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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Video: Kenneth Muguna speaks on preparations for Champions League

Skipper Kenneth Muguna is confident that Gor Mahia will do well in continental competitions.

On the Covid 19 pandemic, Muguna stated that the players were significantly impacted. They are adjusting to it and hoping that things go back to normal soon.

On training he says he has a gym at home and thus has kept himself in shape

Muguna says that he would rather win the league instead of being given the league by a boardroom decision but he understands that the league had to be halted for the sake of public health.

He is sure that team will play well next season.

On Joash Onyango’s departure, he says he understands because no player can stay at the same team forever.

On the continental campaign he says the preparation must be good and player effort must be maximum and the office must do its part.

He speaks well of coach Steve Pollack. He enforces discipline and loves football.

Muguna says his football career started in Kondele Kisumu at a team called Urusi, then Real Kisumu, the KYOC then Palos and then Western Stima

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Gor Mahia sign Konfor, Sydney Ochieng and reject offer for Muguna

Camerounian defensive midfielder Betrrand Konfor has put pen to paper on a two year contract with Gor Mahia. Heavily built like a typical Camerounian, Ngafei previously played for Al Mudhabi in Oman

Ngafei was born on Janruary 1 1996 in Kurabo Cameroun. He is a product of Aspire Football Aacademy. He had played in Oman since 2017 for three different teams: Ahli Sidab, Jalan and Al Mudhabi

He follows in the footsteps of other Camerounians who have played for Gor Mahia including Simon Pierre Guidougue and Baldwin Ngwa Afa’nwi

Sydney Ochieng

Hard tackling midfielder Sydney Ochieng, has joined Kogallo from Western Stima. Ochieng has previously played for Kisumu Palos, Tusker and most recently Western Stima

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The star is the latest to be confirmed at K’Ogalo as he leaves the Powermen who have also been hit by player departures
Kenyan Premier League record winners Gor Mahia have confirmed the signing of Sydney Ochieng from Western Stima.

Ochieng has joined the KPL heavyweights whose transfer business is gaining speed. He has signed a four-year contract; the longest contract agreed on by a new signing thus far.

He has previously played for defunct Palos FC in the National Super League as well as the Premier League’s former champions Tusker.

The midfielder is the latest star to leave the Kisumu club who have seen a number of their first-team players sign for Wazito and Posta Rangers whereas others have been linked with Kakamega Homeboyz.

The expected mass exits at Western Stima have been witnessed following the withdrawal of Kenya Power and Lighting Company as their main sponsors.

“Midfielder Sydney Ochieng’ joins K’Ogalo. We are happy to announce the arrival of Sydney Ochieng’ from Western Stima,” Gor Mahia confirmed via their Facebook page.

Ochieng becomes the fifth player to sign for Gor Mahia after Levis Opiyo, Andrew ‘Roma’ Juma, John Macharia and Tito Okello. Ochieng and Juma have signed their contracts with the Green Army on Sunday.

Burundian striker Jules Ulimwengu, Cameroonian midfielder Bertrand Konfor and Malawian star Andrew Numero are some of the foreign players Gor Mahia have been linked with.

The recent four signings come days after Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier confirmed they were in the process of bringing onboard new players to strengthen the current squad.

“We have already embarked on the restructuring and the revamping of the club and I have held two executive committee meetings at which we have examined two strategies,” said Rachier.

“Talking about the immediate undertakings that we have decided to carry out is the beefing up of the playing unit. This involves an exercise where the cooperation of the technical bench and the executive committee is desired.

“We shall make a decision on the players to retain as a very first exercise. The second one, but all of them are inevitable, is that you have to make a decision for various reasons on the players that have to be released.

“The third one is the recruitment of players and this is what I call revamping and we may engage the coach in identifying the areas he thinks there has been a weakness and there is need for us to scout for better talent.”

Boniface Omondi and Joash Onyango are players who have signed for other clubs from Gor Mahia while Fredrick Odhiambo was released on mutual consent.

Gor Mahia turn down TP Mazembe offer for Muguna

In a bid to stem the mass exodus of key players, Gor Mahia have reportedly turned down an offer from TP Mazembe for midfielder Kenneth Muguna

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The Kenyan champions have refused attempts to have their captain join the mass exodus ahead of the new season
Gor Mahia have turned down an offer from TP Mazembe to sign their captain Kenneth Muguna.

Goal can exclusively reveal the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) giants have tabled a bid to acquire the services of the midfielder, who has 18 months still remaining on his contract.

However, the offer from Mazembe was turned down by K’Ogalo, who have vowed to keep their best players after a recent exodus had threatened to derail their quest to defend the KPL title and do well in the Caf Champions League.

A source in K’Ogalo, who is privy to the transfer, has told Goal they have been approached by Mazembe but they have refused to let go of their captain.

“It is true they [Mazembe] have come to us twice seeking the services of Muguna but we have told them we are not interested to listen to the offer they are tabling,” the source told Goal on Sunday.

“We have already lost enough players and cannot afford to lose more players, we also have to keep our best players and Muguna is part of the coach’s plans for the new season, we don’t want to listen to them [even if they give us good money], we are not ready to lose more players now.”

K’Ogalo have already lost defender Joash Onyango who left to sign for Simba SC of Tanzania, keeper David Mapigano joined Azam FC, winger Dickson Ambundo signed for promoted side Dodoma Jiji while Boniface Omondi and goalkeeper Peter Odhiambo have been unveiled by Wazito FC.

In a recent interview with Goal, Gor Mahia coach Steven Polack maintained Muguna was part of his plans for the new season.

“I am just reading in social media and newspapers that Muguna has left Gor Mahia, or he intends to leave but I am not aware of his transfer, he has not told me anything nor has the club told me if the captain is going,” Polack told Goal.

“[Muguna] has a contract with the club and he cannot walk away just like that, so I am very sure Muguna will stay and I have plans to build a team around him ahead of the new season.”

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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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

Additional reporting from goal.com

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 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

Additional reporting from goal.com

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

Additional reporting from goal.com

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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Aduda refutes Muguna rumours

Kenneth Muguna has been the subject of various transfer rumours that have linked him with moves to KCB, to DC Motema Pembe and now NKana FC where former Kogalo skippers Musa Mohamed and Harun Shakava play. Gor Mahia CEO Omondi Aduda has denied that Kenneth Muguna is on his way to Zambia to join Nkana FC.

Additional reporting from Citizen Sport

Muguna has been linked with several clubs including Tanzania giants Simba and Yanga but the CEO insists they haven’t received any offers for the midfielder.

“We haven’t received any offer for Muguna; he is still our player.  So far all the players are settled and if any offer comes we will find a wise way of handling it ,”said Aduda.

Aduda went on to confirm that they have held talks with the head coach Steve Pollack who will provide them with a list of players to be released and those to come on board after consulting with his technical bench.

“I have spoken to the coach this morning about the transfer window, and he will assess the squad alongside the technical bench in order give us the names of those players he thinks we should release and those we can sign to strengthen our squad,”added Aduda.

Polack uncertain about Transfer deals

Meanwhile coach Steve Polack told goal.com that whereas he wants to strengthen the team during the transfer season, he is unsure of whether the club can afford new players.

“I would love to bring in some new faces to bolster my squad but again it will all depend on whether the club has money to do the transfers,” Polack told Goal on Monday.

“We all know the club is struggling financially and I don’t want to think too much about the transfer window. We can still use the squad we have but of course, I have my transfer targets ready but it will all depend with the club, do they want to sign, do they have the money to spend?

“The mid-season transfer window is always good in every aspect, even in Europe because it gives the coach the chance to make amends, where you feel you want to improve and implement the changes but again, we can only think about it if you have the money.”

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Polack Muguna did not fake injuries

Gor Mahia skipper Kenneth Muguna has missed the past few games citing an injury. But that has not stopped him from playing for the national team, leading some fans to accuse Muguna of faking the injury. However coach Polack has come forward to defend the skipper.

Additional reporting from the Nation

Gor Mahia coach Steven Polack has defended captain Kenneth Muguna over claims that he feigned injury so as not to play for the club in the past three Kenya Premier League matches.

The midfielder last turned up for K’Ogalo during the Mashemeji Derby against AFC Leopards and a section of the fans have been questioning how he quickly recovered in less than a month to play for Harambee Stars in Cecafa Senior Challenge, which is ongoing in Uganda.

The fans had blasted the player for lack of respect and using the current financial situation to despise the club by faking injury as a way of protesting over delayed salaries.

But Polack has dismissed these critics, stating that the player was genuinely injured but has now fully recovered.

“Kenneth had an injury and he didn’t fake it as some of the fans are trying to imply. He has now recovered fully and that is why he is playing for Harambee Stars. I interact with this players daily and am sure he was truly injured,” said Polack.

“Am sure that he will come back and play for us against Kisumu All Stars after the end of Cecafa and therefore the fans don’t need to judge him harshly because he still plays an integral part in my team,” he added.

Muguna is among the players who have openly shown their displeasure with the club and is also reported to have handed in a letter requesting to leave the Kenyan champions.

The player has received interest from DC Motema Pembe who outwitted K’Ogalo in the preliminary stage of a two-leg Caf Confederation Cup in October.

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Rachier says Muguna is not leaving

Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier has said that reports that Kenneth Muguna handed him a formal request to be released are false.

Additional reporting from the Nation

Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier has dismissed reports that captain Kenneth Muguna is on his way out of the club.

Muguna, who has broken into the national team this season, was conspicuously missing in Gor Mahia’s 2-0 win over Bandari on Sunday amid rumours that Muguna’s representatives, Ango Elite Soccer agency, had written to the club seeking his release letter due to unpaid dues.

K’Ogalo has endured financial constraints this term following the departure of sponsors SportPesa with players reportedly claiming four months salaries. However, Rachier insists he has not received any letter from Muguna.

“Journalists are just interested in negative news about Gor Mahia. There is no player who has written a letter to me stating his desire to leave Gor Mahia,” Rachier told Nation Sport on Monday.

Defender Maurice Ojwang is also said to have written to the management asking to be released.

Muguna, who distanced himself from the rumours, said he will resume training with the rest of the team on Wednesday after recovering from a knock.

“A lot has been said and I don’t want to subject myself to media interviews on an issue that is obvious. I will be training with the team on Wednesday and if the coach sees it fit to field me against Ulinzi Stars it will be for my good,” said Muguna.

Coach Steven Polack confirmed his captain had picked an injury from their previous game against Kakamega Homeboyz.

“I have also seen some issues concerning Kenneth and they are not true. I know and we have spoken about his injury. I will monitor him during our training and sees if he is fit to play,” said Polack.

The record champions take on Ulinzi Stars on Sunday.

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Muguna wants to be released

A report appearing on the Kahawtungu blog suggests that skipper Kenneth Muguna has requested a formal release through his agency.

“Ango Elite Soccer the company that agencies and represents the athlete Kenneth Mugambi Muguna, comes in this way, to communicate the end of his contract with club Gor Mahia, because he is more than three months without salary,” says the letter

Maurice Ojwang, who was signed this season, has also requested a formal release. Gor Mahia are said to be in the process of negotiating with other sponsors for Ksh 30 million, a deal much smaller than the previous one with sportpesa.

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