Tag: Musa Mohamed

25 Oct 17

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.



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8 Oct 17

Muguna in action against Thailand on Sunday

Midfielder Kenneth Muguna, goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch and defender Musa Mohamed were the Kogalo players in action as Kenya put on what can at best be considered a sub par performance against Thailand. Context first: Thailand are at number 137 in the FIFA rankings, 49 places below Kenya. The entire Thai national team plays in the Thai league which cannot be considered to have a standard above the KPL.  Kenya was thus expected to win .

In the end it was Thailand who looked the better side. Though Kenya had more possession, they failed to create decent chances. Kenya are still unable to string together meaningful passes in the final third. As a result they try to score by playing hopeful crosses into the box or long passes.

Muguna’s impact on the game was not significant at all. He did not play badly but neither did he impose himself on the game nor create any chances. None of this is his fault. The team lacked sufficient cohesion. Musa Mohamed was played at right back. He was solid and staved off the attacks that came on his wing.

Boniface Oluoch was solid between the sticks and actually had to dive full length to pull off a number of saves. The goal he conceded was not his fault though he seemed to parry the ball right into the path of an oncoming attacker.

Other former Kogalo players were in action as well. Michael Olunga came closest to scoring when in the first half he picked up a loose ball and unleashed one of his trademark rising shots which forced a spectacular save from the Thai keeper. In the 54th minute Kenya were awarded a free-kick on the edge of the box after Masoud Juma was fouled. Olunga took the resulting free-kick which was quite an embarrasment. His form was poor. He got underneath the ball and sent it several meters above the cross bar. He has clearly not been practising free-kicks during his time in Sweden, China and Spain.

David Owino Calabar was solid in central defence. But was unable to start moves by linking up with his midfielders as is required of modern central defenders. The systems he is forced to play in and the quality of players around him are to blame.

Left with no option, he resorts to bypassing the midfield by sending long balls to the forwards. And unlike Austin Oduor of yesteryear, his long balls are mostly fanciful. They rarely find their target.  Anthony Akumu, the other former Kogalo player in the side was also solid if unspectacular.

The Thai side are clearly better at stringing together passes in the final third. In fact the goal they scored came after their winger created an opening for himself on the right flank, sliced the ball to the central attacker whose shot was parried by Oluoch only for another attacker to pounce on the loose ball and score.

After they scored, the Thais fell back and allowed Kenya long spells of ball possession. However Kenya were once again let down by their poor coordination in the final third. As a result they created no meaningful chances. The only attempts at goal were a long range effort from Anthony Akumu which went well wide and Olunga’s shocking free-kick.

Coach Okumbi introduced substitutions, bringing in Waruru, Samwel Onyango and Jesse Were for Masoud Juma, Miheso and Makwatta. But it was to no avail


Starting XI

Boniface Oluoch, David Owino (C), Jockins Atudo, Abud Omar, Musa Mohammed, Anthony Akumu, Kenneth Muguna, Cliffton Miheso, John Mark Makwatta, Masud Juma, Michael Olunga


Patrick Matasi, Simon Mbugua, Ernest Wendo, Samuel Onyango, Jesse Were, Harun Shakava, Robinson Kamura, Patillah Omotto, Boniface Muchiri, Dennis Sikhayi, Stephen Waruru

Musa Mohamed solidified his flank despite playing out of position


John Makwatta

Anthony Akumu and Kenneth Muguna

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29 Mar 17

Gor Mahia will carry their two match unbeaten record that has left them at the top of the standings to Kisumu this weekend. There they will take on Western Stima on Sunday. The Powermen are smarting after they lost their opening league match 3-1 to Sofapaka. But coach Ray Omino has vowed to correct all the mistakes prior to their match against Gor Mahia.

“Of course we were disappointed by the outcome of the match on Sunday. But we made many mistakes and conceded many free kicks and Sofapaka capitalised on that. We have been working on the errors that we made and hopefully on Sunday, we will see a very different side,” Omino said to the Star.

Omino attributed the loss last weekend to lack of match fitness but he vowed that this time things will be different.

“It was obvious that our opponents (Sofapaka) were match fit compared to us. Their reaction was quicker while we struggled on the second balls. The late start to the season has in some way disoriented us but we are confident that as the season goes by, we will improve,” he continued to the Star

One Gor Mahia player who will be working to gain match fitness is skipper Musa Mohamed who was injured in the Harambee stars match with Uganda. But the defender is eager to work his way back to fitness and possibly be in the starting line up.

“I have not been able to train, but the pain has subsided considerably. I want to see how it will fare tomorrow because I want to train lightly with the rest of the squad. Hopefully, I will recover in time for the match in Kisumu,” Mohammed said to Supersport

Musa has been a reliable soldier for Gor Mahia and Harambee stars for several years now, appearing in almost every club game. For this reason, coach Ze Maria may choose to give him additional rest as a precaution.

“I think the spirit of the players this season is very high and we have a lot of options in terms of players. This is what will distinguish us from the rest of the teams and I believe we will be consistent,” Mohammed said.

Fans will be hoping that the high spirits that Mohamed speaks of have not been dented due to late payment of salaries.

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30 Jan 17

Gor Mahia are determined to put aside their disappointing 2016 campaign which ended trophyless. Organizing secretary Judith Nyangi is adamant that the club will put on a better performance in 2016.

“We are definitely ready to rock once again, ready to take over from where we left in 2015. We are going for all trophies available.” said Nyangi to goal.com

Nyangi has also stated that the intense competition for places in camp will help

“We have to reclaim our lost glory and prove our doubters wrong. Competition in camp is encouraging, and that is what we definitely want because it means quality to us,” she told Goal.”

Newly elected skipper, Musa Mohamed is also keen to lead by example and improve from last season.
“I feel there was plenty to pick from our last campaign coming through the changes that happened. It behind us and we can only hope and look towards a better season ahead. Our aim is singular, every player know we have to fight for every available trophy come next season” said Musa to futaa.com

Musa had a decent season in 2016, perhaps his best yet. Defence was certainly not the problem in 2016. Musa joined Gor Mahia in 2010 along with Kevin Omondi after they had steered Langata high school to winning their first and only Nairobi provincial schools championships. He is now going into his eighth season at Kogalo. The other players who joined along with them were Anthony Akumu, Dan Makori, John Kiplangat, Gradus Ochieng and Andrew Ongwae.

Coach Ze Maria has also pointedly stated that every match is a must win for Kogalo.
At Gor Mahia we play to win in every match and competition the same applies this year more than the past where we finished second in the league. This season we only have one goal; to win the league, he said to futaa.com

Ze Maria is also optimistic about the 2017 season, having shored up the midfield which was a problem area last season with Khalid Aucho having one leg in the club and the other leg outside and Collins Okoth missing in action for large swathes of the season.

“We had our problems in that department last season including off the field. . We have brought in good players in the position and i hope that this season, it a good challenge for us” he told futaa.

Gor Mahia shored up that department by signing KPL player of the year Kenneth Muguna and Rwandan Jean Baptiste Mugiraneza as deep midfielders.

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15 Sep 16

As Gor Mahia approaches the remaining six matches. Only two points separate the two teams. And there are three teams that are tied at 37 points and within shouting distance of Gor Mahia and Tusker. Gor Mahia skipper Musa Mohamed has said that the team change in fortunes for the team was due to a laser like focus.

“The team is focused. I feel there is a change in mentality as the display today showed.”

Musa also knows that focus among team members is going to be crucial in the last six games.

“Of course the win is very important s as we reduced the gap between us and Tusker. Our  main focus is however on approaching and playing all our remaining game well and get results in “each game. ” said Musa to futaa.com

As for Brazilian tactician Ze Maria, he was full of praise for Ulinzi Stars whom he said came ready to play real football.

“Every team needs to be like Ulinzi. Many teams come into our matches looking to defend so much that they end up not playing at all. Ulinzi didn’t do that. They ran in the first half and they ran in the second half and you could see that they were prepared to win. That is football.” said Ze Maria to the KPL website.

Ze maria says playing positive football enables players to show their real attributes.

“When a team comes prepared to win and not just to avoid conceding goals, it becomes even more beneficial to the players because they end up showing real football attributes. I hope all teams in this country can play like that,” Ferreira said.

But Ze Maria should fully expect the remaining teams to park the proverbial bus against Gor Mahia. And he will need to adjust his tactics as such. Gor Mahia’s next match is against Sofapaka on September-25.

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26 Feb 16

Facing a tall order in Madagascar, Gor Mahia will need to play the match of their lives to overcome two away goals and a 1-2 deficit. Experienced Central defender Musa Mohamed understands the task ahead.
We must put up a great fight and secure ourselves passage to the next round. We have been here before against this same team (CNaPS) and we have the believe that we can do it again,” he said to the club site.

Musa was in Madagascar last year and should not be overawed by the raucous crowd in Mahajanga. Working in Gor Mahia’s favour is that this time the crowd will be much smaller. The main stadium in Antananarivo which hosted the match last year is not available. As such the match will be played in Mahajanga whose stadium is a 10,000 seater. Still Musa understands the depth of the task ahead. Gor Mahia will need to conert the chances that come their way while maintaining defensive discipline.

“The situation is however different this time. They have the advantage over us unlike last year and we must be clinical to make our chances count. We have had a good preparation for this match and the team morale is high. We have been in that stadium and we know what the atmosphere there will be and just like last season we can score goals there.” he continued.

Indeed defensive discipline is important: Madagascan sides have proven over and over that they can use their speed to capitalize on defensive lapses as BTM did in 1988 when Jean Claude Rabeamanana capitalized on a loose back pass to score. Luckily Gor Mahia were still able to win 3-1 on aggregate.

Coach Frank Nuttall while acknowledging the steep task ahead, is still optimistic that his side can turn the tables
“We are going there with one mission, to win big and hopefully make it to the next round,” he said.
“The first leg was a disaster for us, but at least we have a goal. We know it is not going to be easy but we will give it our best shot. We have not lost hope yet,” he told the Nation.

One player who could help resolve Gor Mahia’s goal-scoring woes in Ali Abondo who recently returned from trials in South Africa. Abondo scored in Madagascar last year. However by Thursday evening, it was not even clear if Abondo would travel.

“He was expected to return on Sunday and we expect him to join the team for training tomorrow (Wednesday). Unless the coach has a problem we shall travel with him because we are yet to receive any information about him signing for another club and we need him.” said Ngala to goal.com

It would be advisable for coach Nuttall to bring Abondo and assess his ability to fit with the rest of the team on Friday. His fitness is not in question since he has been training in South Africa for four weeks.

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23 Dec 15

The earlier announcement that Geoffrey Walusimbi and Musa Mohamed had signed on to extend their stay at Gor Mahia was rubbished by both players after they announced through various media outlets that the deal had not been completed. It turns out that the deal is not complete because the sign on bonus has not been paid.

“We have had a chat with them, and we have reached an agreement concerning salary and signing fee which is yet to be paid. Once we pay them that then we are good to go, they have signed verbally. You know nowadays without the signing fee we cannot complete deals. The good thing is that we have reached an agreement for them to stay.” said club official Ronald Ngala to goal.com

This puts Gor Mahia in a difficult position due to the club’s penchant for signing players to short term deals. It means each time a player renews his contract, he must be paid a bonus.

Meanwhile Gor Mahia are pursuing former Mathare United coach Stanley Okumbi to replace the departing Bobby Ogolla.

“After Ogolla (Bobby) resigned, the Gor Mahia management believe Okumbi (Stanley) is the best man to replace him. Most of the officials have always admired Okumbi and always wanted to work with him but he has been tied up at Mathare United. Now that he is free, the opportunity is there to work with him,” said a club official to Gor Mahia.

Okumbi has impressed as Mathare United coach. At one point he was even touted as a possible replacement for Zdravko Logarusic when the Croatian went AWOL.


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18 Dec 15

The Gor Mahia duo of Godfrey Walusimbi and Musa Mohamed, whose contracts are ending in December, have renewed their contracts with the club. Both have extended their stay at the club by two years.

We already agreed on terms with Walusimbi and Musa with two years deal in place for them. We are on with negotiations and will soon finish up the process with the remaining players, team manager Jolawi Obondo said to the club site.

The news will come as good news to many fans. Walusimbi in particular was rumoured to be leaving. Musa Mohamed had he best ever season in a Gor Mahia jersey. He has been at Gor Mahia longer than all the other players except Jerim Onyango.

Three other players whose contracts are ending have yet to renew their contracts: Michael Olunga, Meddie Kagere and Harun Shakava.

Gor Mahia will likely be required to name their Africa cup squad before the end of this month. Last year they were given an extension until December 31 but even then they could not register Kagere, Nizigiyimana and Sibomana on time. Gor Mahia will also have decisons to make since FKF have reduced the number of foreigners per team to five.

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17 Mar 15

Veteran right full back and current Vice Captain Musa Mohamed is dissappointed that Gor Mahia did not take advantage of their home field to secure a win over AC Leopards.

“We all know we have put ourselves n a tight corner but that will inspire us when we go to the return leg. It will not be easy but we will give it our all. The tie is still open,” he said to supersport.

However Musa is confident that Gor Mahia can overcome the odds and defeat the Congolese side away.

“It is not over yet. When you look at the statistics of the game, we had a greater percentage in possession and we created the chances. We were just unlucky to concede. AC Leopards have been champions very recently, we are just rebuilding and I think we gave a good account of ourselves.” he continued

Musa called on fans not to give up hope as anything is possible in the return leg.

“Our fans should not lose hope. We will fight harder in the return leg”

Nuttall explains Ali Abondo’s absence

Ali Abondo had been in fine form over the past few games scoring four goals in six games. Fans were thus confused when coach Nuttall named a line-up that did not include him in the starting line-up. Fans were even more confused when Nuttall waited until there were only twenty minutes left before introducing Abondo. Nuttall now explains that the Kisumu lad was not in full fitness.

“Ali had a knock in our last friendly match against Rangers so we had to be cautious with him. Nevertheless we were confident that the team we chose could do a job and we are pleased with their output” said Nuttall to supersport.

Based on the way the team played, Nuttall is confident that his side can pull a miraculous victory out of the fire in Congo.

“I am happy with the way we took the game to Leopards. We created some good chances that on a good day we could have won by three goals. We also restricted Leopards to just a couple of chances and we would have gotten a penalty in the second half when Olunga was fouled in the box,”

The overall performance of the team was great and we gave the opponents only one chance. This is just the first half and we are hoping for a good result in the return match,” he said.

 Players gave up

Gor Mahia players seemingly stopped playing when they conceded a goal against the run of play. Building on this, AC Leopards will likely try to go for an early goal knowing that it will demoralize Gor Mahia players. It is therefore incumbent upon Nuttall to impress upon his players that a 2-1 for Gor Mahia can see them through. This AC Leopards side is beatable.

There have been numerous occasions even recently when Gor Mahia’s performance away from home was far better than at home. A case in point was when they played Anse Re-Union.

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18 Feb 15

Gor Mahia have retained Jerim Onyango as team captain for the 2015 season. This according to a story posted on goal.com. Musa Mohamed has been appointed as Vice Captain. Jerim was voted captain by the players last season.  The duo are the longest serving players in the team. Jerim who is 30 has been around since 2008 when he joined the club from KRA. You can spot the excited Jerim in the picture below.

In 2008, Gor Mahia won the KFF cup beating Posta Rangers 2-0


Musa Mohamed takes over as Vice captain from David Owino “Calabar” who departed for Zambia in January. Musa joined Gor Mahia straight out of secondary school where played in an excellent Langata high school squad that won the national schools title in 2009.

The captain’s armband is typically given to the most experienced player or the player with good leadership skills, is respected by most players or a combination of all three. Typically the players vote for the captain at the beginning of the season or the coach selects the captain.  Jerim possesses all these characteristics. He is experienced, is level headed and has good leadership skills. Which is why he was elected captain in 2014.

It is also usually given to a player who is almost certain of a first team place. However in the current configuration of Gor Mahia, and based on current form, there are probably only two or three players who are assured of a place in the starting line-up. Just ask “Gattuso” who was shell shocked to find himself benched for the Africa champions league tie this past Saturday. This being the case, Gor Mahia will likely need to select a second Vice Captain to take over the armband in case both Musa and Jerim are not on the field.

KPL Kickoff

Gor Mahia will kick off their league campaign this next Saturday, February 21 against Mathare. The match is being held against a backdrop of a tug of war between KPL and FKF regarding whom should run the league. FKF have already fined Gor Mahia and Sofapaka Ksh 200,000 for playing in the 2015 DSTV Super cup. The meeting between KPL and FKF that was held on Wednesday did not bear any fruits.

Ambrose Rachier who attended the meeting said the two sides could not reach an amicable agreement.

“There is no resolution from the meeting since we could not agree, the chairman of the meeting (Nyamweya) suggested that we take a vote. We could however not take part in it because the FKF team way outnumbered KPL team” according to futaa.com

Meanwhile sports minister Hassan Wario vowed to take action is the two parties do not reach an agreement. But his options are limited. Should be remove Nyamweya from FKF, Sepp Blatter and FIFA will immediately ban Kenya football within hours.

Goal.com even reported that none other than President Uhuru Kenyatta phoned Blatter about the situation in Kenya but Blatter stuck to his guns and insisted that Nyamweya and FKF must be in charge of all football activities in Kenya. Remember that Blatter feels he must support local officials at all costs so that they can vote for him at the next FIFA election where for the first time in years, Blatter is running against credible candidates.

Meanwhile the FKF premier league kicked off last weekend with Shabana playing Nakumatt. It remains to be seen  whom Shabana and Nakumatt will play next.


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