Tag: Gor Mahia transfers

9 Dec 17

Gor Mahia midfielder is set to join Ze Maria at Albanian side KF Tirana
Story courtesy of the Nation
The 2016 SportPesa Premier League (SPL) Most Valuable Player Kenneth Muguna is set to join Albanian giants KF Tirana.

Nation Sport understands that Tirana has reached an agreement with SPL champions Gor Mahia to release the player for a record transfer fee and a percentage on his future sell.

“He is highly unlikely to be part of the team next year. His deal to Tirana is at an advanced stage, in about a week’s time it will be through,” said an official from Gor who sought anonymity.

Tirana Chief Executive Officer Hector Como has been in the country the past two weeks in an attempt to finalise the move which will see the player sign a four-year contract.

“We actually wanted to sign him in August so that we can start the season with him but it didn’t go through. I am quite confident we will have him next month and his work is cut out to immediately fit into the team ahead of the second leg,

“I am hopeful that he can bring creativity in our midfield under his former coach Ze Maria. Our target is to play in the top-flight next season and also retain the FA Cup so that we can play in Europa league,” said Como.

Muguna boasts of a two-year experience in the SPL, where he has fast carved a reputation as a classy attacking midfielder, with wonderful ball skills.

His three goals and nine assists aided the club to their unprecedented 16th silverware.

“I believe I served the team diligently most importantly reclaiming the title. Any player would not want to turn down a new challenge in Europe. Hopefully it will be 100 percent completed soon,” Muguna, who is capped twice for Kenya, said.

The former Palos midfielder will become the sixth star to leave the club after a season following in the footsteps of Erick ‘Marcelo’ Ouma (2016), Michael Olunga (2015), David ‘Calabar’ Owino (2014), and Geoffrey ‘Baba’ Kizito (2013) among others.

Tirana already has Ugandan duo of midfielder Tony Mawejje and striker Yunus Sentamu at the club handled by former Gor coach Jose Marcelo Ferreira.

They top the country’s second tier standings with 22 points from nine games. Kenyans James Situma, Moses Arita and Francis Kahata have formerly featured for the side before.

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2 Dec 17

Gor Mahia have agreed to terms with attacker  Samuel Onyango from Ulinzi , defender Wesley Onguso from Sofapaka and Western Stima center half Maurice Ojwang . This according to a report on Citizen sports.

The same report also states that Jean Baptiste Mugiraneza has been sold off to 13-time Rwandan champions Armée Patriotique Rwandaise (APR).

Mugiraneza, popularly known as Migi, was signed as a replacement for Khalid Aucho but was unable to cement a first team place. He got no playing time under Ze Maria who often played him out of position. Under Frank Nuttall, he played well in spots.

Samwel Onyango is an attacker who often operates on the wings. He has been one of the revelations of the 2017 league and earned a place in the national team.

Kevin Omondi

Other reports suggest that coach Dylan Kerr is interested in bringing back Kevin Omondi “Ade”.

“I’m interested in having Kevin as part of my squad because he is greatly talented. He trained with us for two weeks and I know he is a player who stands a good chance of being signed at Gor. He has a chance to prove how good he is,” Kerr said in an online interview with the Standard.

The sticking point happens to be the relationship between Musa Mohamed and Kevin Omondi which was very sour at one point following revelations that Ade lost his wife to Musa.

But Ade has come out to clarify that he has no issues with Musa.

“There is nothing wrong between me and Musa Mohamed. We are friends and I have no issue concerning anything. I also don’t think he has any issue with me because we have moved on.” he said to the Standard.

His manager, Charles Omondi Korea also stated that Ade is keen to rejoin Kogalo.

“Kevin Omondi is psyched up to re-join Gor anytime. He trained with them for two weeks and the coach is already impressed, so we’re simply waiting for talks with the club’s administration.” he told the Standard

If Omondi is in the right frame of mind, he could be a useful addition to Kogalo where he will be motivated to revive his flagging career which apparently was derailed due to off the field problems.

The manner in which his contract was terminated in South Africa also would have had a negative psychological impact on him thus affecting his play on the field. Dylan Kerr could be the man to put him back in the right frame of mind. His talents have never been in doubt. The problem has always been off the field issues including indiscipline.


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27 Nov 17

Gor Mahia are said to be interested in Tanzanian Left Back, Mohamed Hussein “Tshabalala”.  He is said to have thoroughly impressed Dylan Kerr while he was coaching Simba in Tanzania.

“Tshabalala” was voted Simba player of the year for 2016 and has been voted Tanzania player of the month several times.

He has said he would be interested in a move to Kogalo depending on the offer.

Gor Mahia is a big club and if they are interested in my services then I can’t turn it down,” he said to goal.com.

Nevertheless he signed a three year contract with Simba in 2016 which keeps him under contract until 2019. Thus a move would require a hefty transfer fee.

Gor Mahia are also said to be chasing the services of Ulinzi attacker Samwel Onyango. His performances in 2018 saw him earn a call up to the national team.

Other reports suggest that Gor Mahia have already identified seven players who will be dropped to make way for other new signings.

Meanwhile defender Harun Shakava has picked up an injury which will rule him out of the upcoming CECAFA senior challenge cup. Also missing the tournament will be the Rwandese trio of Kagere, Tuyisenge and Mugiraneza. They were left out when the Rwandese squad was named.


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21 Nov 17

Guikan in action against Tusker in January

Gor Mahia are in negotiations with striker Ephrem Guikan.  The Ivorian who plays for AS Port Louis of Mauritius is well known to Kenyan football fans after his double sent Tusker FC crashing out of the 2017 Africa champions league.

CEO Ludovick Aduda confirmed the news.

“It is true that we are talking to Guikan over a possible move to Gor Mahia.  The player is currently in the country and was in attendance as Gor Mahia were crowned champions on Saturday in Kisumu. Everything looks positive for now and I can promise that an agreement will be reached soon. We are working on giving him a two year contract and should be part of us before the start of next season.” said Aduda to goal.com

Given that Gor Mahia have already reached the limit of foreign players they can sign, the club would need to release one foreign player should the deal go through.

Care needs to be taken

It is not clear whether this player is any better than the current set of strikers that Kogalo has. The mere fact that he is from CIV does not automatically better. His video CV is very sparse. Also there is no indication of whether he has undergone tryouts, medical exams or whether coach Kerr approves.

Ephrem Guikan Video highlights

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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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9 Aug 17

Gor Mahia official Ronald Ngala has indicated that Kenneth Muguna has not left the club. Rather he has expressed a desire to leave but Kogalo are yet to receive a formal offer from KF Tirana, the club he has been associated with.

“He has expressed his desire to leave and we will not stand in his way if Tirana approaches us for negotiations since Muguna has a contract us. They haven’t made an official communication to us but once they come on board and we reach an agreement, we will allow Muguna to chase his European dream. Normally, we do not block players from advancing to a higher level or pursue their overseas dream.” said Ngala to the Star newspaper.

Muguna joined Gor Mahia in January of this year and had been a stellar performer under coach Ze Maria. The Brazilian who now coaches KF Tirana in Albania,  is now keen to bring Muguna into his new team.

CEO Ludovick Aduda also concurred that the club will let Muguna go if an appropriate offer is tabled.

“We have not received offers for Muguna. He is still a Gor Mahia player, with a running contract for three years.  Those are just rumours because we have not released the player and that is why he played on Saturday against Muhoroni Youth.

“We cannot stop the player from leaving if the right procedure is followed. Tirana should write to us and we will negotiate on behalf of the player, if we reach an agreement then the player can go.” said Aduda to goal.com

Gor Mahia received some cash when players like Khalid Aucho left. On the other hand players like Ali Abondo and Eric Ouma left on free transfer.

Gor Mahia provides excellent exposure for players who are looking for a move to Europe. Which is why such players should not be allowed to go free.

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30 Jun 17

Kahata after striking a free-kick against Western Stima in 2016

Midfield ace Francis Kahata, whose stay at Gor Mahia has been in doubt, has penned a new two year contract according to goal.com

“Francis Kahata as agreed to pen a two year deal and will be part of Gor Mahia family for the next two seasons. KPL It was one of the transfers that we wanted sorted out as quickly as possible and focus our energy on upcoming matches.” said club CEO Ludovick Aduda to goal.com

Kahata’s stay at Kogalo has been in doubt with various reports suggesting that he has not been happy with his role as a substitute and was seeking a move.

Meanwhile Gor Mahia will be looking to right the ship and put their title chase back on track as they take on Ulinzi Stars at Moi stadium Kisumu on Sunday July 2.

Kogalo dropped to second place after losing to Sofapaka 2 weeks ago. Coach Zedekiah Otieno will be keen to right the ship and gain the confidence of fans.

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