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Harun Shakava appointed team captain

Shakava seen here receiving the Sportpesa cup from Tanzanian cabinet minister Anthony Mavunde

Gor Mahia’s towering central defender Harun Shakava has been given the captains armband by coach Dylan Kerr. Shakava takes over from Musa Mohamed who has departed to KF Tirana.

Shakava has captained Gor Mahia before, most notably at the 2017 Sportpesa Supercup. Unlike in past seasons where players voted for the captain, this time it was a direct appointment by coach Dylan Kerr.

“Shakava will be my new leader on the pitch, I usually prefer a center back to captain my team and he is the best candidate for the same. As a matter of fact, the extra responsibility will make him mature and his game will improve” said Kerr to goal.com

Indeed most Kogalo captains have historically been defenders, most notably Julius Owino and Musa Mohamed and going back much further it was Peter Otieno “Bassanga”, Austin Oduor “Makamu” and Paul Ochieng “Kunde”.

Fans should trust coach Kerr’s judgment as he it is he who observes the players at close hand and knows which ones have good leadership qualities. Also Musa Mohamed’s game significantly improved when he was named captain. The same can be expected of Shakava.

Harun Shakava joined Kogalo before the 2014 season after an impressive run at Kakamega Homeboyz.

Goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch has been named as Vice Captain.

“I wanted to give Tuyisenge the assistant captain role but he said he wanted to concentrate on his game, so we settled on Oluoch, who is an experienced player as well, with perfect leadership qualities,” Kerr told goal.com

Oluoch joined Kogalo in 2015, taking over the starting goalkeeper spot from the long serving Jerim Onyango.

Olunga and Shakava elated with performance

Michael Olunga is certainly the man of the moment in Kenya football. He carries on his broad shoulders, the hopes of many Kenya fans. For a long time Kenya has been largely dependent on Dennis Oliech to spearhead the attack. And for a long time there seemed to be no striker on the horizon ready to replace Oliech. That is until Olunga joined Gor mahia this season. Though he had a few flashes of brilliance while at Thika United, it is at Gor Mahia that Olunga has met his potential. His form at club level has been excellent. His form for the various national teams has been superb. Most notably his performance against Zambia where he was one of the few bright spots. Then there was his hat trick against Botswana in the Olympics qualifiers.

Olunga credits the performance against Mauritius to teamwork and a good game plan.

“We have started well and we want to build on that. We want to forget the bad run that we have been having for a long time and we want to take the win as a stepping stone for this campaign. “Hopefully we will post good result on Sunday,”

“It was a tough game but we came knowing we had to win for our nation and fans. We put a good effort and at the end of the day the result was positive. Everyone worked according to the coach instruction. The plan was to score early and this time round we defended as a unit because in our past games, we have been scoring early but end up conceding,” said, Olunga to Capital FM.

Former Gor Mahia Coach Bobby Williamson also credits teamwork for the win

“It was a good performance. I saw a tremendous improvement in the midfield department, and the way the midfielders coordinated with the attackers was just perfect.

Harun Shakava who was a late call up to the national team, made the most of his opportunity by getting his name on the scoresheet. Shakava was one of the players called up as coach Bobby Williamson sought to change the team that lost to Zambia. The towering central defender who joined Gor Mahia from Kakamega Homeboyz has developed a knack for using his length to score goals.  It was his first goal for the national team and Shakava credits his club for his good performance.

“I feel my consistency at club level is paying off. I have been working very hard in all assignments and getting such a chance means a lot to me. I must thank my teammates and the entire Gor Mahia fraternity for the support not forgetting the national team coaches,” added the former Kakamega Homeboyz defender. My target is to continue working to cement my place in the national team. It will not be easy, I know that but step by step I will get there.” he said to futaa.com


Shakava, Olunga on target as Kenya beat Mauritius

Kenya’s Harambee Stars opened their campaign for the 2018 World Cup with a 5-2 win over hosts Mauritius in a round one preliminary qualifier match at the Stade Anjalay in Belle Vue Maural on Wednesday.

Goals from Johana Omollo and Ayub Timbe got Kenya off to a quick start as Kenya took a 2-0 halftime lead. Ayub Timbe is becoming a master of curving the ball home from impossible angles. Against Comoros last year, he scored a free-kick from a difficult angle. This time against Mauritius , he scored directly from a corner. The last time yours truly recalls Harambee stars scoring directly from a corner was in 1989 when Gor Mahia winger Sammy Onyango “Jogoo” curved home a corner kick during a world cup qualifier against Malawi.

Towering Gor Mahia defender Harun Shakava scored the third goal in the 49th minute when he slid forward to beat Mauritian defenders to the ball. Stars were now in a commanding 3-0 lead. But they became complacent and conceded two goals. The first, a penalty in the 68th minute by Jean Steve Jonathan. The second came in the 77th minute from a goal mouth melee through skipper Kevin Bru, who plies his trade with England’s Championship side Ipswich Town.

With the score at 3-2, Kenya took control of the game with goals from Johanna Omollo and Gor Mahia striker Michael Olunga.

It marks the first time Kenya has won a match away from home since 2011. The win albeit against a team ranked number 168 in the FIFA rankings, offers coach Bobby Williamson a reprieve. His performance so far has been poor. Harambee stars also needed to put their disciplinary problems behind them.

The return match is next weekend at Kasarani. The aggregate winner plays Cape Verde next.

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