Levin Odhiambo: McKinstry tells new signing what to expect at Gor Mahia

Gor Mahia's new signing Levin Odhiambo during training. Photo: Gor Mahia

Levin Odhiambo: McKinstry tells new signing what to expect at Gor Mahia

Joel Omotto 19:46 - 06.04.2024

Gor Mahia coach Johnathan McKinstry has explained what new signing Levin Odhiambo should expect at K’Ogalo, having joined from rivals Tusker FC this week.

Gor Mahia head coach Johnathan McKinstry has told new signing Levin Odhiambo to expect a big fight when he is finally eligible to play for the club.

Odhiambo joined Gor Mahia this week following the end of his contract with Tusker FC last month and will provide competition in the left-back position at the club.

McKinstry has detailed how the club tracked the player before luring him to K’Ogalo, crediting his capture to their decision to plan ahead.

“We give the Executive Committee maybe a list of 10, 12 players whom we want to try and capture over the next 12-18 months, we got some of them in January and there are a few more we have been working on for July,” said McKinstry.

“Levin Odhiambo is someone we thought for July. Yes, we wanted him, we tried to get him in January. We were willing to negotiate with his previous club, we put in an offer and we were expecting a counteroffer from them but they did not want to let him go.

“We knew his contract was ending and it ended last week and he has joined us, we are very pleased and we have been told verbally by the FKF that he is eligible to play for the rest of the season for us in a green shirt.

“We are just waiting for it to be formally confirmed in writing and once we have that formal confirmation, then he becomes available for selection.”

Once he is cleared, Odhiambo will have to fight it out with Geoffrey ‘Simiti’ Ochieng for the left-back position where club captain Philemon Otieno has also been deputising in.

His new coach admits it will be tough to get into the team, hence the need to prove that he deserves an opportunity ahead of the others.

“It is not an easy position to get into the team, Geoffrey Ochieng has been probably one of the KPL players of the year this season so Levin has a big fight on his hands to get minutes when he does become available,” said the Gor Mahia coach.

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