It is official: Were will not play this season

Despite valiant efforts by club officials to register Paul Were, the player will not be available to play in the second leg of the 2015 season.

“His application was lodged two minutes after the deadline and the system rejected it. Therefore, I want to confirm that he cannot play in Kenya,” FKF transfer manager Ronnie Oyando told on Wednesday.

Oyando further went on to say that they requested FIFA to make an exception but the request was denied.

“Fifa have replied back saying they cannot help solve this issue. They have insisted that it would sound like they are bending transfer rules to suit one party and that cannot be the case.” he continued.

The delay was partially caused because it took too long for Gor Mahia to agree to terms with Paul Were.

Were will now need to look for a club outside Kenya. he expressed his disappointment over the issue.

“This is obviously bad news for me because my mind was already fix on playing here in Kenya. I, however, understand what has happened and my agent is due to arrive from South Africa so that we can review my options,” he said to the KPL site.

The move comes as a dissapointment to club fans who saw Were as adding another attacking dimension.


Paul Were may not play in the second leg

It is highly likely that Gor Mahia will not have new signing Paul Were available for the second leg of the 2015 Kenya Premier League because his International

Transfer certificate was not obtained on time. In fact Gor Mahia have yet to obtain the ITC.

According to, Were will likely stay inactive for six months.

“His application for an International Transfer Certificate (ITC) was lodged late making him ineligible to play in Kenya. If he wants he can go to Tanzania where the transfer window has just opened,”

Some of this confusion likely stems from the fact that his former South African club declined to release him even after they declared that his services would no longer be needed. South African teams have shown a strain of vindictiveness given their recent treatment of Kevin Omondi.

But Gor Mahia officials were still hopeful of acquiring the document. “We are hoping that it will come soon and make it possible for him to feature for Gor Mahia,” said club’s Deputy Secretary General Ronald Ngala.

Ngala further went on to say that the FKF is now appealing directly to FIFA to clear Were for action in Kenya.

“The matter is now being handled by FIFA’s Players Status Committee who will either decide to give him (Were) a provisional ITC or decline to issue him with one.” said Ngala to capital sport.

“If they say no, that means he will not be eligible to play in Kenya but can play in South Africa since the transfer window is still open. Amazulu indicated they would release him but they delayed issuing him the letter which they did on June 26,”

“He (Were) also took time in making up his mind before we applied for the ITC that required his approval,”. Ngala continued.

What is not immediately clear is what Gor Mahia contractually owes Were should he be unable to play. Were is currently training with Kogalo.

Were was seen as one of the biggest signings of the June transfer season. His pace down the flanks and ability to score from difficult angles is the stuff of nightmares for many defenders.

In 2013 Gor Mahia fell afoul of FIFA due to what was considered an irregular transfer of Patrick Oboya.


Gor Mahia set to play Harambee Stars as Paul Were joins

Gor Mahia are set to play Harambee stars in a friendly match. Harambee stars are using the match to gauge their strength as they prepare to play Ethiopia in the return leg of the CHAN qualifiers set for this weekend. Harambee stars have a tall order as they try to reverse a 2-0 loss. They will need to score three clear goals. To this end, Stars coach Bobby Williamson has announced that he will be counting on Gor Mahia talisman Michael Olunga.

“I am very impressed with Olunga’s form. He has been scoring some fantastic goals. “He was quite impressive against Chemelil Sugar and we expect to see him in the same form against Ethiopia,” said coach Williamson to the Standard.

Williamson however warned against being too dependent on one player.
“At the end of the day, it is a team effort and we cannot afford to rely on one player. He might get injured and then we will be in big trouble,” he added.

To score goals, Stars will need motivation from passionate home fans. Williamson expressed his hope that fans will turn out in large numbers.

“Our fans are very passionate and we know that their presence will play a big role in helping us go through.
“We urge them to come and support us because we have a good team and will our best not to disappoint them.”

The FKF will need a strong marketing campaign to get despondent fans to turn up at the stadium.

Aside from scoring, Stars must avoid conceding goals. The central defence has been jittery. The first goal Ethiopia scored was due to the inability of a Stars defender to deal decisively with a cross. And then there was Jackson saleh’s inexplicable handball in Congo. To shore up the defence, Williamson has called up the Gor Mahia duo of Haron Shakava, Musa Mohamed and Thika United’s Dennis Odhiambo.

For Gor Mahia, this is chance to stay sharp since they do not have any fixtures this weekend. It is also a chance to provide players like Wycliff Juma, Timothy Otieno, Eric Ochieng and others a chance to fight their way into the starting line-up. Meanwhile players like Kagere, Nigiziyimana should be rested in anticipation of next week’s midweek fixture.

Paul Were joins Gor Mahia

A new report suggests that Paul Were signed for Gor Mahia at the very last moment of the transfer deadline.

“It’s official Paul Were is our player now after signing a six month contract with us”, confirmed Jolawi Obondo on the club’s site.



Gor Mahia still tracking Paul Were

There are two days left in the mid season transfer season and Gor mahia are still trying to sign Amazulu winger Paul Were. Though the club decided to release him after they were relegated, they have yet to agree to formally release him.

“We are still in talks with Were. There are a few loose ends need to tie up. The problem is from Amazulu who are yet clear with the player,” said Killo to

The speedy Were hardly played while at Durban based Amazulu and spent most of his time on the bench or the terraces.

Killo says that talks are at an advanced stage pending action from Amazulu.

“At this point, i can only say we are at 60 percent in the talks. The player has accepted all the terms. Lets see how things go by the end of the day on Monday. We will have a word for you on Tuesday,” added Killo.

Aside from Gor Mahia, Harambee stars coach Bobby Williamson is eager for the move to happen as it will make him eligible to play in the CHAN qualfiers
“It will be great to have Were in the squad as we face Ethiopia. He brings in a lot to the team and his presence will give us plenty of options upfront especially as Jacob Keli has gone to Zambia,” said Williamson to the Standard.

Were scored Kenya’s goal during the 2017 AFCON qualifier against Congo. He can play on either wing and is a handful for defenders due to his pace on the ball.

Sserunkuma moves to City Stars comes a cropper

Nairobi City stars who had excitedly announced the signing of Dan Sserunkuma, were disappointed when the former Gor Mahia dangerman failed to show up for the signing ceremony. Peter Jabuya, the city stars chairman expressed his disappointment to

“Sserunkuma is a very good player and we had hopes of getting him back but from the look of things that will not be happening as we approach the mid season deadline of midnight yet he has not availed himself as we thought,” Jabuya told

The return of their prodigal son would have bolstered City Stars who appear destined for relegation being placed second from bottom.


Kogalo players in international action as transfer rumours abound

Gor Mahia striker Michael Olunga, who scored a hat-trick against Botswana in the Olympics qualifiers has been touted as Kenya’s next great hope in the striking position. Former Harambee stars coach Jacob Ghost Mulee touted Olunga as having the attributes needed.

“Olunga is good, strong and can link up with his team mates well. When given space he can be hard to deal with. He is also intelligent and technically gifted; I think Kenya has a gem here. I have watched him at Liberty and now at Gor Mahia, the boy is a talent,” said Mulee.

Stars coach Bobby Williamson was also effusive in his praise for Olunga.

“We missed Olunga in the first leg against Botswana, he usually gives us a different dimension when in the team, and I think it would have been different suppose he had played in all the two legs. He has an aerial threat and he motivates other players, he has the potential to be one of the lethal strikers,” added Williamson.

However those expecting Olunga to have the same impact Oliech had when he debuted in 2002 will need to have patient. Remember that the young Oliech almost single handedly carried Harambee stars to victory in the 2003 CECAFA cup and to qualification to the 2004 AFCON. He was a once in a generation talent. Olunga should not have to shoulder the pressure of being the next Oliech. However he is on course to being a good striker at national level. Soon after playing against Tusker in Kisumu on Saturday, he played in the Peace Cup in Rwanda and scored as Harambee stars won their second match 2-0

Other Gor Mahia players in international action include Dirkir Glay who has been called up by the Liberian national team coach James Debbah. Fans of that era will remember that when Kenya beat Liberia in a world cup qualifier in 1989, the key Liberia players were George Weah and James Debbah who has now called up Glay. And it was former Gor Mahia ace George Onyango “Fundi” who scored with a brilliant grass cutter as Kenya beat Liberia 1-0.

Khalid Aucho was also called up to the Uganda Cranes side that will play Gambia in an international friendly.

Transfer News

Gor Mahia are said to be pursuing Rwanda skipper Jean Baptiste Mugiraneza who has been a regular in the Rwanda national side.

“Gor Mahia is closing in on Mugiraneza who is a very experienced striker both for his club and country. We want to establish a team that would both the league and continental assignments that is why we sort the player because he fits in our plans,” the source who sort anonymity told

This is a surprising turn of events considering that earlier, Gor Mahia were said to be keen on re-signing Dan Sserunkuma.

Gor Mahia are also said to be close to signing Paul Were, the speedy former AFC winger who has been in South Africa for the past 6 months.

“It has been trying time for me in my time at South Africa. I found it rough and even in the last minute I had no money and my colleague at Amazulu Papy Fatty had to come to my assistance so that I could travel back home,” he added.

According to supersport, Were who recently returned home to Kenya has been negotiating with Gor chairman Ambrose Rachier hoping to get a shorter six month deal so as to improve his chances of going back abroad but the defending champions have insisted that he signs a one year deal.