Tag: Gor Mahia Players



14 May 16

Former Gor Mahia midfield ace Zablon Otieno Osowo, popularly known as “Pro” is no more. He passed away on Friday Morning May 13. He had been undergoing treatment at Jamaa hospital in Buru Buru for Pneoumonia and a heart attack he had suffered hours earlier. Pro will be remembered firstly as one of the most dedicated players to play for Kogalo. He logged several years with the club. And this was during the club’s dark ages when it was constantly in the relegation zone and could barely make ends meet financially. And along with fellow Midfielder Dan Ogada, another very dedicated player, he is one of the most skillful players to play for the club in recent times. He mesmerized opponents and fans alike with deft touches and brilliant moves.

Zablon Otieno’s formative days in Kaloleni

Zablon Otieno Black Mamba, Re Union

Zablon Otieno joins the big leagues

Zablon Mentoring the young Blackberry

Zablon Otieno Coaching Career

Sporting Family

Nicodemus Arudhi, seen here on the right playing for Luo Union FC against Mwenge of Mombasa sometimes in the late to mid 1960s. Notice the resemblance to Pro and Ade

Rest In Peace

Zablon Otieno will be remembered as one of the most talented players ever to don the green Kogalo jersey. He will be remembered as an Eastlands legend. Surprisingly he was never called to the national team. He leaves behind a wife and three children. May be rest in peace.


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4 May 16

When Eric “Marcelo” Ouma was announced as one of the new signings in January, most fans did not give him a second thought. He was being signed straight from secondary school and many promising youngstars often flame out because they find the gap between secondary school football and the premier league too large to bridge.

But Marcelo was coming from Kakamega high, a school with very strong footballing pedigree.It is a school that has sent a number of talented players to Gor Mahia: Going back to the 1980s, Gor Mahia stalwarts like George Nyangi “Artillery” , Hezron Osuka and Joash Okongo came from there. A decade ago there was the brothers Andrew Oyombe and Kennedy Oliech. And more recently Timothy Otieno. All have played for Gor Mahia.

Ouma starred for Katch in 2014 and 2015 and was almost always among the scorers. In 2014 he was part of the strong Kakamega squad that won the national championships.

His most famous goal came in the 75th minute of the Nzoia region final in 2015. That goal steered Kakamega to a 1-0 win over arch rivals St Anthonys Kitale and elicited crowd trouble.

It was around this time that the exciting wing back started to attract attention from Gor Mahia scouts.

”We are in talks. Marcelo is a very good player and we would like to have him here for long. We have offered him a new deal and we are hopeful he will agree to sign,” said Ronald Ngala at the time.

He has been impressive during training since he joined. He finally got an opportunity to showcase his skills when new Brazilian coach Ze Maria arrived. He started the last two games. His work rate is phenomenal and he sends numerous well weighted and accurate crosses and has also had his fair share of shots on goal.

His coming out party was when Ushuru in the KPL Top 8 quarter-final match. He was solid on defence and was a livewire going forward. His cross into the box was what enabled Tuyisenge to score.

Coach Ze Maria was impressed.

Marcelo did well; he is a great player. Young and energetic and I like him, he played well in the last game and today he did well again he is a great resource not just for me as the coach but the team as a whole,’ said Ze Maria to supersport

And the young lad knows that he will need to continue working hard to solidify his place in the starting line-up.

“So far I can say I am satisfied with my performance and growth. I am happy that the coach has shown faith in me and I have to repay him with good performances on the pitch. There is competition for the left-back position in the team which means I have to work hard to get the slot ahead of other players. he said to futaa.com

Ouma was also a member of the Kenya U20 team which unfortunately was disqualified for fielding over-age players.


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22 Jul 15

South African side Bidvest, have offered fast rising Gor Mahia striker Michael Olunga a contract worth Ksh 12 million per year. They had earlier tried to sign Allan Wanga.

“We got an email from Bidvest offering to pay Olunga a Sh1million per month salary for an initial period of one year. We are looking at the offer but no decision has been made yet,” one of Olunga’s handlers exclusively told goal.com on Wednesday.

The agent stated that Olunga could never play in Tanzania.

“We are very categorical that he will not play in Tanzania. His standards are higher than what we see in that league and our best bet is Europe.” he continued.

Olunga’s sudden rise has been nothing short of meteoric. The last time a Kenya striker commanded such attention was in 2003 with Dennis Oliech. Olunga is finally fulfilling the potential that some experts saw in him when he played in the national schools tournaments in which coach Mohamed Kheri annointed him a a “future Mike Okoth Origi”.

Former Gor Mahia coach Zedekiah Otieno has advised all Gor Mahia players not to consider Tanzania as a destination.

“Players, who tried it in Tanzania, failed miserably, and they had to struggle to bring their careers back on track. Just a few have made it there, but look at recent cases, Dan Sserunkuma, Donald Mosoti, Humphrey Mieno, George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo even Rama Salim have struggled there,” ‘Zico’ told goal.com .

Zico advises players to focus on working on their skills and target playing in a more competitive league.

“It is not a bad league, we know of its quality, but it is just not meant for our players. All I can advise them is to be patient, and wait for an offer from Europe, and that will be good for them. If they become greedy, it might cost them. In football, if you make one wrong move, then you are doomed.”


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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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11 Jun 15

Boniface Oluoch joined Gor Mahia in January. Gor Mahia had been pursuing Oluoch’s signature since as far back as 2013 but Tusker resisted. It was only after he was deemed surplus to requirements at Tusker that he became available to Gor Mahia. And he has not disappointed.

Even when Gor Mahia conceded 6 goals in their first 5 matches, it was clear that Oluoch was not to blame. In the last 10 games he has thoroughly impressed by keeping 10 succesive clean sheets. The 10 clean sheets is a KPL record. But Oluoch is not taking all the credit.

“It is a performance I did not expect especially at Gor Mahia who also had two very good goalkeepers in Jerim (Onyango) and David Juma,”Oluoch, a two time KPL best goalkeeper said during the Mchakamchaka show on AuperSport on Tuesday evening. I can only thank my team mates especially the defenders who have also played a key role in not only ensuring that we remain unbeaten but we also keep ten successive clean sheets,” he said to supersport.com.

Oluoch was not under any illusions about what it would take to gain the starting position.

“When I came to Gor, I did not expect to be the number one keeper, but the coach has shown confidence in me and I can only pay back by giving my best. At this point, I know my best is yet to come.”he continued.

Oluoch is confident that the team’s imperious form that saw them finish unbeaten in the first leg will continue in the second leg.

“Every player is giving his best when they are given a chance to play. We are playing as a team and working together for success.”he said to supersport.com.

Profile of Boniface Oluoch

Born on August 20, 1987, Oluoch had spent 5 seasons at Tusker. Back in 2012, he had been called to the national team as a very promising youngster. Many saw him as a potential heir to Arnold Origi. However, he has been plagued by inconsistent form often losing his starting position to players like Samuel Odhiambo. But when on form, Oluoch has been sensational and arguably the best goalkeeper in the league.

 


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2 Jun 15

To say Gor Mahia is in sensational form is an understatement. Imperious form is a more apt description of how Gor Mahia is currently playing.

Versatility

To begin with Gor Mahia are much more versatile. The “Patia Sserunkuma” strategy which left Gor Mahia thoroughly dependent on one player is gone. Now the Gor Mahia attack shows a lot more variation and adaptability.  Many will mention Michael Olunga and Meddie Kagere as Gor Mahia’s most dangerous attackers. Indeed they are. They will relentlessly pressure defenders and capitalize on defensive miscues as Nakuru All Stars found out. But even more importantly, having two lethal attackers stretches defenses past their limit.

But even when Olunga and Kagere are not among the goals, others will step forward and put the ball in the net as Thika United found out this past Madaraka day. Ali Abondo, the third option has become an efficient scorer. In addition he had added an additional dimension to his game: He is now a dead ball specialist. Has has scored from free-kicks at least twice this season. I will not say exactly how many lest a fellow member of the bloggers jumps down my neck needlessly complaining bitterly that it is 3 and not 2. But none was more important then the free-kick against SoNy Sugar that secured all three points. The coming alive of Abondo in addition to Olunga and Kagere gives opposing coaches sleepless nights as they try to devise a defensive strategy. Now add to that the speedy Innocent Wafula wreaking havoc on the flanks and you realize that many opposing coaches are being left sleepless. Nuttall is proving to be a a genious at devising attacking strategies. No wonder Bobby Williamson wants his assistance with the national team.

Rising to the occasion

And Gor Mahia is a big target for opposing teams. Every team brings their best game when playing Gor Mahia. Every team does extra preparation when playing Gor Mahia. But somehow Gor Mahia is always able to withstand and overcome all opposition.

Coach Frank Nuttall pointed this out on Monday after the Thika match.

“Teams always put out their best performance whenever they are playing us and that makes it a little difficult, but I am happy that the boys are able to display high level of football with every match as we did today” said Nuttall according to futaa.com

A classic example is Muhoroni Youth who played Gor Mahia tough in Kisumu, losing narrowly, only to capitulate 0-3 to KCB in their next match.

Nuttall also observed that other teams apply negative tactics like time wasting and faking injuries as Nakuru All stars tried during the first half of their match against Gor Mahia.

“We cannot have a flowing game when one team is out to waste time. It is unfair to the game and to the fans who come out to enjoy the games,” observed Nuttall. I counted the number of times the Nakuru All Stars would go down at any minimal contact. It seems they had specific instructions to slow the pace of the game by feigning injuries,” he said to supersport.com.

And finally some coaches attempt to referee decisions by playing mind games. None other than Tim Bryett attempted this when he said Thika United were moving the game to Kasarani to reduce the ability of Gor Mahia fans to intimidate the referees. It was to no avail as Gor Mahia flattened Thika United leaving Bryett with no excuses.

In fact nowadays every KPL coach seems obsessed with Gor Mahia will not conclude an interview without discussing Gor Mahia even when not asked. Sam Timbe of Sofapaka was the latest.

“Gor Mahia yes might be on top of us but we are barely in the midst of the season, this is not a sprint, it is a marathon and in marathon the leader does not necessarily win the league.” said Timbe to goal.com.

Defensive Solidity

Gor Mahia has not conceded a goal in nine games. April 12 was the last time anyone scored against Gor Mahia. Many will praise the attack, but the defenders, goalkeepers and defensive midfielders are just as   responsible for Gor Mahia’s brilliant displays.

Boniface Oluoch has been solid in front of goal, making scarcely any errors. The play of Shakava has earned him a spot in the national team as has Collins Okoth who is returning to the national team after a significant absence. Musa Mohamed, having been given the captains armband has elevated his play. Perhaps the increased responsibilities of captaincy have inspired him. Dirkir Glay too has been called up to the Liberian national team as has Khalid Aucho for Uganda. Gor Mahia’s brilliant displays are making waves even overseas.

Sibomana, Walusimbi and Nizigiyimana are not just solid defenders but are brilliant at overlapping, sending accurate crosses and generally creating havoc for defenses. All this has also given Gor Mahia additional options in attack.

Fans must play their role

This has been said before on this blog but it bears repeating. Aside from thronging the stadia to cheer the team, fans must put their money where their words are. The club now has multiple avenues that fans can use to bolster the team’s financial status whether it is buying Gor Biro bread or the SACCO, #350100 or membership. Bolstering the club financially will be the key to maintaining a stable squad an avoiding constant departure and arrival.

 


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30 May 15


Collins Okoth “Gattuso” has extended his stay at Gor Mahia for another two years. Gattuso initially left Gor Mahia in 2012. He subsequently played for Tusker and Sofapaka before rejoining Gor Mahia in June 2014 on a one year contract.

Ronald Ngala confirmed that Gattuso has indeed signed a new contract that will keep him at the club until 2016.

“Gattuso’ is a good player, who has played a vital part in the team and it is important to retain him. “Yes we have added him two years, we shall reveal the terms in due course.” said Ngala to goal.com

“He has been a good player for us, very phenomenal and you cannot allow a player like him to leave. We are looking forward to working with him in future. Since his return from Tusker, ‘Gattuso’ has stabilized our midfield, his experience is needed and I am sure he will remain our anchorman for a long time.

Ronald Ngala praised Gattuso’s work ethic.
“His hard work when playing for us is visible to all, his commitment to the team is unquestioned; he is one special player, who can die for the team. So the best thing is to make sure he is here with us, he has not given us any problems.”

Indeed Gattuso’s character has improved dramatically since his first stint at Gor mahia three years ago. That period was characterized by numerous temper tantrums and run ins with coach Otieno “Zico”. He left the club several times and at one point said he was quitting football to focus on education. Prior to rejoining Gor Mahia, he indicated that he had undergone therapy.

He is still the relentless, tireless hardworking defensive midfielder he was in 2012 but now without the drama, his contribution to the club’s success is much higher.


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26 May 15

Gor Mahia defending Dirkir Glay is rearing to make a comeback after having been sidelined by a shoulder injury. Glay is dissapointed at being away from the playing field but he is happy to be back training.

“I feel bad for being out for this long; it is something no player can enjoy. My shoulder injury took time to heal, but I am good right now. I have been training and I hope to be back soonest, it is football,” Glay told goal.com on Tuesday.

Glay knows that regaining a spot in the starting line-up given the fact that the team is playing very well currently especially on the defensive end of the field

“My target is to get back and help Gor Mahia that is what I am aiming. Good thing is that the team is performing better and the main challenge will be getting my place back since everybody is performing better. It is all about working harder in training and make sure my form is back, and grab the opportunity with both hands.

Glay who was signed from Gor Mahia this season is happy with his current club.

“It is a good experience at K’ogalo, I like everything here, it is a major step in my life which I want to make use of. I want to help the club so much and prove my worth especially after being out for so long.”

Glay’s return is good news as it gives coach Nuttall additional options as the club prepares to play Thika United which is Glay’s former club.

In addition to Glay, Gor Mahia will likely welcome back Godfrey Walusimbi whom reports suggest had gone missing from training due to unresolved salary issues. The issues have been resolved and reports suggest he joined the team in Kisumu last weekend.

Thika coach warns Gor Mahia

Thika United coach Tim Bryett wants his team to take advantage of their underdog status to end Gor Mahia’s unbeaten run.

We have no pressure on us for this game. We are not the league champions, and don’t have the unbeaten record so we go into the game as underdogs, but dangerous underdogs!” He said to futaa.com

However Bryett will be dissapointed because this Gor Mahia team has been conditioned to be relaxed without being overconfident and fans are not putting any undue pressure on the team to stay unbeaten.

Bryett who took over as head coach this season, also said he expects a certain level of intimidation..

“We expect intimidation that has already started but I take it as motivation and I am not surprised at it because it is because they fear us” he continued.

One thing Bryett can expect is that despite his team being the home team, Gor Mahia fans will be at Thika stadium in large numbers to cheer their team.


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11 Apr 15

Liberian defender Dirkir Glay who has been unable to play for Gor Mahia in the Kenya Premier League this season due to lack of a work permit, has finally been granted a temporary work permit.

“We managed to get the document and he is now available for selection on Sunday. We are grateful that all went well.” said a club official to goal.com

With regard to the formal permanent work permit, Gor Mahia officials are left scratching their heads wondering why it is taking so long.

“We managed to get the document and he is now available for selection on Sunday. We are grateful that all went well.” said Ronald Ngala to goal.com

Galy had earlier expressed dissapointment with club officials for not working on his work permit early enough.

“I am very disappointed that K’Ogalo management is yet to renew my work permit. Since I signed for Gor Mahia I am still using Thika United permit. I cannot use the same to play for Gor Mahia. Rules states clearly that I must renew my permit and this must be done by Gor Mahia” he said.

The decision to grant Glay a work permit is good news for the club since the defence has been less than stellar in the local league. Reports coming out of Congo suggested that Glay was one of the best players on the field during the return leg against AC Leopards.


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31 Mar 15

Reports suggest that Gor Mahia players did not train on Tuesday while demanding their match winning allowances.

“It is true we have not trained today (Tuesday), nobody wanted to train. We feel unappreciated and taken for granted, why should they treat us like that?  We gave out our all, we bled for the team and that is not right. We have a meeting with chairman on Wednesday to know the way forward.” said a player to goal.com

Club official David Kilo acknowledged the player strike but insisted that the club is working round the clock to resolve the outstanding allowances.

“Yes, we owe them winning allowances, which is true. However, I cannot comprehensively reveal to you what has happened today since I had traveled. I will get back to you, once I get the detailed report. We have settled their salaries though,” said Kilo to goal.com

Gor Mahia are supposed to be busy preparing for their Africa champions league return leg against AC Leopards. The club has also organized a fundraiser scheduled for Tuseday to defray expenses related to their travel to Congo.

The issue of constant player strikes and go-slows makes it more urgent that the club put in places procedures that will provide a measure of financial stability. It remains to be seen whether the club will ever move forward with such measures or whether they will continue to maintain the fire brigade approach where they wait until the building is on fire before dousing it with water.

Nuttall on brief leave

Meanwhile with no matches scheduled for several days, coach Frank Nuttall has taken a brief opportunity to visit his family. Reports suggest that Nuttall has taken several days off leaving Frank Ouna and Bobby Ogolla in charge.

“Since we have not had any activity, the coach decided to take a break and visit his family. We expect him back on Thursday and will train with the team for three days before we play AC Leopards,” Ouna told goal.com.

Nuttall has left with a specific program that the assistant coaches must follow. Ouna down-played the absence of the coach and said he left them well equipped until he returns. “We are doing just fine because he gave us a program we are following. We expect to do well in the return match because our opponents will be under pressure at home.”

Being away from your family for several months is not easy and the club certainly cannot begrudge the coach an opportunity to visit his family. The rest will leave him refreshed and ready to resume the fight for the local league title.

Calabar Training with Gor Mahia

Among the players who has trained with Gor Mahia in the past few days is David Owino Calabar. He is ineligible o play for Zesco in the champions league and as such has returned to Kenya to keep his fitness up.

“He has been training with Gor Mahia for sometime because his name was sent to Caf late for first round of continental tournament. Zesco have travelled to Mali this weekend and he will be with us until he is able to join them next week,” Ngala told Goal adding, “We hope his presence can inspire the rest of the players to aim higher as well.”

Calabar has had a good start at Zesco which includes scoring two goals in the Zambian Supercup.


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