Reports suggest that Gor Mahia have completed the signing of Ugandan striker Arthur Semmazzi. This according to Ugandan sports site sportsmaniaug.com. Semazzi has been playing for Lweza FC.
The move to sign Semazzi came after attempts to sign Robert Ssentongo stalled after disagreeing with his parent club, URA FC.
Semazzi has previously been a transfer target of Tusker in 2012 and AFC Leopards in 2013.
Charles Bruno signs for Gor Mahia
Gor Mahia have signed defender Charles Bruno who was recently dropped by Thika United. This according to s story on futaa.com
Bruno had been training with Gor Mahia. I thank my teammates too for welcoming me well in the team and I believe we will work together towards achieving our goals for the season and days ahead, said Bruno on his facebook page.
Prior to joining Thika United, Bruno had been one of the highly touted youngstars. He skippered the Kenya U17 team. Along with Anthony Nyangor Otieno, he played for Malindi Academy and had attended trials in Italy and Portugal among other places.
He becomes the fourth player signed by Gor Mahia after Collins Okoth and Timothy Otieno.
Gor Mahia coach Bobby Williamson has stated that the club will not miss a beat now that dynamic winger Kevin Omondi and defensive midfielder Anthony Akumu have left.
Williamson indicated that Omondi had not played much of a role this year as he has been beset by injuries.
“He has not started many matches this season due to injuries. We will miss him in training no doubt but want to wish him the best as he begins a new career,” said Williamson to goal.com about Kevin Omondi.
Kevin Omondi has signed up at Moroka Swallows of the South African PSL.
On Anthony Akumu, Williamson feels that the club has other options.
“We have players who can fit in his shoes and so are not worried about his departure.” said Williamson to goal.com.
Perhaps Williamson has seen enough of Collins Okoth “Gattuso” to know that he will be an adequate replacement for Akumu. But Williamson will have his work cut out and will have to use all his knowledge of psychology to convince Gattuso to shape up and focus on performing. He will need to remind Gattuso of the period around 2011 when he was in good enough form to be named to the national team.
Other news for the club indicates that Innocent Mutiso has resumed training. The lively winger has been out with a knee injury.
The Gor Mahia membership recruitment drive was officially launched on May 13 2014 amid pomp and circumstance. The officials even went as far as predicting that they would reach a target of 1 million members which to most people seems impossible. A more reasoble target would have been 25,000 to 30,000, about the amount of people it would take to fill Nyayo stadium.
However as secretary general Chris Omondi tells goal.com, the initiative has been a flop as fans have not shown interest. “The take up has been very poor. Many fans have not taken it up and we are thinking of re-launching it again,” Gor Mahia Secretary General Chris Omondi admitted to Goal.
So what could the reasons be ?
It is likely that some fans think that the club still has not done enough to assuage their concerns for accountability. It is also true that the club has not been aggressive enough in promoting the membership drive. There has been nothing about it in the newspapers recently. There have been no officials trying to promote the membership drive. They simply kicked off the drive and waited for fans to register.
Aside from membership, the club has not pursued other revenue ventures such as re-introducing the original “Gor Mahia” jerseys that used to sell like hot cakes before the Tuzo jerseys took over. With the club in dire need of additional revenue, there has been no attempt to sell other club merchandize.
The decision by KPL to postpone the match against Thika United which was scheduled for this weekend to July 6 is a welcome one. KPL took the decision due to the fact that three Gor Mahia players are travelling to Brazil having been sponsored by the president. As they are in Brazil they will miss crucial training time and return home jet lagged and unable to perform on the field.
In addition, Gor Mahia needs some time to go back to the drawing board. Their performance in the last four games has been below par and a far cry from their form in April and May. With the loss of key players such as Sserunkuma who will be in Denmark for trials, Kevin Omondi, Wanyonyi , Kenga and Anthony Akumu, coach Williamson likely needs time to go back and find a working combination. He will need time to assess returnee Collins Okoth who will slot into the void left by Akumu. Also returning after a long layoff is Patrick Oboya.
All things considered, Gor Mahia still has a squad that is strong enough to retain their position in the league. Herbert Kopany looks promising. What he currently lacks is composure which will come when he gets more exposure. And despite what the naysayers say, Blackberry will regain his form. It is likely that he is suffering from a lack of confidence stemming from the fact that his endavours in Denmark and Ukraine did not work out. What he needs is a run of consistent playing time and for coach Williamson to design strategies that play into his strengths. As soon as he scores he will regain his confidence. Strikers often need a jolt of confidence to regain their form. That is unless he is playing with injuries. Kevin Omondi and Kenga will be missed. But keep in mind that Gor Mahia still have Erick Ochieng who often kept them on the bench.
Secretary general Chris Omondi has insisted that the club must be involved in the transfer of Kevin Omondi to Moroka Swallows. He further stated that the club must be paid its just dues in the transfer. “If he is to move, we want to be involved in any negotiations because he has been at Gor Mahia since he was a minor and we are therefore, entitled to any development fee that may accrue.”
Fisa Academy, which owns the rights to Kevin Omondi has written to Gor Mahia asking them to release him so that he can join Moroka Swallows of South Africa, who have reportedly offered him a two year contract. But Omondi questioned the legitimacy of the move to Moroka Swallows. When he went to South Africa, we were told that he was attending trials at Ajax Cape Town. Now we are told he is to sign a contract with Moroka Swallows. It does not add up at all.
Moroka Swallows finished 13th in the PSL last season and barely avoided relegation. “We are looking forward to seeing him in preseason.” said Leon Prins the Swallows Chief executive to soccer laduma.
Patrick Oboya set to return
Gor Mahia forward Patrick Oboya who has been out of action for months now, will finally be able to play again. This after FIFA finally issued an International transfer certificate (ITC). Oboya has not played since FIFA raised doubts regarding whether an ITC was created when he left the Vietnamese league to return to Kenya.
“The document should be with us byFriday. He has already been cleared and we expect to use him in the second leg.” said secretary general Chris Omondi to goal.com.
The return of Oboya is the only good news that Gor Mahia fans have received of late. Oboya when in form is an excellent player. He played a key role in helping Gor Mahia capture the league totle last season. Now that he is back, he has a chance to achieve his stated goal which is to regain a spot in the national team.
Gor Mahia’s lethal striker Dan Sserunkuma is set to attend trials at Danish side HB Koge according to a story posted on futaa.com. HB Koge featured former Harambee Stars striker Emmanuel Ake who shone for Harambee stars at the 2004 Africa Nations cup. HB Koge plays in the Danish 1st division which is the second highest league in Denmark.
This would be the second time Sserunkuma is attending trials in Europe. He also attended trials in Armenia in July of 2013.
Players attending trials is something that Gor Mahia will have to get used to and plan for because they cannot stand in a players way when he wants his career to progress to the next level.
Other Gor Mahia players who attended trials in Denmark include George Odhiambo “Blackberry” and Anthony Akumu who went to Denmark in 2010. Blackberry was signed but his career in Denmark never took off.
Timonah Wanyonyi who has been rumoured to be leaving Gor Mahia is now fotrmally out of the club and is set to join arch rivals AFC Leopards according to a report from goal.com
Wanyonyi is believed to have approached AFC Leopards’ to sign him on Wednesday. He took advantage of the few days remaining before his contract at Gor Mahia expires on June 22 to leave.
AFC Leopards Organising Secretary Timothy Lilumbi revealed to Goal the move but insisted that no official communication will be made until June 23.
“He (Wanyonyi) still has a few days before his contract at Gor Mahia expires and so we don’t want to say much but the fact is he approached us wanting to join our club and we cannot be blamed for that.” said Lilumbi to goal.com in a bid to deflect attention from the fact that they have been seeking Wanyonyis signature ever since he joined Gor Mahia in mid 2013.
Gor Mahia Secretary General Chris Omondi said the player had refused any contract extension talks and wished him the best. “We have been trying to have him extend his contract for the last several months but he has not been keen on it.
“Apparently, he was up to something and we can only wish him the best of luck. We have depth and his absence will not affect us.”
Wanyonyi scored against AFC Leopards’ two weeks ago when his club lost 3-1 to Gor Mahia.
Wanyonyi had tried to join AFC leopards when he left Aspire academy but AFC declined. It was not until he started shining at Gor Mahia that AFC started to pursue him.