Sammy Onyango ‘Jogoo’

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One of the greatest players ever to don the green jersey of Gor Mahia was Sammy Onyango, nicknamed ‘Jogoo’ by fans, he made his debut  for the club as a teenager in 1981 and went on to score 93 goals for the club and win 12 major trophies in a career spanning  9 years.

Playing primarily as a winger, Jogoo is the club’s all-time scorer in all competitive matches (93) as well as in the league (80). He joined Gor Mahia from Nairobi’s Hakati Sportiff and scored on his league debut, scoring a brace in a 2-0 league win over MoW.

His most successful period for the club was between 1986 and 1988, having returned from a serious injury that curtailed his appearances in 1985 after scoring 16 goals in all competitions the previous season. It was during this period that he was most prolific in, front of goal, scoring 17 goals in 1986, 15 goals in 1987 and 14 goals in 1988.

Jogoo was most prolific for the club when he played against archrivals AFC Leopards against whom he scored seven goals (including 6 league goals) as well as against MoW / Motcom and KTM against whom he scored 6 goals apiece. He scored against 47 clubs in total while donning the famous green.

While he never hit a hat-trick for the club, he scored braces on 14 different occasions including in matches against AFC Leopards in 1986 and a continental match against Entente from Togo in 1987.

He scored his final goal for the club on 26 December 1989 in a 2-2 drawn league match against Shabana before moving to Kisumu Posta following a directive by the Kenya Post and Telecommunication Corporation that all its employees must play for their affiliated teams. 

Jogoo donned the famous number 14 shirt while turning out for the club.

Sammy Onyango passed on through a tragic road accident in 2002. 

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