya are still unable to string together meaningful passes in the final third. As a result they try to score by playing hopeful crosses into the box or long passes.

Muguna’s impact on the game was not significant at all. He did not play badly but neither did he impose himself on the game nor create any chances. None of this is his fault. The team lacked sufficient cohesion. Musa Mohamed was played at right back. He was solid and staved off the attacks that came on his wing.

Boniface Oluoch was solid between the sticks and actually had to dive full length to pull off a number of saves. The goal he conceded was not his fault though he seemed to parry the ball right into the path of an oncoming attacker.

Other former Kogalo players were in action as well. Michael Olunga came closest to scoring when in the first half he picked up a loose ball and unleashed one of his trademark rising shots which forced a spectacular save from the Thai keeper. In the 54th minute Kenya were awarded a free-kick on the edge of the box after Masoud Juma was fouled. Olunga took the resulting free-kick which was quite an embarrasment. His form was poor. He got underneath the ball and sent it several meters above the cross bar. He has clearly not been practising free-kicks during his time in Sweden, China and Spain.

David Owino Calabar was solid in central defence. But was unable to start moves by linking up with his midfielders as is required of modern central defenders. The systems he is forced to play in and the quality of players around him are to blame.

Left with no option, he resorts to bypassing the midfield by sending long balls to the forwards. And unlike Austin Oduor of yesteryear, his long balls are mostly fanciful. They rarely find their target.  Anthony Akumu, the other former Kogalo player in the side was also solid if unspectacular.

The Thai side are clearly better at stringing together passes in the final third. In fact the goal they scored came after their winger created an opening for himself on the right flank, sliced the ball to the central attacker whose shot was parried by Oluoch only for another attacker to pounce on the loose ball and score.

After they scored, the Thais fell back and allowed Kenya long spells of ball possession. However Kenya were once again let down by their poor coordination in the final third. As a result they created no meaningful chances. The only attempts at goal were a long range effort from Anthony Akumu which went well wide and Olunga’s shocking free-kick.

Coach Okumbi introduced substitutions, bringing in Waruru, Samwel Onyango and Jesse Were for Masoud Juma, Miheso and Makwatta. But it was to no avail


Starting XI

Boniface Oluoch, David Owino (C), Jockins Atudo, Abud Omar, Musa Mohammed, Anthony Akumu, Kenneth Muguna, Cliffton Miheso, John Mark Makwatta, Masud Juma, Michael Olunga


Patrick Matasi, Simon Mbugua, Ernest Wendo, Samuel Onyango, Jesse Were, Harun Shakava, Robinson Kamura, Patillah Omotto, Boniface Muchiri, Dennis Sikhayi, Stephen Waruru

Musa Mohamed solidified his flank despite playing out of position


John Makwatta
Anthony Akumu and Kenneth Muguna

Gor Mahia transfer news Dec 20

Gor Mahia have completed the signings of two key players: David Ochieng “Cheche” and Francis Kahata.

“It is true we have signed ‘Cheche’ and Kahata. We have been negotiating with both players and I can confirm that the deals are sealed.” said a source to

The signing of both players will add useful experience. Both have been regular national team players with experience playing in the top tier leagues of Saudi Arabia and Albania respectively. Kahata would add an element of creativity that has been missing from the Gor Mahia midfield since the departure of Moses Odhiambo “Dube”.

Timothy Otieno, the promising Gor Mahia striker who saw very little action in 2015, has joined Posta Rangers on loan.

“He is young and just the kind of player we need. We have embarked on rebuilding a new squad with focus on young players for the future.” said Posta Rangers manager Mike Tonui to

Otieno was due to join Muhoroni Youth last June but the deal fell through. It is a positive move for Otieno who has shown a lot of promise. But with the likes of Olunga, Blackberry, Kagere and Agwanda ahead of him, he saw very little playing time.

Meanwhile former Gor Mahia midfielder Anthony Akumu, whom Gor Mahia were pursuing has opted to join Zesco United, the Zambian champions.

“He is already one of the best midfielders in the region, and has worked under some of the best coaches in the world including former Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah in Khartoum. At Zesco, the coach will develop him further, in a tactical way, plus mentally, and in a few years he could go to South Africa, or TP Mazembe, or even Europe.” said his agent George Bwana to Bwana is a former Gor Mahia official who also tok Owino “Calabar” to Zesco.

Akumu thus becomes the third Kenyan to play in the Zambian league next season following Jacob Keli who plays for Nkana Red Devils.

Williamson ready for life without Kevin Omondi & Akumu

Gor Mahia coach Bobby Williamson has stated that the club will not miss a beat now that dynamic winger Kevin Omondi and defensive midfielder Anthony Akumu have left.

Williamson indicated that Omondi had not played much of a role this year as he has been beset by injuries.

“He has not started many matches this season due to injuries. We will miss him in training no doubt but want to wish him the best as he begins a new career,” said Williamson to about Kevin Omondi.

Kevin Omondi has signed up at Moroka Swallows of the South African PSL.

On Anthony Akumu, Williamson feels that the club has other options.

“We have players who can fit in his shoes and so are not worried about his departure.” said Williamson to

Perhaps Williamson has seen enough of Collins Okoth “Gattuso” to know that he will be an adequate replacement for Akumu. But Williamson will have his work cut out and will have to use all his knowledge of psychology to convince Gattuso to shape up and focus on performing. He will need to remind Gattuso of the period around 2011 when he was in good enough form to be named to the national team.

Other news for the club indicates that Innocent Mutiso has resumed training. The lively winger has been out with a knee injury.

Calabar in action as Kenya advance against Comoros

David Owino “Calabar” also popularly known as “Jashirati, was the only Gor Mahia player in action as Kenya took on Comoros on Friday afternoon. Musa Mohamed started on the bench. Neither Jerim Onyango nor Anthony Akumu saw action.

Akumu’s lack of action is particularly shocking considering the fact that he seems to play his best football at Harambee stars. At the last CECAFA tournament which was held in Kenya, one could make the argument that Akumu was one of the best players in the tournament. But coach Amrouche appears to be going with an attacking formation with only one defensive midfielder (Victor Wanyama). This leaves McDonald Mariga on the bench once again.

Calabar has proven to be a solid defender and a reliable scorer for both club and national team. Against Comoros in the first league, he almost scored but his brilliant header from a corner went inches over the bar.

Former Gor Mahia winger Edwin Lavatsa started. With Dennis Oliech missing, This was his chance to stamp his name in Amrouche’s good graces for the remainder of the qualifiers.


Match Results

The game ended 1-1 for a 2-1 aggregate win in favour of Kenya. The all important goal for Kenya came from Belgium based Ayub Timbe. So both of Kenya’s goals against Comoros were scored by Belgium based players.

Starting XI; Arnold Origi, Abud Omar, David Owino, David Ochieng, Lawrence Olum, Victor Wanyama (CPT), Ayub Timbe, Johanna Omolo,Francis Kahata, Allan Wanga and Edwin Lavatsa.

Subs; Wilson Oburu, James Situma, Musa Mohammed, Joackins Atudo, Clifton Miheso, Jacob Keli and McDonald Mariga.