Hit man Enock Agwanda has apparently left the club. The burly striker, who joined from Sofapaka, has left the club after failing to agree on a deal.
“We had agreed on everything and all that was remaining was for the player to sign the contract, however, he stood up and just walked away saying he is going to read it. He left us seated and walked off, it was disrespectful to us. The NEC decided to release him, meaning he is no longer part of the Gor Mahia family,” said Judith Nyangi to goal.com
It is not clear whether the technical bench including Ze Maria provided any input as to whether Agwanda should be signed.
Agwanda joined Kogalo in 2015. For the past two years he has mostly been deployed as a substitute. Neverthless he scored six goals in 2016. The most notable one was the goal against arch rivals AFC that sealed a 2-0 win.
Agwanda has also contributed to goals via his long , well directed throw ins reminiscent of Tobias Ocholla.
He has had to play behind Kagere, Tuyisenge and Blackberry. And with Timothy Otieno returning, competition was bound to be more intense.
Bernard Ochieng deal falls through
Gor Mahia’s efforts to sign Bernard Ochieng have fallen through. The promising Vihiga United defender balked because he was concerned about becoming a bench warmer at Gor Mahia.
“We wanted to sign Ochieng’ (Bernard) but he was not free to join us. So we thought it would be wise if we stop the search for now until next time.” said Judith Nyangi to goal.com
Former Gor Mahia midfield enforcer Khalid Aucho has been released by South African side Baroka. Aucho left Gor Mahia for trials in Scotland in June of 2016 before proceeding to South Africa. Also released by Baroka is another Ugandan player, Geoffrey Massa.
South Africa has proven a tough nut to crack for many former Gor Mahia players like Kevin Omondi and Ali Abondo.
According to Kawowo sports, The South African league has been criticized by many foreigners especially Ugandans as one that favors the natives and gives outsiders little playing time
Aucho was included in the Uganda squad to the 2017 Africa Nations cup. Its his chance to showcase his skills and attract the attention of another high profile club.
Gor Mahia organizing secretary Ronald Ngala has confirmed that the club has received Ksh 1.6 million (Rand 200,000) from South African side Baroka FC following the transfer of Khalid Aucho to the side.
“We received 200,000 rand (approximately Sh1.6million) for the transfer of Aucho to the club,” he said.
The figure is paltry compared to what Sofapaka got when they sold Burundian Razak Fiston: Ksh 24 million (3 million Rand. Sofapaka had previously purchased Fiston for Ksh 1.2 million from a Burundian academy. They turned a nice profit.
The low transfer fee of Aucho is due to the fact that Aucho only had six months left on his contract.However it is a welcome departure from recent cases where Gor Mahia gave players away for free. For example, when Ali Abondo left for South Africa, it was reported that the club got nothing even though Abondo had a year left on his contract.
The transfer fees also make the case for why Gor Mahia should invest more in youth structures unlike the current situation where the youth team is being treated shabbily.
Former Gor Mahia midfield powerhouse Khalid Aucho has joined Baroka FC who are newly promoted to the South African Premier League. Aucho had been in Scotland for trials where the deal fell through. He then proceeded to South Africa where some clubs had shown interest in his services.
On Wednesday Aucho was at the signing ceremeony with his agent who happens to be former Gor Mahia official George Bwana. Aucho then penned a letter on his social media pages where he thanked the club players and fans
“Deal done. Thank God my new home is Baroka FC, South Africa. Thanks to all coaches that have brought me up. To all the team that I have gone through, Jinja, Simba FC, Tusker FC, Gor Mahia. Special thanks to Gor Mahia, my teammates the management and all the fans,” .
The newly promoted Baroka started their league campaign with a 1-1 draw against Ajax Cape Town.
Promising left back Eric Ouma “Marcelo” has signed another contract extension. But to the dismay of fans, the extension is for only another 6 months. Ouma has been the subject of speculation with reports linking him to arch rivals AFC Leopards. Other reports suggested he was due to leave for the USA on a football scholarship. He was supposedly offered a full scholarship by Lindsey Wilson, the same school that former Gor Mahia and Tusker ace Tom Odhiambo attended alongside Eric Ochieng “Cantona” in the late 1990s.
Ouma joined Gor Mahia from Kakamega high school this season. He has quickly propelled himself to stardom even earning a place in the Harambee stars starting line-up.
Chairman Rachier expressed his dissapointment at not signing a longer term contract.
‘Marcelo’ has proven himself in his position. He is a good player and we really appreciate his work so far. We wish he could sign for a longer term,” said Rachier to the club site.
Crispin Odula joins Gor Mahia
Gor Mahia have signed veteran defensive midfielder Crispin Odula. The lanky Odula has for the past one year been playing in Finland for AC Oulu. Odula is vastly experienced. He first played in the Kenya Premier League 10 years ago (In 2006). At the time he played for Coast Stars. He was an instant hit and already had offers from foreign teams. After a few trials in Europe, he ended up at Al Wahda in Saudi Arabia before returning to Kenya to play for Bandari, Azam, Coastal Union (Tanzania) and later Tusker. Last year he joined AC Oulu of Finland.
Odula is seen as replacement for Khalid Aucho. He had initially been linked with a move to AFC Leopards. Rachier was happy to sign Odula who will add steel to the midfield as well as experience.
“Crispin Odula is a seasoned midfielder. He should be an asset in our attacking and central midfield. We welcome him to the K’Ogalo family.” said Rachier.
His listed date of birth is September 8 1989.
Khalid Aucho released.
Ugandan midfield ace Khalid Aucho who has been the engine in Gor Mahia’s midfield since he joined in 2015, has finally departed, thus bringing an end to the speculation around him.
Chairman Rachier confirmed as much.
“Khalid Aucho is leaving the club and he will not be with us in the second leg. That is why we have signed Kagere because we are safe as far as foreign quota rule in Kenya is concerned.” said Rachier to goal.com
Aucho is set to attend trials at Aberdeen FC in Scotland’s top tier. This is the team where Sir Alex Ferguson first made a name for himself as a coach. In 2016, they finished second in the league standings behind Celtic.
Meddie Kagere looks set to join Gor Mahia. This according to a report on posted goal.com. The Rwandese talisman has been training with Kogalo at Camp Toyoyo since the season started. However with reports that Gor Mahia were on the verge of signing a Brazilian striker, Thiago Lima Da Silva, it seemed that Kagere would not have a place at the club. Kagere was then said to be negotiating deals with Tusker and AFC Leopards. The deal with Da Silva has now fizzled amid reports that he is not fit and other reports that his International Transfer Certificate could not be processed on time.
Ronald Ngala confirmed to goal.com that a deal
“Nothing has been finalized yet, we have had discussions but he has not yet signed. He is expected in our offices today (Monday) to discuss his transfer that is personal terms, and after that we hope he can sign the contract. Kagere is a good player, a player of undoubted quality and I believe he will add real value to the team.” Ngala said.
Last season Kagere combined with Michael Olunga and Ali Abondo to form one of the most devastating attack formations ever seen in Kenya. A return could see him play with fellow Rwandese Jacque Tuyisenge with whom he is familiar.
Since Kagere has been at Camp Toyoyo for several months now, the club’s technical staff must have a good idea about his fitness levels, his form and his state of mind.
The lanky Tusker midfielder who is seen by some as an ideal replacement for the departing Khalid Aucho seems interested in joining Kogalo. However his transfer bid is being blocked by both Tusker and the FKF because he still has 18 months left on his contract.
The Daily Nation reports that Mieno who earns about Sh80,000 a month and is reportedly being offered Sh130,000 at K’Ogalo and a sign on fee of Sh 1.5 million. However, Gor’s acting secretary general Ronald Ngala denies the claims.
“We’ve never talked to Mieno nor made an official bid. We would go for him if he’s a free agent because he’s a good player,” he said.
Ngala added: “We made official approach for the players we wanted. We made an approach to Western Stima for Baron Oketch and we got him .It was the same with Muhoroni Youth for Wellington Oketch .We also made an approach to Mathare United for Eric Johanna but they never replied while Bandari rejected our approach for Anthony Kimani.” said Ngala to the Nation.
Tusker director Charles Obiny said there is no just cause for Mieno to end his contract. He said: “The rules are clear. Gor have not made any offer to us,” he said. Article 16A of Fifa rules state that a contract can’t be unilaterally terminated during the course of a season.
However, for footballing reason, a player can only terminate his contract if “in the course of the season, appeared in fewer than ten per cent of the official matches in which his club has featured in .In such a case, sporting sanctions shall not be imposed, though compensation may be payable”.
Mieno first made his name at Sofapaka before going to Tanzania, then AFC Leopards and now Tusker. In his prime, he was a regular with the national team.
In a bizarre twist, Khalid Aucho now claims that he will be attending trials at Aberdeen and not Glasgow Rangers.
I just read a lot about Rangers but the truth of the matter is that I have been invited by Aberdeen and not Rangers.” said Aucho according to dailyrecord.co.uk
Chairman Ambrose Rachier also concurred with the statements according to the report
We had been reading in the media so much about Rangers but the truth of the matter is that we got a copy of Aucho’s invitation letter from Aberdeen and we have granted the player permission as he awaits his visa.” said Rachier.
This is par for the course for Aucho who often uses social media to send conflicting messages that leave fans and pundits wondering about his status.
Gor Mahia midfield dynamo Khalid Aucho, has been named the SJAK/Sportpesa Best Player of the Month for Mayduring an event conducted on Wednesday at Camp Toyoyo training ground.
Aucho has been a tireless runner, efficiently protecting the defence winning midfield battles and providing well timed passes. His brilliant play helped the club climb from near the relegation zone to the top of the table at a dissyingly rapid speed.
The award comes with a prize of Sh100, 000 and a 43-inch television screen. Gor Mahia will also get Sh50, 000 for producing him as the best player.
Aucho is the fourth player to win the Award this year after Posta Rangers’ striker Timothy Otieno (February), Bandari defender Shariff Mohammed (March) and Muhoroni Youth striker Wycliffe Ochomo (April).
Aucho who is scheduled to leave for Scotland where he will play for Glasgow Rangers, has expressed a keen interest in making the move to Europe.
“It is just a matter of time before everything goes through. I have already done everything on my part and all that is remaining is for them to do their part and come for my services. It is my dream to play in Europe and this is a massive step in my career.
“However, until that happens, I will continue to give my best for Gor Mahia because it is my club.”
Various reports mostly emanating from Khalid Aucho himself have indicated that the player is set to attend trials at newly promoted Scottish side Glasgow Rangers.
” Glasgow Rangers have approached me, they are interested in my services and as a matter of fact I want to join them. Everything is on the initial stage, but I hope it goes through because it is every footballer’s dream to achieve such a feat.” says Aucho
Rangers have won the Scottish premier league numerous times. For years they dominated the Scottish league along with Glasgow Celtic. They were relegated to the lowest divisions due to financial issues.
Their coach Mark Warburton is likely to have developed an interest in Aucho due to a recommendation from Frank Nuttall.
Aucho joined Gor Mahia in 2015 from Tusker FC as a the replacement for Geoffrey Kizito, another former Gor Mahia player who is now at Finnish side HJK Helsinki.
Aucho has been pivotal in Gor Mahia’s success so far with his ability to win midfield battles and with his precise passes.
Abouba Sibomana, Geoffrey Walusimbi and new signing Jackson Saleh were the latest arrivals as Gor Mahia continued their pre-season training at Camp Toyoyo on Tuesday. Still missing is Innocent Wafula whose whereabouts are unknown and Khalid Aucho. The combative Ugandan midfielder took to social media to explain his absence and promised to return soon.
Coach Nuttall is hopeful that the mssing players will arrive soon.
“The players are still contracted by Gor Mahia and there are no contractual disputes and therefore, I hope they will come back soon so that together we can begin our preparations for the title quest.” he said to goal.com
On Wafula, the club is best advised to ascertain his true nationality before fielding him, given that they have already reached the 5 foreigner maximum.
Walusimbi, Sibomana and Aucho missing the pre-season tour of Sudan and Ethiopia is not a bad thing. They played several international matches in 2015 and probably needed additional rest
Gor Mahia attacking midfielder Ali Abondo has been having a sensational season. He leads the entire country in scoring when all competitions are taken into account. He was widely expected by some to make his national team debut. However after having been initially named to the squad, he was left out by coach Bobby Williamson along with other Gor Mahia players like Haron Shakava.
“This is my best season so far and I have been working hard. I was happy to earn a call up to the national team. It was due to the commitment I have put in training so far this season,” he said to supersport.
Abondo is not dissapointed but will use this as motivation to work hard on the aspects of his game that need to improve before coach Williamson makes him part of the final squad.
“True, I was disappointed to be dropped, but I am happy I was picked in the first place. All I can say is I wish the team the best in the game on Sunday and we will be supporting them to victory,” he said.
“Being in a squad is the prerogative of the coach. He decides who should play and who should not depending on how he wants to tackle the game. I thank him for calling me, it was a great experience training with local and foreign based players. My mission is to work harder to make the cut next time.” he added.
Part of the reason Abondo was left out is likely because the coach was intent on deploying a defensive formation and he already had enough attacking midfielders in the side namely Wafula, Were and Timbe.
A second issue is that for many years Abondo has been an average nondescript player in the league and many are still not convinced that his latest performance is not a fluke. Which mean Abondo will need to continue churning out good performances. The next match is against Zambia. In this game, coach Williamson will have no choice but to deploy an attacking formation. He will need midfielders who can put the ball in the net. If there are 20 minutes left and Harambee stars are attacking incessantly but cannot score, Abondo will be your man.
Abondo could also feature in the CHAN qualifiers which will come sooner.
Khalid Aucho And Walusimbi in action
Two Gor Mahia players Aucho and Walusimbi continued to gain valuable international experience when they played for the Uganda Cranes who beat Botswana 2-0 in their opening match.
Walusimbi who previosuly played at full back but was switched to midfield at Gor Mahia was deployed in his new position by the Cranes.
He was awarded aplayer rating of 6.0 by Kawowo sports. This is his player rating narrative: He was played in midfield and missed a glorious opportunity in the first half when he missed a tap in from a Massa pass. Substituted at half time for Robert Ssentongo.
Aucho for his part was awarded a player rating of 6.5. This is his rating narrative: Like most players, he had a low performance in the first half. His passing improved in the second half and won a number tackles in the centre of the field.
Luwagga Kizito who plays in the Portuguese second tier was voted man of the match with two assists.
Aucho was described as indefatigable by the Uganda Monitor who indicates that he played a key role in Uganda’s second goal. As he does at Gor Mahia, he won a loose ball, shrugging off three opponents before finding Luwagga who in turn found Brian Umony for the second goal.
Sibomana with solid defensive performance
In Maputo Mozambique, Rwanda escaped with a 1-0 win. This is Rwanda’s first away win in AFCON qualifying since 2011. Having scored as early as the second minute, Rwanda doggedly defended against the marauding Mozambique attackers.
“From that point [after the goal], we had about 92 minutes of the game still to go including three possible minutes of stoppage time, 92 minutes of defending and keeping Mozambique out was always going to be tough but the boys did extremely well.” said Rwanda coach John McKinstry.
A key to Rwanda’s defensive solidity was Gor Mahia full back Abouba Sibomana who held the Mozambicans in check.
Dirkir Glay faces tall order against Adebayor
For Dirkir Glay, it was always going to be difficult to play against Togo. Firstly, he was making his national tema debut with players he has not played with. And secondly they were playing away against Togo and against premier league striker Emmanuel Adebayor, a player who has a lot to prove. To begin with, he had not been getting playing time in the premier league. He was recently given time off to address his personal family drama. And the Togo coach recently dispossessed him of the captain’s armband.
Glay was deployed in central defence by coach James Debbeh and along with his team-mates given the mammoth task of stopping Adebayor. He was able to keep Adebayor at bay for 88 minutes before Adebayor finally scored. In the end Togo prevailed 2-1.
Earlier on Tuesday, Glay was in a injury scare when he collided with Belgium based team-mate Samii Johnson. But he apparently recovered on time for the match. Samii Johnson did not recover in time for the match.
Liberia coach James Debbeh was in the Liberia squad that lost to Kenya 1-0 in 1989 with Goerge Onyango “Fundi” scoring the winner.
All in all , Gor mahia earned useful big game experience, playing against hostile crowds, formidable players or for demanding crowds. This experience will be useful to the club as the club tries to defend its league title. Players with big game temperament are unlikely to crumble under pressure should the club start dropping points.
Goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch who many say was unstable will also have learned some valuable listens he can apply. He was unstable in goal and committed himself wrongly on a number of occasions which nearly cost Harambee Stars. This is one area the team needs to improve on,” said supersport technical analyst Jacob Ghost Mulee.
Collins Okoth was selected ahead of Anthony Akumu and was deployed in the defensive midfield position alongside Victor Wanyama. Okoth was clearly under instructions to stay at home so he hardly ventured forward. He put in numerous important tackles.
And of course this experience will be most useful when Gor Mahia plays in the upcoming CECAFA cup where Gor Mahia will likely play against hostile crowds.