Innocent Wafula thanks fans

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.

Wafula has joined top Ugandan side Vipers.

Innocent Wafula has a role to play in Gor Mahia

Gor Mahia CEO Omondi Aduda appears fed up with Innocent Wafula. This after the utility player went AWOL.

“Wafula is free to join a club of his choice. His contract will end in January and now that he is not available to negotiate for extension, we have no option. We don’t have time to follow a player all the way to Busia. He should be the one keen to extend his stay that as a club we were very willing to negotiate.” said Aduda to goal.com

This is not the first time Wafula has dissappeared upcountry only to resurface again mysteriously.

Aduda told soka.co.ke that he thinks the club has enough cover at right back.

“He is on a bosman. His association with us ends this December. We have Phillemon Otieno and Wellington Ochieng who can play at right back and even our new acquisition Pascal Ogweno can also slot in there so I think we are well covered,” said Aduda

But when Wafula is at his best, he is peerless at right back. His speed and ability to deliver dangerous crosses on the right flank has resulted in numerous goals particularly during his first season in 2015 when he thrived under Frank Nuttall. He played well enough to be called to the national team that was due to travel to Cape Verde. He was later dropped amid rumours that he was actually a Ugandan.

In 2018, he experienced a career revival under Dylan Kerr and appeared on course to regain his past imperious form.

Wafula has also flatly refused to acquire a passport which rules him out from most international matches. But he is still useful for international matches that are played at home or close to hom such as CECAFA. However at this point it appears he is set to part ways with the club. He will surely be picked up by another top team.

Gor Mahia reads mischief in Wafula saga

Gor Mahia are insisting that speedy utility player Innocent Wafula is a Kenyan. Wafula had been called up to the national team to face Cape Verde, only to be dropped a day later because he had no papers to prove he waws a Kenyan.

“We are waiting for Wafula to verify his documents when he returns from Kisumu. He told us he doesn’t have a passport but he is a Kenyan so unless we confirm, we cannot risk calling him in the team,”  said Stars Team Manager, Willis Waliaula.

Team official Ronald Ngala is certain that Wafula is a Kenyan and that those accusing him of being a Ugandan have ulterior motives. “We signed him using the documents he used when playing for Chemelil Sugar which indicated his nationality as Kenyan. He was nobody when playing for Chemelil, why is it now that he has shined at Gor that people are complaining? He needs to get a passport to prove critics wrong which we are in the process of doing that alongside that of Ernest Wendo. Some KPL officials were also complaining that he is a Ugandan and were are asking them why now?”” said Ngala to Capital FM.

Wafula was noticed while playing for Busia Combined. He then joined Chemelil FC before being approached by Gor Mahia in January in what turned out to be one of the best transfer seasons in the history of the club.

Wafula has been impressive with his tireless runs up and down the flanks. He has been able to excel both in midfield and in defense. His  form finally compelled Stars coach Bobby Williamson to call him up to the national team.

Wafula’s paperwork has not been completely sortedout since he was signed in January.

“We registered him (Wafula) using waiting card which was original. For one to be registered, he needs to produce an identification card, birth certificate or passport. When Gor signed him, they did not need to submit new documents but instead they used the ones from Chemelil,” a KPL official told Capital Sport on Tuesday evening.

Wafula himself has always insisted that he is Kenyan. He hails from border town Busia and can therefore, play for Kenya. “I want to confirm that I am a Kenyan though I don’t have a passport yet giving me the right to turn out for Harambee Stars. If given the opportunity, I will really love to play for Stars.” he told goal.com

Harambee Stars Squad

Ali Abondo who has been in fine scoring form of late has earned a recall to the national team. His last outing against Ethiopia ended poorly and he will be eager to make amends. Michael Olunga , Boniface Oluoch and skipper Musa Mohamed have also been called up

Goalkeepers: Boniface Oluoch (Gor Mahia), Arnold Origi (Lillestroem SK) Ian Otieno (Posta Rangers) and David Okello (Sofapaka)

Defenders: Harun Shakava and Musa Mohamed (Gor Mahia), Edwin Wafula (AFC Leopards) Brian Birgen (Ulinzi Stars) Abdultiff Omar (Bandari FC), Omar Mbongi (Ulinzi Stars), David Ochieng’ (Unattached), Brian Mandela (Maritzburg United, South Africa), Dennis Odhiambo (Thika United).

Midfielders: Kevin Kimani, Humphrey Mieno (Tusker FC) John Ndirangu (Nakuru AllStars) John Nairuka and Kevin Amwayi (Ulinzi Stars), Ayub Timbe (Lierse SK, Belgium) Bernard Mang’oli (AFC Leopards) Victor Wanyama (Southampton, England) Anthony Akumu (Al Khartoum, Sudan) Johanna Omollo (Royal Antwerp, Belgium), Eric Johanna (Mathare United) Ali Abondo (Gor Mahia), Christian Bwamy (Follo FK, Norway), Clifton Miheso (Finland), Stephen Wakhanya, Meshack Karani (Chemelil Sugar).

Strikers: Calvince Omanga (Palos FC), Peter Nzuki (Nakumatt FC), Mark Bikokwa Baraza (Nzoia United), Chrispinus Onyango (KCB), Meshack Karani (Chemelil Sugar), Michael Olunga (Gor Mahia) and Allan Wanga (Azam FC, Tanzania).