New era! Gor Mahia appoints Hassan Oktay as their new head coach

Gor Mahia have appointed Hassan Oktay as their new head coach on a two-year deal, replacing the departed Dylan Kerr. The club has confirmed.

“We have appointed Hassan Oktay to be the head coach of the team and that means he will replace Dylan Kerr and will be assisted by Zedekiah Otieno. The coach has signed a two year contract which will be renewable,” Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier announced in a statement.

Kerr left the East African giants in November after guiding them to another Kenyan premier league title, taking up a coaching role at the newly promoted South African premier league side, Black Leopards.

‘The K’ogalo faithful, forever in my heart’ Dylan Kerr pens emotional letter as he ditches Gor Mahia

In his resignation letter dated November 15, Kerr indicated that he will be taking another coaching role for the new season and thanked all the club officials.

“With a very sad heart, l have decided to accept another coaching role for the 2018/19 season,” read part of the letter addressed to Rachier.

“I want to put on record that l thank you Mr Chairman for giving me the chance to work with you and more importantly for Gor Mahia FC.”

Kerr also thanked Gor Mahia players and asked them to remain focused on their careers.

“To players, all l can say is a thank you for being amazing – everyone played their part with fun, enthusiasm, hard work and most of all belief in what l demanded for both on and off the field. I hope you continue having the vision l constantly told you and always remember no regrets,” the letter said.

Being one of the fans’ favourite, Kerr did not not forget to thank Gor Mahia fans.

“The Ko’galo faithful ‘Tibim’ Gorrrr Gorrrr Mahia, forever in my heart, forever family, forever friends you made all this work with your lust for passion on the field and your quest for us to be the best… You are the best.”

 

Tutaambia nini watu: Kenyans react following Gor Mahia’s 4-0 loss to Everton

Kenyan football fans have made their feelings known following KPL champions, Gor Mahia’s 4-0 loss to English giants Everton, on Tuesday night at Goodison park stadium.

Video of the day: Raila Odinga’s pep talk for Gor Mahia will make your year!

K’ogalo put up a spirited fight against a much changed Everton side and would have settled for a much desirable scoreline but the Toffees added two more goals towards stoppage time through Nathan Broadhead and Oumar Niasse to seal the deserved victory.

The Toffees head coach Marco Silva fielded a different team from the team that played Brighton over the weekend with Yerry Mina getting his maiden start.

Everton dominated the match and took a two nil lead at the break through Ademola Lookman and Kieran Dowell.

Gor had a chance to reduce deficit but Francis Moustapha shot wide in an open net. Kogallo were using the match to prepare for the new Kenyan premier league season.

Below are some of the reactions from the local fans.

Raila Odinga and Sports CS Rashid visit Gor Mahia in the UK

Poa internet: It didn’t go exactly as we had thought lakini we can’t consider this a failure it’s a good opportunity for us to improve

Odhiambo: Embarrassed but it’s okay we just didn’t play our game the team Fielded was beatable it’s only that we were kind of afraid of the name

Daktari: Tutaaambia Nini Watu????😪😭😭😭😭😭Bakini Uku Tuu… Msirudi Yani number Of Kenyan Presidents….Kila Prezzo Na Bao Yake😭😭😭😡😡😡

Drexdala: When u lose u become famous. When u win u become legends. The fame is enough…Thank You

Raila Odinga and Sports CS Rashid visit Gor Mahia in the UK

Gor Mahia has had a great experience when it comes to training in the UK for the preparation of the game against Everton.

They have been practicing for a while and different governmental personnel went to visit them and see the progress they are making.

They have been dressing quite warmly due to the cold weather but even though it might be different to that of Kenya it has not slowed them or rather stopped them from practicing day by day.

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They have been seen wearing different uniforms during their practice.

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They have been seen wearing clothes branded SportPesa  which shows the partnership the team has with the company.

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Raila Odinga, and the Sports Cabinet Secretary Rashid also went to see how the team was faring.

They had a one on one with the players.

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The players were also seen at the Everton Stadium having a one on one.

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Video of the day: Raila Odinga’s pep talk for Gor Mahia will make your year!

The video below of rt. honorable Raila Odinga giving Gor Mahia players a pep talk ahead of their Everton friendly will make your day, month and year altogether!

Gor mahia are scheduled to play Everton tonight in their Sportpesa cup friendly at the Goodison park.

Photo of the day: Gor Mahia squad looking sharp ahead of their friendly against Everton

Raila who is in the UK , paid the Kenyan premier league champions a visit where he encouraged them to show up and beat the English giants. He asked them to be confident and play their game believing they can win since they are playing fellow human beings.

“Just go there and have confidence and  play your game. These are human beings like you.” He said.

Wana mbili na wewe una mbili. Ama wako na tatu?” He posed.

Watch the hilarious clip below.

 

After 60,000 football fans filled Kasarani stadium, here are 5 other occasions Kenyans did so

On Sunday the 14th of October 2018, Kenyans turned up in large numbers to support Harambee Stars, in their AFCON qualifier match against Ethiopia, filling the stadium to the brim.

The over 60,000 fans had a day to remember after witnessing a suberb performance from the boys as they hammered the neighbors 3-0 courtesy of Victor Wanyama, Michael Olunga and Johanna goals.

After the historic turn out, we take a look at four other times Kenyans filled the stadium.

On Sunday 13/5/2018 history was made after 60,000 passionate football fans filled Kasarani stadium to Capacity during the much awaited Gor Mahia vs Hull City match, making it the first time the stadium was that full since the 1997 Clash between Harambee Stars and Super Eagles of Nigeria.

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The sportpesa-sponsored match saw Hull City grab an away win courtesy of a 4-3 win on post match penalties after an enthralling 0-0 draw after regular time.

Before the showdown, do you know the Kasarani Stadium has been filled to capacity a couple of time before in recent history? Comedian, Eric Omondi had organized a comedy show with an aim of filling up the stadium which did not attract enough people, apparently, less than 5,000 people showed up.

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Can you remember any such time? If not let us jog your memory.

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HONGERA! Kenya Lauded After Successfully Hosting The IAAF World U-18 Championships

Till date, Kenya continues to receive praise from all over the world after successfully hosting the 207, World Under 18 Athletics Championships.

After Kenyans registered minimal numbers in the 60,000-seater stadium in the first two days, athletics fans came out in large numbers on the third day with the athletics governing body, International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) announcing that the event was watched by the largest crowd to ever grace an IAAF U18 track event.

A total of 37,600 fans watched the morning session while the evening session attracted 50,300 fans.

Uhuru Kenyatta’s inauguration ceremony April 2013

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Thousands of Kenyans from all walks of life braved the chilly Nairobi weather as they made their way to Kasarani stadium to witness the inauguration of President Uhuru Kenyatta as Kenya’s fourth president following a hotly contested election between him and Rt. Honorable Raila Odinga.

The over 60,000 jubilated Kenyans who filled the stadium were joined in celebrations by several heads of state and other high-ranking dignitaries.

Safaricom Sevens (2013)

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The 18th edition of the Safaricom Sevens which took place in September 2013, saw rugby fans turn up in large numbers recording the highest turn out of the annual competition after filling the Kasarani stadium to the brim.

 

Do you think we have left out any event (sporting or non-sporting) that saw thousands of Kenyans fill up the stadium?

Everton set to face Gor Mahia in November 6th friendly

Gor Mahia will play English Premier League side Everton at the Goodison Park in the UK in November.

The 6 November match is part of Kenyan betting firm SportPesa’s sponsorship deal with Everton.

Rooney’s Stunner And Dowell’s Late Winner Helps Everton To A 2-1 Win Over Gor Mahia

“The historic fixture will kick-off at 7pm and will mark the first occasion an East African club side has contested a match in the UK,” Everton said in a statement.

The match is part of the SportPesa Trophy, which is contested by clubs in Kenya and Tanzania. Winners of the competition play Everton in the final.

Last year, Everton travelled to Tanzania for the inaugural SportPesa Super Cup and played Gor Mahia at the National Stadium in Tanzania.

PHOTOS: Rooney And Everton Squad Arrive In Tanzania Ahead Of Gor Mahia Clash

The Kenyan betting company is Everton football club’s main sponsor. It also sponsors Torino FC in Italy as well as Hull City and Southampton FC in England.

Since its inception in 2014, it has supported various sporting disciplines and teams at home and abroad.

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Moses Kuria defends ‘stop begging’ comments made to Gor Mahia as ‘patriotic’

Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria has been trending after comments he made to Gor Mahia on Monday to stop begging for money.

The legislator congratulated Gor Mahia for winning the Premier League having humiliated their bitter rivals AFC Leopards to a 2-0 win on Saturday.

The performance saw them lift their 17th unprecedented SportPesa Premier League title.

“Congratulations my boys K’Ogalo for clinching KPL 2018. Now we have three major headaches to overcome,” Kuria said on Facebook.

Kuria challenged the club’s management to come up with permanent solutions of ending their consistent financial challenges.

“…always begging for money for air tickets despite our mighty brand and getting a serious challenger at the local level, Viva,” Kuria, who is a K’Ogalo fan, said.

The Gatundu South MP asked the players to also qualify for the quarter-finals at the continental levels and not only locally as they have previously done.

It appears Kenyans reaction have got his attention. The vocal Mp, who enroute to the USA to address Kenyans on the handshake among other issues, has updated and defended his comments saying:

Landed in Amsterdam to find myself trending about a simple patriotic comment I made about , a club I have loyally supported for 3 decades. Really? Proves me right that Gor is a big brand that deserves better. If all the trollers could be forced to buy a Gor jersey!

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Gor Mahia Star Meddie Kagere Set To Earn Sh8M Signing Fee And Ksh 450K A Month At Simba

On a day that news filtered in that star striker Meddie Kagere had switched allegiance to Tanzanian champions Simba, Gor Mahia forwards Jacques Tuyisenge, Ephraim Guikan and George Odhiambo provided a timely and emphatic assurance to K’Ogalo’s restive fans that their leading scorer will not be missed one bit.

The Rwandan import is said to have agreed a Ksh 8M signing fee and a monthly salary of Ksh 450,000.

The trio scored in the champions 5-0 drubbing of Posta Rangers in a SportPesa Premier League clash at the Moi Stadium, Kisumu.

Tuyisenge opened the scoring from the spot after he was fouled by Joakins Atudo in the 20th minute. Under-appreciated Ivorian Guikan drilled in the second seven minutes to halftime to drag the game further away from the mailmen.

It only took 10 minutes of the second half for K’Ogalo to kill off the match as a contest as Odhiambo got his name on the score sheet to confirm Posta’s third defeat in four outings. Tuyisenge and Francis

Kahata completed the rout. The win pushed Dylan Kerr’s men to 46 points, 12 more than their closest challengers Sofapaka while Rangers remained in 10th place.

Meanwhile, AFC Leopards will be looking for maximum points and a rise up the standings when they face Zoo Kericho at the Kericho Green Stadium today.

Leopards who have not lost in their last seven matches and will seek to exert pressure on runaway leaders Gor Mahia.

The two sides have met thrice since the Kericho-based side was promoted to the top flight a year ago and Leopards have come out unscathed. Two of the matches have ended in draws with Leopards winning one. Leopards head coach Rodolfo Zapata will be pleased to have a fully fit squad ahead of the match as confirmed by his assistant Tom Juma who revealed that new signing Ezekiel Seda will be the sole absentee.

Juma expressed hopes of clinching the three points despite playing in an environment which he termed as hostile to visiting teams.

Fresh from handing Ulinzi Stars an easy ride to the SportPesa Shield Cup round of 16 through a walkover, Kakamega Homeboyz return to action against a high flying Kariobangi Sharks side at Bukhungu Stadium. The match will provide a platform for Homeboyz to redeem themselves from a disastrous 6-1 drubbing in the hands of Nakumatt in their last league match.

A win for Paul Nkata’s side will see them dislodge Nzoia Sugar at eighth while three points for Sharks will steer them two places high.

-MESHACK KISENGE AND FRANCIS WADEGU

Photo Of The Day: Gor Mahia’s Amazing Collection Of Trophies In The Last 50 Years

Early this year, Gor Mahia coach, Dylan Kerr posted a photo of Gor Mahia’s amazing collection of trophies they had won over the last half a century.

The trophy cabinet can simply not be matched by any other in the region with the 50-year-old club being one of the most succcessful clubs in East Africa with over 35 major trophies.

Soon Kogalo may find themselves in similar problems with Real Madrid who have ran out of space to showcase their recently won 13th Champions League trophy.

Shida Za Ushindi: Real Madrid have no space for 13th European trophy in the club’s museum

According to Dailymail, following Real’s historic ‘decima’ victory in Lisbon four years ago which took them to 10 European trophies, Florentino Perez extended the cabinet’s space by two more slots to accommodate for more trophies but Real filled them in quick succession.

According to Spanish news outlet Marca, the club will not be able to show off the new Champions League trophy for another week while president Florentino Perez makes more space for their latest title.

The club may extend the cabinet even further as they look to secure their fifth Champions League title in six years.

 

Check out the photo below.

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