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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Gor Mahia agree to terms with Ulimwengu as Omalla plans to balance school and football

Gor Mahia Secretary General Sam Ocholla has told Nation Sport that Gor Mahia has agreed to terms with Burundian striker Jules Ulimwengu

Additional Reporting from the Nation

Gor Mahia Secretary General Sam Ochola has confirmed that the club has reached an agreement with Burundi striker Jules Ulimwengu.
Ochola said the striker is expected in the country in the near future but the two parties have agreed on personal terms and other details of a two-year deal have been finalised.

“Jules Ulimwengu is also in. We have reached an agreement with him and he will be our player next season,” he told Nation Sport.
Earlier this week, there were reports that the 21-year-old former Rayon Sport striker was on his way to K’Ogalo’s rivals AFC Leopards.
Player is yet to arrive in the country due to restrictions on international travel put in place due to the coronavirus pandemic. Flights between Nairobi and Bujumbura are yet to resume.
The acquisition of Ulimwengu now brings to three the number of foreign players K’Ogalo have signed in the past week. Others are Cameroonian midfielder Bertrand Ngafei and Ugandan forward Tito Okello.

Okello, Ulimwengu, school boy Benson Omala signed from Western Stima and former Kenya Under-20 international John Macharia are some of the additions to K’Ogalo’s attack line.
The quartet will fight for a starting berth with Nicholas Kipkiui, Clinton Okoth, Dennis Oalo and Kennedy Otieno.
Ochola also praised the signings the club has made so far, saying the new recruits will help Gor go past the group stages in the Caf Champions League next season.
The KPL champions have been busy since the transfer window opened last month. They have also signed Sydney Ochieng’, Andrew Juma, John Ochieng’, Kennedy Owino and goalkeeper Levis Opiyo.

Ulimwengu, was the Rwandan league’s top-scorer with a record 20 goals in the 2018/19 season and helped Rayon Sport win their ninth title that term.
He joined Chinese second tier side Shaanxi Chang’an Athletic on a one-year deal in June last year

Omalla to train separately

Newly signed Striker Benson Omalla tell sthe Daily Nation that he will remain in Kisumu to complete his studies while training on his own and will try to feature in as many matches as possible

Additional reporting from the Nation

New Gor Mahia schoolboy striker Benson Omala says coach Steven Polack will draw a parallel training program for him when the Kenyan Premier League matches resumes.

The form four student at Kisumu Day Secondary School signed a five-year contract with Gor on Tuesday, moving from Western Stima as the 18-time league champions continue to reinforce their squad for the next season.

The teenager faces a tight balancing act between his studies and league matches, especially since Gor has its base in Nairobi.

Kisumu Day and Western Stima striker Benson Omala receives the December Player of the Month trophy from LG East Africa Digital Marketing

The 17-year-old attacker had an easy time playing for Western Stima because the club has its base in the lakeside city and hosted its matches at Kisumu’s Moi Stadium, which is just a short distance from his school.

Though Omala agrees it will be a big challenge, he is determined to work hard in class and replicate the performance he had at Western Stima with Gor in KPL.

“I am determined to achieve a lot with my team and at the same time excel in my studies. The coach will draw a program for me so that I can also do the same things as other players who will be training in Nairobi,” he said. “We will also arrange on how I can feature in the league games, including travelling logistics.

“I am really hopeful everything will go well so that I can feature in as many KPL matches as possible and replicate my performance by scoring many goals for K’Ogalo. It is a dream come true to play for this team,” he added.

Omala was in sparkling form for Stima last season, netting nine league goals before the season was prematurely halted due to coronavirus.

The former Manyatta United striker became the youngest player to win the KPL Player of the Month Award when he was crowned the best for the month of December 2019.

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Gor Mahia now set their sights on Ulimwengu and Ngafei

Ulimwengu

Gor Mahia are said to be close to signing two additional foreign players including Jules Ulimwengu who was top scorer in the Rwanda league in 2019.

Additional reporting from Capital FM

NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 28 – Record Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia are set to sign Burundian international Jules Ulimwengu and Cameroonian international Bertrand Ngafei , Capital Sports understand.

Ulimwengu is said to have already agreed personal terms with K’Ogalo and is on the verge of putting pen to paper and unveiled while Ngafei has been training with the side since early in the year.

“Ulimwengu was here last week and has agreed to become a Gor Mahia player. It is now only a matter of time before he is unveiled. Ngafei has been training with the team and to be honest he is a very good player and will be a worthy addition to the team,” a source close to the club stated.

Also in the team’s list of closed deals is Malawian international as well as Mathare United defender Andrew ‘Roma’ Juma who is set to fill the void left by Joash Onyango who left for Simba SC in Tanzania.

Western Stima’s youthful prodigy Benson Omala has also agreed in principle to become a Gor Mahia player same as John Ochieng from Chemelil Sugar

Gor Mahia on Friday morning unveiled Ugandan Tito Okello and his arrival is set to begin a flurry of signing activity for the 19-time champions who are seeking to get to 20 league titles at the end of the new season.

The club has also in the evening unveiled former Kenya Under-20 international John Macharia who has returned home after a stint in Georgia.

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Update: John Macharia and Andrew Juma joining Gor Mahia

Gor Mahia have signed winger John Macharia formerly of Laiser Hill Academy and who recently played in Georgia

Additional reporting from goal.com

The Kenyan champions have unveiled their third signing as they strive to fill gaps left by the mass exodus at the club
Gor Mahia have continued with their transfer activities this window after confirming the arrival of winger John Macharia.

The ex-Kenya U-20 player has inked a two-year contract to join the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions ahead of the new season which is slated to kick off in October.

“In a bid to strengthen the squad ahead of the new season, Gor Mahia have acquired the services of John Macharia,” Gor Mahia stated on their official website.

“Macharia who is a winger has signed a two-year contract deal with K’Ogalo. He previously featured for Thika United, FC Kolkheti and FC Saburto-2 of Georgia.

“Macharia is excited to join the Green Army and is looking forward to working closely with the technical bench and his teammates to win more trophies for the club.”

Macharia moved to Georgia in 2017 where he was snapped by FC Kolkheti Poti from National Super League side FC Talanta; the club having been home to midfielder Amos Nondi (now at Dila Gori) and Eric ‘Marcelo’ Ouma (now at AIK Fotboll).

Earlier this year, Macharia was training with Georgian Liga2 side FC Rustavi as he worked out ways to get a better team.

On Friday, Gor Mahia also unveiled striker Tito Okello from Ugandan Premier League (UPL) champions Vipers SC.

The Kenyan champions have been hit hard this transfer window, losing a number of key players among them defender Joash Onyango, who signed for Simba SC of Tanzania.

Others are goalkeeper David Mapigano to Azam FC, winger Dickson Ambundo to promoted side Dodoma Jiji, winger Boniface Omondi and goalkeeper Peter Odhiambo both to Wazito FC.

Other players set to leave Gor Mahia include captain Kenneth Muguna who is negotiating with Petro Atletico of Angola, defender Charles Momanyi to KCB while Ghanaian Jackson Owusu, left for his native country and the club is not sure whether he will return.

By virtue of being declared the KPL champions after the league was ended prematurely in mid-March owing to the effects caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Gor Mahia will carry Kenya’s flag in the Caf Champions League.

Macharia becomes K’Ogalo’s third signing after Okello and goalkeeper Levis Opiyo, who arrived from promoted side Nairobi City Stars.

Andrew Juma

Following the departure of Joash Onyango and the rumoured departure of Charles Momanyi, Gor Mahia are in the process of coming to an agreement with Andrew Juma who currently plays for Mathare United

Additional reporting from goal.com

Close sources indicate the centre-back has accepted K’Ogalo’s offer and is expected to fill the void left by Joash Onyango
Kenyan giants Gor Mahia have signed Mathare United centre-back Andrew Juma, Goal can report.

Juma has signed a two-year deal with the Kenyan Premier League record champions and becomes the third player to arrive at K’Ogalo.

The defender is seen as the most capable local talent to replace Joash Onyango, who followed Meddie Kagere and Francis Kahata’s recent footsteps and joined Tanzanian champions Simba SC.

The local heavyweights have already confirmed the signing of goalkeeper Levis Opiyo from Nairobi City Stars. Opiyo arrived as the Green Army lost David Mapigano – after just a season – to Tanzanian side Azam FC.

Goalkeeper Peter Odhiambo was released and later joined Boniface Omondi at Wazito FC.

Former Vipers SC striker Tito Okello has also signed for the giants and is expected to replace his Ugandan counterpart Juma Balinya, who is understood to be in advanced talks with Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA FC).

Burundian striker Jules Ulimwengu has been reported to be on the radar of Gor Mahia, as well as Cameroonian midfielder Bertrand Konfor.

Malawian star Andrew Numero, currently playing for Africa Warriors FC of South Africa, has also been heavily linked with the 2019/20 Caf Champions League participants.

Patrick Sibomana had also been reported to be on his way to Nairobi to sign for K’Ogalo but sources have indicated that he’s on his way to Zambia to sign for either Forest Rangers or former Super League champions Zesco United instead.

Meanwhile, Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier has insisted Betsafe are the club’s sponsors and that Gor are now focusing on kit procurements.

“We have signed a very supportive contract with them [Betsafe]. They are going to be our sponsors and let there be no confusion on that issue,” Rachier told the club’s portal. “At the moment we are engaged at procuring new replica jerseys which will be sold to our fans, but immediately we will need the training kits for the club and this is an immediate thing so that we can have a new-look Gor Mahia.”

Gor Mahia are yet to start pre-season engagements given the social gathering and sporting activities ban still in force.

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Polack not happy with rumoured signings

Gor Mahia coach Steve Polack has been caught by surprise by all the rumoured signings associated with Kogalo and he isn’t happy

Additional reporting from goal.com

The agitated tactician is not happy with K’Ogalo officials for allegedly trying to sign players for the champions behind his back

Gor Mahia coach Steven Polack has denied knowledge the club has signed four foreign players.

Over the last three days, the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions have been linked with former Rayon Sports and Burundian striker Jules Ulimwengu, Tito Okello from Ugandan champions Vipers SC, Cameroonian defensive midfielder Konfor Bertrand Ngafei and Malawi U20 international Andrew Numero.

The British tactician has now vehemently denied knowledge of the players coming to Gor Mahia and further asked Goal to seek an audience with the management over the same issue.
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When asked about the new arrivals at the club, Polack told Goal: “I think you have to ask the management about that, you need to go and speak to management about that.”

Pressed further to explain why Goal should speak to management whereas he is the coach supposed to do the signings, Polack said: “That is what I am saying you should do, speak to the management, just talk to them, I think they know more than the coach knows.

“I just said go and ask the management, I don’t know anything about it, maybe they know about it more than I do, so maybe you should talk to them, they are in a position to answer that question.

“Sometimes people do things they think is right and it is not right, but see what they will say to you.”

Asked on whether he has settled on new players to bring to the club, Polack said: “There are a lot of players I would like to sign but you know in football you cannot sign players if you don’t have money, sometimes you get the players that you want sometimes you don’t get the players you want, you must be ready for the future.”
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Gor Mahia have experienced a mass exodus of players in this transfer window with defender Joash Onyango joining Simba SC of Tanzania, keeper David Mapigano landing at Azam FC, winger Dickson Ambundo joined promoted side Dodoma Jiji while Boniface Omondi and goalkeeper Peter Odhiambo have been unveiled by Wazito FC.

On top of that, the team is on the verge of losing captain Kenneth Muguna who is negotiating with Petro Atletico of Angola and Motema Pembe of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, defender Charles Momanyi who is a target for KCB and Ghanaian Jackson Owusu, who left for his native country and may not return.

Gor Mahia will carry Kenya’s Caf Champions League flag by virtue of being declared the KPL champions in the last campaign.

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Tito Okello arrives for talks as Balinya leaving for KCCA

Reports suggest that Ugandan talisman Tito Okello arrived in Nairobi to discuss a contract with Gor Mahia

Additional reporting from Kawowo Sports
Striker Tito Okello arrived in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi on Monday, 24th August 2020 prior to the official unveiling at Kenya Premier League giants Gor Mahia Sports Club.

The development followed the collapse of talks between the forward and Vipers management for a possible extension of the contract.

He then had to weigh the different options presented to him before making the decision to travel to Kenya.

The hardworking forward had earlier played at Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), BUL, and had a spell at Tanzania’s African Lyon.

When Tito Okello is finally unveiled at Gor Mahia, he will join the swelling list of Ugandans to have featured at Kenya’s most successful club.

Okello won the 2019-20 Uganda Premier League title with Vipers, in a season that was abruptly ended with five matches to play because of the deadly Coronavirus pandemic.

He is best remembered for the hat-trick scored against BUL during Vipers 3-2 victory away at the FUFA Technical Center, Njeru.

Others in the recent times are; Jimmy Bageya, Godfrey Walusimbi, Daniel Muzeyi Sserunkuma, Khalid Aucho, Erisa Ssekisambu, Hashim Ssempala, Juma Balinya among others.

 

Balinya departs to KCCA

As one Ugandan striker arrives, another one is set to leave.

Juma Balinya who stated that his stay at the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) record champions was dependent on the improvement of the club’s financial health, and who was rumoured to be joining Azam, then Asante Kotoko, has now joined KCCA of Uganda.

“You know he had already given conditions to the club and it is clear he has decided not to return,” a source close to the player confirmed.

“He is in advanced talks with KCCA and he will be unveiled soon as the two parties are in positive talks now.”

Gor Mahia signed the former UPL top scorer from Young Africans (Yanga SC) at a time they were experiencing financial turmoil. Balinya and teammates had to go for months without monthly payments and it is that reason that is understood to have forced him to want to end his association with K’Ogalo.

His stay at Kogalo was cut short before he could make any impression thanks  to the Covid 19 pandemic.

Balinya was UPL’s 2018/19 top scorer with Police FC and those exploits saw Yanga sign him but the 28-year-old did not replicate the good form in the Mainland Premier League.

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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.”

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