Gor Mahia 1 CNaPS 0

Gor Mahia squeezed a 1-0 win over CNaPs of Madagascar. Gor Mahia got off to what looked like a bright start when in the 2nd minute, a  penalty from Ali Abondo gave Gor Mahia an early lead which they held until the end of the game. The penalty resulted when Mike Olunga was fouled in the penalty box. Khalid Aucho whose precise pass to Abondo resulted in the goal against Sofapaka, also delivered another precise pass to Olunga who was fouled resulting in the penalty.

Gor Mahia put CNaPs under pressure throughout the first half but could not tack on another goal. In the second half, CNaPs came back more confident and created a number of chances. In the 57th minute, a precise move by the Islanders ended with Simouri crossing to Rajaonarivelo. But the latter was a step too late. Ten Minutes later it was winger Olivier Ralaidimy whose dangerous cross was cleared by Kevin Oluoch as Rajaonarivelo charged towards the ball.

Boniface Oluoch was in fine form making a number of critical saves to save the scoreline for Gor Mahia. The most critical came in the 81st minute when Nono Vombola found himself one on one with Oluoch following a defensive lapse. But the alert Oluoch saved the day from what would have been a crucial away goal for the Islanders.

After the match coach Sammy Omollo “Pamzo” stated that Gor Mahia’s tactical formation did not work. In particular he stated that Walusimbi should have been fielded further upfront, similar to how he played against Sofapaka. He also cited innefective substitutions by coach Nuttall.

Gor Mahia coach Frank Nuttall for his part blamed his side for many lost chances. “We deserved to win by a bigger margin but the team is still jelling and so we lost some clear chances.” The return leg will be played after two weeks away.

Gor Mahia now face a tall order defending a one goal lead against the Madagascans in two weeks. On a positive note, they did not concede an away goal. As such they need any kind of draw to advance.

Line ups

Gor Mahia Starting XI: 23. Boniface Oluoch (GK), 5. Musa Mohammed, 4. Kevin Oluoch, 26. Glay Dirkir, 2. Godfrey Walusimbi, 10. Khalid Aucho, 8. Jerry Santo (17. Eric Ochieng’ 55’), 7. Ronald Otieno Omino, 30. Ali Abondo, 9. Timothy Otieno (25. George Odhiambo 64’), 19. Michael Olunga

Unused Reserves: 12. David Juma (GK), 24. Israel Emuge, 6. Collins Okoth, 15. Bernard Odhiambo, 18. Harun Shakava,

CNaPS Sports Starting XI: 16. Randrianasolo (GK), 22. Andoniaina Rakotondrazaka, 18. Toby Njakanirina (CPT), 4. Feno Ratolojahanary, 17. Rajaonarivelo, 12. Njiva Rakotohalihalala (11. Jean Andriamangason 68’), 20. Ramanitrandsana. 5. Michael Rabeson. 9. Nono Vombola, 7. Simouri (3. Olivier Ralaidimy 59’)

Unused Subs: 1. Andonianina Andriamalala, 2. Andy Tahiana Randrianarisoa, , 6. Vonjiniaina Razafimahatrara, , 19. Milison Niasexe, 20. Miandrisoa Ramanitrandrasana


Gor Mahia start Champions league campaign


Its all systems go at Nyayo stadium on Saturday February 14 as Gor Mahia take on Madagascan champions CNaPs in the preliminary round of the 2015 Africa champions league.

Gor Mahia’s performance in continental events since 2009 has been poor. However their performance has been slowly improving. From the Rwanda APR disaster of 2009 and the disastrous loss to Ferroviario of Maputo, Gor Mahia has improved over the last two campaigns. The improvement has seen them go beyond the preliminary round, most notably in 2014 when a penalty saving clinic by skipper Jerim Onyango saw Gor Mahia overcome biased officiating against US Bitam of Gabon.

Coach Frank Nuttall is determined to improve on this record.

“The new signings have demonstrated beyond doubt that they are equal to the task ahead. We have struggled at the continental stage for a while now and it is important that we change this. We will not underrate our opponents but we believe we are capable of winning and we shall work towards that,” he said. to the Nation.

The Rwandese trio of Sibomana, Nigiziyimana and Meddie Kagere is unavailable because they were signed after the CAF deadline. In their absence, Gor Mahia will continue to depend on George Odhiambo “Blackberry” and new signing Michael Olunga for goals. Ghanaian Taofiq Zachary and Tim Otieno are additional options.

In defence, Musa Mohamed who skippered the team on Wednesday will be counted on to utilize his experience to marshall a defence that will include Dirkir Glay with either Emuge or Shakava.

CNaPs in high spirits

CNaPs for their part also competed in the Champions league in 2014 where they were eliminated in the preliminary round, losing to Liga Muculmana of Mozambique 0-1 on aggregate. They have been quoted in the Mdagascan media as saying they do not consider Gor Mahia a threat.

Prior to leaving Madagascar, they were received by the Minister of Youth and Sports, Dr. Jean Anicet Andriamosarisoa Ambohijatovo for the traditional Tso-drano”. An opportunity for a number of Malagasy Sports reaffirm the commitment of his department for the promotion and development of sport in the country.

“The CNaPS Sports is a great team and we know your ability. Malagasy soccer players expect a lot from you especially given the reality of today’s football. We commend the efforts of the leaders of this discipline for the shares despite the difficulties, “said the Minister.

As a contribution, the ministry will take over the price of the ticket referees for the second leg at home. For its part, the delegation led by team official  Hiaja Rakotoarison promised to do their best in opposing land. “We will try to score the most goals in opposing land,” said the coach of the team, Harimanitra Rabearisoa.


History of Gor Mahia vs Madagascan teams

Story by Muroro-Pacho

The Dinamo de Fima Fiasco

The Gor Mahia careers of Kempes, Obunga “Singh” and Ogolla “Machine” effectively endd after the Dinamo De Fima fiasco. Kempes left for Alabama to pursue a football scholarship, Obunga joined Re Union and later went to India for further studies. Ogolla “Machine” seemingly retired from football.

Gor Mahia vs BTM

This was the Gor Mahia squad that took on BTM
Front Row: David Ouma, Jack Johnson, Odolla (Chair), Ochido Kamkunji
2nd row: Jua Kali, Ndolo, Pierre, Magongo, Solo
3rd row: Charles Otieno, Miswa, Mwidau,Hezborn, Jogoo, Nyangi
4th row: Fundi, Makamu, Kamoga, Bassanga, Gundo, Dr. Ogutu, Dawo “Omuga”