Gor Mahia

Gor Mahia

Gor Mahia is a football club based in Nairobi, Kenya. It is one of the two most popular Kenyan football clubs (the other is local rivals AFC Leopards). Gor Mahia has won the Kenyan football league 11 times and the Kenyan cup eight times. Gor Mahia is the only Kenyan club to win an African continental title, it won the African Cup Winners' Cup in 1987. The club was formed in 1968 when Luo United and Luo Sports Club (aka Luo Stars) football clubs merged. One of its founder was politician Tom Mboya. The club traditionally represents the Luo tribe. The home ground of the club is Nairobi City Stadium.

Gor Mahia has not won any titles since 1995. Moreover, it has since escaped relegation thrice only through backdoor. Despite its financial troubles, the club was playing a good league season (2005-2006) but eventually new wrangles devastated it all.

Gor Mahia as a football club is steeped in Luo legends and mythology. Gor Mahia was a Luo hero who was known to possess mystical powers which would make him perform. Mahia is a Luo word which describes wonder and mystery and hence when Gor was formed it was supposed to naturally possess these mystical characteristics of the legend it was named after. Indeed Gor lived to that expectation and even exceeded what many expected. In its most successful years Gor was invincible and some even regarded the club as the best in Africa. Coupled with the undying loyalty of its supporters Gor still has a potency to rise up from the ashes and regain its lost glory as the truly "mighty Gor".

Achievements

1987

1980,1981,1985

1968, 1974, 1976, 1979, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1995

1976, 1981, 1983, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1992

Performance in CAF Competitions

1969: Quarter-Final
1977: Second Round
1980: Second Round
1984: abandoned in Second Round
1991: First Round
1992: Quarter-Final
1994: First Round
1996: First Round

1993 - Quarter-Final
1998 - First Round

1979 - Finalist
1981 - Quarter-Final
1982 - withdrew in First Round
1983 - Preliminary Round
1987 - Champion
1988 - Quarter-Final
1989 - Semi-Final

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