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Let peace reign

The Gor Mahia bloggers branch has of late made numerous requests asking :
1. The technical bench to make peace with the executive committee
2. The coach and players to make peace
3. Fans to maintain peace in the terraces and accept defeat

By the same token I would also urge bloggers to make peace. The loss to CNaPS has raised tempers and some bloggers are venting their frustrations on other bloggers. Going forward I will have no choice but to delete comments that are laced with foul language, insults and trolling. It is okay to disagree with bloggers but you can do so peaceably civilly and intelligently. This is important in order to maintain a peaceful atmosphere.

Gor Mahia set SoNy friendly, rule out Azam

Kogalo will visit Awendo green stadium on Saturday Jan 26 to play against Tusker premier league side SoNy. This marks the first match Gor Mahia will play this season. It will offer fans an opportunity to watch Paul Kiongera, Innocent Mutiso, Israel Emuge, Rodriguez and other new signings donning the Gor Mahia jersey for the first time ever.

Earlier on, Tanzanian giants Azam had requested a friendly match against Gor Mahia. However coach Loagarusic ruled out the friendly. He told the clubs site ; “We just started our rigorous training last Monday and we cannot have the boys play a friendly match this weekend, Azam has been playing and we have been on holiday. We are concentrating on our 14 day training plan working on the players’ endurance and that only means they are not ready.

This is a level of professionalism that was completely missing in the pre-Logarusic era. Who can forget how injury plagued Gor Mahia were at the beginning of last season ? It happened largely due to the numerous friendly matches that Gor Mahia played. During last year’s tour of Nyanza, Gor Mahia sometimes played two matches in two separate towns simultaneously, sending a team to each venue. Also it is likely that any local coach would have been over-ruled by the club EC who would have insisted on playing Azam.

The match against SoNy will also offer the club’s fan base at the Lakeside an opportunity to watch the team since this time there was no Nyanza tour.

Contradictory messages from the club

Gor Mahia coach Zradvko Logarusic says Brazilian striker Giovanni Rodriguez needs more time to fit into the club just a day after he was handed a two-year contract.

While giving an assessment of the player, Logarusic said: “Any player from Brazil needs to show straight away that he has what it takes to fit in a club like ours.

“With him, I haven’t seen it. He looks out of shape and appears not to have played football for a long time. But may be then he needs a lot more time for me to see what he can do,” said Logarusic.

Logarusic said the team has the best attacking force in the country comprising Paul Kion gera, Rama Salim and Dan Sserunkuma.

“If Rodriguez can show me that he can play better than Sserenkuma or Kiongera then we can talk. He should understand that the standards are much higher for him considering that he is an outsider. We expect results from him immediately,” he said.

However , Gor Mahia Secretary General, George Bwana, confirmed they have given the player a two-year contract in a deal that will make him the highest paid in the local league.

Which begs the question , if Logarusic thinks Giovani has not proven himself, then why has the club already offered him a 2 year contract and made him the best paid player in the league ?

If he does not become a productive player, then the club could find itself paying a bench warmer for the next two seasons or risk FIFA sanctions. It is also inexplicable why a professional player would show up in such a bad shape. Even more baffling is why said player would be given a 2 year contract before he even participated in training.

Logarusic : No sacred cows at Gor Mahia

Courtesy of Daily Nation

Brazilian striker Giovanni Rodriguez will have to fight for a position at Gor Mahia like other players if he is signed up, coach Zdravko Logarusic has said.

Rodriguez, who arrived in the country on Sunday, is expected to attend his first training session with the club this morning and coach Logarusic has said the Brazilian will have to prove himself on the pitch before he is signed up.

“It is good he is here, but he must work hard on training. He has to prove that he is the kind of player we are looking for,” said Logarusic.

“If he is not better than Rama Salim, Dan Serunkuma or Paul Kiongera, we will not recruit him. We will put him on the next plan back to Brazil. He has to have something special for us to take him but we will not treat him special,” added the coach.

Rodriguez says he is at Gor Mahia to win trophies and wants to become the first ever Brazilian to play for a Kenyan club.

Keen interest in Gor

“I have followed Gor Mahia keenly over the last year. I like the passion in the team and I think I am in the right place. I hope to prove myself on training and hopefully sign a contract with the club,” said the Brazilian through an interpreter.

“Many will ask why a Brazilian should come to Kenya to play football. Yes, it’s interesting, but I love Africa and I love Kenya. There has to be a first and I want to be the first Brazilian to play football in Kenya. I am no tourist,” he added.

Giovanni, has played for several clubs in Brazil, says he cannot wait to wear Gor Mahia’s jersey.

Meanwhile, hardworking midfielder midfielder Moses Odhiambo is back at the Gor Mahia after failing to clinch a deal with a club in the Middle East.

Odhiambo, voted the best midfielder at Gor last season, was expected to join Salalah of the United Arab Emirates but the deal fell through and he was back at Gor’s training camp on Monday.

Innocent Mutiso to join Gor Mahia

Courtesy of goal.com

“We are going to sign Mutiso from Mathare before the end of today (Monday). He has been training with the team for a while now and everything has been completed and coach Zradvko Logarusic has already supported the move.”

Mutiso joins a long list of players who have already parted ways with the former league champions. Others players, who have quit Mathare for greener pastures include striker Francis Ouma, who has since joined Sony Sugar, Andrew Tololwa and Jesse Were (Tusker), Anthony Kimani and Martin Musalia (AFC Leopards).

Meanwhile, another former Mathare United player Elvis Nandwa has completed his move to 2010 champions Ulinzi Stars.

Nandwa, who has been training with the army men since last Thursday, has officially been released by the ‘slum boy’.

“We have officially gotten his release letter from Mathare and that gives us the green-light to sign him. We will finalize the finer details of the contract with him but most likely we are going to have him on a two-year contract,” Chairman Lt. Col. JS Mwinyikai told the club’s official website.

Giovani: I was inspired by Ronaldinho

Courtesy of goal.com

The forwards’ arrival at the club’s training base – Nairobi City Stadium – elicited lots of excitement from hundreds of fans on Monday, who turned up to catch a glimpse of him.

Although Rodriguez was not involved in training due to jet lag having arrived on Sunday, the supporters invaded the pitch when the session was over to sing jubilant songs in praise of their club and their new prospect that they hope will fire them to glory on four fronts next season.

“Welcome to the Government,” Jaro Soldier, the most eminent of Gor faithful and self proclaimed Inspector General of the K’Ogalo Defence Force (KDF) told the new 25-year-old forward as they posed for pictures. Goal.com was at hand and brings you a one on one interview with the Brazilian star.

Goal.com: Giovanni Rodriguez welcome to Kenya. Please tell us about yourself?

Giovanni: Thank you. I am a 25 year-old striker who loves football. I am a traditional number ten. Football is my passion. I got inspired to join the beautiful game by compatriot Ronaldinho Gaucho (former World player of the year).
The same trainer, who nurtured him Mr. Gebrana, was my trainer and so I was fascinated at the prospect of following in his footsteps.

Goal.com: Can you give us a highlight of your career?

Giovanni: I began my career in my native country Brazil. As early as 12, football was in my blood. My first club was Atletico Paranaese where I played for as a teenager. I rose through the club’s academy. After a stint with the club, I also turned out for Rio Branca, FC Milan and Piaoi FC all Division One clubs in Brazil.
Besides, I have also had a chance to play outside my native country featuring for Kaven Sennatti FC in Iran and my immediate former club Sheikh Jamal in Bangladesh.

Gola.com: You have now come to Kenya or let’s say Africa. What motivated you to choose Gor Mahia?

Giovanni: I must say that Gor Mahia is my number one club in Africa. It is a club I love because it is the best and the greatest. I have been following it on Supersport TV and liked it straight away and it automatically became my preference. The fans are amazing and the kind of reception I have received from them (fans)…is exceptional.

Goal.com: Having watched your new team mates train, what is your assessment and expectations?

Giovanni: I must say that they are good players. I am so far impressed and I am looking forward to helping the club win trophies. I know it will not be easy. I have to fight for a position and I am more than determined to prove my pedigree on the pitch.
I obviously want to help the team as much as I can. I know we will be participating in many competitions, so we need to win trophies and make the manager, administration and fans very happy.

Goal.com: Ever since you landed in Kenya, have you had anything going for you?

Giovanni: Yes I must admit that Kenyans are friendly people. They are warm and ready to help. Besides I like the climate here and cannot wait to enjoy fish and ugali.

Goal.com: Any final word to the clubs fans and Kenyans in general and assessment of coach Zdravko Logarusic?

Giovanni: Yes, I am just calling on the fans to rally behind the team this season and referring to me as ‘Giovanni’ will just do it right. On coach Logarusic, he is a fantastic coach. I had a chat with him (Logarusic) when i arrived and he told me he likes associating himself with champions. I like challenges and that is already a challenge. I will definitely prove myself soon.

Giovani Rodriguez details

Brazilian striker, Giovani Rodriguez has according to futaa.com been signed to a 2 year contract at Gor Mahia. He says he has been a fan of the club having watched the club several times on television.

Details

Date of Birth : 29/04/1987

Position: Striker

Height : 1.77m

Weight: 76kg

Place of Birth : Curitiva, Brazil

Previous Team : Sanati Kaveh Tehran

Giovanni arrives as Logarusic and Dube return

Sunday Jan 13 turned out to be a day of good fortune for Kogalo fans..

Brazilian import Giovanni Rodriguez Bissolli arrived in town for discussions of his contract. His arrival had been delayed due to inability to process his travelling papers in a timely manner. He is expected to attend his first training session on Monday morning. Some fans had started to speculate that the whole Giovanni issue was a hoax. Should the deal go through, he will be the first Brazilian to play in the Kenya Premier League and the first non-African to sign for Gor Mahia. Not much is known by fans or the media about this player including how much English he can speak. But at least we know this is not Felixinho redux because this time the club appears to have done some research. Or at least that is what they have indicated.

Moses Odhiambo “Dube” has returned to the club after the deal with the Middle East team fell through. Odhiambo has been slated to join Salalah FC on a deal worth a transfer fee of sh 6.4 million and worth a salary of $80,000 per year. “Odhis Dube” has been a crucial player for Kogalo with his vast experience, class and work ethic. Whereas we are sad for “Dube” that the deal fell through, this column welcomes him back with a several loud claps and a thumbs up.

The much awaited return of coach Zdvarko Logarusic has materialized. After weeks of speculation about his return, Logarusic returned as announced on Saturday Jan 12.  This marks the first time in years that Gor Mahia has stability at the coaching position in a long time, which should bode well for Gor Mahia’s chances of starting the league on a sound note. In the last 4 years, Gor Mahia have started poorly only to play catchup in the second leg.

Coach Bobby in Cairo attending certification course as Emuge arrives

Gor Mahia assistant coach, Bobby Ogolla who has been running the show in the absence of Logarusic, has been in Cairo attending a training course for all coaches. CAF has instituted a new regulation requiring all coaches participating in continental events to attend this course in order to gain a CAF certificate. Coaches who lack this certificate will be barred from sitting on the bench during continental matches.

A coach who has UEFA license is exempt from this rule. Hence Zdvarko Logarusic will not be required to obtain a UEFA license. Ogolla is set to return to the club on Sunday January 13. When he returns, he will find Ugandan defender Israel Emuge who arrived in the country on Thursday. Ogolla had been in Uganda for several days negotiating with several Ugandan players including Robert Sentongo, last year’s leading scorer in the Ugandan league

Gor Mahia submits continental list

Courtesy of futaa.com

Tusker Premier League [TPL] giants Gor Mahia have submitted a list of 21 players to Confederation of African Football [CAF] for this year’s Confederations Cup, leaving four slots for late registration.

According to the club’s deputy Secretary General Ronald Ngala, they will send their final 25-man squad before Tuesday 15 January.

Additions

-We expect to field Giovanni [Rodriguez] and Israel [Emuge] in the competition, but they are yet to arrive in the country.

-It is a requirement that we must submit our final list of 25 players to CAF on Tuesday next week, said Ngala to futaa.com

Newly signed Kenyan international Paul Kiongera, Zachary Onyango and David Owino have been included in the squad as well as Moses Dube Odhiambo who recently joined Oman’s Elite League side Salalah.

Squad

Goal keeper: Jerim Onyango , Ivo Mapunda,Zachary Onyango

Defenders: David Otieno, Christopher Wekesa, Donald Mosoti, Musa Mohammed, Yusuf Juma, David Owino, Ivan Anguyo, Solomon Nasio

Midfielders: Teddy Akumu, Ali Abondo, Kevin Omondi, Joseph Njuguna, Moses Odhiambo and Moses Otieno

Strikers: Edwin Lavatsa, Dan Sserenkuma, Rama Salim, Paul Kiongera.

Gor will take on Anse Reunion of Seychelles in the preliminary round-first leg on the weekend of February 15–17.