Tag: Gor Mahia signings

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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29 Jan 15

Gor Mahia have signed Rwandese striker Meddie Kagere on a one year deal. In the process, Gor mahia paid a transfer fee worth Sh2,016,554 (USD22,000)
“Kagere is already training with the team. We wanted him to sign a two year contract but he wanted a year’s stay, but we hope we can convince him otherwise,” club’s Deputy Secretary General Naima Oketch told Capital Sport.
The fact that he insisted on a one year contract means he will likely be looking to leave the club at the end of 2015 which will once again leave the club looking for a striker.
Given that Kagere only trained with the club for a short time before they signed him, then Kagere must have really impressed the technical bench within this short period.
But fans may not get a chance to see Kagere in action soon since he is ineligible to play in the continental campaign and coach Nuttall will be looking to identify the line-up that will face CNAPs of Madagascar in 2 weeks.
However it is worth noting that Gor Mahia appears not to have conducted any health assessments on any of the players they signed least of all Kagere who was signed at whiplash speed.
The signing fee given to Kagere does not seem commensurate with a one year contract either. It is not even clear if the signing fee matches Kagere’s current form. The Kagere of 2011 was certainly worth that massive transfer fee. However he has not matched that form of late at club level considering that his sojourns outside Rwanda have fallen short of expectations.
On a positive note, as of 2014, Kagere was still a mainstay in the Rwandese national team and scored three goals during the 2014 world cup qualifiers. Gor Mahia fans will hope that he can transfer that form to the local league.

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26 Jan 15

A report on supersport.com suggests that Rwandese striker Meddie Kagere is being pursued by Gor Mahia.

Gor Mahia Chief Executive Officer Lordvic Aduda confirmed the club have had contact with the 29-year-old Ugandan-born Rwandan striker, who has scored nine goals in 20 appearances for the Amavubi.

“We have had contact with Kagere. His agent has confirmed to us that he will be arriving in Nairobi on Monday morning and hopefully by Tuesday we will have signed him if talks end positively,” said Aduda.

Coach Nuttall, in an interview, said his side were still lacking in attack following the exit of talisman Dan Sserunkuma, who moved to Tanzania giants Simba after scoring 72 goals in 100 games for Gor Mahia.

“I hope to sign a striker before the transfer window closes,” admitted Nuttall at the weekend. Gor Mahia have been the most active in the transfer market signing 15 players and releasing 14.

2011 CECAFA cup

Kagere was born in Uganda where he initially played for Mbale Heroes. In 2006 he went to the Rwandese league where he joined ATRACO. He would soon take up Rwandese nationality in order to play for the Amavubi, the Rwandese national team.

Kagere first shot to international fame when he emerged as the top scorer during the 2011 CECAFA senior challenge cup. During that tournament he scored 5 goals to finish as the tournament top scorer as Rwanda reached the finals where they lost to Uganda.  Most notable were the two goals he scored against his motherland in the final.

Kagere was also on fire in the local league: In the 2010/11 seasons he finished as the Primus League’s top scorer with 16 goals. He was the main reason that Police FC finished in the second spot that year.

It was during this period that Gor Mahia first pursued Kagere. But his then club Police FC set a selling price of KES 4 million, a figure which Gor Mahia baulked at. Kagere then left Police FC in Rwanda to join Esperance in a move worth US$150,000. . He played at Esperance for five months whereupon his contract was terminated.

He spent three seasons at Police FC, scoring 38 league goals and was also the national team’s top scorer with three goals in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers.

Kagere leaves Police

In 2013, Kagere attended trials at Safa FC of Lebanon. His move there however hit a snag upon which he joined Rayon Sports.

In 2014, Kagere left Rayon Sports to move to KF Tirana for a fee of $10,000. It was his first move to a European side. His contract with Tirana was terminated along with another Ugandan Francis Olaki in December of 2014 due to lack of productivity.

Kagere and Olaki have scored just one goal each yet they get over 40,000 USD. Such money can be used to get a quality player who can score more goals for Tirana. The two thus have been axed from the club on mutual agreement” said the representative of KF Tirana.

Meddie Kagere Highlights

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15 Jan 15

Coach Frank Nuttall has been back for only three days but he wasted no time stamping his imprint on the club. On Wednesday he axed two new signings, Farouk Ssentongo and James Ohawa.

A source indicates that Nuttall The coach evaluated the squad and recommended that the two be released, he says the two are too slow and lazy thus falling short of the coach’s expectations and will not fit in his 2015 plans. This according to a report on futaa.com

Unknown Players – No trials

More than half of the players Gor Mahia signed in 2015 were hit or miss players. In many cases it appears very little is known about them. It is difficult to find any information about players like Taofiq Zachary, James Ohawa or Farouk Ssentongo.

Most big clubs typically invite players for trials before they sign them. In the case of Gor Mahia it appears they offer contracts first before seeing what the player is about. Note that chairman Ambrose Rachier indicated that all the players signed have been offered contracts. This is an issue Gor Mahia has to be careful about because FIFA always sides with players when arbitrating between a club and a player whose contract has been terminated. With this kind of carelessness, Gor Mahia could be on the hook to pay salaries of players who are no longer with the club, something Gor Mahia cannot afford.

One can only hope that the contracts have not been signed or they have an “Out-Clause”.

Its also worth noting also that Chairman Rachier indicated that Frank Nuttall was kept in touch with the rest of the technical bench

The curious case of James Ohawa

How this guy ended up at Gor Mahia is quite a mystery. He was supposedly signed from Mombo FC, a team that is not even in Uganda’s top tier. How did a player who does not feature in Uganda’s top league end up at the KPL champions? It stands to reason that if Ohawa was such a good player, he would have been scouted by one of the top Ugandan sides before he ended up at Gor Mahia.

Farouk Ssentongo

The case of Farouk Ssentongo is slightly more understandable given that he young and has shown some potential. He first came to the limelight when he played in Uganda’s Copa Coca Cola. Upon joining Gor Mahia he showed some determination.

“I came here for a challenge and will not disappoint Gor Mahia fraternity. As a footballer, each player wants to make an impact. I knew I will get a bigger challenge as a player because this is a club preparing for continental duty and I want to be of help to the team in the Champions League.”

“I have played in a competitive and lean league in the United Arab Emirates and I know I will fit in well in the Kenyan league. I will give my best and replicate what my countryman Geoffrey Kizito did for this glamour club,” he said a few days ago.

It is therefore surprising that he would show laziness or lack of effort on the field. Perhaps it is part of the learning curve of a young player.

Where does that leave the club?

The good news is that coach Nuttall appears to think that Taofioq Zachary who is the club’s most expensive signing is of a calibre high enough to stay at the club. The other good news is that the decision was taken before the CAF deadline for submitting player names for the 2015 Africa champions league.

It is also possible that coach Frank Nuttall has taken this action to put all players on notice that if they do not shape up and work hard, they will either be axed or they will find themselves perpertually on the terraces.

There was a time when Gor Mahia were Astute at signing.

Back in the 1970s, 1980s and even 1990s, Gor Mahia had a network of scouts all over the country. These scouts would recommend players for trials at Gor Mahia. In those days several players were signed from grassroots teams and quite a number made an impact on the team. Players like John Okello “Zangi”, David Ochieng,  came direct from lower division teams.

In some cases, players were recomended by fellow players. Peter Dawo came recomended by his fellow Railways players when he played at the KECOSO games. Yours truly once spoke to Owino “Kempes” and he told me that it was he who recomended George Onyango “Fundi”. At the time Fundi was still a secondary school student.

Gor Mahia also had a ready made pipeline in the form of Kisumu Hotstars  from whom Gor Mahia signed several players as far back as Allan Thigo, Bobby Ogolla, Charles Otieno and Anthony Ndolo.

It was also commonplace for Gor Mahia to sign players directly from school because their network of scouts often attended school games. The two supernovae Sammy Owino and Nahashon were both scouted while in school. In fact Lule started to play for Gor Mahia while still a secondary school student. The Daily Nation dubbed him the “Schoolboy Wonderboy”. Sammy Onyango was also at Gor Mahia while still studying at Equator High school. While the likes of George Nyangi, Charles Omondi “Korea” joined Kogalo right after finishing at Kakamega high and Githumu respectively.

In those days Gor Mahia was known for signing young players with potential and moulding them into great players. If you look at the squad that won the Africa cup in 1987, you will find that almost none of them were established before they joined Gor Mahia. Many came unknown, were tried out by Len Julians and moulded into high calibre players.

And more recently it is James Sianga who was the last person to carry out the tradition of using grassroots scouts to recruit players who would then come to the club for trials.

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2 Jul 14

Gor Mahia are set to receive some compensation from the sale of Kevin Omondi “Ade” to Moroka Swallows of South Africa. This according to a report from goal.com.

The total amount Moroka Swallows will pay is Ksh 4 million. It is still not clear how much Gor Mahia will receive.

“Fisa have been in touch with us and have offered to give us part of the money they will receive from Swallows. They gave us an offer and we gave a counter-offer.” said Ronald Ngala to goal.com

Ngala has also revealed that the club will be more careful in their dealings with FISA academy in the future:

“I must confess that sometimes we have been desperate to get the players and so we don’t make any demands. Previously, it was also unlikely for players to leave but with increased exposure, this is changing.

“In future, we will only sign loan deals that ensure our interests are well protected. Omondi’s transfer has really opened our eyes over this issue.” added Ngala to goal.com

Pursuing some compensation for “Ade”  is a good thing considering that Gor Mahia has also invested a lot in the player. They have given him maximum exposure and one can make the argument that the club has contributed more in moulding Kevin Omondi.

Wishing Rama all the best

Secretary General Chris Omondi has official announced that Rama Salim will be leaving the club. His most likely destination is South Africa. He had signed a six month contract with Gor Mahia in January. The club has been seeking a contract extension but Rama did not seem inclined. He has been a good player for the club since he joined from Congo Boys in 2012 and we wish him the best as he pursues his goals.

Omondi also announced the Jared Obwoge will join Posta Rangers on a six month loan deal. Obwoge joined the club in January but has been unable to crack the starting line-up. He had been a highly touted signing. None other than Zdravko Logarusic wanted to sign him in 2012. Joining Rangers will give Obwoge much needed playing time.

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