Ali Abondo, who inexplicably left Gor Mahia on free transfer early in the season is now back in the country after his sojourn in South Africa with Ajax Cape Town ended suddenly.
“Abondo is back home and I don’t understand what went wrong in South Africa. However, he belongs here for now because he is still registered with this great club. The best we can do now is to probably welcome him back home.” said a source to goal.com
South Africa has not been a happy hunting ground for Kenya players of late with Paul Were, Kevin Omondi and now Abondo. Some players have had difficulty obtaining work permits.
Top 8: Gor Mahia to play Ushuru again
Gor Mahia will open their defense of the KPL Top 8 trophy when they take on Ushuru FC on May 2. The match offers Gor Mahia an opportunity to make amends for having dropped two points against Ushuru on Sunday. Coach Ze Maria thinks they should have won.
“We lost a penalty, but that was not the only thing. We had many chances like six or seven which we should have easily converted in that match but we did not,” he said of Sunday’s fixture. He added: “Now that we have been drawn against them in the Top-8 tournament, it gives us a chance to score goals and win it considering that it is a knockout and you only have one opportunity. They are a tough team and we will work hard to overcome them.” he said to the Standard.
Last year Gor Mahia beat Muhoroni Youth 3-0, beat Tusker 4-3 on aggregate and beat SoNy Sugar 2-1 to lift the trophy.
Midfielder Ali Abondo has been named KPL player of the month. This is a new award created by the Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK), to motivate players.
In the process, Abondo bagged Ksh 50,000 and a 42 inch television as prizes.
He beat AFC Leopards’ Jacob Keli and Tusker’s Jesse Were to the award. The humble Abondo was not sure if he deserved the prize.
“Am happy to win the first award; I had the feeling but I was not 100% sure because there are many more good players who deserve. I thank God for the award and I thank the organizers too for coming up with the initiative. It is a noble idea to motivate players and in the bigger picture, the team benefits as well.” he said according to supersport.
He expressed gratitude to his team-mates for enabling him to bag the award.
“My aim for the season is to help Gor Mahia to stay on top to the end of the season and I understand it is not just about me but my team mates as well. I thank them all and the coach too for the support,” he said.
Abondo has found the back of the net a total of 11 times in different competitions this season. His most recent effort was a free-kick against SoNy of Awendo seen below
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.