Muguna uncertain of K’Ogalo future after coronavirus pandemic

Friday, April 17th, 2020 00:00 |
Kenneth Muguna celebrates after scoring a goal for Gor Mahia in a Kenyan Premier League match at Kasarani. Photo/PD/DAVID NDOLO

Gor Mahia captain Kenneth Muguna has given a strong hint that he may not be renewing his contract with the defending champions if a right deal comes through.

The highly rated 24-year-old international midfielder, who won the 2017 season Kenyan Premier League Player of the Year Award while at Western Stima on his debut season, has told People Sports in an exclusive interview, hinted of parting ways with the record league champions, despite the fact that he had 18 months remaining on his contract.

“I cannot say about tomorrow because I have 18 months left on my contract with the club.

However, when something comes up and it is good enough, we will consider it as long as due process transpires.

For now it is a wait and see approach as we weigh options because so far three clubs have shown interest, so we are just waiting for the right time,” said Muguna.

The former Division One player with Palos FC in Kisumu, has rapidly rose among the ranks that has seen him have two successful stints with local giants Gor Mahia after he briefly moved to FK Tirana in Albania and currently enjoys constant call-ups to the national team Harambee Stars.

Muguna believes every player is looking to prosper and therefore it is no surprise when players are always linked with big money moves.

“This is our job as players and so we will always be knocking on doors. As long as the pocket is right, players will get motivated to play.

At the end of the day, the right environment will be the driving force behind a player’s performance.

After all, we have mouths to feed,” added the lanky midfield dynamo who has had a stellar campaign with the Kenyan league heavyweights.” 

He believes clubs and the league management should work harder in ensuring player welfare is catered for.

“We cannot ask for so much, we are only interested in our rights. Clubs can do better because all employees deserve to be treated with respect,” he said refuting claims he was antagonising anybody.

Coveted player

He called on his club bosses to pay more attention to the player interests. “I do not think players cannot eat promises because they have bills to pay.

We have had discussions with the chairman but it is evident the players are desperate.”

Though he  was not clear on the sides that are ready to break the bank for his signature, the former Western Stima player is believed to most probably be headed to the Zambian or South African leagues.

Already his former team-mates at Gor Mahia and FK Tirana, Musa Mohammed and Harun Shakava have found their way to Zambia giants Nkana FC and they may easily convince him to join them there.

He is one of the most coveted players of his generation but believes his biggest strength is confidence and the urge to succeed.

“I picked my valuable lessons from one of the coaches I admire, the late Henry Omino who mentored me in my first years of Premiership football.

From then on it has been about perfecting my game,” added Muguna, who was named captain of the 17 times league champions, in the beginning of this 2019/20 season.

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