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Kevin Omondi rejoins Gor Mahia

The career of Kevin Omondi “Ade” has come full circle as he has rejoined Kogalo, the team where he started his career.

“We have given ‘Ade’ a three year contract after he impressed the coaches in recent training. He was invited to train with the team by coach Kerr and he has given us the go ahead that we sign him and that is what we have done.” said Lordvick Aduda, the Gor Mahia CEO to goal.com

Ade wants to revive a career that was once very promising. Back in 2010, he was voted Kenya secondary school’s player of the year. He joined Kogalo the following season and was quickly named to the national team when only 19 years of age.

After the 2014 season, he left for South Africa. But a fall-out with the coach derailed his stint down South. He would return to Kenya and join Sofapaka the following season. But distracted by off the field issues, he never played well. He decided to join lower tier side Adminsitration Police. In the two friendlies he played against Gor Mahia, he played extremely well as if he had a point to prove.


Gor Mahia add three players and may sign Kevin Omondi

Gor Mahia have agreed to terms with attacker  Samuel Onyango from Ulinzi , defender Wesley Onguso from Sofapaka and Western Stima center half Maurice Ojwang . This according to a report on Citizen sports.

The same report also states that Jean Baptiste Mugiraneza has been sold off to 13-time Rwandan champions Armée Patriotique Rwandaise (APR).

Mugiraneza, popularly known as Migi, was signed as a replacement for Khalid Aucho but was unable to cement a first team place. He got no playing time under Ze Maria who often played him out of position. Under Frank Nuttall, he played well in spots.

Samwel Onyango is an attacker who often operates on the wings. He has been one of the revelations of the 2017 league and earned a place in the national team.

Kevin Omondi

Other reports suggest that coach Dylan Kerr is interested in bringing back Kevin Omondi “Ade”.

“I’m interested in having Kevin as part of my squad because he is greatly talented. He trained with us for two weeks and I know he is a player who stands a good chance of being signed at Gor. He has a chance to prove how good he is,” Kerr said in an online interview with the Standard.

The sticking point happens to be the relationship between Musa Mohamed and Kevin Omondi which was very sour at one point following revelations that Ade lost his wife to Musa.

But Ade has come out to clarify that he has no issues with Musa.

“There is nothing wrong between me and Musa Mohamed. We are friends and I have no issue concerning anything. I also don’t think he has any issue with me because we have moved on.” he said to the Standard.

His manager, Charles Omondi Korea also stated that Ade is keen to rejoin Kogalo.

“Kevin Omondi is psyched up to re-join Gor anytime. He trained with them for two weeks and the coach is already impressed, so we’re simply waiting for talks with the club’s administration.” he told the Standard

If Omondi is in the right frame of mind, he could be a useful addition to Kogalo where he will be motivated to revive his flagging career which apparently was derailed due to off the field problems.

The manner in which his contract was terminated in South Africa also would have had a negative psychological impact on him thus affecting his play on the field. Dylan Kerr could be the man to put him back in the right frame of mind. His talents have never been in doubt. The problem has always been off the field issues including indiscipline.


Kevin Omondi joins Sofapaka

Former Gor Mahia midfielder Kevin Omondi has joined Sofapaka. This was announced by Sofapaka owner Elly Kalekwa who spoke to goal.com

“We have sealed a deal with Omondi. He has agreed to pen a two year deal and both parties are happy. We have been in talks with Omondi’s agent for a while and I must reveal that I am happy to see this transfer move sealed amicably.

“We are also in the process of making more signings but all this will depend on how both parties agree like it was the case with Omondi. We have continental assignment coming up next season and that puts us in a position where we must spend for quality players’ who can compete on all fronts.”

Upon returning from South Africa, Omondi had announced that he was interested in rejoining Gor Mahia but was willing to listen to other offers. Given the confusion going on at Gor Mahia now, it is not even clear if anyone approached him. This would be inexplicable considering that Gor Mahia really lacked creativity in midfield last year. So much that Godfrey Walusimbi was moved from defense to midfield.

The travails of players who head overseas

Of all the Gor Mahia players who have gone overseas to pursue professional contracts, virtually none have succeeded with the exception of those who headed to neighbouring countries like Sudan and Tanzania. Those who ventured further afield came back with stories of poor treatment at the hands of coaches and other members of the technical bench.

Kevin Omondi banned from South Africa

Kevin Omondi has apparently been banned from returning to South Africa after his visa expired and he was unable to renew it. Omondi was declared an ‘undesirable person in the republic of South Africa (SA) as from October 29, 2014.’ He received the shocking news on arrival at Oliver R Tambo International Airport while leaving for Nairobi.

“When I got to the airport, the immigration staff took my passport then gave me papers to sign saying that I had outlived my welcome by months. I tried talking to the immigration officials about the contractual obligations between me and Moroka Swallows but they could not listen.

A furious Omondi lashed out at the South Africans

“Wanafikiria huko kwao ni heaven. Wanaona nikama hapa Kenya, sisi tunateseka sana (they think their country is heaven and behave as if we are suffering in Kenya),” said the midfielder popularly known as “Ade”. said Omondi to the Nairobian.

In essence Omondi was banned from South Africa for overstaying his visa. Omondi however declared that he never wishes to go back there.

“Who told them that I ever want to go back there? I have no desire to go back to South Africa. Those people have no respect for humanity. They treated me like a dog. Not even my childhood club FISA could subject me to such conditions,” he said.
Omondi’s travails can be traced down to Moroka Swallows, the club that had expressed an interest in signing him. He stated that before leaving Nairobi for Johannesburg in June, Swallows president had agreed to help him get a work permit. The entire time I was with them, it was clear that the coach did not want me at the club. There was a feeling at Swallows that I was a player signed by the president. For four months, I stayed in a guest house. Two weeks before my return, they sent me to Cape Town, where I stayed in a small room with four other players. I could not take it anymore. I had to leave,” lamented Omondi.
Omondi narrated that before leaving Kenya, he had a chance at Bloemfontein Celtic FC on trials, but Swallows’ president offered to sign him after watching videos of his previous games. “I had an opportunity of cutting a deal with Ajax Cape Town as well, but Swallows came calling too soon and I thought it was a good opportunity to take. After deliberately frustrating my efforts to acquire a work permit, the president sent me word that I should try playing for Cape Town FC in the lower tier league,” revealed Omondi.
According to Omondi, the trip to Cape Town was an effort in futility because he had already given up on ever playing in South Africa after consultations with his agent. “I am done with them and now I want to focus on my career as a Kenyan footballer. I am in no hurry to leave. If God planned that I will one day turn pro, then there should be no hurry. As for now, my local fans should expect me back soon,” explained the 24-year-old. Omondi, who is a father one, said that he regrets leaving Gor and will not forget his experience in South Africa.

Injury sidelines Lavatsa

Unlike Kenya where a club can be patient with a player through multiple injuries , foreign teams will drop a player the moment he picks up what appears to be a recurring injury or a long term injury. Such was the case with Edwin Lavatsa.

He revealed to goal.com that  says that an ankle injury and change in the coaching department is the reason he was dropped by top Algerian club MC Algiers.”I sprained my ankle four weeks ago and it became difficult to train. The club called me and gave me an ultimatum, either to take a huge salary cut or terminate my contract and get paid half of its remaining value. I opted for the latter,” Lavatsa told Goal.He added: “Things were made even more difficult by the fact that the coach, who signed me was fired and the new man in charge wanted fit players.”

Lavatsa had left the Gor Mahia camp unceremoniously prior to the start of the 2014 season

Blackberry sidelined in Denmark

George Odhiambo “Blackberry” had been the Kenya player of the year in 2011 when he embarked on what looked like a promising career in Denmark. The Danish side indicated that they had been watching him for a long time and that he was the perfect fit for the club.

Things however went south when he arrcived in Denmark. He could not get any playing time. The coach did not bother to explain why.  Even when Randers were demoted to the Danish second tier, he was still not getting to play.  They finally claimed he was not adjusting to Danish football.

The writing was on the wall when Randers went to Turkey for a pre-season trip to Turkey but Blackberry was not included. So he asked to be released for tryouts in Finland with club side Kups. Despite impressing, the Finnish side did not select him.

In his  last few weeks, Blackberry lost his patience and had a run in with his coach Michael Hemmingsen as the reason why he and Randers FCand finally they both decided mutually to terminate the contract. It is likely that Blackberry was frustrated at his lack of playing time. Indeed he made his frustrations known to the Danish media.

Rama Salim

Rama pictured here in Qatar with Raul Gonzalez formerly of Real Madrid

Rama Salim went to Qatar to join second tier side Al Markhiya. Despite working very hard, Salim barely saw any playing time. Then one time during a training session, he physically accosted a team-mate who had tackled him roughly. Al Markhiya suspended him. He would return a month later but by then he had become surplus to requirements. Rama also attended trials with Bloemfontein Celtic of South Africa but he was not selected.

Kevin Omondi back from South Africa

Former Gor Mahia lively midfielder Kevin Omondi has parted ways with Moroka Swallows of South Africa without ever having played for the team.

Omondi, popularly known as “Ade” was signed during the off-season, but his progress was delayed by work permit issues which dogged many new signings in the Premier Soccer League this season.

After signing Omondi, the club’s then coach Zeca Marques changed his mind and the player was sent on loan to NFD side FC Cape Town.

The decision to go to a second tier side frustrated the former Gor Mahia forward, and he decided to end his relationship with Swallows, without making an official appearance.

“The move had a lot of complications and I chose to terminate the contract,” Omondi told SuperSport. “We reached an agreement and I’m happy with it.”

“I’m back home relaxing as I prepare for the next season, I’m ready to listen to offers from within (Kenya) and outside the country,” he said to sport24.co.za

FISA academy director Maurice Owuor indicated that Omondi’s problems with the coach escalated to the point where he had no choice but to part ways.

“The initial problems between Omondi and the coach got to a point where the two had to part ways and I can confirm that he is back home,” he told Goal.

A Lively Midfielder

Omondi when in form is a handful for any defence to contend with.  He has good pace and dexterity on the ball at pace. He showed this against Esperance at Nyayo stadium, when he made a diagonal run and was felled by an Esperance defender resulting in a penalty which Sserunkuma converted.

He joined Gor Mahia in 2010 as a green 19 year old straight out of secondary school. So promising was his career that he was called up to the national team while still in his teens.

Bring Omondi back

Omondi has potential to go places and the new Gor Mahia coach Frank Nuttall could be the man to revive his career. It goes without saying that Gor Mahia should strongly consider bringing Ade back into the fold. He will bring much needed creativity which at times has been lacking in midfield, forcing Nuttall to push Walusimbi into midfield.

Secretary General Chris Omondi has not ruled out bringing Ade back. “Whether we resign him or not will depend on what the coach says. He has to fight for a place in the team just like any other player.” said Omondi to goal.com

Kevin Omondi faces brick wall in South Africa

Former Gor Mahia midfielder Kevin Omondi is apparently having a difficult time breaking into the Moroka Swallows team. Coach Zeca Marquez is apparently unimpressed with the player popularly known as “Ade”

Fisa Academy Director Maurice Owuor said that there is a problem between the player and Moroka Swallows.

“The coach seems to have a different opinion on the player after signing him. We are being told that he has misgivings on Omondi’s abilities but we are insisting that whatever it is they ought to rectify it internally,” Owuor exclusively told goal.com.

“If the coach thinks the player is not what he wanted then he should be able to give him the kind of training that will rectify his weaknesses. Otherwise, as far as we are concerned there is a contract between the player and Swallows and whatever issues have arisen are internal and should be rectified internally.”

Rumours about Omondi leaving Swallows started swirling in August. But Swallows coach Zeca Marquez dismissed the rumours at the time. “Kevin is here training with us. I don’t know anything about him going to be released,” said Marques at the time. Now 2 months later, the rumours are starting again.

Kevin Omondi left Gor Mahia to join the Swallows in July. But his work permit still has not been processed. Former AFC Leopards winger Paul Were who arrived after Omondi has received work permit and is playing for Amazulu.

Owuor told goal.com that the work permit should have been processed by now.

Regarding Omondi’s work permit he explained: “He should have received the document because we gave them all the documents required to process the same and they have not come back to us to indicate otherwise.”

Considering how quickly Were got his work permit, it is indeed plausible that is its rge Swallows who have delayed Omondi’s work permit.

On whether, the player may return home, Owuor said: “We are not aware whether that is a possibility as the club has not indicated it to us.”

What if he returns?

Omondi’s saga is similar to that of George Odhiambo “Blackberry” when he went to Randers FC of Denmark in 2011. The Danish side eagerly signed him only to sideline him inexplicably. Such is the reality of playing overseas. Many Kenyans have tried their luck abroad but for various reasons did not succeed. Edwin Lavatsa, Kevin Kimani, Moses Arita, Francis Kahata, James Situma and a host of others.

The reality of the matter is that players will always leave for greener pastures. Gor mahia should be willing to give such players a second chance. Kevin Omondi is a solid player who will fit right back into the squad should he return this season or next. Edwin Lavatsa though he does not score often is a capable support striker who works hard on the flanks and delivers cross after cross. Aside from the duo, it is inevitable that Gor Mahia players will leave to try their luck overseas . Gor Mahia should be open to the idea of welcoming them back.

Williamson ready for life without Kevin Omondi & Akumu

Gor Mahia coach Bobby Williamson has stated that the club will not miss a beat now that dynamic winger Kevin Omondi and defensive midfielder Anthony Akumu have left.

Williamson indicated that Omondi had not played much of a role this year as he has been beset by injuries.

“He has not started many matches this season due to injuries. We will miss him in training no doubt but want to wish him the best as he begins a new career,” said Williamson to goal.com about Kevin Omondi.

Kevin Omondi has signed up at Moroka Swallows of the South African PSL.

On Anthony Akumu, Williamson feels that the club has other options.

“We have players who can fit in his shoes and so are not worried about his departure.” said Williamson to goal.com.

Perhaps Williamson has seen enough of Collins Okoth “Gattuso” to know that he will be an adequate replacement for Akumu. But Williamson will have his work cut out and will have to use all his knowledge of psychology to convince Gattuso to shape up and focus on performing. He will need to remind Gattuso of the period around 2011 when he was in good enough form to be named to the national team.

Other news for the club indicates that Innocent Mutiso has resumed training. The lively winger has been out with a knee injury.

Gor Mahia insists on development fee for “Ade”

Secretary general Chris Omondi has insisted that the club must be involved in the transfer of Kevin Omondi to Moroka Swallows. He further stated that the club must be paid its just dues in the transfer.  “If he is to move, we want to be involved in any negotiations because he has been at Gor Mahia since he was a minor and we are therefore, entitled to any development fee that may accrue.”

Fisa Academy,  which owns the rights to Kevin Omondi has written to Gor Mahia asking them to release him so that he can join Moroka Swallows of South Africa, who have reportedly offered him a two year contract. But Omondi questioned the legitimacy of the move to Moroka Swallows. When he went to South Africa, we were told that he was attending trials at Ajax Cape Town. Now we are told he is to sign a contract with Moroka Swallows. It does not add up at all.

Moroka Swallows finished 13th in the PSL last season and barely avoided relegation. “We are looking forward to seeing him in preseason.” said Leon Prins the Swallows Chief executive to soccer laduma.


Patrick Oboya set to return

Gor Mahia forward Patrick Oboya who has been out of action for months now, will finally be able to play again. This after FIFA finally issued an International transfer certificate (ITC). Oboya has not played since FIFA raised doubts regarding whether an ITC was created when he left the Vietnamese league to return to Kenya.

“The document should be with us by Friday. He has already been cleared and we expect to use him in the second leg.” said secretary general Chris Omondi to goal.com.

The return of Oboya is the only good news that Gor Mahia fans have received of late. Oboya when in form is an excellent player. He played a key role in helping Gor Mahia capture the league totle last season. Now that he is back, he has a chance to achieve his stated goal which is to regain a spot in the national team.

Kevin Omondi joins Moroka Swallows

courtesy of futaa.com

Gor Mahia midfielder Kevin Ade Omondi has joined South African top-tier Moroka Swallows on a two-year contract.

This has been confirmed by his agent Basil Manousakis who revealed that the skillful player is expected in South Africa by Tuesday 1st July.

-Kevin has already put pen to paper and the contract is effective from Tuesday 1st July. He is supposed to be in South Africa before then, Basil told futaa.com.

Release Letter

FISA Academy Director Maurice Owuor has confirmed the development and revealed that he’s already placed a request to Gor Mahia to release him.

-We’ve already requested for his release and we hope to get the release letter soon as he is scheduled to join his new team next week, Owour said.

Swallows is based in Johannesberg and finished thirteenth last season with 31 points having played 30 matches.

Sec Gen takes issue with FISA over Kevin Omondi as Gor Mahia beat Mumbi

courtesy of goal.com

Kenya champions say they will not let go of the influential midfielder in June even if he succeeds in upcoming trials with South African side Ajax Capetown

Gor Mahia have taken issue with a request by Fisa academy to let go of influential midfielder Kevin Omondi in June.

The academy has told the Kenyan Premier League champions to be ready to release the player as early as June if he succeeds in trials at South African side Ajax Capetown.

“We have received a letter from Fisa Academy informing us that Omondi is needed to attend trials in South Africa but they are not giving us the date.

“However, we take exception to their request that we be ready to release the player in June if he succeeds in the trials. We cannot afford to let go of our best player in a year we are defending KPL title,” Gor Mahia secretary Chris Omondi told Goal.

Omondi says while they have no problem allowing the player to attend trials, letting him go is another matter altogether which can only be discussed at the appropriate time.


Gor Mahia over-run Mumbi Nationale

Gor Mahia beat Mumbi Nationale 4-0 in a Tuseday night friendly. Kevin Omondi scored three goals and George Blackberry Odhiambo scored the 4th goal. The national league division 1 side coached by Ezekiel Akwana were no match for Gor Mahia on this occassion.