Update: Wellington Ochieng Thanks Fans

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

 

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

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

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

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

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Owusu, Agogo, Lavatsa and Wellington Ochieng released

Gor Mahia have released Kennedy Otieno “Agogo” , Jackson Owusu, Edwin Lavatsa and Wellington Ochieng ahead of the new KPL season.

“I can confirm to you that Wellington [Ochieng] and Edwin [Lavatsa] will not be part of the team in the coming season,” the source told Goal on Saturday. “They have been asked to leave since the club signed players in their positions.” said a source to goal.com

Lavatsa rejoined Gor Mahia mid last season as Gor Mahia tried to shore up the attack following the departure of Yikpe Ghislain and Francis Afiriyie. Fans did not see much of him as the season was cancelled almost as soon as he had rejoined. Lavatsa had his best years with Gor Mahia in 2011 and 2012 when he also earned a place as a regular in the national team. He then left for stint in Algeria before returning to Kenya to join Bandari. With Gor Mahia having signed 4 strikers, it was going to be difficult for Lavatsa to find playing time.

Wellington Ochieng for his part has been injury prone for lengthy periods over the past two seasons. He got injured again in the match against DC Motema Pembe and only made a comeback right before the league was cancelled.

“We have released the four and they will not part of our squad next season. They were good players in our team only that competition was stiff and some of them couldn’t get enough playing time. We wish them all the best in future,” Patrick Odhiambo told Nation Sport.

Polack talking to Owusu

Owusu was signed at the request of coach Polack who coached him at Asante Kotoko. But he made very few appearances again due to the truncated season. The veteran Agogo for his part was signed at the beginning of the season. But with Gor Mahia having signed four strikers, he too is better off seeking playing time at a different team.

 

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Gor Mahia players motivated, raring to go


Last season, Jacque Tuyisenge was the bright spot in a Gor Mahia squad that was struggling to catch its footing at the beginning of the season. Yet last season, Tuyisenge was battling back from an injury. This season Tuyisenge is healthy and raring to go. He has already scored two goals and is determined to shake the net several more times this season.

“I am delighted because when you are a striker and you get goals you are always happy because that is your job. So I feel good to have scored in our first match. I cannot say that I will score a certain number of goals this season because I am not God, only God knows tomorrow so I will keep on working hard and hunt for goals. The number of goals He will give me I will appreciate”, Tuyisenge told Futaa.com

His compatriot, Kenneth Mugiraneza “Migi” also played a solid game and scored last Sunday. He thinks the team has the quality to go places this season

““I look at the kind of team we have and I am very confident we can challenge for the title. There are quality players in the team and everyone has that motivation to win. I believe, looking at how we played in the first match, we can do it,” he said to supersport.

Prior to arriving in Kenya, Migi who previously played for Azam of Tanzania, had done his homework on local football and was thus well prepared.

“They have told me all about the Kenyan league; what to expect, which teams to look out for and how best to tackle and prepare the games. They have made it easier for me. I have played two competitive matches so far and I have also looked at many matches before. The difference is that in Kenya no team is small. Anyone is capable of winning. It is not like in Tanzania when you know with some teams you can win by six or seven goals. Here it is tougher” he continued.

Discipline and focus is what has enabled the Amavubi skipper to achieve what he has achieved so far and he plans to continue down that path.

“I usually do my individual training before the team training but I plan to put in even more effort this year so that we can become champions once more. “Here at Gor the coach is good, and the players are also very good. The management is committed to facilitate good performance from the team so I am sure we can achieve that dream,” said Migi to the KPL website.

Defender Wellington Ochieng was in the starting line-up last weekend. In 2016, he found playing time difficult to come by after joining from Muhoroni Youth. He is determined to solidify his place in the starting line up now that Marcelo has left. Ochieng credits Gor Mahia’s play to the technical bench trio of Ze Maria, Marco Aurellio and Zedekiah Otieno

““To have such a trio at your disposal is a fantastic thing. If we heed to their instructions and work hard, then am sure this combination will bring the best out of us. Probably we could even end up making history as one of the most successful crop of players to have donned the Gor Mahia jersey,” said Wellington to Citizen sports.

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Gor Mahia complete signing of Wellington Ochieng

Muhoroni Youth defender Wellington Ochieng, becomes Gor Mahia’s second signing of the 2016 mid season transfer season. Ochieng will slot in at right full back where he will compete for playing time with Burundian cross-master Karim Nizigiyimana. This concludes negotiations between Kogalo and Muhoroni Youth.

Ochieng noted that he was elated at joining the club and hopes to be productive.

“I have officially penned down a two-year contract at Gor Mahia. I am happy for making this move and hopeful of a productive stay,” Ochieng’ told goal.com

Ochieng has been a solid defender who is also productive when going forward. He has scored numerous goals for Muhoroni Youth.

Ochieng however is not eligible to play in this weekend’s KPL TOp 8 match against Tusker. This according to KPL president Jack Oguda

“The tournament rules are clear that a player cannot feature for two teams in the same year. So even if Wellington is registered in time, he will still be ineligible having played for Muhoroni Youth in the previous stage of the tournament,” Oguda said to Supersport.

Ochieng is Gor Mahia ‘s second signing following Baron Oketch who joined from Chemelil Sugar.

A large gap will be left by the departure of Khalid Aucho who has been a real engine in the Kogalo midfield.  Gor Mahia will be hard placed to find a midfield dyanamo of Aucho’s calibre.

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Rave reviews for Gor Mahia players in international action

Kahata in a previous match

National team coach Stanley Okumbi is thoroughly impressed with Gor Mahia midfield ace Francis Kahata. In Okumbi’s mind, Kahata was the engine of the team on Sunday driving forward and creating numerous chances.
“Kahata played so well created many chances and I am happy with him.” said Okumbi to futaa.com

Indeed Kahata likely registered more passes than anyone unlike the other members of the midfield who were less impressive. Johannah and Timbe scored but they have been accused of playing very selfishly as was Paul Were. Two of these players are transfer targets of Gor Mahia. The price tag that Bob Munro has put on Johannah is said to be Ksh 10 million. It must be said that Johannah’s lob over the advancing Congo goalkeeper was impressive.

Okumbi did not field Kahata in his first two matches against Guinea Bissau and must be regretting it.

Ninteen year old Eric Ouma, earned his first cap and passed the test with flying colours. He was solid in defence, not allowing anything through. None other skipper Victor Wanyama was impressed.
He had a good game and showed maturity despite his age said Wanyama to capital FM

Kogalo officials are in the midst of trying to convince Marcelo to sign a two year deal.

Rwanda striker Jacque Tuyisenge carried over his goal-scoring form to the international arena. He scored twice but was unable to prevent Rwanda from losing 3-2. Abouba Sibomana also played 90 minutes in that match.

Khalid Aucho was the hero of the day for Uganda. he scored the winning goal that enabled Uganda to beat Botwana 2-1 away from home. Geoffrey Walusimbi was a second half substitute.

Meanwhile Muhoroni Youth defender Wellington Ochieng, who is being pursued by Kogalo has himself expressed interest in joining the club.

“According to the information I received from the chairman (Adagala), all is going on well and I am sure that Gor Mahia will be my club in second leg. 70% of the deal is basically done because the two clubs are slowly agreeing on the transfer cash,” Ochieng’ told goal.com
Gor Mahia have offered Ksh 500,000 as transfer fee while Muhoroni Youth want Ksh 2 million. The two clubs have to meet in the middle

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