Gor Mahia pursuing Jockins Atudo

Ace central defender Jockins Atudo is said to be very close to completing a move to Gor Mahia. According to the report on futaa.com, Gor Mahia is offering Atudo a good offer: 1.5 million signing fee and a monthly salary of two hundred thousand.

This is the second time Gor Mahia is pursuing Atudo who is currently a Posta Rangers player. He has previously played for Tusker and Azam and has had several stints in the national team.

Atudo who is 31, was born in Homa Bay area. he played for Otieno Oyoo secondary school along with Ali Abondo. They both soon joined SoNy Sugar FC. He starred in the Harambee stars side that won the CECAFA cup in 2013, scoring three goals.

Atudo will add depth and experience to the central defence position which now has Harun Shakava and Musa Mohamed as the two reliable players. Another player who may be returning is former AFC Leopards skipper Jackson Saleh. His 6 month loan at Ingwe ended and the club has indicated that they will not renew the loan.

Reports: Jackson Saleh switches to Gor Mahia

In a bid to shore up the central defence department which has been paper thin, Gor Mahia have signed AFC Leopards defender Jackson Saleh. Since the Liberian Dirkir Glay left in August of last season, Gor Mahia have had to improvise by playing Innocent Wafula and Eric Ochieng in central defence with mixed results.

Gor Mahia team manager Jolawi Obondo confirmed the move.

“Saleh has been training with us from yesterday and he will be a good addition to the squad due to his experience” said Obondo to futaa.com

Obondo also said that they have already received a release letter from AFC Leopards.

On Monday, Gor Mahia had denied that they were interested in Saleh.

“Those are just rumors. We have not expressed any interest in signing him. Currently we are working with the players we have on board” said Ronald Ngala when asked whether the club was pursuing Saleh.

In 2014, Saleh was rumoured to be very interested in joining Gor Mahia and some outlets even reported that he had signed. He was later convinced by AFC officials to remain at the club.

Saleh has played at Harambee stars alongside Musa Mohamed. Before playing for AFC, he was at Western Stima.

Vitals Statistics

Date of Birth: 25 January 1989
Age: 27
Caps: 3
Position: Central defender

Wishing David Owino Calabar all the best

David Owino Calabar with his agent who it turns out is former club official George Bwana

David Owino “Calabar” has finally put pen to paper with Zambian side Zesco United after having passed the club’s medical exam. The move ends months of speculation about his future.

“Calabar” joined Gor Mahia in December of 2011. He has played for the club for three seasons. In those seasons, Gor Mahia won the league twice and finished second once. His contribution to the club’s success during these years cannot be gainsaid. He has been the most consistent defender not just at the club but in the Kenya Premier League, able to slot in at either right back, left back or central defence. His solid play saw him earn KPL defender of the year honours twice in a row.

Defining Moment

It also enabled him to be a permanent fixture for the national team where he extended his solid play. His defining moment came during a national team encounter with the Nigeria Super Eagles where he bottled Victor Moses who at the time was playing for Chelsea in the English premier league. Though the match is mostly remembered for the memorable free-kick that Francis Kahata struck. It is also remembered for the marking job that David Owino executed on Victor Moses. It had shades of the marking job that Austin Oduor executed on the Liberian George Weah in 1989. Weah was the best striker in Africa at the time and would later become European player of the year. That match earned Owino the nickname “Calabar” a reference to the fact that the Kenya-Nigeria match was played in the town of Calabar. Prior to that he had been nicknamed “Jashirati” in reference to the famous Tanzanian musician Daniel Owino Misiani who is from Shirati village in Northern Tanzania.

Crucial Goals

His solid marking has been evident in every match he played. But also evident were his brilliant forays upfront that saw him score crucial goals for both club and national team. None was more important than the equalizing goal that he scored against AFC Leopards in 2013 as Gor Mahia marched towards their first title in 18 years with AFC breathing down their neck. A loss to AFC would have been devastating. Calabar saved the day.

At national team level, he enchanted Harambee stars fans with his menacing forays on the wings. He also scored several superb goals. The most memorable was the goal against South Sudan in the 2013 CECAFA cup in which Calabar made a mazy run on the left flanking before finishing with aplomb. He also scored the winning goal as Kenya fought gamely to beat Namibia 1-0.

Suffice to say that his solid play has been instrumental in enabling Gor Mahia to win two titles. Also important has been his leadership, hard work and self discipline which served a s good example to other players and saw him voted as Vice Captain.

Shades of past Gor Mahia defenders

Looking back at other right full backs, who have played for the club, Calabar ranks right up there with the best. Paul Oduwo “Cobra” was famous for his tireless runs up and down the flank and his robust tackles. Zedekiah Otieno “Zico” also made several runs upfront and was a brilliant crosser. Tobias Ocholla was famous for his tight marking and long throws. Swaleh Ochieng was a solid tackler and marker with out of this world fitness and discipline. Peter Otieno “Bassanga” was a leader of men and was elected captain within 2 years of joining the team. Owino “calabar” appears to have many of these attributes.

Early Days

Owino Calabar started at the youth team of Nakuru All Stars Academy in 2004 which was then called St. Josephs academy. At the time he was nicknamed “Angoloma” in reference to the big French central defender Jocelyn Angoloma.  Owino played for Nakuru All Stars senior side until 2008 then moved to Karuturi sports club. In 2011 when he signed for Gor Mahia. His move to Gor Mahia was not successful at first as he found himself warming the bench as Croatian Coach Zdravko Logarusic cited his lack of height as a reason for not fielding him more often.


Owino “Calabar” said he was happy to finally join Zesco.

“I am happy to join Zesco United, I know it’s a result oriented team, am from Gor Mahia that has the same stance and both teams are champions. I love to play for champions because I believe a team attains the status of champions because of hard work,” he said to the Zesco website.

This column would like to thank Calabar for three solid seasons and wish him the best in future endeavors. He will always be welcome back at Kogalo in the future.

Timothy Otieno negotiations stalled

The future of Timothy Otieno at Gor Mahia has become uncertain. Otieno who joined Gor Mahia on a 6 month contract in July is now outof contract. Negotiations with the club have stalled. The club has offered a two year contract but Otieno wants money upfront.

“My current contract expires this month and we are still negotiating an extension. The club has offered another two-year contract, but I can’t sign without getting the down-payment,” said Otieno to the Standard.
“It’s my first experience in topflight football and I really enjoyed it at Gor. Sofapaka and Tusker have already approached me, but I love Gor and I am more than willing to extend my stay here. At the moment, talks have stalled because we have failed to agree on some of my demands. Let’s wait and see what happens. I am expecting the officials to call me again.” continued Otieno.
When contacted, assistant Secretary General Ronald Ngala, the official denied that the contract extension negotiations with Otieno had stuck. In the meantime other clubs like Sofapaka and Tusker have expressed interest in signing the youngster.
The former Kakamega high school star showed a lot of promise when he joined Kogalo in mid-season, replacing Rama Salim in the starting line-up. He soon became a favourite of coach Bobby Williamson.

Gor Mahia and Tusker chase Olunga

Both Gor Mahia and Tusker have shown an interest in signing towering Thika United forward Michael Olunga. This according to a report by the Star newspaper. Olunga is another product of Kakamega high school. When he was named secondary school player of the year, he immediately announced that he was interested in playing for Gor Mahia. But Gor Mahia already had several strikers like  Sserunkuma, Lavatsa, Rama Salim and were pursuing Kiongera.  Olunga most recently featured for Thika United where he is now out of contract.

Gor Mahia to pursue young players

With purse strings tight, Gor Mahia will be pursuing younger players for the upcoming season according to CEO Lordvick Aduda

“We have had a strategy in place which we formulated alongside the club technical bench and we will be working on it as you know the transfer window only opened up on Monday and it is too soon to declare our targets,” said  Aduda to the Star.

Aside from Olunga and Otuoma, Aduda indicated that they would be pursuing Ronald Omino of Muhoroni Youth.

Gor Mahia transfer news Dec 3

David Owino “Calabar” has dismissed rumours that he has received offers from Sudan.

“Those are just things I am also learning from the internet. I am not aware of any deal from Sudan and as far as I am concerned I am still a Gor Mahia player bound by a contract.” he said to the club’s site

There have been rumours circulating that Calabar was bound for Sudanese giants El Merreikh. Calabar joined Kogalo in 2012 and has been one of the most consistent players not just at Gor Mahia but in the country. He has won the defender of the year title in 2013 and 2014 and has been a mainstay in the starting line up of Harambee stars during this period. Fans will be hoping that the club can keep him.

Fast rising Muhoroni youth forward Ezekiel Otuoma has expressed an interest in joining Gor Mahia.

It will be very happy to move to Gor, it is a big club with big ambitions, they have won back to back league titles and I also want to win the title. I hope both clubs reach an agreement so that I can join K’Ogalo, he said to futaa.com

The pacy Otuoma is one of the players Gor Mahia are seeking as a replacement for the departing Dan Sserunkuma.

Both Gor Mahia and AFC are pursuing Rwandese midfielder Charles Tibingana.

“It’s true I have had contacts from Gor and Ingwe but nothing yet has been reached,” Tibingana said. “However, I welcome any opportunity and would love to venture in Kenya too.” said Tibingana to Kawowo sports.

Tibingana made his national team debut in 2011 yet his listed age is 20. He previously played for Proline and Victoria University in Uganda.

Gor Mahia transfer news Nov 19

With the season over, attention now turns to the transfer season. This year  Gor Mahia is less active than in past years. One of the players Gor Mahia is rumoured to be targetting is Muhoroni Youth Striker Ezekiel Otuoma. Muhoroni Youth punched way above their weight this season and one of the reasons was Otuoma. The pacy striker gave defenders nightmares with his mazy runs and precise finishes.

Gor Mahia secretary general Chris Omondi indicated that Otuoma was indeed on the club’s radar:

“We have been watching him for some time now and can say he has what we need as a club. He is young and fits in well with our aspirations,”he  saidto goal.com

However Muhoroni Youth Chairman Moses Adagala was categorical that Otuoma is not for sale.

“We want to tell Gor Mahia and any other club that is interested in our players that none of them is for sale. We are inspired by our recent performance in the league and intend to go for the title in 2016.

“In this regard, we intend to keep all our good players as by then they will have matured to a point of fighting for the title.” he said to goal.com

Another player whom Gor Mahia are said to be interested in is Ugandan striker Robert Ssentongo who plays for Uganda Revenue Authority and is the top scorer in the Ugandan league.

Back on the local scene, Mathare United playmaker Harrison Mwendwa is being pursued by both Gor Mahia and AFC.

“It’s true there have been several offers from a number of top teams which I will not mention at the moment but I am yet to negotiate with one,” Mwendwa told Futaa.com.

“I am weighing my options before falling for any deal,” added the Mathare United star.

Mwendwa first rose to prominence in 2010 at the national schools championships. At the time his brilliant play helped steer Jamhuri high school to the national schols final. Most notable was his brace against Waa secondary in the semis. Mwendwa would be a good fit for Gor Mahia who lacked playmaking last season.

Back in 2012, Michael Olunga was the top scorer and MVP of the national schools football tournament. At the time he declared that he was a Gor Mahia fan and wanted to play for the club. Surprisingly Gor Mahia did not pursue him even when Olunga received high praises from experienced coaches like Mohamed Kheri who described him as the next Mike Okoth.


Olunga was among the top scorers in the league this season and would be a good fit to play upfront with Timothy Otieno and Blackberry.

Shabana Approached Gor Mahia for help

Newly promoted Shabana FC have approached Gor Mahia for assistance. According to a report posted on futaa.com, Shabana wants Gor Mahia to loan them some of the players who are scarcely used at the club.

“It’s true we have approached Gor Mahia to loan us few of their quality players who have lacked playtime and since they will be preparing for continental football, probably not all of their players have the mettle to feature in such a pressure-mounting competition, the former Congo United and AFC Leopards coach said.

-We are hoping that our proposal will go through since some of their players have the experience to help us locally and warming the bench at the club won’t help them develop as we bolster our ranks for next season.” said Gilbert Selebwa, the Shabana coach.

Among the players who saw little playing time are Joel Bataro, Daniel Onyango, Herbert Kopany and Angelo Okumu. The latter went on loan to Nakuru All Stars but they never used him.