Oliech advises players against joining Kogalo, bashes Muguna, Joash

Former Gor Mahia ace Dennis Oliech, whose contract was unceremoniously terminated by the club, has come out against Joash Onyango and Kenneth Muguna whom he says betrayed him and Kahata. He is also advising players not to join Gor Mahia due to non-payment of salaries

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The former striker has also advised young players to avoid K’Ogalo like the plague if they want to be successful

Kenya legend Dennis Oliech has advised upcoming players to avoid joining Gor Mahia if they want to grow their football.

The striker, who had a brief stint with the team in 2019 before he was unceremoniously released, has gone on to brand the team as a retirement home for players who have achieved in football.

“Young players who want to grow their football career should avoid Gor Mahia like the plague,” Oliech told Nairobi News.

“Gor Mahia is for players who are seeking fame and on their way to retirement. Personally, I joined Gor Mahia so as not to miss on that fame.”

The 35-year-old striker believes it is better for upcoming players to play elsewhere instead of going for bigger teams where playing time would be hard to come by.

“It is better to earn little money but it paid on time rather than join Gor Mahia where you will be benched and there is no salary,” Oliech continued.

“Once Gor has paid you part of the signing fee to convince you to join the team, it is not easy to be paid other monies.”

The former Harambee Stars forward has also hit out at Kenneth Muguna and Joash Onyango. Oliech says the duo were against his efforts to ensure players are paid and he is surprised by their moves.

While Onyango is expected to complete his move to Tanzania giants Simba SC, Muguna has been linked to Angola’s Petro Atletico.
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“I’m surprised Joash and Muguna are leaving Gor Mahia due to non-payment of salaries, yet they were the ones who were against me and [Francis Kahata].

“We fought for our rights then but because the two wanted to be seen as good boys by the management, they were used to fighting us and claimed we were sabotaging the team. I never thought Joash and Muguna would turn against the club.

“I think it is payback time. I’m doing well in life while Kachi is good at Simba. It is their time to feel what we felt then.”

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Joash: Gor Mahia never approached me for contract extension

Joash Onyango in action against Everton

Gor Mahia defender Joash Onyango has revealed that he is open to approaches from other teams because Gor Mahia have not offered to extend his contract

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The Kenyan champions have officially revealed the exit of their burly player to Wekundu wa Msimbazi on a two-year deal
As exclusively revealed by Goal on Sunday, Gor Mahia defender Joash Onyango is close to signing for Simba SC.

Goal reported the 27-year-old is among the key players who are keen to leave the Kenyan champions in this transfer window and the Wekundu wa Msimbazi have already expressed their interest to sign him.

Gor Mahia have now confirmed through their official website that Onyango has left the club and will sign for Simba on a two-year contract.

“Joash [Onyango] was owed a lot of money by Gor Mahia and put in a demand letter to them that went unanswered. He then served a notice as required and started negotiations with Simba who have always been interested in his services.

“Simba have moved with speed to secure his services and he is expected in Dar es Salaam to sign the deal.

“Joash will thus join former teammates Francis Kahata and Meddie Kagere who played an integral part for the Tanzanian champions in the just-concluded season.”

In an earlier interview, Onyango revealed he was ready for another challenge after his current contract with Gor Mahia expires.

“To be honest my contract with Gor Mahia expires in December,” Onyango told Goal. “I am ripe for another challenge; Gor Mahia have not approached me regarding my contract extension.

“So if any team approaches me with intentions to get my services, I will not think twice.”

Onyango joined K’Ogalo from Western Stima in the 2017 season and has gone on to help them win back-to-back KPL titles. He was part of the team that qualified for the Caf Confederation Cup quarter-finals in the 2018/19 season.

Other players whose contracts at K’Ogalo are about to expire include Charles Momanyi, who has been linked with a move to KCB, winger Nicholas Kipkirui and Ghanaian Jackson Owusu.

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Joash set to move to Simba. Muguna set for Atletico

Gor Mahia are set to lose another player to Simba SC of Dar es Salaam

Additional reporting from the Nation

Harambee Stars defender Joash Onyango is close to securing a lucrative move to Tanzanian champions Simba SC, Nation Sport can reveal.

The Gor Mahia defender has agreed on personal terms with the Wekundu Wa Msimbazi and is set to put pen-to-paper on a two-year deal in the coming days.

“He was owed a lot of money by Gor Mahia and put in a demand letter to them that went unanswered. He then served notice as is required and commenced negotiations with Simba who have always been interested in his services,” a source told Nation Sport.

“Simba has moved with speed to secure his services and he is expected in Dar es Salaam next week. He is happy and looking forward to starting afresh in Tanzania.”

At Simba, Joash will join his former Gor Mahia teammates Francis Kahata and Meddie Kagere who played an integral part for the Tanzanian champions in the just concluded season .

Simba won the league title, Domestic Cup and the Azam Federation Cup and are eager to do well in the Caf Champions League next season, hence the need to add experienced players to boost their squad.

Onyango joined Gor Mahia in 2017 from Western Stima and won the coveted Kenyan Premier League (KPL) Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award at the end of the 2018/19 season.

Gor Mahia are struggling to keep the star players due to financial challenges.

The team recently lost goalkeeper David Mapigano to Tanzanian moneybags Azam FC while the duo of speedy forward Boniface Omondi and custodian Peter Odhiambo has joined Wazito.

Muguna set for Atletico

There is yet another report of Muguna leaving Kogalo. This time to the Angolan league where he is set to follow the footsteps of Jacque Tuyisenge

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Gor Mahia captain Kenneth Muguna is close to sealing a move to Girabola where he will turn out for Petro Atletico.

The midfielder has been subject to discussion in the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) and initially, he had been linked with a move to Tanzania Mainland League champions Simba SC.

However, this might not be the case as the latest reports indicate the Kenya international is heading Central Africa.
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“Talks are in an advanced stage, and it is as good as done, Muguna is going to Petro Atletico,” a source close to the player told Goal on Friday.

“Both parties have reached an agreement and official communication will be made soon. Muguna is keen on playing abroad, and the Angolan side has provided him the platform to exploit his talent.”

When reached for comment, club chairman Ambrose Rachier admitted there was contact but not from the abovementioned side.

“Yes, there is a team that came and inquired about the availability of Muguna some time back,” the experienced administrator told Goal.

“However, we have not heard from them again, I do not know whether they are still interested or not. But once they come back and present an offer, we will be public on it.

“Maybe they have approached Muguna, but as a club, no we have not had recent inquiries regarding the player.”

British coach Steven Polack claimed in an initial interview with Goal that he is not aware of whether captain Muguna has asked to leave the club or not.

“You are asking about Muguna, what about him?” Polack posed a question.

“I have not been told that the player wants to leave, I have not heard anything, I don’t think he wants to leave, he has not talked to me…and no club official has told me that [Muguna] wants to leave.

“I only heard about this several months ago and it cooled down, maybe they have again started the same rumours, anyway I don’t know anything about Muguna, we are just relaxing at home now that we cannot play football and waiting for the way forward on when football will return.”
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K’Ogalo will be taking part in the Caf Champions League after being declared champions for the 2019-20 campaign after the league was ended owing to the coronavirus pandemic, and will also chase the league and domestic Cup titles.

“We are talking to players, we are talking to a few players and let us see what will happen, but I am not going to give out their names because our rivals will jump for their services,” Polack continued.

“We are talking to players in the Kenyan league, we are talking to a lot of Kenyan players and I will not give you the names or positions, just know we are in talks with several players and the talks are very positive for now.”

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Muguna and Joash Onyango hint at leaving

Kenneth Muguna has posted on his twitter page that he is likely to leave the club soon.

Muguna has been associated with various transfer rumours mostly to Simba FC of Tanzania. His twitter post read simply: “A new challenge maybe”.

Previously, Muguna hinted to People Sports that he could soon be leaving.

“I cannot say about tomorrow because I have 18 months left on my contract with the club,” Muguna was quoted by People Sports.

“However, when something comes up and it is good enough, we will consider it as long as due process transpires.

“For now it is a wait-and-see approach as we weigh options because so far three clubs have shown interest, so we are just waiting for the right time.

“This is our job as players and so we will always be knocking on doors. As long as the pocket is right, players will get motivated to play.

“At the end of the day, the right environment will be the driving force behind a player’s performance, after all, we have mouths to feed.”

Gor Mahia coach Steven Polack is on record as stating he does not want to lose any player from his current squad ahead of next season.

“If you ask me, I know very little about contracts of my players because I never signed them,” Polack told Goal in a previous interview.

“I don’t know which player is running down a contract or which player wants to go.

“But as a coach, I want to keep all my players, I have to fight and keep my players it is not good to lose your players so I have to fight to keep the squad intact, you need all your good players available.”

Joash Onyango: I am ripe for a new challenge

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Kenya defender Joash Onyango has revealed he is ready for another challenge after his current contract with Gor Mahia expires.

The K’Ogalo assistant captain has been consistent for the Kenyan side and has been influential both for the club and the national team. The Harambee Star is now keen on making a move but has not ruled out chances of staying at his current team.

“To be honest my contract with Gor Mahia expires in December,” Onyango revealed to KTN.

“So if any team approach me with intentions to get my services, I will not think twice.”

The 27-year-old has been strongly linked to Tanzania Mainland Champions Simba SC who are desperate to replace Ivorian Pascal Wawa.

“Yes, I have heard numerous reports linking me with a move to Simba,” Onyango stated.

“However, to date, I have not been contacted by any representative of the team. I have been reading a lot regarding the move, but nothing tangible, those are just rumours.”

Onyango joined K’Ogalo from Western Stima in 2017, and has gone to help them win back-to-back KPL titles and helping them in continental assignments. He was part of the team that qualified for the Caf Confederation Cup quarter-finals in the 2018/19 season.

The team went on to fall 7-1 on aggregate to RS Berkane of Morocco.

Other players whose contracts at K’Ogalo have or are about to expire include Charles Momanyi, who has been linked with a move to KCB, winger Nicholas Kipkirui and Ghanaian Jackson Owusu.

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Steve Polack and Joash Onyango discuss their immediate future

Polack unsure of the future

Gor Mahoa coach Steve Polack says he is still committed to fulfilling his two year contract but is not sure of the immediate future.

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Gor Mahia coach Steven Polack has cast doubt on his future with the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions.

The British coach, who joined K’Ogalo at the start of the 2019-20 season, has exclusively told Goal he would love to see through his two-year contract with the club, which comes to a close next season, but he was not sure if that will indeed be the case.

“I have a contract [with Gor Mahia] to the end of next season, so you know, so I am here until then for sure,” Polack told Goal on Wednesday.
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“But like I say in football you never know what is going to happen, football is completely different to any other business, and you never know what tomorrow is going to bring.”

Asked if he had received any offers from different clubs, Polack said: “I keep reading the teams who want me but nobody in this world has given me a call or have contacted me.”

Asked whether he is committed to Gor Mahia, Polack explained: “Of course yes, of course, but like I said tomorrow you will never know, the club [Gor Mahia] could tomorrow say, they don’t want me, so will I stay on if they don’t want me?

“So I just want to do my work for the best of my ability and then we can just move on from there but let’s just see how things unfold.

“The way the situation is with the coronavirus pandemic and then we have the resources, the financial struggles of the club, let us just get over this first and see where we can go from there.

“That is the best thing you know, we need to get over this because it is not easy for clubs [not Gor Mahia alone in KPL], so we need to get over the problems and then tackle the other issues later when everything is back to normal.”

The former Asante Kotoko coach guided Gor Mahia to the season curtain-raiser trophy and was on course to clinch the KPL title when the league was banned indefinitely owing to the Covid-19 outbreak.

While the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has moved to crown Gor Mahia the champions, the KPL has insisted the fate of the league is not decided yet.

Joash Onyango denies exit rumours

Gor Mahia Vice Captain Joash Onyango has come out to deny rumours that he is headed to Simba SC of Dar es Salaam

Additional reporting from the Nation

Gor Mahia’s assistant captain, Joash ‘Berlin Wall’ Onyango, has dismissed reports that he is on his way out of the club and he is heading to Tanzania giants Simba SC.

The centre back has said nobody from Simba SC has approached him and neither is his agent Osman Ahmed aware of any interest from the Tanzanian club, known among its fans as ‘Wekundu wa Msimbazi.’

Simba SC spokesman Haji Manara was on Monday quoted by Tanzania media as saying they had singled out one Gor Mahia player whom they will sign up when the transfer window opens in August.

However, Manara didn’t reveal the name of the player with but reports indicate that the player in question could be Onyango or club captain Kenneth Muguna. Both are key players at Gor.

On Tuesday, the Kenyan international said he is only open to leaving Gor Mahia when his contracts expires in December.

“These reports are all over the media yet nobody from Simba has contacted me or my agent. I have not received any offer from them so I don’t think I am the player they are talking about,” Onyango told Nation Sport on Tuesday.

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Muguna returns, Joash Onyango still AWOL

Midfielder Kenneth Muguna has returned to the Kogalo training camp as the club prepares for their crucial CAF Confederations cup match against DC Motema Pembe that is scheduled for Sunday

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The former Western Stima player returns from exile after missing K’Ogalo’s league match against Kariobangi Sharks on Sunday
Gor Mahia midfielder Kenneth Muguna has returned from exile after he missed the team’s Kenyan Premier League (KPL) win against Kariobangi Sharks on Sunday.

The former Western Stima player missed training last week after featuring for the national team in a friendly against Mozambique which Kenya lost 1-0.

Muguna alongside defenders Joash Onyango and Maurice Ojwang didn’t show up for their training sessions forcing coach Steven Polack to demote Muguna and Onyango from the captaincy roles and handing it to Charles Momanyi and Joachim Oluoch.

However, Polack has now confirmed to Goal that Muguna reported to the team’s training camp on Tuesday though he did not train. Onyango’s whereabouts remain unknown.

“[Muguna] came to training on Tuesday but he was not involved in training,” Polack told Goal. “He has explained to me the reason why he missed last week’s training sessions and as a coach I am trying to analyse and see the best way we can solve the problem.

“For [Onyango] I have not seen him yet nor heard from him, we don’t know where he is and [we] are waiting to see when he resurfaces. But for [Ojwang], he is injured and did not train so we want to give him time to respond to treatment.”

Asked whether Muguna will be involved when they face Daring Club Motema Pembe of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the play-off of the Caf Confederation Cup, Polack responded: “I don’t reveal my starting eleven before matchday.

“[Muguna] is yet to train with us and he must train to convince me he deserves a starting role in the squad. All the players I have in camp are working very hard, training hard and I can only pick my squad a day before or during matchday.”

On whether he will take disciplinary action against Muguna, Polack said; “I have listened to his reasons why he never showed up in training and will discuss the same with the top management.

“I cannot make a decision on my own but will involve the management so that we know what exactly to do. I cannot say for now whether he will be punished or not.”

K’Ogalo will play the first leg at home on October 27 before they head away for the return leg after a fortnight.

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Joash Onyango dispels rumours

Gor Mahia Vice Captain Joash Onyango has come out to deny rumours that he is headed to KCB

Additional reporting from the Nation

Gor Mahia defender Joash Onyango has blamed “breakdown in communication” for his alleged absence without official leave from the club over the last one week.

Onyango and club captain Kenneth Muguna were last week under fire for failing to attend the team’s training after turning out for Harambee Stars in the friendly match against Mozambique 10 days ago.

“I have not left Gor as some fans have been claiming. I called the team manager to tell him why I was away but he never picked my call. I will be back for training on Wednesday but I am yet to speak to the coach or the team manager,” he told Nation Sport.

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Onyango was castigated by fans who have been claiming that he left the team because of the financial crisis being experienced in the league. He dispelled rumours that he is on the verge of joined KCB, now coached by former Gor assistant coach Zedekiah Otieno.

Onyango said that he respects the decision taken by coach Steve Polack to strip him of the assistant captain’s role.

The Gor Mahia defender was named the 2018/2019 KPL Most Valuable Player in August after guiding the team to its 18th title.

Meanwhile, Gor Mahia’s opponents in the Confederation Cup play-off round DC Motema Pembe are expected in the country on Friday ahead of Sunday’s first leg encounter at Kasarani.

“We are continuing with preparations and will be holding a meeting this afternoon to finalise on the logistics. All the match officials and our opponents will arrive on Friday at different times,” said club CEO Lordvick Aduda.

DC Motema Pembe are currently holding a two-day camp in Kigali in readiness for the match.

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Muguna and Joash Onyango absence explained

Joash Onyango is apparently too broke to attend training sessions while skipper Kenneth Muguna says he has family issues to attend to.

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Gor Mahia assistant captain Joash Onyango has reportedly told his close friends that he is too broke to attend the club’s training sessions.

Onyango nicknamed the ‘Berlin Wall’ for his heroics in central defence, has – alongside his club captain Kenneth Muguna – kept away from training for the past fortnight.

These two players both featured for Harambee Stars in that 1-0 loss to Mozambique in an international friendly at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani on October 13.

The duo will miss Sunday’s league match against Kariobangi Sharks at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru County.

This development has left the club’s supporters in speculation mode, but Onyango – who was voted the best player in the Kenyan Premier League last season – has seemingly let the cat out of the bag.

“He will not attend training because he cannot afford to,” explained the source.

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“The club is in dire financial straits and he has not received his salary for three months. He has a family to take care of and bills to pay. I don’t think someone who has failed to pay you for that while can demand an explanation as to your absence.”

Muguna, though, told Sunday Nation that he was away attending to personal matters and that he informed the team manager Jolawi Obondo on the same.

“I have family issues and until I finish them, I cannot promise when I will be back for training. The issue is really pressing and I have told the team manager,” Muguna said.

Gor Mahia coach Steve Polack has since appointed Joachim Oluoch and Charles Momanyi as interim captains.

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Muguna and Joash Onyango have gone AWOL

Skipper Kenneth Muguna and Vice Skipper Joash Onyango are said to have absconded duty due to unpaid salaries and unmet promises.

Additional reporting from the Nation

Gor Mahia captain Kenneth Muguna and his assistant Joash Onyango will not be part of the team that will take on Kariobangi Sharks on Sunday at Afraha Stadium.

The pair has not returned to the club after the international break and are reported to have walked out amid unfulfilled promises from the management over unpaid salaries. Both players were part of the Harambee Stars team that lost 0-1 to Mozambique at Kasarani last Sunday.

“It’s not my job to know whereabouts of players but the team manager (Jolawi Abondo) has briefed me that Onyango and Muguna are no longer picking his calls and communicating with him. I don’t know if they have valid reasons for that but I take it as an act of indiscipline,” Gor coach Steven Polack told Nation Sport on Saturday.

Polack has moved with speed to appoint Joachim Oluoch and Charles Momanyi as captain and assistant respectively ahead of Sunday’s Kenyan Premier League match against Sharks.

“As at now they are suspended until after meeting with the club management on the way forward. I have therefore handed the armband to Joachim Oluoch and he will be deputized by Charles Momanyi. We are good as a team and well prepared for the match against Kariobangi Sharks,” assured Polack.

A source close to the club told Nation Sport that there has been unrest among the playing unit due to empty promises from the management over the two-months salaries owed.

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Congratulations to Joash Onyango 2019 MVP

Centre Back Joash Onyango has been voted the 2019  2019 Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) Player of the Year. He beat the other contenders: Francis Kahata and Enosh Ochieng to the title.

Its an incredible achievement for Onyango to win ahead of Ochieng who finished as the league’s top scorer with 20 goals and Kahata who was the league’s best playmaker.

Onyango has been solid in the backline and also won the defender of the year title. He took home Ksh 1 million in prize money.

Full Results

Golden Glove; 1.Faruk Shikalo (Bandari), 2. Justine Ndikumana (Sofapaka), 3.Samuel Odhiambo (Western Stima);

Defender, 1.Joash Onyango (Gor Mahia), Kelvin Wesonga (Sony Sugar), Brian Otieno (Bandari FC).

Midfielder; 1.Francis Kahata (Gor Mahia), Abdalla Hassan (Bandari FC), Cliff Nyakeya (Mathare United);

Golden Boot:1.Enosh Ochieng 20 goals (Ulinzi Stars), Allan Wanga 18 goals (Kakamega Homeboyz), Umaru Kasumba 17 goals (Sofapaka).

New Young Player, 1.David Majaka (Tusker FC), Jackson Dwang (Nzoia FC), Daniel Sakari (Kakamega Homeboyz), Coach of the year; 1.Hassan Oktay (Gor Mahia), Bernard Mwalala (Bandari FC), John Baraza (Sofapaka).

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