Tag: Dan Sserunkuma



6 Dec 15

The friendly match between Gor Mahia and Zoo Kericho that was scheduled for Saturday did not occur. According to reports on futaa.com, the players have not been training and declined to take the field until their outstanding salaries were settled.

Gor Mahia typically receives funds from gate collections. But the club has been idle of late. Meanwhile initiatives that were created to help fund the club have gone moribund as the club Chair busies himself with trying to win the FKF chairmanship.

Meanwhile Gor Mahia are not the only side facing acute financial difficulties. Dan Sserunkuma has left his Armenian side Ulisess due to non payment of allowances.

“Sserunkuma has left Ulisses FC since the club is facing severe financial difficulties and has failed to keep its end of the contractual agreement with the player. At the moment it owes the player four months unpaid wages.

“Together we will be reporting the matter of unpaid wages to Fifa but at the moment, Sserunkuma will be heading back to Nairobi to spend time with his family as we weigh options on a new club this transfer window,” said Ken Joseph his agent.

Tusker are said to be aggresively chasing his signature.


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18 Jun 15

Gor Mahia will likely stop pursuing Ugandan talisman Dan Sserunkuma due to restrictions on foreign players. KPL teams are allowed to sign six foreign players of whom 5 can be on the field at one time. Gor Mahia and Sofapaka were allowed to sign 7. The KPL now wants all KPL teams to be on equal footing. As such they have told Gor Mahia that they would need to drop 3 foreigners to sign Sserunkuma.

“It will not be possible to sign Sserunkuma or any other foreign player now or in future until we release three or their contracts run out. That is the rule and Kenyan Premier League have made it clear to us.” said Ronald Ngala to goal.com.

KPL Chair Jack Oguda explained the new ruling

“We want to have equality. We have decided that the number of foreign players must be equal across board. Clubs which were allowed more foreigners will have to limit themselves to what we have now set,” observed Oguda to supersport.com

This ruling which did not exist at the start of the season was likely arrived at by KPL to curb Gor Mahia’s dominance.

This also means Gor Mahia will stop pursuing Rwanda striker Jean Baptist Mugiraneza. But it also means that players like Agwanda, Blackberry and Timothy Otieno will have opportunities to showcase their skills in tournaments like KPL top *, FKF cup, CECAFA cup and the rest.

No More signings

Ngala suggested that the club will not sign any more players.

“We signed very well at the beginning of the season and the signature of Agwanda may be our only transfer business in this transfer window.”

If this is true it means that Gor Mahia will not pursue Paul Were. And it contradicts an earlier statement by the club which said the coach (Nuttall) wanted to sign a striker, a midfielder and a central defender.


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16 Jun 15

Gor Mahia’s attacking midfielder Ali Hassan Abondo has been named to the Harambee Stars squad that will play Ethiopia this Sunday in the opening match of the CHAN qualifiers. Abondo had been called to the team that traveled to Rwanda for the Peace cup but did not travel to the team to Congo.

Defender Haron Shakava is down with malaria and as such has not been included in the squad. Collins Okoth “Gattuso”, Michael Olunga, and Boniface Oluoch are all sure to start.

For Oluoch, it is a chance to prove his critics wrong with an improved performance. In midfield, Gattuso has no peers on this team. He is clearly the most capable defensive midfielder. Olunga had a good match against South Sudan in the Peace cup where he scored. Earlier on he scored a hat-trick against Botswana in the Olympic qualifiers. There have been plenty of expectations with many observers predicting he would be Kenya’s next great striker. None other than Mohamed Kheri, one of the best coaches Kenya has ever produced called Olunga the next Mike Okoth. This is Olunga’s chance to prove that he measures up to those expectations.

Since its inception, Kenya has never qualified for CHAN. But with Bobby Williamson in charge, there is cause for optimism.

Squad:

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

Defenders: Edwin Wafula (AFC Leopards), Brian Birgen (Ulinzi Stars), Sammy Meja (Thika Meja), David Gateri (Bandari), Aboud Omar (Unattached), Jackson Saleh (AFC Leopards), Musa Mohamed (Gor Mahia).

Midfielders: Ali Abondo (Gor Mahia), Kevin Kimani (Tusker), Collins Okoth (Gor Mahia), Humphrey Mieno (Tusker), Anthony Ndolo (Sofapaka), Bernard Mang’oli, Timonah Wanyonyi (AFC Leopards).

Strikers: Michael Olunga (Gor Mahia), Jesse Were (Tusker), Peter Nzuki (Nakumatt), Jacob Keli, Noah Wafula, (AFC Leopards) and Eric Johanna (Mathare United).

Gor Mahia still pursuing Sserunkuma

There has been silence on the transfer scene. So far the only player Gor Mahia signed is Enock Agwanda. And with the signing of Agwanda, many fans predicted that the club would no longer pursue Sserunkuma.

However club official Ronald Ngala says that the club is still actively pursuing the burly Ugandan striker who was largely responsible for Gor Mahia lifting the title in 2013 and 2014.

“The last time we spoke to him, he showed willingness to join us. The only problem that can hinder our plans is KPL foreign player’s clause on the number of non-Kenyans eligible to be signed. We want to get the official position from the KPL Governing council that held its meeting recently where the issue was one of the major subject “said Ngala to supersport.com

Reports from several weeks ago had noted that some of the club’s foreign legion would be released.

Ngala also denied a story that was posted on the club site that Humphrey Mieno was joining Gor Mahia. He further confirmed that Kevin Oluoch has joined Muhoroni Youth while Jerry Santos was likely to leave.

‘As far as we are concerned, the only player I can confirm having signed for us is Enock Agwanda and the only player we have lost is defender Kevin Oluoch who has joined Muhoroni Youth. Regarding Jerry Santos, he has a pending six month contract. Possibly, he is keeping fit with Posta Rangers but he is still our bonafide player, “said Ngala.


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28 May 15

Talks between Gor Mahia and Dan Sserunkuma, who played for the club until last December are still ongoing. A major stumbling block is the fact that Sserunkuma is demanding that he be paid outstanding dues which are owed to him. This is something club officials say they cannot meet.

“He (Sserunkuma) is demanding to be paid more than Sh300, 000 which they owed him last season but Gor Mahia officials are unable to fulfill this requirement,” said a source to goal.com.

Club official Ronald Ngala confirms that no agreement has been reached with Sserunkuma.

“We agreed with the technical bench that we sit down after our last match of the first leg and evaluate their needs in terms of players before making a final decision on whom to sign or drop and this includes Sserunkuma. We have talked to him but nothing has been agreed.”

If it is indeed true that Gor Mahia owes Sserunkuma 300,000 then the club should pay him his dues out of good faith not as a consequence of him rejoining the team.

First it was Rama Salim and now Sserunkuma denying that he has agreed to rejoin the club.

If the club cannot come up with the money at once then perhaps they can agree on a payment plan where the club pays Sserunkuma his dues over several months. Considering the how much Sserunkuma has been a valuable asset, the club should pay him.

Thika coach claims Kogalo fans intimidate referees

Thika United coach Tim Bryett has hopped on the bandwagon of those claiming that referees are helping Gor Mahia.

“We have seen officiating against Western Stima and Muhoroni Youth at the weekend and know exactly what we are up against. Playing at Kasarani means there is less opportunity for the fans to intimidate match officials and therefore, we can be sure of fair play,” Gor Mahia fans are known to be very vocal especially when decisions don’t go their way but match officials must learn to be strong and fair even with such intimidation.” said Bryett to goal.com

This is likely an attempt to influence the match officials of Monday’s match between Gor Mahia and Thika United.

 

 


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14 May 15

Gor Mahia has apparently reached an agreement with Dan Sserunkuma to return to the club.

According to a Daily Nation report, Sserunkuma  will receive a Sh100,000 in monthly stipend as part of the deal, alongside training allowances and match winning bonuses as stipulated by the club’s scheme.

No sign on fees will be paid to the player, who has insisted a release clause be inserted in the contract, should a foreign club express solid interest in his services.

The move is only awaiting the seal of club chairman Ambrose Rachier.

“Gor is the only home Sserunkuma knows in Kenya, he is willing to make a return, and likewise we want him back. I am certain it (the move) will happen.” the club’s assistant secretary Amina Oketch told the Nation.

Though it is a temporary move, it is welcome news for Gor Mahia fans as it came amid reports that Zdravko Logarusic was highly interested in signing the Ugandan

“Of course you all know my connection with my ‘soldiers’. I’d like to have Danni and a couple of others who we’ll reveal when the time comes,” said a confident Logaruši? to Citizen news.

With Sserunkuma returning, Gor Mahia will need to offload at least one of the foreigners in the team.

Gor Mahia paying a fortune for Nuttal’s accomodation

A report from goal.com suggests that Gor Mahia are currently housing coach Frank Nuttall at the Silver Springs Hotel where a standard room costs Sh15, 000 per day. This amounts to over Ksh 600,000 per month. It turns  out that the club has been searching for an apartment for several months.

An official speaking to goal expressed frustration.

“An apartment would cost us maybe Sh150, 000 or at most Sh200, 000. We are yet to get a suitable one but soon we hope it can be sorted out,” said our source.

Club chairman Ambrose Rachier is shouldering the burden of paying the accommodation expenses and also salary of the coach.

When Logarusic was  hired in 2012, he was housed at one of governor Kidero’s apartments. When Logarusic left, Bobby Williamson lived there. At the end of last year it was announced that Williamson would continue to live there as FKF pay for Nuttall accommodation but Williamson would eventually leave the apartment. It is now not clear how Gor Mahia lost access to that apartment. It is also absolute madness to pay Ksh 600,000 per month


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13 May 15

With Dan Sserunkuma having terminated his contract at Simba, he is now an unrestricted free agent and will be available for signing starting in June. It cannot be gainsaid that Sserunkuma is one of the best strikers ever to don the Kogalo jersey. In 2013, with arch rivals AFC breathing down Gor Mahia’s neck, Sserunkuma went on a scoring spree that secured Gor Mahia’s first title in 18 years and perhaps the most important title in the club’s history save for 1968. And in 2014, Sserunkuma tallied more goals than any other striker as he once again steered Gor Mahia to another title.

Yet Sserunkuma still has unfinished business at Kogalo and has plenty more to accomplish. If you look at the list of legendary strikers at Gor Mahia, most did not win three league titles. Ouma “Chege”, Maurice Ochieng, Oluoch “Lule”, Peter Dawo “Omuga” each only won one league title. The only exception is Hezborn Omollo.

Sserunkuma has an opportunity to cement his place in the pantheon of greatness that is Kogalo by winning a 3rd title. Not only can he help the club to another title but he can also help the club to additional trophies, most notable the FKF cup, the Super 8 and who knows, perhaps even the CECAFA cup. This is a trophy that Gor Mahia has not won in 30 years. There is not a better way to cement your legacy than by winning the CECAFA cup.

Some have said that Gor Mahia already have too many strikers. This is easily proven false. To begin with, coach Nuttall sometimes deploys a line-up that has three out and out attackers including Timothy Otieno with Kagere and Olunga. Secondly, Kagere can play as an attacking midfielder, a position he plays very effectively. And keep in mind that players like Olunga and kagere will often be missing due to international duty. When one of them is missing, the attack can be left blunt as happened last weekend.

Last weekend Gor Mahia also suffered from playing three league games in a space of 8 days. The resultant fatigue was a factor in their dour performance against Western Stima, which is why the club needs depth. This is especially true as the club approaches the second half of the season which brings with it the CECAFA cup, Top 8 and FKF cup. All this means that when Gor Mahia come back from the CECAFA cup in August, they will have a backlog of matches. They will often play 3 matches a week. So the notion of having too many strikers is a non-starter especially when you consider that based on current form, Only Olunga and Kagere are effective.

But even more importantly , Sserunkuma has proven before that he can single handedly win matches for you and he can score goals from seemingly impossible positions. Does anyone recall the header against Chemelil at City stadium last season? Musa Mohamed floated what looked like a useless ball since it found Sserunkuma out of position, surrounded by taller defenders and facing the away from the goal. But Sserunkuma had the wherewithal to flick the ball with his forehead into the net past the bewildered Chemelil custodian. It will be comical if the club EC passes up the chance to re-sign him, especially if he goes to AFC, a team that rejected him when he went there for trials in 2011.

Coach Nuttall knows Sserunkuma. He worked with him for 6 months last season and he can easily fit back in. For Sserunkuma, the main reason to come back is to cement your legacy at Kogalo. Also you would be playing with team-mates you are familiar with and you will be able to hit the ground running. And this is a fan base that already considers you a hero. You cannot fail at Kogalo.

It is inevitable that there will be a shake-up at Gor Mahia during the June transfer season. Some players will leave to seek greener pastures. Some will be dropped and some will join the club. I say bring Danny Flava back even if it for a 6 month contract.


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13 May 15

AFC leopards have already started negotiations with Dan Sserunkuma according to goal.com

“Logarusic is a keen admirer of Sserunkuma and he has requested that we move with speed to acquire his services. Everybody knows potential and threats posed by Sserunkuma and we will open discussions with his agent for a possible move.

“We can sign him on a short term deal…until the end of this season but subject to a permanent move afterwards. We will explore all the moves possible and hopefully land his services.” said an AFC official to goal.com

Sserunkuma recently parted ways with Simba after falling out with club officials and not being able to get playing time.

Interestingly, at the start of the 2013 season Logarusic often left Sserunkuma on the bench, instead preferring Kiongera and Rama Salim to partner upfront.

For many Gor Mahia fans, watching Sserunkuma play for their rivals will be difficult. Some have said that Gor Mahia already has enough strikers. The truth is that Gor Mahia only has two in form strikers and if one is injured or away on international duty, the club is left blunt upfront as happened this past weekend against Stima.


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11 May 15

In the 5 years that Dan Sserunkuma played in the Kenya Premier League for Nairobi City Stars and Gor Mahia, he set the league ablaze and established himself as the best striker.  He was the key pillar when Gor Mahia won the league in 2013 and 2014. He was expected to similarly set the Tanzanian league ablaze when he moved to Simba sports club of Dar es Salaam in a much vaunted move.

Things did not turn out that way. From the beginning he faced difficulties including hostilities from certain team-mates and disagreements with certain officials. A story even emerged in the Tanzanian media that there were disagreements over the use of witchcraft; Sserunkuma is reported to have refused to participate in a witchcraft ritual.

Today Sserunkuma formally announced on his twitter account that he was leaving Simba.

“Today, Simba FC, myself and my agent have decided to mutually terminate my employment contract.” he said in a statement.

His club Simba is beset by internal problems and has had an indifferent year, finishing third in the standings, far behind the winners Yanga who have been sensational even beating Platinum United 5-1 in the CAF confederations cup.

Now that Sserunkuma is available, he will be looking for a new club during the June transfer season. Top candidates would be Yanga FC of Dar es Salaaam as well as Azam. Should he chose to return to Kenya, Gor Mahia fans would be eager to have Sserunkuma back as would coach Nuttall. Given that Kagere can deploy as an attacking midfielder, Gor Mahia could potentially field an attacking formation featuring Sserunkuma, Olunga and Kagere. Such a formation would send shivers down the spines of any defence. But whether finances would allow this to happen is different story.

And of course there would be other Kenyan sides eager to get his signature including the nouveau riche Mathare.

 

 


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4 Dec 14

The word “Club Legend” should never be used lightly. Too often it is thrown around carelessly even to players who are excellent but have not reached the calibre required to be considered a club legend.

What really makes a legend?

One definition of a legend is a player who plays a pivotal role to enable the club to win trophies. Not just playing a key role but a pivotal role. Peter Dawo meets this criteria for playing the pivotal role when Kogalo won the Africa cup in 1987.

A second definition is all round brilliance when the team is winning trophies. Such is the case with Magongo who shone most brilliantly when Gor Mahia won the league 4 times in the mid 1980s and went on to win the Africa cup.

In some cases a player is recognized as the best at his position not just in the country but at a regional level. Such was the case with Bobby Ogolla whose fame shone throughout East and Central Africa. And today is considered the greatest central defender Kenya has ever produced.

Another definition of a legend is one who plays a pivotal role in enabling the club achieve unprecedented feats. As such players like Thigo, Owino Kempes and Oluoch “Lule” meet this criteria for enabling the club reach the Africa cup final in 1979, something that no Kenyan team had achieved until then.

An aspect of being a legend is the ability to win games over the club’s sworn rivals such is the case with Sammy Onyango Jogoo who almost always scored against bitter rivals  AFC Leopards.

Look closely at Dan Sserunkuma and you will find that he meets all these criteria:

 Winning trophies

In 2013 Gor Mahia had gone through a period of 18 years without a league title. By the halfway point of the league, Gor Mahia was leading but their lead was tenuous. The club went into a mini-slump just as arch rivals AFC Leopards were gaining momentum with their AFC players declaring that they were in the “overtaking lane”.

Gor Mahia fans feared another late collapse would deny them a much need league win, especially after the scoreless draw with City stars on August 4. It was then that Sserunkuma went on a scoring tear. Firstly he scored the opening goal as Gor Mahia came from behind to tie arch rivals AFC 2-2 in a pivotal top of the table clash that allowed Kogalo to maintain their slim lead over AFC. The second goal by Owino Calabar was even more memorable as it left AFC players holding their heads in despair as the proverbial overtaking lane was suddenly clogged with traffic and unpassable.

A loss to Tusker shook the club and with coach Matano gloating about possibly ruining Gor Mahia’s title aspiration again. Fans were jolted. But then Gor Mahia went on to win the next 5 games against Chemelil, Mathare, Thika and Sofapaka with Sserunkuma scoring in all the games. The game against Sofapaka was most memorable. Sserunkuma latched onto a back heel from Patrick Oboya to rifle the ball into the roof of the net. It all but clinched the title after an 18 year drought and sent players and fans alike into celebratory raptures.

Unprecedented feats

Come 2014, Sserunkuma was now back at helm as leading striker. And despite a player turnover Sserunkuma adjusted to various striking partners and midfielders and ended up as the league’s leading scorer with 16 goals, further ahead than his closet rival. The total of 16 goals was 40% of the total goals Gor Mahia scored during the season.

The 2014 league title was a collective effort. Everyone from the goalkeepers, defenders, midfielders and strikers played key role. But the total of 16 goals credited to Sserunkuma was 40% of the total. It crystallizes why one can conclude that Muzeyi “Flava” played a pivotal role in retaining the title. In the process, Gor Mahia won the league title for an unprecedented 14th time.

Consistency and all round brilliance

Sserunkuma joined Kogalo in 2012 and in all the seasons he played, he was consistently one of the best players in the league if not the best. In 2012 he was voted the best player in the league as Gor Mahia went to the brink of winning the title. In 2013 he scored 8 goals in the league despite the fact that he did not play much in the first leg as coach Logarusic preferred Raphael Kiongera upfront. But when he was allowed to show his wares, he went on a scoring spree scoring several crucial goals as outlined above. In 2014 he was top scorer and should have been voted the best player in the league but for some crooked deals among the voters.

He scored 17 league goals in 2012, 8 league goals in 2013 and 5 goals in other competitions for a total of 13. In 2014 he scored 16 league goals and 3 more in other competitions for a total of 19. This is the most consistent scoring that the club has seen since Hezborn Omollo aka the goal-scoring machine in 1985

Scoring against Arch Rivals

Of all the players who have ever played against Gor Mahia, none has scored against the arch rivals AFC. He quite literally scored every time he played against AFC. Most memorable was his goal in 2012 at Kasarani in which he picked up the ball outside the 18 yard box, then he lost an AFC defender with his trademark rapid acceleration before unleashing a rocket that hit the roof of the net leaving the AFC keeper rooted to the ground.

Loyalty to the club

In mid 2014, amid a mass exodus from the club, rumours swirled that arch rivals AFC were preparing to lure Sserunkuma to their camp. But “Flava” answered simply that joining the arch rivals is an act of disloyalty that he would not consider. Now this is a man who understands loyalty.

He played for the club for a solid three seasons. In today’s football, it is rare for a player if his calibre to stay at a club for three years while players of lesser talent leave at every turn.

 

Sserunkuma praises Gor Mahia fans

Departing Uganda Cranes striker Dan “Flava” Sserunkuma has praised Gor Mahia fans as the best he has ever seen.

“Gor Mahia fans are very adoing and I will miss them,” “I enjoyed being around Gor Mahia fans. They are the best I have ever come across in my entire footballing career. The fans made it easy for us to deliver results because they support team from start of a match to the end,” said Sserunkuma to goal.com

Sserunkuma went further to say he was amazed at the fans willingness to travel to away games

I must admit that at some point they made us play for a win because we kept asking ourselves…look fans have come in droves to support us on…so why can’t we deliver win for them? They also came in droves during our final two matches away in Kisumu.

“Kisumu if far from Nairobi but the kind of support we received against Muhoroni Youth and our final match against Ushuru FC was amazing. They (fans) are the best thing that happened to me at Gor Mahia.”

Sserunkuma concluded that he dcided to leave in order to pursue new challenges.

“It was a matter of getting a new challenge and taking my game to the next level. I will always have Gor Mahia in my heart and want to wish them a good campaign in African Champions League competition next season.

“I also pray that they win Kenyan Premier League title for a third successive season. They can make it because they have a good squad and a very fantastic coach (Frank Nuttall).” concluded Sserunkuma to goal Tanzania.


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2 Dec 14

Uganda Cranes midfielder Geoffrey “Baba” Kizito is off to Vietnam after playing for Gor Mahia for one season.

“I think I have played my part by helping the team retain Kenya Premier League title and I am looking at other options now,”  said Kizito to MTNfootball.

Kizito had been in trials with a Vietnamese club after the end of the season in Kenya and managed to secure a place.

“I signed a pre-contract with a team in Vietnam and hopefully I will be headed back there.”. Prior to playing for Gor Mahia Kizito featured for another Vietnamese side Saigon Xuan Thanh

Kizito scored six goals during the 2014 season, none more memorable than the spectacular free-kick that sealed a 1-0 win over SoNy Sugar to keep Gor Mahia’s title challenge on track.

Meanwhile Simba have confirmed the sign on fee offered to Dan Sserunkuma, a whopping Ksh 8.1 million.

He added: “Initially he asked for Sh9m (100, 000 dollars) for his move but we settled at Sh8.1m (90,000 dollars) and we believe he will help us win many titles with his goals, just as he did for Gor Mahia.” said Simba chief scout Hans Poppe to goal.com

Chris Omondi decries lack of finances

Gor Mahia secretary general indicated that the club did their best to hold onto Sserunkuma but they never had a chance against a well financed Simba.

“Sserunkuma is as good as gone. We have tried to convince him to stay as we work out a new deal but Simba have given him a good deal that we cannot match with our current financial problems,” he said to the KPL website.

Omondi said they tried to tie down the player but his agent played hard and kept pushing him to sign the Tanzanian deal.

“The realities of our weakness in matters finance have been brought home especially at this point of the season. We tried to fight for his signature but it reached a point we couldn’t bargain. He knew what was on the table and his agent was breathing down his neck to sign the Simba deal; so on that we have lost out. He says he has not signed yet, but I do not see him rejecting the offer,” Omondi continued.


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