Gor Mahia floor AFC Leopards 2-0

Kenneth Muguna celebrates after scoring the first goal

Gor Mahia continued their march up the league table on Saturday when they sunk arch rivals AFC Leoopards 2-0 at Kasarani on Saturday. The goals came from Kenneth Muguna and a sublime free-kick from Francis Kahata. Aside from three crucial points, the result means Kogalo is in good form ahead of another crucial continental match this Wednesday.

Additional reporting from Citizen Sports

After starting a passing move in the midfield, Muguna raced towards goal to finish it off, placing the ball beyond goalkeeper Eric Ndayishimiye after Kahata’s delivery into a crowded six yard box had fallen kindly into his path.

The former KPL MVP nearly doubled his tally for the afternoon minutes later only to see his effort from the edge of penalty area come off the crossbar

Whyvonne Isuza headed over from a rebound six minutes to the break after Marcel Kaheza’s free-kick had brushed against the wall. Leopards threatened from another set piece at the stroke of half time with Isaac Kipyegon’s free-kick curling inches wide.

Leopards looked recharged in the second half but a dreadful misjudgment from Ndayishimiye allowed Kahata’s free-kick to drop into the back of his net after Harun Shakava had missed a headed attempt.

Gor thought they had gone 3-0 up when Jacques Tuyisenge headed in Kahata’s cross but his effort was ruled out for offside.

Substitute Erisa Ssekisambu spurned another chance to put Gor three to the good when his heavy touch from close in allowed Ndayishimiye to collect the ball after George Odhiambo had found him with a low cross.

Starting XI

  1. Boniface Oluoch, 26. Philemon Otieno, 6.Shafik Batambuze, 12.Joash Onayngo, 18.Haron Shakava, 20.Ernest Wendo, 11.Bonface Omondi, 21. Kenneth Muguna, 7.Nicholas Kipkirui, 9. Jacques Tuyisenge, 8. Francis Kahata

Substitutes

  1. Fredrick Odhiambo, 15. Joachim Oluoch, 27.Charles Momanyi, 17.Bernard Ondiek, 25.George Odhaimbo, 23.Francis Mustapha, 22.Erisa Ssekisambu

AFC Leopards Starting XI:

Ndayishimiye Eric, Isaac Kipyegon, Dennis Sikhayi, Robinson Kamura ©, Salim Abdallah, Christopher Oruchum, Saad Musa, Whyvonne Isuzza, Marcel Kaheza, Odeny Jaffery, Wayi Yeka

Substitutes

Jairus Adira, Mainge Yusuf, Mukangula Eugene, Victor Majid, Brian Marita, Odeny Aziz, Vincent Oburu.

Its mashemeji derby time again

Gor Mahia’s new coach Hassan Oktay is set to coach in his first ever Mashemeji derby this Saturday.

Gor Mahia have experienced a good run of form since their surprise loss to KCB that saw fans call for Oktay’s dismissal. Oktay kept his cool to lead Gor Mahia to wins over SoNy Sugar, Zamalek and Vihiga United.

AFC Leopards for their part have struggled with losses to Bandari and a shock loss to Mount Kenya United on Wednesday.

But Oktay is adamant that form does not matter in derbies.

“I don’t think form counts in derbies,” Oktay said. “They might have been struggling of late but they have a new coach and derbies always has another element so we will be up against a different side and we will have to be at our best if we are to win that match.” he said.

Oktay is indeed right. In fact in derbies, the better side that creates more chances can often lose. Which is why Oktay will have warned his charges about overconfidence.

AFC Leopards skipper Robinson Kamura, speaking to the media on Thursday, says his team is not treating this match any different than they would treat other matches. As far as he and his team-mates are concerned, this is just another opportunity for three points.

Gor Mahia will once again rely on new sensation Nicholas Kipkirui for goals. Fans will be hoping that Kahata has recovered sufficiently as he will be the main engine. From keeper Boniface Oluoch, fans, his team-mates and the technical staff will be hoping that he is focused. Harun Shakava, who often plays his best matches in the derby, will once again be relied on for defence and possibly goals in dead ball situations. Last year he scored the lone goal that enabled Kogalo to beat Ingwe 1-0 in the Supercup.

Last year the two rivals met four times. Gor Mahia won three of those matches in regulation. The other one went to penalties which Gor Mahia won 5-4 thus earning the right to play Hull City.

Gor Mahia blank AFC 2-0, win League title

Scorer: Boniface Omondi

Gor Mahia are officially the 2018 Kenya premier league champions. They did it in grand style, beating arch rivals AFC Leopards 2-0
Additional reporting from the Nation
K’Ogalo marched to their unprecedented 17th title with a convincing 2-0 win over arch-rivals AFC Leopards in a Saturday’s Mashemejii derby clash at Kasarani stadium to amass an unassailable 71 points with six matches to spare.

This becomes the third time Gor are sealing the title with matches to spare after doing so during the 2015 and 2017 campaigns, where they finished business with five games to the end of the season.

Boniface Omondi and Bernard Ondiek’s strikes in the 31st and 44th minutes gave the Kenyan giants a two-goal cushion at the break.

Whyvonne Isuza, returning after a two-match suspension, had a chance to reduce the deficit at the stroke of halftime but his spot kick after a handball by Charles Momanyi inside the penalty box curved high and wide with goalkeeper Peter Odhiambo sent the wrong side.

The game had been stopped for five minutes after rowdy Leopards fans hurled seats on the pitch side protesting a foul on Baker Lukooya that led to Gor’s second goal.

Samuel Onyango dispossessed Lukooya to put through Omondi who did well to set up Ondiek and the latter easily planted the ball with his right foot to the far corner, with Ezekiel Owade beaten in Leopards goal.

Ingwe had the first sniff on goal five minutes after referee Felix Ekai blew the opening whistle, but Brian Marita fired wide from an Alex Orotomal pass.

In the 27th minute, Edward Seda blocked Orotomal’s attempt at goal from an Isaac Oduro inch-perfect cross into the box after Wesley Onguso had deflected the Ghanaian’s free kick for the corner.

Four minutes later, speedy winger Omondi fired the hosts into the lead with a rasping shot from outside the box that Owade could only watch helplessly as it rolled into the bottom right corner.

Hungry for the equalizer, Leopards pushed on amidst a buzzing atmosphere from jubilant Gor fans but Oduro’s 36th minute free kick was cleared by Gor defence led by Charles Momanyi.

Leopards, missing seven players to injury, were a shadow of themselves in the final stanza as Gor walked out worthy winners for the 29th time in 89 meetings against their nemesis who’ve secured 28 wins previously.

Gor will wind up what has been a fantastic month of football albeit punctuated with congested fixtures, away to Algerian side USM Alger Wednesday next week in their final Caf Confederation Cup group “D” tie, while Ingwe, who last lost a match coincidentally to Gor on July 22, will revisit their drawing board to face Wazito in midweek.

“It’s a memorable feeling scoring in such a big game to win the title, we’ve had a good season thanks to our coaches and the quality in camp,” said match-hero Omondi, winning his second consecutive title since joining Gor from Nzoia Sugar June last year.

Ingwe coach Rodolfo Zapata congratulated Gor, whilst predicting a fruitful future.

“It’s bad for the supporters losing to rivals but they should be proud because we’ve a bright future, we fought till the end, tried different formations in vain,” said the Argentine.

Gor coach Dylan Kerr hailed his second-string side calling upon the first team to replicate the same on Wednesday.

Gor Mahia edge AFC Leopards 2-1

Goal-scorer: George Odhiambo Blackberry. Image courtesy of Alfred Jones Sports

Gor Mahia continued their march towards the 2018 Kenya Premier League in grand style, by beating arch rivals AFC Leopards 2-1. The goals came from Jacque Tuyisenge in the 26th minute and George Odhiambo Blackberry in the 53rd minute. With Tuyisenge in fine scoring form, the club will certainly not miss his compatriot who departed for Tanzania. AFC Leopards scored in the 45th minute via Whyvonne Isuza.

Tuyisenge’s goal was the result of sheer hustle. He pressured an AFC defender who in turn hurriedly turned the ball back to his goalkeeper. Tuyisenge chased down the ball. As he and the AFC keeper were in a foot race. Tuyisenge reached the ball first and planted it in the net.

Blackberry’s goal came via a well weighted cross from Francis Kahata. Blackberry who was at the far post, met the ball with a spectacular volley that left the AFC keeper with no chance.

Additional reporting from the Nation

Runaway SportPesa Premier League leaders Gor Mahia on Sunday extended their dominance over eternal rivals AFC Leopards with a 2-1 win in the Mashemeji derby at Kasarani.

George “Blackberry” Odhiambo struck the winner in the second half after Whyvonne Isuza had cancelled out Jacques Tuyisenge’s opener for Gor Mahia to give the 16-time champions their 16th win of the campaign.

Leopards got the ball rolling in this 84th meeting between the two nemesis after a minute of silence in honour of the mother of former Harambee Stars captain Dennis Oliech, Mary Aumba Oliech, who died on Friday after a long battle with cancer.

Centre referee Israel Mpaima was forced to flash the first yellow card just five minutes into the match after Gor skipper Harun Shakava hacked down Jaffari Owiti on the left flank. Shakava, scorer of the lone goal in the two team’s last meeting in May in the Hull City Challenge, almost broke the deadlock in the 17th minute but his header from a George Odhiambo’s cross hit the roof of the net.

Five minutes later, Gor, who had until this point dominated proceedings, were 1-0 up through Tuyisenge after a comical blunder from Leopards defender Salim Abdallah. The Rwandan striker intercepted Salim’s short back pass before beating goalkeeper Ezekiel Owade for the opener, in front a Leopards crowd in disbelief.

Tuyisenge thought he had doubled the lead in the 40th minute but his glancing header from Wafula Innocent’s pin-point cross missed the target by a whisker, as Leopards defenders yet again left the Rwandan hit-man unmarked in the area.

Ingwe, looking increasingly vulnerable since going behind, were forced to go forward in search for an equaliser in the dying minutes of the half. Isaac Oduro came close from a freekick which was gathered by Gor goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch – who was restored into the starting line-up after missing their midweek 4-0 win over Yanga in the Caf Confederation Cup.

Isuza then sent the Leopards faithful in the stands into a frenzy with a well taken volley from inside the area deep into the first half’s injury time to ensure the two rivals head for the drinks level.

Dennis Sikhayi took advantage after referee played on after Marvin Omondi was fouled outside the area, floated in a cross that Isuza brilliantly slotted home.

Leopards introduced Nigerian striker Alex Orotumal for Marvin Omondi just before the second half started but it is Gor who found the back of the net yet again after some poor marking by the Leopards defence.

Odhiambo finished off Francis Kahata’s weighted pass from inside the box to restore Gor’s on 54 minutes.

Victory for Gor, their 16th in 20 matches, sends them to 52 points, 12 clear of second-placed Sofapaka and 16 better of Leopards who succumbed to their fifth loss of the season.

“Massive three points and silencing critics, by beating AFC Leopards. People say they didn’t turn up for the party but they kept playing in their own half and we should’ve killed the game early on,” said Gor coach Dylan Kerr.

His opposite number Rodolfo Zapata praised his charges despite the loss.

“We played well, I am proud of my boys because we were unlucky,” he said, before being whisked away in a huff by the club’s stewards who couldn’t allow him take in more questions.

Gor, who are chasing a treble, suffered an injury set back after Tuyisenge limped off shedding tears with 18 minutes to time. Kerr had to give his main striker a pat on the back as he escorted for treatment.

Zapata, looking to salvage a point from the tie, made a double substitution in the 75th minute pulling out Edward Seda and Jaffari Owiti for Eugene Mukhangula and Vincent Oburu respectively. Gor responded by introducing new signing Francis Mustafa for the injured Tuyisenge.

Until the Burundian’s introduction in the 77th minute, Gor had played for about five minutes with 10 men, prompting their fans to hurl objects at the fourth official for “delaying” the change. Despite the late changes, Gor held on to go home with the bragging rights and three points. Their match to an unprecedented 17th league title now clear.

 

 

 

 

Attention shifts to Mashemeji derby

Gor Mahia put an end to what was a miserable week by hammering Young Africans 4-0. This came 2 days after CECAFA announced that it was lifting the 2 year ban it had imposed on Kogalo for player misconduct.

Against Young Africans, Ephrem Guikan became only the sixth player in Gor Mahia’s history to score a brace. The others being William Ouma “Chege”, Allan Thigo, Peter Dawo, Sammy Onyango and Mungai Kiongera.  Dawo scored a brace against Marine of Somalia and also against Dragons of Benin. Sammy Onyango scored a brace against Entente of Togo while Kiongera struck twice against Anse Re-Union.

Coach Kerr was full of praise for his Ivorian striker.

“I really congratulate striker Ephraim for grabbing a brace. I hope he will continue scoring going forward.” said Kerr to goal.com

Another player who stood out against Young Africans was Humphrey Mieno whose passes led to three of the goals.

Gor Mahia now hope to take their fine form to the mashemeji derby which will be played this Sunday at Kasarani. Coach Kerr and his crew are keenly aware of the importance of the derby.

“The players are aware how important the derby is to the team and to the fans as well and they have to give it their all. Our opponents also know there are bragging rights in this one and I believe they are also looking to upset us. We will approach the match with the seriousness it deserves.” he said to the KPL site.

Gor Mahia beat AFC Leopards 1-0 in the Supercup in January of this year. The two sides met at Afraha to decide who would play Hull City. Gor Mahia won on penalties.

Update: mashemeji derby now postponed

Kevin Omondi in action at the last mashemeji derby

The sports tribunal is has ruled that the mashemeji derby that was set for this weekend should be postponed. A statement released by KPL CEO Jack Oguda  states that KPL respects the rule of the law and will therefore abide by the ruling

 

FKF and KPL have been involved in a turf war and as usual they are unable to resolve matters amicably. This is to the detriment of Kenya Football. FKF wants the match postponed so that Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards who have been called to the national team can focus on training for the international friendlies. But Jack Oguda of KPL is sticking to his guns and saying the mashemeji derby must proceed.  FKF retaliated by saying they would ban any match officials who participate. Oguda has also in the past refused to accommodate postponement requests from clubs involved in continental matches.

In reality KPL should understand that a good performance by Harambee Stars will benefit the KPL by giving it more visibility and potentially more sponsors. FKF for their part should also try to be more diplomatic to avoid such turf wars.

 

Mashemeji derby ends scoreless, Gor Mahia win on penalties

Kevin Omondi in action against Duncan Otieno

Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards settled for a scoreless draw in their Mashemeji derby encounter at Afraha stadium on May 1. The result prompted post match penalty kicks which Gor Mahia won 5-4 after Vincent Oburu of Ingwe slammed the last kick above the crossbar.

Gor Mahia will now play against Hull City at Kasarani on May 13.

Additional reporting from the Standard

Gor Mahia edged out bitter rivals AFC Leopards 5-4 on post-match penalties in yesterday’s Hull City Challenge Cup at Afraha Stadium. K’Ogalo have thus earned the right to play English Championship side Hull City on May 13 at Kasarani, Nairobi.

After misses by Jacques Tuyisenge and Whyvonne Isuza, Meddie Kagere, Godfrey Walusimbi, George Odhiambo and Joachim Oluoch scored for Gor Mahia.

Ezekiel Odera, Baker Lukooya, Dancun Otieno and Robinson Kamura scored for Leopards to send it to sudden death shoot-out.

Then Bernard Ondiek scored for Gor Mahia and Vincent Oburu blasted over to hand the KPL champions an opportunity to play Hull City.

AFC Leopards goalkeeper Ezekiel Owade put up an impressive first half performance that kept his side in the match. Despite Gor Mahia resting most of their first team players in the first half, the Kenyan champions were still the more aggressive side.

Gor Mahia had nine shots on target with Owade being commanding form.

AFC Leopards on the other hand had just three shots with goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch largerly undisturbed for most of the match.

With the exception of Ezekiel Odera’s first half effort that nearly counted for Leopards, Oluoch who was coming back after a one match suspension had an easy time.

Gor Mahia enjoyed plenty of possession with Kevin Omondi coming close at the half hour mark.

Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga caused a stir at half time when he landed in a helicopter accompanied by legendary Joe Kadenge.

Leopards started the second half strongly, forcing two quick corners, but Boniface Oluoch denied them.

Moses Mburu became the first player to be cautioned when he received a yellow card at the hour mark for a bad tackle on Lawrence Juma

The impressive Leopards goalkeeper easily dealt with the resultant free kick.

Gor Mahia brought in Jacques Tuyisenge for Kevin Omondi while Ephraim Guikan was rested for Meddie Kagere.

The changes saw Gor Mahia create more chances upfront and came close to breaking the deadlock towards the end of the match.

Meddie Kagere was denied by the outstanding Owade in the 90th minute after being put through from the midfield to send the match into penalty shoot-outs.

Before that Gor Mahia rested goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch for Shaaban Odhonji in readiness for the penalty shoot-out.

Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr said his side wasted many chances and should have won it in normal time

Gor Mahia edge AFC 1-0 to win Super Cup

Gor Mahia beat arch rivals AFC Leopards at Afraha Stadium to win the 2018 Super Cup .

Additional Reporting from the Standard

League winners defeat AFC Leopards in Afraha Stadium match.

Gor Mahia are winners of this year’s Super Cup after edging out arch rivals AFC Leopards at Afraha Stadium on Saturday.

Haroun Shakava scored the all-important goal in the 40th minute. It was Shakava’s first competitive match as captain of the 16-time Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions.

“I am happy with the result. Shakava made the difference and I am proud of the team. They did us proud,” said Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr.

Wellingtone Ochieng looked to have been hacked and he tumbled inside the AFC Leopards but center referee waved away any penalty appeals. As the match wore on, Gor Mahia were clearly the better side going by the chances they created.

George Odhiambo’s attempt in the sixth minute was dealt with by Leopards goalkeeper Gabriel Andika. In the process, Andika collided with Jacques Tuyisenge and both sought treatment on the pitch.

Leopards got their first chance in the 13th minute but Moses Mburu’s free-kick did not find the target. Collins Okoth, playing his first match in Leopards colours, was cautioned three minutes later for rough play as Gor Mahia went hunting for the opener.

The breakthrough almost came in the 19th minute when Salim Abdalla headed towards his own goal while trying to deal with a shot by Odhiambo and in the process, earned their first corner in the match.

The first real chance for Leopards came in the 26th minute but Prince Arkoh was denied by Boniface Oluoch in goal. Six minutes later, Leopards got their first corner but it was their opponents who came close.

Abdalla headed out after Godfrey Walusimbi tore open the opposing backline placed an enticing pass on his pass.

But the goal finally came in the 40th minute. George Odhiambo’s cross on the left flank found Haroun Shakava waiting and with a brilliant header made it count.

Leopards made the first change early in the second half resting Jaffery Odeny for Brian Marita but not before Moses Mburu had wasted a free kick.

Gor Mahia’s Joash Onyango was also cautioned at the hour mark for a bad tackle on Joshua Kuria.

Gor Mahia take on AFC this weekend in the Super cup

Gor Mahia will play their first real match of 2018 this coming Sunday against arch rivals AFC Leopards. Kogalo will be defending the Super Cup diadem which they won by beating Tusker FC last January thanks to a Jacque Tuyisenge penalty.

Aside from the Super Cup, its an opportunity for coach Dylan Kerr to test his charges in a high pressure situation especially new signings like the evastly experienced Humphrey Mieno, the returning Kevin Omondi, and the Ivorian Ephrem Guikan.

Striker Meddie Kagere who has an admirable scoring record against Ingwe will once again be counted on for goals. Kevin Omondi has always played well against AFC. And for Harun Shakava, is his first chance to lift silverware as the official

But Leopards under Robert Matano and his spoiler tactics have proven a hard nut to crack. And Matano has sought to play down the significance of the game.

“It a game like any other and not a do or die fixture for us. It is a pre-season fixture and we will approach it that way. We are preparing the team for the season and the match is good for us.” he told goal.com

For Gor Mahia, club official Ronald Ngala thinks the win over KCCA has buoyed the players.

“We have played a couple of friendlies, the last one being against KCCA in which we beat them. I believe the head coach has marked some of the players including new signings who will be used in the Mashemeji Derby(weekend meeting). We won the Cup last season, and we are doing the same this season, so I am warning Ingwee to be ready for disappointments,” Ngala told Citizen Sports.

The match kicks off at 3pM Sunday at Afraha stadium.

 

Gor Mahia take on AFC in mashemeji derby

The third edition of the 2017 Mashemeji derby is here. This particular derby finds Kogalo a good 20 points ahead of their rivals. And Kogalo have won the last three matches against Ingwe by a total score of eight to zero. However on derby day anything is possible. The favourite typically does not come out on top. This has been the case over the past 49 years in which this derby has existed. The reason being that on derby day, the players usually give their best performance. As such current form is not a good indicator of who will win.

Indeed Tobias Ocholla, a veteran of many derbies has warned Kogalo not to get carried away by their current form.

“You cannot predict who will carry the day in a derby but history shows us that a team that is struggling usually comes top. Gor Mahia has the upper hand going by their form but it will depend on how a team comes out of the block. They need to be cautious.” said the Kogalo legend popularly known as Jua Kali to goal.com.

Besides that, AFC will be buoyed by their hard fought win over Tusker last Wednesday.

“AFC Leopards performance against Tusker is a morale booster to them, but usually in a derby, the character of the coach also play a big part on who carries the day,”

Of the players on the field, the one who has played in the most derbies is Gor Mahia skipper Musa Mohamed.

“I am surprised to have played in all those derbies. 13? It’s a good feeling to be involved in a derby because any player would wish to play such a big match,” said Musa.

Mohamed’s experience will be crucial if Gor Mahia are to win and protect their six point atop the Kenya premier league.

Coach Dylan Kerr, who is coaching in his first derby, will count on in form striker Meddie Kagere who scored the midweek goal against Rangers and has scored in the last two matches against AFC. He will likely pair up upfront with fellow Rwandese Jacque Tuyisenge. While the midfield will be anchored by Philemon Otieno with Walusimbi and Muguna providing creativity.