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22 May 18

In a bid to shore up a team that is quickly running out of gas, Gor Mahia will sign 3 new players during the June transfer season. A glut of fixtures has seen Kogalo play 9 times in the last 27 days. The team has also been hit by injuries to players like Wellington Ochieng.

“We want to bring in three players in June as the fixtures ahead of us are very important and we want to win every trophy on offer. The current squad we have is slightly running out of gas and we must bring in a quality striker, midfielder and defender to bolster the squad. Several players are unwell as a result of playing under rainy conditions in Kericho, In Rwanda during the Caf match against Rayon Sports and recently at Kasarani against USM Alger while two of our main players—Karim Nizigiyimana and Wellington Ochieng —are recovering from serious injuries.” said Jolawi Obondo the team manager to the Star newspaper.

Kerr Livid with players

Meanwhile coach Dylan Kerr is pulling no punches regarding the sub par display against Sofapaka on Sunday.

“My players have to show the desire to win every time. lt seems they are happy to accept poor play and poor goals conceded.” he said to goal.com

Kerr however praised his players for fighting to the very end for that epic equalizer.

“Fair play to us, until last minute we didn’t give up but again, at 2-0 we didn’t kill the game off, we thought we’ve won and that allowed our opponents back into the game Leading 2-0 at halftime, I told my players to stop giving the ball away because Sofapaka would counter since we always want to score. They obviously did not listen.” concluded Kerr.

Derby Called off

The FKF has insisted that the mashemeji derby which was scheduled for this Saturday will not be played.

“The national team is assigned to honour friendly matches against Swaziland on May 25 and Equatorial Guinea on May 28. s such the derby between AFC Leopards and Gor Mahia scheduled for this Saturday has been postponed to a later date. Football Kenya Federation will work to see that the match has been scheduled at the earliest opportune time.” read a letter signed by Robert Muthomi, the FKF CEO

This despite the protestations by KPL CEO Robert Oguda.


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8 May 18

Coach Dylan Kerr is happy that his side managed to grab a point away from home when they played Rayon Sports on Sunday.

“This is a fantastic away result, every player on the team did an excellent job to ensure we don’t lose, especially the defenders.” said Kerr accring to goal.com

Kerr defended his team which has withstoodd a lot of criticism for conceding that goal.

“It was not like the one we conceded against Mathare United at Machakos Stadium. This time, the ball did not split the wall. It was a fantastic free-kick and we could not do anything about it,” he said according to the Standard.

Kerr however admitted that the large crowd at Nyamirambo stadium may have intimidated his side.

“The Rayon Sports fans were marvellous and stood behind their team. I think my boys panicked after the equaliser and at half time, I had to tell them to relax and just enjoy themselves.” Kerr continued.

Kerr thinks his side will overcome their first game jitters.

“The early goal unsettled us but we recovered and even hoped to do better. It is just the first match and we are looking forward to a better campaign,” he said.

Gor Mahia will need to solidify their defence and sharpen their attack as they face a formidable Algerian side in USM Alger on May 16. The Algerians walloped Young Africans of Tanzania 4-0 last weekend.


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3 May 18

After beating Thika United 5-2 in a scintillating encounter 10 days ago, Gor Mahia have gone on a drawing spree, drawing three straight matches against Chemelil, Mathare and AFC leopards. Kerr blames the glut of fixtures.

“We have been playing three matches in space of six days, and that has affected my players. Fatigue has crept in and it has reflected on the pitch, that is why we have struggled.” said Kerr to goal.com

Kerr also sought to take pressure off the players by saying the poor results were not their fault.

“I will not blame my players at all, it happens at times and it is up to me as a coach to find ways in which I can improve our results.” he continued.

Kerr went on to say that playing against AFC for a chance to play Hull City was illogical since Hull were only interested in playing against Gor Mahia.

“Gor Mahia is the best club in Kenya. By winning the league last year it means we are the ones who should play Hull. I know Hull City want to play Gor Mahia, I have talked to their manager but unfortunately we have to play this game so as to prove that we are the best team.” said Kerr.

Gor Mahia take on Hull at Kasarani on Sunday May 13.


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13 Apr 18

As is the case with every other Kogalo coach, Dylan Kerr has been facing pressure from a section of fans and officials who are making demands on whom should be fielded.  But Kerr is adamant that a player’s performance on the field is what determines whether he plays or not.

“I always tell my players they are the best, but one has to prove on the pitch that he deserves to be in the team that will go to South Africa. Sometimes I hear things from other people about some complain from my players, but I tend to ignore them. My challenge is to all players, do the talking on the pitch and I will definitely consider you,” Kerr told goal.com on Thursday.

One player who many fans think should be fielded more often is Ephrem Guikan. The Ivorian looks dangerous each time he steps on the field. Yet  he often finds himself on the bench. But Kerr finally obliged this past weekend .

Gor Mahia do not have any match this weekend and should be well rested before they play Supersport in the return leg of the CAF Confederations cup playoff round.

Meanwhile their opponents played against title contenders Orlando Pirates on Wednesday and forced a draw, something their coach Kaitano Tembo was very happy about.

“I’ve got to give credit to the boys. It wasn’t an easy game. This is a very good Pirates team. In the first half, I think we tried to be a bit more adventurous,” Tembo told SuperSport TV.

“I think we created better opportunities when we pressed them a bit high,” he said.

Extended Highlights: Gor Mahia vs Wazito


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12 Jan 18

All the new signings were in training this week: Charles Momanyi, Ivorian Ephraim Guikan, Wesley Onguso, Kevin Omondi, Humphrey Mieno, Samuel Onyango, and Lawrence Juma. Coach Dylan Kerr is impressed with his new charges.

“The new players have really impressed me in training; they look motivated are focused so we can only forward for a successful year,” he said to Citizen FM.

Kerr says he and his technical staff have been studying opponents and preparing appropriately.

“It’s not an easy task for us because this is the biggest stage of club football in the continent. We want to plan appropriately so we can match the expectations of our fans. Every team will want to beat Gor next season but they should know we are stronger than before.” he continued.

On Musa Mohamed, coach Kerr says he is unaware of the status of his captain from 2017.

“l am not  100 percent sure what is happening to Musa but on Friday five of our players left for the KPL Awards and then they will be back on Saturday for the weekend friendly matches.”  he concluded.


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23 Nov 17

Coach Dylan Kerr will have the final say regarding new signings. This according to the club CEO Lordvick Aduda.

We can’t influence his decisions because now he is the owner of the team. As the management once the coach as identified the areas that need to be improved then it’s our responsibility to approach them and start negotiations,” Aduda told Citizen Digital.

Kerr is intent on strengthening his side for a busy 2018 which will include the CECAFA club cup, Africa Champions league and other tournaments.
The news that Kerr will have final say as it is he who knows best which player can fit in his system.

Aduda says the club is deciding how to reward players for a successful 2017.

“However once we receive our money of being crowned the champions we shall have arrangements on how to appreciate each player,” he said.

Gor Mahia dominate CECAFA Squad

New Harambee Stars coach Paul Put named his squad for the fortcoming CECAFA cup. Gor Mahia contributed 7 players, the most of any side.

Goalkeepers: Boniface, Oluoch (Gor Mahia), Gabriel Andika (AFC Leopards), Patrick Matasi (Posta Rangers).
Defenders: Musa Mohammed (Gor Mahia), Charles Momanyi (Kakamega Homeboyz), Dennis Shikhayi (AFC Leopards), Jockins Atudo (Posta Rangers), Harun Shakava (Gor Mahia), Wellington Ochieng (Gor Mahia), Bernard Ochieng (Vihiga United) and Omar Mbongi (Ulinzi Stars).
Midfielders: Ernest Wendo (Gor Mahia), Whyvonne Issuza (AFC Leopards), Kenneth Muguna (Gor Mahia), Patillah Omotto (Kariobangi Sharks), Duncan Otieno (AFC Leopards), Ovellah Ochieng (Kariobangi Sharks), Lawrence Juma (Nzoia Sugar).
Strikers: Samuel Onyango (Ulinzi Stars), Kepha Aswani (Nakumatt), George Odhiambo (Gor Mahia), Masoud Juma (Kariobangi Sharks), Vincent Oburu (AFC Leopards), Stephen Waruru (Ulinzi Stars) and Benjamin Mosha (Sony Sugar).


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20 Nov 17

The East African Standard interviewed Kogalo officials and players to find out how current coach Dylan Kerr compares to Ze Maria.

Courtesy of the Standard
The difference plays out in run up to league victory at K’Ogalo

The last three coaches to win league titles at Gor Mahia, if you include Dylan Kerr, have one common denominator. Forget fact that they’re all British.

Bobby Williamson, Frank Nuttall and Dylan Kerr all came into the club midstream of the seasons and ended up winning the league title in their first years. We all know coach Bobby’s 2013 was the most celebrated for he brought back tears of joy to a club whose fans had all but accepted to live with the bitter truth that their glory days were gone and finishing second, like they did in 2010, was an accomplishment.

When he replaced Bobby Williamson towards end of 2014, not many knew who exactly coach Frank Nuttall was save for the fact that he was Bobby’s chosen one. But a good coach is known by his results. His record in 2015 is out there for all to see.

José Marcelo Fereira, alias Zé Maria, came to K’Ogalo with the very pedigree of a coach — exactly what team manager Jolawi Obondo calls a text book coach.
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“Zé Maria is what people go to coaching school to study,” says Jolawi who has worked with well seven coaches at the club. “The man was a typical instructor. He had this big vision, a jumbo dream of sorts, which he wanted to impart to players.”

Only falling short of calling Zé Maria a mannequin in a coaching school lab, Jolawi Obondo describes the Brazilian as an astute student of European football schools. On contracts for example, Zé Maria knew in and out what was required of him by the club, did his bit and was often livid whenever he felt the club did not honour its end of the bargain.

“Zé Maria slept with his contract,” says Jolawi adding that “he was conscious of training requirements, timings and no player dared arrive late however indispensable that player thought he was.”

While many think strict adherence to the rule book is requisite for good workmanship, it may be the very ticket that sends one out of his job; it is what causes friction. Zedekiah Zico Otieno, who was Zé Maria’s assistant, shares in this: “Modern football allows for close observance to rules but not rigidity. If you’re too stiff, it may be your undoing.”

Zico, the only successful Brazilian at Gor Mahia, weighs in on the style of play employed by coach Zé Maria: “With Zé Maria we played three at the back because we needed more attacking options upfront. We scored goals then but we also conceded mainly from the flanks where we were exposed due to our style of play.”

Under Zé Maria’s three-man defence, Gor Mahia conceded 13 goals in 18 matches as compared to Dylan Kerr’s eight in similar number of outings.

Zé Maria did not last at the club. Nevertheless he charmed many with his ability to wear his boots and play with the boys at the same time he coached.

An introvert to many, but club Assistant Secretary General Ronald Ngala thinks otherwise. “Maybe language barrier also came into play,” asserts Ngala. Coming from Brazil, a Lusophone country, Zé Maria would pass for an introvert, his circle of friends predominantly being his assistants who spoke his language.

Then comes the very comical Dylan Kerr. This amiable former boss at Tanzanian giants Simba SC. His first task? Walk around the city and tweet every picture of it.

The Englishman arrived at Gor Mahia and immediately started bringing in changes. The first casualty was Zé Maria’s backline. Dylan didn’t believe three men could man a backline often marauded by physical athletes; Wycliffe Ochomo and the likes.

“Coach Dylan analysed the game,” states Zico. “Each system requires the right players to execute it. And most importantly you adopt a system according to your strengths and quality of opponent. That’s the reason coach Dylan in his wisdom chose to rotate systems.”

It is this flexibility in picking systems of play and players to field that is well pronounced in Dylan Kerr’s work ethics.

Team Manager Jolawi Obondo labels him a funny man. A sociable man. He gives a musical analogy to the difference between the Englishman and the Brazilian, “It is like listening to mellowly scripted Tukutendereza Yesu hymnals then the DJ suddenly plays hard rock. It is very difficult not to like Dylan. He’s lively. The kind of person you need to light up a party.”

Jolawi says: “I think it may be unfair to draw parallels against other coaches because Kerr has only overseen so many matches. We need to evaluate a coach from pre-season. And I think the break now offers him a great chance to build a team that can retain the trophy next year and compete favourably in Africa.”

Football is a result-oriented sport and Kerr has won the league on his first attempt, only rivaling Bobby Williamson, Frank Nuttall, the great Len Julians and Paul Odhiambo— the first coach ever to win the league title at Gor Mahia in 1968.

For the very conservative Gor Mahia fan, to whom winning the league title makes no sense if the club cannot beat AFC Leopards, Zé Maria has an edge over the Englishman. Zé Maria had three chances at Mashemeji Derby and he delivered resounding victories; 2-0, 3-0 and 3-0. Kerr on his part, has only played once in this fixture and only managed a draw from a losing start — 1-1.

Further, there is some sweet and sour taste in K’Ogalo fans’ mouths to imagine that the club’s longest winning streak happened under Zé Maria in 2016 the same season they didn’t win a trophy. Gor Mahia went on a seven-match winning sprawl in the league between April and July 2016 and that result has not been rivalled — not even the glorious 2015 comes close.

If there’s one man who knows that there’s no second chance for first impressions, it is Kerr. He edged out Zé Maria when he won his first five league matches at the helm. In fact, Kerr had to wait until his 13th match to face his first defeat. Zé Maria was a bit extravagant with losing — he lost in his fourth match.

One has won the league, the other one did not. So as Gor Mahia coach Kerr deservedly picked up his medal yesterday he should have been proud of every piece of it because surely, he has played his part in taking Gor Mahia where it belongs; national dominance.
 


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16 Nov 17

Gor Mahia’s Scottish tactician Dylan Kerr has been voted Fidelity Insurance Coach of the Month Award for September.
The month of September was crucial in securing Gor Mahia’s 16th title. During this period, Kogalo won 5 games and drew one.

 

Date   Opponent   Score  
Sept-30 Bandari 3-1
Sept-27 Sofapaka 2-1
Sept-23 Tusker 2-0
Sept-17 Thika Utd 0-0
Sep-14 Chemelil Sugar 3-0
Sep-9 Nzoia United 4-0

Kerr credited success to the combined efforts of technical staff and players

“It has taken combined effort from the players, staff and club officials for Gor Mahia to play how it did and we can only get better. We have identified players and areas to strengthen so we are due to sit down as a club and make decisions, the right ones for next season’s busy schedule,” he said to Citizen sports

Kerr reiterated the fact that he focused on taking Kogalo to greater heights at continental level.

“I’m not going anywhere. I have a commitment to Gor Mahia and my focus is on building the team for next year’s CAF Champions League and another premier league medal. We have worked hard this season and will definitely put in more effort to perform better,” the tactician said to Citizen sports.

Kerr like others is appalled by poor attendance of KPL matches and wants KPL to do something.
“The Kenyan league is big and should be supported more. The league organizers and federation should do more to market the league to bring fans to stadium. It’s really disheartening to see 22 fans in the stadium and thousands of empty seats yet the football served is of high quality. Something must be done to rectify that.” he said

And unlike 2014 when Kogalo lost their match to KCB after the trophy presentation, Kerr wants to keeep players focused.

“Our last game should be thrilling and we have worked on it without any complacency of having won the title. We want to play well and win for our fans. That way lifting the title feels good. Losing a match then walking to collect winners’ medals does not feel right so we have to win that game,” he concluded.


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3 Nov 17

Update

Dylan Kerr used his social media page to clarify that he is not interested in the Harambee Stars job.

“I do not want the Harambee Stars job. I was asked a straight question if I can be interested in the job and I said ‘NO’. I am at Gor Mahia and my contract indicates that I am a Gor Mahia coach and so, I am happy at the club. I am not in anyway interested in coaching the national team and I wouldn’t want to even think about that at the moment,” said Kerr.

The previous story caused a stir among many fans. Though he categorically stated that he was open to an advisory role, some fans took it to mean he wants to actively participate in Harambee Stars  training sessions.

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Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr has told Capital FM that he would open to helping Harambee Stars coach Stan Okumbi in an advisory role if called upon.

“The coach needs help and I am here if he needs me to help. If he wants me to come support him I will do that because I want him to succeed; everyone wants him to succeed. Sometimes coaches need help, advice and support from other people outside the national team set up because everybody wants same thing; success,” he told Capital FM.

This comes as Harambee stars fans have become increasingly dissatified with coach Okumbi who seems to lack imagination.

On whether he would leave Kogalo for Harambee stars, Kerr ws categorical that he is fully committed to Kogalo.

“My job here is at Gor Mahia and I am happy. I like my players, my staff and my club chairman who has been amazing and backed 100 percent. He has let me do my job without interference which in Africa is very rare,” he continued.

In 2014, another Scottish coach Bobby Williamson left Kogalo to become Harambee stars coach. This was in August right after the fiasco that was the 2014 CECAFA   campaign.

In 2011, Zedekiah Otieno “Zico” was the Kogalo coach when he was approached by FKF to take over as Stars coach. Zico acquited himself well in that role including forcing a draw against Uganda in Kampala that doomed that Cranes chances of qualifying for AFCON.

Vojo Gardasevic, the Serb who could barely speak English, was another Kogalo coach who was recruited by Stars after having steered Kogalo to the 1995 league title.

On Harambee stars chances of qualifying for AFCON 2019, Kerr told Capital FM that poor organization was letting down Kenya football.

“I think all the stakeholders should sit down in a round table before the start of the season and sort out everything about Kenyan football,”

“We have three years to qualify for the World Cup, 18 months to AFCON… are we gonna kid ourselves and say we will qualify or are we gonna do something about it.”
Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr conducts a training session at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam before the team faced Everton FC in a friendly match in July 2017

“I am not trying to rectify Kenyan football because I have no right to do that but I wanna give my experience of football around the world to make Kenyan football better,” the coach further added.


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12 Sep 17

Following Gor Mahia’s 4-0 demolition of Nzoia Sugar, coach Dylan Kerr is a happy man. A far cry from the man who was disappointed after the 1-1 tie with arch rivals AFC Leopards. Kerr says he had done his research on Nzoia and knew how to dissect them.

“l had a prior information about how Nzoia play and we knew what exactly to train on for the good result. We had good finishes, something that has been a worry in matches. We trained on set pieces and our training before the match helped. I’m so happy we scored a couple of goals.” he said to Sportpesa News.

Kerr also saluted the players for the hard work they have been putting in that resulted in the great result.

“I’m proud of the players’ good professional attitude in our quest to achieve the best. That in itself is a great factor for success. We will be keeping everyone together prepared to play,” continued Kerr.

Like other KPL teams, Gor Mahia will be playing a compressed schedule. They play Chemelil Sugar on Thursday and Thika United on Sunday, two matches which should they go according to formbook, should enable Kogalo to extend their lead.

“We have two games in 48 hours but we are always focused a game at a time and keep our minds on the three points,” concluded Kerr to sportpesa news. .


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