No deal yet; Gor Mahia denounces Otanga reports

Talk that Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions Gor Mahia have sealed a deal for Sony Sugar hotshot Derrick Otanga is untrue, according to the Gor Mahia CEO, Lordvick Aduda.

Otanga had a blistering season with the Millers in 2018/19, netting 13 goals, to finish just seven behind the eventual top scorer Enosh Ochieng, which attracted a number of suitors, among them, Gor Mahia.

Oktay’s interest

Though Aduda stands firm that the club has not made any approach, formal or otherwise, he revealed to Soka that indeed, head coach Hassan Oktay had shown interest in the forward.

The fact that the coach is away after the conclusion of the season, and that the transfer window is not yet open, are among factors that could be standing in the way of a deal for the player, who has also generated interest from KPL returnees Wazito FC.

“The coach did show interest in Otanga; that’s a fact. However, he is not in the country at the moment and he is the one to give us the go-ahead. Furthermore, we do things by the laid down procedure, and we all know the transfer window is not open.

Currently on recess

“This player belongs to Sony Sugar and it is important to say we respect that too. Everybody is currently on recess, so when we come back we shall see where we pick such issues from,” he told Soka.

Upon resumption, Gor Mahia will have top on its agenda the search for a replacement for lead striker Jacques Tuyisenge, who is on his way out after another outstanding season.