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19 Dec 17

Gor Mahia once again doinated the annual footballer of the year awards, winning 3 out of 7 individual awards.

Courtesy of the Nation
Gor Mahia forward Meddie Kagere was crowned the Sports Journalist Association of Kenya (SJAK) Most Valuable Player in an inaugural gala held on Monday in Nairobi.

Kagere beat Kariobangi Sharks’ Masud Juma and compatriot Jacques Tuyisenge to the prestigious award that came with a 55-inch television screen courtesy of LG, a return ticket from Skyward Express, a DStv decoder and a gift hamper from Kenya Wine Agency Limited (KWAL).

“Hard work pains but it pays. I thank my teammates who used to make me feel I can do it.

“I am excited and I thank the Gor staff, supporters and above all God,” an elated Kagere, who aided Gor to an unprecedented 16th title by scoring 13 goals, said.

CECAFA
Kariobangi Sharks, who got promoted in the league this season, produced two winners: John Oyemba and Masud Juma in the goalkeeper and Golden boot categories.

“I was aiming to be the top scorer and I knew I shall achieve it because I was working hard daily in training.

“I am happy I did it. Now my aim is to play for bigger clubs outside Kenya in the near future,” Juma, whose two goals in the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup helped Kenya clinch their seventh title Sunday, said.

WINNERS
Other guests were Football Kenya Federation (FKF) president Nick Mwendwa and Sports Principal Secretary Peter Kaberia.

“This is just a Launchpad, the next awards will be better,” SJAK president Chris Mbaisi said.

Winners in each category went home with a 49-inch TV screen, a KWAL gift hamper, DStv decoder and a return Skyward Express ticket usable across the country only.

Full list of winners

Most Valuable Player – Meddie Kagere (Gor Mahia)

Golden Boot – Masud Juma (Kariobangi Sharks)

Goalkeeper of the year – John Oyemba (Kariobangi Sharks)

Defender of the year – Musa Mohammed (Gor Mahia)

Midfielder of the year – George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo (Gor Mahia)

New Young Player – Nicholas Kipkirui (Zoo Kericho)

Coach of the year – Sam Ssimbwa (Sofapaka)

SJAK Award – Esse Akida


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12 Dec 17


George Odhiambo Blackberry is receiving rave reviews for his excellent play at the ongoing CECAFA senior challenge cup. He was in fine form again as Kenya beat Tanzania Bara to book a place in the semi-finals.
Also in action today was captain Musa Mohamed, Ernest Wendo and Wesley Onguso who is reported to be joining Kogalo

Additional reporting from Capital FM

Kenya, Dec 11- Kenya’s Harambee Stars have qualified for the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup semi-finals as Group A winners after beating Tanzania 1-0 in Machakos on Monday and will pay Group B’s second placed side Burundi in Machakos on Thursday.

Kenya finished the group stage matches with eight points, one ahead of Zanzibar who will play defending champions and Group B winners Uganda Cranes in the second semi on Friday.

AFC Leopards forward Vincent Oburu repaid the faith shown in him by head coach Paul Put handing him his first ever start for the national team as he tapped home a 20th minute goal to hand Stars the win.

Put made changes to his forward line for his fourth match in charge of the team, handing Oburu a starting role as the team’s lead strikers supported on either wing by George Odhiambo and Ovella Ochieng.

Chris Oduor who started ahead of Whyvonne Isuza was handed the supporting striker’s role, playing behind Oburu. Gor Mahia midfield workhorse Ernest Wendo also started his first match for the national team, coming in the place of Duncan Otieno.

Libya’s 1-0 win over Zanzibar in the early kick off handed Kenya a confidence boost of sorts as they knew they only needed a point to get t the last four. However, the pressure was for them to win and top the group.

They should have opened the scoring five minutes into the tie when a mistake by Erasto Nyoni in his own box handed Ovellah Ochieng a chance, but the Kariobangi Sharks forward placed the ball over with only the keeper to beat.

Startiing Patrick Matasi(GK), Musa Mohammed (C), Jockins Atudo, Dennis Sikhayi, Wesley Onguso, Ernest Wendo, Patillah Omotto, Vincent Oburu(Kefa Aswani) , Chrispin Oduor, (Whyvonne Isuza), Ovella Ochieng, (Samuel Onyango) George Odhiambo,

Unused Subs: Gabriel Andika (GK), Boniface Oluoch (GK), Said Tsuma, Bernard Ochieng, Masoud Juma, Wellington Ochieng, Charles Momanyi, Issack Kipyegon, Duncan Otieno

arlier on, Odhiambo had come close for Kenya with a low shot from the edge of the area which went wide.

Stars were dominating possession but were guilty of losing it often, the biggest culprits being Ovella on the right and Oduor who had been deployed as the support striker behind Oburu.

Ovella however made amends in the 20th minute, this time not taking too many touches. He set himself up with the first touch before crossing low into the box to an awaiting Oburu who had the simplest task of tapping the ball gone with the keeper beaten.

It was a pressure relieving goal for Kenya who had only scored one from open play prior.

Tanzania though grew in confidence after going down as they sought for an equalizer, but they couldn’t breach a watertight Kenyan backline.

In the 32nd minute defender Dennis Sikhayi almost caught Tanzania keeper Peter Manyika offguard with a long range effort which however went wide.

In the second half, there wasn’t much of action infront of goal. The best chances of the last 45 fell on Odhiambo whose first shot from the left was saved by the keeper while in his second attempt, his outstretched foot three yards off goal failed to connect to an Ochieng cross.


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25 Oct 17

Resurgent George Odhiambo Blackberry has capped a succesful comeback when he was voted Kenyan Premier League (KPL) Player of the Month Award for August.

Blackberry was KPL player of the year back in 2010 and his career looked very promising. None other than the legendary Joe Kadenge was full of praise for Blackberry after seeing him play for the national team as a second half substitute against Uganda in 2010.

He then went to Denmark to play for Randers FC but got very little playing time. The whole episode ruined his confidence. Subsequent stints in Finland, Armenia and Tanzania did little to restore his confidence. He would return to Kogalo in 2014 and it was under Frank Nuttall that his career begun its resurgence.

Since 2015, he has been playing as a withdrawn striker, operating on the flanks where he has become the best supplier for the club. This season he leads the club in assists. But he has also found the back of the net 10 times this season. So good has his performance been that he has been recalled to the national team

August Award

His displays for K’Ogalo in August saw assured wins over Nakumatt, Muhoroni Youth twice, Posta Rangers and came from behind to earn a crucial point against fierce rivals AFC Leopards.

Blackberry scored in two matches and provided three assists in the rest of the games hence putting himself in contention for the month’s gong. Gor Mahia created a clear path to the title in August with Blackberry combining with imports Tuyisenge and Meddie Kagere to take center stage.

Having garnered 18 votes, he edged teammate Jacques Tuyisenge by a single vote in a winner-takes-it-all affair while the third contestant Umaru Kasumba of Sofapaka collected thirteen votes.

The award comes with a 49 Inch LG television and KSh100,000 to feted players as well as KSh50,000 for the rest of the squad. Blackberry became Kogalo’s 2nd player to win it in 2017 following previous triumph by midfielder Ernest Wendo who in May.

“I’m glad to be back to my best. A lot had been said by people who don’t really know everything that happened to me but i decided to be patient and work my way back. My focus now is to get even better and raise the levels. In football, a lot can happen and i already have offers from three clubs but patience is a virtue and i cannot rush into anything.” a jubilant Odhiambo said

Re-signing

Blackberry’s contract is ending at the end of the season. He says he has received offers from other clubs but is letting his agent handle the issues.


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4 Sep 17

Harambee stars before the match.
Image courtesy of Kenneth Muguna

Gor Mahia midfield ace Kenneth Muguna played his first international match in a friendly match against Mozambique on Sunday. Muguna made the starting line-up and was impressive and national team coach Stanley Okumbi was elated at Muguna’s performance.

“Muguna was brilliant, especially in the first half. He has great confidence and it is like he has been in the team for long. The best thing is that we are introducing many players at this level, which is good for the team,” the coach told Soka.co.ke

Muguna was satisfied with his performance.
“It was an honour to make my national team debut yesterday against Mozambique. An important step and a great learning experience. Thanks for your support. Always,” he said on his social media pages.

Also in action was George Odhiambo Blackberry who was making a return to the national team after several years. Odhiambo first made his international debut as far back as 2008 when he was barely out of secondary school. At the time, he and Kevin Omondi, both recent school leavers, were seen as the most promising players in Kenya But whereas Blackberry has resuscitated his career, Omondi has disappeared into oblivion.

The match ended 1-1. Sweden-based Eric Johanna scored for Kenya in the 85th minute to cancel out Domingues Pelembe’s 59th minute goal.

Harambee Stars XI: Patrick Matasi (GK), David Owino (C), Joakins Atudo, Aboud Omar, David Ochieng, Kenneth Muguna, Anthony Akumu, George Odhiambo, Clifton Miheso, Eric Johanna and Jesse Were.

Subs: Fredrick Otinda (GK), Robinson Kamura, Victor Asembeka, John Makwatta, Timothy Otieno, Boniface Muchiri, Daniel Otieno, Brian Mandela and Victor Majid.

Olunga to play in La Liga

Former Gor Mahia attacker Michael Olunga is set to play in Spain’s top tier with Girona FC.  Olunga will be temporarily leaving the Chinese league where his sojourn did not work out as expected.

“Michael Olunga joined Girona FC in the last hours of the transfer window, joining on loan for one season from Guizhou in China,” tweeted the Swedish based agent and founder of Global Soccer Management that handles Olunga among many others players.

Girona, which was promoted to La Liga at the end of the 2016/17 season, also the acquisition.

“Olunga will complete the Girona attack on the historic premiere of the team in the highest category of Spanish football. The player joins Guizhou Zhicheng of the Chinese Superliga,” a statement on the club portal read.

Olunga becomes the second Kenyan to play in La Liga after MacDonald Mariga.


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20 Nov 15

Eric Ochieng in action against Administration Police
Image courtesy of the Nation

Gor Mahia beat Administration Police 3-1 in an entertaining GoTV shield match played at City stadium. George Odhiambo “Blackberry” struck twice in the first half and Meddie Kagere added a third late in the game.

In the process Gor Mahia kept their hopes of winning all four domestic trophies on offer alive.

Additional reporting via goal.com
George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo grabbed a double with Meddie Kagere scoring late on for the Kenyan champions to down the hard fighting law enforcers, who had threatened after second half with a consolation from Salim Mzee.

Gor Mahia will now face Nakumatt FC in the semis with the winner setting up a final with Bandari FC. K’Ogalo started the match as favorites considering the fact that the team had many experienced players with unmatched form this season, but Administration Police also had a record to be proud of having eliminated Sofapaka in the knock-out phase.

Michael Olunga started from the bench with Abouba Sibomana fit enough to be given a run alongside Godfrey Walusimbi, Collins Okoth and Karim Nizigiyimana, who were tasked with international matches in the last ten days or so.

The Division One side showed what they are capable of, scaring in the early minutes of the game, with the dangerous Webale missing to hit the target twice within the first ten minutes with Ernest Wendo trying hard to justify his inclusion in the team in place of Olunga.

owever, it was George Odhiambo, who struck in the opener in the 18th minute, as his shot beat the opponent’s custodian in the near post, after AP had wasted a glorious opportunity to take the lead three minutes earlier. The goal gave the hosts much needed confidence, pinning the inexperienced Police in their own yard, with the latter relying on counter attacks to unlock their opponent’s defense.

With Meddie Kagere, Ali Abondo and Ernest Wendo wasting chances, it was ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo again, who rose to the occasion almost ten minutes to the break, as he cut in from the left, leaving defenders for dead before unleashing an unstoppable shot past the goalkeeper to double the advantage and ensure the first half ended with his team on top.

The second half saw a determined AP side pressing for an equalizer, with the Green Army also creating a number of chances with neither side clinical to finish them off. However, in the 58th minute, Salim Mzee took advantage of Jerim Onyango’s wrong positioning to place the ball well far from his reach to half the scores.

That goal turned out to be a consolation however, as the team failed to beat the league champions defense to get an equalizer, with Kagere adding the team’s third late on in the game to ensure K’ogalo sets a date with Nakumatt in the semi-finals.


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12 Mar 15

Gor Mahia are up against a heavily favoured opponent. Congolese side AC Leopards have the pedigree having won the CAF confederations cup in 2012.

However Gor Mahia are undaunted. They believe that all the hard work and effort they have put in over the past few weeks will pay off.

“We are not so concerned about what they have won and where they have been. Our main focus is to win the first leg to make our work easier in the return match. We are focused and are working hard to get a positive result in this fixture,” said George Odhiambo Blackberry to the Standard.

Three years ago, Odhiambo was in sensational scoring form. But whereas the goal supply has gone down, Odhiambo has been one of the most useful players at the club in the past year or so. He was buoyed by the crucial goal he scored in Madagascar that saw Gor Mahia through

“That goal has given me plenty of morale going into this match. I have trained well and ready to be given a starting role by the coach on Sunday,” he said.
Skipper Jerim Onyango is also confident that Gor Mahia can overcome odds and beat AC Leopards.

“To be honest, every observer will bet in favour of AC Leopards because of what they have achieved in this competition. But we are Gor Mahia and we fear no foe,“The fighting spirit of Gor Mahia is what will lift us. We are the underdogs but we can shock Africa by eliminating AC Leopards,” said Onyango to supersport.com.

Of all the players, Jerim Onyango has been the most supportive of the new players despite facing intense competition for a starting poistion.

You notive that we have so many new players, but they have already settled in well and working as a team.”

“If we maintain the self belief that saw us go past the preliminary round, we shall make it to the second round. That is our goal,”


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1 Mar 15

Blackberry’s late goal saved Gor Mahia

Gor Mahia lost 2-3 to CNaPS of Madagascar but proceeded to the next round thanks to away goal rules.

courtesy of futaa.com

Substitute George Blackberry Odhiambo netted a 90th minute goal to ensure that Gor Mahia are through to the first round of the 2015 CAF Champions League courtesy of a 3-3 aggregate scoreline against their Sunday 1 March hosts CNaPS at the Municipal Stadium of Toamasina.

This is despite the Kenya’s representatives going down by a narrow 2-3 margin in the thrilling preliminary match. The two away goals and their home win in the first round however helped them book their place in the next round.

CNaPS started on a high and should have taken the lead in the second minute through a penalty but they missed but they remained the better side for the better part of the first half.

The hosts were the first to score through a deflected shot that beat Bonface Oluoch at the near post but Gor Mahia equalized moments later through Ali Abondo.

CNaPS however restored the lead in the 38th minute after a series of counter attacks before stretching it further at the stroke of halftime through yet another affront on the Gor Mahia defence.

The second half was however an end to end encounter with CNaPS fighting even harder to cement their lead in the match as Gor Mahia gave an equally brilliant output. Olunga’s shot on target was cleared off the goalmouth in the 75th minute.

Blackberry to the rescue

Gor Mahia dominated the final 15 minutes of the match but goals were hard to come by a midst a capacity stadium and an away environment.

George Blackberry was introduced in the 76th minute for Ronald Omino who started in the match and immediately created a fresh spark in the Gor Mahia attacking.

They however had to wait till the first minute of added time to net the savior and send Gor Mahia through on aggregate. K’Ogalo were 1 – 0 winners in the first leg played two weeks ago and were simply in need of a draw of any kind to set date with Congo Brazza side AC Leopards in round 1

 

 

 


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27 Dec 14

Gor Mahia are pursuing promising forward Ronald Omino who currently plays for Muhoroni Youth. “We are finalizing in terms with Ronald Omino who will come and sign a two year contract any time after Christmas, Gor Mahia CEO Ludovick Aduda told futaa.com

Omino joined Muhoroni Youth from Kakamega Homeboyz and made 21 appearances, scoring two goals. His current contract expires on Dec 31. He is the son of western Stima Head Coach Henry Omino.

Aduda also indicated that George Odhiambo will be renewing his contract. “We shall not lose Odhiambo to any other club now that his contract ends on 31st December. We are finalizing on talks over extending his stay and all that will be known by Monday 29 December, Aduda told futaa.com

Earlier on there were indications of renewed interest from Randers FC, the team that signed him in 2010. Blackberry needs more time at Kogalo to regain the form that saw him earn KPL player of the year honours in 2010.

And in additional positive news, Gor Mahia players received their salary arrears for November. “It is true we have been paid and we are truly grateful to the club for keeping its word. Though, it is only one month salary, we still appreciate because it will go along way to ease our financial burdens at this time,” midfielder Collina ‘Gatusso’ Okoth told goal.com

Meanwhile Patrick Oboya is back after unsuccessful trials in Vietnam. Oboya tried out at three teams and at one point was reported to stranded in Vietnam. He joined Gor Mahia in 2013 after an running into contract and eligibility issues with his former club in Vietna. During his stay at Kogalo, he has shown flashes of brilliance at times but injuries have prevented him from regaining the form that saw him join a Czech team.


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19 Dec 14

Gor Mahia striker George Odhiambo “Blackberry” has said that his former club, Randers FC has offered him an opportunity to return to Denmark.

“Randers have approached me and asked if I could go back but I am yet to make a decision. Gor have also offered me a new contract but I need to sit and think about my move other than making a rushed decision. I am currently on holiday and preferably, I will make a decision in January,” he told Capital FM.

During his first stint at Randers, Blackberry impressed fans but at the time the club was in turmoil and in relegation danger. Today many Randers fans think he was not given a chance. Blackberry for his part blames his agent.

“The problems that were there especially in Randers were brought up by an agent. He was not a good agent. He had problems with the club and hence I could not play often. However, I have changed him and I am now looking forward to better times,” he alleged.

He was sidelined from Randers upon which he had tryouts in Finland before joining Azam of Tanzania followed by City Stars of Nairobi and Shirak FC of Armenia. He returned to Gor Mahia in January of 2014. It took a long time for him to return to his form. The arrival of coach Frank Nuttall breathed a new life into Blackberry as he slowly started to regain his form.

“I worked extra hard in training because I wanted to get back to my best and slowly, it was paying off. At this time also while in holiday, I am training on my own because I want to be paces ahead when the New Year starts,” he said.

“I want to get back to my 2010 form and even better. My target is to get call ups to the national team and not only be in the squad, but a regular starter as well. It is a long journey but I want to work hard to achieve my targets,” added the winger.

Another stint at Gor Mahia is precisly the tonic that Blackberry needs to regain his form. Now that coach Nuttall has helped Blackberry regain his confidence and found a suitable position for him as winger, Blackberry has an opportunity to work his way back to fame and acclaim.

Chris Omondi returns

Meanwhile Gor Mahia secretary general Chris Omondi has apparently returned to the club. He confirmed this with a cryptic post on social media.

back to the trenches it is……the fallacy that “we can make changes from within” need to be transcended…..a complete uprooting of the system is what is needed

Earlier there were reports that Gor Mahia elders were meeting with Omondi to convince him to return. With Omondi now back at helm one can only hope that the divisions within the EC will be healed and they will begin to get the train back on the tracks.


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23 Oct 14

Dan Sserunkuma has been the most consistent scorer in the Kenya premier league over the past in 2012, he almost nailed the scoring title but missed by finishing only one goal behind John Baraza. In 2013, he spent much of the first leg on the bench as coach Logarusic preferred Mungai Kiongera and Rama Salim upfront. But he came on strong in the second leg, scoring 8 goals. In 2011, he had six goals, which was four behind Hugo Nzangu who was the leading scorer.

Gor Mahia rarely produces the league’s leading scorer. In fact one might have to go back to the 1990s or even the 1980s to find the last time a Gor Mahia players was the top scorer. In the intervening period, other players like George Odhiambo, Emmanuel Wakata, Steve Okumu and Tom Odhiambo have been among the leading goal scorers.

This season however, Sserunkuma has topped the scoring charts for most of the season and seems destined to capture the scoring crown. With three matches left, Sserunkuma is in the drivers seat with 15 goals. Stepehen Waruru of Ulinzi is breathing down his neck with 11 goals.

But he is nonplussed and insists that winning the league is far more important.

“It is great to be the leading scorer but for me the most important thing is helping Gor Mahia win the title. Two years ago, I scored many goals but it did not give us the title,” he told the Standard.
And he is under no illusions but how difficult the match against Sofapaka will be.
“Sofapaka are a good side who are also keen on winning the KPL title. We expect a tough match against them on Sunday and for this reason, we must all be at our best. It will not be an easy match and we need to maintain our focus all through.

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