Gor Mahia’s Midfield Maestro Signs With Aspire

After attracting interest from South African PL side Black Leopards, Gor Mahia and Kenya defender Philemon Omondi Otieno has signed with global football talent agency Aspire Management.

The 26-year-old impressed for K’Ogalo during their title-winning campaign, and has recently been linked with a move to the South African PSL.

It is understood that Otieno has been signed by Aspire as part of the agency’s expansion into the African market

Aspire, which was founded by registered intermediary Greg Keenan in 1996, represent sportsmen across the world and also advises football clubs seeking international investment.

Nigerian starlet Funsho Bamgboye is another African talent on the agency’s books.

Otieno, who has recently been used by Gor and Kenya as a right-back despite making his name as a defensive midfielder, was also linked with a move to Tanzanian giants Simba SC earlier this month.

He’s represented the Harambee Stars five times in 2018, notably excelling as Sebastien Migne’s side closed in on Africa Cup of Nations qualification.

Otieno signed for Gor from Ushuru FC in January 2017, and represented the 17-time Kenyan champions in the CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup in 2018.

Meanwhile, Gor midfielder Francis Kahata will reportedly fetch Sh8m if he signs for USM-Algiers.

The former Thika United player is now being linked with a move to the Algerian club, just a week after it emerged that Black Leopards of South Africa, were also interested for his services.

Sources have revealed that Gor Mahia will receive Sh8million should the transfer sail through.

“The Algerian club is willing to pay Sh8m if both parties agree for the player to switch clubs.”

Gor Mahia are also in the process of losing striker Jacques Tuyisenge to either Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa or TP Mazembe of Congo. The players’ agent, Jean Karekezi on Saturday said that the transfer could be sealed before the end of next week.

“I think he (Tuyisenge) has outgrown playing in KPL right now. He’s the best striker in Kenya currently and he should move to another league to prove that he’s among the top players in the continent.

“We already have two offers in South Africa and Congo and we will have to settle for one, possibly by the end of next week. If big teams like TP Mazembe and Sundowns want you, you have got to listen to them.”

Gor Mahia are set to host Nyasa Big Bullets in a Caf Champions League match on November 28 but if the deal goes through, then this could be the last time that K’Ogalo fans will have a chance to watch the club’s top scorer.

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