The invincibles 2015 team


At the start of 2015, Gor Mahia fans were coming off the high of after having won the premier league title for the first time in 18 years (2013), they had just managed to successfully defend it for the first time since 1991.

This excitement was tempered with the loss of Danny Sserunkuma, the cult hero who had inspired the club to the two titles, midfield workhorse Baba Kizito and defense stalwart David Owino ‘Calabar’ who had all departed from the club at the end of the season.

Fans were however also looking forward to the arrival of Meddie Kagere who the club had previously courted, the emerging talent of Michael Olunga and tough Ugandan midfielder Khalid Aucho. The off-season recruitment had also brought in Karim Nizigiyamana and Abouba Sibomama to bolster the full-back positions.

Even though the club began the season by getting knocked out of CAF Champions League in the first round, and surviving a scare in the opening league game against Mathare, it was soon apparent to fans that they could be in for a special season as the team won 8 out of their first 10 league matches.

Especially exciting to watch was the attacking trio of Michael Olunga, Meddie Kagere and Ali Abondo who scored 26 goals between them in the first leg.

A defining moment for the team came in the round of 18 match against Mathare, just before the team departed for the CECAFA Club competition in Tanzania. Trailing 1-0 late in the second half against its bogey team, it looked Gor Mahia would finally lose their first league match of the season before Meddie Kagere popped up with a late equalizer from an Enock Agwanda throw-in.

After many years in the CECAFA wilderness, Gor Mahia had finally returned to this tournament in 2014 with disappointing results. However, a 2-1 win over Tanzanian giants and tournament favourites Yanga had fans believing that the club was back to its competitive best in the region.

The club would enjoy its best run in the tournament since 1985, eventually losing to Azam FC in the finals.

The club would return back to domestic competitions with guns blazing, sweeping aside KCB 6-1 in their first match, and all opposing before it before finally wrapping the league title with a 1-0 over Sony Sugar FC with 4 games to spare and eventually finishing the season unbeaten.

On the domestic cup front, the team swept away all opposition to win the Top 8 tournament before fatigue from accrued fixtures finally caught up with it, getting eliminated by Nakumatt FC in the semi-finals of the FKF Cup (DSTV Shield).

Capping off a fine year, Michael Olunga, with 29 goals for the club in all competitions was named as KPL player of the year, with Karim Nzigiyimana, with 14 assists, named defender of the year. Goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch won the Golden Gloves while the gaffer Frank Nuttall was named Coach of the Year.

The club also bagged the Sports Team of the Year at the prestigious annual SOYA awards.

2015 was indeed a golden moment for the club. 

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