Kenya Premier League record Champions Gor Mahia are definitely not having the best of off-seasons. Despite winning the league for a record 18th time in May, K’Ogallo is in the midst of a staff exodus from the club.
The departures were kickstarted by Rwandese striker Jacques Tuyisenge who joined Angolan giants Petro Athletico in a big-money deal. The lanky forward has been Gor Mahia’s talisman of the past 3 years and scored more than 60 goals for the club.
Next on the outgoing list was yet another high profile player in Francis Kahata who moved to Tanzania giants Simba after his contract with the Kenyan champions expired.
In the past one week, club captain and center back Harun Shakava confirmed his move to Zambian side FC Nkana. The club is also home to former Gor Mahia captain and center back Musa Mohamed.
With the club now confirming that head coach Hassan Oktay has been granted leave so that he can go back to his home country to attend family matters, the future does not seem bright.
Oktay’s imminent departure would have been a bit softer had his assistant manager for last season also not left the club just two months prior. Gor Mahia lost long serving tactician Zedekiah ‘Zico’ Otieno who joined Bankers KCB as head coach.
Peter Odhiambo, the club’s new assistant coach will naturally assume Oktay’s role before Gor Mahia find a suitable replacement but it will be asking too much for a man who has only been at the club for a month.
With moneybags Wazito FC making quality player signings left, right and center and clearly aiming for K’Ogallo’s throne, Gor Mahia will need to get their act together quickly or suffer the crushing blow of being dethroned!
The Club will have a packed season that will see it go all out to defend it’s KPL title and also take Part in Continental Competitions.
Kogallo 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.