Former Gor Mahia midfielder Kevin Omondi is apparently having a difficult time breaking into the Moroka Swallows team. Coach Zeca Marquez is apparently unimpressed with the player popularly known as “Ade”
Fisa Academy Director Maurice Owuor said that there is a problem between the player and Moroka Swallows.
“The coach seems to have a different opinion on the player after signing him. We are being told that he has misgivings on Omondi’s abilities but we are insisting that whatever it is they ought to rectify it internally,” Owuor exclusively told goal.com.
“If the coach thinks the player is not what he wanted then he should be able to give him the kind of training that will rectify his weaknesses. Otherwise, as far as we are concerned there is a contract between the player and Swallows and whatever issues have arisen are internal and should be rectified internally.”
Rumours about Omondi leaving Swallows started swirling in August. But Swallows coach Zeca Marquez dismissed the rumours at the time. “Kevin is here training with us. I don’t know anything about him going to be released,” said Marques at the time. Now 2 months later, the rumours are starting again.
Kevin Omondi left Gor Mahia to join the Swallows in July. But his work permit still has not been processed. Former AFC Leopards winger Paul Were who arrived after Omondi has received work permit and is playing for Amazulu.
Owuor told goal.com that the work permit should have been processed by now.
Regarding Omondi’s work permit he explained: “He should have received the document because we gave them all the documents required to process the same and they have not come back to us to indicate otherwise.”
Considering how quickly Were got his work permit, it is indeed plausible that is its rge Swallows who have delayed Omondi’s work permit.
On whether, the player may return home, Owuor said: “We are not aware whether that is a possibility as the club has not indicated it to us.”
What if he returns?
Omondi’s saga is similar to that of George Odhiambo “Blackberry” when he went to Randers FC of Denmark in 2011. The Danish side eagerly signed him only to sideline him inexplicably. Such is the reality of playing overseas. Many Kenyans have tried their luck abroad but for various reasons did not succeed. Edwin Lavatsa, Kevin Kimani, Moses Arita, Francis Kahata, James Situma and a host of others.
The reality of the matter is that players will always leave for greener pastures. Gor mahia should be willing to give such players a second chance. Kevin Omondi is a solid player who will fit right back into the squad should he return this season or next. Edwin Lavatsa though he does not score often is a capable support striker who works hard on the flanks and delivers cross after cross. Aside from the duo, it is inevitable that Gor Mahia players will leave to try their luck overseas . Gor Mahia should be open to the idea of welcoming them back.