Tag: Boniface Oluoch



30 Jan 17

With skipper  Jerim Onyango having finally decided to hung his gloves and his boots, its time to take a trip down memory lane to remember the best players ever to man the posts for Gor Mahia Kogalo.

James Sianga Abawa

Sianga pictured here while playing for Kenya Polytechnic

Mid 1970s to early 1980s: Dan Odhiambo, George Ayuka, Charles Ondiek

Dan Odhiambo and Mahmoud Abbas both pictured here, were rivals for the national team starting position

David Ochieng “Kamoga”

David Ochieng Kamoga at the 1987 All Africa games

Tairus Omondi “Tairero”

Tirus Omondi at CECAFA club cup 1991 with Fred Awich and Tom Odhiambo

Charles Omondi “Korea”

Omondi Korea during his recent days as a coach

Joseph Asembo

Joseph Asembo and Michael Kisaghi were the Gor Mahia goakleeping duo in 1995 and 1996

Mathew Ottamax and Victor Onyango

Ottamax and Tom Odhiambo in 1996 in London

Ivo Mapunda, Jerim Onyango, Boniface Oluoch

Mapunda and the terrible towel

 


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19 Feb 16

Gor Mahia goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch has recently announced that it was he who opted out of the match against Chemelil Sugar. There were some reports that he was left out of the team as a disciplinary measure due to his scuffle with coach Frank Nuttall.

A report by goal.com suggests that Oluoch asked to be left out.

“The reason he was not started was purely because he asked the technical bench to leave him out as he was still disturbed by what happened between him and the coach on Saturday.”  said a source

Oluoch was also fearing for his life.

“Furthermore, he also feared for his life as some fans had threatened to beat him up over the incident with coach Nuttall,” revealed the source

Perhaps these threats could have been avoided if the coach was empowered to hand out his own disciplinary measures. Since there are no disciplinary measures, some irate fans have taken it upon themselves to met out discipline and threats.

At Gor Mahia recently a number of players besides Oluoch have fallen below the threshold required for professionalism: Some disappeared for almost two months. Several others came back late for pre-season training. Two others were engaged in a scuffle at the Mombasa aiport.

The Kenyan scene is a stark contrast to the scene in the English premier league where managers are empowered to met out disciplinary measures for the slightest of offences. Below is Arsene Wengers disciplinary sheet courtesy of the Daily mail.

OFFENCE FINE
Non attendance of unused players at Home matches without permission of manager £1000
Late for training < 15 mins £250, > 15 mins £500
Late for treatment/massage < 15 mins £250, > 15 mins £500
Late for travel £500
Late for match day meetings / meals £250
Wrong kit on match days £100
Inappropriate clothing outside of the dressing room £100
Outdoor shoes in the dressing room £100
Newspapers, laptops and phones in the medical room £100
Newspapers in dressing room £100
Non production of urine sample for two consecutive weeks £200
Phone calls in the building (texting allowed) £500
No participating in commercial activities (including Club Day)

£500

This sets expectations among players and enforces a level of professionalism. It would be interesting to find out if Kogallo players still receive their full salaries for the month of January even if they missed half or all of it.

It is a stark contrast to previous years when chairmen like Zack Mbori suspended players for months and even years for indiscipline while coaches like Len Julians read the riot act to players for on the field incidents.


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12 Nov 15

Olunga scored against Zambia

Harambee Stars face a tall order when they take on Cape Verde on Friday. Firstly they will be playing against a side that is ranked number 32 in the FIFA rankings which is fourth in Africa. It is a starke contrast to Kenya who are ranked number 125 in the FIFA rankings. They are coached by Rui Aguas, a vastly experienced coach who also was the top scorer in the European champions cup in 1988. The Cape Verde team is composed entirely of Europe based players.

harambee stars preparations are usually bad but this time they have been especially bad. Both FKF and the Ministry of sports declined to provide any support for the national team with each party pointing fingers at the other. At one point the team did not even have a field to train in. The lack of support lowered the morale of the players many of whom showed up late. The players have expressed dissapointment that despite pleading for proper preparations and friendlies, their pleas have fallen on deaf ears.
“As usual the preparations have not been that good. It’s just up to the players to motivate themselves because we know the problems we are going through. We will give our best. Preparations are not always perfect but we are trying hard to work with what we have. Let fans come in large numbers and support us,” said Wanyama.

Nevertheless former Gor Mahia coach Bobby Williamson who now handles Harambee Stars was upbeat.

“I am happy with our training though the players keep arriving every day making it difficult to adjust. Preparations must be elaborate especially considering our opponents have pedigree and they are highly ranked in Africa and the World however I have told my players to use the home advantage though it is a pressure cooker situation they must remember they beat Mauritius scoring five goals away.”

“We are still waiting to see if our players such as Mandela,Origi, Keli will arrive in time for the game but the delay kind of worries me as most of them are part of our plans for the game. We will also dearly miss the services of Ayub Timbe who has been ruled out with injury. As a coach I am optimistic of good results and it is an opportunity to give our best in the prevailing circumstances while hoping for the best,” Williamson told supersport.com.

Foreign based players that have arrived in camp include are skipper Victor Wanyama of Southampton, Johana Omollo of Royal Antwerp, Allan Wanga of Azam Christian Bwamy of Follo in Norway and the former Gor Mahia duo of David Owino now at Zesco, and Teddy Akumu now at Al Khartoum.

Among the players who are likely to feature are Gor Mahia goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch who is sure to start between the posts given the absence of Kenya one Arnold Origi. Oluoch had a shakey performance against Congo in Brazzaville but his performance between the posts has shown steady improvement.

Spearheading the Kenya attack will be Gor Mahia striker Michael Olunga. His performances for the national team has been stellar. He was on target when Kenya played Zambia at Nyayo during which he was one of the few bright spots on the team.

Against Zambia, the national team was plagued by indiscipline before the match, culminating in the suspension of players like Danson Kago and Jesse Were, both of Tusker. At the time FKF chairman Sam Nyamweya vowed to met out lengthy suspensions. But coach Williamson has now recalled the duo.

The last time these two sides met was in 2003, Kenya won both home and away legs 1-0 and went on to qualify for the 2004 Africa Nations cup. On that occasion, Dennis Oliech scored the crucial goal at in the last match at Kasarani and was carried shoulder high by jubilant fans. This time things will likely be different.

Kickoff is on Friday November-13-2015 at 4pm. The venue is Nyayo national stadium.


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3 Aug 15

Michael Olunga bagged the scoring title at the recently concluded CECAFA club cup. He scored 5 goals. Olunga also received the most plaudits of any player at this tournament for his clinical finishing, his precise assists and ability to take on defenders. His dexterity with the ball at his feet is excellent for a player his height.

Other top scorers were: Saleh Eldin Osman Bilal (Khartoum National) and Kipre Chetche (Azam), who scored four goals each. Malimi Busungu (Yanga) and John Bocco (Azam) scored three goals each.

Goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch was named as the best goalkeeper of the tournament. Oluoch has already established himself as the best keeper on the local scene. Adding a regional title is another feather in his cap.

Ivory Coast defender Serge Pascal Wawa Sfondo was named defender of the tournament and also player of the tournament. Despite playing with a 3 man defence, Azam did not concede a goal throughout.

Olunga though happy with his award, was unhappy at the final result.

“We were very optimistic as a team to try and give our dear fans something to smile about as they had travelled in large numbers to Dar es Salaam to give us support but it was not to be.”

“It was a gruelling game but in football you win some and lose some. Maybe we failed to click, but at least we gave a good performance throughout the tournament and it’s only fair to accept that it was not our day.”

“Individual rewards are good like the golden boot but I feel it would have been fantastic to be on the winners’ podium as a team. We have to now go back and concentrate on the league,” Olunga told supersport.com.

Gor Mahia have a lot to be proud about. It is a vast improvement on their performance from last season. The home team (in this case Azam) is always favoured to win. And No Kenyan team has come close to winning this tournament since Tusker won it over 5 years ago.  Gor Mahia can build on this success to challenge for honors in 2016.


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6 Jul 15

Boniface Oluoch joined Gor Mahia in January of this season. Despite a shakey start that saw him concede 5 goals in the first six games, Oluoch has settled down. He has put on some solid performances between the posts and has been a key reason why Gor Mahia has conceded far fewer goals than any other team. He explains that when he first joined Gor Mahia, he was a nervous wreck.

“In Gor Mahia, there is no room for mistake, at all at all. You will lose the ground because fans will not forgive you. You have to be on your toes in every match. When I joined, in the first few games I was nervous; I was literally shaking in the goal post because I did not want to make any silly mistake. I had to be 100% concentrated to give my best,” Oluoch told goal.com.

Oluoch has now become accustomed to the pressure that comes with playing for Gor Mahia where only those with nerves of steel can thrive.

“Things are currently not bad, I am used to the fans but that has not reduced my level of commitment. I want to win every match with the team, the hunger is still there. I cannot talk of finishing the season unbeaten, all I can say, we take each game at a time and hope we will maintain the run. It feels good and we want to maintain it.” he continued.

Oluoch’s solid performances have seen national team coach Bobby Williamson entrust him with the starting line-up. He had a shakey performance against the Red Devils of Congo-Brazza. But he has seemingly settled down. He put on a solid performance when Kenya played Ethiopia including foiling a glorious chance when Ethiopia striker Assefa Behailu was left one on one with him.

Indeed whereas Kenya was eliminated by Ethiopia, Gor Mahia fans can pride themselves that they kept a clean sheet in large part due to Oluoch, Shakava, Musa Mohamed and captain courageous Collins Okoth.

Oluoch will be one of the players Gor Mahia will be counting on when the CECAFA cup starts next week. Gor Mahia will be seeking an opportunity to redeem themselves after a below par performance last season.


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12 Jun 15

Michael Olunga will likely lead the Kenya national team attack for the first time ever in a competitive game as Kenya take on Congo-Brazzaville in the opening match of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. Olunga has played for the national team at various levels such as U20 and U23. He has played for the senior national team in friendly matches. This match against Congo is his first opportunity to be the focal point of the attack. Of course there are other attackers in the squad such as Allan Wanga, Noah Wafula and Jesse Were. But based on current form Olunga should be the man to lead Kenya’s attack especially in the absence of Dennis Oliech. Coach Williamson has taken a huge gamble in leaving Oliech out of the squad. He will be hoping that Olunga can vindicate his choice.

Other Gor Mahia players who could play are goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch and midfielder Collins Okoth “Gattuso”. The duo are experienced campaigners having played for the national team as far back as 2012. With this match being played away from home, Williamson might deploy a defensive formation in which case the tenacity of Gattuso will be crucial. If experience is the determining factor then Boniface Oluoch will be the man between the posts for Kenya. Ian Otieno, while talented, is highly untested.

For the Gor Mahia trio, it will be an opportunity to earn a measure of revenge after they were eliminated by AC Leopards of Congo-Brazza. But Congo-Brazza are 76 places above Kenya in the Fifa world rankings and will, obviously, start as favourites, more so, since they are playing at home.

In form midfielder Ali Abondo was surprisingly left out of the squad. Other shock exclusions were Peter Opiyo, Clifford Miheso who are based in Finland as well as Oliech and Mariga. While keeper Arnold Origi was left behind because the incompetents at FKF did not send paperwork to his club on time.

Harambee Stars Squad

Goalkeepers: Boniface Oluoch (Gor Mahia), Ian Otieno (Posta Rangers)

Defenders: David Ochieng (Al-Tawoun, Saudi Arabia), Aboud Omar (Un-attached), Jackson Saleh (AFC Leopards), David Owino (Zesco United, Zambia), Edwin Wafula (AFC Leopards).

Midfielders: Francis Kahata (FK Tirana, Albania), Victor Wanyama (Southampton, England), Ayub Timbe (KRC Genk, Belgium), Paul Were (Unattached), Humphrey Mieno (Tusker), Kevin Kimani (Tusker), Stephen Wakhanya (Chemelil Sugar), Collins ‘Gattuso’ Okoth (Gor Mahia), Anthony Akumu (Al Khartoum, Sudan).

Strikers: Allan Wanga (Unattached), Michael Olunga (Gor Mahia), Noah Wafula (AFC Leopards), Jesse Were (Tusker).


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11 Jun 15

Boniface Oluoch joined Gor Mahia in January. Gor Mahia had been pursuing Oluoch’s signature since as far back as 2013 but Tusker resisted. It was only after he was deemed surplus to requirements at Tusker that he became available to Gor Mahia. And he has not disappointed.

Even when Gor Mahia conceded 6 goals in their first 5 matches, it was clear that Oluoch was not to blame. In the last 10 games he has thoroughly impressed by keeping 10 succesive clean sheets. The 10 clean sheets is a KPL record. But Oluoch is not taking all the credit.

“It is a performance I did not expect especially at Gor Mahia who also had two very good goalkeepers in Jerim (Onyango) and David Juma,”Oluoch, a two time KPL best goalkeeper said during the Mchakamchaka show on AuperSport on Tuesday evening. I can only thank my team mates especially the defenders who have also played a key role in not only ensuring that we remain unbeaten but we also keep ten successive clean sheets,” he said to supersport.com.

Oluoch was not under any illusions about what it would take to gain the starting position.

“When I came to Gor, I did not expect to be the number one keeper, but the coach has shown confidence in me and I can only pay back by giving my best. At this point, I know my best is yet to come.”he continued.

Oluoch is confident that the team’s imperious form that saw them finish unbeaten in the first leg will continue in the second leg.

“Every player is giving his best when they are given a chance to play. We are playing as a team and working together for success.”he said to supersport.com.

Profile of Boniface Oluoch

Born on August 20, 1987, Oluoch had spent 5 seasons at Tusker. Back in 2012, he had been called to the national team as a very promising youngster. Many saw him as a potential heir to Arnold Origi. However, he has been plagued by inconsistent form often losing his starting position to players like Samuel Odhiambo. But when on form, Oluoch has been sensational and arguably the best goalkeeper in the league.

 


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14 Apr 15

As Gor Mahia shift focus to City Stars, coach Frank Nuttall will be using the draw against arch rivals AFC leopards to push his side to work harder.

“The dropped points, first this season, will not affect us negatively rather, it will push us to work harder to collect three points next game”  said Nutall according to futaa.com

Nuttall lauded his side and thinks they deserved the win .

“There was an expectancy that we would beat AFC Leopards but this game was not about the form of a team, it was about taking chances and we kept on pushing looking for a win.  On a different day, the referee would have given us a penalty when (Meddie) Kagere was felled in the box but we move on. ”

One area where the team will need to work harder or restrategize is in the defensive section. Thus far the Gor Mahia attack is sharper than it has been since the Steve Okumu, Dan Ogada, Steve Odiaga era of the late 1990s. In the past few years, though Gor Mahia did not score much, they scarcely conceded goals.

Defense is one area the team will need to study. Gor Mahia has conceded a goal in almost every game. It must be said however that at least two of those goals were from direct free-kicks. In past years, Gor Mahia deployed two defensive midfielders. Now Gor Mahia deploys only one (usually Gattuso) and he at times appears overburdened. Nevertheless the full time return of Dirkir Glay who is an experienced central defender will help shore up that section.

Boniface Oluoch solid between the sticks

If Gor Mahia’s defence appears shaky, it certainly cannot be blamed on Boniface Oluoch’s shot saving exploits. Oluoch who joined from Tusker has been in fine form this season making crucial save after crucial save.

None other than the national team coach Bobby Williamson has lauded Oluoch.

“Boniface is surely a great keeper. I wanted to get him at Gor Mahia when I first came to Kenya but somehow the deal did not materialize. He is a decent keeper just like Jerry (Onyango) and took some good competition to the team and to get the nod ahead of Jerry means he is a very special talent” said Williamson to futaa.com

Boniface had an opportunity to learn the art of goalkeeping from close quarters. His brother was George Odhiambo “Taffarel” (RIP) who played for Gor Mahia in the late 1990s. “Taffarel” passed away in 2013. His other brother is former KPL referee Andrew Juma.


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2 Jan 15

Football Kenya Federation has allowed Gor Mahia and Sofapaka to have up to seven foreign players in their roster instead of the mandatory five.

The decision by FKF has been taken in order to stem the poor perfomances by Kenyan teams in recent Africa cup tournaments. The body’s Media Officer, John Kariuki said the two clubs that are representing Kenya in this year’s CAF tournaments can now sign more foreigners to help bolster their squads.

“As the federation we are concerned that over the years our teams taking part in international tournament have not performed well,” Kariuki said to the Nation.

“We need to see our teams go far in their continental qualifies that is why we have allowed Gor Mahia and Sofapaka to sign seven foreign players. This is in line with other teams in other countries that have succeeded.” he continued.

At this point Gor Mahia already has a number of foreign players including Israel Emuge, Godfrey Walusimbi and now Dirkir Glay though it is still unclear whether the Liberian has put pen to paper. There have been reports that Gor Mahia have been pursuing certain foreign players some of whom have expressed an interest in joining Gor Mahia including Khalid Aucho and Abouba Sibomana from Rwanda. Whether Gor Mahia can afford to sign them with their hefty signing bonuses is a different story.

Meanwhile team captain Jerim Onyango has welcomed the signing of goalkeeper Bonface Oluoch.

“Boniface Oluoch is a very good signing for us considering we have very many matches in the coming season. We will also do well with the experience he brings on board as well as the competition. Competition is healthy for any good side because it what pushes everyone to give their best” said Jerim to futaa.com

The situation mirrors past eras where Gor Mahia had two national team goalkeepers. In the mid 1980s, Gor Mahia had both David Ochieng and Tirus Omondi who were both in the national team. In the early 1990s, Gor Mahia had Joseph Asembo and Charles Omondi “Korea”.

Charles Odette who had been a Gor Mahia target and had earlier announced that he had signed for Posta Rangers has apparently not signed any contract with Rangers and is still evaluating offers from various teams.


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26 Dec 14

Gor Mahia have signed Tusker goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch. “We have signed Oluoch and he becomes our first major signing during this transfer window. He brings plenty of experience to the club,” Aduda told goal.com

Given that Gor Mahia already have a good goalkeeper in Jerim Onyango and a capable backup in David Juma and Joel Bataro, this signing does not seem to make sense given that Gor Mahia badly need help in other departments especially midfield and attack. Goalkeeping does not seem to be the problem. One would think that bringing Kevin Omondi back into the fold would have been a higher priority.

According to goal, another signing revealed by Aduda is Ghanian striker Zachariah Taofiq who has penned a two year deal. Others are Martin Waruinge who was formerly with Talanta who has signed a four year deal and Timothy Otieno who has extended his stay at the club for another two years.

Little is known about Taofiq and since he has signed a two year deal, one can only hope he is not another Felixinho.

Aduda also told goal that the team is bringing into the fold Thika United Liberian defender Dirkir Clay who will join them as from February 1 once his contract expires on January 28. “He has agreed to a two year deal,” revealed Aduda.

Other targets are Faroque Sentogo from Uganda, Khalid Aucho formerly at Tusker, Ronnie Owino from Muhoroni Youth and Bidco United’s Ernest Wendo.


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