Muguna does not want out, he’s committed to Gor: Ngala

Gor Mahia have refuted claims that senior members of the squad wants out due to unpaid salaries.

Club deputy secretary general Ronald Ngala says they have only received a release request letter from former Western Stima defender Maurice Ojwang citing personal reasons for his action, and not from club stalwart Kenneth Muguna.

 Muguna had reportedly written to Gor asking to be released for non payment of salaries but Ngala has scoffed at the claims.

“We also read that(claims of wanting to leave) on social media and we have contacted Muguna himself and he has refuted those claims. As far as we are concerned, Muguna is still our player and captain,’’explained Ngala.

When contacted, Muguna declined to talk on the matter noting that it’s the prerogative of his agent to tackle such issues.

‘’I cant take that interview. Only my agent can talk about it,’’ he said curtly before hanging up.

The captain was absent in last weekend’s 2-0 win over Bandari in Mombasa.

At the beginning of last month, Muguna alongside vice-captain Joash Onyango skipped training for close to two weeks due to what was considered non-payment of salaries.

Ebrima Sanneh (L) of Kariobangi Sharks FC goes for aerial ball with Joash Onyango of Gor Mahia FC during their Kenyan Premier League (KPL) match at the Kenyatta stadium in Machakos on February 25, 2018. Photo/Stafford Ondego/Sportpicha

At that time, club chair Ambrose Rachier admitted that Gor was weak  financially and players’ salaries had not been paid for two months.

Ngala however admitted receiving release request from former Western Stima centre back Maurice Ojwang and are considering his request before a decision is made. The club boss says Ojwang cited personal reasons for his action.

Ever since Ojwang joined Gor at the beginning of the season, he has not been a frequent starter in the team perhaps owing to packed talent in Gor’s defence.

“Ojwang told us in his letter that he is not comfortable staying away from his family in Kisumu. That was his major reason for requesting to exit the club. We are yet to give him our thought since he has a contract with us,’’ Ngala added.

Meanwhile Gor Mahia have 30 days to pay the fine imposed on them by CAF following crowd trouble on October 27 during a CAF Confederation match against Congolese DC Motema Pembe.

Ngala says they had no grounds for appeal hence working on ways of making the payment within the stipulated time.