Tag: Patrick Oboya



18 Jun 15

Santos standing second from left

Jerry Santos who joined Gor Mahia in January but has struggled to gain playing time has joined Posta Rangers. Santos first came to the limelight while playing for Dandora Youth in the Extereme sports Super 8 torunament where he was voted the best player. Since then he has played in Albania, Vietnam, Tanzania as well as for Tusker and Gor Mahia.

Patrick Oboya has left Tusker to join Nakuru All Stars. Oboya was once a highly promising player, seen by many as Kenya’s next great striker. In his prime he was fast, string on the ball, a good dribbler with fantastic touches. Most memorable was the match against Angola in 2010, where he scored with spectacular volley. His superb performances saw him earn a spot for a top tier Czech side. He later moved to Slovakia then Vietnam. Injuries slowed him down significantly, curtailing what was once a promising career.

In 2013 he came back to Kenya and joined Gor Mahia. However gone was the pace that made defenders panic and gone was his ability to beat defenders with quick changes of direction. He however played a key role in winning the club’s first title in 2013. Most memorable was his clever back heel that set up Sserunkuma’s goal against Sofapaka that all but won the league in 2013.

Oboya in his prime was a heck of a player:

Donald Mosoti who joined Gor Mahia from City Stars has been signed by Nakumatt who are also eager to join the top tier league and have been signing big players. Mosoti was a favourite of then coach Zdravko Logarusic in 2011. A defense enforcer whose hard tackles put fear in attacker. When Loga joined Simba of Dar es Salaam, he brought Mosoti with him. When Loga left, Mosoti’ contract was ended and he joined Tusker.

Other players who have left seeking more playing time are Kevin Oluoch who joined Muhoroni Youth. Timothy Otieno was due to join SoNy Sugar on loan but the move was ended for unknown reasons.


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14 Jan 15

The build up match between Gor Mahia and KCB that was scheduled for Wednesday evening at 4 pm has been canceled.

“KCB did not show their willingness to take part in the friendly for understandable reasons and we can’t play without opponents.” Gor Mahia’s Assistant Coach Frank Ouna said according to the club’s site.

The withdrawal of KCB denies fans an opportunity to watch the new players in action.

Oboya Joins Tusker

Patrick Oboya who has been playing for Gor Mahia for the past two seasons has signed a three year contract at Tusker. Oboya joined Gor Mahia in 2013 but has been far from the form that saw him earn a contract in the Czech league. He has been plagued by injuries and has missed much of the past two seasons.


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30 Dec 14

Both Innocent Mutiso and Patrick Oboya have played pivotal roles in enabling Gor Mahia to secure two consecutive league titles. Both have had some memorable moments at Gor Mahia.

One of the most memorable moments Mutiso had was his wonder goal against KCB that enabled Gor Mahia to secure a 3-2 win. Mutiso when healthy was a live-wire on the right flank and gave defenders nighmares. Against US Bitam earlier this year, he scored one of the penalties during the shootout that saw Gor Mahia through to the next round.

Mutiso has also been excellent for public relations, appearing in club functions as well as initiatives driven by the Gor Mahia fans foundation such as the Mater heart run.

Oboya also had some memorable moments at Gor Mahia. Against Esperance in Tunis, Oboya gave Gor Mahia fans perhaps the only moment they could cheer when his mazy dribbling made that Esperance defender dance “Kanungo” in a manner reminiscent of Ben Oloo “breakdance”. Oboya’s clever flick to Sserunkuma created the crucial goal Kogalo needed to secure their first title in 18 years.

Indeed Gor Mahia has been patient while helping this talented duo recuperate from their nagging injuries. However the financial imperative has forced Gor Mahia’s hand into dropping them.

Mutiso posted a thank you note on his social media page and promised to be back stronger.

“I know I will be back 2015 all guns blazing bigger and better once I get fit again and I believe any team which will land my signature will be lucky to have me! Thank you Gor Mahia fraternity for giving me the opportunity to serve you, the post read.”

Victor Ali Abondo is back

Gor Mahia and Tusker appear to have agreed on terms for the return of Victor Ali Abondo. “We have given Gor Mahia the go ahead to sign him since they want to submit the name of the player for continentals in time. We shall finalize on the deal later on but they can have the player, Obiny revealed to futaa.com

Abondo was a regular first team player in 2012 and 2013 and a favourite of former coach Zdravko Logarusic because of his solid tactical acumen. Abondo is also known for his robust tackles, an issue that almost saw him come to fisticuffs with his fellow kisumu lad George Odhiambo earlier this year.

He fell out of favour when Logarusic departed with some of the coaching staff accusing him of lack of effort. One hopes that he has improved in that regard.

Spectacular goal by Innocent Mutiso


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29 Dec 14

There are 7 players whose contracts have run out and will not be renewed. Club Chief Executive Officer Lordvic Aduda told Supersport.com that the contracts of Patrick Oboya, Innocent Mutiso, Charles Bruno, Kennedy Ayong, Ian Niva, Simon Mburu and Angelo Okumu.

Patrick Oboya joined Gor Mahia in early 2013. He showed flashes of brilliance in 2013 despite injuries. But in 2014, he hardly featured having been plagued by a nagging injury. Innocent Mutiso has also played well when fielded but has also missed large swathes of the season with injuries.

CEO Ludovick Aduda stated that the club is in contact with coach Frank Nuttall. “The coach has told us who to be released, loaned out and who to be retained. He also had areas he wanted beefed up,” said Aduda.

Aduda went on to explain why the players were released. “The players we have released were not adding much value to the team because they were not playing much. Others have shown interest elswhere like Oboya who has been out of the country on trials. Mburu is wanted by Rangers so we have put so many things in consideration before making the decision,” added Aduda.

It is also a fact that Gor Mahia is broke and cannot afford to pay players who miss large swathes of the season with injuries.

Other players who may add value to the team at a later date will be sent on loan. Joel Bataro who joins Shabana, midfielder Daniel Onyango who is headed to Sony Sugar and Joseph kariuki who will be loaned to Kakamega Homeboyz.

Bataro is young and promising. But in 2014 he could not even feature when Jerim Onyango was absent as coach Bobby Williamson preferred David Juma. And with Boniface Oluoch signed, Bataro will be further down in the pecking order. Daniel Onyango and Joseph Kariuki have both shown promise.

Charles Bruno played decent when fielded. But with the team signing Dirkir Glay and already having Israel Emuge and Haron Shakava, Bruno would most likely not see playing time.

Glay who has been playing for Thika United explained why he chose Gor Mahia. “I did not just leave Thika United for Gor Mahia; I came here for a challenge. I knew here I will get a bigger challenge as a player because this is a club preparing for continental duty and I want to be of help to the team in the Champions League. It will be my first taste of continental action and I am happy to be here and ready for the challenge, he said to futaa.com

 


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8 Dec 14

Dependable defender David Owino “Calabar” is set for trials at Simba Sports club of Dar es Salaam.

We have received a formal request from Simba SC inviting David Owino for trials and if he is successful and satisfies the technical bench, Simba SC will be willing to engage the club over his services. They have made arrangement for the player to travel and join them in camp and will cater for the expenses, said Sec Gen Chris Omondi to the club’s official site.

Calabar had earlier been rumoured to be talking to arch rivals AFC Leopards. Other rumours had him going to El Merreikh of Sudan though he denied ever being approached by the Sudanese. Calabar who is out of contract announcec months ago the he would bee seeking to move overseas to further his career. Should he go to Simba, he will be the third Gor Mahia player to join Simba in the past year following Mosoti and Sserunkuma.

Oboya in Vietnam for trials

Forward Patrick Oboya appears headed back to Vietnam. Oboya joined Gor Mahia in 2013 following a short stint in Vietnam. Prior to that he had played in the Slovakian second tier

Oboya’s agent Robert Muthomi revealed on Monday that the former Harambee Stars’ midfielder left country two weeks ago and is currently engaged in trial exercise ‘with several teams.’

“Oboya’s contract with Gor Mahia run out at the end of last season and he travelled to Vietnam following an invitation by a friend for a number of trials. The trials have gone well so far and the club (where he is undergoing trials) is taking care of him. Since the contract with Gor Mahia ended, the player is now looking elsewhere.” said Muthomi to goal.com

In his prime, Oboya was a permanent feature with Harambee stars for whom he appeared several times. His past 4 years have been injury plagued.

 


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24 Jun 14

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.


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29 May 14

courtesy of futaa.com

Kenyan Premier League (KPL) side Gor Mahia is still awaiting the World Football governing body FIFA to response regarding the Patrick Oboya transfer issue.

FIFA had written to the club requesting to be furnished with details of his transfer and according to Assistant Secretary General Ronald Ngala, they did so but are yet to get feedback.

-We did all that was requested but are yet to get any feedback from FIFA. They have up to 60 days to respond so it’s still within the time frame, Ngala confirmed to futaa.com,

Precaution

Oboya hasn’t featured for Gor Mahia since the issue arose but has still been training with the team consistently.

-It’s the prerogative of the Head Coach to choose whoever plays but I can’t also deny that we had to pull him (Oboya) off and wait until this issue is done away with, Ngala said,

-This however does not mean that we are guilty as a club. We just want to be careful, he added.

Oboya previously played for Tusker FC and AFC Leopards locally before joining FK Banik Most in 2007 (then known as Siad Most).

He was loaned out to FK Fotbal Trinec in 2011 and later joined MFK Ruzomberok.


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15 May 14

courtesy of goal.com

The ex-Harambee Stars’ midfielder admits he is upset at sitting on the bench after World governing body Fifa queried his move to the league champions

Gor Mahia midfielder Patrick Oboya says he is frustrated at sitting on the bench after World governing body Fifa queried his move to the Kenyan champions.

Oboya says he wants the matter resolved quickly as he did not commit any offense.“Before signing for Gor Mahia, I had terminated my contract with Than Hoa in Vietnam. When this issue came up I was asked to stay out until it is sorted out but it is frustrating and wish it is sorted out quickly,” Oboya told Goal.

Fifa have asked Gor Mahia to explain how they acquired services of the player as no International Transfer Certificate (ITC) was issued to him before he started playing for K’Ogalo.

Gor Mahia have defended their move to field Oboya in past matches insisting they got permission from Football Kenya Federation to use the player. The Kenyan champions could be docked points if Fifa finds them guilty of fielding an ineligible player.

Meanwhile, coach Bobby Williamson says his players do not feel the heat being at top of the league and will work hard top stay there. Ahead of the tricky clash with unbeaten Chemelil in round 13 of the league, Williamson says tough moments will be the final rounds when the winner will be decided.

“At this time I don’t think there is much pressure. We are on top and we are happy to be there. We have to work hard to remain there and the players know that,” the Scott told club website.

“We will face Chemelil just like we have against other teams. We have some few days to prepare for that game,” he stated. On the playing formation, the coach said he is now using three central defenders which has worked for Gor Mahia well but added that he can always change the pattern depending on the way the opponents play.

Gor Mahia has been fielding Israel Emuge, Haroun Chakava and David Owino at the heart of defense giving fullbacks Godfrey Walusimbi and Musa Mohammed more freedom to venture up front. K’Ogalo has 26 points from 12 matches, four ahead of Chemelil Sugar.


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30 Apr 14

Oboya in past action

Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions Gor Mahia and midfielder Patrick Oboya are staring at possible sanctions from world body Fifa over an alleged irregular signing of the player. Two weeks ago, Fifa queried over how the player was acquired by Gor Mahia and demanded an explanation from the club. This could also be the reason, Gor Mahia have not been using the player of late in their Kenyan Premier League (KPL) matches as they wait to sort out the matter with Fifa. Prior to joining Gor Mahia, Oboya was contracted to Vietnamese Super League side Thanh Hoa where he stayed for hardly three weeks before both parties terminated the contract. He was previously at Slovakian club MFK Ruzomberok before moving to Vietnam and eventually to Gor Mahia.

The club through Assistant Secretary General Ronald Ngala said they do not know who has complained to Fifa about the signing of Oboya which he insists only went ahead after they were given the go ahead by Football Kenya Federation (FKF). “When we expressed interest in the player, we asked for his ITC through FKF who after some time felt it was alright to use the player and they duly registered him.”

“We are equally surprised by the query from Fifa and we do not understand where it is coming from. We have wrote back Them explaining that he is indeed our player and how we acquired him. “At the moment we cannot say what will happen. We just have to wait and hear what Fifa has to say to our reply,” said Ngala. Ngala was evasive on whether this is the reason the player has not been featuring in KPL matches insisting that the decision to field him is solely upto the coach.
“It is not entirely why he has been out of the squad. It could be a reason but then again, the decision to use a player is upto the coach,” Ngala explained. Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Transfer Matching System manager Nick Mwendwa, confirmed the query by Fifa but absolved the federation from blame. “Clubs normally make direct request for an International Transfer Certificate (ITC) with a log in provided by the federation. In the case of Oboya, Gor Mahia never did that,” he explained. Accepted responsibility Mwendwa, however, accepted responsibility for not following up to ensure that the club made the request but instead gave the go ahead for Gor Mahia to field the player based on a terminated contract he provided to the federation. “I gave the go-ahead for Gor Mahia to use the player when he presented a document showing that he had terminated his contract with the Vietnamese club on mutual consent.

“When such matters arise, Fifa insists that whatever action is taken favors the player and this is what I had in mind in giving him consent to play.

“However, even then Gor Mahia should still have followed up on the ITC,” he said. A source close to the player however blamed FKF, Kenyan Premier League (KPL) and Gor Mahia for allowing the player on the pitch without this vital document. “Did Gor Mahia request for the ITC? Why did KPL and FKF allow him to take to the pitch without it,?” he wondered. It is not clear what kind of sanctions could be slapped on the club if they are found guilty but this could range from losing points, a hefty fine or suspended from signing players for a particular period of time.
The player could also be suspended if it is proved that he misled Gor Mahia about his status prior to signing for them.


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