The greatest strikers ever to play for Gor Mahia

Story by Muroro Pacho

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


11 thoughts on “The greatest strikers ever to play for Gor Mahia

  1. great analysis…takes me waaaay back!point of correction though…Jared was Jared Achieng Achieng and not Jared Ochieng Achieng!!

  2. Yes Mighty K’galo had many talented strikers happy that two of the current squad are worthy to be mentioned.
    Goro Oronge I remember used to be brought in from Kisumu especially against AFC and was very effective scoring almost every time he was fielded.
    Its for the current squad to emulate these star, am also impressed by bloggers indept knowledge of their legends.

  3. Congrats Muroro Pacho for this great article. Keep it up.

    Meanwhile, please do the same for midfielders, defenders, goal-keepers and even fans and executive committee that served the club.

  4. @George Odhiambo , that is William Ouma Chege alright, Yongo Steve had a much more plum face. @Goro Oronge, fact is Kogalo has had a large number of strikers such that a list of even ten would still leave out some great names but sure guys like Hamisi Gidi “mugabe” , Shebe and even yourself really lit up the scene although remember Gidi Hamisi “Harare” was a winger not an out and out striker . Nice to see Tom Odhiambo “Hustler” on the list , what nice memories they left us with Jared Achieng Achieng , Felix Otieno and Steve Odiags….pure nostalgia….great article however.

  5. Great article. It seemed like Gor and Leopards won the league so easily in the past that people forgot that it took very talented players to make it look so easy.

    However like someone mentioned you have forgotten a few Kogalo heroes like peter Omolo, Francis Kasinde, Goro Oronge, Abdalla Shebe, Mike Otieno, Aziki, Ben Oloo, Anthony Ndolo etc.

    These guys all contributed in there own little or big ways but were very important to the success of the club. I hope we do not wait another 18 years to see a league championship which seemed a given in tester years.

    I personally was a Kogalo fanatic in the late 80s to the mid 90s when it started going downhill. Glad to see us back in control and it is very exciting. I hope we can keep growing.

  6. Wait a minute. How can i myself also forget a player who played at kogalo for a very short time but was instrumental in 1990 and 1991. An ethiopian by the name of Zelalem Teshome. Those of you who were at Kasarani to witness the first super cup between Kogalo and Rivatex would know what i am talking about. Alfayo Odongo who would later join Leopards was part of that team as was Sammy Sholie. But Teshome was the star of that game scoring with a rasping low shot that Namudeche in the Rivatex goal never saw coming.

    In later years we struggled because we were unable to keep our young players who were offered better economic opportunities by company owned clubs like KBL, Bandari, Mumias etc.


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