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25 Aug 18

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.


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20 Jul 18

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.


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23 May 18

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.

 


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1 May 18

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


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28 Jan 18

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.


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25 Jan 18

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.

 


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27 Aug 17

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.


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11 Jun 17


In 1985 in Khartoum, Gor Mahia playing without six players who had been suspended by CAF and CECAFA, beat much fancied rivals AFC 2-0 to lift the CECAFA club cup. In 2017, Gor Mahia are the champions of the inaugural Sportpesa Super Cup after beating arch rivals AFC by a 3-0 score. The goals came from Timothy Otieno in the 59th minute and Oliver Maloba in the 72nd minute and John “Softie” Ndirangu in the 91st minute.

Additional Reporting from Capital Sports

AFC Leopards had hoped for revenge against K’Ogalo who beat them 3-0 in a Premier League fixture in May, but their bid fell flat out with a horrible second half performance against a half strength Gor side.

The 15-time Kenyan Premier League champions were missing up to eight first team players, but it didn’t show a bit against an Ingwe side who were almost full strength with the only first team absentees being Robinson Kamura and injured Mungai Kiongera.

Gor, the only side in the tournament to win their previous knockout games in regulation time was the better of the two finalists and Ingwe struggled to create clear cut chances.

Head coach Jose Marcelo Ferreira had returned to the touchline after missing the two previous matches and it gave the side a morale booster with most of the second choice players seeing an opportunity to impress the boss.

Meddie Kagere, crowned the tourney’s top scorer had the earliest chance of the game, but he missed a header by inches when he rose to meet a Wellington Ochieng cross. Innocent Wafula also had a header go wide from Francis Kahata’s delivery.

Salim Abdallah came to AFC’s rescue in the 26th minute when he cleared a few centimeters off the line after Francis Kahata’s lob had beaten Ian Otieno.

Timothy Otieno had a superb opportunity in the 34th minute when he was picked out by Kagere inside the box, but he could not get a meaningful shot on the ball, his effort going wide.

Allan Katterega had Ingwe’s best chances of the game, but both went begging. In the 36th minute, his well struck shot from the edge of the box went straight to keeper Fredrick Odhiambo while five minutes later, a header from a Marcus Abwao cross went over.

Gor came from the half time break breathing fire in attack. George Odhiambo had a shot in the 48th minute saved by Otieno before Kenneth Muguna rattled the crossbar with a well struck 52nd minute freekick.

On the hour mark, the 15-time KPL champions broke the deadlock when Otieno paid up for all his missed chances in the first half, striking a low shot into the bottom right of Otieno’s goal.

Ten minutes later, AFC’s Duncan Otieno came close to an equalizer but his rasping shot from the edge of the box was saved by Odhiambo in the Gor goal.

With barely three minutes on the pitch, substitute Maloba made it 2-0 with a simple touch into the net from an Odhiambo cross. AFC were punished after losing the ball cheaply in attack and Gor initiated a counter which bore the goal.

Ndirangu then crowned off the afternoon with a well struck effort from the edge of the box, also after just having come in.


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7 May 17

Kagere celebrates with team after scoring

Two first half goals from Meddie Kagere and George Odhiambo and a close ranger header from Timothy Otieno gave Kogalo a 3-0 lead. It represents the largest score by which Gor Mahia have beaten AFC since they thrashed them 5-1 in 1975.

All three goals were well constructed. The first  one resulted when Timothy Otieno latched onto a long pass and lifted the ball above AFC goalkeeper  Ian Otieno in the AFC goal, to make it easy for Meddie Kagere to score the opener in the 18th minute.

The second goal resulted from a precise defence splitting pass from Kenneth Muguna which found Blackberry who had beaten the Ingwe offside trap. Finding himself one on one with Ian Otieno, Blackberry calmly chipped the ball over the hapless goalkeeper for the second goal as Gor Mahia raced to a 2-0 half time lead.

The third goal came in the 83rd minute. From a counter attack, Kenneth Muguna raced towards the AFC goal but he was cynically fouled. The resulting free-kick was taken by Geoffrey Walusimbi who flighted a well driven ball  towards the AFC goal. Kagere cleverly backheeled the ball but it hit the cross bar leaving Ian Otieno well beaten. AFC defenders inexplicably stood still leaving Timothy Otieno wide open. Timothy could not believe his lack but he calmly headed the ball into the net.

All in all Gor Mahia were the better side. Boniface Oluoch was steady in goal albeit he had some moments of overconfidence when handling backpasses that left fans holding their breath.

The defence of Karim Nizigiyimana, Wellington Ochieng, Harun Shakava and Musa Mohamed completely bottled the much vaunted Ingwe attack of Gilbert Fiamenyo, Paul Kiongera and Allan Kataregga, leaving them ineffective.

In Midfield, Wendo proved effective, disrupting AFC moves and silencing those who have been demanding the return of Gattuso. While Walusimbi, Kahata and Muguna linked up really well with the attack of Timothy Otieno, Blackberry and Kagere.

It was an important result for Kogalo as AFC are one of the teams breathing down their neck. The result leave Gor Mahia in second place, still two points behind leaders Posta Rangers.

For Ze Maria it gives him some much needed breathing space especially after he had been threatened by a club official that if he lost this game, he would be out of a job.

Image courtesy of Caleb Oluoch


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5 May 17

Both teams met govenor Kidero at City hall on Friday

With concerns over security and lack of a venue set aside, the two biggest arch-rivals in Kenya football will clash at Nyayo stadium this Sunday. With only two points separating the two sides, it is bound to be a tense derby.

Last season, Gor Mahia lost the first leg 0-1 but avenged the loss by beating Ingwe 2-0 in the return leg with goals from Meddie Kagere and Enock Agwanda.

In Sunday’s derby, Gor Mahia will once again rely on Kagere’s scoring instincts, particularly if Jacque Tuyisenge who is nursing an injury, misses the match. Tuyisenge picked up a knee injury in Sunday’s dissapointing loss to Mathare.

“Jack has a little knee injury but I hope it will not be serious and he can be able to play on Sunday. We will look at him over the next two days and decide whether he will be fit enough to play,” said coach Ze Maria to Capital Sports.

In defence, Gor Mahia will be hard pressed to contain the Ingwe duo of burly Ghanaian Fiamenyo and Ugandan Allan Kataregga, both of whom have scored key goals this season. Fiamenyo who has scored four goals this season, typically uses his massive frame to shrug off defenders and uses quick bursts to run into open space. The task of containing him falls to Musa Mohamed and Harun Shakava.

In Midfield, Gor Mahia will be boosted if Kenneth Muguna who missed last weekend’s action returns. Muguna was nursing an injury last weekend but returned to training this week.

“Jack has a little knee injury but I hope it will not be serious and he can be able to play on Sunday. We will look at him over the next two days and decide whether he will be fit enough to play,” continued Ze Maria.

Whereas AFC supporters appear content with their coach, Gor Mahia fans have been unhappy with Ze Maria. Last weekend, fans barricaded the team and questioned the technical bench, prompting team trainer Sandro Fantino to threaten to fight fans. And Ze Maria knows the pressure of winning a derby, having participated in matches pitting bitter rivals Brazil and Argentina. The Brazilian tactician is optmistic of a positive result on Sunday.

“We know AFC Leopards are a good side and they have been training for the match. We have also prepared and we will play well in search of a possible win.” he said to goal.com

Ze Maria has also instructed his players to stop reading social media comments. Last week there were reports that Tuyisenge in particular has lost his confidence due to harsh criticisms online.

““We are doing more of interpersonal discussions and less of pitch training. This is because I need get the pressure off these players’ minds. They need to focus on the game, not on the comments being made on social media. I work best under pressure, but the same is not true for the players. Players get easily discouraged by criticism so I have asked them to stay away from social media for their own good,” said Ferreira to the Nation.

Ingwe coach Stewart Hall for his part, played coy and insisted that this is just a normal game.

“We have been doing our normal training, this is a match like any other and there is nothing new or extra-ordinary with this game. As usual we have to give our best and try win maximum points; that is all that matters. But I am expecting a very exciting game this weekend.” said Hall to goal.com

Hall will be coaching in his first mashemeji derby. But he is not intimidated and insists that he knows what to expect.

“I am not new to such derbies. In the clubs that I coached previously, there were such high profile matches which I took charge of. This will not be different. I have attended the Mashemeji derby in the past so I know what to expect. All that is required is to be mentally prepared for the match and that confidence is what we are working on.” said Hall to the Nation.

Fans

Will the fans behave?

With Nyayo stadium still under renovation, any damage to the stadium is likely to be punished heavily. So one would hope that fans will behave themselves. Gor Mahia fans in particular will have hopefully learned from last year’s debacle that saw them lose three crucial points that eventually cost them the title.

Nairobi governor Evans Kidero, who gave both teams Ksh 200,000, urged the fans of both sides to maintain peace during the derby.  Kidero also said that renovation at City Stadium is on track.


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