Oktay: Gor Mahia made me famous

Oktay won several awards at Gor Mahia

Former Gor Mahia coach Hassan Oktay is effusive in his praise for Gor Mahia. Before joining Gor Mahia, Oktay was the assistant coach at Braintree Town FC , a 5th tier side in England.

He then came to Gor Mahia and steered the club to a league title and to its best performance in a continental event since 1989.

“I was unknown before but after coaching [Gor Mahia], I am a big name now,” Oktay told People Sport. I hope Kenyans understand just how big Gor Mahia is out there.

Oktay now says a number of top African sides are looking for his signature.

“Gor has opened doors for me. Right now, I have three good offers. Nkana FC of Zambia, Rayon Sport of Rwanda and a club from Botswana have all approached me. I am looking at the offers before making a decision.”

The tactician says he will not mind making a return to the KPL if an offer came his way.

“I wouldn’t think twice. I love Kenya and Gor fans. I know the club has financial challenges but I had no problem when my salary was delayed and I would not mind now,” he concluded.

K’Ogalo are targeting their 19th crown this season and are currently third on the log with 35 points from 15 games.

Gor Mahia signs Michael Apudo

Gor Mahia has acquired Posta Rangers full back Michael Apudo from Posta Rangers. Sammy Omollo, the Posta Rangers coach, confirmed the move.

“He has been a good servant to the club since we signed him from Sony and he requested to be released to pursue greener pastures and we obliged. May he succeed in his new club,” Pamzo told Nation Sport.

The fullback position has been problematic for Gor Mahia. Wellington Ochieng has been injury prone of late. Philemon Otieno has just resumed training and will not be available for selection until he regains match fitness.

Afiriyie explains why he left

Ghanaian striker Francis Afiriyie who recently left Kogalo for Township Rollers of Botswana, recently told goal.com what eventually made him take the decision to change clubs.

“I thought things will change at the club, unfortunately, there was no sign they will,” Afriyie told Goal on Saturday.

“[Gor Mahia] is a great club, I enjoyed in the few months we were together it is unfortunate I had to leave. The club has what it takes to be the biggest in Africa only if they find a solution to their financial problems. We had to part ways in mutual consent.

Afiriyie is full of praise for Kogalo fans.

“The fans are amazing and we had a good relationship with them, they are very loyal and love their team.”

He also stated that he is happy to have played for Kogalo

“[Gor Mahia] are a good team and everybody wants to be associated with them so if I get a chance of playing for them in the future I will take it. For now, I wish them all the best in the league and future assignments,” Afriyie concluded.

Gor Mahia transfer news January 14 2020

Promising midfielder, Tobias Otieno has left Kogalo to join a team in the USA. The team is known as Omaha Union. His new team posted a message on their social media pages

Union Omaha is a professional team that plays in the USK League 1 which is the 3rd tier of USA football

Toby posted a message on his social media pages thanking his new team
“I felt very excited seeing this post. I would love to thank Union Omaha freternity for the big step they’ve made in my signing. Big thanks and Can’t wait to join you guys for a great season”

 

Gor Mahia sign Clinton Okoth from Migori Youth

Having lost West African players Yikpe Gnamien and Francis Afiriyie, Gor Mahia have gone local in their bid to shore up their attack.

Additional reporting from the Nation

Reigning Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions Gor Mahia have signed National Super League (NSL) leading scorer Clinton Okoth from Migori Youth.

Okoth, 19, was on the radar of a host of other KPL clubs notably KCB, Tusker, AFC Leopards and Kariobangi Sharks after topping the NSL scoring charts with 14 goals in the first leg but it’s Gor who have secured his services on a one-year loan deal.

Okoth is expected to fill the void left by Francis Afriyie and Gisleim Yikpe who left K’Ogalo this month.

Migori Youth Chairman Abdi Aziz says the move is good for the youngster who has been at the club since he was 13.

“He has to grow as a player so I think it is a good challenge for him to try the next level which is the top league. Football has changed and nowadays it is all about how smart and effective you are not how old you are like before,” Aziz told Nation Sport.

“He has to learn how to fight and I think at Gor Mahia he has the opportunity to play since they don’t have many strikers at the moment. He has served us well and we wish him success,” he added.

Gor Mahia close in on Juma Balinya

Gor Mahia are pursuing Ugandan striker Juma Balinya who is currently a player for Young Africans of Tanzania

Additional reporting from the Nation

Gor Mahia are on the verge of signing Ugandan striker Juma Balinya from Yanga SC as replacement for Yikpe Ghislain who was poached by the Tanzanian giants last month.

Balinya is already in the country and coach Steven Polack has told Nation Sport that he will assess the player in Tuesday’s training session at Camp Toyoyo grounds.

“The player arrived today (Monday) and I will asses him today to see if he is fit to play for Gor Mahia. I may either decide to sign him after watching him today or a couple of training sessions. If he is not fit, we will not consider his services,” said Polack.

Balinya terminated his two year contract with Yanga in December, 2019 due to non-payment of salary, the same situation that led Yikpe to abandon K’Ogalo and sign for the Dar es Salaam based side.

Apart from Yanga, Balinya has also played for Uganda Police FC, Vipers FC, Bunamwaya FC and Lweza FC in his home country.

Balinya, who finished last season as top scorer in the Uganda Premier League with 17 goals while featuring for Uganda Police FC, will have to complete with Nicholas Kipkurui to earn a place in K’Ogalo’s striking role.

Gor Mahia is looking to bolster its squad this season, more so the striking department following the exit of Yikpe, Ghanaian Francis Afriye and Tanzanian Dickson Ambudo who has left due to the current financial instability at the Kenyan Premier League 18-time champions.

Afiriyie off to Botswana

Francis Afiriyie is the latest player to leave Gor Mahia and his likely destination is Botswana where he landed on Tuesday

Additional reporting from Citizen Sports

The financial crunch at Gor Mahia is taking toll on players with Ghanaian striker Francis Afriyie the latest to ditch the club.

Afriyie left for his native country Ghana before Christmas but has not returned.

Gor however got news of his exit at the weekend via his agent, who attributed his departure to lack of payment of his client’s salary, which he argues is a breach of the contract.

The Ghanaian joined the Kenyan champions at the beginning of the season and has been an important cog in K’Ogalo’s formation.

Club deputy secretary general Ronald Ngala confirmed the developments. “His( Afriyie)  agent said we have not been able to pay the striker as per the contract. This has been due to lack of finances since we currently don’t have a sponsor.”

Afriyie’s exit comes just a fortnight after another striker, Ivorian import Gnamien Yikpe ditched the club for  Yanga SC of Tanzania, featuring as a substitute on January 4 in the derby against Simba which ended two-all.

Afiriyie sticking with Kogalo despite offers

Despite rumours to the contrary, Ghanaian striker Francis Afiriyie has said that he is staying with Gor Mahia
Additional reporting from goal.com
The Ghanaian striker has confirmed he is still part of the K’Ogalo squad and has opted to finish the season with the club despite financial problems

Gor Mahia striker Francis Afriyie has stated he is keen on helping the team get a transfer fee when he eventually leaves.

The Ghanaian is yet to report back after leaving for his native country for the festive season and many believe he is pondering a K’Ogalo exit. However, the forward has explained his intentions and confirmed he will be back in the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) soon.

“I must admit many “Spanish side Zaragoza, Saltillo and Matamoros from Mexico have shown interest in my services, but I am not leaving yet. I am taking my time and [will] let Gor Mahia get transfer money.

“I want to help Gor to get big transfer money from me, that is why I am rejecting all these offers.”

The striker states it is up to the management to decide whether they will keep him beyond this season or not.

“My contract with Gor expires in July this year; if the team can suit my demands then we will be good to go. Currently, I am working on my flight and will join my colleagues this week. I am still focused on helping the team win their 19th league title,” Afriyie concluded.

On Monday, Gor Mahia lost Ivorian striker Gnamien Yikpe to Yanga SC who snapped him up on a two-year deal.

Polack: We will not miss Yikpe

Meanwhile coach Steve Polack says the club will not miss departed Ivorian striker Yikpe Ghislain.

“I don’t think the club will miss his services,” Polack told Goal. “He managed to score a couple of goals for us while he was around but if he got a good deal, then you have no option but to wish him well.

“[Yikpe] is a good striker but equally we have quality players who can play very well in his role, so that is the reason why I am not worried at all, we will cope well and we will play well.

“Also it is good to let players move because he got a good deal out there, so I don’t think we should have asked him to stay. No.”

Yikpe Ghislain appears headed to Yanga

A Tanzanian newspaper is reporting that towering Ivorian striker Yikpe Ghislain has left the club for Young Africans of Dar es Salaam.

Additional reporting from the Nation

Ivorian striker Gislain Yikpe is on the verge of joining Yanga Sports Club, according to media reports in Tanzania.

The towering Ivorian was pictured at the Julius Nyerere International Airport accompanied by a Yanga official with Tanzanian media reporting the forward has agreed terms with the club.

“Gislain Yikpe has arrived in Dar es Salaam to join Yanga. After holding talks with the club, the Ivorian striker has agreed to terminate his contract with Kenyan champions Gor Mahia,” Viwanjani Leo reported.

The lanky forward joined K’Ogalo mid this year from Guinean Ligue 1 side Hafia FC on a two-year contract. Gor Mahia CEO Lordvick Aduda however said the player has not served any notice neither have they received any communication from Yanga regarding the reported move.

“We will definitely pick it up with Yanga and the relevant authorities. We are not opposed to any player moving but the laid down rules and regulations must be followed,” Aduda told Nation Sport on Friday.

K’Ogalo are undergoing financial difficulties with players owed salaries and allowances for over four months now. According to Fifa rules, a player is free to move to another club if he/she hasn’t been paid for over two months, provided he gives sufficient notice and this could be the avenue Yanga want to explore.

Miheso puts pen to paper, Zico appointed to national team

Gor Mahia have officially completed the signing of midfielder / winger Clifford Miheso. The vastly experienced Miheso put pen to paper on a two year contract. He joined from lower tier side, Kenya Police.

Miheso, a product of Kakamega High school, has played locally for Thika United, AFC Leopards and Sofapaka, as well as stints in Finland, Portugal, South Africa and Zambia.

Miheso who is 26, has been in and out of the national team since 2012 and narrowly missed on selection to the AFCON 2019 squad. He is a welcome addition to the midfield that is sorely lacking in playmakers since the departure of Francis Kahata.

Zedekiah Otieno appointed to Harambee Stars

Gor Mahia legend and former coach Zedekiah Otieno has been appointed assistant coach of the national team Harambee Stars. He will assist Francis Kimanzi who has been appointed head coach to replace departing Frenchman Sebastian Migne.

Zico has been Harambee stars head coach in the past. Most notably when his side held Uganda Cranes coached by Bobby Williamson in Kampala and denied them a place in AFCON

Francis Mustafa Departs

Mustafa celebrates after scoring against KCCA in the 2018 CECAFA club cup

Burundian striker Francis Mustafa has left Kogalo. This according to a statement from the club.

“Burundian (Francis) Mustafa parts ways with Gor Mahia on a mutual agreement. We thank you for your time at the club and contribution towards success at all levels,”

Mustafa joined Gor Mahia prior to the 2018 CECAFA club cup and scored on his first appearance. However the rest of his scoring record was sparse , finding the net only 3 times during the 2018-2019 season.

Mustafa who featured prominently for Burundi at the 2019 AFCON, was in a difficult position since Gor Mahia has recenty signed three foreign strikers thus putting pressure on the foreign quota.

Gor Mahia sign Kennedy Otieno

Gor Mahia have signed yet another striker, Kennedy Otieno who was signed from Western Stima.

“He is here at Gor Mahia already and will be unveiled soon. The club wants to tap into his experience as it embarks on the defence of the title next season,” a source close to the club has told goal.com

The 30 year old Otieno, whose nickname is “Agogo” is vastly experienced. He joined Thika United in 2010, then SoNy Sugar, then Thika again, Posta Rangers and finally Western Stima.

Gor Mahia sign Ghanaian Francis Afriyie

In a bid to strengthen their attack for the 2019-2020 Africa Champions League, Kogalo have signed Ghanaian attacker Francis Afriyie.

The 24 year old recently played for Murcielagos  in the Mexican top tier. He made 9 appearances and scored two goals. He previously was in the squad for Vojvodina in the Serbian league though he did not play. Prior to that he played for Bechem in the Ghanaian league.

He is the second Ghanaian to play for Kogalo after Taofiq Zakari who joined Gor Mahia in 2015 but only appeared in friendlies.