Gor Mahia out of shield

Gor Mahia’s torrid weak continued on Wednesday when they were eliminated from the 2019 Sportpesa shield\

Additional reporting from the Nation

Bogey side Bandari on Wednesday inflicted more pain on Gor Mahia after stopping the Kenyan champions 5-4 on post-match penalties in their rescheduled SportPesa Shield last 16 match at Mbaraki Sports Club.

The teams had battled to a 1-1 all draw in regulation time forcing the match officials to call for the post match lotteries to decide the winner as per the tournament’s rules.

On-form forward William Wadri gave Bandari the lead on 56 minutes before Dennis Oliech restored parity for K’Ogalo with 15 minutes to time.

Gor, who suffered a humiliating 2-0 loss to Moroccan side RS Berkane in their Caf Confederation Cup first leg tie on Sunday at Kasarani, welcomed back skipper Harun Shakava and Ugandan left back Shafik Batambuze in the starting line up after the defensive du missed their weekend loss.

Gor Mahia coach made five changes to the team that started against Berkane, with Batambuze coming in for Geoffrey Ochieng while Shakava replaced Charles Momanyi. Erisa Ssekisambu, Nicholas Kipkirui and Samuel Onyango – all of whom came in against Berkane in the second half – earned starting berths as coach Hassan Oktay sought to keep the club’s dream for a treble alive.

Gor Mahia go down 2-1 to Bandari

Mieno in action against Bandari

Gor Mahia’s unbeaten in 2018 is now over. This after they went down 2-1 to Bandari at Mbaraki on Tuesday.  Gor Mahia found themselves 2-0 down at halftime before Jacque Tuyisenge pulled one back.

Additional reporting from Capital Sports
Heading into the tie, Gor boss Dylan Kerr fielded his strongest 11 having been given a scare in a 2-2 draw against Nakumatt over the weekend. The only difference was keeper SHabaan Odhoji who stepped in ahead of Boniface Oluoch who remains sidelined.

Ernest Wendo returned for the first time since the CECAFA Kagame Cup where he limped off with a hamstring strain and he partnered Humphrey Mieno in midfield.

K’Ogalo were shocked early with Guya heading the home side into the lead turning in a corner after 11 minutes, sending the home fans into frenzy while the green army of K’Ogalo was sent into stunned silence.

But the league leaders kept pushing hoping they would get the steering wheel back with Godfrey Walusimbi and George Odhiambo making inroads on the left, but their industry didn’t provide much for the forwards led by Francis Mustafa.

It was Bandari however who would get their party going, Congolese import Yema Mwana sending them 2-0 up after 35 minutes.

The hosts should have added another one few minutes later when Darius Msagha broke off on the counter from the right beating Walusimbi to face Odhoji one on one, but he could not get the ball past the keeper with Mwana screaming for the ball in a better position.

Gor came back with determined hearts in the second half, looking to salvage their invincibility with at least a point.

Harun Shakava was the first to have a go at goal with a 65th minute stinging freekick from range but Bandari keeper Faruk Shikhalo proved equal to the task making a decent save.

From another set piece, this time taken by Francis Kahata, Gor had a chance to get the scoring on but the effort curled beyond the wall but wide.

Gor ultimately pulled one back through Jacques Tuyisenge in the 77th minute, but it was too little too late as Bandari managed to hold their own and get the three points.

The hosts were reduced to 10 men for the final few minutes of the game when Fred Nkata was given his marching orders for a second yellow card. Coach Mwalala made a change bringing in Siraj Mohammed to fill in the void at left back.

Gor Mahia seek redemption against Bandari

Gor Mahia are in Mombasa to take on Bandari in thir 23rd match of the 2018 Kenya Premier League season. They will be looking to make amends for dropping points against Nakumatt on Saturday. Gor Mahia need to avoid any further slip up as it could lead to a downward spiral as they negotiate  packed August schedule.

Coach Dylan Kerr admitted that his side was below par whereas Nakumatt played their best game of the season.

“I did not want to see that equalizer and cannot blame my goalkeeper for the mistake. He (Odhoji) put up a great show with three amazing saves in the first half but honestly speaking, we deserved to get nothing to say the least the missed chances and poor decisions by my players in good areas.” Kerr said to goal.com

Bandari too will come all guns blazing as they seek to gain notoriety as the team that broke Gor Mahia’s unbeaten record. Not only are Gor Mahia playing a difficult schedule, but they are playing against highly motivated opponents.

New Bandari coach Bernard Mwalala promises to come up with a strategy to take advantage of Gor Mahia’s fatigue.

“We know the strength of our opponents and we are also aware that fatigue has taken toll on them following a congested season and we will seek to take advantage of the situation,” he said to the Nation.

Mwalala, a former Kenya international, envisions nothing short of victory.

“We are going for nothing short of a win today and have prepared well for the match. It will therefore be either a win for us or a loss for Gor Mahia,” he concluded.

Gor Mahia will have to contend with former players Bernard Odhiambo who will be highly motivated as well as Shaban Kenga who is trying to revive his once promising career.

Kogalo has had a good record against Bandari lately. They won the last match between these two sides 2-0 on March 3. In the second leg of the 2017 season, Gor Mahia trounced Bandari 3-1.


Unstoppable march: Gor Mahia trounce Bandari 3-1

Oliver Maloba in action against Felly Mulumba

Gor Mahia’s unstoppable march towards the 2017 Kenya Premier continued unabated in Kisumu on Saturday when they hammered Bandari 3-1. The goals came via Francis Kahata, Meddie Kagere and Wellington Ochieng.

Additional reporting from sportpesa news
KISUMU, Kenya- Gor Biro Yaw Ne Yo (Gor is coming) boomed around Moi Stadium in Kisumu on Saturday as K’Ogalo faithful savoured SportPesa Premier League (SPL) leaders Gor Mahia FC’s comprehensive 3-1 victory over Bandari FC.

Victory, a third in succession over the dockers, brought the record 15-time SPL title winners closer to the promised land of a 16th crown leaving the ecstatic Green Army to belt their full repertoire of tunes in praise of their beloved side.

Goals from Francis Kahata, red-hot Meddie Kagere and Wellington Ochieng’ is all Dylan Kerr’s charges required to complete a double over the struggling Bandari and move 11 points clear of second placed Kakamega Homeboyz FC.

Michael Apudo pulled one back for Bandari but it proved to be a mere consolation in the end.

Elsewhere, Western Stima FC and Nzoia Sugar FC played out to a barren draw.

In Kisumu, both sides came into this match on the back of contrasting fortunes; the hosts having picked back to back wins over champions Tusker FC and title rivals; Sofapaka FC to underline their credentials as the favourites to lift the trophy when the 2017 SPL is eventually done and dusted.

No respite

Bandari on the other hand were smarting from defeats to the brewers and Chemelil Sugar FC but found no respite in the steamroller that is Gor.

Eager to steady his ship, Ugandan Paul Nkata who masterminded the dethroning of Gor last season with Tusker, made three changes to his Bandari side.

Compatriot Andrew Waiswa was handed a defensive midfield role to provide cover to the back four while the attacking duo of Darius Msagha and Wilberforce Lugogo replaced Mohammed Siraj and Anthony Wambani.

His opposite number Kerr summoned the solid Wellington Ochieng’ to take up the place Karim Nizigiyimana at right back as he kept faith in the squad that slay Sofapaka in midweek.

As has been the norm at the Moi Stadium whenever K’Ogalo are in the mood, Gor started brightly, exchanging neat passes with the midfield trio of Kenneth Muguna, Ernest Wendo and Kahata dictating the pace early on.

Kahata thought he had handed his side an opportunity to grab an early lead when he was appended in the box by Waiswa but the centre referee, Moses Simiyu, waved away his appeals for a penalty.

Cautious not to concede early like the first leg when they found themselves trailing inside the opening quarter, courtesy of Innocent Wafula’s goal, the Dockers opted to soak in pressure.

Finally cracked

The experienced duo of Felly Mulumba and Noah Abich did well to thwart K’Ogalo but they finally cracked moments before the break when Kahata showed his class to notch the opener and send the Green Army to a frenzy.

If Kahata’s goal had soured Nkata’s mood heading to the half time, break then what transpired shortly after the restart left the Ugandan a frustrated man.

Mulumba played a dangerous back pass to Joseph Okoth with Kagere lurking and the Gor forward made him pay with a clever interception before slotting past Okoth to put Gor in control.

Staring at his fourth consecutive loss in the SPL, Nkata played his first card introducing Kelvin Omondi for Lugogo yet the storm never abated.

As if to justify his inclusion ahead of Nizigiyimana, Wellington planted a bullet header beyond the despairing dive of Okoth to settle the tie as a contest.

A late surge by Bandari saw them plant some respect on the score line with nine minutes to go. Michael Apudo arriving early in the box to tap in Shaban Kenga’s cross from close range.

Gor Mahia knocked out of GoTV shield by Bandari

Gor Mahia’s bid to regain the GoTV shield which they last won in 2012 has ended. The match ended 1-1 in regulation time thus forcing a penalty shootout which Gor Mahia lost 6-5

Additional reporting from the Nation
New Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr on Sunday watched from the stands as his team tumbled out of GOtv Shield tournament after a 5-4 post-match penalty shootout defeat to Bandari at the Thika Sub-County Stadium

Earlier, Bidco United beat Rainforest 2-0 in Thika.

Despite controlling proceedings for the better part of the game, the 15-time league champions suffered a scare early into the second half, when Bandari went ahead courtesy of Lewisw Cosmas.

The former Shield Cup champions however made amends in the 74th minute through new signing Boniface Omondi and the stalemate persisted until the final whistle, necessitating a penalty shootout.

Meddie Kagere, Boniface Omondi, Harun Shakava Musa Mohammed and Wellington Ochieng converted their penalties for K’Ogalo, but Francis Kahata and Kenneth Muguna failed from 12 yards.

Gor coach Kerr arrived in the country early Sunday morning and proceeded straight to Thika where he got his first glance of the team he has committed to coaching for the remainder of the season.

Gor Mahia have been unimpressive since winning the Sportpesa supercup. The new coach has his work cut out.

Gor Mahia edge Bandari 2-1

Wellington Ochieng, Walusimbi, Wafula, Kagere, Maloba, Kahata and Shakava celebrate second goal. Image: Nation

Gor Mahia’s campaign for the 2017 Kenya Premier League title is back on track thanks to an important 2-1 win over Bandari. After dropping two critical points against Tusker last weekend and having lost the league lead, it was imperative that Kogalo get a win in Mbaraki, a place that is notoriously difficult for teams to win at. But Bandari fielding two former Kogalo dangermen: Shaban Kenga, Dan Sserunkuma and Enock Agwanda and with an excellent coach in Paul Nkata, were never going to be pushovers. They have Gor Mahia a difficult time but Kogalo prevailed with goals from Innocent Wafula and Geoffrey Walusimbi

It was Kogalo who dicated terms in the first half. It therefore came as no surprise when Innocent Wafula opened the score in the 10th minute after picking up a pass from Ugandan international, Geoffrey Walusimbi. In recent matches Wafula has not found favor with coach Ze Maria. Whereas Frank Nuttall was always keen to utilize Wafula’s speed down the right flank, Ze Maria has preferred a passing game. Given a rare opportunity, Wafula did not waste it and stamped his name on the scoring sheet for the first time in 2017.

Gor Mahia continued to dictate terms in the first half with Francis Kahata among those coming close. Gor Mahia forced half a dozen corners in the first half with Bandari forcing only one.

Bandari came back into the game in the second half and their efforts paid dividents immediately. In the 50th minute, Musa Mohammed fouled Shaban Kenga in the eighteen yard box and the referee awarded Bandari a penalty, which veteran Abich coolly converted.

Gor Mahia then went hunting for a second goal with Bandari preferring to sit back. The better more positive team was rewarded with a goal in the 66th minute. It was Walusimbi who scored with the assist coming from substitute Oliver Maloba.

Last season, Gor Mahia beat Bandari 2-0 at Mbaraki. But in the return leg in Kisumu, Bandari forced a scoreless draw. The win puts Gor Mahia is sole posssesion of second place behind Posta Rangers who eked out yet another 1-0 win and two points ahead of resurgent Sofapaka who silenced AFC on Wednesday.

Bandari: Joseph Okoth (GK) 2. Noah Abich 3. Mohammed Siraj 4. Felly Mulumba 5. Andrew Waiswa 6. Michael Luvutsi 7. Shaban Kenga 8. Musa Mudde 9. Enock Agwanda 10. Dan Serunkuma 11. Darius Msagha.

Subs: 12. Lukas Indeche 13. Duncan Otewa 14. Anthony Wambani. 15. Mohammed Sharrif 16. Fred Nkata 17. Wilberforce Lugogo 18. Tyron Owino.

Gor Mahia held scoreless again

Gor Mahia were once again held to a scoreless draw this time by Bandari. Teams have adopted the park the bus mentality against Gor Mahia and it is proving effective.
Additional reporting from goal.com
K’Ogalo came into the match knowing anything less than a win will once again open the gap between them and leaders Tusker, who had won 2-0 against Mathare United on Saturday.

The Dockers came into the match aiming for maximum points considering the fact that they had lost 2-0 when the two teams met during the first leg. Meddie Kagere was benched with Jacques Tuyisenge being preferred by coach Ze Maria, as Wilson Obungu was recalled to start for the visitors after missing the match against Sofapaka following his dismissal against Muhoroni Youth.

K’Ogalo’s intetions were made clear as early as the second minute as they started the match pushing for an early opener, but the opponents’ defense led by Felly Mulumba stayed calm and cleared the ball.

It was the home side that enjoyed possession in the early stages, making dangerous moves which caused a scare to a few travelling fans. In the 10th minute, Goddfrey Walusimbi made a good run on the left wing, trying to cut the ball in, but his effort missed the target, Tuyisenge, by inches.

Two minutes later, it could have been 1-0 up in favour of the hosts as Francis Kahata found space in the danger zone, but his effort went wide with Obungu well beaten. The first half was characterised by distance shots from the likes of Walusimbi, Kahata and Erick Ouma, with Bandari struggling to get past the sirkal’s defense.

In the 60th minute, the hosts could have gone ahead as Mohammed Shariff almost put the ball into his own net, as he tried to play it to goalkeeper Obungu, but the latter saved the situation. Not even the introduction of Baron Oketch and Meddie Kagere could save the situation for the champions, who have struggled to score since the departure of Michael Olunga.

The draw means Tusker are enjoying a four point gap against the champions, with Bandari continuing with a good run after a relatively inconsistent start.

Gor Mahia beat Bandari 2-0

Image courtesy of David Osore
Gor Mahia fans needed something to smile about after an acrimonious week in which the sponsorship with sportpesa was suspended. It came when old reliable George Odhiambo Blackberry scored the all important goal to give Gor Mahia a 2-0 win over Bandari, the other goal was an own goal by Felly Mulumba.

Additional reporting from futaa.com
Gor Mahia gradual ascent in the KPL log took another positive step with a 2-0 victory over hosts Bandari this Thursday 28 April in Mombasa.

A bizarre deflection off George Odhiambo and Felly Mulumba’s own goal saw the Dockers succumbing to record low 6-game win less run as Gor Mahia temporarily climbed to sixth on the log.

The first half of the action saw Marcelo Ferreira boys rolling out an offensive intent against Bandari who also created couple of chances upfront with none able to break the deadlock.

Tuyisenge chances

Gor kicked off the intent side with their top scorer Jacques Tuyisenge failing to force Obungu into a save twice nodding over the bar in the opening five minutes.

Bandari first sniff at goal came from David King’atua who did well picking up a Shaban Kenga pass from the flank but the attacker’s low drive veered wide of Bonny Oluoch’s posts.

Kingatua’s second asking

Other chances at goal saw Khalid Aucho’s 25th minute shot from Ronald Omino ‘s delivery flying over the bar before one of Omino’s effort also met a similar fate three minutes later.

Bandari ‘s Kingatua came asking again in the 22nd minute and despite finding the target this time, Oluoch was at hand to parry back his fierce shot back to play before Gor cleared their lines.

Blackberry’s deflection

Gor Mahia coasted to an early goal eight minutes after restart when a clearance attempt by Shariff came off Blackberry’s frame and past unsuspecting Obungu at goal.

Sserunkuma, Ndinya summoned

Twahir responded to goal with double a change summoning Dan Sserunkuma and Victor Ndinya for King’atua and Abege respectively even as most of the dangerous chances went on at their goal end.

A fine foreigners exchange between Walusimbi and Tuyisenge almost had the latter doubling the lead 17 minutes later but Obungu was at his vigilant best to thwart the Rwandese danger man using his feet.

Kahata close

in spite of the double change spiced Bandari up front surge, with Sserunkuma drawing a booking for Collins Okoth, another chances at their goal had Rwandese striker picking up Kahata only for a poor first touch to spurn another potential scoring chance in the 71st minute.

A counter from Duncan Otewa after a Gor Mahia corner saw the full back plundering upfront but Gor’s Musa Mohammed did well to block his tricky cut back in search of his team mates.

Mulumba’s Mishap

The final saw Gor up the tempo that was rewarded in the three added minutes from another strange goal. With Enock Agwanda hot on his heels, Felly Mulumba resorted to passing the ball back to Obungu, only to find the custodian unsuspecting once more for a miserable climax of the visitors second goal.
The win saw Gor Mahia extended fine run against Bandari with six wins two losses and two draws in last ten games pitting the two.

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Starting X1: Wilson Obungu(Gk), Dancun Otewa, David Gateri, Mohammed Sharrif , Felly Mulumba, Humphrey Okoti,Shaban Kenga, Anthony Kimani, George Abege (Dan Sserumkuma 57’), David King’ atua, (Victor Ndinya 61’), Edwin Lavatsa

Unused Subs : Joseph Okoth, Hamis Tole, Andrew Waiswa, Benard Mang’oli, Michael Apudo

Starting XI – 23. Bonface Oluoch -GK, 14. Karim Nizigiyimana, 21. Eric Ouma, 5. Mohammed Musa (Cpt), 18. Harun Shakava, 6. Collins Okoth,( 20. Ernest Wendo 69’) , 10. Khalid Aucho, 7. Ronald Omino,( 8. Francis Kahata 58’) 9. Jacques Tuyisenge, 25. George Odhiambo,(24. Enock Agwanda 83’) 2. Godfrey Walusimbi.
Unused Substitutes – 1. Fredrick Onyango -GK, 22. Jackson Saleh, 17. Ochieng Eric, 27. Jacob Keli.

Red card was the turning point say both coaches

Gor Mahia coach Frank Nuttall feels that the red card that was handed to Harun shakava doomed Gor Mahia’s chances in their Super Cup encounter against Bandari on Saturday.

“I’d like to commend my players for a good game. Before the red card, we had three good chances and had a good control of the game but after the sending off, the game changed. It was difficult playing against 11 men and away from home.” said Nuttall to supersport.com

However Nuttall defended Shakava, stating that the foul was not intentional.

“Shakava’s tackle wasn’t intentional and should have passed based on the height of the two players. Sserunkuma is very short while Shakava is tall and he is a high jumper. It was unfortunate he didn’t win the ball and maybe that’s why he was sent off,”  he continued.

Bandari coach Twahir Muhiddin concurred.

“It was a defining moment in the game because it gave us the advantage. All the same I want to thank my players because they maintained discipline throughout the match. Some of them were booked very early in the game but they were careful and avoided being sent off, Twahir told Futaa.com

Twahir also thinks that humidity was a factor in slowing down Gor Mahia espeically in the second half.

“They were playing at a very high tempo and I was sure that they could not maintain the same in the second half. Some key players like Karim (Nizigiyimana) had already burned out in the second half and we also benefitted from that”  he added.

Gor Mahia to be sanctioned for skipping medal ceremony

KPL CEO Jack Oguda is unhappy with the behaviour of Gor Mahia players  after they refused to pick up their runners up medals.

“Gor is a big club that is supposed to set a good example for other players. What happened on Saturday was uncalled for and unsportsmanlike. Last year, they gladly received the winners’ medals and trophies three times, and on all the occasions, the losers picked their second place awards. They should have done the same. KPL does not encourage such behaviour,” said Oguda to the Nation.

If there are disciplinary problems creeping into the playing unit then coach Nuttall will need to arrest the situation soon.


Bandari beat Gor Mahia in Super Cup

Gor Mahia went down 1-0 in the 2016 DSTV Super cup match played at Mbaraki sports club. Gor Mahia asserted themselves well in the first half but were left to fight an uphill battle when Harun Shakava was sent off for an unsportsmanlike tackle on Dan Sserunkuma.

Additional reporting courtesy of futaa.com

If there is one man Gor Mahia will blame for their unsuccessful attempt to bag their third DSTV Super Cup on the trot, then it has to be Bandari skipper-Wilson Oburu.

The experienced shot stopper saved Bandari blushes in a game of two halves that saw Gor Mahia squander a cache of chances in the first half before Anthony Kimani delivered the punishment that a wasteful Gor Mahia deserved in the 68th minute with a memorable strike.

Enock Agwanda was the first to call Oburu into action as early as the 4th minute capitalizing on a Felly Mulumba error to fire a tame shot towards goal but Oburu was at hand to smoother it with Jacob Keli lurking.

Keli though he had given the Green Army the moment they craved for in the stands five minutes later but his goal was disallowed after Raymond Onyango adjudged him to be offside.

An inch perfect ball over the top form George Blackberry Odhiambo found Agwanda on the right and the youngster beat Mulumba for pace sending in a searching cross that Oburu parried as far as Walusimbi on the edge of the 6 yard box.

With Keli being played onside by Mohammed Shariff, the Kenyan international contrived to  side-foot Walusimbi’s feeble shot into the net. Indeed a contentious decision from Onyango!

The Oburu show was interrupted briefly at the quarter hour mark when Agwanda’s show-boating cost Gor Mahia yet another glorious opportunity to take the lead. Isolated upfront the burly forward took his time to juggle the ball at the edge of the box allowing Mulumba to recover and make a timely intervention.

Bandari—uncharacteristically slow off the blocks at home—made their status as hosts felt soon afterwards with Musa Mudde and Anthony Kimani dictating play with neat passing triangles at the centre of the park.

Gor Mahia looked content to sit back and soak in the pressure but still looked dangerous on the break. It was this tactic that bore the best chance of the half when Collins Okoth found himself on the right end of a great passing manouever only to be denied by the lively Oburu.

Agwanda feinted past Mulumba on the right to deliver a deep cross that Keli headed into Okoth’s path. Under pressure from Shariff Okoth did well to shoot into the bottom left corner but his effort was palmed out to safety by Kagere.

Oburu was not done yet. Another finger tip save saw him keep out Shakava’s header from the resultant corner kick before it landed on the top right corner.

For all their positives, Gor Mahia suffered a major setback just before the breather when Shakava was sent off.

In a completely innocuous situation, Shakava high booted Sserunkuma shortly after Karim Nizigiyimana and the diminutive Ugandan were involved in a moment of retaliation.

It was a bad day in office for the former Gor Mahia man who was struggling to make a telling contribution to the game. Handing his side the numerical advantage turned out to be his last meaningful moment on the pitch as he was replaced by Meshack karani at the hour mark.

With an extra man it was just a matter of when the Dockers would score and the breakthrough arrived in spectacular fashion. Anthony Kimani connected Karani’s delivery from a corner with an angled header that bounced off George Odhiambo’s core into his path.

Presented with a second chance, the creative midfielder showed composure and class to beat Boniface Oluoch with a looping ball that bounced off the inside of the right bar into the net.

The rest of the game in brief: Nuttall introduced Eric Ouma and Ronald Omino for Keli and Agwanda but the Coastal outfit held on comfortably to their slim lead.

The result means Bandari have clinched their maiden DSTV Super Cup in the process ending Gor Mahia’s dominance in the competition that had seen them emerge champions twice in a row- in 2013 and 2015.