NAIROBI, Kenya, January 7 – After formally signing a one-year contract extension, Gor Mahia head coach Frank Nuttall has been tasked to structure a formidable team that will reach the group stage of the CAF Champions League.
Club assistant Secretary General, Ronald Ngala told Capital Sport they have finalised the deal with the Scotsman who arrived Wednesday from a six-week holiday.
“We had already done 80 percent as far as Nuttall’s contract is concerned. What was remaining is the bonuses which we agreed to pay him once he retains the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) title.
“We have given him a target of forming a strong team that will reach the group stage of the African Champions League, defend the KPL, better performance in Cecafa Club Championship and win any domestic Cup,” Ngala told.
Gor are expected to complete their transfer today with the assistant Secretary General saying talks with midfielders Khalid Aucho from Tusker FC, Coastal Union’s Jerry Santos and Burundi international Pierre Kwizera are at an advanced stage.
“We want to finish all the signings today (Wednesday). We are about to a seal deal with Kwizera who is in the country as well as Aucho. We have already completed with Santos and we are waiting for his International Transfer Certificate from Tanzanian side Coastal Union,” Ngala added.
The trio will join Ugandans Augustine Walusimbi, Farouk Ssentongo, Ghanaian Farouk Taofiq, Liberian defender Dikir Glay, keeper Boniface Oluoch, Ronald Omino, Ali Abondo, Michael Olunga, David Magoma, Zachary Taofiq, Martin Werunga and Ernest Wendo.
Ngala declared left back Godfrey Walusimbi is not leaving the club as reported by a Zambian media.
“Nobody can touch Walusimbi. The price we might put on him will not be possible for any team to sign him because he has two year contract left with Gor so the matter purely lies on the club.
“His agent is very understating he might extend the deal.”
K’Ogalo who are set to add four names to their 18-man CAF Champions League provisional squad will be seeking to improve on their last season outing where they were eliminated in the second round by Tunisian giants Esperance.
The record 14-time KPL champions have gone past the group stage twice, in 1969 and 92 when they reached the quarter-finals.
Gor has lost the services of influential midfielder Geoffrey Kizito, talisman Dan Sserunkuma and defender David ‘Calabar’ Owino while forward Patrick Oboya, Charles Bruno, Kennedy Ayong, Ian Niva, Simon Mburu and Angelo Okumu were dropped.