Gor Mahia held by Mathare 2-2 in Cup ceremony match


Gor Mahia and Mathare United settled for a 2-2 draw at Kisumu during the formal coronation of the 2018 Kenya Premier League title.

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Prior to the coronation, the defending champions were held to a 2-2 draw by a hard-fighting Mathare United at the same venue in their penultimate match of the 2018 season.

Rwandese import Jacques Tuyisenge and Humphrey Mieno were on target for Gor while Mathare’s goals were scored by substitute Klinsman Omulanga and Cliff Nyakeya.

Like the norm with Gor’s supporters, they turned in their numbers with all kinds of paraphernalia, painting the Lake side city green before converging at the stadium, to witness their team’s coronation for the 17th time.

K’Ogalo had successfully defended the title with six games to go, and Sunday’s draw takes their points tally to 72.

The club’s patron, former Prime Minister Raila Odinga was the chief guest at the event, with other dignitaries present being Gor’s chairman Ambrose Rachier and Kisumu Deputy Governor Mathews Owili

And when skipper Harun Shakava lifted the trophy aloft after receiving it from Odinga, the jubilant fans responded with a rapturous roar, paying tribute to the Dylan Kerr-led team after another year of unmatched dominance.

Looking to put a smile on their supporters faces after their recent poor run, K’Ogalo begun the encounter strong, taking a deserved lead after nine minutes through Tuyisenge.

The Rwandan easily slotted the ball into the back of the net with a low drive to the left of the goal post, after finding himself with Mathare’s goalkeeper Job Ochieng as the only man to beat.

The forward was on his way to adding a second a few minutes later but he flagged offside, before Mathare threatened to cancel the host’s lead from the right wing.

The early goal seemed not to have dampened the visitors spirits as they took the game to Gor’s side, forcing Kerr’s defenders led by skipper Shakava to be alert.

David Owino reacted fast to save Mathare from conceding a second goal in the 24th minute when he cleared the ball from Ephrem Guikan legs, just when the Ivorian was preparing to strike with his left foot.

George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo was unlucky with his 35th minute attempt from the left as it missed the target by a few inches, with Ochieng already beaten, before Tuyisenge’s header went off target.

Mathare head coach Francis Kimanzi was the first to make a change, bringing in Omulanga for Clifford Alwanga in the 49th minute, but, it was not long before his side fell 2-0 down.

Mieno turned well to beat Ochieng with a shot from the centre of the crowded box, after collecting a loose ball from George Odhiambo’s delivery from a corner.

Mathare then created two successive chances but were denied by Fredrick Odhiambo’s at Gor Mahia’s goal who had not been tested for the better part of the duel.

Substitute Omulanga halved Gor’s lead in the 69th minute with a cool finish that hit bar before crossing the line, before goal keeper Odhiambo made another crucial save to deny his former employers an equaliser.

Kerr made a double substitution two minutes later, resting George Odhiambo for Francis Mustafa and Charles Momanyi for the injured Rafael Asudi.

A mistake by defender Joash Onyango to push Omulanga when he went up inside the box to head the ball cost Gor the win as Nyakeya made no mistake from the spot nine minutes from time.

Kerr decried the manner in which his side gave away the win but thanked the players for clinching the title despite the tight scheduled that they had.

“We were on top of things but conceded two goals which ought not to have happened because we came in Kisumu to win and thank our fans for their support,” said Kerr.

Gor Mahia go down to Mathare United 1-0

Mugiraneza challenges Edwin Seda

Coach Dylan Kerr suffered his first defeat as Kogalo coach when his side went down 0-1 to Mathare United at Thika municipal stadium. It was a mirror image of the first leg. Gor Mahia seem unable to adapt their game to that field.
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Mathare United handed coach Dylan Kerr his first defeat after edging out Gor Mahia 1-0 in a Kenyan Premier League match at Thika Stadium on Saturday.

Chrispine Oduor’s goal in the fifth minute made all the difference as Mathare United completed a double over the KPL league leaders by an identical scoreline.

Gor Mahia had started well with Meddie Kagere breaking free from the right and beating Samuel Olwande in defence but his resultant effort went wide.

Two minutes later, Gor Mahia were forced to make an early substitution when Ian Wafula was brought in for Karim Nizigiyimana.

Then the tide quickly turned as Mathare seem to take control and the result was their early goal.
Oduor created space for himself on the left and picked out Cliff Nyakeya who returned the favour and the latter beat Boniface Oluoch with a low shot at the bottom right corner for Mathare’s opener in the fifth minute.

After the goal, Mathare continued to pile pressure. In the 21st minute, Edward Seda’s free kick from the edge of the box went inches wide.

Then two minutes later, Boniface Oluoch was forced to come out to deny Mathare United once again from a corner kick.

Nyakeya’s shot in the 33rd minute went just wide.

One minute later, Gor Mahia midfielder Francis Kahata was denied by Lewis Opiyo in goal for Mathare from a well taken volley.

The Slum Boys were the more ambitious side at the start of the second half with Chris Ochieng’s shot blocked by Oluoch.

At the hour mark, Edward Seda’s free kick hit the Gor wall. Jacques Tuyisenge came close to equalising for Gor, but his header hit the roof with a quarter of an hour to go.

Kahata was denied once again by Opiyo from a free kick as Gor continued to pile pressure.

Title march continues: Gor Mahia take on Mathare United

Gor Mahia’s march towards the 2017 Kenya Premier league continues this Saturday when they take on Mathare United. Gor Mahia now need only four points to win the league. And if Sofapaka and Homeboyz slip up again, then a win against Mathare could very well give them the title.

Mathare for their part are in 15th place and are desperately battling relegation. It is a dramatic change in fortunues for a team that won the Kenya Premier League in 2008. A team that penned one of the most lucrative sponsorship deals last year and was thus expected to challenge for the title. It is also a dramatic change in fortunes for coach Francis Kimanzi who as recently as 2012 was considered the best coach in Kenya.

Kimanzi and his team knows that Mathare cannot afford to slip up and must battle.

” It’s the big one this weekend. The lads are fired up for the Saturday clash against league leaders Gor Mahia. Interestingly, we are one of the three sides that have managed to beat K’Ogalo this season, the club exclaimed. Save for Wycliffe Kasaya and Roy Syamba, it’s a full house in training and the mood in camp is great ahead of the task ahead” said a post on the club’s social media pages.

The last encounter  between these two sides was in April at Thika stadium. Mathare won 1-0. The goal was scored by Cliff Nyakeya, a former Gor Mahia youth player, assisted by Derrick Onyango, also a former Gor Mahia youth player. And this is another area where Mathare’s fortunes have changed. It is they who used to be a pipeline of talent with many former Mathare Youth players playing for clubs all over the country.

Dylan Kerr, the Gor Mahia coach, remains focused on winning all the remaining matches and he knows he will face a very determined side in Mathare United

“We all know, many teams aim at defeating us (Gor Mahia), and that makes it even harder for my players on the pitch. And with a few matches remaining, we have to stay focused, it is definitely going to be a tough assignment, and we are focused on giving our best and win.” he said to goal.com

On Thursday morning, Gor Mahia played a friendly against Ulinzi and won 4-2 with goals by Timothy Otieno, JB Mugiraneza, Mike Simiyu and Boniface Omondi. This according to team official Judith Nyangi.

Gor Mahia in shock loss to Mathare United

Kagere tussles with Andrew Juma of Mathare United

Gor Mahia’s plans of taking over the league leadership were stifled on Sunday when they surprisingly lost to struggling Mathare United 0-1 at Thika Stadium. It was an unexpected loss since Mathare have been on the receiving end of heavy defeats.
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Former Gor Mahia youth team players Cliff Nyakeya and Derrick Onyango collectively ensured that K’Ogalo walk home bare handed. Onyango was the man with the assist and Nyakeya is the man, who placed the ball past keeper Boniface Oluoch in the 34th minute.

With the aim of securing three points in order to go ahead of Posta Rangers on the league table, Coach Ze Maria named a strong squad with Jean-Baptiste Mugiraneza and Jacques Tuyisenge being part of the arsenal.

Indeed, Mugiraneza showed intention of wanting to etch his name on the score-board in the 20th minute but Mathare United proved smarter by clearing the danger.

Karim Nizigiyimana then launched a number of attacks after Nyakeya goal but things did not work out well for him.

The fight continued in the second half-with the likes of Godfrey Walusimbi being instrumental in search of an equalizer to no avail. Even the introduction of Maloba Oliver never bore any fruits for Gor Mahia.

The Mathare United win is a big morale booster for coach Salim Ali putting into consideration that the ‘Slum Boys’ had registered a draw against Chemelil Sugar after suffering a 5-1 defeat against Ulinzi Stars under him in the absence of head coach Francis Kimanzi.

They have since revealed on their facebook page the secret behind their historic victory. Their Chairman Bob Munro had a word with them in the dressing room ahead of the match.”Gor (Mahia) are clearly confident of victory but seriously underestimate your talents and teamwork. So prove them wrong today.”

Gor Mahia : Boniface Oluoch, Karim Nizigiyimana ,Wellington Ochieng’ , Musa Mohammed, Shakava Haron, Otieno Philemon, Kahata Francis, Jean-Baptiste Mugiraneza,Walusimbi Godfrey, Tuyisenge Jacques, Meddie Kagere.

Subs : Fredrick Odhiambo, Onyango Joash, Nondi Amos, Mbugua Athony, Maloba Oliver, Otieno Timothy, Wafula Innocent.

Mathare United : Levis Opiyo, Andrew Juma, George ‘Wise’ Owino, Lennox Ogutu,David Mwangi, Chrispinus Odour, Aboubakar Keya, Daniel Mwaura, Harrsion Mwenda, Cliff Nyakeya, Derrick Onyango.

Subs : Wycliffe Kasaya, Tyson Odhiambo, Roy Okal, Martin Ongori, David Owino, Tyson Otieno, Ronald Okoth.

Gor Mahia blank Mathare 2-0

Ouma “Marcelo” in action against Mathare Image: Citizen Sports

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.


Gor Mahia take on Mathare United in crucial match

Can Gor Mahia carry their Kisumu form to Nyayo?

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

Gor Mahia 4 Mathare United 2

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)

Unused Subs

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.

Coach Frank Nuttall satisfied with results

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.

Match Highlights

Gor Mahia 1 Mathare United 0

Kizito had a solid game orchestrating moves from midfield

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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.