NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 14 – Tanzanian league champions Simba SC have completed the signing of Kenyan international Joash Onyango from Gor Mahia FC.
The tough-tackling sweeper, nicknamed the ‘Berlin Wall’ by Gor faithful arrived in Tanzania yesterday and inked his contract with the Wekundu wa Msimbazi on Friday.
Onyango had made it clear with Gor that he was not going to extend his contract due to non-payment of salary arrears and once the club failed to meet their financial obligations, the defender listened to the offer on the table.
He loved the offer on the table and penned a two-year deal.
“I am happy to have made this important step in my career to join Simba. It is a huge challenge and I am ready for it. I want to thank God for giving me the opportunity to play there for the last few years and I wish the club all the best in the coming season,” Joash told Capital Sport after penning the deal.
He becomes yet another former Gor Mahia player to move to the Tanzanian side after Francis Kahata, Meddie Kagere, Danny Sserunkuma and Raphael Mungai Kiongera.
Gor have meanwhile lost another key player with keeper Fredrick Odhiambo, winger Boniface Omondi having joined Wazito FC. Skipper Kenneth Muguna is also said to be on his way out of the club.
Simba picked on Joash after being impressed with his performance when Kenya played Tanzania in the qualifiers of the African nations Championship (CHAN) last year July and have been tracking him since then.
Onyango shot to the limelight when he put up a superb performance for the Harambee Stars in their match against Ghana in the qualifiers for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) despite being shown a red card in the second half.
He joined Gor Mahia from Western Stima in 2017 and despite seeing limited playing time in the first season ended up being a rock pillar of the back four.