Video: Kenneth Muguna speaks on preparations for Champions League

Skipper Kenneth Muguna is confident that Gor Mahia will do well in continental competitions.

On the Covid 19 pandemic, Muguna stated that the players were significantly impacted. They are adjusting to it and hoping that things go back to normal soon.

On training he says he has a gym at home and thus has kept himself in shape

Muguna says that he would rather win the league instead of being given the league by a boardroom decision but he understands that the league had to be halted for the sake of public health.

He is sure that team will play well next season.

On Joash Onyango’s departure, he says he understands because no player can stay at the same team forever.

On the continental campaign he says the preparation must be good and player effort must be maximum and the office must do its part.

He speaks well of coach Steve Pollack. He enforces discipline and loves football.

Muguna says his football career started in Kondele Kisumu at a team called Urusi, then Real Kisumu, the KYOC then Palos and then Western Stima

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Reports of Ze Maria’s return and Pollack’s departure


Despite coach Steve Pollack vehemently denying that he was leaving, there are numerous reports that he has indeed been replaced by Ze Maria

Additional reporting from goal.com
The KPL heavyweights are set to confirm the former KF Tirana tactician as the new man in charge as Steven Polack has left the country

Jose Marcelo Ferreira (Ze Maria) is expected to be appointed Gor Mahia’s head coach, Goal can exclusively reveal.

Rumours of the Brazilian’s return to the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) has gathered speed over the past few days and now a source close to K’Ogalo has intimated he is set to be appointed as a coach again.

“Unless something big or very special happens, Ze Maria is the new coach,” the source revealed.
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“Gor Mahia have been in the market for a few weeks searching for a new coach since they were sure Polack will not be part of them going forward.

“The hierarchy settled on Ze Maria unanimously because of his previous experience and of course his undoubted love for our team.

“I am saying the office settled on him unanimously because the new officials are working with unity since it is a lean office compared to the previous one.”

Ze Maria’s news comes just a day after coach Steven Polack requested for a 10-day holiday before the 2020/21 season begins.

A source close to Gor Mahia told Goal that Polack has left his role after he tabled a few needs he wanted the club to sort out before the new campaign begins.

“We are aware of how the previous coaches took holidays only to confirm their resignation while away from the club. Take it from me brother, he [Polack] is not returning,” the source said in regard to the Polack issue.

“He asked for a one-way ticket and all pending salaries before he left and this is the reason I am telling you he is gone. He had issues which seems are not going to be resolved any time soon.

“That is why he has left.”

In a recent interview, the former Inter Milan and Levante right-back-cum-midfielder Ze Maria revealed how coaching Gor Mahia was an exciting role.

“It was the biggest club in Kenya, so every game was like managing Flamengo or Corinthians in Brazil. The stadium was packed,” Ze Maria said then.

“There were difficulties. Sometimes you go to a stadium where the players don’t all fit in the changing room, so you have to change on the bus.

“But the passion is absurd. African players are technically similar to Brazilians, but they lack opportunities to move to bigger leagues.

“Because of the pitches, when you dribble, the ball would bounce a metre up in the air, but the quality with which they controlled and conducted it, not even a Brazilian would do that.”

The Brazilian succeeded Frank Nuttall, who had led K’Ogalo to the 2015 KPL title with an unbeaten record, but resigned in 2017 abruptly before joining KF Tirana.

He exited the club after it had just won the SportPesa Super Cup and were on top of the KPL table with 27 points.

Although Ze Maria could be appointed soon, Polack has maintained he will travel back and resume his duties.

“I am not a coward to leave and not to come back. I have a two-way ticket; after finishing my business with family at home, Gor Mahia will be my next step in preparations for the 2020/21 KPL season,” the Finnish coach told Goal.

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Pollack headed to Finland on holiday

Gor Mahia coach Steve Pollack is headed to Finland on a much anticipated 10-day holiday.

Additional reporting from the Standard

vice chairman Francis Wasuna said Pollack requested for the holiday ahead of the much-anticipated resumption of sporting activities in the country.

“Pollack will be hitting the run-way tonight to Finland for a 10-day.

“The coach (Pollack) requested for some days off and we gave him 10 days and he will be travelling tonight to Finland,” Wasuna said in a statement on Friday.

The vice-chairman, however, pointed out Pollack is expected back in Kenya after the stated days unless the plot is interfered with by quarantine programs where an extension will be needed.

“The plan is to have him (Pollack) back after 10 days but we are not sure of any quarantine programs the other end.

“If it happens and his 10 days are interfered with, then an extension of his stay in Finland might be necessary,” Wasuna stated.

The football season is back and with it, the ever buzzing transfer window.

During this period, football clubs all over the world are allowed to transfer, exchange, or release players, either at an agreed fee or for free, depending on a player’s contract situation.

Jerim Onyango joins senior team as coach

Former Gor Mahia captain Jerim Onyango who has been working with the Gor Mahia youth team, will now work with the senior team as goalkeeper trainer.

Additional reporting from pepeta.co.ke

Onyango has been the team manager of the junior team but the club has now moved him to work closely with the goalkeepers from the senior and junior sides with Collins Kalee now slotting in as the manager of the junior side.

Through the new Secretary General Mr. Samuel Ochola the changes have been necessitated by the need to have a seamless team.

“The changes have been necessitated by the need to have a seamless team working together. There will be combined training sessions where the juniors can learn from the senior team and the coaching staff too can work and learn from each other for the betterment of the club.

“We will be having a lean committee with much being done at the club’s secretariat and that means, we will not be outsourcing services,” Ochola said.

On his elevation, Kalee said: “I am delighted because I have been there since the inception of the junior team and I appreciate what the office has done. I will work to ensure the youth team produce players who are good enough to play at senior levels so that as a club we save on the expenditure towards signing new players.”

With Kalee as the team manager, Kennedy Ochola will take up the kit manager position with Celestinus Otieno as his assistant.

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Ze Maria headed back to KPL

Former Gor Mahia coach Ze Maria is reportedly headed back to the KPL while rumours of Steve Polack’s imminent departure are resurfacing

Additional reporting from goal.com
The rumours are gathering speed with other reports indicating K’Ogalo are in the market looking for someone to take over from Steven Polack
Former Gor Mahia head coach Jose Marcelo Ferreira (Ze Maria) could be on his way back to the Kenyan Premier League (KPL), according to the latest reports.

The Brazilian succeeded Frank Nuttall, who had led K’Ogalo to the 2015 KPL title without losing a single match, but resigned in 2017 abruptly before joining KF Tirana.

He exited the club after it had just won the SportPesa Super Cup and were on top of the KPL table with 27 points.

In a recent interview, Ze Maria stated coaching Gor Mahia – who will fly the Kenyan flag in the Caf Champions League again – was like leading Brazilian sides Flamengo or Corinthians.

“It was the biggest club in Kenya, so every game was like managing Flamengo or Corinthians in Brazil. The stadium was packed,” Ze Maria said then.

“There were difficulties. Sometimes you go to a stadium where the players don’t all fit in the changing room, so you have to change on the bus.

“But the passion is absurd. African players are technically similar to Brazilians, but they lack opportunities to move to bigger leagues.

“Because of the pitches, when you dribble, the ball would bounce a metre up in the air, but the quality with which they controlled and conducted it, not even a Brazilian would do that.”

When Ze Maria resigned as Gor Mahia coach, he later signed Kenneth Muguna and Musa Mohamed for the Albanian side but the two returned after short stints in Europe.

Should the former Inter Milan star join any of the KPL sides, he will be tasked with ending Gor Mahia’s dominance in the last three seasons.

Ze Maria’s former side has won the previous three titles but has failed to progress further on the continental front, where they were last eliminated by Daring Club Motema Pembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Meanwhile, credible reports have indicated Gor Mahia striker Dennis Oalo has joined Posta Rangers.

Oalo joined K’Ogalo last year from the National Super League (NSL) side Nairobi Stima and has also previously featured for KPL outfit Kisumu All-Stars.

Williamson ready to work with no contract

Another Former Gor Mahia coach Bobby Williamson, who has been out of work since being sidelined from Harambee stars, now says he is willing to work without a contract

Additional reporting from goal.com

The tactician has been out of work since 2016, but has now revealed he is keen on coaching any team interested in his services
Experienced coach Bobby Williamson has revealed he is ready to work for any team in the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) even without a contract.

The Scot has been out of work since getting fired by Harambee Stars in 2016 but is now ready for a touchline return to any team that will show interest in his services.

“I am available to talk to anyone,” Williamson who resides in Kenya told Goal on Tuesday.

The former Gor Mahia coach has also stated he is ready to work without a contract which will allow either of the two parties to leave without restrictions if an opportunity arises. However, he is also ready to be tied with a binding contract.

“I would be prepared to work without a contract,” the 59-year-old revealed.

“I want to be paid; but if there is no contract, the club can let me go at any time without cost, and on the other hand, if someone else wants me I can walk away at no cost.

“If the club insists on a contract, that is fine,” he concluded.

Williamson is remembered for helping K’Ogalo win their first title in 18 years back in 2013. He went on to explain to Goal what he told the management after achieving what other coaches had failed to achieve after almost two decades.

“It is all about the mentality they have; that winning mentality,” the former striker explained.

“Before I arrived, they were close to winning the title, they then got over the line. I said after we had won the league, that they would never wait 18 long years again and that has been proven. The recruitment is important and they have brought coaches on board that have kept that momentum going.”

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In 2014, the coach left his post at the club to serve the Kenya national team in the same capacity.

“My time at Gor Mahia was good, I made a lot of friends and was privileged to help the team get their first league title after almost two decades,” Williamson told Goal.

“I had an agreement with the chairman [Ambrose Rachier] that if the national team comes calling I will leave and it is what happened about a year later.”

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Afiriyie leaves Township Rollers


Former Gor Mahia attacking ace Francis Afiriyie has left Botswana giants Township rollers the club have announced.

Additional reporting from Ghana Soccernet

Afriyie, 25, joined Rollers in January this year on a two- and-a-half deal after leaving Kenyan side Gor Mahia FC.

The former Bechem United player joined Gor Mahia in 2019 but the left club due to unpaid entitlements.

A statement from Township Rollers read:

“West African forwards, Francis Afriyie of Ghana and Fabien Mongba of the Ivory Coast this afternoon departed for their respective home countries, bringing to an end their stay at Township Rollers.

“Afriyie and Mongba recently underwent tests for Covid-19, and through the assistance of their respective countries’ embassies, they were able to be repatriated back home.

“We wish them a safe trip home. ENDS….”

Afriyie previously had spells in Europe for Serbian side Vojvodina and in North America for the Mexican side Murcielagos.

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Video: Michael Olunga scores 15th goal in J League

Former Gor Mahia attacker Michael Olunga’s scoring spree in Japan’s top tier league continues unabated as he scored the first goal in a 3-0 win for Kashiwa Reysol over Gamba Osaka. Olunga was also named league MVP for the month of August

 

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Clifford Nyakeya scores his first goal in Egypt

Former Gor Mahia Youth ace Clifford Nyakeya scored his first goal for FC Masr as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Al-Ittihad in the Egyptian top flight league on Friday afternoon. It was Nyakeya who opened the scoring chart in the 10th minute.

Nevertheless Masr are in  danger of relegation. They are currently in 17th spot in the 18 team league with 19 points after 25 matches.

 

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Dylan Kerr survives relegation on the last day of the league

Former Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr ‘s side Baroka FC, grabbed a 1-1 draw against giants Kaizer Chiefs on the last day of the South Africa league. The draw meant Kaizer Chiefs lost out on an opportunity to win the league which they had led for most of the season.

Kerr, while celebrating his club’s survival by the skin of their teeth, took the time to send a message to Ernst Middendorp, the coach of Kaizer Chiefs while describing the season’s final outcome as somewhat of an injustice.

“I just want to say to Ernst, it’s been tough this bubble, it’s not been fair. He was nine points clear coming into the bubble, and it’s not been a good advert for football,” said Kerr after the match.

“Many teams have not been able to play to their level best, so you know I feel sorry for Ernst because we speak regularly, he knows how hard it is, we both know how hard it is in football here.

“I just hope that… [sigh]. I’ve got no words for him, because I could be feeling like that now – they could be champions and we could be in the play-offs, so I can understand how he feels. But I’ll have a word with him tomorrow, I’m going to let it sink in to him.”

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Numero ready to take on KPL

Newly signed Malawian forward Andrew Numero is eager to showcase his skills in the KPL and cement his place at Gor Mahia with a view to moving to Europe in the future.

Additional reporting from the Nation

Malawian youngster Andrew Numero Malisero, who joined Kenyan champions Gor Mahia recently on a three-year deal, is looking forward to enjoying his stay at the club.

The forward has never played at the top level, but he knows what to expect as he has had a taste of Kenyan football having most recently played for Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Division Two side Commercial FC, which is based in Thika.

“It is an honor for me to be able to play for this amazing club. I thank God and the club for giving me the opportunity. I am looking forward to working my hardest to help the club retain the league title and hopefully do well continentally,” he told Nation Sport.

“I follow Kenyan football very much and it was an unbelievable feeling that they considered me to be a part of the team. I am very grateful and will make use of this great opportunity. The Kenyan Premier League is a very competitive league with quality players and I am looking forward to experiencing it all,” he added.

Numero is primarily an attacking player who loves taking on defenders and this is what he says Gor Mahia and Kenyan football fans should expect from him.

“I am a positive person who loves the game and who expresses himself with the ball at his feet. I’m looking forward to entertaining Kenyan football fans. I love playing as an attacker, as a number 9 or 10, but can adapt to any other position,” he said.

Numero, 20, grew up in Ndirande, Malawi, but had to move to Kenya with his mother who now works here. He has also previously played college football in the USA.

“I started playing football when I was seven years old back in Malawi. All I did was play football with my friends and that kept me from doing a lot of things that could have harmed my life and my career. It was easy to use drugs or start stealing but football kept me straight,” he said.

“I played for my school teams and at an academy called Surestream Academy before we moved to Kenya in 2013. I went to Braeburn High School from year 9 to 11 and then to Braeside International School.

I was always eager to play at an organised league and therefore joined a Sub County team called African Warriors and luckily got an opportunity to go play in the USA on a football scholarship. I was there for a year before I moved back to Kenya and joined Commercial FC before the pandemic halted the league,” he added.

Numero has represented the Malawi under-20 side and says the experience has prepared him for professional football.

“It has made me believe in myself. It’s a big achievement to represent my national team at junior level, but it also helped me set the bar higher and I now want to of play for the senior team in the near future.”

He looks up to Gabadinho Mhango, a Malawian International who features for South African top-tier side Orlando Pirates, and Kenyan international Jesse Were, amongst other players.

“I look up to these amazing players not only because of their football abilities but also their personalities. I have watched Mhango since I was a young kid and have always admired how easily he takes on defenders,” he said.

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List of Gor Mahia signings from last season

Last year Gor Mahia signed 17 players

The new signings pose for a group photo before the 2019-2020 season

Only four of the players played a significant role in the campaign: Gislain, Afiriyie, Tobias Otieno and Mapigano. Interestingly, the first three left in the middle of the season while Mapigano left at the end of the season. The rest hardly played.  Almost all have left the team. More stability in the playing unit is needed

 

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