Gor Mahia to fly out on Thursday

Gor Mahia will fly to Dar es Salaam on Thursday. This after an impromptu fund raiser was held on Tuesday. President Uhuru Kenyatta via the sports ministry facilitated return tickets.

A total of ksh 2.1 million was raised at the fund-raiser. According to goal.com, those who donated included:

Eng. Job Ndege Sh100, 000 (his friends Sh123, 000), Sam Wakianga Sh200, 000, Kariobangi Sharks chairman Nick Mwendwa Sh200, 000, Gor Semelango (Sh100, 000), Cyprian Awiti (Sh100, 000), Mp Moses Kuria (Sh200, 000), Jakoyo Midiwo (Sh20, 000), Ambrose Rachier (Sh100, 000), Steve Omondi (Sh20, 000) Tom Alila (Sh20, 000), Eng, Nyamunga (Sh25, 000).

Others include Peter Kenneth (Sh100, 000), Apiko Owiro (Sh25, 000), Gor Mahia excecutive office (Sh110, 000), President Sam Nyamweya (Sh50, 000), Nicholas Musonye (Sh50, 000), Dr. Oyore (Sh20, 000).

MP Moses Kuria went further to say that he would like Gor Mahia to move their home matches to Gatundu

“I like Gor Mahia as a club and I want to ask top management to consider having Gatundu Stadium as their home ground when the new stadium is passed fit to host matches. The stadium is currently under construction and should be ready for use starting next season.” he said according to goal.com

Optimism abounds

Most experts who have spoken out fancy Gor Mahia’s chances of doing well at this year’s CECAFA club cup. Among those who chimed in is former coach Bobby Williamson who thinks that this year’s team has gelled alot better than last year’s team.

“The team has been together for a long time now, gelled well and they have shown that in the league. Individually they have a lot of quality and if they pull together as a team then they can pull surprises in the tournament,” said Williamson to futaa.com

Current member of the technical bench Mathew Ottamax is also adamant that Gor Mahia has a good opportunity to win this tournament for the first time in 30 years.

“The team has been preparing for this tournament in the league matches and we are in great shape to compete. We respect our opponents because every team is a champion in their local league. ” said Ottamax to futaa.com

Whereas last year, Gor Mahia went to CECAFA with numerous inexperienced players, this year the club boasts a good blend of youth and experience which makes Ottamax more confident.

“We have both experienced and young players in the squad. The seniors have played at this level and they know what it takes to excel at this level. This will help us to get out of difficult situations” continued Ottamax.

Players like Kagere who have featured and thrived in this tournament will especially be useful. Kagere was the top scorer in the 2011 CECAFA senior challenge cup.

 Coach Nuttall cautious

Coach Nuttall for his part realizes that the competition at the tournament will be  a notch higher than what pertains in the local league.

“There is obviously going to be high competition in that tournament because all the teams that are coming in are national champions in their respective countries. It is a good thing that we are leaving the country with an unbeaten league record, and it will be lovely to have the same results in Cecafa.” said Nuttall to supersport.com

Nuttall does not want to get ahead of himself. The team must take one game at a time and not worry about winning the tournament yet.

“We, however, have to be realistic and I think making it out of the group stages alive will be a great way to start because, then, it will give us room to build up and possibly challenge for top honours. But we need to get out of the group and that is our goal,” he continued.

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Injuries a worry ahead of CECAFA

The Gor Mahia technical bench and medical staff will be closely watching defender Karim Nigiziyimana and midfielder Collins Okoth, both of whom picked up injuries during the tense match against Mathare United on Sunday.

Okoth pulled a thigh muscle and had to be substituted with 30 minutes of play remaining. Nzigiyimana limped off minutes later with a swollen knee. Gor Mahia returns to training on Tuesday, focusing their energies on the forth-coming regional competition which starts on Saturday.

Coach Frank Nuttall expressed hope that the duo only suffered slight injuries.

“I hope they only suffered knocks and not serious injuries. Karim  and Collins are very important in the team, they play big roles and it will be a big loss if their injuries are serious,” said Nuttall to supersport.com

Nizigiyimana has not only been solid defensively but has been a key pillar of the Gor Mahia attack with his inch perfect crosses. He currently leads the team in assists. The relentless Gattusso has been solid for the club, patrolling the defensive midfield area and covering efficiently for overlapping full backs.

Okoth probably just needs some rest since has played in numerous games since last year for both club and national team.

Mulee talks up Gor Mahia’s chances

Former Harambee Stars coach Jacob “Ghost” Mulee is convinced that Gor Mahia will perform much better at this year’s CECAFA cup.

“This time round I am convinced Gor Mahia will play better and perform well than last time out in Kigali, Rwanda, when they left tourney without winning a single match. They have a good side, and their run in the league is not a fluke, it is a quality side which I believe will cause anxiety in the tournament. I think they will go all the way to the semis, and then from there u know it is anyone’s game. They can even bring us the title, because they are equally competitive with full of experience.” said Mulee to goal.com

Mulee however expressed concern about Gor Mahia’s defense which of late has appeared porous after going 10 matches without conceding a goal.

“Despite having good strikers, midfielders and defenders, my worry though is in their central defense. It is weak, truth be told. Musa Mohammed and Shakava are good, but at this stage, experience is vital. I hope Dikir Glay will be available for them; they need him in the team. For example, the goal Mathare United scored against them over the weekend, with better central defenders that cannot happen.” he continued.

Whereas Gor Mahia assistant coach Bobby Ogolla has insisted that a strong attack is Gor Mahia’s best defense, Mulee thinks such an attacking formation can be exploited by good teams.

“Their high line is also risky; we saw that against Mathare United having four offensive players against two defenders, they will need to work on that. It will take a single match for the opponents to know your weaknesses and capitalize on them. Nevertheless, I think the team will perform better this time round and I am confident last edition’s incident will not happen again.” continued Mulee.

Even Somalia paid for their representatives

Gor Mahia appears to be the only CECAFA cup side whose federation declined to facilitate air tickets. Sam Nyamweya flatly refused while suggesting that no  agreement was ever reached that made it a requirement for national FAs to facilitate air travel for the representative teams.  Nyamweya claimed his federation was too broke to pay for tickets. However war torn Somalia FA chairman Shafi’i Mohyaddin Abokar insisted that the agreement was valid and that each FA was indeed required to facilitate air tickets.

“We facilitated everything for the team to ensure their participation of the competition, because Somalia had never missed a single CECAFA competition and we want to keep that record alive, he said according to futaa.com.

 

 

 

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Gor Mahia to hold Harambee for CECAFA travel

After the FKF refused to foot the travel bill and CECAFA declined because they are supposedly broke, Gor Mahia will now need to hold a fund-raiser to travel to Dar -es salaam for the CECAFA cup.

CECAFA chair Nicholas Musonye declined to offer financial support saying he could not make an exception.

“We are overwhelmed. They (Cecafa secretariat) told me they don’t have money. I had talks with my chairman (Leonard Tanga) and it’s impossible. Again, when all the other federations are playing their part, why would Kenya be an exception?” he asked.

“”It’s very tight on our end because we are running on a shoe-string budget. However, I must point out that I like the brand of football Gor is playing and we would want to have them in the tournament,” Musonye explained to the Daily Nation.

Club official Ronald Ngala said the club would hold a fund-raiser on Tuesday at Railway club. Nairobi businessman Sammy Wakiaga will be the chief guest. Unfortunately the club is not offering more information at this time.

In past years, the government footed the travel bill since the clubs were representing the country. Nowadays the government does basically nothing to assist clubs with travel and other issues.

Nuttall ready to apply lessons to CECAFA

Gor Mahia coach Frank Nuttall says his team has picked up the lessons from Sunday’s match against Mathare and is read to apply them when the team travels to Dar es salaam to play in the 2015 CECAFA club cup. Though Gor Mahia were adjudged to have had a sub par game by their standards, Nuttall thinks they earned the draw.

“This was a fair result since we dominated possession and also created chances managing to put one behind the net eventually,” he said after the match.

New signing Enock Agwanda was the toast of the game and fans called for him every-time there was a throw. One of his long throws eventually led to the equalizer.

“This only shows that we still have the power having more crosses into their box. Agwanda played a great role of course he is good at set pieces though it is tiring for him as he has to move from one end of the pitch to another,” said Nuttall.

It is a scene reminiscent of the legendary Tobias Ocholla “Jua Kali” who also used to be called upon by fans to criss-cross the field every-time there was a throw in.

His counterpart Stanley Okumbi for his part was dissapointed at the draw because he thought his team should have won.

“It is a match we should have won, we wanted three points against them and that is what we were working on to achieve, unfortunately we could not hold on, and ended up conceding late into the game. It has become a habit for us to concede late, and it is a trend we have to stop,” Okello said to goal.com.

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