Kagame Cup: Why Gor Mahia Players are Dominating Tanzania Headlines

After rumours broke out that a number of Tanzanian clubs were queuing with multi-million shilling offers for young Gor Mahia forward Michael Olunga, Tanzania press are now linking two more Kogalo players with a move to the Tanzania Premier League.

Gor Mahia players have stepped up to the plate during this year’s edition of the Cecafa Kagame Cup and secured passage to the semifinals on Tuesday with a 2-1 win over Malakia at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Sold themselves well

From goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch who made a heroic penalty save in the opening match, to midfielder Khalid Aucho who has been one of the best holding midfielders in the competition, to Olunga, joint top scorer and a sure candidate for the player of the tournament gong, Gor Mahia players have not only put the team to the semis; they have also sold themselves well, and to the highest bidder.

Great individual performances have been knitted to perfection with the spirit of collectivism. Discipline on and off the pitch has been given precedence, dressing room problems, if any, have been tossed in the bin bags of oblivion. A calm and collected coach, Frank Nuttall and his assistant, Bobby Ogolla, a club legend have been accorded the respect they need to help the team triumph, or in the least, get close to doing so.

Thus, it shouldn’t be a surprise that some of the region’s best clubs, (a claim that Gor Mahia can also hold to) have taken note.

They should, if not, MUST.

Olunga was reportedly offered Tsh. 80 million (Ksh. 3.8 million) by Yanga who are looking for a replacement for their Liberian forward Kpah Sherman who is reportedly close to joining South African PSL side Mpumalanga Black Aces.

Aucho wanted

According to another Tanzanian Swahili newspaper, midfielder Khalid Aucho is another Gor Mahia player who is being scouted Yanga, the Tanzania Premier League champions. Aucho who has played all but one of Gor Mahia’s five games in the competition has reportedly impressed Yanga with his ‘expertise in tackling, good passing and ability to beat his markers’.

Not to be left behind, Kogalo’s goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch is being linked with a move to sworn Yanga rivals Simba. According to media reports in Dar, Chairman for Simba’s recruitment committee, Zakaria Hans Poppe, was quoted saying the club’s honchos have given directives for Oluoch’s performance at Kagame Cup to be monitored.

Oluoch to join Mapunda

“We have watched Oluoch between the posts for three to four games. It’s hard to establish how good he is in the few games so the recruitment committee has been given more time to watch his performances in the remaining matches,” Poppe said.

Simba already have former Gor Mahia keeper Ivo Mapunda who left for home after failing to dislodge then Gor No. 1 keeper Jerim Onyango, something that Oluoch has done.

With the back-to-back Kenya Premier League champions set to battle Al Khartoum in the semifinals, Kogalo players will once again be subjected to scrutiny from various scouts who believe, rightly or wrongly, that they are bigger than the so christened Sirkal (the Government).

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