Tag: Gor Mahia vs Ushuru

17 Jul 16

Gor Mahia have started the second leg of the league in much the same way they started the first. On Sunday, Ushuru, who have recently proved a tough nut to crack, held Gor Mahia to a 0-0 draw.
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Gor Mahia were held to a frustrating draw by Ushuru FC in a league match played on Sunday.

The fifteen times Kenyan champions came into the match as favorites following their brilliant record against the tax collectors, having not conceded a single goal against them, leave alone losing against them.

Coach Ze Maria opted to rest defender Haron Shakava with former Tusker Man Luke Ochieng’ given a starting berth alongside regular Musa Muhammad with Jacques Tuyisenge, George Odhiambo and Meddie Kagere starting upfront.

Ken Kenyatta decided to name goalkeeper Shaban Odhoji between the posts with Aziz Okaka and Lamine Diallo also given a starting berth for Ushuru.

It was the visitors, who started well and could have taken a lead in the 4th minute after an early break, but Diallo was unable to put the ball in the back of the net as Boniface Oluoch correctly read his mind to put the ball out for a fruitless corner.

The visitors continued pressing for an opener with Okaka and Kennedy Oduor troubling in the wings, with Gor Mahia resorting to long balls. In the 17th minute, Okaka did well to beat Karim Nizigiyimana, but he could not find the target, and three minutes later, it was Oluoch, who was called into action once more as Diallo left three defenders for dead unleashing a shot which was tipped out for a corner.

That attack turned out to be a wakeup call for the hosts, who reacted by initiating several attacks notably Nizigiyimana’s attempts which unfortunately failed to yield fruits. In the 38th minute, Gor Mahia came close as they were rewarded a free-kick which was taken by Francis Kahata, but Meddie Kagere failed to connect.

Uncustomary, the champions looked the weaker of the two sides and once again Oluoch was called into action with five minutes to the break as he reacted fastest to deny Okaka from close range after a corner by Ushuru.

After the break, Baron Oketch was introduced in the place of disappointing Blackberry, with Innocent Wafula replacing Francis Kahata, with Ushuru bringing in Roosvelt Blaty in place of Erick mata.

In the 66th minute, Gor Mahia initiated a swift counter attack involving several players, but were let down by finishing as Wafula crossed the ball which missed Kagere. The champions continued pressing as Ushuru started playing cautiously, keen to get a point.

K’Ogalo could have won it in the 80th minute as Amos Nondi cleverly played in Wafula. The attacker had all the time to set himself up but he could not hit the target as his shot went wide off the mark. Not even the six added minutes could enable either side to score.

Ushuru Starting XI: Shaban Odhoji, Jackton Onjala, Rodgers Ochieng, Fan Ngaira, Kelal Ogal, Maurice Odipo, Eric Mata, Philemon Otieno, Lamine Diallo, Kennedy Oduor, Aziz Okaka.

Subs: Barnabas Tiema, Evans Kiwanuka, Roy Okal, Roosevelt Blaty, Dennis Wafula, Oscar Mbugua, John Kiplang’at.

Gor Mahia: Boniface Oluoch, Karim Nizigiyimana, Eric Ouma, Musa Mohammed, Luke Ochieng, Ernest Wendo, Nondi Amos, Kahata Francis, Jacques Tuyisenge, Meddie Kagere, George Odhiambo.

Substitutes: Fredrick Onyango, Wellington Ochieng, Abouba Sibomana, Enock Agwanda, Antony Mbugua, Baron Oketch, Innocent Wafula.

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11 Apr 16

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Gor Mahia coach Ze Maria has said the team played well but poor finishing was the team’s undoing against Ushuru FC on Sunday

“The first half was impressive because we had many scoring chances but we have to be more aggressive inside the box more than this” he said according to futaa.com

Ushuru did not make things any easier as they packed the bus on Sunday.

“We have to work on scoring where we struggled a lot in the match but today [Sunday] our opponents came here only to defend hence the nature of the result,” Ze Maria added.

Indeed this year Gor Mahia have had acute difficulty scoring when Jacque Tuyisenge is not on the field. The coach was asked whether the team misses the Rwandese striker. He responded by saying the club cannot be dependent on one player.

“Tuyisenge is out yes but I think it’s not important to discuss that now. I have many players that I can use and we saw in the match against Ushuru that we created some opportunities, which is what we want to improve in the coming matches,” he said to supersport.com

Gor Mahia’s best chance came when they were awarded a penalty when Jacob Keli was fouled in the box. The confident Keli stepped forward to take the kick. But his purely executed penalty was saved by Shaban Odhoji in the Ushuru goal. Keli later apologized to fans who trolled his social media pages with harsh criticisms.

“I’m more disappointed than the fans. I feel sorry but I’m not so worried because I have been in such a situation before and know that I can put things straight,” he said

Its good to see Keli still confident. Fans should rally around Keli instead of bombarding him with criticism. Gor Mahia will need Keli tio return to the form that saw him lead the scoring charts in 2013. The club cannot be dependent on one injury prone player.

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28 Apr 15

Gor Mahia’s Scottish coach Frank Nuttall is happy with the 2-0 win over Ushuru that put three more points in Gor Mahia’s bag. But as usual, Nuttall is taking a long term perspective with the full understanding that there is stilla long way to go.

“Three points are always welcome and I am grateful that the players did well to get them which gives us an edge, keeping us at the top of the standings. The performance was really great and encouraging and will motivate us going to the next matches.

Nuttall thinks this was the best match Gor Mahia has played this season.

“So far in the season I think this was our best performance of the season and I am very impressed. We have shown good consistency and I want us to continue that way; our focus now shift to the next game,” he said.

Gor Mahia have indeed come a long way this season. In January, Gor Mahia signed several new players, many of whom dissapointed. The team was playing poorly as coach Nuttall told fans that the team was still gelling. But fans were losing patience as Gor Mahia lost to teams like Bandari and left fans asking how long the team was taking to gel. Clearly Nuttall knew exactly what he was doing. The forwardline combination of Kagere and Olunga is starting to gain an understanding and even the defence is now starting to learn how to play with each other as evidenced by their recent clean sheets.

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7 Nov 14

While Sofapaka and Ushuru have been making headlines with ludicrous statements, Gor Mahia have been busy preparing for their last match of the season.

Kogalo held their last training session in Nairobi on Wednesday morning then departed for Naivasha where they camped until Thursday before leaving for Kisumu.

The last time the two sides met, the match ended in a barren draw at Kasarani last May under current Harambee Stars coach Bobby Williamson.

Gor Mahia will be looking to end a run of bad luck that has plagued them on the last day of every season since 2009. Coach Frank Nuttall is well aware of the challenge ahead but has been busy trying to put his team at ease.

“We do not regard it as pressure. We know it is a challenge and we embrace that challenge. We look forward to it and we look for a solution to the challenge. ”

Gor Mahia will have to take on the taxmen without dependable midfielder Geoffrey Kizito who is now the club’s second leading scorer. The good news is that everyone else is healthy and raring to go.

Partisan Support

Once again Gor Mahia will be counting on the strong partisan support they received in Kisumu last weekend and that the club has always received at the lakeside town. So passionate is the support that legendary coach Len Julians on a visit to Kisumu once remarked that “If Gor Mahia could translate the support they receive in Kisumu into finances, they could be one of the richest clubs in the world”. So passionate is the support that there was a time that Gor Mahia always played at least one continental match in Kisumu and when Kenya hosted the CECAFA club cup, Gor Mahia opted to play home games in Kisumu. The lakeside fans will once again be counted on to lift the club.

Club Chairman Ambrose Rachier has assured that the club has taken the neccesary steps to ensure security and that the club will accept the results.

“I want to assure everyone that Gor Mahia will accept outcome of Saturday’s match and our fans will not cause any problems over the result,” he told Goal.

He added: “I also want to assure KRA that we will give them adequate security and make their stay as comfortable as possible. On our decision to take the match to Kisumu, it is meant to give our fans from the town an opportunity to watch this team again. We are also looking at possibility of playing more matches in Kisumu next season and this is just the beginning.”

Hired Trouble Makers

Secretary General Chris Omondi further explained the rationale for moving the match to Kisumu.

“We have reliable information that some youth are being recruited to cause trouble on Saturday. There are forces who are doing everything possible to paint us in bad light.

“The information we have is that the forces behind the shameful plan are purchasing fake club merchandise which the hired goons will then don and instigate violence. The plan is to cause trouble during or immediately after the match,” he explained.

“Based on this, we have decided to move the match to Kisumu where we feel more secure,” he said. “We are urging our fans to have decorum like they did last weekend and to turn up in large numbers and support the team.”

Gor Mahia have reportedly hired hundreds of members of the General Service Unit to provide security.

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4 Nov 14

The last match against KRA ended in a tie

Once again Gor Mahia are in a do or die situation. On the very last day of the 2014 Tusker Premier League, they are one point ahead of Sofapaka. Though they hold their own destiny in their own hands, they have no margin for error. They simply have to beat Ushuru on the last day.

Gor Mahia’s record on the last day of the league has not been stellar. In 2011, they needed to beat Sofapaka and hope that Ulinzi lose. And in 2012, they needed to beat Thika United. Both matches ended in a draw. The latter game then current team manager Tom Ogweno his job when coach Zdravko Logarusic accused him of mismanaging team meals on match day. Nobody knows the truth but the team did seem sluggish on that day. In the end a sombre mood engulfed the stadium with players and fans alike weaping.

Gor Mahia will have learned from their lessons from the past. They will know that Ushuru might come to the game ready to park the bus and frustrate Kogalo. Coach Nuttall will therefore need to come up with a plan that can counter thi scenario. An early goal will help remove Ushuru from their defensive shell.

The last time the two sides met, the match ended in a draw and Gor Mahia can actually thank keeper Jerim Onyango for that because there were several defensive lapses which Ushuru, then known as KRA could have capitalized on. Kogalo cannot afford a repeat of the same.

Fans must be patient

Fans are tense. They badly want to end a difficult season with the league title. However they must show patience with the players. The team may even fall behind during the match. Fans must show patience and not put the players under pressure. Some of the inexperienced players will only get more nervous and make yet more errors. The 12th man must make their presence felt and cheer the team from minute 0 to injury time.

Three cheers to the fans on this blog and elsewhere who are doing their part to financially motivate the players. This is the time when the playing unit needs its fan base.

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