Tag: Gor Mahia vs Mathare United
Gor Mahia continued their ascent to the top of the standings when they beat Mathare United 2-0, in what is their most impressive performance since the arrival of coach Ze Maria. The goals came via Walusimbi and Tuyisenge. Additional reporting from Capital FM
The result now sees the 15-time record champions dispose Mathare at second spot, with the two tied on 26 points but K’Ogalo have a better goal difference.
Despite the first half lacking any shot on target, it was a great display of tactical and technical prowess between the two sides, Dutch football fighting its way against the rather flamboyant and flowery Brazilian Samba style.
Gor were mostly using the right channel in their attack with coach Jose ‘Ze Maria’ Marcelo eager to use the pace of Innocent Wafula and crossing ability of Karim Nizigiyimana.
The duo played one-two short passes on the flank in the sixth minute but Wafula’s eventual cross was few inches higher than Jacques Tuyisenge’s height with the Rwandese forward rising in futility to connect the cross.
Three minutes later, Wafula powered on the right again before putting in a low cross but George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo arrived in the box few seconds late.
Mathare had sat back to absorb the fast pressure applied by Gor and the biggest weapon they used to ensure their keeper remained untested was their fast pressing whenever Gor were in possession.
Francis Kimanzi’s side had their first attempt in the 17th minute when Eric Johannah weaved his way from the left to get himself in a good shooting range, but couldn’t get the right technique to test Boniface Oluoch with the ball flying acres wide.
Walusimbi caused problems for Mathare in the 21st minute, striking in a powerful freekick from the left finding Wafula isolated at the far post, but the latter’s first touch was too heavy allowing Robinson Kamura to hack it away to safety.
Mathare slowly grew into the game, passing the ball well from the back but failed to get anything at the final third despite Gor skipper Musa Mohammed showing some few nervy instances with weak defending.
The defending champions came close to winding the half a goal up but Wafula’s freekick from 30 yards out flew a few over.
With both sides going into the break goalless, the second half was always set to be an explosive affair.
Kimanzi threw in the first dice, taking off Crispin Oduor for Alphonce Ndonye as he sought a more attacking minded display.
Gor kept their attacking mantra and they did not wait long to get ahead.
Ugandan Walusimbi struck a beauty of a curler in the 68th minute after being accorded time and space by the Mathare backline to leave keeper Peter Odhiambo only watching helplessly as the ball found its way into the top right corner.
Mathare had no option but to put up an attacking front and Kimanzi made another change bringing in his top scorer Obadiah Ndege for midfielder Edward Seda.
He then threw caution into the wind, pulling off right back Noah Abich for striker Harrison Mwenda but the change did more harm than good.
Seven minutes to go, the impressive Erick Ouma burst through the right side of Mathare’s defense before putting in an enticing cross which Tuyisenge headed home powerfully to all but secure the three points for Gor.
Despite pulling their weight together in attack, Mathare could not find a way past Gor custodian Boniface Oluoch.
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After having played two matches in Kisumu City, Kogalo return to Nyay0 stadium on Sunday to take on Mathare United. This is going to be far and away one of the most difficult tests that Brazilian tactician Ze Maria has faced. Mathare are currently in second place with 26 points, 3 ahead of Gor Mahia. Their last match was a 1-0 win over Bandari. If Ze Maria does not appreciate the threat posed by Mathare then Ottamax will have told him.
“Mathare is our real threat. The team is currently in a good run of form and the fact that Kimanzi is their coach means that they are really hard to crack. He has assembled a team that is now very coherent and they are a tough opponent. But we are also doing well. We have won four games in a row which is also lifting our morale. So, we will give it a good fight,” said Mr Ottamax .
Coach Francis Kimanzi returned to his original home this season. It was under Kimanzi that Mathare last won the league in 2008. He has Mathare believing that they can win the league again.
Ze Maria for his part says he is happy with the current form and thinks his side can caqrry that form to Nyayo on Sunday.
I am impressed with our form, how we pushed until the last minute, and managed to collect maximum points. It is what we wanted and I am happy with the outcome. We have to carry our performance to the next match against Mathare United and come back smiling. We put a good fight and believed to the last minute, and that is why we got the winning goal. It is the spirit we want in the team.” he said to goal.com
In the equivalent encounter last season, Gor Mahia beat Mathare 4-2. It was Michael Olunga’s coming out party in which he scored twice, thus silencing critics who were complaining that he could not score. Ali Abondo scored the other two goals.
Kickoff Time: Sunday – May 22 at 4:15 pm
Venue : Nyayo stadium
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Gor Mahia started the 2015 KPL season on a bright note beating Mathare United 4-2. Returnee Ali Abondo has been in fine scoring form since he returned. It was he who fired Gor Mahia in front early when a Mathare defender ended up in a mixup with his goalkeeper leaving Abondo with an easy task to put Gor Mahia ahead.
Mathare equalized via a Noah Abich penalty after defender Haron Shakava was adjudged to have committed a foul.
On the stroke of half time, Michael Olunga sent Gor Mahia fans into raptures when he reclaimed the lead for Gor Mahia by heading home a free-kick taken by Rwandese new signing Abouba Sibomana.
But Stubborn Mathare kept coming back and equalized. Once again it was Noah Abich who scored to tie the scores at two, this time via a free kick.
Gor Mahia pushed forward in search of a third goal. The addition of Meddie Kagere added impetus to Gor Mahia. The Rwandese striker was impressive in his official debut. Their efforts were rewarded when once again Ali Abondo placed himself in the right place at the right time to score from a Godfrey Walusimbi cross. Michael Olunga sealed the score in the 79th minute following a pass from the impressive Kagere.
Olunga will be happy to have finally lived up to expectations and repayed the faith that coach Nuttall put in him. Ali Abondo appears much more focused than he was when he last played for Gor Mahia. His movement off the ball is good. In midfield Khalid Aucho tried but was overworked especially when Harrison Mwendwa came on. He gave the Gor Mahia rear-guard plenty to worry about. Aucho will welcome the return of Collins Okoth who is likely serving a suspension.
All in all a good start for Gor Mahia which rarely scores four goals. The forwardline which looked blunt during pre-season is starting to gain a measure of cohesion. There is still plenty of work for Nuttall to do before the team hits top form.
Gor Mahia Starting XI
Bonface Oluoch – Musa Mohamed – Karim Nizigiyimana- Abouba Sibomana – Godfrey Walusimbi – Khalid Aucho – Harun Shakava – Ronald Otieno ( 86’ Simon Pierre) – Ali Abondo – George Odhiambo ( 60’ Meddie Kagere) – Michael Olunga (80’ Timothy Otieno)
Jerim Onyango – Israel Emuge – Timothy Otieno – Kevin Oluoch – Eric Ochieng.
Mathare United Starting X1: Robert Mboya – David Mwangi – Noah Abich – Edgar Ochieng – George Owino – Vincent Okello – Roy Samba – Whyvone Isuza, (53’ Harrison Mwendwa ) – Eric Johanna (82’ Duke Abuya,) – Daniel Mwaura – Edwin Ombasa
Unused Subs: Charles Ouma – Robinson Mwangi – Eliakim Nyaga – Alphonce Ndoye – Eric Mmata.
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Following Gor Mahia’s crucial and hard fought win over Mathare United, coach Frank Nuttall has expressed satisfaction with the way the team played. He has at the same time vowed that the team will keep their foot on the accelerator when they take on Sofapaka in an even more crucial encounter.
“We played well to stop United and are looking forward to a similar performance against Sofa”
When Nuttall first arrived, fans were skeptical given his lack of experience. But has brought an injection of new ideas that was badly needed. Though he started on a sour note with that loss to Simba, he has finally gotten his act in order. Under Nuttall, Gor Mahia have yet to lose a match but have recorded solid wins. Nuttall has also injected a dose of confidence in former KPL player of the year George Odhiambo “Blackberry”. As this column once theorized, Blackberry just needed a coach who could get into his psyche and boost his confidence. many strikers have very fragile psyches and can lose confidence.
Odhiambo was in fine form today and I am happy for him especially after he scored his second goal in a row. It gives him plenty of confidence and we need that at this time.” continued Nuttall.
Blackberry for his part appeared very excited at finding the net for the second match in a row, unlike last week when he barely celebrated, apparently unsure if he would be credited with the goal. And whereas Sserunkuma has of late been the beneficiary of precise assists from the likes of Musa Mohamed, Timothy Otieno and Blackberry, this time it was Sserunkuma who provided the inch perfect cross. This shows the team is in sync, once again again a credit to coach Nuttall.
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courtesy of goal.com
George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo scored his second goal of the season as Gor Mahia cruised past ‘Slum Boys’ to maintain their push for successive title
George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo scored his second goal of the season as Gor Mahia edged out Mathare United 1-0 in Sunday’s Kenyan Premier League match at City Stadium.
Odhiambo headed home a Dan Sserunkuma long cross in 36th minute to enable the league champions to extend their lead at the top of the log to four points ahead of second placed Sofapaka.
It was another great afternoon for the former KPL player of the year, who is trying to recapture his old form after two tough years in which he struggled to hold down club position.
He scored his first goal of the season when Gor Mahia hammered Nairobi City Stars 4-1 at Nyayo Stadium and looks certain to play a big role in helping his club to retain league title this season.
Coming into second half of Sunday’s match, Mathare United rested Titieh Olesu for Edwin Ombasa as they fought to equalise but it was Gor Mahia who had first chance at goal when Godfrey Walusimbi’s goal bound effort was clumsily put out by Robert Mboya in goal to earn the champions their first corner in second half.
From the corner Haroun Shakava, who had a free header, jumped too high as his effort went wide. KPL current top scorer Dan Sserunkuma had a quite afternoon but he still managed to send some lethal crosses on target.
Apart from setting up Odhiambo for the opener. he nearly did it again in 65th minute when his long cross found the scorer on the move and he chested it but could not finish the effort.
United then made their second substitution bringing on Emmanuel Ibe for Daniel Mwaura. But they survived a scare when Edgar Ochieng headed out Godfrey Walusimbi’s shot.
With a quarter of an hour to go, Whyvonne Isuza failed to take advantage of a poor clearence by Jerim Onyango to score. Onyango’s clearence had landed on Isuza’s feet and he fumbled with the ball before it was cleared.
Gor Mahia rested Godfrey Walusimbi for Eric Ochieng’ late in the match in a bid to keep a clean sheet.
Though he came on late, Ochieng’ wasted a perfect opportunity to score when he shot wide from a Dan Sserunkuma pass.
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Gor Mahia will take on Mathare United on Sunday in a crucial Tusker premier league encounter. The league has reached its penultimate stage. There are only four matches left on the Gor Mahia schedule. And with a match in hand, Gor Mahia are one point ahead of Sofapaka who kept up the pressure on the league leaders by beating KRA on Thursday.
To secure the league title for the second season running, Gor Mahia will need to win 3 of their remaining four matches. On Sunday, they will have to play without dependable defender Musa Mohamed who is suspended. But Musa has expressed confidence that his side has the ability to prosecute the remaining matches on the schedule succesfully.
“We of course have respect for every team but what is important to us now is to work hard and get three points regardless of who is in front of us,” he said. “We must be strong in all the remaining games and that is what can help us win the title.” said Musa to the Star.
Musa went on to praise new coach Frank Nuttall for raising his sides fitness levels.
“Our physical fitness is good and I think we are in good shape and have lot of fantasy in our heads but should show that on the pitch.
However Musa and the other players would be well advised to forget about any fantasies or dreams and focus on winning one game at a time.
And as usual, the 12th man will be crucial in the last four matches, most of which will be played at Gor Mahia’s home turf.
“We have a good feeling in the dressing room and our fans are supportive out there too. That is the secret and the focus that we all have on what we want to do. That is what winning is all about”remarked Musa
Mathare United for their part have warned Gor Mahia that they will be no pushovers.
“We are looking forward for Sunday’s game that will be tough and interesting because each team is looking for a win so the match will be very tactical.
“Gor are looking for points to increase their chances of retaining the league while we are looking to finish above top eight,” Okumbi said to Capital FM.
Based on how Gor Mahia played in their last match against City Stars, Gor Mahia fans have every reason to be optimistic. And once again coach Frank Nuttall has had two weeks in which to instill his tactical approach and raise the fitness levels of the playing unit.
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