Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions Gor Mahia are never known to shy away from signing a big name in anticipation of honors and just recently after shipping in Kenyan internationals Jacob Keli and Francis Kahata, the club splashed cash to sign Rwandan international Jacques Tuyisenge.
Tuyisenge cost the club in the region of Kshs 4m and for a club that really struggled financially in the 2015 season, a few questions were raised over the management’s priorities, but the club’s Assistant Secretary General Ronald Ngala has moved to defend the amount paid.
To win titles
Speaking to Soka, Ngala termed the price just right, given the player’s quality and noted that to win titles, clubs have to spend, like it has been the case in the past three seasons as Gor Mahia went on to win three straight league titles.
“I don’t think 4 million is a bad investment on him. People tend to talk so much about the price and forget about how much was paid for Baba Kizito or (Godfrey) Walusimbi or (Meddie) Kagere; it was a lot. When you want to have a winning side you must be ready to spend and that is what we are doing,” he said.
Unavailable for CAF duty
Another argument against the transfer fee paid would be why pay so much for a player who will not be eligible for the club in the CAF Champions League? But Ngala believes he will have a big impact at the team in the other competitions he will be eligible.
He further stated that the club is targeting to advance to the group stages in the Champions League where the player will be registered.
“We will not have him for CAF but I think he will be really helpful in the other competitions.
“The price does not matter so much because we have the league, GOtv Shield, Top 8 and CECAFA for him to play. Those are many tournaments for him and we are planning to go up to the group stage where he will be eligible to play. I believe he will have a big impact,” he added.
Ngala also backed the other big name new boys Keli and Kahata to do well in the season. Keli has already scored for the team, against St. George of Ethiopia in a pre season friendly match and Kahata is reported to have had a good game too on his debut against the same team and Ngala was full of praise for them.
“The team that went to Ethiopia did well and they give us a lot of confidence going into the new season.
“Keli has already scored a goal for Gor Mahia; he has started well, and Kahata, though I was not there I am told he played a very good pivotal role in the midfield and now we are waiting for Tuyisenge,” he noted.
Gor Mahia is scheduled to play in another tournament in Sudan – the Red Sea Invitational tournament, which will serve as good preparation for the coming season.