2 January 2013

Kenya: Race Against Time

Gor Mahia are racing against time to convince experienced midfielder Moses Odhiambo to remain at the club as his contact nears its end.

Odhiambo, an integral member of the Kogallo team that finished second in the Kenya Premier League, has a contract with the club that ends on Friday and club officials Ronald Ngala revealed they are keen to keep the player.

"Moses has said before that he wants to remain at the club and we also want him to stick with us. We believe he will sign a new contract with us when his term ends," said Ngala.

Rumours have been rife that the player is on the verge of leaving the club he has served for the last three years after the failure by the club bosses to extend his term for a while longer. The dread-locked vice captain was a fixture in Kogallo's line up for most of the matches last season. He is seen as the man capable of holding the group of talented but relatively inexperienced Gor team going into he next season, where the club are yet again expected to battle for honours both at home and in the CAF Continental Cup.

Gor resume pre-season training tomorrow under assistant coach John Bobby Ogolla with their head coach Zdravko Logarusic not expected back until the end of next week.

Meanwhile, former under 20 international Emmanuel Tostao is primed for a move to Mathare United after being relieved by his former club AFC Leopards. Tostao revealed that the slum boys, newly promoted KPL side, Kakamega Homeboyz and KCB have shown interest in his services and he will decide his next destination in the 'next few weeks'

"I have had several offers but right now I will be training with Mathare and see how things turn out before the new season kicks off," said the 19- year-old.

Tostao's career at Leopards was blighted by injuries but he hoped to be injury free to rediscover the form that made him one of the hottest prospects in the local scene in 2009.

Elsewhere, Makadara football club humiliated their perennial rivals Wanyuki 3-1 to be crowned the winners of Salim Thenge inaugural tournament at Makadara playing ground in Mombasa.

The winners of the month-long tournament eliminated their opponents on penalty shoot out after both teams played to a 1-1 during the normal time. The champions opened the scoring through Ali Rashid in the 33rd minute while Alwy Swaleh equalised for his team barely five minutes later.

On the way to final, Makadara mauled little known South Star team 6-0 Wanyuki stung Everton 4-3 in a penalty shoot-out after both teams tied at 1-1. The tournament sponsored by Mvita parliamentary aspirant Ahmed Salim Mohammed Thenge attracted 16 teams.

Speaking at the awarding ceremony Thenge called politicians to emulate the sports spirit where losers concede defeat and display no hatred for each other after the game.

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