BY STEVE AYOO
Gor Mahia’s multiple Kenyan Premier League title winner Harun Shakava is in a catch 22 situation as his contract at the club runs down and interest on his services pile up.
The 25-year-old centerback has been in Gor Mahia’s books since he turned 18 and ditched youth club Kakamega Homeboyz to embark on a journey that has made him one of the most decorated players in Kenyan club football history.
Appointed captain in January 2018, ‘Shakes’ has lifted the league title twice, adding to the three he already had under the captaincy of Musa Mohammed.
It seems, however, that his long-standing and successful relationship with the club is headed to a crescendo.
He has three options on his hands.
The first and more readily available option is to negotiate and sign a contract extension with Gor Mahia as his current contract is due to elapse before the new season beds in.
The other two options involve moves elsewhere.
Fourfourtwo can reveal that Shakava has been approached by two Zambian clubs who are interested in a deal. Although details remain scanty, Buildcon are believed to have registered a strong interest while Nkana FC could also be keen on reigniting the Shakava-Musa partnership that led Gor to an unbeaten league season in 2017.
The home option
Should Shakava opt to stay at home but without renewing his Gor contract, promoted Wazito FC are believed to be ready and willing to make him one of the highest paid players in the club, and in hindsight, in the league.
The topflight returnees have been the busiest club in the close season transfer window and have signed almost half a lineup, and there are no signs of stopping.
With cash not even close to being a problem, the Badoer Investments-owned side are splashing the cash in such a manner that ardent twilight employees along Koinange Street might soon find gracing a Wazito match a more lucrative adventure.
Despite only making their topflight return, Wazito’s deep pockets can’t be matched by any club, a lesson that Gor Mahia, with all their prestige and stature, learnt after the promoted side beat them to the signing of Sony Sugar ace Derrick Otanga.
And while Gor Mahia may offer the aforementioned prestige and promise of continental football, the money in China (read Wazito) may just be too good to turn down.