Afiriyie sticking with Kogalo despite offers

Despite rumours to the contrary, Ghanaian striker Francis Afiriyie has said that he is staying with Gor Mahia
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The Ghanaian striker has confirmed he is still part of the K’Ogalo squad and has opted to finish the season with the club despite financial problems

Gor Mahia striker Francis Afriyie has stated he is keen on helping the team get a transfer fee when he eventually leaves.

The Ghanaian is yet to report back after leaving for his native country for the festive season and many believe he is pondering a K’Ogalo exit. However, the forward has explained his intentions and confirmed he will be back in the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) soon.

“I must admit many “Spanish side Zaragoza, Saltillo and Matamoros from Mexico have shown interest in my services, but I am not leaving yet. I am taking my time and [will] let Gor Mahia get transfer money.

“I want to help Gor to get big transfer money from me, that is why I am rejecting all these offers.”

The striker states it is up to the management to decide whether they will keep him beyond this season or not.

“My contract with Gor expires in July this year; if the team can suit my demands then we will be good to go. Currently, I am working on my flight and will join my colleagues this week. I am still focused on helping the team win their 19th league title,” Afriyie concluded.

On Monday, Gor Mahia lost Ivorian striker Gnamien Yikpe to Yanga SC who snapped him up on a two-year deal.

Polack: We will not miss Yikpe

Meanwhile coach Steve Polack says the club will not miss departed Ivorian striker Yikpe Ghislain.

“I don’t think the club will miss his services,” Polack told Goal. “He managed to score a couple of goals for us while he was around but if he got a good deal, then you have no option but to wish him well.

“[Yikpe] is a good striker but equally we have quality players who can play very well in his role, so that is the reason why I am not worried at all, we will cope well and we will play well.

“Also it is good to let players move because he got a good deal out there, so I don’t think we should have asked him to stay. No.”

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Aduda allays fears over Polack departure

Gor Mahia CEO Lordvick Aduda has assured fans that coach Polack will be returning on December 30. There have been fears after Polack himself stated that he was unsure of his future.

Additional reporting from the Nation

Kenyan Premier League giants Gor Mahia have dispelled rumours that coach Steven Polack, who left the country on Sunday evening for his native England for Christmas holiday, will not return to the club in a week’s time as expected.

The club’s CEO Lordvick Aduda has urged K’Ogalo faithful to be calm, saying the coach would be back on December 30 since he still has a two-year contract with the club.

“Polack will certainly be back and we are not worried about that. Why should it be an issue when the coach leaves to join his family for Christmas? He has contract with us and unless he tell us otherwise, he is still our coach and we expect him back on Monday,” said Aduda.

Before travelling, Polack oversaw K’Ogalo’s 3-0 win over Kisumu All Stars 3-0 in a Kenyan Premier League match on Sunday, a result that put Gor Mahia back at the summit of the standings with three matches in hand.

Speaking to Nation Sport on Sunday before departing, Polack said his assistant Patrick Odhiambo will be in charge of their league match against Posta Rangers at Narok Stadium on December 29.

“I a m going home for holidays and my assistant Patrick Odhiambo will take charge of the team. I will be back on December 30 to continue with my duties but in case of anything, I will personally communicate my decision to the club management,” Polack said, raising fears that he may not be back to continue with his duties as Gor Mahia’s coach.

Yikpe officially joins Yanga

Ivorian striker Gislain Yikpe has completed his move from Gor Mahia to Yanga Sports Club, the club confirmed on Monday.

The club through its website confirmed the signing of the Ivorian who unceremoniously left financially crippled K’Ogalo last week.

“Striker Yipke Gnamien will join the rest of Yanga squad in Mbeya tomorrow (Tuesday) after reaching an agreement with the club. We can confirm that he has passed the medical test,” said the statement from the club.

Despite joining the squad for their pre-match training ahead of their league match against Mbeya City, Yikpe and four other new signings will not feature for their new club.

The Ivorian might however make his debut against Tanzania Prison FC on Thursday.

Gor Mahia had signed Yikpe from SC Gagnoa in July as a replacement for Rwandan hitman Jacques Tuyisenge, who had joined Petro de Atletico of Angola.

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Yikpe Ghislain appears headed to Yanga

A Tanzanian newspaper is reporting that towering Ivorian striker Yikpe Ghislain has left the club for Young Africans of Dar es Salaam.

Additional reporting from the Nation

Ivorian striker Gislain Yikpe is on the verge of joining Yanga Sports Club, according to media reports in Tanzania.

The towering Ivorian was pictured at the Julius Nyerere International Airport accompanied by a Yanga official with Tanzanian media reporting the forward has agreed terms with the club.

“Gislain Yikpe has arrived in Dar es Salaam to join Yanga. After holding talks with the club, the Ivorian striker has agreed to terminate his contract with Kenyan champions Gor Mahia,” Viwanjani Leo reported.

The lanky forward joined K’Ogalo mid this year from Guinean Ligue 1 side Hafia FC on a two-year contract. Gor Mahia CEO Lordvick Aduda however said the player has not served any notice neither have they received any communication from Yanga regarding the reported move.

“We will definitely pick it up with Yanga and the relevant authorities. We are not opposed to any player moving but the laid down rules and regulations must be followed,” Aduda told Nation Sport on Friday.

K’Ogalo are undergoing financial difficulties with players owed salaries and allowances for over four months now. According to Fifa rules, a player is free to move to another club if he/she hasn’t been paid for over two months, provided he gives sufficient notice and this could be the avenue Yanga want to explore.

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Yikpe and Afiriyie will be available for CAF CL

If Gor Mahia beat Aigle Noir of Burundi next weekend, they will have the services of the foreign duo of Francis Afiriyie and Yikpe Ghislain. The Ghanaian and Ivorian duo are not available for the opening round but will be eligible should Gor Mahia proceed to round one.

“According to the latest communication we have received from CAF, the two strikers may be allowed to play after the Sunday match ahead of us. This will be a big boost to us,’’ explained Ngala to Citizen Sports.

The winner between Gor Mahia and Aigle Noir will likely face USM Alger in the first round. The Algerian side won the opening leg 2-1 away to Nigerien side AS Sonindep.

“We are ready for the Burundians and our plans started yesterday with our first trophy of the season,  we are building on the players dedication and determination to go places this season,’’ Ngala continued.

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