Tag: Gor Mahia signings

26 Jun 18

Gor Mahia appear set to lose their leading scorer Meddie Kagere to Tanzanian side Simba Sports club. Kagere has been a target of Simba and Yanga along with Francis Kahata.  The Rwandese striker arrived quietly in Tanzania and was photographed with Simba officials by Tanzanian news outlet Mwanaspoti.

So secretive was the move that Gor Mahia officials appear to have been caught off guard.

“Honestly speaking I am not aware that Kagere is in Tanzania. He came to me on Sunday and requested for a day off as he intended to travel back home to get the new passport. I am shocked to hear from you that he instead, travelled to Tanzania,” said Jolawi Obondo to goal.com

Earlier on, coach Dylan Kerr was quoted as saying that the club will only sign one player.

“I have a good team, I have full trust in this team. This window we will not be very active, we are looking for one striker and that will be it. The truth is it’s not easy to get a good striker during this window but we will keep looking. If we do not find one, I will continue with the group I have,” he said to futaa.com

With the glut of fixtures facing the club, one would have expected Kogalo to pursue at least three players.

One player who has been linked with a move to Gor Mahia is Erisa Sekisambu, a Ugandan player who plays as an attacking midfielder and sometimes as a forward.

“I don’t think I will be at Vipers next season,” Ssekisambu revealed while he appeared on NTV Press Box last month. “I have served the Ugandan league, it’s now time to face new challenges,” he told Kawowo sports.

Sekisambu who has featured for the Uganda Cranes, currently players for Vipers FC alongside Dan Sserunkuma. He had previously played for URA, Express and Sports Club Villa.

Another player whom Gor Mahia might pursue is Burundian attacker Francis Mustapha who has expressed an interest in joining Kogalo.

“I watched them play Rayon Sports (in the Caf Confederation Cup in Kigali) and said to myself ‘this is the team I want to play for’. Even in Bujumbura, everybody knows about Gor Mahia. Under their current coach, they are playing very sexy football which suits me.” said Mustapha to goal.com

Mustapha indicated that the club had indeed approached him.

“When Gor Mahia officials reached out to me earlier this month, I was excited, but at that time the league was in a crucial stage and I couldn’t get time to come to Nairobi to finalize the move. Now I am ready because we play our final league match of the season on Wednesday.” he continued.

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15 Jan 18

Long serving Kogalo attacker George Odhiambo Blackberry has opted to renew his contract at the club after a protracted negotiation between the club and his agent. Blackberry was the last key player who had not renewed hos contract.

“Blackbbery’ has committed to Gor Mahia after agreeing to sign a one and half year contract extension. He was the only player, who was yet to extend his stay after his contract had run down but I can confirm now that he will be with us next season. As we speak, he (Odhiambo) has travelled to Nakuru to join the rest in pre-season training. I now believe that the team is ready and good to go.” said club CEO Omondi Aduda to goal.com

Blackberry first joined Kogalo in 2009, left at the end of 2010 and returned in 2014. He has experienced a major career revival in 2017 that saw him earn a place in the national team where he had not played since 2011.

Aduda also confirmed that the club has released Rwandese midfielder Jean Baptiste Mugiraneza. He had request a release in order to get more playing time after being unable to cement a first team place at Kogalo.

“We have officially released the player and from what I am gathering is that he has signed for APR. We want to wish him well for whatever he did for our club and respect his choice.” said Aduda.

Also leaving the club is Mike Simiyu who has joined Mathare and John Ndirangu who will play for Kakamega Homeboyz this season


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27 Dec 17

Gor Mahia have signed Western Stima midfielder Bernard Ondiek. The lanky midfielder is a noted box to box midfielder. Ondiek who is 26, signed a three year contract.

Gor Mahia have released midfielder Anthony Mbugua according to CEO Ludovick Aduda.

“We have talked to him and he has decided to leave. It is a mutual agreement because he wants to play and unfortunately we cannot offer that. We have allowed him to sign for another club and want to wish him well in his future endevours.” said Mbugua to goal.com

Mbugua, whose nickname is “Baggio”, joined Kogalo in June of 2016. But he could not get any playing time under either Ze Maria or Dylan Kerr.

One player who is yet to agree to a new contract is George Odhiambo Blackberry. But Aduda says that talks are at an advanced stage.

“Talks are at an advanced stage. We broke for Christmas and after that we will finalize the negotiations. Everything looks positive and we at hopeful he will agree to extend his stay with us,” he said according to Futaa.com.

Blackberry has resurrected his career from the doldrums. He rejoined Kogalo in 2014 after failures in Denmark, Finland, Azebaijan and Tanzania. He had a stellar 2017 that saw him named midfielder of the year and regain his place in the national team.

“Odhiambo was one of our best players in 2017 and we are happy that he’s rediscovering his form once again. At Gor Mahia we want to have the best playing unit around and as such we have to retain good players like Berry,” continued Aduda.

The International Transfer certificate of Ephrem Guikan has been received by Gor Mahia.
“Guikan is due in the country aboard Ethiopian Airline on Tuesday morning. We have managed to secure his release letter and the ITC and are now good to go. The striker has signed a two year contract and will be a good addition to our squad as we strive to do better in 2018.” said Aduda to goal.com

The Ivorian will compete for playing time with Tuyisenge, Kagere, and other strikers.

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23 Dec 17

Gor Mahia have acquired the services of Humphrey Ochieng Mieno who was recently released by Tusker. The towering midfielder put pen to paper on a three-year deal on Friday.

“I am happy with the move and look forward to joining the rest of the team for preseason. The expectations are high but I can’t divulge more now because everyone is in offseason but for sure I am hopeful of a successful stint,” he told Nation Sport on Friday.

Gor Mahia are looking to fill the gap left by Kenneth Muguna who is going to Albania to join former coach Ze Maria at KF Tirana.

Mieno has significant experience. He first played in the KPL in 2009 with KCB. He would later play for Sofapaka, AFC Leopards and most recently Tusker. His formative years were spent at Ligi Ndogo.

He has also had stints abroad playing for Club Africain of Tunisia and Azam of Tanzania. His best years were the Sofapaka years (2010-2011) when he was a national team mainstay.

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22 Dec 17

Gor Mahia are said to have agreed to terms with left full back Isaac “Lefty” Kipyegon from Zoo FC on a three-year deal. Kipyegon was in the Harambee Stars squad that recently won the CECAFA senior challenge cup.

The deal with Wesley Onguso Arasa fll through after the player made exhorbitant demands.

“Onguso insisted on one million transfer fee so the deal flopped because we were not ready to part with such a huge sum for a defender,” a source told Soka25east.

Earlier on, Gor Mahia are said to have signed another defender, Charles Momanyi from Kakamega Homeboyz.

“We’ve received Momanyi’s release letter from Kakamega Homeboyz and I can confirm that he’s now our player. Momanyi is a good young central defender and his addition to the team will definitely bring competition to our backline which is a good thing for any top club,” CEO Lordvick Aduda told Futaa.com

A Third signing is Lawrence Juma. The Nzoia United playmaker was a contender for midfielder of the year. His coach Bernard Mwalala confirmed the news.

“Lawi is a great and a disciplined boy,he’s destined for greatness.As a coach ,it’s sad to see such a player leave but once a player says he wants to progress his career elsewhere we have no choice but to let him go,we wish him the very best at Gor Mahia,” said Mwalala.

Meanwhile Humphrey Mieno, who had been a target of Gor Mahia in 2016, has now been released by Tusker and could be a target for Kogalo.

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9 Dec 17

Gor Mahia midfielder is set to join Ze Maria at Albanian side KF Tirana
Story courtesy of the Nation
The 2016 SportPesa Premier League (SPL) Most Valuable Player Kenneth Muguna is set to join Albanian giants KF Tirana.

Nation Sport understands that Tirana has reached an agreement with SPL champions Gor Mahia to release the player for a record transfer fee and a percentage on his future sell.

“He is highly unlikely to be part of the team next year. His deal to Tirana is at an advanced stage, in about a week’s time it will be through,” said an official from Gor who sought anonymity.

Tirana Chief Executive Officer Hector Como has been in the country the past two weeks in an attempt to finalise the move which will see the player sign a four-year contract.

“We actually wanted to sign him in August so that we can start the season with him but it didn’t go through. I am quite confident we will have him next month and his work is cut out to immediately fit into the team ahead of the second leg,

“I am hopeful that he can bring creativity in our midfield under his former coach Ze Maria. Our target is to play in the top-flight next season and also retain the FA Cup so that we can play in Europa league,” said Como.

Muguna boasts of a two-year experience in the SPL, where he has fast carved a reputation as a classy attacking midfielder, with wonderful ball skills.

His three goals and nine assists aided the club to their unprecedented 16th silverware.

“I believe I served the team diligently most importantly reclaiming the title. Any player would not want to turn down a new challenge in Europe. Hopefully it will be 100 percent completed soon,” Muguna, who is capped twice for Kenya, said.

The former Palos midfielder will become the sixth star to leave the club after a season following in the footsteps of Erick ‘Marcelo’ Ouma (2016), Michael Olunga (2015), David ‘Calabar’ Owino (2014), and Geoffrey ‘Baba’ Kizito (2013) among others.

Tirana already has Ugandan duo of midfielder Tony Mawejje and striker Yunus Sentamu at the club handled by former Gor coach Jose Marcelo Ferreira.

They top the country’s second tier standings with 22 points from nine games. Kenyans James Situma, Moses Arita and Francis Kahata have formerly featured for the side before.

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5 Dec 17

The career of Kevin Omondi “Ade” has come full circle as he has rejoined Kogalo, the team where he started his career.

“We have given ‘Ade’ a three year contract after he impressed the coaches in recent training. He was invited to train with the team by coach Kerr and he has given us the go ahead that we sign him and that is what we have done.” said Lordvick Aduda, the Gor Mahia CEO to goal.com

Ade wants to revive a career that was once very promising. Back in 2010, he was voted Kenya secondary school’s player of the year. He joined Kogalo the following season and was quickly named to the national team when only 19 years of age.

After the 2014 season, he left for South Africa. But a fall-out with the coach derailed his stint down South. He would return to Kenya and join Sofapaka the following season. But distracted by off the field issues, he never played well. He decided to join lower tier side Adminsitration Police. In the two friendlies he played against Gor Mahia, he played extremely well as if he had a point to prove.


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2 Dec 17

Gor Mahia have agreed to terms with attacker  Samuel Onyango from Ulinzi , defender Wesley Onguso from Sofapaka and Western Stima center half Maurice Ojwang . This according to a report on Citizen sports.

The same report also states that Jean Baptiste Mugiraneza has been sold off to 13-time Rwandan champions Armée Patriotique Rwandaise (APR).

Mugiraneza, popularly known as Migi, was signed as a replacement for Khalid Aucho but was unable to cement a first team place. He got no playing time under Ze Maria who often played him out of position. Under Frank Nuttall, he played well in spots.

Samwel Onyango is an attacker who often operates on the wings. He has been one of the revelations of the 2017 league and earned a place in the national team.

Kevin Omondi

Other reports suggest that coach Dylan Kerr is interested in bringing back Kevin Omondi “Ade”.

“I’m interested in having Kevin as part of my squad because he is greatly talented. He trained with us for two weeks and I know he is a player who stands a good chance of being signed at Gor. He has a chance to prove how good he is,” Kerr said in an online interview with the Standard.

The sticking point happens to be the relationship between Musa Mohamed and Kevin Omondi which was very sour at one point following revelations that Ade lost his wife to Musa.

But Ade has come out to clarify that he has no issues with Musa.

“There is nothing wrong between me and Musa Mohamed. We are friends and I have no issue concerning anything. I also don’t think he has any issue with me because we have moved on.” he said to the Standard.

His manager, Charles Omondi Korea also stated that Ade is keen to rejoin Kogalo.

“Kevin Omondi is psyched up to re-join Gor anytime. He trained with them for two weeks and the coach is already impressed, so we’re simply waiting for talks with the club’s administration.” he told the Standard

If Omondi is in the right frame of mind, he could be a useful addition to Kogalo where he will be motivated to revive his flagging career which apparently was derailed due to off the field problems.

The manner in which his contract was terminated in South Africa also would have had a negative psychological impact on him thus affecting his play on the field. Dylan Kerr could be the man to put him back in the right frame of mind. His talents have never been in doubt. The problem has always been off the field issues including indiscipline.


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27 Nov 17

Gor Mahia are said to be interested in Tanzanian Left Back, Mohamed Hussein “Tshabalala”.  He is said to have thoroughly impressed Dylan Kerr while he was coaching Simba in Tanzania.

“Tshabalala” was voted Simba player of the year for 2016 and has been voted Tanzania player of the month several times.

He has said he would be interested in a move to Kogalo depending on the offer.

Gor Mahia is a big club and if they are interested in my services then I can’t turn it down,” he said to goal.com.

Nevertheless he signed a three year contract with Simba in 2016 which keeps him under contract until 2019. Thus a move would require a hefty transfer fee.

Gor Mahia are also said to be chasing the services of Ulinzi attacker Samwel Onyango. His performances in 2018 saw him earn a call up to the national team.

Other reports suggest that Gor Mahia have already identified seven players who will be dropped to make way for other new signings.

Meanwhile defender Harun Shakava has picked up an injury which will rule him out of the upcoming CECAFA senior challenge cup. Also missing the tournament will be the Rwandese trio of Kagere, Tuyisenge and Mugiraneza. They were left out when the Rwandese squad was named.


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21 Nov 17

Guikan in action against Tusker in January

Gor Mahia are in negotiations with striker Ephrem Guikan.  The Ivorian who plays for AS Port Louis of Mauritius is well known to Kenyan football fans after his double sent Tusker FC crashing out of the 2017 Africa champions league.

CEO Ludovick Aduda confirmed the news.

“It is true that we are talking to Guikan over a possible move to Gor Mahia.  The player is currently in the country and was in attendance as Gor Mahia were crowned champions on Saturday in Kisumu. Everything looks positive for now and I can promise that an agreement will be reached soon. We are working on giving him a two year contract and should be part of us before the start of next season.” said Aduda to goal.com

Given that Gor Mahia have already reached the limit of foreign players they can sign, the club would need to release one foreign player should the deal go through.

Care needs to be taken

It is not clear whether this player is any better than the current set of strikers that Kogalo has. The mere fact that he is from CIV does not automatically better. His video CV is very sparse. Also there is no indication of whether he has undergone tryouts, medical exams or whether coach Kerr approves.

Ephrem Guikan Video highlights

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