Uganda tour canceled, Gor Mahia to Power Dynamos again

The planned tour of Uganda which was to serve as a build-up tour for the Africa Champions League has been canceled as confirmed by club official Ronald Ngala.

We are not financially stable. “We had planned to go to Uganda because we hoped to get some funds but we have not until now so we have no option but to stay around. Maybe the other option could have been to invite them here but they too are in a position similar to ours so they are not able to travel Nairobi.” said Ngala to

This sudden turn of events calls into question a number of things. Ngala now says the club is not financially stable yet they have recently spent significantly on several players from overseas, some of whom were signed without trials or medicals. Also the club has of late not been pushing the 35010 MPESA project or membership, leaving some fans to believe that the club has another income source or was anticipating an income source. It also leaves fans wondering if Gor Mahia has set aside funds to host CNaPs of Madagascar in two weeks time. One would hope that they were not basing it on anticipated revenue streams that they have now realized will not materialize.

 Rematch with Power Dynamos

Instead, Gor Mahia will play Power Dynamos of Zambia again according to Ronald Ngala.

“We are finalizing preparations as we want to play Dynamos again on Saturday, out first match was an eye opener and we want to play  them again as part of our preparations for the new season” said Ngala to

Its an immediate opportunity for the club to assuage fan fears and for some of the players who put on a listless display against the Zambians last weekend to redeem themselves. Its also an opportunity for fans to see if Nuttall can correct the errors committed by players last weekend.

Nuttall picks positives out of Dynamos clash

Mike Olunga in action against Power Dynamos

At the end of 2014, Gor Mahia had no choice but to overhaul the side. A number of key players left at the end of 2014 leaving what was already a paper thin squad with virtually no bench. This is aproduct of the fact that Gor Mahia hemorrhages a large number of players every December and every June. This bi-annual player departure often leaves Gor Mahia having to rebuild a squad almost from scratch every January. How to address this issue is a story for another day.

The focus now is on preparing for the Africa Champions League encounter with CnaPS of Madagascar that will occur in two weeks. Coach Frank Nuttall has the tall order of rebuilding a competitive team. the club has done the right thing by scheduling a number of high profile friendlies. Bandari were the first to expose Gor Mahia’s during the previous weekend. And this past weekend, a very organized and efficient Zambian side went a step further.

Nuttall has previously complained about a blunt forwardline. He now realizes that besides the attack, there is plenty more work to do.

“We were lost in midfield and that is where they dominated us,” Nuttall told after the match. Some players in midfield appeared to lack match fitness. And it has been a while since Gor Mahia had a creative midfielder.

Defence was also an issue. For the second goal, goalkeeper Jerim Onyango had to contend with three wide Open Power Dyanamos strikers. He had no chance.

However Nuttall is confident that the myriad issues can be resolved prior to the ACL encounter.

But there are many positives to take from the game as we build-up for our continental assignment in two weeks time. We have analysed our performance in a real game situation and we have time to work and improve before we play our next match.”

Frank Ouna for his part is looking forward to Meddie Kagere to solve Gor Mahia’s attacking problems

“We created many chances and won two penalties but missed both. It’s unfortunate we missed the penalties, but with the arrival of Meddie Kagere I am confident we will start scoring.” he said to the Standard.

CNaPs in Action

Meanwhile Gor Mahia’s opponents continued to warm up for their encounter against Gor Mahia. This past weekend they played in the Madagascar Super cup against rivals Elgeco.  Repors suggest that CNaPs played well but could not prise open the opposing defence. The game ended 0-0. This off-season, CNaps strengthened their unit by signing among others, Olivier Ralaidimy from Tana Sports
We hope coach Nuttall can get a copy of this video or other CNaPs videos to prepare Kogalo.

Gor Mahia vs Power Dynamos preview

Gor Mahia are still scheduled to play against Zambian side Power Dynamos on Sunday. This despite some media reports that the match was being rescheduled. The match will be played on Sunday starting at 4 pm at Nyayo stadium. The choice of Nyayo makes sense given that Gor Mahia will play CNAPs of Madagascar at Nyayo.

Gor Mahia have learned the hard way. Rather than play easy friendlies against teams like Supa Loaf as they did last season, Gor Mahia have decided to sharpen themselves against higher quality friendlies as coach Frank Nuttall continues to work towards gaining a measure of cohesion.

Skipper Jerim Onyango was upbeat about the friendly

“I would like to thank the management for organizing such a high profile friendly match. We need more of such games to ensure we prepare fully for the CAF Champions League and other competitions ahead of the new season.

The match against Dynamos will tell us how much prepared we are ahead of the new season. To be the best you have to gauge yourself against the best teams in the continent” he said. to

And Power Dynamos will indeed provide Gor Mahia with a challenge. In 2014, they came within two points of winning the Zambian league, losing narrowly to Zesco. For the CAF competition, they have maintained most of their 2014 squad and added players from arch rivals Nkana FC: Defender Masautso Zimba,midfieder Claude Bwalya and 2nd choice goal keeper Charles Mweemba. They have two players who featured for Zambia in the 2015 Africa nations cup: Chris Munthali and Joshua Titima though the duo will likely not travel.

Gor Mahia have yet to impress in 2015 but coach Frank Nuttall appears positive with the progress the club is making with the exception of the attack.

Loss of Brian Umony

Coach Nuttall lamented the fact that Gor Mahia were not able to sign Ugandan striker Brian Umony.

“Umony is one player I wanted to bring in. But unfortunately it was not to be,” said Nuttall, adding, “I knew Danny (Sserunkuma) was going to leave, he had intimated to me and I believe Umony was going to be the perfect replacement. But I am told it was difficult getting him.” said Nuttall to

Both Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards pursued Umony but his demands were too high.

Previous Encounters vs Zambian sides

Despite the extensive record Gor Mahia has in CAF and CECAFA competitions, matches between Gor Mahia and Zambian sides are few and far between. In 1977, Gor Mahia lost 4-5 on aggregate to Zambian representatives Mufulira Wanderers in the second of the Africa cup. In 1981, Gor Mahia beat Kabwe Warriors 2-1 in a CECAFA cup match played in Kisumu. And in 1986, Gor mahia outplayed Mufulira Wanderers  but still lost 0-1 at the CECAFA cup in Mwanza Tanzania.

According to the club site, charges for the main stand will be Ksh 500 while charges for the terraces will be Ksh 200.


Up next: Western Stima then Power Dynamos

Gor Mahia to return to Kisumu


Having beaten Bidco FC  in a friendly match this past weekend, Gor Mahia will now face a sterner test against KPL side Western Stima. According to, the match will be played on Wednesday at Moi stadium Kisumu. This stadium was the scene of wild celebrations when Gor Mahia won the league last season.

Though this is a friendly match, the turnout is bound to be high given the passionate support that Gor Mahia has in this town. It is therefore important for Gor Mahia and the county of Kisumu to cooperate in providing adequate security. The club cannot afford any lapses.

For coach Frank Nuttall, it is an opportunity to once again test his new and existing players and continue to explore various combinations. Nuttall expressed his happiness at the win over Bidco last weekend:

“I’m happy we have started the New Year on a sound note. I believe we are on the right track and I look forward to a good season. To me, it doesn’t matter who scores, the team victory has to come ahead of everything else” he said to

However Nuttall should be concerned about his strikeforce which appeared blunt. Whereas at the beginning of last season, we knew going in that Dan Sserunkuma would spearhead the attack, it is not clear in 2015. Nuttall has about one month to find the two players who can play well together upfront.

Assistant coach Frank Ouna also expressed satisfaction with the win over Bidco and expressed the club’s intent to beat Western Stima.

“We want to win the game. It is an important game for us. We have a new team and every match for us counts a lot. We are taking every match very seriously. This is perhaps the second time we are playing together in a friendly match after playing Bidco United.”

For Gor Mahia fans its another opportunity to assess the new signings. Some players did well on Saturday most notably, Karim Nizigiyimana, Khalid Aucho and Bernard Odhiambo. In particular, new signing “Rooney” Omino will play against the team his father coaches.

But It is one thing to play well against Bidco which is a lower tier team. Fans will be interested to see what the team can do against KPL calibre players. Others who did not impress should be using this opportunity to show improvement.

 Power Dynamos

Famous Zambian side, Power Dyanamos will be camping in Nairobi in preparation for their CAF confederation encounter with Al Khartoum of Sudan. While in Nairobi, they will play a friendly against Gor Mahia on February 1.

Club secretary Ricky Mamfunda said in an interview from Kitwe yesterday that weather conditions in Kenya are similar to Sudan. “We decided to take the team to Nairobi because its proximity to Sudan and the weather conditions,”.

Power are expected to leave for Nairobi on January 25. They will face Al Khartoum on February 14.

Julius Situmbeko who is famous for the botched deal with Gor Mahia in January of 2014 was in the Power Squad until November of 2014. It is not clear if he has re-signed with Power.