Gor Mahia’s pre-season struggles continued when they were beaten 3-2 by lower tier side Administration Police at Camp Toyoyo on Thursday.
Gor Mahia were leading 2-1 thanks to goals from Godfrey Walusimbi in the 20th minute and George Odhiambo “Blackberry” But the APs came storming back with Kevin Omondi scoring twice and orchestrating a 3-2 win.
It continues a pattern of former Gor Mahia players playing their best games against their former club. New signing Teddy Osok who had been dropped by Kogalo U19, won his way back when he played a brillian match against the Kogalo U19 team. Former striker Ballotieno also gave the club a torrid time in a friendly match played last year.
It was Gor Mahia’s 4th pre-season friendly and 4th straight loss. It is bound to put more pressure on the technical staff especially Ze Maria who has yet to find a winning formula.
Gor Mahia will play lower tier side Administration Police in a friendly match. According to goal.com, the friendly will kick off at Camp Toyoyo on Thursday at 2pm.
A friendly against a lower tier team is perhaps what Ze Maria needs to reduce the pressure on his shoulders and boost the team’s confidence. He has been under pressure because Kogalo have lost three friendly matches against Al Hilal, Thika United and Onduparaka.
The last time Kogalo played the APs was in 2015 in a GoTV shield match. Gor Mahia won 3-1 with goals from George Odhiambo “Blackberry” (2) and Meddie Kagere.
According to goal.com, a friendly against Coast-based Mwatate United FC is also planned
Stewards cause mayhem at club meeting
A group of former Gor Mahia stewards stormed a meeting of officials and newly appointed stewards and physically accosted the Gor Mahia officials. According to the report that appeared in the Standard, one official is said to have fired a group of stewards who have been serving the club for the past three seasons, and consequently hired a new group. When the meeting between the new stewards and the select group of officials was taking place, the other group stormed the offices to cause mayhem,” the source said.
“It is about control of the gate collections. Stewards manage the gates and at times control who enters the stadium. Any Gor Mahia game realizes atleast Sh1 million from the game. Do the maths,” the source added.
The stewards numbering about six, stormed the meeting and rained slaps, kicks and blows on officials. But apparently no one was seriously hurt.
Afterwards, Judith Nyangi posted this message in her social media pages:
Stewards fall under my docket and it was disbanded on Saturday during the branch officials meeting.Gor belongs to fans and branches not a group of people. There has been two factions of stewards who have been fighting for power and that’s why I took the action of disbanding. Every branch was to forward two names each to me for new stewards.You cannot stop change and that’s the bitter truth. #mbelepamoja #wangoremawahero
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.