Update: Wellington Ochieng Thanks Fans

Wellington Ochieng posted a thank you message on his social media page
Nothing but love and appreciation for the last four years.. Thanks to the amazing people who made this place feel like home.
To the supporters the Magnificento Green Army for accepting me and making me feel like one of thier own.
To the staff, thanks for the hospitality without them I couldn’t achieve as a player.
To Marcelo Ferreira (ZE MARIA), I will forever be grateful that he gave me the privillage to represent this great club.
To my teammates and former teammates, they are my brothers to share this journey with these boys has made me feel the luckiest fella in the game.
To my former skippers, Jerry Onyango and Musa Mohammed… My best friends and mentors no one deserve succes more than these guys.
To my own family, Mum and Dad my friends… My own “team”. They made the good times better and tough times bearable.
I’m so grateful to have been part of this special team.
And now on to the next adventure.

 

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Fullback Wellington Ochieng, who was released by Gor Mahia recently has joined Tusker who are in the midst of strengthening their side for the 2020-2021 league.

“Ochieng’ is now our player, he signed with us yesterday [Thursday]. He is an experienced player who will give us much-needed experience at the back. Ochieng’ is also versatile and I believe he will be a valuable asset to the team” Tusker FC chairman Daniel Aduda told goal.com.

Wellington joined Kogalo from Muhoroni Youth. He was released a few weeks ago alonsgide Edwin Lavatsa. His career at Kogalo started well but he has been injury prone in the past two years.

It was widely reported that he was to move to NAPSA stars of Zambia but his transfer hit a snag because the club issued him a release stating that he is not owed any money.

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Is Samuel Onyango headed to Sofapaka?

Various reports indicate that Sofapaka intend to raid Gor Mahia for additional players. Yet again Gor Mahia has not initiated contract talks with this important player.

“It is true my contract is expiring next month and we haven’t engaged in any contractual extension talks with my club. Yes, Sofapaka have come knocking but the talks have not yielded much. To be precise I am still a Gor Mahia player at the moment because moving to Sofapaka is yet to materialise though I have been approached,”said Onyango to the Nation.

The former Ulinzi Stars and Sony Sugar attacker said his aim was to improve as a player this season be it at Gor Mahia or any other Kenyan Premier League team that he may feature in in the coming season.

Contacted by the Nation, Sofapaka chairman Elly Kalekwa reiterated that the club has concluded its transfers this season.

He, however, added that Sofapaka would not hesitate to sign a good player.

He also said he was unaware of any negotiations with Onyango but was quick to add that Sofapaka is a big team comprising of many stakeholders who might have been involve in talks with the player.

“Personally, I don’t know of any negotiations with Onyango. I can only recall that he was at Ulinzi Stars before joining Gor.

“Maybe there are other people in the team involved given his quality. Sofapaka is big and not Kalekwa,” said the boss of the 2010 Kenyan Premier League champions.

“The laws is very clear that you can start negotiating with a player six months prior to the end of his contract. That is the law we followed when we signed Lawrence Juma on a free transfer,” said Kalekwa.

But it is the same Kalekwa who had at one point said they were no longer pursuing Lawrence Juma because his demands were too high.

Samuel Onyango was in the SoNy Sugar Youth team before joining Ulinzi in 2015. He then joined Gor Mahia in 2017 and has proven an instrumental player.

Other departures

Reporter Mike Okinyi tweeted that Sofapaka are intent on signing even more Kogalo players.

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Jolawi: Lawrence Juma’s contract has not ended

Juma in action against AS Maniema at the 2019 CECAFA club cup

Gor Mahia team manager Jolawi Obondo is adamant that Lawrence Juma’s contract has not ended and therefore he cannot join Sofapaka until the appropriate rules are followed.

Additional reporting from the Nation

Gor Mahia and Sofapaka continue to feud over the transfer of the recent transfer of Lawrence Juma.

The international midfielder moved from Gor Mahia to Sofapaka on Friday under controversial circumstances.

The Kenyan champions confirmed Sunday they have written to Football Kenya Federation charging Sofapaka obtained the player without following the laid down procedures.

K’Ogalo team manager Jolawi Obondo told Nation Sport that they were shocked by the move given that Juma’s contract ends on December 31.

Sofapaka chairman Elly Kalekwa countered the Harambee Stars player joined them on a free transfer.

Juma, 27, had engaged in pre-season training with K’Ogalo as rumours about his imminent exit swirled.

He attended the Gor Mahia-Two Rivers partnership launch on Wednesday only to be officially unveiled as a Sofapaka player 48 hours later.

“I can categorically confirm that Juma’s contract was set to expire on December 31. He has been drawing a salary from us and we owe him only one month salary which doesn’t warrant a move even if he claims he followed the law.

“We don’t object a move for a player who feels he is pursuing greener pastures but it should be done within the confines of the law, ” said Jolawi.

The long serving team manager vowed that the club would follow the issue with FKF until it gets justice.

“Juma had assured the management he was heading nowhere until December when his contract would have ended.

“We were shocked since he was even among our players we shared part of the Sh200,000 donated to us by our two main guest during the launch of Gor-Two Rivers partnership. Sofapaka didn’t follow the law and we are going to pursue this case to the end.

“We are not fighting to have him back but only to prove that laws on transfers should be respected,” said Jolawi.

Kalekwa insisted they legitimately signed Juma and even advanced him a sign-on fee.

“We did sign him for free and paid no transfer fee. We followed the law and he is now our player who will help us fight for the league title,”said Kalekwa.

Sofapaka have clearly signalled their intent with the recent acquisition of highly rated KCB defender Mike Kibwage.

Interestingly though, Kalekwa on October 11 stated they had given up signing Juma as the club could not afford the amount of money he was asking for.

Kalekwa also confirmed that he was done with signing new players after acquiring Juma and Kibwage.

Others who have been signed by the club are Roy Okal, Isaac Mitima, Michael Karamor, Michael Bodo, custodian Kevin Omondi and the evergreen Paul Kiongera.

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Lawrence Juma has gone to Sofapaka

All the rumours about Lawrence Juma’s imminent departure to Sofapaka have proven true. Today Juma signed a new contract with Sofapaka as Elly Kalekwa appears determined to build a strong side, having also signed Michael Kibwage who was a transfer target of Gor Mahia.

“We are pleased to have completed the signing of Harambee Stars midfielder Lawrence Juma. Juma has put pen to paper to a two-year deal ahead of the new season,” said the Sofapaka portal

Juma joined Gor Mahia in 2018 from Nzoia Sugar. After a slow start and plenty of time spent on the bench, he played his way into the starting line-up then to the national team. Several weeks ago on his social media pages, he hinted at wearing a new blue uniform which left fans wondering if he was going to AFC or to Sofapaka.

“I am pleased to be here, this a new chapter, a new environment and I am looking forward to a good time with the club. I can’t wait to get started.” he said

Sofapaka will be one of the teams to challenge Gor Mahia’s dominance in the 2020-2021 season.

“The squad we have managed to assemble is a quality one which will challenge for top honours in the 2020/21 Kenyan Premier League campaign. This is a team that has a high chance of winning the league title and get a chance to play in the continental competitions. We have the resources we need to be successful and I am confident we will.” said Kalekwa.

With Juma’s departure, Gor Mahia will now rely on Camerounian Bertrand Konfor and new signing John Macharia to shore up the midfield.

 

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Gor Mahia will be at full strength for the first time

For the first time in several years, Gor Mahia will be at full strength when they take on their first opponents in the CAF Champions league. This after FIFA cleared four crucial transfers, freeing them up to be registered for the CAF champions league. The four are Ulimwengu, Macharia, Okello and Konfor.

In past years, Gor Mahia played in the first round with a weakened side. Last year for example, they played the opener against Aigle Noir of Burundi without Francis Afiriyie, Yikpe Ghislain and Clifford Miheso. In fact last season, Gor Mahia only had 15 players registered for CAF competitions when they played in the opening round. In 2015 for example, Gor Mahia had a formidable side but ended up losing to AC Leopards in the first round in part because they had not concluded the transfers of players like Meddie Kagere.

Additional reporting from goal.com

K’Ogalo are now free to register the new players with Caf after they received clearance from the world governing body
Gor Mahia have confirmed four of their new signings have been cleared by the Federation of International Football Association (Fifa) to play for them in the 2020-21 campaign.

The Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions signed a total of 14 players in the ongoing transfer window, four of them arriving from foreign countries.

The club has now confirmed in a statement that the four players have been cleared to play for the side after receiving their International Transfer Certificates (ITC).

“Burundian Jules Ulimwengu from Rayon Sports, Tito Okello from Vipers of Uganda, Cameroonian Bertrand Konfor, formerly of Al Mudhabi of Oman, and John Macharia who previously featured for FC Guria Lanchkhuti’s of Georgia have all been cleared by Fifa to play for Gor Mahia.

“As per Fifa regulations, all transfers of players between countries must go through a process to get an International Transfer Certificate [ITC] – a certificate provided from one national association to another to facilitate the transfer.”

On being cleared to play for Gor Mahia, midfielder Macharia said: “I am so happy to receive the news that the ITC application process has successfully gone through. It’s a good feeling… my previous club wanted me to go back and so, I wasn’t sure what was in store about my move to Gor Mahia.

“This is good for me because it feels good to train with a team knowing well you are free to play in any competitive match. Now, I have to work… and work hard to achieve the best at my new club.”

Gor Mahia are now free to register the four players for Caf Champions League assignment when the registration window opens on October 21.

Apart from aiming to retain their league title, Gor Mahia will also take part in the Caf competition for the fourth season in a row, and they will be looking to better their performance from last season.

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Gor Mahia have signed Jules Ulimwengu

Gor Mahia have completed the signing of Burundian marksman Jules Ulimwengu. This according to a announcement in the club’s social media pages.

In 2018, Ulimwengu was the top scorer in the Rwandese League while playing for Rayon Sport. In 2019, he joined Chinese second tier side Shaanxi Chang’an. Gor Mahia had tried to sign Ulimwengu in 2019 but Rayon Sport demanded a transfer fee of US$ 150,000. This after Ulimwengu played a starring role in the 2019 CECAFA club cup. He scored the lone goal when Rayon Sport upset giants TP Mazembe of DR Congo. He then scored both goals in a 2-0 win over Atlabara of South Sudan to propel Rayon into the quarter-finals.

He was born on 21 April 1999 which makes his listed age as 21. He started his career with Vital O of Burundi in 2016. He then joined LLB Academic, also of Burundi in 2018 before joining Rayon Sport in 2019. He becomes the second Burundian to sign for Kogallo in recent history following in the steps of Karim Nizigiyimana who was KPL defender of the year in 2015.

Last season, Gor Mahia lacked a consistent scorer. Kenneth Muguna was the teams leading scorer in the league with 6 goals. Still the club was able to score 47 goals in 23 matches. With the arrival of Ulimwengu, Kipkirui and Tito Okello, Gor Mahia potentially have a dynamite attack.

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Muguna: I am staying


Gor Mahia team captain Kenneth Muguna has sought to set aside rumours of his imminent departure

Additional reporting from the Nation

Gor Mahia fans can breathe a sigh of relief after club captain Kenneth Muguna on Sunday asserted that he is staying at the club.

Muguna has been subject of speculations and was at one time during this transfer window rumoured to be on his way to South African giants Orlando Pirates, Simba SC of Tanzania and DC Motemba Pembe of DR Congo.

The K’Ogalo play-maker has now come out saying he didn’t understand the genesis of all the speculations yet none of the clubs has contacted him or his agents.

The 2017 Kenyan Premier League (KPL) Player of the Year told Nation Sport that he will see out the remainder of his contract, which ends in September 2021 and his focus is now to lead the club to continental glory.

The last time K’Ogalo achieved such a fete was in 1987 when they won the prestigious Mandela Cup after seeing off Tunisia giants Esperance in the finals. K’Ogalo and Esperance drew 3-3 on aggregate (2-2 in Tunis and 1-1 at Kasarani), with K’Ogalo winning on the away goal rule.

“I have been silent and watching all this speculation and unverified stories written by journalists and in blogs. Let me make it clear that I am a Gor Mahia player and I am heading nowhere, in fact to be precise, I am prepared to ensure I play for this great club until the end of my contract in 2021,” said a confident Muguna.

“What is going through my mind is making history by leading Gor to more silverware in the new season.This can be achieved through confidence, self belief and discipline between all players and the technical bench,” said the former Western Stima midfielder.

The iconic and experienced midfielder has been one of the key players at the reigning KPL champions’ camp. His departure would have left a huge gap in the midfield considering that he started almost all of Gor Mahia matches last season and was the club’s top scorer with eight goals before the coronavirus pandemic struck in March and led to the stoppage of the league.

Muguna brushed off thoughts that Gor Mahia’s chances of retaining the league are slim following the departure of some key players.

His assistant, Joash Onyango, winger Boniface Omondi, Ugandan striker Juma Balinya, goalkeeper Peter Odhiambo, Tanzania custodian David Mapigano, his counterpart Dickson Ambudo and youthful striker Dennis Oalo are some of the players who have left K’Ogalo.

“Players come and go, but it is self belief and motivation that makes each and every footballer take on the pitch to win games. The players who have been signed by the club are good and through self belief and a lot of learning from experienced ones, they will perform,” he added.

K’Ogalo has already signed 12 players and Muguna, 24, says he is ready to show leadership and work together with them.

Since joining Gor in 2017, Muguna has bagged three KPL titles and has also been a fixture in the Harambee Stars squad.

He featured for Stars during last year’s Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt. Stars were bundled out of the group stages.

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Numero ready to take on KPL

Newly signed Malawian forward Andrew Numero is eager to showcase his skills in the KPL and cement his place at Gor Mahia with a view to moving to Europe in the future.

Additional reporting from the Nation

Malawian youngster Andrew Numero Malisero, who joined Kenyan champions Gor Mahia recently on a three-year deal, is looking forward to enjoying his stay at the club.

The forward has never played at the top level, but he knows what to expect as he has had a taste of Kenyan football having most recently played for Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Division Two side Commercial FC, which is based in Thika.

“It is an honor for me to be able to play for this amazing club. I thank God and the club for giving me the opportunity. I am looking forward to working my hardest to help the club retain the league title and hopefully do well continentally,” he told Nation Sport.

“I follow Kenyan football very much and it was an unbelievable feeling that they considered me to be a part of the team. I am very grateful and will make use of this great opportunity. The Kenyan Premier League is a very competitive league with quality players and I am looking forward to experiencing it all,” he added.

Numero is primarily an attacking player who loves taking on defenders and this is what he says Gor Mahia and Kenyan football fans should expect from him.

“I am a positive person who loves the game and who expresses himself with the ball at his feet. I’m looking forward to entertaining Kenyan football fans. I love playing as an attacker, as a number 9 or 10, but can adapt to any other position,” he said.

Numero, 20, grew up in Ndirande, Malawi, but had to move to Kenya with his mother who now works here. He has also previously played college football in the USA.

“I started playing football when I was seven years old back in Malawi. All I did was play football with my friends and that kept me from doing a lot of things that could have harmed my life and my career. It was easy to use drugs or start stealing but football kept me straight,” he said.

“I played for my school teams and at an academy called Surestream Academy before we moved to Kenya in 2013. I went to Braeburn High School from year 9 to 11 and then to Braeside International School.

I was always eager to play at an organised league and therefore joined a Sub County team called African Warriors and luckily got an opportunity to go play in the USA on a football scholarship. I was there for a year before I moved back to Kenya and joined Commercial FC before the pandemic halted the league,” he added.

Numero has represented the Malawi under-20 side and says the experience has prepared him for professional football.

“It has made me believe in myself. It’s a big achievement to represent my national team at junior level, but it also helped me set the bar higher and I now want to of play for the senior team in the near future.”

He looks up to Gabadinho Mhango, a Malawian International who features for South African top-tier side Orlando Pirates, and Kenyan international Jesse Were, amongst other players.

“I look up to these amazing players not only because of their football abilities but also their personalities. I have watched Mhango since I was a young kid and have always admired how easily he takes on defenders,” he said.

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List of Gor Mahia signings from last season

Last year Gor Mahia signed 17 players

The new signings pose for a group photo before the 2019-2020 season

Only four of the players played a significant role in the campaign: Gislain, Afiriyie, Tobias Otieno and Mapigano. Interestingly, the first three left in the middle of the season while Mapigano left at the end of the season. The rest hardly played.  Almost all have left the team. More stability in the playing unit is needed

 

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