Gor Mahia blank Simba 2-0 to win Sportpesa cup

Gor Mahia emerged victorious in the final match of the 2018 Sportpesa Supercup. They beat Simba of Tanzania 2-0. The goals came from Meddie Kagere and Jacque Tuyisenge. As a result, Gor Mahia have won Ksh 3m and earned the right to play Everton at Goodison Park. And for the second straight season, Gor Mahia have won the Sportpesa Supercup without conceding a goal.

Additional reporting from the Nation
Champions Gor Mahia successfully retained the SportPesa Super Cup after a convincing 2-0 win over Tanzania’s Simba SC in the final at the Afraha Stadium, Nakuru on Sunday.

Goals on either side of halftime from the Rwandese duo of Meddie Kagere and Jacques Tuyisenge saw K’Ogalo put their opponents to the sword in a packed final.

Gor, who are also the league champions, will now travel to England to face top-flight side Everton at their Goodison Park home next month.

Gor also walked away with Sh3 million for their exploits, while runners up Simba went home with Sh 1million.

Gor coach Dylan Kerry could not hide his joy of beating Simba. It was a sweet revenge for the Englishman after he was bundled out of the club in a huff.

“I have now proved that I am the best coach in the region and Simba should now respect my coaching tactics as I am heading to Goodison Park in England, while they will be at home in Dar es Salaam,” said a delighted Kerr, who was dismissed from Simba after only six months at the helm.

Simba assistant coach Masoud Juma conceded defeat and congratulated Gor for the victory saying his charges were overwhelmed by their opponents’ vast experience.

“I fielded a relatively new and young side. I will now develop the side into a formidable team and I am sure we shall soon roar to the top of the regional football apex and revenge against Gor in the Kagame Cup next month,” said Masoud.

Earlier, Tanzania’s Singida United secured third place after edging out Kakamega Homeboyz 4-1 on post-match penalties during their third-place playoff match.

The sides were tied at 1-1 at the end of the 90 minutes and took penalties to decide the winner.

Singida pocketed Sh750,000, while Kakamega Homeboyz received Sh500,000.

Eight sides took part in the second edition of the competition which began on June 3.
Playing before a massive home fans in a dilapidated Afraha Stadium pitch, the enterprising Green Army hunted Simba from the moment Ethiopia referee Belay Tadese signalled the start of the epic final duel at exactly 3pm.

And hardly five minutes into the game, Francis Kahata initiated a brilliant move on the right flank and superbly passed the ball to the sprinting Tuyisenge along the touchline, who in turn squared to Kagere inside the box, who made a brilliant turn and fired a powerful shot past Simba goalkeeper Manula Aishi for his fourth goal of the tournament.

Aishi first handled the ball before it slipped from his hands and rolled into the net sending the thousands of Gor fans into rapturous celebrations.

The limping Simba’s first attempt on goal came in the 26th minute when Rashid Juma’s volley was cleverly blocked by Shaban Odhonji.

In the 31st minute, Gor’s George “Blackberry” Odhiambo threaded his way through the Simba defence, but his rising shot rested on top of the net.

In the 35th minute, Erustus Nyoni of Simba earned a yellow card for hitting Tuyisenge on the head while vying for an aerial ball.

In the ensuing confusion, Gor captain Harun Shakava was booked by the Ethiopian referee for disent.

Three minutes later, Blackberry’s 24 meter free kick from outside the box rebounded on the chest of goalkeeper Manula before it was cleared as a charging Kagere missed an opportunity to sweep the ball into the net.

Tadese was forced to give Tuyisenge a yellow card for dissent after he momentarily lost his temper.

Three minutes before the breather, Kahata playing before his home town fans nearly doubled the scores when he failed to convert a beautiful pass from Godfrey Walusimbi inside the box with a powerful grass cutter.

On resumption, Gor’s attacking machine led by Kahata, Tuyisenge and Kagere continued to trouble the Simba defence with constant attacks.

And their spirited efforts were rewarded 10 minutes into second half, when Humphrey Mieno sent a delicious cross with Tuyisenge completed with a simple tap in to score his first goal of the tournament.

Moments later, Kahata rolled with the ball on the right flank but his cross was not converted into a goal.

Five minutes before the final whistle, Gor continued with their tale of missed chances and this time it was the turn of Tuyisenge to blast over with the goal at his mercy.

Gor Mahia to play Shabana on Jamhuri day

When the two teams last met, Gor Mahia whitewashed Shabana 6-0

Gor Mahia will be in Kisumu on Jamhuri day to play against newly promoted Shabana FC.  Shabana Chairman Jared Nivaton is excited about the prospect of using this opportunity to market his team to potential fans.

“We want to give our fans an opportunity to enjoy the beautiful game yet show their rivalry and passion for their teams; I am sure this will be a huge one and of course we want to win against Gor,” Nivaton told goal.com

Shabana coach Gilbert Selebwa for his part is eager to use the match to prepare his team for the premier league.

The choice of Kisumu as a venue for this match is ideal for promoting an intra-provincial rivalry.

Nivaton is eager to exact revenge following his sides crushing 6-0 defeat to Gor Mahia in the GoTV shield.

“This could be the time to get our revenge for the poor result we got last time out but the big one is coming next season. Let the fans enjoy this Jamhuri Day treat of football at its best.”

Shabana is the latest team to be promoted to the premier league by hook or by crook. They were given 12 points free while their challengers like league leading West Kenya Sugar and second placed Agro-Chemical were docked points under dubious circumstances. The same scenario played out when Nakuru All Stars were promoted in 2013 and when AFC Leopards were promoted a few years back. Fans easily forget that when AFC were promoted, it was Eldoret Mahakama who had actually won the league but Sam Obingo the then KFF chairman docked them points under dubious circumstances.

However unlike Nakuru All Stars, Shabana are not wasting their opportunity. They have gone on a signing spree seeking experienced players like former Gor Mahia midfielder Andrew Ongwae.

They are also eager to explore other avenues for revenue

“This marks the beginning of the process to reposition corporate that is Shabana FC to ensure it is where it belongs right at the top of the pack. Shabana comes from a community that is so full of life and colour, with a fantastic support of more than one million fans, so they are not just the third force but a serious force to reckon with in Kenyan football.”

Among the avenues Shabana is already pursuing is jersey sales.

Shabana modeling their new jerseys : Image courtesy of goal.com

This is an area where Gor Mahia can learn from Shabana because it appears Gor Mahiahas forgotten how popular the “Gor Mahia” labeled jerseys were in 2010.


Transfer News

Gor Mahia made what appears to be their first signing of the 2014 season. They have signed AFC Leopards defender Jackson Saleh.  This according to a report on futaa.com

The 25 year old Saleh previously played for Western Stima. He is capable of playing multiple positions in defence. He is a solid tackler, is composed and is a good passer. He was a nominee for defender of the year.  He is a timely replacement for David Owino “Calabar” whom reports suggest is headed to El Merreikh of Sudan.

Other unconfirmed reports suggest that Dan Sserunkuma pocketed a total of Ksh 8 million for his transfer to Simba.

Meanwhile former Gor Mahia defender Eric “PPO” Masika has been axed by AFC Leopards along with 6 other players whom AFC coach Peter de Jongh considered surplus to requirements.

Gor Mahia vs Simba Match Report

It was a splendid performance by Gor Mahia young lads at Dar-es-salaam National stadium on Saturday when they demolished a fluid Simba side 3-1 in an extremely exciting match played in front of a sparse crowd. Duncan Makori took only 2 minutes of play before finding the back of the net after he was beautifully put through by industrious midfielder Collins Okoth, who later, turned scorer in the 13th minute after Wycliffe Opondo marvellously tapped an over head first volley on his path. He made no mistake latching on it clinically with his left foot, a mazed Simba goal keeper Ally Mustapha could do very little to stop the ball from landing in the roof of the net.
Baldwin Ngwa, who had his best day in Kenyan football scene, was a constant threat to Simba’s defence line. He marshaled his way through the box before releasing a fine pass to unmarked Francis Ochola at the edge of Goalkeeper’s area. Without making any mistake, Ochola cleverly made it 3-0 at 44th minute.
Second half was a tale of missed chances with Duncan Makori missing a great opportunity to make it 4-0 at the 65th minute there after it became a balanced affair with Jerry Santos rattling the cross bar in the 75th minute. Earlier Amri Mafutah had missed a glaring chance after failing to tap in a cross after he had beaten Gor’s offside trap. Amir Mafutah would later console their home fans by pulling one goal back at the stoppage time after converting a similar cross he missed earlier.
Gor’s lineup
Ronnie Kagunzi, Solomon Nasio, Chris Wekesa, Eric Masika, Musa Mohamed, Anthony Akumu, Wycliffe Opondo (John Kiplangat 59′), Collins Okoth (Robert Onyango 85′), Baldwin Ngawa (Duncan Owiti 85′) Francis Ochola, Duncan Makori (Tonny Onyango 77′).
Reserves not used
Jerim Onyango, Francis Akang’o and Andrew Murunga
Charles Omondi
Duncan Makori 2′ Collins Okoth 13′ and Francis Ochola 44′. Amri Mafutah 90′
The second proposed friendly match against Yanga in Arusha today has been shelved due to lack of a venue. Its said that Sheikh Abeid stadium is booked for a political rally for today and tomorrow.
Ronald N. Ngala

Shades of the 80s as Gor Mahia tame Simba

Andrew Murunga and Eric Masika (15) keeping tabs on Salim Gilla of Simba

Amid the miserable failure of the national team, Kogalo supporters had something to lift their spirits. Gor Mahia reminded Simba of the good old days of the 70s and 80s when Tanzanians would shake in their boots at the prospect of facing Kogalo as it often happened in the CECAFA Club Cup.

Gor Mahia beat Simba 3-1. Goals from Makori, Francis Ocholla and Collins Okoth sunk the Msimbazi based side who finished second in the Tanzanian league last season. All goals came in the first half.

Kogalo celebrates the 3rd goal as Simba are left mesmerized