NAIROBI, Kenya, July 7- Gor Mahia’s top scorer Jacques Tuyisenge believes he can form one of the most lethal striking partnership with Ugandan-born Rwandese forward Meddie Kagere who returns to the team after six months out of action.
Kagere left Gor at the end of last season owing to a disagreement over a sign-on-fee package but has been unable to secure a move elsewhere, leaving him to train with his former side APR FC in Rwanda.
Tuyisenge and Kagere were team mates at Police FC during the sunrise days of the latter’s career and he is convinced it will not be a problem forming a lethal forward line that will drive Gor to a record 16th Kenyan Premier League crown.
“I know Meddie for long because when I was starting off we played together at Police. He is an experienced striker and I believe if the coach decides to play both of us, we can do great things,” Tuyisenge, who has eight goals to his credit in the league this season, told Capital Sport.
Kagere has been training with Gor for the past two weeks and has played part in two friendly matches, putting him ready for selection when K’Ogalo face Kakamega Homeboyz this weekend in Kisumu.
The striker wasn’t able to play last weekend in Thika as he was yet to acquire a work permit but with that sorted he is set to earn a place this weekend.
“I am very happy to be back because Gor is like home to me and the fans, players and officials have welcomed me. I am feeling ready to get back to the pitch and do what I do best, scoring goals. I know it will be difficult because I have stayed for six months without competitive football,” Kagere told Capital Sport on Thursday afternoon after scoring and providing an assist as Gor demolished fourth tier side Butterfly FC 4-0 in a friendly match.
“I have played in two friendly matches and I feel I am ready and if given a chance, I will do my talking on the pitch. I want to do better than I did last year and repay the faith Gor has shown to bring me back,” Kagere stated.
-Thiago da Silva-
Gor’s Brazilian import Thiago da Silva scored twice with Baron Oketch having the final touch of Jacob Keli’s shot to tap in Gor’s fourth.
In the recently closed transfer window, Kagere was preferred in favour of the Brazilian brought in by head coach Jose Marcelo Ferreira and Capital Sport has learnt Da Silva had not yet adapted to the Kenyan game.
“We saw that Meddie had been here before and knows the league well and therefore, it would take him less time to adapt. Thiago is still here with us, training and daily he is getting better. Hopefully, next season he will start playing in the league,” coach Ferreira affirmed.
The tactician is eagerly waiting to see Kagere’s input to the team, having scored 24 goals in all competitions last season for Gor.
He scored 13 in the league, five in the KPL Top 8, four in the GOtv Shield and two in the CECAFA Kagame Cup.
“He is a good player and of course with the history he has in this team, he can do well. Jack (Tuyisenge) is in good form and if the two can have a good partnership, then I think we will do well. I believe he will be in the team this weekend and so let’s see what he has to offer for us,” the coach nicknamed ‘Ze Maria’ said.
In the final stretch of the season, Marcelo will have a huge field to select his best from with the team seeing arrivals of former Harambee Stars Under-20 midfielder Anthony ‘Baggio’ Mbugua who had a short stint in Israel with Hapoel Tel Aviv as well as former Finnish based midfielder Crispin Odula.
Marcelo though says the two are not ready yet to play but in the next three weeks they might be able to get playing time.
Odula, who returned home after a stint with AC Oulu in Finland, says he is working hard as he awaits the processing of his International Transfer Certificate (ITC) and hopes to gather some playing time.
“I had family problems which forced me to come back home then my contract ended. By the time we were getting back to negotiations the window was closed and so I chose to come back home. Gor gave me a platform and hopefully I can work hard enough to get playing time,” he said.