What does the future hold for George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo at Gor Mahia?
Once seen as the future of Kenyan football and one of the youngsters to watch, Blackberry has recently struggled to replicate the form that even saw him make a move to Europe.
Last season saw the fleet-footed winger only make five league starts for Gor Mahia, a clear indication that his time at the Club might be as good as over.
His contract has since ran out with the 27-year-old now waiting for a final word from Gor Mahia on whether he will play for them next season or not.
Gor Mahia are yet to table any offer to Blackberry, a man who was once a darling of the Kogallo fans.
He has also not got offers from any KPL club. This is a major concern for the winger who might end up without a club even as the deadline for the transfer window approaches.
It is also worth noting that Blackberry did not make it to the list of released players by Gor Mahia. Should this give him any hopes of being at the Club next season?
Gor Mahia confirmed the release of Castro Ogendo, Erisa Ssekisambu, Pascal Ogweno, Cercidy Okeyo and Shaban Odhoji.
According to Gor Mahia’s CEO Omondi Aduda, Head coach Hassan Oktay will have the final say on Blackberry’s future.
Coach Oktay landed in Nairobi yesterday with the Kogallo squad after their CECAFA Kagame Cup Assignment in Rwanda where they were bundled out in the Quarterfinals after a 2-1 loss at the hands of the Green Eagles from Zambia.
Blackberry was not part of the team after he failed to make the cut to the travelling squad to Rwanda.
“He does not have a running contract and his performance dipped so steeply last season that he was relegated to a bit-part player. We did not release him because we want the coach to state if he needs him or not before we make a decision,” said Aduda as quoted by the People Sport.
Meanwhile, Blackberry has got his fingers crossed as he hopes that Gor Mahia will offer him a new contract.
He is currently training at Camp Toyoyo as he aims to keep fit ahead of the new season.
“I was left out of the trip to Cecafa because my contract elapsed and has not been renewed. Hopefully, Gor will offer an extension or someone else will table something for me. In the meantime, I’m training at Camp Toyoyo to keep fit and be ready,” he said.
Should Odhiambo opt to leave Gor Mahia, he would be the fourth high-level player to exit the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions after Francis Kahata, Striker Jacques Tuyisenge and defender Harun Shakava who announced that his time at Gor was over a fortnight ago.
Odhiambo rejoined Gor Mahia in 2014 after stints with Danish side Randers FC, Kuopion of Finland, Tanzania’s Azam FC, Shirak and Ulisses clubs of Armenia.