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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gor Mahia striker Jacques Tuyisenge was on voted feted as the fans’ KPL Player of the Month for April.
Tuyisenge has found the back of the net six times this season. And in many games his goals have rescued Kogalo just when the club seemed destined to drop crucial points. .
In a vote by fans, he beat four other contenders; Patrick Matasi, Wycliffe Ochomo, Eric Johanna and Andrew Murunga to win the award and speaking during his awarding moment, the striker, who joined the champions in a big money move from Rwanda Police, said he was surprised at his good form.
“It feels good to win any award and I feel happy to win this one. It is a fruit of hard work in the month; when I came on, I never imagined I could win such so it is a big motivation and challenge for me to work harder,” he said to supersport.
Earlier Tuyisenge recounted the injury struggles that caused him to miss the first several games of the season.
“It felt really bad at the beginning of the season when the team was struggling yet I wasn’t able to help because of my injured knee. In fact, I wanted to come in earlier but the doctors refused. Maybe I could be having more goals now. It really ate inside me. I felt bad. I even felt guilty that I was not serving the club, that I was not giving them their money’s worth, yet I have abilities,” Tuyisenge told the KPL site.
Tuyisenge is also adamant that though he has not achieved full fitness, he is motivated to fulfill the expectations that come with playing for a big team.
“I think my right leg has a problem. Sometimes I feel pain when I am running but sometimes I don’t. I think that if it weren’t for the high expectations, I wouldn’t have been pushing myself this hard. But that is the life of a football player at this level. I do not want to let Gor down. The fans are just great. I want to make sure that I give my best in every game. With God’s blessings I know that I will remain healthy and I will deliver,” he continued.
Meanwhile both Tuyisenge and compatriot Abouba Sibomana have been called up to the Rwanda national team that is preparing to play Mozambique. The match is on June 4.
Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier has told Capital FM that the club is in contact with Rwandese striker Meddie Kagere and is weighing options to bring him back. Kagere was one of the pivotal players in Gor Mahia’s record breaking season in 2015 and scored what is arguably the goal of the year, a gem against Nakuru All Stars.
“We are talking with Meddie and also consulting with the coach because he has to be involved. Meddie is interested in coming back and we are also interested in bringing him back but it will depend on the dynamics of the coach. We are definitely looking for a striker,” Rachier said to Capital FM.
Gor Mahia are hamstrung by the fact that the quota of foreigners is limited to five per team and Gor Mahia has already reached that quota. And all five foreign players are playing well.
“For sure it is giving us a headache if we get in any foreigner because we already have five. We are quite satisfied with the performance of those we already have, but one may be sacrificed in the interest of having a balanced team,” Rachier added.
The addition of Kagere would create a formidable partnership upfront. Tuyisenge and Kagere are familiar with each other’s style of play and would mesh together quickly. Tuyisenge has a phenomenal strike rate of six goals and seven games. Yet he does not think he has hit his best form yet.
“I did not participate in Gor Mahia’s pre season due to injury. I came in when others had already played several matches and I have had to play catch up. But I am happy so far with my form but I am yet to hit my peak,” he said in a TV interview on Supersport.
Tuyisenge went on to state that the welcome he received from Gor Mahia players and officials was one of the factors that has enabled his success at the club
“They welcomed me well, encouraged me when I was still out injured and now that I am playing often, they are giving me all the support.”
“Mine now is to work hard to improve and help my team. I know everybody wants me to perform better than Olunga (Michael) and (Kagere) Meddie, but I will need some time to get to my best. However I can also add that I am surprised by my scoring record to this point.” he continued.
Meanwhile former Gor Mahia striker Timothy Otieno has categorically stated that he has no intention of returning to Gor Mahia.
“My form had been affected by an injury and by the time I came back, Nuttall made it clear that he did not need my services. He even suggested that I go on loan to Muhoroni Youth but when I declined, he told me categorically that he will not use me and it got so bad we were not even on talking terms. I was therefore glad when the opportunity came to join Rangers and I do not intend to go back to Gor Mahia anytime soon,” he said according to betway.co.ke
At this point Otieno who has scored four goals this season and won player of the month in March, has stated that he will either join AFC Leopards in June or stay at Rangers to complete his loan spell.