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1976: When Gor Mahia won the league unbeaten

Note: This story was first posted to this blog on Nov 2 2010 and is being reposted 5 years later because this is the most appropriate time.


Backrow: Duncan Migan, James Ogolla “Kadir”Francis Midany, Masanta Osoro, Oduwo “Cobra”, George “Best” Yoga, Mike Ogolla “Machine”. Alan Thigo, Jerry Imbo, Laban Otieno, M Ochieng Frontrow: Festus Nyakota, T. Oyaki, J Otieno, “Burri”, George Ayuka, Ouma Ole Tunda, D. Okelo, J Aluko


A fund raiser held for Kogalo: From left Former Minister for sports Kenneth Matiba, also a founder member of Tusker FC, Raising his hand is former club chairman, the animated Peter Anyumba, behind him is then Vice Chairman Zack Mbori, and in front is former minister and founder of GEMA FC Njenga Karume


Story by Muroro-Pacho

19 thoughts on “1976: When Gor Mahia won the league unbeaten

    • Eugene Okelo

      Yes the ‘Machine’ you are reffering to is actually my dad

  • Saimz Muiruri


  • Gor is a movement , we should appreciate akina Sonyi and try to keep up or better their standards…Long live K’ogallo

  • James Okoth Chiaga

    I just love KOGALO and vow to give them full support till we nab this trophy.This time round we reckon big teams mpaka macha to ng’a. So let us thrash Nairobi city stars coz Ulinzi will definitely lose to Karuturi.

  • can Gor produce water in plastic cans for its movements to bay it will help the team to grow in it revenue collection(call it biro water),omosh(churchill.omondi@gmail.com).

  • ajuma simba

    Kenyan football fans fall under different age groups and cartels and Gor Mahia fans are not exceptional. And each cartel has different version of players’ history to write.
    I don not believe one can give a complete Mighty Gor Mahia history without mentioning Technical adviser Danish Jack Jonson.
    This is the only thing I find missing in this article, though it is lovely and well researched on.
    Though I feel Gor Mahia team of 1987 was stronger and could go places or play for any competitive league be it Barclay premier league, la-liga or bundesliga and win titles.
    That midfield composed of Abbas Khamisi Magongo, John Zangi Okello, Charles Odhiambo Otieno “engine”, George Odembo Nyangi; George “Fundi” Onyango defending midfielder Isaiah Omondi “Japollo” (spoiler) was so articulated and polished that could adjust and change to any situation depending on their opponents counter attacks.
    Remember the saying Gor; four- four- four! Was the origin of this team under Coach Len Julians.
    Reinhardt fabisch recruited almost this team in the Harambee Stars of 1987 for All Africa games silver medalists.
    Defense was solid and composed under Captain Austin Oduor (Makamu) and the strikers were marauding lead by Peter Dawo “Omuga”
    The match to be recalled was Gor Mahia VS Peter Rufai “sorry” Rufai as goal keeper Dragon Eueme -Benin. It was a second half and the whole stadium was dead silence. Throw in by Toby “Jakomalla” Ochola and flashing header by Peter Dawo flooring Nigerian Super keeper Benin side Peter Rufai did everthing to see Mighty Gor to the finals of Nelson Mandela Cup (Cup winners cup) against Esperance of Tunisia.
    That photo should be one of the best photos to be in the gallery showing peter rufai beaten by Peter Dawo header.
    Do not forget Eagle eyed goal keeper Davis Ochieng Odek “Kamoga” and his counterpart Taurus Omondi “tairero”
    Do is say!! Strikers led by Omuga, there was Sammy Jogoo in left flank and Antony Ndolo in the right flank, not to mention Ben “break-dance” Oloo
    It was wonderful. But do not forget “The six million dollar man” John Bobby Ogolla, Was part and parcel of this team.
    Long leave!!!!!!!! Mighty Kogallo.

  • admin

    “Ajuma”, I see you forgot to mention your friends from Highway, Peter Ochieng Pierre, Bramwell Mwololo and others.

    So I see you like the research being done by the fellow from Golf Course estate. as for team 87, an rticle on that is coming soon

  • Benard maweu

    It is sad to know that the playing ground that brought Jerry Imbo from Kaloleni has already been grabbed by our greedy leaders…..now in the current squad from the same ground is KEVIN OMONDI( Ade) keep majimbo n black mamba shinning

  • jacob kawene kisero

    LONG LIVE KOGALO mayienga. the current (2010) squad magaged second place though still very tender agewise. we expect rapid maturity and abit of more signing. julius owino (awilo) the captain should join his former team mate’pro’ in the technical bench for he has become abit too slow for the pacy league.
    His place be filled by a new signing preferably from sony sugar (the raster defender).
    With black berry and Ngwa possibly leaving, more reinforcement is required in the striking force to supplemunt the efforts of Owiti (Macheda).
    Jerry has proved competent at goal, Akumu vwry fine in mid field, musa one of the best defenders in the league, makori, kitawi,kevin, nasio all quite okay.
    Coach zico the ball is in your court, we meet next season a rejuvinated side.

  • Ajuma Simba

    Thanks for the comments, 1987 team was complete that one can not mention each player, remember Peter Otieno “bassanger” George Solomon Otieno “chumb reru” were part of the team. The list is endless.

    1987 was voted african best player no. 7, lead by Albert Rogger Miller of Cameroun. He was top scorer of the tournament as well. That is a clear indication how competitive the team and the players were.

    1987 team won cup winers cup ( NELSON MANDELA) cup unbeaten.

    Remember as well that this was the tournament that Kogalo of 1979 was beaten 9-2 aggregates by Canon Sportiff of Younde Cameroun in semi finals.

    1987 team did us proud.

    Long leave mighty Gor.

    Ajuma Simba.

  • Ajuma Simba

    I meant Peter Dawo was voted no. 7 – CAF African Best Player in 1987.


    Ajuma Simba

  • Sam Owiti

    The official EPL website has a link titled “Where they are today”. Is it possible to do a similar link to let us know where they are today. Some of the people in this article were our schoolmates, colleagues, neigbours etc.


    The piece is greatly written.It is rivaled to non, even as a current Sports Journalist, it leaves me mouth agape.What a flawless narration and good command of the Queens !

  • Leakey ochieng mbeche

    Ma marwa…

  • Peter Otieno Bassanga, Oduwo Cobra, John Bobby Ogolla”The Six Million Dollar Man”

  • dan kisumu

    I wish we had the dvds for this team. Kogalo mayienga. Any body with cds for kogalo and where to get them

  • Eugene Okelo

    Yes the ‘Machine’ you are reffering to is actually my dad


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