NAIROBI, Kenya, January 14- The Samba touch landed at Gor Mahia in the shape of Giovanni Rodriguez Bissolli, the first ever Brazilian to feature in the country’s domestic league, but the forward will have to prove himself before landing a slot in Croat coach Zradvko Logarusic’s squad.
As he watched excited K’Ogalo fans that thronged City Stadium on Monday dance around him in one of the most rousing welcomes accorded to a new player, Logarusic ran the rule on Rodriguez, declaring he would only complete his signing if he impresses on the pitch at the very next training session.
“I will sign him after when I see him in the game. It’s a good propaganda; it is nice to see when people are moving around, someone is doing a good job about those things.
“Tomorrow when he comes on the field, he has to talk on the field or I will chase him away after the first training. We have stars here and he must be better than Rama (Salim), (Paul) Kiongera, (Dan) Sserunkuma or if he is not better, he must go away.
“I don’t care what the fans say but players for me must talk on the field that is the only place they should talk, it does not matter whether they come from Brazil, Scotland or Zambia. Today, he talked outside the field but we brought him to talk in the field and the judge is Zradvko Logarusic and Logarusic is a tough judge,” the Croat tactician asserted.
The news that Rodriguez had arrived in the country whipped K’Ogalo faithful into frenzy and when he juggled the ball at Gor’s spiritual home, the supporters, most who had abandoned their jobs rose in rancorous cheer.
Although he was not involved in training due to jet lag, the supporters invaded the pitch when the session was over to sing jubilant songs in praise of their club and their new prospect that they hope will fire them to glory on four fronts next season.
“Welcome to the Government,” Jaro Soldier, the most eminent of Gor faithful and self proclaimed Inspector General of the K’Ogalo Defence Force (KDF) told the new 25-year-old forward as they posed for pictures.
“I have watched Gor on television and the support they have from their fans made my decision to come from here. If I was to play in Africa, Gor is the first option to play for.
“I will help Gor win many great trophies and I can play in any position forward. I love it here already but a team is made of 11 players and from what I have seen, they have a good team,” the former AC Milan, Bergatomo, Rio Blanco and Piao FC in the Brazilian first division and most recently, Sheikh Jamal in Bangladesh said.
Rodgriguez is among the six signings made by K’Ogalo ahead of a season they will contest the CAF Confederations Cup, Tusker Premier League (TPL), FKF Cup and TPL Top 8 competitions.
Ugandan Israel Emuge, Nigerian Abbey Natti, Zachary Onyango, Paul Kiongera, Innocent Mutiso and David Otieno are the other additions.
Also receiving a stirring reception was Logarusic himself who ended speculation surrounding his future by committing to the club he led to the FKF Cup and Top 8 titles last season.
“I could not disappoint these people; I did not finish my business. We took two titles and the one we wanted most we did not take. We are here for business, the season is long and for the next ten months, it will be very hard work.
“We must get the right formation but for now, it is to go step by step,” Logarusic who led K’Ogalo to within a point of the TPL title explained.