courtesy of the Nation
Heads are set to roll at Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia with up to 13 players set to be released at the end of the month.
The move according to club secretary general George Bwana is “part of a rebuilding exercise aimed at injecting fresh blood into the playing unit as they set focus on next year’s congested fixtures”.
Gor will not only be competing in the African championship but also in the Cecafa club championship midway through the season.
Domestically, they will face a herculean task of defending their league crown as well as the battle to reclaim the KPL Top Eight trophy and the GOTv Cup, titles they won in 2012 but failed to retain in last season.
Topping the list in the mass clear-out is left footed winger Patrick Oboya who is expected to return to Europe after the expiry of his six month contract with the 13 time league champions.
“We are going to release up to 13 players. We will reveal their identities by the end of the month. This however has to be done systematically after we have dully informed and cleared them,” said Bwana, adding that those earmarked for the boot are either fringe players or those that have run down their contracts.
Though Bwana remained tight-lipped on the players’ identities, Ugandan defender Ivan Anguyo, left back Christopher Wekesa, right back Solomon Nasio and deputy skipper Moses ‘Dube’ Odhiambo are thought to be likely to leave.
Anguyo barely featured in the ended season despite being voted the league’s best defender in 2012. Wekesa, Nasio and Odhiambo have equally found playing time hard to come by since Bobby Williamson took charge of the club.
At the same time K’Ogalo have signed Daniel Onyango from Western Stima and Joseph Kariuki from relegated Karuturi Sport.
The two are Gor’s first signings in the transfer window as they embark on an ambitious recruitment drive aimed at giving the playing unit the depth needed to compete at continental level.
Onyango, who was one of the star performers for Stima, penned a three year deal while Kariuki signed a two year deal.
“Onyango (Daniel) is a great player. He is promising and has a great future at Gor Mahia. He is strong on the ball, has good passes and shots. He will no doubt add depth and continuity to our squad,” said Bwana.
Onyango, 23, best flourishes in the free role and his arrival is set to spark intense competition in Gor’s congested midfield. Besides the duo, Gor is courting two Ugandan internationals.
The club has also opened talks with their lead striker Dan Sserunkuma and custodian Ivo Mapunda. The highly sought-after Sserunkuma still has a year left on his contract while Mapunda will be a free agent from December 31st but Gor want to tie them down to new deals.
“Ivo (Mapunda) is a big player; his quality is never in doubt and we want to keep him,” said the club secretary general.