Gor Mahia hammer KCCA

Kagere in action against KCCA

Gor Mahia won their first major build up match of 2018 when they dispatched Ugandan champions KCCA 4-2 at Afraha stadium on Saturday. The win bodes well for Kogalo considering that last year around the same time, they fell to Onduparaka of Uganda 2-0. Gor Mahia also lost to KCCA at the 2014 CECAFA club cup.

Additional reporting from the Nation

Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr on Saturday started Ivorian import Ephraim Guikhan on the bench but it eventually didn’t matter, as his charges thrashed Ugandan champions Kampala City Capital Authority (KCCA) 4-2 in a high profile friendly match at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru.

K’Ogalo’s new signing Humphrey Mieno nodded home the opening goal of this pre-season encounter at the half hour mark.

The lanky midfielder reacted quickest to meet a free-kick from international Francis Kahata to beat the advancing Thomas Ikara who was guarding the visitors’ goal.

Mike Mutebi’s KCCA would eventually pay for that miss, as Boniface Omondi added a second for the hosts with four minutes to the break.

This game was over as a contest moments after resumption when Kenya international George “Blackberry” Odhiambo scored his first and Gor Mahia’s third goal, even though Julius Poloto pulled one back shortly after.

The two teams exchanged a goal in the final minutes of the game with Odhiambo getting his brace.

Innocent Aniku was the scorer for the Ugandan side.

“Our performance was satisfying considering Gor Mahia are an experienced team. We are now targeting the group stages. We have the right players this time and we have tested their confidence since most of them are young,” Mutebi said after the game.

“We got the goals well although we had lost five chances earlier. I am happy with the two goals our opponents got but the win is good for our confidence,” said Gor coach Kerr. The two clubs were using this contest as part of their preparations for their forthcoming African Champions League assignments.

KCCA are set to meet Malagasy side CNaPS in the preliminaries of the Caf Africa Champions League while Kenyan champions Gor will face Equatorial Guinea side Vegetarinos. The first leg matches are scheduled for February 8 to 10.

KCCA will now proceed to Nairobi to play Tusker and AFC Leopards in Ruaraka and Machakos on Monday and Wednesday respectively.

Gor, who thumped Egerton University 6-0 in their opening pre-season game, will proceed to Machakos for another pre-season friendly against Sudanese giants Al Hilal.


Poor defending was the culprit says Williamson

Gor Mahia coach Bobby Williamson has blamed poor defending for the loss to KCC.

“I am disappointed at how we defended because the two goals were just due to poor defending. Look at the first goal, poor defending, second goal, poor defending. That was a match that we would have won had we concentrated and defended well”, he said to the clubs portal.

Indeed poor defending has been the bane of Gor Mahia when they play internationally. In the first leg match against Esperance, at least two of the goals Esperance scored were due to schoolboy errors and slack marking. The first Esperance goal occurred when a defender headed a cross right into the path of an oncoming Esperance striker when the better option would have been to head the ball out for a corner. The next Esperance goal was due to slack marking. Against KCCA, slack marking was once again the culprit.

It appears George Nsimbe the KCCA coach was not kidding when he said he knew the weaknesses of Gor Mahia.

Williamson has his work cut out. The Gor Mahia defence will have to significantly pull up their socks before they play APR. In past years when Gor Mahia won the CECAFA , they had an experienced and solid backline.

Williamson also blamed Gor Mahia’s inability to press upfront. “I was surprised by how well we did in the first 45 minutes but that’s what is expected from the team. Second half we allowed our opponents to have a big say on the pitch and it’s all about concentration and failing to pressed hard upfront that made KCCA to win”, he added. It appears Williamson wanted to play a pressing game which is why he deployed what looked like a 4-3-3. But of three forwards, the only capable of pressing is Timothy Otieno.

Some observers suggested that Gor Mahia players appeared tired. So lack of match fitness could be another factor.


Gor Mahia go down to KCCA in CECAFA opener

courtesy of futaa.com

Kenya Premier League [KPL] champions Gor Mahia  have lost 1-2 to Ugandan KCCA in the CECAFA Kagame Cup group stage match played on Friday 8 August at Amahoro Stadium.

Dan Sserunkuma’s early goal put Gor Mahia ahead before KCCA came from behind to confirm their lead.

Dan Sserunkuma never stop scoring

Gor Mahia started the match on a high note with a clear intention of emerging winners.

This was confirmed in the 27th minute when Musa Mohammed made a cross from the right flank to find the genius  Dan Sserunkuma who unleashed a shot from inside the box to make the first goal for Gor Mahia.

In the 29th minute, Baba Kizito steered a counter attack with Timothy Otieno’s pass to score a goal which was nullified for offside.


Early substitution

KCCA coach sensed danger and made his early substitution in the 38th minute bringing in Brian Majwega for Bengo in a bid to change matters.

Gor made several attempts to widen their lead but KCCA’s push never allowed for change making  KCCA go into the tunnel one goal behind.

KCCA dominance

KCCA came into the second half more energetic to ensure a complete ball control giving way to Brian Majwega to equalize in the 51st minute before Brian Umuny confirmed  the lead  in the 88th minute.

Williamson shocked

Williamson expressed his surprise at the loss

“I knew this team and we had studies it but it was a bit of a shock to lose this one, he said”.

Gor Mahia will need to win one game out if their remaining two to have any chance of getting a place in the quarter finals. To assure a quarter final place, they need at least 4 points. Williamson will need to rack his brains to come up with a strategy to overcome APR of Rwanda in the next game.


Gor Mahia squad

Starting X1: 

1.Fredrick Onyango. 5. Musa Mohammed. 18. Harun Shakava. 15. David Owino. 2. Godfrey Walusimbi. 3. Baba Kizito. 17. Eric Ochieng. 6. Collins Okoth. 11. George Odhiambo . 9. Timothy Otieno. 8. Dan Sserunkuma.

Subs: 12. David Juma. 20. Joseph Kariuki. 4.Kevin Oluoch. 13. Bruno Charles. 19. Daniel Onyango. 7. Simon Mburu. 16. Arthur Ssemazzi. 23. Joel Bataro. 14. Kennedy Opiyo


Gor Mahia take on KCCA

On thursday Gor Mahia held a training session at Amahoro stadium

Coach Bobby Williamson has named the squad that will take on KCCA in Gor Mahia’s opening encounter against KCCA today. Interestingly, he has opted for an attacking formation that includes Blackberry, Sserunkuma and Timothy Otieno all playing upfront. This is a formation he has not tried before. It will be interesting to see how it works.

This tournament is important to redeem the fortunes of Kenya football which has taken a tumble in 2014 at both club and national level. Coach Williamson recognizes the magnitude of this game.

“This is a big game for us and like in any other match, our aim is to win. Taking up our chances in the game will go down well with us. This is a game of chances and if we get them, we will utilize them as we look for maximum point”s, the tactician said.

Williamson also recognizes that the Ugandan side will be a tough nut to crack especially since they demolished AFC Leopards 3-0 in the Mapinduzi cup then eliminated Tusker on penalties.

“We are new to each other because we don’t play in the same league but that doesn’t mean we fear them, no. We respect them just like any other team and we don’t underrate them in anyway. They have no idea of what we are capable of doing and neither do we,”  he added

But Gor Mahia will be relying on their Ugandan trio who are very familiar with KCCA including left back Dan Walusimbi . “I know their playing style and what they are capable of doing on the pitch but then our calmness, concentration and total commitment will see us through. We know they are well prepared for us but that’s part of preparation where we are also well prepared for them”, he told the club’s official site.


1.Jerim Onyango. 5. Musa Mohammed. 18. Harun Shakava. 15. David Owino. 2. Godfrey Walusimbi. 3. Baba Kizito. 17. Eric Ochieng. 6. Collins Okoth. 11. George Odhiambo . 9. Timothy Otieno. 8. Dan Sserunkuma.


12. David Juma. 20. Joseph Kariuki. 4.Kevin Oluoch. 13. Bruno Charles. 19. Daniel Onyango. 7. Simon Mburu. 16. Arthur Ssemazzi. 23. Joel Bataro. 14. Kennedy Opiyo

Head Coach. Bobby Williamson. Asst Coach Frank Ouna. GK Coach: Iddi Salim