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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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19 Oct 14

Kizito had a solid game orchestrating moves from midfield

courtesy of goal.com

George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo scored his second goal of the season as Gor Mahia cruised past ‘Slum Boys’ to maintain their push for successive title

George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo scored his second goal of the season as Gor Mahia edged out Mathare United 1-0 in Sunday’s Kenyan Premier League match at City Stadium.

Odhiambo headed home a Dan Sserunkuma long cross in 36th minute to enable the league champions to extend their lead at the top of the log to four points ahead of second placed Sofapaka.

It was another great afternoon for the former KPL player of the year, who is trying to recapture his old form after two tough years in which he struggled to hold down club position.

He scored his first goal of the season when Gor Mahia hammered Nairobi City Stars 4-1 at Nyayo Stadium and looks certain to play a big role in helping his club to retain league title this season.

Coming into second half of Sunday’s match, Mathare United rested Titieh Olesu for Edwin Ombasa as they fought to equalise but it was Gor Mahia who had first chance at goal when Godfrey Walusimbi’s goal bound effort was clumsily put out by Robert Mboya in goal to earn the champions their first corner in second half.

From the corner Haroun Shakava, who had a free header, jumped too high as his effort went wide. KPL current top scorer Dan Sserunkuma had a quite afternoon but he still managed to send some lethal crosses on target.

Apart from setting up Odhiambo for the opener. he nearly did it again in 65th minute when his long cross found the scorer on the move and he chested it but could not finish the effort.

United then made their second substitution bringing on Emmanuel Ibe for Daniel Mwaura. But they survived a scare when Edgar Ochieng headed out Godfrey Walusimbi’s shot.

With a quarter of an hour to go, Whyvonne Isuza failed to take advantage of a poor clearence by Jerim Onyango to score. Onyango’s clearence had landed on Isuza’s feet and he fumbled with the ball before it was cleared.

Gor Mahia rested Godfrey Walusimbi for Eric Ochieng’ late in the match in a bid to keep a clean sheet.

Though he came on late, Ochieng’ wasted a perfect opportunity to score when he shot wide from a Dan Sserunkuma pass.


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21 Sep 14

It took four games but New Gor Mahia coach Frank Nuttall has finally recorded his first win since his arrival at the club. Gor Mahia scored a deserved 2-0 win over Kisumu county based Chemelil Sugar FC.

It was an all round excellent performance. Most striking was George Odhiambo “Blackberry’s” return to form. This column once noted that Blackberry just needed a coach to get inside his psyche to enable him to regain his confidence. Coach Nuttall may have found that key. And given the way he picked out Sserunkuma’s run for the second goal, then perhaps the duo are finally starting to get in sync.

Aside from Blackberry, it was an all round good performance. Owino “Calabar” gave his usual solid performance at the back. Skipper Jerim “Jagoal” has been solid in the past three games. Saturday was no different. And Walusimbi continued to thrive in his new playmaking position. Note that Walusimbi leads the club in assists this season. Kizito was solid as well.

“The players were fantastic today and it’s a good feeling to winning this match,” Nuttall said after the match.

Nutall noted that the team would continue to stay focused on their overall goal.

“We created a lot of chances in the first-half and scored the goal but we improved in the last half. We will approach each match as it comes and do our best to see we achieve our target of retaining the title,” Nuttall said in a post match interview.

Chemelil coach Mike Mururi has admitted he lost fairly

“My boys played very well in the first-half, we got our chances but we did not utilize them but Gor got theirs and converted. Lapse in the defence saw us concede the two goals so I lost fairly but we are still in the race because the difference is not huge.”


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6 Aug 14

Gor Mahia are slated to leave on Tuesday as they travel to Kigali, Rwanda to participate in the 2014 CECAFA club cup also known as the Kagame cup. The team will leave Jomo Kenyatta International Airport at 9:30pm for an hours flight to Kigali-Rwanda.

Included in the squad is George Odhiambo “Blackberry” whose name was initially missing when the squad was first announced 10 days ago. As a striker, Blackberry needs more game time to regain his confidence.

The squad is fairly decent albeit not as strong as they have been in the last two years. In particular the play making area does not seem to have a player who can create chances  like Rama Salim or Moses Odhiambo did or wreak havoc on defenses the way that Kevin Omondi did especially now that Innocent Mutiso is out injured. Patrick Oboya could be counted on to be playmaker but of late, his fitness levels are such that he likely cannot play 90 minutes.

The good news is that Dan Ssserunkuma has been inluded in the squad.  There were reports a few days ago that he would be leaving for trials in South Africa as early as Monday.  Against KCC, Gor Mahia will rely on their Ugandan quartet which is very familiar with KCC.

Coach Bobby Williamson maintains that though he has been appointed national team coach, he is still committed to Gor Mahia.

“I’m still a Gor coach and I will be travelling with the team to Cecafa. It will be an honour and privilege to manage a country but as of now I’m still committed in Gor.

“I’m not focused on anything else apart from Gor, it’s up to the federation to approach my club and ask permission if they want to speak to me and we will take it from there but for now I’m focusing on what I’m doing in Gor,” Williamson told capital sports.

All in all its a chance for this group to stamp their names into the history books of the club and in folklore the way the 1985, 1981 and 1980 squads did.

Goalkeepers: Jerim Onyango, David Otieno Juma, Joel Bataro.

Defenders: Godfrey Walusimbi, Kevin Oluoch, Musa Mohammed, Haroun Shakava, Kennedy Ayong, David Owino, Charles Bruno.

Midfielders: Daniel Onyango Adhoch, Joseph Kariuki, Geofrey Kizito, Erick Ochieng’, Collins ‘Gattuso’ Okoth, Simon Lela.

Forwards: Dan Sserunkuma, Patrick Oboya, Arthur Ssemazzi, Timothy Otieno, George Odhiambo.

Officials: John Pesa (Head of Delegation), Robert Williamson (Head coach), Frank Ouna (Team Manager), Abdul Iddi Salim (Keeper Trainer) and Fred Otieno (Team Doctor).


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