Gor to conclude Tuyisenge transfer today

Glamour club Gor Mahia are expected to conclude the transfer of talisman Jacques Tuyisenge to Angolan powerhouse Petro Atletico today.

Citizen Digital has authoritatively learnt that a high-level club executive meeting is currently underway in Nairobi, whose aim is to rubber-stamp the move.

Gor have an offer of Sh15 million from the oil-rich Angolan giants for the striker and wants to cash in on Tuyisenge who still has eight months left on his contract

Asked as to whether the business could conclude today, Gor boss Ambrose Rachier said:  “There is a meeting which is ongoing. I’m inclined to release. If you call me in the next three hours you’ll have a firm answer.

 Citizen Digital has also learnt that Gor’s executive led by Rachier met with the technical bench led by coach Hassan Oktay from mid-morning Monday where several issues among them players to be released was discussed but Rachier skirted the matter.

Play-maker Francis Kahata, skipper Hraon Shakava and Philemon Otieno are among the players who are expected to head for the exit door.

Meanwhile departing Tuyisenge said he will carry Gor Mahia in his heart wherever he goes and promised that the close connection he has with the club and its supporters will continue should he leave at the end of the season.

Wednesday’s Kenyan Premier League match against Mathare United could be the Rwandese’ final game for Gor after three years in which he established himself as a modern era legend at the club.

Speaking in Machakos where Tuyisenge wore all three league medals he has won at the club since 2016, Tuyisenge underlined his ongoing passion and love for Gor and paid special tribute to the K’Ogalo faithful.

“Gor will be a part of me and I will carry my love for the club in my heart forever.  It’s difficult to show another person what is inside your own heart but I know how deeply I feel connected to this club.
“There’s almost always a trophy at the end of the season for any player that comes here and these medals will always mean so much to me. I’m so happy because I got to win three leagues in a row so that’s special.

“I have to say this season has been the hardest because we’ve played so many matches within a short time and looking back it’s incredible how we managed it,” Tuyisenege said.

‘Go for the Money’

Tuyisenge will leave Gor having scored 58 goals and endeared himself in the hearts of every Gor fan, with his charisma on the pitch serving as a true example of what it means to represent the country’s most successful club.

“One thing I can say about Gor is that it has people that understand that in football players come and go and for them to finding my replacement cannot be a difficult task. This club has seen some of the biggest talents and many more will come through.”

During his time at K’Ogalo, Tuyisenge proved to be a dependable forward with his pairing with compatriot Meddie Kagere – who moved to Simba SC last year – counting for one of most prolific partnerships the KPL has ever seen.

Yet he has had his own struggles with injury and a persistent knee problem that almost threatened to end his playing career.

In October 2016, Tuyisenge famously went to his knees and wept after scoring the winner in their 2-1 victory over Mathare United with tears underscoring his inner struggle after he had endured a long goal drought and spells on the sidelines due to injury.

A true big game player, Tuyisenge shone even brighter on the big occasions, scoring Gor’s lone goal during their landmark clash against English Premier League side Everton FC and his sharpness in goal cutting deeper on the continental stage.

He has been used sparingly in the KPL but his four goals in this year’s CAF Confederation Cup make him the club’s top scorer in the competition during a campaign in which Gor achieved their best ever finish.

“Every time I enter the pitch and hear the fans voice their support it gives me so much motivation. And I know they come to be entertained so I always tried to give them that. I want to thank them because they came with us wherever we went to.”

A few fans that gathered for a round selfie sessions with their favourite player thanked him for his service and advised him to ‘go for the money’.

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