Kagere's heart is elsewhere despite having a fantastic 2015 season at Gor

Feeling 'unappreciated and forgotten', Gor Mahia striker Meddie Kagere may not be returning to the club

Monday January 4 2016

Gor Mahia's Meddie Kagere (right) is tackled by KCB Mark Odhiambo during their SportPesa Kenyan Premier League match on August 9, 2015 at Nyayo Stadium. Gor Mahia won 6-1. Kagere feels 'unappreciated and forgotten', and might not be returning to the club. PHOTO |CHRIS OMOLLO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Gor Mahia's Meddie Kagere (right) is tackled by KCB Mark Odhiambo during their SportPesa Kenyan Premier League match on August 9, 2015 at Nyayo Stadium. Gor Mahia won 6-1. Kagere feels 'unappreciated and forgotten', and might not be returning to the club. PHOTO |CHRIS OMOLLO | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By CELLESTINE OLILO
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Meddie Kagere feels 'unappreciated and forgotten' and may not be returning to Gor Mahia where he had a fantastic 2015 season.

The striker has ruled out extending his one-year contract that expired at the end of the 2015 season, forcing the SportPesa Kenyan Premier League champions' management to omit his name from the provisional squad submitted to Confederation of African Football ahead of this year’s Champions League.

Speaking from Rwanda where he is on holiday, Kagere revealed that he is yet to make a commitment to K’Ogalo because he did not feel appreciated enough for his efforts last season. Besides, he says the club is offering a significantly less sign on fee than several teams chasing after his signature.

“They forgot about me,” the ever jovial Kagere said when Daily Nation Sport told him that his fans were worried about his absence from the Caf Champions League list.

FORGOTTEN IN AWARDS

“I was forgotten even in the awards. Kenya is not my home,” he quickly added, referring to last month’s Footballer of the Year awards where he failed to bag any individual award and lost the Most Valuable Player accolade to Michael Olunga.

Kagere, however, said that he is still in talks with K’Ogalo club management, and that he “hopes things will go well”.

“There are four clubs in different countries that have tabled good offers, but I am still talking with them (Gor). Gor’s offer is significantly lower than these other clubs but I’ll let you know when I make up my mind. If it (the talks) fails then I’ll proceed to a new destination,” the 29-year-old said.

(READ: Kagere missing as Gor and Bandari name Caf squads)

He however, declined to divulge the names of the clubs after his signature, but sources close to him indicate that three of them have tabled bids worth Sh9 million, including his former club FK Tiranna of Albania where he featured in 2014.

The 2011 Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup top scorer with Rwanda joined Gor at the beginning of the season, linking up with his former Rayon Sports team-mates Abouba Sibomana and Karim Nizigiyimana.

INSTANT HIT

He became an instant hit at the club, and finished the season with 13 league goals having played all 30 matches. He was Gor’s second top scorer.

At the beginning of the 2015 season, Kagere had indicated that he was interested in a return to Europe.

“The KPL is very competitive. It is even more competitive than Rwanda and certainly more competitive than Uganda, but my aim is to return to Europe,” he said.

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