Gor Mahia see conspiracy in FIFA action

Jolawi Obondo

Gor Mahia team manager Jolawi Obondo is alleging that the allegations of lack of transparency leveled by FIFA are part of a scheme by FKF to undermine the club.

Obondo told Citizen sports that the simmering feud between Football Kenya Federation (FKF) President, Nick Mwendwa and the club chairman; Ambrose Rachier could be behind the inviting of the Fifa official to frustrate K’Ogalo.

The Team Manager added they were ready to work with the Fifa official in whatever they want to know about the club citing the abrupt visit as a ‘non explosive time bomb’.

Obondo who has served long in his capacity declared, “We are very transparent in our dealings and our records are in order.”

AFC Leopards for their part blamed the previous regime. Secretary General, Oscar Igaida, is insisting they only inherited what is being alleged.

“Those are allegations that touch on an activity that took place two years ago and we were not in the office. The person who was running the system at the time is Asava Kadima and so we will call him to come and clarify,” Igaida maintained.

Igaida blamed Fifa and FKF for the short notice saying that the club first needs to find out which players were sold without the money being channelled to the club’s account.

Why Gor Mahia chose Willis Ochieng

In selecting a coach to replace Mathew Ottamax, it came down to a choice between Charles Omondi “Korea” and Willis Ochieng. The latter was chosen due to his lower demands.

“You know, both of them were qualified for the job but at the end of the day only one was to be appointed. We almost appointed ‘Korea’ but he quoted a relatively higher amount of salary which we could not easily afford,” said Ambrose Rachier to goal.com

Whereas Ochieng never played for Gor Mahia, Korea had two stints at Gor Mahia. He joined Gor Mahia in 1990 before leaving for Kisumu Posta in 1992. He then returned again in 1994 before leaving again the following year.

Nuttall denies rift, ready to confront Ulinzi

Gor Mahia coach Grank Nuttall has denied that there is a rift in the technical bench. There have been reports that Nuttall had fallen out with fitness trainer, Tom Ogweno. Nuttall has however dimissed the allegations.

“The reports going round in media are not true I did not expel nor suspend the fitness trainer on Sunday as reported. I’m happy with the staff and on what we are doing behind the scenes with regard of the technical bench.

“I’m happy with the decisions that are being made in the club and we have unity since everyone has his own role,” said Nuttall to capital FM.

Other reports suggest that new fitness trainer Tom Ogweno and new team manager Jolawi Obondo were brought by Vice Chair John Pesa and Sec Gen Chris Omondi in order to settle scores with Frank Ouna.

However Sec Gen Omondi has dismissed such allegations saying he does not have the power to bring new officials as he sees fit.

Apparently Frank Ouna was attacked by unruly youth sent by one of the new officials.

However team captain Jerim Onyango has stated that the team and the technical bench are united and ready to play their next match.

Captain and goalkeeper Jerim Onyango echoed his coach’s sentiments and urged the Green Army to be calm since there are is no trouble in the club.

“I don’t think if there is any problem because there is good collaboration within the technical bench. The coach has assigned everyone his role and everyone is happy. I’m calling upon our fans to be calm since everything is okay,” Jerim said to capital FM.

Reports published by a local daily alleged that assistant coach Frank Ouna misled Nuttall on team selection following their 1-1 draw against Tusker, but the Bobby Williamson successor says the match was tough and he expects every game in KPL to be difficult.

Ulinzi will be a tough game. I have watched them play last week against KCB and we have gone through the DVD’s of their previous games to get more familiar with them.

“Players are ready and willing to go and like every coach I want to win the remaining matches and hopefully retain the title. Ulinzi is a strong team and we are not going to relax because we beat them in the first leg, a lot has changed in that period including the squad,” Nuttall said.

It will be remembered that Ogweno was fired when he fell out with Zdravko Logarusic at the end of the 2012 season while Obondo was accused of infighting and fired along with coach Anaba Awono, Julius Owino and others.


Godfrey Walusimbi had a stellar game when he was given free reign without full defensive responsibilities. He will provide further attacking options for coach Nuttall especially now that Gor Mahia has lost quite a few of its playmakers.

Timothy Otieno, while promising needs to work more on his poise,, composure and accuracy. He is one striker who needs several chances to score. Nuttall being a FIFA instructor will know how to sharpen Timothy. He will have to because his attacking options are not plentiful. Blackberry is far from his 2010 best and Patrick Oboya has not been fully fit all year.

With David Owino “Calabar” missing due to suspension, Nuttall may opt for Israel Emuge to replace him. The latter is now fit after an injury.Nuttall also has the option of deploying the youthful Charles Bruno.

It will be a tough outing against Ulinzi. Coach Matano is very adept at playing disruptive football.

“I have watched their (Ulinzi Stars) games. They are a compact, physical side and we expect a very tough game,” said Nuttall said.

Who is Frank Nutall ?

Nutall with the Chinese side

There is scant information about prospective new coach Frank Nutall who is said to be taking over as Gor Mahia coach as reported by various media outlets. The 46 year old Nutall comes recomended by the immediate former Gor Mahia coach Bobby Williamson.

“We asked him (Bobby Williamson) to recommend a good coach. An understanding person considering our financial situation. We did not want a Logarusic (Zdravko) type that would give us ultimatums,” the source revealed to the Daily Nation.

Also according to the Nation, Nutall is set to join the Kenyan champions on a ‘trial basis’ until the end of the current league season, and then, depending on performances, either be awarded a longer contract or done away with.

It appears Nutall is currently employed as a fitness coach at Chinese side Qingdao Hainiu. Some of his past positions include being an FIFA instructor. Indeed his linekdin page lists him as a UEFA PRO Licence Coach, FIFA & AFC Instructor, Fitness Coach, Football Consultant available.

There is no evidence that he has held a head coaching position before. He has mostly been a fitness coach. In 2008 he worked alongside coach Gareth Southgate for premiership side, Middlesborough. Below is his coaching history.

Given his vast fitness experience, one can expect the fitness levels of Gor Mahia players to improve significantly and they will be less injury prone . What is not yet clear is his tactical acumen.

His lack of experience will be mitigated by the fact that he has worked with some top teams and presumably with some top class coaches. And Bobby Williamson must have seen some potential in the Scott. It also helps that because of his short contract, he will be highly motivated to prove doubters wrong.

Iddi out, Ottamax in

Former Gor Mahia and Harambee stars goalkeeper Mathew Ottamax Owino is now the new goalkeeper trainer at Gor Mahia. He replaces long time goalie-coach Iddi Salim. This is the second time Salim has been removed. In 2013 he was accused of conspring to sell Rama Salim to a Tanzanian side and was briefly sidelines. Salim expressed no regrets at being replaced.

We held a discussion with the club management and it was decided that I should leave on Monday 1 September. I am content with the move and I am wishing Ottamax all the best, he told futaa.com

Ottamax expressed his happiness on his social media pages. “The prodigal son is back home at The Mighty Kogalo… Am technically GREEN!

Tom Ogweno, Jolawi Obondo back in

In what is perhaps the most obvious evidence that Logarusic is not coming back, Tom Ogweno has been hired as the physical trainer at Gor Mahia. Remember it was Logarusic who instigated the firing of Ogweno at the end of the 2012 season. At the time Ogweno was team-manager and when Gor Mahia lost the league title in their last match of the season, Logarusic accused Ogweno of among other things, mismanaging the team’s meal times.

Jolawi Obondo has been Gor Mahia team manager before. But he was sent packing along with Anaba Awono following the club’s disastrous start to the 2012 season. At the time he was accused of inciting players and benefiting financially from their sale. Obondo vehemently denied the accusations.

Frank Ouna has been appointed as assistant coach where he will work alongside Bob Ogolla who has been retained.


Jolawi denies incitment

Courtesy of supersport.com

Former Gor Mahia team manager Jolawi Obondo has refuted claims he was involved in incitement of players at his former club.

Last month SuperSport.com carried a story in which the long serving manager was accused of inciting players as well as making monetary gains from their transfer fees.

But Obondo says the allegations were unfounded.

“The accusations levelled against me were malicious, false and reckless and my reputation was greatly injured and brought into public scandal, odium and contempt,” a letter from Obondo read in part.

“I served Gor with dedication and distinction and I have neither contemplated nor acted in acts of sabotaging the club as reports have portrayed me. I feel wronged by such sentiments and I would like it to be known that I have no malice against Gor and wish them only the best,” he added.

Obondo who had left his post last season rejoined the club in December last season. He however left the club in March this year after the entire technical bench was sacked following a poor start to the season.

Gor has had a turbulent start to the season crashing out of the Confederation Cup as well as struggling in the local scene.

Coach Anaba Awono was sent packing with Zdravko Logarusic taking over as coach and last week, eight players were shown the door.

Collins Okoth, Peter Juma, Demonde Selenga, Dan Mkaori, Hugo Nzangu, Tony Nyangor, Collins Omondi and Felixnho Nwosu.