Gor Mahia coach Anaba Awono says he has given up holding onto restless defender Eric Masika.
Masika has demanded a release to move to Kenyan Premier League (KPL) rivals AFC Leopards, but Gor officials are still holding on for more money than their opponents are willing to pay.
Awono said on Tuesday it would be futile to hold onto a player whose heart is elsewhere and admitted he is already preparing for a future without the Harambee Stars defender.
“It is a well known fact that Masika does not want to be with us next season and we must accept it and move on.
“Personally as a coach I have already accepted it and are preparing for a future without him,” he said.
The Cameroonian who was recently confirmed as head coach admitted that it would be a major blow to the Gor defence without the dependable defender.
“He has been a great asset in our defence and considering that we have some big and difficult matches in future his departure will be a big setback but we are hoping to cover for his absence well,” he added.
Leopards have offered their rivals Sh300,000 for the highly rated defender though Gor are demanding twice the amount.
Masika has less than six months remaining on his contract and Leopards have threatened to invoke a Fifa rule allowing a player to enter into talks with another club if he has six months remaining on his contract.
Awono said the club is hopeful to do well in the Confederations Cup where they meet APR of Rwanda in the first round next month.
“We are confident that we will have recruited well by the time the competition begins. It will be a tough match for us, but one we are ready to get positive results from,” he added.
The club will also be hoping to improve on their fourth place finish last season in the Kenyan premier League.