Tag: Dylan Kerr

14 Sep 18

Coach Dylan Kerr has confirmed via his social media accounts that he did not say Muguna and Musa Mohamed would never play for Kogalo while he was coach.

Additional reporting from the Star
Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr has quashed claims that his former players Musa Mohammed and Kenneth Muguna are unwelcome returnees to the club.

The duo left Gor early this year in search of greener pastures to Albanian side, FK Tirana but failed to adapt to the Albanian league where Musa was the first casualty returning home six months after the switch before Muguna followed the five months later.

The exit of Musa at Gor has since turned to be a blessing for Joash Onyango who broke into the first team as his replacement and has soared to win the heart of Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne, who prefers to pair him alongside Musa at the heart of the defence.

On the other hand, former Tusker midfielder Humphrey Mieno easily filled Muguna’s shoes, thanks to his vast experience.

After struggling in Albania and eventually being rendered club-less, the two were heavily linked with a return to Gor but Musa opted for the Zambian league where he penned a contract with Nkana Red Devils but Muguna still remains club-less .

Recently Musa had been reported as unhappy in the Zambian league and was linked with a return to Gor alongside Muguna amid reports that Kerr had turned them down citing depth in his team.

However, the Briton has denied slamming the door on his former players and insists that they were welcome to rejoin his camp. He heavily criticised the author of the article which reported that there was no room for the two Kenyan internationals for being unprofessional.

He said: “I have never said there was no room for Musa and Muguna in my team. I have read it online where they have quoted me, saying that the two are surplus to requirement should they return which is incorrect. It is wrong and it taints my reputation to misquote me and I think it was malicious for the writer to act in such a way. The two can rejoin us if they are available. They did a good job for the short time I worked with them and although I have replaced them, I still believe they have something to offer to the team.”

Kerr further said the article had ignited rivalry with Musa as he no longer answers his calls. He also took issue with Muguna’s agent for demanding high sign on fee.

“Musa has seen the article and its unfortunate he doesn’t pick my calls. I wanted to apologise to him but it’s sad I can’t reach him, thanks to the rivalry created by the author. I am also unhappy with Muguna’s agent for demanding high sign on fee yet he was aware the club is facing financial struggles.”

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12 Sep 18

Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr is disinterested in re-signing Kenneth Muguna and Musa Mohamed. Earlier reports indicated that Muguna was on his way back to the club, a move that was welcomed by many fans.

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Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr has slammed the door on Musa Mohamed and Kenneth Mohamed effectively blocking their potential return to the club.

In an interview with Citizen Digital, the Briton coach claimed that the duo were duped to ditch Gor, with the promise of better salaries at KF Tirana of Albania noting that there is no chance of them of returning to K’Ogalo .

Kerr’s sentiments contradict the stance of club deputy secretary Ronald Ngala who in a separate interview said that Muguna had signaled his desire to return to the Kenyan champions.

“He shouldn’t even be back in the first place. They paid a lot of money to acquire him… we cannot help Muguna … because it was his own decision to ditch Gor Mahia,’’ Kerr stated.
Kerr added that Musa Mohamed “made a mistake” and was duped to leave the club with empty promises of playing for bigger clubs in Europe.

‘’I have many good players and my main agenda is to make them better. Where will I take my players who currently make my squad? I want to nurture them and better their forms other than go for new players,”Kerr said.

The Briton who has led Gor to two successive League titles, Cecafa Club Championship semi finals and to the Caf- Confederations group stages is on record saying he has enough players for any assignment.

Musa Mohamed and Kenneth Muguna ditched Gor at the beginning of the season to join Gor’s former coach Fereira Marcelo ‘’Ze Maria’’ at Tirana in Albania but the honey moon failed to last as they failed to impress.

Mohamed currently plies his trade in the Zambian Premier League with Nkana Red Devils and it remains unclear if he settled at the club.


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10 Sep 18

Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr attended the match between Harambee stars and the Ghana Black stars. After the match he was full of praise for three of his charges who played in the match.

On Joash Onyango, he said that the tackle that earned him a red card was necessary.

“I thought they were fantastic. Joash had to make that tackle. I have just been in the dressing room and I told him not to feel sorry. You made that tackle. You got red carded but you took one for the team. ” said Kerr.

Kerr was also full of praise for Kahata and Philemon Otieno.

“The players battled (after the team had been reduced to 10 men). Francis put in a great shift. Philemon unfortunately got injured in the first half and had to come off. But credit to my players. They had to dig deep to get that result.”

Kerr Supports Migne’s call for professionalism

Harambee stars coach Sebastian  Migne if furious about the lack of ‘professionalism’ in Kenyan football after Harambee Stars Captain Victor Wanyama and 13 other players failed to show up for the Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers against Ghana despite calling up a big provisional squad of 38 players.

Asked whether he supports Migne’s sentiments, Kerr said: “He’s got to understand that this is Kenya. This is how Kenyan football is. There are a lot of hard-working people, both in KPL and FKF. They are trying to make football here…it’s called professionalism. That has always been what we want. We sometimes find it hard to get.” he said to goal.com

Kerr blamed the KPL for his sides’ elimination from the CAF Confederations cup

“We lost a chance in Confederation because we were tired and were demanding that games get canceled, but it was going on deaf ears so I can understand his (Migne) issue, but that’s why we are here to try and change the mentality, try to help and progress going forward,”

“We are both football coaches and we want what’s best for the country and my club. If we work together and we have a plan-we make it more professional, then kids will grow up and they will understand what’s like to be a professional player and that’s what we ask. Be honest, be professional.” he continued

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4 Sep 18

Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr has suggested that FKF chair Nick Mwendwa deliberately scheduled the Shield match against Kariobangi Sharks too close to Gor Mahia’s arrival from Algeria. Gor Mahia did not have any time to hold a training session before the match and had not recovered from jet lag.

“Congratulations to Sharks they were the better side today I can, however bad we played be so proud how they gave everything even though it wasn’t the best today. Thank you to the K’Ogalo family who supported us today pole that we lost. FKF president new what he was doing” said Kerr in a tweet.

Kerr further went on to lament over the glut of fixtures that he says doomed Gor Mahia in both tha CAF Cofederations cup and the Shield

“20 games in 60 days there’s a saying Fail to Prepare, Prepare to Fail … we have done everything as a technical team to maintain a winning mentality, fitness and be motivated and will continue to do this as long as we can do it the right way. You do the math how can I prepare ?” he said


In another tweet, Kett commended his players for playing well under difficult circumstances.

“Dr, what we have done is not human even if we are Kenyan. NOT ONE WORLD ASSOCIATION would do our programme which includes Travel, sleeping away and playing to the intensity we do. What these guys do no money could buy we give everything ALL of us do. Been an amazing achievement”


The players for their part are also highly appreciative of the work Dylan Kerr has done.

“I would Iike to thank the coach for the relationship, courage and trust he has shown to the players. He has given each and every player an opportunity to showcase his ability – may God bless him,’’ said Innocent Wafula who has skippered the side in some matches this season.

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30 Aug 18

Coach Dylan Kerr says he is very proud of his players performance and he says the best is yet to come.

“I am proud of how my players and the technical bench have tried. I am sorry we didn’t reach the quarters but I have always said that we were a year early but the experience was valuable.” he said to goal.com

According to Kerr, the performance was good considering all that they have endured.

“All in all and despite what we endured off the field, the players gave everything and pushed for more. There are some positives to pick from this squad and the far they reached in the competition is a true testament of how good they are.” he said.

Kerr asserted that the Algerians applied the typical North African tactics of frustrating the visiting team before the game.

We did not have enough time to feel the pitch and our travel here was a major factor and not an excuse.

“What I had planned for Monday practice, I only had 15 minutes late Tuesday to apply it but when we arrived at the stadium the lights were not fully on, plus we were told the time of kick-off had changed.” he said

Rejected offers

Given Gor Mahia’s excellent performance, Kerr has been receiving offers from other teams but he has rejected them.

“Look, I have had three offers in the last two months that were financially good for me to leave Gor Mahia but I rejected them. I respect contracts and I have never gone against any contract,” Kerr told Goal .

Kerr also said he wanted to stay as long as Chairman Rachier wants to keep him.

“Football is strange but I like Kenya and the people, I am here to stay until the chairperson decides he doesn’t want me.” he concluded

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15 Aug 18

Gor Mahia have moved their match against Chemelil Sugar from Kisumu to Nakuru. This according Organizing secretary Judith Nyangi.

“Our match against Chemo on Thursday in Nakuru will kick off at 2 pm live K24” said Nyangi.

The reason is to reduce the amount of travel for the club before they play against Rayon Sports in a crucial CAF Confederations cup match on Sunday. However note that Afraha is one of the surfaces that coacg Dylan Kerr has often complained about, saying that the uneven surface is not conducive to good football and makes players prone to injury.

This comes after KPL declined an appeal by coach Kerr to postpone the Chemelil game.

“We are carrying Kenyan football for all of Africa to see but the importance of the game v Rayon and USM are paramount and yet we have 5 important games; 3 exceptionally important games in 14 days.” said Kerr.

But KPL CEO Jack Oguda says it will not be possible to act now with any changes.

“We cannot alter fixtures now because we also have a tight schedule. Furthermore, Gor Mahia have not written to us to complain. They have asked to play Chemelil in Kisumu and we cannot change the fixture now because of the rules.” Oguda said.

It is not clear why KPL is in such a hurry to decide the league in August. Nor is it clear whether the club EC ever appealed to KPL over fixture congestion.

Kerr vows action against Walusimbi’s agent

Coach Dylan Kerr is fed up with Godfrey Walusimbi’s agent and has vowed to make him lose his license.

“My chairman and CEO are not to blame nor myself because Walusimbi acted immorally probably on advice of his agent, who I will personally act on and make sure that his license is revoked.”

“Both Walusimbi and his agent have let my team and staff down not once but twice now because they did the same when we played against Esperance and we lost the match because he was not available.” Kerr said to goal.com

Kerr went on to specify which FIFA rule Walusimbi had contravened.

“His agent acted for financial greed and Kaizer Chiefs think they can get him for pennies but worst of all acted illegally against Caf and Fifa rules. Rule 18 clearly states that a club intending to conclude with a professional player must inform the players club in writing before entering into negotiations.

“Walusimbi is contracted to Gor Mahia until 2020 and Chiefs have not written.” he concluded.

Indeed if Kogalo don’t take action, this behaviour could become the new normal.

Kaizer Chiefs deny tapping Walusimbi

Additional reporting from Independent online
JOHANNESBURG – Kaizer Chiefs football manager Bobby Motaung has confirmed that Godfrey Walusimbi, the subject of accusations that Amakhosi are guilty of player tapping, is indeed in Naturena to negotiate a deal to join the Glamour Boys.

But Motaung was quick to refute reports that the South African giants are trying to lure the Ugandan defender away from his Kenyan club Gor Mahia without their permission.

Tapping is illegal according to Fifa rules.
The Gor Mahia chairman even claimed in a statement that his Amakhosi counterpart had phoned him to apologise for getting off on the wrong foot.

“It’s unfortunate that a player can just decide on his own to travel to engage another club without our knowledge.

“I got an alert from someone that he was travelling, and the next thing was a call from the Kaizer Chiefs chairman apologising for that step, and requesting if we could talk on a possible move,” the statement from two days ago read.

“I declined to discuss anything and told Chiefs’ chairman I will hold a meeting with my EC (executive committee). Then we will know what step to take.”

Breaking Chiefs’ silence on the matter, Motaung said the Amakhosi were following protocol in trying to sign Walusimbi.

“He is here at the village (club headquarters), and we are going about things the right way. We will make further announcements when we have agreed a deal with his club.

“But the player has not gone missing from his club. Maybe there was some confusion as the coach (Dylan Kerr) obviously wants to keep the player,” Motaung explained.

Walusimbi still has at least a year remaining on his contract with Gor Mahia, according to reports in Kenya, and has been valued at R3 million.

Chiefs were last month accused of signing a player that is still under contract by Fosa Juniors, a club from Madagascar.

Andriamirado “Dax” Andrianarimanana denied being their player, while Fosa were adamant he was contracted until 2020.

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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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