Tuyisenge leaves as one of the best heading specialists ever to play for Kogalo

Jacque Tuyisenege is leaving Kogalo after an illustrious career at the club. Since joining the club in 2016he has proven to be a reliable scorer. He joined the club at a time when fans were concerned about the club’a attack given the departure of Michael Olunga and Meddie Kagere.

After an injury riddled start that left many fans wondering why he was signed without a medical test, Tuyisenge finally hit his stride and went ona goal scoring spree that ended with him being the 4th leading scorer in the 2017 KPL.

One area where Tuyisenge excelled was in the aerial division where his ability to accurately direct powerful headers resulted in numerous crucial goals. As Tuyisenege leaves, let us recall some of the best heading specialists this club has seen.

Peter Dawo

When it comes to scoring with headers Peter Dawo is second to none. Not just in Kenya but one can safeky make the claim that no African striker has ever scored so prolifically from headers.

His name is synonymous with Gor Mahia’s only continental trophy in 1987. This is because he scored 10 goals to emerge as the top scorer in the tournament. 9 of the goals were from headers. The most memorable came in the semi finals when with Gor Mahia staring at elimination with only a few minutes left, he scored with a powerful back header. Just as crucial was the header he scored against Esperance when he headed home a precise corner kick from Abbas Magongo after lulling the Esperance defence to sleep by pretending to tie his shoelaces.

Dawo scores against Esperance

Dawo also scored numerous crucial league goals such as the 1987 Mashemeji derby. In a tense match at a packed Nyayo stadium,the game appeared headed for a scoreless draw when Dawo rose to head home a cross from Ben Oloo “Breakdance” and in the process sent fans into a near delirium.

Dawo was the kind of striker who created utter chaos and bedlam against any defence because of his hyper-activity in the goal area and his amazing leaping ability.

Allan Odhiambo

Allan Odhiambo (centre)

The towering Allan Odhiambo was a product of Eastleigh secondary school at a time when they were the best school team in Nairobi, winning the city title in 1988 and 1989. Odhiambo first came to prominence in 1990 as a central defender of the Kenya U21 team coached by Gerry Saurer, a coach who excellent at identifying and unearthing talents. That was the best U21 team ever in Kenya’s history as nearly half of them played for the Kenya national team in later years.

Odhiambo, barely in his twenties in 1991, ended up as the leading scorer for Gor Mahia in 1991 with 12 goals. It was quite an achievement considering that he mostly played in central defence or as a defensive midfielder, a position that coach Len Julians deployed him to take advantage of his scoring . He scored in both legs of the mashemeji derby in 1991.

George Otieno “Vigo”

Vigo (right) in action against Aggrey Litali of Motcom in 1983

A powerfully built defensive stopper, Vigo was sometimes preferred in that position by coach Len Julians because unlike other defenders of that era, Vigo was good on the ball and was able to initiate moves from the defensive area.

And when Kogalo was awarded a corner kick, you could count on Sammy Onyango sending an accurate delivery exactly where Vigo anticipated the ball and Vigo would not dissapoint. He scored numerous goals from heading home corner kicks in the 1982, 83 and 84 seasons. Thsi despite playing sparingly.

Jacque Tuyisenge

His most memorable goal remains the goal he scored against English premier league side Everton in Dar es Salaam. On that occassion, Muguna took the corner to the near post and Tuyisenge, anticipating where the ball was going, left the Everton defenders flat footed and powered the ball home from a very difficult angle.

The goal was epic because it was against a premier league side and it was less than a minute after legendary Wayne Rooney had opened the scoring.

Tuyisenge would go on to score numerous other goals from the air. But also on the ground. A feat that enabled him to become the fourth leading scorer in the history of the league. Only Sammy Onyango, Hezborn Omollo, Allan Thigo and Peter Dawo have scored more goals for Kogalo.

Tuyisenge was also a humble person, a class act, a committed professional. Despite his stature, he was not one of those who was always agitating to move overseas for a better deal.

On behalf of GORMAHIA.NET and Gor Mahia online supporters club, Thank you Tuyisenge for three exceptional seasons at Gor Mahia. You will be remembered.

Peter Dawo requesting financial assistance for surgery

Legendary Gor Mahia striker Peter Ochieng Dawo is in need for financial assistance to enable him to get surgery on his knee. Dawo played the greatest role in helping Kogalo lift its only continental title in 1987.

Additional reporting from Capital FM

To make this possible, Dawo is appealing for donations through Paybill 891300 that will see him undergo surgery on his left knee at Kisumu Orthopaedic Clinic.

“He was complaining of severe pain in his left knee that was affecting his activities of daily living. Further investigations revealed severe osteoarthritis of the same knee. Total knee replacement surgery is recommended to rid him of the pain and restore function of the affected limb,” a letter signed by Dr. Walter Adero of Orthopaedic Clinic read.

“These types of surgery are performed locally in Kisumu. It will cost around Sh550, 000 with a short hospital stay,” the letter concluded.

Speaking to Capital Sport from Kisumu, Dawo, who featured in the 1988 and 90 Africa Cup of Nations, called on the government to come to his aid and end the pain he has gone through for the last 15 years.

“I have been having this problem for a long time. It made me retire from football so I am appealing for help from everyone and especially from the government. Some people are saying that I could have invested during my time of play, but I want to tell them that during our time we were not being paid, we were playing for passion even after winning Mandela Cup we were not given even a shilling,” Dawo revealed.

Dawo, immortalised in K’Ogalo folklore for firing the header that gave the club a 1-0 win on aggregate over Tunisian giants Esperance in the final of the CAF Cup Winners’ Cup, has challenged the government to provide medical cover for retired football legends.

“I would like the government to give retired legend footballers a comprehensive medical cover because if I had it I would have gone to Aga Khan Hospital and get treatment. When I was playing for Kenya everyone was happy. I am pleading with them to help me when I am alive not to wait until one has passed on to give praise,” Dawo who led Gor to become the only team in East African team to have won continental silverware, stated.

Talented players such Gor assistant coach Bobby Ogolla, Abbas Magongo and Austin Oduor, father to Norway based shot-stopper Arnold Origi, among others inspired them to lift the Mandela Cup at Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani in presence of then Head of State Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi.

Gor Mahia aim to exorcise ghosts of 1988

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Dawo, Fundi, Osuka, Onyango Jogoo and Pierre in 1988. In those days, the stadium was filled to the brim when Kogalo played continental matches. You had to be at the stadium by 12 pm to find a seat

An Eventful second half

Mike Otieno being carried off the field by Jack Johnson and Ochido Kamkunji

Gor Mahia head to Brazzaville

Lessons for Today

The legend that is Peter Dawo

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Dawo at the 1986 KECOSO Games

Opening round of the 1987 Africa cup

2nd round and quarter final rounds of the 1987 Africa cup

Gor Mahia vs El Merreikh

Semi Final at the 1987 Africa cup

Gor Mahia before the semi against Dragons: From right: Bassanga, Breakdance, Hezborn Omollo, Pierre, Magongo, Fundi, Sollo, Dawo, Mwidau, Nyangi, Jua Kali, Maira, Janabi, Ndolo, Kamoga

Gor Mahia vs Dragons L'Oueme

Final at the 1987 Africa cup

A day before the final match, President Moi admonishes Dawo : “Gichana wewe lazima ufunge ghesho”. As Dawo shakes in his boots. Also in this pic are cabinet ministers Zachary Onyonka, Henry Kosgey, Robert Ouko, Jonathan Ngeno, Joseph Leting and Okiki Amayo

Gor Mahia vs Esperance 1987

Peter Dawo in the Kenya National Football League

Peter Dawo in the Kenya league

This was the game where Dawo scored a late equalizer against AFC

Peter Dawo in 1988

Other continental campaigns

Dawo in Africa cup

Dawo in Harambee stars

Peter Dawo in Harambee stars

 

Peter Dawo leaves for Egypt.

Peter Dawo in Egypt

Dawo at Arab Contractors in Egypt

Dawo returns to Kenya and retirement

Peter Dawo Gor Mahia vs Hellenic

 

What made Dawo great ?

Young Chiemodzie on Peter Dawo

Seen here in a friendly, Dawo was a nightmare for defenders

Peter Dawo Omuga

Peter Dawo Trivia

Peter Dawo is the uncle of current Gor Mahia striker Patrick Oboya.

Dawo was recently honored by the club

The greatest strikers ever to play for Gor Mahia

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In its 46 year history, Gor Mahia has seen its fair share of deadly strikers. It is difficult to come up with a precise list of who the best strikers ever to don the Kogalo jersey. But below is a sample.

William Ouma “Chege”

Maurice Ochieng “Sonyi”

Nahashon Oluoch “Lule”

 

Sammy Onyango “Jogoo”

 Hezborn Omollo

Peter Dawo

The Two Steves : Odiaga and Okumu

Steve Okumu in his heyday

 George Odhiambo “Blackberry”

Dan Sserunkuma

 Michael Olunga

Michael Olunga, He was Known as “The Engineer” because during his stint at Gor Mahia he was pursuing a degree in Geospatial Engineering. Olunga played for Kogalo for only one season (2015). But during that season he left a significant footprint.

Prior to joining Gor Mahia, Olunga had been voted the best player at the 2012 Kenya national secondary schools competition while playing for Upper Hill school. A confident Olunga announced during a TV interview that he would like to play for Gor Mahia. But his career would first take him to Thika United and Tusker where he made very little impression.

It was upon joining Kogalo that his career took off. Despite a slow start, coach Frank Nuttall kept his faith in Olunga who repayed him handsomely. In 2015, Olunga scored 19 league goals to lead Gor Mahia to the title unbeaten. He scored 30 goals for Gor Mahia altogether in 2015 and scored a total of 35 goals in competitive matches including national team matches. Most notably, he was the top scorer in the 2015 CECAFA club cup with 5 goals. He was voted Kenya player of the year in  2015.

After the 2015 season, Olunga left for Sweden where he starred for IF Djugarden, scoring 12 goals in 27 appearances before proceeding to China for a lucrative deal then the Spanish La Liga with Girona