Shakava: Why I won’t renew my contract with Gor


Shakava: Why I won't renew my contract with Gor
Posta Rangers players deservedly mounted a guard of honour for their Gor Mahia counterparts before kick off.PHOTO/Stafford Ondego/ Sportpicha/Citizen

In Summary

  • Shakava who is widely linked with a move to Wazito and Tanzanian side Yanga says he will however leave if any team interested in his services agrees terms with Gor Mahia before his contract expires.
  •  Shakava joined Gor Mahia early Monday in their first training session since they were eliminated from the CECAFA Kagame Cup at the quarter finals in Rwanda.

Gor Mahia captain Harun Shakava has dispelled rumours that he’s parted company with the record KPL champions and is headed to another club saying he will honour his contract with the champions but bolt out upon its expiry.

Shakava who is widely linked with a move to Wazito and Tanzanian side Yanga says he will however leave if any team interested in his services agrees terms with Gor Mahia before his contract expires.

“The fact that a number of teams are interested in my services does not mean I have ditched Gor Mahia. I am still a Gor Mahia player and still have a contract that runs to December this year,’’said Shakava.

Speculation has swirled regarding the centre-half’s future at K’Ogalo after the infamous trip to Berkane, Morocco for the CAF -Confederations Cup quarter final match with reports citing him as one of the players targeted for the purge by the club’s executive on incitement claims.

Others were play maker Francis Kahata who has since parted company with the KPL giants having run down his contract. Kahata joined Tanzanian powerhouse Simba slightly over a week ago.

Shakava at the same time admitted that a number of local and foreign teams are interested in his services including KPL comeback team Wazito FC, Tanzanian powerhouse Yanga SC, and a number of teams in Zambia which he declined to mention.

The towering defender has however made it clear that upon the expiry of his contract with K’Ógalo, he will not pen a new deal but will look for options elsewhere.

“It is my own decision to quit the club at the end of my contract and I will not pen a new deal with Gor. No one has compelled me to take this action but it is my personal decision to look for other options elsewhere,’’ he said.

Shakava joined K’Ogalo early Monday in a training session, the first since they were eliminated from the CECAFA Kagame Cup at the quarter finals in Rwanda.

 

Meanwhile Gor Mahia CEO Lordvic Aduda has stated that they may beef up their squad ahead of the CAF Champions League depending on the outcome of the technical meeting with the head coach.

“He was with the boys in Rwanda for CECAFA Kagame Cup and he knows what he wants in the team. We shall listen to him and our able office will implement his recommendations in case he wants more players,’’ explained Aduda.

The long serving CEO said the transfer window is still on and nothing can stop them from signing more players should need arise .

Gor Mahia will kick off their continental campaign against Burundi’s Aigle Noire on August 9 in Bujumbura before playing the return leg in Nairobi a fortnight later.

The winner of this tie will meet the winner between Niger’s AS Sonidep and Algeria’s USM Alger who denied Gor Mahia a berth to the Champions League group stage slot  last year after a 2-1 win in Algiers  in their second leg.

The team that will lose at this stage will drop to the CAF Confederations playoffs with the winner advancing to the Confederations Cup group stage.

Bandari, Kenya’s representatives to the CAF Confederations Cup, meanwhile, will open their continental campaign against Al Ahly Shandy of Sudan.

“As you have noticed Gor Mahia has kept making a step ahead. Last year we reached the CAF Confederations quarter finals and God willing this time we shall go beyond that stage,’’ added Aduda.

Gor Mahia has lost a number of dependable players from last term’s squad including lead striker, Rwandan Jacques Tuyisenge who decamped to Angola’s Petro Atletico while Francis Kahata joined his former team mate and danger man Meddie Kagere at Simba SC in Tanzania.

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