Gor Mahia will be allowed to sign 7 players

Football Kenya Federation has allowed Gor Mahia and Sofapaka to have up to seven foreign players in their roster instead of the mandatory five.

The decision by FKF has been taken in order to stem the poor perfomances by Kenyan teams in recent Africa cup tournaments. The body’s Media Officer, John Kariuki said the two clubs that are representing Kenya in this year’s CAF tournaments can now sign more foreigners to help bolster their squads.

“As the federation we are concerned that over the years our teams taking part in international tournament have not performed well,” Kariuki said to the Nation.

“We need to see our teams go far in their continental qualifies that is why we have allowed Gor Mahia and Sofapaka to sign seven foreign players. This is in line with other teams in other countries that have succeeded.” he continued.

At this point Gor Mahia already has a number of foreign players including Israel Emuge, Godfrey Walusimbi and now Dirkir Glay though it is still unclear whether the Liberian has put pen to paper. There have been reports that Gor Mahia have been pursuing certain foreign players some of whom have expressed an interest in joining Gor Mahia including Khalid Aucho and Abouba Sibomana from Rwanda. Whether Gor Mahia can afford to sign them with their hefty signing bonuses is a different story.

Meanwhile team captain Jerim Onyango has welcomed the signing of goalkeeper Bonface Oluoch.

“Boniface Oluoch is a very good signing for us considering we have very many matches in the coming season. We will also do well with the experience he brings on board as well as the competition. Competition is healthy for any good side because it what pushes everyone to give their best” said Jerim to futaa.com

The situation mirrors past eras where Gor Mahia had two national team goalkeepers. In the mid 1980s, Gor Mahia had both David Ochieng and Tirus Omondi who were both in the national team. In the early 1990s, Gor Mahia had Joseph Asembo and Charles Omondi “Korea”.

Charles Odette who had been a Gor Mahia target and had earlier announced that he had signed for Posta Rangers has apparently not signed any contract with Rangers and is still evaluating offers from various teams.

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Rachier: Financially we are not ready for ACL

Having won the 2014 Kenya Premier league , Gor Mahia have qualified to play in the 2015 Africa champions league. However Chairman Ambrose Rachier has raised the alarm saying that the club cannot afford the cost of playing one round. Apparently one away trip costs KES 7 million.

He also announced the formation of the Gor Mahia SACCO which he hopes will raise funds for the club.

Statement from Jerim Onyango thanking fans

Skipper Jerim Onyango has thanked fans for the continuous support they have given the club throughout the season.

“On behalf of the playing unit we are very much grateful n thankful for both moral n material you guys offered to us throughout the season , may you all be Blessed Abundantly in all your endevours”.

Jerim played a key role in enabling the club to retain the league with a series of crucial saves. And even when he made errors in certain games, he did not let it affect his confidence. He came back stronger in the next game.

 

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New era starts as Gor Mahia take on KCB

Gor Mahia players celebrate Kizito’s goal against SoNy

Gor Mahia start the post Bobby Williamson era when they take on KCB on Thursday.

According to team captain Jerim Onyango, the playing unit has gotten over Williamson’s departure and is ready to move on.

“As a player you always have to be prepared for such things and be ready to work with anyone at any-time. Williamson had a great influence on this team and we will miss him but we have to move on.” he told goal.com.

Team manager Frank Ouna is the man charged with taking the club through this transition period as Gor Mahia search for a new coach to take them through the end of the season.

On paper, Ouna is certainly qualified. He is a  Master’s degree Holder (MIS) and BSC (IT) degree from Moi University is an experienced and well trained coach with  a UEFA B coaching License  adding up to his previous DFB Level  II course in Germany and CAF Level “C”

But despite all these qualifications he has scant coaching experience. At Gor Mahia he has been in charge for only one game. It was the KPL top 8 match against Tusker which Kogalo lost.

In the last match against SoNy Sugar, the club was bailed out by individual brilliance and in particular Geoffrey Kizito’s free-kick. On Thursday against KCB , it will likely come down to the playing unit again. Which is why the club’s fan base must turn out in large number to lift the team.

KCB will be no pushovers. They are on the recovery path, are determined to escape relegation and won their last match according to their coach and former Kenya international Rishad Shedu.

“The morale at camp is still very high and I am sure that in our remaining eight matches we shall rise to safety because the boys also want to remain in the league.

“We want to stay out of relegation zone. I am glad the team has begun to pick up at the right time and considering renewed confidence during training, I believe they will overcome the challenge.”

And striker Mungai Kiongera who scored in their last match will likely want to leave on a high note as he departs for Tanzania.

But the Gor Mahia playing unit is under no illusions about the difficulty of this match. They are also determined to stay focused in the remaining 10 matches.

“Our focus is to take each game as it comes. We are not focusing on how many matches we have remaining or the advantage we have. Instead, we want to work hard in each game and make sure that we pick maximum points,” continued captain  Jerim Onyango to goal.com

The fan base must show up and do their part to lift the players.

Starting Line-Up

Starting IX: 1 Jerim Onyango 5. Musa Mohammed 18 Harun Shakava, 15 David Owino, 2 Godfrey Walusimbi, 3 Geoffrey Kizito, 10. Daniel Onyango, 6 Collins Okoth, 25. George Odhiambo, 8 Timothy Otieno, 8 Dan Sserunkuma

Substitute: 16 David Juma . 27. Simone Pierre, 13. Charles Bruno, 17. Eric Ochieng’, 7. Simon Mburu, 30. Patrick Oboya, 14. Kennedy Opiyo

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Gor Mahia not happy with proposed Brazil trip

Gor Mahia CEO Ludovick Aduda has stated his displeasure at the proposed holiday to Brazil paid for by the president. “The move is ill-advised as clubs were not consulted,” Aduda said on to the Nation.

This comes after AFC Leopards categorically stated that they will not release their players.  Leopards secretary general George Aladwa last week said his club will not release its players to attend the World Cup as they “have important fixtures” to honour.

“The President does not employ these players, they are employed by clubs. Kenya is not competing in the World Cup and so clubs are not obliged to release player,” Aduda further stated.

“This haphazard approach of doing things should end. We understand the players have been sponsored for the trip, but is KPL going to postpone fixtures?” wondered Aduda.

When contacted, FKF CEO Jack Oguda stated that whether clubs release players is up to them.

The decision to send players to Brazil has received mixed reactions from the Kenyan public. Football fans have indicated that the trip would be of no benefit to the stars as claimed by the president.Fans especially expressed indignation that the Kenya U17 team that was due to play South Sudan was recently withdrawn from qualifiers.  However many in the general public have expressed support for the trip including none other than FKF technical director Jacob Mulee. “This will inspire the boys to perform in our qualifier in July and its a dream come true for the players to go and watch the World Cup in Brazil,” Mulee stated.

 

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Jerim pulls out of Tunis squad

Jerim Onyango

courtesy of goal.com

K’Ogalo will be without first choice goalie Jerim Onyango when they travel to Tunis, Tunisia for Caf Champions League return leg match against Esperance

EXCLUSIVE
By Otieno Otieno

Gor Mahia have been dealt a major blow after first choice goalkeeper Jerim Onyango pulled out of the team due to a shoulder injury just days before the team takes on Esperance of Tunisia in a Caf Champions League return match.

Onyango has confirmed exclusively to Goal that he cannot make it for the match and admitted that his absence will be a major blow to the team.

“I have been having a shoulder injury for a while now and made me struggle during the first leg match against Esperance. The doctors have tried everything but looks like I cannot make it. It is a big blow to the team but there is nothing I can do.

“It was also the reason why I did not make Harambee Stars squad to Khartoum for the friendly match. I have a strong belief that whoever, the coach will choose will perform better and help the team qualify.”

He wished his fellow players best of luck during the match. Onyango was in goal when Gor Mahia lost 3-2 to Esperance last weekend. He was also the hero for K’Ogalo as he saved four penalties to help the side eliminate US Bitam of Gabon in the preliminary round.

Coach Bobby Williamson admitted that Onyango will be missed. “Onyango is our first choice keeper and for sure we will miss his services. We have no option but give him a rest.”

In his absense, Williamson will try hands of either David Juma or former Thika United custodian Joe Bataro as Gor Mahia try to overturn the first leg defeat and advance to the next round of the lucrative competition.

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Profile of Jerim Onyango

Jerim Onyango is certainly Gor Mahia’s man of the moment. With a series of spectacular saves, he has ensured the club secured six points in the last 2 games.

Date of Birth: November 11, 1984
Previous Club Kenya Revenue Authority
Position: Goalkeeper
Years Active 2008 – Present

 

Jerim Onyango

He is Nicknamed “Jerry Jagoal”, which is dholuo parlance for “goalkeeper. Jerry “Jagoal” has been Gor Mahia’s first choice goalkeeper since he joined the club. In 2013 he was voted the  team captain by fellow players. An excellent shot stopper, Jerry has been called up to the national team several times.

He was born in Ugunja in Siaya county. He attended Kibera primary, Kamkunji secondary school and Rambula Mixed  secondary school. It was at Kamkunji that his career started to take shape.

Soon after leaving school, he joined KRA before  joining Gor Mahia 2 years later. 2011 was his best year having conceded only 15 goals throughout the season which saw him ranked as statistically the best goalkeeper in Kenya.

In 2012 he was named the runners up best keeper in the 2012 season during last year’s KPL awards

In 2013, he is yet again having stellar year, almost single handedly winning matches for the team. Should he continue at this rate he is sure to be named KPL goalkeeper of the year in 2013.

If Jerim leads Gor Mahia to the all important league title and stars for the national team, he could become recognized as one of  the club’s legendary goalkeepers like James Sianga, Dan Odhiambo, David Ochieng and Tirus Omondi.

Onyango cites Kenya International goalkeeper Arnold Origi and Dutch goalkeeper Edwin Van Der Saar as his role models.

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