When Gor Mahia had a superb away record

The rabid Tunisian crowd did not intimidate Gor Mahia in 1987


Prior to the Oilers match: Jared Ochieng, Abbas Magongo, Jaffar Mwidau, Joseph Owino. George Onyango “Fundi”

Traveling Squad to Madagascar

Collins Okoth “Gattuso” who missed the match against Mathare United has been included in the traveling squad.

Fredrick Onyango, Godfrey Walusimbi, Kevin Oluoch,  Musa Mohamed ,Collins Okoth, Ronald Otieno, Jerry Santo, Timothy Otieno, Khalid Aucho , David Juma ,Bernard Odhiambo, Eric Ochieng , Haron Shakava, Michael Olunga , Bonface Oluoch, Israel Emuge, George Odhiambo,  Dirkir Glay, Ali Abondo .

Technical bench
Francis Nuttall  Frank Ouna ,Jolawi Obondo

Medical team
Fredrick Otieno  , Patrick Opiyo, Geofrey Okoth
David Kilo (Club Organizing Secretary)
Ambrose Rachier (Club Chairman)
Stephen Oduor Onyango (Representative from the Federation

Gor Mahia 2 Sofapaka 3

courtesy of goal.com

Sofapaka edged out Gor Mahia 3-2 in a Kenyan Premier League match marred with chaos at Machakos Stadium on Sunday.

The win opens wide title chase as Batoto ba Mungu cement second position on 53 points and Gor Mahia remain at the top with 54 points. Sofapaka recovered quickly from an early own goal by Eugine Asike in second minute and were back in the match after 18 minutes thanks to a Fiston Rizak goal.

Rizak was picked out well by John Njoroge with a long cross and he simply chested the ball picked his spot to score the equaliser. The Burundian then scored his second in the 52nd minute out-jumping his markers to head home Enock Agwanda’s long throw in.

The Gor Mahia defenders will blame themselves for not stopping Razak, who had a clear free header to put his side ahead. It was a fast paced start for Gor Mahia. Godfrey Walusimbi attempted to pick out George Odhiambo but Eugine Asike was quick to stop the danger.

But instead of putting the ball out, Asike shot directly at his own net. Goalkeeper David Okello was in motion at the same time and his effort to clear the danger ended up in the net. Despite conceding the early goal, Sofapaka kept up the fight for an equaliser and were rewarded with three corners in a span of six minutes.

At the half hour mark George Odhiambo’s attempt to score was well blocked as Gor Mahia stepped up the search for a second goal. Then Godfrey Walusimbi’s shot at goal gave David Okello problems as the Sofapaka goalkeeper could not hold onto it and a waiting Dan Sserunkuma failed to take advantage of the opportunity.

Sserunkuma was a bit selfish with the ball. He should have played with Eric Ochieng instead of trying to go for goal. David Okello was cautioned by centre referee Nasor Doka for talking back at the match official.

In the second half, Sofapaka allowed Gor Mahia too much space into their half and could easily have been punished. Sofapaka however, were the more pressing side forcing two corners in a row even as Clifftone Miheso went in referees book for a foul play.

In 52nd minute, Enock Agwanda had a long throw in which found Fiston Razak waiting to head home and he did in spectacular style silencing the large number of

Anthony Ndolo scored the third in the 73rd minute before Geoffrey Kizito pulled one back

Gor Mahia end 4 game sprint with six points

Gor Mahia collected six points out of 12 in their last four games.  It was always going to be difficult to play four difficult games in a space of 10 days. This is especially true at Gor Mahia; Given the mass player exodus, the bench has been left depleted leaving the technical bench with few options to rest key players or replace tiring players. Fatigue likely played  a role in the disappointing draw with Bandari.

And it was not made easy by Bandari who are battling relegation and came ready to defend and fight for a draw. Speaking to the club site, captain Jerim Onyango credited Bandari

“We battled hard and tried to break them down and we managed to do it a couple of times, but we didn’t quite get that final ball right. We’re happy with the way we battled and performed but disappointed with the final ball and not getting that goal.

This was our game in hand and it was important not to lose it. We wanted to win it but credit to them, they were quite well organized.

You have these sort of games and that’s when it’s important to stay solid and compact and not give them anything as well” he said.

Solid defence but lack of playmaking options

Nevertheless Gor Mahia’s defence appears solid having conceded only one goal in the last six games. Much of the credit for that goes to Jerim Onyango for his heroics against Tusker, Chemelil and Ulinzi, while David Owino “Calabar”, Musa Mohamed and Kevin Oluoch have been solid throughout.

Coach Frank Nuttall for his part expressed disapointment with the draw against Bandari.

“I am sorry to the fans because this is not the result they wanted or what they had hoped for. “It’s unfortunate we drew and did not perform to the fans expectations,” he said

Gor Mahia lost a number of playmakers at mid-season and have yet to replace them. The midfield as it is currently constituted has excellent ball winners but is lacking a player who can make that killer pass. Hence the decision to move Walusimbi further up.   Once promising players like Herbert Kopany and Angelo Okumu have yet to measure up to their potential.

Poor Officiating

And the matter of referees favouring Gor Mahia can be firmly put to rest following the Bandari match where a referee allowed what was a genuine goal by Geoffrey Walusimbi. Captain Jerim Onyango decried the poor officiating that led to the disallowed goal.

“I do not see how that would have been disallowed yet a Bandari defender had a flick on it. Our match officials have let us down once again and it is a pity. It was a genuine goal” he said to futaa.com.

League Standings

Gor Mahia have now played the same number of matches as Sofapaka. They are only two points above Sofapaka which means they have no cushion. A draw or a loss against City Stars next Saturday will see Gor Mahia relinquish their lead. And since City Stars will come ready to park the bus so hopefully the technical bench will come up with a strategy, a breakdown tailor to remove the bus.

Blackberry set to move to Europe

George “Blackberry” Odhiambo, the Gor Mahia striker who has taken the Kenya premier league by storm over the past 2 seasons is set to move to Denmark at the end of this season. He will join Randers FC, a team that plays in the Danish top league, the Superliga

Blackberry weaves past hapless defenders in typically brilliant fashion

According to a story appearing in the Standard, Blackberry has been scouted by the Danish side who have even sent scouts to attend Kogalo matches. The team was formed in 2003 and is based in the city of Randers. At Randers, he will play alongside two Senegalese and a Ghanaian. Blackberry will also join another Kenyan already plying his trade in Denmark, Emmanuel Ake.

Blackberry is a product of the Kisumu youth sports Association. His career begun to take shape while at Thur Gem secondary school. He later moved to Kamkunji secondary school. It was while there that he started to play for Gor Mahia. In 2009, he was voted young player of the year after he finished as the second leading scorer in the league. He has found the back of the net 8 times this year despite tight marking in every game. His quick feet and close control have given many a defender nightmares.

Despite its illustrious history, Gor Mahia has never had a player leave the club to join a European side . So Blackberry will be the first. In 1993, defender Sammy Omollo attended trials with English side Bournemouth FC but did not get a contract. 3 years earlier, Peter Dawo was signed by Egyptian side, Arab Contractors where he played for one season.

For keen observers, it was inevitable that Blackberry would soon join the paid ranks given his stellar play and given the exposure that the KPL has afforded players. The story is reminiscent of 1982 when Nahashon Oluoch “Lule” and Sammy Owino “Kempes” then the best players in Kenya left Kogalo for Alabama USA much to the sadness of then Kogalo fans. They were difficult to replace but in subsequent years, players like Sammy Onyango “Jogoo” and Charles Otieno “Engine” ably filled the void. Gor Mahia now has the tall order of finding a player to fill Blackberry’s boots.