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Gor Mahia trounce Langata Gremio 3-0

Kagere in action against Gremio

There were no upsets this time as Gor Mahia started their GoTV shield campaign on a sound note beating Langata Gremio 3-0.

Courtesy of goal.com

Goals from Meddie Kagere, George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo and Liberian defender Dirkir Glay ensured that K’Ogalo remain in knockout competition

Gor Mahia cruised to the second round of GOtv Shield tournament after seeing off Langata Gremio 3-0 in a match played at City Stadium on Wednesday.

Goals from Meddie Kagere, George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo and Liberian defender Dirkir Glay were enough to send K’Ogalo through as they remained in contention for a league and domestic cup double.

Gor Mahia assistant coach Frank Ouna opted to rest regular starters with custodian Boniface Oluoch paving way for skipper Jerim Onyango. Musa Mohammed also returned from injury to marshal the defence alongside Glay, Karim Nizigiyimana and Abouba Sibomana.

Ernest Wendo was handed a start in the midfield alongside Eric Ochieng’, Ronald Otieno and George Odhiambo. K’Ogalo started off well with Kagere terrorizing Gremio’s rear guard. In the 10th minute, Kagere put Gor Mahia ahead after capitalizing on a mistake by Gremio goalkeeper to tap home from a rebound.

Gor Mahia should have stretched their lead three minutes later but defender Nzigiyimana failed to convert from the penalty spot. With the penalty save, Gremio tried to come into the match and forced Jerim Onyango to a nice save in the 20th minute.

The lower league side were determined to shock the league champions but they looked nervous when approaching Gor Mahia’s danger zone. Gor Mahia went close again in 23rd minute as Omino failed to score after being put through by Musa Mohammed.

Kagere should have doubled Gor Mahia’s lead and grab his second of the day at the stroke of half-time but watched helplessly as his bicycle kick from George Odhiambo’s close was saved by Gremio goalkeeper. On resumption, Gremio continued to contain Gor Mahia, who resorted to slow down the game.

Ronald Omino missed another chance for Gor Mahia before ‘Blackberry’ powered home the second goal from a goalmouth melee. Another chance for Gor Mahia went begging minutes later as Timothy Otieno shot wide while Innocent Wafula failed to score from an open chance.

Glay then calmed Gor Mahia’s nerves grabbing the winning goal in 79th minute and thwarted any lingering hopes of Gremio making a comeback.

Gor Mahia has options for GoTV shield opener

After finishing the first leg and after a long international break that saw several Gor Mahia players participate in AFCON qualifiers for various national teams, Gor Mahia will now shift their focus to the GoTV Shield.

Kogalo will kick off their 2015  campaign against Langata Gremio on 24th June (Wednesday) at City stadium starting 3pm.

Those players who only played in the AFCON qualifiers such as Sibomana and Glay will likely have rested enough to play against Gremio.

However those who traveled to Ethiopia will likely need more rest. The technical bench will have to be judicious about giving players adequate rest, after all the primary goal of Gor Mahia this season is to win the league. Squad rotation is a critical pillar of success because it allows players to get sufficient rest and reduce the incidence of injuries.

Nevertheless Frank Ouna suggested that the players would only be given one day rest.

“A number of our key players will be involved for their national teams and so, they will have Monday as resting day before we prepare for the GoTV match to be played on Wednesday,” said Ouna to the club site.

Some players need not only physical but also psychological rest. Boniface Oluoch has had a torrid time being pilloried by various media outlets. He probably needs some time off to get in the right frame of mind for the resumption of the league campaign.

In any case Gor Mahia has a perfectly capable backup goalkeeper in Jerim Onyango who has not played much this season but appears content to be the backup keeper.

“Many have spoken about my lack of play time at the club this season but as a team player and captain I have to say that I am proud of the overall performance by my teammates. Achieving what we did in the last six months needs team effort and that is what we got.

“We shall continue working as a team and when called upon I will represent K’Ogalo just as I have done in the last five seasons. The competition has brought out the best of me and I feel I am in the best shape ever. I want to play, that’s my goal. But sometimes you have to be patient; if there is an opportunity I want to play as well as I can and help the team.”said Jerry Jagoal to the club site.

Another player who deserves rest is Michael Olunga. The dependable scorer has played in the Olympic qualifiers, AFCON qualifiers and CHAN qualifiers. Perhaps this is an opportunity to rest Olunga for the league and give players like Timothy Otieno, Blackberry and others a chance to prove they are worth a place in the starting line-up.

Musa Mohamed and Haron Shakava were also dropped from the CHAN squad due to illness and/or injuries. Rushing them back into the playing field may be ill-advised.  In their place Gor Mahia can deploy Dirkir Glay who is fresh from the mammoth tasking of marking Emmanuel Adebayor. Not much has been seen from Bernard Odhiambo who looked very promising during pre-season friendlies. Pairing him with experienced players like Glay and Sibomana could be a useful growing opportunity for him.

FKF Shield: Gor Mahia start against Langata Gremio

For the second succesive year, Gor Mahia will start their FKF cup campaign against relative minnows. Last year it was Eldoret based GFC 105. This year Gor Mahia once again start against an unknown quantity in Langata Gremio.

Last year GFC 105 pulled off perhaps the biggest shock of the season when they eliminated Gor Mahia on penalties at Moi stadium Kisumu. Simon Mburu had given Gor Mahia the lead before GFC 105 equalized in injury time and went on ti win 4-2 on penalties.

It must be said however that during this period, morale was low at Gor Mahia, many players had recently departed and for this particular game , Gor Mahia fielded a second string side because some players were on international duty.

Eric Ochieng in action against GFC 105

Its a different story this year as Gor Mahia have been in no mood to compromise or under-rate anyone. Still it should be a good opportunity for players who haven’t featured in the starting line-up or who haven’t played at all like Jerim Onyango, Eric Ochieng, Blackberry, Timothy Otieno and others who have a point to prove.

In other matches, Sofapaka FC will launch their defence against Kenya Premier League (KPL) strugglers, Nakuru All Stars. AFC Leopards and UIinzi Stars will face Ligi Ndogo and Shabana FC. The winners will play in the 2016 CAF Confederations cup.

Meanwhile coach Frank Nuttall has taken a well deserved break and returned home to Scotland on holiday.

“He left immediately after our game in Kisumu on Saturday, he went home for holiday and we expect him back 25 June to prepare the team for the second leg” said Ronald Ngala to futaa. com