Kerr describes horror of coaching Gor Mahia

Speaking to the Sun newspaper in the United Kingdom, former Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr has described the appalling conditions he had to ensure as Gor Mahia coach.

He first decried the appalling conditions of the playing surface of KPL venues.

Kerr said: “It was horrendous. You wouldn’t walk your dogs on some fields we played on. Yet that was Kenya’s Premier League.”

Kerr also described how players often went without food because their salaries were not paid on time.

“Six of my players got jobs in work-yards because they couldn’t afford to eat. One lost 8kg as he wasn’t eating.

He noted that players went on strike during the last six matches of the season.

“In my last six games, my players downed tools. Once I had to knock on doors, begging players to fulfil the fixture. But they would go on the pitch and lose because they weren’t being paid. I understood but it was frustrating.” he said

Kerr went on to state that he had a good relationship with the fans unlike the previous coach Ze Maria

“We never had issues with fans because we were winning. “But the previous coach lost three games on the run and they tried to burn the bus with the players in it! They smashed all the windows.”

Next Match

Gor Mahia will travel to Kericho to play Zoo Kericho on Wednesday March 27. On Saturday they will return to their spiritual home of Kisumu where they will play Kariobangi Sharks.

“It’s been a while since Gor Mahia played in Kisumu and as an office, we have decided to take the match to the fans based around there. Let them come out in good numbers to support the team.” said treasurer Sally Bolo to


Coach Kerr confirms reports of abysmal living conditions

In an interview with NTV, coach Dylan Kerr admitted that he indeed went an entire month with no electricity and no water for a month.

He said that the landlord decided to cut off electricity and water but did not say why. In terms of salaries, Kerr confirmed that he was always paid in time with the exception of the months of September and October.

Kerr says he remained professional and did not let it affect his performance. But he was affected when his players were not paid on time because it affected their performance.

Kerr stated that clubs, the KPL, FKF and the ministry needs to get their house in order.

Kerr went on to thank the fans and stated that he was honoured to be beloved by the fans. He likes everything about Kenya and had a great time.

Ngala rubbishes allegations

But Gor Mahia Deputy Secretary General Ronald Ngala rubbished allegations.”We used to pay him Sh150,000 for rent and later reduced it to Sh100,000.

“The coach had requested that we (club) give him the money and he finds a place to stay and we obliged. So if he chose a place where there is a frequent power outage, how is that our problem? It did not concern us as long as he was performing on the pitch.” said Ngala to

Ngala went on to say that the allegations were an attempt to make officials look bad.

“I just feel it is a way of making us look bad when in the real sense we are not; if he had a better offer he could have just said so.” he concluded.


Why Kerr left Gor Mahia

Dylan Kerr appeared a happy man as he walked around the city and mingled with fans. However there may have been frustrations that he did not reveal to fans prior to leaving. A report on offers details as to why coach Dylan Kerr felt compelled to leave Gor Mahia

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Dylan Kerr’s resignation as Gor Mahia’s coach on Thursday 15th November shocked the K’Ogalo faithful. But what really pushed the Briton to the edge?

Futaa has unearthed shocking revelations of Kerr’s tribulations at Gor Mahia that played a big part in his resignation despite his notable achievements since joining the 17-time Kenyan Premier League champions in 2017.

According to sources, a number of issues ranging from salary arrears and poor living conditions forced out the coach who had very quickly become a fan favorite of the Green Army.

Salary arrears

The club had failed to pay Dylan Kerr even a single cent for four months and there was no hope by the time he left. Close sources indicate that the Briton was going through a rough patch financially and a lack of water and electricity at his Kileleshwa apartment due to rent arrears was a testament to that.

The lack of water in his house forced him to take showers in a swimming pool around the area.

Judith Nyangi, a vocal club official took to Facebook to pour her frustrations at the club saying, “Kerr is the only coach who could have persevered at Gor Mahia, imagine a coach staying in a house without electricity and water and having to shower in a swimming pool coz of rent arrears. Fans must protect this brand at all means.”

The Briton was a regular visitor at a Kibanda in Kilimani near Yaya Centre, not because he liked it but because his pockets could not allow him to have a proper meal at a proper place.

A fan who was a close friend of the coach and whose identity we cannot reveal due to security reasons told us, “Dylan Kerr was spending Ksh 150 on lunch eating Ugali and Matumbo at a Kibanda near Yaya.”

In fact, things were so tough for the coach to the point he could not buy a new phone after losing the one he was using to thugs. It took the efforts of two unnamed players to pull resources and get him a new one.


As petty as it might sound, Gor had transformed their coach into a trekking machine, by the time of his departure, Dylan Kerr did not have a car of his own or one provided by the club making his movements to and from training a difficult journey – most times, the 51-year-old was forced to trek from Kileleshwa to camp Toyoyo for training.

The close relationship with former Ingwe coach

Kerr’s close relationship with former AFC Leopards coach Rodolfo Zapata and newly appointed Sofapaka coach Melis Medo might also have played a role in his departure.

The two were being taken good care of by their respective clubs and that left the Briton wondering why his club was treating him badly.

The Brit will go down in history as one of the most successful Gor Mahia coaches ever having won the Kenya Premier League in his debut season and defending the title the following year. Kerr will also take credit for guiding K’Ogalo back to continental football.


Dylan Kerr’s absence concerning Gor Mahia

Gor Mahia CEO Omondi Aduda is unsure of coach Kerr’s whereabouts. Speculation has been rife that for heath reason’s Kerr’s days at Kogalo are numbered

Additional reporting from ESPN
Gor Mahia CEO Lodvick Aduda is concerned about the absence of head coach Dylan Kerr, who has gone AWOL since the Kenyan champions’ exhibition match against Everton earlier this week.

Kerr was on the bench as Gor were defeated 4-0 by Everton in the SportPesa Cup at Goodison Park earlier this week, but didn’t return with the team from England on Saturday.

“Coach Kerr’s absence worries us,” Aduda told KweséESPN. “We have several games coming, with the preliminary match of the CAF Champions League in only two weeks’ time, and then the league will kick off.

“I really don’t know what the coach is up to, but we shall have a meeting on Monday and know the way forward because his absence disorganizes our plans,” he added.

“We don’t have the luxury of sitting back at such a time.”

Kerr, who took over from Ze Maria in July 2017, has helped Gor win the Kenyan Premier League twice, while he also led the club to the CAF Confederation Cup group stage.

The coach is yet to explain his absence to KweséESPN.

Despite Gor’s thumping defeat on Merseyside, Aduda is confident that the team have benefited from their overseas experience.

“Our players and technical bench have been exposed to good training facilities and equipment,” he continued. “Also, the players have learned the seriousness of football at a high level.

“Our team is not the same again after the game in England, but we need to focus now on the Champions League and defending our league title.”

Gor have been paired against Malawi’s Nyasa Big Bullets FC in the preliminary round of the CAF Champions League which kicks off later this month.

“I think we have a chance to push for the group stage of the Champions League this time,” Aduda concluded. “I believe the draw this year is not as tough as it was for in the last campaign.”


Kerr confident ahead of Everton friendly

Kerr at Goodison Park

Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr is in the UK on a scouting mission. He is there to scout Everton FC whom Gor Mahia will play in a friendly.

“They are very organized and disciplined, they work hard not to concede and patiently build up their goals unlike us who go all out from the word go aiming to score,” Kerr told Nation Sport

The trip has been funded by Sportpesa and Kerr was appreciative of the sponsors.

“It was good experience for me to watch them play thanks to SportPesa, that’s part of my job and they must be careful when we meet because we equally have a good team with players able to match them.” he said.

Gor Mahia are due to start training for the Everton match on Tuesday. Leading the training sessions will be  assistant coach Zedekiah Otieno and goalkeeper coach Willis Ochieng.

I’m confident with my technical bench, we will work on speed of play and agility when they are back in training, Zico knows how we do it, he knows the tempo I need so that is sorted,” said Kerr to the Nation.

Gor Mahia last met Everton in the hot and humid Dar es Salaam. This time they will face Everton in conditions that favour the Merseyside team.

“I just want my players to enjoy the experience of playing a team in the EPL, it’s going to be cold, wet and probably windy but it’s a dream and absolute pleasure playing here,” said Kerr.

When the two sides last met, Gor Mahia lost 2-1. Jacque Tuyisenge scored Gor Mahia’s goal with a well taken header. That Kogalo side was somewhat stronger than today’s side. But then again Gor Mahia players tend to rise to the occasion.


Kerr with Everton officials

On social media, Kerr compared facilities available at Everton and urged the Ministry of sports and FKF to wake up.


Kerr now denies blocking Muguna and Musa

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.”


Kerr: No space for Muguna and Musa Mohamed

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.

Additional reporting from Citizen Sports
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.



Kerr lauds his players after win against Ghana

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

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


Kerr: Nick Mwendwa knows what he was doing

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.


Kerr proud of players despite exit

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

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