Gor Mahia’s towering central defender Harun Shakava has been given the captains armband by coach Dylan Kerr. Shakava takes over from Musa Mohamed who has departed to KF Tirana.
Shakava has captained Gor Mahia before, most notably at the 2017 Sportpesa Supercup. Unlike in past seasons where players voted for the captain, this time it was a direct appointment by coach Dylan Kerr.
“Shakava will be my new leader on the pitch, I usually prefer a center back to captain my team and he is the best candidate for the same. As a matter of fact, the extra responsibility will make him mature and his game will improve” said Kerr to goal.com
Indeed most Kogalo captains have historically been defenders, most notably Julius Owino and Musa Mohamed and going back much further it was Peter Otieno “Bassanga”, Austin Oduor “Makamu” and Paul Ochieng “Kunde”.
Fans should trust coach Kerr’s judgment as he it is he who observes the players at close hand and knows which ones have good leadership qualities. Also Musa Mohamed’s game significantly improved when he was named captain. The same can be expected of Shakava.
Harun Shakava joined Kogalo before the 2014 season after an impressive run at Kakamega Homeboyz.
Goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch has been named as Vice Captain.
“I wanted to give Tuyisenge the assistant captain role but he said he wanted to concentrate on his game, so we settled on Oluoch, who is an experienced player as well, with perfect leadership qualities,” Kerr told goal.com
Oluoch joined Kogalo in 2015, taking over the starting goalkeeper spot from the long serving Jerim Onyango.