The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Giovanni a Victim of Politics, Say Agent

Brazilian Giovanni Rodriguez is the victim of the power play between Gor Mahia's executive committee and coach Zdravko Logarusic, the player's agent Bernarrd Opondo has claimed.

Opondo said contrary to what has been reported in sections of the media to the effect the player was homesick and had issues to solve back home in Brazil. the truth was very different.

"It is very sad that someone can go to the extent of lying about a player to achieve his aims. Giovanni is not homesick at all. He is staying with me and he has no problems. All he wants to do is to be given a chance to play football," Opondo said.

On Wednesday, Logarusic was reported to have said he had had enough of the Brazilian. Other reports suggested Giovanni had already flown back to Brazil but Opondo said the player had a two year contract and he was going to do his best to see it out.

"Giovannis's problem has never been about the weight. They knew his condition when they offered him a two year contract. The player himself has already lost six kilogrammes in the last ten days to weigh in at 82 kilos" Opondo explained.

"The main problem is that the coach was away when the team was doing their pre season recruitment. Even the players that were brought in June last year like Oscar Mbugu were sent packing without being given a chance to show what they could do," he added.

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