Gor open to former player Ali Hassan Abondo reunion

Gor open to former player Ali Hassan Abondo reunion
Ali Hassan Abondo takes a free-kick against Muhoroni Youth FC during a SPL tie in 2015 [Photo/COURTESY]

Gor Mahia are ready to welcome former player Ali Hassan Abondo who left the club the join South Africa’s Ajax Cape Town following reports that the midfielder is back in the country after a possible union between himself and the South African-based did not mature.

Abondo left Gor in January to undergo trials with Ajax and although the club did not officially confirm signing the player, it was believed that the two had agreed to a deal.

“Abondo is in Kenya but he is not at Gor Mahia. I don’t know much about why he is back in the country; maybe he is on leave or things haven’t gone too well for him in South Africa,” Secretary General for K’Ogalo, Ronald Ngala told Citizen Digital.

“We told Abondo to keep us posted about any contract agreement but he has since not mentioned any such thing. Of course he is free to enter into negotiations with any other club as we let him do that. For now his contract with us is still active so he can join us anytime.”

Ngala added that the club would in no way hold fresh negotiations with the former number ten, saying that Abondo would have to continue with his current contract if a reunion with the 13-time champions does eventually materialize.

“We haven’t communicated since his return. We know he is a good player and his contributions towards the success of our club cannot be under-estimated. We have a new coach which means a new chapter for us so hopefully Ze Maria will like him and we may be able to have his services again,” he added.

Speaking on their poor start to the SportPesa Premier League (SPL), Ngala likened the situation at Gor to that of Chelsea FC, saying it is only normal that big clubs sometimes just have that rocky phase.

“Last year was 2015 now we’re in 2016 so we can’t expect that things will always stay the same. We have a new coach now and we’re happy with our progress so let’s give time and see what more can be achieved,” he stated.

K’Ogalo who have won the last three consecutive league titles are currently ranked eight after an equal number of SPL matches a return of only 11 points and face table-toppers Tusker FC on Saturday for their next league clash.

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