PolackL Muguna did not fake injuries

Gor Mahia skipper Kenneth Muguna has missed the past few games citing an injury. But that has not stopped him from playing for the national team, leading some fans to accuse Muguna of faking the injury. However coach Polack has come forward to defend the skipper.

Additional reporting from the Nation

Gor Mahia coach Steven Polack has defended captain Kenneth Muguna over claims that he feigned injury so as not to play for the club in the past three Kenya Premier League matches.

The midfielder last turned up for K’Ogalo during the Mashemeji Derby against AFC Leopards and a section of the fans have been questioning how he quickly recovered in less than a month to play for Harambee Stars in Cecafa Senior Challenge, which is ongoing in Uganda.

The fans had blasted the player for lack of respect and using the current financial situation to despise the club by faking injury as a way of protesting over delayed salaries.

But Polack has dismissed these critics, stating that the player was genuinely injured but has now fully recovered.

“Kenneth had an injury and he didn’t fake it as some of the fans are trying to imply. He has now recovered fully and that is why he is playing for Harambee Stars. I interact with this players daily and am sure he was truly injured,” said Polack.

“Am sure that he will come back and play for us against Kisumu All Stars after the end of Cecafa and therefore the fans don’t need to judge him harshly because he still plays an integral part in my team,” he added.

Muguna is among the players who have openly shown their displeasure with the club and is also reported to have handed in a letter requesting to leave the Kenyan champions.

The player has received interest from DC Motema Pembe who outwitted K’Ogalo in the preliminary stage of a two-leg Caf Confederation Cup in October.

Rachier says Muguna is not leaving

Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier has said that reports that Kenneth Muguna handed him a formal request to be released are false.

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Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier has dismissed reports that captain Kenneth Muguna is on his way out of the club.

Muguna, who has broken into the national team this season, was conspicuously missing in Gor Mahia’s 2-0 win over Bandari on Sunday amid rumours that Muguna’s representatives, Ango Elite Soccer agency, had written to the club seeking his release letter due to unpaid dues.

K’Ogalo has endured financial constraints this term following the departure of sponsors SportPesa with players reportedly claiming four months salaries. However, Rachier insists he has not received any letter from Muguna.

“Journalists are just interested in negative news about Gor Mahia. There is no player who has written a letter to me stating his desire to leave Gor Mahia,” Rachier told Nation Sport on Monday.

Defender Maurice Ojwang is also said to have written to the management asking to be released.

Muguna, who distanced himself from the rumours, said he will resume training with the rest of the team on Wednesday after recovering from a knock.

“A lot has been said and I don’t want to subject myself to media interviews on an issue that is obvious. I will be training with the team on Wednesday and if the coach sees it fit to field me against Ulinzi Stars it will be for my good,” said Muguna.

Coach Steven Polack confirmed his captain had picked an injury from their previous game against Kakamega Homeboyz.

“I have also seen some issues concerning Kenneth and they are not true. I know and we have spoken about his injury. I will monitor him during our training and sees if he is fit to play,” said Polack.

The record champions take on Ulinzi Stars on Sunday.

Muguna wants to be released

A report appearing on the Kahawtungu blog suggests that skipper Kenneth Muguna has requested a formal release through his agency.

“Ango Elite Soccer the company that agencies and represents the athlete Kenneth Mugambi Muguna, comes in this way, to communicate the end of his contract with club Gor Mahia, because he is more than three months without salary,” says the letter

Maurice Ojwang, who was signed this season, has also requested a formal release. Gor Mahia are said to be in the process of negotiating with other sponsors for Ksh 30 million, a deal much smaller than the previous one with sportpesa.

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Muguna: We were fatigued in the first half

Gor Mahia skipper Kenneth Muguna says that the team experienced fatigue which resulted in their slow start againsty arch rivals AFC Leopards last Sunday.

“We have not had time to rest since our away match against DC Motema Pembe in the Caf Confederation Cup play-offs,” Muguna told goal.com.

“It was for that reason we started on a low note; in the entire first half we did not play, but we stepped up after the break and managed to win the game.

The creative midfielder says the win is a morale booster for the team as they pursue the goal of winning the league this season.

“The win is very important for us because it takes us to the top of the table and gives us confidence.” said Muguna

The only good thing that comes out of being eliminated from continental football is that Kogalo can now focus on the domestic scene. And Muguna knows that the club cannot take their foot off the accelerator pedal.

“We want to win [the league], it has been our objective every season but right now it is important to play one game at a time. It is going to be tough because we have the likes of Tusker, Sofapaka, and Bandari fighting for the same but we are determined to give our best,” Muguna concluded.

Meanwhile AFC coach Casa Mbungo, who refused to speak to reporters after the match, finallt got around to doing so. He rejects the idea that Gor Mahia are better.

” Gor Mahia are not at a higher level than AFC Leopards it is only the experience they have got especially from various competitions they have been which have given them the edge over us,” he said to goal.com

Mbungo says that poor marking cost his team

“We lost the game in the second half and that was due to poor concentration and poor marking. After going down by two goals I decided to take the risk and introduced attacking players at the expense of defenders but, unfortunately, it did not work,”

Muguna returns, Joash Onyango still AWOL

Midfielder Kenneth Muguna has returned to the Kogalo training camp as the club prepares for their crucial CAF Confederations cup match against DC Motema Pembe that is scheduled for Sunday

Additional reporting from goal.com

The former Western Stima player returns from exile after missing K’Ogalo’s league match against Kariobangi Sharks on Sunday
Gor Mahia midfielder Kenneth Muguna has returned from exile after he missed the team’s Kenyan Premier League (KPL) win against Kariobangi Sharks on Sunday.

The former Western Stima player missed training last week after featuring for the national team in a friendly against Mozambique which Kenya lost 1-0.

Muguna alongside defenders Joash Onyango and Maurice Ojwang didn’t show up for their training sessions forcing coach Steven Polack to demote Muguna and Onyango from the captaincy roles and handing it to Charles Momanyi and Joachim Oluoch.

However, Polack has now confirmed to Goal that Muguna reported to the team’s training camp on Tuesday though he did not train. Onyango’s whereabouts remain unknown.

“[Muguna] came to training on Tuesday but he was not involved in training,” Polack told Goal. “He has explained to me the reason why he missed last week’s training sessions and as a coach I am trying to analyse and see the best way we can solve the problem.

“For [Onyango] I have not seen him yet nor heard from him, we don’t know where he is and [we] are waiting to see when he resurfaces. But for [Ojwang], he is injured and did not train so we want to give him time to respond to treatment.”

Asked whether Muguna will be involved when they face Daring Club Motema Pembe of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the play-off of the Caf Confederation Cup, Polack responded: “I don’t reveal my starting eleven before matchday.

“[Muguna] is yet to train with us and he must train to convince me he deserves a starting role in the squad. All the players I have in camp are working very hard, training hard and I can only pick my squad a day before or during matchday.”

On whether he will take disciplinary action against Muguna, Polack said; “I have listened to his reasons why he never showed up in training and will discuss the same with the top management.

“I cannot make a decision on my own but will involve the management so that we know what exactly to do. I cannot say for now whether he will be punished or not.”

K’Ogalo will play the first leg at home on October 27 before they head away for the return leg after a fortnight.

Muguna and Joash Onyango absence explained

Joash Onyango is apparently too broke to attend training sessions while skipper Kenneth Muguna says he has family issues to attend to.

Additional reporting from Nairobi news

Gor Mahia assistant captain Joash Onyango has reportedly told his close friends that he is too broke to attend the club’s training sessions.

Onyango nicknamed the ‘Berlin Wall’ for his heroics in central defence, has – alongside his club captain Kenneth Muguna – kept away from training for the past fortnight.

These two players both featured for Harambee Stars in that 1-0 loss to Mozambique in an international friendly at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani on October 13.

The duo will miss Sunday’s league match against Kariobangi Sharks at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru County.

This development has left the club’s supporters in speculation mode, but Onyango – who was voted the best player in the Kenyan Premier League last season – has seemingly let the cat out of the bag.

“He will not attend training because he cannot afford to,” explained the source.

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“The club is in dire financial straits and he has not received his salary for three months. He has a family to take care of and bills to pay. I don’t think someone who has failed to pay you for that while can demand an explanation as to your absence.”

Muguna, though, told Sunday Nation that he was away attending to personal matters and that he informed the team manager Jolawi Obondo on the same.

“I have family issues and until I finish them, I cannot promise when I will be back for training. The issue is really pressing and I have told the team manager,” Muguna said.

Gor Mahia coach Steve Polack has since appointed Joachim Oluoch and Charles Momanyi as interim captains.

Muguna and Joash Onyango have gone AWOL

Skipper Kenneth Muguna and Vice Skipper Joash Onyango are said to have absconded duty due to unpaid salaries and unmet promises.

Additional reporting from the Nation

Gor Mahia captain Kenneth Muguna and his assistant Joash Onyango will not be part of the team that will take on Kariobangi Sharks on Sunday at Afraha Stadium.

The pair has not returned to the club after the international break and are reported to have walked out amid unfulfilled promises from the management over unpaid salaries. Both players were part of the Harambee Stars team that lost 0-1 to Mozambique at Kasarani last Sunday.

“It’s not my job to know whereabouts of players but the team manager (Jolawi Abondo) has briefed me that Onyango and Muguna are no longer picking his calls and communicating with him. I don’t know if they have valid reasons for that but I take it as an act of indiscipline,” Gor coach Steven Polack told Nation Sport on Saturday.

Polack has moved with speed to appoint Joachim Oluoch and Charles Momanyi as captain and assistant respectively ahead of Sunday’s Kenyan Premier League match against Sharks.

“As at now they are suspended until after meeting with the club management on the way forward. I have therefore handed the armband to Joachim Oluoch and he will be deputized by Charles Momanyi. We are good as a team and well prepared for the match against Kariobangi Sharks,” assured Polack.

A source close to the club told Nation Sport that there has been unrest among the playing unit due to empty promises from the management over the two-months salaries owed.

Juma, Miheso, Muguna in action as Kenya sink to Mozambique

New coach Francis Kimanzi’s unimpressive stint as Harambee stars coach continued on Sunday when Harambee stars went down 1-0 to Mozambique in an international friendly.

Additional reporting from the Standard

Canhembe Amancio came off the bench to score the winner as the Mambas of Mozambique stunned wasteful Harambee Stars 1-0 in Sunday’s friendly match at a rain-soaked Kasarani Stadium.

Though the appalling weather conditons had its say all evening affecting players’ ball control and the flow of the game, Stars will have themselves to blame after squandering a host of scoring chances.

Amancio capitalized on Joseph Okumu’s 71st minute defensive blunder to inflict the defeat on the hosts.

This was not the type of result Francis Kimanzi expected ahead of next month’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers against Egypt and Togo.

“It was a difficult game, but I think we created many chances. We conceded from a young player’s mistake.You can’t go unpunished for such mistakes at this level,” said Kimanzi.

But for his Mozambican counter Luis Goncalves, the sloggy pitch affected their performance.

“The pitch was heavy and that somehow slowed down our performance. Kenya had a number of chances at the start and in the final minutes, but we kept our heads together,”

Stars started off the brighter creating a couple half chances as they restricted their visitors in their half in the opening ten minutes.

Michael Olunga almost broke the deadlock in the 11th minute after pouncing on a loose ball at the edge of the box, but the Kashiwa Reysol talisman balloned his effort.

Olunga then forced a fine save from the Mambas goalkeeperJulio Pedro Frenque as Stars intensified their attack.

Moments later, Tottenham Hotspurs midfielder Victor Wanyama initiated a counter attack from a free kick, but indecision cost Olunga as he opted to set up Kenneth Muguna instead of shooting.

Muguna came close to scoring his second goal for the national team when he unleashed a powerful long range shot in the 28th minute, but he was superbly denied by the goalkeeper.

Ten minutes later, Cliff Nyakeya delivered a pin-pointed cross in the box only for Olunga to feebly shoot straight at an impressive Frenque.

But the tide changed in the last seven minutes of the first half as the Mambas took control of the game with their first attempt from Quembo Witiness going wide.

Eric Ouma then made a brilliant block to stop Witiness’ dangerous cross from the left flank before Ernesto Mercelino saw his surprise effort go inches over the bar.

Moments later, goalkeeper Farouk Shikalo come off his line to stop number  Reginaldo Fait Artur from scoring before the Yanga custodian denied Luis Jose in the box.

Francis Kimanzi then brought in Kariobangi Sharks midfielder Duke Abuya for Clifton Miheso five minutes into the second half.

Kenya earned a free kick in a promising position, but Olunga shot directly into Frenque’s hands before the Ferroviário de Maputo custodian brilliantly saved Abuya’s glancing header.

The Kariobangi Sharks nearly set up Ouma for Kenya’s opening goal on the hour mark, but leftback Mussagi Sidique reacted fast to intercept the cross.

Muguna’s effort then missed target by a whisker before he was replaced by Zesco United forward Jesse Were, who was making a return to the team after being snubbed for the 2019 Africa Nations Cup by former Stars coach Sebastian Migne.

But substitute Canhembe Amancio depossessed Joseph Okumu, danced through the defence before slotting the ball past a hapless Shikalo. This came barely a minute after Stars survived another scare following Shikalo’s goalkeeping error.

Kenya responded immediately but Were’s effort went agonizingly wide before he missed a clear-cut chance from Wanyama’s delivery. Whyvonne Isuza thought he had snatched an 81st minute equaliser for the hosts only for his close range effort to be saved by the keeper before Okumu missed a sitter. [Rodgers Eshitemi]

Kenya v Mozambique line ups

Harambee Stars: Faruk Shikalo, (GK), Samuel Olwande, Eric Ouma, Joseph Okumu, Joash Onyango, Victor Wanyama, Lawrence Juma, Kenneth Muguna, Cliff Nyakeya, Cliffton Miheso, Michael Olunga

Subs: Ian Otieno, Timothy Odhiambo (GKs), Harun Shakava, Yusuf Mainge, Jesse Were, Teddy Akumu, Hillary Wandera, Whyvonne Isuza, Abdallah Hassan, Duke Abuya, Enosh Ochieng, Bernard Ochieng

Mozambique: Julio Pedro Frenque (GK), Pelembe Elias Gaspar, Mussagi Sidique, Muchanga Francisco, Junoor Zainadine, Edmilson Gabriel, Ernesto Mercelino, Kambala Manuel, Quembo Witiness, Miquissone Luis Jose, Reginaldo Fait Artur

Muguna on target as Kenya, Uganda draw 1-1

Gor Mahia skipper Kenneth Muguna’s scoring form at club level, continued at the national team level on Sunday. Against the Uganda Cranes on Sunday, Muguna scored the equalizer that salvaged a 1-1 draw for Kenya’s Harambee Stars.

It was a day of redemption for Muguna because he had been left out of the Kenya squad that played in the 2019 AFCON. Lawrence Juma also made his national team debut. Highly deserved.

The goal resulted from the hard work of former Gor Mahia defender Eric Ouma “Marcelo”. He made a determined run down the left flank, shrugging off several Ugandan opponents before setting up Ayub Timbe who in turn sent an inviting cross that Mugana deflected passed the hapless Uganda goalkeeper.

Uganda had taken the lead in the first half when a defensive blunder saw the Ugandans disposses Kenya in the penalty box. The ball was passed to Emmanuel Okwi who sliced the kenya defence to score. At this point Uganda were creating more chances. In fact minutes earlier, another Kenya defensive blunder gifted the Ugandans the ball in the penalty box but the Ugandan effort slammed against the upright. Kenya defenders have been trying to pass the ball from deep. But under pressure they often cough up the ball. A bright spot for Kenya in the first half was Ayub Timbe whose pace and explosive moves on the left flank were too difficult for Uganda to handle. Still Michael Olunga, again playing as a lone striker, hardly saw any of the ball.

Kenya came back a much better side in the second half. Muguna’s goal came in the 50th minute. Kenya continued to press. In the 55th minute, Eric Johana came close with a clever lob but his effort was saved by the Ugandan custodian. Next it was Olunga’s turn. His header was also saved by the Ugandan keeper.

In the 80th minute, Ayub Timbe was fouled in the penalty box. But the Ugandan keeper gave a free-kick on the edge of the box instead. Olunga was to come close again 5 minutes later. His header struck the cross bar. The last chance fell to Boniface Muchiri whose effort was one of his trade mark long range missiles. Again the Ugandan keeper parried the ball.

Kenya XI: Patrick Matasi, Samuel Olwande, Eric Ouma, Mike Kibwage, Joash Onyango, Collins Agade, Lawrence Juma, Kenneth Muguna, Ayub Timbe, Eric Johanna, Michael Olunga,

Subs: Farouk Shikalo, Johnstone Omurwa, Brian Otieno, Cliffton Miheso, Francis Kahata, Duke Abuya, Whyvonne Isuza, Cliff Nyakeya, Boniface Muchiri, Enosh Ochieng.

Uganda XI: Charles Lukwago, Willa Paul, Mustafa Kizza, Revita John, Timothy Awany, Khalid Aucho, Taddeo Lwanga, Allan Okello, Luwagga Kizito, Emmanuel Okwi, Allan Kyambadde,

Subs: Joel Mutakubwa, Mujuzi Mustafa, Halid Lwaliwa, Muzamir Mutyaba, Bright Anukani, Fahad Aziz Bayo, Allan Kayiwa.

Kenneth Muguna named team captain

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.