Tag: Geoffrey Kizito

9 Dec 14

In the latest twist and turn of the transfer season, dependable defender David Owino “Calabar” has turned down a move to Simba Sports club of Tanzania and stated definitively that he wishes to transfer to Europe. A club official told goal.com that Calabar has his eyes set on a move to Europe.

“He is clearly not keen on the move and has not even asked about it,” revealed our source.

Calabar himself stated that he is not even aware of interest from Simba

“I have personally not seen any invite to attend trials and therefore remain a Gor Mahia player at the moment.”

Secretary general Chris Omondi had indicated that Simba were interested in trying out Calabar. However they were unconvinced and wanted to try him out first. Simba coach Patrick Phiri has been keen to strengthen his rear-guard. It is not clear how Calabar would fit in at Simba given that they already have six foreigners whereas the Tanzanian league allows five. Calabar would been the seventh foreigner.


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2 Dec 14

Uganda Cranes midfielder Geoffrey “Baba” Kizito is off to Vietnam after playing for Gor Mahia for one season.

“I think I have played my part by helping the team retain Kenya Premier League title and I am looking at other options now,”  said Kizito to MTNfootball.

Kizito had been in trials with a Vietnamese club after the end of the season in Kenya and managed to secure a place.

“I signed a pre-contract with a team in Vietnam and hopefully I will be headed back there.”. Prior to playing for Gor Mahia Kizito featured for another Vietnamese side Saigon Xuan Thanh

Kizito scored six goals during the 2014 season, none more memorable than the spectacular free-kick that sealed a 1-0 win over SoNy Sugar to keep Gor Mahia’s title challenge on track.

Meanwhile Simba have confirmed the sign on fee offered to Dan Sserunkuma, a whopping Ksh 8.1 million.

He added: “Initially he asked for Sh9m (100, 000 dollars) for his move but we settled at Sh8.1m (90,000 dollars) and we believe he will help us win many titles with his goals, just as he did for Gor Mahia.” said Simba chief scout Hans Poppe to goal.com

Chris Omondi decries lack of finances

Gor Mahia secretary general indicated that the club did their best to hold onto Sserunkuma but they never had a chance against a well financed Simba.

“Sserunkuma is as good as gone. We have tried to convince him to stay as we work out a new deal but Simba have given him a good deal that we cannot match with our current financial problems,” he said to the KPL website.

Omondi said they tried to tie down the player but his agent played hard and kept pushing him to sign the Tanzanian deal.

“The realities of our weakness in matters finance have been brought home especially at this point of the season. We tried to fight for his signature but it reached a point we couldn’t bargain. He knew what was on the table and his agent was breathing down his neck to sign the Simba deal; so on that we have lost out. He says he has not signed yet, but I do not see him rejecting the offer,” Omondi continued.

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22 Nov 14

It cannot be gainsaid that the Ugandan Cranes trio of Dan Sserunkuma, Godfrey Walusimbi and Geoffrey Kizito have played pivital roles in Gor Mahia’s success in retaining the league in 2014.Their superb play on the field, professionalism and commitment  has been noticed by fans and highly appreciated. They have set an excellent example for the rest of the playing unit. But their success on the field has also attracted the eyes of other teams.

Club official Ronald Ngala, fresh from his success at the KPL awards indicated that the club is busy trying to retain the three players.

“Sserenkuma has showed willingness to remain at the club while Kizito has given us some conditions that we believe can be met,” Gor Mahia’s Deputy Secretary General Ronald Ngala said,

“We are in discussions with the two players and we strongly believe they’ll be with us next season. Our fans should not be worried, we will have a better squad next season,”

“All the other players who are out of contract are willing to renew and therefore there’s no need to worry. we’ve got this,” he  said to kplchat.com

Kizito attended trials with a Vietnamese side while Sserunkuma has attracted the eyes of Sudanese side Al Ahly Shendy, Simba or Tanzania and Kaizer Chiefs of South Africa.

Cranes Eliminated

All three players features as Uganda Cranes suffered yet another heartbreak in their attempt top qualify for the Africa cup of nations after a 36 year hiatus. Of all the teams in CECAFA, Uganda and Rwanda have taken the longest to qualify for Africa’s premier event.

All three received poor ratings from Uganda’s newspaper the monitor:

Godfrey Walusimbi 3
Got early jitters at left-back from Ibrahima Conte, settled in briefly, but later ran out of ideas.

Geoffrey Kizito 4
He just had a bad day in office. Baba imposes his presence on games but his passes were mostly square and the Gor Mahia player barely found midfield partner Mawejje.

Daniel Sserunkuma 4 (Substitute)
When Mwesigwa’s actions wrecked the plan, dread-locked Sserunkuma found it hard to link up from the middle. Still, he was an improvement on Miya.

The ratings from Kawowo sports were only slightly better:

Godfrey Walusimbi 5.0: Started the game on a slow note being turned in and out by man of the match Ibrahima Traore. Lucky not to be booked after a number of fouls but grew in stature in the second half though his side was more of an avenue for the Syli Nationale.

Geoffrey ‘Baba’ Kizito 5.0: Struggled against the quick passing Guineans and provided less cover to the backline.

Daniel Sserunkuma 6.0: Came on for Farouk Miya and gave Uganda some momentum in attack but it was too little too late. He is the only player who registered a shot on target for Cranes.

All in all the Cranes had a bad day at the office with the exception of keeper Dennis Onyango who was rated highly.


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20 Nov 14

For the second season running, Gor Mahia’s dependable defender David Owino “Calabar” retained the defensive player of the year award he won in 2013. A just reward for a player who has been consistent for the past two years.

Dan Sserunkuma was award the golden boot award. However it is not clear why other players were even nominated given that Sserunkuma was clearly the top scorer.

Midfielder Geoffrey Kizito who has been solid and dynamic throughout was somehow beaten by Anthony Ndolo of Sofapaka in both the player of the year and the midfielder of the year awards. It is not clear why Sserunkuma was not nominated for this award.

Allegations of cheating

A report by the Standard indicates that there was widespread bribery and side deals conducted by the coaches who were assigned to do the voting.

“It is unfortunate that, as coaches, we showed open bias yet we are the technical people entrusted with this important exercise to reward deserving players,” said a source.
 “A section of coaches want a thorough investigation launched into a clandestine meeting some coaches reportedly held to discuss how they would vote,” the source said. Disquiet has been building up over the years, especially that KPL Foya winners, except with Sserunkuma in 2012, have failed to replicate their talent in subsequent seasons.
Apparently some of the coaches approached the nominees and demanded  a slice of the prize money in return for votes. Winners in each category are given KES 100,000 with runners up getting KES 75,000.

KPL 2014 awards winners

Best Player of the Year – Antony Ndolo (Sofapaka); 1st Runner up – Geoffrey Kizito (Gor Mahia); 2nd Runner up – Stephen Waruru (Ulinzi Stars)

Coach of the Year – Mike Muiruri (Chemelil Sugar); 1st Runner up – Sam Timbe (Sofapaka); 2nd Runner up – Robert Matano (Ulinzi Stars)

Golden Boot – Dan Sserunkuma (Gor Mahia); 1st Runner up – Enock Agwanda (Sofapaka), Stephen Waruru (Ulinzi Stars); 2nd Runner up – Michael Olunga (Thika United), Jesse Were (Tusker)

Goalkeeper of the Year – Jairus Adira (Chemelil Sugar); 1st Runner up – Robert Mboya (Mathare United); 2nd Runner up – Fredrick Onyango (Gor Mahia)

Defender of the Year – David Owino (Gor Mahia); 1st Runner up – Charles Odette (Sony Sugar); 2nd Runner up – Felly Mulumba

Midfielder of the Year – Antony Ndolo (Sofapaka); 1st Runner up – Geoffrey Kizito (Gor Mahia); 2nd Runner up – Brian Osumba (Tusker)

Fair Play Player of the Year – Hamisi Mwinyi (Chemelil Sugar); 1st runner up – John Njoroge (Sofapaka); 2nd Runner up – Barrack Odhiambo (KRA)

New Young Player of the Year – Kennedy Owino (Nakuru All Stars); 1st Runner up – Kevin Omondi (City Stars); 2nd Runner up – Nicholas Kamau (City Stars)

Fair Play Team of the Year – Muhoroni Youth; 1st runner up – Gor Mahia; 2nd Runner up – Nakuru All Stars

Most Improved Centre Referee of the Year – Peter Waweru; 1st Runner up – Anthony Ogwayo; 2nd Runner up – Moses Osano

Most Improved Assistant Referee of the Year – Stephen Oduor; 1st Runner up – Dorcas Wanza; 2nd Runner up – Oliver Odhiambo

Team Manager of the Year – William Muluhya (Mathare United); 1st Runner up – Amenipa Bigisho (Sofapaka); 2nd Runner up – George Maina (Thika United)

Chairman’s Award – Ronald Ngala

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