Gor Mahia sign Muhoroni’s Ochieng, Ogolla decamps from City Stars

By alex wafula
Jun 08, 2021
  • Jose Marcello Ferreira has added a new member to his backroom staff, Marco Aurellio, a Brazilian coach.

Gor Mahia, the Kenyan Premier league defending champions have completed the signing of Muhoroni Youth defender Wellington Ochieng.

He has a two-year contract. The defender had been a highly sought after figure by coach Jose Marcello Ferreira.

The club has also signed a Brazilian striker,  Thiago Lima Da Silva which means they will have to drop at least one foreigner to maintain the count of five.

Coach Ferreira has added a new member to his backroom staff, Marco Aurellio, a Brazilian coach.

Gor Mahia, who resumed training early this week with the focus on the KPL Top Eight Semi-final against Tusker FC on Sunday could be chasing the Tusker FC duo of Eugene Asike and Humphrey Mieno.

Tusker have declined to sell with the two having two years each remaining on their contracts. The league leaders are unwilling to let two of their best players leave especially on the backdrop of increased pressure to recapture the league title from Gor.

Traditional rivals, AFC Leopards have added three new players. They are, Charles Bruno, a defender from Sony Sugar, midfielder Harun Nyakha from Tusker FC and Ugandan winger Yussuf Suf formerly of  City Stars.

“These are very good players who I know will add a lot of quality into my team. We are looking to bring in probably six or eight more depending on who we get,” Ivan Minnaert, the AFC Leopards coach told Sports News Arena.

Offloaded four players

He has offloaded four more players from the team. They are Ivory Coast Striker Lamin Diallo, winger Hedmond Mauda, midfielder Victor Omune and defender Andrew Diego.

“If I get the players that I desire, then I know we will be able to fight for the league title. But now I cannot say much about our second leg chances," Minnaert added.

AFC Leopards resumed training on Tuesday morning with only 16 players. Of the three new players, only Nyakha was present.

Meanwhile, Muhoroni Youth for the second season in a row have raided City Stars for the services of their head coach.

After the dismissal of James Omondi, Muhoroni appointed Gor Mahia legend John ‘Bobby’ Ogolla as their new coach on a two-year deal, ending his six month stint with City Stars.

“Bobby’s record in Kenyan football speaks for itself and it was not a hard decision picking him. He will start work officially on July 1 and we are confident he will aid the team attain its target of finishing in the top three,” Moses Adagala, the Muhoroni Youth FC coach said.

Tom Juma who was Omondi’s assistant will however take charge of the team this weekend when they play Ulinzi Stars in the first leg of the KPL Top Eight semi-final at the Nyayo National Stadium.

The sugar millers are sixth on the KPL with 20 points.