1980: The last time Gor Mahia played a Nigerian team

Gor Mahia face an uphill battle as they take on Nigerian League Leaders Lobi Stars on December 14. Its a similar situation to 38 years ago, the last time Kogalo faced a Nigerian team. This is the only time Gor Mahia has ever played a Nigerian side. It was in the second round of the 1980 Africa cup of champions, the predecessor of today’s Africa champions league. The team they faced was the then Nigerian champions, Bendel Insurance.


These were among the players who faced off with Bendel Insurance

1979 Africa Player of the year voting

  Player Club Country
1. Thomas N´KONO          CanonYaoundé Cameroon
 2. Adolf ARMAH            Hearts of Oak Ghana
 3. Kerfalla BANGOURA      Horoya Conakry Guinea
 4. Abdoulaye CAMPAORÉ     AS Bobo-Dioulasso Upper Volta
 5. Nahashon OLUOCH       Gor Mahia Kenya
 6. KIYIKA  Tokodi CS Imana            Zaire
 7. Felix AGBONIFO         Bendel Insurance Nigeria
 8. Pascal MIEZAN          ASEC Abidjan Cote’d Ivoire
 9. Muda LAWAL             IICC Shooting Stars Nigeria

1980 Africa Champions cup

Goalkeeper Dan Odhiambo (far left) during a national team training session with Mahmoud Abbas



8 thoughts on “1980: The last time Gor Mahia played a Nigerian team

  1. In 1987 Gor Mahia eliminated Abiola Babes of Nigeria in the Semi finals of Africa cup winners cup (Mandela cup) before meeting Esperance of Tunisia in the finals and eventually winning the cup.

    The writer of this story should have done his research well.

  2. 1987 For played this teams in order as they appear below omera.
    1. Marine club FC
    2.El merrier

    Tuko pamoja

  3. Ayie. Wich bende wil jowadwa. 1987 nyaka sani, higni 31 bende ngeny wich diwil. Ayie.

    It was Esperence which played Abiola Babes in the semi finals while Gor Mahia played Dragons l’Oueme of Benin. Thanks for the correction Jowadwa.

  4. Dan Odhiambo my school-mate, Pumwani High… Along with Owish (Nairobi Technical) and Lule (Highway Sec.) he started playing for Gor when a student.
    This was when the Luo middle class came out to matches, siku hizi “funs” rule, kong’o gi njaga kwa wingi e stadium


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