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13 Jan 17

Hit man Enock Agwanda has apparently left the club. The burly striker, who joined from Sofapaka, has left the club after failing to agree on a deal.

“We had agreed on everything and all that was remaining was for the player to sign the contract, however, he stood up and just walked away saying he is going to read it. He left us seated and walked off, it was disrespectful to us. The NEC decided to release him, meaning he is no longer part of the Gor Mahia family,”  said Judith Nyangi to goal.com

It is not clear whether the technical bench including Ze Maria provided any input as to whether Agwanda should be signed.

Agwanda joined Kogalo in 2015. For the past two years he has mostly been deployed as a substitute.  Neverthless he scored six goals in 2016. The most notable one was the goal against arch rivals AFC that sealed a 2-0 win.

Agwanda has also contributed to goals via his long , well directed throw ins reminiscent of Tobias Ocholla.

He has had to play behind Kagere, Tuyisenge and Blackberry. And with Timothy Otieno returning, competition was bound to be more intense.

Bernard Ochieng deal falls through

Gor Mahia’s efforts to sign Bernard Ochieng have fallen through. The promising Vihiga United defender balked because he was concerned about becoming a bench warmer at Gor Mahia.

“We wanted to sign Ochieng’ (Bernard) but he was not free to join us. So we thought it would be wise if we stop the search for now until next time.” said Judith Nyangi to goal.com

Other news

Former Gor Mahia midfield enforcer Khalid Aucho has been released by South African side Baroka. Aucho left Gor Mahia for trials in Scotland in June of 2016 before proceeding to South Africa. Also released by Baroka is another Ugandan player, Geoffrey Massa.

South Africa has proven a tough nut to crack for many former Gor Mahia players like Kevin Omondi and Ali Abondo.

According to Kawowo sports, The South African league has been criticized by many foreigners especially Ugandans as one that favors the natives and gives outsiders little playing time

Aucho was included in the Uganda squad to the 2017 Africa Nations cup. Its his chance to showcase his skills and attract the attention of another high profile club.


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21 Jan 16

Oluoch, Shakava, Agwanda, Gattuso holding fort
The match was well attended
Images courtesy of Al Hilal

Gor Mahia recorded an impressive 1-0 over Sudanese giants Al-Hilal. The match was played in the city of Port Sudan by the red sea on Thursday evening.

Al Hilal fielded a full strength side including Camerounian Maxime Loïc Feudjou in goal, abdullatif bo, and songs abeiku amar damazin and abu sane Senegalese defender Souleymane Cissé. The central defence had Ghanaian Nelson Nizar Hamid in midfield was Nasreddin worker and the attack had Kennedy Ishii ” Walid Aladdin and Cheick Moukoro from Cote’d Ivoire.

Al Hilal controlled the early proceedings but their attacks were easily neutralized by Harun Shakava and Musa Mohamed in central defence.

The all important goal was scored by Enock Agwanda who picked up a cross from Eric Ouma and finished with a neat back header in 47th minute. Collins Okoth had done most of the spadework.

That goal seemed to demoralize Hilal who showed very little threats from then on.

Keeper Boniface Oluoch denied Al Hilal a chance to equalize when he saved a penalty in the 77th minute.

If anyone had any doubts that Gor Mahia are ready for this season’s Africa champions league then those doubts ought to be put aside now. Al Hilal are a giant side. They have won the Sudanese league a record 28 times. They have reached the group stage of the Africa champions league 6 times in the last 10 years and reached the semi-finals four times in the last 10 years.

Beating St George away from home then beating Al Hilal away from home is no easy feat. Especially considering that Gor Mahia are missing several key players. It also shows that the away form that made Gor Mahia formidable in Africa decades ago is coming back.

It also shows the progress Gor Mahia have made in closing the gap on Sudanese sides. In 2010, Gor Mahia lost 1-3 to El Merreikh in Nairobi. A year earlier they had lost 5-0 to the same outfit.


Gor Mahia arrive at Port Sudan

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26 Dec 15

Talks between the club and Michael Olunga have stalled. Olunga’s  contract with the club expires before the end of the year. But Olunga’s demands are more than what the club can pay at this point.

“The player’s initial offer was in the region of Sh5 million as sign on fees to enable him remain with us for another year. That figure is unrealistic, not because he isn’t worth it, but we don’t have that kind of money,” says a source to the Nairobi News.

Olunga was recently voted Kenya player of the year and was the leading scorer in Kenya in all competitions at club and national level. He has attracted interest from clubs as far north as Raja Casablanca of Morocco and as far south as Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa.

A report on goal.com suggests that coach Frank Nuttall has suggested releasing striker Enock Agwanda.

“Nuttall believes he does not need Agwanda and since he is still young, it is better to release him. However, some in the club management don’t agree and so we have to wait and see,” says a source to goal.com.

Agwanda has proven to be a useful substitute for the club. With his immense strength, has proven to be a handful for tiring defenders when introduced in the second half. His long throws reminiscent of Tobias Ocholla have yielded several goals. But Agwanda has been dissastified with his role as a sub and has been pushing for a starting role.

With Olunga unlikely to stay, Kagere undecided and Agwanda’s future uncertain and with Timothy Otieno having left for Posta Rangers,  Gor Mahia’s striking cadre looks precarious.

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11 Jun 15

Enock Obiero Agwanda has officially joined Gor Mahia today June 11 2015. This has been confirmed by the club organizing secretary Ronald Ngala

“He (Agwanda) is our first signing of the June transfer window. We had expressed interest in him since June last year but we were unable to get his signature because he was still contracted to Sofapaka. I am glad he is ours now and I know that he will add value to the squad, Ngala said to futaa.com.

Agwanda says he is very excited to join Kogalo.

“From Sofapaka, the only upward career move was to join Gor Mahia and I am happy to have joined this club. Every player in Kenya would want to be associated with success and Gor Mahia is the most successful club in Kenya,” he said to supersport.com

Sakata ball

Agwanda first came to the limelight in May 2010, Agwanda, when he emerged as the top striker at Safaricom’s Sakata Ball the Nyanza regions where his qualities were noted by several scouts. His brilliant display helped Koderobara secondary school reach the semi finals of the Nyanza region. Agwanda is yet another example of a talent that was unearthed by the Sakata ball tournament that Sam Nyamweya destroyed.

SoNy Sugar

He joined SoNy Sugar in 2011 when he was a form four student at Koderobara secondary where he was on a full scholarship. Francis Baraza who was his coach at the time raved about Agwanda declaring that he was the next great striker in Kenya.

“The boy has the pace that reminds me of JJ Masiga in his hey days. On top of the pace he has a good build, the power and the shots. He will be Kenya’s top striker” said Baraza at the time.

He continued to build on his reputation  when in April 2011, he scored a brace in three consecutive games during the inaugural KPL U19 tournament held at the City Stadium. He top scored with seven goals as Sony U19’s emerged runners up to Thika United U19. So impressive was Agwanda that in 2012 he was called up to the senior national team by then coach Henri Michel.

Agwanda joins Sofapaka

In 2013, Sofapaka paid Kshs 300,000 to prise Agwanda from SoNy Sugar. He had some excellent games at Sofapaka. Most notable was when Sofapaka beat Tusker 4-2. Agwanda scored 1 goal and assisted on two others, earninh himself KPL player of the week honours.  In 2014, he was the second leading scorer in the KPL will 11 goals, second only to Dan Sserunkuma.

During this period he was also impressive for the national U23 team. In one game against Botwana, he came on as a substitute and helped steer Kenya to a 3-1 win over Botswana.

“He was a game changer against Botswana and we need to use someone like that in the Harambee Stars team. He is playing like Peter Dawo and he contributed to the win with the throw-in and assist.”said coach James Nandwa at the time

Early Days

He was born in Nyakach in Kisumu County. His official birth data is listed as April 10 1994. What makes him stand out is his ability to take on defenders, whiplash  acceleration that is reminiscent of Mike Otieno or Dennis Oliech,  long throw-ins reminiscent of Ocholla Jua Kali and heavy shots that remind you of Bob Ogolla in his heyday.

Where does he fit at Gor Mahia?

Indeed Agwanda has the physical tools to become a great striker. And coach Frank Nuttall is the right man to mould him into an all time great.

Given his physical attributes, Agwanda would be useful as a second half substitute to give the team impetus. When defenders are tiring, they will find it difficult to contain a striker with such acceleration, and who knows how to use his physique. And when the team is searching for a late goal, Agwanda’s long throws to Olunga, Shakava, Kagere and other heading specialists will be particularly important. Back in 1987, Ocholla “Jua Kali” had perfected the art of placing his throws exactly where Peter Dawo wanted them. Nuttall will surely  work out a similar scheme at Gor Mahia.

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22 Apr 15

Gor Mahia striker Michael Olunga will not be in the traveling squad as the Kenya U23 team travel to Botswana for the opening round of the 2016 Olympic qualifiers.

The Kenya Under-23 team departs for Lobatse via Gaborone this evening ahead of tomorrow’s preliminary, first leg clash at the Lobatse Sports Complex. Team Kenya is coached by former Gor Mahia coach Bobby Williamson.

Olunga, who studies Geospatial Engineering at the Technical University of Kenya,has been excused from the match this weekend, due to end of semester exams.

As for Gor Mahia fans, they will likely not be dissapointed that Olunga will not travel to Botswana.Staying in Kenya will leave him more rested for Gor Mahia’s next match.

The last time the Kenya U23 side competed was against Egypt when Kenya lost 4-1 on aggregate. Two Gor Mahia players, Olunga and Timothy Otieno played in the return leg at Machakos.  Olunga proved a handful for the Egyptians. Kenya’s goal which came from a penalty was scored as a result of Olunga being brought down in the penalty box.

In Olunga’s absence, coach Williamson will depend on Enock Agwanda whose form of late has been below expectations especially for a player who 3 years ago was touted as the next Dennis Oliech.

Coach Williamson for his part has yet to impress as Harambee stars coach and will be hard pressed to conjure up a result.

“To be honest we never played that badly against Egypt. The lessons learnt from those games is that it is important to get something in the away matches. Our recent friendly fixtures in Seychelles will be key” Williamson told Daily Nation Sport.

Of late, Kenya’s record against teams from southern Africa has not been stellar. Last year it was Lesotho who eliminated Kenya from the AFCON 2014 qualifiers and in 2013, Botswana beat Kenya 2-1 in the COSAFA cup.

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