Gor Mahia are still training hard and focused on ending the league on a good note and also with a focus towards preparing for next season’s champions league.
On this season
Musa Mohamed: I thank God for the title. I thank the players. If is because of their effort throughout the season.
Kagere: It is a great thing to have. It is one of the things every player aims for.
Blackberry: We cannot say this is the last title. We are still focused
Kerr: I have to thank the players for making my dreams a reality. I knew the challenges of taking this job and the expectations of the chairman
On The Champions League
Kagere: We hope to make sure we begin new season in good form. We will be playing champions league so we must make sure we are in good form.
Musa: Our main objective is to get good results from the start to the end.
Kerr: Its up to me and my staff to make sure that are prepared for whomever we get in the qualifier and we do our best. At the end of the day, thats all I ask from our players.
Gor Mahia talisman Jacque Tuyisenge and defensive midfielder Ernest Wendo have both put pen to paper on new contracts signing 2 and 3 year contracts respectively.
“It’s my best career moment, I had never won a league title before. I chose to stay on because of the love I have been offered here,” said an elated Tuyisenge to the Nation.
In 2016, Kogalo paid Ksh to Rwanda Police for his services. Since then he has been the leading scorer for the club.
This is good news for Kogalo who need to keep their squad intact if they are to make an impact continentally.
Kerr Shifts focus to Continental cup
This video was recorded before Tuyisenge and Wendo put pen to paper.
Walusimbi: This time if the office comes on board and performs the required preparations, the team will perform well.
Tuyisenge: We want to reach the group stage of the champions league
Kerr: I am confident that if we have the right players and the right mentality, we shall go far.
Walusimbi on whether he will stay: If the offer is good, maybe I can stay. If I get a better offer elsewhere I might go. But I would like to stay.
Kerr on the players status: I want them all to stay. If you break up the team, you will have to start from fresh which is not healthy
Kogalo legend, All Thigo, arguably the greatest player ever to play for this club, explained that the name Sirkal came about when President Moi decreed that all tribal clubs must change their names to non-tribal names. The only team given an exception by Moi was Gor Mahia. Hence the name “Sirkal”
Its a rare treat for Kogalo fans to be able to watch players from the legendary side that won the Africa cup in 1987.The video is heavily edited to show mostly Esperance highlights despite the fact that this match was evenly balanced. Indeed this match was televised and replayed on KBC TV several times in the run-up to the epic second leg at Kasarani. Those like myself who watched will tell you that the match was evenly balanced.
Resolute defending by the backline quartet of Peter Otieno Bassanga (15), George Otieno Solo (11), Tobias Ocholla (4) and Austin Oduor(6) Kept Kogalo in the game and David Ochieng Kamoga was solid between the posts.
At the 23 second mark he is called upon to parry a corner kick then has to quickly react to punch a powerful shot from Nabil Maaloul out for another corner. It is this second corner that results in the first controversial penalty awarded to Esperance. The ball hits Bassanga in the stomach and the referee inexplicably gives Taraji a penalty which Maaloul converted with class.
Kogalo players surround the referee and beseech him to reconsider. Perhaps sensing that a scene like Zamalek 1984 is about to erupt, skipper Austin Oduor asks the players to leave so he can talk to the referee. Bassange is yellow carded for his dissent and has to be further calmed down by Solo.
At the 4:30 mark, Anthony Ndolo comes on for an injured Sammy Onyango Jogoo. Ndolo would be instrumental in Kogalo’s second goal.
At the 6:22 mark, Charles Otieno wins the ball in midfield and puts George Nyangi “Artillery” through. Nyangi attempts to cross the ball and it is seemingly handled by an Esperance defender Ali Ben Neji. No penalty.
At the one minute mark, Charles Otieno finds Sammy Onyango on the right wing. Jogoo deftly loses his marker and unleashes one of hos trademark grass-cutters which forces a save from the goalkeeper.
It was Abbas Magongo who started the move that ended with the first goal and it is he who finished it at the 3:00 mark of the video. He plays the ball to Janabi who sends a long ball to Dawo. But Dawo can’t shake off the close attention of two defenders but the lose ball falls to Magongo who calmly controls the ball on his chest and unleashes a screamer that goes in via the cross bar.
The penalty awarded due to a supposed Isaiah Omondi handball happens in the 6:30 mark and is highly controversial.
The comical scene where Isaiah Omondi chases an Esperance player who in turn runs away for dear life happens at the 8:10 mark. Kenyan fans were laughing about this scene for days.
With time waning and Kogalo seemingly headed for a 2-1 defeat, Peter Dawo wins an aerial duel off a David Ochieng punt. The ball goes to Ndolo who heads back to Dawo. Dawo in turns scores with a scorcher that leaves Esparance stunned to tie the game at 2-2.
David Ochieng(1), Tobias Ocholla(4), George Otieno Solo(11), Peter Otieno Bassanga(15), Austin Oduor(6), Isaiah Omondi(5), Charles Otieno(3), George Nyangi Artillery(9), Peter Ochieng Pierre(12), Peter Dawo(7), Sammy Onyango(14).