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Former Gor man Abondo eyes Europe leap after SA move

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Victor Ali Abondo in action during a past Gor Mahia match. He has been handed a two-year contract with PSL side Ajax Cape Town/PHOTO- Timothy Olobulu

Victor Ali Abondo in action during a past Gor Mahia match. He has been handed a two-year contract with PSL side Ajax Cape Town/PHOTO- Timothy Olobulu

CAPE TOWN, April 26 – Finally, after a three month wait, former Gor Mahia midfielder Victor Ali Abondo has sealed his move to the South African Premier Soccer League (PSL), with Ajax Cape Town officially announcing a two-year agreement has been reached.

The midfielder who was part of a three-man Gor attack that terrorised teams in the SportPesa Premier League last season attended trials with the club at the turn of the new year before impressing the club’s technical bench to warrant a contract.

“The 26-year-old midfielder enjoyed a successful training stint with the club earlier this year, which prompted head coach Roger De Sa to make Abondo’s stay in Cape Town permanent. Depending on the approval of his work permit, Abondo could still make his debut appearance in the current season,” The club announced on its website.

With five games to go before the end of the PSL season, Abondo hopes he will get his work permit in time to feature for the 10th placed side.

Speaking to Capital Sport from Cape Town, Abondo says he was excited with the move and added his ultimate goal was to play in Europe, something that has been his dream for long.

“I must thank God because at some point I was worried it might not work out but I kept the faith and finally the prayer was answered. My friends were there for me, encouraging me throughout the journey,” the soft spoken midfielder added.

The midfielder who scored 11 league goals and five in the GOtv Shield last season believes he will make an impact in the PSL and targets to launch himself into a European stint by gaining experience in his first ever outing outside the country.

Abondo celebrates a goal with team mates Meddie Kagere and Michael Olunga. The three made up a deadly attacking trio at Gor/PHOTO-Timothy Olobulu

Abondo celebrates a goal with team mates Meddie Kagere and Michael Olunga. The three made up a deadly attacking trio at Gor/PHOTO-Timothy Olobulu

“It is a great opportunity for me and I am ready to take it with both arms. Ultimately, my goal is to play in Europe and South Africa gives me that platform. I want to work hard and get a place in the starting team, because that is the most important thing,” Abondo opines.

The midfielder is also impressed with the facilities at the club which he terms as the best in Africa and he believes it gives him a conducive environment to tap into his immense talent.

“I believe there’s so much I can achieve and playing at a bigger stage with bigger challenges and better facilities will spur me to success. It is not an easy journey though and that requires me to work extra hard,” he reckoned.

Abondo has a rich CV having won the league title with three different clubs. He started his career at the Sugar belt with Sony in 2006 where he helped them to their maiden and only league title before joining Bandari in 2009.

He later moved to Nairobi joining Tusker FC at the start of the 2010 season and went on to lift the league crown with the Brewers in 2011 then decamped to Gor.

He never enjoyed positives while with K’Ogalo and midway through the 2013 season decided to move back to Tusker. He spent a season and a half with the brewers before his second coming at Gor in 2015 where he enjoyed his best form.

His desire to move to Europe might be fuelled with his new club’s links with Dutch side Ajax Amsterdam who are the majority shareholders at the club.

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