Coach Oktay Offers Avire an Escape Route From Sofapaka, Will Gor Mahia Splash the Cash?

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Sofapaka and Harambee Stars Striker John Avire//Photo Courtesy of

Kenya Premier League Champions Gor Mahia are currently in the market for a striker. Kogallo are out to replace Jacques Tuyisenge who departed for Angolan top tier Side Petro De Atletico.

A number of names have been fronted as possible replacements for Tuyisenge with Umaru Kasumba topping the list.

Well, another player has now emerged as a top target for Kogallo. He is Sofapaka FC’s John Avire, the man who has been making headlines for the past few days due to controversies surrounding his alleged transfer to an unknown Club in Egypt.

Gor Mahia head coach Hassan Oktay has admitted that he is interested in the Sofapaka man and would like to see him shift base to Kogallo before the end of the current transfer window.

According to coach Oktay, the former Bandari, Kakamega Homeboyz, and Mt. Kenya United striker can fill the void left by Tuyisenge.

“I need just one striker to replace Tuyisenge and my team will be complete. We lost the best striker we had in the whole league and we have to get an able replacement. I have several players in mind but I think Avire suits that position. He is young, hardworking, strong, overall he is a quality player. The best part is that he is young and I can make him even a better player. My chairman knows that I am interested in him and hopefully we will get him,” he told Opera News.

Avire scored seven league goals for Sofapaka last season and was rewarded with a slot in the Harambee Stars squad that took part in the African Cup of Nations in Egypt.

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Harambee Stars Striker John Avire with teammates Omollo and Omar//Photo Courtesy of Citizen Digital

An alumnus of Nyandarua’s Passenga High School, Avire began his career with Thika United youth team before moving to Bandari in 2016. He was loaned out to Kakamega Homeboyz in January 2017 but lasted for just six months before returning to his parent club. Lack of playtime at Bandari saw him move to Mt. Kenya United in June 2018. After five months with Mt. Kenya United, he joined Sofapaka in November 2018.

Gor Mahia CEO Lordvick Aduda has however denied reports that Gor Mahia have already made a move for Avire.

Aduda also commented on the Club’s interest in Umaru Kasumba. He confirmed that Gor will not be making a move for the Uganda International.

“We intend not to bring any foreign player anymore as we have enough of them now. For Avire that is clearly not our intention to approach him,” Said Aduda who was speaking to Goal.

Will Avire be a good addition for Gor Mahia?