Gor Mahia Captain Harun Shakava’s imminent move to the Zambian Premier League continues to elicit mixed reactions with the latest to add his voice to the ongoing debate being Coach Hassan Oktay.
According to the Turkish Cypriot, Gor Mahia is still in good hands at the back and the departure of Shakava will not affect his team.
As confirmed by Gor Mahia Chairman Ambrose Rachier, Shakava is currently in Zambia trying to negotiate a deal with one of the clubs over there with many believing that the club is Nkana FC.
Oktay has said that he has got players who will step up to fill the void left by Shakava.
“Last season I did not have Joash Onyango and Shakava in a crucial continental game against New Star of Cameroon and we performed well,” Said Oktay as quoted by Goal.
“If our captain leaves, we have Joash, Charles [Momanyi], new signing [Maurice] Ojwang who can still do better for the club.
“These are good players who can help us at the back, so I do not think Shakava absence will be felt. As a team, we wish him all the best if he manages to secure a good deal abroad.”
Despite losing two quality players in the form of Jacques Tuyisenge and Francis Kahata, Coach Oktay has insisted that the players brought in by the club during the transfer season have what it takes to help steer the team in the right direction.
“Yes, they are good players, but we have their replacements who I know will do well in the new season. It is a matter of hard work, and teamwork will help us progress,” he said.
Gor Mahia completed the signing of Ivorian hit man Gislein Yikpe Gnamian with the striker viewed as a replacement for Tuyisenge.
The Club through it’s social media pages also announced the signing of Ghanian Striker Francis Afriyie who joined from Mexican side Murcielagos FC.
Coach Oktay will be looking to guide Gor Mahia for the defence of the KPL title with the tactician also looking foward to leading Kogallo to the group stages of the CAF Champions League after they narrowly missed out last season.
Oktay’s charges will begin their Champions League journey against Aigle Noir CS who bagged the 2018/19 Burundi Premier League title with 68 points from 30 matches. The aggregate winner of the first round will meet either USM Algers of Algeria or Niger’s SONIDEP in the second round.