Tag: Kenneth Muguna



8 Oct 17

Muguna in action against Thailand on Sunday

Midfielder Kenneth Muguna, goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch and defender Musa Mohamed were the Kogalo players in action as Kenya put on what can at best be considered a sub par performance against Thailand. Context first: Thailand are at number 137 in the FIFA rankings, 49 places below Kenya. The entire Thai national team plays in the Thai league which cannot be considered to have a standard above the KPL.  Kenya was thus expected to win .

In the end it was Thailand who looked the better side. Though Kenya had more possession, they failed to create decent chances. Kenya are still unable to string together meaningful passes in the final third. As a result they try to score by playing hopeful crosses into the box or long passes.

Muguna’s impact on the game was not significant at all. He did not play badly but neither did he impose himself on the game nor create any chances. None of this is his fault. The team lacked sufficient cohesion. Musa Mohamed was played at right back. He was solid and staved off the attacks that came on his wing.

Boniface Oluoch was solid between the sticks and actually had to dive full length to pull off a number of saves. The goal he conceded was not his fault though he seemed to parry the ball right into the path of an oncoming attacker.

Other former Kogalo players were in action as well. Michael Olunga came closest to scoring when in the first half he picked up a loose ball and unleashed one of his trademark rising shots which forced a spectacular save from the Thai keeper. In the 54th minute Kenya were awarded a free-kick on the edge of the box after Masoud Juma was fouled. Olunga took the resulting free-kick which was quite an embarrasment. His form was poor. He got underneath the ball and sent it several meters above the cross bar. He has clearly not been practising free-kicks during his time in Sweden, China and Spain.

David Owino Calabar was solid in central defence. But was unable to start moves by linking up with his midfielders as is required of modern central defenders. The systems he is forced to play in and the quality of players around him are to blame.

Left with no option, he resorts to bypassing the midfield by sending long balls to the forwards. And unlike Austin Oduor of yesteryear, his long balls are mostly fanciful. They rarely find their target.  Anthony Akumu, the other former Kogalo player in the side was also solid if unspectacular.

The Thai side are clearly better at stringing together passes in the final third. In fact the goal they scored came after their winger created an opening for himself on the right flank, sliced the ball to the central attacker whose shot was parried by Oluoch only for another attacker to pounce on the loose ball and score.

After they scored, the Thais fell back and allowed Kenya long spells of ball possession. However Kenya were once again let down by their poor coordination in the final third. As a result they created no meaningful chances. The only attempts at goal were a long range effort from Anthony Akumu which went well wide and Olunga’s shocking free-kick.

Coach Okumbi introduced substitutions, bringing in Waruru, Samwel Onyango and Jesse Were for Masoud Juma, Miheso and Makwatta. But it was to no avail

 

Starting XI

Boniface Oluoch, David Owino (C), Jockins Atudo, Abud Omar, Musa Mohammed, Anthony Akumu, Kenneth Muguna, Cliffton Miheso, John Mark Makwatta, Masud Juma, Michael Olunga

Substitutes

Patrick Matasi, Simon Mbugua, Ernest Wendo, Samuel Onyango, Jesse Were, Harun Shakava, Robinson Kamura, Patillah Omotto, Boniface Muchiri, Dennis Sikhayi, Stephen Waruru

Musa Mohamed solidified his flank despite playing out of position

 

John Makwatta

Anthony Akumu and Kenneth Muguna


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4 Sep 17

Harambee stars before the match.
Image courtesy of Kenneth Muguna

Gor Mahia midfield ace Kenneth Muguna played his first international match in a friendly match against Mozambique on Sunday. Muguna made the starting line-up and was impressive and national team coach Stanley Okumbi was elated at Muguna’s performance.

“Muguna was brilliant, especially in the first half. He has great confidence and it is like he has been in the team for long. The best thing is that we are introducing many players at this level, which is good for the team,” the coach told Soka.co.ke

Muguna was satisfied with his performance.
“It was an honour to make my national team debut yesterday against Mozambique. An important step and a great learning experience. Thanks for your support. Always,” he said on his social media pages.

Also in action was George Odhiambo Blackberry who was making a return to the national team after several years. Odhiambo first made his international debut as far back as 2008 when he was barely out of secondary school. At the time, he and Kevin Omondi, both recent school leavers, were seen as the most promising players in Kenya But whereas Blackberry has resuscitated his career, Omondi has disappeared into oblivion.

The match ended 1-1. Sweden-based Eric Johanna scored for Kenya in the 85th minute to cancel out Domingues Pelembe’s 59th minute goal.

Harambee Stars XI: Patrick Matasi (GK), David Owino (C), Joakins Atudo, Aboud Omar, David Ochieng, Kenneth Muguna, Anthony Akumu, George Odhiambo, Clifton Miheso, Eric Johanna and Jesse Were.

Subs: Fredrick Otinda (GK), Robinson Kamura, Victor Asembeka, John Makwatta, Timothy Otieno, Boniface Muchiri, Daniel Otieno, Brian Mandela and Victor Majid.

Olunga to play in La Liga

Former Gor Mahia attacker Michael Olunga is set to play in Spain’s top tier with Girona FC.  Olunga will be temporarily leaving the Chinese league where his sojourn did not work out as expected.

“Michael Olunga joined Girona FC in the last hours of the transfer window, joining on loan for one season from Guizhou in China,” tweeted the Swedish based agent and founder of Global Soccer Management that handles Olunga among many others players.

Girona, which was promoted to La Liga at the end of the 2016/17 season, also the acquisition.

“Olunga will complete the Girona attack on the historic premiere of the team in the highest category of Spanish football. The player joins Guizhou Zhicheng of the Chinese Superliga,” a statement on the club portal read.

Olunga becomes the second Kenyan to play in La Liga after MacDonald Mariga.


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18 Aug 17


Midfielder Kenneth Muguna is pleading with the club to set him free so he can pursue a move to KF Tirana in Europe.

Courtesy of the Nation
Gor Mahia midfielder Kenneth Muguna on Thursday maintained he “expects” to leave the club for Albanian club FK Tirana before the end of this month.

Speaking a day after Nation Sport exclusively highlighted his desire to walk out, the Kenya international also told this paper he was preparing to hold crunch talks with club chairman Ambrose Rachier to force an exit.

But in a related twist, the club’s coach Dylan Kerr said that Muguna would not be leaving unless his suitors were are willing to pay a Sh100 million transfer fee.

Muguna also asked Gor Mahia fans to “understand” his decision of seeking greener pastures in Europe.

Said the youngster: “(Gor Mahia fans) Kindly understand, I am sad to say this but I really want to go to Europe and build my career… it will not be the end of Gor Mahia. Even the likes of Olunga left but the club has remained a force.”

“I spoke to the club chairman before we went to the polls. He asked for official communication from Tirana. Now they have received a letter from (FK) Tirana requesting for my services. I want to meet him again to reiterate my desire to leave.”

Kerr has, however, accused his predecessor, Brazilian Jose Marcelo Ferreira aka Ze Maria, who currently handles Tirana, of tapping his players.


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17 Aug 17

Midfielder Kenneth Muguna has made a request for a free transfer to KF Tirana. The Albanian team does not want to pay a transfer fee but wants an agreement where Gor Mahia would benefit if Muguna is then sold to another team.

Courtesy of the Nation
Gor Mahia midfielder Kenneth Muguna has asked to leave the club amid interest for his services from Albanian club FK Tirana and Zambian champions Zanaco.

The club’s assistant secretary general Ronald Ngala, however, told Nation Sport the player’s wish had been turned down.

Ngala said on Wednesday: “He wrote a letter asking to leave but we said no. He has to wait until the end of the season.”

“These young players at times feel like we are blocking them from better deals but this isn’t the case.”

This stand-off between player and club comes barely eight months since the 21-year old joined the Kenya Premier League table toppers on a four year contract.

Tirana are managed by former K’Ogalo coach Jose Marcelo Ferreira aka Ze Maria.

It is Ze Maria who signed Muguna from Western Stima last December, a week after he had been crowned the 2016 Kenyan Premier League Most Valuable Player.

“They (Tirana) have shown interest in Muguna through an agent who brought Ze Maria here but there is nothing official. We have no offer from them,” added Ngala.

Muguna’s current stance coincides with a public tongue lashing the player received from new coach Dylan Kerr earlier this month.

The English trainer accused Muguna of absconding training.

Said Kerr following the club’s last game against Nakumatt: “It’s a shame that he (Muguna) didn’t feature today because he was very pivotal for us in the last game. I am told his knee is swollen but I haven’t seen him. As a professional footballer, you are paid to work and if you are paid to work and you don’t show up, it is wrong.”

Now enjoying his third-season in the top flight, Muguna is fast carving a reputation as a classy attacking midfielder with wonderful ball skills.

He is a good passer of the ball and reads the game well, and is largely depended upon by Gor Mahia to produce the final pass to the strikers during attacks.

He is a good dribbler but does struggle when the game gets physical because of his slim stature.

It remains to be seen if Muguna will be part of Gor Mahia’s squad in Saturday’s league assignment against Muhoroni Youth in Kisumu.

In a related development, Gor Mahia duo Jacques Tuyisenge and Geoffrey Walusimbi have turned down potential moves to Europe.

These two have been in the radar of Albanian club FK Tirana. Ze Maria is said to be the one pushing his employers to get the Gor players.


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9 Aug 17


Gor Mahia midfielder Kenneth Muguna is off to Albania to join former coach Ze Maria at KF Tirana

Courtesy of sportpesanews.com

The Brazilian tactician who left Gor to join the Albanian second division side FK Tirana in July has included the 2016 SPL Player of the Year in his plans to push for promotion.

Muguna is set to join Tirana on a four-year deal, with a source privy to the negotiations claiming that the former Western Stima FC man has already put pen to paper and the move is held up by Visa confirmation.

“He has already signed and is just waiting to clear with Gor and get the Third Party Form for his International Transfer Certificate,” the source added.

Kerr anger

Albanian website Panorama Sports also quoted the former Brazilian international praising the midfielder who bagged both the SPL Player and Midfielder of the Year awards last season.

It reported that Muguna would be a replacement for Congolese midfielder, Merveil.

“He (Muguna) is from Kenya and is currently part of Gor team that Jose Ferreira led before he came to Albania. The club has already reached an agreement with him,” the website wrote.

The development comes days after Ze Maria’s successor, Briton Head Coach Dylan Kerr lashed out at the player for absconding training on the eve of their SPL match, against Nakumatt FC.


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8 Jan 17

Gor Mahia’s youthful defender Eric Ouma has come out and strongly denied rumours that he turned down a contract from Gor Mahia and insisted on another six month contract

Below is the statement that was posted in Marcelo’s social media pages

I wish to categorically state that rumours circulating around that I recently insisted for a further six months stay at Gor Mahia and in the process turning down a 3 year offer is misinformed.
Neither myself nor my Representatives have held OFFICIAL talks with the club as purported by a section of the media but I am fully aware that a meeting regarding the same is being scheduled to clear the air.
Fans have reacted and I feel their frustrations because its a normal occurrence anywhere in the world of football when such reports are filtered into the air more so as a result of misinformation.
I once again thank you for your continued support and may God bless you in your endeavors. Happy New Year.

Muguna signed

A report suggests that Gor Mahia have sealed a deal to sign KPL player of the year Kenneth Muguna.

“We have been following Muguna and we are happy we have got his signature. He will play a pivotal role in our 2017 campaign,” the official who sought anonymity told supersport.com.

The lanky Muguna shone brilliantly in the 2016 season playing for Western Stima. He had previously played for Palos of Kisumu. He was most notable for his tireless running and boundless energy. With Muguna and Mugiraneza in the defensive midfield area, Gor Mahia will be much stronger in the department which was weak last season.

Ze Maria Returns

Gor Mahia tactician Ze Maria has returned from his Christmas holiday. He spent the holiday first in Italy where he lives then in Brazil. Ze Maria landed at JKIA airport on Saturday.


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1 Dec 16

Gor Mahia defensive ace Eric Ouma “Marcelo” has been nominated for Kenya Premier League Player of the year.

The 20 year old Ouma who joined Kogalo in January has had a superb season and is definitely the newcomer of the year. He has shown the maturity of a player who has been in the league for several years. He is confident going forward, coordinates well with team-mates and is among the e best crossers in the league.

He is part of a for  five-man list that includes the Tusker duo of Humphrey Mieno and goalkeeper David Okello, while Ulinzi Stars marksman, John Mark Makwatta, who won the 2016 Golden Boot after scoring 15 goals. Also in the list is Kenneth Muguna, the tireless Western Stima midfielder.

Michael Olunga scooped the MVP award last year after an incredible campaign with Gor Mahia as the club marched to an unprecedented 15th league title without tasting defeat.

The awards gala will be held on December 14 at the Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi.

Western Stima warns Gor Mahia off Muguna

Gor Mahia coach Ze Maria has expressed an interest in signing youthful Western Stima midfielder Kenneth Muguna.

“Yes, we are looking forward to having Muguna in our team for next season. He is a quality player, who knows what to do on the pitch and one amazing thing is his work rate. He is one of the players we are targeting and hopefully he will be with us,” revealed a source within the team,” the source told Goal.
“He (Muguna) is one of our targets for next year because we definitely do not want to go home empty handed again like it was the case in 2016.” said Ze Maria

However Western Stima have indicated that they are not keen to offload Muguna


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