Gor Mahia go down to Azam in CECAFA semi-final

Gor Mahia have yet to solve the riddle of beating Azam in Tanzania. Just as was the case, in 2015, they went down again by a score of 2-0. This time both goals came in extra time after the first 90 minutes were scoreless.

Additional Reporting from Capital FM

Azam FC edged out Kenyan champions 2-0 on Wednesday 11th July at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam to storm into the final of the CECAFA Kagame Cup.

The Tanzanian money bags beat Gor Mahia by the same score line to win the tournament back in 2015 and the Kenyan champions were out to for a revenge. However, this was never to be as extra time goals by Ditriam Nchimbi and Bruce Kangwa ensured Azam sail through to the final.

Azam were clearly the best side from the onset but were undone by poor finishing and good goalkeeping by Boniface Oluoch. First half ended goalless with Azam enjoying more possession, 60% to Gor’s 40%.


Gor Mahia introduced Joash Onyango for the ineffective Ephreim Guikan after the breather and later pulled out Bernard Ondiek for Lawrence Juma. However, the changes bore no fruit as Azam continued to threaten more but failed to score. The match ended 0-0 in regulation time and went into extra time.


Gor Mahia were caught on the counter moments after the 1st half of extra time started. Ditriam Nchimbi beat Boniface Oluoch with low drive and Bruce Kangwa drove the final nail in the coffin with a perfect strike after going past Charles Momanyi in the 100th minute to ensure Azam storm into the final with a 2-0 win, the same scoreline they inflicted on Gor Mahia in the 2015 final.


“Our target was to win the tournament and we give it our best shot. However Azam made use of the two chances they got in extra time and that made the difference. We now shift our focus to the CAF Confederations Cup and the Kenyan Premier League.” – Gor Mahia striker, Jacques Tuyisenge

“It was a very tough match but we are very happy we won and are in the final. We lost so many chances in the first half and second but made ammends in extra time. What really matters is the fact that we are in the final. We are the defending champions and we want to win it again.” – Azam FC forward, Ditriam Nchimbi

Azam will now meet either Simba or JKU who are currently battling in the second semifinal match at the same venue.


Gor Mahia edge Vipers 2-1, Mustafa scores his first goal

Gor Mahia continued to overcome their off the field goals as they beat Vipers of Uganda 2-1 in the quarter-finals of the 2018 CECAFA club cup. The goals came from Jacque Tuyisenge and new Burundian signing Francis Mustafa.

Additional reporting from the Standard

Mustafa Francis opened his Gor Mahia account with a vital goal as the Kenyan champions came from behind to beat Uganda’s Vipers SC 2-1 in Sunday’s Cecafa Kagame Cup quarterfinal match, at the National Stadium, Dar es Salaam.

It was a perfect redemption for the Burundian international, who had wasted a host of scoring chances in the first half, before netting the winner to secure a semifinal ticket for Dylan Kerr’s side.

Jacques Tuyisenge began the comeback cancelling out captain Tadeo Lwanga’s opener two minutes into the second half.

“We showed character today and we deserve the victory. I am happy for Mustafa. Despite missing a few chances in the first half, he managed to win the game for us,” Kerr told The Standard Sports after the match.

Gor Mahia will now meet the winner of today’s 4pm quarterfinal match between holders Azam and Rwanda’s Rayon Sports in tomorrow’s semifinal.

K’Ogalo began the brighter side with an opposing defender brilliantly intercepting Innocent Wafula’s cross from the right.

Wafula continued with his marauding runs down the flank, releasing an incisive pass but Francis’ header went wide before the Burundian miscued his close range shot from a weighted Godfrey Walusimbi’s lay-off.

K’Ogalo were punished immediately as Tadeo Lwanga unleashed a looping 35 yards screamer that flew over helpless goalkeeper Boniface Oluoach to give the Ugandans the lead in the 15th minute.

Francis could have drawn level in the 33rd minute when he received a brilliant through-ball from the midfield, but the new signing’s effort narrowly went wide.

Humphrey Mieno then squandered two scoring chances in succession on the stroke of halftime.

First, the former Tusker and AFC Leopards man forced a fine save from goalkeeper Bashir Sekagya before his glancing header went over the bar as Gor intensified their search for an equaliser.

Francis Kahata then tapped wide from close range just one minute after coming on for injured Ernest Wendo.

Gor started the second half with more of an attacking impetus and were rewarded with an equaliser just after two minutes when Jacques Tuyisenge poked the ball into the net from Francis’ delivery.

Francis thought he had given Gor the lead on the hour mark only for the Tanzanian referee Emmanuel Mwandembwa to rule it offside.

Vipers could have regained the lead in the 72nd minute but Dan Sserenkuma’s header from Yayo Kato’s free kick went wide.

But Gor responded immediately with Francis finally opening his goal account when he comfortably controlled Tuyisenge’s cross in the box before beating the keeper.

Meanwhile, Singida United coach Hemed Suleiman remains wary of the threat posed by Zanzibar’s Jeshi la Kujenga Uchumi as the two sides collide in the last quarterfinal match tonight (7pm).

The match will be preceded by an early kick off (4pm) between holders Azam and Rwanda’s Rayon Sports.


Gor Mahia beat AS Port

Wafula in action against Ports

Gor Mahia overcame all their off the field and on the field issues to beat AS Port of Djibouti 2-0. In the process they qualified for the quarter-finals of the 2018 CECAFA club cup

Additional reporting from goal.com
Momanyi buried a free header into the empty net after connecting a well-floated corner kick by Godfrey Walusimbi
Gor Mahia booked a quarter-final place in the after beating AS Port of Djibouti 2-0 in the last Group B match on Thursday.
Ephraim Guikan beat his marker to pace, but he Ivoirian’s ferocious left-foot shot was well checked by AS Port custodian.

A nice built up engineered by Innocent Wafula from the centre line result in a goal after Philemon Otieno put K’Ogalo on the lead in the 14th minute.

The body language of Gor Mahia players, however, revealed that something deep could be going on in the team with reports from Tanzania indicating that players are yet to be paid their allowances.
None of Gor Mahia player, not even Otieno celebrated the goal as four players joined the scorer inside AS Port’s box, part at Otieno on the back then they all walked to the centre line, with bent necks.
Gor Mahia then took full control of the proceeding immediately after the opening goal with K’Ogalo allowing AS Port to cross into their half just once 10 minutes after the opener.
But despite the rare chances created by AS Port, Fred Naisenga directed his 26th-minute effort way off the mark after he picked a loose ball inside Gor Mahia’s box.
Charles Momanyi doubled Gor Mahia’s lead, just five minutes to the break and once again, there was no much celebration from K’Ogalo players save for high-fives and little hugs here and there from a few teammates.
Momanyi buried a free header into the empty net after connecting a well-floated corner kick by Godfrey Walusimbi.
Boniface Oluoch kept Gor Mahia’s two-goal lead with a nice save a minute into the break after AS Ports broke into the opponent’s danger area.
Gor Mahia came into the second half with more energy but the wistfulness in K’Ogalo’s attack.


Kerr: Fatigue and off the field issues affecting the team

Coach Dylan Kerr was an unhappy man after Gor Mahia gave a up a 2-0 lead and ended up drawing 2-2 with Rayon Sports of Rwanda. So unhappy that he skipped the post match interview.

“I’m not happy at all.That is not Gor Mahia. My players are fatigued and there are a lot of off-pitch issues affecting them. They are worried of how they are going to get paid..”There is a lot of pressure on Francis Kahata because Simba are talking to my player and that may be affecting him. It affects other players as well because Francis is a good player ,”he said, to Citizen Sports.

Kerr was furious with Simba for tapping his player (Kagere), who left on free transfer.

What is also difficult to explain is how a club that has a sponsor, that received Ksh 3 million for winning the Sportpesa Supercup and Ksh 27 million from CAF is having difficulty paying players.

As for fatigue, K”Ogalo should have skipped the CECAFA club cup. Gor Mahia should have considered sigining more players during the June transfer season especially to replace injured players. And Kerr should rest some of his key players.

Kerr went on to say that the saga with the substandard hotel affected his players

“Technically I thought we played some good football though we were tired. The accommodation we stayed in wasn’t good.We got locked in the car park for 3 hrs because they wanted charges for the day we stayed.The players have got those things in their head…that wasn’t my team today but I like the energy and the effort.” he concluded.

Kerr posted his frustration on social media


Gor Mahia places price tag on Kahata

Gor Mahia are willing to part with playmaker Francis Kahata for ksh 150 million.

“We are ready to allow Kahata move because as a club policy we don’t stand in a players’ way when he wants to move for greener pastures. However, let it be known that we can only negotiate with a team that is ready to pay Sh150m.” said a club source to goal.com

Simba of Tanzania tabled a bid of Ksh 9.8 million. It is said that Bloemfontein Celtic and Free State Stars of South Africa are also pursuing Kahata. Former Gor Mahia ace Ali Abondo is currently at Celtic.



Gor Mahia arrive in Tanzania

The Gor Mahia contingent arrived in Tanzania for the 2018 CECAFA club cup. Included in the squad is newly signed Burundian striker, Francis Mustafa. However trouble started brewing when Kogalo were booked in a sub par hotel. Coach Dylan Kerr and the players expressed reservations about the hotel.

“It is true, the players are unhappy with the hotel and we are trying to find an alternative. Basically the players want a hotel with facilities and amenities such as a swimming pool.” said team manager Jolawi Obondo according to Citizen FM.

CECAFA chair Nicholas Musonye said he was working on resolving the issue.

“The issue has been brought to my attention and we are sorting it out” said Musonye.

Gor Mahia are in Tanzania in an attempt to win a trophy that they last won 33 years ago. Coach Dylan Kerr is wary about the glut of fixtures.

“We have the worst July of football coming up with tight fixtures. I want my players to go for it and show just how much in one year, we have grown, matured and developed into a strong unit.” said Kerr to goal.com

However Kerr is optimistic that his side will overcome all opposition.

“If we can focus on football and let our talents show it, it would be amazing for Kenya.” he concluded.

Gor Mahia are up against Azam who beat them in the finals in 2015 and Simba who recently snatched Meddie Kagere and also signed players from Cote’d Ivoire.



Gor Mahia draw Rayon Sport in CECAFA club cup

Gor Mahia will kick off their 2018 CECAFA club cup on July 1 against Rwandese side Rayon Sport, the same team they are playing in th3 2018 CAF Confederations cup. The other teams in group B are Lydia Ludic of Burundi and Ports of Djibouti.

On paper it looks like an easy group. But with the backlog of fixtures, one wonders how much petrol Gor Mahia players have left in the tank. This will especially affect the defence where Gor Mahia lack depth. That is unless Kogalo can re-inforce their side sufficiently during the June transfer season.

The CECAFA club cup is a tournament that many Kogalo fans would really like to win given that it has been 33 years since Kogalo lifted the trophy. This especially applies to those fans who are familiar with the good old days when Kogalo was a force in this tournament.