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Drought is over as Gor lifts cup after 18 years of drought

NAIROBI, KENYA: After 18 years of pain for Gor Mahia, the 2-0 defeat to KCB on Sunday at Kasarani could not stop them from celebrating their 13th Kenyan Premier League title. Indeed it has been a long wait for K’Ogalo as the last time they lifted the title was in 1995 and after being crowned the 2013 KPL champions, the players took pride in their great and historic achievement. Kasarani went into frenzy amidst wild jubilations by enthusiastic Gor fans as their inspirational captain and goalkeeper Jerim Onyango was handed the prestigious trophy by former Prime Minister Raila Odinga. Onyango said he was excited to be part of Gor’s great success, insisting that his side deserved to win the title. “I am pleased and honoured as a captain to be among the history makers of this great club. The last time Gor won the trophy I was in standard three and since we’ve reclaimed the glory, we need to celebrate it with importance it deserves,’’ said an ecstatic Onyango. “The title win was no fluke, but we deserved it because we were consistent, we showed character and managed to handle every pressure situation very well. I thank the fans and the management for their relentless support.” Lift first league title On loan KCB attacking midfielder Paul Kiongera was similarly happy to lift his first league title with Gor. “It’s been an exciting season for us and to me this is moment in my career. I am very happy I can celebrate my first KPL title,’’ said Kiongera. David Owino, who has been a revelation at the club scoring crucial goals in the campaign, described winning the title as the best moment in his career. “With no doubt, this has been the best season ever in my career and winning with title with Gor Mahia makes it better. We are looking forward to a successful outing in the Champions League,’’ said the Harambee Stars defender. The 2012 KPL player of the year Dan Sserenkuma, recalled last season’s heartaches and said he does not regret coming back to Gor after his Europe transfer deal failed.

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KPL title contenders dispatch Sony Sugar to reach GOtv Shield final

Gor Mahia edged out Sony Sugar 4-2 on post-match penalties on Saturday’s GOtv Shield first semi-final match at Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani. Gor Mahia’s Eric Ochieng’ (left) controls the ball away from Sony Sugar’s Charles Odette in a GOTtv Shield semi-final match at Moi Kasarani Stadium, yesterday. PHOTO: BONIFACE OKENDO / STANDARD But the match was overshadowed by violence after Gor fans attacked Sony Sugar goalkeeper Wycliffe Kasaya. Kasaya had allegedly insulted the fans who immediately after the final whistle cornered him and rained blows and kicks on him. It took the intervention of Gor scouts to save Kasaya from serious harm as they whisked him to the dressing room to receive treatment. Some fans were overheard claiming that the goalkeeper had insulted them while others said it was revenge for Kasaya’s alleged attack on Gor goalkeeper Jerim Onyango during their Kenyan Premier League (KPL) second leg match recently. The said match ended prematurely and is a subject of an appeal before the relevant Football Kenya Federation (FKF) committee. But someone will also have to answer for the apparent security lax as fans were allowed inside the pitch without restraint, putting in danger the lives of both sets of players. After a barren draw, the match went to penalties where Gor goalkeeper Ivo Mapunda rescued his club when he saved Charles Odette’s penalty. Ben Barasa blasted wide also for Sony who scored only two penalties through Marwa Chamberi and Wycliff Nyangechi. Gor’s penalties were scored by Patrick Oboya, Kevin Omondi, Joseph Wanyonyi and David Owino. Gor were on the offensive from the word go with Kasaya being forced to make a finger tip save after David Owino had attempted to chip the ball over him. In the seventh minute, Sony defender Charles Odette brought down Paul Kiongera and referee Raphael Nduati pointed to the spot. But Gor fans were denied early celebrations when Kevin Omondi failed to convert from the spot and instead was denied by Kasaya who easily picked the effort. Gor continued to pile the pressure and were awarded with an 18th minute corner. A determined Sony side gained confidence as the match progressed and they broke through for the first time in the 20th minute but the reward was a fruitless corner. The rest of the match was punctuated by missed chances from both sides as the front men struggled to end the deadlock. In the end a barren draw was a fair result for their effort. Gor will play the winners of today’s other semi-final match pitting Sofapaka against AFC Leopards at the same venue.

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Gor seeking to extend lead against Mathare United in crucial KPL match on Wednesday

Last season’s 2-2 second leg tie between Gor Mahia and Mathare United is still considered the Kenyan Premier League ( KPL) match of the year. Gor Mahia’s Patrick Oboya in action against Thika United during the GOTV Shield Cup at City Stadium two weeks ago. PHOTO:JONAH ONYANGO:STANDARD Then, Gor Mahia had to come from a goal down on both occasions before picking a point against a then highly motivated Mathare United side that was playing one of their best football matches. The two teams are set for a repeat performance at Nyayo Stadium this evening but this time the stakes are considerably higher for both sides. Gor Mahia, who have their eyes firmly on the title, will go eight points clear to the top if they stop Mathare United today and this will remain a major motivating factor as they go into the fixture. Everyone agrees that the 2013 KPL title remains Gor Mahia’s to lose, but the road to the end is still far off. The team must win their next four matches starting today to be assured of the title this season and avoid the pain of losing out on the last day as has happened on at least two occasions. Last year, Gor were denied the championships title on the last day of the season after failing to get past ThikaUnited at City Stadium, allowing Tusker, who beat Nairobi City Stars 3-0, to retain the trophy The heartbreak came on the back of another failure to win the league in 2010, when they finished second to Ulinzi Stars. It looks like Gor have done a lot this season to ensure that they run away with the prize by putting in place one of their best starts to the campaign, and despite the little hiccup of having to part ways with former coach Zradvko Logarusic, they look ready to end the long wait for victory. The last time Gor won the national league was in 1995; they have come close twice since then. This is the third time they are in contention for the title. Going into this fixture on the back of a crucial 1-0 win over Chemelil Sugar last weekend, Gor look motivated enough to win this one. Even more motivated is Ugandan striker Dan Sserunkuma, who is back to his scoring prowess after a slight slump. Sserunkuma and Kevin Omondi form a dangerous partnership capable of destroying their opponents. The two always have the support of former Mathare United midfielder Innocent Mutiso, who comes face to face with his former club for the first time since jumping ship. Gor Mahia goalkeeper Jerim Onyango looks sharp between the posts and will need to be at his best to stop United’s forays into the net. With a record 14 draws on their plate, it is time United starting picking full points in their matches if they want to escape relegation. United have always given Gor Mahia trouble and Wednesday’s meet is not expected to be different, with veteran striker Francis Ouma leading their attack. By GILBERT WANDERA, The Standard

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Gor Mahia and Tusker coaches ‘happy’ after scoreless result

Gor Mahia and Tusker coaches were happy with a draw in Wednesday’s Kenyan Premier League(KPL) match at Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani. Gor Mahia coach Bobby Williamson Gor Mahia coach, Bobby Williamson, whose side dropped their 100 per cent  winning record in four matches, preferred to focus on the positives after the floodlit fixture. “We did not lose to Tusker. We kept a clean sheet. It means in five  games we have only conceded once and this keeps our momentum going,” he said. He added: “The match against Tusker was always going to be tough and a number of our players were also suffering from fatigue, considering the number of matches we have been involved in. “In my opinion, it was an end to end game with both goalkeepers and defences called to work extra hard. It gives us a lot of confidence going into our next match,” he said. Gor Mahia play Nairobi City Stars on Sunday at the same venue. Tusker coach Robert Matano said his aim was to pick all three points against Gor, but he still appreciates the one point they got at home. Bad run “I wanted a win badly, but in the end we got a draw. I am disappointed, no doubt, but I still appreciate the one point we got because, for the third match in a row, we have not lost. “It means we have put behind us a bad run that saw us lose two games in a row to Mathare United and Muhoroni Youth,” said Matano. On the pitch, both defences were called to work extra time to ensure they kept a clean sheet although the front men were also a bit wasteful in both halves. Gor dominated the first half, but the game swung in the brewers favour after the change and goalkeeper Jerim Onyango was rightly named man of the match after stopping Tusker many a time. Few chances In one of the few chances which came Gor’s way, Tusker goalkeeper Samuel Odhiambo was forced to stretch full length to clear a well executed corner kick by Innocent Mutiso in the 23rd minute. Odhiambo then made a finger tip save to keep out Edwin Lavatsa’s goal-bound shot at the half hour mark. Gor finished the first half with four corners to Tusker’s none, a show of their superiority which started from the beginning. Five minutes inside the second half, Gor Mahia were nearly rewarded when Paul Kiongera was picked out by Kevin Omondi, but he headed wide. Tusker replied almost immediately when Robert Omunuk found himself inside the Gor box, but was denied when Donald Mosoti cleared out the ball as the brewers got their first corner of the match. Omunik was at it again before the hour mark, but this time, his shot was stopped by Jerim Onyango. Jesse Were had the best chance to put Tusker ahead when he found himself unmarked and facing Onyango in goal only to shoot meekly at the towering Gor goalkeeper. By GILBERT WANDERA, The Standard

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Good start for Gor Mahia but Bobby Williamson tells fans not to celebrate

Gor Mahia’s new head coach Bobby Williamson has called upon the club’s loyalists not to pop open the champagne bottle yet. Gor Mahia coach Bobby Williamson He said this after his tenure at Gor kicked off with a 2-0 victory over Chemelil Sugar in a Kenyan Premier League (KPL) match at the Nyayo National Stadium on Wednesday. Gor gave one of their best displays so far this season, with the new gaffe incharge. Speaking to FeverPitch during the team’s morning training yesterday at City Stadium, Williamson said: “We are trying to recover ahead of the Sunday game. We just won a match yesterday, not the league. It is too early to talk about the lead (table) because almost every club want to win it, too. All we’ll do is to look at every match at a time.” Williamson’s comments come after a section of Gor Mahia fans thronged the social media with posts implying that the league is already theirs. K’Ogalo diehards seemed to be already in a celebratory mood, prompting Gor chairman, Ambrose Rachier, to caution them against premature celebration. He said they have 15 matches to go and it’s too early to make any predictions. “The league is quite competitive and, looking at the log, any of the top 10 clubs stand a chance of taking the league. The fact that we are at the summit doesn’t mean that we are champions,” he said. Playing his first league match since taking over the mantle at the former champions, Williamson’s men took charge from the start, dictating tempo and possession. In the 26th minute, Innocent Mutiso received a good volley from Rama Salim and the former Mathare United forward slotted the ball past Chemelil’s goalkeeper Jairus Adira only for assistant referee Leonard Onyego to flag it for an off-side.

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Leopards dominate but lose to Sserunkuma goal in Nairobi derby

Nairobi, Kenya: Dan Sserunkuma scored for Gor Mahia in the 74th minute to ensure they picked all three points against AFC Leopards in a match punctuated by violence at Nyayo Stadium on Sunday. AFC Leopards’ Abbas Kiwalabye and Gor Mahia’s Ali Abondo during the Nairobi derby at Nyayo Stadium. (Photo:Standard) The match had to be stopped for almost ten minutes when a section of fans from both teams got involved in a scuffle after Salim had scored. However, even before the match kicked off, there was trouble on the terraces between the opposing fans and the police did not act quickly to avert a fall-out. By the time the law enforcers acted, trouble had escalated and they threw tear gas canisters on the pitch forcing the referee to stop the match as players and other officials scampered for safety. Scores of fans were injured and had to be treated by medics for minor injuries. It was an embarrassing scene witnessed by none other than Deputy President William Ruto who despite the fans’ misbehaviour still gave each team Sh500,000. Overall, Leopards were unlucky not to get anything from the match despite dominating proceedings. The Gor Mahia goal came from a counter-attack as Leopards were on the verge of getting their opener. Gor will have goalkeeper Jerim Onyango to thank for saving them on many occasions. In the 26th minute he blocked a Noah Wafula effort from long range. Gor first chance of the match to go ahead did not come until the 37th minute Shen Edwin Lavatsa found himself inside the Leopards half but shot wide. Other chances by Leopards came from Mike Barasa who was on top of his game and his free kick in the 41st minute was stopped by Jerim Onyango.

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