Timothy Otieno renews contract
Striker Timothy Otieno who joined Gor Mahia on a 6 month contract in June, has renewed his contract.
“We have agreed with the chairman (Ambrose Rachier) to renew my contract which should be done any time soon, I am happy that my future is now settled and can now start concentrating on preparing my mind for a tough next season. Gor Mahia has been a good place to be. While there, I managed to earn a call up to the senior national team and furthermore went ahead to win the league which is a positive thing to me as a young player he told futaa.com
This is one of the few positive news that Kogalo fans have received since November.
Gor Mahia are said to have agreed to terms with defensive midfielder Khalid Aucho. However the deal depends on whether Aucho succeeds when he attends trials in Europe in two weeks time.
“Gor Mahia have contacted me but I am not 100 percent sure about the club though for Aucho (Khalid), he seems to have already decided and he told me he is not for trials if Gor Mahia want him” said agent Fred Kajoba to futaa.com
Aucho is said to have been approached by Sofapaka and AFC leopards. However his agent seems to have settled on Kogalo.
“For his trials we are waiting because we were told to hold on for two to three weeks for some issues to be sorted out before he can attend. But I think Aucho has already made his mind to move to Gor Mahia who have promised to increase his salary and maybe he will be Baba (Geoffrey Kizito)’s replacement” continued Kajoba
Olunga in demand
Several teams are said to be pursuing Michael Olunga. The lanky striker was among the leading scorers in the 2014 league while playing for Thika United.
“There are many teams that are asking for my services, among them Gor Mahia, AFC Leopards, Nakumatt and my former club Tusker but even if the South African deal does not materialize I will be very meticulous about my terms. I am a student now and so I won’t be able to attend training everyday and I hope that my future club will understand that. I am also looking to get a deal that will offer a better financial package”, he said. according to a report on futaa.com
Gor Mahia scout players in Migori
Gor Mahia Football Club have identified three talented youths to undergo trials with the Kenya Premier League champions.The three youngsters are drawn from Uriri constituency. This according to a report by the Star
Team manager Jolawi Obondo identified the three on Sunday during a tournament organised by Uriri Member of Parliament John Kobado. Obondo said he consulted with the Gor Mahia deputy secretary general Ronald Ng’ala during the function and said they had identified the three for trials.
The three are goalkeeper Steve Otieno, Jacob Okinyi and Gordon Matoka.
Obondo also said Gor Mahia will play Uriri Combined before January at Uriri Secondary School as part of their build-up for the next season. “We will also use the match to scout for more talent,” he noted. Ng’ala exuded confidence that the club will still challenge for the KPL title next season even after the exit of Dan Sserunkuma and Geoffrey Kizito.
He said they are also negotiating with sponsors who will help them attract and retain top players. Kobado said the aim of the tournament during festive season is to engage youths in a bid to keep them off criminal activities.
November salaries still pending
A report in the Nation Sport indicates that the bulk of the playing unit have not been paid November salaries compounding the situation.
A top club official talking to Nation on condition of anonymity said that only a few of the players have had their November salaries settled “as they had threatened to walk out on the club”.
According to our source, those that have been paid are forwards George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo, Timothy Otieno and midfield anchor-man Collins ‘Gattuso’ Okoth.
Treasurer Kennedy Otieno confirmed that they owe the playing unit November salaries and winning bonuses accrued from three matches in the ended season.
“Things are tough but we are managing. There are funds we are waiting for and the players should have their pay by Wednesday afternoon latest,” he said.
Gor’s monthly wage bill stands at Sh2.2million and with lack of a sponsor, they have struggled to meet their end of the contractual obligations. The club has also not settled the winning bonuses owed to its junior side – the under 19 squad – with each player owed up to Sh24,000.The ‘Invincible’ junior side went an entire season without losing a match in the Nairobi County League.