Tag: Gor Mahia vs Ulinzi



4 Jul 17


Gor Mahia have accused Stephen Waruru of provoking traveling fans by making obscene gestures at them. And according to the TV report above, the incident was witnessed by reporters. It is also against FIFA rules to celebrate in an inflammatory manner. And it brings the league into disrepute.

Yesterday, Kogalo officials also reported that their team bus was attacked by unknown people. The club has also blamed Waruru “for provoking Gor’s supporters and making obscene gestures at the travelling fans while celebrating his last-minute goal.”

“It is uncouth and barbaric of Waruru to provoke our fans by using his middle finger to insult our travelling fans,” read a statement posted on Monday on social media pages affiliated to K’Ogalo.

But Ulinzi denied the claims, saying Waruru broke out in his traditional celebratory dance “which has always included pointing to the skies using his fore finger.”

“Nothing like that happened. Gor Mahia fans were simply annoyed that they conceded an equaliser.
“Waruru always raises his fore finger skywards whenever he scores and that is what he did and it is not provocative. A number of our players were injured so we have a meeting to discuss the issue and deliberate on our next move,” said Ulinzi vice-chairman Major Joe Birgen to the Nation newspaper .

Gor Mahia player attends to an injured soldier
Image courtesy of Abraham Abu

If found guilty, the 15-time champions could face a number of sanctions including stadium bans for their fans, hefty fines, as well as docking of points as was the case in May last year.

What is not in doubt is that Waruru did indeed seek to provoke fans by celebrating in front of them. This is unsportsmanlike conduct from a footballer and KPL should take action in order to prevent players from provoking fans in a similar manner in the future. The action itself and the reaction it provokes from fans brings the league into disrepute, something the league cannot afford now.

It is also conduct unbecoming of a soldier and eyewitness accounts corroborate the claim. Furthermore such indiscipline reflects poorly on the KDF at a time when they already have a lousy reputation in some circles. Therefore the KDF should sanction him as well.

Gor Mahia fans only reacted after being provoked by Waruru. The goal itself did not cause a reaction after all Gor Mahia have conceded late goals numerous times in the past.


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2 Jul 17

Gor Mahia gave up a 2-0 advantage and ended up being held 2-2 by Ulinzi Stars at Moi stadium Kisumu on Sunday. Gor Mahia’s goals came from full back Karim Nizigiyimana and an own goal by Hassan Mohamed. Ulinzi then replied with two goals from Stephen Waruru.
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Ulinzi stars came from two goals down to force a 2-2 draw with hosts Gor Mahia FC in a teargas, highly charged game that nearly saw Geoffrey Kokoyo and Wellington Ochieng fight after Waruru elbowed Rwandan import Jacques Tuyisenge to the ground.

The star of the day for the soldiers was on-form Stephen Waruru, who put his name in the score sheet twice as Ulinzi Stars staged a theatrical retaliation to share spoils with the hosts.

Gor Mahia had started the game on a high note giving Ulinzi keeper James Saruni and his defense of Mohammed, Kokoyo and Oliver Ruto pressure that made Churchill Mulama to sometimes come back to help in the defense.

Karim Nzigiyimana brought in a lovely cross from the 40th yard but the effort was headed out of play by Hassan for a corner kick with just six minutes gone.

Keeper Saruni of Ulinzi was forced to come out of his area to punch the ball off the danger zone as Kenneth Muguna tried to set up Meddie Kagere two minutes later.

Muloma was then booked for a dangerous tackle as he hit Godfrey Walusimbi’s face with his elbow sending him down in the watchful eyes of the referee.
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Muguna then sent a nice volley from the left flank to find Karim who was just past the 40th yard, Karim, whizzed past Hassan, Kokoyo and Ruto to score the first goal in the 32nd minute of the game for the first half to end with Gor Leading 1-0.

In the second half, Ulinzi made two changes with John Kago swapping places with Sylas Shitote while Omar Mbongi came on for Oliver Kiprutto.

The change did not deter Gor Mahia from getting another goal as (Hassan) Mohammed scored in his area after he lobbed in the ball past Saruni for an own goal to make things 2-0 for Gor Mahia.

However, the celebration was short-lived as Stephen Waruru grabbed his brace (73rd and 87th) two minutes to stoppage and the game was interrupted for close ten minutes as chaos erupted soon after he scored an equalizer in the 87th minute of the game.

It is this second goal that made hell break loose as Waruru went to celebrate at the VIP wing when Gor Mahia fans started throwing projectiles to him and eventually into the pitch of play prompting the Police and Army officer to start through teargas on fans.

The game was momentarily stopped for ten minutes as fans and police fought each-other, with one police and one fan bearing the cost of the violence as they were hit by objects that flying all over the stadium.


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14 Sep 16

George Odhiambo Blackberry celebrates with Francis Kahata

George Odhiambo Blackberry celebrates with Francis Kahata

A first half goal by George Odhiambo Blackberry was what Kogalo needed to win a crucial encounter against 3rd placed Ulinzi Warriors on Wednesday. The win confirms Gor Mahia’s return to winning ways. It is a crucial win because aside from narrowing the gap from league leaders Tusker to only two points, it also puts Gor Mahia six points ahead of Ulinzi who are now tied for third place with two other teams. And in a league that is increasingly tight, a win against other contenders is crucial. Gor Mahia also showed that they can grind out wins against teams like Ulinzi that resort to rough play to intimidate opponents.

Additional Reporting courtesy of futaa.com
Both teams came into the game with a win in their previous games and were cautious not to get caught off guard with Blackberry getting himself into the referee’s book after a foul on Cylus Shitote in the 4th minute. Nine minutes later K’ogalo made their first attack of the game when Karim Nizigiyimana ran on the right flank to bring in a well crafted cross that found George Odhiambo who headed it over the bar. With 20 minutes gone, the KPL reigning champions were showing their dominance and they almost took the lead with Amos Nondi doing well to find George Odhiambo whose attempted shot at goal was blocked by Saruni. The game was temporarily halted after Enos Ochieng went down in pain after trying to tackle Abouba Sibomana before Ulinzi got a chance to take the lead after Brian Birgen found Mark Makwatta who saw his shot go into Boniface Oluoch’s gloves.

However, K’ogalo finally found a way to break Ulinzi’s defense when Karim-Abdul Nizigiyimana brought in a dangerous cross from the right that found Tuyisenge who stumbled as he tried to take the shot but George Odhiambo was at the right place at the right time to slot the ball home to make it two goals in two games for himself. Gor almost extended their lead in the 44th minute after Meddie Kagere took a shot at goal which Saruni was forced to push out for a corner, Nondi took it but but Tuyisenge headed it out with Enosh Ochieng getting a yellow card for bad mouthing.

The second half began with both teams attacking and tension began to rise with Tuyisenge being taken out for treatment after being fouled by Hassan Mohammed. On returning to the field, the Rwandese international was booked for kicking the ball after the referee after he was flagged for an offside position. The referee was forced to temporarily halt the game after Omar Mbogi and Meddie Kagere start exchanging harsh words and moments later, Hassan Mohammed got a red card after stepping on Tuyisenge in an off the ball incident. With one- man advantage, Gor started to pin the Soldiers in their own half threatening their defense. Tuyisenge was a victim again in the 65th minute when he went down after being pushed by Ulinzi players in the box as Walusimbi was preparing for a throw in which forced the game to be again temporarily halted as he received treatment.

Nondi was shown a yellow card after a foul on Geoffrey Kokoyo as The Soldiers made a double change; Mark Makwatta out, Stephen Waruru in; Samuel Onyango out, Hamisi Abdalla in and Jose Marcelo Fereirra followed suit; Amos Nondi out, Godfrey Walusimbi in. Ulinzi got a free kick at the edge of the box after Kagere was ruled to have handled the ball, Waruru took but it went to Oluoch’s gloves. Ulinzi had another change; Mark Bikokwa in, Enosh Ochieng out. With ten minutes left to play, Ulinzi began to fight back as they tried to make good use of their chances but Gor Mahia’s defense was proving a hard nut to crack. K’ ogalo then made another change; George Odhiambo out, Baron Oketch in. the hosts almost got a second in the dying minutes when Walusimbi did well to overlap on the right but his well taken chip to find his teammates was well prevented by Saruni.

Gor Mahia Staring XI:
23. Boniface Oluch, 5. Musa Mohamed, 14. Karim Nizigiyimana, 18. Haron Shakava, 3. Abouba Sibomana, 20. Ernest wendo, 8. Francis Kahata, 11. Amos Nondi [2. Godfrey Walusimbi] 22. Meddie Kagere, 25. George Odhiambo [17. Baron Oketch], 9. Jacques Tuyisenge

Unused sub:
1. Jerim Onyango, 4. Wellington Ochieng, 13. Anthony Mbugua, 27. Jacob Keli, 24. Enock Agwanda.

Ulinzi Stars
Starting XI:
James Saruni, Mbogi Omar, Shitote Cylus, Kokoyo Geoffrey, Hassan Mohammed, Onyango Boniface, Brian Birgen, Kago John, Ocheing Enosh [Bikokwa Mark

], Makwatta John [Waruru Stephen], Onyango Samuel [Hamisi Abdalla]

Unused subs:
Odhiambo Jacktone,Sande Benson, Nandwa Elvis, Waweru Daniel


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29 Feb 16

Will Abondo return to the starting line-up?

With the continental campaign having come to a sudden but expected end, Gor Mahia will now shift attention to the local scene where they have two difficult yet pivotal matches: On Thursday, Gor Mahia taken on Ulinzi Stars at Afraha stadium. Three days later they confront arch rivals AFC Leopards at Nyayo stadium.

Both matches are pivotal since both Ulinzi and AFC Leopards are contenders. Both teams have four points from two games. And last season, the matches against both of these teams were inconclusive. Gor Mahia played Ulinzi with four matches left in the league. The game was marred by rough play as coach Robert Matano instructed his side to disrupt Gor Mahia by employing robust tackles. The game ended scoreless. Frank Nuttall should employ some gamesmanship by reminding the referees of Ulinzi’s rough play last season and ask them to be more watchful. The first leg match in May ended in a 2-0 win for Gor Mahia with Kagere and Olunga scoring.

Against AFC, the latter proved a tough nut to crack. Derby matches are always unpredictable. AFC were about to finally crack when they conceded a late penalty. Only for their fans to disrupt the match with acts of hooliganism.

For Gor Mahia, they will be strongly motivated to put aside their poor start. Coach Nuttall should be able to call upon players who have been unavailable of late including Ali Abondo, Francis Kahata, Innocent Wafula and Khalid Aucho. The latter two have played sparingly since they returned late.

Abondo and his clinical finishes is the man Gor Mahia will be hoping can provide a boost in the same manner he did last season, scoring crucial goals when Olunga and Kagere were yet to find their scoring boots. The Madagascan media reports that against CNaPS on Saturday, Gor Mahia dominated most of the first half but could not convert their possession into goals. In the second half they ran out of steam. A similar scenario ensued against Chemelil Sugar. Abondo could be the man to break this cycle.


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13 Sep 15

Michael Olunga in action against Godfrey Kokoyo of Ulinzi

Gor Mahia’s title celebration was postponed when second placed Ulinzi held them to a scoreless draw at Afraha stadium on Sunday.

courtesy of goal.com

The result means that Gor Mahia needs one point in four matches to be crowned champions for a third year in a row. Ulinzi Stars got off the blocks quicker with John Nairuka threatening with a sixth minute effort which sailed just over the bar after six minutes.

On the other side of the pitch, Michael Olunga was always threatening the Ulinzi backline. In the 10th minute, his shot found itself inside the soldier’s box but there was no one to score. The soldiers opted for a cautious approach preferring to try for long balls instead of going at the Gor Mahia backline. Two long efforts by Kevin Amwayi and John Nairuka did not produce anything positive.

A thrown in from Eric Apul targeting Mohammed Hassan got to its target but the latter was ruled to have pushed Gor Mahia goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch and the Kenyan Premier League champions were instead, awarded a free-kick.

It was Gor Mahia, who however, ended the first half on a high with Mohammed Hassan doing everything to stop Meddie Kagere and Ali ‘Tear Gas’ Abondo caught in an off-side position after a great goal bound run.

Gor Mahia started the second half strongly and it took everything for Godfrey Kokoyo to stop a goal bound Michael Olunga. Omar Mbongi earned the first caution of the match after he was judged to have fouled Innocent Wafula.

A minute later, it was the turn of Meddie Kagere to get booked after center referee Nasor Doka ruled that he had brought down Godfrey Kokoyo. Before that there had been a commotion at the Ulinzi Stars goal mouth.

Gor Mahia continued to pressurize for an opener but they had to be content with a corner-kick at the hour mark which Francis Ochieng dealt with well. Then Ulinzi Stars should have got something with John Nairuka shooting from a distance and Evans Amuoka finding himself inside the Gor Mahia box only to easily lose the ball.

Mohammed Hassan was doing everything to keep lethal striker Michael Olunga at bay and did a job of it completely denying their opponents an opener. Ulinzi goalkeeper Francis Ochieng’ was another busy player towards the end of the match and had to come out twice to deny Meddie Kagere and Innocent Wafula even as Khalid Aucho got himself booked for dissent.

With five minutes to the end, Olunga set up Khalid Aucho but the Ugandan blasted wide instead of simply tapping home the effort.


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2 May 15

Ali Abondo tussles with an Ulinzi player

Gor Mahia beat Ulinzi 2-0 in an entertaining Kenya Premier League match. Yet again the scorers were Kagere and Olunga.

But it was not just the fact that they both scored. Whats even more impressive is how they set each other up for goals. And how they are beginning to develop an understanding and a cohesion that will soon give KPL defenders sleepless nights. This combination is starting to be reminiscent of the Sserunkuma-Rama partnership of 2012.

The match was well balanced in the first half with both teams giving a good account of themselves. Ulinzi as usual were highly physical. But they found that Collins Okoth “Gattuso” and Khalid Aucho in the Gor Mahia engine room were equally adept at dishing out physicality and Olunga is not easily muscled off the ball.

The first goal was scored by Kagere on the stroke of half-time. Khalid Aucho headed the ball towards the Ulinzi goal. Olunga who is a constant bane to many defences, worried James Saruni and  in the Ulinzi goal. Saruni thus failed to deal decisively with the ball and it fell to Kagere who scored. Gor Mahia went to half time leading 1-0.

It is the second week in a row in which Olunga has worried a defender into a costly mistake.

In the second half, coach Nuttall replaced Ali Abondo with Innocent Wafula. He had an immediate impact,  setting up Olunga to score the second goal.

Late Substitute George Odhiambo Blackberry almost scored in the waning moments but he could not finish after a sublime piece of skill.

It was an impressive win for Gor Mahia against a team that is normally a difficult proposition for Gor Mahia to deal with. This is a team that prior to today was third in the league table and had not lost a match. And today was no different because Ulinzi came very motivated and ready to play. But Gor Mahia are proving resilient.

Thanks to the resiliency, tactical discipline and brilliant display by the players,  Gor Mahia continue to march on with what is their most impressive start since the Kenya Premier league was inaugurated.
Gor Mahia: Starting XI: Bonface Oluoch – Musa Mohamed – Karim Nizigiyimana – Abouba Sibomana – Collins Okoth – Ali Abondo (29. Innocent Wafula)  – 18. Harun Shakava – Meddie Kagere – Godfrey Walusimbi( Ronald Otien) – Michael Olunga (25. George Odhiambo) – Khalid Aucho.

Unused Subs: Jerim Onyango – Benard Odhiambo – Eric Ochieng. – Ernest Wendo.


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1 May 15

Gor Mahia will be seeking to extend their unbeaten run when they take on Ulinzi Stars this Saturday. Matches against Ulinzi are never easy and though Gor Mahia has the upper hand, many of these encounters end in draws. When these two teams last met on September 17 of 2014, the game ended scoreless.

“Matches between us and Gor Mahia have always been very tough but we are ready for them. They have started the season very well but so have we. Our confidence has risen very well and everyone in the unit is itching to do well and win matches,” said James Saruni the Ulinzi vice captain when speaking to his club’s site.

Robert Matano is a very effective coach when it comes to spoiling the game. But in coach Frank Nuttall he will be facing a formidable opponent who has proven adept at prying open defences. But Ulinzi are confident that they can keep a clean sheet against Gor Mahia

“Gor Mahia have very good strikers and we should be very wary of them. But what I am confident of is our defence which has been very sharp this season. We have kept four clean sheets in eight games and in all we have conceded only six. That goes to show how much of a tight defence we have.”

Gor Mahia will be approaching this game with caution.

“Currently we are riding high but that does not matter on match day, we might wake up on the wrong side which might affect our output. We just hope we will keep the momentum going and emerge victorious. It will be a huge step forward for us.” said Gor Mahia assistant coach Frank Ouna.

 


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29 Apr 15

Gor Mahia will take on Ulinzi stars on Saturday in what promises to be a difficult encounter. Ulinzi are in good form and are third in the table.

On Monday Gor Mahia warmed up for the encounter by beating Nairobi Stima 3-0. The match was an opportunity to give players who did not play over the weekend an opportunity to stay sharp and play their way into the starting line-up.

“They played very well against Nairobi Stima, it was good to give them game time because they did not feature over the weekend. Our policy is for each and every player to have some game time each week and so the friendly match was important for those who did not play over the weekend.” said Frank Ouna to futaa.com

Ouna (middle) pictured upon arrival in Gabon in 2014

Having a strong bench is good for the club because as the league proceeds, players will start to miss matches due to injuries.

“As a Technical bench we were impressed with their performance, they give us much options in the league which is important for us as the league progresses” continued Ouna

Gor Mahia won 3-0 with goals from George Odhiambo, Timothy Otieno and Bernard Odhiambo.

But Frank Ouna knows that Ulinzi will be a difficult proposition and the team is preparing accordingly.

““It will be a massive match for us in our bid to retain the league title, but it will also pose a threat on our unbeaten run. They are unbeaten in five matches meaning they already have the momentum. But it is a great side which will give us problem” said Ouna to goal.com

And coach Frank Matano is always heavily motivated to play against Gor Mahia, something Ouna is well aware of.

““Matano [Robert] has a well-balanced squad with good offensive and defensive players. We will just aim to be disciplined and be very cautious. Our main objective will be to frustrate them, keep possession and try and penetrate their rear guard,”

KPL Player of the Month to receive cash awards

KPL players will now be doubly motivated to play well.  Sports Journalists Association of Kenya and betting company SportsPesa on Tuesday launched a monthly KPL player motivation programme that will see performers earn cash prize of 50,000 shillings, a 42 inch Television and a special trophy.
The partnership, which will be renewed annually and is aimed encouraging competition and hard work amongst players in the top tier Kenyan league.

“We have been in the local market for one and a half years and it is now time to engage in some Corporate Social Responsibility ventures in football and boxing. We are going to put more money next year and we look forward to a good partnership,” said Kester Shimonyo to the Standard. Shimonyo is the chief marketing officer of Sportpesa.

According to SJAK secretary General Mike Okinyi, a special panel of judges will be picked from football writers who will also rely on statistics from the governing body KPL to make meritocratic judgments.

Judging who is the best player in the league will require a keen eye among journalists. The lazy journalists ones or the ones who are not knowledgeable enough will only go by who is scoring. But as Chairman Ambrose Rachier said during the occasion, there is more to being a good player than pure statistics.

“This is a good initiative that will impact positively in the field. It is not about the scores but the performance, work rate and the contribution of the players in the league. It will go a long way in improving the standards of football in the country,” said Rachier.


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8 Mar 15

courtesy of the Nation

Gor Mahia warmed up for their Africa champions league first round encounter against AC Leopards with a scoreless draw against Ulinzi stars.

With a massive continental game looming next weekend, Gor’s head coach Frank Nuttall stuck to his usual first 11 against the physical Ulinzi side, who were also using the match to keep in shape with Kenyan Premier League matches put on hold by the High Court.

Both sides played cautiously in the first interval with neither side exhibiting the genuine thirst of winning the game. The first shot on goal came after 33 minutes when K’Ogalo’s in form forward Victor ‘Teargas’ Abondo forced a feeble shot from tight angle in the Ulinzi box that did not trouble the soldiers’ goalie Francis Ochieng’.

“It was a tough game against a tough opponent. It was a good build-up ahead of the weekend game and it will give the boys a chance to recover from the knocks as we have an entire week,” Gor coach Frank Nuttal said after the match. “All the teams we are playing (in the Champions’ League) were champions in their respective countries and so we expect a tough match (against AC Leopards).”

The Scot made a forced substitution in the 27th minute, pulling out midfield enforcer Khalid Aucho for Erick Ochieng when the former appeared to incur a hamstring injury.

He also pulled out vice-captain Musa Mohamed and defensive partner Dirkir Glay late in the second half, but deputy coach Frank Ouna said that it was just a precautionary measure. “We have very few players registered for the champions’ league and we do not want to lose any of them. It was a precaution,” he said.


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19 Sep 14

Tim Otieno vs Ulinzi

Gate Collections from Ulinzi match

Gor Mahia dropped 2 crucial points against Ulinzi. But on a positive note for Gor Mahia, the match raised Ksh 648,150 in gate collections. This according to goal.com This amount is 20% higher than typical midweek collections which are usually less than Ksh 500,000. Not a bad result for a match that kicked off on a Wednesday at 4pm. This year Gor Mahia has played an inordinate amount of midweek home games.

Out of that amount, the club took 372,650 while the rest went to statutory deductions.   Ticket charges were Kshs 600 for the main stand (VIP) and Kshs 300 for the terraces.

Chemelil Up Next

Gor Mahia will next take on Chemelil on Saturday at 3pm. Gor Mahia fans will be hoping to put Chemelil coach Mike Mururi in his place. He is the one who claimed that referees have been helping Gor Mahia in the league.  Interestingly, Tusker official Leonard Odipo also claimed that referees were helping Gor Mahia. This has now become a theme by officials of other teams who are clearly trying to play mind games with referees.

Nevertheless, the match against Chemelil will not be easy. They are having what is probably the best season they have had in almost a decade.  In fact former Gor Mahia striker Goro Oronge thinks Chemelil will win the league. Oronge said the fact that Gor Mahia had two matches in hand was of little consequence, given the quality of all the teams contesting this year’s league. Oronge thinks Gor are still capable of slipping up and expects Chemelil to exploit that as the season draws closer towards its business end.

Oronge states that because there is a dearth of scoring in this year’s league, every team has a chance. “During my days in Gor under the then head coach Len Julians, virtually every player could score. It was not a case of individual players trying to shine and earn credit but winning those days had everything to do with teamwork and a good goal-scoring system in place,” said Oronge, who felt this was an aspect that all clubs were struggling with this term.

It is this lack of scoring that Gor Mahia will need to fix. The club is going through a dry spell in gaolscoring. In fact the last time they scored during the run of play was against AFC on July 27. Gor Mahia have scored only two goals in the last four games. One from a free-kick and one from a penalty.

Hopefully the club will soon come to term’s with coach Nuttall’s tactics. The new coach will also need to bring some poise and composure to striker Timothy Otieno and possibly help Blackberry regain his form of old. The good news is that Gor Mahia has a much better against Chemelil than they do against either Ulinzi or Tusker, especially at home.

 


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