Gor Mahia’s Omala keeping his options open amidst interest from South African giants

FOOTBALL Gor Mahia’s Omala keeping his options open amidst interest from South African giants

Mark Kinyanjui 16:00 - 26.07.2023

The striker would not mind a move abroad if an acceptable offer arrives

Benson Omala has revealed that he is open to leaving Gor Mahia despite having a running contract with the Green Army.

Omala was virtually unstoppable with his goalscoring as he helped the club deliver a historic 20th league title in June, thus helping the club initially qualify for the CAF Champions League this season.

However, Gor were stripped of their license after failing to pay some of their former players on time, leaving them with no continental football to look forward to. 

This has left the club in a vulnerable state, with key players leaving the club in search of greener pastures upon the expiry of their contracts, with Peter Lwasa and Dennis Ng’ang’a among those that have left so far.

In March, reports emerged linking Omala to Orlando Pirates, but they have since cooled down.

With Omala determined to test his goalscoring exploits in tougher leagues, he has revealed that he is open to leaving the club should it accept a good bid.

“I still have a running contract at Gor Mahia,” Omalla said, adding: “But if a good offer comes in, the clubs that are interested (in me) can come to my club and we can make a deal.”

Omala, however, maintains that he is happy to go again at the club next season should a move fail to materialise.

“It was wonderful season. I have been scoring goals right from the start of the season, but injuries affected me a little. But I finished the league strongly and hopefully, we can start from next year.

“As a striker, you just need to believe in yourself. Scoring goals is all that matters and as a forward, you need to score in order to help your team win.”

Gor chairman Ambrose Rachier has revealed that the club will not stand in the player’s way should he decide to leave.

“As of now, I cannot say much about him joining a South African team or interest from there because we have not received any approach as a team," said Rachier.

“We first give a chance to the player and his agent to look up into it and if there is need, they approach us. It is like a tripartite relationship.

“If there is an opportunity for him to move, we will not stand in his way. We believe in giving players a chance to advance their careers.”