Gor Mahia chasing Michael Kibwage

Gor Mahia are said to be interested in signing Michael Kibwage from KCB but his steep sign on fee is likely to be a stumbling block

Additional reporting from goal.com

Contact has already been made but the defender is holding on for a Ksh.3 million sign-on fee

Kenyan Premier League (KPL) giants Gor Mahia are desperate to land KCB defender Michael Kibwage as a replacement of Joash Onyango who left recently for Tanzania Mainland League champions Simba SC.

The Kenyan side need to strengthen their defence to have a better chance of performing well in continental and domestic assignments. Kibwage is seen as a player who can maintain the required quality at the back.

“Gor Mahia want Kibwage, they have already met him and discussed the possibility of him leaving KCB,” a source close to the club told Goal on Saturday.

“The problem we have is his signing fee which is quite high from the player and we are negotiating. While the team is ready to give him in excess of Ksh1.5 million, Kibwage wants Ksh 3 million.

“We will have to discuss again and see whether we can reach a consensus or not, but he is a quality defender who will improve the team.”

Charles Momanyi is reportedly on his way out of K’Ogalo as well, and KCB are interested in his services.

The 22-year-old Kenya defender has been instrumental for the Bankers since joining from AFC Leopards and is quickly establishing himself among the best in the country.

“As a player I have dreams and they keep me going,” Kibwage told Goal in an earlier interview.

“As I had said, we are targeting the KPL next season and we believe it is achievable. But for me, I want to win the Caf Champions League in the next few seasons. This is not meant for some players, it is meant for all, the difference is the effort one makes to achieve it.”
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The 2020/21 KPL season might kick-off in October and the defender hopes it goes according to plan.

“I am yearning to give my best to my team and win the Defender of the Season Award on back-to-back basis,” Kibwage continued.

“All this will happen if the league returns, and we hope it happens as planned. We are going for it as a team, and I am also going for my targets, my individual objectives and nothing is going to stop me.”


9 thoughts on “Gor Mahia chasing Michael Kibwage

  • August 23, 2020 at 8:29 am

    Some things don’t make sense.


    1)Rachier gave an incomplete cheque for Mark Makwatta kes. 2 million as signing on fee but efusi signed him for a mere kes. 600k.
    2) There is no need to pay a 3m or even a 1.5m sign on fee only to be unable to pay players salaries and lose him/them a year later on free transfer.
    3) More than 500k for a KPL player is too steep and hints towards commissions/ cartels & corruption something new EC should move away from.
    4) Please clear current players and TB salary arrears before paying unreasonable sign on fees for players who will not even get us past the preliminaries of CAF.

  • August 23, 2020 at 8:43 am

    Aren’t there better players than kibwage in this league? Why not re-hire Maurice ojwang of western stima?get someone to talk to him. He would cost much less and he is an extremely solid defender…. Perhaps even better than what we currently have!!

  • August 23, 2020 at 1:29 pm

    Spending 3m, even 500k+ on a new player when you haven’t paid your current players for 6 months is illogical and lack of common sense to both the said new player and new EC.

    Six months salary/allowances arrears for GMFC is kes.33m and you want to increase it by a further 10% with a single transaction on one player to kes.36m.

    I hope the new treasurer is capable and bold enough to properly advise on and guide the financial affairs of the club.
    Sanctioning such a irrational transaction may confirm that her doubters were right after all.

    • August 23, 2020 at 2:08 pm

      Qualifying for CAF Confed Cup group stage will earn GMFC kes. 27m.
      Now this Kibwage wants more than 10% of that group stage money that is assuming we qualify which is currently is a tall order.

      KPL prize money is kes. 4.5m and is never paid.
      This Kibwage is asking for 66.6% of the never paid KPL prize money.

      Betking FKF grant to clubs is supposedly kes. 8m to run finance a premier club for a whole year.
      This Kibwage is asking for 37.5% of the annual FKF grant to the club.

      If he agrees to be performance contracted than it makes sense for him and his ilk to ask for such outlandish amount to be paid as:
      1) For joining club max. 500k,
      2) Enables club qualify for CAF CC group an additional 500k= Total 1m
      3) Enables club qualify for CAF CC 1/4 finals a further 500k= Total 1.5m
      4) Enables club qualify for CAF semis a further 750k = Total 2.25m
      5) Enables club win a CAF Cup a further 750k = Total 3m.
      Let him and others like him earn their hefty signing depending on their progressive performances in CAF tournaments otherwise kes.3m to only win the local league is laughable, am sure we can manage that with another much more affordable local lad.

  • August 23, 2020 at 7:00 pm

    Kibwage is good but not special. The defender everyone should be salivating for his signature in the KPL is Johnstone Omurwa. That guy is a beast!!

  • August 25, 2020 at 9:13 am

    At last our new officials have made their maiden speeches.
    Judge for yourself.

    Sam Ochola- New S.G highlights were:
    1) Ochola wants the team’s management to furnish him with all audited financial statements for the past three years to ascertain whether there was transparency and accountability in usage of club funds.
    2) He says improving welfare is one way he intends to retain key players.
    3) “As the head of the Secretariat, it is my duty in consultation with my colleagues in the EC to establish structures that will not allow room for corruption,” said the media mogul.

    Dolfina- With the club in a serious financial crisis, players & TB unpaid for the last six months, this is the new treasurer’s maiden speech:

    “Gor Mahia football club wishes Mama Ida Odinga, wife to our beloved club Patron Right Honorable Raila Odinga, a Happy Birthday and many more full of God’s blessings and mercy.” ~ Treasurer Dolfina Odhiambo

    Priority and focus is already showing.
    Choices have consequences, so accept and move on especially GMFC players & TB

  • August 25, 2020 at 4:17 pm

    Her wishing Ida odinga a happy birthday is quite in order…. It does not absolve her off the duties she was elected to perform. Let her not me judged on account of one meaningless statement!!


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