Eric Ouma offered contract in Georgia

Gor Mahia left back Eric Ouma “Marcelo” is likely  headed to Europe. According to a report on futaa.com, Marcelo has been offered a contract by Kolketi, a team in the Georgian top tier known as the Umagalesi League. That league is divided into two groupps of seven. Kokleti are currently in fourth place in their group. The club is based in the town of Poti and plays their home games in the Fazisi stadium, a 6000 capacity facility.
The letter from the President of Kolketi reads as follows:

I undersign Mr. Teimuraz Barkaia President of the Kolkheti 1913 POTI from UMAGLESI LIGA in Gergia invite Mr. Otieno Eric Ouma D.O.B 07.09.1996, PPno:A2227435 Nationality KENYA.

To join our team in Georgia the date 10.01.2017. To play in our team for the new season 2017.

Our team take care for the accommodation, local transport and all insurance during the staying in the stay in our country.

We wait you very soon in our team.

Should Marcelo join this club, he will likely be the first Kenyan to play in Georgia. There are no other Africans in the Kolketi squad.

Marcelo nominated for KPL player of the year

Gor Mahia defensive ace Eric Ouma “Marcelo” has been nominated for Kenya Premier League Player of the year.

The 20 year old Ouma who joined Kogalo in January has had a superb season and is definitely the newcomer of the year. He has shown the maturity of a player who has been in the league for several years. He is confident going forward, coordinates well with team-mates and is among the e best crossers in the league.

He is part of a for  five-man list that includes the Tusker duo of Humphrey Mieno and goalkeeper David Okello, while Ulinzi Stars marksman, John Mark Makwatta, who won the 2016 Golden Boot after scoring 15 goals. Also in the list is Kenneth Muguna, the tireless Western Stima midfielder.

Michael Olunga scooped the MVP award last year after an incredible campaign with Gor Mahia as the club marched to an unprecedented 15th league title without tasting defeat.

The awards gala will be held on December 14 at the Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi.

Western Stima warns Gor Mahia off Muguna

Gor Mahia coach Ze Maria has expressed an interest in signing youthful Western Stima midfielder Kenneth Muguna.

“Yes, we are looking forward to having Muguna in our team for next season. He is a quality player, who knows what to do on the pitch and one amazing thing is his work rate. He is one of the players we are targeting and hopefully he will be with us,” revealed a source within the team,” the source told Goal.
“He (Muguna) is one of our targets for next year because we definitely do not want to go home empty handed again like it was the case in 2016.” said Ze Maria

However Western Stima have indicated that they are not keen to offload Muguna

Eric Ouma “Marcelo” man of the moment again

It is very rare that a defender much less a left full back can be seen as playing a pivotal role in the attacking fortunes of a team. But such is the case with fast rising youngstar Eric Ouma “Marcelo”. Not much was thought of him when he joined Kogalo straight from Kakamega high school. But ever since he was given a chance to showcase his abilities, he has proven his mettle.

On Sunday yet again he played a pivotal role in Gor Mahia’s win over Thika United with pin-point deliveries to Jacque Tuyisenge that resulted in both goals.

Brazilian Tactician Ze Maria who also refers to his charge as “Marcelo” is full of praise for the youngster.

“He gives us quality and more dimension. He’s a quality player and at his age, he has a lot to offer and we are pleased to have him.” he said to the Nation.

Ouma appears strong balanced and comfortable both in attack and defence, something he credits to the fact that he has played in all positions.

“I’m a utility player and can play in any position. I used to be a striker before and I’m enjoying myself.” he said.

And Ouma knows that it is hard work that will enable he and the rest of the team to excel.

“The aim is to play and work hard and keep moving,” he told Daily Nation Sport on Monday. “We did well (against Thika) and my focus is to help Gor win the league, God willing.” he concluded to the Nation.

Gor Mahia transfer news July 1

Eric Ouma back for six months

Promising left back Eric Ouma “Marcelo” has signed another contract extension. But to the dismay of fans, the extension is for only another 6 months. Ouma has been the subject of speculation with reports linking him to arch rivals AFC Leopards. Other reports suggested he was due to leave for the USA on a football scholarship. He was supposedly offered a full scholarship by Lindsey Wilson, the same school that former Gor Mahia and Tusker ace Tom Odhiambo attended alongside Eric Ochieng “Cantona” in the late 1990s.

Ouma joined Gor Mahia from Kakamega high school this season. He has quickly propelled himself to stardom even earning a place in the Harambee stars starting line-up.

Chairman Rachier expressed his dissapointment at not signing a longer term contract.

‘Marcelo’ has proven himself in his position. He is a good player and we really appreciate his work so far. We wish he could sign for a longer term,”  said Rachier to the club site.

Crispin Odula joins Gor Mahia

Gor Mahia have signed veteran defensive midfielder Crispin Odula. The lanky Odula has for the past one year been playing in Finland for AC Oulu. Odula is vastly experienced. He first played in the Kenya Premier League 10 years ago (In 2006). At the time he played for Coast Stars. He was an instant hit and already had offers from foreign teams. After a few trials in Europe, he ended up at Al Wahda in Saudi Arabia before returning to Kenya to play for Bandari, Azam, Coastal Union (Tanzania) and later Tusker. Last year he joined AC Oulu of Finland.

Odula is seen as replacement for Khalid Aucho. He had initially been linked with a move to AFC Leopards. Rachier was happy to sign Odula who will add steel to the midfield as well as experience.

“Crispin Odula is a seasoned midfielder. He should be an asset in our attacking and central midfield. We welcome him to the K’Ogalo family.” said Rachier.

His listed date of birth is September 8 1989.

Khalid Aucho released.

Ugandan midfield ace Khalid Aucho who has been the engine in Gor Mahia’s midfield since he joined in 2015, has finally departed, thus bringing an end to the speculation around him.

Chairman Rachier confirmed as much.

“Khalid Aucho is leaving the club and he will not be with us in the second leg. That is why we have signed Kagere because we are safe as far as foreign quota rule in Kenya is concerned.” said Rachier to goal.com

Aucho is set to attend trials at Aberdeen FC in Scotland’s top tier.  This is the team where Sir Alex Ferguson first made a name for himself as a coach. In 2016, they finished second in the league standings behind Celtic.