4 fast facts about Gor Mahia captain Harun Shakava


Gor Mahia were presented with the SportPesa Premier League trophy and medals following their SPL 2018-19 Round 33 against Posta Rangers on Saturday 25 May at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.

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We take a look at Gor Mahia captain Harun Shakava.

Shakava will leave the club after 6 years at the end of the season. The 27 year defender has not laid bare his plans after.

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Harun Shakava

The K’ogalo footballer has won his fifth Kenya Premier League title with Gor Mahia.  – 2014-2015-2017-2018-2019 – Fans are elated he is the most decorated player in the Kenyan premier league.

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Gor Mahia’s Harun Shakava

Shakava made his debut for Kenya national team on 4 July 2015, in a second leg match of the 2016 African Nations Championship qualification against Ethiopia. The match ended with a 0–0 draw, and Kenya was eliminated in the preliminary round because of losing the first leg 2–0.

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Harun Shakava

In January 28th 2018, Haroun Shakava led his team Gor Mahia in the Supercup match against AFC Leopards at Afraha Stadium. He scored the only goal with an assistance from George Odhiambo, that made the team winners of the cup. It is now Gor Mahia 5th Supercup in nine years. The match ended 1-0.

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Gor Mahia close to 18th league title after thumping AFC Leopards

Gor Mahia made light work of perennial rivals AFC Leopards in a one-sided Mashemeji derby to move just two points of securing a record-extending 18 league title.

The goals came either side of the break with a brace from Nicholas Kipkirui and a controversial Jacques Tuyisenge strike at the 65th-minute mark all but ending the match as a contest.

Ingwe were able to get a consolation goal in the 87th minute after Vincent Oburu intercepted Joash Onyango’s short pass on the edge of the box, before hammering a powerful past Gor Mahia keeper Peter Odhiambo.

This victory gives Gor Mahia their 26th victory in the much-heralded rivalry. Below are scenes from the match:

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Quick history of 86th Mashemeji derby that is taking place today

The 86th Mashemeji derby will take place today. The gladiatorial contest takes place between two of Kenya’s biggest clubs; that is, Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards.

The two teams have collectively won the most trophies among Kenyan teams. The stats are below,

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Afc Leopards and Gor Mahia stats

The Mashemeji derby is also commonly known as the Nairobi derby or the Ingo-Dala derby.

Fans of both A.F.C. Leopards and Gor Mahia (often referred to by their nicknames, Ingwe and K’Ogalo, respectively) recognize each other as arch-rivals.

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The two teams first locked horns on 5 May 1968 and have been bitter rivals since then; a rivalry comparable to that of Boca Juniors and River Plate in Argentina.

Since the first match the teams played, AFC holds the record for most wins with 28, with 31 draws and 25 wins for K’Ogalo.

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An AFC fan in the stands

The derby has a sad history of hooliganism

The Gor Mahia fanbase is predominantly from the Luo ethnicity while that of AFC leopards is mostly from the Luhya ethnicity; making the rivalry partly tribal despite the significant support of “neutrals” (other communities or nationalities) for both clubs.

Both teams have been involved in cases of hooliganism, but Gor Mahia fans are usually found on the wrong side of the law more often than their A.F.C. Leopards counterparts.

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Gor Mahia fans

So far Ingwe has had a torrid season and stare at another campaign without a trophy. This derby gives them a chance to redeem themselves especially against an opponent they have not beaten in three years, losing 7 of their last 8 fixtures.

Could AFC slow down the seemingly inevitable title match for a Gor team that leads 2nd place, Bandari with 11 points? Find out more on Radio Jambo.

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Gor Mahia in top form as they beat AFC Leopards at Mashemeji Derby(Images)

Gor Mahia is still the big kahuna as the team beat their “cousins” and bitter rivals AFC Leopards 2-0 to carry the day at the Mashemeji derby at Kasarani Stadium.

The victory was a morale booster for the Kenyan champions ahead of Wednesday’s CAF Confederations Cup second Group D match away to Petro Atletico in Luanda, Angola. However, it was a sad day to Ingwe who were looking to bag maximum points and improve their place on the standings and move away from the relegation zone.

Images for the derby are below:

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Mashemeji Derby: Six things you need to know today

Their rivalry is eternal. Champions Gor Mahia FC and AFC Leopards SC clash today, Saturday in the biggest football game in Kenya. This will be the 85th meeting of the fixture popularly known as the Mashemeji Derby.

As the name suggests, this is a clash of in-laws. However, that’s just how far the pleasantries go.

Much more than three points will be at stake in their latest showdown at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani

Ahead of the latest meeting of the most and second most decorated football clubs in local history, here are six huge talking points, courtesy of SportPesa News

1. Gor can gain title momentum by pressing in their recent good form

After a stuttering start to the campaign, record 17-time domestic titleholders, Gor are finding their local mojo once more, winning their last two SPL fixtures, 2-0 over Sony Sugar FC and 1-0 against Vihiga United FC.

That was sandwiched by the resounding 4-2 crushing of five-time African champions and Egypt league leaders, Zamalek FC in a CAF Confederations Cup Group D opener last Sunday.

Having already lost thrice in the league this season, it appeared initially as if the champions had priorities elsewhere, having won the competition in five of the last six seasons.

However, log leaders Mathare United FC (24) and second-placed Bandari FC (21) have failed to take full advantage, leaving Gor within touching distance on 19 with a game in hand over the Slum Boys.

Beat Leopards and K’Ogalo could finish the weekend in second place on 22 if other results go their way, enough motivation to win the derby.

2. Leopards have the chance to mug Gor yet again

The last time Leopards tasted victory over Gor in the SPL or any other competition for that matter was March 6, 2016, a 1-0 win that left Ingwe top of the log and dreaming of a first league title since 1998.

That Gor team had gone the entire 2015 campaign unbeaten in the top flight as they swept to the crown and it took their bitter rivals to puncture their pride at Nairobi’s Nyayo National Stadium in a match where Lamine Diallo came off the bench to score and 83rd minute winner. It was truly a shocking result.

The fallout at Gor was swift, with Scottish head coach, Frank Nutall, defecting to Zamalek and at the end of it all; Tusker FC dethroned the then champions from the SPL throne.

Unfortunately, Leopards then under Belgian Ivan Minnaert, failed to build on the momentum and their season unravelled in the second leg as they slumped to a seventh finish. Minnaert did not even end the season in charge.

3. Cassa Mbungo gifted the platform to become an instant hero

Rwandese head coach, Andre Casa Mbungo, must have wondered what he got himself into when Leopards lost 1-2 on his first day in charge at the Den on Wednesday.

The defeat was the last straw for many an Ingwe fan since it left their beloved team languishing 15th on 10 points, two above the drop zone and what is unimaginable at the Den, relegation talk gained currency.

Mbungo is the 26th man to take charge of Leopards since 2009 when the club bounced to the Premier League and in just over 72 hours, he has the onerous task of beating their fiercest opponents in a Mashemeji Derby.

Having worked with feared Gor striker, Jacques Tuyisenge and his strike partner, Burundian Francis Mustapha at Police and AS Kigali, Mbungo perhaps has an idea what to expect on Saturday.

And just like Minnaert, he can become a huge hit in only second game in charge if he masterminds victory against the team every Leopards fans loves to beat.

4. Oktay has the opportunity to bed in with the Green Army

Turkish-Cypriot Hassan Oktay has found earning universal approval among the passionate Gor supporters, the Green Army, hard to come buy following their aforementioned patchy start to the season.

Victory against Zamalek brought him closer to receiving the all round affection any coach in a big club craves and his stock will rise considerably should he find a way of piling on the misery on the in-laws on Saturday.

Since Nutall lost to Leopards, former Brazilian international, Jose Marcelo ‘Ze Maria’ Ferreira and Briton Dylan Kerr have taken the hot seat and gone seven without defeat against the auld enemy.

It is too early in what is largely a transition season at Gor for Oktay to countenance losing the derby, especially, just when his methods seem to be striking a cord with his players.

5. Defensive shambles provide the prospect of a thriller

The last eight Mashemeji derbies in all competitions have produced 17 goals that is an average of just over two per game.

That compares favourably with other big derbies in Africa but this season alone, the champions have already soaked in seven in 10 league games and put in 17 at the other end having let in only five for the entire first leg of the SPL.

Leopards on the other hand have an embarrassing goal difference of –six, having conceded 16 and scored only 10 in a crisis that prompted club captain, Robinson Kamura, to protest in a video widely shared on social media that Ingwe have no strikers.

However, Gor showed in their much-hailed victory over Zamalek that their once super glue solid defence could be the architects of their own downfall whilst Leopards can shudder at the thought of facing a team with the firepower K’Ogalo possesses.

This raises the prospects of a goal-fest on Saturday.

6. The Dennis Oliech Mashemeji Derby debut factor adds spice to the occasion

There is only one place to finish this wrap.

When he came out of a two-year break from the game to sign for Gor, Kenya record goal-scorer Dennis Oguta ‘Kajole’ Oliech has been a man on a solo mission to set and break his own barriers.
To him, playing with the green of Gor is a personal tribute to his family, having joined the SPL champions to honour his late mother Mary Auma and on Sunday, reprised the feat of his elder brother, the late Steve Okumu, in scoring against Zamalek 21 years after his sibling achieved the feat.

Okumu, who formed a deadly strike partnership with Steve Odiaga in the late 90s and one of the games the duo enjoyed finding the net was you guessed it, the Mashemeji Derby.

On Kenyatta Day (now renamed Heroes Day) October 20, 1997, Okumu scored a last minute winner for Gor against Leopards in a 1-0 victory having been set up by Bramwell Mwololo, now a presenter at Radio Jambo who out-jumped former Kenya international midfielder, Tom Juma.
“Defeat was too hard to swallow for heartbroken AFC Leopards who after the match were baying for the blood of Tom Juma.

“They wanted to beat him up for, according to them, betraying the team because being Luo, he was bound to have a soft spot for Gor Mahia,” Mwololo recalled.

What are the chances of Oliech doing the same 21 years later on his Mashemeji debut?

Gor Mahia sign ex Harambee Stars coach Dennis Oliech on two year contract

Excitement broke out on social media as soon as Kenyans heard that the former coach has landed a two year deal.

The team confirmed the good news in a viral tweet;

Oliech or Dennis the menace as he was popularly referred to will be earning Sh350,000, with his signing fee reported to be worth more than Sh3 million, which will be paid in two installments, according to his representatives.

The all-time Harambee Stars goal-scorer with 34 goals penned a two-year deal after holding talks with the club.

Chairman Ambrose Rachier presented Oliech with the club’s jersey on Wednesday at Gor’s offices.

Read mixed reactions from fans;
Dennis ketone…
Congratutions Dennis Oliech now looking forward to see you make it in the Harambee Stars #AFCON squad

Karibu Deno the Menace,we want 20 plus goals per season…hiyo tu…

Dif Madara…
@TheStarKenya @OfficialGMFC Denno is a legend and can do whatever he likes even playing till 100. We will still be cheering

steve kinoti…
@kenya_fkf if the guy attains good form he can work well with @OgadaOlunga upfront..hatutaki aibu afcon

Hassan Abdalla is not for sale, Bandari CEO tells Gor Mahia

Hassan Abdalla is not for sale. This is a sterning message from the Bandari Club CEO Edward Oduor towards Gor Mahia and in regard to the reports that K’Ogallo are chasing the signature of the Dockers speed demon and Harambee Stars trialist Hassan Abdalla.

The CEO popularly referred to as Edu scoffed at a section of media reports which indicated that his counterpart at Gor Mahia Lordick Aduda flew to Mombasa to seal a deal with Hassan Abdalla ahead of the new Kenya Premier League season. In a strongly worded statement Edu told Gor Mahia to keep off Abdalla and said the Dockers will retain all the players who are under coach Bernard Mwalala’s game plan in a bid to lift the KPL title the coming season.

‘’ Bandari football club wish to state categorically that Hassan Abdalla like others players in the team has a binding contract with the club which must be honoured legally. We therefore have no intention of releasing to Gor Mahia or any other potential suitors especially given that we are top contenders for the league title.’’

Edu challenged the Kenya Premier League Champions to emulate Bandari by grooming their own youngsters so that there can be transition when senior players leave or quit instead of going on a poaching spree .

The club CEO revealed that the dockers have taken a risk by fielding young players like Abdalla in an effort to give them exposure and maturity and it would be painful to let them go like that.

Efforts to get a comment from Gor Mahia CEO Lordick Omondi Aduda were futile as his cell phone was off.

Bandari completed the Kenya Premier League 2018 season in the second position behind eventual Champions Gor Mahia.

The dockers were the first team to end K’Ogallo’s unbeaten record following 2-1 home victory during the second leg match at KPA Sports Club Mbaraki.

Ironically the dockers kick off the 2019 season on December 8’th, 2018 with a mouthwatering clash against Gor Mahia at their KPA Sports Club Mbaraki home turf.

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Gor Mahia set to receive Sh10M from Kaizer Chiefs for Walusimbi’s services

South African top tier side, Kaizer Chiefs on Thursday completed the signing of left-back Godfrey Walusimbi on a 3-year deal from Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia.

Musa Mohammed, Walusimbi extend contracts with Gor Mahia

The 29-year-old Ugandan international put pen to paper on a deal which will end on 30 June 2021.

It is believed the Kenyan champions will receive approximately Sh10million in return for the versatile defender.

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“I’ve always known that Kaizer Chiefs is a great football club. Chiefs play for honours and that’s a positive mindset that every player dreams of. Just like every footballer‚ I always want to move one step ahead ”. Walusimbi was quoted by sokaafrica.com after he was unveiled.

Walusimbi ends a five-year tenure with Gor Mahia where he won three league titles and two domestic cups with the Green army.

He joined them in 2013 after ditching Congolese side Don Bosco.

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PHOTOS: Glitz and glamor at the mashemeji derby

As days go by, the state of Kenya’s football keeps on improving with more and more Kenyans now embracing the idea of attending matches rather than watching at the comfort of their homes.

On Sunday, the biggest derby in Eastern and central Africa pitying Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards popularly known as ‘Mashemeji Derby’ went down at the Kasarani stadium.

The match attracted thousands of passionate fans drawn from each sides in an enthralling match which was also attended by the who is who both in the football and political world, including the legendary, Joe Kadenge.

Gor Mahia continued with their dominant over AFC Leopards as they beat them 2-1. Jacques Tuyisenge opened the scoring for Kogallo in the first half with Wyvonne Isuza restoring parity at the stroke of half time with a beautiful bicycle kick.

George Odhiambo scored Gor Mahia’s winning goal after the break as they extended their lead at the top of the league table to twelve with three games in hand.

Leopards remain in fifth place in the league table with thirty six points.

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Wamefika! Hull City arrives ahead of friendly match with Gor Mahia (Photos)

An advance team of Hull City jetted in this morning ahead of their Sunday match against Gor mahia

For yet another time, Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia will have a chance to write their name in books of history when they host English Championship side Hull City in a SportPesa-sponsored friendly match on May 13.

Gor tackled a Wayne Rooney-led Everton in July last year in Tanzania where they fell 2-1 and they will be seeking their first ever victory over an English side.

The two clubs enjoy shirt sponsorship from the betting firm. Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr, said: “It is a good match for us as a club and we welcome Hull to Kenya. We played Everton last year and it was a good experience us and we are hoping to get the best this time.”

“It shows that we are growing to international standards and I am happy the management secured such a friendly. The match is good for our side as we seek to defend our KPL title and make progress in the Caf Confederations Cup,” added Kerr.

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Kerr also cautioned his players not to squander their home advantage when they tackle South African side SuperSport in the Caf Confederations Cup. Gor were tossed out of the prestigious Champions League by Esperance where Kerr was left ruing the wasted chances they created at home.

“SuperSport is a big club. They reached last year’s final and we are aware of the threat they pose. This is a team I have known for a while,” said Kerr.

“I was playing and coaching in South Africa and we ought to take the match as a final. We have to take our chances especially at home before heading out for the return leg.”

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