Africa’s Top 10 Clubs

Who is Africa’s Top Club?POWER RANKINGS | EGYPT IN TOP 10
By MTNFootball.comMonday Nov 22, 10:13 +0200

November 22, 2010

With the FIFA Club World Cup looming, we decided to ask the question: just who are the biggest clubs in Africa? TP Mazembe have won the last two African Champions League title, this despite not having the financial muscle of some of their counterparts on the continent.

Mazembe are not poor by any means, they have a rich financial backer in the form of Moïse Katumbi Chapwe, and may yet be elevated into the Top 10 clubs on the continent.

But for now, here are MTNFootball’s biggest clubs in Africa:

AL AHLY (EGYPT)

 

Egypt’s top club are the undisputed kings of African football, having won a record six Champions League titles and an award from the Confederation of African Football as the best club of the last century. Al Ahly’s roots in the struggle of Arab nationalism and their continued success on the field makes them the object of fervoured worship of an estimated 50-million across the Arabic-speaking world.

Their derby matches with Zamalek are among world football’s most fiercely contested, although in recent years their dominance has taken some of the edge off. In Egypt, Al Ahly have won 35 league titles and 35 Egyptian Cup trophies.

They have also been the nursery of Egypt’s top talent and if they are not home produced then the club ensure they buy in the best talent, like Mohamed Aboutrika and Mohamed Barakat in recent years.

Vodafone have been their long-term backers but little is known about their income or expenditure, save for the claim they are the continent’s wealthiest club. Prime properties in Cairo attest to their wealth and an ability to entice the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid to play friendlies in Cairo another.

AL HILAL (SUDAN)

 

Sudan’s most successful club have begun to show their prowess on a wider stage in recent years, having been semifinalists in two of the last four African Champions League campaigns. A tidy budget, much of it derived from match tickets which are surprisingly expensive by African standards and yet always oversubscribed, means Al Hilal have turned to Brazil in recent years for coaches and players to substantively increase their prowess.

They have also bought from other African countries in recent years, including Nigerian fullback Yusuf Mohammed who was first choice for his country’s national team until suffering an Achilles tendon injury at the African Nations Cup finals in Angola.The club are a long standing institution in Sudan and their rivalry with neighbours Al Merreikh feeds a healthy football industry in the country. Mobile operator MTN are their headline sponsor, among the many pan-African footballing activities the South African-based company is involved in.

Al Hilal have their own stadium in Omdurman, a suburb on the eastern side of the River Nile across from capital Khartoum.

AL ITTIHAD (LIBYA)

 

It is difficult to make a concrete case for the inclusion of Al Ittihad in the top 10 of African clubs, save for the patronage of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s football-playing son Saidi.

The Tripoli club has twice been a semifinalists in the African Champions League, the last time in 2007, but the patronage of Libya’s ruling family means there are resources available that provides the potential for the side to be a lot more successful.

The eccentric nature of Libya’s ruling set up means, however, there has been a steady turn over of coaches and players and little time to bed in the roots need to grow a formidable team.

Saidi Gaddafi played for the club, although whether he deserved to be in the team remained the subject of behind-the-hand sniggering.

Al Ittihad have won a Libyan record 16 league titles and enjoy strong links with Italian football, although they usually turn to eastern Europe for their coaches and regularly import players from countries like Ghana, Mali and Cameroon.

ESPERANCE (TUNISIA)

 

Tunisia’s leading club have benefited for decades from close links with the country’s top figures. Former club president Slim Chiboub is a son-in-law of the north African country’s autocratic president and used his family ties to great effect for his club. Chiboub later went on to win election to the FIFA executive committee but after resigning the club leadership, quickly lost influence and was voted out after just a single term.

Esperance, however, remain the country’s prominent club, a divisive institution widely despised for their favour and influence, even within the Confederation of African football where for decades they have sought to influence appointments of match officials and change fixtures to best suit their interests.The club have built a successful scouting system across the country and made money from serving as a stepping stone to European football for several African internationals like Obinna Nwaneri, Julius Aghahowa and Garba Lawal (Nigeria) and Kandia Traore of Cote d’Ivoire.

The club have won multiple domestic honours and all Africa’s top titles although it is now more than 15 years since they last lifted the top trophy in African club football, coming close in 2010 when they reached the final, only to be beaten 6-1 on aggregate by TP Mazembe.

Esperance have a club budget estimated at around US$10-million annually, and several headline sponsors, but their expenditure in continental club competition is covered by government grants for ‘flying the flag’.

KAIZER CHIEFS (SOUTH AFRICA)

 

The South African club has just turned 40 years old but long been the most popular in the country. It was born as a breakaway from Orlando Pirates, who are now their arch rivals.
Owner Kaizer Motaung initially founded the team as a exhibition side with a few of the other top players of the day but they became so popular they were formally constituted in 1970.

Chiefs broke many barriers many during South Africa’s apartheid era that they became a symbol of the potential of black success.The were the first black team to beat white opposition, hire foreign talent (Brazilian World Cup winner Jairzinho) and attract sponsorship from the racist controlled economy.

Their current deals are worth around five-million Euros annually and the club claims a registered fan club membership of several million. They are also incredibility popular throughout the southern African region.

On the field, their dominance of recent decades has been whittled away and now Chiefs struggle to defend their position as the country’s top club.

They have won just two league titles in the last 16 years. But they continue to be leaders in marketing and their iconic club shirts are distributed worldwide by Nike as a fashion brand.

MAMELODI SUNDOWNS (SOUTH AFRICA)

 

The temptation to draw parallels with Roman Abramovich are difficult to avoid even if Patrice Motsepe’s fortune is nothing compared to that of Chelsea’s Russian benefactor. The South African mining magnate has become a social celebratory in his country because of his involvement with the Pretoria-based club, in which he has invested an estimated US$10-million over the last decade.

It is small money by European standards but is a veritable fortune in South Africa, where Motsepe buys the best players for his club and spends liberally on coaches, their former tactician, Bulgarian Hristo Stoichkov being paid some 80 000 Euros monthly last season as Sundowns sought to stop their neighbouring club SuperSport United from winning a third successive South African Premier Soccer League championship.Motsepe has broken all transfer records and pays better than any other team, adding to the frustration of playing second fiddle for a third successive season.

He rejected a renewal of a 2-million Euro sponsorship from MTN because it was half of what two other South African club were getting from a rival operator and the club has gone through two seasons now without a sponsor, Motsepe using the shirt space to instead publicise one of his charities.

The Pretoria-based Sundowns had no profile until the mid-80s when the were taken over by Soweto-based tycoon Zola Mahobe, who was later found to have made all his money from his girlfriend, a bank teller who shifted millions into his account.

ORLANDO PIRATES (SOUTH AFRICA)

 

One of Africa’s oldest clubs based in Soweto, the club is today’s the personal fiefdom of Irvin Khoza. The chairman of South Africa’s 2010 World Cup Organising Committee has risen to become the ‘Iron Duke’ of South African football on the back of his passionate desire to see his club dominate the local sporting landscape.

Pirates have been perennial challengers but their last title came in 2003.

They are the only South African team to have won the African Champions Cup in 1995 but have not come close to any continental glory since.Pirates and their arch rivals Kaizer Chiefs earn an estimated annual income of some 4-million Euros in sponsorship and dominate the gate takings in the Premier Soccer League, albeit there is a dwindling attendance these days as televised sporting offerings keep many punters at home.

The league also shares its marketing and television revenue in the form of monthly grants of 100,000 Euros to each of the 16 teams in the top flight.

Pirates have a headline sponsorship from Vodacom and also backing from Standard Bank, who are also spending big with the Confederation of African Football.

Khoza has found his pre-eminent role in the transfer market usurped in recent years by the millions of Mamelodi Sundowns owner Patrice Motsepe, much to Khoza’s irritation.

RAJA CASABLANCA (MOROCCO)

 

The Moroccan side were the first ever winners of the CAF Champions League after the new format was introduced in 1997.
They won the title again two years later and were runners-up in 2002 but suddenly hit on bad times and came close to relegation just a few years ago. Their success in the Morocco league in 2009 completed their recovery and restoration to a pre-eminent role in the country’s football scene.

The club have a 25-million Euro budget, including share of TV rights in their country and considerable sponsorship.Effective marketing has allowed the club to display the logos of six different companies on their kit, dominated by their major backer Siera (an electronic goods manufacturer), and have more than 20 further associative sponsorships.

The income allows the clubs to regularly employ coaches from Europe or Brazil and import talent from west African countries. But the club also has a long tradition of nursing talented kids through its academy and many of Morocco’s top internationals over the years have had their formative years in Raja’s junior structures.

There is now a permanent academy and school for some 22 players and a further 500-odd who play in age group competition. The club’s president is elected, with the powerful Abdellah Rhallam a strong figure at the helm of the club.

ST GEORGES (ETHIOPIA)

There is no substantive evidence to justify a place for the Addis-Ababa based club among the top 10 African clubs, save for the passionate interest in the team from Mohamed Al Amoudi.

Renowned for his philanthropic deeds throughout Ethiopia, the billionaire has been pumping money into the club, notably a new US$80-million stadium. He is ranked by Forbes among the world’s top 100 richest businessmen, monopolising the Ethiopian economy and also holding considerable interests in Sweden and Saudi Arabia.

It is a frequent complaint that his money means St George dwarf all the other clubs in Ethiopia’s premier league, as their recent ninth premier league title in 13 years indicates.

They have a Serbian coach and imported players from Uganda but nether come at great costs. Presumably Al Amoudi would spend a lot more on coaching and playing resources were football in Ethiopia more competitive.

Competing the African Champions League does now give him a reason to up the ante somewhat and make St George more of a pan-African force. It is a club with a long tradition, widely supported because of its roots in Ethiopia’s efforts to free itself from Italian invaders in the 1930s and 40s.

ZAMALEK (EGYPT)

 

The Egyptian club are considered the aristocrats of their domestic football, compared to the more popular appeal of their arch rivals Al Ahly, but this is a misnomer as the exclusive allure of the club comes from their fancy address rather than their fan base.

Zamalek is an exclusive suburb in Cairo, an island on the Nile populated by embassies and fancy hotels

Ironically, Zamalek’s club grounds are just off the island on the northern banks while their rivals Al Ahly have a piece of prime property on the island itself. Zamalek were the first side to win five African Champions League titles but have since been overtaken by Ahly.It has been eight years since their last continental triumph and six years since they last won the Egyptian league. The lack of success has been the cause of much turmoil, notably in the board room and in the coaching department where incumbents have come and gone with frightening regularity.

Frenchman Henri Michel was recently fired for the second time, his latest tenure lasting but a few impatient months.

Mamdouh Abbas is the latest Zamalek president, triumphing in a US-style campaign last May for a second stint at the helm of the club. He is a billionaire businessman who will soon need to put some of his personal fortune into the club as Zamalek start to lag behind.

Who is Africa’s Top Club?

Al Ahly
Al Hilal
Al Ittihad
Esperance
Kaizer Chiefs
Mamelodi Sundowns
Orlando Pirates
Raja Casablanca
St Georges
Zamelek

 

 

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BREAKING NEWS:

Gay Lover ‘OUTS’ Ugandan President – The Bill Is Just A Cover-Up!!!

A Havard University Scientist confirmed that Yoweri Museveni's eyes are that of a downlow gay manA Havard University Scientist confirmed that Yoweri Museveni’s eyes are that of a downlow gay man

Cape Town – In just a day following the passing of the controversial anti-homosexuality bill in Uganda, a young man has come forward claiming to be president Yoweri Museveni’s gay lover.

The 28 year old male model from Sea Point, Cape Town, has passed a series of lie-detector tests with flying colors, this after a Ugandan law agency in South Africa painted him as “an attention seeking lier who wants to ruin, discredit and compromise the dignity and credibility of their president”.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the young man claims to have met the Ugandan president one summer evening in Cape Town, where he was working as a waiter.

“I was part of the hospitality team hosting presidential delegates at the Cape Town International Convention Centre after the official opening of the national parliament held earlier that day. Myself, and two more waiters were serving a table where Yoweri and other dignitaries were seated for the evening,” the young man said.

He claims that after serving desserts, president Yoweri Museveni complimented him on his impeccable waiting skills and said his upcoming hotel business could do with a waiter like him.

“He gave me his business card and insisted that I should send him my CV before he leaves for Uganda, which I promptly forwarded the following morning. Hardly an hour post emailing him my CV, I received a call from him requesting to meet me at the One&Only hotel to discuss my job prospects at length.

“We met at Vista bar which is situated inside the hotel, but we decided to go seat on the patio. After a few drinks, he told me that he could see that I’m gay, and that he liked me. To date, my job prospects were never discussed,” the young man elaborated.

After one too many drinks, the sexy male model claims that they decided to move the meeting to president Yoweri Museveni’s hotel suite as the sea breeze was getting a tad too cold. Upon their arrival, the horny president couldn’t keep his hands to himself, and the two shared a night of passion.

The young man claims that that was the beginning of a bling life, as the Ugandan president would often bankroll him and frequently fly down to Cape Town to have sex with him and shower him with expensive gifts.

Shockingly, the young man was able to backup his allegations with hard-core proof; from president Yoweri Museveni’s business cards, to private email communication between the two and bank statements showing EFT payments, all confirmed to be valid by a South African forensic unit.

Jetline Auto Dealers have also confirmed the purchase of a black BMW Z4 by one Yoweri Museveni, fitting the exact description of a sleek convertible the young man is currently driving.

“I am very disheartened to learn that he passed a bill that could see people like him being jailed for life, grossly discriminated against and even murdered for being who they are. I don’t understand why he did it, but can only assume that he’s using it as a cover-up to hide who he truly is.

“Most prominent politicians and business people use the same cheap tactics. They get married and have kids as an umbrella, while having young boys as side-dishes. But Yoweri has crossed the line.

“This is such a low blow to me as his lover, and to the African gay community at large. He’s not taking my calls and is ignoring my SMS’es and emails.

“If he’s ok with seeing gay people rot in jail for choosing who they love, then the police should start with him,” lamented the teary gay model.

Uganda’s new anti-homosexuality law punishes gay sex with up to life in jail. The bill originally proposed the death penalty for “aggravated homosexuality”, defined as repeated gay sex between consenting adults and acts involving a minor, a disabled person or where one partner is infected with HIV. First-time offenders also face life in jail.

The new law also creates the offenses of “conspiracy to commit homosexuality” as well as “aiding and abetting homosexuality,” both of which are punishable with a seven-year jail term. Those convicted of “promoting homosexuality” face similar punishment.

John Kerry, US Secretary of State, stated that the signing of the anti-gay bill by the Ugandan president marked a tragic day for Uganda and for all who care about the cause of human rights. He warned that Washington could strongly consider cutting aid to the government of this East African nation.

The Red Pepper tabloid published the names and pictures of alleged homosexuals in a front-page story under the headline: “EXPOSED!”
A prominent Ugandan gay activist, David Kato, was killed after that list came out, and activists said at the time that they believed he was targeted because of his work promoting gay rights in Uganda.

In signing the bill, Museveni said the measure is needed because the West is promoting homosexuality in Africa, rejecting international criticism of the law as interference in Uganda’s internal affairs. Museveni accused “arrogant and careless Western groups” of trying to recruit Ugandan children into homosexuality.

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Glory Glory Glory Gor Mahia

The Late 1980’s

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Having qualified for the Cup winners cup, Gor Mahia embarked on a recruitment drive to prepare for the 1987 season. In came Peter Dawo who quickly impressed fans with his energy, effort and ability to score. Back came fan favorite Charles Otieno aka ‘Engine’ who had left fans heart broken when he left for Kenya Breweries in 1984.

The fans were elated and almost in disbelief and giddy at the prospect of seeing ‘Engine’ and ‘Zamalek’ playing in the same midfield. Also signed that year to sharpen the strike force was Anthony Odhiambo Ndolo, who joined from Kisumu All stars. Tobias Ocholla joined and imemdiately solidified the defence plugging the hole left by Swaleh Ochieng Oswayo who coincidentally had a slight resemblance to Ocholla, who was to later to earn the nickname ‘Jua Kali’ due to his tight marking. Anthony Ndolo was nicknamed “Suzuki” because of his speed.

1987 is considered the clubs most successful year. That year they won a unique treble : The national League , The Moi golden cup and the Africa cup winners cup which had just been named the Nelson Mandela cup. In addition the club provided 8 players to the national team which made the final of the 4th All Africa games football tournament, Kenya’s most successful cup campaign yet.

The club was deep and experienced in all departments. There was a lot of competition among players for starting positions. In goal there was David Ochieng and Tirus Omondi , both of whom had seen action with the national team. In defence there was Isaiah Omondi , Otieno Solo, Otieno Bassanga , Bobby Ogolla , Jaffer Mwidau and captain Austin Oduor.

The midfield which was deeper than the pacific featured, Abass Magongo , Charles Otieno , Okello Zangi , Onyango Fundi , Ochieng Pierre and Odembo Nyangi “artillery”. In attack Anthony Ndolo , Sammy Onyango , Ben Oloo “breakdance”and prolific goal-scorer Peter Dawo completed the line-up. In addition Gor Mahia acquired the services of Dane Jack Johnson as technical advisor and Maurice Ochieng as coach.

In the Cup winners cup, K’Ogalo started the campaign against Marine of Somalia, also known as ‘Baddy’. Gor Mahia won the 1st leg 3-0 in Nairobi and the second leg 2-0 in Mogadishu with Peter Dawo scoring 4 out of 5 goals. George Onyango Fundi scored the other.

In the second round they played El Merreikh of Sudan. The first leg in Omdurman ended 1-1 with a goal from Peter Dawo. The second leg was played in Kisumu’s Moi stadium with K’Ogalo showing appreciation to their lakeside based fans who are the most fanatic and offer the club unequivocal support. The game ended in a 0-0 draw.

Gor Mahia utterly outplayed El-Merreikh, launching attacks one after another on their goal. But Sudanese keeper Hamid Breima frustrated Gor Mahia forwards with a series of incredible saves. At the time he could have been considered one of Africa’s best keepers. Gor Mahia thus advanced on away goals rule. After the match Gor Mahia fans in Kisumu carried Hamid Breima shoulder high in a show of appreciation. Never had they seen such spectacular goalkeeping.

In the quarter finals, Gor Mahia faced Entente Deux of Togo. The big talking Togolese arrived in Nairobi promising to “Cut Gor Mahia down to size”. Those were their exact words. But it was Gor Mahia who ripped them to shreds. Sammy Onyango ‘Jogoo’ was in fine form scoring the first two goals, giving Kogalo a 2-0 half time lead.

Captain Austin Oduor ‘Makamu scored the 3rd goal with a rising shot. Peter Dawo headed home Sammy Onyango’s cross for the 4th goal. Togolese striker Agunyo Kwami scored the consolation goal and the match ended 4-1 in favor of Gor Mahia. Elated Gor Mahia fans stormed the streets of Nairobi and sung songs all the way to Nation house. In the second leg in Lome – Togo, Gor Mahia kept their nerve and held the Togolese to a 0-0 draw thus advancing to the semis.

In the semis they faced Dragons L’Oueme of Benin. The first leg ended 0-0 in Cotonou. As Gor Mahia fans listened intently to the proceedings on the radio, Anthony Ndolo scored a goal leading to mass celebrations only for the goal to be disallowed seconds later. The second leg was played to a packed Nyayo stadium. In goal for the Beninois was Nigerian legendary keeper Peter Rufai who represented Nigeria at several cup of nations and at the 1994 World cup.

In attendance was the then popular President Moi and his cabinet. George Onyango ‘Fundi’ gave Gor Mahia something to celebrate when he scored the opener after only four minutes with a brilliant grass cutter from 20 yards that left Rufai flat footed.

But only minutes later, a Bassanga back pass was intercepted and the Beninois capitalized to equalize to send the match level at the break. Peter Dawo scored the second goal from a corner kick and K’Ogalo fans were dancing and singing in the terraces yet again. But with 15 minutes left, the Beninois equalized. Gor Mahia were now staring elimination on away goals rule. As the minutes ticked away, Gor Mahia launched raid after fruitless raid on the Dragons goal.

Finally with 2 minutes left, Gor Mahia were awarded a throw in near the Dragons goal. Long throw specialist Tobias Ocholla took the throw. Up rose Peter Dawo with a back header that beat the hapless Peter Rufai in goal. Nyayo stadium turned into a near delirium as fans celebrated. So Gor Mahia were now in the final of the Africa cup.

Eager they were to make amends for the disaster of 1979 when they reached the final only to be white washed by Canon Yaounde. The only players still present from that team was hard working full back George Otieno ‘Solo’ , Isaiah Omondi ‘Janabi’ and winger Sammy Onyango who was 17 year old school boy in the 1979 team.

Kenyans of all walks of life joined together to wish Gor Mahia the best, whether or not they were K’Ogalo fans. In fact whether or not they were football fans, they were excited at the prospect of a Kenyan team becoming the first team from East and Central Africa region to lift a continental championship.

They faced Esperance of Tunisia , a professional outfit at a time when all Gor Mahia players were part timers. The first leg was played in Tunis. Abass Magongo scored the first goal. Esperance equalized then went ahead 2-1. Midway through the second half. Peter Dawo scored with a brilliant long range effort.

The game ended 2-2. The return leg was played at Kasarani to a capacity crowd. Esperance appalled fans by engaging in dirty tactics which included eye gouging, some of which was caught on camera. In the first half they focused on dangerman Peter Dawo, several times elbowing, gouging and stomping him. Still they could not stop him as he scored the match opener from a corner kick taken by Abass Magongo.

Esperance equalized late in the second half but Gor Mahia won on away goals rule. There were wild celebrations after the match as several Gor Mahia fans stormed into the pitch to join the team in a lap of honour.

In the 1987 league, Gor Mahia were also in sensational form. On October 20, they faced arch rivals AFC Leopards who gave a really good account of themselves. It was a tough match that was decided late in the second half when Peter Dawo converted a left wing cross from substitute Ben Oloo “breakdance”.

Gor Mahia also won the Moi golden cup by beating AFC Leopards 2-0 in the final, thus completing a unique treble.

In 1988 Gor Mahia looked to continue with the success of the previous year. They recruited new players like giant stopper Paul Ochieng ‘Kunde’, Ignatious Khaduli, Mike Otieno and Hezron Osuka. In addition, goalkeeper Tirus Omondi and midfielder John Okello ‘Zangi’ returned from suspensions.

However Gor Mahia’s recruitment drive could not match that of arch rivals AFC Leopards who were desperate to match Gor Mahia’s feat of winning the Africa cup. With the financial muscle of Alfred Sambu, Leopards raided Volcano United and Re-Union and poached national team players like Hassan Juma and Davis Oyiela.

Gor Mahia passed up the opportunity to play in the CECAFA cup due to fatigue. Their place was taken by Kenya Breweries who had finished 3rd in the league. Brewries ended up winning the CECAFA cup that year thus underlining the strength of Kenyan clubs in the region.

Impressive amongst the Gor Mahia new signings was stopper Paul Ochieng. Since the retirement of the legendary John “Bobby” Ogolla in mid 1987, Gor Mahia had lacked a true rock solid stopper. Even as they won the Africa cup in 1987, the role was played by Peter Otieno Bassanga was never really a full back. Ochieng was tall, strong and built like a tank. He was unbeatable both in the air and on the ground.

Mike Otieno was only 18 when he joined the club straight out of Musingu high school. The stocky left footed winger was explosive and had an incredible acceleration which he used to whizz past defenders. He was also an excellent crosser of the ball with either foot. Mike’s talent however was never fulfilled due to his lack of focus and his partying nature which led to his missing practice sessions so often.

In 1988 Gor Mahia lost the league title to a resurgent AFC Leopards. They however retained the Moi golden cup, beating Kenya Breweries in the final.

In April, Gor Mahia provided an incredible 10 players to the national team that played in the 1988 Africa Nations cup. The 10 were goalkeeper David Ochieng, defenders Tobias Ocholla and Austin Oduor, midfielders Charles Otieno, John Okello ‘Zangi’, George Onyango ‘Fundi’, George Odembo ‘Artillery’ and strikers Peter Dawo, Sammy Onyango and Anthony Ndolo. Midfielder Abass Magongo was also in the national team but was dropped after he was accused by Coach Chris Makokha and team manager Joe Kadenge of causing disharmony amongst players. So out went a player considered by most to be Kenya’s best, much to the chagrin of Kenyan fans.

So Gor Mahia set out to defend the Africa cup title they had won the previous season. In round 1 they beat Mukura Victory 1-0 at home and away to set up a second round date with BTM of Madagascar. The local papers were replete with stories about how Gor Mahia full backs would have difficulty dealing with the fleet footed Madagascan wingers who supposedly could run the 100m in less than 10 seconds.

Indeed Tobias Ocholla, a good a marker as he was might have had difficulty with that speed. So in stepped Isaiah Omondi ‘Janabi’ at right full back. He did an excellent job of staying toe to toe with the Madagascan defenders. Sammy Onyango scored the first goal.

However the Madagascans equalized when yet another back pass from Bassanga went astray. George Odembo Nyangi scored the second goal with one of his trade mark long range missiles. So K’Ogalo took a slim 2-1 lead to Madagascar made worse by the away goal they had conceded. Gor Mahia played a cautious game in the return leg in Madagascar. As the much seemed destined for a goalless draw, George Odembo Nyangi scored the lone goal in the last 5 minutes to give Gor Mahia a 1-0 victory.

Madagascans from that era probably wont ever forget Nyangi. Not only did he score twice against BTM, but his cracker of a free-kick had sunk the Madagascan national team a year earlier.

In the quarter final, Gor Mahia faced Inter Club of Congo-Brazzaville. They embarked on residential training in Nyahururu. Large crowds of locals showed up at each training session to watch K’Ogalo practising. Bad news reached the club when it was announced that inspirational midfielder Charles Otieno could not join camp due to job commitments. To make matters worse, play-maker Abass Magongo left camp to attend the funeral of his mother who had just passed on.

Only a month earlier, John Okello “Zangi” had been expelled from the club by new chairman Douglas Oyieng Odolla much to the chagrin of fans who liked Zangi. Odolla’s reasons for expelling Zangi were flimsy but such is the nature of Kenyan club officials. So in short order Gor Mahia had lost 3 key midfielders. In the 1st leg, Gor Mahia won 2-1. Hezron Osuka scored the 1st goal. Inter Club equalized midway through the second half.

As the match waned, substitute Mike Otieno made one of his trademark explosive runs down the left flank and crossed to Peter Dawo who headed home for the second goal. In the second leg , Gor Mahia visited Brazzaville and were shabbily treated by their hosts even to the point of being denied training facilities. An appeal to CAF was not listened to. Gor Mahia lost the second leg 4-1 having been demoralized by their hosts. However as we know then like now CAF often applies selective justice. Arch rivals AFC Leopards suffered at the hands of blatantly biased officiating when they faced Diamant of Cameroun at the same stage.

In the local league, Gor Mahia finished second to AFC Leopards for the second season in a row. 1989 saw the beginning of the decline of the club. Despite making it to the semi-finals of the Cup winners cup it was apparent that the standards of the once mighty club were falling. They lost the Moi golden cup and once again finished second to AFC leopards in the national league. Coach Jack Johnson left in a huff and the club began to experience financial difficulties.

On the continental scene the club was left behind by several African teams which were gradually transforming into fully professional units. It was a real galaxy of stars, a golden generation for K’Ogalo.

In 1989 K’Ogalo retained the Moi golden cup for the third successive year by beating Kenya Breweries 2-0 in the final. After the match, Abass Magongo who was man of the match was carried shoulder high by fans.

Gor Mahia however lost the league title to a resurgent AFC Leopards who benefited from their recruiting spree and sponsorship from Crown Paints.

Having won the Moi Golden cup the previous year, Gor Mahia were back in the cup winners cup in 1989. In the first round they received a walk over when Villa of Uganda pulled out. In round two they beat Costa Do Sol of Mozambique 2-1 at home and tied them 0-0 away. In the quarter finals they faced LPRC Oilers of Liberia.

The first leg was played at Nyayo stadium. Gor Mahia played a disjointed game and the game ended 0-0. By this time , Danish Coach Jack Johnson had left the club due to non-payment of his salary. After the match, Liberian players celebrated as if they had won a cup final. Gor Mahia team manager told the media that Kogalo would conquer the return leg. Indeed they did, winning 3-1 in Monrovia.

Coach Mohammed Kheri had been drafted from Bandari on a temporary basis to replace Johnson. In the semis they faced El Merreikh of Sudan. After winning the 1st leg 1-0, they lost 0-2 in the return leg in Omdurman. So Gor Mahia bowed out in the semi final

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Top Ten Richest Lakeside Celebrities:

1. Susan Owiyo

This flamboyant Afro_fusionist is worth Ksh 97 million, She started her music career back in 1998 alongside Sally Oyugi. she owns a good home in Nairobi and drives macedez discovery worth 3.5 million. She has performed in Paris, Newyork, Tilburg Netherlands, Baltimore Maryland alongside very big names like Papa Wemba, Koffi Olomide, Cindy Lauper e.t.c.

2.Denis Oliech

The first ever kenyan professional footballer in France is worth Ksh 85 milllion. The Ajjacio and Kenya National Team striker has reaped good cash from his over ten years of professional soccer. He is among the first Kenyans to buy a HUMMER

3. Mercy Myrah


This luo songbird who was at times branded as the next Annah Mwale of Africa is worth Ksh 71 million . She at times changed her residence to USA. She is best known for her hit song’Tie dero’

4. Louis Otieno

This celebrated journalist has an estimated net worth of Ksh 63 million . Apart from journalism, Louis is also an enteprenuer in real estates. The jounalist who was once rumoured to be ‘broke’ owns several rental estates in Nairobi and Thika.

5. Divock Origi

This young Belgium based footballer, son of the legendary Mike Okoth is estimated to be worth Ksh 57.8 million at only 17 yrs of age. He plays for Belgium under 18 national team and classified as the best striker of his age.

6. Lupita Nyong’o

This young Hollywood actress came into limelight after the release of a movie “Twelve years a slave’ of which  she was a star. She is worth Ksh 48.2 million as at January 10th 2014 but this may rise due to various awards she has won currently and go hand in hand with cash.

7. Tom Mboya

This award winning Journalist, formerly with citizen TV, also an enterprenuer is estimated to be worth Ksh 39.2 million . He owns three boutiques in Nairobi and imports Italian suits. He also has a travel company in Nairobi.

8.Juliani

Juliani , a gospel Artist takes position 8 with a net worth of Ksh 32 million, he owns an organization that advocates for farming, clothing label and 4 public service vehicles in Nairobi .

9. Erick Omondi

, a celebrated comedian . He worths Ksh 29 million and owns two rental houses in Langata Nairobi, cashing in over ksh 200,000 as rent. he has a contract with a property website OLX to the tune of 1.7 million.

10. Maji Maji

The dude of the Unbwogable fame wraps up the list with a net worth of 28.6 million. Maji Maji is one of the revolutionizers of Luo Hip Hop alongside Gidi Gidi who now works at Radio Jambo. Maji Maji owns a recording studio, A hotel in Kilifi and a distribution company

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