Sixteen-time Kenyan Premier League winners Gor Mahia have handed five key players two-year contract extensions. K’Ogalo are readying themselves for a grueling 2018 campaign that includes the SportPesa Premier League and CAF Champions League hence the need to hold onto their key players.
Skipper Musa Mohamed, who has been a defensive stalwart at the club, will extend his stay to a ninth season after leading senior players in signing their contracts.
Mohammed joined Gor in 2009 as a Lang’ata High School recruit and has risen through the ranks to captain the team. He has been pivotal to K’Ogalo over the eight seasons, solidly fortifying the backline to give the team the meanest defensive record since 2009.
“When I first signed for Gor, it was like a dream. I was in high school and all I was praying for was a bit of playing time. I worked hard over time and the officials had faith in me. As a result, we have achieved a lot together and I’m happy to continue playing for the club,” said Mohammed.
“The honour of captaining the team is also well appreciated and I’m motivated to keep working hard for more success,” added the defender who hails from a sporting family. Mohamed’s defensive partner Haron Shakava promptly followed the skipper’s move and penned a two-year contract extension.
The lanky centre-half has scored significant headers for K’Ogalo and is set to maintain their defensive partnership to 2019. Ugandan left back Godfrey Walusimbi, revered for his ball-playing skills, has also extended his stay until 2019.
The diminutive player, whose versatility has seen him deployed in offensive left midfield, leaves Gor’ defense intact going into the new season where grueling continental assignments await.
Midfielder Ernest Wendo, who was recruited from Bidco two seasons ago, has also earned a contract extension following assured performances this year. Wendo, brisk in tackle and offering a calming presence in front of defenders, earned a national team call owing to his endeavours at K’Ogalo which he has elected to making his stomping grounds for two more years.
Rwandan striker Jacques Tuyisenge completes the contract extensions with negotiations between the club and George Odhiambo still ongoing.
Tuyisenge has forced his way to the golden boot race award this year and jointly leads the chase alongside compatriot and team-mate Meddie Kagere, Kepha Aswani of Nakumatt and Sofapaka’s free scoring Umaru Kasumba.