Tag: KPL U20



1 Jan 17

Thiongo scored one and set up another


The December edition of KPL U20 came to an end on Sunday. Gor Mahia beat Sofapaka 3-1 to finish in 3rd place while Mathare United retained the crown by beating AFC U20.

The opening goal was scored in the 35th minute by Hillary Ojwang who scored from the spot after Sofapaka player handled the ball in the penalty box. The goal awakened Sofapaka. Two minutes later they too scored from the penalty spot following a handball. And three minutes later, a well taken effort was cleared off the line by Steve Otieno.

Nahashon Thiongo ran unchallenged into the Sofapaka goal area to score the second goal in the 80th minute. With four minutes left, Thiongo was on the rampage again. This time his shot hit the upright and Reagan Odede picked up the resulting loose ball to score.

As third place finishers, Gor Mahia colled Ksh 200,000 in prize money.


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21 Dec 16

Gor Mahia players celebrate
Image courtesy of Odhiambo KGM

Gor Mahia’s slow start to the KPL U20 tournament will soon be forgotten as they have now won their second match in a row and won convincingly.
Additional reporting from futaa.com
Hillary Ojuang bagged a stylish hat trick as Gor Mahia U20 powered from a goal down to thrash Ulinzi Stars U20 5-1 in an enthralling clash played this Wednesday 21 December at Camp Toyoyo.

The Soldiers were the first to strike but were left to struggle against a marauding display from Maurice Onyango’s charges who three second half goals with Nahashon Thiongo claiming a brace in the big win.

Gor Mahia started off the better side and dominated the game that kicked off on a rather tough tackling note.

Its Ulinzi Stars who hit the front first with following a Mohammed Mahmoud Maqbull corner kick that was nodded in for the Warriors early opener.

Ojuang star

The strike did less in suppressing Gor’s onslaught with Hillary Ojuang coming close with a deflected effort before Stephen Otieno’s swerving strike also veered off wide.

There was no denying the latter when his strike slipped through keeper Brian Bwire’s grasp to level matters.

The marksman extended Gor’s lead minutes to the break, slotting into an empty net after Nahashon Thiongo danced past his marker and the keeper to set him for an easy tap in.

Francis Martin had Ulinzi’s best chance after break but could only sky his effort from the right flank delivery.

Soldiers wastefulness went on as another one on one wasted chance.

Nondi in

Gor unleashed Amos Nondi in latter stages of the final half and one of the senior team member combination with Teddy Osoko almost saw the team 3-0 only for Teddy to blaze wide.

The Nairobi Stima man was next to birth a promising move that ended with Ojuang’s going within inches of a hat trick only to be denied by the upright after beating the keeper.

Hat-trick

The was still time for Ojuang to complete his hat trick after capitalizing on a defensive lapse to poke past Bwire before Thiongo adorned the score line further with a late brace to add his group stage tally to four.

The win saw Gor Mahiua advancing as Group winner with Western Stima who held Posta Rangers to a 1-1 draw alos securing a knock out stage slot.


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15 Dec 16

The Kenya Premier League U20 starts this week. Gor Mahia will kick off their campaign against Posta Rangers on Sunday December 17. According to goal.com, the match will be played at Camp Toyoyo starting at 10:15 am. The Gor Mahia juniors are in group B along with Posta Rangers, Western Stima and Ulinzi Stars.

Defending champions Mathare United,who are pooled in group A will play their first match against Muhoroni Youth at the same venue (as from 8:00am) before Chemelil Sugar- Sony Sugar and Western Stima-Ulinzi Stars matches in the afternoon.

AFC Leopards will play Tusker on the second day (Sunday, December 18) at the same venue as from 10:15am just after the match pitting Ushuru FC against Nairobi City Stars. Bandari FC will then welcome Spofapaka ahead of Kakamega Homeboyz-Thika United match.

In the August edition of the tournament, Kogalo Youth reached the final before losing to Mathare Youth in the final.

This is the first assignment of the newly elected Gor Mahia officials. In the recent past, there has been a tug of war between the club EC and the fans foundation which formed the youth team.


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26 Aug 16

Gor Mahia came very close to winning the KPL U20 title but lost to Mathare by a solitary goal that came in the last minute of play.

Additional Reporting from goal.com
Mathare United beat Gor Mahia youth team to clinch their maiden U-20 title in a tight final played at Nyayo Stadium

Mathare United beat Gor Mahia youth by a solitary goal in the KPL U-20 tournament’s final played on Friday to become the August edition’s champions.

The match started in a lukewarm mode with both teams not showing much intent to score goals but the tempo changed in the last quarter of second half to hand Mathare United their sweet maiden title.

Super-sub Alfayo Oyugi stepped in to score past Ishmail Otieno from a free-kick at the stroke of 90th munites to give coach Gabriel Njoroge the biggest smile of the day.

Prior to this, Henry Juma, Davies Odongo and Nahashon Thiong’o had made notable attempts for Gor Mahia while Lawrence Luvanda was very instrumental for Mathare United. Gor Mahia dispatched Ushuru 2-0 in the semi-finals while Mathare overcame last year’s finalists Kakamega Homeboyz 3-1 in post-match penalties after regulation time had left the sides locked in a 1-1 stalemate.

Ushuru finished second runners up after edging out April’s finalists Kakamega Homeboyz 4-2 in post-match penalties in the third place play off staged at Camp Toyoyo on Thursday.

Mathare United: Job Ochieng, Samuel Semo, Mike Odhiambo, Dennis Wanyoike, Martin Ongori,Musa Oundo (C), Dennis Kamau, Deng Jackson, Enock Momanyi, Lawrence Luvanda, Patrick Chege.

Gor Mahia: Ishmail Otieno (GK), Kevin Otieno, Stephen Otieno, Washington Onyango, Elvis Ochieng, Davies Odongo, Alpha Onyango, Nahashon Thiong’o, Hillary Ojwang, Henry Juma, Ismail Musa.

Subs: Bixente Otieno (GK), Kevinton Machika, Fiston Changu, Joseph Lumumba, Kilonzi Mutuku, Tom Otieno, Peter James.


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24 Aug 16


Despite what looked like a slow start, Gor Mahia appear poised to win the KPL U20 tournament. This after they beat Ushuru FC 2-0 in the semis to advance to the finals.
Additional Reporting from goal.com
Gor Mahia youth team will now face off with Mathare United in the final after knocking out Ushuru FC in semis on Tuesday

Gor Mahia on Tuesday beat Ushuru FC 2-0 at Camp Toyoyo grounds to book slot in the KPL U-20 tournament-August edition’s final.

Having been aware that Mathare United were already in the final, Gor Mahia youth were upbeat for a slot of their own and they knew that Ushuru FC was the only step to the space. Coach Maurice Onyango seemed to have reminded his charges of their 3-1 victory against the taxmen in the tournament’s preliminary encounter and they stepped into the game with clear mindset of a win.

They dominated the better part of the first half with attempts and beautiful runs from Henry Juma, Hillary Ojwang’, Nahashon Thiong’o and Ismail Musa, who occasionally gave Ushuru FC’s backline and keeper Brian Otieno some hard time.

In the 40th minute, Henry Juma hit past Otieno in goal to hand Gor Mahia Youth their first goal from a Hillary Ojwang’ assist. The remaining minutes were a mere panic for Ushuru FC into the breather. Juma came from the tunnel to complete his brace and see Gor Mahia into the final with hopes of clinching the title for the first time ever. April edition finalists Kakamega Homeboyz and Ulinzi Stars had paved way for new champions in waiting.


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22 Aug 16


Gor Mahia youth managed to put aside their tribulations as they beat arch rivals AFC Leopards 2-1
Additional Reporting from goal.com
Gor Mahia youth team outclassed their rivals AFC Leopards in a KPL U20 quarterfinal match played on Sunday to qualify for semis

Gor Mahia under 20 team edged out AFC Leopards counterparts 2-1 in a quarterfinal match played on Sunday at Nyayo stadium to qualify for the tournament’s semifinal stage.

All the goals were scored in the first half with Gor Mahia getting the lead on the 3rd minute before confirming their victory three minutes to the half-time whistle.

Henry Oguk was the first to draw the first blood for Gor Mahia connecting a through ball into the net past keeper Brian Bwire to stir-up the game for K’Ogalo. In spite of more pressure piled thereafter in search of the second goal, AFC Leopards were keen on getting an equalizer and it took only 30 minutes for Valdo Madegwa to level matters. Eric Kinuthia was the man with the assist which Madegwa utilized to beat a defender before unleashing a rasping shot past Bixente Otieno.

The battle then continued. Both teams were now on a mission to get their respective winner in order to sail to the tourney’s semifinals. AFC Leopards pushed hard but unfortunately their efforts never bore any fruits at a time when Gor Mahia were launching attacks of all sorts in a bid to secure a goal. On the 42nd minute, Ismail Musa put the Maurice Onyango coached outfit in the lead. He simply tapped in a rebound past Bwire to give Gor Mahia an opportunity of hanging on their lead till the final whistle. They will now play against the winner between Chemlil Sugar and Ushuru FC in the semifinals.


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18 Aug 16


The Gor Mahia U20 team has been facing financial difficult and often depends on last minute contributions in order to fulfill schedule obligations. So low is the morale that their performance in the KPL U20 tournaments have been below par. Despite having played together much longer than other KPL U20 teams and despite having won the Nairobi county leagues twice, the team has been unable to stamp their authority, culminating in shock losses in the KPL U20 tourney.

The financial difficulties come despite the senior team collecting a tidy sum from Sportpesa in terms of sponsorship. Reports in some quarters point to the fact that U20 team was founded by the Gor Mahia fans foundation which still runs the team. Yet the EC wants full control which the founders are not ceding.

Since we started preparing for the tournament two weeks ago, the boys have been really struggling because even getting fare to training and back home has been a great problem.

“Some of the players have been forced to trek long distances to and from training sessions. It is very perplexing to see fans collecting money to offer something to the players after matches.

“Even today (Wednesday), very few players reported for training ahead of our match against Muhoroni Youth. In fact, their morale is really down but I’m pleading with them to stay strong and honour tomorrow’s (Thursday) match.” said an official to goal.com

Often what happens is that the EC withholds funds until the last momemnt or does not release funds, prompting the team organizers to perform imprmptu harambees, pleading with well wishers to help facilitate trips. When contacted by goal.com. An agitated Ronald Ngala hurriedly said they had gotten the money for the Muhoroni match.

“They have got the money! They have got the money! Today!”

This is the scenario that has been playing out for the past year or so each time the side has to attend a Nairobi county match or a KPL U20 match. Fans should not expect results against Muhoroni.


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20 Apr 16

Gor Mahia’s hopes of winning the 2016 KPL U20 tournament are still alive. On Wednesday they beat their Sofapaka counterparts 1-0. The all important goal was scored by Amos Nondi in the 37th minute. Gor Mahia thus topped the group despite their poor start where they lost 0-2 to AFC Leopards. Gor Mahia will meet Chemelil Sugar U20 in the quarter-finals.

Meanwhile Gor Mahia’s defender Eric Ouma is among the players who has been named by CAF as ineligible for the Africa U20 tournament. A CAF circular mandated that only players born after January 1997 could play. Kenya fielded a number of players born in 1996 and have thus been disqualified.

The ineligible players are :

Erick Ouma Otieno, born on 27/9/1996;

Nicholas Kipkirui, born on 31/5/1996;

Boniface Muchiri, born on 23/8/1996;

Eugene Moses Mukangula, born on 22/6/1996;

Theodore Kibet Kilele, born on 25/9/1996

Message from Mannaseh Otieno regarding the U20 team

This is for your information, the Youth Team was allocated Ksh 375,000 as disbursed by the KPL to cater for the KPL U-20 tournament expenses. Our budget for this tournament amounted to Ksh 283,600, leaving us with a balance of Ksh 91,400 that will finance our league obligations once the KPL U-20 tournament comes to an end. Out of the 283,600, Ksh 60,000 was earmarked for the purchase and printing of one set of kit because the club could only afford to give the juniors one set, yet the tournament rules required each team to have two. This left the juniors with Ksh 223,600 to spend during the two week competition. Ronald Ngala received the Ksh 60,000 directly from the club treasurer to purchase and print the kit on behalf of the Youth team, since it was an EC’s decision that the juniors purchase the kit from the tournament kitty. For those who might not know, the Youth Team’s affairs are normally handled by Ronald Ngala. I hope this clears the air on why the youth team had to spend on playing kits.

Regards,
Manaseh Otieno
Chair: Gor Mahia Youth


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15 Apr 16


Prior to the Gor Mahia-Tusker match, Gor Mahia U-20 and their Ingwe counterparts will kick off the KPL U-20 tournament. Gor Mahia will be represented mostly by the junior side that won the Nairobi Championship Cup last year. The team has however been rocked by serious financial challenges this year. They almost missed their last two fixtures. It took the intervention of fans who twice collected money to send the team to the matches. There are reports that there is discord between the club executive committee and the Gor Mahia fans foundation who formed the team. The club EC reportedly wants to take over running the team.

They will take on an Ingwe side coached by former Sofapaka coach Ezekiel Akwana. HE selected the INgwe team from methodical trials. Thika United, Stima and Mathare United are the other teams withy standing youth teams that could do well.

The last group stage matches will be played on Thursday next week after which the top two teams in each group will advance to the quarter-finals.

The final of the tournament will be played on April 30, and the winners will walk away with a cash prize of Sh500, 000.

The match starts at 12:30 PM Saturday.


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1 Apr 16

The Kenya Premier League tournament for players under 20 will resume this year after a three year hiatus.

This year, the tournament, will be held on all three school holidays (April, August and December), and the winning team in each edition will take home a Sh500, 000 cash prize.

The first edition will take place between April 17-30, and it will involve all 16 teams currently featuring in the top flight league.Sportpesa are sponsoring the tournament.  KPL Chairman Ambrose Rachier thanked Sportpesa for helping raise the standards of football.

“I thank SportPesa for putting their faith in us, and we expect to have a fortnight of thrilling and entertaining football.    This is a very important tournament because it gives us a glimpse of the football talent that we have in the country. I hope that this will ultimately work towards improving the general standards of football in the country.”said Rachier.

This tournament was previously called the Under 19 championship, and KPL CEO Jack Oguda explained that they have raised the age limit in order to align themselves with most CAF competitions.

“There is already a national Under 20 side, and we want to support that team. We are insisting on a lot of documentation for the youngsters in order to curb cases of age cheating. The players will also undergo medical tests each to ascertain their real age before the beginning of the tournament,” he said to the Nation.

The tournament has in the past produced players like Michael Olunga. Its an opportunity for fans to get a first hand look at the future generation. Western Stima are the defending champions, having won in 2013.

Groups

Group A: Gor Mahia, Western Stima, AFC Leopards, Sofapaka

Group B: Posta Rangers, Tusker, Mathare United, Chemelil Sugar

Group C: Ulinzi Stars, Sony Sugar, Ushuru, Bandari

Group D: Muhoroni Youth, Kakamega Homeboyz, Thika United, Nairobi City Stars


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