Polack laments loss of Boniface Omondi

Gor Mahia coach Steven Polack says the club will miss the services of Boniface Omondi after the striker Wednesday joined Wazito on a three-year deal.

Omondi, 24 who joined Gor Mahia from Nzoia Sugar in 2017, appreciated his time at K’Ogalo but said his main focus now is to help Wazito win its maiden title.

Polack revealed he asked Omondi to stay but the striker was not convinced after enduring tough financial challenges at Gor during the 2019/20 season.

“We have lost a great player to our opponents. He was my first choice striker and I really pleaded with him to change his decision but he insisted that the financial situation at Gor Mahia played a part in his decision. I wish him the best at Wazito,” Polack told Nation Sport.

Polack has urged Gor Mahia management to hold on to their key players who are being targeted by other Kenyan Premier League clubs.

Gor Mahia captain Kenneth Muguna and his assistant Joash Onyango are reportedly on their way out of the club.

“I’m following two foreign strikers and will recommend them to the club management. However, I still insist that we have to ensure we keep our dependable players and pay them well. It is my hope that the (Betsafe) sponsorship will help us achieve this,” said Polack.

With the exit of Omondi and Tanzania winger Dickson Ambudo, the only dependable strikers remaining at Gor are Nicholas Kipkurui and new signing Benson Omala.


Boniface Omondi leaves for Wazito

Striker Boniface Omondi, scorer of several crucial goals including the last mashemeji derby winner, has left for Wazito
Additional reporting from the Nation

Boniface Omondi has officially joined money bags Wazito on a three-year contract.

Omondi’s contract had come to an end at K’Ogalo in June and the lethal attacker said he decided to move on after club officials failed to initiate new contract negotiations and failure to pay him his salary arrears.

However, the diminutive forward has clarified that he wouldn’t legally pursue his payment from the record champions, but would concentrate on ensuring Wazito clinch the league title next season as the best retaliation.

“As we speak, I have put pen to paper on my deal with my new club Wazito. Everything has been completed and am just waiting for the new season to kick-off. My unveiling and others who have joined this great club will soon be held. Am very happy and now in the right peace of mind,” Omondi told Nation Sport.

The 24-year-old will now join former Gor Mahia goalkeeper Peter Odhiambo who is also on the verge of joining Wazito.

This is after the team released goalkeepers Steven Njung’e and Kevin Omondi ‘Jagoal’ among other players last month as they were deemed surplus to the squad and the effect of coronavirus on Badoer business being also cited as a major reason for their departure.

“I have had my time at Gor Mahia and I have no hard feelings more so on missing my pay. I understand the situation the club was in but my dream is to help Wazito win its maiden KPL title. It is possible. Gor is a big club with fanatical following and can’t just go down because a number of players have left,” added Omondi.

The former Kisumu Day goal poacher has been a first choice for coach Steven Polack and partnered up front with Nicholas Kipkirui for the better part of the season.

He scored five goals for K’Ogalo including the winner in Mashemeji duel against perennial rivals AFC Leopards on March 8.

The speedy forward joined K’Ogalo from Nzoia Sugar in 2017 and had emerged as a key player guiding the club to three league titles. Even then he would play along side Meddie Kagere and Jacques Tuyisenge, who have since the left the club and joined Tanzania giants Simba SC and Petro de Atletico of Rwanda respectively.

Wazito is also said to be in talks with AFC Leopards striker Vincent Oburu, highly rated Western Stima’s Fidel Origi and Maurice Ojwang as well as Kevin Kimani of Mathare United.


Omondi: Defensive solidity is key

Gor Mahia’s Boniface Omondi is optimistic that a solid defence will carry Gor Mahia to the next round of the CAF Champions League

Additional reporting from the Star

Boniface Omondi is optimistic that Kenyan champions Gor Mahia will see of Burundi’s Aigle Noir and reach the first round of the CAF Champions League.

Speaking after the team’s training conducted by coach Steven Polack at Camp Toyoyo, Omondi — a two-time league winner with K’Ogalo since joining from Nzoia United two years ago — touted his sides defensive solidity as a key plank in their quest to oust their Burundian opponents.

“We have shown a different aspect to our game in terms of defensive organisation. Many know us as an attacking side but we have blended that by being strong in defence and if we can maintain that solidity, then with our strikers and the advantage of playing in front of our own fans, then victory will be ours,” he said.

Omondi has fallen down the pecking order in the attacking midfield role he desires following the arrivals of new players among them Kenyan international Clifton Miheso but he said he craved the challenge of fighting for his place.

“Competition in the team is healthy. It keeps everyone on their toes. I relish the challenge of trying to impress the new coach just like everyone else. I believe everyone should earn a place in the team through merit,” stated Omondi.

Unlike in the first leg in Bujumbura which ended goalless, Gor will have a full squad to choose from having been limited to 15 players only in Burundi. However, team manager Jolawi Obondo confirmed that neither Ivorian Gipsan Yikpe, Ghanaian Francis Afiriye nor Miheso will be available for Sunday’s clash.

“These players will only be available in the next round should we go past Aigle Noir,” revealed Obondo.

Meanwhile, in a bid to maximize on their matchday attendances and gain more financial muscle through gate collections in the wake of the exit of Sportpesa, Gor have partnered with technology company — Infinity Tickets (Africa Data Technologies Limited) — to introduce e-ticketing ahead of the first home match of 2018/2019 season next weekend.

The revolutionary electronic system will boost the clubs revenues by weeding out the sale of fake tickets, said the club treasurer, Sally Bolo. The system is also in line with the club’s policy of implementing hassle-free access to Gor Mahia’s match-day tickets.