Tag: Gor Mahia vs Tusker

23 Sep 17

Image courtesy of Bush Koyla Nyang

Gor Mahia hammered Tusker 2-0 in what can only be characterized as one of the most important wins of 2017. At the start of the week, Kogalo were nine points ahead of Tusker. Then came a high court ruling that nullified results against Nakumatt and Zoo Kericho. Based on this ruling, Gor Mahia’s leaf over Tusker was now only six points. It was therefore critical for Kogalo to beat Tusker on Saturday. That they did, winning 2-0 with goals from Meddie Kagere and George Odhiambo Blackberry.

Additional Reporting from Sportpesa news
Gor Mahia FC all but sealed the 2017 SportPesa Premier League (SPL) title when they beat champions Tusker FC 2-0 in a water-logged Kericho Green Stadium on Saturday.

Elsewhere, Kakamega Homeboyz FC did Gor a huge favour by sinking their closest challengers, Sofapaka FC 2-1 while stuttering Posta Rangers FC were forced to yet another stalemate when relegation-threatened Thika United FC rallied for a 1-1 draw.

Victory against the side that dethroned them from the crown last season saw Gor who are bidding to extend their SPL title record to 16 stretch their tally to 54 points, a yawning 15 ahead of the Brewers whose latest resurgence was halted on its tracks.

Meddie Kagere opened the scoring for K’Ogalo in the 19th minute before in form George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo put the result beyond doubt in the 56th in a symbolic result that signified the passing of the mantle from the Ruaraka-based Tusker to the team that has won it 15 times in their glittering history.

It was a welcome return to pitch action after Kericho Green official residents. Zoo Kericho FC and fellow top-flight first timers, Nakumatt FC were suspended from the competition on Friday after the High Court in Nairobi ruled against the 18-team SPL.

Football Kenya Federation is set to appeal the verdict delivered by Justice John Mativo at the Court of Appeal and pending the outcome of the legal process, possible intervention of world governing body, FIFA as well as the redistribution of points won against Zoo and Nakumatt if the challenge fails means Gor could wait a while before uncorking the champagne.

Tusker lined up David Okello between the sticks while Lloyd Wahome and Eugene Asike operated at the back while Collins Shivachi and James Situma were charged with providing ammunition from the right and left full back positions.

Ugandan import, Hashim Sempala was tasked with the donkey work at the middle of the park in partnership with Humphrey Mieno. Allan Wanga completed a 4-3-3 formation that also had Paul Odhiambo and Danson Kago upfront.

Gor boss, Dylan Kerr, made two changes to the team that battled to a goalless draw with Thika last weekend with Francis Kahata and Jacques Tuyisenge starting in place of Philemon Otieno and Timothy Otieno.

Boniface Oluoch kept his place in goal with skipper Musa Mohammed marshalling the defence.

Gor, playing a league match for the first time at the venue, started on a sound by pinning Tusker in their own half as heavy rains pounded Kericho.

Collins Shivachi came to the Brewers rescue in the eighth minute when he cleared a goal bound shot but the reprieve was short lived when Kagere put dominant Gor to the lead.

In an effort to take advantage of the slippery conditions, Sempala unleashed a long-range shot in the 21st hoping to catch Oluoch out but the effort sailed over before Mieno came closer in the 34th but his finish from close range skewed wide.

Tusker were dealt an injury blow a minute to the break after Odhiambo was withdrawn due to injury with George ‘Best’ Nsimbe bringing on Ghanaian forward Stephen Owusu in his place.

Gor dominated the first half but Tusker came back a rejuvenated side at the restart but their momentum was cut short when Odhiambo buried a set piece from the edge of the box when Tuyisenge was fouled.

The match petered out as a contest following the second goal until when Kagere drove down the midfield to put through compatriot Tuyisenge but the latter was denied by a hawk-eyed Okello.

Boniface Muchiri almost halved the deficit but his free kick from the edge of the box fizzled narrowly wide.

Nsimbe sent in Michael Khamati for Jackson Macharia before Kerr sought to bolt the back by bringing on two defensive midfielders in Jean Baptiste Mugiraneza and Philemon Otieno for Odhiambo and Kenneth Muguna.

The rain finally stopped with 11 minutes from full time but the fog did not lift from Tusker as they surrendered to defeat.

Gershon Likonoh opened the scoring for Rangers at Ruaraka Grounds when he turned in a trademark long throw in from Luke Ochieng only for Suleiman Ngotho to level matters a minute later for Thika mid first half as the home side stretched their wretched run without victory to nine.

At the Mumias Sports Complex, danger man Umaru Kasumba continued his hot streak in the SPL when he put Sofapaka ahead only for their former servant, Wycliffe Opondo, to equalise for Homeboyz as the sides went in for the break at 1-1.

Jeremiah Wanjala, who is also on a rich vein of form, settled the game when he notched the winner in the 53rd as the winners consolidated third.

Saturday’s SPL results left Gor 12 clear of Sofapaka (42), the same tally with Homeboyz with Kariobangi Sharks FC (39) leading the chasing pack in fourth.

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22 Sep 17

This Saturday at Kericho Green stadium, Kogalo will take on defending champions Tusker in what is shaping up to be a crucial encounter. The match was moved from Kinoru stadium to Kericho as the former stadium is under renovation.

Tusker are currently third placed nine points behind Gor Mahia but still within striking distance. A win for Tusker will see them whittle that gap down to six points. So Tusker will come to the match determined. After slumping during the first few matches of the second leg, Tusker have put their campaign back on course. This week they beat Bandari 0-0.

Kogalo for their part will be looking to consolidate their lead after a disappointing scoreless draw against Thika United. On Tuesday, Gor Mahia shockingly lost 5-1 to Administration Police, an NSL side. It was former Gor Mahia player Kevin Omondi, who came back to haunt Gor Mahia. He always plays well against his former club.

The last time Kogalo and Tusker played was in April, the match ended in a scoreless draw. In March the two sides met in the Super Cup which Gor Mahia won 1-0 with a Jacque Tuyisenge penalty. Goals are usually rare when these two sides meet.

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22 Apr 17

Defender Wellington Ochieng tussles with Clifford Alwanga of Tusker

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The Kenya Premier League match pitting Gor Mahia and defending champions Tusker ended in a 0-0 draw at Afraha stadium on Saturday. In the process Kogalo relinquished the top spot to Rangers
Additional reporting from the Nation
In the Gor-Tusker encounter, the champions were lucky to escape with a point as Gor wasted a dozen scoring chances particularly in the last 15 minutes of an exciting match after the brewers’ Ugandan midfielder Hashim Sempala was sent off.

The smooth flow of the early exchanges was disrupted following a heavy down pour which lasted for half an hour reducing the pitch into a bowl of waterlogged surface.
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After the rain stopped, Gor seemed to master the slippery pitch as they took the game to brewers box.

Meddie Kagere, scorer of Gor’s winning goals in their last two matches, missed a chance to open the scoring for K’Ogalo after his header from Karim Nizigiyimana’s cross went inches off target.

The 2016 KPL MVP Kenneth Muguna also had a rasping shot that missed the target as the 15-time champions intensified their hunt for the opener.

Gor picked up from where they had left it in the second half before Tusker coach George Nsimbe, under-fire after only winning one of the opening five matches, summoned Clifford Alwanga for Michael Khamati.

On the opposite side, Gor tactician Jose Marcelo Ferreira introduced the attacking trio of Timothy Otieno, Innocent Wafula and Francis Kahata for Jacques Tuyisenge, Karim Nizigiyimana and Jean-Baptiste Mugiraneza.

The substitutes nearly gave Gor the lead as Otieno fired wide in the 65th minute with his first touch of the ball from inside the area.

Centre Anthony Ogwayo sent off Sempala for a second bookable offence for a high boot.

With 10 minutes to the final whistle, Godfrey Walusimbi – who was brilliant all afternoon – watched haplessly as his shot hit the crossbar, before Muguna was also denied by the woodwork as Gor piled on more pressure on the understrength brewers.

Gor coach was agitated by the officiating and trailed the referee after full time.

“Poor officiating denied us victory. The match official was not equal to the task,” said Ferreira.

Tusker coach George Nsimbe blamed the heavy rains for disrupting their playing pattern.

“We had crafted a winning formula but again we had no control of the weather which made the pitch slippery after it rained heavily,” said Nsimbe.

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3 Mar 17

The twice postponed DSTV Supercup will take place this Sunday at Afraha featuring Gor Mahia and Tusker. This cup usually features the winners of the league and the winners of the GoTV Shield. However the sponsors likely settled on Gor Mahia in order to draw crowds.

The match is scheduled for Sunday, 5-March-2017 at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru from 3pm. Gate charges for the match are KSh500 and KSh200.

The long awaited Kenya Premier League will start the following weekend. Gor Mahia will start their campaign against newly promoted Kariobangi Sharks that is owned by FKF chair Nick Mwendwa. The league will start with 16 teams as KPL awaits a tribunal decision on whether to include Sofapaka and Muhoroni Youth.

2017 SportsPesa Premier League Round One fixtures:

Saturday March 11 – Tusker vs Nzoia United (TBA), Bandari vs Nakumatt (Mbaraki), Kakamega vs Homeboyz vs Team Y (Mumias), AFC Leopards vs Ulinzi Stars* (TBA), Zoo Kericho vs Posta Rangers (TBA)

Sunday March 12 – Mathare United vs Thika United (TBA), Kariobangi Sharks vs Gor Mahia (TBA), Sony Sugar vs Chemelil Sugar (Awendo), Western Stima vs Team X (Kisumu)

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19 Jun 16

Gor Mahia are  on track to successfully defend their KPL Top 8 title. On Sunday they beat Tusker 1-0 thanks to a sublime free-kick from Francis Kahata.

Additional reporting from futaa.com
Francis Kahata scored an incredible free kick in the dying minutes of the first half to hand Gor Mahia a 1-0 win against Tusker during KPL Top 8 match second leg played on Sunday 19 at Nyayo National Stadium.

Gor Mahia controlled possession from kickoff and forced Okello into a routine saves with powerful drives coming from Tuyisenge and Agwanda.

Jose Marcello’s men were unperturbed and gave Tusker fc a torrid first half dominating so much in possession but Ghanian import Stephen Owusu offered a reminder of the threat posed by Tusker FC when he forced Fredrick Onyango into a back peddle save with a low drive from 5 yards.

Jacques Tuyisenge and Enock Agwanda missed further chances as Gor Mahia applied relentless pressure, and they finally broke through in the dying minutes of the first half with a superb free kick coming from Francis Kahata at the edge of the box after Jacques Tuyisenge had been fouled by Eugene Asike.

Second half

After the break , Tusker FC enjoyed 60% in possession but never troubled Gor Mahia as their attacking line of Noah Wafula, Stephen Owusu and Michael Khamati were kept in scarps.

Poor Tusker

Tusker were struggling to create clear-cut openings and it ended up with Gor Mahia enjoying their spells a clear indication of how Brewers were similarly short of ideas.

However, Tusker could have equalized through Robert Omunuk but Jerim Onyango impressed with a great save to deny the former Sony Sugar man a debut goal in his return to the club. Finally Paul Nkata’s side upped the ante and began to camp in the final third, though found chances difficult to come by.

Paul Nkata’s side knew it would require a masterful performance to overturn the deficit and they were hard pressed to create any real chances.

In the final minutes Tusker looked so frustrated and lacked the spark they have shown so far this season.

The 1-0 win by Gor Mahia ensured they booked a spot in the final with a 3-0 aggregate after they had won 2-0 in the first leg match. They will play Muhoroni Youth in the final.

Tusker FC Starting XI: David Okelo, James Situma, Shafiq Batambuze, Lloyd Wahome, Eugine Asike, Cersidy Lumumba, Hashim Sempala, Luis Khamadi, Michael Khamati, Joseph Owusu, Danson Kago

Subs: Martin Musalia, Brian Luta, Osborne Monday, Collins Shivachi, Humphrey Mieno, Jackson Macharia, Noah Wafula

Gor Mahia Starting XI: Frederick Onyango , Karim Nizigiyimana, Eric Ouma, Harun Shakava, Musa Mohammed, Khalid Aucho, Ernest Wendo, Innocent Wafula, Enock Agwanda, Francis Kahata, Jacques Tuyisenge

Subs: Boniface Oluoch, Luke Ochieng, Abouba Sibomana, Ronald Omino, Amos Nondi, Baron Oketch, Jacob Keli


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18 Jun 16

Gor Mahia will take a 2-0 lead into the second leg clash with Tusker on Sunday as both sides vie for a place in the KPL Top 8 finals. Tusker would have to beat Gor Mahia by a score of 3-0 to advance. It will be a tall order for the ale-men as Gor Mahia are in rare form. Skipper James Situma understands the tall task ahead.

“We are 2-0 down against a good side and it will be difficult for us, but we have the courage, so we must put in the focus and play with determination. We are optimistic of getting a win,” he said to the Nation

Gor Mahia will once again rely on Jacque Tuyisenge for goals upfront and the Rwandese striker is rearing to go

“It will be a big match. I know they (Tusker) will want to come at us very hard because they also want to win this trophy. They weren’t at their best last weekend and it was easy to deal with them but I know things may be different tomorrow (Sunday). We have to be at our best,” Tuyisenge told Sunday Nation Sport.

Coach Marcelo Ferreira for his part has made it clear that not only is he gunning for a Top 8 win, but he wants to win a treble.

“Yes, I believe we can win all the title this season because this is Gor Mahia and we are expected to win every match and trophies that come our way. It’s possible looking at how that team has picked,’ the K’Ogalo tactician declared.

New signing Baron Oketch who was the subject of Tusker’s appeal, played well when he came into the game and could be deployed in the starting line-up this time. He gave full back Eugene Asike a torrid time.

Khalid Aucho returned to training this week and may be fielded. He is available to play as he awaits a Visa that will allow him to travel to Glasgow for trials.

Even without Aucho, the coach is certain that Kogalo will hit on all cylinders for the rest of the season.

“I have a very good squad. They always work hard and always want to win. That’s good for us because we have focus. They have been improving daily and I’m proud of them,” Marcelo noted.

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12 Jun 16

Gor Mahia registered a comprehensive 2-0 win over Tusker in the opening leg of the 2016 KPL top 8 semi-finals. The goals came from Jacque Tuyisenge and Enock Agwanda.
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K’Ogalo overcame Tusker FC in the tournament’s first leg semi-final contest played at the Nyayo Stadium on Sunday

Kenyan Premier League Top 8 champions Gor Mahia overcame Tusker by a 2-0 margin in the tournament’s semi-final match played at Nyayo stadium on Sunday.

The ball remained in the brewers’ half for the first ten minutes of the game with runs from which Collins Shivachi was forced to concede a corner-kick to show K’Ogalo’s intention of winning the game.

Just after youngster Eric Ouma ‘Marcelo’ had outclassed Shafiq Batambuze, Enock Agwanda picked out Rwandese Jacques Tuyisenge who, in style, went past Eugine Asike to unleash a thunderbolt for Gor Mahia’s opener on the 13th minute.

Tusker tried to push thereafter featuring Humphrey Mieno, Mike Khamati and Osborne Monday with attempts which could have leveled matters thanks to Jerim Onyango heroics. On the 33rd minute, midfielder Francis Kahata took a corner-kick from which striker Enock Agwanda’s header doubled the lead.

Jacques Tuyisenge was almost completing a brace six minutes later before Innocent Wafula squandered another clear chance with a shot outside the target. For sure, K’Ogalo could have gone to the changing room with more than two goals if they could have utilized well all their chances.

Second half started on a higher note for Gor Mahia with several runs towards Tusker’s danger-zone and the tempo increased when new signing Baron Oketch replaced goal scorer Enock Agwanda in the 70th minute.

At one point, the former Western Stima winger rounded all Tusker defenders only failing to execute a shot past Martin Musalia. The brewers also had there second half share but never utilized the chances for goals.

Michael Khamati almost pulled back one on the 60th minute but defender Haroun Shakava cleared the danger eight minutes before Batambuze collided with Jerim Onyango inside the box in search of a goal.

As was the wish of Gor Mahia’s assistant Secretary General Ronald Ngala prior to this match, K’Ogalo are now adavantaged having won with a notable number of goals away from home.

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12 Jun 16

Gor Mahia will continue with their defence of the KPL Top 8 tournament when they take on rivals Tusker  in the first leg match of the KPL Top 8 semi-final at the Nyayo National Stadium at 4.15pm.
The two sides also met at this stage in 2015. Gor Mahia came away victors, winning 4-3 on aggregate. The first leg ended 2-2 with Abondo and Kagere scoring for Gor Mahia. The second leg ended 2-1 with Olunga grabbing both goals.

George Awoko, an assistant coach at Tusker insists that Tusker are very confident after having beaten Kogalo 1-0 in April in a Sportpesa Premier league clash.

“Our confidence level is very high and the boys are in good shape and eager to play,” Awoko said.

The official further insisted that midfielder Humphrey Mieno is in the right frame of mind to play despite interest from the defending champions. “Mieno is still our player and we will not release him until we achieve our season’s target, which is to win the Premier League title. “He is one of our key players. He has shown good attitude in training and we know he will fight for the team today,” added Awoko.

One player whom KPL fans will be eager to watch is Brazilian Thiago Lima Da Silva. However his paperwork is incomplete and thus cannot be fielded yet.

“We are currently working on documents required by the player and the coach is also not in a hurry to use the player,” said Ronald Ngala.

However the other new signings, Baron Oketch and Wellington Ochieng are raring to go.
“Gor Mahia is a strong team that has been home to some of the country’s most notable footballers. In the last four years they have had some very good strikers and I want to be like them. I want to score as many goals as I can for the team and make a good impression,” I know that there are some talented players here but I think that to become the best you have to best the best.” said Oketch to the KPL website.

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4 Nov 15

On Tuesday, Gor Mahia met with CORD leader Raila Odinga who presented the players with Ksh 500,000. He then challenged the team to perform better in continental events.

“My only request is to ask this team to perform well in Africa. I know they have the potential and with support from fans and management they can conquer Africa.  That should be the team’s motto going into next season. I will also urge the team’s top brass to make sure that they maintain their best players for next season. This will give the team continuity that is very vital. Also let’s have coach Frank Nutall’s stay at the club extended.” said Raila.

Having just finished celebrating their third successive league title, Gor Mahia players will need to get out of celebration mode in order to focus on the next task ahead which is the KPL Top 8 return leg against Tusker. The first leg ended 2-2 which means a draw of 1-1 or 0-0 will see Gor Mahia through to the next round and avenge last season’s loss to Tusker at the same stage. Coach Frank Nuttall has vowed that the team will not rest on its laurels.

“Tusker is a big team and we must give them all due respect. I have instructed the players not to be carried away by the league win but keep the candle aglow,” said Nuttall to supersport.

George Odhiambo Blackberry who is experiencing a resurgence in the last few games echoed hos coache’s sentiments and vowed that the playing unit would remain focused.

“We are happy with the KPL win and as you saw, we celebrated as much as we could.  The team has been magnificent and we have deserved to be where we are and we thank God for everything. On the other hand, we have two other trophies to work on and we hope to win them make history.” said Blackberry to supersport.

Aside from staying unbeaten in the league which they have accomplished, Gor Mahia are also aiming to stay unbeaten in all competitions. Tusker would like nothing better than to be the team that ends Gor Mahia’s glorious run. But full back Karim Nizigiyimana has warned that it will not beat easy.

“I’m very happy that we have won the league unbeaten but tomorrow (Wednesday) we will play to win,” Nizigiyimana said. “Were is a great player, very fantastic, but I don’t think he will punish us.” said the Burundian to the Nation.

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24 Oct 15

Abondo will once again be counted on for goals

Gor Mahia were in devastating form when they dispatched former league champions Sofapaka 2-0 in a KPL match on Wednesday. The win put aside any doubts about whether injuries were taking a toll on Kogalo players or whether they were losing motivation.

Gor Mahia will now head to Kisumu where they take on Tusker FC at Moi stadium.  Tusker as hosts, have opted to take the game to Kisumu in order to capitalize on branding and on gate collections which they expect to be high.

Gor Mahia for their part will be counting on their ‘home crowd’ to lift them past a Tusker side that is resurgent after the departure of Francis Kimanzi whom it was said was being sabotaged by the players. Following Kimanzi’s departure, Tusker were able to force a 2-2 draw with Gor Mahia and secure a 1-0 win over SoNy Sugar.

With Gor Mahia having won the league with several matches to spare, every team they play is now intent on ending the unbeaten record. Just as Sofapaka’s Felly Mulumba stated before the Wednesday match, Tusker’s Noah Wafula is now vowing to end the unbeaten run.

“Their unbeaten run is on the line and we will attack it,” . The league is already gone and sadly we cannot make it to second place but we will still go hard to ensure we can get to win the remaining two matches we have. They will want to retain their status but we will give them a very hard time.  We showed in the Top 8 that we can compete with them and we will be looking forward to facing them again this weekend,” he said to supersport.com

After the 2-2 draw with Tusker, coach Frank Nuttall complained that his side was unable to play their game due to the poorly maintained playing surface at Afraha. That issue will be resolved because Moi stadium Kisumu has a relatively new articial turf that was donated by FIFA. And Kisumu has generally been a good hunting ground for Gor Mahia. Indeed Tusker will find to their dismay that playing Gor Mahia at Afraha is vastly different from playing them in Kisumu amid that raucous crowd.

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