Kagere, Blackberry and Musa win end of year awards

Gor Mahia once again doinated the annual footballer of the year awards, winning 3 out of 7 individual awards.

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Gor Mahia forward Meddie Kagere was crowned the Sports Journalist Association of Kenya (SJAK) Most Valuable Player in an inaugural gala held on Monday in Nairobi.

Kagere beat Kariobangi Sharks’ Masud Juma and compatriot Jacques Tuyisenge to the prestigious award that came with a 55-inch television screen courtesy of LG, a return ticket from Skyward Express, a DStv decoder and a gift hamper from Kenya Wine Agency Limited (KWAL).

“Hard work pains but it pays. I thank my teammates who used to make me feel I can do it.

“I am excited and I thank the Gor staff, supporters and above all God,” an elated Kagere, who aided Gor to an unprecedented 16th title by scoring 13 goals, said.

Kariobangi Sharks, who got promoted in the league this season, produced two winners: John Oyemba and Masud Juma in the goalkeeper and Golden boot categories.

“I was aiming to be the top scorer and I knew I shall achieve it because I was working hard daily in training.

“I am happy I did it. Now my aim is to play for bigger clubs outside Kenya in the near future,” Juma, whose two goals in the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup helped Kenya clinch their seventh title Sunday, said.

Other guests were Football Kenya Federation (FKF) president Nick Mwendwa and Sports Principal Secretary Peter Kaberia.

“This is just a Launchpad, the next awards will be better,” SJAK president Chris Mbaisi said.

Winners in each category went home with a 49-inch TV screen, a KWAL gift hamper, DStv decoder and a return Skyward Express ticket usable across the country only.

Full list of winners

Most Valuable Player – Meddie Kagere (Gor Mahia)

Golden Boot – Masud Juma (Kariobangi Sharks)

Goalkeeper of the year – John Oyemba (Kariobangi Sharks)

Defender of the year – Musa Mohammed (Gor Mahia)

Midfielder of the year – George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo (Gor Mahia)

New Young Player – Nicholas Kipkirui (Zoo Kericho)

Coach of the year – Sam Ssimbwa (Sofapaka)

SJAK Award – Esse Akida


Gor Mahia edge Kakamega Homeboyz 1-0

Scorer: Meddie Kagere

A goal by veteran striker Meddie Kagere enabled Gor Mahia to escape with a 1-0 victory over Kakamega Homeboyz at Afraha stadium on Saturday. Kagere justified the calls of fans who have been calling for him to be given more playing time when he sublimely finished off an assist from Karim Nizigiyimana.

Additional reporting from Capital FM

The Rwandese midfielder wheeled away in celebration, two fingers in the sky signifying his double bundle of joy just 20 minutes after coming on for George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo. He finished off a decent team move, tapping in unmarked from a yard out after being picked up by a Karim Nizigiyimana cross.

The win takes Gor to nine points, two ahead of Bandari and leaders AFC Leopards who will be playing on Sunday in Nakuru and Kisumu respectively.

Gor head coach Jose Marcelo Ferreira had been boosted with the return of Rwandese midfielder Jean Baptiste Mugiraneza who tucked in at the centre of the pack alongside Ernest Wendo with Kenneth Muguna playing infront of them.

In defense, the Brazilian coach had taken back Wellington Ochieng into the starting team with Joash Onyango who took his place in last weekend’s 2-1 loss to Western Stima missing.

It was a balanced start to the match with Gor having the first opportunity of the match, a 13th minute curling freekick by Godfrey Walusimbi which was tipped over the bar by Homeboyz keeper Mike Wanyika.

Ten minutes later, skipper Eston Esiye’s swirling shot from distance almost caught out Boniface Oluoch in the Gor goal but he managed to scamper the ball over for a corner.

Two minutes later, Oluoch had to pull an important intervention to cut out Wycliffe Ochomo who had been put through by a Stephen Wakyanya through ball.

The Homeboyz bench was up in arms calling for a foul on their striker but referee Andrew Juma heard none of it.

George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo should have taken his side into the lead but he wasted a glorious chance. A well weighted long pass from Wellington Ochieng released Odhiambo on the right with the winger cutting in, but his shot was blocked.

Almost immediately, Jacques Tuyisenge forced a great save off Wanyika with a header at the far post after the Rwandese rise well to meet a Walusimbi cross from the left.

Both sides passed the ball well around the field, but it was Gor who saw more of the possession with Oluoch left only to dictate terms to his backline.

Just before the referee whistled for half time, Mugiraneza rose high at the back post to meet a Walusimbi corner, but the ball went wide.

At the start of the second half, Ferreira hauled off Odhiambo and brought in goal scorer Kagere with Mugiraneza also coming off for Francis Kahata.

Kagere made his mark known 20 minutes later and K’Ogalo should have gone two up seven minutes later but were denied. From a Walusimbi free kick, Tuyisenge headed the ball into play from the back post but Kahata’s effort was blocked.

The ball fell graciously on defender Harun Shakava, but the ball came off the upright.

With 10 minutes to go, Muguna came close to his second goal in Gor colors but he wasted an opportunity after failing to shoot on his weaker left foot when he broke into the box allowing the Homeboyz defense to race back and clear.


Mulee says Kagere and Tuyisenge cannot play together

Kagere and Tuyisenge played together for Rwanda Police

Jacob Ghost Mulee, one of the most experienced coaches in Kenya thinks that the Rwandese pair of Jacque Tuyisenge and Meddie Kagere cannot play together.  Mulee who is now one of the pre-eminent football analysts in the country, thinks the duo are too similar and play in the same position.

“It is clear that currently the partnership between Kagere and Tuyisenge is not working because most of the time, both are playing in the same position. They both want to score and as a matter of fact, no one is playing as second fiddle to the other in terms of creating goals. Something needs to be done right away,” Mulee told goal.com.

Mulee who was Harambee stars coach they last time they qualified for the Africa Nations cup (2004) has suggested that one should come on as a substitute.

“Well if I was the coach, I will start with Tuyisenge and Kagere comes in as a substitute. It is a hard decision but what can you do as a coach? You have to make difficult decisions.” he continued

However there have been numerous situations where two Alpha strikers were on the field at the same time and formed a formidable partnership. Look back to 2015 with Olunga, Kagere and Abondo. All three were eager to score goals but had no difficulty sharing the ball.

What is needed here is for coach Ze Maria to find a way for the two to partner together and try out this combination in friendly matches. However sometimes it take a long time before two strikers can gain an understanding.


Meddie Kagere satisfied with his return

Gor Mahia returnee Meddie Kagere was on target in his very first game back at the club after a six month hiatus. This bodes well for the team and his partnership with compatriot Jacque Tuyisenge.

Kagere however admitted that he was under intense pressure and was unsure of how he would perform.

“I was under pressure and I felt very uneasy even as I was walking into the field. I asked God to give the team a win, even if I wouldn’t score because I knew how much the club’s fans love to win.

“Scoring after just 13 minutes was therefore a great relief for me because it took a lot of pressure away from me. I began to feel more at ease with the ball and I even dreamed of scoring another goal,” he said to kpl.co.ke.

Aside from the fact that he left in December, Kagere was perhaps feeling the pressure of having to justify his place in the team instead of the Brazilian Lima Da Silva who is preferred by the coach.

Kagere blamed the loss of points to Homeboyz on complacency by the team

“The moment we went ahead, I felt comfortable and I think the same thing happened to the rest of the team. We relaxed especially in the second half and allowed Homeboyz back into the match,” he said. he continued.

Gor Mahia are now five points adrift of Tusker and Kagere who scored 13 goals in the 2015 season is one of the players who will be counted on to close that gap. The campaign to close the gap starts with the match against Ushuru this Sunday at Nyayo stadium.


Kagere-Tuyisenge partnership will send shivers

Tuyisenge and Kagere at Rwanda Police
Image courtesy of Kennedy Odhiambo

Meddie Kagere and Jacque Tuyisenge have previously played together for Police FC of Rwanda. This happened when Gor Mahia first tried to sign Kagere in 2011. By last weekend, Kagere had not received a work permit. Which is why he did not suit up for the match against Thika United. With the work permit issue sorted out, the duo are set to resume their partnership which has the potential to have a devastating effect on opposing KPL defences.

“I know Meddie for long because when I was starting off we played together at Police. He is an experienced striker and I believe if the coach decides to play both of us, we can do great things,” said Tuyisenge to Capital FM.

Kagere for his part says he feels at home and is ready to resume the fine form he displayed in 2015.

“I am very happy to be back because Gor is like home to me and the fans, players and officials have welcomed me. I am feeling ready to get back to the pitch and do what I do best, scoring goals. I know it will be difficult because I have stayed for six months without competitive football,” Kagere told Capital Sport on Thursday afternoon after scoring and providing an assist as Gor demolished fourth tier side Butterfly FC 4-0 in a friendly match.

If coach Ze Maria had any doubts about Kagere’s abilities, sure he must be convinced by now having watched Kagere play in two friendlies and in training.

“I have played in two friendly matches and I feel I am ready and if given a chance, I will do my talking on the pitch. I want to do better than I did last year and repay the faith Gor has shown to bring me back” continued Kagere.

The other goals against Butterfly were scored by Thiago Silva who scored twice and Baron Jobita. Ze Maria now admits that Kagere is already ahead of the curve compared to his Brazilian compatriot.

“We saw that Meddie had been here before and knows the league well and therefore, it would take him less time to adapt. Thiago is still here with us, training and daily he is getting better. Hopefully, next season he will start playing in the league,” coach said to Capital Sport.

Ze Maria went on to confirm that fans could see the eagerly awaited Tuyisenge-Kagere partnership this weekend.

Kagere is a good player and of course with the history he has in this team, he can do well. Jack (Tuyisenge) is in good form and if the two can have a good partnership, then I think we will do well. I believe he will be in the team this weekend and so let’s see what he has to offer for us,” the coach nicknamed ‘Ze Maria’ said.

As for Crispin Odula, he is still sorting out the issue of his international transfer certificate.

“I had family problems which forced me to come back home then my contract ended. By the time we were getting back to negotiations the window was closed and so I chose to come back home. Gor gave me a platform and hopefully I can work hard enough to get playing time,” Odula said to Capital FM.



Welcome back Meddie Kagere

After a six month absence from the team, Rwandese talisman Meddie Kagere is back and will help spur Gor Mahia’a attack during the second leg of the 2016 Kenya Premier League. This comes as good news to Gor Mahia fans as the Kogalo attack has not been as sharp as it was in 2015. And there has been an overdependence on Jacque Tuyisenge.

“We are happy to announce the signing of our former player Meddie Kagere. He has signed a two-year contract which will see him with us until 2018.” said an official to goal.com.

Kagere left in December after the club could not meet his sign on bonus demands. The well traveled and highly experienced Kagere has featured for several clubs in Rwanda such as Atraco FC, Police, Rayon Sports, Kiyovu and Mukura. He has also played for Club Esperance (Tunisia) and FK Tirana (Albania). At the national level, the 29-year old talent has made 30 appearances for Rwanda national team, Amavubi, scoring 10 goals in all competitions.

Silva to stay on trial

Meanwhile Brazilian striker Thiago Da Silva will stay at Kogalo on trial for a period of 6 months. Da Silva arrived in the country last month to much fanfare. Since then he has been the subject of rumours with reports suggesting he was already on his way back to Brazil.

“The coach has assessed Thaigo Silva and reported that he still needs some time in trials before he signs. That means that he will be with us until next window to see his progress for a possible signing. He will not go back to Brazil.” said an official to goal.com

Da Silva had previously played in the Macau league where he scored 15 goals.


Kagere and Silva shine as Gor Mahia beat Jericho All Stars

Earlier reports indicating that Gor Mahia’s Brazilian trialist Thiago Silva had left the country have now been proven unfounded. The Brazilian was in action and scored when Gor Mahia beat Jericho All Stars in a friendly match on Wednesday.

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Brazilian Thiago Silva was on target in Gor Mahia’s 3-0 victory against Jericho AllStars in a friendly played on Wednesday

Meddie Kagere, the 2015 Gor Mahia fans darling and Brazilian Thiago Silva were instrumental for the club against lower league side Jericho AllStars in a friendly played on Wednesday.

Kagere delivered vital passes which could have widened Gor Mahia’s victory over the minnows while the Brazilian striker, who has been under assessment for a few weeks, registered his name on the score-sheet in the 70th minute after new signing Baron Jobita and lead striker Jaques Tuyisenge had scored the first two goals in the first half.

Jericho AllStars could have managed a consolation in the 75th minute but Jerim Onyango was keen on goal to easily pick Edd Kuria’s penalty-kick confirming the 3-0 victory for the Kenyan champions. K’Ogalo were using the match as a fitness test ahead of their Kenyan Premier League match against Thika United on Sunday (July 3).

Only time will tell if Meddie Kagere will be confirmed at Gor Mahia after the job was left to the club’s head coach Ze Maria to decide whether he rejoins the club or not. With barely three days to the transfer window closure, the club is also yet to officially confirm Thiago Silva’s fate after it was reported that he will not be signed.


Meddie Kagere back in training

Kagere at Camp Toyoyo on Wednesday

Image courtesy of Kennedy Odhiambo


Meddie Kagere had his first opportunity to put to rest any doubts that coach Ze Maria has about him when he joined the team in training at Camp Toyoyo on Wednesday. Team manager Jolawi Obondo confirmed to Citizen Sports that Kagere is now a member of the club again.

“Kagere is definitely back in the team after passing medical and physical tests and we are glad to have him back. We hope he will retain the form he displayed last year that also helped us clinch the league title unbeaten and for the third year running,” Jolawi confirmed.

The 29 year old Uganda-born Rwandan scored 11 goals in the KPL in 2015 including an exquisite piece of skill against Nakuru All Stars that was good enough to be voted goal of the year. He left in December after the club could not meet his salary and bonus demands.

He will now be called upon to partner with the other Rwandese striker Jacque Tuyisenge. Variously nicknamed Lwanda Magere and also Pacman, Kagere offers Kogalo a second scoring option to reduce the dependency on Tuyisenge.


Thiago Lima da Silva is gone

Brazilian striker Thiago Lima da Silva has jetted out and is headed back home after failing to impress the Gor Mahia technical staff.

The much touted striker left fans who watched his training session unimpressed from the first time he stepped on the field. Opinions did not shift when he appeared in a friendly against Naivas.

An official confirmed to goal.com that Da Lima has indeed left.

“It is quite unfortunate, but it is true, the club has opted against signing him because he is not what we expected. He has failed to impress the coaches from day one, and that is why he is leaving. It means we will go for another striker.

While some media outlets are ridiculing Gor Mahia for creating yet another Brazilian fiasco, the club has not done anything wrong. It is prudent for a club to conduct trials of a player as well as fitness tests during the transfer window while leaving enough time to sign alternate players. Such was the case with Giovanni Rodriguez Bissolli in 2011 and now Da Silva.

Meanwhile Meddie Kagere has indeed jetted back into the country to discuss returning to the club he left in December.

However Gor Mahia coach Ze Maria appears unwilling to bring Kagere back.

“I know Kagere was here and he did well but I do not believe in déjà vu. We do not have guarantee that he will shine like he did in his first stint,” the coach told Daily Nation.

However the club EC is pushing for Kagere to return.
“It’s true we are interested in resigning him. He is here and we will see how talks progress.” said Ronald Ngala


Gor Mahia intent on bringing Kagere back

Gor Mahia are making every effort to sharpen their attack. At this time last year, Gor Mahia had scored almost 30 goals. This year Gor Mahia have only scored 14 goals. With that in mind, Chairman Ambrose Rachier has said that the club wants to bring two strikers on board including Meddie Kagere.

“We are talking to Kagere and other possible strikers because we have realized that our striking force has been a little bit bland when our dependable striker is injured. It’s not that others are not good enough but we want to sharpen the striking force. I spoke to him on Friday and most likely he will be coming back. I can confirm that during the window we intent to sign one or two strikers” said Rachier to Citizen sports.

Kagere was a key performer in Gor Mahia’s unbeaten season in 2015. However he did not re-sign with the club in January as he could not agree to terms. Kagere has been seen training with the team at Camp Toyoyo numerous times this season.

Rachier has also announced that the club will not recruit heavily this mid season.

“We won’t do a heavy recruitment during the transfers, we are lucky to have a coach who is proactive and has suggested the name of the players that he wants. So we are waiting for the window to open then we engage other players who the coach has suggested,” he said.

New Sponsor set to come on board

Gor Mahia are set to bring on board a third sponsor. Power Gold, a Dubai based energy drink company is set to sponsor Kogalo to the tune of Ksh 15 million.  This is according to Hussein Terry, the Managing Director of the company.

The deal is worth Kshs 15 Million. Ksh 12 million will be used to buy the club a modern state of the art bus next season. The remainder will be used to provide energy drinks and training kits to the club immediately we put pen to paper.

“We (Power Gold energy drink) have initiated talks with AFC Leopards and Gor Mahia to help the clubs in their day-to-day activities as far sponsorship is concerned. The first Kshs 12 million for each club will be used to provide them a modern bus apiece while the remaining Kshs 3 million will be used for kiting. We will then get to our normal Kshs 15 million package for each team thereafter ” said Hussein Terry to futaa.com

Terry also hinted at bringing arch rivals AFC Leopards on board.

This event would bring the number of Gor Mahia sponsors to three including Sportpesa and Crown Beverages.

Ze Maria gives Stima Credit

Kahata celebrates after scoring his first goal

Gor Mahia tactician Jose Marcelo has admitted that Western Stima proved a difficult opponent on Thursday.

“They are a good team and my congratulation to them. They fought hard for the 95 minutes and have winning mentality. I have good players and I have confidence for them so I gave them this chance and they gave result which is important,” he said to supersport.

It took super substitute Francis Kahata to unlock Stima in the match at the final minute of added minute of added time through a powerful header.

But Ze Maria has also lauded his team’s fighting spirit.

“I tell my players to fight to the final minute. Do not give up. I am happy with the way the boys gave their all to the end,” said Ze Maria.

It was an inspired move to bring in Enock Agwanda and Francis Kahata. It was the two substitues who finally unlocked the Western Stima defence and enabled the club to move to 3rd place. They now play second placed Mathare next.