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Daily Nation : February 3rd 2014
50 | Sport K’OGALO CORNER | Tom Osanjo Please don’t cry dear Gor Mahia, I’m not leaving for good issues, this is my last Kogalo Corner article. It was a decision hard to make but had to be taken and as I sit in my corner, I can only express my deepest gratitude for the time I had. First and foremost my many thanks T here is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heavens (Ecclesiastes 3:1) In my first article in the year 2014 I pay close heed to the writer (who many believe was King Solomon) of the above piece of scripture. After a season of many highs and lows we saw last year, it is with a heavy heart that today I am writing a personal testimonial to all my readers. Due to work and other to God Almighty and Daily Nation Sports Editor Allan Buluku who had faith in me. It is indeed humbling that out of the thousands of Gor Mahia fans, Allan picked me to be the pioneer writer of the column. To the sub editors like Charles Nyende, James Mwamba and Ben Ouma, thanks guys. To the readers out there who took time to go through the articles, all I can say is that I am forever indebted. There are those AFC diehards who took serious offence at my articles and expressed their resentments in writing like one MaboloKituyi. Then there are those like fellow scribes Basset Buyuka, Tom Indimuli and Brenda Wanga, who would politely tell me off over my roasting of AFC Leopards whenever we met at the stadiums. I enjoyed every moment of these interactions, folks. Will miss writing To the mighty Green Army, you were a marvel to associate with. Whether in Nairobi or travelling out of town, being with this group was the ultimate Utopia. I will miss writing about this group. Whenever we engaged in verbal slugfest with my opposite number at the Ingwe Den,Peter Leftie, we appeared like the legendary Kilkenny cats- him fighting for his beloved Ingwe while yours truly punched from the Gor Mahia corner of the ring. What we never let out –probably only known to a few people like Gor diehard fan Dodd Kenyatta and AFC official George Aladwa -was that our friendship with Leftie goes back almost 20 years. And just as a leakage to Gor fans, Leftie speaks better Dholuo than a number of you and is a diehard fan of Luo musicians, the late OkatchBiggy and OsitoKalle. My parting words to the fans of Gor and AFC is to continue with their passionate support because therein lies the future of Kenyan football. ‘Long live Gor! Long live Ingwe! Adios Amigos! KENYA POWER CHARITY CUP | Returning midfield star Mieno engineers victory Sofapaka claim Cup amid chaos DAILY NATION Monday February 3, 2014 INGWE DEN | Peter Leftie Nandwa has the best side in the league I must from the very outset apologise to all the Ingwe faithful for my rather belated New Year greet- ings. And for the simple reason, not excuse, that I had no forum to extend them. Happy New Year all the same and welcome to what promises to be another exciting season. From my informal interaction with the Ingwe nation over the last couple of weeks, expectations are extremely high. Justifiably so because head coach James Nandwa has been one of the busiest on the transfer market, bringing on board no less than seven big names to bolster an already quality side. Wycliffe Kasaya, arguably one of the best keepers in this part of the world has been brought on board to compliment Martin Musalia and the sometimes erratic Patrick Matasi. In the defense, one of Ingwe’s weakest links last season, James Situma, Joseph Shikokoti and Titus Wamalwa have been hired to plug the holes while former Sofapaka hardman Musa Mudde has also been scouted from across the border to reinforce the midfield. Benard Mangoli is also back after a six-month stint at Sofapaka. But it is perhaps the forward line where Nandwa has invested most, literally breaking the bank to prise KPL player of the year Jacob Keli from KCB, among others. From the aforementioned acquisi- AFC Leopards fans (above and below) use stadium chairs to protect themselves from stones after chaos erupted. PHOTOS | EVANS HABIL Gor Mahia fans run away from tear gas at Nyayo National Stadium after chaos erupted during the Kenya Power Charity Cup yesterday. Below: A Gor Mahia fan is led away to safety after suffering an injury during their clash with Sofapaka. tions, it is not hard to appreciate the huge expectations in the den. But the mere acquisition of big names is never a guarantee to success, history has shown us over the years. That is why the greatest Dutch sides never - the Ruud Gullit, Marco van Basten, Franc Rijkard and Ronald Koeman generation - never won the World Cup, same as the Franc de Boer, Edgar Davids, Clarence Seedorf and Patrick Kluivert generation which followed them. Established pairing Pragmatic coaches like Pep Guardiola have instead shown he world that the right combinations and teamwork are the surest recipes to success world over. The challenge for Nandwa and ‘Batoto ba Mungu’ overcome Mathare on post-match penalties on a chaotic day at Nyayo BY ISAAC SWILA email@example.com United 2-1 on post-match penalties following a 1-1 deadlock in regulation time at the Nyayo National Stadium. With neither side showing the will to sur- S render the ball, the two sides battled hammer and tongs and after 90 minutes, there was no winner. A new look Mathare side that paraded most of their signings settled early into the game but were unlucky to fall behind after 28 minutes of play when the industrious left back David Mwangi conceded a penalty under ofapaka yesterday retained the Kenya Power Charity Cup after holding their nerve to edge out a stubborn Mathare pressure from Clifton Miheso and the onus fell on veteran sofapaka goal poacher John Baraza who calmy converted from the spot, sending opposing custodian Peter Odhaimbo the wrong way. Mieno engine of the team Towering midfielder Humphrey Mieno, who is making a return to the local league scene after a one-year spell with Tanzanian league side Azam, set up three goals. Mieno was the engine of Sofapaka’s attacks setting two goals as the ‘Batoto Ba Mungu’ hammered Gor 3-1 in an early contest at the same venue to sail to the final and followed his heroics in the final when he contributed to the penalty. His fierce drive from the left flank after being set up by Yusuf Juma in the 27th minute proved costly to the 2008 champions who could not match his grit and creativity. Earlier own Mathare could have pulled an early goal in the third minute of play when Edwin Ombasa linked neatly with Vincent Odongo who picked out Noar Abich at the centre of the six yard box, but the latter’s trigger was banned by Sofapaka custodian Duncan Ochieng’. The day’s event was however blighted by ugly scenes of violence as Gor Mahia and Leopards - the most popular clubs in Kenya - fans clashed after their respective teams were knocked out of the tournament. The goons engaged each other in running battles for close to an hour, before order was restored by the police. Mickey Weche this coming season is to blend the big name signings with he array of talent in the den to deliver success. The challenge will be to fit Shikokoti and Situma in the established pairing of Anthony Kimani and Jackson Saleh. The challenge too will be in find- ing a winning midfield combination from skipper Imbalambala, Mudde , Mangoli , Edwin Seda, Peter Opiyo and veteran Charles Okwemba as well as finding space for Keli in the established attacking trio of the ‘Three Ws’ - Wanga, Were and Wafula. I hope Nandwa is upto the challenge. On a sad note though, I’m reliably informed that the mouthpiece of our noisy neighbours Tom Osanjo has opted out of the contest after a year of shouting on the rooftops about K’Ogalo’s purported invisibility. Now that reality is about to dawn, who would not have taken cover?
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