Nuttall to use mashemeji draw as motivation

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.

Gor Mahia will be allowed to sign 7 players

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.

Gor Mahia sign Boniface Oluoch

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.