Nuttall set to return Friday as Gor Mahia release 3

Gor Mahia coach Frank Nuttall is set to return on Friday after a well deserved holiday. This means he will miss the GoTV shield match against Langata Gremio and will not play much of a role in preparing the team for the clash against Chemelil on Saturday. However team official Ronald Ngala says there is no cause for alarm.

“He left behind a comprehensive training program with his assistant and so there is no cause regarding his absence. The team is in very good hands and we expect to start well on Saturday,” Ngala told

Chemelil are playing their home matches at Afraha because Kisumu stadium has been banned due to its flimsy perimeter fence that is easily torn down by fans. Case in point was the last match of the 2014 season. When Eric Ochieng scored, fans tore down the fence and almost caused a stampede. And in the last match Gor Mahia played at Moi stadium, fans poured into the pitch forcing certain players to rush to the dressing room. KPL has thus mandated that Kisumu county address these issues. Knowing

Three Players Released

Israel Emuge, Charles Bruno and Jerry Santos have all been released by the club.

“We have released Santos, Bruno and Emuge, we thought it is wise to release them so that they can get some game elsewhere, as a club we would like to thank them for their service to Gor Mahia and wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors” said Ronald Ngala to

Neither player has featured much for the club this season. Bruno who was signed in the middle of 2014 played a key role for the club and acquited himself well when the club was beset with departures and injuries. Bruno who joined from Thika United was once a very promising player who even attended trials in Italy after he played for the Kenya U-17 side. He will thrive at SoNy Sugar where he can play with no pressure.

Emuge for his part has been very solid when on the field but is often injured. Jerry Santos hardly played for Kogalo. He had seen the writing on the wall long ago and started to train with Posta Rangers.

SoNy Sugar are keen on signing Charles Bruno. The departed trio joins Kevin Oluoch who has joined Muhoroni, leaving Kogalo rather thin in the centre back position.


Former Gor Mahia players on the move

Santos standing second from left

Jerry Santos who joined Gor Mahia in January but has struggled to gain playing time has joined Posta Rangers. Santos first came to the limelight while playing for Dandora Youth in the Extereme sports Super 8 torunament where he was voted the best player. Since then he has played in Albania, Vietnam, Tanzania as well as for Tusker and Gor Mahia.

Patrick Oboya has left Tusker to join Nakuru All Stars. Oboya was once a highly promising player, seen by many as Kenya’s next great striker. In his prime he was fast, string on the ball, a good dribbler with fantastic touches. Most memorable was the match against Angola in 2010, where he scored with spectacular volley. His superb performances saw him earn a spot for a top tier Czech side. He later moved to Slovakia then Vietnam. Injuries slowed him down significantly, curtailing what was once a promising career.

In 2013 he came back to Kenya and joined Gor Mahia. However gone was the pace that made defenders panic and gone was his ability to beat defenders with quick changes of direction. He however played a key role in winning the club’s first title in 2013. Most memorable was his clever back heel that set up Sserunkuma’s goal against Sofapaka that all but won the league in 2013.

Oboya in his prime was a heck of a player:

Donald Mosoti who joined Gor Mahia from City Stars has been signed by Nakumatt who are also eager to join the top tier league and have been signing big players. Mosoti was a favourite of then coach Zdravko Logarusic in 2011. A defense enforcer whose hard tackles put fear in attacker. When Loga joined Simba of Dar es Salaam, he brought Mosoti with him. When Loga left, Mosoti’ contract was ended and he joined Tusker.

Other players who have left seeking more playing time are Kevin Oluoch who joined Muhoroni Youth. Timothy Otieno was due to join SoNy Sugar on loan but the move was ended for unknown reasons.


Gor Mahia 1 Thika United 2

Gor Mahia’s dissapointing pre-season continued when they went down 2-1 to Thika United in a friendly match on Sunday at City stadium..

It was Thika United who first took the lead when they awarded a penalty for a handball. Dennis Odhiambo duly converted the penalty.

Jerry Santos equalized in the 22nd minute with a superbly taken free-kick as both sides went into the breather tied.

Raymond Ochieng scored the second goal for Thika to give them a 2-1 lead which they held until the game ended

Gor Mahia fans will be right to be concerned. One week before CAF champions league match against CNaPs of Madagascar and the attack is still blunt. The defence is showing signs of being porous. It is worth noting that even Nakumatt was able to get a good result against Power Dynamos of Zambia.


New signings speak out on expectations

Glay and Zachary

Gor Mahia’s new signings are speaking out on what should be expected from then in the coming 2015 season.

Central defender Dirkir Glay, who joined from Thika United is imploring fans not to compare him to the recently departed David Owino “Calabar”

“I don’t want fans to compare me with Owino, I’m joining the team to assist them win titles. I know it’s a challenge because they expect me to prove myself since they lost Owino.

“They expect me to do more than him but I assure fans I will do my best in partnership with my colleagues to succeed this season,” Glay told Capital Sport.

Glay who signed a two year contract went on to say that he was motivated at the prospect of playing for Gor Mahia.

“Gor is the biggest club in Kenya so it’s a great achievement for me and it’s the club that I wished to play after three years with Thika. I came for a challenge and I’m sure with the good environment as time goes by; I will adapt,”

Jerry Santos

Jerry Santos, a defensive midfielder is also motivated at the prospect of playing for Kogalo.

“It’s been a challenge playing outside my country but I have gained experience I want to use in my future career. K’Ogalo is a big team and it’s an honour joining Kogalo.

Santos also said he is his own person and rejects comparisons with the departing Kizito.

“I hope I will help Gor achieve whatever they plan for the season. We can’t match what Kizito offered because he is a quality player but as Santos, I’m bringing in what cannot be compared with anyone,” Santos, a former Harambee Stars midfielder declared to capital FM.

Santos, who is 26, was first discovered in 2008 while playing for Dandora Youth in the Extreme Super 8 tournament. He was soon recruited by Tusker. His career also took him to Vietnam, Tanzania and Albania. In 2012, he won a case against Albanian side KF Tirana after they terminated his contract prematurely. He was awarded US $35,000.

Taofiq Zachary

One thing the 20 year old Ghanaian does not lack is confidence. He says he scored 18 goals while playing for Al Shaab in the United Arab emirates and he has put Kenyan defenders on notice that he plans to replicate that form in Kenya. Prince Tagoe who played for Ghana at the 2006 world cup is also a former Al Shaab player.

Zachary says he left the UAE due to racism. “I have been with the Arabs for over a year now but I must say they do not like black people, when things do not go right; you are at loggerheads with them. ”

Zachary revealed how former Gor Mahia player Dan Makori enabled him to land at Gor Mahia.

“I was at Al Shaab with a friend, Makori, who happened to have played for Gor Mahia. He (Makori) however didn’t succeed at staying at the club after negotiations didn’t go well so he came back, that was about a year ago, Taofiq narrated to

“Then after that, I received a call recently from Gor management saying they needed a clinical striker, I told them if there is a chance, why not? I will give it a try. I am here now, very happy with how they welcomed me and though I do not have a true picture of the Kenyan league but being Africa, I am sure it’s more or less similar.”

Zachary hopes that his exploits will enable him to someday play for the Ghanaian national team.