Gor Mahia unveil new signings, will unveil new coach next week

Gor Mahia today provided the complete list of 8 new players who have joined the squad for the 2018-2019 season. The eight are:

Erick Ombija , Castro Ogendo , Erisa Sekisambu (Vipers SC), Geoffrey Ochieng (Western Stima), Shafik Batambuze (Singida United), Kenneth Muguna (FK Tirana), Nicholas Kipkirui (Zoo FC) and Pascal Ogweno (Kariobangi Sharks).

Wesley Onguso and Kevin Omondi have been released. Omondi’s form dipped significantly last season after what seemed like a brilliant start. It appeared he was on his way to regaining the form that saw him called up to the national team at age 19.

New Coach

Despite earlier stating that Zedekiah Otieno will be given the reins as the full time coach, Chairman Ambrose Rachier has reversed course after having received numerous applications .

“We have 53 applicants as of yesterday (Sunday); some have coached in Kenya and some have never stepped foot in Kenya.” said Rachier to goal.com

Rachier now says the club is screening multiple applicants for the position.

“The panel of experts will have to do the vetting but I can state that we’ll have to consider experience, possibly in Africa football and the language ability of the candidate for ease of communication with the players.”

Erisa Sekisambu arrives in camp

Gor Mahia’s new signing, Erisa Sekisambu whose arrival had been delayed due to disagreements over his signing bonus, has reported to the KOgalo camp in Nakuru.

Additional reporting from sportsfanug.com

The center forward penned a two-year deal with the reigning Kenyan Premier league champions in late October but money had not exchanged hands hence delaying the completion of the move.

The 23-year-old former Vipers SC player is expected to join the rest of the team as they begin a one week camp in Nakuru County on Wednesday morning.

Erisa Ssekisambu’s arrival adds to six the number of foreign players at KPL Champions and the club will have to drop or loan one to create space for the Ugandan vibrant international.

Erisa Ssekisambu was at Uganda Premier League Champions Vipers Sports Club last season and joins fellow Ugandan Shafik Batambuze at the K’Ongalo.

Geoffrey Ochieng

Gor Mahia have signed Western Stima defender Geoffrey Ochieng.

“Ochieng is our player, he has been signed on a four-year deal and we are excited to have him on board. He has enough quality to be a top defender, and he will definitely fit our playing system.” said CEO Omondi Aduda to goal.com

Ochieng joined Stima from Kisumu Palos. He has previously been a transfer target of several KPL teams including Gor Mahia, Bandari and Sofapaka. He can play at either fullback or central defence.

Gor Mahia transfer news 1st November 2018

Gor Mahia have reportedly signed Ugandan attacker Erisa Sekisambu according to a report by blog Kahawatungu.

“It’s a done deal. The paperwork was done online to allow Gor Mahia register him in time for CAF Champions League,” said a club official.

Gor Mahia tried to sign the Ugandan in June but the deal fell through. His listed age is 23. But given that he made his first appearance in the Ugandan league in 2011, that age is questionable.

In Uganda, Sekisambu has played for SC Villa, URA, Express and Vipers. He recently played in the Indian league for Gokulam Kerala.

He would take the place of Ephrem Guikan who despite scoring numerous critical goals, failed to impress coach Dylan Kerr and is thus leaving.

Team manager Jolawi Obondo revealed that the club plans to send some players out on loan.

“We are also planning to loan out four players now that the federation adopted a new rule that permits academy players to feature for the senior team and vice versa. We tend to utilise fully our youth team,” he said to the Nation.

Gor Mahia sign future prospect Castro Ogendo

Castro Ogendo, a student at Kenyatta University has been signed by Kogalo on a four year deal. Ogendo is 20 years old and is highly rated. However team manager Jolawi Obondo said that young Castro will have a tough time breaking into the first team immediately.

“Yes, we have signed Ogendo, from Kenyatta University, he is a talented young lad who we want to groom and see if he can be of help in the future. We are still committed to developing players who shall take over in the near future, and Castro is one of them.” said Obondo to goal.com

Gor Mahia were also pursuing Allan Wanga of Kakamega Homeboyz, Sony Sugar’s goalkeeper Kevin Omondi, striker Erick Ombija of Coast Stima.

Ivorian Ephrem Guikan who was among Kogalo’s leading scorers this season despite limited playing opportunuties, is said to be leaving the club. He is one of the players whom coach Kerr has identified as surplus to his needs. Yesterday Guikan posted a message on his social media pages thanking chairman Rachier and wishing him success in the future.

The report on goal.com suggests that Gor Mahia want to replace him with either Burundian Caleb Bimenyimana of Rayon Sports or Ugandan Irissa Ssekisumba.

Gor Mahia sign Kipkurui and Ogweno

Kipkurui with CEO Aduda

Gor Mahia signed two players as they prepare for the 2018-2019 season which starts in about 35 days. The two players are striker Nicholas Kipkurui from Zoo Kericho and Pascal Ogweno, a defender from Kariobangi Sharks.

Additional reporting from the Nation
Gor Chief Executive Officer Lodvick Aduda confirmed that Ogweno and Kipkirui, put pen-to-paper to three and four year deals respectively.

Aduda believes Kipkirui will be a good addition to the Gor Mahia striking force if the 13 goals he scored for Zoo during the just concluded season is anything to go by.

“We have just captured Kipkirui who we believe is a top striker and will be a great addition to our striking force. We wish him the best of luck as he joins a team of several other talented stars,” Aduda said.

Ogweno joins the champions on the Bosman rule after he was released by Sharks two months before his contract lapsed.

The duo joins Kenneth Muguna and Shafik Batambuze who already reported to training on Thursday.

K’Ogalo are reportedly in pursuit of Bandari winger Abdallah Hassan.

“I am flying to Mombasa to seal another deal with a top player whose name I cannot reveal now and should be able to make an official announcement by mid-day,” hinted Aduda.

He further added that technical bench has already identified players who will either be dropped or sent on loan but this would be made public at a later date.

Gor resumed training on Thursday ahead of their trip to the United Kingdom to play English Premier League outfit Everton on November 6.

Gor Mahia transfer news 24-October-2018

Club official Ronald Ngala told goal.com that the club is busy searching for a proven striker.

“Yes, it is true that we are in the market for a striker, we want to sharpen our attacking department and ensure that we get more goals in the coming season. We are going to take part in several competitions and will need a proven goal scorer to help us in attack.” he said.

Gor Mahia currently has three foreigners in the attack: Tuyisenge, Mustafa and the Ivorian Ephrem Guikan. Some rumours suggested that the club was pursuing Allan Wanga. Back in 2014, Gor Mahia did make Wanga an offer.

Ngala continued to say that some players might be released to pursue other opportunities.

“Definitely when we bring in players we will release some, but that does not mean we are selling them. We will find clubs for them to go on loan to ensure they get playing time,”

The duo of Innocent Wafula and Karim Nizigyimana are in the process of renewing their deals at Gor Mahia

“We have been in talks with Karim and Wafula but they haven’t signed their contracts yet. Once we are back everything will be completed. Their current contracts expire in January 2019 and so there’s nothing to worry about,” said CEO Omondi Aduda to futaa.com.

Karim missed most of last season with a torn achilles tendon. The speedy Wafula was very useful on the flanks when called upon. He can either play as a fullback or as a winger.

Newly signed Ugandan midfielder Shafiq Batambuze is looking forward to an opportunity to play for Kogalo.

“I’m glad to be part of the Gor Mahia family and I am ready to perform at my best, I want to take my career to another level through Gor,” Batambuze told Nation Sport.

Batambuze also spoke of his accomplishments in Tanzania

Tanzania has been good to me, I have been loved and supported and won individual awards. I took player of the month award and Mapinduzi Cup MVP (Most Valuable Player),” he added.

Sec Gen Omondi unhappy about clandestine transfer deals

Gor Mahia secretary general Ben Omondi claims that neither chairman Ambrose Rachier nor Coach Kerr, nor himself approved the recent transfer moves.

Additional reporting from goal.com

Ambrose Rachier was quoted lamenting that the unveiling of both Muguna and Batambuze were ‘done hurriedly against my will’. Gor Mahia Secretary General Ben Omondi has raised an alarm over the manner in which the club is conducting its business in the ongoing transfer window.

Gor Maha have so far signed midfielder Kenneth Muguna and Ugandan Shafik Batambuze on a three and two year deals respectively. But Omondi is now questioning the new transfer policy being carried out by the club CEO Lordvic Aduda.

Omondi says that the rest of the club’s exo-embers are on the dark in the new transfer deals. “I don’t know under whose authority the CEO is working because most of the executive committee members are unaware of the details of these transfers. We just read about them on the media.

“The said transfer deals have been done without due procedure because according to the constitution of the club, any deal is supposed to be signed in the presence of the Chairman, Secretary General, and the treasurer, not the CEO,” Omondi told Goal.

Gor Mahia are also reportedly interested in the signature of Sofapaka midfielder Dennis Odhiambo but according to Omondi, the transfer business is being conducted with the utmost secrecy, not even head coach Dylan Kerr has an idea on who is being brought in.

“The coach made it very clear that he is satisfied with the number of foreign players and the truth is we (Gor Mahia) don’t have the money to sign more players.

“The EC is supposed to meet to chat the away forward because we are in the dark. We don’t even know anything about the signing fee.” Omondi added.

Club chairman Ambrose Rachier was also quoted by a section of the media lamenting that the unveiling of both Muguna and Batambuze were ‘done hurriedly against my will’.

Kenneth Muguna puts pen to paper

Midfield ace Kenneth Muguna is rejoining Kogalo after an unsuccesful stint in Albania with KF Tirana. That club has been an unhappy hunting ground for several players including Meddie Kagere, Musa Mohamed and Francis Kahata.

Additional reporting from the Nation

Also rejoining Gor Mahia is midfield maestro Kenneth Muguna, who had a brief stint with K’Ogalo, before joining Albania’s FC Tirana.

According to Aduda, the 22-year-old Muguna, who was voted 2016 KPL player of the year while plying his trade with Western Stima before joining Gor Mahia last season, has signed a three-year deal which will tie him to the club till October 2021.

“I want to confirm that we have already signed Batambuze and Muguna and are still chasing five more players, who will help bring balance in the team as we look to defend the league title and at the same time make an impression at the continental level”, Aduda said via phone on Wednesday.

He added that the club is looking to recruit a top striker, central defender, offensive left, offensive right and holding midfielder on recommendation from the team’s technical bench.

“I have lined up a meeting with the Gor Mahia technical bench, who should be able to tell me the players they want me to bring in and at the same time recommend, who should be released to create room for the incoming players,” Aduda said.

Aleast three players will axed from the current squad, while several others will be loaned to other clubs, as the club looks to have a lean squad.

Gor Mahia transfer news Oct-17-2018

Gor Mahia are said to have signed Ugandan midfield ace Shafiq Batambuze.

“The deal is done. We have handed him a two-year deal,” Gor Mahia CEO Omondi Aduda told goal.com
The much traveled Batambuze has played for Sofapaka, Tusker, Muhoroni Youth and Western Stima in the KPL. In Tanzania, he played for Simba and Singida United.

Some fans have expressed reservations over the player saying that he was rejected by Simba and ended up at lowly Singida United. The midfielder has also played for the Uganda Cranes and was at the 2017 Africa Nations cup.

Interestingly, two weeks ago, club secretary general Ben Omondi had dismissed the signing of Batambuze stating that it was the work of cartels at the club.


Kerr wants some players axed

Meanwhile coach Dylan Kerr has submitted a list of players he thinks should be axed from the team. But the club officials are baulking.

‘’We are in talks with the coach in regard to some of the names he proposed for axing since we feel some of them are still too good to leave at this point. We shall give details once done with the talks,” said Ngala to Citizen sports.

Kerr wanted the players axed to make way for other signings. Ngala noted that the club will not be going for any big signings due to the its financial situation.

New Season to start on December 8

The Kenya premier league will be harmonizing with the world football calendar. In that vein, the next season will be named the 2018-2019 season and will start on December 8. Gor Mahia will open their campaign against Bandari at Mbaraki stadium.

Kerr expects a stronger challenge from other teams this time.

“It is not going to be a walk in the park for us. My players should know that it is going to be harder than ever, and so we have to be stronger, more disciplined, focused and professional on how we live on and off the field. said Kerr.

He also wants fans to tone down their expectations.

“For the fans, let us be together and enjoy football without too much expectations, because they might frustrate at the end of the day,

Boniface Oluoch pens 3 year deal

Goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch has extended his stay at Kogalo by three years. The three year deal is a tad surprising considering that Oluoch had a season that was poor by his typically high standards. However the other goalkeepers in the squad did not inspire much confidence. Indeed the entire country of Kenya is now in the midst of a goalkeeping drought the likes of which has not been seen in decades.

Additional reporting from Citizen Sports.
Custodian Boniface Oluoch has penned a new three-year deal with champions Gor Mahia which should keep him at the club until October 2021.

By signing a new deal, Oluoch joins Wellington Ochieng who has also renewed his contract for a further three years.

Oluoch has been an important cog for K’Ogalo but has found his play time come under threat of late with Fredrick Odhiambo giving him a run for opportunities.

By committing his future to K’Ogalo, Oluoch will have to work extra hard to dislodge Odhiambo who was outstanding in the few matches he played.

Meanwhile, Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier says they are in the process of recruiting more players, but failed to elaborate on the actual targets.

‘”We are not going to sign high profile players because of our financial situation. We will therefore sign affordable players to avoid embarrassment in future,” said Rachier.

Rachier’s remarks come in the wake of the return of midfielder Kenneth Muguna and former Tusker and Singida left back Shafique Batambuze.

The K’Ogalo fans will be anticipating a better season which begins in December. Gor , having clinched a 17th league title, will be competing on three fronts namely the Caf-Champions League, the league as well as the FKF-Shield, and will require squad depth to challenge on all the fronts.