Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Premier League champions Gor Mahia have explained why their lead striker Benson Omalla will not move to Algerian outfit JS Saoura.
Omalla was scheduled to sign for the North Africans giants until the of the season after the two clubs had agreed on the short-term transfer but the deal hit a snag owing to the timing and logistical problems.
Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier, however, absolved the club from reports that they were to blame for the transfer failing to materialise insisting as a club they did all what was required to help Omalla join Saoura.
“We signed everything for Omalla when they came asking we release him, his agent and his dad were the once, who requested us to help the player leave and we did exactly that, we signed everything as required,” said Rachier, adding: “As a club we did the needful for Omalla to leave.”
According to Rachier, the two parties had already agreed that Gor Mahia will pocket USD2000 (approximately Ksh3.2million) from the deal while Omalla was entitled to a full furnished house, a car and Ksh1.8million salary while at the club.
Omalla’s delay to travel forced Saoura to swiftly replace him with the Republic of Congo international Carl Wunda Ngana hence ending any holes of the Harambee Stars striker joining the club.
Late last year, reports emerged that Algerian club USM Alger were on the verge of signing the former Western Stima player but Gor Mahia later came out to deny the allegations claiming they had not received an offers for the striker.
Omalla will now be relied upon to help Gor Mahia lift their 21st league title as they are currently topping the table with 43 points, seven more than second-placed Bandari.