Tag: Gor Mahia friendlies



8 Mar 15

courtesy of the Nation

Gor Mahia warmed up for their Africa champions league first round encounter against AC Leopards with a scoreless draw against Ulinzi stars.

With a massive continental game looming next weekend, Gor’s head coach Frank Nuttall stuck to his usual first 11 against the physical Ulinzi side, who were also using the match to keep in shape with Kenyan Premier League matches put on hold by the High Court.

Both sides played cautiously in the first interval with neither side exhibiting the genuine thirst of winning the game. The first shot on goal came after 33 minutes when K’Ogalo’s in form forward Victor ‘Teargas’ Abondo forced a feeble shot from tight angle in the Ulinzi box that did not trouble the soldiers’ goalie Francis Ochieng’.

“It was a tough game against a tough opponent. It was a good build-up ahead of the weekend game and it will give the boys a chance to recover from the knocks as we have an entire week,” Gor coach Frank Nuttal said after the match. “All the teams we are playing (in the Champions’ League) were champions in their respective countries and so we expect a tough match (against AC Leopards).”

The Scot made a forced substitution in the 27th minute, pulling out midfield enforcer Khalid Aucho for Erick Ochieng when the former appeared to incur a hamstring injury.

He also pulled out vice-captain Musa Mohamed and defensive partner Dirkir Glay late in the second half, but deputy coach Frank Ouna said that it was just a precautionary measure. “We have very few players registered for the champions’ league and we do not want to lose any of them. It was a precaution,” he said.


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5 Mar 15

The High Court has extended orders stopping the Kenyan Premier League Limited from organising league matches till next week.

The ruling was supposed to be made on Tuesday. It was then postponed to Thursday whereupon FKF and KPL were ordered to sit down and negotiate.

Some Gor Mahia fans were at Milimani courts including Jaro Soja

 

Lady Justice Roselyn Aburili on Thursday said that the orders granted by Justice Mbogholi Msagha on February 20, will remain in force until March 13 when a ruling will be made on whether certain KPL officials are in contempt of the said court order. This according to the Daily Nation.

The orders had been granted in an application filed by FKF who alleged that KPL, Kenya Football Referees Association (KFRA) and Sports Kenya, had approved a parallel premier league.

“The World Governing Body Fifa has warned that if Kenya runs a parallel league, the country shall be banned from participating in regional, continental and international football,” FKF had said in their court papers.

Perhaps the court is not aware that KPL was sanctioned to run the league in 2003 and again in 2006  because the league being run by KFF was too shambolic, prone to corruption and had too many boardroom decisions.

Seven KPL games were however played on the first week of the competition. Two FKF league matches were also played.

FKF, through its lawyer Eric Mutua, urged the judge to protect the dignity of the court by having the officials committed to civil jail for six months. He said they had served the order but it was adamantly ignored.

“This court should be firm on any person who disregards orders,” pleaded Mr Mutua.

KPL officials, through lawyers Geoffrey Obura and Ben Akech, told the court they were never served with the court order.

Mr Obura added that the said order was also ambiguous since it stopped KPL from organising parallel league matches yet it has been the body responsible for organising league matches since 2003.

“KPL has been organising league matches since 2003, a fact which has also been recognized by FKF. It is therefore unclear which league matches are parallel according to this court order,” explained Mr Obura.

The continued stalemate leaves KPL teams in a difficult spot since most of their revenue comes from gate collections, TV revenue from Supersport and the league sponsorship from Tusker, none of which will be forthcoming.

SUSPENDED FROM FOOTBALL

Meanwhile, former FKF officials Sammy Shollei and Dan Shikanda will on Friday know whether they will be enjoined in the case after the court makes a ruling on the matter.

The duo had been suspended for six years by FKF for taking an issue to court in contravention of FIFA statutes. It is ironic however that the very same FKF that suspended them has now taken KPL to court.

Gor Mahia take on Ulinzi Stars

Gor Mahia will play Ulinzi Stars on Saturday March 7 and the City Stadium. The friendly against the military side will be used to prepare for the Africa champions league tie against AC Leopards of Congo. Ulinzi coach Robert Matano will use the match to test the young players he recruited during the transfer window.

“The friendly will be important to us. We have just trained a few days after returning from Madagascar and given there will be no league match, I think we need a friendly with a top KPL team to prepare for the next match,” said coach Nuttall to supersport.com

According to information posted on the club site, the tickets are Ksh.500 for VIP tickets and Ks.200 for terraces. The match will kick off at 1500 hrs.

 

 


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8 Feb 15

Gor Mahia’s dissapointing pre-season continued when they went down 2-1 to Thika United in a friendly match on Sunday at City stadium..

It was Thika United who first took the lead when they awarded a penalty for a handball. Dennis Odhiambo duly converted the penalty.

Jerry Santos equalized in the 22nd minute with a superbly taken free-kick as both sides went into the breather tied.

Raymond Ochieng scored the second goal for Thika to give them a 2-1 lead which they held until the game ended

Gor Mahia fans will be right to be concerned. One week before CAF champions league match against CNaPs of Madagascar and the attack is still blunt. The defence is showing signs of being porous. It is worth noting that even Nakumatt was able to get a good result against Power Dynamos of Zambia.


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4 Feb 15

Gor Mahia secretary general Ronald Ngala has announced that the rematch with Power Dynamos of Zambia will not materialize. Instead Gor Mahia will head to Kisumu to play two friendly matches against SoNy Sugar and Muhoroni Youth.

“After we failed to get a re-match against Power Dynamos, we have decided to travel to Kisumu for two matches – against Muhoroni and Sony.” said Ngala to goal.com

It seemed implausible that the Dynamos coach would agree to a rematch. Firstly they do not want to play too many games. Secondly, the win over Gor Mahia gives them bragging rights and confidence which can easily be reversed in the unlikely event that Gor Mahia beats them the second time around.

Gor Mahia will now head to the Kisumu to give their loyal lakeside fans a chance to see the new signings. The two matches will also provide coach Frank Nuttall further opportunities to seal the loopholes in the teams tactical approach. Gor Mahia has plenty of ground to cover before their match against CNaPs.


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3 Feb 15

The planned tour of Uganda which was to serve as a build-up tour for the Africa Champions League has been canceled as confirmed by club official Ronald Ngala.

We are not financially stable. “We had planned to go to Uganda because we hoped to get some funds but we have not until now so we have no option but to stay around. Maybe the other option could have been to invite them here but they too are in a position similar to ours so they are not able to travel Nairobi.” said Ngala to goal.com

This sudden turn of events calls into question a number of things. Ngala now says the club is not financially stable yet they have recently spent significantly on several players from overseas, some of whom were signed without trials or medicals. Also the club has of late not been pushing the 35010 MPESA project or membership, leaving some fans to believe that the club has another income source or was anticipating an income source. It also leaves fans wondering if Gor Mahia has set aside funds to host CNaPs of Madagascar in two weeks time. One would hope that they were not basing it on anticipated revenue streams that they have now realized will not materialize.

 Rematch with Power Dynamos

Instead, Gor Mahia will play Power Dynamos of Zambia again according to Ronald Ngala.

“We are finalizing preparations as we want to play Dynamos again on Saturday, out first match was an eye opener and we want to play  them again as part of our preparations for the new season” said Ngala to futaa.com

Its an immediate opportunity for the club to assuage fan fears and for some of the players who put on a listless display against the Zambians last weekend to redeem themselves. Its also an opportunity for fans to see if Nuttall can correct the errors committed by players last weekend.


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30 Jan 15

Gor Mahia are still scheduled to play against Zambian side Power Dynamos on Sunday. This despite some media reports that the match was being rescheduled. The match will be played on Sunday starting at 4 pm at Nyayo stadium. The choice of Nyayo makes sense given that Gor Mahia will play CNAPs of Madagascar at Nyayo.

Gor Mahia have learned the hard way. Rather than play easy friendlies against teams like Supa Loaf as they did last season, Gor Mahia have decided to sharpen themselves against higher quality friendlies as coach Frank Nuttall continues to work towards gaining a measure of cohesion.

Skipper Jerim Onyango was upbeat about the friendly

“I would like to thank the management for organizing such a high profile friendly match. We need more of such games to ensure we prepare fully for the CAF Champions League and other competitions ahead of the new season.

The match against Dynamos will tell us how much prepared we are ahead of the new season. To be the best you have to gauge yourself against the best teams in the continent” he said. to futaa.com

And Power Dynamos will indeed provide Gor Mahia with a challenge. In 2014, they came within two points of winning the Zambian league, losing narrowly to Zesco. For the CAF competition, they have maintained most of their 2014 squad and added players from arch rivals Nkana FC: Defender Masautso Zimba,midfieder Claude Bwalya and 2nd choice goal keeper Charles Mweemba. They have two players who featured for Zambia in the 2015 Africa nations cup: Chris Munthali and Joshua Titima though the duo will likely not travel.

Gor Mahia have yet to impress in 2015 but coach Frank Nuttall appears positive with the progress the club is making with the exception of the attack.

Loss of Brian Umony

Coach Nuttall lamented the fact that Gor Mahia were not able to sign Ugandan striker Brian Umony.

“Umony is one player I wanted to bring in. But unfortunately it was not to be,” said Nuttall, adding, “I knew Danny (Sserunkuma) was going to leave, he had intimated to me and I believe Umony was going to be the perfect replacement. But I am told it was difficult getting him.” said Nuttall to Supersport.com

Both Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards pursued Umony but his demands were too high.

Previous Encounters vs Zambian sides

Despite the extensive record Gor Mahia has in CAF and CECAFA competitions, matches between Gor Mahia and Zambian sides are few and far between. In 1977, Gor Mahia lost 4-5 on aggregate to Zambian representatives Mufulira Wanderers in the second of the Africa cup. In 1981, Gor Mahia beat Kabwe Warriors 2-1 in a CECAFA cup match played in Kisumu. And in 1986, Gor mahia outplayed Mufulira Wanderers  but still lost 0-1 at the CECAFA cup in Mwanza Tanzania.

According to the club site, charges for the main stand will be Ksh 500 while charges for the terraces will be Ksh 200.

 


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25 Jan 15

Gor Mahia felled Mombasa combined 2-1. The match was played at the Mombasa Municipal stadium.  The goals came via Taofiq Zachary who scored his first ever goal in Kenya and Ali Abondo. Gor Mahia played much better than they had played on Saturday. The Saturday match was marred by rough play from Bandari and also marred by fans who jeered at the coaching staff and the players, most notably Jerim Onyango who returned their abuse in kind.

 

 


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24 Jan 15

Some of the new signings have yet to impress

Gor Mahia suffered their first defeat of 2015 when they went down to Bandari 2-0 at the Mombasa Municipal stadium.

Mohamed Farid scored the opener after 34 minutes and the teams went to halftime with the scores at 1-0. In the second half, Gor Mahia pushed forward in search of an equalizer but it was Bandari who once again found the net in the 55th minute via Masoud Juma.

Once again the Gor Mahia attack was blunt. George Odhiambo Blackberry was decent. Mike Olunga still needs plenty of time to gel and Zakari Taofiq has yet to justify his massive transfer fee. There were reports that some fans booing the team bus and the coach and some were chanting “Jerry Must go” at the team bus for what they considered a lacklusture display. Now that is disgraceful fan behaviour.

Musa Mohamed perhaps after having watched the solid performance of Karim Nizigiyimana last weekend, also put on a very solid display.

Gor Mahia next play Mombasa combined on Sunday as coach Frank Nuttall continues to find a winning combination.


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22 Jan 15

Having beaten lower tier side Bidco FC in their first friendly of 2015, Gor Mahia continued their preparations for the CAD Champions league with a 1-0 win over KPL side Western Stima.

The goal was scored by new signing Ronald Omino who ran down the flank before cutting inside to score in a manner reminiscent of Dutch forward Arjen Robben. Incidentally, Omino was playing against his Father Henry Omino who coaches Western Stima.

Coach Frank Nuttal was satisfied with the win.

“I am trying to get my first XI and so far I have played different teams for each half and I am satisfied that the team is taking good shape,” coach Frank Nuttall said to goal.com.

Travel to the Coast

Gor Mahia will continue their preparations by travelling to Mombasa to play Bandari on Saturday. They will then play Coast Combined on Sunday. The tour of Mombasa will somewhat prepare the Kogalo for the weather in Madagascar.

After Mombasa, Gor Mahia will play high profile friendlies against Power Dyanamos of Zambia, SC Villa of Uganda and Vipers of Uganda.

“We have invited Power Dynamos over for a friendly match and they have given a strong indication that they will be here next weekend, so we are only awaiting official communication from their end before we embark on the necessary logistics.”

“Uganda’s SC Villa and Vipers FC had also jointly invited us for a friendly on that same weekend, but we have requested them to push the invite to the 8th of February so that we can play Dynamos first,” said club official Ronald Ngala to the Nation.

Coach Frank Nuttall is determined to make an impact at the continental level, something Gor Mahia has not done in this millenium.

“In my opinion, the club has made enough impact in the local front so it would be a good thing if we could replicate the same impact outside the country. To do that, we must get out of the comfort zone and go the extra mile and playing these build-up matches is one way of doing that,” said Nuttall to the nation.


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19 Jan 15

Gor Mahia to return to Kisumu

 

Having beaten Bidco FC  in a friendly match this past weekend, Gor Mahia will now face a sterner test against KPL side Western Stima. According to goal.com, the match will be played on Wednesday at Moi stadium Kisumu. This stadium was the scene of wild celebrations when Gor Mahia won the league last season.

Though this is a friendly match, the turnout is bound to be high given the passionate support that Gor Mahia has in this town. It is therefore important for Gor Mahia and the county of Kisumu to cooperate in providing adequate security. The club cannot afford any lapses.

For coach Frank Nuttall, it is an opportunity to once again test his new and existing players and continue to explore various combinations. Nuttall expressed his happiness at the win over Bidco last weekend:

“I’m happy we have started the New Year on a sound note. I believe we are on the right track and I look forward to a good season. To me, it doesn’t matter who scores, the team victory has to come ahead of everything else” he said to michezoafrika.com

However Nuttall should be concerned about his strikeforce which appeared blunt. Whereas at the beginning of last season, we knew going in that Dan Sserunkuma would spearhead the attack, it is not clear in 2015. Nuttall has about one month to find the two players who can play well together upfront.

Assistant coach Frank Ouna also expressed satisfaction with the win over Bidco and expressed the club’s intent to beat Western Stima.

“We want to win the game. It is an important game for us. We have a new team and every match for us counts a lot. We are taking every match very seriously. This is perhaps the second time we are playing together in a friendly match after playing Bidco United.”

For Gor Mahia fans its another opportunity to assess the new signings. Some players did well on Saturday most notably, Karim Nizigiyimana, Khalid Aucho and Bernard Odhiambo. In particular, new signing “Rooney” Omino will play against the team his father coaches.

But It is one thing to play well against Bidco which is a lower tier team. Fans will be interested to see what the team can do against KPL calibre players. Others who did not impress should be using this opportunity to show improvement.

 Power Dynamos

Famous Zambian side, Power Dyanamos will be camping in Nairobi in preparation for their CAF confederation encounter with Al Khartoum of Sudan. While in Nairobi, they will play a friendly against Gor Mahia on February 1.

Club secretary Ricky Mamfunda said in an interview from Kitwe yesterday that weather conditions in Kenya are similar to Sudan. “We decided to take the team to Nairobi because its proximity to Sudan and the weather conditions,”.

Power are expected to leave for Nairobi on January 25. They will face Al Khartoum on February 14.

Julius Situmbeko who is famous for the botched deal with Gor Mahia in January of 2014 was in the Power Squad until November of 2014. It is not clear if he has re-signed with Power.

 


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