Golden Boot:1.Enosh Ochieng 20 goals (Ulinzi Stars), Allan Wanga 18 goals (Kakamega Homeboyz), Umaru Kasumba 17 goals (Sofapaka).
New Young Player, 1.David Majaka (Tusker FC), Jackson Dwang (Nzoia FC), Daniel Sakari (Kakamega Homeboyz), Coach of the year; 1.Hassan Oktay (Gor Mahia), Bernard Mwalala (Bandari FC), John Baraza (Sofapaka).
Midfielder Kenneth Muguna is now officially the new team captain. This follows the departure of Harun Shakava to Nkana FC.
Muguna first joined Kogalo in 2015 and excelled under coach Frank Nuttall then Ze Maria. He and Musa Mohamed left to join FK Tirana in 2017. Muguna returned last season.
“I am happy to be named the captain of one of the most successful teams in East Africa and I am hoping we will work together as players and management to win more titles this season. I am aware of the huge responsibility that comes with captaining a club of Gor’s stature but I am banking on my experience in top flight football as well as the support of everyone at the club to ensure we succeed as a team.” Muguna told Nation Sport.
Muguna follows in the illustrious footsteps of club legends like Austin Oduor, Peter Otieno “Bassanga”, Paul Ochieng, Sammy Omollo “Pamzo”, Allan Thigo, Julius Owino and others.
Defender Joash Onyango has been nominated as the Vice Captain. Gor Mahia will travel to Burundi on Saturday.
Gor Mahia central defender Joash Onyango, who was sidelined from the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations due to injuries, played a key role as Kenya’s Harambee Stars recorded an important away draw against Taifa Stars of Tanzania.
Additional Reporting from Citizen Sports
Harambee Stars forced a zealous Tanzania to a barren draw in the first leg of their CHAN 2020 qualifier, staged at the National Stadium Dar es Salaam on Sunday evening.
It was Tanzania who has more chances in the match, but Kenya had several open chances that would have changed the result with more clinical finishing.
The first of coach Sebastien Migne to operate with only local based players, Harambee Stars ensured a share of spoils against an experienced side whose 60 percent of the team has been playing for the country for over or near a decade.
Tanzania first came close in the third minute, when Azam FC’s Hassan Dilunga headed slightly over the bar with goalkeeper John Oyemba beaten, the Kenyan defense struggling to settle.
A miscalculation when clearing by Clifton Miheso almost gave Tanzania’s John Raphael Bocco a goal, but Joash Onyango reacted quickly shielding the Simba marksman from burying the rebound.
The first promising move for the visitors came in the 13th, when Musa Masika advanced to the opponent’s goal up the box from the right only to be denied by experienced Gadiel Michael as he pulled the trigger.
Whyvonne Isuza would have given Taifa Stars custodian Juma Kaseja some work to do three minutes later but his was too wide, albeit the comfort to shoot under no pressure.
Migne’s Stars were soon knocking the around the ball more confidently in the midfield, reducing the menace that had been showed in the early stages. However, there was nothing meaningful to show by the attackers.
Oyemba did well to deny a corner ball sumptuously sent to Bocco, who had risen above Star’s defense to head home in the 37th.
By the end of the first half, Masika had shifted to the left wing then to the centre momentarily, as Kenya struggled to make impact upfront.
Upon resumption, Masika was withdrawn for Gor Mahia man Samuel Onyango, taking the left wing role as Enosh strolled to his usual centre.
Tanzania earned two successive corners within three minutes, with Kenya responding in the 49th with their first of the second stanza, all going to waste.
A while later, Enosh, quite dull in the game hitherto, gave away an easy ball that irked Migne, immediately signalling Piston Mutamba to be summoned from the warm up corner to replace him.
In reaction, Taifa Stars’ Etienne Ndayigiraje brought on Ibrahim Ajib for Ayub Lyanga, with both sides employing a more attacking approach.
Dilunga thought he had broken the deadlock as the clock ticked towards an hour, but his goals was ruled offside.
A 17-year old Kevin John was handed his national team debut as a hardworking Dilunga was rested, before bringing on striker Salim Aiyee for captain Bocco.
More pressure was on Kenya’s defense, but an impressive Oyemba stood tall in his debut competitive match.
With Migne sensing a draw, in the 89th, he threw into the fray a more defensive Ibrahim Shambi for Isuza, and the stalemate was sealed.
Gor Mahia central defender Joash Onyango was one of the best players on the pitch on Saturday as Kenya lost 0-1 to Ghana in the last qualifier for the 2019 Africa Nations cup. Joash has seen very little playing time at Kogalo especially after he went down with an injury. On Saturday he proved that he has recovered. Coach Migne selected him ahead of the experienced duo of David Owino “Calabar” and Brian Onyango Mandela.
Other Gor Mahia players who featured were Philemon Otieno and Francis Kahata. Kahata had a quiet game. Mbish had a torrid time keeping up with the Ghana winger and will have learned a few lessons today. Former Gor Mahia players Eric Ouma “Marcelo” and Musa Mohamed also played.
Additional reporting from the Nation
Black of Stars of Ghana needed an 83rd minute strike from
debutante Caleb Ekuban to edge gallant Harambee Stars 1-0 and finish top
of Group “F” in 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers at Accra Sports
club on Saturday.
The Turkey-based Ekuban, who replaced
Alhassan Wakaso on 59 minutes, struck home a low drive past Kenyan
custodian Patrick Matasi after being played through by Thomas Partey.
will however live to forget the manner in which he conceded the goal.
Ekuban’s shot slipped through his arms before finding the back of the
net, after the Kenyans seemed headed for a historic draw which would
have ensured they remain top of the standings.
finish top of the group on nine points, two ahead of Sebastien Migne’s
Kenya. The goal heart broke the Kenyans who had put up a plausible
performance away from home.
Mubarak Wakaso floated in a
cross from the left but Patrick Matasi gathered with two minutes into
the game as the hosts went all out from the onset.
minutes later, Eric Johanna’s shot from outside the box was parried by
Ghana goalkeeper Richard Ofori with Francis Kahata unable to pounce on
the rebound on time.
Atletico Madrid midfielder Partey shot over the bar from a
free-kick from 25 yards after Joash Onyango had brought down Jordan Ayew
in the seventh minute.
The Black Stars thought to have
taken the lead on 33 minutes through Andre Ayew but Botswana referee
Joshua Bondo ruled it out for a foul on Matasi.
Asamoah swung in a free kick from the left flank but Nicholas Opoku’s
header veered off the target as the Kenyans survived another scare in
the first half.
A minute after the restart, Matasi
found Masoud Juma with a long range pass that the Libya-based forward
charged down to force Ghana shot-stopper Richard Ofori into a fingertip
save with a rasping pile driver.
Pistone Mutamba, who
came on for Masoud on 59 minutes, won possession with his first touch at
the hour mark to put Eric Johanna through on goal but the Sweden-based
midfielder wasn’t quick enough before Ofori gathered the ball with ease.
then booked Erick “Marcelo” Ouma for a cynical foul on Kwadwo Asamoah
on 56 minutes and 10 minutes later, Matasi followed suit for time
Christian Atsu managed to break the Kenya defence on 73 minutes but his low effort went inches wide.
Stars lineup: Patrick Matasi (GK), Philemon Otieno (Paul Were 86’),
Musa Mohammed, Joash Onyango, Eric Ouma, Victor Wanyama (C), Dennis
Odhiambo, Eric Johanna (Bernard Ochieng 76’), Francis Kahata, Johanna
Omollo, Masud Juma (Piston Mutamba 59’)
Substitutes: John Oyemba (GK), Faruk Shikalo (GK), David Owino, Brian
Mandela, Anthony Akumu, Ismail Gonzalez, Allan Wanga
Stars lineup: Richard Ofori (GK), Daniel Opare, Nicholas Opoku, John
Boye, Lumor Agbenyenu – Mubarak Wakaso (Caleb Ekuban 60’), Thomas
Partey, Christian Atsu, Kwadwo Asamoah – Andre Ayew (Joseph Aidoo 86’),
Jordan Ayew (Emmanuel Boateng’ 76’)