Tag: Dylan Kerr



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.

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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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23 Aug 17

Having won three succesive games and opened a six point gap atop the 2017 Kenya Premier League table, Gor Mahia will taken on Posta Rangers on Wednesday. The match is crucial because Posta Rangers are tied for second place and are strong contenders for the league title.

Gor Mahia will then take on arch rivals AFC Leopards over the weekend. This is another crucial match firstly because of the bragging rights and because there are three crucial points at stake and AFC will be eager to ruin Kogalo’s party.

And coach Kerr already understands the importance of the derby..

“We’ve got two big games this week, Rangers who are third and that’s what we are focusing on today (Tuesday) and we have the Mashemeji Derby on the weekend, which is a monumental fixture for the club.” said Kerr to sportpesa news.

Gor Mahia have been in sensational form since coach Dylan Kerr settled in as coach and he will be eager to continue along those lines. Speaking at Camp Toyoyo, Kerr said that the preparations are on track.

“We have to be prepared. Since I came here after the Everton game, we have been climbing steadily step by step, we are going upwards.

“The elections came and disrupted the momentum and the players had to stay away for safety reasons and afterwards we had to prepare for a game in Kisumu against Muhoroni, which wasn’t the best performance but we got the result,” Kerr stated too sportpesa news.

Despite the distractions caused by the Muguna saga, Kerr says training has been good and the players are eager to prove their worth.

“The training was fantastic, the energy, attitude and winning mentality among the players and the goals scored were special because of it.

“The level of competition is unbelievable, I have a tough job tomorrow to select the team to play against Rangers,” said Kerr.

The first leg match between Kogalo and Posta Rangers ended up in a 1-1 draw. Rangers were in fine form then. Their coach, Sammy Omollo “Pamzo” a former Gor Mahia player and coach wants his team to stay close and is in no mood to do Kogalo any favors.

“We do not want them to open a big gap at the top and looking at how we performed in the first leg, I think we can improve and win to narrow the difference in points between us,” Omollo told Capital Sport ahead of the fixture.

According to Judith Nyangi, the match against Rangers will be played at Kasarani.


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3 Aug 17


Dylan Kerr, The outspoken coach who is known for his colourful language, wants the players to fight in order to maintain their place in the starting line-up.

“You get the jersey, keep it! Don’t let anyone take it. It’s like having a girlfriend; you treat her good, treat her nice. There’s always someone who wants a piece of her and you don’t wanna lose her. Same in football; keep the jersey, make sure you are in the team,” he said to Capital FM.

He is likely referring to the goalkeeping position where Boniface Oluoch’s place in the starting was taken by Peter Odhiambo who went on to give a good account of himself.

Coach Kerr wants players to understand that their place in the team is not guaranteed.

“I want that competition; I don’t want people thinking that they have a God given right for that jersey. If I don’t think they are doing it, I will take it off them and then they have to show me they want it back,” he continued.

The coach’s frustration likely stems from the absence of key midfielder Kenneth Muguna whose reasons for absence are still not clear to the coach.

“He (Muguna) didn’t train yesterday (Tuesday) and in the morning (Wednesday) he said his knee was swollen. I haven’t seen him and that’s an internal thing that I will deal with. It’s a shame because I think he was pivotal for us on Sunday. But, to be honest, as a pro you are getting paid to work and as a pro if you are paid to work and you don’t show up for work, it is wrong,” the tactician added to Capital FM

Meanwhile the British coach continues to be dismayed and appalled by the lack of technique in Kenyan players.

“I have seen six games in Kenya and the lack of technique, ability in front of goal kills football. Every fan comes here to see goals. Yes we want to be entertained with good football, with trickery and skill on the ball but football is about scoring goals” he told Capital FM

Despite winning two games on the trot, Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr is not happy with his teams attack. Kerr who previously coached in Tanzania, thinks this is a problem across Africa.

“The problem with many teams in Africa is scoring goals, chances are created but that composure in front of goal is what is missing. Fans come to see goals and without goals, the match becomes boring, no goals no entertainment.” said Kerr to goal.com

However Kerr avows that the team has been working hard to sharpen their attack.

“This week we have been working on that but I am still disappointed with the fact that we scored just one goal despite creating many chances,” Kerr told

The goal that Tuyisenge scored against Nakumatt was well taken and showed composure in front of goal

Kerr is however happy with his defenders whom he thought gave a solid display.

“Credit to Nakumatt because they came at us from set pieces. But the defenders were fantastic, midfielders worked hard, but at half time I told them we were second best everywhere on the pitch,” said Kerr.

Kerr wants to instill confidence in his team to ensure that they understand that they are better than any opponent.

“My players have to believe they are the best and I believe we have the best squad and the best players. But we have to focus, know our job and then have the desire and plan to go play well. We take each game as it comes. We will keep on believing that what we achieve in one game is achievable in 16 more games,” he said.


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1 Aug 17


Gor Mahia will take on Nakumatt on Wednesday as the second leg of the 2017 Kenya Premier League officially begins. New coach Dylan Kerr realizes that it is difficult to beat the same team twice in the same week.

“It is going to be a tougher match as compared to last weekend. They, Nakumatt, will be targeting revenge and they will make it harder for us. We need to work zealously and avoid mistakes, and the most important thing take our chances. They will want to get something from us,” he told goal.com

Kerr is also working on increasing the tempo of play in order to give opposing teams less time to organize their defence.

“We have good players but we have to improve our tempo. I have seen our training being like that of the premiership in England. The tempo, the follow, the challenges and we now have to replicate that on the pitch, he told futaa.com

Another area of concern for Kerr is the blunt attack. Unlike past seasons, none of the Kogalo strikers are among the league’s leading scorers.

“With African ability, stamina and endurance you can run all day. Now we have to work on the final third. Boniface (Omondi) had a one on one chance with the keeper he should have killed the game. Meddie (Kagere) had a couple of chances but he didn’t utilize. That is football and we will learn from mistakes and work on them to ensure they don’t happen again” he continued

Kerr also explained to futaa.com why Ernest Wendo and Boniface Oluoch were missing from the line-up.

“Wendo came back from Spain not 100 percent fit. After speaking to the physio and the doctor, I decided that I would rather lose Wendo in this match and not in six matches. His groin is not fully right. He has trained few days but he said it was a bit niggling, a bit sore” he said.

Wendo first picked up a groin injury during the match against Everton and should have been sidelined for rest.

Oluoch Kerr explained was in Kisumu to attend the burial of a friend.

“Boniface’s (Olouch)close friend passed on so he had to travel to Kisumu for funeral. I expect him to be back on Monday. I know he is not only important to Gor Mahia but important to the whole country but he will have to get back the jersey from Fredrick, because Fredrick had a clean-sheet” he added.

Backup goalkeeper Odhiambo has an opportunity to challenge Oluoch for a place in the starting line-up. It is not clear-cut who is better. What favours Oluoch is his experience.

After a disappointing 2016 season in which the deduction of three points for fan misbehavior derailed Kogalo, the team led by skipper Musa Mohamed is determined toregain the title from Tusker.

“I feel good and I thank the players for fighting. The first half we dominated but in the second half they came out strongly and I am happy the way we worked to get a win” said Musa to futaa.com


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1 Aug 17

Gor Mahia players celebrate after Walusimbi’s freekick resulted in an own goal by Nakumatt


Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr said he believes the team can reclaim the KPL title should they put up the same kind of performance in the remaining matches of the league.

“Right character is important and we showed it in both halves of our match against Nakumatt.” he said to the Standard.

Kerr was happy with the way the team was able to convert defence into offence rapidly. The second goal was a result of a counter attack that saw a Kogalo player make a goal line save from a set piece which was then turned into a counter attack that Blackberry finished.

” Apart from defending set-pieces well, we dominated possession and were dangerous on counter-attacks. Our focus is to win one match at a time and hopefully, the league at the end of the season,” he said to the Standard.

Kerr admitted that his side struggled to break down a determined Nakumatt side, which looked determined to get something out of the match.

“In the end, it was all about tenacity. That won the game for us. Our opponents looked determined and I must admit they were really good and it had to take something special to beat them,” he said.

The one area that Kerr knows he will need to work on is the attack which has become blunt.
We wasted a lot of chances in the first half, but Nakumatt really opened up the game in the second half and we had a better performance. I think we could have done better in the final third, with the kind of chances we created.” he told the KPL site.


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