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
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.
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.
Chairman Ambrose Rachier has said that the club wanted Kahata to stay and made an offer.
“Kahata’s situation was like Meddie Kagere’s; he had run out of contract with us and neither of the two parties had an obligation to extend it. However, we wanted him to stay and we had an offer for him. Simba SC took the advantage and gave him a better package which we could not match.” he told goal.com
“Like most players, Kahata chose to leave and we could not stop him because his contract with us had expired. He is a good player; we could have wanted him to stay but we could not offer him what Simba was offering.” continued Rachier.
Rachier had earliest stated in an interview with Citizen Sport that the club never asks players to stay. If a player is interested in extending his stay at Gor Mahia, its up to the player to approach club management on the issue.
This is a contrast to how most other top clubs are run. Most clubs never let a key player’s contract run out. They always make an offer to extend it several months before it ends. This way when the player leaves, the club can gain from transfer fees. At Gor Mahia, many top players leave with the club making no transfer fees.
Kahata: No one approached me for contract extension.
In a separate interview with goal.com on July 6, Kahata stated that no one at the club ever approached him to extend his contract.
“My contract with Gor Mahia had expired and as usual, the officials at the club could have approached me over an extension. However, none did that; I waited but it was all in vain,” said Kahata.
“On the other hand, Simba have been following me and showed they wanted me in their team, so I had to make a decision.
“Leaving Gor was not an option for me, but I was forced to do that because I felt my services were no longer needed.
“The decision to join Simba was football related, if I could have received an offer from Gor Mahia, I could have stayed.” he concluded to goal.com
Reports suggest that Gor Mahia captain Harun Shakava is off to Nkana FC of Zambia. This according to a Gor Mahia official.
“This is a deal that is 99% done and Shakava will join Nkana in due course. He also has blessings from Gor Mahia who are ready to hand him his release letter,” said the official to goal.com
Letting Shakava go before his contract is finished is a smart move if Gor Mahia can get a transfer fee.
Shakava joined Kogalo in 2014 from Kakamega Homeboyz. At the time, Homeboyz were reluctant to let him leave despite having been relegated back to the second tier.
He became captain in 2018 upon the departure of Musa Mohamed. He will be joining Musa at Nkana FC. Also on the Nkana roster is another Kenyan, goalkeeper Duncan Otieno.
Nkana FC are one of Zambia’s most popular football teams and was the most successful team in Zambia during the 1980s and 1990s when they were known as Nkana Red Devils. They were among the most feared teams in Africa. They reached the Semi-Finals of the Africa Champions cup four times during this period (1983, 1986, 1991, 1994) and were finalists in 1990.
We thank Shakava for 4 successful seasons and wish him success in his next chapter.
Gor Mahia have signed Western Stima centre back Maurice Ojwang, a player who was being pursued by a number of teams.
Additional reporting from the Nation
Record Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions Gor Mahia have completed the signing of defender Maurice Ojwang’ from Western Stima on a three-year deal.
Ojwang’, who captained Stima last season, has been on K’Ogalo’s radar since 2016 when Brazilian Jose “Ze Maria” Marcelo was in charge.
While confirming the move, Gor Mahia CEO Lordvick Aduda insisted Ojwang’ is not a replacement for skipper Harun “Shakes” Shakava who is rumoured to be on his way out.
“We are happy to have landed Ojwang’. He is a young defender with a lot of promise. He has been called up to the national team before so there is no doubt about his quality. He is Gor Mahia material,” Aduda told Nation Sport.
“Shakava is still a Gor Mahia player and we can’t talk about him being replaced yet he is still with us. Ojwang’ is a player we have been following for a long time and we are happy we have finally signed him,” underlined the veteran football administrator.
It will also be a sweet reunion with his former teammates at Stima namely Kenneth Muguna, Geoffrey Ochieng’, Joash Onyango and Bernard Ondiek.
CEO Omondi Aduda has indicated that the club is interested in giving Harun Shakava a new contract.
“He was with the boys in Rwanda for CECAFA Kagame Cup and he knows what he wants in the team. We shall listen to him and our able office will implement his recommendations in case he wants more players,’’ explained Aduda to Citizen Sports.
But Shakava has made it clear that he will not renew his contract
“It is my own decision to quit the club at the end of my contract and I will not pen a new deal with Gor. No one has compelled me to take this action but it is my personal decision to look for other options elsewhere,’’ he said to Citizen Sports.
Aduda is confident that Kogalo will do better in Continental Football this season
“As you have noticed Gor Mahia has kept making a step ahead. Last year we reached the CAF Confederations quarter finals and God willing this time we shall go beyond that stage,’’ added Aduda.
Gor Mahia official Ronald Ngala has refuted reports that Gor Mahia have signed Rwandan midfielder Djabel Manishimwe .
According to Ngala, the club is looking for a striker not a midfielder.
‘’Our midfield is packed and we cannot sign a midfielder. The coach is only interested in a striker and we are busy scouting for one either locally or an import’’, he said according to Citizen Sports.
According t Ngala, they have included Kahata’s name in the squad for the 2019 CECAFA club cup which starts in a week.
‘’We have included the names of the three players on AFCON assignment with the national team in Egypt and they will join us in Rwanda should Harambee stars fail to qualify for the round of 16’’. he said.
This even as Simba have announced the signing of Kahata and players attending AFCON are likely to be too fatigued to play in CECAFA.
SoNy Sugar coach Patrick Odhiambo has confirmed to goal.com that he will be taking the position of assistant coach at Gor Mahia.
“Yes I am joining Gor Mahia but we are still negotiating some aspects of the contract that includes the years of stay,” he said to goal.com
As head coach Odhiambo led SoNy Sugar to an impressive 5th position in the 2018-2019 Kenya Premier League. He had previously coached at Muhoroni Youth and Chemelil Sugar.
He replaces Zedekiah Otieno who left to take the head coaching position at KCB. The decision was likely finalized after the return of coach Hassan Oktay from holiday.
Gor Mahia preparing for CECAFA Club Cup
With the return of Oktay, Gor Mahia are now preparing for the 2019 edition of the CECAFA club cup which will start on July 6 in Rwanda.
According to the Star newpaper, Gor Mahia will face off with DC Motema Pembe of DRC, KMKM from Zanzibar and AS Ports of Djibouti in Group D .
Group A is composed of Rwanda’s Rayon Sport, TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic Congo, KMC (Tanzania) and Atbara of South Sudan while Group B has holders Azam of Tanzania, Mukura Victory (Rwanda), Bandari of Kenya and KCCA of Uganda.
Group C has APR (Rwanda), Green Buffaloes (Zambia), Proline of Uganda and Heegan of Somalia.
Gor Mahia finished 3rd in the 2018 edition, after losing yet again to bogey team Azam
SoNy Sugar refute reports of Tobias Otieno transfer
SoNy Sugar Team manager Emmanuel Geno has refuted reports that defender Tobias Otieno has joined Gor Mahia.
Otieno is still our player and we have not received any official approach from any club. Otieno has a running contract of four years and you should not believe the rumours purporting that he has signed for any club. Let me clarify that no one has approached us for another of our players, let alone Otieno,” Emmanuel Geno told