Gor boss Pollack eager to keep Phil Otieno


Gor boss Pollack eager to keep Phil Otieno
FILE: Gor Mahia's captain Philemon Otieno controls the ball during their Kenyan Premier League match against Nakumatt FC at the Kenyatta stadium in Machakos on August 04, 2018. The match ended 2-2. (PHOTO/Stafford Ondego/Sportpicha)

In Summary

  • Gor Mahia FC head coach Steve Pollack says he is keen to retain Philemon Otieno whose contract with the Kenyan Premier League champions runs out at the end of this month
  • Otieno has been on the sidelines since August last year when he sustained a ligament injury, only resuming training this week and Pollack says he wants to keep the defender beyond his contract expiry

Gor Mahia FC head coach Steve Pollack says he is keen to retain Philemon Otieno whose contract with the Kenyan Premier League champions runs out at the end of this month.

Otieno has been on the sidelines since August last year when he sustained a ligament injury, only resuming training this week and Pollack says he wants to keep the defender beyond his contract expiry.

“Sure, Philemon is part of my plan for next season, if not this season. I will ensure he stays in the team,” Pollack told Citizen Digital. 

Otieno’s injury was the source of a bitter tussle between Gor and Football Kenya Federation as both parties tossed responsibility of treating the player over to the other.

Gor claimed Otieno injury was sustained during international assignment and it was thus FKF’s mandate to treat him while the federation alleged the 27-year-old had arrived for duty already carrying the knock.

He only underwent the correctional surgery in October last year thanks in large part to well-wishers, including fellow players.

Pollack evaded questions on the situation of Ugandan left back Shafique Batambuze,who has been out of action for close to five months and has struggled to regain fitness after injury.

The Briton added he hopes to find a suitable replacement for Tobias Otieno who moved to American side Union Omaha with the club having already completed deals for Juma Balinya from Yanga SC and Ghanian John Owusu.

“I have a number of good players and I need to assess the new signings before I can decide on whether they will make the first eleven. They just signed with us the other day,” Pollack said.

With two matches at hand, Gor sit third on the KPL standings behind leaders Tusker FC and Kakamega Homeboyz.

Gor next play coastal side Bandari at Afraha Stadium in Nakuru this Saturday.

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