Coach Johnathan McKinstry has stated that Gor Mahia faces significant challenges in competing in the current transfer market.
As the January transfer window for the Football Kenya Federation Premier League is open, the giants, like other clubs, are anticipated to enhance their squad with new players.
However, head coach McKisntry believes that Gor Mahia might struggle to acquire the needed players, given that the available ones are costly and could be financially beyond their reach.
“Kenyan football has changed a lot. We know Gor went through a drought period, which we managed to rectify last season and this season.
“I was talking to a Ugandan player about potentially joining us at the end of the season, and he is currently playing in Uganda. But he has received offers from Rwanda for close to $5000 (Ksh800,000) and an offer from Tanzania for close to $8000 (Ksh1.2 million),” McKinstry said, as quoted by a local publication.
A few seasons ago, with robust financial sponsors supporting them, Gor Mahia managed to invest substantially and secure their top targets. This elevated them to a competitive status, dominating the local soccer scene and consistently participating in CAF inter-club competitions.
According to McKinstry the players who were affordable back then cannot be acquired at the current market rates.
“So we simply can’t compete in the market if you think of the days we were able to sign the likes of Meddie Kagere and Jacques Tuyisenge. If that were today, we couldn’t afford them,” the former Uganda Cranes coach explained.
In their pursuit of retaining the Premier League title, Gor Mahia is keen on rejoining the Champions League next season.