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
Midfield ace Francis Kahata, who has received numerous offers, most notably from Simba of Tanzania has finally confirmed his imminent departure from Kogalo. Kahata is thankful to the club.
“I believe I have done my job well here at the club together with my teammates. Gor has been like my second home since leaving Thika and I believe that I have given them my best in all those years,” he said to Nairobi news.
Kahata is confident that the club will continue to thrive.
“I still believe that it is a good team with good players and they are capable of retaining the title in the new season as well and doing well in the Caf competitions,” he continued.
Kahata joined Kogalo in 2015 and has remained among the most consistent players. His play-making skills and his passing skills are the best this club has seen since the club’s revival in 2009.
There have been other midfielders who were better in other aspects such as work rate. But his play-making skills are unparalleled in this era.
Prior to joining Kogalo, Kahata was most synonimous with Thika United where he started his career while in primary school along with Peter Opiyo “Pinchez” in the Thika Youth System. He also had a loan spell in South Africa before proceeding to FC Tirana in 2014 where he played for two seasons.
Kahata has not made a decision on his next destination. At present he is focused on the Africa Nations cup which is kicking off next week and where he is certain to be in the starting line-up.
“It is such an honor being in this squad because there are so many players who were competing. Focus now for me is to do well for the team. It is prestigious being in the AFCON for the first time in 15 years and as a team, we will go out there to do our best,” Kahata said to Capital FM.
The KPL transfer season is officially open. And apparently Gor Mahia have missed out on SoNy Sugar striker Derek Otanga who has joined newly promoted Wazito FC.
It is done, I have signed for Wazito FC and very soon I will be playing for them. I have a signed a four-year contract with them and am very happy to have sealed the deal. It is a new journey for me and I embrace it, my target will be to help them do better in the KPL next season. ” Otanga told goal.com
Otanga’s decision is possibly due to the fact that at Kogalo, he would immediately face intense competition from the likes of Kipkirui, Samuel Onyango, Blackberry, Seskisambu and another striker whom Gor Mahia are certain to sign. That striker is rumoured to be Camerounian Charles Edoa Nga whom Gor Mahia are said to be still pursuing.
Wazito have also signed former Gor Mahia youth player Clifford Nyakeya whom Gor Mahia released to Mathare United.
Now that Jacque Tuyisenge’s departure is settled, coach Hassan Oktay is fighting to keep Francis Kahata in the squad. Oktay has set his sights on a good performance in the 2019-2020 Africa champions league and he believes Kahata is integral to his plans. According to Oktay, Kahata is in a special class of his own.
“I tell you something…Kenya will never see any Kahata in the next ten or 15 years. Kahata is in a class of his own, a gift delivered from God, a pure Gold and a player you cannot find from any shop,” Oktay told Goal in an interview on Tuesday .
Oktay’s pleas were in response to a report that the club has not even made Kahata an offer.
“All the shops to buy a player of Kahata caliber are unfortunately
close, none is open because such players are very rare. He is a magician
and every player at Gor Mahia loves to play alongside him. Everyone
knows what I call him, and they love it in training. He is a gem and a
player we should try as hard as possible to keep.
Oktay has taken it upon himself to convince Kahata to stay since it seems the club EC is fast asleep on this issue.
“I spoke to him (Kahata) again on Monday and told him the importance of staying with Gor Mahia. I want him to stay and I will do everything to make sure that he stays. We need his services and will have to fight to keep him around.” Oktay said.
Kahata is indeed one of the best playmakers to don the Kogalo jersey in recent years alongside the likes of Dan Ogada and John Odhiambo “Baresi”. He has been at the heart numerous crucial goals that Kogalo scored this season.
Chairman Rachier for his part appears to be hedging and is not sure he wants to keep Kahata.
“Kahata is a good player, but we will do what benefits both parties. If he wants to stay, we will negotiate and give him a better offer, but if he wants to leave, then we will not force him to stay.” Rachier said to goal.com
Earlier this year, Rachier was furious with Kahata and Philemon Otieno because of the fiasco where the players were pictured sleeping at the airport. Philemon is also rumoured to be leaving as is Shakava and Kipkirui. Newly promoted Wazito FC which is throwing money around, has been mentioned as a potential landing point for some Kogalo players.
Kahata wants to stay but ………..
Francis Kahata told Citizen sport that he would like to stay but will only do so if Kogalo matches the offers he has received from elsewhere.
I love Gor Mahia but as you know
football is like a business; they need to do something if they want me
to stay next season,” he said. “My contract ends in June and thus if Gor
want me to stay then they should offer me a better contract which
matches what other competitors want to give me.”
“I have received a lot of offers with Tanzania’s Simba SC among those keen on securing my services, I can’t really reveal other teams but I can confidently say they have contacted me and they want to offer crazy deal. From next month I will be a free agent meaning I can sign with any team I feel like.” he told Citizen Sports.
Former Gor Mahia utility man Innocent Wafula has written to Kogalo fans to thank them for the support he received while at the club.
” While it may not have worked out long term I’m very blessed to have played at Gor mahia fc .I made many great friends and became as close as family with most thank you for that.
Thank you for applauding my effort and passion for the game of football. Thank you for acknowledging my love for the green army it has been a pleasure to have called Home my workplace.
As we part ways know that the memories will be carried with me for the rest. Reaching out to say that I won’t forget where I’m from and you’ll always see me playing the game I love with passion and heart.
Knowing and appreciating the fact I had the pleasure of creating heartfelt memories with so many people the past 4years. Thank you again for your heart, thank you for the motivation and excitement.God bless Gor mahia football club.” – Innocent Wafula
His message is a stark contrast to Wafula’s behavior which has at times been perplexing as he has often dissappeared from the club without trace. He steadfastly refused to get a passport for international travel. And his true nationality remains a mystery.
Wafula’s contract expired in the first week of January. CEO Omondi Aduda declined to renew his contract saying Wafula had dissappeared to Busia and he (Aduda) did not have time to go chase him in Busia.
Karim Nizigiyimana is the latest player to leave Gor Mahia. The Burundian right back had expressed an interest in leaving after he found the club’s latest contract offer unacceptable and was certain that he could find a better deal elsewhere.
“It was not our problem but the players’. We wanted to keep him at Gor Mahia but he says the deal is not good enough. We have agreed as both parties to part ways and now that the contract is ending in January, we have allowed him to get another team.” said Omondi Aduda the club CEO.
The 29 year old whose full name is Abdul Karim Nizigiyimana Makenzi, joined Kogalo in 2015 and immediately impressed with his tireless runs down the right flank which resulted in numerous goals. He played so well that he was voted KPL defender of the year in 2015 and finished second in player of the year voting behind Michael Olunga.
The club stood by him even after he picked up an injury that sidelined him for most of 2018, right. Karim thanked the club and its fans for standing by him.
“This is a club that has put me where l am today, the much l have achieved will no doubt light up moments of my life forever – winning three titles in four years is a big achievement in football career – THANK YOU GOR MAHIA… l wish the club all the best. I can’t go without saying special thanks to Chairman Ambrose Rachier… he embraced me, he was a father to me, he treated me like his own son and stood by me when l was injured and out of active football for many months. I have a house he bought for me (through the club) in Burundi and every time l will be seeing that house, l will be seeing Chairman Rachier. The respect and good relationship that existed between us will last forever – THANK YOU Chairman,” he said according to Citizen sports.
He says the 4 years he spent at Kogalo were the best of his career.
“It’s been great playing Gor Mahia for the last four years… I truly and fully understand the situation the club is in on matters foreign players. We had a fruitful meeting with the chairman and had a lengthy discussion… I will forever appreciate and remember every moment l had in this great club. My sincere word of THANK YOU to the club’s management for giving me the chance to offer my services in those years. The club showed me love and l loved every moment.” he said according to Citizen sports.
Prior to playing for Kogalo, he had played for Rayon Sports in Rwanda, Vita club in Congo, APR, Kiyovu (Rwanda) and Vital O of Burundi. He was also a mainstay for the Burundi national team.
Wesley Onguso and Kevin Omondi have been released. Omondi’s form dipped significantly last season after what seemed like a brilliant start. It appeared he was on his way to regaining the form that saw him called up to the national team at age 19.
Despite earlier stating that Zedekiah Otieno will be given the reins as the full time coach, Chairman Ambrose Rachier has reversed course after having received numerous applications .
“We have 53 applicants as of yesterday (Sunday); some have coached in Kenya and some have never stepped foot in Kenya.” said Rachier to goal.com
Rachier now says the club is screening multiple applicants for the position.
“The panel of experts will have to do the vetting but I can state that we’ll have to consider experience, possibly in Africa football and the language ability of the candidate for ease of communication with the players.”