Tag: Godfrey Walusimbi

27 Apr 18

This is the current state of Kasarani
Image courtesy of Bonny K’Ochieng

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The work at Kasarani was initially set to be completed at the end of March but Kenya’s biggest stadium is yet to be opened

Gor Mahia may be forced to play some of their Caf Confederation Cup matches outside the country should Kasarani not be ready in the next three weeks.

At the moment, there is no standard pitch in Kenyan to host a continental assignment following a stringent of regulations issued by Caf.

Caf has ruled out Kenyatta Stadium from hosting any of the Group stage matches on security grounds and with Nyayo and Kasarani still under renovation, Gor Mahia may be forced to look for alternative venues, possibly in Rwanda, Tanzania or even Uganda to stage their home ties.

“For preliminary matches, it could suffice, but at this stage, it is out of the question, as it does not have some of the requirements. Should Kasarani not be ready, then we will have no choice but to play some of our home matches either in Kigali, Algeria or Dar-es-Salaam,” Gor Mahia Chief Executive Lodvick Aduda told the Standard.

“The regulations allow for this kind of arrangement, but we hope it will not reach this level and that those working on Kasarani will ensure it is ready before then.”

The work at Kasarani was initially set to be completed at the end of March but Kenya’s biggest stadium is yet to be opened.

Walusimbi set to return

Gor Mahia’s Ugandan utility player Godfrey Walusimbi could be eligible for selection this weekend when Kogalo take on Mathare United.

“We had solved that issue way before and the only thing that was remaining was actualizing. That has already been done so he should be able to go back to training now,” CEO Omondi Aduda said according to michezoafrika.

Walusimbi’s absence has been felt in the matches against Esperance and Supersport where his presence would have made a significant difference.

“Would things have been different if he was around? Maybe yes, maybe now. But I want to have my best players available. Walusimbi is important to us and we want to have our best players for important games,” Kerr told michezoafrika.

Walusimbi’d absence has caused headaches to coach Kerr given the absence due to injury of Karim Nizigiyimana and Wellington Ochieng.

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25 Oct 17

On Wednesday, long serving defender and captain Musa Mohamed put pen to paper on a new contract that will see him stay at Kogalo until 2019. Mohamed is the longest serving player at the club having joined in 2010, soon after finishing form four at Langata high along with Kevin Omondi. The last two years have seen Musa build on his experience and play the best football of his life.

Also penning a two year deal is Ugandan midfielder Godfrey Walusimbi. He has been instrumental as both a playmaker and occasional goal-scorer. His excellent form has seen him become a regular for the Ugandan national team.

Coach Dylan Kerr is happy as he plots an assault on the 2018 Africa champions league where Kogalo’s record has been below par.

“The expectation for us to go to the Champions League and win is high and the players want this platform to market themselves. It’s not good when you have players’ contracts running out because everybody will come for them,” said Kerr.

“I don’t want my players to fall for deals from some unscrupulous agents with empty promises. I want them all to stay. I don’t want the team to be messed up by so many new recruits.”

“One of Sir Alex Ferguson’s biggest strengths was that he didn’t change his squad time and again. Look at his tally of premier league titles in England. If we want to be the best, we must copy the best.” said Kerr to the Nation.



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21 Jul 16

Unlike the past three years when Gor Mahia has found itself at the top of the league by the halfway mark, the club is now 5 points adrift of league leaders Tusker. Gor Mahia have dropped four points in the last two games. Had they collected maximum points against Ushuru, they would be only one point adrift. Nevertheless, coach Ze Maria is confident that with 12 matches to go, Gor Mahia can overhaul Tusker.

“We have 12 games to play. Five points is nothing. When I arrived here, Gor Mahia were behind with seven points but at the end of the first leg, we were on same points with Tusker. So, all is not lost. We still have time and will fight,” ‘Ze Maria’ told Capital Sport.

Gor Mahia’s midfield has been particularly sub par of late due to the departure of Khalid Aucho and the absence of Collins Okoth Gattuso due to disciplinary issues and and Geoffrey Walusimbi due to injury.

Walusimbi getting back in shape

Dependable Ugandan wingback / midfielder Geoffrey Walusimbi is working himself back into playing shape after he sustained injuries in a traffic accident. Reports say he was a passenger in a motorbike going to training when the motorbike was involved in a collision. He sustained serious injuries and has taken time off to heal. He returned to training this past week.

“Well, I have been training alone trying to ensure my body gets into the right shape before I get back to full training. I was involved in an accident a few weeks ago as we were preparing to face Tusker in KPL Top 8 competition and only a few people knew of it. “Right now I feel okay and my main aim is to work harder and get into the first team. Hopefully next week I will be training fully and who knows, I might be involved depending with the coach’s assessment and needs.” Walusimbi told goal.com.

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6 Jul 16

Ugandan ace Godfrey Walusimbi who missed the last two matches and was yet to return for the second leg of the 2016 Kenya Premier league, is set to return on Wednesday.  Club official Ronald Ngala confirmed his return to goal.com.

“Walusimbi had a knock and he also had to travel back home to attend to some personal issue. However, he has now fully recovered and is expected back latest tomorrow (Thursday).” said Ngala.

Walusimbi did not play in the recent KPL Top 8 matches nor the GoTV shield match against Mahakama and was rumoured to be leaving.

The 27 year old played a key role in the first leg including a classic goal against Mathare United that was an early candidate for KPL goal of the year.

He along with Aucho featured prominently in Uganda’s recent Africa Nations cup qualifiers against Botswana.

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18 Dec 15

The Gor Mahia duo of Godfrey Walusimbi and Musa Mohamed, whose contracts are ending in December, have renewed their contracts with the club. Both have extended their stay at the club by two years.

We already agreed on terms with Walusimbi and Musa with two years deal in place for them. We are on with negotiations and will soon finish up the process with the remaining players, team manager Jolawi Obondo said to the club site.

The news will come as good news to many fans. Walusimbi in particular was rumoured to be leaving. Musa Mohamed had he best ever season in a Gor Mahia jersey. He has been at Gor Mahia longer than all the other players except Jerim Onyango.

Three other players whose contracts are ending have yet to renew their contracts: Michael Olunga, Meddie Kagere and Harun Shakava.

Gor Mahia will likely be required to name their Africa cup squad before the end of this month. Last year they were given an extension until December 31 but even then they could not register Kagere, Nizigiyimana and Sibomana on time. Gor Mahia will also have decisons to make since FKF have reduced the number of foreigners per team to five.

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11 Nov 15

Gor Mahia organizing secretary Ronald Ngala has expressed dissapointment that the Kenya Premier League has not increaed the prize money for the KPL Top 8.  Since 2011 the winners have received Ksh 1 million.
“Playing the tournament is now becoming a burden to us because we have to spend money preparing the team. Granted, KPL subsidises some of our costs, but it still does not make economic sense,” he said. ”It is disappointing the money has remained constant for all those years. There ought to be an annual increase of about Sh1 million. That would have made sense.” said Ngala to the Standard.
Ngala said by taking part in the tournament, his club actually helps KPL to make money, since the league company retains the gate collections.“What will happen when we don’t take part or when we are eliminated in the first round?” continued Ngala.

But KPL’s Chairman of Finance Committee George Odhiambo defended the company, saying they can only pay what they have. “It is unfair to compare ourselves with the PSL without looking at what they get in terms of sponsorship and what we have. The fact is we can’t pay what we don’t have, but we need to start from somewhere,” he said.

For winning the Kenya Premier League, Gor Mahia will   receive Ksh 4.5 million. Should they win the GoTV shield, they would collect another Ksh 2.5 million, bringing the total to Ksh 7.5 million.
The winner of the Tanzanian league receives the equivalent of Ksh 3.81 million. But the winner of the South African League receives a whopping Ksh 80 million !
In August of this season, the KPL signed a new sponsorship deal with Sportpesa that is worth Ksh 80 million per year.

Nuttall keen on retaining Walusimbi

>Gor Mahia coach Frank Nuttall wants to see Ugandan international Godfrey Walusimbi retained by the club. Walusimbi’s contract ends at the end of this year. The club has not initiated any talks to renew his contract. Some reports on social media suggested that Walusimbi put some of his household items on sale.

“Personally I want Walusimbi here at the club. I am very happy with him. He is a top player and one that has contributed immensely to the success of the club, during my time here and I am very happy to have him.  I know that there is a contract situation that needs to be solved but all I can say is that I am happy with him and would like him to stay. The club will look at his situation and I believe something will be agreed between the two sides,” said Nuttall to supersport.

Walusimbi’s all round brilliant play has been instrumental in the club’s successful league campaigns. He has scored goals and provided timely assists. Most notable were the two goals he scored that sunk Bandari 2-0 in Mombasa. His understanding of the game and tactical astuteness makes him a valuable player for Frank Nuttall.

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15 Jun 15

Olunga in action vs Congo

Gor Mahia attacking midfielder Ali Abondo has been having a sensational season. He leads the entire country in scoring when all competitions are taken into account. He was widely expected by some to make his national team debut. However after having been initially named to the squad, he was left out by coach Bobby Williamson along with other Gor Mahia players like Haron Shakava.

“This is my best season so far and I have been working hard. I was happy to earn a call up to the national team. It was due to the commitment I have put in training so far this season,” he said to supersport.

Abondo is not dissapointed but will use this as motivation to work hard on the aspects of his game that need to improve before coach Williamson makes him part of the final squad.

“True, I was disappointed to be dropped, but I am happy I was picked in the first place. All I can say is I wish the team the best in the game on Sunday and we will be supporting them to victory,” he said.

“Being in a squad is the prerogative of the coach. He decides who should play and who should not depending on how he wants to tackle the game. I thank him for calling me, it was a great experience training with local and foreign based players. My mission is to work harder to make the cut next time.” he added.

Part of the reason Abondo was left out is likely because the coach was intent on deploying a defensive formation and he already had enough attacking midfielders in the side namely Wafula, Were and Timbe.

A second issue is that for many years Abondo has been an average nondescript player in the league and many are still not convinced that his latest performance is not a fluke. Which mean Abondo will need to continue churning out good performances. The next match is against Zambia. In this game, coach Williamson will have no choice but to deploy an attacking formation. He will need midfielders who can put the ball in the net. If there are 20 minutes left and Harambee stars are attacking incessantly but cannot score, Abondo will be your man.

Abondo could also feature in the CHAN qualifiers which will come sooner.

Khalid Aucho And Walusimbi in action

Two Gor Mahia players Aucho and Walusimbi continued to gain valuable international experience when they played for the Uganda Cranes who beat Botswana 2-0 in their opening match.

Walusimbi who previosuly played at full back but was switched to midfield at Gor Mahia was deployed in his new position by the Cranes.

He was awarded aplayer rating of 6.0 by Kawowo sports. This is his player rating narrative: He was played in midfield and missed a glorious opportunity in the first half when he missed a tap in from a Massa pass. Substituted at half time for Robert Ssentongo.

Aucho for his part was awarded a player rating of 6.5. This is his rating narrative: Like most players, he had a low performance in the first half. His passing improved in the second half and won a number tackles in the centre of the field.

Luwagga Kizito who plays in the Portuguese second tier was voted man of the match with two assists.

Aucho was described as indefatigable by the Uganda Monitor who indicates that he played a key role in Uganda’s second goal. As he does at Gor Mahia, he won a loose ball, shrugging off three opponents before finding Luwagga who in turn found Brian Umony for the second goal.


Sibomana with solid defensive performance

Sibomana #3 with his Rwanda team-mates before the Mozambique match

In Maputo Mozambique, Rwanda escaped with a 1-0 win. This is Rwanda’s first away win in AFCON qualifying since 2011. Having scored as early as the second minute, Rwanda doggedly defended against the marauding Mozambique attackers.

“From that point [after the goal], we had about 92 minutes of the game still to go including three possible minutes of stoppage time, 92 minutes of defending and keeping Mozambique out was always going to be tough but the boys did extremely well.” said Rwanda coach John McKinstry.

A key to Rwanda’s defensive solidity was Gor Mahia full back Abouba Sibomana who held the Mozambicans in check.

Dirkir Glay faces tall order against Adebayor

Glay to the far right with his Liberia Team-Mates

For Dirkir Glay, it was always going to be difficult to play against Togo. Firstly, he was making his national tema debut with players he has not played with. And secondly they were playing away against Togo and against premier league striker Emmanuel Adebayor, a player who has a lot to prove. To begin with, he had not been getting playing time in the premier league. He was recently given time off to address his personal family drama. And the Togo coach recently dispossessed him of the captain’s armband.

Glay was deployed in central defence by coach James Debbeh and along with his team-mates given the mammoth task of stopping Adebayor. He was able to keep Adebayor at bay for 88 minutes before Adebayor finally scored. In the end Togo prevailed 2-1.

Earlier on Tuesday, Glay was in a injury scare when he collided with Belgium based team-mate Samii Johnson. But he apparently recovered on time for the match. Samii Johnson did not recover in time for the match.

Liberia coach James Debbeh was in the Liberia squad that lost to Kenya 1-0 in 1989 with Goerge Onyango “Fundi” scoring the winner.

Good experience

All in all , Gor mahia earned useful big game experience, playing against hostile crowds, formidable players or for demanding crowds. This experience will be useful to the club as the club tries to defend its league title. Players with big game temperament are unlikely to crumble under pressure should the club start dropping points.

Goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch who many say was unstable will also have learned some valuable listens he can apply. He was unstable in goal and committed himself wrongly on a number of occasions which nearly cost Harambee Stars. This is one area the team needs to improve on,” said supersport technical analyst Jacob Ghost Mulee.

Collins Okoth was selected ahead of Anthony Akumu and was deployed in the defensive midfield position alongside Victor Wanyama. Okoth was clearly under instructions to stay at home so he hardly ventured forward. He put in numerous important tackles.

And of course this experience will be most useful when Gor Mahia plays in the upcoming CECAFA cup where Gor Mahia will likely play against hostile crowds.


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12 Dec 14

Gor Mahia vs Shabana during a GoTV shield match

The much anticipated Jamhuri day encounter pitting Gor Mahia and Shabana that was dubbed the Nyanza derby has been canceled.

“Kisumu Stadium is not available because the destruction meted out on it during last match of the season and during final journey of the late Homa Bay senator Otieno Kajwang’ has not been fixed.” said a source to goal.com

This once again brings into question the lack of adequate security at matches.

However Shabana are determined to go ahead with the match.

“We are of the view that we play the match in Nakuru or Nairobi because we do not want to disappoint our fans. The date will definitely change but we have to agree on the venue and confirm its availability before we can announce new details.” said Shabana chairman Jared Nivaton to goal.com

Since they were promoted Shabana have been eager to build on their fan base and sell merchandize. This friendly against a rival was an important cog in building excitement amongst their fan base.

Walusimbi stays

Contrary to earlier reports, Uganda Cranes full back Godfrey Walusimbi will stay at Gor Mahia. There were earlier reports that he was due to attend trials at AS Vita for Congo DR. This is one bit of good transfer news at a time when the Gor Mahia fan base has faced a torrent of unwelcome news.

CEO Lordvick Aduda also announced that the club is working on replacing key players who have left or are in the process of leaving.

“We are following up on a player from West Africa but playing in Tunisia and two other players from within East Africa,” said the source.
“Ther e are good players who we believe can fit into the boots of those who have left or maybe leaving but then again, it is only in the early days of the transfer window so we can’t speak with finality. The one thing I can assure you is that when our house is raided, Gor will respond with equal or better force.” he said to the Star newspaper



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22 Nov 14

It cannot be gainsaid that the Ugandan Cranes trio of Dan Sserunkuma, Godfrey Walusimbi and Geoffrey Kizito have played pivital roles in Gor Mahia’s success in retaining the league in 2014.Their superb play on the field, professionalism and commitment  has been noticed by fans and highly appreciated. They have set an excellent example for the rest of the playing unit. But their success on the field has also attracted the eyes of other teams.

Club official Ronald Ngala, fresh from his success at the KPL awards indicated that the club is busy trying to retain the three players.

“Sserenkuma has showed willingness to remain at the club while Kizito has given us some conditions that we believe can be met,” Gor Mahia’s Deputy Secretary General Ronald Ngala said,

“We are in discussions with the two players and we strongly believe they’ll be with us next season. Our fans should not be worried, we will have a better squad next season,”

“All the other players who are out of contract are willing to renew and therefore there’s no need to worry. we’ve got this,” he  said to kplchat.com

Kizito attended trials with a Vietnamese side while Sserunkuma has attracted the eyes of Sudanese side Al Ahly Shendy, Simba or Tanzania and Kaizer Chiefs of South Africa.

Cranes Eliminated

All three players features as Uganda Cranes suffered yet another heartbreak in their attempt top qualify for the Africa cup of nations after a 36 year hiatus. Of all the teams in CECAFA, Uganda and Rwanda have taken the longest to qualify for Africa’s premier event.

All three received poor ratings from Uganda’s newspaper the monitor:

Godfrey Walusimbi 3
Got early jitters at left-back from Ibrahima Conte, settled in briefly, but later ran out of ideas.

Geoffrey Kizito 4
He just had a bad day in office. Baba imposes his presence on games but his passes were mostly square and the Gor Mahia player barely found midfield partner Mawejje.

Daniel Sserunkuma 4 (Substitute)
When Mwesigwa’s actions wrecked the plan, dread-locked Sserunkuma found it hard to link up from the middle. Still, he was an improvement on Miya.

The ratings from Kawowo sports were only slightly better:

Godfrey Walusimbi 5.0: Started the game on a slow note being turned in and out by man of the match Ibrahima Traore. Lucky not to be booked after a number of fouls but grew in stature in the second half though his side was more of an avenue for the Syli Nationale.

Geoffrey ‘Baba’ Kizito 5.0: Struggled against the quick passing Guineans and provided less cover to the backline.

Daniel Sserunkuma 6.0: Came on for Farouk Miya and gave Uganda some momentum in attack but it was too little too late. He is the only player who registered a shot on target for Cranes.

All in all the Cranes had a bad day at the office with the exception of keeper Dennis Onyango who was rated highly.


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