Tuyisenge: My new club is professionally run

Rwandese striker Jacque Tuyisenge left Kogalo as a club legend. He is one of the top 5 scorers in the history of the club. His most memorable goal was perhaps the one that left Everton flat footed. He scored several crucial goals. Most notably the goal against Supersport of South Africa that secured a place in the group stage for the first time ever

Courtesy of the Nation

Former Gor Mahia forward Jacques Tuyisenge has said the prolonged spell off the pitch owing to coronavirus pandemic has left him bored.

The Rwandan hitman enjoyed a successful three-year spell with the 18-time Kenyan champions before completing a record Sh40 million transfer to Angola’s Girabola side Petro Atletico mid-last year.

And in an exclusive interview with Nation Sport from Luanda, Tuyisenge also took the time to compare life in Kenya and Angola, while also heaping praise on the Kenyan media for helping transform him into a player of repute in Africa.

“The coronavirus has affected everyone in the world. It has changed everything,” explained the 28-year-old.

“Life without football for those of us who survive from playing the game is boring. The league here (in Angola) is suspended since March 25. I just sit indoors and at times train alone. We have weekly meetings where the players and coaches meet on WhatsApp or video link and from where instructions on how to train are communicated.”

“My colleagues from other countries share their financial struggles but I am thankful because we still receive our salaries promptly and in full here. It is partly because this is a professionally run club.”

Tuyisenge who previously featured for Police FC in his native Rwanda, also highlighted the communication challenges he faces in Lusophone Angola which predominantly speaks Portuguese, and how his club is helping him to settle down.

“Very few people speak English here. At the club, only two of my teammates from Ghana can communicate in English. It is very hard for me to settle down. Thankfully, the managers brought in a teacher to help the foreign players learn Portuguese. We would learn for two hours a day, three times every week.”

Tuyisenge also recalls his spell in Kenya with pride and looks forward to a meeting on the pitch with his Kenyan ‘brothers’ when Harambee Stars meet Rwanda’s Amavubi in the 2022 World Cup qualification matches later this year.

BEST MATCHES

“Gor Mahia made me the player that I am today. The (Confederation Cup) game against Zamalek was my best every match in a Gor shirt. I look at the highlights even today and feel proud of myself. My performances in these matches and the hype from Kenyan media really helped Petro to know me and follow my performances. I miss the Kenyan fans.”

“I got along well with all players but I was so close to (Ernest) Wendo. (Francis) Kahata was the most talented Kenyan player I worked with. It will be very tough when Rwanda face Kenya in the World Cup matches because Kenya is a big team and will start as the favourites.”

Uganda and Mali are the other teams in Kenya’s group.

“I have been amazed by the professionalism here. All sportsmen are respected and are taken care of well by their clubs. I hope this is will be the case all over Africa because this is what we deserve. Things are not very okay in Kenya but it can be better.”

Tuyisenge is the second Kenyan Premier League player, after Allan Wanga, to move to Angola, where he reportedly takes home Sh700,000 a month on top of a Sh10 million loyalty bonus the club offered him to sign his two-and-a-half-year contract.

He has scored five times in twelve league matches.

 Mapigano: Pay me in full or forget about my services

Gor Mahia’s Tanzanian goalkeeper David Mapigano has told the 18-time Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions to pay him all his dues failure to which he will not return to the club.

The goalkeeper has also told the club’s bosses that he will not embark on any contractual negotiations before his salary arrears are paid in full.

Gor has not paid its players salaries running into seven months and there is a possibility of mass exodus of key players who are seeking greener pastures.

The non-payment of salaries at Gor has been occasioned by the exit of shirt sponsors SportPesa in August last year.

However, Mapigano who signed for K’Ogalo in July 2018 from Tanzanian club Singida United, has insisted that he will only return to Kenya from Tanzania and commit his future to Gor after receiving all money owed to him. He has a three-year contract with the 18-time champions which ends in July 2021.

“My coming back to Kenya is dependent on whether or not I get my money. It is simple, If I am not paid, I will not come back. Gor owes me a lot of money and I have given the club time to honour its promise but that has not happened. It will not be a good idea for me to come (back to Gor) and my family is suffering back here (in Tanzania) financially,” Mapigano told Nation Sport from his base in Arusha.

He said that he has got interest from a number of clubs in Tanzania and other countries, adding that he will sign for any of them in case Gor Mahia fail to act.

“Yes I have been approached by some clubs but I am yet to make any commitment because I believe I will be paid my salary arrears. Should I decide to part ways with Gor, I will write a letter to the club terminating my contract,” he added.

“I love Gor and I have been patient because the club has no money but I have to move on if the situation doesn’t change,” he added.

The Tanzanian international congratulated his teammates on wining a fourth straight KPL title. Football Kenya Federation (FKF) President Nick Mwendwa on Thursday declared Gor Mahia champions after declaring the season over. Mwendwa also forwarded the name of the club to Caf for inclusion in the Caf Champions League draw for next season.

League managers Kenyan Premier League Limited, who indefinitely postponed the league due to coronavirus pandemic, with 10 matches to the end of the season, has however rubbished FKF’s declaration, insisting it will give a position on the fate of the league after May 15 when the 7pm to 5am curfew ends.

“If there is a law enabling us to lift the title the way they did, then it is okay. However, we would have loved to win the league on the pitch. We were not prepared to see it end this abruptly,” said Mapigano.

The imminent exit of Mapigano now leaves K’Ogalo with veteran Boniface Oluoch and Frederick Odhiambo as the only first team goalkeepers.

None of Gor Mahia’s officials were available for comment as their phones went unanswered.

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Tuyisenge leaves as one of the best heading specialists ever to play for Kogalo

Jacque Tuyisenege is leaving Kogalo after an illustrious career at the club. Since joining the club in 2016he has proven to be a reliable scorer. He joined the club at a time when fans were concerned about the club’a attack given the departure of Michael Olunga and Meddie Kagere.

After an injury riddled start that left many fans wondering why he was signed without a medical test, Tuyisenge finally hit his stride and went ona goal scoring spree that ended with him being the 4th leading scorer in the 2017 KPL.

One area where Tuyisenge excelled was in the aerial division where his ability to accurately direct powerful headers resulted in numerous crucial goals. As Tuyisenege leaves, let us recall some of the best heading specialists this club has seen.

Peter Dawo

When it comes to scoring with headers Peter Dawo is second to none. Not just in Kenya but one can safeky make the claim that no African striker has ever scored so prolifically from headers.

His name is synonymous with Gor Mahia’s only continental trophy in 1987. This is because he scored 10 goals to emerge as the top scorer in the tournament. 9 of the goals were from headers. The most memorable came in the semi finals when with Gor Mahia staring at elimination with only a few minutes left, he scored with a powerful back header. Just as crucial was the header he scored against Esperance when he headed home a precise corner kick from Abbas Magongo after lulling the Esperance defence to sleep by pretending to tie his shoelaces.

Dawo scores against Esperance

Dawo also scored numerous crucial league goals such as the 1987 Mashemeji derby. In a tense match at a packed Nyayo stadium,the game appeared headed for a scoreless draw when Dawo rose to head home a cross from Ben Oloo “Breakdance” and in the process sent fans into a near delirium.

Dawo was the kind of striker who created utter chaos and bedlam against any defence because of his hyper-activity in the goal area and his amazing leaping ability.

Allan Odhiambo

Allan Odhiambo (centre)

The towering Allan Odhiambo was a product of Eastleigh secondary school at a time when they were the best school team in Nairobi, winning the city title in 1988 and 1989. Odhiambo first came to prominence in 1990 as a central defender of the Kenya U21 team coached by Gerry Saurer, a coach who excellent at identifying and unearthing talents. That was the best U21 team ever in Kenya’s history as nearly half of them played for the Kenya national team in later years.

Odhiambo, barely in his twenties in 1991, ended up as the leading scorer for Gor Mahia in 1991 with 12 goals. It was quite an achievement considering that he mostly played in central defence or as a defensive midfielder, a position that coach Len Julians deployed him to take advantage of his scoring . He scored in both legs of the mashemeji derby in 1991.

George Otieno “Vigo”

Vigo (right) in action against Aggrey Litali of Motcom in 1983

A powerfully built defensive stopper, Vigo was sometimes preferred in that position by coach Len Julians because unlike other defenders of that era, Vigo was good on the ball and was able to initiate moves from the defensive area.

And when Kogalo was awarded a corner kick, you could count on Sammy Onyango sending an accurate delivery exactly where Vigo anticipated the ball and Vigo would not dissapoint. He scored numerous goals from heading home corner kicks in the 1982, 83 and 84 seasons. Thsi despite playing sparingly.

Jacque Tuyisenge

His most memorable goal remains the goal he scored against English premier league side Everton in Dar es Salaam. On that occassion, Muguna took the corner to the near post and Tuyisenge, anticipating where the ball was going, left the Everton defenders flat footed and powered the ball home from a very difficult angle.

The goal was epic because it was against a premier league side and it was less than a minute after legendary Wayne Rooney had opened the scoring.

Tuyisenge would go on to score numerous other goals from the air. But also on the ground. A feat that enabled him to become the fourth leading scorer in the history of the league. Only Sammy Onyango, Hezborn Omollo, Allan Thigo and Peter Dawo have scored more goals for Kogalo.

Tuyisenge was also a humble person, a class act, a committed professional. Despite his stature, he was not one of those who was always agitating to move overseas for a better deal.

On behalf of GORMAHIA.NET and Gor Mahia online supporters club, Thank you Tuyisenge for three exceptional seasons at Gor Mahia. You will be remembered.

 

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Kahata and Tuyisenge may soon be departing

USM Alger are actively courting midfielder Francis Kahata. A source has told goal.com that Kahata could fetch Ksh 8 million.

“The Algerian club is willing to pay Sh8m if both parties agree for the player to switch clubs.” said the source.

Kahata has been a subject of transfer rumours ranging from Simba of Tanzania to Black Leopards of South Africa and now USM Alger.

Tuyisenge for his part is being sought by TP Mazembe of DRC and Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa according to his agent Jean Karekezi.

“I think he (Tuyisenge) has outgrown playing in KPL right now. He’s the best striker in Kenya currently and he should move to another league to prove that he’s among the top players in the continent.

“We already have two offers in South Africa and Congo and we will have to settle for one, possibly by the end of next week. If big teams like TP Mazembe and Sundowns want you, you have got to listen to them.” said Karekezi.

 

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Tuyisenge, Wendo put pen to paper

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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Tuyisenge hat-trick floors Kariobangi Sharks 3-1

Three goal hero: Jacque Tuyisenge

Gor Mahia’s Rwandese striker Jacque Tuyisenge, found the back of the net three times (in the 12th , 20th and 36th minutes) as Gor Mahia recovered from their weekend loss to Mathare to beat Kariobangi Sharks 3-1.

Additional reporting from sportpesa news
Stung by losing their fourth game of the campaign last weekend to Mathare United FC, Gor wasted little time in shifting through the gears in a devastating first half that saw Tuyisenge notch his treble in the 11th, 20th and 36th minutes.

Masoud Juma scored the consolation for Sharks from the spot in the second half but the damage had already been done as the two sides reproduced the exact result from the first leg.

The record K’Ogalo signing thus became the first player to notch a hat-trick for the record 15-time SPL winners since LaLiga side Girona FC forward; Michael Olunga, went home with the match ball in their 4-1 demolition of Chemelil Sugar on June 27, 2015.

The league leaders now have 63 points, 18 ahead of second placed Sofapaka FC and still have a game in hand over Ulinzi Stars FC as they closed in on their 16th crown.

Nightmare season

 

In Kisumu, both sides came into this match on the back of underwhelming results in their last outings.

Gor coach, Dylan Kerr rung changes to his team, resting keeper Boniface Oluoch, the injured Karim Nizigiyimana and Jean Baptiste Mugiraneza.

In their place came in Peter Odhiambo, Innocent Wafula and Philemon Otieno.

His opposite number William Muluya, with one eye on the GOtv Shield final against Leopards on Friday, made wholesale changes.

Francis Manoah, Sanneh and Wycliffe Otieno who came in as skipper took their place in the starting XI that had Geoffrey Shiveka leading the list of absentees.

It did not take long before K’Ogalo proved their credentials as title holders in waiting with the trio of Kenneth Muguna, Francis Kahata and Otieno dictating the pace from the middle of the park.

Tuyisenge made their early dominance count with the opener when he mopped up a well constructed move.

Even before the decibel levels could go down in a city that has been rocked by the stench of death following a violent clampdown on political protests, the Rwandese forward notched his double when he gave John Oyemba, in the Sharks goal, no chance with an exquisite finish.

Tuyisenge was not done yet as he claimed the match ball inside 23 minutes for his first SPL hat-trick since he joined K’Ogalo in January 2016 to leave Sharks reeling five minutes to the break and staring at a good old hiding.

And it should have been four for the Rwandese seconds before the breather but on this occasion, his canon shot came off the bar with Oyemba soundly beaten.

With the sizeable Green Army supporters baying for more goals, Gor picked off from where they left after they switched sides, forcing Muluya to resort to damage control in a bid to prevent the rout.

Elly Asieche, Juma and midfielder Ovella Ochieng’ who rejoined the Sharks from what the club stated was an ‘exchange programme’ with Swedish top tier side, Djurgardens where Olunga made his name last season, came off the bench.

Their introduction had the desired effect, stemming the one way traffic and Sharks improvement was rewarded 15 minutes from full time when they earned a spot kick after Wafula was adjudged to have handled inside the box.

Juma made no mistake from 12 yards, sending Odhiambo the wrong way to pull one back and embellish the scoreline but Gor comfortably saw out the rest of the match to inch another step closer to glory.

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Gor Mahia battling to keep Tuyisenge

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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Gor Mahia players motivated, raring to go


Last season, Jacque Tuyisenge was the bright spot in a Gor Mahia squad that was struggling to catch its footing at the beginning of the season. Yet last season, Tuyisenge was battling back from an injury. This season Tuyisenge is healthy and raring to go. He has already scored two goals and is determined to shake the net several more times this season.

“I am delighted because when you are a striker and you get goals you are always happy because that is your job. So I feel good to have scored in our first match. I cannot say that I will score a certain number of goals this season because I am not God, only God knows tomorrow so I will keep on working hard and hunt for goals. The number of goals He will give me I will appreciate”, Tuyisenge told Futaa.com

His compatriot, Kenneth Mugiraneza “Migi” also played a solid game and scored last Sunday. He thinks the team has the quality to go places this season

““I look at the kind of team we have and I am very confident we can challenge for the title. There are quality players in the team and everyone has that motivation to win. I believe, looking at how we played in the first match, we can do it,” he said to supersport.

Prior to arriving in Kenya, Migi who previously played for Azam of Tanzania, had done his homework on local football and was thus well prepared.

“They have told me all about the Kenyan league; what to expect, which teams to look out for and how best to tackle and prepare the games. They have made it easier for me. I have played two competitive matches so far and I have also looked at many matches before. The difference is that in Kenya no team is small. Anyone is capable of winning. It is not like in Tanzania when you know with some teams you can win by six or seven goals. Here it is tougher” he continued.

Discipline and focus is what has enabled the Amavubi skipper to achieve what he has achieved so far and he plans to continue down that path.

“I usually do my individual training before the team training but I plan to put in even more effort this year so that we can become champions once more. “Here at Gor the coach is good, and the players are also very good. The management is committed to facilitate good performance from the team so I am sure we can achieve that dream,” said Migi to the KPL website.

Defender Wellington Ochieng was in the starting line-up last weekend. In 2016, he found playing time difficult to come by after joining from Muhoroni Youth. He is determined to solidify his place in the starting line up now that Marcelo has left. Ochieng credits Gor Mahia’s play to the technical bench trio of Ze Maria, Marco Aurellio and Zedekiah Otieno

““To have such a trio at your disposal is a fantastic thing. If we heed to their instructions and work hard, then am sure this combination will bring the best out of us. Probably we could even end up making history as one of the most successful crop of players to have donned the Gor Mahia jersey,” said Wellington to Citizen sports.

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Mulee says Kagere and Tuyisenge cannot play together

Kagere and Tuyisenge played together for Rwanda Police

Jacob Ghost Mulee, one of the most experienced coaches in Kenya thinks that the Rwandese pair of Jacque Tuyisenge and Meddie Kagere cannot play together.  Mulee who is now one of the pre-eminent football analysts in the country, thinks the duo are too similar and play in the same position.

“It is clear that currently the partnership between Kagere and Tuyisenge is not working because most of the time, both are playing in the same position. They both want to score and as a matter of fact, no one is playing as second fiddle to the other in terms of creating goals. Something needs to be done right away,” Mulee told goal.com.

Mulee who was Harambee stars coach they last time they qualified for the Africa Nations cup (2004) has suggested that one should come on as a substitute.

“Well if I was the coach, I will start with Tuyisenge and Kagere comes in as a substitute. It is a hard decision but what can you do as a coach? You have to make difficult decisions.” he continued

However there have been numerous situations where two Alpha strikers were on the field at the same time and formed a formidable partnership. Look back to 2015 with Olunga, Kagere and Abondo. All three were eager to score goals but had no difficulty sharing the ball.

What is needed here is for coach Ze Maria to find a way for the two to partner together and try out this combination in friendly matches. However sometimes it take a long time before two strikers can gain an understanding.

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Kagere-Tuyisenge partnership will send shivers

Tuyisenge and Kagere at Rwanda Police
Image courtesy of Kennedy Odhiambo

Meddie Kagere and Jacque Tuyisenge have previously played together for Police FC of Rwanda. This happened when Gor Mahia first tried to sign Kagere in 2011. By last weekend, Kagere had not received a work permit. Which is why he did not suit up for the match against Thika United. With the work permit issue sorted out, the duo are set to resume their partnership which has the potential to have a devastating effect on opposing KPL defences.

“I know Meddie for long because when I was starting off we played together at Police. He is an experienced striker and I believe if the coach decides to play both of us, we can do great things,” said Tuyisenge to Capital FM.

Kagere for his part says he feels at home and is ready to resume the fine form he displayed in 2015.

“I am very happy to be back because Gor is like home to me and the fans, players and officials have welcomed me. I am feeling ready to get back to the pitch and do what I do best, scoring goals. I know it will be difficult because I have stayed for six months without competitive football,” Kagere told Capital Sport on Thursday afternoon after scoring and providing an assist as Gor demolished fourth tier side Butterfly FC 4-0 in a friendly match.

If coach Ze Maria had any doubts about Kagere’s abilities, sure he must be convinced by now having watched Kagere play in two friendlies and in training.

“I have played in two friendly matches and I feel I am ready and if given a chance, I will do my talking on the pitch. I want to do better than I did last year and repay the faith Gor has shown to bring me back” continued Kagere.

The other goals against Butterfly were scored by Thiago Silva who scored twice and Baron Jobita. Ze Maria now admits that Kagere is already ahead of the curve compared to his Brazilian compatriot.

“We saw that Meddie had been here before and knows the league well and therefore, it would take him less time to adapt. Thiago is still here with us, training and daily he is getting better. Hopefully, next season he will start playing in the league,” coach said to Capital Sport.

Ze Maria went on to confirm that fans could see the eagerly awaited Tuyisenge-Kagere partnership this weekend.

Kagere is a good player and of course with the history he has in this team, he can do well. Jack (Tuyisenge) is in good form and if the two can have a good partnership, then I think we will do well. I believe he will be in the team this weekend and so let’s see what he has to offer for us,” the coach nicknamed ‘Ze Maria’ said.

As for Crispin Odula, he is still sorting out the issue of his international transfer certificate.

“I had family problems which forced me to come back home then my contract ended. By the time we were getting back to negotiations the window was closed and so I chose to come back home. Gor gave me a platform and hopefully I can work hard enough to get playing time,” Odula said to Capital FM.

 

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Tuyisenge credits fans and team-mates for his form


Rwandese striker Jacque Tuyisenge picked up from where he left off at the end of the first leg. On Sunday he struck twice, both from headers to sink Thika United 2-1. Tuyisenge now has 8 goals to his credit, a total which leaves him tied for second place in the KPL scoring charts. Leading scorer Wycliff Ochomo has 11 goal. It is an amazing feat considering that Tuyisenge missed much of the first leg while recovering from an injury.

“So far, l am happy to be getting goals. Ideally, scoring goals would be the best thing to happen for a striker and since l am one, it feels so good because it makes me yearn for more and more,” the striker told the club’s site.

Tuyisenge also credits the team-mates, officials and the 12th man for his rise to the top of the scoring charts.

“l am very happy to play for Gor Mahia. This is a big club that any player would feel good playing for. I feel at home and appreciate the good reception l got and every bit of support from the club’s management, team mates and all fans since my arrival.” said Tuyinsenge to supersport.com

For now, Tuyisenge is focused on enabling the club to achieve its goals.

“My target is to continue working hard with my teammates and offer our best so that we can be somewhere worth talking about,” he added.

Fans are eagerly waiting to see the forwardline combination featuring Tuyisenge and Kagere. The duo get along off the field so their on the field partnership is sure to give opposing defences nightmares.

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