Champions Gor Mahia have received a major boost as they prepare to launch their quest for a fourth straight league title after vice-captain Musa Mohammed penned a new two-year contract with the club.
Mohammed and the club have been in negotiations since his contract ran out in December but the two parties reached an agreement at the weekend.
By committing his future to K’Ogalo, Mohamed, who was the field captain last term as Gor won the league title unbeaten, will become one of the club’s long-serving players.
Alongside skipper Jerim Onyango, they were part of the young players who were recruited by former coach James Siang’a in 2008 as he launched an ambitious project that was aimed at guiding K’Ogalo to success with the home grown talents being the pillar.
By rising rise through the ranks to win the title three times in a row, they two, partly, helped fulfil Sianga’s dream.
Mohammed’s presence will also be a big boost to coach Frank Nuttall. Last term, the soft spoken defender played every minute in the league, partnering either Harun Shakava or Liberian Dirkir Glay, who has since left the club.
Their partnership saw Gor concede just 12 goals in 30 appearances en-route to bagging their record 15th title.
At the same time, the club is still in negotiations with Shakava over a new deal. The Kenyan international defender has attracted interest from Kakamega Homeboyz and is yet to make up his mind with barely two week left the close of the transfer window.
Shakava horned his skills at Homeboyz before joining K’Ogalo in January 2014 and has featured prominently helping the club claim back-to-back league titles.
Homeboyz chairman Cleophas Shimanyula on Tuesday confirmed their interest in the player. “We are struggling to get him back and I hope we will succeed,” Shimanyula sad.
In a quick rejoinder, Gor’s acting secretary-general, Ronald Ngala said that they have agreed in principle with the defender to put pen-to-paper on a new two-year deal.
“We’ve agreed in principle and what remains is to tie the loose ends,” Ngala said.
K’Ogalo have so far lost key striker Michael Olunga and Meddie Kagere and acquired the services of Rwandan hit-man Jacques Tuyisenge and Kenyan international Jacob Keli.