Allan Thigo

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Allan Thigo is often referred to as Mr. Gor Mahia and is perhaps the most influential player Gor Mahia has ever had. Thigo joined Gor Mahia in 1970 from Kisumu Hotstars and soon established himself in the heart of Gor Mahia and Kenya midfield.

When senior players rebelled from Gor Mahia in 1973, he was one of the few senior players left and a younger team was built around him.  He led the team to the league title in 1974 before leading them as player-coach to an unbeaten season in 1976. He won his 3rd and final league title, again as player-coach in 1979.

Thigo also led the team to the finals of the Africa Cup Winners Cup in 1979, scoring a decisive away goal against giants AS Horoya that helped knock them out in the semi-finals.

In his time at the club, Thigo helped Gor Mahia to seven trophies that included three league titles, two CECAFA trophies, one FA Challenge Cup, and the Nairobi Provincial league.

Even though he operated from mid-field, Thigo was a regular goal scorer for the club, scoring a total of 88 goals in competitive matches including 66 league goals and six goals in continental competitions. While records of appearances are not complete during the early era, it is estimated that he made a total of just over 300 appearances for the club.

He is one of only six players to have scored four goals in a single league match for Gor Mahia (others being William Ouma ‘Chege’, Chris Obure, Laban Otieno, Peter Dawo, and Michael Olunga). He scored four goals past Ramogi FC on 30 December 1978 in the final league game of that season

Only Peter Dawo (15), Jacques Tuyisenge (10) and Andrew Obunga (7) scored more goals in continental matches than his 6 for the club between 1969 to 2020.

Thigo’s final goal for the club would come against another illustrious opponent, Yanga, in the 1982 CECAFA club championship. He got 86 caps for his country, only bettered by Jonathan Niva and Musa Otieno. He would later return to briefly coach Gor Mahia in 2008.

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