Tag: Gor Mahia signings



25 Oct 17

On Wednesday, long serving defender and captain Musa Mohamed put pen to paper on a new contract that will see him stay at Kogalo until 2019. Mohamed is the longest serving player at the club having joined in 2010, soon after finishing form four at Langata high along with Kevin Omondi. The last two years have seen Musa build on his experience and play the best football of his life.

Also penning a two year deal is Ugandan midfielder Godfrey Walusimbi. He has been instrumental as both a playmaker and occasional goal-scorer. His excellent form has seen him become a regular for the Ugandan national team.

Coach Dylan Kerr is happy as he plots an assault on the 2018 Africa champions league where Kogalo’s record has been below par.

“The expectation for us to go to the Champions League and win is high and the players want this platform to market themselves. It’s not good when you have players’ contracts running out because everybody will come for them,” said Kerr.

“I don’t want my players to fall for deals from some unscrupulous agents with empty promises. I want them all to stay. I don’t want the team to be messed up by so many new recruits.”

“One of Sir Alex Ferguson’s biggest strengths was that he didn’t change his squad time and again. Look at his tally of premier league titles in England. If we want to be the best, we must copy the best.” said Kerr to the Nation.

 

 


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25 Oct 17

Gor Mahia talisman Jacque Tuyisenge and defensive midfielder Ernest Wendo have both put pen to paper on new contracts signing 2 and 3 year contracts respectively.

“It’s my best career moment, I had never won a league title before. I chose to stay on because of the love I have been offered here,” said an elated Tuyisenge to the Nation.

In 2016, Kogalo paid Ksh to Rwanda Police for his services. Since then he has been the leading scorer for the club.

This is good news for Kogalo who need to keep their squad intact if they are to make an impact continentally.

 

Kerr Shifts focus to Continental cup

This video was recorded before Tuyisenge and Wendo put pen to paper.

Walusimbi: This time if the office comes on board and performs the required preparations, the team will perform well.

Tuyisenge: We want to reach the group stage of the champions league
Kerr: I am confident that if we have the right players and the right mentality, we shall go far.

Walusimbi on whether he will stay: If the offer is good, maybe I can stay. If I get a better offer elsewhere I might go. But I would like to stay.

Kerr on the players status: I want them all to stay. If you break up the team, you will have to start from fresh which is not healthy


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24 Oct 17

All these three players need to be resigned

Having sealed the 2017 Kenya premier league title, Gor Mahia’s next task is to renew the contracts of six key players whose contract expiry is imminent.

The six are captain Musa Mohammed, whose contract lapses on January 15 next year, on-form striker George “Blackberry” Odhiambo, who will be out of a contract by December 31, defender Harun Shakava, whose contract ends on January 14, Rwandan Jacques Tuyisenge (February 1), Godfrey Walusimbi (January 22) and burly midfielder Ernest Wendo (January 1, 2018)

All six are important players whom Kogalo will need if they want to make an impact on the continental scene in 2018. Chairman Ambrose Rachier told the Nation newspaper that they would like to close out this issue by the end of the year.

“We have learned our lessons and this time round we want to do things differently. We have already started negotiations with the players whose contracts are running out,” he said.

“That is however a great challenge to us because it requires a huge amount of money in terms of sign-on fees and salaries for the players.

“I’d like us to settle this matter with the players before the end of this year so that we can have everyone registered for the Caf competition, as opposed to previous years where some of our best players have had to miss the competition due to late registration,” Rachier said

And according to CEO Ludovick Aduda, Tuyisenge is being pursued by Rwanda APR while Walusimbi is being pursued by Orlando Pirates of South Africa.

“This are our valuable players who we cannot afford to lose and are working round the clock to have them agree new contracts,” Aduda said. “We already have had preliminary talks with Tuyisenge and he is showing positive signs of staying with the club and should engage Walusimbi who returns to the country at the weekend and we believes we will convince the two to stay,” he said to the Nation.


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10 Oct 17

As the end of the season nears, the transfer season has already begun in earnest. And it appears that Gor Mahia’s first task will be to try and maintain the services of talisman Jacque Tuyisenge. According to Citizen Sports, Rwandese side APR have sent a delegation to Nairobi to negotiate with Tuyisenge in a bid to get him back.

Gor Mahia for their part are trying to keep the Rwandese striker who is currently the highest paid player at the club.

“As a club we are talking to him. We do not want a situation where we lose him for free .We are therefore trying to reach a common ground,” a club source who requested anonymity told Citizen Digital.

Tuyisenge has scored 11 goals this season including 6 in the Sportpesa premier league. His most notable goal was the header against Everton in Dar es Salaam where he headed in a Kenneth Muguna corner kick from a very difficult angle.

With success inevitably other clubs mostly foreign but sometimes local ones come knocking on the door to seek the services of Gor Mahia players and technical staff. Tuyisenge is likely not the last player whom Gor Mahia will be fighting to keep this season.


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28 Jan 17

Jean Batiste Mugiraneza, John Ndirangu Softie, Kenneth Muguna, Joash Onyango,Filemon Otieno, Mike Simiyu, Shaban Odhoji (keeper), Jeconia Uyoga, Teddy Osok, Oliver Maloba, Peter Odhiambo (Keeper) , Maqbul Mohammed.
Image courtesy of Jaro Soja

The new signings were unveiled at an event at the Radisson Blue Hotel.

 

At the same event, Musa Mohamed was elected team captain with Jacque Tuyisenge elected Vice Captain.

Nizigiyimana and Kahata received the team flag from Jaro Soja

 

Aside from unveiling new players, Gomalotto was officially launched.

 


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10 Jan 17

Last year Gor Mahia beat Al Hilal in Omdurman

Gor Mahia have named a 22 player squad that will leave on Friday and travel to Sudan to play Al Hilal

The squad includes most the new signings and apparently also includes striker Timothy Otieno who was on loan to Posta Rangers in 2016.

Teddy Osok, a defensive midfielder who was previously in the Gor Mahia U19 team is in the squad. He had been dropped from the U19 team but earned his way back after a stellar display at the KPL U20 tournament in which he gave Kogalo players a torrid time.

Rwanda international Jean Baptiste Mugiraneza, appears set to make his debut. Missing from this list is Jockins Atudo, the KPL defender of the year who had earlier been announced a signing. He is no longer in the official list of signings.

Playing Unit: 1. Boniface Oluoch, 2. Shaban Odhoji, 3. Wellington Ochieng, 4. Karim Nizigiyimana, 5. Harun Shakava, 6. Musa Mohammed, 7. Collins Okoth, 8. Amos Nondi, 9. Ernest Wendo, 10. Francis Kahata, 11. George Odhiambo, 12. Jacques Tuyisenge, 13. Meddie Kagere, 14. Jean Baptiste Mugiraneza, 15. Teddy Osok, 16. Kenneth Muguna, 17. Joash Onyango, 18. Timothy Otieno, 19. Philemon Otieno, 20. Mike Simiyu, 21. John Ndirangu, 22. Oliver Maloba.

Technical Bench: 23. Coach – Marcelo Fereira, 24. Assistant Coach – Marco Aurellio, 25. Team Manager – Jolawi Obondo, 26. Fitness Trainer – Sandro Fantino, 27. Team Physician – Fredrick Otieno, 28. Team Doctor – Patrick Opiyo.

The delegation will be led by EC members John Pesa and Judith Nyangi.

 

Other Transfer news

Gor Mahia are in talks with fast rising Mathare United midfielder Eric Johana

“We are due to meet Johanna on Thursday at 10am and from there we shall let you know the way forward. It is all over the media that we have signed Johanna but we are yet to reach a deal,” Jolawi Obondo confirmed to Citizen Digital.

The other teams who have been chasing Johana are arch rivals AFC Leopards and Tusker. Johana has been voted KPL midfielder of the year in 2015. He has made 11 appearances for the national team, acquitting himself well and most notably scoring the winning goal against Congo-Brazzaville.


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8 Jan 17

Gor Mahia’s youthful defender Eric Ouma has come out and strongly denied rumours that he turned down a contract from Gor Mahia and insisted on another six month contract

Below is the statement that was posted in Marcelo’s social media pages

I wish to categorically state that rumours circulating around that I recently insisted for a further six months stay at Gor Mahia and in the process turning down a 3 year offer is misinformed.
Neither myself nor my Representatives have held OFFICIAL talks with the club as purported by a section of the media but I am fully aware that a meeting regarding the same is being scheduled to clear the air.
Fans have reacted and I feel their frustrations because its a normal occurrence anywhere in the world of football when such reports are filtered into the air more so as a result of misinformation.
I once again thank you for your continued support and may God bless you in your endeavors. Happy New Year.

Muguna signed

A report suggests that Gor Mahia have sealed a deal to sign KPL player of the year Kenneth Muguna.

“We have been following Muguna and we are happy we have got his signature. He will play a pivotal role in our 2017 campaign,” the official who sought anonymity told supersport.com.

The lanky Muguna shone brilliantly in the 2016 season playing for Western Stima. He had previously played for Palos of Kisumu. He was most notable for his tireless running and boundless energy. With Muguna and Mugiraneza in the defensive midfield area, Gor Mahia will be much stronger in the department which was weak last season.

Ze Maria Returns

Gor Mahia tactician Ze Maria has returned from his Christmas holiday. He spent the holiday first in Italy where he lives then in Brazil. Ze Maria landed at JKIA airport on Saturday.


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6 Jan 17

Gor Mahia have apparently parted ways with promising defender Eric Ouma “Marcelo”. Club Chairman Ambrose Rachier confirmed to goal.com

“Eric Ouma’s contract has expired and we have not talked with him on the possibility of renewing it. He is not our player as we speak because we don’t have contract with him,” Rachier Said.

A source confirmed to goal.com that Marcelo has indeed left the team.

“Eric Ouma has been dropped and will not be part of our 2017 squad. He never showed interest in playing for us and we have decided to cut the ties.” said the source

There has been contention within the club regarding the fact that Marcelo insists on a 6 month renewal whereas the club has been trying to get him to sign a 2 year contract.

The club has also announced that the contracts of Boniface Oluoch and Karim Nizigiyimana have been extended for two years to end of 2018.

“Gor Mahia is pleased to confirm that goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch and defender Karim Nizigiyimana have each extended their stay at the club for 2 years respectively.” according the club site.  Abouba Sibomana, whose contract expired, has also left the club.

According to the club site, seven players have so far been signed by the club:

Here is the full list: Shaban Odhoji (from Ushuru for three years), Jean-Baptiste Mugiraneza (from Azam for two years), Oliver Maloba (from City Stars for three years), Philemon Otieno (from Ushuru for three years), Jeconiah Uyoga (for four years), John Ndirangu (from AFC Leopards for three years) and Alpha Onyango (from the team’s U20 side).

Alpha Onyango was one of the standouts from the recently concluded KPL U20 tournament.

Jeconiah Uyoga was the second leading scorer in the recently concluded Extreme  Sports Super 8, while playing for Technical University of Kenya (TUK).

Jerim Onyango

According to a report from futaa.com, a number of players have been dropped by the club:

Jerry Onyango, Crispin Odula, Baron Jobita, Jackson Saleh, Luke Ochieng, Gradus Ochieng, Sammy Okinda, Ronald Omino, Bernard Odhiambo and Jacob Keli.

Jerim Onyango, the long serving club skipper has long indicated an interest in pursuing a political seat : MCA of his home  in Ugunja, Ugenya constituency.

“I have not retired just yet, who knows I could play for another six months before retiring but the truth is I will be seeking a political seat in 2017 and so I am still consulting on the best way to go about it.” he said.

Chairman Ambrose Rachier was however concerned that Jerim would be too distracted to focus on football in 2017.


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2 Jan 17

Former Gor Mahia midfield ace, Ali Abondo is still not certain of his future but has indicated that a return to Gor Mahia is a possibility.  It is also apparent that Ajax Cape Town have not communicated directly to Abondo regarding his status but have only communicated via the media.

“We are still discussing things with my employers and my agent will let me know soon what my next move will be. I like this club (Ajax), but my stay here wasn’t exactly what I had hoped for and if they are saying those things (in the media) then there is a possibility that I may leave before my contract is up. If that happens, I would not mind coming back to Gor Mahia. That has been my club for a long time and it won’t be the first time I am will be returning.” said Abondo to the KPL website.

Abondo left Kogalo for trials in South Africa in January of 2016 after having had a stellar season in 2015.

Meanwhile Baron Oketch Jobita is leaving Gor Mahia to join Ulinzi on a one year loan deal.

“We have completed everything on both sides and we are glad that Oketch will be joining us. We needed someone to complement Makwatta (John) in striking and Baron fits what we were looking for. He is a very good player and he will play a big role for us in 2017 especially in continental football,” Ulinzi Stars chair Lt. Col. Erick Oloo said to the Ulinzi FC website.

The speedy Jobita whose father Laban Jobita played for Gor Mahia in the 1990s joined Gor Mahia from Western Stima in 2016.  But he has not fit into coach Ze Maria’s plans. He thrives on using his speed down the flanks which does not suit Ze Maria’s style. As a result, he hardly played.

 


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9 May 16

Gor Mahia coach Ze Maria is looking to bolster his squad during the mid year transfer season which begins in June.

An official speaking on anonymity has told Supersport that the club is interested in pursuing Harambee stars players Paul Were and Eric Johana respectively.

We are looking to sign an offensive midfielder, striker, right back who can understudy Niziyimana. We have set our sights on Eric Johana and Paul Were who coach Ze Maria believes are good players who can make a good impact. The coach is currently assessing them and he will give us the final word on who to sign,” the source told supersport.com.

Paul Were Ooko who mostly operates as a right winger was recently with a Greek side but is set to be released after his team was relegated. Eric Johana is currently tied to Mathare United. Were had previously been associated with the club in January only for the opportunity in Greece to supersede.

The source also told Supersport that the return of Meddie Kagere in June has been ruled out because Gor Mahia has already reached its current quota of foreigners and all of them are still under contract.

Rwandese defender Abouba Sibomana whose place in the starting line-up is now threatened by upstart Eric Marcelo Ouma, has vowed to stay at the club and fight to regaion his place in the starting line-up.

“Eric is a very good player and I am happy that he is performing well. Such competition is very good for me because it keeps me on my toes. It ensures that I give 100%, both in training and games, because if I don’t perform then I risk losing my place in the team.” Sibomana told Sokka, a Rwandese site.

In addition to Kagere, the club has also quashed rumours that they would be seeking to bring back Timothy Otieno from his loan spell at Posta Rangers.

“I am not aware of such an arrangement, we have not discussed about it as the management and it’s not something we are planning to do” , sad Ronald Ngala to futaa.com

Gor Mahia’s attack has at times appeared unable to score goals when Tuyisenge is unavailable, while the Rwandese striker has had to spend a lot of time on the treatment table.


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