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.