Philemon sees red as Kenya trounced by Senegal

Philemon Otieno regained his place in the starting line-up. Francis Kahata started on the bench but came on in the second half as coach Migne tried to inject some attacking impetus.

But it was all for nought as Senegal proved that they are a class above Kenya, winning 3-0.

Philemon Otieno had a nightmarish game. Two rash challenges so him cautioned twice and therefore sent off. It was similar to the yellow he got in the first game. It invalidated all the other solid work he had done.

For a long period in the first half, it seemed Kenya was going to match Senegal as they strung together a series of passes, though they still did not manage a shot on goal in the first half. Johana Omollo in particular was useful when it came to connecting passing movements due to his ability to hold onto the ball under pressure.

Kenya defended stoutly in the first half. But they also have goalkeeper Matasi to thank. He made a number of daring saves including a penalty from Sadio Mane.

But Kenya soon ran out of steam. Started to give the ball away cheaply and unable to withstand the Senegal pressure, they started to boot the ball foreward to lone striker Olunga. This was futile because Olunga was always surrounded by two world class central defenders with no other attacker in sight.

Ayub Masika was to support Olunga. He tried to make incisive runs using his speed. Whereas he can outrun people in the Chinese league, he found the speedy Senegalese to be a different kettle of fish.

Wanyama was average. Dennis Odhiambo had Kenya’s first shot on goal when he latched onto a rebound. His goalbound shot was parried by the goalkeeper.

Former Gor Mahia players:

Eric Ouma often tried to outrun the Senegalese which is not a sound strategy because the Senegalese have always been fast and were able to match him unlike the Tanzanians.

Musa Mohamed played a key role in bottling Mane for much of the game. But he was finally beaten to the ball by the Liverpool striker for Senegal’s second goal.

Michael Olunga struggled as a lone striker as he was not getting any passes in scoring position. Basicallyu Harambee stars created hardly any chances

Kahata in action as Kenya beat Tanzania 3-2

The duo of Olunga and Ouma were key when Gor Mahia won the league unbeaten in 2015

Midfield ace Francis Kahata was the only Gor Mahia player in action on Thursday as Kenya twice came from behind to beat Tanzania 3-2 in a thrilling / nerve wracking encounter. Philemon Otieno did not play and Joash Onyango is still injured.

In what is now known as the majiarani derby, there were however a significant number of former Gor Mahia players including David Owino Calabar who played in place of Philemon. Eric Ouma who played in midfield and Michael Olunga who scored a brace. And Musa Mohamed who had another quiet game.

Tanzania took the lead against the run of play. From a lightning quick counter attack, Mbwana Samatta found himself wide open on the left flank. Of all the players to leave wide open, this ought to have been the last one since he has an impressive goal-scoring record for TP Mazembe and now plays in the Belgian top tier. But Calabar was nowehere to be seen and neither was any other defender. Sammatta’s shot was parried by goalkeeper Matasi right into the path of Msuva who duly netted.

Kenya battled back gamely. The equalizer came via Michael Olunga who scored with a spectacular scissors kick from a goalmouth melee. Kenya had barely finished celebrating when Samatta found himself wide open again on the left flank. This time he made a clever run and latched onto a through pass, leaving Calabar in his wake. His first attempt was stopped. But he made good on his second attempt. Tanzania went into half time leading 2-1.

Kahata had a quiet game but he did not put a foot wrong and was precise with his passes. But he was replaced by John Avire before halftime as coach Migne who made a tactical change as he looked for urgency. To sharpen the attack, coach Migne also replaced Abud Omar. And John Avire of Sofapaka. impressed with his work rate.

Kenya once again battled back. From a set play, Belgium based Johana Omollo, a product of Ofafa Jericho high school, sneaked behind the Tanzania defence to head the ball home.

Kenya then appeared to take their foot off the accelerator. To add some urgency, coach Migne brought on Eric Omondi Johana. He did not have an impressive game. But his one moment of brilliance created the third goal. His mazy run down the right flank ended with a pass to Olunga who turned around and scored with a low drive past the outstretched Tanzania goalkeeper.

Joseph Okumu was once again Kenya’s most impressive defender. Omollo was solid and did not put a foot wrong. Wanyama was okay but had far too many errant passes. Often he tried to make decisive passes into the box when more patience was called for. He had a fine header saved by the goalkeeper in the second half.

Masika once again looked very lively on the flanks. However he wasted a lot of runs by giving the ball away. On the opposite flank, Ouma Santos impressed with his industry. He almost scored with a volley from close range in the 14th minute but was denied by the keeper.

Tanzania were coached by former Nigeria winger Emmanuel Ammunike who featured against Gor Mahia in a 1994 CAF cup match while playing for Zamalek. On that day he was being tightly marked by Tobias Ocholla and his frustrations led him to lash out with a vicious elbow to Ocholla’s forehead. That match ended 1-1 at Nyayo stadium.

Ochola who was known as “Jua Kali” for his tight marking, should give Calabar tips. I can’t tell you how many times I saw Samatta open on that flank. Do that against Senegal and Sadio Mane will bury Kenya.

Stars now play Senegal in the final group game, hoping for draw that will propel them to the next stage.

Philemon, Kahata in action as Kenya beats Madagascar

Gor Mahia’s Philemon Otieno was once again deployed at full back while Francis Kahata was in midfield on Friday in Paris as Kenya beat Madagascar 1-0. Former Kogalo captain Musa Mohamed also started in central defence.

A number of former Kogalo players started on the bench including. Joash Onyango, David Owino, Eric Ouma, Anthony Akumu. The match was played at Stade Robert Boban.

The goal came in the 64th minute when captain Victor Wanyama converted from the spot.

Madagascar were the better side in the first half and had the first good attempt at goal: Andriamatsino Charles, saw his shot came off the bar in the 22nd minute.

Madagascar should have opened the scoring in the 42nd minute when goalkeeper Patrick Matasi conceded a penalty after fouling Martin Tsilavina . Matasi redeemed himself by saving the penalty from Andriamatsino .

In the second galf, coach Migne decided to rest Musa Mohammed for Joseph Okumu, while Michael Olunga and Eric Ouma came on John Avire and Eric Johannah, respectively.

Madagascar are making their first appearance at AFCON. Kenya has been there 5 times (1972, 1988, 1990, 1992, 2004).

Starting XI

18. Patrick Matasi (GK), 20. Philemon Otieno, 3. Abud Omar, 5. Brian Mandela, 2. Musa Mohammed, 12. Victor Wanyama, 21. Dennis Odhiambo, 10. Erick Johanna, 7. Ayub Timbe, 11. Francis Kahata and 9. John Avire.

Kerr now denies blocking Muguna and Musa


Coach Dylan Kerr has confirmed via his social media accounts that he did not say Muguna and Musa Mohamed would never play for Kogalo while he was coach.

Additional reporting from the Star
Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr has quashed claims that his former players Musa Mohammed and Kenneth Muguna are unwelcome returnees to the club.

The duo left Gor early this year in search of greener pastures to Albanian side, FK Tirana but failed to adapt to the Albanian league where Musa was the first casualty returning home six months after the switch before Muguna followed the five months later.

The exit of Musa at Gor has since turned to be a blessing for Joash Onyango who broke into the first team as his replacement and has soared to win the heart of Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne, who prefers to pair him alongside Musa at the heart of the defence.

On the other hand, former Tusker midfielder Humphrey Mieno easily filled Muguna’s shoes, thanks to his vast experience.

After struggling in Albania and eventually being rendered club-less, the two were heavily linked with a return to Gor but Musa opted for the Zambian league where he penned a contract with Nkana Red Devils but Muguna still remains club-less .

Recently Musa had been reported as unhappy in the Zambian league and was linked with a return to Gor alongside Muguna amid reports that Kerr had turned them down citing depth in his team.

However, the Briton has denied slamming the door on his former players and insists that they were welcome to rejoin his camp. He heavily criticised the author of the article which reported that there was no room for the two Kenyan internationals for being unprofessional.

He said: “I have never said there was no room for Musa and Muguna in my team. I have read it online where they have quoted me, saying that the two are surplus to requirement should they return which is incorrect. It is wrong and it taints my reputation to misquote me and I think it was malicious for the writer to act in such a way. The two can rejoin us if they are available. They did a good job for the short time I worked with them and although I have replaced them, I still believe they have something to offer to the team.”

Kerr further said the article had ignited rivalry with Musa as he no longer answers his calls. He also took issue with Muguna’s agent for demanding high sign on fee.

“Musa has seen the article and its unfortunate he doesn’t pick my calls. I wanted to apologise to him but it’s sad I can’t reach him, thanks to the rivalry created by the author. I am also unhappy with Muguna’s agent for demanding high sign on fee yet he was aware the club is facing financial struggles.”

Kerr: No space for Muguna and Musa Mohamed


Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr is disinterested in re-signing Kenneth Muguna and Musa Mohamed. Earlier reports indicated that Muguna was on his way back to the club, a move that was welcomed by many fans.

Additional reporting from Citizen Sports
Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr has slammed the door on Musa Mohamed and Kenneth Mohamed effectively blocking their potential return to the club.

In an interview with Citizen Digital, the Briton coach claimed that the duo were duped to ditch Gor, with the promise of better salaries at KF Tirana of Albania noting that there is no chance of them of returning to K’Ogalo .

Kerr’s sentiments contradict the stance of club deputy secretary Ronald Ngala who in a separate interview said that Muguna had signaled his desire to return to the Kenyan champions.

“He shouldn’t even be back in the first place. They paid a lot of money to acquire him… we cannot help Muguna … because it was his own decision to ditch Gor Mahia,’’ Kerr stated.
Kerr added that Musa Mohamed “made a mistake” and was duped to leave the club with empty promises of playing for bigger clubs in Europe.

‘’I have many good players and my main agenda is to make them better. Where will I take my players who currently make my squad? I want to nurture them and better their forms other than go for new players,”Kerr said.

The Briton who has led Gor to two successive League titles, Cecafa Club Championship semi finals and to the Caf- Confederations group stages is on record saying he has enough players for any assignment.

Musa Mohamed and Kenneth Muguna ditched Gor at the beginning of the season to join Gor’s former coach Fereira Marcelo ‘’Ze Maria’’ at Tirana in Albania but the honey moon failed to last as they failed to impress.

Mohamed currently plies his trade in the Zambian Premier League with Nkana Red Devils and it remains unclear if he settled at the club.

 

Gor Mahia keen on Ovella Ochieng

Kariobangi Sharks right winger Ovella Ochieng is one of the players on Gor Mahia’s tadar for the upcoming June transfer season.

CEO Omondi Aduda confirmed that coach Kerr is interested in the player.

“I can say yes…partly because the coach likes the player. He watched him play once but then he disappeared but for now there is nothing official about the player because the transfer window is still closed.” said Aduda to goal.com

Aduda further went on to say that the club is waiting for the first leg to conclude before focusing on transfers.

“We are waiting for the first leg to conclude then we will meet the coach and his staff to discuss where we need to buy. All we want is to avoid making panic buys because, fans are asking or demanding that we strengthen.” he concluded.

Ovella Ochieng was one of the most impressive players when Harambee Stars won the most recent CECAFA senior challenge cup, using his speed down the flanks to create chances and also cutting inside in a manner similar to Arjen Robben of Bayern Munich.

Ovella could add much needed sharpness to the Gor Mahia attack which has stagnated in recent matches

Another player whom K’Ogalo could pursue is defender Musa Mohamed. The former skipper is in training camp with Harambee stars.  Sofapaka owner Elly Kalekwa says he has also initiated talks with Musa.

Musa with Jaro Soja earlier this week Image courtesy of Jaro Soja

Maqbul Mohamed sues Gor Mahia

Story courtesy of the star

Footballer Karim Makbul has sued Kenya Premier League holders Gor Mahia for terminating his contract incommunicado at the end of 2017.
The left-back was signed on January 12, 2017 from Jericho Allstars after elders of the club petitioned the champions to employ the services of at least one of their players since they hosted Gor Mahia at Camp Toyoyo.
Despite Makbul penning a four-year deal with Gor under former coach Zi Maria Pereira, he never made the cut for 18 consecutive league matches and was consequently listed for a loan stint in June last year at Wazito , then Nakumatt but none materialised.
Karim told the Sports Disputes Tribunal, that he only trained with Wazito FC for one day and that Nakumatt FC’s coach told him he was not in his plans with three days to the closure of transfer window, Makbul said:

“I boarded a bus to coast for trials at Mombasa Stima and I was told there’s no space. At Modern Coast, I was late according to the coach there,” he said.
His contract indicates in article six that the club would terminate the contract in the case that he does not perform to the expectation of the club or he misbehaves. But testifying in Defence of Gor Mahia, team manager Ludovic Aduda intimated that the player has absconded training since January 2018 thus the club could not pay him.

Musa Mohamed terminates KF Tirana contract

Former Gor Mahia skipper Musa Mohamed  has terminated his contract with KF Tirana.  Mohamed along with Kenneth Muguna left to join the side which now plays in the second tier of Albania. KF Tirana is coached by former Kogalo coach Ze Maria who was eager to snap up some of his former players. But Mohamed was unable to adapt to his new home according to coach Ze Maria.

“It is quite unfortunate that we have lost him (Mohammed), he is a talented player and we hoped he could help us hit our objectives.

“However things have not gone according to plan, he has failed to adapt to life in this place, making him uncomfortable.

“He did not like the food here, and money was also an issue that was not sorted, I think he was homesick and we had no option but allow him to leave.” said Ze maria

Musa had been a long serving player for Kogalo, having joined in 2010. He played for 7 seasons. Then in December he left the club to attend trials in Turkey. He then proceeded to Albania to link up with Ze Maria and another former Gor Mahia ace Kenneth Muguna who had joined a short while earlier. They were soon joined by yet another former Gor Mahia player, Eric “Marcelo” Ouma whose stint in the republic of Georgia ended. Marcelo is now on loan to another second tier Albanian side.

Musa Mohamed to seek greener pastures


Gor Mahia captain Musa Mohamed is set to pursue other opportunities in either Turkey, Zambia or South Africa. The move comes at a time when Kevin Omondi with whom Musa has had personal issues, is returning to the club.
Story courtesy of the Nation

Musa Mohammed has asked to leave Gor Mahia, in a development that is set to end the footballer’s nine-year association with the club.

According to the club’s assistant secretary general Ronald Ngala, Mohammed, 26, walked into the club’s secretariat on Tuesday afternoon and informed the management that he isn’t keen on renewing his contract with the club.

“He has told us that he wants to travel to Turkey and try find himself a club. He is a free agent and so we couldn’t ask many questions on which club wants him over there,” Ngala told Nairobi News.

“His contract is over since December. He had earlier indicated his willingness to renew it. When we saw him dithering on making a final decision, we moved to sign Charles Momanyi from (Kakamega) Homeboyz as cover,” Ngala said.

RENEW CONTRACT

“He had earlier indicated his willingness to renew his contract which expired in December. It is a big blow to lose our captain, he has been instrumental and we were banking on him for the continental assignments.”

Mohammed, a younger sibling to star boxer Fatuma Zarika, has been a vital cog in Gor Mahia’s defence in the last six years or so, since he broke into the first team.

He has made over 200 appearances for the club, winning three league titles. Over this period, he worked with several coaches, including Zedekiah Otieno, Anaba Awono, Zdravko Logarusic, Bobby Williamson, Frank Nutall, Ze Maria and currently Dylan Kerr.

Mohammed, who captained the national football team to victory at the recent Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup, has in the past been linked with moves to South Africa and Zambia.

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.

Courtesy of the Nation
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.

CECAFA
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.

WINNERS
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

Musa and Walusimbi extend their stay at Gor Mahia

On Wednesday, long serving defender and captain Musa Mohamed put pen to paper on a new contract that will see him stay at Kogalo until 2019. Mohamed is the longest serving player at the club having joined in 2010, soon after finishing form four at Langata high along with Kevin Omondi. The last two years have seen Musa build on his experience and play the best football of his life.

Also penning a two year deal is Ugandan midfielder Godfrey Walusimbi. He has been instrumental as both a playmaker and occasional goal-scorer. His excellent form has seen him become a regular for the Ugandan national team.

Coach Dylan Kerr is happy as he plots an assault on the 2018 Africa champions league where Kogalo’s record has been below par.

“The expectation for us to go to the Champions League and win is high and the players want this platform to market themselves. It’s not good when you have players’ contracts running out because everybody will come for them,” said Kerr.

“I don’t want my players to fall for deals from some unscrupulous agents with empty promises. I want them all to stay. I don’t want the team to be messed up by so many new recruits.”

“One of Sir Alex Ferguson’s biggest strengths was that he didn’t change his squad time and again. Look at his tally of premier league titles in England. If we want to be the best, we must copy the best.” said Kerr to the Nation.