Nuttall set to return Friday as Gor Mahia release 3

Gor Mahia coach Frank Nuttall is set to return on Friday after a well deserved holiday. This means he will miss the GoTV shield match against Langata Gremio and will not play much of a role in preparing the team for the clash against Chemelil on Saturday. However team official Ronald Ngala says there is no cause for alarm.

“He left behind a comprehensive training program with his assistant and so there is no cause regarding his absence. The team is in very good hands and we expect to start well on Saturday,” Ngala told

Chemelil are playing their home matches at Afraha because Kisumu stadium has been banned due to its flimsy perimeter fence that is easily torn down by fans. Case in point was the last match of the 2014 season. When Eric Ochieng scored, fans tore down the fence and almost caused a stampede. And in the last match Gor Mahia played at Moi stadium, fans poured into the pitch forcing certain players to rush to the dressing room. KPL has thus mandated that Kisumu county address these issues. Knowing

Three Players Released

Israel Emuge, Charles Bruno and Jerry Santos have all been released by the club.

“We have released Santos, Bruno and Emuge, we thought it is wise to release them so that they can get some game elsewhere, as a club we would like to thank them for their service to Gor Mahia and wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors” said Ronald Ngala to

Neither player has featured much for the club this season. Bruno who was signed in the middle of 2014 played a key role for the club and acquited himself well when the club was beset with departures and injuries. Bruno who joined from Thika United was once a very promising player who even attended trials in Italy after he played for the Kenya U-17 side. He will thrive at SoNy Sugar where he can play with no pressure.

Emuge for his part has been very solid when on the field but is often injured. Jerry Santos hardly played for Kogalo. He had seen the writing on the wall long ago and started to train with Posta Rangers.

SoNy Sugar are keen on signing Charles Bruno. The departed trio joins Kevin Oluoch who has joined Muhoroni, leaving Kogalo rather thin in the centre back position.

Gor Mahia turn attention to league

With the below par CECAFA campaign behind them, Gor Mahia will now turn attention to the local league which happens to be their last hope for a title this season.

Coach Bobby Williamson has said the team is putting CECAFA in their rear-view mirror and focusing on the next league game.

“We have put what happened in Rwanda behind us and are focusing on the task ahead. We want to battle hard to retain the league title,” said Williamson who guided K’Ogalo to winning their first league title in 18 years last season.

“Of course we are all disappointed with the performance we posted in Rwanda. There are some matches that we should have won given the dominance we enjoyed but we have picked so much positives from the tournament which we hope will be of great benefit for us in the league,” he said to the Nation.

Williamson stressed the need to stay positive and realize that they are not at the top of the league.

“You cannot count points you have not yet won, and as it stands Tusker are on top of the league table. But of great consolation is that they have played three matches more and are only two points ahead of us.”

Bruno vows to apply lessons

New signing defender Charles Bruno though dissapointed with the CECAFA campaign has said that the team learned some important lessons.

“I am happy at the chances we got but disappointed that we didn’t advance but we pick a lot of positives from the tournament which will be pivotal as we turn our focus to defending the league title.” he said to

Bruno also saw some positives especially with regard to their performance against APR which beat Gor Mahia thoroughly in 2009

“Things did not go much as we had hoped for but generally as a team we tried our best though we feel we could have done much better. Most people didn’t believe in us more so in the APR game but they were shocked at what we pulled only for bad luck to see it end in a draw.”

Crucial stage

The league is at a crucial stage. The next two weeks they have four matches in a space of 12 days. After facing Sony, they will only rest for four days before taking on KCB at the same venue.

Five days later they will host Ulinzi Stars again at City Stadium before clashing with Bandari on September.

The potential title decider will be played in September 14 when Gor Mahia face league leaders Tusker at Kasarani.

Williamson knows that things will not be easy.

“I said that the CECAFA tournament came at the wrong time. Now we have a busy schedule ahead of us and I just hope we will avoid injuries. If we come out of the next three weeks unscathed, it will be great to the team and to the fans.”

This comes at a time when there are unverified rumours of a go slow at the Gor Mahia camp due to non-payment of allowances.

There is also the fact that some players are beset by injuries, specifically Patrick Oboya and Innocent Mutiso.

Fan Support

As Charles Bruno said, fan support is crucial to the players.

“We did not have as many fans there as we are used to back here but of course we are thankful for the few who stood with us there and at home, he said.”

Once again as has been said on this column before, fan support will be crucial. Fans will need to invest time, money and moral support in the club. These next two weeks could make or break the league campaign. If you are a true Gor Mahia follower then this is your time to show it.

Gor Mahia sign Arthur Semazzi, Charles Bruno

Reports suggest that Gor Mahia have completed the signing of Ugandan striker Arthur Semmazzi. This according to Ugandan sports site Semazzi has been playing for Lweza FC.

The move to sign Semazzi came after attempts to sign Robert Ssentongo stalled after disagreeing with his parent club, URA FC.

Semazzi has previously been a transfer target of Tusker in 2012 and AFC Leopards in 2013.

Charles Bruno signs for Gor Mahia

Gor Mahia have signed defender  Charles Bruno who was recently dropped by Thika United. This according to s story on

Bruno had been training with Gor Mahia. I thank my teammates too for welcoming me well in the team and I believe we will work together towards achieving our goals for the season and days ahead, said Bruno on his facebook page.

Prior to joining Thika United, Bruno had been one of the highly touted youngstars. He skippered the Kenya U17 team. Along with Anthony Nyangor Otieno, he played  for Malindi Academy and had attended trials in Italy and Portugal among other places.

He becomes the fourth player signed by Gor Mahia after Collins Okoth and Timothy Otieno.