Gor Mahia held by Nakumatt 2-2

Boniface Omondi challenges Timonah Wanyonyi of Nakumatt

The freight train that Is Gor Mahia was temporarily slowed down by Nakumatt at Machakos stadium. Kogalo were held 2-2. The goals came from Ephrem Guikan(32) and Boniface Omondi(72)

Additional reporting from the Nation

Ivorian striker Ephrem Guikan’s 34th minute opener was cancelled out by Joe Waithira goal on 64 minutes before Boniface Omondi restored Gor’s lead in the 72nd minute.

Substitute Jacob Faina struck at the death to draw Nakumatt level, leaving Gor Mahia fans that had turned up for the match stunned.

However, it was the return of Burundian right back Karim Nizigiyimana after almost eight months out nursing an injury that eclipsed the proceedings on the pitch, after he replaced birthday boy Kevin “Ade” Omondi with six minutes to go.

The draw, which was Gor’s fifth in 22 league matches this term, leaves the champions 16 points clear of second-placed Sofapaka while Nakumatt now have 29 points after 25 matches.

The travel-weary Gor have three games in the next seven days against Bandari (Tuesday), Posta Rangers (Friday) and Chemelil Sugar (Sunday) while Nakumatt visit AFC Leopards.

“It’s hard luck, we did everything we could to get a win in vain, we keep the focus heading into the next match,” said Gor midfielder Philemon Otieno, who was handed the armband in the absence of skipper Harun Shakava.

Nakumatt coach Medo Melis hailed his charges for their fighting spirit.

“We deserved to win, tactically both teams were superb and we lost a lot of scoring chances in the first half. We need to work on our finishing,” said the Egyptian-born American.

Gor Mahia XI: Shaban Odhoji, Wellington Ochieng, Charles Momanyi, Joash Onyango, Wesley Onguso, Bonface Omondi, Samuel Onyango, Lawrence Juma, Philemon Otieno, Kevin Omondi and Ephrem Guikan.

Subs: Francis Mustafa, Fredrick Odhiambo (GK), Eliud Lokuwam, Bernard Ondiek, Raphael Osudi, Cercidy Okeyo and Karim Nizigiyimana.

Gor Mahia hammer Nakumatt 4-0

It was a flying start to the 2018 Kenya premier League for Gor Mahia as they completely destroyed Nakumatt FC 4-0. Returning to Machakos for the first time in years, Gor Mahia completely overwhelemed Nakumatt with three goals from Kagere before Wellington Ochieng sealed the score.

Additional reporting from futaa.com

KPL reigning champions Gor Mahia have sent a resounding statement after smashing opponents Nakumatt 4-0 in their opener played on Saturday 3rd February at the Machakos Stadium. 

Meddie Kagere was the day’s hero stretching from his Super Cup prowess to record a hat-trick in the match, two goals in the second half and one in the first half while Wellington Ochieng’ sealed the win with a late goal. 

Gor Mahia was evidently the better side in the first half fresh from their Super Cup win over arch rivals AFC Leopards last weekend. Francis Kahata, Meddie Kagere and Earnest Wendo enjoyed a  brilliant combination in the match managing to expose their opponents’ defence on numerous occasions. The goals were however not easily forthcoming as Nakumatt remained vigilant.

Goals galore 

The Rwandan would however soon break the Shoppers defence with a shot inside the 18-yard area having controlled in from a counter attack for a one nil lead into the halftime break.

The second half was no better for the Nakumatt side with Kagere resuming to haunt them and pile misery in the 54th minute; sealing his double. The striker who also netted during the Super Cup sent in a low driven shot from inside the box into the bottom corner sending the travelling fans into a frenzy.

Cercidy Okeyo also enjoyed a fine form after coming on in the second half to supply the killer cross that was finally buries by Kagere and continued to show brilliance into the rest of the match.

It was things fall apart for Nakumatt in the second half after Kagere sealed his hattrick in the 80th minute from an easy tap-in into the bottom left corner of the post with Lucas Indeche well beaten on goal.

Two minutes later, Wellington Ochieng’ made it four goal to nil after shooting straight into the net at close range from an assist by Boniface Omondi. The goal ensured that Gor Mahia recorded a zooming start to the 2018 season building on their 1-0 win over AFC Leopards in the Super Cup.

Gor Mahia: Boniface Oluoch, Harun Shakava, Joash Onyango, Wesley. Onguso, Wellington Ochieng’, Eernest Wendo, Humphrey Mieno, Francis Kahata, Samuel Onyango, Boniface Omondi, Meddie Kagere

Sub: Shaban Odhoji, Charles Momanyi, Kevin Omondi, Laurence Juma, Cercidy Okeyo, Ephraim Guikan, Stephen Otieno

Gor Mahia kick off 2018 campaign this weekend

Gor Mahia players celebrate after Walusimbi’s freekick resulted in an own goal by Nakumatt in this 2017 match

Defending champions Gor Mahia will take on Nakumatt this Saturday February 3 at Machakos in their opening match of the 2018 KPL season. The 2018 season promises to be a tough one. Last season Gor Mahia won at a canter. In response, other teams have sought to strengthen their sides in order to compete with Kogalo. Most notably Sofapaka who have signed Kenyan international Kevin Kimani as well as Stephen Waruru, Ian Otieno, Kepha Aswani and Ibrahim Kitawi. Arch rivals AFC Leopards were also busy in the transfer season, signing two Ghanaians, a Nigerian and a Ugandan.

But Gor Mahia are confident, having started the season on a sound note by beating Ingwe in the Super cup. And coach Dylan Kerr is happy with the new signings who include the returning Kevin Omondi, Humphrey Mieno, Samuel Onyango and Ivorian Ephrem Guikan.

Sunday’s opponents Nakumatt, also strengthened their side by signing experienced players Noah Abich, Timonah Wanyonyi and Lucas Indeche.

Last season, Kogalo won both matches against Nakumatt, winning 2-0 and 1-0. A win against Nakumatt will put Gor Mahia in a confident position ahead of the CAF champions league match which will happen the following weekend.


Match Details

Kickoff: 3pm Saturday February 3

Venue: Machakos


Gor Mahia edge Nakumatt 1-0

Kogalo have seemingly recovered their winning groove. They recorded their second successive win on the local scene after having gone winless in three matches. And the other good news is that the Dylan Kerr era has started on a sound note.

Additional reporting from the Nation

Rwandese international Jacques Tuyisenge’s lone goal against Nakumatt FC guided Gor Mahia back to the top of the SportPesa Premier League table in an encounter played on Wednesday at the Nyayo Stadium.

Tuyisenge slotted home the opener in the eleventh minute after a quick breakaway by George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo on the left flank

Gor leapfrogged Posta Rangers at the helm on 34 points with a game in hand. Rangers had gone top after their 1-0 win over champions Tusker early on at the same venue.

“We are still struggling to finish off our chances. Technically we don’t seem okay but I can’t blame anyone, this is not Europe. Again, Nakumatt were specialists in set pieces an area we’ve to work on,” Gor coach Dylan Kerr said after the match.

His Nakumatt counterpart Anthony Mwangi promised a better side after the one-week break owing to the upcoming General elections.

“Lapse in concentration led to the goal but we shall revisit our weaknesses yet again. At least today we managed to keep them on check but we can’t rejoice in the defeat. We’ve to come back stronger,” he said.

Gor Mahia quickly took control of possession from the opening whistle. Odhiambo on the 22nd minute saw his shot parried by Sammy Okinda in the Nakumatt post for a fruitless corner.

A minute after the half hour mark, Robert Omnuk raced down the right flank, did well by beating his marker but his cross targeting Kepha Aswani was blocked by Haron Shakava.

Godfrey Walusimbi took dead ball duties whenever they came their way. His well curled 35th minute corner was saved off the line by Okinda and a rebound from Boniface Omondi easily picked by the former KCB FC man.

Gor could have doubled the lead in the 39th minute. Omondi set up Karim Nizigiyiman on the right flank and the Burundian swiftly released a low cross with Meddie Kagere the target but the Ugandan born striker hit the side net.

Kagere once again hit the side nett in the 86th minute as Okinda stood out the entire second half.

Nakumatt’s chances to equalize were dented with frequent offsides. Their threats forced the Gor backline on their foot as Dylan Kerr and his assistant Zedekiah Otieno severally stood on the touchline issuing instructions.

Peter Odhiambo in Gor goal was tested on few occasions but none of the shots would threaten him as he went on to keep his second consecutive clean sheet.

Coach Kerr praises players character

Gor Mahia players celebrate after Walusimbi’s freekick resulted in an own goal by Nakumatt

Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr said he believes the team can reclaim the KPL title should they put up the same kind of performance in the remaining matches of the league.

“Right character is important and we showed it in both halves of our match against Nakumatt.” he said to the Standard.

Kerr was happy with the way the team was able to convert defence into offence rapidly. The second goal was a result of a counter attack that saw a Kogalo player make a goal line save from a set piece which was then turned into a counter attack that Blackberry finished.

” Apart from defending set-pieces well, we dominated possession and were dangerous on counter-attacks. Our focus is to win one match at a time and hopefully, the league at the end of the season,” he said to the Standard.

Kerr admitted that his side struggled to break down a determined Nakumatt side, which looked determined to get something out of the match.

“In the end, it was all about tenacity. That won the game for us. Our opponents looked determined and I must admit they were really good and it had to take something special to beat them,” he said.

The one area that Kerr knows he will need to work on is the attack which has become blunt.
We wasted a lot of chances in the first half, but Nakumatt really opened up the game in the second half and we had a better performance. I think we could have done better in the final third, with the kind of chances we created.” he told the KPL site.

Gor Mahia floor Nakumatt 2-0

Kagere and Timothy Otieno congratulate Blackberry after he scored a brilliant solo goal against Nakumatt
Gor Mahia returned to their winning ways after a 3-game domestic winless streak. On Sunday at Nyayo stadium they beat Nakumatt 2-0. The first goal was an own goal by Ambulwa. The second goal was by George Odhiambo Blackberry.

Additional Reporting from the Nation

Dylan Kerr’s tenure as Gor Mahia coach got off to a flying start on Sunday as the team beat Nakumatt 2-0 at the Nyayo National Stadium in a SportPesa Premier League match.

Eugene Ambulwa turned the ball in his own net just five minutes after kick off and George “BlackBerry” Odhiambo sealed the victory with a brilliant goal from solo effort at the death.

For the first time this season, reserve goalkeeper Peter Odhiambo was preferred to start between the sticks for Gor, and was deputised by Shabban Odhoji as the more regular Boniface Oluoch is away on compassionate leave.

Boniface Omondi, the highly gifted forward acquired in June from Nzoia United, also started in the right wing as Kerr effected the return to a 4-4-2 strategy from the 3-5-2 approach preferred by his predecessor Marcelo Ferreira.

Nakumatt on the other hand, presented their best stars, with experienced striker Kepha Aswani leading the strike force with help from Boniface Akenga.

K’Ogalo had the upper hand from the get go, and were up by the fifth minute when Eugene Ambulwa, in an effort to drive out a free-kick floated into the area by Godfrey Walusimbi, headed the ball into the net.

The hosts had several more chances afterwards, but Meddie Kagere, Jacques Tuyisenge and BlackBerry Odhiambo all had their shots blocked by Nakumatt custodian Sammy Okinda.

Kepha Aswani blasted horribly wide from long range in the 25th minute, but the debutantes first real chance came in the 32nd minute when Boniface Akenga forced a fingertip save from Odhiambo with a well executed shot.

The story of missed chances continued in the second half, with Omondi turning Kennedy Onyango inside out but failing on his final shot due to inaccuracy.

Meddie Kagere also blasted wide in the 56th minute, when he had only the goalkeeper to beat, much to the chagrin of the K’Ogalo fans.

Nakumatt improved and Gor were in serious danger in the last 15 minutes of the game, as Nakumatt forwards repeatedly made invasions into the box.

With time running out, second half substitute George Odhiambo collected the ball and raced homewards in a counterattack that ended with him planting the ball beautifully into the net.

“That was a good performance, I am happy especially with the second half. We wasted a lot of chances in the first half, but Nakumatt really opened up the game in the second half and we had a better performance,” Gor coach Dylan Kerr said.


Starting XI: Peter Odhiambo (GK), Godfrey Walusimbi, Karim Nzigiyimana, Musa Mohammed, Haron Shakava, Philemon Otieno, Kenneth Muguna, George Odhiambo, Boniface Omondi, Meddie Kagere, Jacques Tuyisenge.

Bench: Odhoji Shaban (GK), Otieno Timothy, Mugiraneza Jean-Baptiste, Kahata Francis, Onyango Joash, Mbugua Anthony, Maloba Oliver.